Sample records for surface film formation

  1. Salicylic acid electrooxidation. A surface film formation

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    Baturova, M.D.; Vedenjapin, A.; Baturova, M.M. [N.D. Zelinsky Inst. of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation); Weichgrebe, D.; Danilova, E.; Rosenwinkel, K.H. [Univ. of Hannover, Inst. of Water Quality and Waste Management Hannover (Germany); Skundin, A. [A.N. Frumkin Inst. of Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation)


    A possibility to use electrochemical treatment for salicylic acid (SA) removal from waste water was studied. It was found that SA can be oxidized at platinum anode with formation of harmless products. Features of anodic process, in particular, formation of solid film on anode surface as well as properties of the film were investigated. (orig.)

  2. Formation and structure of surface films: captive bubble surfactometry. (United States)

    Schürch, S; Green, F H; Bachofen, H


    The adsorption model for soluble surfactants has been modified for suspensions of pulmonary surfactant. The dynamic adsorption behavior may be governed by a two-step process: (1) the transfer of molecules between the surface layer and the subsurface layer, which has a thickness of a few molecular diameters only; (2) the exchange of molecules between the subsurface and the bulk solution. The first step is an adsorption process and the second step is a mass transfer process. Between the subsurface and the bulk solution is an undisturbed boundary layer where mass transport occurs by diffusion only. The thickness of this boundary layer may be reduced by stirring. Rapid film formation by adsorption bursts from lipid extract surfactants, as observed in the captive bubble system, suggests that the adsorption process as defined above is accompanied by a relatively large negative change in the free energy. This reduction in the free energy is provided by a configurational change in the association of the specific surfactant proteins and the surfactant lipids during adsorption. The negative change in the free energy during film formation more than compensates for the energy barrier related to the film surface pressure. In the traditional view, the extracellular alveolar lining layer is composed of two parts, an aqueous subphase and a surfactant film, believed to be a monolayer, at the air-water interface. The existence and continuity of the aqueous subphase has recently been demonstrated by Bastacky and coworkers, and a continuous polymorphous film has recently been shown by Bachofen and his associates, using perfusion fixation of rabbit lungs with slight edema. In the present chapter, we have described a fixation technique using a non-aqueous fixation medium of perfluorocarbon and osmium tetroxide to fix the peripheral airspaces of guinea pig lungs. A continuous osmiophilic film which covers the entire alveolar surface, including the pores of Kohn, is demonstrated. By

  3. Influence of surface topography on the multilayer film formation

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    Grishchenko, Yu. V., E-mail: [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation); Zanaveskin, M. L. [Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute (Russian Federation); Tolstikhina, A. L. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)


    The relationship between the topography of substrates and multilayer films deposited on these substrates (which are used in ring laser gyroscopes) has been investigated. The surfaces were studied by atomic-force microscopy. The statistical properties of the surface topography are analyzed within the approach based on a comparative analysis of the power spectral density functions of roughness calculated for the substrate and film. The degree of correlation between the substrate nanotopography and multilayer film is determined, and the influence of the substrate roughness on the optical characteristics of the deposited mirrors is established.

  4. Investigation of formation machanism of surface film on contacts of oil-filled switching devices

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    O. G. Volkova


    Full Text Available Surface films formation on contacts of switching devices is investigated. The mechanism of contamination products formation in transformer oil and dynamics of their precipitation on the contact system is described.

  5. Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW Resonators for Monitoring Conditioning Film Formation

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    Siegfried Hohmann


    Full Text Available We propose surface acoustic wave (SAW resonators as a complementary tool for conditioning film monitoring. Conditioning films are formed by adsorption of inorganic and organic substances on a substrate the moment this substrate comes into contact with a liquid phase. In the case of implant insertion, for instance, initial protein adsorption is required to start wound healing, but it will also trigger immune reactions leading to inflammatory responses. The control of the initial protein adsorption would allow to promote the healing process and to suppress adverse immune reactions. Methods to investigate these adsorption processes are available, but it remains difficult to translate measurement results into actual protein binding events. Biosensor transducers allow user-friendly investigation of protein adsorption on different surfaces. The combination of several transduction principles leads to complementary results, allowing a more comprehensive characterization of the adsorbing layer. We introduce SAW resonators as a novel complementary tool for time-resolved conditioning film monitoring. SAW resonators were coated with polymers. The adsorption of the plasma proteins human serum albumin (HSA and fibrinogen onto the polymer-coated surfaces were monitored. Frequency results were compared with quartz crystal microbalance (QCM sensor measurements, which confirmed the suitability of the SAW resonators for this application.

  6. Formation of mixed and patterned self-assembled films of alkylphosphonates on commercially pure titanium surfaces

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    Rudzka, Katarzyna; Sanchez Treviño, Alda Y.; Rodríguez-Valverde, Miguel A., E-mail:; Cabrerizo-Vílchez, Miguel A.


    Highlights: • Chemically-tailored titanium surfaces were prepared by self-assembly of alkylphosphonates. • Mixed self-assembled films were prepared with aqueous mixtures of two alkylphosphonates. • Single self-assembled films were altered by laser abrasion. • Mixed and patterned self-assembled films on titanium may guide the bone-like formation. - Abstract: Titanium is extensively employed in biomedical devices, in particular as implant. The self-assembly of alkylphosphonates on titanium surfaces enable the specific adsorption of biomolecules to adapt the implant response against external stimuli. In this work, chemically-tailored cpTi surfaces were prepared by self-assembly of alkylphosphonate molecules. By bringing together attributes of two grafting molecules, aqueous mixtures of two alkylphosphonates were used to obtain mixed self-assembled films. Single self-assembled films were also altered by laser abrasion to produce chemically patterned cpTi surfaces. Both mixed and patterned self-assembled films were confirmed by AFM, ESEM and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Water contact angle measurements also revealed the composition of the self-assembly films. Chemical functionalization with two grafting phosphonate molecules and laser surface engineering may be combined to guide the bone-like formation on cpTi, and the future biological response in the host.

  7. Influence of additives on melt viscosity, surface tension, and film formation of dry powder coatings. (United States)

    Sauer, Dorothea; McGinity, James W


    Limited information on thermally cured dry-powder coatings used for solid dosage forms has been available in the literature. The aim of this study was to characterize the film formation process of Eudragit L 100-55 dry-powder coatings and to investigate the influence of film additives on melt viscosity and surface tension. The coating process employed no liquids and the plasticizer was combined with the polymer using hot melt extrusion. Thermoanalytical methods including differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used to investigate the thermal properties of the dry-coating formulations. The rheological behavior of the coating formulations were characterized with the extrusion torque, and the surface energy parameters were determined from contact angle measurements. The influence of the level of triethyl citrate (TEC) as plasticizer and polyethylene glycol (PEG) 3350 in the polymer film on film formation was investigated using a digital force tester. TGA confirmed thermal stability of all coating excipients at the investigated curing conditions. Increasing TEC levels and the addition of PEG 3350 as a low melting excipient in the coating reduced the viscosity of the polymer. Plasticization of the polymer with TEC increased the surface free energy, whereas the admixture of 10% PEG 3350 did not affect the surface free energy of Eudragit L 100-55. The spreading coefficient of the polymers over two sample tablet formulations was reduced with increasing surface free energy. During the curing process, puncture strength, and elongation of powder-cast films increased. The effect of curing time on the mechanical properties was dependent on the plasticizer content. The incorporation of TEC and PEG 3350 into the Eudragit L 100-55 powder coating formulation improved film formation. Mechanical testing of powder-cast films showed an increase of both elongation and puncture strength over the curing process as criterion for polymer particle fusion

  8. Surface Adsorption of Oppositely Charged SDS:C(12)TAB Mixtures and the Relation to Foam Film Formation and Stability. (United States)

    Fauser, Heiko; Uhlig, Martin; Miller, Reinhard; von Klitzing, Regine


    The complexation, surface adsorption, and foam film stabiliztation of the oppositely charged surfactants, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide (C12TAB), is analyzed. The SDS:C12TAB mixing ratio is systematically varied to investigate whether the adsorption of equimolar or irregular catanionic surfactant complexes, and thus a variation in surface charge (i.e., surface excess of either SDS or C12TAB), governs foam film properties. Surface tension measurements indicate that SDS and C12TAB interact electrostatically in order to form stoichometric catanionic surfactant complexes and enhance surface adsorption. On the other hand it can be demonstrated that the SDS:C12TAB mixing ratio and, thus, a change in surface charge and composition plays a decisive role in foam film stabilization. The present study demonstrates that varying the mixing ratio between SDS and C12TAB offers a tool for tailoring surface composition and foam film properties, which are therefore not exclusively mediated by the presence of equimolar catanionic surfactant complexes. The SDS:C12TAB net amount and mixing ratio determine the type, stability, and thinning behavior of the corresponding foam film. These observations indicate the formation of a mixed surface layer, composed of the catanionic surfactant species surrounded by either free SDS or C12TAB molecules in excess. Furthermore, a systematic variation in CBF-NBF transition kinetics is rationalized on the basis of a microscopic phase transition within the foam films. Fundamental knowlegde gained from this research gives insight into the surface adsorption and foam film formation of catanionic surfactant mixtures. The study helps researchers to understand basic mechanisms of foam film stabilization and to use resources more efficiently.

  9. In situ real-time gravimetric and viscoelastic probing of surface films formation on lithium batteries electrodes. (United States)

    Dargel, Vadim; Shpigel, Netanel; Sigalov, Sergey; Nayak, Prasant; Levi, Mikhael D; Daikhin, Leonid; Aurbach, Doron


    It is generally accepted that solid-electrolyte interphase formed on the surface of lithium-battery electrodes play a key role in controlling their cycling performance. Although a large variety of surface-sensitive spectroscopies and microscopies were used for their characterization, the focus was on surface species nature rather than on the mechanical properties of the surface films. Here we report a highly sensitive method of gravimetric and viscoelastic probing of the formation of surface films on composite Li 4 Ti 5 O 12 electrode coupled with lithium ions intercalation into this electrode. Electrochemical quartz-crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring measurements were performed with LiTFSI, LiPF 6 , and LiPF 6  + 2% vinylene carbonate solutions from which structural parameters of the surface films were returned by fitting to a multilayer viscoelastic model. Only a few fast cycles are required to qualify surface films on Li 4 Ti 5 O 12 anode improving in the sequence LiPF 6  < LiPF 6  + 2% vinylene carbonate < LiTFSI.

  10. Formation of reflective and conductive silver film on ABS surface via covalent grafting and solution spray

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    Chen, Dexin; Zhang, Yan [School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Bessho, Takeshi [Higashifuji Technical Center, Toyota Motor Corporation, 1200 Mishuku, Susono, Shizuoka 410-1193 (Japan); Kudo, Takahiro; Sang, Jing; Hirahara, Hidetoshi; Mori, Kunio [Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5 Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan); Kang, Zhixin, E-mail: [School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan, Guangzhou 510640 (China)


    Highlights: • A pure and homogenous silver film was deposited by spray-style plating technique. • The mechanism of covalent bonding between coating and substrate was studied. • The silver coating is highly reflective and conductive. • UV light was used to activate the ABS surface with triazine azide derivative. - Abstract: Conductive and reflective silver layers on acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastics have been prepared by photo grafting of triazine azides upon ultraviolet activation, self-assembling of triazine dithiols and silver electroless plating by solution spray based on silver mirror reaction. The as-prepared silver film exhibited excellent adhesion with ABS owing to covalent bonds between coating and substrate, and the detailed bonding mechanism have been investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). X-ray diffraction (XRD) result revealed that silver film on ABS was pure and with a nanocrystalline structure. Atomic force microscope (AFM) analysis demonstrated that massive silver particles with sizes varying from 80 to 120 nm were deposited on ABS and formed a homogenous and smooth coating, resulting in highly reflective surface. Furthermore, silver maintained its unique conductivity even as film on ABS surface in term of four-point probe method.

  11. Formation and reduction of thin oxide films on a stainless steel surface upon subsequent treatments with oxygen and hydrogen plasma

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    Mozetič, M., E-mail: [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Vesel, A.; Kovač, J.; Zaplotnik, R.; Modic, M. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Balat-Pichelin, M. [PROMES-CNRS Laboratory, 7 Rue du four solaire, 66120 Font Romeu Odeillo (France)


    Approximately 500-nm-thick oxide films formed on the surface of AISI 316L stainless steel samples upon brief exposure to oxygen plasma that was created by microwave discharge at approximately 500 W nominal power. During plasma treatment, the samples were simultaneously heated by concentrated solar radiation such that the temperature increased almost linearly to approximately 1100 K, after which the heating was abruptly turned off. After oxidation, the samples were exposed to hydrogen plasma in the same experimental chamber using the same heating regime to reduce the oxide films. The sample temperature was monitored using an infrared pyrometer. The result showed several knees in the signal versus treatment time due to chemical reactions between the oxidised stainless steel and the hydrogen plasma. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling were used to determine the surface and thin film modifications. The oxidation by oxygen plasma caused the formation of densely packed oxide crystallites rich in Fe and Mn on the surface followed by a rather thick chromium oxide subsurface film. The removal of oxygen from the surface film was indicated by a sudden decrease of the material emissivity that occurred in a few seconds at approximately 1300 K. Subsequent oxidation and reduction cycles caused nanostructuring of the surface morphology because evenly distributed islets of uniform lateral dimension (approximately 100 nm) were observed on the surface after the treatments. - Highlights: • Reduction of oxides from stainless steel surface in H{sub 2} plasma was studied. • The first step is removal of MnO{sub 2} followed by reduction of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • 0.5 μm thick oxide was removed in only 10 s at temperatures 1200 K–1350 K. • Nanostructuring of the surface was observed upon the oxide reduction.

  12. Direct formation of nanostructures by focused electron beam on a surface of thin metallic films (United States)

    Snikeris, Janis; Gerbreders, Vjaceslavs


    This paper describes a method, which allows obtaining metallic nanostructures (MN) by focused electron beam irradiation in scanning electron microscope (SEM) in one fabrication step and without the use of additional chemicals. MN-nanodots were obtained by 30kV SEM on surfaces of various metallic thin films (Al, Cr, Cu, Mo, Ag). The thin films were prepared by direct current magnetron sputtering on Si substrate with 500 nm thickness. The size and shape of the obtained MN were measured with atomic force microscope. The height of the nanodots was up to 500 nm and their width at half height was in a range from 100 to 500 nm. The size of the obtained MN depends on the parameters of electron beam and properties of the metal. Possible mechanisms of MN forming under the influence of focused electron beam are discussed.

  13. Polysulfide ligand exchange on zinc sulfide nanocrystal surfaces for improved film formation

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    Herron, Steven M. [Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Lawal, Qudus O. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Bent, Stacey F., E-mail: [Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ammonium polysulfides are prepared in aprotic solvents. • Native ligands on surfaces of colloidal ZnS nanocrystals are efficiently exchanged with polysulfides. • Ligand exchange improves crystallinity and composition in annealed ZnS thin films. • Polysulfide nanocrystal inks increase mass retention from 62% to 88%. - Abstract: The physical and chemical properties of nanocrystals can be modified by changing the ligands attached at their surfaces. A ligand exchange procedure with ammonium polysulfides has been developed to replace the native ligands on cubic zinc sulfide nanocrystals. Several mixtures of polysulfides in formamide and other solvents were prepared with different average chain lengths and used to achieve high yield ligand exchange, as confirmed by UV–vis spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show that polysulfide content can be increased with longer surface ligands and that the exchange process yields compositionally pure surfaces before and after high temperature anneals. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy show that, when annealed in nitrogen at 525 °C, polysulfide ligands lead to average crystal sizes 2–3 times larger than in the un-exchanged control sample. The ligand exchange procedure itself does not alter nanocrystal size. Nanocrystal inks prepared from the exchanged samples form thin films that exhibit superior grain growth, morphology, mass retention, and composition compared to the un-exchanged material. Overall, polysulfide species are demonstrated as alternative ligands for the surfaces of metal chalcogenide nanocrystals which, when incorporated in an efficient ligand-exchange procedure, can improve the quality of ZnS nanocrystal inks.

  14. Film Thickness Formation in Nanoscale due to Effects of Elastohydrodynamic, Electrostatic and Surface force of Solvation and Van der Waals

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    M.F. Abd Al-Samieh


    Full Text Available The mechanism of oil film with a thickness in the nanoscale is discussed in this paper. A polar lubricant of propylene carbonate is used as the intervening liquid between contiguous bodies in concentrated contacts. A pressure caused by the hydrodynamic viscous action in addition to double layer electrostatic force, Van der Waals inter-molecular forces, and solvation pressure due to inter-surface forces is considered in calculating the ultrathin lubricating films. The numerical solution has been carried out, using the Newton-Raphson iteration technique, applied for the convergence of the hydrodynamic pressure. The results show that, at separations beyond about five molecular diameters of the intervening liquid, the formation of a lubricant film thickness is governed by combined effects of viscous action and surface force of an attractive Van der Waals force and a repulsive double layer force. At smaller separations below about five molecular diameters of the intervening liquid, the effect of solvation force is dominant in determining the oil film thickness

  15. Formation of hydrate films on the surface of calcium silicate and aluminate in the presence of polyelectrolytes (United States)

    Kurochkina, G. N.


    To elucidate the mechanism of moistening and overmoistening of soils and mineral soil components capable of chemical hydration, the sorption of water vapor has been studied in combination with synchronous conductometric measurements. Effect of organic polyelectrolyte molecules on the hydration kinetics and the formation of hydrate films on their surface has been revealed for dehydrated calcium silicate and aluminate simulating minor soil components. The plotting of sorption-desorption curves has shown that hydrate-polymer films formed by aliphatic or aromatic polyelectrolytes with different functional groups (-COOH,-OH,-NH2,-CONH, etc.) significantly vary in dispersion and structure. The changes in dispersion during hydration are frequently not correlated with the amount of resulting hydrates, the content of which is controlled by the crystallochemical features of sorbents, the structure and activity of the polymer functional groups, and the conditions of sorption kinetic studies. It has been shown that the formation of low-permeable surface organomineral layers is typical for aliphatic polyelectrolytes, while more permeable layers determining the water-physical and structure-forming properties of soils are typical for aromatic polyelectrolytes.

  16. Monitoring of bacterial film formation and its breakdown with an angular-based surface plasmon resonance biosensor. (United States)

    Filion-Côté, Sandrine; Melaine, Feriel; Kirk, Andrew G; Tabrizian, Maryam


    Bacterial biofilms are a leading cause of infection in health-care settings. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensors stand as valuable tools not only for the detection of biological entities and the characterisation of biomaterials but also as a suitable means to monitor bacterial film formation. This article reports on a proof-of-concept study for the use of an angular-based SPR biosensor for the monitoring of bacterial cell growth and biofilm formation and removal under the effect of different cleaning agents. The benefit of this custom-made SPR instrument is that it records simultaneously both the critical and resonant angles. This provides unique information on the growth of bacterial cells which is otherwise not obtainable with commonly used intensity-based SPR systems. The results clearly showed that a multilayer biofilm can be formed in 48 hours and the steps involved can be monitored in real-time with the SPR instrument through the measurement of the refractive index change and following the evolution in the shape of the SPR curve. The number, the depth and the sharpness of the reflection ripples varied as the film became thicker. Simulation results confirmed that the number of layers of bacteria affected the number of ripples at the critical angle. Real-time monitoring of the film breakdown with three cleaning agents indicated that bleach solution at 4.5% was the most effective in disrupting the biofilm from the gold sensor. Our overall findings suggest that the SPR biosensor with angular modulation presented in this article can perform real-time monitoring of biofilm formation and has the potential to be used as a platform to test the efficiency of disinfectants.


    Cobalt and Ni-Co alloys were deposited at 100-500 A films on glass plates from citrate or ammoniacal solns. by hypophosphite redn. of dil. solns. of their metal chlorides. The method is discussed in detail.

  18. Oxygen diffusion enables anti-wear boundary film formation on titanium surfaces in zinc-dialkyl-dithiophosphate (ZDDP)-containing lubricants

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    Qu Jun [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, One Bethel Valley Road, P.O. Box 2008, MS-6063, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6063 (United States)], E-mail:; Blau, Peter J.; Howe, Jane Y.; Meyer, Harry M. [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, One Bethel Valley Road, P.O. Box 2008, MS-6063, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6063 (United States)


    This paper reports a wear reduction by up to six orders of magnitude for Ti-6Al-4V alloy when treated by an oxygen diffusion (OD) process and subsequently tested in a zinc-dialkyl-dithiophosphate (ZDDP)-containing lubricant. In addition to case hardening, it is discovered that OD enables the formation of an anti-wear boundary film on the titanium surface. Transmission electron microscopy and surface chemical analyses revealed that this boundary film has a two-layer structure comprising an amorphous oxide interlayer and a ZDDP-based top film with complex compounds.

  19. Oxygen Diffusion Enables Anti-Wear Boundary Film Formation on Titanium Surfaces in Zinc-Dialkyl-Dithiophosphate (ZDDP)-Containing Lubricants

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    Qu, Jun [ORNL; Blau, Peter Julian [ORNL; Howe, Jane Y [ORNL; Meyer III, Harry M [ORNL


    This paper reports a wear reduction by up to six orders of magnitude for Ti-6Al-4V alloy when treated by an oxygen diffusion (OD) process and subsequently tested in a zinc-dialkyl-dithiophosphate (ZDDP)-containing lubricant. In addition to case hardening, it is discovered that OD enables the formation of an anti-wear boundary film on the titanium surface. Transmission electron microscopy and surface chemical analyses revealed that this boundary film has a two-layer structure comprising an amorphous oxide interlayer and a ZDDP-based top film with complex compounds.

  20. Influence of Lateral Growth on the Surface Pit Formation of GaN Heteroepitaxial Film Grown by MOCVD

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    Full Text Available This study made an attempt to understand and control the heteroepitaxial growth of GaN from the view of the essential behaviors of crystal growth. Through a comparison of the nonpolar, polar and semipolar GaN epitaxial film, the influence of lateral growth on the surface pit formation mechanism has been investigated. For a-plane GaN, the lateral growth velocities of the less inclined {20-21} and {11-22} facets are approaching to the velocity of {10-11} facet under high temperature, so that the surface pit was transformed from a triangular shape to a pentagonal one. For c-plane GaN, the size of the surface pit produced by screw dislocation is determined by the lateral growth of the pit facets. A slow lateral growth rate of the inclined facets {10-11} compared with the vertical growth rate of (0001 facet under low V/III ratio would enlarge the pit size. For (11-22 semipolar GaN, surface pit is rarely observed, because the vertical growth velocity of {11-22} plane is slow compared with the lateral growth rate of the inclined facets, such as {11-20} and (0001.DOI:

  1. Surface films of short fluorocarbon-hydrocarbon diblocks studied by molecular dynamics simulations: Spontaneous formation of elongated hemimicelles. (United States)

    Piñeiro, Angel; Prieto, Gerardo; Ruso, Juan M; Verdes, Pedro V; Sarmiento, Félix


    Using grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) it has been recently demonstrated that linear fluorocarbon-hydrocarbon diblocks (FnHm) self-assemble in water/air interfaces forming elongated and circular hemimicelles. Those structures have been observed for diblocks with at least eight fluorinated carbons. Based on the lack of a collapse pressure for F6H16, and due to the fact that no stable surface pressure values are reached under compression, it has been concluded that these molecules do not form stable monolayers. It has been also suggested that F6H16 and shorter diblocks desorb from the water surface under compression. It is not easy to accept that a significant concentration of so hydrophobic molecules can be stable in aqueous solution even when the employed experimental techniques were not able to clearly detect a well defined structure on the interface. In the present work the adsorption and arrangement of F6H16 and F6H10 at the water surface are studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations as a function of the available area per molecule. Starting from a random mixture, the spontaneous formation of elongated hemimicelles is observed for both systems when the area per molecule is higher than approximately 50 A(2). For intermediate areas two pseudo-phases, one rich in hydrocarbons and the other with higher fluorocarbon concentration, are formed. For the systems with less than approximately 30 A(2) available per molecule the formation of multilayers is observed. This is the first time that the dynamics and structure of perfluoroalkane (PFA) films, and in particular of hemimicelles on a liquid surface, are observed and characterized at atomic level.

  2. Multifunctional thin film surface (United States)

    Brozik, Susan M.; Harper, Jason C.; Polsky, Ronen; Wheeler, David R.; Arango, Dulce C.; Dirk, Shawn M.


    A thin film with multiple binding functionality can be prepared on an electrode surface via consecutive electroreduction of two or more aryl-onium salts with different functional groups. This versatile and simple method for forming multifunctional surfaces provides an effective means for immobilization of diverse molecules at close proximities. The multifunctional thin film has applications in bioelectronics, molecular electronics, clinical diagnostics, and chemical and biological sensing.

  3. Plasma-assisted self-formation of nanotip arrays on the surface of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin films

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    Zimin, Sergey P.; Mokrov, Dmitry A. [Yaroslavl State University (Russian Federation); Gorlachev, Egor S.; Amirov, Ildar I.; Naumov, Viktor V. [Institute of Physics and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Yaroslavl (Russian Federation); Gremenok, Valery F. [Scientific-Practical Materials Research Center, NAS of Belarus, Minsk (Belarus); Bente, Klaus [Applied Mineralogy, University Tuebingen (Germany); Kim, Woo Y. [Fusion Research Center, Hoseo University, Asan-City (Korea, Republic of)


    In this paper, we report on the phenomenon of nanostructure self-formation on the surface of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) thin films during inductively coupled argon plasma treatment with its duration varied from 10 to 120 s. The initial films were grown on glass substrates using the selenization technique. During the CIGS film surface treatment in the high-density low-pressure radio-frequency inductively coupled argon plasma there took place a formation of arrays of uniform vertical nanostructures, which shape with increasing processing duration changed from nanocones to nanorods and back to nanocones. A model of the nanotip plasma-assisted self-formation associated with the implementation of micromasking and vapor-liquid-solid mechanisms involving metallic In-Ga (In-Ga-Cu) liquid alloy droplets is proposed. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Interaction of slow highly charged ions with a metal surface covered with a thin dielectric film. The role of the neutralization energy in the nanostructures formation (United States)

    Majkić, M. D.; Nedeljković, N. N.; Dojčilović, R. J.


    We consider the slow highly charged ions impinging upon a metal surface covered with a thin dielectric film, and formation of the surface nanostructures (craters) from the standpoint of the required energy. For the moderate ionic velocities, the size of the surface features depends on the deposited kinetic energy of the projectile and the ionic neutralization energy. The neutralization energy is calculated by employing the recently developed quasi-resonant two-state vector model for the intermediate Rydberg state population and the micro-staircase model for the cascade neutralization. The electron interactions with the ionic core, polarized dielectric and charge induced on the metal surface are modelled by the appropriate asymptotic expressions and the method for calculation of the effective ionic charges in the dielectric is proposed. The results are presented for the interaction of \\text{X}{{\\text{e}}Z+} ions (velocity v=0.25 a.u.; 25) with the metal surface (Co) covered with a thin dielectric film, for model values of dielectric constant inside the interaction region. In the absence of dielectric film, the neutralization energy is lower than the potential (ionization) energy due to the incomplete neutralization. The presence of dielectric film additionally decreases the neutralization energy. We calculate the projectile neutralization energy in the perturbed dielectric (perturbation is caused by the ionic motion and the surface structure formation). We correlate the neutralization energy added to the deposited kinetic energy with the experimentally obtained energy necessary for the formation of the nano-crater of a given depth.

  5. Optimisation of Surface-Initiated Photoiniferter-Mediated Polymerisation under Confinement, and the Formation of Block Copolymers in Mesoporous Films

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    Jessica C. Tom


    Full Text Available Nature as the ultimate inspiration can direct, gate, and selectively transport species across channels to fulfil a specific targeted function. Harnessing such precision over local structure and functionality at the nanoscale is expected to lead to indispensable developments in synthetic channels for application in catalysis, filtration and sensing, and in drug delivery. By combining mesoporous materials with localised charge-switchable poly(2-(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA brushes, precisely controlling pore filling and exploring the possibility of incorporating two different responsive polymers, we hope to approach the precision control of natural systems in the absence of an external force. Here, we report a simple one-step approach to prepare a mesoporous silica thin film with ~8 nm pores functionalised with a photoiniferter by combining sol–gel chemistry and evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA. We show that surface-initiated photoiniferter-mediated polymerisation (SI-PIMP allows the incorporation of a high polymer content up to geometrical pore blocking by the simple application of UV light in the presence of a monomer and solvent, proceeding in a controlled manner in pore sizes below 10 nm, with the potential to tune the material properties through the formation of surface-grafted block copolymers.

  6. The formation of photoresist film with thicknesses from 0.7 microns to 100 microns on surfaces with considerable relief by spray coating on the heated substrate (United States)

    Romashkin, Alexey V.; Levin, Denis D.; Rozanov, Roman Yu.; Nevolin, Vladimir K.


    The principle of the formation of thin and thick photoresist films on surfaces with considerable relief by the aerosol deposition using ultra low flow was investigated. It was shown that the change in the photoresist blend composition of solution is required with decreasing film thickness less than 1 micron to achieve a roughness of less than 150 nm. And the film at least 0.7 microns thickness can be formed and have the uniform film thickness as on the walls and on horizontal surfaces on the substrate with grooves obtained by etching liquid. It is shown that even with a film thickness of 10 microns vertical walls may be partially cover the of the photoresist and unfilled plasma-chemical etching grooves with vertical walls, whose width not exceeding 10 microns. To determine the uniformity of film thickness atomic force microscopy was used. And it was shown that up to 2 microns of film thickness spectroscopic methods with the analysis of the fluorescent signal intensity for positive photoresists is possible to use too.

  7. Formation of diamond-like carbon thin films using barrier-type surface discharge plasma under atmospheric pressure (United States)

    Yasui, Shinji; Tada, Kazuya; Takuwa, Tetsuya


    We studied the deposition of diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin films using barrier-type surface discharge plasma under atmospheric pressure. The main radicals generated by the barrier-type surface discharge using H2, CH4, and He as the plasma gases were Hα, Hβ, and CH. The emission intensities increased as the ratio of CH4 in the mixed gas decreased, and the mixed gas ratios of 2% CH4, 18% H2, 80% He were appropriate for the generation of the barrier-type surface discharge. The gas flow rate and applied voltage required to achieve a suitable plasma state for deposition of the DLC films varied depending on the polarity of the applied pulse. When a negative pulse is used, homogenous films can be obtained on the silicon wafer under the entire hole of the electrode; however, the deposition rate becomes very low in the range of 1.8-5.8 nm/min because the surface streamer plasma is very weak. On the other hand, using a bipolar and a positive pulse, a relatively high deposition rate in the range of 10-30 nm/min can be achieved on the silicon wafer under the central part of the electrode, although the thickness of the DLC films becomes nonuniform at the edge part of the electrode. The appropriate conditions of the DLC film deposition in this study were the pulse voltages of 6-8 kV and a gas flow rate of 1500 mL/min when using bipolar- and positive-pulse voltages. The relatively hard DLC films (6-8 GPa) were obtained under these conditions.

  8. Ab-initio studies of the Sc adsorption and the ScN thin film formation on the GaN(000-1)-(2 × 2) surface

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    Guerrero-Sánchez, J., E-mail: [Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Instituto de Física “Ing Luis Rivera Terrazas”, Apartado Postal J-48, Puebla 72570 (Mexico); Sánchez-Ochoa, F.; Cocoletzi, Gregorio H.; Rivas-Silva, J.F. [Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Instituto de Física “Ing Luis Rivera Terrazas”, Apartado Postal J-48, Puebla 72570 (Mexico); Takeuchi, Noboru [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Nanociencia y Nanotecnología, Apartado Postal 2681, Ensenada, Baja California 22800 (Mexico)


    First principles total energy calculations have been performed to investigate the initial stages of the Sc adsorption and ScN thin film formation on the GaN(000-1)-(2 × 2) surface. Studies are done within the periodic density functional theory as implemented in the PWscf code of the Quantum ESPRESSO package. The Sc adsorption at high symmetry sites results in the bridge site as the most stable structure. When a Sc monolayer is deposited above the surface the T4 site results as the most stable geometry. The Sc migration into the first Ga monolayer induces the Ga displaced ad-atom to be adsorbed at the T4-2 site. A ScN bilayer may be obtained under the Ga monolayer. Finally a ScN bilayer may be formed in the wurtzite phase above the surface. The formation energy plots show that in the moderate Ga-rich conditions we obtain the formation of a ScN bilayer under the gallium monolayer. However at N-rich conditions the formation of ScN bilayer above the surface is the most favorable structure. We report the density of states to explain the electronic structure of the most favorable geometries. - Highlights: • Studies of the initial stages in the formation of Sc and ScN structures on GaN • In the adsorption of Sc on the GaN the Br site is the most favorable geometry. • When a Sc replaces a Ga of the first monolayer the displaced Ga occupies a T4-2 site. • For Ga-rich conditions there is formation of ScN under the Ga monolayer. • In N-rich conditions there is formation of ScN in the wurtzite phase.

  9. Growth of Pt thin films on Cu(111) and formation of Pt/Cu surface alloys: growth mechanism and diffusion barrier

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    Boo, J H; Lee, S B; Kwak, H T; Schröder, U; Linke, R; Wandelt, K


    Ultra-thin-platinum films evaporated on Cu(111) at 100 K and at room temperature were investigated by using in situ Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). A growth mechanism of the layer-by layer type was evidenced up to at least 5-ML of Pt. Over the first Pt monolayer, the Pt-Pt bond distances were strained about 7 % beyond the equilibrium bond distances found for bulk platinum. Surface alloys were formed by diffusing the Pt adatoms into the Cu(111) substrate at temperatures above 500 K with a diffusion barrier of 0.85 eV. For higher annealing temperatures, the Pt concentration got smaller. From an Auger depth profile, the diffusion barrier for surface alloy formation was estimated using Fick's second law.

  10. Surface wrinkling on polydopamine film (United States)

    Meng, Jieyun; Xie, Jixun; Han, Xue; Lu, Conghua


    In this paper, we report a non-lithographic strategy to realize surface patterns on polydopamine films. It is based on surface wrinkling, which is induced on polydopamine (PDA) films that are grown on uniaxially pre-strained polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates through self-polymerization of dopamine, followed by the pre-strain release. We investigate the influences of the experimental conditions including polymerization time, prestrain and the dopamine solution concentration on the wrinkling patterns. Furthermore, we take advantage of the reducibility of PDA to fabricate silver nanoparticle-deposited PDA films with surface-wrinkled patterns, which may have potential applications in the related fields.

  11. Surface structure of oriented PET films

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    Kirov, K


    crystallinity and the level of molecular orientation of the polymer are highest at the film surface and gradually decrease away from it. The same trend for an increase in structural order nearer the film surface was observed in a series of PET films drawn uniaxially in laboratory conditions. The observed strong dependence of stratification in the oriented films on drawing ratio, lead to the conclusion, that the structural gradients arise as a result of viscous flow. The molecular mechanism of stratification is discussed and leads to the idea of enhanced chain mobility at the PET film surface. The idea is in line with recent studies showing a depression of the glass transition temperature of free polymer surfaces. In addition, the results on structure formation in PET films during drawing, give support to the existing view that polymer crystallisation is assisted by a spinodal-decomposition nucleation process. Polymer films are widely used as substrates in nano-composite materials and therefore have to possess...

  12. Formation, surface characterization, and electrocatalytic application of self-assembled monolayer films of tetra-substituted manganese, iron, and cobalt benzylthio phthalocyanine complexes

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    Akinbulu, IA


    Full Text Available Molecular thin films of manganese (SAM-2), iron (SAM-3), and cobalt (SAM-4) phthalocyanine complexes, non-peripherally tetra-substituted with benzylmercapto, were formed on polycrystalline gold disc electrode by selfassembly technique. Surface...

  13. Influence of Surface Roughness on the Transfer Film Formation and Frictional Behavior of TiC/a-C Nanocomposite Coatings

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    Shaha, K.P.; Pei, Y.T.; Martinez-Martinez, D.; Hosson, J.Th.M. De

    Influence of surface roughness on the friction of TiC/a-C nanocomposite coatings while sliding against bearing steel balls in humid air was examined by detailed analyses of the wear surfaces and the wear scar on the ball counterparts by atomic force microscopy, optical, and confocal microscopy. It

  14. Film-thickness dependence of structure formation in ultra-thin polymer blend films

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    Gutmann, J S; Stamm, M


    We investigated the film-thickness dependence of structure formation in ultra-thin polymer blend films prepared from solution. As a model system we used binary blends of statistical poly(styrene-co-p-bromostyrene) copolymers of different degrees of bromination. Ultra-thin-film samples differing in miscibility and film thickness were prepared via spin coating of common toluene solutions onto silicon (100) substrates. The resulting morphologies were investigated with scanning force microscopy, reflectometry and grazing-incidence scattering techniques using both X-rays and neutrons in order to obtain a picture of the sample structure at and below the sample surface. (orig.)

  15. Polymer Nanocomposite Film with Metal Rich Surface Prepared by In Situ Single-Step Formation of Palladium Nanoparticles: An Interesting Way to Combine Specific Functional Properties

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    David Thompson


    Full Text Available This paper presents a continuous single-step route that permits preparation of a thermostable polymer/metal nanocomposite film and to combine different functional properties in a unique material. More precisely, palladium nanoparticles are in situ generated in a polyimide matrix thanks to a designed curing cycle which is applied to a polyamic acid/metal precursor solution cast on a glass plate. A metal-rich surface layer which is strongly bonded to the bulk film is formed in addition to homogeneously dispersed metal nanoparticles. This specific morphology leads to obtaining an optically reflective film. The metal nanoparticles act as gas diffusion barriers for helium, oxygen, and carbon dioxide; they induce a tortuosity effect which allows dividing the gas permeation coefficients by a factor near to 2 with respect to the neat polyimide matrix. Moreover, the ability of the in situ synthesized palladium nanoparticles to entrap hydrogen is evidenced. The nanocomposite film properties can be modulated as a function of the location of the film metal-rich surface with respect to the hydrogen feed. The synthesized nanocomposite could represent a major interest for a wide variety of applications, from specific coatings for aerospace or automotive industry, to catalysis applications or sensors.

  16. Dynamics of faceted thin films formation during vapor deposition (United States)

    Li, Kun-Dar; Huang, Po-Yu


    In this study, an anisotropic phase-field model was established to simulate the growth of crystalline thin films during vapor deposition. The formation and evolution of characteristic surface with faceted morphologies were demonstrated, in accordance with the regularly obtained microstructure in the actual experiments. In addition, the influences of deposition parameters, such as the deposition rate and the interfacial energy, on the formation mechanism of the characteristic morphology were also illustrated. While a relatively low surface energy of substrate was regarded, the faceted islands were formed, owing to the anisotropic interfacial energy of thin films. In the condition of a high surface energy of substrate, the layered structures of deposited films were produced, which was corresponding to the Frank–van der Merwe growth mode. As various deposition rates were utilized in the numerical simulations, diverse surface morphologies were developed on the basis of the dominant mechanisms, correlating with the adatom diffusion and the deposition kinetics. According to the calculation results, it was observed that a surface character with flattened morphology was generally driven by the adatom diffusion, while the factor of the deposition kinetics was inclined to roughen the surface of thin films. These numerical simulations enhanced the knowledge of thin film growth and facilitated the progress of the vapor deposition technology for advanced applications.

  17. Ozone formation from illuminated titanium dioxide surfaces. (United States)

    Monge, María Eugenia; George, Christian; D'Anna, Barbara; Doussin, Jean-François; Jammoul, Adla; Wang, Junnan; Eyglunent, Grégory; Solignac, Géraldine; Daële, Véronique; Mellouki, Abdelwahid


    The nitrogen oxides (NO(x)) decomposition on illuminated TiO(2) surfaces has been widely studied, but little is known about the subsequent formation of non-nitrogen containing products. In this study, TiO(2) coated glass surfaces and TiO(2) films with nitrate anions (either premixed with TiO(2) as KNO(3) or deposited from gaseous NO(x)) are irradiated with broad-band light. Upon irradiation, detected gas phase products include NO(2), HNO(2), and O(3). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that reveals the production of O(3) from TiO(2) surfaces. By surface charge transfer reactions, nitrate anions are oxidized into nitrate radicals and their photochemistry (almost in the visible) leads to O(3) formation, enhancing the oxidizing power of these surfaces.

  18. Domain formation due to surface steps in topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films grown on Si (111) by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Borisova, S.; Kampmeier, J.; Mussler, G.; Grützmacher, D. [Peter Grünberg Institute-9, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich 52425 (Germany); Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, Fundamentals of Future Information Technologies, Jülich 52425 (Germany); Luysberg, M. [Peter Grünberg Institute-5 and Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich 52425 (Germany)


    The atomic structure of topological insulators Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films on Si (111) substrates grown in van der Waals mode by molecular beam epitaxy has been investigated by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Besides single and multiple quintuple layer (QL) steps, which are typical for the step-flow mode of growth, a number of 0.4 QL steps is observed. We determine that these steps originate from single steps at the substrate surface causing domain boundaries in the Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film. Due to the peculiar structure of these domain boundaries the domains are stable and penetrate throughout the entire film.

  19. Spontaneous Pattern Formation Induced by Bénard-Marangoni Convection for Sol-Gel-Derived Titania Dip-Coating Films: Effect of Co-solvents with a High Surface Tension and Low Volatility. (United States)

    Uchiyama, Hiroaki; Matsui, Tadayuki; Kozuka, Hiromitsu


    Evaporation-driven surface tension gradient in the liquid layer often causes the convective flow, i.e., Bénard-Marangoni convection, resulting in the formation of cell-like patterns on the surface. Here, we prepared sol-gel-derived titania films from Ti(OC3H7(i))4 solutions by dip coating and discussed the effect of the addition of co-solvents with a high surface tension and low volatility on the spontaneous pattern formation induced by Bénard-Marangoni convection. Propylene glycol (PG, with a surface tension of 38.6 mN m(-1)) and dipropylene glycol (DPG, with a surface tension of 33.9 mN m(-1)) were added to the coating solutions containing 2-propanol (2-Pr, with a surface tension of 22.9 mN m(-1)) for controlling the evaporation-driven surface tension gradient in the coating layer on a substrate. During dip coating at a substrate withdrawal speed of 50 cm min(-1) in a thermostatic oven at 60 °C, linearly arranged cell-like patterns on a micrometer scale were spontaneously formed on the titania gel films, irrespective of the composition of coating solutions. Such surface patterns remained even after the heat treatment at 200 and 600 °C, where the densification and crystallization of the titania films progressed. The width and height of the cell-like patterns increased with increasing PG and DPG contents in the coating solutions, where the addition of PG resulted in the formation of cells with a larger height than DPG.

  20. Influence of substrate and film thickness on polymer LIPSS formation

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    Cui, Jing; Nogales, Aurora; Ezquerra, Tiberio A. [Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (IEM-CSIC), Serrano 121, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Rebollar, Esther, E-mail: [Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano (IQFR-CSIC), Serrano 119, Madrid 28006 (Spain)


    Highlights: • The estimation of temperature upon pulse accumulation shows that a small positive offset is caused by each individual pulse. • Number of pulses needed for LIPSS formation in PS thin films depends on polymer thickness. • Thermal conductivity and diffusivity of supporting substrate influence the onset for LIPSS formation and their quality. • Quality of LIPSS is affected by the substrate optical properties. - Abstract: Here we focus on the influence of both, substrate and film thickness on polymer Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) formation in polymer films. For this aim a morphological description of ripples structures generated on spin-coated polystyrene (PS) films by a linearly polarized laser beam with a wavelength of 266 nm is presented. The influence of different parameters on the quality and characteristics of the formed laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) was investigated. We found that well-ordered LIPSS are formed either on PS films thinner than 200 nm or thicker than 400 nm supported on silicon substrates as well as on thicker free standing films. However less-ordered ripples are formed on silicon supported films with intermediate thicknesses in the range of 200–380 nm. The effect of the thermal and optical properties of the substrate on the quality of LIPSS was analyzed. Differences observed in the fluence and number of pulses needed for the onset of surface morphological modifications is explained considering two main effects which are: (1) The temperature increase on polymer surface induced by the action of cumulative laser irradiation and (2) The differences in thermal conductivity between the polymer and the substrate which strongly affect the heat dissipation generated by irradiation.

  1. Surface patterns in drying films of silica colloidal dispersions


    Boulogne, François; Giorgiutti-Dauphiné, Frédérique; Pauchard, Ludovic


    We report an experimental study on the drying of silica colloidal dispersions. Here we focus on a surface instability occurring in a drying paste phase before crack formation which affects the final film quality. Observations at macroscopic and microscopic scales reveal the occurrence of the instability, and the morphology of the film surface. Furthermore, we show that the addition of adsorbing polymers on silica particles can be used to suppress the instability under particular conditions of...

  2. Evaporation induced nanoparticle - binder interaction in electrode film formation. (United States)

    Liu, Zhixiao; Wood, David L; Mukherjee, Partha P


    Processing induced nanoparticle agglomeration and binder distribution affect the electrode microstructure formation and corresponding electrochemical performance in lithium-ion batteries. In the present study, stochastic dynamics computations based on a morphologically detailed mesoscale model are performed to illustrate the microstructural variability of electrode films affected by the evaporation condition (drying temperature) and the binder length (molecular weight). Micropores are observed at the surface of the electrode film when dried at a lower temperature. The pore formation depth tends to increase as the binder length increases. The solvent chemical potential also affects the surface topography of the electrode film. The solvent with higher volatility (more negative chemical potential) tends to produce more micropores. A lower drying temperature is beneficial for improving the electronic conductivity of the porous electrode film due to the better distribution of the conductive additive nanoparticles on and around the active particles, thereby facilitating the electron transport network formation. Agglomeration between active material nanoparticles can also be mitigated at a lower drying temperature. Additionally, better adhesion of the porous electrode film can be achieved due to preferential localization of the binder on the substrate at relatively low-temperature evaporation.

  3. Surface films and corrosion of copper

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    Hilden, J.; Laitinen, T.; Maekelae, K.; Saario, T.; Bojinov, M. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland)


    In Sweden and Finland the spent nuclear fuel is planned to be encapsulated in cast iron canisters that have an outer shield made of copper. The copper shield is responsible for the corrosion protection of the canister construction. General corrosion of the copper is not expected to be the limiting factor in the waste repository environment when estimating the life-time of the canister construction. However, different forms of localised corrosion, i.e. pitting, stress corrosion cracking, or environmentally assisted creep fracture may cause premature failure of the copper shield. Of the probable constituents in the groundwater, nitrites, chlorides, sulphides and carbonates have been suggested to promote localised corrosion of copper. The main assumption made in planning this research program is that the surface films forming on copper in the repository environment largely determine the susceptibility of copper to the different forms of localised corrosion. The availability of reactants, which also may become corrosion rate limiting, is investigated in several other research programs. This research program consists of a set of successive projects targeted at characterising the properties of surface films on copper in repository environment containing different detrimental anions. A further aim was to assess the significance of the anion-induced changes in the stability of the oxide films with regard to localised corrosion of copper. This report summarises the results from a series of investigations on properties of surface films forming on copper in water of pH = 8.9 at temperature of 80 deg C and pressure of 2 MPa. The main results gained so far in this research program are as follows: The surface films forming on copper in the thermodynamic stability region of monovalent copper at 80 deg C consist of a bulk part (about 1 mm thick) which is a good ionic and electronic conductor, and an outer, interfacial layer (0.001 - 0.005 mm thick) which shows p-type semiconductor

  4. Growth of organic films on indoor surfaces

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    Weschler, Charles J.; Nazaroff, W. W.


    predictions indicate that film growth would primarily be influenced by the gas-phase concentration of SVOCs with octanol-air partitioning (Koa) values in the approximate range 10≤log Koa≤13. Within the relevant range, SVOCs with lower values will equilibrate with the surface film more rapidly. Over time......, the film becomes relatively enriched in species with higher log Koa values, while the proportion of gas-phase SVOCs not in equilibrium with the film decreases. Given stable airborne SVOC concentrations, films grow at faster rates initially and then subsequently diminish to an almost steady growth rate......We present a model for the growth of organic films on impermeable indoor surfaces. The model couples transport through a gas-side boundary layer adjacent to the surface with equilibrium partitioning of semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) between the gas phase and the surface film. Model...

  5. Tribological thin films on steel rolling element bearing surfaces (United States)

    Evans, Ryan David

    Tribological thin films are of interest to designers and end-users of friction management and load transmission components such as steel rolling element bearings. This study sought to reveal new information about the properties and formation of such films, spanning the scope of their technical evolution from natural oxide films, to antiwear films from lubricant additives, and finally engineered nanocomposite metal carbide/amorphous hydrocarbon (MC/a-C:H) films. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed on the near-surface material (depth lubricated conditions in mineral oil with and without sulfur- and phosphorus-containing gear oil additives. Site-specific thinning of cross-section cone surface sections for TEM analyses was conducted using the focused ion beam milling technique. Two types of oxide surface films were characterized for the cones tested in mineral oil only, each one corresponding to a different lubrication severity. Continuous and adherent antiwear films were found on the cone surfaces tested with lubricant additives, and their composition depended on the lubrication conditions. A sharp interface separated the antiwear film and base steel. Various TEM analytical techniques were used to study the segregation of elements throughout the film volume. The properties of nanocomposite tantalum carbide/amorphous hydrocarbon (TaC/a-C:H) thin films depend sensitively on reactive magnetron sputtering deposition process conditions. TaC/a-C:H film growth was studied as a function of three deposition parameters in designed experiments: acetylene flow rate, applied d.c. bias voltage, and substrate carousel rotation rate. Empirical models were developed for the following film characteristics to identify process-property trend relationships: Ta/C atomic ratio, hydrogen content, film thickness. TaC crystallite size, Raman spectrum, compressive stress, hardness, and elastic modules. TEM measurements revealed the film base structure consisted of equiaxed

  6. Surface acoustic wave propagation in graphene film

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    Roshchupkin, Dmitry, E-mail:; Plotitcyna, Olga; Matveev, Viktor; Kononenko, Oleg; Emelin, Evgenii; Irzhak, Dmitry [Institute of Microelectronics Technology and High-Purity Materials Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation); Ortega, Luc [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Univ. Paris-Sud, CNRS, UMR 8502, 91405 Orsay Cedex (France); Zizak, Ivo; Erko, Alexei [Institute for Nanometre Optics and Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Albert-Einstein Strasse 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Tynyshtykbayev, Kurbangali; Insepov, Zinetula [Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System, 53 Kabanbay Batyr St., Astana 010000 (Kazakhstan)


    Surface acoustic wave (SAW) propagation in a graphene film on the surface of piezoelectric crystals was studied at the BESSY II synchrotron radiation source. Talbot effect enabled the visualization of the SAW propagation on the crystal surface with the graphene film in a real time mode, and high-resolution x-ray diffraction permitted the determination of the SAW amplitude in the graphene/piezoelectric crystal system. The influence of the SAW on the electrical properties of the graphene film was examined. It was shown that the changing of the SAW amplitude enables controlling the magnitude and direction of current in graphene film on the surface of piezoelectric crystals.

  7. Surface tension profiles in vertical soap films (United States)

    Adami, N.; Caps, H.


    Surface tension profiles in vertical soap films are experimentally investigated. Measurements are performed by introducing deformable elastic objets in the films. The shape adopted by those objects once set in the film is related to the surface tension value at a given vertical position by numerically solving the adapted elasticity equations. We show that the observed dependency of the surface tension versus the vertical position is predicted by simple modeling that takes into account the mechanical equilibrium of the films coupled to previous thickness measurements.

  8. Stepwise adsorption for the formation of multilayer thin films (United States)

    Rouse, Jason Hayden

    The first section of this dissertation describes a detailed study of how the swellability of polyelectrolyte/clay multilayer films by water can be minimized either during either formation or with a post-treatment. Specifically, film swellability can be reduced by either preparing the film using a lower concentration of polyelectrolyte or by using larger clay platelets. A second method for reducing film swellability was to post-treat the polyelectrolyte/clay multilayers using sol-gel chemistry. These studies resulted in data that require the internal structure of the polyelectrolyte/clay multilayer films to be described as containing swellable amorphous regions, non-swellable amorphous regions, and non-swellable polyelectrolyte/clay crystallites. In order to analyze the lateral dimensions of the clay platelets used in these studies, a technique for imaging clay particles by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was developed. An out-growth of the sol-gel study was the discovery of a method to form both titanium (hydr)oxide and porous silica films by electrostatic deposition. Using a titanium coordination compound and a polyelectrolyte, titanium (hydr)oxide films of controlled thickness could be formed. It was also possible to form silica films of tunable refractive index and controlled thickness by adsorbing silica species from the sol onto a polyelectrolyte-treated surface. Scanning electron microscopy of the resulting films revealed that the tunability in refractive index was the result of variable packing of the constituent silica particles within these films. A method of incorporating nonpolar polymers within polyelectrolyte multilayers was also developed. The incorporation of polystyrene within a polyelectrolyte film reduced the ability of that film to sorb water from the vapor and swell. Additionally, through the use of a light-emitting polymer, it was possible to form films with potential use as light-emitting diodes. Finally, an early study examined the role of

  9. Modeling surface imperfections in thin films and nanostructured surfaces

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    Hansen, Poul-Erik; Madsen, J. S.; Jensen, S. A.


    Accurate scatterometry and ellipsometry characterization of non-perfect thin films and nanostructured surfaces are challenging. Imperfections like surface roughness make the associated modelling and inverse problem solution difficult due to the lack of knowledge about the imperfection...

  10. Porous silicon film formation from silicon-nanoparticle inks: The possibility of effects of van der Waals interactions on uniform film formation (United States)

    Tanaka, Kazuki; Nagoya, Wataru; Moriki, Kazuya; Sato, Seiichi


    Porous Si films were formed on electrically insulative, semiconductive, and conductive substrates by depositing aqueous and nonaqueous Si nanoparticle inks. In this study, we focused on whether the Si ink deposition resulted in the formation of uniform porous Si films on various substrates. As a result of the experiments, we found that the inks showing better substrate wettabilities did not necessarily result in more uniform film formation on the substrates. This implies that the ink-solvent wettability and the nanoparticle–substrate interactions play important roles in the uniform film formation. As one of the interactions, we discussed the influence of van der Waals interactions by calculating the Hamaker constants. The calculation results indicated that the uniform film formation was hampered when the nanoparticle surface had a repulsive van der Waals interaction with the substrate.

  11. No contaminant methods for the bio films formation control on metallic surfaces of industrial interest; Metodos no contaminantes para controlar la formacion de biopeliculas sobre superficies metalicas de interes industrial

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    Gomez de Saravia, S. G.; Guiamet, P. S.


    The aim of this paper was the control of aerobic and anaerobic bacterial biofilms formation on metal surfaces of industrial interest such as stainless steel and mild steel. A natural biocida obtained of an aqueous extract of seeds of black mustard (Brassica nigra) and mixtures of immunoglobulins IgA, IgG, and IgM were used. Microscopic techniques like scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and epifluorescens microscopy were used for observing bacterial adhesion of the metal surfaces. A marked inhibition of bacterial adherence was observed when an immunoglobulin film was formed on the metal surface. When the natural biocide was used, an important decrease in the number of microorganisms in the biofilms was observed. (Author) 8 refs.

  12. In-situ electro-charging for friction reduction and wear resistant film formation

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    Tung, S.C.; Wang, S.S. (GM Research Laboratories, Warren, MI (USA))


    A technique has been developed to form friction-reducing and antiwear films in situ by means of an electric field applied between rubbing metal surfaces. Using this in situ charging technique, the effectiveness of zinc organodithiophosphate (ZDP) additives as antiwear and friction reducing agents can be enhanced by electrochemical reactions which form surface coatings. The coatings formed on sliding surfaces compared with uncharged surfaces reduce friction by up to 35 percent. In addition, during the sliding process, the films formed on the surfaces are replenished and protect the rubbing surfaces from wear. A steel plate subjected to rubbing and in situ charging for four hours had a smooth surface and a yellowish reaction film; the one without charging was rougher and no yellowish reaction film was formed. The improved tribological characteristics are attributed to an increase in the electrochemical reactivity of the ZDP-mineral oil blends and the formation of phosphate or sulfate films on the metal surfaces. 16 refs.

  13. Formation of Ti-Ta-based surface alloy on TiNi SMA substrate from thin films by pulsed electron-beam melting (United States)

    Meisner, L. L.; Markov, A. B.; Ozur, G. E.; Rotshtein, V. P.; Yakovlev, E. V.; Meisner, S. N.; Poletika, T. M.; Girsova, S. L.; Semin, V. O.; Mironov, Yu P.


    TiNi shape memory alloys (SMAs) are unique metallic biomaterials due to combination of superelastisity and high corrosion resistance. Important factors limiting biomedical applications of TiNi SMAs are a danger of toxic Ni release into the adjacent tissues, as well as insufficient level of X-ray visibility. In this paper, the method for fabrication of protective Ni-free surface alloy of thickness ∼1 μm of near Ti70Ta30 composition on TiNi SMA substrate has been successfully realized. The method is based on multiple alternation of magnetron co-deposition of Ti70Ta30 thin (50 nm) films and their liquid-phase mixing with the TiNi substrate by microsecond low-energy, high current electron beam (≤15 keV, ∼2 J/cm2) using setup RITM-SP (Microsplav, Russia). It was found by AES, XRD, SEM/EDS and HRTEM/EDS examinations, that Ti-Ta surface alloy has an increased X-ray visibility and gradient multiphase amorphous-nanocrystalline structure containing nanopores.

  14. Surface characteristics of PLA and PLGA films

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    Paragkumar N, Thanki [Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique Macromoleculaire (LCPM), UMR CNRS-INPL 7568, Groupe ENSIC, 1 rue Grandville, B.P. 20451, 54001 Nancy Cedex (France); Edith, Dellacherie [Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique Macromoleculaire (LCPM), UMR CNRS-INPL 7568, Groupe ENSIC, 1 rue Grandville, B.P. 20451, 54001 Nancy Cedex (France); Six, Jean-Luc [Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique Macromoleculaire (LCPM), UMR CNRS-INPL 7568, Groupe ENSIC, 1 rue Grandville, B.P. 20451, 54001 Nancy Cedex (France)]. E-mail:


    Surface segregation and restructuring in polylactides (poly(D,L-lactide) and poly(L-lactide)) and poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) films of various thicknesses were investigated using both attenuated total reflection FTIR (ATR-FTIR) and contact angle relaxation measurements. In case of poly(D,L-lactide) (DLPLA), it was observed that the surface segregation and the surface restructuring of methyl side groups are influenced by the polymer film thickness. This result has been confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In the same way, PLGA thick films were also characterized by an extensive surface segregation of methyl side groups. Finally, surface restructuring was investigated by dynamic contact angle measurements and it was observed when film surface comes into contact with water. In parallel, we also found that poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) thin and clear films with thickness {approx}15 {mu}m undergo conformational changes on the surface upon solvent treatment with certain solvents. The solvent treated surface of PLLA becomes hazy and milky white and its hydrophobicity increases compared to untreated surface. FTIR spectroscopic analysis indicated that polymer chains at the surface undergo certain conformational changes upon solvent treatment. These changes are identified as the restricted motions of C-O-C segments and more intense and specific vibrations of methyl side groups. During solvent treatment, the change in water contact angle and FTIR spectrum of PLLA is well correlated.

  15. Biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces

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    Tang, Lone


    Bacteria can attach to any surface in contact with water and proliferate into complex communities enclosed in an adhesive matrix, these communities are called biofilms. The matrix makes the biofilm difficult to remove by physical means, and bacteria in biofilm can survive treatment with many...... antibiotics, disinfectants and cleaning agents. Biofilms are therefore very difficult to eradicate, and an attractive approach to limit biofilm formation is to reduce bacterial adhesion. In this thesis it was shown that lowering the surface roughness had a greater effect on bacterial retention compared....... The ability to form biofilms, the amount of eDNA produced, and the importance of eDNA for biofilm formation or stability did not correlate and varied from strain to strain. Finally, a method was developed for immobilization of living bacteria for analysis by atomic force microscopy (AFM). AFM is used...

  16. Ellipsometry of functional organic surfaces and films

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    Hinrichs, Karsten


    Ellipsometry is the method of choice to determin the properties of surfaces and thin films. It provides comprehensive and sensitive characterization in a contactless and non-invasive measurements. This book gives a state-of-the-art survey of ellipsometric investigations of organic films and surfaces, from laboratory to synchrotron applications, with a special focus on in-situ use in processing environments and at solid-liquid interfaces.

  17. [Spectroscopic study on film formation mechanism and structure of composite silanes-V-Zr passive film]. (United States)

    Wang, Lei; Liu, Chang-sheng; Shi, Lei; An, Cheng-qiang


    A composite silanes-V-Zr passive film was overlayed on hot-dip galvanized steel. Attenuated total reflection Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) and radio frequency glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (rf-GD-OES) were used to characterize the molecular structure of the silanes-V-Zr passive film. The mechanism of film formation was discussed: The results show that the silane molecules are crosslinked as the main film former and inorganic inhibitor is even distributed in the film. The fitting peak of 100.7 eV in XPS single Si2p energy range spectra of the composite silanes-V-Zr passive film and the widening and strengthening of the Si--O infrared absorption peak at 1100 cm(-1) indicate that the silanes were adsorbed on the surface of zinc with chemical bond of Si--O--Zn, and the silane molecules were connected with each other by bond of Si--O--Si. Two characteristic absorption peaks of amide at 1650 and 1560 cm(-1) appear in the infrared spectroscopy of the composite silanes-V-Zr passive film, and a characteristic absorption peak of epoxy groups at 910 cm(-1) disappears in the infrared spectroscopy of the passive film. The results indicate that gamma-APT can be prepared through nucleophilic ring-opening of ethylene oxide in gamma-GPT molecule to form C--N covalent bonds. The rf-GD-OES results indicate that there is a oxygen enriched layer in 0.3 microm depth of the composite silanes-V-Zr passive film. Moreover, ZrF4, ZrO2 and some inorganic matter obtained by the reaction during the forming processof the composite silanes-V-Zr passive film are distributed evenly throughout the film. According to the film composition, the physical processes and chemical reactions during the film forming process were studied by using ATR-FTIR. Based on this, the film forming mechanism was proposed.

  18. Surface patterns in drying films of silica colloidal dispersions. (United States)

    Boulogne, F; Giorgiutti-Dauphiné, F; Pauchard, L


    We report an experimental study on the drying of silica colloidal dispersions. Here we focus on surface instability occurring in a drying paste phase before crack formation which affects the final film quality. Observations at macroscopic and microscopic scales reveal the occurrence of instability, and the morphology of the film surface. Furthermore, we show that the addition of adsorbing polymers on silica particles can be used to suppress the instability under particular conditions of molecular weight and concentration. We relate this suppression to the increase of the paste elastic modulus.

  19. Formation of Organized Protein Thin Films with External Electric Field. (United States)

    Ferreira, Cecília Fabiana da G; Camargo, Paulo C; Benelli, Elaine M


    The effect of an external electric field on the formation of protein GlnB-Hs films and on its buffer solution on siliconized glass slides has been analyzed by current versus electric field curves and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The Herbaspirillum seropedicae GlnB protein (GlnB-Hs) is a globular, soluble homotrimer (36 kDa) with its 3-D structure previously determined. Concentrations of 10 nM native denatured GlnB-Hs protein were deposited on siliconized glass slides under ambient conditions. Immediately after solution deposition a maximum electric field of 30 kV/m was applied with rates of 3 V/s. The measured currents were surface currents and were analyzed as transport current. Electric current started to flow only after a minimum electric field (critical value) for the systems analyzed. The AFM images showed films with a high degree of directional organization only when the proteins were present in the solution. These results showed that the applied electric field favored directional organization of the protein GlnB-Hs films and may contribute to understand the formation of protein films under applied electric fields.

  20. Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction to Formate at Low Overpotentials on Electrodeposited Pd Films: Stabilized Performance by Suppression of CO Formation. (United States)

    Zhou, Fengling; Li, Haitao; Fournier, Maxime; MacFarlane, Douglas R


    Palladium nanoparticles are effective for catalytic CO2 reduction. However, CO, one of the most important products in the CO2 reduction sequence, has strong affinity for the Pd surface and poisons the catalytic sites rapidly. In this research, an electrodeposited Pd film exhibits high activity for CO2 reduction to formate with the suppression of CO formation at low overpotentials. The substrates, electrodeposition process and the post-treatment of the Pd films affect the CO2 reduction pathway significantly. The cyclic voltammetry deposition produces films that exhibit more porous morphologies and have higher current efficiencies for formate than those of films produced at constant potential. These films show stable CO2 reduction performance at low overpotentials and have high current efficiencies (≈50-60 % depending on the substrate) for formate formation at a potential of -0.4 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode without any detectable CO formation. It seems that the Pd surface generated by the new electrodeposition process described here produces a nanostructure that can promote formate formation and suppress CO formation. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Solid surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    Lüth, Hans


    This book emphasises both experimental and theoretical aspects of surface, interface and thin-film physics. As in previous editions the preparation of surfaces and thin films, their atomic and morphological structure, their vibronic and electronic properties as well as fundamentals of adsorption are treated. Because of their importance in modern information technology and nanostructure research, particular emphasis is paid to electronic surface and interface states, semiconductor space charge layers and heterostructures. A special chapter of the book is devoted to collective phenomena at interfaces and in thin films such as superconductivity and magnetism. The latter topic includes the meanwhile important issues giant magnetoresistance and spin-transfer torque mechanism, both effects being of high interest in information technology. In this new edition, for the first time, the effect of spin-orbit coupling on surface states is treated. In this context the class of the recently detected topological insulators,...

  2. Magnetic Surfaces, Thin Films, and Multilayers (United States)


    Laboratory, Berkeley CA 94720. ABSTRACT A brief review of the state of the art in the field of surface, inter- face and thin-film magnetism is presented... art and maturing science [I]. In particular, growing epitaxial films of monolayer or near-monolayer thickness allows the investigation of two...understood considering steps. A such study is under progress. Aknowledgments This work was partially supported by " Acciones Integradas Hispano-Francesas

  3. Polymer surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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    Stamm, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany)


    Neutron reflectometry can be used in various ways to investigate surfaces, interfaces and thin films of polymers. Its potential comes mostly from the possibilities offered by selective deuteration, where a particular component can be made visible with respect to its activity at the interface. In addition the depth resolution is much better than with most other direct techniques, and details of the profiles may be resolved. Several examples will be discussed including the segment diffusion at the interface between two polymer films, the determination of the narrow interfaces between incompatible polymer blends and the development of order in thin diblock copolymer films. (author) 10 figs., 2 tabs., 38 refs.

  4. Formation of thin graphite films upon carbon diffusion through nickel (United States)

    Shustin, E. G.; Isaev, N. V.; Luzanov, V. A.; Temiryazeva, M. P.


    Experimental results on the synthesis of thin graphite films with the aid of annealing of nickel films on carbon substrate are presented. Highly oriented pyrolitic graphite is used as the substrate to provide structural quality of the deposited nickel film. It is shown that the cyclic annealing of the structure with intermediate cooling leads to crystallization of primary amorphous carbon into a film consisting of flakes of vertical graphene. The process of graphite formation is discussed.

  5. Thin film surface reconstruction analysis

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    Imperatori, P. [CNR, Monterotondo Stazione, Rome (Italy). Istituto di Chimica dei materiali


    The study of the atomic structure of surfaces and interfaces is a fundamental step in the knowledge and the development of new materials. Among the several surface-sensitive techniques employed to characterise the atomic arrangements, grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXD) is one of the most powerful. With a simple data treatment, based on the kinematical theory, and using the classical methods of x-ray bulk structure determination, it gives the atomic positions of atoms at a surface or an interface and the atomic displacements of subsurface layers for a complete determination of the structure. In this paper the main features of the technique will be briefly reviewed and selected of application to semiconductor and metal surfaces will be discussed.

  6. Surface modification of polyethylene films using atmospheric ...

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    An atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) is used to increase the wettability of polyethylene polymer films. Reduction in contact angle from 94.32 to 58.33 degrees was measured for treatment times of 1 - 5 seconds. Contact angle reductions of PE as a function of treatment time with APPJ and PE surface at various oxygen ...

  7. Surface Modification of Polyethylene Films using Atmospheric

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    Dr A.B.Ahmed

    ABSTRACT. An atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) is used to increase the wettability of polyethylene polymer films. Reduction in contact angle from 94.32 to 58.33 degrees was measured for treatment times of 1 - 5 seconds. Contact angle reductions of PE as a function of treatment time with APPJ and PE surface at ...

  8. Study of the residual surface resistance of niobium films at 1.5 GHz

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    Calatroni, Sergio; Darriulat, Pierre; Peck, M A; Valente, A M; Van't Hof, C A


    Potential contributions to the residual surface resistance of niobium films exposed to 1.5 GHz microwaves are reviewed and studied. These include the oxidation of the film surface, the formation of hydride precipitates, the contamination by noble gas atoms and the presence of macroscopic film defects such as those resulting from the roughness of the substrate. Particular attention is given to the dependence of the residual resistance on the amplitude of the microwave. Results similar to those obtained for bulk niobium provide strong evidence against the conjecture that the small size of the film grains should be a fundamental limitation to the production of films having a low residual resistance.

  9. Ultrathin Au film on polymer surface for surface plasmon polariton waveguide application (United States)

    Liu, Tong; Ji, Lanting; He, Guobing; Sun, Xiaoqiang; Wang, Fei; Zhang, Daming


    Formation of laterally continuous ultrathin gold films on polymer substrates is a technological challenge. In this work, the vacuum thermal evaporation method is adopted to form continuous Au films in the thickness range of 7-17 nm on polymers of Poly(methyl-methacrylate-glycidly-methacrylate) and SU-8 film surface without using the adhesion or metallic seeding layers. Absorption spectrum, scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope images are used to characterize the Au film thickness, roughness and optical loss. The result shows that molecular-scale structure, surface energy and electronegativity have impacts on the Au film morphology on polymers. Wet chemical etching is used to fabricate 7-nm thick Au stripes embedded in polymer claddings. These long-range surface plasmon polariton waveguides demonstrate the favorable morphological configurations and cross-sectional states. Through the end-fire excitation method, propagation losses of 6-μm wide Au stripes are compared to theoretical values and analyzed from practical film status. The smooth, patternable gold films on polymer provide potential applications to plasmonic waveguides, biosensing, metamaterials and optical antennas.

  10. Atomistic simulations of wetting properties and water films on hydrophilic surfaces (United States)

    Kanduč, Matej; Netz, Roland R.


    We use molecular simulations to investigate the wetting behavior of water at flat polar surfaces. Introducing a computational procedure based on thermodynamic integration methods, we determine the equilibrium water film thickness on the surface at given vapor density as well as the corresponding change of the surface free energy. The wetting film is relevant on polar surfaces near the wetting transition and significantly alters the surface contact angle. For thin films, the surface free energy change increases linearly with the thickness, as predicted by simple thermodynamic arguments. For thick films we observe deviations from linearity, which we rationalize by the formation of hydrogen bonds between water molecules in the film. Our approach provides an efficient and accurate technique to calculate the wetting properties of surface layers, which we verify by simulating water droplets on the surfaces.

  11. Surface of Alumina Films after Prolonged Breakdowns in Galvanostatic Anodization

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    Christian Girginov


    Full Text Available Breakdown phenomena are investigated at continuous isothermal (20∘C and galvanostatic (0.2–5 mA cm−2 anodizing of aluminum in ammonium salicylate in dimethylformamide (1 M AS/DMF electrolyte. From the kinetic (-curves, the breakdown voltage ( values are estimated, as well as the frequency and amplitude of oscillations of formation voltage ( at different current densities. The surface of the aluminum specimens was studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM. Data on topography and surface roughness parameters of the electrode after electric breakdowns are obtained as a function of anodization time. The electrode surface of anodic films, formed with different current densities until the same charge density has passed (2.5 C cm−2, was assessed. Results are discussed on the basis of perceptions of avalanche mechanism of the breakdown phenomena, due to the injection of electrons and their multiplication in the volume of the film.

  12. The formation of soap bubbles created by blowing on soap films (United States)

    Salkin, Louis; Schmit, Alexandre; Panizza, Pascal; Courbin, Laurent


    Using either circular bubble wands or long-lasting vertically falling soap films having an adjustable steady state thickness, we study the formation of soap bubbles created when air is blown through a nozzle onto a soap film. We vary nozzle radius, film size, space between the film and nozzle, and gas density, and we measure the gas velocity threshold above which bubbles are generated. The response is sensitive to confinement, that is, the ratio between film and jet sizes, and dissipation in the turbulent gas jet which is a function of the distance from the nozzle to the film. We observe four different regimes that we rationalize by comparing the dynamic pressure of a jet on the film and the Laplace pressure needed to create the curved surface of a bubble.

  13. Numerical Simulation of Thin Film Breakup on Nonwettable Surfaces (United States)

    Suzzi, N.; Croce, G.


    When a continuous film flows on a nonwettable substrate surface, it may break up, with the consequent formation of a dry-patch. The actual shape of the resulting water layer is of great interest in several engineering applications, from in-flight icing simulation to finned dehumidifier behavior modeling. Here, a 2D numerical solver for the prediction of film flow behavior is presented. The effect of the contact line is introduced via the disjoining pressure terms, and both gravity and shear are included in the formulation. The code is validated with literature experimental data for the case of a stationary dry-patch on an inclined plane. Detailed numerical results are compared with literature simplified model prediction. Numerical simulation are then performed in order to predict the threshold value of the film thickness allowing for film breakup and to analyze the dependence of the dynamic contact angle on film velocity and position along the contact line. Those informations will be useful in order to efficiently predict more complex configuration involving multiple breakups on arbitrarily curved substrate surfaces (as those involved in in-flight icing phenomena on aircraft).

  14. Surface roughness and chemical properties of porous inorganic films

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    Eggen, Carrie L.; McAfee, Paul M. [School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States); Jin, Yi [China Electric Power Research Institute, Beijing 100192 (China); Lin, Y.S., E-mail: [School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States)


    Porous inorganic films of different materials and pore architecture: mesoporous γ-alumina, mesoporous yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ), macroporous YSZ and macroporous/microporous zeolite silicalite, were synthesized by the sol–gel spin-coating or dip-coating methods on silicon wafers of different surface roughness. Their surface chemical properties, pore and phase structure, and surface roughness were studied by various surface characterization methods. The pore sizes of these films are determined by their primary particle size. All the films studied are hydrophilic due to the presence of hydroxyl groups on the external crystallite surface, and their hydrophilicity increases in the order: macroporous YSZ < mesoporous YSZ < silicalite < γ-alumina. The γ-alumina films have highly smooth surfaces, while mesoporous YSZ, macroporous YSZ and silicalite films have similar surface roughness much rougher than γ-alumina films. The surface roughness of these coated films does not depend on the coating method, surface roughness of the substrate, surface chemistry or pore structure of the films. It is more controlled by the shape and size of the primary particles and aggregates in the sol or suspension from which the films are obtained. - Highlights: • Porous films of various pore structures are prepared by sol–gel methods. • γ-Alumina films have much smoother surface than thin films of other materials. • Film surface roughness is controlled by the shape and size of particles in the sols.

  15. RF Magnetron Sputtering Aluminum Oxide Film for Surface Passivation on Crystalline Silicon Wafers

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    Siming Chen


    Full Text Available Aluminum oxide films were deposited on crystalline silicon substrates by reactive RF magnetron sputtering. The influences of the deposition parameters on the surface passivation, surface damage, optical properties, and composition of the films have been investigated. It is found that proper sputtering power and uniform magnetic field reduced the surface damage from the high-energy ion bombardment to the silicon wafers during the process and consequently decreased the interface trap density, resulting in the good surface passivation; relatively high refractive index of aluminum oxide film is benefic to improve the surface passivation. The negative-charged aluminum oxide film was then successfully prepared. The surface passivation performance was further improved after postannealing by formation of an SiOx interfacial layer. It is demonstrated that the reactive sputtering is an effective technique of fabricating aluminum oxide surface passivation film for low-cost high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells.

  16. Vibrational sum‐frequency generation as a probe for composition, chemical reactivity, and film formation dynamics of the sea surface nanolayer

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    Laβ, Kristian; Kleber, Joscha; Friedrichs, Gernot


    Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation (VSFG) is a surface sensitive nonlinear laser spectroscopic technique, which has been widely used in physics and physical chemistry to investigate interface processes and heterogeneous chemistry...

  17. Formation of Boundary Film from Ionic Liquids Enhanced by Additives

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    Erik Nyberg


    Full Text Available Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs have several properties that make them interesting candidates as base fluids for extreme conditions. However, a lack of compatibility with tribo-improving additives combined with an often overly aggressive nature is limiting their use as base fluids. To overcome these drawbacks, hydrocarbon-imitating RTIL base fluids have recently been developed. In this study, the effects of several common additives in the novel RTIL (P-SiSO were examined by laboratory tribotesting. A reciprocating steel-steel ball-on-flat setup in an air atmosphere was used, where the lubricant performance was evaluated over a range of loads and temperatures. Surface analyses after testing were carried out using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS. Neat P-SiSO displayed high performance in the tribotests. At an elevated load and temperature, a shift in lubrication mode was observed with an accompanying increase in friction and wear. Surface analysis revealed a boundary film rich in Si and O in the primary lubrication mode, while P was detected after a shift to the secondary lubrication mode. An amine additive was effective in reducing wear and friction under harsh conditions. The amine was determined to increase formation of the protective Si–O film, presumably by enhancing the anion activity.

  18. Adsorption, desorption, and film formation of quinacridone and its thermal cracking product indigo on clean and carbon-covered silicon dioxide surfaces (United States)

    Scherwitzl, Boris; Lassnig, Roman; Truger, Magdalena; Resel, Roland; Leising, Günther; Winkler, Adolf


    The evaporation of quinacridone from a stainless steel Knudsen cell leads to the partial decomposition of this molecule in the cell, due to its comparably high sublimation temperature. At least one additional type of molecules, namely indigo, could be detected in the effusion flux. Thermal desorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy have been used to study the co-deposition of these molecules on sputter-cleaned and carbon-covered silicon dioxide surfaces. Desorption of indigo appears at temperatures of about 400 K, while quinacridone desorbs at around 510 K. For quinacridone, a desorption energy of 2.1 eV and a frequency factor for desorption of 1 × 1019 s-1 were calculated, which in this magnitude is typical for large organic molecules. A fraction of the adsorbed quinacridone molecules (˜5%) decomposes during heating, nearly independent of the adsorbed amount, resulting in a surface composed of small carbon islands. The sticking coefficients of indigo and quinacridone were found to be close to unity on a carbon covered SiO2 surface but significantly smaller on a sputter-cleaned substrate. The reason for the latter can be attributed to insufficient energy dissipation for unfavorably oriented impinging molecules. However, due to adsorption via a hot-precursor state, the sticking probability is increased on the surface covered with carbon islands, which act as accommodation centers.

  19. Simultaneous measurements of top surface and its underlying film surfaces in multilayer film structure. (United States)

    Ghim, Young-Sik; Rhee, Hyug-Gyo; Davies, Angela


    With the growth of 3D packaging technology and the development of flexible, transparent electrodes, the use of multilayer thin-films is steadily increasing throughout high-tech industries including semiconductor, flat panel display, and solar photovoltaic industries. Also, this in turn leads to an increase in industrial demands for inspection of internal analysis. However, there still remain many technical limitations to overcome for measurement of the internal structure of the specimen without damage. In this paper, we propose an innovative optical inspection technique for simultaneous measurements of the surface and film thickness corresponding to each layer of multilayer film structures by computing the phase and reflectance over a wide range of wavelengths. For verification of our proposed method, the sample specimen of multilayer films was fabricated via photolithography process, and the surface profile and film thickness of each layer were measured by two different techniques of a stylus profilometer and an ellipsometer, respectively. Comparison results shows that our proposed technique enables simultaneous measurements of the top surface and its underlying film surfaces with high precision, which could not be measured by conventional non-destructive methods.

  20. Textured surface structures formed using new techniques on transparent conducting Al-doped zinc oxide films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Minami, Tadatsugu [Optoelectronic Device System R& D Center, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501 (Japan); Miyata, Toshihiro, E-mail: [Optoelectronic Device System R& D Center, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501 (Japan); Uozaki, Ryousuke [Optoelectronic Device System R& D Center, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501 (Japan); Sai, Hitoshi; Koida, Takashi [Research Center for Photovoltaics, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)


    Surface-textured Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films formed using two new techniques based on magnetron sputtering deposition were developed by optimizing the light scattering properties to be suitable for transparent electrode applications in thin-film silicon solar cells. Scrambled egg-like surface-textured AZO films were prepared using a new texture formation technique that post-etched pyramidal surface-textured AZO films prepared under deposition conditions suppressing c-axis orientation. In addition, double surface-textured AZO films were prepared using another new texture formation technique that completely removed, by post-etching, the pyramidal surface-textured AZO films previously prepared onto the initially deposited low resistivity AZO films; simultaneously, the surface of the low resistivity films was slightly etched. However, the obtained very high haze value in the range from the near ultraviolet to visible light in the scrambled egg-like surface-textured AZO films did not contribute significantly to the obtainable photovoltaic properties in the solar cells fabricated using the films. Significant light scattering properties as well as a low sheet resistance could be achieved in the double surface-textured AZO films. In addition, a significant improvement of external quantum efficiency in the range from the near ultraviolet to visible light was achieved in superstrate-type n-i-p μc-Si:H solar cells fabricated using a double surface-textured AZO film prepared under optimized conditions as the transparent electrode. - Highlights: • Double surface-textured AZO films prepared using a new texture formation technique • Extensive light scattering properties with low sheet resistance achieved in the double surface-textured AZO films • Improved external quantum efficiency of μc-Si:H solar cells using a double surface-textured AZO film.

  1. Formation of ultrasmooth thin silver films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kuznetsov, I. A.; Garaeva, M. Ya.; Mamichev, D. A., E-mail:; Grishchenko, Yu. V.; Zanaveskin, M. L. [NBIC Center, National Research Centre ' Kurchatov Institute' (Russian Federation)


    Ultrasmooth thin silver films have been formed on a quartz substrate with a buffer yttrium oxide layer by pulsed laser deposition. The dependence of the surface morphology of the film on the gas (N{sub 2}) pressure in the working chamber and laser pulse energy is investigated. It is found that the conditions of film growth are optimal at a gas pressure of 10{sup -2} Torr and lowest pulse energy. The silver films formed under these conditions on a quartz substrate with an initial surface roughness of 0.3 nm had a surface roughness of 0.36 nm. These films can be used as a basis for various optoelectronics and nanoplasmonics elements.

  2. Stability and structure formation in films of binary mixtures (United States)

    Madruga, Santiago; Thiele, Uwe


    Films of polymer blends are used in technological applications such as coatings or structured functional layers. The evolution of those films is involved by the coupling of decomposition within the film and the dewetting of the film. We present a model for films of binary mixtures, such as polymer blends, with free evolving surfaces. The model is based on model-H describing the coupled transport of concentration and momentum fields supplemented by boundary conditions at the substrate and free surface. We analyze the linear stability of vertically stratified base states of free surface films with respect to lateral perturbations [1]. For purely diffusive transport, an increase in film thickness either exponentially decreases the lateral instability or entirely stabilizes the film. The inclusion of convective transport leads to further destabilization as compared to the purely diffusive case [2]. We study as well the dependence of the instability on parameters such as the Reynolds number, the surface tension number and the ratio of velocities of convective and diffusive transport. [1] U. Thiele, S. Madruga, and L. Frastia. Phys. of Fluids. 19, 122106, (2007). [2] S. Madruga and U. Thiele. To appear in Phys. of Fluids.

  3. Modification of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films surface with gradient roughness and homogenous surface chemistry by dielectric barrier discharge plasma (United States)

    Gao, Ming; Sun, Liqun; Guo, Ying; Shi, Jianjun; Zhang, Jing


    Dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma was used to modify polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films with gradient roughness and homogenous surface chemistry. Based on asymmetric electrode arrangement, the spatial distribution of the plasma on the films surface was non-uniform, leading to the formation of typical three discharge regions (central zone, boundary zone and diffuse zone). The experimental results showed that the plasma induced significant morphological and chemical changes onto the surfaces. Furthermore, a gradient surface roughness from central zone to diffuse zone was formed, while surface chemistry was relatively homogenous in these regions, which can be explained by theoretical plasma-etching mechanism.

  4. Surface tension and buoyancy in vertical soap films


    Adami, Nicolas


    This manuscrit presents our experimental works about maintained vertical soap films. The purpose of this thesis was to realize experiments on vertical soap films. We designed a setup which allows to maintain vertical soap films on large timescales. The thickness profiles of those films were characterized using an infrared absorption method. We then designed an elastic sensor in order to probe the surface tension profiles in our films. Simple mechanical considerations allowed us to draw a s...

  5. Surface studies of magnetic thin films

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    Zeybek, O


    Despite the resonances of the various multiplet components the dichroism signal retains a uniform spectral shape. The well-resolved multiplet structures have been obtained in 5p photoemission of Tb using circularly polarised light. This multiplet structure is caused by the interaction between the core level photohole and those partially filled subshell, i.e. as result of the unpaired 4f and 5p electrons. In 4f levels of Tb(0001) films, the well-resolved surface component of the Tb sup 8 S sub 7 sub / sub 2 has been observed a separation of magnetic circular dichroism in the angular dependence effect for the surface layer and for the bulk. Depending on the preparation procedure, new iron superstructures on W(110) substrate have been observed. The photographs of the LEED images provide information about the ordered arrangement of atoms on the surface and the distances between the spots. These LEED patterns are also an evidence of crystal structure of iron films. The sharpness of the spots gives insight on how w...

  6. Formation of nanostructured metallic glass thin films upon sputtering

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    Sergey V. Ketov


    Full Text Available Morphology evolution of the multicomponent metallic glass film obtained by radio frequency (RF magnetron sputtering was investigated in the present work. Two modes of metallic glass sputtering were distinguished: smooth film mode and clustered film mode. The sputtering parameters, which have the most influence on the sputtering modes, were determined. As a result, amorphous Ni-Nb thin films with a smooth surface and nanoglassy structure were deposited on silica float glass and Si substrates. The phase composition of the target appeared to have a significant influence on the chemical composition of the deposited amorphous thin film. The differences in charge transport and nanomechanical properties between the smooth and nanoglassy Ni-Nb film were also determined.

  7. Thin Water Films at Multifaceted Hematite Particle Surfaces. (United States)

    Boily, Jean-François; Yeşilbaş, Merve; Uddin, Munshi Md Musleh; Baiqing, Lu; Trushkina, Yulia; Salazar-Alvarez, Germàn


    Mineral surfaces exposed to moist air stabilize nanometer- to micrometer-thick water films. This study resolves the nature of thin water film formation at multifaceted hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanoparticle surfaces with crystallographic faces resolved by selected area electron diffraction. Dynamic vapor adsorption (DVA) in the 0-19 Torr range at 298 K showed that these particles stabilize water films consisting of up to 4-5 monolayers. Modeling of these data predicts water loadings in terms of an "adsorption regime" (up to 16 H2O/nm(2)) involving direct water binding to hematite surface sites, and of a "condensation regime" (up to 34 H2O/nm(2)) involving water binding to hematite-bound water nanoclusters. Vibration spectroscopy identified the predominant hematite surface hydroxo groups (-OH, μ-OH, μ3-OH) through which first layer water molecules formed hydrogen bonds, as well as surface iron sites directly coordinating water molecules (i.e., as geminal η-(OH2)2 sites). Chemometric analyses of the vibration spectra also revealed a strong correspondence in the response of hematite surface hydroxo groups to DVA-derived water loadings. These findings point to a near-saturation of the hydrogen-bonding environment of surface hydroxo groups at a partial water vapor pressure of ∼8 Torr (∼40% relative humidity). Classical molecular dynamics (MD) resolved the interfacial water structures and hydrogen bonding populations at five representative crystallographic faces expressed in these nanoparticles. Simulations of single oriented slabs underscored the individual roles of all (hydro)oxo groups in donating and accepting hydrogen bonds with first layer water in the "adsorption regime". These analyses pointed to the preponderance of hydrogen bond-donating -OH groups in the stabilization of thin water films. Contributions of μ-OH and μ3-OH groups are secondary, yet remain essential in the stabilization of thin water films. MD simulations also helped resolve crystallographic

  8. Effect of Cr on the passive film formation mechanism of steel rebar in saturated calcium hydroxide solution

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    Liu, Ming; Cheng, Xuequn [Corrosion and Protection Center, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 (China); Li, Xiaogang, E-mail: [Corrosion and Protection Center, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 (China); Ningbo Institute of Material Technology & Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, 315201, Zhejiang (China); Pan, Yue; Li, Jun [Corrosion and Protection Center, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 (China)


    Highlights: • Cr inhibits the formation of passive film at the beginning of its formation. • Cr promotes the formation of a denser and more compact passive film. • The passive film thickness presents a slight increase as the content of Cr goes up. - Abstract: Passive films grow on the surface of Cr-modified steels subjected to saturated Ca(OH){sub 2} solution. Electrochemical techniques, such as measurement of open circuit potentials, polarization curves, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy combined with X-ray photoelectron spectrometer and auger electron spectroscopy, were applied to study the influence of low Cr content on the passive film formation mechanism of steel rebar in saturated Ca(OH){sub 2} solution. Results show that Cr inhibits the formation of passive film at the beginning of its formation. Corrosion current density decreases and polarization resistance increases with the extension of the immersion time. A stable passive film takes at least three days to form. The passive film resistance of HRB400 carbon steel is higher than that of Cr-modified steels in the early stage of immersion (<72 h). The polarization resistance of Cr-modified steel is larger after a stable passive film is formed (>72 h), and Cr promotes the formation of a denser and more compact passive film. The stable passive film is primarily made up of iron oxides with a thickness of 5–6 nm. Cr are involved in the formation of passive films, thereby resulting in a film that consists of an inner layer that contains Cr–Fe oxides and an outer layer that contains Fe oxides, whose thickness presents a slight increase as the content of Cr increases.

  9. Simple Formation of Nanostructured Molybdenum Disulfide Thin Films by Electrodeposition

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    S. K. Ghosh


    Full Text Available Nanostructured molybdenum disulfide thin films were deposited on various substrates by direct current (DC electrolysis form aqueous electrolyte containing molybdate and sulfide ions. Post deposition annealing at higher temperatures in the range 450–700°C transformed the as-deposited amorphous films to nanocrystalline structure. High temperature X-ray diffraction studies clearly recorded the crystal structure transformations associated with grain growth with increase in annealing temperature. Surface morphology investigations revealed featureless structure in case of as-deposited surface; upon annealing it converts into a surface with protruding nanotubes, nanorods, or dumbbell shape nanofeatures. UV-visible and FTIR spectra confirmed about the presence of Mo-S bonding in the deposited films. Transmission electron microscopic examination showed that the annealed MoS2 films consist of nanoballs, nanoribbons, and multiple wall nanotubes.

  10. Bow and Oblique Shock Formation in Soap Film (United States)

    Kim, Ildoo; Mandre, Shreyas; Sane, Aakash


    In recent years, soap films have been exploited primarily to approximate two-dimensional flows while their three-dimensional character is relatively unattended. An example of the three-dimensional character of the flow in a soap film is the observed Marangoni shock wave when the flow speed exceeds the wave speed. In this study, we investigated the formation of bow and oblique shocks in soap films generated by wedges with different deflection angles. When the wedge deflection angle is small and the film flows fast, oblique shocks are observed. When the oblique shock cannot exists, bow shock is formed upstream the wedge. We characterized the oblique shock angle as a function of the wedge deflection angle and the flow speed, and we also present the criteria for transition between bow and oblique Marangoni shocks in soap films.

  11. Formation mechanism of photo-induced nested wrinkles on siloxane-photomonomer hybrid film

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    Suzuki, Kazumasa [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); International Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (iLMNT), Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Laboratorio di Scienz (Italy); Tokudome, Yasuaki, E-mail:; Takahashi, Masahide, E-mail: [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); International Laboratory of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (iLMNT), Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)


    Nested wrinkle structures, hierarchical surface wrinkles of different periodicities of sub-μm and tens-μm, have been fabricated on a siloxane-photomonomer hybrid film via a photo-induced surface polymerization of acrylamide. The formation mechanism of the nested wrinkle structures is examined based on a time-dependent structure observation and chemical composition analyses. In-situ observation of the evolving surface structure showed that sub-μm scale wrinkles first formed, subsequently the tens-μm scale ones did. In-situ FT-IR analysis indicated that the nested wrinkles formation took place along with the development of siloxane network of under layer. A cross sectional observation of the film revealed that the film was composed of three layers. FT-IR spectra of the film revealed that the surface and interior layers were polyacrylamide rich layer and siloxane-polymer rich layer, respectively. The intermediate layer formed as a diffusion layer by migration of acrylamide from interior to the surface. These three layers have different chemical compositions and therefore different mechanical characteristics, which allows the wrinkle formation. Shrinkage of siloxane-polymer interior layers, as a result of polycondensation of siloxane network, induced mechanical instabilities at interlayers, to form the nested wrinkle structures.

  12. Thermal transport across a substrate-thin-film interface: effects of film thickness and surface roughness. (United States)

    Liang, Zhi; Sasikumar, Kiran; Keblinski, Pawel


    Using molecular dynamics simulations and a model AlN-GaN interface, we demonstrate that the interfacial thermal resistance R(K) (Kapitza resistance) between a substrate and thin film depends on the thickness of the film and the film surface roughness when the phonon mean free path is larger than film thickness. In particular, when the film (external) surface is atomistically smooth, phonons transmitted from the substrate can travel ballistically in the thin film, be scattered specularly at the surface, and return to the substrate without energy transfer. If the external surface scatters phonons diffusely, which is characteristic of rough surfaces, R(K) is independent of film thickness and is the same as R(K) that characterizes smooth surfaces in the limit of large film thickness. At interfaces where phonon transmission coefficients are low, the thickness dependence is greatly diminished regardless of the nature of surface scattering. The film thickness dependence of R(K) is analogous to the well-known fact of lateral thermal conductivity thickness dependence in thin films. The difference is that phonon-boundary scattering lowers the in-plane thermal transport in thin films, but it facilitates thermal transport from the substrate to the thin film.

  13. Femtosecond laser surface structuring of molybdenum thin films

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    Kotsedi, L., E-mail: [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure Road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); Mthunzi, P. [Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Biophotonics Lab: National Laser Centre Pretoria, 0001 (South Africa); Nuru, Z.Y. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure Road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); Eaton, S.M. [Physics Department, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano (Italy); Center for Nano Science and Technology, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano, Itala (Italy); Sechoghela, P.; Mongwaketsi, N. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure Road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); Ramponi, R. [Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN)–CNR, Piazza Leanardo Da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano (Italy); Maaza, M. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure Road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa)


    Highlights: • Color change of the molybdenum thin film from shinny to violet–yellowish color after laser irradiation at various laser powers. • Formation of the molybdenum dioxide coating after laser exposure, as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction spectrometry. • Selective solar absorbing nature of the laser exposed films. • Study of the binding energies is presented in this contribution using the XPS spectrometry. - Abstract: This contribution reports on the femtosecond surface structuring of molybdenum thin coatings deposited by electron beam evaporation onto Corning glass substrates. The 1-D type periodic grating lines created by such an ablation showed that the widths of the shallow grooves followed a logarithmic dependence with the laser energy incident on the molybdenum film. The electronic valence “x” of the created oxide surface layer MoO{sub x} was found to be incident laser power dependent via Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction investigations. Such a photo-induced MoO{sub x}–Mo nanocomposite exhibited effective selective solar absorption in the UV–vis–IR spectral range.

  14. Silver-Palladium Surfaces Inhibit Biofilm Formation

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    Chiang, Wen-Chi; Schroll, Casper; Hilbert, Lisbeth Rischel


    Undesired biofilm formation is a major concern in many areas. In the present study, we investigated biofilm-inhibiting properties of a silver-palladium surface that kills bacteria by generating microelectric fields and electrochemical redox processes. For evaluation of the biofilm inhibition...... efficacy and study of the biofilm inhibition mechanism, the silver-sensitive Escherichia coli J53 and the silver-resistant E. coli J53[pMG101] strains were used as model organisms, and batch and flow chamber setups were used as model systems. In the case of the silver-sensitive strain, the silver......-palladium surfaces killed the bacteria and prevented biofilm formation under conditions of low or high bacterial load. In the case of the silver-resistant strain, the silver-palladium surfaces killed surface-associated bacteria and prevented biofilm formation under conditions of low bacterial load, whereas under...

  15. WO3 Nanoplates Film: Formation and Photocatalytic Oxidation Studies

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    Chin Wei Lai


    Full Text Available High surface area of tungsten oxide (WO3 nanoplates films was prepared via simple electrochemical anodization technique by controlling the fluoride content (NH4F in electrolyte. The design and development of WO3-based nanostructure assemblies have gained significant interest in order to maximize specific surface area for harvesting more photons to trigger photocatalytic oxidation reaction. This study aims to determine the optimum content of NH4F in forming WO3 nanoplates on W film with efficient photocatalytic oxidation reaction for organic dye degradation by utilizing our solar energy. The NH4F was found to influence the chemical dissolution and field-assisted dissolution rates, thus modifying the final morphological of WO3-based nanostructure assemblies film. It was found that 0.7 wt% of NH4F is the minimum amount to grow WO3 nanoplates film on W film. The photocatalysis oxidation experimental results showed that WO3 nanoplates film exhibited a maximum degradation of methyl orange dye (≈75% under solar illumination for 5 hours. This behavior was attributed to the better charge carriers transportation and minimizes the recombination losses with specific surface area of nanoplates structure.

  16. Monitoring tablet surface roughness during the film coating process

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    Seitavuopio, Paulus; Heinämäki, Jyrki; Rantanen, Jukka


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the change of surface roughness and the development of the film during the film coating process using laser profilometer roughness measurements, SEM imaging, and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. Surface roughness and texture changes developing during...... the process of film coating tablets were studied by noncontact laser profilometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). An EDX analysis was used to monitor the magnesium stearate and titanium dioxide of the tablets. The tablet cores were film coated with aqueous hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, and the film...... coating was performed using an instrumented pilot-scale side-vented drum coater. The SEM images of the film-coated tablets showed that within the first 30 minutes, the surface of the tablet cores was completely covered with a thin film. The magnesium signal that was monitored by SEM-EDX disappeared after...

  17. Formation of Silver Selenide Layers on Polyamide 6 Films by the Use of Potassium Selenotrithionate

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    Remigijus IVANAUSKAS


    Full Text Available A polyamide 6 films if treated with the potassium selenotrithionate, K2SeS2O6, solution in hydrochloric acid, absorbs selenium the form of selenotrithionate anion, SeS2O62-, and the anions decompose in polymer with time. Further interaction of selenized PA films with AgNO3 solution (10 min, 80 °C leads to the formation of silver selenide layers on the polymer surface. The mechanism of formation of silver selenide layers on PA 6 films was proposed. The chemical analyzes show that the concentrations of silver and selenium in polyamide 6 film increase when increase the duration of polymer seleniumization. The molar ratio of Ag/Se in the layers of silver selenide on polyamide films varied from 0.57 : 1 to 0.7 : 1. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of silver selenide layers with elemental selenium in the surface of polyamide 6. The phases of orthorhombic naumannite - Ag2Se (24-1041 and monoclinic selenium - Se8 (71-528 were identified in the formed layers.

  18. Free surface entropic lattice Boltzmann simulations of film condensation on vertical hydrophilic plates

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    Hygum, Morten Arnfeldt; Karlin, Iliya; Popok, Vladimir


    A model for vapor condensation on vertical hydrophilic surfaces is developed using the entropic lattice Boltzmann method extended with a free surface formulation of the evaporation–condensation problem. The model is validated with the steady liquid film formation on a flat vertical wall....... It is shown that the model is in a good agreement with the classical Nusselt equations for the laminar flow regime. Comparisons of the present model with other empirical models also demonstrate good agreement beyond the laminar regime. This allows the film condensation modeling at high film Reynolds numbers...

  19. Arsenic Sulfide Nanowire Formation on Fused Quartz Surfaces

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    Olmstead, J.; Riley, B.J.; Johnson, B.R.; Sundaram, S.K.


    Arsenic sulfide (AsxSy) nanowires were synthesized by an evaporation-condensation process in evacuated fused quartz ampoules. During the deposition process, a thin, colored film of AsxSy was deposited along the upper, cooler portion of the ampoule. The ampoule was sectioned and the deposited film analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to characterize and semi-quantitatively evaluate the microstructural features of the deposited film. A variety of microstructures were observed that ranged from a continuous thin film (warmer portion of the ampoule), to isolated micron- and nano-scale droplets (in the intermediate portion), as well as nanowires (colder portion of the ampoule). Experiments were conducted to evaluate the effects of ampoule cleaning methods (e.g. modify surface chemistry) and quantity of source material on nanowire formation. The evolution of these microstructures in the thin film was determined to be a function of initial pressure, substrate temperature, substrate surface treatment, and initial volume of As2S3 glass. In a set of two experiments where the initial pressure, substrate thermal gradient, and surface treatment were the same, the initial quantity of As2S3 glass per internal ampoule volume was doubled from one test to the other. The results showed that AsxSy nanowires were only formed in the test with the greater initial quantity of As2S3 per internal ampoule volume. The growth data for variation in diameter (e.g. nanowire or droplet) as a function of substrate temperature was fit to an exponential trendline with the form y = Aekx, where y is the structure diameter, A = 1.25×10-3, k = 3.96×10-2, and x is the temperature with correlation coefficient, R2 = 0.979, indicating a thermally-activated process.

  20. Film collapse behavior on high temperature particle surface

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    Tochio, Daisuke; Abe, Yutaka [Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Yamagata (Japan)


    It is pointed out that large-scale vapor explosion may occurred during a severe accident of a nuclear power plant. It is important to predict the possibility of the vapor explosion for the accident management of the nuclear power plant during a severe accident. The thermal detonation model is proposed to predict the vapor explosion. In the thermal detonation model, vapor explosion is started by a trigger. The trigger is vapor film collapse around high temperature material droplets coarsely pre-mixed in low temperature liquid. In the premixing stage, high temperature material droplets are insulated from low temperature liquid by the vapor film. Once the vapor film is collapsed, very quick and large heat transfer starts followed by the atomization. In order to clarify the trigger condition of the vapor explosion, it is necessary to identify the mechanism of the film collapse on the high temperature droplet surface in low temperature particle surface. Since the steam film on a high temperature droplet is unstable in high subcooling condition of low temperature liquid, the possibility of the self-collapse of the steam film is high. On the other hand, the possibility of the film collapse is not high in low subcooling or saturated condition since the steam film is tough. There are many experimental studies on the vapor film collapse behavior on the high temperature material surface. Most of those studies, vapor film collapse follows by the atomization , since melted droplets are used in those experiments. And the experiments used solid material is limited for the cylindrical or flat plate geometry. At present, there is no experimental database on the microscopic mechanism of steam film collapse behavior in spherical geometry for wide range of subcooling conditions. In the present study, steam film collapse behavior on a stainless steel particle surface is experimentally investigated. The stainless steel particle heated up by a burner is immersed into water in a stainless

  1. Snakes and labyrinths: contact fingering instability of a soft elastic film between two rigid surfaces (United States)

    Davis-Purcell, Ben; Dalnoki-Veress, Kari

    Intricate patterns are abundant in nature, from the stripes of a zebra, to the formation of snowflakes, to the wavy peaks and valleys on a beach. One such instability occurs when a soft elastomeric film bonded to a rigid substrate deforms to adhere to another rigid surface brought into contact with the film. If there is a gap between the film and the surface, then a contact fingering instability results as the film deforms to adhere to the surface. The reduction in the interfacial surface energy upon adhering is balanced by the elastic strain as the soft film deforms to span the gap and leads to distinct labyrinth patterns. We study the formation of this adhesion-induced instability and observe the fingering labyrinth pattern both statically, to measure wavelength as a function of film thickness, as well as dynamically where we see patterns similar to snakes meandering along the ground. We also investigate this contact fingering instability in the presence of an anisotropic tension in the soft elastic film.

  2. Sintering Inhibition of Silver Nanoparticle Films via AgCl Nanocrystal Formation. (United States)

    Öhlund, Thomas; Hummelgård, Magnus; Olin, Håkan


    Electrically conductive films are key components in most printed and flexible electronics applications. For the solution processing of conductive films, inks containing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) remain important because of their relatively easy processing and generally low resistivity after a sintering procedure. Because the commonly used, moderate sintering temperatures of 150-300 °C are still too high for most low-cost flexible substrates, expanding the knowledge of surface-ink interactions that affect the sintering temperature is desirable. It is known that chloride ions can assist the sintering of AgNP films by displacing capping agents on the surfaces of AgNPs. However, very little is known about other possible Cl-AgNP interactions that affect the resistivity and no interaction having the opposite effect (sintering inhibition) has been identified before. Here we identify such a Cl-AgNP interaction giving sintering inhibition and find that the mechanism involves the formation of AgCl nanocrystals within the AgNP film. The AgCl formation was observed after inkjet-printing of AgNP inks with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as the capping agent onto papers with quick-absorbing coatings containing 0.3 wt % KCl. Our findings show that chloride can have opposite roles during sintering, either assisting or inhibiting the sintering depending on the prevalence of AgCl formation. The prevalence of AgCl formation depends on the absorption properties and the capping agent.

  3. On the onset of surface condensation: formation and transition mechanisms of condensation mode


    Qiang Sheng; Jie Sun; Qian Wang; Wen Wang; Hua Sheng Wang


    Molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out to investigate the onset of surface condensation. On surfaces with different wettability, we snapshot different condensation modes (no-condensation, dropwise condensation and filmwise condensation) and quantitatively analyze their characteristics by temporal profiles of surface clusters. Two different types of formation of nanoscale droplets are identified, i.e. the formations with and without film-like condensate. We exhibit the effect of ...

  4. Corrosion of Metal Films with Defective Surface Protection Layers. (United States)


    A. L. Nicklen and D. R. Gabe, "A. C. Anodizing of Aluminum in Sulphuric Acid ," Surface Technol. 7, 353-359 (1978). 160. K. Nisancioglu and H. Holtan... Dielectric Layers Electrochemical Measurements Aluminum Thin Films Surface pH Measurements Gold Thin Films TRACT (Contfne o- reverse aide Hf nec.eary...12 2. Dielectric Layers..........................................3 3. Metallization

  5. Measuring Surface Tension of a Flowing Soap Film (United States)

    Sane, Aakash; Kim, Ildoo; Mandre, Shreyas


    It is well known that surface tension is sensitive to the presence of surfactants and many conventional methods exist to measure it. These techniques measure surface tension either by intruding into the system or by changing its geometry. Use of conventional methods in the case of a flowing soap film is not feasible because intruding the soap film changes surface tension due to Marangoni effect. We present a technique in which we measure the surface tension in situ of a flowing soap film without intruding into the film. A flowing soap film is created by letting soap solution drip between two wires. The interaction of the soap film with the wires causes the wires to deflect which can be measured. Surface tension is calculated using a relation between curvature of the wires and the surface tension. Our measurements indicate that the surface tension of the flowing soap film for our setup is around 0.05 N/m. The nature of this technique makes it favorable for measuring surface tension of flowing soap films whose properties change on intrusion.

  6. Polygon formation and surface flow on a rotating fluid surface

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    Bergmann, Raymond; Tophøj, Laust Emil Hjerrild; Homan, T. A. M.


    'wet' or with a 'dry' centre. For the dry structures, we present measurements of the surface shapes and the process of formation. We show experimental evidence that the formation can take place as a two-stage process: first the system approaches an almost stable rotationally symmetric state and from......, we measure the surface flows by particle image velocimetry (PIV) and show that there are three vortices present, but that the strength of these vortices is far too weak to account for the rotation velocity of the polygon. We show that partial blocking of the surface flow destroys the polygons and re......-establishes the rotational symmetry. For the rotationally symmetric state our theoretical analysis of the surface flow shows that it consists of two distinct regions: an inner, rigidly rotating centre and an outer annulus, where the surface flow is that of a point vortex with a weak secondary flow. This prediction...

  7. π-Donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film by their noncovalent interactions with iodine

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    Traven, Valerii F., E-mail: [Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow 125047, Miusskaya sq., 9 (Russian Federation); Ivanov, Ivan V.; Dolotov, Sergei M. [Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow 125047, Miusskaya sq., 9 (Russian Federation); Veciana, Jaume Miro; Lebedev, Victor S. [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona–CSIC, Campus de la UAB, 08193, Bellaterra (Spain); Shulga, Yurii M.; Khasanov, Salavat S. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Acad. N.N. Semenov Prosp., 1, Chernogolovka, 142432 (Russian Federation); Medvedev, Michael G. [A. N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991, Vavilova str., 28 (Russian Federation); Laukhina, Elena E. [The Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, ICMAB-CSIC, Bellaterra, 08193 (Spain)


    Noncovalent (charge transfer) interaction between perylene and iodine in polycarbonate film provides formation of microstructured perylene layer on the polymer surface upon exposure of polymer film which contains dissolved perylene to solvent + iodine vapors. The prepared bilayer film possesses a sensing effect to iodine vapors which can be observed by both fluorescence and electrical conductivity changes. Similar bilayer films have been prepared also with anthracene and phenothiazine as π-donors with use of different polymer matrixes. Interaction of iodine with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) has also been studied by the M06-2x DFT calculations for better understanding of phenomenon of π-donors microstructuring on surface of polymer film. - Highlights: • Preparation of bilayer polymer films with π-donors on surface for the first time. • π-Donor phase purity is confirmed by XRD, IR spectroscopy, SEM. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess fluorescence. • Perylene bilayer polymer films loss fluorescence under iodine vapors. • Perylene bilayer polymer films possess electrical conductivity when treated by iodine vapors.

  8. Surface tension measurement from the indentation of clamped thin films. (United States)

    Xu, Xuejuan; Jagota, Anand; Paretkar, Dadhichi; Hui, Chung-Yuen


    We developed an indentation technique to measure the surface tension of relatively stiff solids. In the proposed method, a suspended thin solid film is indented by a rigid sphere and its deflection is measured by optical interferometry. The film deflection is jointly resisted by surface tension, elasticity and residual stress. Using a version of nonlinear von Karman plate theory that includes surface tension, we are able to separate the contribution of elasticity to the total tension in the film. Surface tension is determined by extrapolating the sum of surface tension and residual stress to zero film thickness. We measured the surface tension of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) using this technique and obtained a value of 19.5 ± 3.6 mN m(-1), consistent with the surface energy of PDMS reported in the literature.

  9. Surface self-organization in multilayer film coatings (United States)

    Shuvalov, Gleb M.; Kostyrko, Sergey A.


    It is a recognized fact that during film deposition and subsequent thermal processing the film surface evolves into an undulating profile. Surface roughness affects many important aspects in the engineering application of thin film materials such as wetting, heat transfer, mechanical, electromagnetic and optical properties. To accurately control the morphological surface modifications at the micro- and nanoscale and improve manufacturing techniques, we design a mathematical model of the surface self-organization process in multilayer film materials. In this paper, we consider a solid film coating with an arbitrary number of layers under plane strain conditions. The film surface has a small initial perturbation described by a periodic function. It is assumed that the evolution of the surface relief is governed by surface and volume diffusion. Based on Gibbs thermodynamics and linear theory of elasticity, we present a procedure for constructing a governing equation that gives the amplitude change of the surface perturbation with time. A parametric study of the evolution equation leads to the definition of a critical undulation wavelength that stabilizes the surface. As a numerical result, the influence of geometrical and physical parameters on the morphological stability of an isotropic two-layered film coating is analyzed.

  10. On the onset of surface condensation: formation and transition mechanisms of condensation mode. (United States)

    Sheng, Qiang; Sun, Jie; Wang, Qian; Wang, Wen; Wang, Hua Sheng


    Molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out to investigate the onset of surface condensation. On surfaces with different wettability, we snapshot different condensation modes (no-condensation, dropwise condensation and filmwise condensation) and quantitatively analyze their characteristics by temporal profiles of surface clusters. Two different types of formation of nanoscale droplets are identified, i.e. the formations with and without film-like condensate. We exhibit the effect of surface tensions on the formations of nanoscale droplets and film. We reveal the formation mechanisms of different condensation modes at nanoscale based on our simulation results and classical nucleation theory, which supplements the 'classical hypotheses' of the onset of dropwise condensation. We also reveal the transition mechanism between different condensation modes based on the competition between surface tensions and reveal that dropwise condensation represents the transition states from no-condensation to filmwise condensation.

  11. Side-group size effects on interfaces and glass formation in supported polymer thin films (United States)

    Xia, Wenjie; Song, Jake; Hsu, David D.; Keten, Sinan


    Recent studies on glass-forming polymers near interfaces have emphasized the importance of molecular features such as chain stiffness, side-groups, molecular packing, and associated changes in fragility as key factors that govern the magnitude of Tg changes with respect to the bulk in polymer thin films. However, how such molecular features are coupled with substrate and free surface effects on Tg in thin films remains to be fully understood. Here, we employ a chemically specific coarse-grained polymer model for methacrylates to investigate the role of side-group volume on glass formation in bulk polymers and supported thin films. Our results show that bulkier side-groups lead to higher bulk Tg and fragility and are associated with a pronounced free surface effect on overall Tg depression. By probing local Tg within the films, however, we find that the polymers with bulkier side-groups experience a reduced confinement-induced increase in local Tg near a strongly interacting substrate. Further analyses indicate that this is due to the packing frustration of chains near the substrate interface, which lowers the attractive interactions with the substrate and thus lessens the surface-induced reduction in segmental mobility. Our results reveal that the size of the polymer side-group may be a design element that controls the confinement effects induced by the free surface and substrates in supported polymer thin films. Our analyses provide new insights into the factors governing polymer dynamics in bulk and confined environments.

  12. Essential Role of Viscosity of SWCNT Inks in Homogeneous Conducting Film Formation. (United States)

    Kukobat, Radovan; Hayashi, Takuya; Matsuda, Takafumi; Sunaga, Motoo; Futamura, Ryusuke; Sakai, Toshio; Kaneko, Katsumi


    Newly developed inorganic single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) inks of the Zn/Al complex and colloidal silica give a quite homogeneous SWCNT film on the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate by the bar-coating method, whereas the surfactant-based SWCNT inks of sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS) and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) cannot give a homogeneous film. The key properties of SWCNT inks were studied for the production of homogeneous SWCNT films. The contact angle and surface tension of the inorganic dispersant-based SWCNT inks were 70° and 72 mN m(-1), respectively, being close to those of water (71.5° and 71 mN m(-1)). The viscosity was significantly higher than that of water (0.90 mPa·s), consequently, providing sufficient wettability, spreadability, and slow drying of the ink on the substrate, leading to homogeneous film formation. On the other hand, the surfactant dispersant-aided SWCNT inks have the contact angle and surface tension twice lower than the inorganic dispersant-based SWCNT inks, guaranteeing better wettability and spreadability than the inorganic dispersant-based inks. However, the small viscosity close to that of water induces a heterogeneous flow of SWCNT ink on rapid drying, leading to inhomogeneous film formation.

  13. Analysis of surface morphological change in PET films induced by tungsten ion implantation

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    Zhou, G., E-mail: [Analysis and Testing Center, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Wang, R.; Zhang, T.H. [Key Laboratory of Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Sciences and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China)


    Surface morphological changes and metal nanograin formation of polyethylene terephthalate films with tungsten ion implantation were studied. Tungsten ions were accelerated with a voltage of 40 kV and implanted at fluences from 5 x 10{sup 16} to 2 x 10{sup 17} cm{sup -2} using a metal vapor vacuum arc implanter. Scanning electron micrographs at the highest fluence show semi-spherical hills, indicating formation of tungsten nanograins on the polymer. The tungsten nanograin formation in the polymer film is confirmed by cross-sectional observation using transmission electron microscopy. Depth profiles of tungsten atoms obtained from energy dispersive X-ray spectra indicate densification and sputtering of the polymer surface layer during implantation. These results indicate that surface morphological change is related with the effects of a critical fluence and tungsten nanograin formation.

  14. Thin Water and Ice Films at Mineral Surfaces (United States)

    Yeşilbaş, Merve; Boily, Jean-François


    Mineral-water and ice interactions play important roles in atmospheric cloud formation. They also affect soil biogeochemistry as well as outer-space processes. In this study, thin water and ice films formed on minerals of varied bulk and surface structure, shape, size and surface roughness were probed by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and by Dynamic Vapor Adsorption (DVA). Measurements on several types of iron (oxyhydr)oxides, phyllosilicates, orthosilicates, tectosilicates as well as Arizona Test Dust (ATD) and Icelandic volcanic ash constrained our understanding of the molecular-level nature of mineral surface-water and ice interactions. DVA experiments showed that particle size is the key feature controlling water loadings at 25 ° C. Under this condition, nano-sized particles stabilized the equivalence of no more than ˜6 monolayers of water at the near saturation of water vapor while sub-micron sized particles stabilized several thousand layers. This result can be explained by the greater ability of larger sized particles at driving water condensation reactions. Cryogenic FTIR measurements at -10 and -50 ° C revealed that most minerals acquired the thin ice films with similar hydrogen bonding environments as those formed at room temperature.[1,2] These thin ice films have weaker hydrogen bond environments than hexagonal ice (νOH ≈ 3130 cm-1), a result seen by FTIR through predominant O-H stretching modes at νOH ≈ 3408-3425 cm-1. The water bending region (˜1630 cm-1) also reveals that most thin ice films are rather supercooled forms of water. Only the materials with greatest levels of heterogeneity, namely ATD and volcanic ash, stabilized solid forms of water reminiscent to hexagonal ice. This work thus constrains further our understanding of how interfacial ice is stabilized at mineral surfaces, and opens possibilities for future studies focused on atmospheric gas uptake on mineral- water and ice admixtures. [1] Song, X. and Boily, J

  15. Effect of the Substrate Cleaning Process on Pinhole Formation in Sputtered CdTe Films (United States)

    Camacho-Espinosa, E.; Oliva-Avilés, A. I.; Oliva, A. I.


    Seven cleaning methods for glass substrates were proposed and their role on pinhole formation of deposited CdTe films was examined. AFM micrographs of the cleaned substrates show the presence of surface particles after cleaning. RMS-roughness of the cleaned glass substrates is associated with the remaining particles at the surface after the cleaning processes. CdTe thin films deposited by the sputtering technique onto the cleaned substrates were analyzed to evaluate the pinhole formation. Parameters such as the occupied area, size, and circularity of the formed pinholes in the CdTe thin films were investigated by microscopy technique through image processing software. Some illustrative 2.5-D images of the pinholes in CdTe films were obtained for each cleaning method. For all the investigated cleaning methods, the mean pinhole diameters ranged from 30 to 55 μm. Correlations between the pinhole formation and the cleaning method were observed, which highlight the importance of the cleaning process selection.

  16. Nanocrystalline Grapheme Layer Induced on Surface of SiC Thin Film by Electron Beam Irradiation

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    Jin, Hanbyul; Jeon, Youngeun; Jung, Sungchul; Kwak, Jinsung; Kim, Sung Youb; Kwon, Soonyong [Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Jaehyeon [Hallym Univ., Chuncheon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Byung Cheol; Kang, Hyun Suk [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    It is observed that a graphene layer forms on the surface of a thin film of SiC by irradiating electron beam (e-beam) directly on the sample surface in high vacuum ({approx}10{sup -6} Torr) environment. A SiC thin film was deposited on a sapphire substrate by RF magnetron sputtering at the substrate temperature of {approx}200 .deg. C. The e-beam irradiation on the sample surface was performed at an acceleration voltage of 8 kV. The graphene layer formation was revealed by the characteristic peaks (D, G, 2D) in the measured Raman spectra. Based on the relatively large D peak in the Raman spectra, the formed graphene layer is thought to be nanocrystalline. The quality of e-beam induced graphene layer was found to be improved noticeably by a Ni film over-coating on the SiC thin film before electron beam irradiation, which is confirmed by the significant changes of measured Raman spectra compared with the spectra without Ni over-coating. The Ni film is believed to enhance the carbon adatom motion, leading to the formation of graphene layer with larger grain size. Our experimental results propose a plausible method for directly writing graphene patterns on SiC thin film just by irradiating e-beam on the sample surface without using conventional pattering processes.

  17. Formation, optical properties, and electronic structure of thin Yb silicide films on Si(111) (United States)

    Galkin, N. G.; Maslov, A. M.; Polyarnyi, V. O.


    Continuous very thin (2.5-3.0 nm) and thin (16-18 nm) ytterbium suicide films with some pinhole density (3×107- 1×108 cm-2) have been formed on Si(111) by solid phase epitaxy (SPE) and reactive deposition epitaxy (RDE) growth methods on templates. The stoichiometric ytterbium suicide (YbSi2) formation has shown in SPE grown films by AES and EELS data. Very thin Yb suicide films grown by RDE method had the silicon enrichment in YbSi2 suicide composition. The analysis of LEED data and AFM imaging has shown that ytterbium suicide films had non-oriented blocks with the polycrystalline structure. The analysis of scanning region length dependencies of the root mean square roughness deviation (σR(L)) for grown suicide films has shown that the formation of ytterbium suicide in SPE and RDE growth methods is determined by the surface diffusion of Yb atoms during the three-dimensional growth process. Optical functions (n, k, α, ɛ1, ɛ2, Im ɛ1-1, neff, ɛeff) of ytterbium silicide films grown on Si(1 1 1) have been calculated from transmittance and reflectance spectra in the energy range of 0.1-6.2 eV. Two nearly discrete absorption bands have been observed in the electronic structure of Yb silicide films with different composition, which connected with interband transitions on divalent and trivalent Yb states. It was established that the reflection coefficient minimum in R-spectra at energies higher 4.2 eV corresponds to the state density minimum in Yb suicide between divalent and trivalent Yb states. It was shown from optical data that Yb silicide films have the semi-metallic properties with low state densities at energies less 0.4 eV and high state densities at 0.5-2.5 eV.

  18. Phospholipid bilayer formation on a variety of nanoporous oxide and organic xerogel films. (United States)

    Nellis, Barbara A; Satcher, Joe H; Risbud, Subhash H


    Lipid bilayers supported by nanoporous xerogel materials are being explored as models for cell membranes. In order to better understand and characterize the nature of the surface-bilayer interactions, several oxide and organic nanoporous xerogel films (alumina, titania, iron oxide, phloroglucinol-formaldehyde, resorcinol-formaldehyde and cellulose acetate) have been investigated as a scaffold for vesicle-fused 1,2-dioleoyl-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) lipid bilayer formation and mobility. The surface topography of the different substrates was analyzed using contact and tapping-mode atomic force microscopy and the surface energy of the substrates was determined using contact angle goniometry. Lipid bilayer formation has been observed with fluorescence microscopy and lateral lipid diffusion coefficients have been determined using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching. Titania xerogel films were found to be a robust and convenient support for formation of a two-phase DOPC/1,2-distearoyl-glycero-3-phosphocholine bilayer and domains were observed with this system. It was found that the cellulose acetate xerogel film support produced the slowest lipid lateral diffusion. Copyright © 2010 Acta Materialia Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Graft polymerization of styryl bisphosphonate monomer onto polypropylene films for inhibition of biofilm formation. (United States)

    Steinmetz, Hanna P; Rudnick-Glick, Safra; Natan, Michal; Banin, Ehud; Margel, Shlomo


    There has been increased concern during the past few decades over the role bacterial biofilms play in causing a variety of health problems, especially since they exhibit a high degree of resistance to antibiotics and are able to survive in hostile environments. Biofilms consist of bacterial aggregates enveloped by a self-produced matrix attached to the surface. Ca(2+) ions promote the formation of biofilms, and enhance their stability, viscosity, and strength. Bisphosphonates exhibit a high affinity for Ca(2+) ions, and may inhibit the formation of biofilms by acting as sequestering agents for Ca(2+) ions. Although the antibacterial activity of bisphosphonates is well known, research into their anti-biofilm behavior is still in its early stages. In this study, we describe the synthesis of a new thin coating composed of poly(styryl bisphosphonate) grafted onto oxidized polypropylene films for anti-biofilm applications. This grafting process was performed by graft polymerization of styryl bisphosphonate vinylic monomer onto O2 plasma-treated polypropylene films. The surface modification of the polypropylene films was confirmed using surface measurements, including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and water contact angle goniometry. Significant inhibition of biofilm formation was achieved for both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Whisker Formation On Galvanic Tin Surface Layer

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    Radanyi A.L.


    Full Text Available The present work reports the effect of substrate composition, thickness of the tin electroplate and its morphology on pressure-induced tin whisker formation. Pure tin deposits of different thickness were obtained on a copper and brass substrates using methane sulfonic industrial bath. The deposits were compressed by a steel bearing ball forming imprint on the surface. The microstructure of tin whiskers obtained at the boundary of each imprint, their length and number were studied using both light and scanning electron microscopy. It was shown that the most intensive formation and growth of whiskers was observed in the first two hours. In general, brass substrate was shown to be more prone to whisker formation than copper independently of the tin coating thickness. The results have been compared with industrial bright tin finish on control unit socket leads and proposals have been made as to modification of the production process in order to minimize the risk of whiskering.

  1. Surface nanoscale imaging of collagen thin films by Atomic Force Microscopy. (United States)

    Stylianou, Andreas; Yova, Dido


    Collagen, the most abundant protein in mammals, due to its unique properties is widely used as biomaterial, scaffold and culture substrate for cell and tissue regeneration studies. Since the majority of biological reactions occur on surfaces and structures at the nanoscale level it is of great importance to image the nanostructural surface of collagen based materials. The aim of this paper was to characterize, with Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), collagen thin films formed on different substrates (glass, mica, polystyrene latex particle surfaces) and correlate their morphology with the used substrates, formation methodologies (spin coating, hydrodynamic flow) and original collagen solution. The results demonstrated that, by altering a number of parameters, it was possible to control the formation of collagen nanostructured films consisting of naturally occurring fibrils. The spin coating procedure enabled the formation of films with random oriented fibrils, while substrates influenced the fibril packing and surface roughness. The hydrodynamic flow was used for guiding fibril major orientation, while adsorption time, rinsing with buffer and solution concentration influenced the fibril orientation. The clarification of the contribution that different parameters had on thin film formation will enable the design and control of collagen nanobiomaterials with pre-determined characteristics. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Condensation En Film Liquidesur Une Surface Verticale Bordant Un ...

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    Within the boundary layer approximations in the liquid film, the analytical solutions obtained show the effect of the permeability porous medium and inclination of the principal axes on the liquid film thickness, liquid mass flow rate and surface heat transfer rate.The obtained Nusselt number depends on the square root of the ...

  3. Polyspecies biofilm formation on implant surfaces with different surface characteristics

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    Patrick R. SCHMIDLIN


    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the microbial adherence and colonization of a polyspecies biofilm on 7 differently processed titanium surfaces. Material and Methods Six-species biofilms were formed anaerobically on 5-mm-diameter sterilized, saliva-preconditioned titanium discs. Material surfaces used were either machined, stained, acid-etched or sandblasted/acid-etched (SLA. Samples of the latter two materials were also provided in a chemically modified form, with increased wettability characteristics. Surface roughness and contact angles of all materials were determined. The discs were then incubated anaerobically for up to 16.5 h. Initial microbial adherence was evaluated after 20 min incubation and further colonization after 2, 4, 8, and 16.5 h using non-selective and selective culture techniques. Results at different time points were compared using ANOVA and Scheffé post hoc analysis. Results The mean differences in microorganisms colonizing after the first 20 min were in a very narrow range (4.5 to 4.8 log CFU. At up to 16.5 h, the modified SLA surface exhibited the highest values for colonization (6.9±0.2 log CFU, p<0.05 but increasing growth was observed on all test surfaces over time. Discrepancies among bacterial strains on the differently crafted titanium surfaces were very similar to those described for total log CFU. F. nucleatum was below the detection limit on all surfaces after 4 h. Conclusion Within the limitations of this in vitro study, surface roughness had a moderate influence on biofilm formation, while wettability did not seem to influence biofilm formation under the experimental conditions described. The modified SLA surface showed the highest trend for bacterial colonization.

  4. Formation and characterization of infrared absorbing copper oxide surfaces (United States)

    Arslan, Burcu; Demirci, Gökhan; Erdoğan, Metehan; Karakaya, İshak


    Copper oxide formation has been investigated to combine the advantages of producing different size and shapes of coatings that possess good light absorbing properties. An aqueous blackening solution was investigated and optimum composition was found as 2.5 M NaOH and 0.225 M NaClO to form velvet copper oxide films. A two-step oxidation mechanism was proposed for the blackening process by carefully examining the experimental results. Formation of Cu2O was observed until the entire copper surface was covered at first. In the second step, Cu2O surface was further oxidized to CuO until the whole Cu2O surface was covered by CuO. Therefore, blackened copper surfaces consisted of Cu2O/CuO duplex oxides. Characterization of the coatings were performed in terms of microstructure, phase analysis, chemical state, infrared specular and total reflectivity by SEM, XRD, XPS, FTIR and UV-vis spectrophotometry, respectively.

  5. Alloy formation during the electrochemical growth of a Ag-Cd ultrathin film on Au(1 1 1)

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    Barrio, M.C. del; Garcia, S.G. [Instituto de Ingenieria Electroquimica y Corrosion (INIEC), Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Avda. Alem 1253, 8000 Bahia Blanca (Argentina); Salinas, D.R., E-mail: [Instituto de Ingenieria Electroquimica y Corrosion (INIEC), Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Avda. Alem 1253, 8000 Bahia Blanca (Argentina)


    The electrodeposition of a Ag/Cd ultrathin film on a Au(1 1 1) surface and the formation of a surface alloy during this process have been studied using classical electrochemical techniques and in situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). The films were obtained from separate electrolytes containing Ag{sup +} or Cd{sup 2+} ions and from a multicomponent solution containing both ions. First, the polarization conditions were adjusted in order to form a Ag film by overpotential deposition. Afterwards, a Cd monolayer was formed onto this Au(1 1 1)/Ag modified surface by underpotential deposition. The voltammetric behavior of the Cd UPD and the in situ STM images indicated that the ultrathin Ag films were uniformly deposited and epitaxially oriented with respect to the Au(1 1 1) surface. Long time polarization experiments showed that a significant Ag-Cd surface alloying accompanied the formation of the Cd monolayer on the Au(1 1 1)/Ag modified surface, independent of the Ag film thickness. In the case of an extremely thin Ag layer (1 Ag ML) the STM images and long time polarization experiments revealed a solid state diffusion process of Cd, Ag, and Au atoms which can be responsible for the formation of different Ag-Cd or Au-Ag-Cd alloy phases.

  6. Surface treatment of nanocrystal quantum dots after film deposition (United States)

    Sykora, Milan; Koposov, Alexey; Fuke, Nobuhiro


    Provided are methods of surface treatment of nanocrystal quantum dots after film deposition so as to exchange the native ligands of the quantum dots for exchange ligands that result in improvement in charge extraction from the nanocrystals.

  7. Formation and characterization of low resistivity sub-100 nm copper films deposited by electroless on SAM

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    Asher, T. [Dept. of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv 69978, Tel-Aviv (Israel)], E-mail:; Inberg, A.; Glickman, E.; Fishelson, N.; Shacham-Diamand, Y. [Dept. of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv 69978, Tel-Aviv (Israel)


    Thin Cu films of microelectronic quality and low electrical resistivity were created by electroless deposition (ELD) onto SiO{sub 2} surface modified first with self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS) and activated then by 5 nm gold nano-particles (AuNPs). The presence of highly oriented amino-terminated SAM was revealed by XPS and ToF-SIMS analyses. The Cu films were deposited in boron- and phosphorous-free tartrate/formaldehyde electrolyte. Controlling the deposition rate via the solution pH permitted a minimum value in resistivity {rho}. XPS depth profile revealed that diffusion of Cu into SiO{sub 2} modified by APTMS did not take place after annealing at 220 deg. C, 4 h. Moreover, annealing resulted in the drop of electrical resistivity to {rho} = 4 {+-} 0.4 {mu}{omega} cm for the films with the thickness of 35-100 nm. This value of {rho} is several times smaller than those reported in literature for sub-100 nm Cu films deposited by electroless on different SAMs. It is speculated that nano-scale porosity and corrugated structure observed by HRTEM and AFM in the ELD Cu films contribute to the resistivity. The obtained results demonstrate a viable route for formation of low resistivity, sub-100 nm Cu films on dielectrics for microelectronic application.

  8. Effect of passive film on electrochemical surface treatment for indium tin oxide

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    Wu, Yung-Fu, E-mail: [Department of Chemical Engineering, MingChi University of Technology, 84 Gungjuan Rd., Taishan, Taipei 24301, Taiwan (China); Chen, Chi-Hao [Department of Chemical Engineering, MingChi University of Technology, 84 Gungjuan Rd., Taishan, Taipei 24301, Taiwan (China)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Oxalic, tartaric, and citric acid baths accompanying with applied voltages were used to treat the ITO surface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigated the changes in ITO surfaces by examining the potentiodynamic behavior of ITO films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AFM analysis showed the formation of a passive layer could assist to planarize surface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XPS analysis indicated this passive layer was mainly composed of SnO{sub 2.} Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A better planarization was obtained by treating in 3.0 wt.% tartaric acid at 0.5 V due to weak complexation strength. - Abstract: Changes in indium tin oxide (ITO) film surface during electrochemical treatment in oxalic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acid were investigated. Controlling the voltage applied on ITO film allows the formation of a passive layer, effectively protecting the film surface. X-ray photoelectron spectrometry showed that the passive layer composition was predominantly SnO{sub 2} in tartaric acid, while a composite of tin oxide and tin carboxylate in citric or oxalic acid. Even though the passive films on ITO surface generated in these organic acids, the indium or tin could complex with the organic acid anions, enhancing the dissolution of ITO films. The experimental results show that the interaction between the dissolution and passivation could assist to planarize the ITO surface. We found that the optimal treatment at 0.5 V in 3 wt.% tartaric acid could provide the ITO surface with root-mean-squared roughness less than 1.0 nm, due to the weak complexing characteristics of tartaric acid.

  9. Surface Interaction of Nanoscale Water Film with SDS from Computational Simulation and Film Thermodynamics

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    Tiefeng Peng


    Full Text Available Foam systems have been attracting extensive attention due to their importance in a variety of applications, e.g., in the cleaning industry, and in bubble flotation. In the context of flotation chemistry, flotation performance is strongly affected by bubble coalescence, which in turn relies significantly on the surface forces upon the liquid film between bubbles. Conventionally, unusual short-range strongly repulsive surface interactions for Newton black films (NBF between two interfaces with thickness of less than 5 nm were not able to be incorporated into the available classical Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (DLVO theory. The non-DLVO interaction would increase exponentially with the decrease of film thickness, as it plays a crucial role in determining liquid film stability. However, its mechanism and origin are still unclear. In the present work, we investigate the surface interaction of free-standing sodium dodecyl-sulfate (SDS nanoscale black films in terms of disjoining pressure using the molecular simulation method. The aqueous nanoscale film, consisting of a water coating with SDS surfactants, and with disjoining pressure and film tension of SDS-NBF as a function of film thickness, were quantitatively determined by a post-processing technique derived from film thermodynamics.

  10. Conformal surface plasmons propagating on ultrathin and flexible films. (United States)

    Shen, Xiaopeng; Cui, Tie Jun; Martin-Cano, Diego; Garcia-Vidal, Francisco J


    Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are localized surface electromagnetic waves that propagate along the interface between a metal and a dielectric. Owing to their inherent subwavelength confinement, SPPs have a strong potential to become building blocks of a type of photonic circuitry built up on 2D metal surfaces; however, SPPs are difficult to control on curved surfaces conformably and flexibly to produce advanced functional devices. Here we propose the concept of conformal surface plasmons (CSPs), surface plasmon waves that can propagate on ultrathin and flexible films to long distances in a wide broadband range from microwave to mid-infrared frequencies. We present the experimental realization of these CSPs in the microwave regime on paper-like dielectric films with a thickness 600-fold smaller than the operating wavelength. The flexible paper-like films can be bent, folded, and even twisted to mold the flow of CSPs.

  11. Characterization of thiol-functionalised silica films deposited on electrode surfaces

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    Ivana Cesarino


    Full Text Available Thiol-functionalised silica films were deposited on various electrode surfaces (gold, platinum, glassy carbon by spin-coating sol-gel mixtures in the presence of a surfactant template. Film formation occurred by evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA involving the hydrolysis and (cocondensation of silane and organosilane precursors on the electrode surface. The characterization of such material was performed by IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetry (TG, elemental analysis (EA, atomic force microscopy (AFM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and cyclic voltammetry (CV.

  12. Self-assembled hybrid films of phosphotungstic acid and aminoalkoxysilanes on SiO{sub 2}/Si surfaces

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    Souza, Adriano L. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 780, 13560-970, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Marques, Lygia A.; Eberlin, Marcos N. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Instituto de Quimica, Laboratorio Thomson de Espectrometria de Massas, 13083-970, Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Nascente, Pedro A.P. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, 13565-905, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Herrmann, Paulo S.P. [Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria, Embrapa Instrumentacao Agropecuaria, Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia para o Agronegocio, 13560-970, P.O.Box 741, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Leite, Fabio L. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), Campus de Sorocaba, P. O. Box 3031, 18052-780, Sorocaba, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Rodrigues-Filho, Ubirajara P., E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 780, 13560-970, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo (Brazil)


    The present paper describes the influence of the chemical structure of two aminoalkoxysilanes: 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) and N-(3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyl)-ethylenediamine (TSPEN) on the morphology of thin layer hybrid films with phosphotungstic acid (HPW), a Keggin heteropolyanion. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses indicated that both silane films showed protonated amine species interacting with the heteropolyanion by electrostatic forces as well as the presence of secondary carbamate anions. The hybrid films have different surface morphology according to atomic force microscopy analyses. The hybrid film with TSPEN forms flatter surfaces than the hybrid film with APTS. This effect is ascribed to higher flexibility and chelating ability of the TSPEN on adsorbed molecules. Ultrasonication effect on surface morphology of the hybrid film with APTS plays a fundamental role on surface roughness delivering enough energy to promote surface diffusion of the HPW heteropolyanions. This diffusion results in agglomerate formation, which corroborates with the assumption of electrostatic bonding between the HPW heteropolyanions and the protonated amine surface. These hybrid films could be used for electrochemical sensor design or to build photochromic and electrochromic multilayers. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of phosphotungstate-aminosilylated surfaces. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dependence of the surface roughness on the aminosilane structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phosphotungstic acid chelation by N-(3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyl)-ethylenediamine. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ultrasonic promotion of clustering of phosphotungstic acid.

  13. Poly(acrylic acid surface grafted polypropylene films: Near surface and bulk mechanical response

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    Full Text Available Radical photo-grafting polymerization constitutes a promising technique for introducing functional groups onto surfaces of polypropylene films. According to their final use, surface grafting should be done without affecting overall mechanical properties. In this work the tensile drawing, fracture and biaxial impact response of biaxially oriented polypropylene commercial films grafted with poly(acrylic acid (PAA were investigated in terms of film orientation and surface modification. The variations of surface roughness, elastic modulus, hardness and resistance to permanent deformation induced by the chemical treatment were assessed by depth sensing indentation. As a consequence of chemical modification the optical, transport and wettability properties of the films were successfully varied. The introduced chains generated a PAA-grafted layer, which is stiffer and harder than the neat polypropylene surface. Regardless of the surface changes, it was proven that this kind of grafting procedure does not detriment bulk mechanical properties of the PP film.

  14. Formation of p-type ZnO thin film through co-implantation. (United States)

    Chuang, Yao-Teng; Liou, Jhe-Wei; Woon, Wei-Yen


    We present a study on the formation of p-type ZnO thin film through ion implantation. Group V dopants (N, P) with different ionic radii are implanted into chemical vapor deposition grown ZnO thin film on GaN/sapphire substrates prior to thermal activation. It is found that mono-doped ZnO by N+ implantation results in n-type conductivity under thermal activation. Dual-doped ZnO film with a N:P ion implantation dose ratio of 4:1 is found to be p-type under certain thermal activation conditions. Higher p-type activation levels (1019 cm-3) under a wider thermal activation range are found for the N/P dual-doped ZnO film co-implanted by additional oxygen ions. From high resolution x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy it is concluded that the observed p-type conductivities are a result of the promoted formation of PZn-4NO complex defects via the concurrent substitution of nitrogen at oxygen sites and phosphorus at zinc sites. The enhanced solubility and stability of acceptor defects in oxygen co-implanted dual-doped ZnO film are related to the reduction of oxygen vacancy defects at the surface. Our study demonstrates the prospect of the formation of stable p-type ZnO film through co-implantation.

  15. Optical and surface characterization of amorphous boron nitride thin films for use as blood compatible coatings (United States)

    Lousinian, S.; Kalfagiannis, N.; Logothetidis, S.


    The aim of this work is the investigation of the haemocompatibility properties of homogeneous and amorphous boron nitride (a-BN) thin films, through the adsorption of two basic blood plasma proteins, human serum albumin (HSA) and fibrinogen (Fib). The a-BN thin films were grown onto c-Si(100) substrates under different values of substrate bias voltage, employing the radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technique. For the consideration of the optical, compositional and structural properties of the films, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE) in the Vis-UV spectral region was used, while for the study of surface topography and surface charge distribution as well as of the wetting properties of the a-BN thin films, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Electric Force Microscopy (EFM) and Contact Angle measurements were additionally employed. The properties of the thin films were correlated with their haemocompatibility, through the estimation of the ratio of HSA/Fib surface concentration. The sp 3 content of the samples does not seem to correlate with the haemocompatibility of the a-BN thin films. However, the surface properties determine the thrombogenicity potential of the studied samples. More precisely, the a-BN films with a less negatively charged surface exhibit the smallest possibility of clot formation, possibly due to the interactions between the charged chains of the Fib molecules and the a-BN surface, while slight changes in the surface roughness do not affect their haemocompatibility properties. The wetting properties determine the thickness of the adsorbed Fib as well as the ratio of HSA/Fib surface concentration.

  16. Effect of atmospheric CO{sub 2} on surface segregation and phase formation in La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3−δ} thin films

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    Yu, Yang [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Luo, Heng [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Cetin, Deniz [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Lin, Xi [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Ludwig, Karl [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Department of Physics, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Pal, Uday; Gopalan, Srikanth [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Basu, Soumendra, E-mail: [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, Brookline, MA 02446 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States)


    Highlights: • LSCF exhibits Sr surface segregation on high-temperature annealing. • The presence of atmospheric CO{sub 2} enhances the kinetics of Sr surface segregation. • At high-CO{sub 2} partial pressures, there is a significant coverage of the surface by Sr-rich phases. • The increase in kinetics is attributed to increased thermodynamic driving force for SrCO{sub 3} formation. - Abstract: The effects of atmospheric CO{sub 2} on surface segregation and phase formation in La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3−δ} (LSCF-6428) were investigated. (0 0 1)-oriented LSCF-6428 thin films were deposited on lattice matched (1 1 0)-oriented NdGaO{sub 3} (NGO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Using the synchrotron technique of total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF), it was found that the kinetics of Sr surface segregation was enhanced when annealing at 800 °C in a high-CO{sub 2} partial pressure, as compared to a similar anneal in a CO{sub 2}-free atmosphere, with the oxygen partial pressure being constant in both cases. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) measurements showed that the contribution of the surface carbonate to surface oxide phases increased significantly for the sample annealed in the high-CO{sub 2} atmosphere. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies showed enhanced surface phase formation during the high-CO{sub 2} partial pressure anneal. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations provide a thermodynamic basis for the enhanced kinetics of surface segregation in the presence of atmospheric CO{sub 2}.

  17. Surface Morphology of Zinc Oxide Thin Films deposited by TCVD (United States)

    Rafaie, H. A.; Noor, F. W. M.; Amizam, S.; Abdullah, S.; Rusop, M.


    Surface morphology study of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films by using Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition (Thermal-CVD) was investigated. The ZnO compound was synthesized from zinc acetate dehydrate which act as a starting material to form the ZnO thin films. It was deposited on as-prepared Nanonstructured Silicon (NSi) with deposition temperature ranging from 400-600° C without catalyst-assisted. The surface morphology of the samples before and after the deposition process was examined by using Analytical Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The result shows that the obtained ZnO thin films possess good crystalline structure at deposition temperature of 600° C and the surface morphologies of the ZnO thin films improved greatly with an increase in deposition temperature. XRD was employed to study the evolution of the crystalline orientation using X-Ray Diffractrometer (XRD).

  18. Operando formation of an ultra-low friction boundary film from synthetic magnesium silicon hydroxide additive

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    Chang, Qiuying; Rudenko, Pavlo; Miller, Dean J.; Wen, Jianguo; Berman, Diana; Zhang, Yuepeng; Arey, Bruce; Zhu, Zihua; Erdemir, Ali


    The paper reports the operando and self-healing formation of DLC films at sliding contact surfaces by the addition of synthetic magnesium silicon hydroxide (MSH) nanoparticles to base oil. The formation of such films leads to a reduction of the coefficient of friction by nearly an order of magnitude and substantially reduces wear losses. The ultralow friction layer characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and Raman spectroscopy consists of amorphous DLC containing SiOx that forms in a continuous and self-repairing manner during operation. This environmentally benign and simple approach offers promise for significant advances in lubrication and reduced energy losses in engines and other mechanical systems.

  19. Formation of hierarchical porous graphene films with defects using a nanosecond laser on polyimide sheet (United States)

    Wang, Fangcheng; Wang, Kedian; Dong, Xia; Mei, Xuesong; Zhai, Zhaoyang; Zheng, Buxiang; Lv, Jing; Duan, Wenqiang; Wang, Wenjun


    The cost of effective preparation of graphene-based nanomaterials is a challenge in high-performance flexible electrodes. We demonstrated the formation of hierarchical porous graphene (HPG) films with defects from polyimide (PI) sheets using a high repetition rate nanosecond fiber laser. The honeycomb structure with mesopores and macropores can be rapidly induced on the polyimide by the localized focused laser beam in air atmosphere. Employing laser direct writing method, the one-step synthesis and patterning of conductive HPG films were achieved directly on the surface of polyimide sheets. The results show that the unique honeycomb porous structure on HPG film is composed of few-layer graphene or graphene stacks. The lattice structure of graphene nanoplatelets contains the Stone-Wales defects. Furthermore, there are a lot of small-size graphene nanoplatelets on the surface of HPG films with high content of edge defects. These two defects can not only enhance the adsorption without compromising on high diffusivity of ions, but also contribute to the infiltration and flow of electrolyte on the surface of electrode. The proposed one-step laser direct writing technique with highly valuable suitable for developing large-scale fabrication of conductive HPG based flexible electrodes at low-cost.

  20. Low thermal emissivity surfaces using AgNW thin films (United States)

    Pantoja, Elisa; Bhatt, Rajendra; Liu, Anping; Gupta, Mool C.


    The properties of silver nanowire (AgNW) films in the optical and infrared spectral regime offer an interesting opportunity for a broad range of applications that require low-emissivity coatings. This work reports a method to reduce the thermal emissivity of substrates by the formation of low-emissivity AgNW coating films from solution. The spectral emissivity was characterized by thermal imaging with an FLIR camera, followed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. In a combined experimental and simulation study, we provide fundamental data of the transmittance, reflectance, haze, and emissivity of AgNW thin films. Emissivity values were finely tuned by modifying the concentration of the metal nanowires in the films. The simulation models based on the transfer matrix method developed for the AgNW thin films provided optical values that show a good agreement with the measurements.

  1. Nonlocal effect in surface plasmon polariton of ultrathin metal films

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    Xue, Hong-jie; Yu, Yabin, E-mail:; Wu, Reng-lai; Yu, Yan-qin; Wang, Ya-xin


    Using the nonlocal conductivity based on quantum response theory, we study the optical properties of p-polarized wave in quartz–metal–film–air structures, especially the influence of nonlocal effect on the surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) resonance. In absorption spectrum, the resonant peak of SPP is found, and the dependence of the resonant peak on film thickness shows that nonlocal effect in the SPP resonance is enhanced significantly with the decrease of film-thickness, especially in the less than 20 nm metal film. We calculate the surface charge density as a function of frequency, and find that the frequencies at the charge and absorption peaks are the same. This clearly confirms that the absorption peak stems from SPP resonance excitation, and SPPs absorb the energy of the electromagnetic wave via charge oscillations. In the case of SPP resonance, the charge and electric field on the down-surface of thin film are always greater than that on the up-surface; however, the situation is just opposite in the case of no SPP resonance. This implies that the SPP resonance occurs near the down-surface of the film. Moreover, due to the nonlocal response of electric current to the electric field, the energy flow and electric current show anomalous oscillations, and with the increase of film thickness the anomalous oscillations exhibit obvious attenuation.

  2. Self-Assembled Formation of Well-Aligned Cu-Te Nano-Rods on Heavily Cu-Doped ZnTe Thin Films

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    Liang, Jing; Cheng, Man Kit; Lai, Ying Hoi; Wei, Guanglu; Yang, Sean Derman; Wang, Gan; Ho, Sut Kam; Tam, Kam Weng; Sou, Iam Keong


    ... reported. We found an interesting self-assembled formation of crystalline well-aligned Cu-Te nano-rods near the surface of heavily Cu-doped ZnTe thin films grown via the molecular beam epitaxy technique...

  3. Natural organic matter interactions with polyamide and polysulfone membranes: Formation of conditioning film

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    Gutierrez, Leonardo


    A conditioning film changes the physicochemical properties of the membrane surface and strongly affects subsequent fouling behavior. Results from this Atomic Force Microscopy study indicate that Natural Organic Matter (NOM) characteristics, membrane surface properties, and solution chemistry are fundamental during conditioning film formation. Repulsive forces were observed between HUM (humic-NOM) and Polyamide (PA) or Polysulfone (PS) membranes during approach in Na+ and Ca2+ solutions. However, repulsive and attractive forces were randomly recorded during BIOP (biopolymer-NOM) approach to both membranes, possibly caused by low electrostatic repulsion, hydrogen bonding, and presence of chemically/physically heterogeneous regions on membrane surfaces. During retracting, Ca2+ ions increased HUM adhesion to PA and PS membrane, indicating cation bridging/complexation as dominant interacting mechanism for this isolate. BIOP adsorption on PS and PA membrane was stronger than HUM under similar solution conditions, where hydrogen bonding would play an important role. Additionally, irrespective of solution conditions, higher adhesion energy was recorded on PS than on PA membrane for both NOM isolates, indicating membrane hydrophobicity as an important interacting factor. Results from this research will advance our understanding of conditioning film formation for NOM isolates and membranes of different physicochemical characteristics.

  4. Functionalized polymer film surfaces via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Hu, Y. [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Key Laboratory of Carbon Fiber and Functional Polymers, Ministry of Education, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Li, J.S. [College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Yang, W.T. [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Key Laboratory of Carbon Fiber and Functional Polymers, Ministry of Education, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Xu, F.J., E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Key Laboratory of Carbon Fiber and Functional Polymers, Ministry of Education, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)


    The ability to manipulate and control the surface properties of polymer films, without altering the substrate properties, is crucial to their wide-spread applications. In this work, a simple one-step method for the direct immobilization of benzyl chloride groups (as the effective atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiators) on the polymer films was developed via benzophenone-induced coupling of 4-vinylbenzyl chloride (VBC). Polyethylene (PE) and nylon films were selected as examples of polymer films to illustrate the functionalization of film surfaces via surface-initiated ATRP. Functional polymer brushes of (2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate, sodium 4-styrenesulfonate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and glycidyl methacrylate, as well as their block copolymer brushes, have been prepared via surface-initiated ATRP from the VBC-coupled PE or nylon film surfaces. With the development of a simple approach to the covalent immobilization of ATRP initiators on polymer film surfaces and the inherent versatility of surface-initiated ATRP, the surface functionality of polymer films can be precisely tailored. - Highlights: ► Atom transfer radical polymerization initiators were simply immobilized. ► Different functional polymer brushes were readily prepared. ► Their block copolymer brushes were also readily prepared.

  5. Magic thickness of Bi films on the Si(111) surfac (United States)

    Saito, Mineo; Takahisa, Ohno; Miyazaki, Tsuyoshi


    Stable films having specific layer thickness, which is called magic layer thickness, were reported for some metal films on Si(111). The 2D growth is achieved at this thickness; as a result, very flat films are grown. This behavior observed in low temperatures was attributed to the quantum size effect, which originates from the electron confinement in the film thickness direction. Recently the magic layer thickness was observed even at room temperature for Bi films on Si (111) surface, which raises a question as to what is the origin of this prominent stability. To answer this question, we perform first-principle calculation based on the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. We first study 012 Bi film on Si (111) surface. The calculation on the energy difference between the N and N-1 layers shows that the films with even-number layer heights are stable at room temperature. In even-number layer films, each of two layers are found to be bonded. It is concluded that this pairing structure is the origin of the stability at room temperature. Therefore the magic thickness is not due to the quantum size effect. This research was done in "Frontier Simulation Software for Industrial Science" project supported by IT program of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

  6. Thermal Molding of Organic Thin-Film Transistor Arrays on Curved Surfaces. (United States)

    Sakai, Masatoshi; Watanabe, Kento; Ishimine, Hiroto; Okada, Yugo; Yamauchi, Hiroshi; Sadamitsu, Yuichi; Kudo, Kazuhiro


    In this work, a thermal molding technique is proposed for the fabrication of plastic electronics on curved surfaces, enabling the preparation of plastic films with freely designed shapes. The induced strain distribution observed in poly(ethylene naphthalate) films when planar sheets were deformed into hemispherical surfaces clearly indicated that natural thermal contraction played an important role in the formation of the curved surface. A fingertip-shaped organic thin-film transistor array molded from a real human finger was fabricated, and slight deformation induced by touching an object was detected from the drain current response. This type of device will lead to the development of robot fingers equipped with a sensitive tactile sense for precision work such as palpation or surgery.

  7. Degradation of dimethylformamide on the surface of the nanosized WO3 films studied by infrared spectroscopy (United States)

    Gavrilyuk, A. I.


    Here I report on the degradation of dimethylformamide on the surface of the nanosized WO3 films under the action of light. Dimethylformamide, a substance that has a series of interesting properties, was adsorbed on the surface of the WO3 films and its adsorption mechanism and transformations under the action of light have been investigated with the help of the IR spectroscopy. The spirit of the research is that both DMF modifications have been used i.e., conventional and that with the substitution of hydrogen atoms by deuterium. Formation of two weak bonds (donor-acceptor bond and hydrogen bond) provides a great catalytic effect for photo-initiated proton-coupled electron transfer from the adsorbed molecules to the WO3 film surface. The mechanism of the detachment of hydrogen atoms and subsequent transformation of the adsorbed molecules has been investigated and discussed.

  8. Room Temperature Halogenation of Polyimide Film Surface using Chlorine Trifluoride Gas (United States)

    Habuka, Hitoshi; Kosuga, Takahiro; Koike, Kunihiko; Aida, Toshihiro; Takeuchi, Takashi; Aihara, Masahiko


    In order to develop a new application of chlorine trifluoride gas, the halogenation of a polyimide film surface at room temperature and at atmospheric pressure is studied for the first time. The polyimide film surface after exposure to the chlorine trifluoride gas shows a decreased water contact angle with increasing chlorine trifluoride gas concentration and exposure period. Since both X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared absorption spectroscopy simultaneously showed the formation of a carbon-chlorine bond and carbon-fluorine bond, it is concluded that the chlorine trifluoride gas can easily and safely perform the halogenation of the polyimide film surface under the stated conditions using a low-cost process and equipment.

  9. Thermal Molding of Organic Thin-Film Transistor Arrays on Curved Surfaces (United States)

    Sakai, Masatoshi; Watanabe, Kento; Ishimine, Hiroto; Okada, Yugo; Yamauchi, Hiroshi; Sadamitsu, Yuichi; Kudo, Kazuhiro


    In this work, a thermal molding technique is proposed for the fabrication of plastic electronics on curved surfaces, enabling the preparation of plastic films with freely designed shapes. The induced strain distribution observed in poly(ethylene naphthalate) films when planar sheets were deformed into hemispherical surfaces clearly indicated that natural thermal contraction played an important role in the formation of the curved surface. A fingertip-shaped organic thin-film transistor array molded from a real human finger was fabricated, and slight deformation induced by touching an object was detected from the drain current response. This type of device will lead to the development of robot fingers equipped with a sensitive tactile sense for precision work such as palpation or surgery.

  10. Highly flexible, transparent and self-cleanable superhydrophobic films prepared by a facile and scalable nanopyramid formation technique (United States)

    Kong, Jeong-Ho; Kim, Tae-Hyun; Kim, Ji Hoon; Park, Jong-Kweon; Lee, Deug-Woo; Kim, Soo-Hyung; Kim, Jong-Man


    A facile and scalable technique to fabricate optically transparent, mechanically flexible and self-cleanable superhydrophobic films for practical solar cell applications is proposed. The superhydrophobic films were fabricated simply by transferring a transparent porous alumina layer, which was prepared using an anodic aluminium oxidation (AAO) technique, onto a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film with a UV-curable polymer adhesive layer, followed by the subsequent formation of alumina nano pyramids (NPs) through the time-controlled chemical etching of the transferred porous alumina membrane (PAM). It was found experimentally that the proposed functional films can ensure the superhydrophobicity in the Cassie-Baxter wetting mode with superior water-repellent properties through a series of experimental observations including static contact angle (SCA), contact angle hysteresis (CAH), sliding behaviour on the tilted film, and dynamic behaviour of the liquid droplet impacting on the film. In addition to the superior surface wetting properties, an optical transmittance of ~79% at a light wavelength of 550 nm was achieved. Furthermore, there was no significant degradation in both the surface wetting properties and morphology even after 1500-cycles of repetitive bending tests, which indicates that the proposed superhydrophobic film is mechanically robust. Finally, the practicability of the proposed self-cleanable film was proven quantitatively by observing the changes in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of a photovoltaic device covering the film before and after the cleaning process.

  11. Realtime Visualization of Surface Nanobubbles Formation (United States)

    Arora, Manish; Chan, Chon U.; Ohl, Claus-Dieter


    Nanobubbles nucleate and reach a stable state on the solid-liquid interface after ethanol-water exchange. Understanding the thermodynamic stability beyond their formation requires observation of their dynamical response. Total internal reflection microscopy allows resolving the dynamics of nanobubbles, i.e. their formation, shrinkage, and coalescence. While the lateral resolution is limited by diffraction, their tens of nanometer height profile can be nicely resolved. Here we report on nanobubble dynamics induced by the exchange process in a microfluidic channel on a glass surface.. The water-ethanol mixing results in non-monotonic changes in the refractive index of the medium which can be inferred from TIRF images. Formation of attached nanobubbles at 50 frames per second is observed during the transition from water-to-ethanol as well as ethanol-to-water. Bubbles dissolve within a second in ethanol but persist in water. Though new nanobubbles keep appearing over several seconds, no further change in their size is observed. However, we find occasionally spontaneous merging of neighbouring nanobubbles which we relate to the liquid flow.

  12. Fabrication and Surface Properties of Composite Films of SAM/Pt/ZnO/SiO 2

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    Yao, Ke Xin


    Through synthetic architecture and functionalization with self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), complex nanocomposite films of SAM/Pt/ZnO/SiO2 have been facilely prepared in this work. The nanostructured films are highly uniform and porous, showing a wide range of tunable wettabilities from superhydrophilicity to superhydrophobicity (water contact angles: 0° to 170°). Our approach offers synthetic flexibility in controlling film architecture, surface topography, coating texture, crystallite size, and chemical composition of modifiers (e.g., SAMs derived from alkanethiols). For example, wettability properties of the nanocomposite films can be finely tuned with both inorganic phase (i.e., ZnO/SiO2 and Pt/ZnO/SiO2) and organic phase (i.e., SAMs on Pt/ZnO/SiO2). Due to the presence of catalytic components Pt/ZnO within the nanocomposites, surface reactions of the organic modifiers can further take place at room temperature and elevated temperatures, which provides a means for SAM formation and elimination. Because the Pt/ZnO forms an excellent pair of metal-semiconductors for photocatalysis, the anchored SAMs can also be modified or depleted by UV irradiation (i.e., the films possess self-cleaning ability). Potential applications of these nanocomposite films have been addressed. Our durability tests also confirm that the films are thermally stable and structurally robust in modification- regeneration cycles. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

  13. Reversible Surface Properties of Polybenzoxazine/Silica Nanocomposites Thin Films

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    Wei-Chen Su


    Full Text Available We report the reversible surface properties (hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity of a polybenzoxazine (PBZ thin film through simple application of alternating UV illumination and thermal treatment. The fraction of intermolecularly hydrogen bonded O–H⋯O=C units in the PBZ film increased after UV exposure, inducing a hydrophilic surface; the surface recovered its hydrophobicity after heating, due to greater O–H⋯N intramolecular hydrogen bonding. Taking advantage of these phenomena, we prepared a PBZ/silica nanocomposite coating through two simple steps; this material exhibited reversible transitions from superhydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity upon sequential UV irradiation and thermal treatment.

  14. Modeling solvent evaporation during thin film formation in phase separating polymer mixtures. (United States)

    Cummings, John; Lowengrub, John S; Sumpter, Bobby G; Wise, Steven M; Kumar, Rajeev


    Preparation of thin films by dissolving polymers in a common solvent followed by evaporation of the solvent has become a routine processing procedure. However, modeling of thin film formation in an evaporating solvent has been challenging due to a need to simulate processes at multiple length and time scales. In this work, we present a methodology based on the principles of linear non-equilibrium thermodynamics, which allows systematic study of various effects such as the changes in the solvent properties due to phase transformation from liquid to vapor and polymer thermodynamics resulting from such solvent transformations. The methodology allows for the derivation of evaporative flux and boundary conditions near each surface for simulations of systems close to the equilibrium. We apply it to study thin film microstructural evolution in phase segregating polymer blends dissolved in a common volatile solvent and deposited on a planar substrate. Effects of the evaporation rates, interactions of the polymers with the underlying substrate and concentration dependent mobilities on the kinetics of thin film formation are studied.

  15. Substrate chemistry regulates the surface phase separation of polyurethane films (United States)

    Xing, Juan; Pan, Xianchao; Wang, Jinfeng; Luo, Yanfeng

    The effect of substrate chemistry on surface phase separation of polyurethane films were investigated by using self-assembled monolayer (SAM) with chemically different modifications, i.e. hydroxy (-OH) and methyl (-CH3) end groups. Results showed that hydrophilic (-OH) and hydrophobic end groups (-CH3) could respectively promote the aggregation of hard and soft segments at polyurethane-substrate interface, which further regulates the phase separation of polyurethane surface that contacts the substrate. The aggregation of hard segments tended to enhance the surface smoothness of polyurethane films, especially on hydrophilic substrates with hydroxy modification. Further analysis of tensile testing revealed that the regulation of surface phase separation had no effect on the shape memory effect of polyurethane films. These findings suggest that the chemical properties of the substrates could regulate the phase separation and may provide some guidance on the design of specific polyurethane with desired morphology and properties.

  16. Latent synthesis of electrically conductive surface-silvered polyimide films. (United States)

    Davis, Luke M; Abelt, Christopher J; Scott, Joseph L; Orlova, Evguenia; Thompson, David W


    A facile ambient temperature route to the fabrication of surface silver-metallized polyimide films is described. Silver(I) trifluoromethanesulfonate or silver(I) nitrate and a polyimide, derived from 2,2-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl)hexafluoropropane dianhydride and an equimolar amount of 4,4'-oxydianiline and 3,5-diaminobenzoic acid, were dissolved together in dimethylacetamide. Silver(I)-doped films were prepared at thicknesses of 25-40 microm and depleted of solvent by evaporation at ambient temperature and low humidity. The silver(I)-ion-containing films were then treated with aqueous solutions of the reducing agents hydrazine hydrate and hydroxylamine, which brought forth surface-silvered films exhibiting conductivity on the order of bulk polycrystalline silver accompanied by modest-to-high specular reflectivity.

  17. Inexpensive laser-induced surface modification in bismuth thin films

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    Contreras, A. Reyes [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Carretera Toluca, Ixtlahuaca Kilómetro 15.5, C.P. 50200 Edo. de México (Mexico); Hautefeuille, M., E-mail: [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Avenida Universidad 3000, Circuito Exterior S/N, Coyoacán, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 04510 D.F. Mexico (Mexico); García, A. Esparza [Fotofísica y Películas Delgadas, Departamento de Tecnociencias, CCADET-UNAM, Circuito exterior s/n C.P. 04510 Cd. Universitaria, D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Mejia, O. Olea [Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM, Carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco, Km 14.5, Unidad El Rosedal, 50200 San Cayetano, Estado de México (Mexico); López, M.A. Camacho [Facultad de Química, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Tollocan s/n, esq. Paseo Colón, Toluca, Estado de México 50110 (Mexico)


    Highlights: • Laser-induced microbumps were formed on bismuth films using a simple, low-cost, laser setup. • The patterns, similar to those typically obtained with high-power lasers, were characterized. • Control of laser ablation conditions is critical in the fabrication of surface microbumps. - Abstract: In this work, we present results on texturing a 500 nm thick bismuth film, deposited by sputtering onto a glass slide using a low-cost homemade, near-infrared pulsed laser platform. A 785 nm laser diode of a CD–DVD pickup head was precisely focused on the sample mounted on a motorized two-axis translation stage to generate localized surface microbumps on the bismuth films. This simple method successfully transferred desired micropatterns on the films in a computer-numerical control fashion. Irradiated zones were characterized by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It was observed that final results are strongly dependent on irradiation parameters.

  18. Structural and Mechanical Properties of Thin Films of Bovine Submaxillary Mucin versus Porcine Gastric Mucin on a Hydrophobic Surface in Aqueous Solutions

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    Madsen, Jan Busk; Sotres, Javier; Pakkanen, Kirsi I.


    The structural and mechanical properties of thin films generated from two types of mucins, namely, bovine submaxillary mucin (BSM) and porcine gastric mucin (PGM) in aqueous environment were investigated with several bulk and surface analytical techniques. Both mucins generated hydrated films...... on hydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surfaces from spontaneous adsorption arising from their amphiphilic characteristic. However, BSM formed more elastic films than PGM at neutral pH condition. This structural difference was manifested from the initial film formation processes to the responses to shear...... on a nonpolar PDMS surface leads to weakening of the mechanical integrity of the films....

  19. Cellulose Microfibril Formation by Surface-Tethered Cellulose Synthase Enzymes. (United States)

    Basu, Snehasish; Omadjela, Okako; Gaddes, David; Tadigadapa, Srinivas; Zimmer, Jochen; Catchmark, Jeffrey M


    Cellulose microfibrils are pseudocrystalline arrays of cellulose chains that are synthesized by cellulose synthases. The enzymes are organized into large membrane-embedded complexes in which each enzyme likely synthesizes and secretes a β-(1→4) glucan. The relationship between the organization of the enzymes in these complexes and cellulose crystallization has not been explored. To better understand this relationship, we used atomic force microscopy to visualize cellulose microfibril formation from nickel-film-immobilized bacterial cellulose synthase enzymes (BcsA-Bs), which in standard solution only form amorphous cellulose from monomeric BcsA-B complexes. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques show that surface-tethered BcsA-Bs synthesize highly crystalline cellulose II in the presence of UDP-Glc, the allosteric activator cyclic-di-GMP, as well as magnesium. The cellulose II cross section/diameter and the crystal size and crystallinity depend on the surface density of tethered enzymes as well as the overall concentration of substrates. Our results provide the correlation between cellulose microfibril formation and the spatial organization of cellulose synthases.

  20. Macrostructure-dependent photocatalytic property of high-surface-area porous titania films

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    T. Kimura


    Full Text Available Porous titania films with different macrostructures were prepared with precise control of condensation degree and density of the oxide frameworks in the presence of spherical aggregates of polystyrene-block-poly(oxyethylene (PS-b-PEO diblock copolymer. Following detailed explanation of the formation mechanisms of three (reticular, spherical, and large spherical macrostructures by the colloidal PS-b-PEO templating, structural variation of the titania frameworks during calcination were investigated by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Then, photocatalytic performance of the macroporous titania films was evaluated through simple degradation experiments of methylene blue under an UV irradiation. Consequently, absolute surface area of the film and crystallinity of the titania frameworks were important for understanding the photocatalytic performance, but the catalytic performance can be improved further by the macrostructural design that controls diffusivity of the targeted molecules inside the film and their accessibility to active sites.

  1. Surface modification of ZnO-Films as transparent conductive oxide layer for silicon thin film solar cells

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    Luekermann, Florian; Moenkemoeller, Viola; Brechling, Armin; Sacher, Marc; Heinzmann, Ulrich [Molecular and Surface Physics, Bielefeld University (Germany); Kurz, Henning; Hamelmann, Frank; Stiebig, Helmut [Malibu GmbH, Bielefeld (Germany)


    Transparent conductive oxides are used as front electrode in thin film solar cells. Especially ZnO deposited by Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition provides useful features for solar cells. On the one hand ZnO shows a good conductivity and on the other hand a rough surface consisting of pyramidal grains which possess a good light scattering capability. To influence this light scattering, two different kinds of treatments have been applied on the ZnO surface: etching with diluted HCl and Reactive Ion Etching with Ar and O{sub 2}. The main interest is focused on the change of surface morphology and the resulting changes in light scattering and transmission. HCl etching leads to an increasing surface roughness as well as diffuse transmittance. Ar/O{sub 2} bombardment decreases the roughness and thus the scattering. The lowered roughness enhances the growth of the a-Si absorber layer and reduces the formation of pinholes. Finally the properties of amorphous silicon solar cells deposited on treated ZnO-films are compared with those deposited on untreated films.

  2. Regulating spin and Fermi surface topology of a quantum metal film by the surface (interface) monatomic layer (United States)

    Matsuda, Iwao


    Spin and current controls in solids have been one of the central issues in researches of electron and spin transport. Nowadays, electronics/spintronics deals with nanometer- or atomic-scale structures and miniaturization of these systems implies emergence of various quantum phenomena, intimately linked to the formation of electronic states different from those of the corresponding bulk materials. For example, valence electrons of films with the thickness comparable to the electron wavelength form discrete quantum-well states (QWSs) under opportune conditions of confinement (quantum size effect). Furthermore, the size reduction also increases the surface/volume ratio and a film possibly changes its electronic (spin) properties by the surface effect. Concerning metal films, the quantum size effect requires the thickness in a range of nanometers and the length corresponds to several tens of atoms, indicating the very large ratio of a surface (interface) monatomic layer to film atomic layers. Thus, we have been interested in combining the quantum size effects and the surface effect on the metal films to induce new physical phenomena. In the present talk, two research cases are shown. 1) Instead of isotropic two-dimensional in-plane states expected for an isolated metal film, quasi-one-dimensional quantized states were measured by photoemission spectroscopy in an epitaxial Ag(111) ultra thin film, prepared on an array of atomic chains [1]. 2) High-resolution spin-resolved photoemission and magneto-transport experiments of ultrathin Ag(111) films, covered with a /3x/3-Bi/Ag surface ordered alloy, were performed. The surface state (SS) bands, spin-split by the Rashba interaction, selectively couple to the originally spin-degenerate QWS bands in the metal film, making the spin-dependent hybridization [2,3]. Magnetoconductance of the films, measured in situ by the micro-four-point probe method as a function of the applied magnetic field [4], has shown that the formation of

  3. Surface-based molecular self-assembly: Langmuir-Blodgett films of amphiphilic Ln(III) complexes. (United States)

    Wales, Dominic J; Kitchen, Jonathan A


    The unique photophysical properties of the Ln(III) series has led to significant research efforts being directed towards their application in sensors. However, for "real-life" applications, these sensors should ideally be immobilised onto surfaces without loss of function. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique offers a promising method in which to achieve such immobilisation. This mini-review focuses on synthetic strategies for film formation, the effect that film formation has on the physical properties of the Ln(III) amphiphile, and concludes with examples of Ln(III) LB films being used as sensors.

  4. Picosecond laser fabrication of nanostructures on ITO film surface assisted by pre-deposited Au film (United States)

    Yang, H. Z.; Jiang, G. D.; Wang, W. J.; Mei, X. S.; Pan, A. F.; Zhai, Z. Y.


    With greater optical penetration depth and lower ablation threshold fluence, it is difficult to directly fabricate large scales of laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSSs) on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) films. This study proposed an approach to obtain optimized LIPSSs by sputtering an Au thin film on the ITO film surface. The concept behind the proposal is that the upper layer of the thin Au film can cause surface energy aggregation, inducing the initial ripple structures. The ripples deepened and become clear with lower energy due to optical trapping. The effective mechanism of Au film was analyzed and verified by a series of experiments. Linear sweep, parallel to the laser polarization direction, was performed using a Nd:VAN laser system with 10-ps Q-switched pulse, at a central wavelength of 532 nm, with a repetition rate of 1 kHz. The complete and clear features of the nanostructures, obtained with the periods of approximately 320 nm, were observed on ITO films with proper laser fluence and scanning speed. The depth of ripples was varying in the range of 15-65 nm with clear and coherent ITO films. The preferred efficiency of fabricating nanostructures and the excellent results were obtained at a scanning speed of 2.5 mm/s and a fluence of 0.189 J/cm2. In this way, the ablation and shedding of ITO films was successfully avoided. Thus, the proposed technique can be considered to be a promising method for the laser machining of special nonmetal films.

  5. Metallic nanostructure formation limited by the surface hydrogen on silicon. (United States)

    Perrine, Kathryn A; Teplyakov, Andrew V


    Constant miniaturization of electronic devices and interfaces needed to make them functional requires an understanding of the initial stages of metal growth at the molecular level. The use of metal-organic precursors for metal deposition allows for some control of the deposition process, but the ligands of these precursor molecules often pose substantial contamination problems. One of the ways to alleviate the contamination problem with common copper deposition precursors, such as copper(I) (hexafluoroacetylacetonato) vinyltrimethylsilane, Cu(hfac)VTMS, is a gas-phase reduction with molecular hydrogen. Here we present an alternative method to copper film and nanostructure growth using the well-defined silicon surface. Nearly ideal hydrogen termination of silicon single-crystalline substrates achievable by modern surface modification methods provides a limited supply of a reducing agent at the surface during the initial stages of metal deposition. Spectroscopic evidence shows that the Cu(hfac) fragment is present upon room-temperature adsorption and reacts with H-terminated Si(100) and Si(111) surfaces to deposit metallic copper. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are used to follow the initial stages of copper nucleation and the formation of copper nanoparticles, and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS) confirms the presence of hfac fragments on the surfaces of nanoparticles. As the surface hydrogen is consumed, copper nanoparticles are formed; however, this growth stops as the accessible hydrogen is reacted away at room temperature. This reaction sets a reference for using other solid substrates that can act as reducing agents in nanoparticle growth and metal deposition.

  6. Automatically acquired broadband plasmonic-metamaterial black absorber during the metallic film-formation. (United States)

    Liu, Zhengqi; Liu, Xiaoshan; Huang, Shan; Pan, Pingping; Chen, Jing; Liu, Guiqiang; Gu, Gang


    Broadband electromagnetic wave absorbers are highly desirable in numerous applications such as solar-energy harvesting, thermo-photovoltaics, and photon detection. The aim to efficiently achieve ultrathin broadband absorbers with high-yield and low-cost fabrication process has long been pursued. Here, we theoretically propose and experimentally demonstrate a unique broadband plasmonic-metamaterial absorber by utilizing a sub-10 nm meta-surface film structure to replace the precisely designed metamaterial crystal in the common metal-dielectric-metal absorbers. The unique ultrathin meta-surface can be automatically obtained during the metal film formation process. Spectral bandwidth with absorbance above 80% is up to 396 nm, where the full absorption width at half-maximum is about 92%. The average value of absorbance across the whole spectral range of 370-880 nm reaches 83%. These super absorption properties can be attributed to the particle plasmon resonances and plasmon near-field coupling by the automatically formed metallic nanoparticles as well as the plasmon polaritons of the metal film with the induced plasmonic magnetic resonances occurring between the top meta-surface and the bottom metal mirror. This method is quite simple, cost-effective for large-area fabrication, and compatible with current industrial methods for microelectro-mechanical systems, which makes it an outstanding candidate for advanced high-efficiency absorber materials.

  7. Surface Chemistry Interactions of Cationorm with Films by Human Meibum and Tear Film Compounds

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    Georgi As. Georgiev


    Full Text Available Cationorm® (CN cationic nanoemulsion was demonstrated to enhance tear film (TF stability in vivo possibly via effects on tear film lipid layer (TFLL. Therefore the interactions of CN with human meibum (MGS and TFLL in vitro and in vivo deserve special study. MGS and CN were spread at the air/water interface of a Langmuir surface balance to ensure a range of MGS/CN oil phase ratios: 20/1, 10/1, 5/1, 3/1, 2/1 and 1/1. The films capability to reorganize during dynamic area changes was evaluated via the surface pressure-area compression isotherms and step/relaxation dilatational rheology studies. Films structure was monitored with Brewster angle microscopy. CN/TFLL interactions at the ocular surface were monitored with non-contact specular microscopy. The in vitro studies of MGS/CN layers showed that (i CN inclusion (at fixed MGS content increased film elasticity and thickness and that (ii CN can compensate for moderate meibum deficiency in MGS/CN films. In vivo CN mixed with TFLL in a manner similar to CN/MGS interactions in vitro, and resulted in enhanced thickness of TFLL. In vitro and in vivo data complement each other and facilitated the study of the composition-structure-function relationship that determines the impact of cationic nanoemulsions on TF.

  8. Formation of arsenic sulfide on GaAs surface under illumination in acidified thiourea electrolytes

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    Khader, Mahmoud M., E-mail: [Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, P.O. 2713, Doha (Qatar); AlJaber, Amina S. [Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, P.O. 2713, Doha (Qatar)


    The present article reports the formation of arsenic sulfide films on GaAs by the potentiodynamic polarization in acidified thiourea (TU) electrolytes under photo-illumination. Oxidation of TU competes with the oxidation of GaAs itself and leads to the formation of surface arsenic-sulfide films. Surface chemical composition is investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), demonstrating the formation of As-sulfide as the XPS peaks at binding energies of 42.6 and 162.5 eV for As 3d and S 2p, respectively, are observed. XPS results also show diminishing of Ga species from the surface while As-sulfide is forming. Though, As-sulfide is predominantly formed on the surface, but the inductive coupling plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) analysis still shows a preferential dissolution of As ions into electrolytes. These results indicate that Ga ions diffuse into the bulk of the electrode material. The formation of As-sulfide, initially, enhances the photocurrent generation; presumably, due to suppressing electron-hole recombination processes. Further deposition of As-sulfide deteriorates GaAs photoactivity due to retarding light absorptivity because of depositing a thick As-sulfide film. The morphology of the As-sulfide film is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) that shows the formation of smooth and nonporous films in TU electrolytes acidified by H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} of concentration {>=}0.2 M. Electrochemical impedance measurements show that GaAs corrosion is limited by the growth and oxidation of the sulfide layer.

  9. Effects of rf power on chemical composition and surface roughness of glow discharge polymer films

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    Zhang, Ling; He, Xiaoshan; Chen, Guo; Wang, Tao; Tang, Yongjian; He, Zhibing, E-mail:


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The growth mechanism of defects in GDP films was studied upon plasma diagnosis. • Increasing rf power enhanced the etching effects of smaller-mass species. • The “void” defect was caused by high energy hydrocarbons bombardment on the surface. • The surface roughness was only 12.76 nm, and no “void” defect was observed at 30 W. - Abstract: The glow discharge polymer (GDP) films for laser fusion targets were successfully fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) at different radio frequency (rf) powers. The films were deposited using trans-2-butene (T{sub 2}B) mixed with hydrogen as gas sources. The composition and state of plasma were diagnosed by quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) and Langmuir probe during the deposition process. The composition, surface morphology and roughness were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and white-light interferometer (WLI), respectively. Based on these observation and analyses, the growth mechanism of defects in GDP films were studied. The results show that, at low rf power, there is a larger probability for secondary polymerization and formation of multi-carbon C-H species in the plasma. In this case, the surface of GDP film turns to be cauliflower-like. With the increase of rf power, the degree of ionization is high, the relative concentration of smaller-mass hydrocarbon species increases, while the relative concentration of larger-mass hydrocarbon species decreases. At higher rf power, the energy of smaller-mass species are high and the etching effects are strong correspondingly. The GDP film's surface roughness shows a trend of decrease firstly and then increase with the increasing rf power. At rf power of 30 W, the surface root-mean-square roughness (Rq) drops to the lowest value of 12.8 nm, and no “void” defect was observed.

  10. Temperature effect on surface roughening of thin films (United States)

    Liu, Z.-J.; Shen, Y. G.


    The effect of the deposition temperature on the surface roughness and the growth exponent of thin films in the early growth time regime has been studied using a linear continuum model. Surface diffusion and three commonly observed roughening mechanisms, namely, shot noise, the Ehrlich-Schwobel (ES) effect, and the stress-induced instability, are step-by-step incorporated into the model to analyze the temperature effect in different cases. It has been revealed that when the thermal activated surface diffusion is operative, the surface roughness of the films without the stress effect will decrease with deposition temperature. In addition, a rougher film surface caused by the ES effect can also be observed at low temperatures. If stress exists due to a lattice mismatch at the film/substrate interface, however, high deposition temperatures may result in an unstable growth with the roughness increasing with temperature. Our analyses have also found that the growth exponent is strongly temperature dependent, and the film growth may fall into three or four temperature regions depending on whether the stress effect is present or not: (1) low-temperature region with a fixed growth exponent of 0.5 or slightly larger than 0.5 due to the ES effect; (2) a middle crossover temperature region with the growth exponent decreasing with temperature from 0.5 (or slightly larger than 0.5) to 0.25; (3) high-temperature region characterizing by noisy Mullins diffusion equation with a constant growth exponent of 0.25; and (4) if stress exists during film growth, at the high-temperature region where the stress-induced morphology instability begins to operate the growth exponent will be larger than 0.25 and increase with temperature.

  11. Formation of magnetically anisotropic composite films at low magnetic fields (United States)

    Ghazi Zahedi, Maryam; Ennen, Inga; Marchi, Sophie; Barthel, Markus J.; Hütten, Andreas; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Fragouli, Despina


    We present a straightforward two-step technique for the fabrication of poly (methyl methacrylate) composites with embedded aligned magnetic chains. First, ferromagnetic microwires are realized in a poly (methyl methacrylate) solution by assembling iron nanoparticles in a methyl methacrylate solution under heat in an external magnetic field of 160 mT. The simultaneous thermal polymerization of the monomer throughout the wires is responsible for their permanent linkage and stability. Next, the polymer solution containing the randomly dispersed microwires is casted on a solid substrate in the presence of a low magnetic field (20-40 mT) which induces the final alignment of the microwires into long magnetic chains upon evaporation of the solvent. We prove that the presence of the nanoparticles assembled in the form of microwires is a key factor for the formation of the anisotropic films under low magnetic fields. In fact, such low fields are not capable of driving and assembling dispersed magnetic nanoparticles in the same type of polymer solutions. Hence, this innovative approach can be utilized for the synthesis of magnetically anisotropic nanocomposite films at low magnetic fields.

  12. Property analysis into the formation of liquid falling thin film on a single channel of a vertical twisted and fluted tube (United States)

    Yao, Wenlong; Li, Yan; Mei, Ning


    In this paper, the influence of helix angle and other parameters to the formation behaviours of liquid falling film on the surface of a helix channel in the case of a vertical fluted tube are investigated. A single-component liquid is considered and the theoretical model is set up to simulate the behaviours of the falling film on the surface of fluted helix tube. The effect of the inclined angle, the Weber number and the channel geometry of the tube axis to the gravity on the formation of the liquid falling film are analysed. By study the film profile, a conclusion is drawn the surface tension drives the fluid into the grooves, thus the film is thinned on the crests of the fluids.

  13. Formation of complex anodic films on porous alumina matrices

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    The kinetics of growth of complex anodic alumina films was investigated. These films were formed by filling porous oxide films (matrices) having deep pores. The porous films (matrices) were obtained voltastatically in (COOH)2 aqueous solution under various voltages. The filling was done by re-anodization in an electrolyte ...

  14. Cross-Linking Poly(lactic acid) Film Surface by Neutral Hyperthermal Hydrogen Molecule Bombardment. (United States)

    Du, Wangli; Shao, Hong; He, Zhoukun; Tang, Changyu; Liu, Yu; Shen, Tao; Zhu, Yan; Lau, Woon-ming; Hui, David


    Constructing a dense cross-linking layer on a polymer film surface is a good way to improve the water resistance of poly(lactic acid) (PLA). However, conventional plasma treatments have failed to achieve the aim as a result of the unavoidable surface damage arising from the charged species caused by the uncontrolled high energy coming from colliding ions and electrons. In this work, we report a modified plasma method called hyperthermal hydrogen-induced cross-linking (HHIC) technology to construct a dense cross-linking layer on PLA film surfaces. This method produces energy-controlled neutral hyperthermal hydrogen, which selectively cleaves C-H bonds by molecule collision from the PLA film without breaking other bonds (e.g., C-C bonds in the polymer backbone), and results in subsequent cross-linking of the carbon radicals generated from the organic molecules. The formation of a dense cross-linking layer can serve as a barrier layer to significantly improve both the hydrophobicity and water vapor barrier property of the PLA film. Because of the advantage of selective cleavage of C-H bonds by HHIC treatment, the original physical properties (e.g., mechanical strength and light transmittance) of the PLA films are well-preserved.

  15. Controlled formation of anatase and rutile TiO2 thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Rafieian Boroujeni, Damon; Ogieglo, Wojciech; Savenije, Tom; Lammertink, Rob G.H.


    We discuss the formation of TiO2 thin films via DC reactive magnetron sputtering. The oxygen concentration during sputtering proved to be a crucial parameter with respect to the final film structure and properties. The initial deposition provided amorphous films that crystallise upon annealing to

  16. A comparison of surface properties of metallic thin film photocathodes

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    Mistry, Sonal; Valizadeh, Reza; Jones, L.B; Middleman, Keith; Hannah, Adrian; Militsyn, B.L; Noakes, Tim


    In this work the preparation of metal photocathodes by physical vapour deposition magnetron sputtering has been employed to deposit metallic thin films onto Cu, Mo and Si substrates. The use of metallic cathodes offers several advantages: (i) metal photocathodes present a fast response time and a relative insensitivity to the vacuum environment (ii) metallic thin films when prepared and transferred in vacuum can offer smoother and cleaner emitting surfaces. The photocathodes developed here will ultimately be used in S-band Normal Conducting RF (NCRF) guns such as that used in VELA (Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator) and the proposed CLARA (Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications) Free Electron Laser test facility. The samples grown on Si substrates were used to investigate the morphology and thickness of the film. The samples grown onto Cu and Mo substrates were analysed and tested as photocathodes in a surface characterisation chamber, where X-Ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was emp...

  17. Growth temperature dependent surface plasmon resonances of densely packed gold nanoparticles’ films and their role in surface enhanced Raman scattering of Rhodamine6G

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    Verma, Shweta, E-mail: [Laser Materials Processing Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore 452 013 (India); Rao, B. Tirumala [Laser Materials Processing Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore 452 013 (India); Bhartiya, S. [Laser Materials Development and Devices Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore 452 013 (India); Sathe, V. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore 452 001 (India); Kukreja, L.M. [Laser Materials Processing Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore 452 013 (India)


    Highlights: • Growth temperature produces and tunes the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of gold films. • Optimum thickness and growth temperature combination results narrow SPR band. • Alumina capping red-shifted the SPR band and showed marginal re-sputtering of films. • Densely packed gold nanoparticles of varying sizes can be realized by pulsed laser deposition. • High SERS intensity of dye from gold films of large SPR strength at excitation wavelength. - Abstract: Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) characteristics of gold nanoparticles films grown at different substrate temperatures and mass thicknesses with and without alumina capping were studied. At different film mass thicknesses, the LSPR response was observed mainly in the films grown at high substrate temperatures. About 300 °C substrate temperature was found to be optimum for producing narrow and strong LSPR band in both uncapped and alumina capped gold nanoparticles films. The LSPR wavelength could be tuned in the range of 600–750 nm by changing either number of ablation pulses or decreasing target to substrate distance (TSD) and alumina layer capping. Though the alumina capping re-sputtered the gold films still these films exhibited stronger LSPR response compared to the uncapped films. Atomic force microscopic analysis revealed formation of densely packed nanoparticles films exhibiting strong LSPR response which is consistent with the package density of the nanoparticles predicted by the theoretical calculations. The average size of nanoparticles increased with substrate temperature, number of ablation pulses and decreasing the TSD. For the same mass thickness of gold films grown at different substrate temperatures the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) intensity of Rhodamine6G dye was found to be significantly different which had direct correlation with the LSPR strength of the films at the excitation wavelength.

  18. Method of fabricating low-dislocation-density epitaxially-grown films with textured surfaces (United States)

    Li, Qiming; Wang, George T


    A method for forming a surface-textured single-crystal film layer by growing the film atop a layer of microparticles on a substrate and subsequently selectively etching away the microparticles to release the surface-textured single-crystal film layer from the substrate. This method is applicable to a very wide variety of substrates and films. In some embodiments, the film is an epitaxial film that has been grown in crystallographic alignment with respect to a crystalline substrate.

  19. Free Surface Relaxations of Star Shaped Polymer Films

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    Glynos, Emmanoui; Johnson, Kyle J.; Frieberg, Bradley R.; Chremos, Alexandros; Narayanan, Suresh; Sakellariou, Georgios; Green, Peter F.


    The surface relaxation dynamics of supported star-shaped polymer thin films are shown to be slower than the bulk, persisting up to temperatures at least 50 degrees above the bulk glass transition temperature Tgbulk. This behavior, exhibited by star-shaped polystyrenes (SPSs) with functionality f = 8-arms and molecular weights per arm Marm < Me (Me is the entanglement molecular weight), is shown by molecular dynamics simulations to be associated with a preferential localization of these macromolecules at the free surface. This new phenomenon is in notable contrast to that of linear chain polymer thin film systems where the surface relaxations are enhanced in relation to the bulk; this enhancement persists only for a limited temperature range above the bulk Tgbulk. Evidence of the slow surface dynamics, compared to the bulk, for temperatures well above Tg and at length and time scales not associated with the glass transition has not previously been reported for polymers

  20. Free Surface Relaxations of Star-Shaped Polymer Films

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    Glynos, Emmanouil; Johnson, Kyle J.; Frieberg, Bradley; Chremos, Alexandros; Narayanan, Suresh; Sakellariou, Georgios; Green, Peter F.


    The surface relaxation dynamics of supported star-shaped polymer thin films are shown to be slower than the bulk, persisting up to temperatures at least 50 K above the bulk glass transition temperature Tgbulk. This behavior, exhibited by star-shaped polystyrenes with functionality f=8 arms and molecular weights per arm Marmsurface. This new phenomenon is in notable contrast to that of linear-chain polymer thin film systems, where the surface relaxations are enhanced in relation to the bulk; this enhancement persists only for a limited temperature range above the bulk Tgbulk. Evidence of the slow surface dynamics, compared to the bulk, for temperatures well above Tg and at length and time scales not associated with the glass transition has not previously been reported for polymers.

  1. Surface reactivity and layer analysis of chemisorbed reaction films in ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    MS received 15 October 2008; revised 13 March 2009 ... behaviour during thermal decomposition in the temperature range of 50–800°C when thermally evaluated .... Smith. 38 has recently reviewed the surface analytical science for understanding the structure and composition of anti-wear films formed in tribo- contacts.

  2. Ellipsometry of clean surfaces, submonolayer and monolayer films

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    Habraken, F.H.P.M.; Gijzeman, O.L.J.; Bootsma, G.A.


    The geometric and electronic structure of the surface region of a crystal is often different from the bulk structure and therefore the optical properties differ in principle also. Theories for the optical properties of (sub)monolayer films are compared, with special attention to anisotropic layers.

  3. Magnetic surface anisotropy of amorphous Fe-B ultrathin films (United States)

    Zhang, L.; Rado, G. T.; Liou, S. H.; Chien, C. L.


    The magnetic surface anisotropy constants KS of amorphous Fe xB 100- x was determined by performing ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements on ultrathin films and adapting a recent FMR theory to amorphous materials. For a given Fe content x the same value of KS is obtained at two frequencies and two FMR configurations.

  4. Active Oxygen Generator by Silent Discharge and Oxidation Power in Formation of Oxide Thin Films (United States)

    Tanaka, Masaaki; Kawagoe, Yasuyuki; Tsukazaki, Hisashi; Yamanishi, Kenichiro

    We have studied the low pressure silent discharge type active oxygen generator in terms of the application to the formation of oxide thin films. In this paper the oxidation power of active oxygen in the oxide thin film formation is compared with that of oxygen and ozone by forming silicon oxide thin films. It was confirmed that the oxidation power is in turn of active oxygen > ozone > oxygen from the experimental result of the number of x in SiOx thin film. Furthermore we applied active oxygen to the formation of the thin film high temperature super conductor and active oxygen was found to be effective to the formation of the thin film with high performance.

  5. A surface physicochemical rationale for calculus formation in the oral cavity (United States)

    Busscher, Henk J.; White, Don J.; Kamminga-Rasker, Hannetta J.; van der Mei, Henny C.


    Surface free energies of dental hard tissues, including salivary conditioning films on enamel, play a crucial role in mineralization, dissolution and adhesion processes at the tooth surface. These mineralization reactions at oral surfaces control the development and progression of various diseases. In this paper, we compare the surface free energies, as derived from measured contact angles with liquids, of salivary conditioning films on enamel after exposure to dentifrices with and without anti-calculus additives, such as hexametaphosphate, pyrophosphate or zinc citrate trihydrate. Measured contact angles were converted to surface free energies using the concept of Lifshitz-Van der Waals and Lewis acid-base components. Nearly all dentifrices yield film properties with a negative interfacial tension against an aqueous phase, which thermodynamically opposes mineralization. Concurrent with negative interfacial tensions, are positive values of the interfacial free energy of adhesion for octacalcium-phosphate (OCP) to the film surfaces, indicating that adhesion of newly mineralized, calcium-phosphate rich phases is thermodynamically unfavorable. Interestingly, two out of the three dentifrices with anti-calculus additives containing hexametaphosphate and pyrophosphate cause most positive interfacial free energies for OCP adhesion of 5.8 and 2.6 mJ/m 2, respectively. In summary, surface thermodynamical analyses indicate that anti-calculus effects of commercial dentifrice formulations are consistent with more negative interfacial tensions of salivary conditioning films on enamel surfaces and thus with more positive values for the interfacial free energy of adhesion toward newly formed mineral phases. A dentifrice containing hexametaphosphate yielded thermodynamic properties of salivary conditioning films most unfavorable for calculus formation.

  6. Low Pressure DC Glow Discharge Air Plasma Surface Treatment of Polyethylene (PE) Film for Improvement of Adhesive Properties (United States)

    Krishnasamy Navaneetha, Pandiyaraj; Vengatasamy, Selvarajan; Rajendrasing, R. Deshmukh; Paramasivam, Yoganand; Suresh, Balasubramanian; Sundaram, Maruthamuthu


    The present work deals with the change in surface properties of polyethylene (PE) film using DC low pressure glow discharge air plasma and makes it useful for technical applications. The change in hydrophilicity of the modified PE film surface was investigated by measuring contact angle and surface energy as a function of exposure time. Changes in the morphological and chemical composition of PE films were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The improvement in adhesion was studied by measuring T-peel and lap-shear strength. The results show that the wettability and surface energy of the PE film has been improved due to the introduction of oxygen-containing polar groups and an increase in surface roughness. The XPS result clearly shows the increase in concentration of oxygen content and the formation of polar groups on the polymer surface. The AFM observation on PE film shows that the roughness of the surface increased due to plasma treatment. The above morphological and chemical changes enhanced the adhesive properties of the PE film surfaces, which was confirmed by T-peel and lap-shear tests.

  7. Vanadium and molybdenum oxide thin films on Au(111). Growth and surface characterization

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    Guimond, Sebastien


    The growth and the surface structure of well-ordered V{sub 2}O{sub 3}, V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and MoO{sub 3} thin films have been investigated in this work. These films are seen as model systems for the study of elementary reaction steps occurring on vanadia and molybdena-based selective oxidation catalysts. It is shown that well-ordered V{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) thin films can be prepared on Au(111). The films are terminated by vanadyl groups which are not part of the V{sub 2}O{sub 3} bulk structure. Electron irradiation specifically removes the oxygen atoms of the vanadyl groups, resulting in a V-terminated surface. The fraction of removed vanadyl groups is controlled by the electron dose. Such surfaces constitute interesting models to probe the relative role of both the vanadyl groups and the undercoordinated V ions at the surface of vanadia catalysts. The growth of well-ordered V{sub 2}O{sub 5}(001) and MoO{sub 3}(010) thin films containing few point defects is reported here for the first time. These films were grown on Au(111) by oxidation under 50 mbar O{sub 2} in a dedicated high pressure cell. Contrary to some of the results found in the literature, the films are not easily reduced by annealing in UHV. This evidences the contribution of radiation and surface contamination in some of the reported thermal reduction experiments. The growth of ultrathin V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and MoO{sub 3} layers on Au(111) results in formation of interface-specific monolayer structures. These layers are coincidence lattices and they do not correspond to any known oxide bulk structure. They are assumed to be stabilized by electronic interaction with Au(111). Their formation illustrates the polymorphic character and the ease of coordination units rearrangement which are characteristic of both oxides. The formation of a second layer apparently precedes the growth of bulk-like crystallites for both oxides. This observation is at odds with a common assumption that crystals nucleate as soon as a

  8. Improvement in physical and biological properties of chitosan/soy protein films by surface grafted heparin. (United States)

    Wang, Xiaomei; Hu, Ling; Li, Chen; Gan, Li; He, Meng; He, Xiaohua; Tian, Weiqun; Li, Mingming; Xu, Li; Li, Yinping; Chen, Yun


    A series of chitosan/soy protein isolate (SPI) composite films (CS-n, n=0, 10 and 30, corresponding to SPI content in the composites) were prepared. Heparin was grafted onto the surface of CS-n to fabricate a series of heparinized films (HCS-n). CS-n and HCS-n were characterized by ATR-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and water contact angle. The surface heparin density was measured by toluidine blue assay. The results showed that heparin has been successfully grafted onto the surface of CS-n. Heparin evenly distributed on the surface of the films and the heparin content increased with the increase of SPI content, and the hydrophilicity of the films was enhanced due to the grafted heparin. The cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility of CS-n and HCS-n were evaluated by cell culture (MTT assay, live/dead assay, cell morphology and cell density observation), platelet adhesion test, plasma recalcification time (PRT) measurement, hemolysis assay and thrombus formation test. HCS-n showed higher cell adhesion rate and improved cytocompatibility compared to the corresponding CS-n. HCS-n also exhibited lower platelet adhesion, longer PRT, higher blood anticoagulant indexes (BCI) and lower hemolysis rate than the corresponding CS-n. The improved cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility of HCS-n would shed light on the potential applications of chitosan/soy protein-based biomaterials that may come into contact with blood. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Deposition of Ultrathin Nano-Hydroxyapatite Films on Laser Micro-Textured Titanium Surfaces to Prepare a Multiscale Surface Topography for Improved Surface Wettability/Energy

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    Maria Surmeneva


    Full Text Available The primary aim of this study was to analyse the correlation between topographical features and chemical composition with the changes in wettability and the surface free energy of microstructured titanium (Ti surfaces. Periodic microscale structures on the surface of Ti substrates were fabricated via direct laser interference patterning (DLIP. Radio-frequency magnetron sputter deposition of ultrathin nanostructured hydroxyapatite (HA films was used to form an additional nanoscale grain morphology on the microscale-structured Ti surfaces to generate multiscale surface structures. The surface characteristics were evaluated using atomic force microscopy and contact angle and surface free energy measurements. The structure and phase composition of the HA films were investigated using X-ray diffraction. The HA-coated periodic microscale structured Ti substrates exhibited a significantly lower water contact angle and a larger surface free energy compared with the uncoated Ti substrates. Control over the wettability and surface free energy was achieved using Ti substrates structured via the DLIP technique followed by the deposition of a nanostructured HA coating, which resulted in the changes in surface chemistry and the formation of multiscale surface topography on the nano- and microscale.

  10. Deposition of Ultrathin Nano-Hydroxyapatite Films on Laser Micro-Textured Titanium Surfaces to Prepare a Multiscale Surface Topography for Improved Surface Wettability/Energy (United States)

    Surmeneva, Maria; Nikityuk, Polina; Hans, Michael; Surmenev, Roman


    The primary aim of this study was to analyse the correlation between topographical features and chemical composition with the changes in wettability and the surface free energy of microstructured titanium (Ti) surfaces. Periodic microscale structures on the surface of Ti substrates were fabricated via direct laser interference patterning (DLIP). Radio-frequency magnetron sputter deposition of ultrathin nanostructured hydroxyapatite (HA) films was used to form an additional nanoscale grain morphology on the microscale-structured Ti surfaces to generate multiscale surface structures. The surface characteristics were evaluated using atomic force microscopy and contact angle and surface free energy measurements. The structure and phase composition of the HA films were investigated using X-ray diffraction. The HA-coated periodic microscale structured Ti substrates exhibited a significantly lower water contact angle and a larger surface free energy compared with the uncoated Ti substrates. Control over the wettability and surface free energy was achieved using Ti substrates structured via the DLIP technique followed by the deposition of a nanostructured HA coating, which resulted in the changes in surface chemistry and the formation of multiscale surface topography on the nano- and microscale. PMID:28773985

  11. Inhibition of Biofilm Formation Using Novel Nanostructured Surfaces Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Biofilms are ubiquitous in the environment. Few surfaces resist biofilm formation, most promote it. Biofilm formation poses problems in water systems as they can...

  12. Amphiphilic Polymer Platforms: Surface Engineering of Films for Marine Antibiofouling. (United States)

    Galli, Giancarlo; Martinelli, Elisa


    A range of amphiphilic polymers with diverse macromolecular architectures has been developed and incorporated into films and coatings with potential for marine antibiofouling applications, without resorting to addition of currently used biocidal, toxic agents. Novel "green" chemical technologies employ different building blocks to endow the polymer film with surface activity, functionality, structure, and reconstruction according to the outer environment as a result of a tailored amphiphilic character of the polymer platform. We emphasise how these features can interplay and add synergistically to affect antifouling and fouling-release against common, widespread marine micro- and macro-fouling organisms. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Design, synthesis, and film formation of stimuli-responsive colloidal dispersions containing phospholipids (United States)

    Lestage, David Jackson

    These studies were undertaken to further understand the design of colloidal dispersions containing bio-active phospholipids (PL) as stabilizing agents and their stimuli-responsive behaviors during film formation. Methyl methacrylate (MMA) and n-butyl acrylate (nBA) dispersions were synthesized using anionic surfactants and PL, and the surface-responsiveness of coalesced films was monitored at the film-air (F-A) and film-substrate (F-S) interfaces after exposure to temperature, UV, pH, ionic strength, and enzymatic stimuli. Using spectroscopic molecular-level probes such as attenuated total reflectance (ATR) and internal reflection IR imaging (IRIRI), these studies show that structural features of PL and surfactants significantly affect stimuli-responsiveness of polymeric films. MMA/nBA homopolymer, blend, copolymer, and core-shell particle coalescence studies indicated that controlled permeability is influenced by particle composition and sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate (SDOSS) mobility to the F-A interface is enhanced in response to temperature. Utilization of hydrogenated soybean phosphocholine (HSPC) as a co-surfactant with SDOSS resulted in bimodal p-MMA/nBA colloidal particles, and experiments showed that ionic interactions with HSPC inhibit SDOSS mobility. However, the controlled release of individual species is detected in the presence of Ca2+ ionic strength stimuli. Utilizing 1,2-bis(10,12-tricosadiynoyl)- sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DCPC), cocklebur-shape particle morphologies were obtained and using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), self-assembled tubules were detected at particle interfaces, but not in the presence of Ca 2+. At altered concentration levels of DCPC, surface localized ionic clusters (SLICs) composed of SDOSS and DCPC form at the F-A and F-S interfaces in response to temperature and ionic strength stimuli. Micelle formation of 1-myristoyl-2-hydroxy-sn-glycero-phosphocholine (MHPC) stabilizes unimodal p-MMA/nBA colloidal particles

  14. Near-surface hydrogen depletion of diamond-like carbon films produced by direct ion deposition

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    Markwitz, Andreas, E-mail: [GNS Science, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Gupta, Prasanth [GNS Science, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Mohr, Berit [GNS Science, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); Hübner, René [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany); Leveneur, Jerome; Zondervan, Albert [GNS Science, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); Becker, Hans-Werner [RUBION, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)


    Amorphous atomically flat diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings were produced by direct ion deposition using a system based on a Penning ion source, butane precursor gas and post acceleration. Hydrogen depth profiles of the DLC coatings were measured with the 15N R-NRA method using the resonant nuclear reaction {sup 1}H({sup 15}N, αγ){sup 12}C (E{sub res} = 6.385 MeV). The films produced at 3.0–10.5 kV acceleration voltage show two main effects. First, compared to average elemental composition of the film, the near-surface region is hydrogen depleted. The increase of the hydrogen concentration by 3% from the near-surface region towards the bulk is attributed to a growth model which favours the formation of sp{sup 2} hybridised carbon rich films in the film formation zone. Secondly, the depth at which the maximum hydrogen concentration is measured increases with acceleration voltage and is proportional to the penetration depth of protons produced by the ion source from the precursor gas. The observed effects are explained by a deposition process that takes into account the contributions of ion species, hydrogen effusion and preferential displacement of atoms during direct ion deposition.

  15. Surface morphology of PS-PDMS diblock copolymer films

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    Andersen, T.H.; Tougaard, S.; Larsen, N.B.


    Spin coated thin films (∼400 Å) of poly(styrene)–poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PS–PDMS) diblock copolymers have been investigated using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy. Surface segregation of the poly(dimethylsiloxane) blocks was studied for five diblock copolymers which...... by use of peak shape analysis of the X-ray Photoelectron Spectra via the Tougaard Method. The amount of dimethylsiloxane in the uppermost part of the films was quantified as a function of annealing time and temperature. For annealing above the PS glass transition temperature, surface segregation...... of the dimethylsiloxane chain-ends occurs for all the studied PS–PDMS diblock copolymers. At room temperature, surface segregation takes place only when the amount of dimethylsiloxane in the diblock copolymers is small....

  16. Structure Formation of Ultrathin PEO Films at Solid Interfaces—Complex Pattern Formation by Dewetting and Crystallization (United States)

    Braun, Hans-Georg; Meyer, Evelyn


    The direct contact of ultrathin polymer films with a solid substrate may result in thin film rupture caused by dewetting. With crystallisable polymers such as polyethyleneoxide (PEO), molecular self-assembly into partial ordered lamella structures is studied as an additional source of pattern formation. Morphological features in ultrathin PEO films (thickness PEO molecules, n-alkylterminated (hydrophobic) PEO oligomers are investigated with respect to self-organization in ultrathin films. Morphological features characteristic for pure PEO are not changed by the presence of the n-alkylgroups. PMID:23385233

  17. Formation of resonant bonding during growth of ultrathin GeTe films

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    Wang, Ruining; Zhang, Wei; Momand, Jamo; Ronneberger, Ider; Boschker, Jos E.; Mazzarello, Riccardo; Kooi, Bart J.; Riechert, Henning; Wuttig, Matthias; Calarco, Raffaella


    A highly unconventional growth scenario is reported upon deposition of GeTe films on the hydrogen passivated Si(111) surface. Initially, an amorphous film forms for growth parameters that should yield a crystalline material. The entire amorphous film then crystallizes once a critical thickness of

  18. Surface instability of orthotropic films under surface van der Waals forces (United States)

    Wang, Xu; Li, Shuxiang


    We investigate the surface instability of an orthotropic thin elastic film interacting with another flat rigid body through van der Waals forces by means of linear stability analysis. In the obtained dispersion relation, the normalized interaction coefficient can be completely determined by the normalized wavenumber, the normalized surface energy and other two dimensionless material parameters characterizing the orthotropic elasticity of the film. The influence of these two material parameters and surface energy on the critical bifurcation mode and the critical interaction coefficient is probed in detail. The dispersion relation is also obtained for degenerate orthotropic films. An effective method based on transfer matrix is employed to derive the dispersion relations for a multilayered orthotropic elastic film interacting with a rigid contactor and interacting with another multilayered orthotropic elastic film, and also to obtain the critical interaction coefficient for a simply supported mono-layered orthotropic plate attracted by a rigid flat. Some interesting phenomena are observed for a bilayered orthotropic film, for two interacting mono-layered orthotropic films and for an orthotropic plate.

  19. Features of the theories of the formation of oxide films on aluminum alloys piston diesel engines with micro-arc oxidation

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    Skryabin M.L.


    Full Text Available The article considers one of the promising methods of surface hardening of piston aluminum alloy – microarc oxidation. Described fundamental differences from the micro-arc oxidation anodizing and similar electrochemical processes. The schemes of formation of the barrier and outer layers surface treatment in aqueous electrolytes. Shows the mechanism of formation of the interface. Considers the formation of layers with high porosity and method of exposure. Also describes the exponential dependence of the current density from the electric field in the surface film of the base metal. The role of discharges in the formation of oxide layers on the treated surface. Proposed and described features of the three main theories of formation of oxide films on the surface of the piston: physical and geometrical model of Keller; models of formation of oxide films as a colloid formations and plasma theory (theory of oxidation with the formation of plasma in the zone of oxidation. The features of formation of films in each of the models. For the model of Keller porous oxide film is a close-Packed oxide cell, having the shape of a prism. They are based on a hexagonal prism. These cells have normal orientation to the surface of the metal. In the center of the unit cell there is one season that is a channel, whose size is determined by the composition of the electrolyte, the chemical composition of the base metal and the electrical parameters of the process of oxidation. In the micro-arc oxidation process according to this model, the beginning of the formation of cells occurs with the formation of the barrier layer, passing in the porous layer and, over time, the elonga-tion of the pores, due to the constant etching electrolyte. In the theory of formation of the oxide films as kolloidnyh formations revealed that formation of pores in the film is a result of their growth. The anodic oxide is represented by a directed electric field, the alumina gel colloidal and

  20. Formation of SiC thin films by chemical vapor deposition with vinylsilane precursor (United States)

    Doi, Takuma; Takeuchi, Wakana; Jin, Yong; Kokubun, Hiroshi; Yasuhara, Shigeo; Nakatsuka, Osamu; Zaima, Shigeaki


    We have examined the formation of SiC thin films by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using vinylsilane and investigated the chemical bonding state and crystallinity of the prepared SiC thin films. We achieved the formation of a Si–H–less SiC film at growth temperatures as low as 600 °C. Also, we investigated the in situ doping effect of N by the incorporation of NH3 gas in the SiC growth and demonstrated that the chemical composition of N in SiC thin films was controlled by adjusting the NH3 flow rate. In addition, we examined the growth of SiC thin films on a Cu substrate and achieved the formation of a SiC thin film while avoiding any significant reaction between SiC and Cu at a growth temperature of 700 °C.

  1. Preparation of periodic surface structures on doped poly(methyl metacrylate) films by irradiation with KrF excimer laser (United States)

    Kalachyova, Yevgeniya; Lyutakov, Oleksiy; Slepicka, Petr; Elashnikov, Roman; Svorcik, Vaclav


    In this work, we describe laser modification of poly(methyl methacrylate) films doped with Fast Red ITR, followed by dopant exclusion from the bulk polymer. By this procedure, the polymer can be modified under extremely mild conditions. Creation of surface ordered structure was observed already after application of 15 pulses and 12 mJ cm-2 fluence. Formation of grating begins in the hottest places and tends to form concentric semi-circles around them. The mechanism of surface ordered structure formation is attributed to polymer ablation, which is more pronounced in the place of higher light intensity. The smoothness of the underlying substrate plays a key role in the quality of surface ordered structure. Most regular grating structures were obtained on polymer films deposited on atomically `flat' Si substrates. After laser patterning, the dopant was removed from the polymer by soaking the film in methanol.

  2. Surface nanostructuring of CuIn1-x Ga x Se2 films using argon plasma treatment (United States)

    Zimin, S. P.; Gorlachev, E. S.; Mokrov, D. A.; Amirov, I. I.; Naumov, V. V.; Gremenok, V. F.; Juskenas, R.; Skapas, M.; Kim, W. Y.; Bente, K.; Chung, Y.-D.


    In this work we report a phenomenon of the self-formation of nanostructure arrays during low-energy inductively coupled argon plasma treatment of the surface of copper indium gallium diselenide films grown by different methods on glass substrates. Selenization, pulsed laser deposition and multistage co-evaporation technological methods were used for the growth of polycrystalline CuIn1-x Ga x Se2 (0.04 ≤ x ≤ 0.45) films. The plasma treatment of the surface of the films grown by all three methods resulted in the plasma-assisted self-formation of arrays of uniform cylindrical or conical nanostructures with the surface density of (0.8-1.8) × 1011 cm-2. Using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, we describe the morphological parameters and chemical composition of the fabricated nanostructures and discuss possible physical mechanisms of the observed plasma-assisted nanostructuring.

  3. Microwave surface resistance of under doped Co substituted YBCO films

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    Murugesan, M.; Obara, H.; Sawa, A.; Kosaka, S.; Nakagawa, Y.; Nie, J.C.; Yamasaki, H


    Laser ablated under doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub z} (YBCO) films grown on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates have been studied for its crystal structure and microwave surface resistance (R{sub s}). The carrier content of YBCO film was varied by site selective substitution for Cu at chain site by Co atom. It is inferred that the low laser repetition rate facilitates the alignment of grains along c-axis, while deteriorates the in-plane alignment of grains in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2.97}Co{sub 0.03}O{sub z} (YBCCO) films. The deterioration in in-plane alignment with laser repetition rate is attributed to the changes in Co content or the uneven distribution of Co in YBCCO films. The temperature dependent R{sub s} of YBCO film is increased with Co substitution. The observed high R{sub s} value combined with broad transition in R{sub s}(T) curves for the Co substituted samples is thought to be primarily due to the increase in penetration depth caused by the reduced carrier (hole) concentration in the Co substituted samples.

  4. Microwave surface resistance of over-doped YBCO films

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    Murugesan, M.; Obara, H.; Kosaka, S.; Nakagawa, Y.; Yamasaki, H


    Significant reduction of microwave surface resistance, R{sub s} in single layer Y{sub 0.98}Ca{sub 0.02}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub z} thin films on annealed MgO substrates has been observed. At low temperature, R{sub s} of best Y{sub 0.98}Ca{sub 0.02}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub z} film (0.1 m{omega} at 20 K, 22 GHz) was nearly three times lower compared to that of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub z} film (0.35 m{omega} at 20 K, 22 GHz). The enhanced critical current density (J{sub c}) value below 60 K in both self as well as large applied field for Y{sub 0.98}Ca{sub 0.02}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub z} film and hence the much improved microwave performance below 60 K firmly supports the improved superconducting order parameters near the grain boundaries. A strong depression of J{sub c} in other than Ca 2% substituted films even with small applied field has been noticed.

  5. WS{sub 2} nanotube formation by sulphurization: Effect of precursor tungsten film thickness and stress

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    Ng, Sheung Mei; Wong, Hon Fai; Wong, Wang Cheung; Tan, Choon Kiat; Choi, Sin Yuk; Mak, Chee Leung; Li, Gui Jun [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Dong, Qing Chen [MOE Key Laboratory for Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials and Research Center of Advanced Materials Science and Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, 79 Yingze West Street, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Leung, Chi Wah, E-mail: [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong)


    Transition metal dichalcogenides can exhibit as 2-dimensional layers, 1-dimensional nanotubes or 0-dimensional quantum dot structures. In general, dichalcogenide nanotubes are grown under stringent conditions, using high growth temperatures with tedious processes. Here, we report the controlled formation of tungsten disulphide (WS{sub 2}) nanostructures by manipulating the precursor film thickness, followed by a direct sulphurization process. WS{sub 2} nanotubes were formed by ultra-thin tungsten precursor films, while particle-like WS{sub 2} were obtained from thicker tungsten films under identical sulphurization conditions. To elucidate the origin of WS{sub 2} nanostructure formation, micron-sized tungsten film tracks were prepared, and such patterned films were found to suppress the growth of WS{sub 2} nanotubes. We attribute the suppression of nanotube formation to the relieving of film stress in patterned precursor films. - Highlights: • WS{sub 2} were obtained by sulphurization of sputtered tungsten films on Si substrates. • Resultant WS{sub 2} nanostructure morphology was dependent on precursor film thickness. • Patterning into micro-size W tracks suppressed the formation of nanotubes. • Stress relaxation was attributed as controlling factor for WS{sub 2} structure formation.

  6. Surface structure of coherently strained ceria ultrathin films (United States)

    Shi, Yezhou; Stone, Kevin H.; Guan, Zixuan; Monti, Matteo; Cao, Chuntian; El Gabaly, Farid; Chueh, William C.; Toney, Michael F.


    Cerium oxide, or ceria, is an important material for solid oxide fuel cells and water splitting devices. Although the ceria surface is active in catalytic and electrochemical reactions, how its catalytic properties are affected by the surface structure under operating conditions is far from understood. We investigate the structure of the coherently strained Ce O2 ultrathin films on yttria-stabilized zirconia (001) single crystals by specular synchrotron x-ray diffraction (XRD) under oxidizing conditions as a first step to study the surface structure in situ. An excellent agreement between the experiment data and the model is achieved by using a "stacks and islands" model that has a two-component roughness. One component is due to the tiny clusters of nanometer scale in lateral dimensions on each terrace, while the other component is due to slightly different Ce O2 thickness that span over hundreds of nanometers on neighboring terraces. We attribute the nonuniform thickness to step depairing during the thin film deposition that is supported by the surface morphology results on the microscopic level. Importantly, our model also shows that the polarity of the ceria surface is removed by a half monolayer surface coverage of oxygen. The successful resolution of the ceria surface structure using in situ specular synchrotron XRD paves the way to study the structural evolution of ceria as a fuel cell electrode under catalytically relevant temperatures and gas pressures.

  7. Oral alcohol administration disturbs tear film and ocular surface. (United States)

    Kim, Joo Hyun; Kim, Jung Ha; Nam, Woo Ho; Yi, Kayoung; Choi, Dong Gyu; Hyon, Joon Young; Wee, Won Ryang; Shin, Young Joo


    To investigate whether ethanol administration disturbs the tear film and ocular surface. Case-control study. Twenty healthy male subjects were recruited. Ethanol was administered to 10 subjects and another 10 subjects served as controls. Twenty healthy male subjects with no ocular disease were recruited. Ethanol (0.75 g/kg) was administered orally at 8 pm for 2 hours to 10 subjects. The tear film and ocular surface were evaluated at 6 pm before drinking, at midnight, and immediately (6 am) and 2 hours (8 am) after waking the next morning. Tear osmolarity, ethanol concentration in tears and serum, Schirmer's test results, tear film break-up time (TBUT), corneal punctuate erosion, and corneal sensitivity were measured. Ethanol was detected in tears and serum at midnight, but it was not detected the next morning. The mean tear osmolarity level increased in the alcohol group at midnight compared with that in the control group (Ptears. Ethanol in tears induced tear hyperosmolarity and shortened TBUT and triggered the development of ocular surface diseases. Similar changes could exacerbate signs and symptoms in patients with ocular surface disease. Copyright © 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Grafting titanium nitride surfaces with sodium styrene sulfonate thin films (United States)

    Zorn, Gilad; Migonney, Véronique; Castner, David G.


    The importance of titanium nitride lies in its high hardness and its remarkable resistance to wear and corrosion, which has led to its use as a coating for the heads of hip prostheses, dental implants and dental surgery tools. However, the usefulness of titanium nitride coatings for biomedical applications could be significantly enhanced by modifying their surface with a bioactive polymer film. The main focus of the present work was to graft a bioactive poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) (pNaSS) thin film from titanium nitride surfaces via a two-step procedure: first modifying the surface with 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS) and then grafting the pNaSS film from the MPS modified titanium through free radical polymerization. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) were used after each step to characterize success and completeness of each reaction. The surface region of the titanium nitride prior to MPS functionalization and NaSS grafting contained a mixture of titanium nitride, oxy-nitride, oxide species as well as adventitious surface contaminants. After MPS functionalization, Si was detected by XPS, and characteristic MPS fragments were detected by ToF-SIMS. After NaSS grafting, Na and S were detected by XPS and characteristic NaSS fragments were detected by ToF-SIMS. The XPS determined thicknesses of the MPS and NaSS overlayers were ∼1.5 and ∼1.7 nm, respectively. The pNaSS film density was estimated by the toluidine blue colorimetric assay to be 260 ± 70 ng/cm2. PMID:25280842

  9. Controlling formation of gold nanoparticles generated in situ at a polymeric surface (United States)

    Clukay, Christopher J.; Grabill, Christopher N.; Hettinger, Michelle A.; Dutta, Aniruddha; Freppon, Daniel J.; Robledo, Anthony; Heinrich, Helge; Bhattacharya, Aniket; Kuebler, Stephen M.


    This work shows that in situ reduction of metal ions bound at a polymer surface can form nanoparticles within the polymer matrix as well as at the interface, and the size and distribution of nanoparticles between the interface and subsurface depends upon the choice of reagents and reaction conditions. Tetrachloroaurate ions were bound to cross-linked SU-8 films that were functionalized using a variety of multi-functional amines, then reduced using one of several reagents. Reduction using sodium borohydride or sodium citrate generates bands of interspersed gold nanoparticles as much as 40 nm deep within the polymer, indicating that both the Au ions and the reducing agent can penetrate the surface enabling formation of nanoparticles within the polymer matrix. Nanoparticle formation can be confined nearer to the polymer interface by reducing with hydroquinone, or by processing the polymer film in aqueous media using high molecular-weight multifunctional amines that confine the gold ions at the interface.

  10. Crossover from compact to branched films in electrodeposition with surface diffusion (United States)

    Reis, F. D. A. Aarão; di Caprio, Dung; Taleb, Abdelhafed


    We study a model for thin film electrodeposition in which instability development by preferential adsorption and reduction of cations at surface peaks competes with surface relaxation by diffusion of the adsorbates. The model considers cations moving in a supported electrolyte, adsorption and reduction when they reach the film surface, and consequent production of mobile particles that execute activated surface diffusion, which is represented by a sequence of random hops to neighboring lattice sites with a maximum of G hop attempts (G ≫1 ), a detachment probability ɛ Computer simulations show the formation of a compact wetting layer followed by the growth of branched deposits. The maximal thickness zc of that layer increases with G but is weakly affected by ɛ . A scaling approach describes the crossover from smooth film growth to unstable growth and predicts zc˜Gγ , with γ =1 /(1-ν2 ≈0.43), where ν ≈0.30 is the inverse of the dynamical exponent of the Villain-Lai-Das Sarma equation that describes the initial roughening. Using previous results for related deposition models, the thickness zc can be predicted as a function of an activation energy for terrace surface diffusion and the temperature, and the small effects of the parameter ɛ are justified. These predictions are confirmed by the numerical results with good accuracy. We discuss possible applications, with a particular focus on the growth of multifuncional structures with stacking layers of different porosity.

  11. Formation of Anticorrosive Film for Suppressing Pitting Corrosion on Al-Mg-Si Alloy by Steam Coating

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    Ai Serizawa


    Full Text Available Al alloys offer excellent physical and mechanical properties, such as a low density, high specific strength, and good ductility. However, their low corrosion resistance has restricted their application in corrosive environments. There is a need, therefore, for a novel coating technology that is capable of improving the corrosion resistance of Al alloys. In the present study, we examined a steam-based method of forming a corrosion-resistant film on Al alloys. Al-Mg-Si alloy was used as the substrate. The cleaned substrates were set in an autoclave with ultrapure water as the steam source and processed using different temperatures and holding times, resulting in the formation of anticorrosive films on the alloy. FE-SEM images of the film surfaces showed that plate-like nanocrystals were densely formed over the entire surface. XRD patterns indicated that the film was composed mainly of AlOOH crystals. The potentiodynamic polarization curves revealed that the corrosion current density of the film-coated substrates significantly decreased, and that the pitting corrosion was completely suppressed, indicating that the corrosion resistance of the Al-Mg-Si alloy was improved by the film formed by means of steam coating.

  12. Restoring pulmonary surfactant membranes and films at the respiratory surface. (United States)

    Echaide, Mercedes; Autilio, Chiara; Arroyo, Raquel; Perez-Gil, Jesus


    Pulmonary surfactant is a complex of lipids and proteins assembled and secreted by the alveolar epithelium into the thin layer of fluid coating the respiratory surface of lungs. There, surfactant forms interfacial films at the air-water interface, reducing dramatically surface tension and thus stabilizing the air-exposed interface to prevent alveolar collapse along respiratory mechanics. The absence or deficiency of surfactant produces severe lung pathologies. This review describes some of the most important surfactant-related pathologies, which are a cause of high morbidity and mortality in neonates and adults. The review also updates current therapeutic approaches pursuing restoration of surfactant operative films in diseased lungs, mainly through supplementation with exogenous clinical surfactant preparations. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Membrane Lipid Therapy: Drugs Targeting Biomembranes edited by Pablo V. Escribá. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Formation control of marine surface craft: a Lagrangian approach

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    Ihle, Ivar-Andre F.; Jouffroy, Jerome; Fossen, Thor I.


    This paper presents a method for formation control of marine surface craft inspired by Lagrangian mechanics. The desired formation configuration and response of the marine surface craft are given as a set of constraints in analytical mechanics. Thus, constraints forces arise and feedback from...

  14. Nucleation and void formation mechanisms in SiC thin film growth on Si by carbonization

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    Li, J.P.; Steckl, A.J. [Univ. of Cincinnati, OH (United States)


    The nucleation mechanisms for SiC thin films on Si were investigated by interrupting the growth at very brief times ({approximately}1 to 10 s) using rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition in conjunction with hydrocarbon carbonization. The resulting SiC nuclei and films on Si have been studied by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The hydrocarbon partial pressure in the gas stream was found to determine the nucleation mode. Low precursor concentration results in initial three-dimensional (island) growth which enables the study or trench and void formation. Voids were observed to initiate when two neighboring nuclei come in contact. Trenches in the Si substrate surround each isolated nucleus, with the trench depth increasing with the diameter of the island. SiC films grown for a nominal reaction time of 1 s indicate that increasing the propane concentration results in decreases in SiC grain size and surface roughness and an increase in the nuclei density. A model is proposed for the nucleation process of SiC growth on Si by carbonization consisting of the following key steps: (1) the initial nucleation density is determined by the precursor concentration; (2) lateral and vertical growth of individual nuclei proceeds by consumption of Si atoms around their periphery, forming trenches in the substrate; (3) Si voids are formed in the Si substrate near the SiC/Si interface when nuclei grow large enough to come in contact and, thus, restrict the supply of Si atoms.

  15. Crystalline silicon surface passivation by thermal ALD deposited Al doped ZnO thin films

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    Jagannath Panigrahi


    Full Text Available The evidence of good quality silicon surface passivation using thermal ALD deposited Al doped zinc oxide (AZO thin films is demonstrated. AZO films are prepared by introducing aluminium precursor in between zinc and oxygen precursors during the deposition. The formation of AZO is confirmed by ellipsometry, XRD and Hall measurements. Effective minority carrier lifetime (τeff greater than 1.5ms at intermediate bulk injection levels is realized for symmetrically passivated p-type silicon surfaces under optimised annealing conditions of temperature and time in hydrogen ambient. The best results are realised at 450°C annealing for >15min. Such a layer may lead to implied open circuit voltage gain of 80mV.

  16. Extremely durable biofouling-resistant metallic surfaces based on electrodeposited nanoporous tungstite films on steel (United States)

    Tesler, Alexander B.; Kim, Philseok; Kolle, Stefan; Howell, Caitlin; Ahanotu, Onye; Aizenberg, Joanna


    Formation of unwanted deposits on steels during their interaction with liquids is an inherent problem that often leads to corrosion, biofouling and results in reduction in durability and function. Here we report a new route to form anti-fouling steel surfaces by electrodeposition of nanoporous tungsten oxide (TO) films. TO-modified steels are as mechanically durable as bare steel and highly tolerant to compressive and tensile stresses due to chemical bonding to the substrate and island-like morphology. When inherently superhydrophilic TO coatings are converted to superhydrophobic, they remain non-wetting even after impingement with yttria-stabilized-zirconia particles, or exposure to ultraviolet light and extreme temperatures. Upon lubrication, these surfaces display omniphobicity against highly contaminating media retaining hitherto unseen mechanical durability. To illustrate the applicability of such a durable coating in biofouling conditions, we modified naval construction steels and surgical instruments and demonstrated significantly reduced marine algal film adhesion, Escherichia coli attachment and blood staining. PMID:26482559

  17. Hyperthermal Pulsed-Laser Ablation Beams for Film Deposition and Surface Microstructural Engineering

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    Lowndes, D.H.


    This paper presents an overview of pulsed-laser ablation for film deposition and surface microstructure formation. By changing the ambient gas pressure from high vacuum to several Torr (several hundred Pa) and by selecting the pulsed-laser wavelength, the kinetic energy of ablated atoms/ions can be varied from several hundred eV down to {approximately}0.1 eV and films ranging from superhard to nanocrystalline may be deposited. Furthermore, cumulative (multi-pulse) irradiation of a semiconductor surface (e.g. silicon) in an oxidizing gas (0{sub 2}, SF{sub 6}) et atmospheric pressure can produce dense, self-organized arrays of high-aspect-ratio microcolumns or microcones. Thus, a wide range of materials synthesis and processing opportunities result from the hyperthermal flux and reactive growth conditions provided by pulsed-laser ablation.

  18. The Effect of Film Thickness and TiO2 Content on Film Formation from PS/ TiO2 Nanocomposites Prepared by Dip-Coating Method

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    M. Selin Sunay; Onder Pekcan; Saziye Ugur


    ...) was used for studying film formation from TiO2 covered nanosized polystyrene (PS) latex particles (320 nm). The effects of film thickness and TiO2 content on the film formation and structure properties of PS/TiO2 composites were studied...

  19. Silicide formation by furnace annealing of thin Si films on large-grained Ni substrates (United States)

    Brunner, A. J.; Ma, E.; Nicolet, M.-A.


    Si films with a thickness of approximately 250 nm have been electron-beam evaporated on thick, large-grained Ni substrates (grain size a few mm to 1 cm in diameter). An in situ sputter cleaning procedure has been used to clean the Ni surface before the Si deposition. Thermal annealings have been performed in a vacuum furnace. Ni2Si is the first phase that grows at temperatures between 240 °C and 300 °C as a laterally uniform interfacial layer with a diffusion-controlled kinetics. The layer thickness x follows the growth law x 2= kt, with k=k 0 exp(- E a k B T), where k 0=6.3 × 10-4cm 2/s and E a=(1-1±0.1) eV. Because of the virtually infinite supply of Ni, annealing at 800 °C for 130min yields a Ni-based solid solution as the final phase. The results are compared with those reported in the literature on suicide formation by the reaction of a thin Ni film on Si substrates, as well as with those for interfacial phase formation in Ni/Zr bilayers.

  20. Adsorption from saliva to silica and hydroxyapatite surfaces and elution of salivary films by SDS and delmopinol. (United States)

    Santos, Olga; Lindh, Liselott; Halthur, Tobias; Arnebrant, Thomas


    The adsorption of proteins from human whole saliva (HWS) onto silica and hydroxyapatite surfaces (HA) was followed by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) and ellipsometry. The influence of different surface properties and adsorption media (water and PBS) on the adsorption from saliva was studied. The viscoelastic properties of the salivary films formed on the solid surfaces were estimated by the use of the Voigt-based viscoelastic film model. Furthermore, the efficiency of SDS and delmopinol to elute the adsorbed salivary film from the surfaces was investigated at different surfactant concentrations. A biphasic kinetic regime for the adsorption from saliva on the silica and HA surfaces was observed, indicating the formation of a rigidly coupled first layer corresponding to an initial adsorption of small proteins and a more loosely bound second layer. The results further showed a higher adsorption from HWS onto the HA surfaces compared to the silica surfaces in both adsorption media (PBS and water). The adsorption in PBS led to higher adsorbed amounts on both surfaces as compared to water. SDS was found to be more efficient in removing the salivary film from both surfaces than delmopinol. The salivary film was found to be less tightly bound onto the silica surfaces since more of the salivary film could be removed with both SDS and delmopinol compared to that from the HA surface. When adsorption took place from PBS the salivary layer formed at both surfaces seemed to have a similar structure, with a high energy dissipation implying that a softer salivary layer is built up in PBS as opposed to that in water. Furthermore, the salivary layers adsorbed from water solutions onto the HA were found to be softer than those on silica.

  1. Increased Surface Roughness in Polydimethylsiloxane Films by Physical and Chemical Methods

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    Jorge Nicolás Cabrera


    Full Text Available Two methods, the first physical and the other chemical, were investigated to modify the surface roughness of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS films. The physical method consisted of dispersing multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs and magnetic cobalt ferrites (CoFe2O4 prior to thermal cross-linking, and curing the composite system in the presence of a uniform magnetic field H. The chemical method was based on exposing the films to bromine vapours and then UV-irradiating. The characterizing techniques included scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM and magnetic force microscopy (MFM. The surface roughness was quantitatively analyzed by AFM. In the physical method, the random dispersion of MWCNTs (1% w/w and magnetic nanoparticles (2% w/w generated a roughness increase of about 200% (with respect to PDMS films without any treatment, but that change was 400% for films cured in the presence of H perpendicular to the surface. SEM, AFM and MFM showed that the magnetic particles always remained attached to the carbon nanotubes, and the effect on the roughness was interpreted as being due to a rupture of dispersion randomness and a possible induction of structuring in the direction of H. In the chemical method, the increase in roughness was even greater (1000%. Wells were generated with surface areas that were close to 100 μm2 and depths of up to 500 nm. The observations of AFM images and FTIR spectra were in agreement with the hypothesis of etching by Br radicals generated by UV on the polymer chains. Both methods induced important changes in the surface roughness (the chemical method generated the greatest changes due to the formation of surface wells, which are of great importance in superficial technological processes.

  2. Surface chemical studies of chemical vapour deposited diamond thin films

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    Proffitt, S


    could not easily be correlated to the bulk film properties. It is suggested that electron emission arises from the graphite component of graphite- diamond grain boundaries that are present in the nanocrystalline films. species. The adsorbed O and Cl species are more strongly bound to the K layer than they are to the diamond substrate, so thermal desorption of K from the K/CI/diamond or K/O/diamond surface results also in the simultaneous loss ofO and Cl. The phosphorus precursor trisdimethylaminophosphine (TDMAP) has a negligible reactive sticking probability on the clean diamond surface. This can be increased by thermal cracking of the gas phase precursor by a heated filament, resulting in non-activated adsorption to produce an adlayer containing a mixture of surface-bound ligands and phosphorus containing species. The ligands were readily lost upon heating, leaving P, some of which was lost from the surface at higher temperatures. Pre-hydrogenation of the diamond surface inhibited the uptake of cracked TDMA...

  3. Surface roughness of ultra-thin silver films sputter deposited on a glass. (United States)

    Rakocevic, Z; Petrovic, R; Strbac, S


    Silver was sputter deposited on a glass with a thin film thickness ranging from 10 to 80 nm. Scanning tunnelling microscopy was used to study the morphology of the obtained Ag-glass surfaces and to estimate the surface roughness. An equation for the surface roughness of the thin film was evaluated using parameters related to the thin film features: the surface roughness of the substrate, the compressibility of the thin film and the film thickness. The experimental results were fitted using the evaluated equation, and the conditions favouring lower or higher surface roughness were analyzed.

  4. Formation and characterization of Y: 247 film through spray pyrolysis ...

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    The synthesis of high temperature superconducting films of Y:247 (c ∼ K) have been successfully achieved. The difficulty in synthesis owing to narrow range of stability of Y:247 has been taken care of through several quenching modes, e.g. quenching of the films synthesized at ∼ 850°C, in air or in liquid nitrogen.

  5. Formation and characterization of Y : 247 film through spray ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    the as processed film, Y2Ba4Cu7O14+x, exhibit nearly correct cationic stoichiometry of 2 : 4 : 7; also narrow re- gions (< 50 Å) of minority Y : 124 phase and stacking faults capable of working as flux pinning sites have been invariably found to be present. In addition to Y : 247, Ag admixed films have also been investigated.

  6. Film Formation in CO{sub 2} Corrosion with the Presence of Acetic: An Initial Study

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    Ismail, Mokhtar Che; Mohd, Muhammad Azmi [University Teknologi Petronas, Perak (Malaysia); Turgoose, Stephen [Formely of UMIST, Manchester (United Kingdom)


    Formation of protective iron carbonate films in CO{sub 2} corrosion can reduce corrosion rate substantially and the effects have been incorporated in various prediction models. The CO{sub 2} corrosion with the presence of free acetic acid is known to increase corrosion rate below scaling temperature. The possible interaction between the formation of iron acetate and iron carbonate films can affect the protectiveness of the film. The study is done using 3% NaCl solution under stagnant CO{sub 2} -saturated condition at the scaling temperatures at various pH values and HAC concentrations. The result show that the presence of HAc does not affect the formation of protective iron carbonate film but delays the attainment of protective iron carbonate due to a possibility of solubilising of ferrous ions and thinning of the films.

  7. Surface properties of sulphur based surface modified n-Cu2O thin films for enhanced liquefied petroleum gas sensing (United States)

    Bandara, K. N. D.; Jayathilaka, K. M. D. C.; Gunewardene, M. S.; Dissanayake, D. P.; Jayanetti, J. K. D. S.


    The surface of electrodeposited n-Cu2O thin films were modified by sulphidation using aqueous Na2S followed by (NH4)2S vapor treatment. Compared to untreated thin films, the resultant films showed an enhanced response to liquefied petroleum (LP) gas at a relatively low operating temperature (~45 °C), one of the lowest reported for a cuprous oxide based material. X-ray diffraction spectra confirmed that the films were of single phase. Observed by contact angle measurements and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, (NH4)2S vapor treatment converted the highly wetting sulphided films containing both Na and S to a partially wetting surface by forming sulphur on the film surface. This modification on the film surface, enabled the sensor response to recover to an ambient level after stoppage of LP gas flow, which sulphidation alone was inapt. Scanning electron micrographs complemented roughness measurements made by atomic force microscopy and showed a transformation of polycrystalline morphology of bare n-Cu2O film to one having highly porous structures, which thereby increased the surface area of the surface modified films. Therefore, this work demonstrates that the surface of the n-type Cu2O thin films modified by (NH4)2S vapor treatment and sulphidation can alter the surface wetting nature and increase the surface area to enhance LP gas sensing at a relatively low temperature.

  8. Structure Formation of Ultrathin PEO Films at Solid Interfaces—Complex Pattern Formation by Dewetting and Crystallization

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    Hans-Georg Braun


    Full Text Available The direct contact of ultrathin polymer films with a solid substrate may result in thin film rupture caused by dewetting. With crystallisable polymers such as polyethyleneoxide (PEO, molecular self-assembly into partial ordered lamella structures is studied as an additional source of pattern formation. Morphological features in ultrathin PEO films (thickness < 10 nm result from an interplay between dewetting patterns and diffusion limited growth pattern of ordered lamella growing within the dewetting areas. Besides structure formation of hydrophilic PEO molecules, n-alkylterminated (hydrophobic PEO oligomers are investigated with respect to self-organization in ultrathin films. Morphological features characteristic for pure PEO are not changed by the presence of the n-alkylgroups.

  9. Surface modification of polylactic acid films by atmospheric pressure plasma treatment (United States)

    Kudryavtseva, V. L.; Zhuravlev, M. V.; Tverdokhlebov, S. I.


    A new approach for the modification of polylactic acid (PLA) materials using atmospheric pressure plasma (APP) is described. PLA films plasma exposure time was 20, 60, 120 s. The surface morphology and wettability of the obtained PLA films were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the sitting drop method. The atmospheric pressure plasma increased the roughness and surface energy of PLA film. The wettability of PLA has been improved with the application of an atmospheric plasma surface treatment. It was shown that it is possible to obtain PLA films with various surface relief and tunable wettability. Additionally, we demonstrated that the use of cold atmospheric pressure plasma for surface activation allows for the immobilization of bioactive compounds like hyaluronic acid (HA) on the surface of obtained films. It was shown that composite PLA-HA films have an increased long-term hydrophilicity of the films surface.

  10. Surface morphology and nanomechanical properties of tribological antiwear films derived from zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate compounds (United States)

    Aktary, Mirwais

    The protection of mechanical equipment from wear is of significant economic interest. It has been estimated that up to half of a percent of the gross domestic product of industrialized countries goes to replacing mechanical components that have lost compliance due to wear. Antiwear additives are key ingredients in lubrication oils that assist in protecting components from wear during high loads. These agents form sacrificial films on metal parts that limit the adhesion between the contacting surfaces and reduce the wear rate considerably. One of the most common classes of compounds employed as an antiwear agent is zinc dialkyldithiophosphates (ZDDP). This work will explore the formation, structure, and mechanical properties of ZDDP derived antiwear films on the nanoscale. These studies are important because the macroscopic performance of antiwear coatings is dictated by their nanoscale surface properties. As a first study, scanning force microscopy (SFM) is employed to track the formation of films formed from the thermooxidative decomposition of ZDDP on gold substrates. The SFM analysis is correlated with infrared spectroscopy to relate surface structure to chemical composition. The morphology and mechanical strength of ZDDP tribofilms formed at the interface of sliding stainless steel contacts is also investigated. The tribofilms evolve morphologically with contact time and are characterized by distinct segregated islands at low times that transforms to a full film at longer times. The nanomechanical properties of the tribofilms are evaluated by nanoindentation analysis. It is found that the films are mechanically softer than the underlying steel substrate. SFM and nanoindentation analyses reveal that calcium sulphonate detergents promote the formation of ZDDP tribofilms and impart to them greater mechanical stability. By contrast succinimide dispersants reduce the capacity of ZDDP to form effective antiwear films. The first application of SFM and nanoindentation

  11. Enhancement of polar crystalline phase formation in transparent PVDF-CaF{sub 2} composite films

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    Lee, Sang Goo; Ha, Jong-Wook, E-mail:; Sohn, Eun-Ho; Park, In Jun; Lee, Soo-Bok


    Highlights: • The crystalline phase in transparent PVDF-CaF{sub 2} composite films was investigated. • CaF{sub 2} promoted the formation of polar crystalline phases in PVDF matrix. • Ordered γ-phase was obtained by thermal treatment of as-cast films at the vicinity of its melting temperature. - Abstract: We consider the influence of calcium fluoride (CaF{sub 2}) nanoparticles on the crystalline phase formation of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) for the first time. The transparent PVDF-CaF{sub 2} composite films were prepared by casting on PET substrates using N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc) as a solvent. It was found that CaF{sub 2} promoted the formation of polar crystalline phase of PVDF in composites, whereas nonpolar α-phase was dominant in the neat PVDF film prepared at the same condition. The portion of polar crystalline phase increased in proportional to the weight fraction of CaF{sub 2} in the composite films up to 10 wt%. Further addition of CaF{sub 2} suppressed completely the α-phase formation. Polar crystalline phase observed in as-cast composite films was a mixture of β- and γ-polymorph structures. It was also shown that much ordered γ-phase could be obtained through thermal treatment of as-cast PVDF-CaF{sub 2} composite film at the temperatures above the melting temperature of the composite films, but below that of γ-phase.

  12. The influence of energetic bombardment on the structure formation of sputtered zinc oxide films. Development of an atomistic growth model and its application to tailor thin film properties

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    Koehl, Dominik


    The focus of this work is the investigation of the growth of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films. It is demonstrated that with a modified, ion beam assisted sputtering (IBAS) process, zinc oxide films can be deposited which exhibit a markedly improved crystalline order. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that intense energetic oxygen ion bombardment can be utilized to change film texture from the typical (002)-self-texture to an a-axis texture where the (002)-planes are perpendicular to the substrate surface. An understanding of the underlying mechanisms is developed which also facilitates a more detailed understanding of the action of ion bombardment during zinc oxide film growth. It is shown that zinc oxide films are susceptible to the influence of ion bombardment particularly in the nucleation regime of growth and that this finding is generally true for all observed structural changes induced by ion bombardment with various species, energies and flux densities. It is demonstrated not only that the initial growth stage plays an important role in the formation of a preferred growth orientation but also that the action of texture forming mechanisms in subsequent growth stages is comparatively weak. (orig.)

  13. Relief formation in polished amalgam surfaces. (United States)

    Leitão, J


    The relief produced in the surface of dental amalgam as a result of polishing was studied by scanning electron microscopy in traditional low-copper amalgams, high-copper dispersant-type amalgams, and high-copper single-composition amalgams. Specimens were polished metallographically in two planes at right angles to each other. Micrographs were taken of the edge between the planes; the profile of one of the polished planes could be traced and the microstructural phases recognized. The traced lines were analyzed by a computer that calculated the mean levels of the phases and the mean deviation (roughness) of all the phases along the scanned distance. Recesses were seen in the surface of the gamma-2 phase. The gamma-1 phase attained the highest level, protruding above the phases of the alloy particles. The results indicate that well-polished amalgam surfaces have a structural relief that contributes to the roughness and limits the degree of smoothness that can be obtained in an amalgam surface.

  14. Study on the effect of film formation process and deposition rate on the orientation of the CsI:Tl thin film (United States)

    Tan, Xiaochuan; Liu, Shuang; Xie, Yijun; Guo, Lina; Ma, Shijun; Wang, Tianyu; Liu, Yong; Zhong, Zhiyong


    Although many new scintillation materials are developed, CsI:Tl is still prevailing because of its high scintillation efficiency. In this work, CsI:Tl thin films were fabricated by vacuum thermal evaporative deposition method and their morphology properties and growth orientation were observed by SEM and XRD. Photoluminescent spectra were used to measure the luminescent properties of the CsI:Tl thin film. The results show us the film formation process of CsI:Tl thin film and analyze the effect of film formation process and the deposition rate on the orientation of the CsI:Tl thin film.

  15. Laser ablative fabrication of nanocrowns and nanojets on the Cu supported film surface using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kuchmizhak, A.A., E-mail: [School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, 8 Sukhanova Street, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Institute of Automation and Control Processes, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Science, 5 Radio Street, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Pavlov, D.V. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Science, 5 Radio Street, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Vitrik, O.B. [School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, 8 Sukhanova Street, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Institute of Automation and Control Processes, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Science, 5 Radio Street, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Kulchin, Yu. N. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Science, 5 Radio Street, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Formation dynamics of the laser-induced nanojets and nanocrowns on the Cu film surface was studied. • The key role of subsurface boiling on the metal film–substrate interface was revealed. • Five-fold plasmon enhancement of the Rh6G photoluminescence signal was demonstrated. • Plasmonic nature of enhancement was proved by measuring of the emission spectra of the Rh6G near the nanocrowns. - Abstract: Formation dynamics of the nanojets and nanocrowns induced on the surface of the Cu supported films of different thickness under the impact of tightly focused femtosecond pulses was studied in detail. We show that the single-shot fs-pulse irradiation of the 120-nm-thick Cu film results in formation of a single nanojet, which splits at increased pulse energy into two and then into a plurality of periodically arranged nanospikes eventually acquiring the form of the so-called nanocrown. The number of nanospike in the nanocrown was found to be linearly dependent on the pulse energy and nanocrown radius. The key role of subsurface boiling occurring on the metal film–substrate interface in the formation process of crown-like nanostructures was revealed by comparing the obtained results with the formation dynamics studied for thinner 60-nm and 20-nm-thick Cu films. In addition, the applicability of the fabricated nanostructures as low-cost substrate for photoluminescence signal enhancement of the organic dyes is also discussed in this paper.

  16. The influence of nanoparticle aggregation on formation of ZrO{sub 2} electrolyte thin films by electrophoretic deposition

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    Kalinina, E.G., E-mail: [Institute of Electrophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch, 106 Amundsen Street, 620016 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ural Federal University, 19 Mira Street, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Efimov, A.A. [Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 9 Institutskii per., 141700 Dolgoprudny, Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Safronov, A.P. [Institute of Electrophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ural Branch, 106 Amundsen Street, 620016 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ural Federal University, 19 Mira Street, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)


    The paper presents the results of the studies of electrically stabilized nonaqueous suspensions of ZrO{sub 2} stabilized by Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (YSZ) nanoparticles with an average diameter of 11 nm for the formation of green films of electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells. Nanoparticles were de-aggregated to different degrees, which were provided by the ultrasonic treatment and the centrifugation, and monitored by the dynamic light scattering. YSZ green thin films were obtained by the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on dense lanthanum strontium manganite cathodes using suspensions with the average diameter of aggregates: 107; 66; 53 nm. To investigate the possibilities of EPD we used the model drying of the same suspensions cast upon the same substrates. It was shown that the structure and the morphology of the green films obtained by EPD was different compared to the films prepared by the model drying of the suspension. The drying of the stable suspension resulted in the formation of loose aggregates on the surface. The efficient packing of electrically stabilized particles was prevented by the forces of electrostatic repulsion between them. In the case of EPD the electrocoagulation of particles near the cathode takes place with the formation of dense aggregates. As a result, uncharged spherical aggregates with an average size of about 100–200 nm settle on the surface of the cathode and pack into a uniform dense coating suitable for the subsequent sintering of a gas-tight coating for the solid YSZ electrolyte. - Highlights: • Impact of nanoparticle aggregation on the electrophoretic deposition is studied. • Sedimentation of stabilized particles results in formation of loose aggregates. • The formation of dense layer is facilitated by electrocoagulation of particles.

  17. Experimental study of the effect of the reduced graphene oxide films on nucleate boiling performances of inclined surfaces

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    Kim, Ji Hoon; Kong, Byeong Tak [Incheon National University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ji Min [POSTECH, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); and others


    For the enhancing the CHF, surface coating techniques are available. Yang et al. performed small scale boiling experiments for the vessel lower head, which was coated by aluminum/copper micro particles. Recently, graphene has received much attention for applications in thermal engineering due to its large thermal conductivity. Ahn et al. used a silicon dioxide substrate, which was coated graphene films, as a heating surface during pool boiling experiments. The graphene films inhibited the formation of hot spots, increasing the CHF. For applying novel material 'Graphene' in nuclear industry, here we investigated the effects of graphene film coatings on boiling performances. The experimental pool boiling facility, copying the geometry of lower head of reactor, was designed for verifying orientation effects. The effects of graphene films coating on varied inclined heater surfaces were investigated. The CHF values were increased at every case, but the increased amounts were decreased for downward heater surfaces. At the downward-facing region, however, coating the RGO films would change the CHF mechanisms and boiling heat transfer performances. Generally, RGO films, made by colloidal fabrication, has defects on each flakes.

  18. Effect of surface ionic screening on polarization reversal scenario in ferroelectric thin films: crossover from ferroionic to antiferroionic states


    Morozovska, Anna N.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Kurchak, Anatolii I.; Morozovsky, Nicholas V.; Vasudevan, Rama K.; Strikha, Maksym V.; Kalinin, Sergei V.


    Nonlinear electrostatic interaction between the surface ions of electrochemical nature and ferroelectric dipoles gives rise to the coupled ferroionic states in nanoscale ferroelectrics. Here, we investigated the role of the surface ions formation energy value on the polarization states and polarization reversal mechanisms, domain structure and corresponding phase diagrams of ferroelectric thin films. Using 3D finite elements modeling we analyze the distribution and hysteresis loops of ferroel...

  19. Surface morphology evolution during plasma etching of silicon: roughening, smoothing and ripple formation (United States)

    Ono, Kouichi; Nakazaki, Nobuya; Tsuda, Hirotaka; Takao, Yoshinori; Eriguchi, Koji


    Atomic- or nanometer-scale roughness on feature surfaces has become an important issue to be resolved in the fabrication of nanoscale devices in industry. Moreover, in some cases, smoothing of initially rough surfaces is required for planarization of film surfaces, and controlled surface roughening is required for maskless fabrication of organized nanostructures on surfaces. An understanding, under what conditions plasma etching results in surface roughening and/or smoothing and what are the mechanisms concerned, is of great technological as well as fundamental interest. In this article, we review recent developments in the experimental and numerical study of the formation and evolution of surface roughness (or surface morphology evolution such as roughening, smoothing, and ripple formation) during plasma etching of Si, with emphasis being placed on a deeper understanding of the mechanisms or plasma–surface interactions that are responsible for. Starting with an overview of the experimental and theoretical/numerical aspects concerned, selected relevant mechanisms are illustrated and discussed primarily on the basis of systematic/mechanistic studies of Si etching in Cl-based plasmas, including noise (or stochastic roughening), geometrical shadowing, surface reemission of etchants, micromasking by etch inhibitors, and ion scattering/chanelling. A comparison of experiments (etching and plasma diagnostics) and numerical simulations (Monte Carlo and classical molecular dynamics) indicates a crucial role of the ion scattering or reflection from microscopically roughened feature surfaces on incidence in the evolution of surface roughness (and ripples) during plasma etching; in effect, the smoothing/non-roughening condition is characterized by reduced effects of the ion reflection, and the roughening-smoothing transition results from reduced ion reflections caused by a change in the predominant ion flux due to that in plasma conditions. Smoothing of initially rough

  20. On the mechanics of thin films and growing surfaces

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    Holland, M. A.


    Many living structures are coated by thin films, which have distinct mechanical properties from the bulk. In particular, these thin layers may grow faster or slower than the inner core. Differential growth creates a balanced interplay between tension and compression and plays a critical role in enhancing structural rigidity. Typical examples with a compressive outer surface and a tensile inner core are the petioles of celery, caladium, or rhubarb. While plant physiologists have studied the impact of tissue tension on plant rigidity for more than a century, the fundamental theory of growing surfaces remains poorly understood. Here, we establish a theoretical and computational framework for continua with growing surfaces and demonstrate its application to classical phenomena in plant growth. To allow the surface to grow independently of the bulk, we equip it with its own potential energy and its own surface stress. We derive the governing equations for growing surfaces of zero thickness and obtain their spatial discretization using the finite-element method. To illustrate the features of our new surface growth model we simulate the effects of growth-induced longitudinal tissue tension in a stalk of rhubarb. Our results demonstrate that different growth rates create a mechanical environment of axial tissue tension and residual stress, which can be released by peeling off the outer layer. Our novel framework for continua with growing surfaces has immediate biomedical applications beyond these classical model problems in botany: it can be easily extended to model and predict surface growth in asthma, gastritis, obstructive sleep apnoea, brain development, and tumor invasion. Beyond biology and medicine, surface growth models are valuable tools for material scientists when designing functionalized surfaces with distinct user-defined properties. © The Author(s) 2013.

  1. Surface Properties of a Novel Poly(vinyl alcohol Film Prepared by Heterogeneous Saponification of Poly(vinyl acetate Film

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    Seong Baek Yang


    Full Text Available Almost general poly(vinyl alcohol (PVA films were prepared by the processing of a PVA solution. For the first time, a novel poly(vinyl alcohol (PVA film was prepared by the saponification of a poly(vinyl acetate (PVAc film in a heterogenous medium. Under the same saponification conditions, the influence of saponification time on the degree of saponification (DS was studied for the preparation of the saponified PVA film, and it was found that the DS varied with time. Optical microscopy was used to confirm the characteristics and surface morphology of the saponified PVA film, revealing unusual black globules in the film structure. The contact angle of the films was measured to study the surface properties, and the results showed that the saponified PVA film had a higher contact angle than the general PVA film. To confirm the transformation of the PVAc film to the PVA film, 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy were employed.

  2. Understanding nanorheology and surface forces of confined thin films (United States)

    Huang, Jun; Yan, Bin; Faghihnejad, Ali; Xu, Haolan; Zeng, Hongbo


    Understanding the nanorheology and associated intermolecular/surface forces of fluids in confined geometries or porous media is of both fundamental and practical importance, providing significant insights into various applications such as lubrication and micro/nanoelectromechanical systems. In this work, we briefly reviewed the fundamentals of nanoreheolgy, advances in experimental techniques and theoretical simulation methods, as well as important progress in the nanorheology of confined thin films. The advent of advanced experimental techniques such as surface forces apparatus (SFA), X-ray surface forces apparatus (XSFA) and atomic force microscope (AFM) and computational methods such as molecular dynamics simulations provides powerful tools to study a wide range of rheological phenomena at molecular level and nano scale. One of the most challenging issues unresolved is to elucidate the relationship between the rheological properties and structural evolution of the confined fluid films and particles suspensions. Some of the emerging research areas in the nanorheology field include, but are not limited to, the development of more advanced characterization techniques, design of multifunctional rheological fluids, bio-related nanorheology, and polymer brushes.

  3. Formation of graphitic carbon nitride and boron carbon nitride film on sapphire substrate (United States)

    Kosaka, Maito; Urakami, Noriyuki; Hashimoto, Yoshio


    As a novel production method of boron carbon nitride (BCN) films, in this paper, we present the incorporation of B into graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4). First, we investigated the formation of g-C3N4 films via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using melamine powder as the precursor. The formation of g-C3N4 films on a c-plane sapphire substrate was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The deposition temperature of g-C3N4 films was found to be suitable between 550 and 600 °C since the degradation and desorption of hexagonal C–N bonds should be suppressed. As for BCN films, we prepared BCN films via two-zone extended CVD using ammonia borane as the B precursor. Several XPS signals from B, C, and N core levels were detected from B-incorporated g-C3N4 films. While the N composition was almost constant, the marked tendencies for increasing B composition and decreasing C composition were achieved with the increase in the B incorporation, indicating the incorporation of B atoms by the substitution for C atoms. Optical absorptions were shifted to the high-energy side by B incorporation, which indicates the successful formation of BCN films using melamine and ammonia borane powders as precursors.

  4. Metal surfaces: Surface, step and kink formation energies

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    Kollár, J.; Vitos, Levente; Johansson, B.


    We review the surface, step, and kink energies in monoatomic metallic systems. A systematic comparison is given between the theoretical results based on density functional theory and available experimental data. Our calculated values are used to predict the equilibrium shapes of small metal...

  5. Grease Aging Effects on Film Formation under Fully-Flooded and Starved Lubrication

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    Tiago Cousseau


    Full Text Available Several film thickness measurements were performed with three fresh and aged lubricating greases, their base and bled oils under a wide range of operating conditions using a ball-on-disc test rig with optical interferometry. The analysis of the film thickness measurements is in agreement with the observations of several authors and adds some important aspects regarding separate film properties in EHL contacts. At full film lubrication and moderate to high speeds, the bled oil showed a similar behavior of its lubricating greases. At fully-flooded condition, low speeds and thin films, it was observed that the thickener lumps play a major role on film formation, overcoming the bled oil effects. A relationship between thickener type and film formation was evidenced. The same trends were observed under starved lubrication, where the thickener type that contributes the most to locally increase the film thickness follows the order of PP > Ca > Li. The aging process of the greases was shown to change their rheological response in different manners—softening or hardening—depending on the grease formulation. Grease aging increased the film thickness under fully-flooded and starved lubrication, regardless of the level of degradation.

  6. Nano-exploration of organic conditioning film formed on polymeric surfaces exposed to drinking water. (United States)

    Francius, Grégory; El Zein, Racha; Mathieu, Laurence; Gosselin, Florence; Maul, Armand; Block, Jean-Claude


    Adsorption of organic macromolecules onto surfaces in contact with waters forms a so-called conditioning film and induces modifications of the surface properties. Here, we characterized conditioning films formed onto two hydrophobic materials (used as pipe liner) and immersed for 24 h in tap water. Using combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM), and chemical force microscopy (CFM), we detected some changes in roughness and hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance of the surface of the tested coupons, and also the deposition of numerous organic polymers (few millions/cm(2)) randomly distributed on the surface. The maximum molecular extension of these organic polymers was in the range of 250-1250 nm according to the tested materials. Systematic analysis of the force curves with the theoretical models (WLC and FJC) allowed determining the proportion of rupture events related to the unfolding of both polysaccharide and polypeptide segments, which represented 75-80% and 20-25% of the analyzed curves, respectively. The number of autochthonous drinking water bacteria, which attached to the material within the same period of time was 10000-folds lower than the detected number of polymers attached to the surface. Even in drinking water systems with relatively low organic matter (dissolved organic carbon < 1.1 mg/L), the potential of formation of a conditioning biofilm is important. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Polymer fullerene solution phase behaviour and film formation pathways. (United States)

    Dattani, Rajeev; Cabral, João T


    We report the phase behaviour of polymer/fullerene/solvent ternary mixtures and its consequence for the morphology of the resulting composite thin films. We focus particularly on solutions of polystyrene (PS), C60 fullerene and toluene, which are examined by static and dynamic light scattering, and films obtained from various solution ages and thermal annealing conditions, using atomic force and light microscopy. Unexpectedly, the solution phase behaviour below the polymer overlap concentration, c*, is found to be described by a simple excluded volume argument (occupied by the polymer chains) and the neat C60/solvent miscibility. Scaling consistent with full exclusion is found when the miscibility of the fullerene in the solvent is much lower than that of the polymer, giving way to partial exclusion with more soluble fullerenes (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, PCBM) and a less asymmetric solvent (chlorobenzene), employed in photovoltaic devices. Spun cast and drop cast films were prepared from PS/C60/toluene solutions across the phase diagram to yield an identical PS/C60 composition and film thickness, resulting in qualitatively different morphologies in agreement with our measured solution phase boundaries. Our findings are relevant to the solution processing of polymer/fullerene composites (including organic photovoltaic devices), which generally require effective solubilisation of fullerene derivatives and polymer pairs in this concentration range, and the design of well-defined thin film morphologies.

  8. Brownian dynamics of emulsion film formation and droplet coalescence. (United States)

    Toro-Mendoza, Jhoan; Petsev, Dimiter N


    We analyze the evolution in thickness and radius of the film formed during the collision of two deformable emulsion Brownian droplets. These variables exhibit random fluctuations due to thermal disturbances from the continuous liquid phase. As a result, the system probes a random trajectory in the configurational space until it reaches a critical film thickness, at which point the droplets coalesce. Therefore, the film is modeled as a disk with thicknesses and radi that can fluctuate. Our analysis is based on a Langevin-Brownian dynamics approach, which accounts for the thermodynamic and hydrodynamic interactions in the lubrication approximation. We examine the effect of parameters such as droplet size, interfacial mobility, and electrolyte concentration on the coalescence of small Brownian droplets. The results suggest that the coalescence times depend on a complex interplay between the thermodynamic and hydrodynamic interactions.

  9. Influences of post-annealing conditions on the formation of delafossite-CuFeO2 thin films (United States)

    Chen, Hong-Ying; Fu, Guan-Wei


    In this study, post-annealing conditions, the partial oxygen pressures (pO2) and temperatures, influence on the formation of delafossite-CuFeO2 thin films is studied. The sol-gel derived films were annealed at 500 °C in air and post-annealed at 500-850 °C in pO2 = 10-2 to pO2 = 5 × 10-5 atm. The CuO and CuFe2O4 phases appeared when the sol-gel derived films were post-annealed below 800 °C for 2 h in pO2 = 10-2 atm, 650 °C for 2 h in pO2 = 10-3 atm, and 550 °C for 2 h in pO2 = 5 × 10-5 atm. Pure delafossite-CuFeO2 phase was detected as specimens were post-annealed above 800 °C for 12 h in pO2 = 10-2 atm, 650 °C for 12 h in pO2 = 10-3 atm, and 550 °C for 12 h in pO2 = 5 × 10-5 atm. The surface of post-annealed thin films exhibited a nanoparticle-like morphology when the specimens exhibited CuO and CuFe2O4 phases. However, the surface revealed granular features caused by the formation of the delafossite-CuFeO2 phase. The formation of the delafossite-CuFeO2 phase, which resulted from the chemical reaction of the CuO and CuFe2O4 phases in the post-annealing process, is consistent with thermodynamics. The optical bandgaps of delafossite-CuFeO2 thin films prepared using post-annealing ranged between 3.1 and 3.2 eV. The electrical conductivities of delafossite-CuFeO2 thin films were (1.62-6.37) × 10-1 S cm-1 and the carrier concentrations were (1.52-8.84) × 1017 cm-3. The pO2 and temperatures in the post-annealing process played primary roles in the formation of delafossite-CuFeO2 thin films in this study.

  10. Influences of post-annealing conditions on the formation of delafossite–CuFeO{sub 2} thin films

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    Chen, Hong-Ying, E-mail:; Fu, Guan-Wei


    In this study, post-annealing conditions, the partial oxygen pressures (pO{sub 2}) and temperatures, influence on the formation of delafossite–CuFeO{sub 2} thin films is studied. The sol–gel derived films were annealed at 500 °C in air and post-annealed at 500–850 °C in pO{sub 2} = 10{sup −2} to pO{sub 2} = 5 × 10{sup −5} atm. The CuO and CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} phases appeared when the sol–gel derived films were post-annealed below 800 °C for 2 h in pO{sub 2} = 10{sup −2} atm, 650 °C for 2 h in pO{sub 2} = 10{sup −3} atm, and 550 °C for 2 h in pO{sub 2} = 5 × 10{sup −5} atm. Pure delafossite–CuFeO{sub 2} phase was detected as specimens were post-annealed above 800 °C for 12 h in pO{sub 2} = 10{sup −2} atm, 650 °C for 12 h in pO{sub 2} = 10{sup −3} atm, and 550 °C for 12 h in pO{sub 2} = 5 × 10{sup −5} atm. The surface of post-annealed thin films exhibited a nanoparticle-like morphology when the specimens exhibited CuO and CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} phases. However, the surface revealed granular features caused by the formation of the delafossite–CuFeO{sub 2} phase. The formation of the delafossite–CuFeO{sub 2} phase, which resulted from the chemical reaction of the CuO and CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} phases in the post-annealing process, is consistent with thermodynamics. The optical bandgaps of delafossite–CuFeO{sub 2} thin films prepared using post-annealing ranged between 3.1 and 3.2 eV. The electrical conductivities of delafossite–CuFeO{sub 2} thin films were (1.62–6.37) × 10{sup −1} S cm{sup −1} and the carrier concentrations were (1.52–8.84) × 10{sup 17} cm{sup −3}. The pO{sub 2} and temperatures in the post-annealing process played primary roles in the formation of delafossite–CuFeO{sub 2} thin films in this study.

  11. Robust combined position and formation control for marine surface craft

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    Ihle, Ivar-Andre F.; Jouffroy, Jerome; Fossen, Thor I.

    that affect each vessel and to disturbances that affect the inter-vessel relationships e.g. communication noise. Next, we prove ISS of a formation where at least one vessel is in closed loop with, a class of position control laws, in addition to the formation control law. This class encompass control laws......We consider the robustness properties of a formation control system for marine surface vessels. Intervessel constraint functions are stabilized to achieve the desired formation configuration. We show that the formation dynamics is Input-to-State Stable (ISS) to both environmental perturbations...... for point stabilization or path following. Hence, the designer can utilize previously developed controllers for single vessels in a formation control setting. A formation of three tugboats where one is in closed loop with a path following controller is simulated to verify the theoretical results....

  12. Large range localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles films dependent of surface morphology

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    Yan, Lijuan; Yan, Yaning; Xu, Leilei; Ma, Rongrong; Jiang, Fengxian; Xu, Xiaohong, E-mail:


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Large range tuned localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles films. • The noble metal Ag has the strongest localized surface plasmon resonance and low optical loss. Besides, it is the cheaper than other noble metal. • The nanoparticles films fabricated using physical methods have the stronger interaction with substrates than chemical methods, which are not easy exfoliation. - Abstract: Noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) have received enormous attention since it displays uniquely optical and electronic properties. In this work, we study localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPR) at different thicknesses and substrate temperatures of Ag NPs films grown by Laser Molecule Beam Epitaxy (LMBE). The LSPR wavelength can be largely tuned in the visible light range of 470 nm to 770 nm. The surface morphology is characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The average size of Ag NPs increased with the thickness increased which leading to the LSPR band broaden and wavelength red-shift. As the substrate temperature is increased from RT to 200 °C, the Ag NPs size distribution becomes homogeneous and particle shape changes from oblate spheroid to sphere, the LSPR band displays sharp, blue-shift and significantly symmetric. Obviously, the morphology of Ag NPs films is important for tuning absorption position. We obtain the cubic crystal structure of Ag NPs with a (1 1 1) main diffraction peak from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra. The high resolution TEM (HR-TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) prove that Ag NPs is polycrystal structure. The Ag NPs films with large range absorption in visible light region can composite with semiconductor to apply in various optical or photoelectric devices.

  13. Surface grafted chitosan gels. Part II. Gel formation and characterization

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    Liu, Chao; Thormann, Esben; Claesson, Per M.


    cross-linking the chitosan present in the polyelectrolyte multilayer, poly(acrylic acid) is partly removed by exposing the multilayer structure to a concentrated carbonate buffer solution at a high pH, leaving a surface-grafted cross-linked gel. Chemical cross-linking enhances the gel stability against......Responsive biomaterial hydrogels attract significant attention due to their biocompatibility and degradability. In order to make chitosan based gels, we first graft one layer of chitosan to silica, and then build a chitosan/poly(acrylic acid) multilayer using the layer-by-layer approach. After......-linking density. The amount of poly(acrylic acid) trapped inside the surface grafted films was found to decrease with decreasing cross-linking density, as confirmed in situ using TIRR, and ex situ by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) measurements on dried films. The responsiveness of the chitosan-based gels...

  14. A new method for patterning azopolymer thin film surfaces (United States)

    Sorkhabi, Sh. Golghasemi; Barille, R.; Ahmadi-Kandjani, S.; Zielinska, S.; Ortyl, E.


    We present a simple bottom-up approach via an incoherent unpolarized illumination and the choice of a solvent-droplet-induced-dewetting method to photoinduce nano doughnuts on the surface of azopolymer thin films. We demonstrate that doughnut-shaped nanostructures can be formed and tailored with a wide range of typical sizes, thus providing a rich field of applications using surface photo-patterning. Furthermore, due to the presence of highly photoactive azobenzene derivative in the material, illumination of these nanostructures by a polarized laser light shows the possibility of a further growth and reshaping opening the way for fundamental studies of size-dependent scaling laws of optical properties and possible fabrication of nano-reactor or nano-trap patterns.

  15. Growth and surface characterization of TiNbZr thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering for biomedical applications

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    Tallarico, D.A. [Federal University of Sao Carlos, Materials Science and Engineering Graduation Program, Via Washington Luis km 235, CEP 13565-905 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Gobbi, A.L. [Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory, Rua Giuseppe Máximo Scolfaro 10.000, CEP 13083-100 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Paulin Filho, P.I. [Federal University of Sao Carlos, Department of Materials Engineering, Via Washington Luis km 235, CEP 13565-905 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Maia da Costa, M.E.H. [Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Department of Physics, CEP 22451-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Nascente, P.A.P., E-mail: [Federal University of Sao Carlos, Department of Materials Engineering, Via Washington Luis km 235, CEP 13565-905 Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)


    Low modulus of elasticity and the presence of non-toxic elements are important criteria for the development of materials for implant applications. Low modulus Ti alloys can be developed by designing β-Ti alloys containing non-toxic alloying elements such as Nb and Zr. Actually, most of the metallic implants are produced with stainless steel (SS) because it has adequate bulk properties to be used as biomaterials for orthopedic or dental implants and is less expensive than Ti and its alloys, but it is less biocompatible than them. The coating of this SS implants with Ti alloy thin films may be one alternative to improve the biomaterial properties at a relatively low cost. Sputtering is a physical deposition technique that allows the formation of nanostructured thin films. Nanostructured surfaces are interesting when it comes to the bone/implant interface due to the fact that both the surface and the bone have nanoscale particle sizes and similar mechanical properties. TiNbZr thin films were deposited on both Si(111) and stainless steel (SS) substrates. The TiNbZr/Si(111) film was used as a model system, while the TiNbZr/SS film might improve the biocompatibility and extend the life time of stainless steel implants. The morphology, chemical composition, Young's modulus, and hardness of the films were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and nanoindentation. - Highlights: • TiNbZr thin films were deposited on Si(111) and stainless steel (SS). • Their Young's modulus differences are within 5.3% and hardness 1.7%. • TiNbZr/SS film chemical composition remained almost constant with depth. • TiNbZr films presented nanostructured grains and low roughness for substrates. • TiNbZr/SS film hardness was about 100% greater than the SS substrate hardness.

  16. Freeze-agglomeration: An alternative mechanism for clay film formation (United States)

    Oriented clay coatings (argillans, clay cutans, clay films, lamellae) are often interpreted to be caused by illuviation (pervection, lessivage) of fine clay particles. In montane meadow soils (Typic Humaquepts) of the northern Sierra Nevada Range, prominent clay cutans occur on ped faces of a paleos...

  17. Micropatterned Surfaces for Atmospheric Water Condensation via Controlled Radical Polymerization and Thin Film Dewetting. (United States)

    Wong, Ian; Teo, Guo Hui; Neto, Chiara; Thickett, Stuart C


    Inspired by an example found in nature, the design of patterned surfaces with chemical and topographical contrast for the collection of water from the atmosphere has been of intense interest in recent years. Herein we report the synthesis of such materials via a combination of macromolecular design and polymer thin film dewetting to yield surfaces consisting of raised hydrophilic bumps on a hydrophobic background. RAFT polymerization was used to synthesize poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PHPMA) of targeted molecular weight and low dispersity; spin-coating of PHPMA onto polystyrene films produced stable polymer bilayers under appropriate conditions. Thermal annealing of these bilayers above the glass transition temperature of the PHPMA layer led to complete dewetting of the top layer and the formation of isolated PHPMA domains atop the PS film. Due to the vastly different rates of water nucleation on the two phases, preferential dropwise nucleation of water occurred on the PHPMA domains, as demonstrated by optical microscopy. The simplicity of the preparation method and ability to target polymers of specific molecular weight demonstrate the value of these materials with respect to large-scale water collection devices or other materials science applications where patterning is required.

  18. Modulation of ZnO film thickness and formation of water-hyacinth nanostructure (United States)

    Gunasekaran, Ezhilarasan; Shankar, Prabakaran; Mani, Ganesh Kumar; Bosco Balaguru Rayappan, John


    The influence of precursor medium was investigated on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of spray pyrolysis deposited nanostructured ZnO thin films. Three batches of ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrates using three different solvents (water, water-ethanol [ratio of 1:1] and ethanol) based precursor solution of zinc nitrate hexahydrate. The substrate temperature was fixed at 523 K. The variation in film thickness from 150 to 875 nm was observed as the effect of changing solvent medium. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data confirmed the formation of polycrystalline ZnO thin films with hexagonal wurtzite crystallite structure and the estimated crystallite size was found to be ranging from 31 to 55 nm. Scanning electron micrographs revealed the formation of water-hyacinth shaped nanostructures when water-ethanol mixture was used as the solvent medium. Interestingly, UV-vis spectrophotometer revealed the formation of ZnO film with twin optical band gap of 3.15 eV and 3.56 eV when ethanol was used as the solvent medium. The modulation of film thickness and grain size by solvent medium has strongly influenced the electrical conductivity of ZnO thin films. The homogenous nano-spherical grains with uniform grain boundaries showed a good response towards 100 ppm of ammonia at room temperature.

  19. Formation of dense cellulose monolayers on silver surfaces

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    Soo Whan Choi


    Full Text Available The adsorption of a new cellulose derivative,6-O-(2,3-bis(thiosulfato propyl-oxy-2-hydroxy-propyl-cellulose (TSHP, onto silver surfaces was investigated by means of ellipsometry, contact angle measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The results showed that the formation of a dense TSHP monolayer on silver surfaces is an irreversible and slow process. Based on XPS results a model was proposed to explain the chemisorption of TSHP on silver substrates. This model considers the homolytical cleavage of the thiosulfate groups attached to the cellulose chains with the formation of thio radicals, which bind covalently to the silver surface. The formation of silver thiolates lead to a stable TSHP monolayer on silver surfaces.

  20. The Effective Surface Roughness Scaling of the Gelation Surface Pattern Formation (United States)

    Mizoue, T.; Tokita, M.; Honjo, H.; Barraza, H. J.; Katsuragi, H.

    The surface pattern formation on a gelation surface is analyzed using an effective surface roughness. The spontaneous surface deformation on DiMethylAcrylAmide (DMAA) gelation surface is controlled by temperature, initiator concentration, and ambient oxygen. The effective surface roughness is defined using 2-dimensional photo data to characterize the surface deformation. Parameter dependence of the effective surface roughness is systematically investigated. We find that decrease of ambient oxygen, increase of initiator concentration, and high temperature tend to suppress the surface deformation in almost similar manner. That trend allows us to collapse all the data to a unified master curve. As a result, we finally obtain an empirical scaling form of the effective surface roughness. This scaling is useful to control the degree of surface patterning. However, the actual dynamics of this pattern formation is not still uncovered.

  1. Analysis of polymer surfaces and thin-film coatings with Raman and surface enhanced Raman scattering

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    McAnally, G D


    This thesis investigates the potential of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for the analysis and characterisation of polymer surfaces. The Raman and SERS spectra from a PET film are presented. The SERS spectra from the related polyester PBT and from the monomer DMT are identical to PET, showing that only the aromatic signals are enhanced. Evidence from other compounds is presented to show that loss of the carbonyl stretch (1725 cm sup - sup 1) from the spectra is due to a chemical interaction between the silver and surface carbonyl groups. The interaction of other polymer functional groups with silver is discussed. A comparison of Raman and SERS spectra collected from three faces of a single crystal shows the SERS spectra are depolarised. AFM images of the silver films used to obtain SERS are presented. They consist of regular islands of silver, fused together to form a complete film. The stability and reproducibility and of these surfaces is assessed. Band assignments for the SERS spectrum of PET are ...

  2. Stepwise dynamics of an anionic micellar film - Formation of crown lenses. (United States)

    Lee, Jongju; Nikolov, Alex; Wasan, Darsh


    We studied the stepwise thinning of a microscopic circular foam film formed from an anionic micellar solution of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The foam film formed from the SDS micellar solution thins in a stepwise manner by the formation and expansion of a dark spot(s) of one layer less than the film thickness. During the last stages of film thinning (e.g., a film with one micellar layer), the dark spot expansion occurs via two steps. Initially, a small dark circular spot inside a film of several microns in size is formed, which expands at a constant rate. Then, a ridge along the expanding spot is formed. As the ridge grows, it becomes unstable and breaks into regular crown lenses, which are seen as white spots in the reflected light at the border of the dark spot with the surrounding thicker film. The Rayleigh type of instability contributes to the formation of the lenses, which results in the increase of the dark spot expansion rate with time. We applied the two-dimensional micellar-vacancy diffusion model and took into consideration the effects of the micellar layering and film volume on the rate of the dark spot expansion [Lee et al., 2016] to predict the rate of the dark spot expansion for a 0.06M SDS film in the presence of lenses. We briefly discuss the Rayleigh type of instability in the case of a 0.06M SDS foam film. The goals of this study are to reveal why the crown lenses are formed during the foam film stratification and to elucidate their effect on the rate of spot expansion. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. One-Step Dipping Method for Covalently Grafting Polymer Films onto a Si Surface from Aqueous Media. (United States)

    Zhang, Junhong; Li, Ming; Zhang, Wenqi; Cao, Liqiang


    A facile and one-pot dipping method was proposed in this article for the first time to prepare vinylic polymer films on a silicon (Si) surface. This novel process was conducted in acidic aqueous media containing 4-nitrobenzene diazonium (NBD) tetrafluoroborate, hydrofluoric acid (HF), and vinylic monomers at room temperature in the open air and without any apparatus requirement. The formation of the polyvinyl film was confirmed by corroborating evidence from ellipsometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and atomic force microscope (AFM) analysis. The results revealed that both polymers of poorly water soluble methyl methacrylate (MMA) and water-soluble acrylic acid (AA) monomers were covalently grafted onto the Si surface via this simple process. The polyvinyl film was composed of polynitrophenyl (PNP) and polyvinyl, where PNP was doped into polyvinyl chains throughout the entire film. From a mechanistic point of view, the simple dipping method took advantage of the ability of the NBD cation to be spontaneously reduced at the Si surface at open circuit potential, providing aryl radicals. These radicals can be covalently bonded to the Si surface to form the PNP primer layer. Although the PNP sublayer was thinner and difficult to detect, it was necessary to graft polyvinyl chains. Furthermore, the aryl radicals were used to initiate the polymerization of vinylic monomers. The radical-terminated polyvinyl chains formed in the solution were then added to the aromatic rings of the primer layer to form the expected polyvinyl film.

  4. Low-Flow Film Boiling Heat Transfer on Vertical Surfaces

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    Munthe Andersen, J. G.; Dix, G. E.; Leonard, J. E.


    The phenomenon of film boiling heat transfer for high wall temperatures has been investigated. Based on the assumption of laminar flow for the film, the continuity, momentum, and energy equations for the vapor film are solved and a Bromley-type analytical expression for the heat transfer...... length, an average film boiling heat transfer coefficient is obtained....

  5. Effect of surface texture of grafted films on antithrombogenicity (United States)

    Otsuhata, K.; Razzak, M. T.; Castańares, R. L.; Tabata, Y.; Ohashi, F.; Takeuchi, A.

    The relation between grafting conditions and antithrombogenicity has been examined from the purpose of clearing the necessity of controling grafting conditions to enhance blood compatibility. The grafting systems employed here were N, N-dimethylacrylamide (DMAA) — poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) and DMAA- poly(ethylene-co-tetrafluoroethylene) (AFLON) and grafting parameters were dose rate, monomer concentration and total dose (irradiation time). Grafting DMAA onto the substrates was carried out by using simultaneous irradiation method of gamma rays from a 60Co source. After evaluation of blood compatibility of the grafted films by using in vitro tests, it has been clear that control of grafting conditions is important. Especially, in both grafting systems, dose rate control has found to be very important for blood compatibility. When higher dose rate of 1.0 × 10 5 to 3.0 × 10 5 rad/hr was used for grafting DMAA onto PTFE or AFLON, blood compatibility of the substrates was not enhanced, whereas it was improved when the grafting was carried out at lower dose rate of 0.97 × 10 4 rad/hr. The correlation between dose rate and antithrombogenicity has been interpretated in terms of surface-roughness of the grafted films. By scanning electron microscope (SEM) — observation, it has been observed that higher dose rate makes the surface rough, whereas lower dose rate does it smooth. In the grafting systems used here, therefore, dose rate is the most important factor to control the roughness of surface which gives a profound effect on antithrombogenicity.

  6. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films (United States)

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


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

  7. Hydrogel-mediated direct patterning of conducting polymer films with multiple surface chemistries. (United States)

    Park, SooHyun; Yang, Guang; Madduri, Nrutya; Abidian, Mohammad Reza; Majd, Sheereen


    A new methodology for selective electropolymerization of conducting polymer films using wet hydrogel stamps is presented. The ability of this simple method to generate patterned films of conducting polymers with multiple surface chemistries in a one-step process and to incorporate fragile biomolecules in these films is demonstrated. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Supercritical fluid molecular spray film deposition and powder formation (United States)

    Smith, Richard D.


    Solid films are deposited, or fine powders formed, by dissolving a solid material into a supercritical fluid solution at an elevated pressure and then rapidly expanding the solution through a short orifice into a region of relatively low pressure. This produces a molecular spray which is directed against a substrate to deposit a solid thin film thereon, or discharged into a collection chamber to collect a fine powder. Upon expansion and supersonic interaction with background gases in the low pressure region, any clusters of solvent are broken up and the solvent is vaporized and pumped away. Solute concentration in the solution is varied primarily by varying solution pressure to determine, together with flow rate, the rate of deposition and to control in part whether a film or powder is produced and the granularity of each. Solvent clustering and solute nucleation are controlled by manipulating the rate of expansion of the solution and the pressure of the lower pressure region. Solution and low pressure region temperatures are also controlled.

  9. Formation and thermal stability of Ti-capped Co-silicide from Co-Ta alloy films on (100) Si and polycrystalline silicon

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    Kim, Min Joo; Choi, Hyo Jick; Ko, Dae Hong [Yonsei Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ku, Ja Hum; Choi, Si Young; Fujihara, Kazuyuki [Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Cheol Woong [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of)


    Co-Ta alloy films were deposited on (100) single-crystalline and polycrystalline silicon substrates by using DC magnetron sputtering. The interfacial reactions between the Co-Ta alloy films and the silicon substrates were investigated in the temperature range of 500 {approx} 820 degree C by using rapid thermal annealing in an N{sub 2} ambient. In contrast to the Co/si system, we observed that the formation of Co-silicide and the transformation from the high resistivity CoSi phase to the low resistivity CoSi{sub 2} phase in the Co-Ta/Si system occurred at higher temperatures than it did in the Co/Si system. The Co-silicide films on Si and poly-Si substrates formed from Co-Ta alloy films maintained low sheet resistance values upon high temperature annealing while those of Co-silicide films from the Co/Si system increased significantly. The improvement in the thermal stability of the Co-silicide films formed from Co-Ta alloy films is due to the formation of Ta-compounds, such as the TaSi{sub 2} phase, at the grain boundaries and at the surfaces of the CoSi{sub 2} films.

  10. Surface Modification of Poly(vinylidene Fluoride) Films by Controlled Grafting Polymer Brushes (United States)

    Chen, Yiwang; Liu, Dongmei; Zhang, Ning

    Controlled grafting of well-defined polymer brushes on the poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) films was carried out by the surface-initiated Atom Transfer Radical polymerization (ATRP). Surface-initiators were immobilized on the PVDF films by surface hydroxylation and esterification of the surface-tethered hydroxyl groups with 2-bromoisobutyrate bromide. Water contact angles on PVDF films were reduced by surface grafting of poly(ethylene glycol) monomethacrylate (PEGMA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA). Kinetics study revealed a linear increase in the graft concentration of PMMA and PEGMA with the reaction time, indicating that the chain growth from the surface, was consistence with a "controlled" or "living" process.

  11. The differences in crown formation during the splash on the thin water layers formed on the saturated soil surface and model surface (United States)

    Mazur, Rafał; Polakowski, Cezary; Bieganowski, Andrzej


    Splash is the first stage of a negative phenomenon–soil erosion. The aim of this work was to describe the crown formation quantitatively (as part of the splash erosion) and compare the course of this phenomenon on the thin water film formed on a smooth glass surface and on the surface of saturated soil. The height of the falling water drop was 1.5 m. The observation of the crowns was carried out by high-speed cameras. The static and dynamic parameters of crown formation were analysed. It was found that the crowns formed on the water film covering the saturated soil surface were smaller and the time intervals of their existence were shorter. In addition, the shapes of the crowns were different from those created on the water layer covering the glass surface. These differences can be explained by the slightly different values of surface tension and viscosity of the soil solution, the greater roughness of the soil surface and the lower thickness of the water film on the soil surface. PMID:28750072

  12. Surface Charging Mechanism and Disjoining Pressure of Electrolytic Soap Films (United States)

    Sentenac; Dean


    We present a theory developed to describe the diffuse double layer of electrolytic soap films. The hydrophobic nature of the soap molecules is modeled, in an effective field theory for the system, by the introduction of a free energetic potential favoring the presence of the soap molecules at the film surface. This potential can take various forms, depending on how accurately we wish to model the geometry of the system. The resulting theory is analyzed and leads to the estimation of the electrostatic interactions at the mean field level. A whole range of physical observables is predicted including the electrostatic component of the disjoining pressure isotherm and the Gibbs adsorption isotherm of the system. We compare the theory with accurate disjoining pressure measurements (using X-ray specular reflectivity) carried out on systems composed of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) with two different monovalent electrolytes on a wide range of salinity. The theory appears to account particularly well for the experimental data. A comparison with the DLVO theory is given. Finally, we discuss the limitations of the theory and its modification due to the inclusion of dispersion forces. Copyright 1997 Academic Press. Copyright 1997Academic Press

  13. Pulsed-laser-induced nanoscale island formation in thin metal-on-oxide films


    Henley, SJ; Carey, JD; Silva, SRP


    he mechanisms controlling the nanostructuring of thin metal-on-oxide films by nanosecond pulsed excimer lasers are investigated. When permitted by the interfacial energetics, the breakup of the metal film into nanoscale islands is observed. A range of metals (Au, Ag, Mo, Ni, Ti, and Zn) with differing physical and thermodynamic properties, and differing tendencies for oxide formation, are investigated. The nature of the interfacial metal-substrate interaction, the thermal conductivity of the ...

  14. IR surface polariton spectroscopy as a method for studying the optical properties of ultra thin films

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    Vinogradov E.A.


    Full Text Available Experimental results of investigation of optical properties of MgO thin films (thickness 10, 30, 100 и 300 nm and AlN films (thickness 40 и 400 nm on sapphire substrate are discussed. The optical phonon frequencies of these films are located in frequency region of surface polariton of sapphire. Due to the resonance between them the splitting and the shift of absorption spectra of sapphire surface polariton appear. From these experimental data it is possible to reconstruct all constants of the permittivity of both the film and substrate, the film thickness, and to specify its structure.

  15. Formation, structure, and reactivity of amino-terminated organic films on silicon substrates. (United States)

    Kim, Joonyeong; Seidler, Paul; Wan, Lai Sze; Fill, Catherine


    Amino-functionalized organic films were prepared by self-assembling 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) on silicon wafers in either anhydrous toluene or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) for varied deposition times. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and ellipsometry have shown that the structure and thickness of APTES films are governed by the deposition time and reaction solution. Deposition from an anhydrous toluene solution produces APTES films ranging from 10 to 144 A in thickness, depending on the reaction time. FTIR spectra indicate that film growth initially proceeds by adsorption of APTES to the silicon surface followed by siloxane condensation, and after an extended period of time APTES molecules accumulate on the underlying APTES film by either covalent or noncovalent interactions. In contrast, spectroscopically indistinguishable APTES films in thickness ranging from 8 to 13 A were formed when deposition was conducted in aqueous solutions. Measured water contact angles indicate that APTES films deposited in aqueous solutions are more hydrophilic compared to those prepared in toluene solutions. Fluorescence measurements revealed that APTES films prepared in toluene solutions contain more reactive surface amino groups by ca. 3 to 10 times than those prepared in aqueous solutions for the identical reaction time.

  16. Nanostructured thin film formation on femtosecond laser-textured Ti-35Nb-xZr alloy for biomedical applications

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    Jeong, Yong-Hoon [Department of Dental Materials and Research Center of Nano-Interface Activation for Biomaterials, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Choe, Han-Cheol, E-mail: [Department of Dental Materials and Research Center of Nano-Interface Activation for Biomaterials, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Brantley, William A. [Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry and Primary Care, College of Dentistry, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (United States)


    The aim of this study was to investigate the nanostructured thin film formation on femtosecond (FS) laser-textured Ti-35Nb-xZr alloy for biomedical applications. The initial surface roughening treatment involved irradiation with the FS laser in ambient air. After FS laser texturing, nanotubes were formed on the alloy surface using a potentiostat and a 1 M H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} solution containing 0.8 wt.% NaF with an applied cell voltage of 10 V for 2 h. The surface phenomena were investigated by FE-SEM, EDS, XRD, XPS and a cell proliferation test. It was found that nanostructured Ti-35Nb-xZr alloys after FS laser texturing had a hybrid surface topography with micro and nano scale structures, which should provide very effective osseointegration.

  17. Surface and magnetic characteristics of Ni-Mn-Ga/Si (100) thin film

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    Kumar, S. Vinodh; Pandyan, R. Kodi; Mahendran, M., E-mail:, E-mail: [Smart Materials Lab, Department of Physics, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai – 625 015 (India); Raja, M. Manivel [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad – 500 058 (India); Pandi, R. Senthur [School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore – 632 014 (India)


    Polycrystalline Ni-Mn-Ga thin films have been deposited on Si (100) substrate with different film thickness. The influence of film thickness on the phase structure and magnetic domain of the films has been examined by scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscopy and magnetic force microscopy. Analysis of structural parameters indicates that the film at lower thickness exhibits the coexistence of both austenite and martensite phase, whereas at higher thickness L1{sub 2} cubic non magnetic phase is noticed. The grains size and the surface roughness increase along with the film thickness and attain the maximum of 45 nm and 34.96 nm, respectively. At lower film thickness, the magnetic stripe domain is found like maze pattern with dark and bright images, while at higher thickness the absence of stripe domains is observed. The magnetic results reveal that the films strongly depend on their phase structure and microstructure which influence by the film thickness.

  18. Polydopamine Thin Films as Protein Linker Layer for Sensitive Detection of Interleukin-6 by Surface Plasmon Enhanced Fluorescence Spectroscopy. (United States)

    Toma, Mana; Tawa, Keiko


    Polydopamine (PDA) thin films are introduced to the surface modification of biosensor surfaces utilizing surface plasmon enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy (SPFS) as the linker layer of capture antibody on to the sensor surfaces. The capture antibody can be directly attached to the sensor surface without using any coupling agent by functionalizing the gold sensor surface with PDA thin films. The PDA coating is performed by a single-step preparation process by applying the dopamine solution on the sensor surface, which requires an extremely short incubation time (10 min). The real-time in situ measurement of the adsorption kinetics of the capture antibody onto the PDA-coated sensor surface is studied by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy. It reveals that the immobilization of capture antibody immediately occurs after introduction of a solution containing capture antibody, and the sensor surface is fully covered with the capture antibody. The sensitive detection of the cytokine marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) is performed by SPFS using a sandwich assay format with fluorescently labeled detection antibody. The sensor chips functionalized by PDA chemistry exhibited sensitive sensor responses with low nonspecific adsorption of the detection antibody onto the sensor surface. The detection limit of IL-6 with the developed SPFS biosensor is determined to be 2 pg/mL (100 fM), which is within the range of the diagnostic criteria. Our observation elucidates the remarkable utility of PDA coatings for chemical modification of the metallic sensor surfaces by a simple, brief, and inexpensive manner.

  19. CISSY: A station for preparation and surface/interface analysis of thin film materials and devices

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    Iver Lauermann


    Full Text Available The CISSY end station combines thin film deposition (sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy ambient-pressure methods with surface and bulk-sensitive analysis (photo emission, x-ray emission, x-ray absorption in the same UHV system, allowing fast and contamination–free transfer between deposition and analysis. It is mainly used for the fabrication and characterization of thin film devices and their components like thin film photovoltaic cells, water-splitting devices and other functional thin film materials.

  20. Surface modification of materials to encourage beneficial biofilm formation

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    Amreeta Sarjit


    Full Text Available Biofilms are communities of sessile microorganisms that grow and produce extrapolymeric substances on an abiotic or biotic surface. Although biofilms are often associated with negative impacts, the role of beneficial biofilms is wide and include applications in bioremediation, wastewater treatment and microbial fuel cells. Microbial adhesion to a surface, which is highly dependent on the physicochemical properties of the cells and surfaces, is an essential step in biofilm formation. Surface modification therefore represents an important way to modulate microbial attachment and ultimately biofilm formation by microorganisms. In this review different surface modification processes such as organosilane surface modification, plasma treatment, and chemical modification of carbon nanotubes, electro-oxidation and covalent-immobilization with neutral red and methylene blue molecules are outlined. The effectiveness of these modifications and their industrial applications are also discussed. There is inadequate literature on surface modification as a process to enhance beneficial biofilm formation. These methods need to be safe, economically viable, scalable and environmental friendly and their potential to fulfil these criteria for many applications has yet to be determined.

  1. Thin film surface processing by ultrashort laser pulses (USLP) (United States)

    Scorticati, D.; Skolski, J. Z. P.; Römer, G. R. B. E.; Huis in't Veld, A. J.; Workum, M.; Theelen, M.; Zeman, M.


    In this work, we studied the feasibility of surface texturing of thin molybdenum layers on a borosilicate glass substrate with Ultra-Short Laser Pulses (USLP). Large areas of regular diffraction gratings were produced consisting of Laserinduced periodic surface structures (LIPSS). A short pulsed laser source (230 fs-10 ps) was applied using a focused Gaussian beam profile (15-30 μm). Laser parameters such as fluence, overlap (OL) and Overscans (OS), repetition frequency (100-200 kHz), wavelength (1030 nm, 515 nm and 343 nm) and polarization were varied to study the effect on periodicity, height and especially regularity of LIPSS obtained in layers of different thicknesses (150-400 nm). The aim was to produce these structures without cracking the metal layer and with as little ablation as possible. It was found that USLP are suitable to reach high power densities at the surface of the thin layers, avoiding mechanical stresses, cracking and delamination. A possible photovoltaic (PV) application could be found in texturing of thin film cells to enhance light trapping mechanisms.

  2. Remote nitrogen microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition from a tetramethyl disilazane precursor. 1. Growth mechanism, structure, and surface morphology of silicon carbonitride films

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    Blaszczyk-Lezak, I. [Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Sienkiewicza 112, PL-90-363 Lodz (Poland); Wrobel, A.M. [Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Sienkiewicza 112, PL-90-363 Lodz (Poland)]. E-mail:; Aoki, T. [Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu 432 (Japan); Nakanishi, Y. [Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu 432 (Japan); Kucinska, I.; Tracz, A


    Silicon carbonitride (Si:C:N) films were produced by remote microwave nitrogen plasma chemical vapor deposition (RP-CVD) using a 1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisilazane precursor. The reactivity the precursor with atomic nitrogen was characterized using hexamethyldisilazane as a model compound. The effect of the substrate temperature (T {sub S}) on the kinetics of the RP-CVD process, chemical composition, structure, and surface morphology of resulting film has been investigated. The temperature dependencies of the mass- and thickness-based film growth rate imply that for low substrate temperature range (T {sub S} = 30-200 deg. C) film growth is limited by desorption of film-forming precursors, whereas in high substrate temperature range (T {sub S} = 200-400 deg. C) film growth is independent of the temperature and the rate of RP-CVD is mass-transport limited. The increase of the substrate temperature from 30 to 400 deg. C causes the elimination of organic moieties from the film and the formation of Si-N and Si-C network structure. The hypothetical chemical reactions contributing to film formation are discussed. The films were found to be morphologically homogeneous materials exhibiting very small surface roughness for higher substrate temperatures (T {sub S} 200-400 deg. C)

  3. Formation dynamics of FeN thin films on Cu(100)

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    Heryadi, Dodi


    To investigate the structural and magnetic properties of thin films of FeN we have performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of their formation on Cu(100) substrates. The iron nitride layers exhibit a p4gm(2 × 2) reconstruction and order ferromagnetically in agreement with experiment. We establish the dynamics and time scale of the film formation as a function of the film thickness. The process is split in two phases: formation of almost flat FeN layers and optimization of the distance to the substrate. Our calculated magnetic moments are 1.67 μ B, 2.14 μ B, and 2.21 μ B for one, two, and three monolayers of iron nitride. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. The formation of tin oxides in thin-film Sn/C/KCl(100) structures

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    Yurakov, Yu. A., E-mail:; Ryabtsev, S. V.; Chuvenkova, O. A.; Domashevskaya, E. P.; Nikitenko, A. S. [Voronezh State University (Russian Federation); Kannykin, S. V.; Kushchev, S. B., E-mail: [Voronezh State Technical University (Russian Federation)


    The formation of oxides upon the thermal annealing (both in air and vacuum) of island tin films grown on a KCl(100) substrate, which was coated by a thin layer of amorphous carbon, has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy. It is established that thermal annealing at temperatures below the tin melting point (T{sub m}) does not lead to phase transitions with the formation of new crystalline oxide phases. At the same time, the films undergo structural changes: the average size of blocks in the substrate plane decreases compared to those in an as-deposited film. Thermal annealing in air at temperatures above the tin melting point leads to the formation of multiphase oxide structures and increases the average size of blocks and islands in the substrate plane. It is shown that preliminary thermal annealing in air at temperatures below T{sub m} hinders oxidation upon subsequent heat treatment.

  5. Structural origin of surface transformations in arsenic sulfide thin films upon UV-irradiation

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    Kovalskiy, Andriy, E-mail: [Department of Physics & Astronomy, Austin Peay State University, 601 College St., Clarksville, TN 37044 (United States); Vlcek, Miroslav [Center of Materials and Nanotechnologies, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, nam. Cs. Legii 565, 530 02 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Palka, Karel [Center of Materials and Nanotechnologies, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, nam. Cs. Legii 565, 530 02 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentska 573, 532 10 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Buzek, Jan [Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentska 573, 532 10 Pardubice (Czech Republic); York-Winegar, James; Oelgoetz, Justin; Golovchak, Roman [Department of Physics & Astronomy, Austin Peay State University, 601 College St., Clarksville, TN 37044 (United States); Shpotyuk, Oleh [Vlokh Institute of Physical Optics, 23 Dragomanov str., Lviv 79005 (Ukraine); Institute of Physics of Jan Dlugosz University, 13/15 al. Armii Krajowej, Czestochowa PL-42201 (Poland); Jain, Himanshu [Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Lehigh University, 5 East Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015 (United States)


    Photostructural transformations within As{sub x}S{sub 100-x} (x = 30, 33, 35, 40) thin films upon exposure to LED light of different wavelengths, in both air and argon environments have been studied by high resolution XPS, Raman spectroscopy and LEIS methods. These complementary results show that light of energies close to the band gap does not modify chemical composition of the surface, but induces simple photopolymerization reactions. Superbandgap UV light, however, significantly increases S/As ratio on the surface due to formation of S-rich layer under both environmental conditions. It is proposed that photovaporization of both oxide and non-oxide cage-like molecules is responsible for the observed effect.

  6. Organic thin films and surfaces directions for the nineties

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    Ulman, Abraham


    Physics of Thin Films has been one of the longest running continuing series in thin film science consisting of 20 volumes since 1963. The series contains some of the highest quality studies of the properties ofvarious thin films materials and systems.In order to be able to reflect the development of todays science and to cover all modern aspects of thin films, the series, beginning with Volume 20, will move beyond the basic physics of thin films. It will address the most important aspects of both inorganic and organic thin films, in both their theoretical as well as technological aspects. Ther

  7. Laser ablative fabrication of nanocrowns and nanojets on the Cu supported film surface using femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kuchmizhak, A A; Vitrik, O B; Kulchin, Yu N


    Formation dynamics of the nanojets and nanocrowns induced on the surface of the Cu supported films of different thickness under the impact of tightly focused femtosecond pulses was studied in detail. We show that the single-shot fs-pulse irradiation of the 120-nm-thick Cu film results in formation of a single nanojet, which splits at increased pulse energy into two and then into a plurality of periodically arranged nanospikes eventually acquiring the form of the so-called nanocrown. The number of nanospike in the nanocrown was found to be linearly dependent on the pulse energy and nanocrown radius. The key role of subsurface boiling occurring on the metal film-substrate interface in the formation process of crown-like nanostructures was revealed by comparing the obtained results with the formation dynamics studied for thinner 60-nm and 20-nm-thick Cu films. In addition, the applicability of the fabricated nanostructures as low-cost substrate for photoluminescence signal enhancement of the organic dyes is also...

  8. Selective formation of diamond-like carbon coating by surface catalyst patterning

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    Palnichenko, A.V.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan


    The selective formation of diamond-like carbon coating by surface catalyst patterning was studied. DLC films was deposited using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, filtered vacuum arc deposition, laser ablation, magnetron sputtering and ion-beam lithography methods. The DLC coatings were...... obtained by means of a single short and intensive carbon plasma deposition pulse. The deposited DLC coating was characterized by micro-Raman spectroscopy measurements. The DLC coating process gave rise to wide potential possibilities in micro-devices manufacturing productions....

  9. Biodegradation improvement of poly(3-hydroxy-butyrate) films by entomopathogenic fungi and UV-assisted surface functionalization. (United States)

    Kessler, Felipe; Marconatto, Leticia; Rodrigues, Roberta da Silva Bussamara; Lando, Gabriela Albara; Schrank, Augusto; Vainstein, Marilene Henning; Weibel, Daniel Eduardo


    Ultraviolet (UV)-assisted surface modification in the presence of oxygen was used as initial step to achieve controlled degradation of poly(3-hydroxy-butyrate), PHB, films by entomopathogenic fungi. Treated surfaces were investigated by surface analysis techniques (water contact angle, Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy in Attenuated Total Reflectance mode, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Near-edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure, Gel Permeation Chromatography, Optical Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and weight loss). After the UV-assisted treatments, new carbonyl groups in new chemical environments were detected by XPS and NEXAFS spectroscopy. The oxidizing atmosphere did not allow the formation of CC bonds, indicating that Norrish Type II mechanism is suppressed during or by the treatments. The higher hydrophilicity and concentration of oxygenated functional groups at the surface of the treated films possibly improved the biodegradation of the films. It was observed a clear increase in the growth of this fungus when oxygenated groups were grafted on the polymers surfaces. This simple methodology can be used to improve and control the degradation rate of PHB films in applications that require a controllable degradation rate. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. C60 single crystal films on GaAs/InAs(001) surfaces

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    Xue Qikun [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Inst. for Materials Research; Ogino, T. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Inst. for Materials Research; Hasegawa, Y. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Inst. for Materials Research; Hashizume, T. [Hitachi Ltd., Saitama (Japan). Advanced Research Lab.; Shinohara, H. [Nagoya Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Chemistry; Sakurai, T. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Inst. for Materials Research


    In this paper, we report a scanning tunnelling microscopy study of C60 thin film growth on the GaAs(001) As-rich 2 x 6 and InAs(001) In-rich 4 x 2 surfaces prepared by molecular beam epitaxy. On the 2 x 6-As surface, the corrugated potential of the 2 x 6 substrate forces the first monolayer structure to be strongly modified resulting in formation of a `double-chain` commensurate structure. C60-substrate interaction, however, is limited to 2-3 monolayers at the interface and the competing intermolecular interaction governs the 3-dimensional growth of multiple-layer C60 FCC crystalline film on the InAs(001). In 4 x 2 surface, the C60 molecule is very mobile even at room temperature. The intermolecular interaction is significant and overcomes the substrate corrugated potential, and 2-dimensional islands with quasi-hexagonal close-packing form even at submonolayer coverage. (orig.)

  11. Surface and interface magnetism in nanostructures and thin films (United States)

    Frey, Natalie A.

    Nanostructured systems composed of two or more technologically important materials are useful for device applications and intriguing for the new fundamental physics they may display. Magnetism at the nanoscale is dominated by size and surface effects which combined with other media lead to new spin dynamics and interfacial coupling phenomena. These new properties may prove to be useful for optimizing sensors and devices, increasing storage density for magnetic media, as well as for biomedical applications such as drug delivery, MRI contrast enhancement, and hyperthermia treatment for cancer. In this project we have examined the surface and interface magnetism of composite nanoparticles and multilayer thin films by using conventional DC magnetization and AC susceptibility as well as transverse susceptibility, a method for directly probing the magnetic anisotropy of materials. Au and Fe3O4 synthesized together into three different nanoparticle configurations and ranging in size for 60 nm down to 9nm are used to study how the size, shape, and interfaces affect the most fundamental properties of magnetism in the Au-Fe3O 4 system. The findings have revealed ways in which the magnetic properties can be enhanced by tuning these parameters. We have shown that by changing the configurations of the Au and Fe3O4 particles, exotic behavior can be observed such as a large increase in anisotropy field (H K ranging from 435 Oe to 1650 Oe) and the presence of exchange bias. Multilayer thin films have been studied as well which combine the important classes of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials. In one case, barium hexaferrite/barium strontium titanate thin films, the anisotropic behavior of the ferromagnet is shown to change due to the introduction of the secondary material. In the other example, CrO2/Cr2O3 bilayers, exchange coupling is observed as Cr2O3 is an antiferromagnet as well as a ferroelectric. This coupling is manifest as a uniaxial anisotropy rather than the

  12. Biofilm Formation of Listeria monocytogenes on Various Surfaces

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    M Mahdavi


    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Listeria monocytogenes is considered as a ubiquitous foodborne pathogen which can lead to serious infections, especially in newborns, elderly, pregnant, and immunocompromised people. The organism has been isolated from many foods and may cause meningitis, septicemia and abortion in pregnant women. Also L. monocytogenes forms biofilms on many food contact surface materials and medical devices. Development of biofilms on many surfaces is a potential source of contamination of foods that may lead to spoilage or transmission of foodborne pathogens. Materials & Methods: Biofilm formation of L. monocytogenes (RITCC 1293 serotype 4a was investigated. Hydrophobicity of L. monocytogenes was measured by MATH method. Then biofilm formation of the organism was assessed at 2, 4, 8, 16 and 20 hours on stainless steel (type 304 no 2B, polyethylene and glass by drop plate method. Results: Results indicated that L. monocytogenes with 85% of hydrophobicity formed biofilm on each of three surfaces. Biofilm formation on stainless steel surfaces was significantly more than other surfaces (p<0.05. Conclusion: The ability of biofilm formation of L. monocytogenes on medical devices and food containers is very important as far as hygiene and disease outbreaks are concerned.

  13. Formation of ZnO thin films by photocatalytic reaction


    Nishikiori, Hiromasa; Nagaya, Satoshi; Takikawa, Takumi; Kikuchi, Ayaka; Yamakami, Tomohiko; Wagata, Hajime; Teshima, Katsuya; Fujii, Tsuneo


    Zinc oxide and layered zinc hydroxides were deposited from an aqueous solution of zinc nitrate at 323–358 K on a substrate plate with a very thin titanium dioxide film by a photocatalytic reaction. The amorphous or low crystalline zinc hydroxide aggregates were deposited at a low temperature. The zinc oxide crystals with about 1–2 μm-sized hexagonal columns and 10 nm-sized spheres were formed at 338–358 K. Nitrate ions in the solution were reduced to nitrite ions, and water was transformed in...

  14. AFM and XRD characterization of silver nanoparticles films deposited on the surface of DGEBA epoxy resin by ion sputtering

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    José Elisandro de Andrade


    Full Text Available In this work, silver atoms were deposited by ion sputtering on the surface of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA epoxy resin cured at 150 °C for 6 hours in air. The films of DGEBA and its precursors were characterized by Raman spectroscopy to identify the main functional groups and their relationship with the deposited silver atoms. Silver thin films of 5, 10, 15 and 20 nm were deposited on the epoxy resin at room temperature. Both the initial film of DGEBA and the subsequent silver thin film were analyzed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM in the non-contact mode. Silver thin films were also analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD at room temperature. The AFM results showed the formation of silver crystallites on the surface of DGEBA at very low coverage whereas XRD indicated that most of them had their main axis aligned to the normal of the surface. An increase in the coverage led to an increase in the grain size as indicated by AFM. However, XRD results indicated that the crystallite size remained almost constant while the appearance of peaks corresponding to other crystalline orientations suggests the coalescence of the original crystallites and an increase in size of the more dense planes, namely [111].

  15. AFM and XRD characterization of silver nanoparticles films deposited on the surface of DGEBA epoxy resin by ion sputtering

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    Andrade, Jose Elisandro de; Machado, Rogerio; Macedo, Marcelo Andrade; Cunha, Frederico Guilherme Carvalho [Clinica de Medicina Nuclear e Radiologia de Maceio (MedRadiUS), Radiology and Imaging Diagnosis at Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), Maceio, AL (Brazil)


    In this work, silver atoms were deposited by ion sputtering on the surface of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) epoxy resin cured at 150 deg C for 6 hours in air. The films of DGEBA and its precursors were characterized by Raman spectroscopy to identify the main functional groups and their relationship with the deposited silver atoms. Silver thin films of 5, 10, 15 and 20 nm were deposited on the epoxy resin at room temperature. Both the initial film of DGEBA and the subsequent silver thin film were analyzed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in the non-contact mode. Silver thin films were also analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) at room temperature. The AFM results showed the formation of silver crystallites on the surface of DGEBA at very low coverage whereas XRD indicated that most of them had their main axis aligned to the normal of the surface. An increase in the coverage led to an increase in the grain size as indicated by AFM. However, XRD results indicated that the crystallite size remained almost constant while the appearance of peaks corresponding to other crystalline orientations suggests the coalescence of the original crystallites and an increase in size of the more dense planes, namely [111]. (author)

  16. AFM and XRD characterization of silver nanoparticles films deposited on the surface of DGEBA epoxy resin by ion sputtering

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    Andrade, Jose Elisandro de; Machado, Rogerio; Macedo, Marcelo Andrade [Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFSE), Aracaju, SE (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Fisica; Cunha, Frederico Guilherme Carvalho [Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFSE), Aracaju, SE (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais


    In this work, silver atoms were deposited by ion sputtering on the surface of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) epoxy resin cured at 150 Degree-Sign C for 6 hours in air. The films of DGEBA and its precursors were characterized by Raman spectroscopy to identify the main functional groups and their relationship with the deposited silver atoms. Silver thin films of 5, 10, 15 and 20 nm were deposited on the epoxy resin at room temperature. Both the initial film of DGEBA and the subsequent silver thin film were analyzed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in the non-contact mode. Silver thin films were also analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) at room temperature. The AFM results showed the formation of silver crystallites on the surface of DGEBA at very low coverage whereas XRD indicated that most of them had their main axis aligned to the normal of the surface. An increase in the coverage led to an increase in the grain size as indicated by AFM. However, XRD results indicated that the crystallite size remained almost constant while the appearance of peaks corresponding to other crystalline orientations suggests the coalescence of the original crystallites and an increase in size of the more dense planes, namely [111]. (author)

  17. Chemical modification of chitosan film via surface grafting of citric acid molecular to promote the biomineralization

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    Liu, Yang, E-mail: [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Engineering Research Center of Nano-Geo Materials of Ministry of Education, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); Shen, Xin; Zhou, Huan [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Wang, Yingjun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); Deng, Linhong, E-mail: [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Chitosan film was modified by surface grafting of citric acid. • The modified film has good hydrophilicity and moisture-retaining capacity. • The citric acid grafting treatment significantly promote the biomineralization. • MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts research confirms the biocompatibility of the film. - Abstract: We develop a novel chitosan–citric acid film (abbreviated as CS–CA) suitable for biomedical applications in this study. In this CS–CA film, the citric acid, which is a harmless organic acid has been extensively investigated as a modifying agent on carbohydrate polymers, was cross-linked by 1-Ethyl-3-(3-dimethyl aminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) onto the surface of chitosan (CS) film. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirms the graft copolymerization of the modified chitosan film (CS–CA). Surface wettability, moisturizing performance, the capacity of mineralization in vitro and biocompatibility of the films were characterized. After modification, this CS–CA film has good hydrophilicity. It is very evident that the citric acid grafting treatment significantly promotes the biomineralization of the chitosan based substrates. Cell experiments show that the MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts can adhere and proliferate well on the surface of CS–CA film. This CS–CA film, which can be prepared in large quantities and at low cost, should have potential application in bone tissue engineering.

  18. Solvent quality influences surface structure of glassy polymer thin films after evaporation (United States)

    Statt, Antonia; Howard, Michael P.; Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios Z.


    Molecular dynamic simulations are used to investigate the structural effects of treating a glassy polymer thin film with solvents of varying quality and subsequently evaporating the solvent. Both a monodisperse film and a polydisperse film are studied for poor to good solvent conditions, including the limit in which the polymer film is fully dissolved. In agreement with previous studies, the dissolved polymer-solvent mixtures form a polymer-rich skin on top of the forming film during evaporation. In the case of the polydisperse films, a segregation of the lower molecular weight polymer to the film interface is observed. We provide a detailed, systematic analysis of the interface structure and properties during and after evaporation. We find that for non-dissolved films, the surface width of the film after solvent evaporation is enhanced compared to the case without solvent. Our results show that due to the kinetic arrest of the surface structure, the increased surface width is preserved after solvent evaporation for both mono- and polydisperse films. We conclude that it is important to take poor solvent effects into account for the surface morphology of already formed thin glassy films, an effect which is often neglected.

  19. PREFACE: International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces (ICSFS 2014) (United States)

    Achete, C. A.; Almeida, C. M.; Cremona, M.; Rocca, M.; Stavale, F.


    Foreword The 17th ICSFS took place at the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 8th to the 11th of September, 2014. The conference focused on recent advances in controlling and characterizing the physical and chemical properties of films and surfaces, with a particular emphasis on materials for electronic, photonic and spintronic applications. In addition, themes of bio-functionalized structures and devices were strongly discussed in the ICSFS, covering interdisciplinary nano and nano-bio science and technology. The conference has promoted, in various sub-fields of materials surfaces and thin films, an excellent forum for exchange of ideas, presentation of technical achievements and discussion of future directions in the field. In this volume of the IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering we are glad to present 11 peer-reviewed ICSFS contributing papers. The cross-disciplinary nature of conference topics is clearly reflected in these Proceedings' contents. The themes discussed ranged from those close to more traditional condensed matter physics, such as semiconductor surfaces to physical chemistry related issues. The Proceedings were organized in accordance with contributions presented at the Conference. We were glad with the presence of over 160 participants, including 24 invited and plenary talks and over 50 oral contributions. We strongly believe that these Proceedings will be useful for a wide audience of those interested in basic and applied surfaces and thin solid interfaces. Acknowledgment We would like to acknowledge the hard work, professional skills and efficiency of the team which oversaw the general organization, particularly of Dicom (Social Communication Division) from the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, Inmetro (Brazil). We also would like to thank all the invited speakers and session chairs for making the meeting such a great success. The Conference was supported and sponsored by Academia

  20. Gelatine enhances drug dispersion in alginate bilayer film via the formation of crystalline microaggregates. (United States)

    Thu, Hnin-Ei; Ng, Shiow-Fern


    In our previous study, a novel alginate-based bilayer film for slow-release wound dressings was successfully developed. We found that alginate alone yielded poor films; however, the addition of gelatine had significantly enhanced the drug dispersion as well as the physical properties. Here, an investigation of the drug-polymer interactions in the bilayer films was carried out. Drug content uniformity test and microscopy observation revealed that the addition of gelatine generated bilayer films with a homogenous drug distribution within the matrix. The FTIR and XRD data showed an increase in film crystallinity which might infer the presence of drug-polymer crystalline microaggregates in the films. DSC confirmed the drug-polymer interaction and indicated that the gelatine has no effect on the thermal behaviour of the microaggregates, suggesting the compatibility of the drug and excipients in the bilayer films. In conclusion, the addition of gelatine can promote homogenous dispersion of hydrophobic drugs in alginate films possibly through the formation of crystalline microaggregates. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Inhibition of bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation by dual functional textured and nitric oxide releasing surfaces. (United States)

    Xu, Li-Chong; Wo, Yaqi; Meyerhoff, Mark E; Siedlecki, Christopher A


    In separate prior studies, physical topographic surface modification or nitric oxide (NO) release has been demonstrated to each be an effective approach to inhibit and control bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on polymeric surfaces. Such approaches can prevent biomaterial-associated infection without causing the antibiotic resistance of the strain. In this work, both techniques were successfully integrated and applied to a polyurethane (PU) biomaterial surface that bears ordered pillar topographies (400/400nm and 500/500nm patterns) at the top surface and a S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP, NO donor) doped sub-layer in the middle, via a soft lithography two-stage replication process. Upon placing the SNAP textured PU films into PBS at 37°C, the decomposition of SNAP within polymer film initiates NO release with a lifetime of up to 10days at flux levels >0.5×10-10molmin-1cm-2 for a textured polyurethane layer containing 15wt% SNAP. The textured surface reduces the accessible surface area and the opportunity of bacteria-surface interaction, while the NO release from the same surface further inhibits bacterial growth and biofilm formation. Such dual functionality surfaces are shown to provide a synergistic effect on inhibition of Staphylococcus epidermidis bacterial adhesion that is significantly greater than the inhibition of bacterial adhesion achieved by either single treatment approach alone. Longer term experiments to observe biofilm formation demonstrate that the SNAP doped-textured PU surface can inhibit the biofilm formation for >28d and provide a practical approach to improve the biocompatibility of current biomimetic biomaterials and thereby reduce the risk of pathogenic infection. Microbial infection remains a significant barrier to development and implementation of advanced blood-contacting medical devices. Clearly, determining how to design and control material properties that can reduce microbial infection is a central question to

  2. Residual nano films and patterns formed by non-volatile liquid dewetting on smooth surfaces (United States)

    Liu, Qiao; Chen, Lei; Deng, Yajun; Wang, Hao


    It was recently reported that nano residual films could be left on smooth substrates after the dewetting of partially wetting non-volatile liquids. In this work we clarify the criteria for the residual film to form and to maintain stable on the substrate. Atomic force microscopy imaging indicated that the residual film formation was dependent on the system wettability. The residual film was investigated in molecular dynamics simulations and the results were consistent to the experiments. The disjoining pressure played an important role in determining the film stability. The results provide important guidance for long-standing puzzles about trace liquid after dewetting.

  3. Electrodeposition of polypyrrole films on aluminum surfaces from a p-toluene sulfonic acid medium

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    Andréa Santos Liu


    Full Text Available Electrodeposition of polypyrrole films on aluminum from aqueous solutions containing p-toluene sulfonic acid and pyrrole was performed by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic technique. The influence of applied current density on the morphology of the films was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy. The films displayed a cauliflower-like structure consisting of micro-spherical grains. This structure is related to dopand intercalation in the polymeric chain. Films deposited at higher current density were more susceptible to the formation of pores and defects along the polymeric chain than films deposited at lower current density. These pores allow the penetration of aggressive species, thereby favoring the corrosion process.

  4. Thin film materials: stress, defect formation, and surface evolution

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    Freund, L. B; Suresh, S


    ... scientific basis with which stress, deformation and failure in thin film materials can be characterized, an attempt is also made to link the scientific concepts to a broad range of practical applications through example problems, historical notes, case studies and exercises. Of particular interest to engineers, materials scientists and physicist...

  5. Surface and thickness measurement of a transparent film using wavelength scanning interferometry. (United States)

    Gao, Feng; Muhamedsalih, Hussam; Jiang, Xiangqian


    A wavelength scanning interferometer for measuring the surface and thickness of a transparent film has been studied. A halogen light source combined with an acousto-optic tuneable filter is used to generate a sequence of filtered light in a Linnik interferometer, which leads to a sequence of interferograms captured by a CCD camera. When a transparent thin film is measured, the reflection signals from both the top and bottom surfaces of the film will interfere with the reference signal. At the same time, the multiple reflection signals between the two film surfaces will also interfere with each other. Effective separation of the interference signals from each other is the key to achieving a successful measurement. By performing a frequency-domain analysis, these interference signals can be separated. An optimized Fourier transform method is used in the analysis. Measurements of the top and bottom surface finishes of the film, as well as the film thickness map, have been achieved. The film needs to be more than 3 µm in optical path length, and must transparent with no absorption of light. The film's refractive index needs to be known as a function of wavelength. In this paper, the theoretical analysis and simulation study of wavelength scanning interferometry for transparent film measurement is discussed. Experiments on thin film layers of Parylene N coated on a glass slide surface are studied and analyzed. Comparison study results with other contact and non-contact methods are also presented.

  6. Surface Modification of Sputtered Ga.5In.5Sb Thin Films ISHU ...

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    Pd) ions. XPS studies on the film showed the incorporation of Ru, Pt and ... on the surface properties of the substrate material, improvement of substrate surfaces is a .... the band gap due to the electrostatic interaction. Similar behavior was also.

  7. Surface texture modification of spin-coated SiO2 xerogel thin films ...

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    These as deposited and surfacemodified films were characterized by ellipsometer, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and contact angle meter. The presence of 2900 and 850 cm-1 peaks of CH3 vibrations in FTIR spectra of surface-modified films confirms the hydrphobisation of SiO2 surface. The maximum ...

  8. A large format film camera for high precision object recording (United States)

    Dold, Juergen


    The present large format camera (LFC) is microprocessor-controlled, and employs a rigorous reseau technique to define the image space with a degree of geometric accuracy and reliability that renders it useful in close-range industrial photogrammetry. The LFC's image format is 226 x 226 mm; its microprocessor control allows not only simple and fast handling, but also remote control and the synchronization of several cameras. An illustrative application of this camera is in quality control during the production of Airbus aircraft.

  9. Preparation and biocompatibility of grafted functional β-cyclodextrin copolymers from the surface of PET films

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    Jiang, Yan, E-mail: [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164, Jiangsu (China); Liang, Yuan; Zhang, Hongwen [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164, Jiangsu (China); Zhang, Weiwei [College of Life Science, Agriculture and Forestry, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006, Heilongjiang (China); Tu, Shanshan [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164, Jiangsu (China)


    The hydrophobic inert surface of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film has limited its practical bioapplications, in which case, better biocompatibility should be achieved by surface modification. In this work, the copolymer of functional β-cyclodextrin derivatives and styrene grafted surfaces was prepared via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) on initiator-immobilized PET. The structures, composition, properties, and surface morphology of the modified PET films were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle measurement, and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The results show that the surface of PET films was covered by a thick targeted copolymer layer, and the hydrophobic surface of PET was changed into an amphiphilic surface. The copolymer-grafted surfaces were also shown good biocompatibility on which SGC-7901 A549 and A549/DDP cells readily attached and proliferated, demonstrating that the functional copolymer-grafted PET films could be a promising alternative to biomaterials especially for tissue engineering. - Highlights: • The PET film was grafted by functional β-CD copolymers, which owns amphiphilicity. • The surface of grafted PET film by copolymers enhanced the cell adhesion and growth. • The biocompatible PET film may be used in tissue engineering and cell cultivation.

  10. Nanoparticles dynamics on a surface: fractal pattern formation and fragmentation

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    Dick, Veronika V.; Solov'yov, Ilia; Solov'yov, Andrey V.


    In this paper we review our recent results on the formation and the post-growth relaxation processes of nanofractals on surface. For this study we developed a method which describes the internal dynamics of particles in a fractal and accounts for their diffusion and detachment. We demonstrate tha...

  11. Shewanella putrefaciens adhesion and biofilm formation on food processing surfaces

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    Bagge, Dorthe; Hjelm, M.; Johansen, C.


    of bacteria on the surface must be quantified to evaluate the influence of environmental factors on adhesion and biofilm formation. We used a combination of fluorescence microscopy (4',6'-diamidino-2-phenylindole staining and in situ hybridization, for mixed-culture studies), ultrasonic removal of bacteria...

  12. Formation of hollow atoms at metal- and insulator surfaces

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    Morgenstern, R; Khemliche, H; Hoekstra, R


    The interaction of multiply charged ions with various surfaces gives rise to the formation of so-called hollow atoms via multiple electron capture into excited orbitals. The potential energy of the ions is partly converted into photons and kinetic energy of emitted electrons during subsequent decay

  13. Effect of nanocellulose isolation techniques on the formation of reinforced poly(vinyl alcohol nanocomposite films

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    H. Y. Zhan


    Full Text Available Three techniques including acid hydrolysis (AH, 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO-mediated oxidation (TMO and ultrasonication (US were introduced to isolate nanocellulose from microcrystalline cellulose, in order to reinforce poly(vinyl alcohol (PVA films. Important differences were noticed in fiber quality of nanocellulose and film properties of PVA nanocomposite films. The TMO treatment was more efficient in nanocellulose isolation with higher aspect ratio, surface charge (–47 mV and yields (37%. While AH treatment resulted in higher crystallinity index (88.1% and better size dispersion. The fracture surface, thermal behavior and mechanical properties of the PVA nanocomposite films were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and tensile testing. The results showed that both the TMO-derived and AH-derived nanocellulose could be dispersed homogeneously in the PVA matrices. AH/PVA films had higher elongation at break (51.59% at 6 wt% nanocellulose loading as compared with TMO/PVA, while TMO/PVA films shown superior tensile modulus and strength with increments of 21.5% and 10.2% at 6wt% nanocellulose loading. The thermal behavior of the PVA nanocomposite films was higher improved with TMO-derived nanofibrils addition.

  14. Self-organized nanocrack networks: a pathway to enlarge catalytic surface area in sputtered ceramic thin films, showcased for photocatalytic TiO2 (United States)

    Henkel, B.; Vahl, A.; Aktas, O. C.; Strunskus, T.; Faupel, F.


    Sputter deposited photocatalytic thin films offer high adherence and mechanical stability, but typically are outperformed in their photocatalytic properties by colloidal TiO2 nanostructures, which in turn typically suffer from problematic removal. Here we report on thermally controlled nanocrack formation as a feasible and batch applicable approach to enhance the photocatalytic performance of well adhering, reactively sputtered TiO2 thin films. Networks of nanoscopic cracks were induced into tailored columnar TiO2 thin films by thermal annealing. These deep trenches are separating small bundles of TiO2 columns, adding their flanks to the overall catalytically active surface area. The variation of thin film thickness reveals a critical layer thickness for initial nanocrack network formation, which was found to be about 400 nm in case of TiO2. The columnar morphology of the as deposited TiO2 layer with weak bonds between respective columns and with strong bonds to the substrate is of crucial importance for the formation of nanocrack networks. A beneficial effect of nanocracking on the photocatalytic performance was experimentally observed. It was correlated by a simple geometric model for explaining the positive impact of the crack induced enlargement of active surface area on photocatalytic efficiency. The presented method of nanocrack network formation is principally not limited to TiO2 and is therefore seen as a promising candidate for utilizing increased surface area by controlled crack formation in ceramic thin films in general.

  15. Thin block copolymer films : film formation and corrugation under the AFM tip

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    Maas, J.H.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Fleer, G.J.


    The tip of an atomic force microscope was used to induce nanoscale ordering in thin films of polystyrene-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) block copolymers under low force. The AFM tip produces rims on a mesoscopic scale oriented perpendicularly to the scanning direction. A wide range of molecular weights of

  16. Physicochemical studies on polyurethane/siloxane cross-linked films for hydrophobic surfaces by the sol-gel process. (United States)

    Seeni Meera, Kamal Mohamed; Murali Sankar, Rajavelu; Jaisankar, Sellamuthu N; Mandal, Asit Baran


    A series of castor oil based polyurethane/siloxane cross-linked films were prepared using castor oil, isophorone diisocyanate, and 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane by the sol-gel process. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra reveal the cross-linking interaction between polyurethane and siloxane moieties, thereby shifting the peak position of characteristic N-H and C═O groups to higher wavenumber. (29)Si (silica) solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectra were used to prove the formation of siloxane network linkage in the polyurethane system, thereby analyzing the Si environment present in the polyurethane/siloxane cross-linked films. The activation energy values at two stages (Tmax1 and Tmax2) for the degradation of polyurethane films were increased with increasing silane ratio. The calculated activation energy values for the higher silane ratio (1.5) are 136 and 170 kJ/mol at Tmax1 and Tmax2, respectively. From contact angle measurements, we observed that increasing siloxane cross-linking increased the hydrophobicity of the films. The optical transmittance obtained from ultraviolet-visible spectra indicated that the film samples are transparent in the region 300-800 nm. The moisture sorption/desorption isotherm curve shows a characteristic behavior of type III isotherm corresponds to hydrophobic materials. Dynamic mechanical studies show that the increase in storage modulus reveals siloxane cross-linking gives rigidity to the films. Atomic force microscopic images show that the introduction of siloxane changes the surface roughness of the polyurethane films. It is found that the siloxane cross-linking can be used to obtain hydrophobic surface films having good thermal stability and optical transmittance.

  17. From two- to three-dimensional alumina: Interface templated films and formation of γ -Al2O3 (111) nuclei (United States)

    Zabka, Wolf-Dietrich; Leuenberger, Dominik; Mette, Gerson; Osterwalder, Jürg


    Oxide thin films are of fundamental importance due to their applications in materials science, optics, corrosion protection, catalysis, and microelectronics. A multistep oxidation procedure is employed to precisely tune the alumina (Al2O3 ) thickness on a NiAl(110) alloy from two atomic bilayers to 1.5 nm . Structural changes are analyzed with x-ray photoelectron diffraction and low-energy electron diffraction. The long-range order does not relate to any bulk structure and is imposed by the crystallized interface. The large unit cell formed at the interface persists in thicker films. In contrast, the local order changes at a thickness above 0.5 nm from the complex structure of this prelayer under the formation of subnanometer-sized γ -Al2O3 (111)-type nuclei. The band structure is monitored with angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. Increasing film thickness results in a slight decrease of the work function, but does not lead to significant changes of the electronic band structure. The presented multistep procedure opens a route for the synthesis of thin film structures in general and in particular provides fundamental insight in the surface structure of spinel-based transition Al2O3 .

  18. Effects of initial layers on surface roughness and crystallinity of microcrystalline silicon thin films formed by remote electron cyclotron resonance silane plasma

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    Murata, K; Hori, Masaki; Goto, T; Ito, M


    We have observed mu c-Si:H films grown in the glass substrate in electron cyclotron resonance plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition employing two-step growth (TSG) method, where the seed layer was formed without charged species firstly, and subsequently, the film with charged species. The mu c-Si:H films with smooth surface and high crystallinity were synthesized with a relatively high deposition rate at a low substrate temperature by TSG. By Fourier transform infrared attenuated-total reflection, it was found that the surface roughness and crystallinity of seed layer were related to the ratio of SiH bonds over SiH sub 2 ones in the film. Consequently, the control of chemical bonds at the initial layer is of importance and TSG method is effective for the formation of mu c-Si:H film with high quality.

  19. Formation of oxygen vacancies and Ti3+ state in TiO2 thin film and enhanced optical properties by air plasma treatment (United States)

    Bharti, Bandna; Kumar, Santosh; Lee, Heung-No; Kumar, Rajesh


    This is the first time we report that simply air plasma treatment can also enhances the optical absorbance and absorption region of titanium oxide (TiO2) films, while keeping them transparent. TiO2 thin films having moderate doping of Fe and Co exhibit significant enhancement in the aforementioned optical properties upon air plasma treatment. The moderate doping could facilitate the formation of charge trap centers or avoid the formation of charge recombination centers. Variation in surface species viz. Ti3+, Ti4+, O2−, oxygen vacancies, OH group and optical properties was studied using X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The air plasma treatment caused enhanced optical absorbance and optical absorption region as revealed by the formation of Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies in the band gap of TiO2 films. The samples were treated in plasma with varying treatment time from 0 to 60 seconds. With the increasing treatment time, Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies increased in the Fe and Co doped TiO2 films leading to increased absorbance; however, the increase in optical absorption region/red shift (from 3.22 to 3.00 eV) was observed in Fe doped TiO2 films, on the contrary Co doped TiO2 films exhibited blue shift (from 3.36 to 3.62 eV) due to Burstein Moss shift. PMID:27572095

  20. Formation of oxygen vacancies and Ti(3+) state in TiO2 thin film and enhanced optical properties by air plasma treatment. (United States)

    Bharti, Bandna; Kumar, Santosh; Lee, Heung-No; Kumar, Rajesh


    This is the first time we report that simply air plasma treatment can also enhances the optical absorbance and absorption region of titanium oxide (TiO2) films, while keeping them transparent. TiO2 thin films having moderate doping of Fe and Co exhibit significant enhancement in the aforementioned optical properties upon air plasma treatment. The moderate doping could facilitate the formation of charge trap centers or avoid the formation of charge recombination centers. Variation in surface species viz. Ti(3+), Ti(4+), O(2-), oxygen vacancies, OH group and optical properties was studied using X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The air plasma treatment caused enhanced optical absorbance and optical absorption region as revealed by the formation of Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies in the band gap of TiO2 films. The samples were treated in plasma with varying treatment time from 0 to 60 seconds. With the increasing treatment time, Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies increased in the Fe and Co doped TiO2 films leading to increased absorbance; however, the increase in optical absorption region/red shift (from 3.22 to 3.00 eV) was observed in Fe doped TiO2 films, on the contrary Co doped TiO2 films exhibited blue shift (from 3.36 to 3.62 eV) due to Burstein Moss shift.

  1. Photoenhanced nitrous acid formation upon NO2 uptake on tannic and gentisic acid films (United States)

    Sosedova, Yulia; Rouvière, Aurélie; Ammann, Markus


    The heterogeneous chemistry of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a potential source of nitrous acid (HONO). Hydroxy and methoxy substituted phenols may play a significant role in the aqueous-phase chemistry occurring on the ground or within aerosol particles in air masses affected by biomass burning. It is well established that electron transfer between phenols and NO2 in alkaline aqueous solutions is fast and could be a source of nitrite in the aqueous phase and HONO in the gas phase. However its kinetics is very slow under atmospheric conditions. The role of phenolic species as electron donors has also been suspected to be responsible for the photoenhanced transformation of NO2 to HONO over humic acids [1]. In this study we used tannic (TA) and gentisic (GA) as another proxy for atmospheric phenolic compounds. TA was shown to easily decompose under near UV light irradiation [2] resulting in oxidized products that might change the hygroscopic properties of the original material or have some potential photosensitizing effect. It was interesting to check the hypothesis that the presence of such products could lead to photoenhanced HONO formation upon NO2 uptake to aqueous surfaces containing TA. Experiments were performed in a horizontal coated wall flow tube (40 cm × 5.9 cm i.d.) circularly surrounded by 7 fluorescence lamps (UV: 300-420 nm, or visible: 400-750 nm), in an air cooled lamp housing. The inner surface coating was containing ~0.5 mg/cm-2 of either TA or GA, and was operated under RH 20-80%, 21-23 °C and ambient pressure. Concentration of HONO in the gas phase at the flow tube exit was measured with a LOPAP (Long Path Absorption Spectrometer). The uptake coefficient (γ) leading to NO2 to HONO conversion above aqueous films containing GA or TA in the dark was in the range 4×10-7 - 2×10-6. The photochemically enhanced HONO production was demonstrated by UV irradiation of the GA or TA coatings being in contact with gaseous NO2. In this case γ was 3-10 times

  2. Gold Incorporated Mesoporous Silica Thin Film Model Surface as a Robust SERS and Catalytically Active Substrate

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    Anandakumari Chandrasekharan Sunil Sekhar


    Full Text Available Ultra-small gold nanoparticles incorporated in mesoporous silica thin films with accessible pore channels perpendicular to the substrate are prepared by a modified sol-gel method. The simple and easy spin coating technique is applied here to make homogeneous thin films. The surface characterization using FESEM shows crack-free films with a perpendicular pore arrangement. The applicability of these thin films as catalysts as well as a robust SERS active substrate for model catalysis study is tested. Compared to bare silica film our gold incorporated silica, GSM-23F gave an enhancement factor of 103 for RhB with a laser source 633 nm. The reduction reaction of p-nitrophenol with sodium borohydride from our thin films shows a decrease in peak intensity corresponding to –NO2 group as time proceeds, confirming the catalytic activity. Such model surfaces can potentially bridge the material gap between a real catalytic system and surface science studies.

  3. Sputtered cadmium oxide as a surface pretreatment for graphite solid-lubricant films (United States)

    Fusaro, Robert L.


    Sputtered films of cadmium oxide were applied to sand blasted AISI 440C HT stainless steel disks as a surface pretreatment for the application of rubbed graphite films. Mixtures of cadmium oxide and graphite were applied to the nonpretreated sandblasted metal and evaluated. The results were compared to graphite films applied to other commercially available surface pretreatments. It is found that sputtered CdO pretreated surfaces increase the endurance lives of the graphite films and decrease the counterface steady state wear rate of the pins almost an order of magnitude compared to commercially available pretreatments. The CdO additions in general improved the tribological properties of graphite. The greatest benefit occurred when it was applied to the substrate rather than mixing it with the graphite and that sputtered films of CdO perform much better than rubbed CdO films.

  4. Sputtered cadmium oxide as a surface pretreatment for graphite solid lubricant films (United States)

    Fusaro, R. L.


    Sputtered films of cadmium oxide were applied to sand blasted AISI 440C HT stainless steel disks as a surface pretreatment for the application of rubbed graphite films. Mixtures of cadmium oxide and graphite were applied to the nonpretreated sandblasted metal and evaluated. The results were compared to graphite films applied to other commercially available surface pretreatments. It is found that sputtered CdO pretreated surfaces increase the endurance lives of the graphite films and decrease the counterface steady state wear rate of the pins almost an order of magnitude compared to commercially available pretreatments. The CdO additions in general improved the tribological properties of graphite. The greatest benefit occurred when it was applied to the substrate rather than mixing it with the graphite and that sputtered films of CdO perform much better than rubbed CdO films.

  5. Facile Fabrication of Gradient Surface Based on (meth)acrylate Copolymer Films (United States)

    Zhang, Y.; Yang, H.; Wen, X.-F.; Cheng, J.; Xiong, J.


    This paper describes a simple and economic approach for fabrication of surface wettability gradient on poly(butyl acrylate - methyl methacrylate) [P (BA-MMA)] and poly(butyl acrylate - methyl methacrylate - 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) [P (BA-MMA-HEMA)] films. The (meth)acrylate copolymer [including P (BA-MMA) and P (BA-MMA-HEMA)] films are hydrolyzed in an aqueous solution of NaOH and the transformation of surface chemical composition is achieved by hydrolysis in NaOH solution. The gradient wetting properties are generated based on different functional groups on the P (BA-MMA) and P (BA-MMA-HEMA) films. The effects of both the surface chemical and surface topography on wetting of the (meth)acrylate copolymer film are discussed. Surface chemical composition along the materials length is determined by XPS, and surface topography properties of the obtained gradient surfaces are analyzed by FESEM and AFM. Water contact angle system (WCAs) results show that the P (BA-MMA-HEMA) films provide a larger slope of the gradient wetting than P (BA-MMA). Moreover, this work demonstrates that the gradient concentration of chemical composition on the poly(meth) acrylate films is owing to the hydrolysis processes of ester group, and the hydrolysis reactions that have negligible influence on the surface morphology of the poly(meth) acrylate films coated on the glass slide. The gradient wettability surfaces may find broad applications in the field of polymer coating due to the compatibility of (meth) acrylate polymer.

  6. Formation of ZnGa2O4 films by multilayer deposition and subsequent thermal annealing (United States)

    Yan, Jin-Liang; Zhao, Yin-Nü; Li, Chao


    The Ga2O3/ZnO multilayer films are deposited on quartz substrates by magnetron sputtering, the thickness values of Ga2O3 layers are in a range of 19 nm-2.5 nm and the thickness of ZnO layer is a constant of 1 nm. Formation of spinel ZnGa2O4 film is achieved via the annealing of the Ga2O3/ZnO multilayer film. The influences of original Ga2O3 sublayer thickness on the optical and structural properties of Ga2O3/ZnO multilayer films and annealed films are studied. With the decrease of the thickness of Ga2O3 sublayer, the optical band-gap of Ga2O3/ZnO multilayer film decreases, the intensity of UV emission diminishes and the intensity of violet emission increases. The annealed film displays the enlarged optical band gap and the quenched violet emission. UV fluorescence bands are observed from Ga2O3 and ZnGa2O4.

  7. Microarray of neuroblastoma cells on the selectively functionalized nanocrystalline diamond thin film surface

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    Park, Young-Sang; Son, Hyeong-Guk; Kim, Dae-Hoon; Oh, Hong-Gi; Lee, Da-Som; Kim, Min-Hye; Lim, Ki-Moo; Song, Kwang-Soup, E-mail:


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) surface is functionalized with F or O. • The cell adhesion and growth are evaluated on the functionalized NCD surface. • The cell adhesion and growth depend on the wettability of the surface. • Cell patterning was achieved by using of hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces. • Neuroblastoma cells were arrayed on the micro-patterned NCD surface. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) film surfaces were modified with fluorine or oxygen by plasma treatment in an O{sub 2} or C{sub 3}F{sub 8} gas environment in order to induce wettability. The oxygenated-NCD (O-NCD) film surface was hydrophilic and the fluorinated-NCD (F-NCD) surface was hydrophobic. The efficiency of early cell adhesion, which is dependent on the wettability of the cell culture plate and necessary for the growth and proliferation of cells, was 89.62 ± 3.92% on the O-NCD film and 7.78 ± 0.77% on the F-NCD film surface after 3 h of cell culture. The wettability of the NCD film surface was artificially modified using a metal mask and plasma treatment to fabricate a micro-pattern. Four types of micro-patterns were fabricated (line, circle, mesh, and word) on the NCD film surface. We precisely arrayed the neuroblastoma cells on the micro-patterned NCD film surfaces by controlling the surface wettability and cell seeding density. The neuroblastoma cells adhered and proliferated along the O-NCD film surface.

  8. Controlled formation of gold nanostructures on biopolymer films upon electromagnetic radiation (United States)

    Mescola, Andrea; Canale, Claudio; Fragouli, Despina; Athanassiou, Athanassia


    The localized formation of gold nanostructures with controlled size and shape on chitosan films doped with gold precursor upon electromagnetic irradiation of various types is demonstrated here. Such controlled formation is achieved by tuning the wavelength, the energy and the interaction time of the radiation with the composite films. In particular, the use of a single UV nanosecond laser pulse results in the formation of gold sub-micron platelets with specific crystal structure, while increasing the number of pulses, further precursor reduction and photofragmentation induce the formation of gold nanoparticles. Using x-ray radiation as an alternative energy source, the reduction of the gold precursor and the subsequent formation of particles follow a different pathway. Specifically, x-ray-induced photo-reduction triggers the selective formation of gold sub-micron platelets with a very well defined {111} crystal phase. In this case, the density of crystal platelets increases by increasing the irradiation time of the films, while no photofragmentation process is observed. The gold structures pre-formed by x-ray radiation can be fragmented by subsequent pulsed UV laser irradiation forming nanoparticles with much narrower size distribution compared to that obtained via exclusive UV irradiation. Thanks to the perfect coupling between the natural polymeric matrix and gold nanostructures, the bionanocomposite systems developed could find various applications in biomaterial science and in biosensors field.

  9. Early dental plaque formation on toothbrushed titanium implant surfaces. (United States)

    Amarante, Evandro Scligliano; Chambrone, Leandro; Lotufo, Roberto Fraga Moreira; Lima, Luiz A


    To evaluate the qualitative and quantitative differences on dental plaque formation on two different roughness titanium implant surfaces, i.e. machined and titanium plasma sprayed, as well as the amount of plaque removal by regular toothbrushing after 72-hour plaque accumulation. Eight systemically healthy subjects were recruited from the patient pool of a private dental practice. All patients underwent oral hygiene instruction and full mouth prophylaxis. Subsequently, maxillary casts from all patients were obtained and removable 0.7 mm-thick acetate stents without occlusal contact points were fabricated to support four titanium specimens of 4 x 2 x 2 mm divided into two groups (machined and plasma sprayed). Subjects were instructed to wear the stents for 72 hours, full time, removing them only during regular oral hygiene. Subsequently, the appliances were immediately repositioned and then the test side was brushed for 20 seconds. At the end of the 72-hour period, the stents were removed and prepared for microbiological analysis. Both machined and plasma sprayed brushed surfaces presented statistically significant fewer bacteria than non-brushed surfaces. Similarly, regarding surface roughness, machined surfaces presented a total number of bacteria significantly smaller than those presented by plasma sprayed surfaces (P dental plaque than polished surfaces. Both brushed surfaces presented less plaque accumulation, however, implant brushing was more effective on machined surfaces.

  10. Composition and formation mechanism of zirconium oxynitride films produced by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Ngaruiya, J.M. [I. Physikalisches Institut der RWTH Aachen, 52056 Aachen (Germany); Jomo Kenyatta University of Agric. and Technol., Box 62000 Nairobi (Kenya); Kappertz, O.; Liesch, C.; Wuttig, M. [I. Physikalisches Institut der RWTH Aachen, 52056 Aachen (Germany); Mueller, P.; Dronskowski, R. [Institut f. Anorganische Chemie der RWTH Aachen, 52056 Aachen (Germany)


    Direct current magnetron sputtered zirconium oxynitride films show an improvement in both deposition rate and physical properties compared to zirconium oxide. Here we seek to understand these beneficial effects and report on the film composition and crystallographic structure. Based on a thermochemical description together with a modeling of formation kinetics we propose a film formation mechanism, which explains many of the observations. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) shows early nitrogen incorporation at 64% N{sub 2} flow in disagreement with the predictions of thermochemistry. The stoichiometry is only successfully simulated with the use of an expanded Berg-Larsson model with a low replacement coefficient of about 0.1 of nitrogen by oxygen after metal-nitrogen bond formation. The deviation from complete replacement as predicted by thermodynamics illustrates the importance of kinetics in film formation. The model further successfully predicts the variation of the mass deposition rate. The X-ray diffraction analyses suggest that, within the crystalline phase, nitrogen atoms occupy oxygen sites, resulting in an unchanged zirconium oxide structure. (copyright 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Characterization of film surface treated with ECR plasma by Doppler broadening

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    Nishijima, S; Hirata, K; Kobayashi, Y; Honda, Y; Tagawa, S


    Doppler broadened positron annihilation measurements were carried out using the positron beam technique on plasma treated polyethylene films as a function of incident positron energy. In addition, surface properties of the treated films also have been measured using other conventional techniques such as FT-IR, SEM and AFM. The surface tension of the films was also determined using sessile drop method. The S-parameter is seen to decrease on the surface upon plasma treatment that introduces polar groups such as hydroxyl and carbonyl on the surface. The results are discussed.

  12. Donor-Acceptor Properties of a Single-Molecule Altered by On-Surface Complex Formation. (United States)

    Meier, Tobias; Pawlak, Rémy; Kawai, Shigeki; Geng, Yan; Liu, Xunshan; Decurtins, Silvio; Hapala, Prokop; Baratoff, Alexis; Liu, Shi-Xia; Jelínek, Pavel; Meyer, Ernst; Glatzel, Thilo


    Electron donor-acceptor molecules are of outstanding interest in molecular electronics and organic solar cells for their intramolecular charge transfer controlled via electrical or optical excitation. The preservation of their electronic character in the ground state upon adsorption on a surface is cardinal for their implementation in such single-molecule devices. Here, we investigate by atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy a prototypical system consisting of a π-conjugated tetrathiafulvalene-fused dipyridophenazine molecule adsorbed on thin NaCl films on Cu(111). Depending on the adsorption site, the molecule is found either in a nearly undisturbed free state or in a bound state. In the latter case, the molecule adopts a specific adsorption site, leading to the formation of a chelate complex with a single Na(+) alkali cation pulled out from the insulating film. Although expected to be electronically decoupled, the charge distribution of the complex is drastically modified, leading to the loss of the intrinsic donor-acceptor character. The chelate complex formation is reversible with respect to lateral manipulations, enabling tunable donor-acceptor molecular switches activated by on-surface coordination.

  13. Influence of Heating Conditions for Formation of a Thin Apatite Film on Zirconia Using a Molecular Precursor Method

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    Masatsugu Hirota


    Full Text Available The influence of heating conditions, heating temperature, and heating time on the formation of a thin carbonate-containing hydroxyapatite (CA film onto partially stabilized zirconia using a molecular precursor method was evaluated. The molecular precursor solution was prepared from a mixture of calcium-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid complex and phosphate compounds at Ca/P ratio of 1.67. After the application of molecular precursor solution onto zirconia, four different heating conditions—namely, 600 °C-2 h, 800 °C-2 h, 1000 °C-2 h, and 600 °C-4 h—were applied. No distinct difference of surface appearance of CA coating was observed between 600 and 800 °C-2 h. Fusion of apatite crystals was observed at 1000 °C-2 h. Surface roughness of CA film at 1000 °C-2 h was significantly higher than those under other heating conditions. Heating at 800 °C produced a significantly more hydrophilic surface and higher degree of crystallization. No significant differences were recognized in the critical load at the first crack in the coating among the four samples by scratch tests. After 30 days’ immersion in phosphate buffered saline, the four different CA coating films were still present. Simulated body fluid immersion experiments were performed as in vitro biocompatibility tests. After 48 h immersion, the CA film at 800 °C-2 h showed a greater amount of spherical crystal precipitation. It was suggested that properties of CA coating on partially stabilized zirconia using a molecular precursor method were influenced by the heating temperature and time.

  14. Corrosion control of aluminum surfaces by polypyrrole films: influence of electrolyte

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    Andréa Santos Liu


    Full Text Available Polypyrrole (PPy films were galvanostatically deposited on 99.9 wt. (% aluminum electrodes from aqueous solutions containing each carboxylic acid: tartaric, oxalic or citric. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM was used to analyze the morphology of the aluminum surfaces coated with the polymeric films. It was observed that the films deposited from tartaric acid medium presented higher homogeneity than those deposited from oxalic and citric acid. Furthermore, the corrosion protection of aluminum surfaces by PPy films was also investigated by potentiodynamic polarization experiments.

  15. Surface modification of nanofibrillated cellulose films by atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge

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    Siró, Istvan; Kusano, Yukihiro; Norrman, Kion


    of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment, the water contact angle of NFC films increased and the values were comparable with those of PLA films. On the other hand, surface chemical characterization revealed inhomogeneity of the plasma treatment and limited improvement in adhesion between NFC and PLA films......A dielectric barrier discharge in a gas mixture of tetrafluoromethane (CF4) and O2 was used for tailoring the surface properties of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) films. The surface chemical composition of plasma-modified NFC was characterized by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time......-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, while surface morphology was illustrated by atomic force microscopy. Wettability was characterized through the static sessile drop method. The adhesion between NFC and polylactide (PLA) laminated films was tested by the double cantilever beam technique. As a result...

  16. Quantum effects on propagation of bulk and surface waves in a thin quantum plasma film

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    Moradi, Afshin, E-mail: [Department of Engineering Physics, Kermanshah University of Technology, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Nano Sciences, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    The propagation of bulk and surface plasma waves in a thin quantum plasma film is investigated, taking into account the quantum effects. The generalized bulk and surface plasma dispersion relation due to quantum effects is derived, using the quantum hydrodynamic dielectric function and applying appropriate additional boundary conditions. The quantum mechanical and film geometric effects on the bulk and surface modes are discussed. It is found that quantum effects become important for a thin film of small thickness. - Highlights: • New bulk and surface plasma dispersion relations due to quantum effects are derived, in a thin quantum plasma film. • It is found that quantum effects become important for a thin quantum film of small thickness.

  17. Exploring and Controlling Intrinsic Defect Formation in SnO2 Thin Films

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    Porte, Yoann


    By investigating the influence of key growth variables on the measured structural and electrical properties of SnO2 prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) we demonstrate fine control of intrinsic n-type defect formation. Variation of growth temperatures shows oxygen vacancies (VO) as the dominant defect which can be compensated for by thermal oxidation at temperatures > 500°C. As a consequence films with carrier concentrations in the range 1016-1019 cm-3 can be prepared by adjusting temperature alone. By altering the background oxygen pressure (PD) we observe a change in the dominant defect - from tin interstitials (Sni) at low PD (< 50 mTorr) to VO at higher oxygen pressures with similar ranges of carrier concentrations observed. Finally we demonstrate the importance of controlling the composition target surface used for PLD by exposing a target to > 100,000 laser pulses. Here carrier concentrations > 1x1020 cm-3 are observed that are attributed to high concentrations of Sni which cannot be completely compensated for by modifying the growth parameters.

  18. Viscous dispersion effects on bound-state formation in falling liquid films (United States)

    Pradas, Marc; Tseluiko, Dmitri; Kalliadasis, Serafim


    We examine the influence of viscous dispersion on the interaction of two-dimensional solitary pulses in falling liquid films at moderate Reynolds number. We make use of an averaged model that includes second-order viscous effects in the long-wave expansion. These effects play a dispersive role affecting primarily the shape of the capillary ripples in front of the solitary pulses. We show that different physical parameters, such as surface tension and viscosity, play a crucial role in the interaction between pulses giving rise eventually to the formation of bound states consisting of two or more pulses separated by well-defined distances and travelling at the same velocity. By developing a coherent-structures theory that assumes weak interaction between the pulses, we are able to theoretically predict the pulse-separation distances for which bound states are formed. It is shown that viscous dispersion significantly affects the distances at which bound states are observed. In all cases, there is very good agreement between the theory and computations of the fully nonlinear system.

  19. Surface Functionalization of Thin-Film Composite Membranes with Copper Nanoparticles for Antimicrobial Surface Properties

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    Ben-Sasson, Moshe


    Biofouling is a major operational challenge in reverse osmosis (RO) desalination, motivating a search for improved biofouling control strategies. Copper, long known for its antibacterial activity and relatively low cost, is an attractive potential biocidal agent. In this paper, we present a method for loading copper nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) on the surface of a thin-film composite (TFC) polyamide RO membrane. Cu-NPs were synthesized using polyethyleneimine (PEI) as a capping agent, resulting in particles with an average radius of 34 nm and a copper content between 39 and 49 wt.%. The positive charge of the Cu-NPs imparted by the PEI allowed a simple electrostatic functionalization of the negatively charged RO membrane. We confirmed functionalization and irreversible binding of the Cu-NPs to the membrane surface with SEM and XPS after exposing the membrane to bath sonication. We also demonstrated that Cu-NP functionalization can be repeated after the Cu-NPs dissolve from the membrane surface. The Cu-NP functionalization had minimal impact on the intrinsic membrane transport parameters. Surface hydrophilicity and surface roughness were also maintained, and the membrane surface charge became positive after functionalization. The functionalized membrane exhibited significant antibacterial activity, leading to an 80-95% reduction in the number of attached live bacteria for three different model bacterial strains. Challenges associated with this functionalization method and its implementation in RO desalination are discussed. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  20. Chemical structural analysis of diamondlike carbon films: I. Surface growth model (United States)

    Takabayashi, Susumu; Ješko, Radek; Shinohara, Masanori; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Sugimoto, Rintaro; Ogawa, Shuichi; Takakuwa, Yuji


    The surface growth mechanisms of diamondlike carbon (DLC) films has been clarified. DLC films were synthesized in atmospheres with a fixed methane-to-argon ratio at different temperatures up to 700 °C by the photoemission-assisted glow discharge of photoemission-assisted plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The electrical resistivity of the films decreased logarithmically as the synthesis temperature was increased. Conversely, the dielectric constant of the films increased and became divergent at high temperature. However, the very high electrical resistivity of the film synthesized at 150 °C was retained even after post-annealing treatments at temperatures up to 500 °C, and divergence of the dielectric constant was not observed. Such films exhibited excellent thermal stability and retained large amounts of hydrogen, even after post-annealing treatments. These results suggest that numerous hydrogen atoms were incorporated into the DLC films during synthesis at low temperatures. Hydrogen atoms terminate carbon dangling bonds in the films to restrict π-conjugated growth. During synthesis at high temperature, hydrogen was desorbed from the interior of the growing films and π-conjugated conductive films were formed. Moreover, hydrogen radicals were chemisorbed by carbon atoms at the growing DLC surface, leading to removal of carbon atoms from the surface as methane gas. The methane molecules decomposed into hydrocarbons and hydrogen radicals through the attack of electrons above the surface. Hydrogen radicals contributed to the etching reaction cycle of the film; the hydrocarbon radicals were polymerized by reacting with other radicals and the methane source. The polymer radicals remained above the film, preventing the supply of the methane source and disrupting the action of argon ions. At high temperatures, the resultant DLC films were rough and thin.

  1. Control of surface ripple amplitude in ion beam sputtered polycrystalline cobalt films

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    Colino, Jose M., E-mail: [Institute of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Campus de la Fabrica de Armas, Toledo 45071 (Spain); Arranz, Miguel A. [Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real 13071 (Spain)


    We have grown both polycrystalline and partially textured cobalt films by magnetron sputter deposition in the range of thickness (50-200 nm). Kinetic roughening of the growing film leads to a controlled rms surface roughness values (1-6 nm) increasing with the as-grown film thickness. Ion erosion of a low energy 1 keV Ar+ beam at glancing incidence (80{sup o}) on the cobalt film changes the surface morphology to a ripple pattern of nanometric wavelength. The wavelength evolution at relatively low fluency is strongly dependent on the initial surface topography (a wavelength selection mechanism hereby confirmed in polycrystalline rough surfaces and based on the shadowing instability). At sufficiently large fluency, the ripple wavelength steadily increases on a coarsening regime and does not recall the virgin surface morphology. Remarkably, the use of a rough virgin surface makes the ripple amplitude in the final pattern can be controllably increased without affecting the ripple wavelength.

  2. Formation of complex anodic films on porous alumina matrices

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    determined via kinetic data, using Faraday's law: ,. 6 f f. OAl. OAl. 3. 2. 3. 2. Tj,. Q. U. M. F. E......... ∆. ∆. = λ σρ. (3) where F is the Faraday's number, σ the roughness factor. (i.e. the ratio of the real to the geometrical surface), ρAl2O3 the density of the anodic oxide, λ the current efficiency,. MAl2O3 the molar ...

  3. Hydrophobin coating prevents Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm formation on different surfaces. (United States)

    Artini, Marco; Cicatiello, Paola; Ricciardelli, Annarita; Papa, Rosanna; Selan, Laura; Dardano, Principia; Tilotta, Marco; Vrenna, Gianluca; Tutino, Maria Luisa; Giardina, Paola; Parrilli, Ermenegilda


    Staphylococcus epidermidis is a significant nosocomial pathogen in predisposed hosts because of its capability of forming a biofilm on indwelling medical devices. The initial stage of biofilm formation has a key role in S. epidermidis abiotic surface colonization. Recently, many strategies have been developed to create new anti-biofilm surfaces able to control bacterial adhesion mechanisms. In this work, the self-assembled amphiphilic layers formed by two fungal hydrophobins (Vmh2 and Pac3) have proven to be able to reduce the biofilm formed by different strains of S. epidermidis on polystyrene surfaces. The reduction in the biofilm thickness on the coated surfaces and the preservation of cell vitality have been demonstrated through confocal laser scanning microscope analysis. Moreover, the anti-biofilm efficiency of the self-assembled layers on different medically relevant materials has also been demonstrated using a CDC biofilm reactor.

  4. Interferometer for measuring the dynamic surface topography of a human tear film (United States)

    Primeau, Brian C.; Greivenkamp, John E.


    The anterior refracting surface of the eye is the thin tear film that forms on the surface of the cornea. Following a blink, the tear film quickly smoothes and starts to become irregular after 10 seconds. This irregularity can affect comfort and vision quality. An in vivo method of characterizing dynamic tear films has been designed based upon a near-infrared phase-shifting interferometer. This interferometer continuously measures light reflected from the tear film, allowing sub-micron analysis of the dynamic surface topography. Movies showing the tear film behavior can be generated along with quantitative metrics describing changes in the tear film surface. This tear film measurement allows analysis beyond capabilities of typical fluorescein visual inspection or corneal topography and provides better sensitivity and resolution than shearing interferometry methods. The interferometer design is capable of identifying features in the tear film much less than a micron in height with a spatial resolution of about ten microns over a 6 mm diameter. This paper presents the design of the tear film interferometer along with the considerations that must be taken when designing an interferometer for on-eye diagnostics. Discussions include eye movement, design of null optics for a range of ocular geometries, and laser emission limits for on-eye interferometry.

  5. The inter-adsorbate interaction mediated by Shockley-type surface state electrons and dipole moment: Cs and Ba atoms absorbed on Ag (1 1 1) films

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    Zhang, Shuyuan [College of Physical Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Zhang, Hong, E-mail: [College of Physical Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Key Laboratory of High Energy Density Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Miyamoto, Yoshiyuki [Nanosystem Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan)


    Through first-principles investigation, we display the formation process of Shockley-type surface states which emerges on silver thin films along Ag (1 1 1) orientation with increasing thicknesses from 6 to 21 layers. We look at the surface state band for various adatoms adsorbed on 6, 12, 18 layers strained Ag (1 1 1) films with different coverage, and discuss the long range interaction mediated by surface state electrons. We discovered that film's thickness can modulate the surface state mediated interaction drastically, but the dipole–dipole repulsive interaction is not affected by slab thickness. This factor had never been discussed in detail. Therefore, adatoms adsorbed on thin films have strong attractive interaction which leads to small adsorption separation and the tendency of island formation. For different coverage or different adsorbate types, both surface states and dipole moment are modulated. The three factors, film's thickness, adsorbate coverage and adatoms types, could help us learn more about the interactions between adatoms and exploit advanced ways to control surface geometry structures of self-assembly.

  6. Surface and interface states of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} thin films investigated by optical second-harmonic generation and terahertz emission

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    Hamh, S. Y.; Park, S.-H.; Lee, J. S., E-mail: [Department of Physics and Photon Science, School of Physics and Chemistry, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Jerng, S.-K.; Jeon, J. H.; Chun, S. H. [Department of Physics and Graphene Research Institute, Sejong University, Seoul 143-747 (Korea, Republic of); Jeon, J. H.; Kahng, S. J. [Department of Physics, Korea University, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of); Yu, K.; Choi, E. J. [Department of Physics, University or Seoul, Seoul 130-743 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, S.; Choi, S.-H. [Department of Applied Physics, College of Applied Science, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 446-701 (Korea, Republic of); Bansal, N. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers, The state University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854 (United States); Oh, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers, The state University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854 (United States); Park, Joonbum; Kho, Byung-Woo; Kim, Jun Sung [Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)


    We investigate the surface and interface states of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} thin films by using the second-harmonic generation technique. Distinct from the surface of bulk crystals, the film surface and interface show the isotropic azimuth dependence of second-harmonic intensity, which is attributed to the formation of randomly oriented domains on the in-plane. Based on the nonlinear susceptibility deduced from the model fitting, we determine that the surface band bending induced in a space charge region occurs more strongly at the film interface facing the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate or capping layer compared with the interface facing the air. We demonstrate that distinct behavior of the terahertz electric field emitted from the samples can provide further information about the surface electronic state of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}.

  7. In situ observation of cluster formation during nanoparticle solution casting on a colloidal film. (United States)

    Roth, S V; Herzog, G; Körstgens, V; Buffet, A; Schwartzkopf, M; Perlich, J; Abul Kashem, M M; Döhrmann, R; Gehrke, R; Rothkirch, A; Stassig, K; Wurth, W; Benecke, G; Li, C; Fratzl, P; Rawolle, M; Müller-Buschbaum, P


    We present a real-time study of the nanostructuring and cluster formation of gold nanoparticles deposited in aqueous solution on top of a pre-structured polystyrene colloidal thin film. Cluster formation takes place at different length scales, from the agglomerations of the gold nanoparticles to domains of polystyrene colloids. By combining in situ imaging ellipsometry and microbeam grazing incidence small-angle x-ray scattering, we are able to identify different stages of nanocomposite formation, namely diffusion, roughness increase, layer build-up and compaction. The findings can serve as a guideline for nanocomposite tailoring by solution casting.

  8. Agglomeration kinetics and pattern formation of Pt thin films on yttria stabilized zirconia single crystals

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    Galinski, Henning; Ryll, Thomas; Schlagenhauf, Lukas; Bieberle-Huetter, Anja; Rupp, Jennifer M.; Gauckler, Ludwig [Nonmetallic Inorganic Materials, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)


    Metals and ceramics have distinct diametric bonding characteristics. Thus, the stability of a metal thin film on a ceramic substrate is conditioned by the interactions between the different bonding types across the interface. In the case of weak adhesion the minimization of free surface energies gives rise to decomposition and agglomeration of thin films. Pt thin films with thicknesses up to 180 nm were deposited via magnetron and ion-beam sputtering on yttria stabilized zirconia single crystals and subjected to heat treatments up to 1173 K for 2 hours. In the case of ion beam sputtering the single crystal has been pre-cleaned in the ion-beam before deposition. The morphological evolution of Pt thin films has been investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Three main observations have been made: i) the pre-cleaning has an impact on the morphological evolution of the film during annealing, hence impurities on the surface can be regarded as additional sources for agglomeration. ii) The morphological evolution as function of time has been analyzed by means of Minkowski measures. For the stage of hole coalescences a deviation from the expected Gaussian behaviour is found. iii) The hole growth is in agreement with Brandon and Bradshaw's theory of surface energy driven diffusion.

  9. Surface structure determinations of crystalline ionic thin films grown on transition metal single crystal surfaces by low energy electron diffraction

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    Roberts, Joel Glenn [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    The surface structures of NaCl(100), LiF(100) and alpha-MgCl2(0001) adsorbed on various metal single crystals have been determined by low energy electron diffraction (LEED). Thin films of these salts were grown on metal substrates by exposing the heated metal surface to a molecular flux of salt emitted from a Knudsen cell. This method of investigating thin films of insulators (ionic salts) on a conducting substrate (metal) circumvents surface charging problems that plagued bulk studies, thereby allowing the use of electron-based techniques to characterize the surface.

  10. The Thickness Distribution of Oxidation Film on Tapered Pipe Surface in Dieless Drawing

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    Fang Qin


    Full Text Available The thickness distribution of oxidation film on the surface of AISI304 stainless steel tapered pipe, its influence factors, and the effect of metal matrix deformation on oxidation behavior during dieless drawing were studied in this paper. The results showed that oxidation rate was affected strongly by induction heating temperature and deformation degree. The thickness distribution of oxidation film was uneven and increased from the larger diameter end to the smaller diameter end along the axial direction of tapered pipe. When induction heating temperature raised or the distance between heat and cold sources was increased, or feed speed was decreased, oxidation rate was accelerated and oxidation film on the tapered pipe surface thickened significantly, due to massive cracks in oxidation film induced by deformation of metal matrix. The density and width of cracks in oxidation film were enlarged, and the thickness of oxidation film increased with the increase in deformation degree.


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    Hirshfield, Jay l


    Results are reported on attempts to reduce the RF breakdown probability on copper accelerator structures by applying thin surface films that could suppress field emission of electrons. Techniques for application and testing of copper samples with films of metals with work functions higher than copper are described, principally for application of platinum films, since platinum has the second highest work function of any metal. Techniques for application of insulating films are also described, since these can suppress field emission and damage on account of dielectric shielding of fields at the copper surface, and on account of the greater hardness of insulating films, as compared with copper. In particular, application of zirconium oxide films on high-field portions of a 11.424 GHz SLAC cavity structure for breakdown tests are described.

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

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


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

  13. Formation of oxygen complexes in controlled atmosphere at surface ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 29; Issue 5. Formation of oxygen complexes in controlled atmosphere at surface of doped glassy carbon. Aleksandra A Perić-Grujić Tatjana M Vasiljević Olivera M Nešković Miomir V Veljković Zoran V Laušević Mila D Laušević. Ceramics and Glasses Volume 29 Issue ...

  14. Evaluation of scale formation in waterwall heated surfaces

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    Taylasheva Tatiana


    Full Text Available This paper presents the possibility of forecasting assessments of the speed and the time of formation of depositions in the evaporator-tube elements of double-drum boilers. The values of thermal flow in the wall region of tank screens of boiler furnace are obtained, besides the velocity values of scaling metal corrosion products are obtained. Conclusions about the ability of forecasting unnominal situations and emergency risks dependent with damage to the screen surface heating pipes are made.

  15. Anomalous scaling in surface roughness evaluation of electrodeposited nanocrystalline Pt thin films

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    Nabiyouni, G., E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Arak, Beheshti Avenue, Arak 38156 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Farahani, B. Jalali [Electrical Engineering Department, Arizona State University, Goldwater Building 340, Tempe, AZ (United States)


    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is used to measure the surface roughness of crystalline Pt thin films as a function of film thickness and growth rate. Our films were electrodeposited on Au/Cr/glass substrates, under galvanostatic control (constant current density), from a single electrolyte containing Pt{sup 4+} ions. Crystalline structure of the films was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The effect of growth rate (deposition current density) and film thickness (deposition time) on the kinetic roughening of the films were studied using AFM and roughness calculation. The data is consistent with a rather complex behaviour known as 'anomalous scaling' where both local and large scale roughnesses show power law dependence on the film thickness.

  16. Photo-induced Nanopattern Formation on Polarity Patterned Lithium Niobate with ZnO-Modified Surfaces (United States)

    Kaur, Manpuneet; Wang, Xingye; Eller, Brianna; Nemanich, Robert


    This research is focused on modifying the surface of polarity patterned lithium niobate (PPLN) templates with ultra thin layers of ZnO. Photo-induced nanopattern formation is employed to discern the effects of thin ZnO on PPLN. The spontaneous polarization of ZnO is intended to be used to enhance the photo-induced transport of electrons to the surface to reduce Ag + to Ag nanoparticles. The ZnO thin films were deposited by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) at 150 C with 0.2 nm/cycle. Photo-induced Ag nanopatterns were deposited on bare PPLN and 1, 2, 3 and 10 nm ZnO-PPLN heterostructures, immersed on an aqueous AgNO3 solution and illumination with 254 nm UV light. The photo-induced deposition of 1nm ZnO/PPLN results in enhanced Ag nanoparticle formation at domain boundaries. The positive domain selectivity is not observed on 2nm ZnO/PPLN templates, and the deposition becomes the same on both domains. The nanoparticle patterns were not evident for ZnO films thicker than 3nm. The amorphous structure of thick ZnO on PPLN tends to reduce the effect of the ZnO polarization. The effect of polarity patterned thin PEALD ZnO films is discussed to understand photo-induced electron transfer and AgNO3 reduction on ZnO-PPLN heterostructures. This research is supported by the NSF through Grant DMR-1206935.

  17. Realization of Dirac Cones in Few Bilayer Sb(111) Films by Surface Modification. (United States)

    Pan, Hui; Wang, Xue-Sen


    We report the first-principle study on the recovery and linearization of Dirac cones in the electronic band structures of a few bilayer Sb(111) films (n-BL Sb) by surface modification. Due to the interaction between the surface states on the two surfaces of a free-standing film, the distorted Dirac cone in n-BL Sb(111) (n Dirac cone can be restored by functionalizing one surface with certain atoms including H, Ag, and Au, to reduce the inter-surface interaction. We further show that an ideal Dirac cone with linear dispersion of topological surface states near the zone center can be realized by functionalizing both surfaces of the film with oxygen, which enhances spin-orbital coupling. The realization of Dirac cone by surface functionalization shows promise for applications of topologic materials to spintronic devices and their operation in complicated conditions.

  18. Fabrication of Poly-(DL-Lactic Acid)--Wollastonite Composite Films with Surface Modified {beta}-CaSiO3 Particles. (United States)

    Lingzhi Ye; Jiang Chang; Congqin Ning; Kaili Lin


    Bioactive poly-(DL-lactic acid) (PDLLA)-wollastonite composite films are successfully fabricated using surface modified wollastonite (m beta-CaSiO 3) particles through solvent casting-evaporation method. The surface modification of beta-CaSiO3 particles are conducted by reaction of the ceramic particles with dodecyl alcohol. Surface morphology, tensile strength, and bioactivity of the composite films are investigated. The results show that the particle distribution and tensile strength of the composite films with modified beta-CaSiO3 particles are significantly improved while the bioactivity is retained. As a result, the maximum tensile strength is enhanced 52.2% when compared with the PDLLA-beta-CaSiO3 composite films prepared using unmodified beta-CaSiO3 particles when the inorganic filler content is 15 wt%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation suggests that the modified m beta-CaSiO3 particles are homogeneously dispersed in the PDLLA matrix. The bioactivity of the composite films is evaluated by soaking in a simulated body fluid (SBF) and the result suggests that the modified composite film is still bioactive and can induce the formation of HAp on its surface after the immersion in SBF, despite the bonded dodecyl alkyl on the surface of the inorganic particles. All these results imply that the surface modification of beta-CaSiO3 with dodecyl alcohol is an effective approach to prepare PDLLA-beta-CaSiO3 composite with improved properties.

  19. Surface modification of blood-contacting biomaterials by plasma-polymerized superhydrophobic films using hexamethyldisiloxane and tetrafluoromethane as precursors

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    Hsiao, Chaio-Ru [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Feng Chia University, No. 100, Wenhwa Rd., Seatwen District, Taichung City 40724, Taiwan (China); Lin, Cheng-Wei [Department of Dental Technology and Materials Science, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 666, Buzih Rd., Beitun District, Taichung City 40601, Taiwan (China); Chou, Chia-Man, E-mail: [Department of Surgery, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, No. 1650, Sec. 4, Taiwan Boulevard, Seatwen District, Taichung City 40705, Taiwan (China); Department of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, No. 155, Sec. 2, Linong Street, Beitou District, Taipei City 11221, Taiwan (China); Chung, Chi-Jen, E-mail: [Department of Dental Technology and Materials Science, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 666, Buzih Rd., Beitun District, Taichung City 40601, Taiwan (China); He, Ju-Liang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Feng Chia University, No. 100, Wenhwa Rd., Seatwen District, Taichung City 40724, Taiwan (China)


    Highlights: • Biomaterials modified by nanoparticle-containing plasma polymerized films. • A superhydrophoic film was obtained, and the properties of the coating were examined. • In vitro blood compatibility tests revealed neither platelet adhesion nor fibrinogen adsorption. • Surface modification technology of medical devices: non-cytotoxic and no blood clot formation. - Abstract: This paper proposes a plasma polymerization system that can be used to modify the surface of the widely used biomaterial, polyurethane (PU), by employing low-cost hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) and tetrafluoromethane (CF{sub 4}) as precursors; this system features a pulsed-dc power supply. Plasma-polymerized HMDSO/CF{sub 4} (pp-HC) with coexisting micro- and nanoscale morphology was obtained as a superhydrophobic coating material by controlling the HMDSO/CF{sub 4} (f{sub H}) monomer flow ratio. The developed surface modification technology can be applied to medical devices, because it is non-cytotoxic and has favorable hemocompatibility, and no blood clots form when the device surface direct contacts. Experimental results reveal that the obtained pp-HC films contained SiO{sub x} nanoparticles randomly dispersed on the micron-scale three-dimensional network film surface. The −CF functional group, −CF{sub 2} bonding, and SiO{sub x} were detected on the film surface. The maximal water contact angle of the pp-HC coating was 161.2°, apparently attributable to the synergistic effect of the coexisting micro- and nanoscale surface morphology featuring a low surface-energy layer. The superhydrophobic and antifouling characteristics of the coating were retained even after it was rubbed 20 times with a steel wool tester. Results of in vitro cytotoxicity, fibrinogen adsorption, and platelet adhesion tests revealed favorable myoblast cell proliferation and the virtual absence of fibrinogen adsorption and platelet adhesion on the pp-HC coated specimens. These quantitative findings imply

  20. Biomaterials surfaces capable of resisting fungal attachment and biofilm formation. (United States)

    Coad, Bryan R; Kidd, Sarah E; Ellis, David H; Griesser, Hans J


    Microbial attachment onto biomedical devices and implants leads to biofilm formation and infection; such biofilms can be bacterial, fungal, or mixed. In the past 15 years, there has been an increasing research effort into antimicrobial surfaces but the great majority of these publications present research on bacteria, with some reports also testing resistance to fungi. Very few studies have focused exclusively on antifungal surfaces. However, with increasing recognition of the importance of fungal infections to human health, particularly related to infections at biomaterials, it would seem that the interest in antifungal surfaces is disproportionately low. In studies of both bacteria and fungi, fungi tend to be the minor focus with hypothesized antibacterial mechanisms of action often generalized to also explain the antifungal effect. Yet bacteria and fungi represent two Distinct biological Domains and possess substantially different cellular physiology and structure. Thus it is questionable whether these generalizations are valid. Here we review the scientific literature focusing on surface coatings prepared with antifungal agents covalently attached to the biomaterial surface. We present a critical analysis of generalizations and their evidence. This review should be of interest to researchers of "antimicrobial" surfaces by addressing specific issues that are key to designing and understanding antifungal biomaterials surfaces and their putative mechanisms of action. © 2013.

  1. Hydrodynamic approach to surface pattern formation by ion beams

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    Castro, Mario, E-mail: [Grupo Interdisciplinar de Sistemas Complejos (GISC) and Grupo de Dinamica No Lineal (DNL), Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieri a - ICAI, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, E-28015 Madrid (Spain); Cuerno, Rodolfo [Departamento de Matematicas and GISC, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avenida de la Universidad 30, E-28911 Leganes (Spain)


    On the proper timescale, amorphous solids can flow. Solid flow can be observed macroscopically in glaciers or lead pipes, but it can also be artificially enhanced by creating defects. Ion Beam Sputtering (IBS) is a technique in which ions with energies in the 0.110 keV range impact against a solid target inducing defect creation and dynamics, and eroding its surface leading to formation of ordered nanostructures. Despite its technological interest, a basic understanding of nanopattern formation processes occurring under IBS of amorphizable targets has not been clearly established, recent experiments on Si having largely questioned knowledge accumulated during the last two decades. A number of interfacial equations have been proposed in the past to describe these phenomena, typically by adding together different contributions coming from surface diffusion, ion sputtering or mass redistribution, etc. in a non-systematic way. Here, we exploit the general idea of solids flowing due to ion impacts in order to establish a general framework into which different mechanisms (such as viscous flow, stress, diffusion, or sputtering) can be incorporated, under generic physical conservation laws. As opposed to formulating phenomenological interfacial equations, this approach allows to assess systematically the relevance and interplay of different physical mechanisms influencing surface pattern formation by IBS.

  2. Bacterial biofilm formation in different surfaces of food industries

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    Karine Angélica Dalla Costa


    Full Text Available The term biofilm describes the sessile microbial life form, characterized by microorganism adhesion to any surface and with the production of extracellular polymeric substances. In food industries, the formation of biofilms results in serious problems, since it can be a contamination source of the food product, compromising the final product quality and consumer health. The aim of this study was to verify the adhesion of biofilms (sessile cells of pathogenic and/or deteriorating bacteria against surfaces of the food industry. The bacterial species tested were Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 29213, Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 19117 and Salmonella Typhimurium ATCC 14028. It was used stainless steel and polypropylene coupons as contact surfaces. The results demonstrated that P. aeruginosa and S. Typhimurium showed higher biofilm formation capacity. Statistically, there was no difference in count of P. aeruginosa and S. Typhimurium (p > 0.05 cells. The same occurred between L. monocytogenes and S. aureus. However, the counts of P. aeruginosa and S. Typhimurium cells were statistically higher than S. aureus and L. monocytogenes (p < 0.05. By means of scanning electron microscopy it was also found increased adhesion of P. aeruginosa. The results revealed that P. aeruginosa was the bacterial species with higher biofilm formation capacity among the others.

  3. Robust Zero-Field Skyrmion Formation in FeGe Epitaxial Thin Films. (United States)

    Gallagher, J C; Meng, K Y; Brangham, J T; Wang, H L; Esser, B D; McComb, D W; Yang, F Y


    B20 phase magnetic materials have been of significant interest because they enable magnetic Skyrmions. One major effort in this emerging field is the stabilization of Skyrmions at room temperature and zero magnetic field. We grow phase-pure, high crystalline quality FeGe epitaxial films on Si(111). Hall effect measurements reveal a strong topological Hall effect after subtracting the ordinary and anomalous Hall effects, demonstrating the formation of high density Skyrmions in FeGe films between 5 and 275 K. In particular, a substantial topological Hall effect was observed at a zero magnetic field, showing a robust Skyrmion phase without the need of an external magnetic field.

  4. Comprehensive study of the surface morphology evolution induced by thermal annealing in single-crystalline ZnO films and ZnO bulks

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    Yoon, N.; Oh, D. C. [Hoseo University, Asan (Korea, Republic of); Ko, H. J. [Korea Photonics Technology Institute, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Lim, D. S.; Hong, S. K. [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Yao, T. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)


    We report on the evolution of the surface morphology induced by thermal annealing in N{sub 2} ambient over a wide temperature range of 500 - 1200 .deg. C in single-crystalline ZnO films and ZnO bulks. The surface morphology is seriously changed by the annealing temperature, and the evolution can be categorized into three regions: island growth, island agglomeration, and pit formation. Island growth at low temperatures below 700 .deg. C, is ascribed to the atomic migration to reduce surface energy, which causes surface roughening. Island agglomeration at intermediate temperatures of 700 - 900 .deg. C is ascribed to the migration and the evaporation of surface atoms, which causes surface flattening. Pit formation at high temperatures above 900 .deg. C is ascribed to the atomic evaporation by high vapor pressure, which causes surface destruction. On the other hand, the bulk lattice is continuously improved with increasing annealing temperature in the temperature regions before the surface-destruction region, which is attributed to the reduction in the numbers of point and line defects caused by recrystallization. As a result, the best surface morphology and the best bulk lattice are obtained at an annealing temperature of 900 .deg. C. The common surface-morphology evolution of ZnO films and ZnO bulks with increasing annealing temperature can be summarized using the three steps of surface roughening by island growth, surface flattening by island agglomeration, and surface destruction by pit formation.

  5. Formation process of a strong water-repellent alumina surface by the sol-gel method (United States)

    Feng, Libang; Li, Hui; Song, Yongfeng; Wang, Yulong


    A novel strong water-repellent alumina thin film is fabricated by chemically adsorbing stearic acid (STA) layer onto the porous and roughened aluminum film coated with polyethyleneimine (PEI). The formation process and the structure of the strong water-repellent alumina film are investigated by means of contact angle measurement and atomic force microscope (AFM). Results show that the water contact angles for the alumina films increase with the increase of the immersion time in the boiling water, and meanwhile, the roughness of the alumina films increases with the dissolution of the boehmite in the boiling water. Finally, the strong water-repellent film with a high water contact angle of 139.1° is obtained when the alumina films have distinct roughened morphology with some papillary peaks and porous structure. Moreover, both the roughened structure and the hydrophobic materials of the STA endow the alumina films with the strong water-repellence.

  6. Microbial surface displaying formate dehydrogenase and its application in optical detection of formate. (United States)

    Liu, Aihua; Feng, Ruirui; Liang, Bo


    In the present work, NAD(+)-dependent formate dehydrogenase (FDH), encoded by fdh gene from Candida boidinii was successfully displayed on Escherichia coli cell surface using ice nucleation protein (INP) from Pseudomonas borealis DL7 as an anchoring protein. Localization of matlose binding protein (MBP)-INP-FDH fusion protein on the E. coli cell surface was characterized by SDS-PAGE and enzymatic activity assay. FDH activity was monitored through the oxidation of formate catalyzed by cell-surface-displayed FDH with its cofactor NAD(+), and the production of NADH can be detected spectrometrically at 340nm. After induction for 24h in Luria-Bertani medium containing isopropyl-β-d-thiogalactopyranoside, over 80% of MBP-INP-FDH fusion protein present on the surface of E. coli cells. The cell-surface-displayed FDH showed optimal temperature of 50°C and optimal pH of 9.0. Additionally, the cell-surface-displayed FDH retained its original enzymatic activity after incubation at 4°C for one month with the half-life of 17days at 40°C and 38h at 50°C. The FDH activity could be inhibited to different extents by some transition metal ions and anions. Moreover, the E. coli cells expressing FDH showed different tolerance to solvents. The recombinant whole cell exhibited high formate specificity. Finally, the E. coli cell expressing FDH was used to assay formate with a wide linear range of 5-700μM and a low limit of detection of 2μM. It is anticipated that the genetically engineered cells may have a broad application in biosensors, biofuels and cofactor regeneration system. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Bound-state formation in falling liquid films (United States)

    Nguyen, Phuc-Khanh; Pradas, Marc; Kalliadasis, Serafim; Bontozoglou, Vasilis


    Direct numerical simulation shows that the interaction between solitary pulses may give rise to the formation of bound states consisting of two or more pulses separated by well-defined distances and traveling at the same velocity. Stationary pulse couples are studied first. The resulting equilibrium pulse distances compare favorably to theoretical predictions at large and intermediate pulse separations. When the two pulses are closely spaced, the theory becomes increasingly less accurate. Their time-dependent simulations indicate that all initial conditions of large separations lead to a monotonic attraction or repulsion to the stable bound states. However, intermediate range leads to a self-sustained oscillatory variation of the pulse separation distance, with well-defined amplitude and period, and a mean separation coinciding with the stationary distance. Eventually a very close separation causes an explosive repulsion of two pulses toward much larger stable separation. Bound states consisting of three pulses are computed next. The equilibrium separation distances in a symmetric system are similar to predictions based on simple couples. However, in an asymmetric one, they deviate significantly from simple predictions. Partially supported by FP7-Marie Curie ITN-``MULTIFLOW''-GA-214919-2.

  8. On the births of film drops from bubbles bursting on seawater surfaces (United States)

    Spiel, Donald E.


    The parameters describing the birth of film droplets originating from bubbles bursting on seawater surfaces are presented. Results are given for bubble sizes Db from 2 to 14.6 mm equivalent volume diameter. It is shown, contrary to earlier reports, that the films of all bubbles with Db up to at least 14.6 mm burst in an orderly manner in which a hole appears at a well-defined location, usually the film's edge, and propagates from there gathering up the film's mass into a toroidal ring as it progresses. This process is enabled because surface tension provides the force required to sustain the centripetal accelerations. Film drops are created when beads, of sufficient size, form along the length of the toroidal ring and surface tension is insufficient to maintain the centripetal accelerations at these accumulation points. Pieces of the ring break loose and leave the toroidal ring along paths tangential to the bubble's cap. It is shown that only bubbles larger than 2.4 mm diameter can launch film droplets by this means and that this begins when the film has rolled up through an angle of about 31° independent of both bubble size and (theoretically) surface tension. Film drop spray patterns recorded on MgO-coated cylindrical shells surrounding the burst bubbles yield film drop numbers and trajectories. In addition, film drop size distributions, their speed of launch, and the speed at which the film opens have been determined as a function of bubble size. The droplet sizes cited here are substantially larger than most previous estimates, and with a high probability, these droplets follow downward trajectories which lead them to impact the surface. A strong inference may be drawn that these impacts give birth to secondary droplets that are smaller than their parents and which have upward velocity components.

  9. The effect of surface modification on initial ice formation on aluminum surfaces

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    Rahimi, Maral; Afshari, Alireza; Fojan, Peter


    material of heat exchanger fins is aluminum, this paper focuses on the effect of aluminum wettability on the initial stages of ice formation. The ice growth was studied on bare as well as hydrophilically and hydrophobically modified surfaces of aluminum (8011A) sheets, commonly used in heat exchangers......, at different psychrometric parameters. The obtained results show that the surface modification of aluminum plays a crucial role in the ice formation. We demonstrated that flat hydrophobic surfaces exhibit slower ice growth and denser ice layers, hence making this type of treatment preferable for aluminum heat...... exchangers. Furthermore we provide an explanation for a commonly observed phenomenon that bare aluminum surfaces are characterized by a faster ice growth and less dense ice layer as compared to both hydrophilically and hydrophobically modified surfaces....

  10. Method for preparing microstructure arrays on the surface of thin film material

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    Wang, Peng


    Methods are provided for growing a thin film of a nanoscale material. Thin films of nanoscale materials are also provided. The films can be grown with microscale patterning. The method can include vacuum filtration of a solution containing the nanostructured material through a porous substrate. The porous substrate can have a pore size that is comparable to the size of the nanoscale material. By patterning the pores on the surface of the substrate, a film can be grown having the pattern on a surface of the thin film, including on the top surface opposite the substrate. The nanoscale material can be graphene, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, molybdenum disulfide, hexagonal boron nitride, tungsten diselenide, molybdenum trioxide, or clays such as montmorillonite or lapnotie. The porous substrate can be a porous organic or inorganic membrane, a silicon stencil membrane, or similar membrane having pore sizes on the order of microns.

  11. Properties of the Surface Layer of Thin Films of Polyaniline Doped With Phosphoric Acid

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    Almedina Modrić-Šahbazović


    Full Text Available This study deals with estimation of the surface free energy of thin films of polyaniline doped with phosphoric acid, by measuring contact angles. Synthesis of polyaniline (PANI with phosphoric acid (PA was performed at room temperature of 20°C, and at 0°C. Thin films were obtained by means of a spin coater, applying the synthetized mixture on a glass substrate. By measuring the contact angle, first between ethylene glycol and a film and then between distilled water and a film, we thus calculated the polar, dispersion and total surface free energy. It was proved and demonstrated that the surface free energy depends on the temperature at which the solution (from which the thin films are obtained later was synthesized.

  12. Template-controlled mineralization: Determining film granularity and structure by surface functionality patterns

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    Nina J. Blumenstein


    Full Text Available We present a promising first example towards controlling the properties of a self-assembling mineral film by means of the functionality and polarity of a substrate template. In the presented case, a zinc oxide film is deposited by chemical bath deposition on a nearly topography-free template structure composed of a pattern of two self-assembled monolayers with different chemical functionality. We demonstrate the template-modulated morphological properties of the growing film, as the surface functionality dictates the granularity of the growing film. This, in turn, is a key property influencing other film properties such as conductivity, piezoelectric activity and the mechanical properties. A very pronounced contrast is observed between areas with an underlying fluorinated, low energy template surface, showing a much more (almost two orders of magnitude coarse-grained film with a typical agglomerate size of around 75 nm. In contrast, amino-functionalized surface areas induce the growth of a very smooth, fine-grained surface with a roughness of around 1 nm. The observed influence of the template on the resulting clear contrast in morphology of the growing film could be explained by a contrast in surface adhesion energies and surface diffusion rates of the nanoparticles, which nucleate in solution and subsequently deposit on the functionalized substrate.

  13. Template-controlled mineralization: Determining film granularity and structure by surface functionality patterns. (United States)

    Blumenstein, Nina J; Berson, Jonathan; Walheim, Stefan; Atanasova, Petia; Baier, Johannes; Bill, Joachim; Schimmel, Thomas


    We present a promising first example towards controlling the properties of a self-assembling mineral film by means of the functionality and polarity of a substrate template. In the presented case, a zinc oxide film is deposited by chemical bath deposition on a nearly topography-free template structure composed of a pattern of two self-assembled monolayers with different chemical functionality. We demonstrate the template-modulated morphological properties of the growing film, as the surface functionality dictates the granularity of the growing film. This, in turn, is a key property influencing other film properties such as conductivity, piezoelectric activity and the mechanical properties. A very pronounced contrast is observed between areas with an underlying fluorinated, low energy template surface, showing a much more (almost two orders of magnitude) coarse-grained film with a typical agglomerate size of around 75 nm. In contrast, amino-functionalized surface areas induce the growth of a very smooth, fine-grained surface with a roughness of around 1 nm. The observed influence of the template on the resulting clear contrast in morphology of the growing film could be explained by a contrast in surface adhesion energies and surface diffusion rates of the nanoparticles, which nucleate in solution and subsequently deposit on the functionalized substrate.

  14. Influence of dielectric surface modification on growth, structure and transport properties of perylene films

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    Effertz, Christian; Beigmohamadi, Maryam; Niyamakom, Phenwisa; Schulz, Philip; Wuttig, Matthias [Institute of Physics (IA), RWTH Aachen University, 52064 Aachen (Germany)


    In this study the properties of organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) based on perylene films have been investigated. To tailor the film properties, the dielectric layer on which the perylene films were deposited on was modified by different chemical treatments. Both film properties and the device efficiency have been studied employing a range of techniques including atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and a drop shape analysis for the determination of the surface free energy. A clear correlation between the adhesion energy with the dielectric surface modification is found. The change in adhesion energy influences the thin-film growth on the modified substrate and therefore the film morphology and structure. This in turn has a profound impact on the transistors performance as the charge carrier mobility and the on-to-off current ratio are effected. Hence by tailoring of the dielectric surface for the growth of perylene films, the thin-film transistor performance can be optimized. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. In doped CdO films: Electrical, optical, structural and surface properties

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    Kose, Salih; Atay, Ferhunde; Akyuz, Idris [Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Department of Physics, Art and Science Faculty, 26480 Eskisehir (Turkey); Bilgin, Vildan [Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of Physics, 17100 Canakkale (Turkey)


    Recently, there has been a lot of work on the production and investigation of the physical properties of Transparent Conducting Oxide (TCO) materials which have common application area in photovoltaic solar cells and some optoelectronic devices. In this work, CdO film which is a material belongs to TCO family has been produced by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis technique on microscope glass substrates at the substrate temperature of 250 {+-} 5 C. Electrical, optical, structural and surface properties of undoped and In doped (at 1.3 and 5%) CdO films and the effect of In doping percentage on the physical properties of CdO films have been investigated. It has been determined that electrical conductivity of CdO film is high and this value has been decreased by In doping. After the optical investigations, it has been observed that the transmittances of the films are about 30% and decreased dramatically by In doping. XRD investigations showed that, films have polycrystalline structure and good crystallinity levels. It has been found that In element hasn't got an important effect on the morphology of the films after the examination of surface micrographs. It has been determined that Cd and O elements are present in the solid film by using EDS. After all investigations, it has been concluded that In doping has an important effect on the electrical, optical, structural and surface properties of CdO films. (author)

  16. Effect of GaAs (100) substrate surface reconstruction on magnetic properties of Ni thin films

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    Akbulut, Salih, E-mail: [Gebze Institute of Technology, Physics Department, Istanbul Caddesi PK 41400, Gebze (Turkey); Akbulut, Ayşenur [Gebze Institute of Technology, Physics Department, Istanbul Caddesi PK 41400, Gebze (Turkey); Özdemir, Mustafa [Marmara University, Physics Department, Göztepe, Istanbul (Turkey); Yildiz, Fikret, E-mail: [Gebze Institute of Technology, Physics Department, Istanbul Caddesi PK 41400, Gebze (Turkey)


    Effects of (4×6) and (2×4) reconstructed surfaces of GaAs (100) substrate on magnetic properties have been investigated for nickel thin films by using ferromagnetic resonance technique. The films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy in ultrahigh vacuum condition, with 20–40 nm thickness range. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that all films have a single crystalline structure. In the film plane the nickel films exhibited a combination of two fold and four fold anisotropy induced by unsatisfied tetrahedral bonds of Ga and As rows oriented along [110] and [11{sup ¯}0] directions. Effects of different reconstructions on magnetic anisotropies were discovered to be more dominant in the film normal. The physical mechanisms responsible for the observed surface reconstruction and thickness dependence of magnetic anisotropy are discussed in detail. - Highlights: • Epitaxial Ni films were grown on (4×6) and (2×4) reconstructed GaAs (100) surfaces. • There are 2 fold uniaxial and 4 fold cubic magnetic anisotropies in the film plane. • Effect of reconstruction on magnetic anisotropy is in the film normal direction.

  17. Nanostructuring of titanium oxide thin film by UV femtosecond laser beam: From one spot to large surfaces (United States)

    Talbi, A.; Tameko, C. Tchiffo; Stolz, A.; Millon, E.; Boulmer-Leborgne, C.; Semmar, N.


    Surface structuring of titanium oxide thin films by a UV femtosecond laser beam (266 nm, 100 fs) is presented in this paper. Without using laser scanning, the results show the formation of regular dots and laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) with a period close to that of the beam wavelength. These nanostructures seem to be due to free-surface energy minimization. Furthermore, laser irradiation of large homogeneous surfaces by laser scan (5 × 5 mm2) showed more exotic surface morphologies, ranging from regular dots and low spatial frequency LIPSS to microstructures that are completely controlled by the laser fluence and the number of shots. Typically 2D circular dots of 100 nm diameter with two distinct periods (260 and 130 nm) are achieved under a very low fluence of 15 mJ/cm2 after 13000 shots.

  18. Indium diffusion and native oxide removal during the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2 films on InAs(100) surfaces. (United States)

    Ye, Liwang; Gougousi, Theodosia


    A thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) process with tetrakis(dimethylamino) titanium and H2O as reagents has been used to deposit TiO2 films on native oxide and etched InAs(100) surfaces at 200 °C. TiO2 was deposited on etched InAs(100) surface without the formation of undesirable interfacial layers. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data on a series of films of increasing thickness deposited on surfaces covered with native oxide has shown that the surface arsenic oxides are removed within the first 2-3 nm of film deposition. The indium oxides, however, after an initial reduction seem to persist and increase in intensity with film thickness. For a 6.4-nm-thick TiO2 film, XPS depth profile data demonstrate an accumulation of indium oxides at the TiO2 film surface. When the topmost layer of the indium/TiO2 film is removed, then a sharp interface between the TiO2 film and the InAs substrate is detected. This observation demonstrates that the surface oxides diffuse through fairly thick TiO2 films and may subsequently be removed by reaction with the precursor and amine byproducts of the ALD reaction. These findings underscore the importance of diffusion in understanding the so-called "interface clean-up" reaction and its potential impact on the fabrication of high-quality InAs and other Group III-V-based MOS devices.

  19. Surface characterization of sol–gel derived indium tin oxide films on ...

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    item in the field of optoelectronic devices such as solar cells. (Barua and Banerjee 1992), electrochromic systems, .... (20–70°, 0⋅60°/min) using nickel filtered CuKα radiation. The electrical conductivity of the films were .... as after cleaning the film surface by Ar+ sputtering and the obtained data were compared. The wide ...

  20. Surface and tribological behaviors of the bioinspired polydopamine thin films under dry and wet conditions. (United States)

    Zhang, Wei; Yang, Fut K; Han, Yougun; Gaikwad, Ravi; Leonenko, Zoya; Zhao, Boxin


    Dopamine is a "sticky" biomolecule containing the typical functional groups of mussel adhesive proteins. It can self-polymerize into a nanoscale thin film on various surfaces. We investigated the surface, adhesion, friction, and cracking properties of polydopamine (PDA) thin films for their effective transfer to functional devices and biocompatible coatings. A series of surface characterizations and mechanical tests were performed to reveal the static and dynamic properties of PDA films coated on glass, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), and epoxy. We found that PDA films are highly hydrated under wet conditions because of their porous membrane-like nanostructures and hydrophilic functional groups. Upon dehydration, the films form cracks when they are coated on soft substrates due to internal stresses and the large mismatch in elastic modulus. The adhesive pull-off force or the effective work of adhesion increased with the contact time, suggesting dynamic interactions at the interface. A significant decrease in friction forces in water was observed on all three material surfaces coated with PDA; thus, the film might serve as a water-based lubrication coating. We attributed the different behavior of PDA films in air and in water to its hydration effects. These research findings provide insight into the stability, mechanical, and adhesive properties of the PDA films, which are critical for their applications.

  1. Deuterium retention and surface modifications of nanocrystalline tungsten films exposed to high-flux plasma

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    't Hoen, M.H.J.; Dellasega, D.; Pezzoli, A.; Passoni, M.; Kleyn, A.W.; Zeijlmans van Emmichoven, P.A.


    Deuterium retention studies are presented for nanostructured tungsten films exposed to high-flux deuterium plasmas. Thin tungsten films of similar to 1 mu m thickness were deposited with pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on bulk tungsten. Surface modifications were studied with scanning electron

  2. Deuterium retention and surface modifications of nanocrystalline tungsten films exposed to high-flux plasma

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    Hoen, M. H. J. 't; Dellasega, D.; Pezzoli, A.; Passoni, M.; Kleyn, A. W.; van Emmichoven, P. A. Zeijlma


    Abstract Deuterium retention studies are presented for nanostructured tungsten films exposed to high-flux deuterium plasmas. Thin tungsten films of ∼1 μm thickness were deposited with pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on bulk tungsten. Surface modifications were studied with scanning electron

  3. Dissolution of materials in artificial skin surface film liquids. (United States)

    Stefaniak, Aleksandr B; Harvey, Christopher J


    The dissolution of chemical constituents from jewelry, textiles, cosmetics, drugs, industrial chemicals, and particles in direct and prolonged contact with human skin is often assessed in vitro using artificial skin surface film liquids (SSFL). To provide meaningful results, the composition of artificial SSFL should accurately mimic human sweat and sebum, and the conditions of the in vitro test system should accurately reflect in vivo skin conditions. We summarized the reported composition of human SSFL and compared it to 45 different formulations of artificial sweat and 18 formulations of artificial sebum (studies published from 1940 to 2005). Conditions of in vitro dissolution test systems were reviewed and compared to in vivo skin conditions. The concentrations of individual constituents and pH of artificial sweat and concentrations of artificial sebum constituents are not always within ranges reported for human SSFL. Nearly all artificial SSFL lack many of the constituents in human SSFL. To develop a comprehensive model SSFL, we propose a standard SSFL, modified from the two best published sweat and sebum formulations. Little is known concerning the influence of test system conditions on dissolution, including SSFL temperature, container material composition, agitation, and physicochemical properties of the test article on dissolution. Thus, both a need and an opportunity exist for standardizing the composition of artificial SSFL and in vitro dissolution test methodologies. To standardize in vitro dissolution test systems, we recommend: maintaining artificial SSFL at a biologically relevant temperature appropriate to the human activity being modeled, carefully selecting test and sample storage containers to avoid bias in dissolution measurements, accounting for friction between a test article and skin in a biologically plausible manner, and physicochemical characterization of the test article or material to better understand mechanisms of dissolution and

  4. The formation of organic (propolis films)/inorganic (layered crystals) interfaces for optoelectronic applications (United States)

    Drapak, S. I.; Bakhtinov, A. P.; Gavrylyuk, S. V.; Kovalyuk, Z. D.; Lytvyn, O. S.


    Propolis (honeybee glue) organic films were prepared from an alcoholic solution on the surfaces of inorganic layered semiconductors (indium, gallium and bismuth selenides). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) are used to characterize structural properties of an organic/inorganic interfaces. It is shown that nanodimensional linear defects and nanodimensional cavities of various shapes are formed on the van der Waals (VDW) surfaces of layered crystals as a result of chemical interaction between the components of propolis (flavonoids, aminoacids and phenolic acids) and the VDW surfaces as well as deformation interaction between the VDW surfaces and propolis films during their polymerization. The nanocavities are formed as a result of the rupture of strong covalent bonds in the upper layers of layered crystals and have the shape of hexagons or triangles in the (0001) plane. The shape, lateral size and distribution of nanodimensional defects on the VDW surfaces depends on the type of crystals, the magnitude and distribution of surface stresses. We have obtained self-organized nanofold structures of propolis/InSe interface. It is established that such heterostructures have photosensitivity in the infrared range hνpropolis films at room temperature).

  5. Easy Formation of Nanodisk-Dendritic ZnO Film via Controlled Electrodeposition Process

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    Nur Azimah Abd Samad


    Full Text Available A facile electrodeposition synthesis was introduced to prepare the nanodisk-dendritic ZnO film using a mixture solution of zinc chloride (ZnCl2 with potassium chloride (KCl that acted as a directing agent. This study aims to determine the best photoelectrochemical response for solar-induced water splitting. Based on our results obtained, it was found that an average diagonal of nanodisk was approximately 1.70 µm with the thickness of ≈150 nm that was successfully grown on the surface of substrate. The photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical responses of the resultant wurtzite type based-nanodisk-dendrite ZnO film as compared to the as-prepared ZnO film were monitored and evaluated. A photocurrent density of 19.87 mA/cm2 under ultraviolet rays and 14.05 mA/cm2 under visible light (500 nm was recorded for the newly developed nanodisk-dendritic ZnO thin film. It was believed that nanodisk-dendritic ZnO film can harvest more incident photons from the illumination to generate more photoinduced charge carriers to trigger the photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical reactions. Moreover, strong light scattering effects and high specific surface area of 2D nanostructures aid in the incident light absorption from any direction.

  6. Spontaneous formation and dynamics of half-skyrmions in a chiral liquid-crystal film (United States)

    Nych, Andriy; Fukuda, Jun-Ichi; Ognysta, Uliana; Žumer, Slobodan; Muševič, Igor


    Skyrmions are coreless vortex-like excitations emerging in diverse condensed-matter systems, and real-time observation of their dynamics is still challenging. Here we report the first direct optical observation of the spontaneous formation of half-skyrmions. In a thin film of a chiral liquid crystal, depending on experimental conditions including film thickness, they form a hexagonal lattice whose lattice constant is a few hundred nanometres, or appear as isolated entities with topological defects compensating their charge. These half-skyrmions exhibit intriguing dynamical behaviour driven by thermal fluctuations. Numerical calculations of real-space images successfully corroborate the experimental observations despite the challenge because of the characteristic scale of the structures close to the optical resolution limit. A thin film of a chiral liquid crystal thus offers an intriguing platform that facilitates a direct investigation of the dynamics of topological excitations such as half-skyrmions and their manipulation with optical techniques.

  7. Surface microstructures and corrosion resistance of Ni-Ti-Nb shape memory thin films

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    Li, Kun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Beijing Key Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials and Thin Film Technology, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8ST (United Kingdom); Li, Yan, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Beijing Key Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials and Thin Film Technology, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Huang, Xu [Memry Corporation, Bethel, CT 06801 (United States); Gibson, Des [Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging, Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley PA1 2BE (United Kingdom); Zheng, Yang; Liu, Jiao; Sun, Lu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Beijing Key Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials and Thin Film Technology, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Fu, Yong Qing, E-mail: [Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8ST (United Kingdom)


    Highlights: • The corrosion resistance of Ni-Ti-Nb shape memory thin films is investigated. • Modified surface oxide layers improve the corrosion resistance of Ni-Ti-Nb films. • Further Nb additions reduce the potential corrosion tendency of the films. - Abstract: Ni-Ti-Nb and Ni-Ti shape memory thin films were sputter-deposited onto silicon substrates and annealed at 600 °C for crystallization. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements indicated that all of the annealed Ni-Ti-Nb films were composed of crystalline Ni-Ti (Nb) and Nb-rich grains. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) tests showed that the surfaces of Ni-Ti-Nb films were covered with Ti oxides, NiO and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The corrosion resistance of the Ni-Ti-Nb films in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution was investigated using electrochemical tests such as open-circuit potential (OCP) and potentio-dynamic polarization tests. Ni-Ti-Nb films showed higher OCPs, higher corrosion potentials (E{sub corr}) and lower corrosion current densities (i{sub corr}) than the binary Ni-Ti film, which indicated a better corrosion resistance. The reason may be that Nb additions modified the passive layer on the film surface. The OCPs of Ni-Ti-Nb films increased with further Nb additions, whereas no apparent difference of E{sub corr} and i{sub corr} was found among the Ni-Ti-Nb films.

  8. Construction and surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of gold nanoparticles array on boron doped diamond film

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    Zou, Y.S., E-mail:; He, L.L.; Zhang, Y.C.; Li, Z.X.; Wang, H.P.; Gu, L.; Tu, C.J.; Zeng, H.B.


    Surface functionalization of diamond with amine groups and immobilization of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on boron doped nanocrystalline diamond (BDND) films deposited by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition were investigated. Hydrogen-terminated BDND film surfaces were activated through bonding with allylamine molecules under UV light irradiation. The resulting diamond surfaces were characterized by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and water contact angle measurement. The amine groups were successfully bonded covalently on the BDND diamond surface via a direct photochemical reaction with allylamine. Gold nanoparticles with the average size of 15 nm were then further self-assembled on the amine-terminated diamond surface by immersing the film surface into the gold colloidal solution, and a dense and well distributed AuNPs array in two dimensions with controlled density was obtained. Standard Rhodamine 6G probe molecules were used to access the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of the prepared new SERS substrate based on AuNPs modified BDND film. The results indicated that such AuNPs modified BDND film showed an excellent and stable SERS activity in the low concentration detection of R6G due to the electromagnetic enhancement mechanism. - Highlights: • A homogeneous layer of amine groups was bonded covalently on BDND surface via a photochemical reaction with allylamine. • A dense and well distributed AuNPs array with controlled density was self-assembled on the amine-terminated BDND film surface. • A new and highly efficient SERS active substrate based on AuNPs modified BDND film was constructed. • The AuNPs modified BDND film exhibited good SERS performance with stable and reproducible SERS activity for detection of R6G.

  9. Goldmann tonometry tear film error and partial correction with a shaped applanation surface. (United States)

    McCafferty, Sean J; Enikov, Eniko T; Schwiegerling, Jim; Ashley, Sean M


    The aim of the study was to quantify the isolated tear film adhesion error in a Goldmann applanation tonometer (GAT) prism and in a correcting applanation tonometry surface (CATS) prism. The separation force of a tonometer prism adhered by a tear film to a simulated cornea was measured to quantify an isolated tear film adhesion force. Acrylic hemispheres (7.8 mm radius) used as corneas were lathed over the apical 3.06 mm diameter to simulate full applanation contact with the prism surface for both GAT and CATS prisms. Tear film separation measurements were completed with both an artificial tear and fluorescein solutions as a fluid bridge. The applanation mire thicknesses were measured and correlated with the tear film separation measurements. Human cadaver eyes were used to validate simulated cornea tear film separation measurement differences between the GAT and CATS prisms. The CATS prism tear film adhesion error (2.74±0.21 mmHg) was significantly less than the GAT prism (4.57±0.18 mmHg, p film adhesion error was independent of applanation mire thickness ( R 2 =0.09, p =0.04). Fluorescein produces more tear film error than artificial tears (+0.51±0.04 mmHg; p film adhesion error (1.40±0.51 mmHg) was significantly less than that of the GAT prism (3.30±0.38 mmHg; p =0.002). Measured GAT tear film adhesion error is more than previously predicted. A CATS prism significantly reduced tear film adhesion error bŷ41%. Fluorescein solution increases the tear film adhesion compared to artificial tears, while mire thickness has a negligible effect.

  10. Formation and crystallisation of a liquid jet in a film exposed to a tightly focused laser beam (United States)

    Anisimov, S. I.; Zhakhovsky, V. V.; Inogamov, N. A.; Murzov, S. A.; Khokhlov, V. A.


    This paper considers the effect of an ultrashort laser pulse on a thin gold film on a glass substrate at a focal spot size near 1 μm. We analyse the motion and thermal history of a film that has peeled off from the substrate in the heating spot as a consequence of melting. The detached zone is shown to form a domeshaped bump whose motion is hindered by surface tension. After the dome stops and turns back, towards the substrate, a jet begins to grow on its top. Concurrently, because of the heat dissipation in the film, melt recrystallisation begins, involving first the dome and then the jet. The liquid part of the jet elongates and breaks up into droplets because of the Plateau-Rayleigh instability development. The formation of a neck and the detachment of the last droplet occur in the solidification zone between the crystalline and liquid parts of the jet. The propagation of the crystallisation zone in the jet leads the necking process, so neck disruption occurs in the solid phase under nonequilibrium crystallisation conditions (the melt temperature is hundreds of kelvins lower than the melting point), at limiting mechanical stress and at high deformation rates. As a result, the jet transforms into a high needle with an extremely small tip radius (a few nanometres).

  11. Atomic scale analysis of phase formation and diffusion kinetics in Ag/Al multilayer thin films (United States)

    Aboulfadl, Hisham; Gallino, Isabella; Busch, Ralf; Mücklich, Frank


    Thin films generally exhibit unusual kinetics leading to chemical reactions far from equilibrium conditions. Binary metallic multilayer thin films with miscible elements show some similar behaviors with respect to interdiffusion and phase formation mechanisms. Interfacial density, lattice defects, internal stresses, layer morphologies and deposition conditions strongly control the mass transport between the individual layers. In the present work, Ag/Al multilayer thin films are used as a simple model system, in which the effects of the sputtering power and the bilayer period thickness on the interdiffusion and film reactions are investigated. Multilayers deposited by DC magnetron sputtering undergo calorimetric and microstructural analyses. In particular, atom probe tomography is extensively used to provide quantitative information on concentration gradients, grain boundary segregations, and reaction mechanisms. The magnitude of interdiffusion was found to be inversely proportional to the period thickness for the films deposited under the same conditions, and was reduced using low sputtering power. Both the local segregation at grain boundaries as well as pronounced non-equilibrium supersaturation effects play crucial roles during the early stages of the film reactions. For multilayers with small periods of 10 nm supersaturation of the Al layers with Ag precedes the polymorphic nucleation and growth of the hcp γ-Ag2Al phase. In larger periods the γ phase formation is triggered at junctions between grain boundaries and layers interfaces, where the pathway to heterogeneous nucleation is local supersaturation. Other Ag-rich phases also form as intermediate phases due to asymmetric diffusion rates of parent phases in the γ phase during annealing.

  12. Study on the early surface films formed on Mg-Y molten alloy in different atmospheres

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    A.R. Mirak


    Full Text Available In the present study, the non-isothermal early stages of surface oxidation of liquid Mg-1%Y alloy during casting were studied under UPH argon, dry air, and air mixed with protective fluorine-bearing gases. The chemistry and morphology of the surface films were characterized by SEM and EDX analyses. The results indicate a layer of smooth and tightly coherent oxidation film composed of MgO and Y2O3 formed on the molten Mg-Y alloy surface with 40–60 nm thickness under dry air. A dendritic/cellular microstructure is clearly visible with Y-rich second phases gathered in surface of the melt and precipitated along the grain/cell boundaries under all gas conditions. Under fluorine-bearing gas mixtures, the surface film was a mixed oxide and fluoride and more even; a flat and folded morphology can be seen under SF6 with oxide as dominated phase and under 1, 1, 1, 2-tetra-fluoroethane, a smooth and compact surface film uniformly covering the inner surface of the bubble with equal oxide and fluoride thickness, which results in a film without any major defects. MgF2 phase appears to be the key characteristic of a good protective film.

  13. Fabrication of nickel phthalocyanine free-standing film on ionic liquid surface and photoelectrical response (United States)

    Xiao, Yan; Zhang, Miao-Rong; Li, Jia-Jia; Pan, Ge-Bo


    In this study, we report for the preparation of nickel phthalocyanine (NiPc) free-standing films on ionic liquid (IL) surface by a physical vapor deposition method. Different from on the solid substrate, the as-obtained film is α phase and with a 2D network structure. In addition, the good transferability of the film make it can be easily transferred onto any substrate for further device applications. The device based on these films shows good photoelectrical property, high stability and high photosensitivity.

  14. Surface-dependent conductivity, transition type, and energy band structure in amorphous indium tin oxide films (United States)

    Wang, Yaqin; Tang, Wu


    Amorphous indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films were deposited on polymethylmethacrylate and polyethyleneterephthalate substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering at room temperature. An interesting substrate morphology effect of ITO films on the conductivity, optical transition type and energy band structure was observed. A simplified film system model with a square potential for surface morphology was employed to explain the difference of conductivity. The energy band structures were also calculated based on the theory of amorphous semiconductor. The conclusion demonstrated the width of optical band gap, as well as the relative position of the Fermi level and mobility edge, which can easily be extended to the band structure determination of other transparent conductive films.

  15. BOREAS TF-11 SSA Fen 1996 Water Surface Film Capping Data (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Contains the TF-11 CO2 chamber flux measurements made with the LI-6200 under water surface film conditions and the TF-11 CO2 chamber concentration measurements made...

  16. The Impact of Standard Semiconductor Fabrication Processes on Polycrystalline Nb Thin Film Surfaces (United States)

    Brown, Ari David; Barrentine, Emily; Moseley, S. Harvey; Noroozian, Omid; Stevenson, Thomas


    Polycrystalline Nb thin films are extensively used for microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) and superconducting transmission line applications. The microwave and mm-wave loss in these films is impacted, in part, by the presence of surface nitrides and oxides. In this study, glancing incidence x-ray diffraction was used to identify the presence of niobium nitride and niobium monoxide surface layers on Nb thin films which had been exposed to chemicals used in standard photolithographic processing. A method of mitigating the presence of ordered niobium monoxide surface layers is presented. Furthermore, we discuss the possibility of using glancing incidence x-ray diffraction as a non-destructive diagnostic tool for evaluating the quality of Nb thin films used in MKIDs and transmission lines. For a given fabrication process, we have both the X-ray diffraction data of the surface chemistry and a measure of the mm-wave and microwave loss, the latter being made in superconducting resonators.

  17. Surface enhanced SHG from macrocycle, catenane and rotaxane thin films : experiments and theory.

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    Arfaoui, I.; Bermudez, V.; De Nadai, C.; Jalkanen, J.-P.; Kajzar, F.; Leigh, D.A.; Lubomska, M.; Mendoza, S.M.; Niziol, J.; Rudolf, Petra; Zerbetto, F.; Grote, JG; Kaino, T; Kajzar, F


    Surface enhanced second harmonic generation experiments on supramolecules: macrocycles, catenanes and rotaxanes, monolayers and multilayers deposited by vacuum evaporation on silver layers are reported and described. The measurements show that the molecules are ordered in thin films. The highest

  18. Area density and regularity for soap film-like surfaces spanning graphs


    Gulliver, Robert; Yamada, Sumio


    For a given boundary set consisting of arcs and vertices, with two or more arcs meeting at each vertex, we treat the problem of estimating the area density of a soap film-like surface spanning the boundary.

  19. Surface functionalized nanofibrillar cellulose (NFC) film as a platform for immunoassays and diagnostics. (United States)

    Orelma, Hannes; Filpponen, Ilari; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Osterberg, Monika; Rojas, Orlando J; Laine, Janne


    We introduce a new method to modify films of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) to produce non-porous, water-resistant substrates for diagnostics. First, water resistant NFC films were prepared from mechanically disintegrated NFC hydrogel, and then their surfaces were carboxylated via TEMPO-mediated oxidation. Next, the topologically functionalized film was activated via EDS/NHS chemistry, and its reactivity verified with bovine serum albumin and antihuman IgG. The surface carboxylation, EDC/NHS activation and the protein attachment were confirmed using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, contact angle measurements, conductometric titrations, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy. The surface morphology of the prepared films was investigated using confocal laser scanning microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Finally, we demonstrate that antihuman IgG can be immobilized on the activated NFC surface using commercial piezoelectric inkjet printing.

  20. Study of polymer film formation and their characterization using NMR, XRD and DSC

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    Ghoshal, Sushanta


    Film formation and their characterization of three eco-friendly polymers, namely gelatin, starch and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) were studied using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), wide-angle X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) techniques. Polymer solutions were prepared using water as a solvent followed by casting. The drying process of the cast sample was monitored at room temperature with a single-sided NMR scanner until complete solidification occurred. Depth-dependent NMR profiles with microscopic resolution were acquired at different stages of sample drying. Each profile point was accumulated from the echo decay. Spin-spin relaxation times (T{sub 2}) were measured from the echo decays at different layers and were correlated with the drying process during film formation. Additionally, spin-lattice relaxation times (T{sub 1}) were determined. Depending on the polymer studied and the initial concentration of each polymer, different types of molecular dynamics were observed at different heights during evaporation of the solvent. The study indicates that each polymer shows a spatial heterogeneity in the molecular dynamics during drying. In the advanced stage of drying process, the microscopic arrangement of the polymer chains during their solidification is influenced by this dynamic heterogeneity and determines the final structure of the film. XRD of the film in its final state confirmed the structural heterogeneity identified by the NMR.

  1. Microwave plasma induced surface modification of diamond-like carbon films (United States)

    Rao Polaki, Shyamala; Kumar, Niranjan; Gopala Krishna, Nanda; Madapu, Kishore; Kamruddin, Mohamed; Dash, Sitaram; Tyagi, Ashok Kumar


    Tailoring the surface of diamond-like carbon (DLC) film is technically relevant for altering the physical and chemical properties, desirable for useful applications. A physically smooth and sp3 dominated DLC film with tetrahedral coordination was prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. The surface of the DLC film was exposed to hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen plasma for physical and chemical modifications. The surface modification was based on the concept of adsorption–desorption of plasma species and surface entities of films. Energetic chemical species of microwave plasma are adsorbed, leading to desorbtion of the surface carbon atoms due to energy and momentum exchange. The interaction of such reactive species with DLC films enhanced the roughness, surface defects and dangling bonds of carbon atoms. Adsorbed hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen formed a covalent network while saturating the dangling carbon bonds around the tetrahedral sp3 valency. The modified surface chemical affinity depends upon the charge carriers and electron covalency of the adsorbed atoms. The contact angle of chemically reconstructed surface increases when a water droplet interacts either through hydrogen or van dear Waals bonding. These weak interactions influenced the wetting property of the DLC surface to a great extent.

  2. Nanoscale thin film growth of Au on Si(111)-7 × 7 surface by pulsed laser deposition method (United States)

    Yokotani, Atsushi; Kameyama, Akihiro; Nakayoshi, Kohei; Matsunaga, Yuta


    To obtain important information for fabricating atomic-scale Au thin films that are used for biosensors, we have observed the morphology of Au particles adsorbed on a Si(111)-7 × 7 surface, which is supposed to be the initial stage of Au atomistic thin film formation. Au particles were adsorbed on the clean Si surface using a PLD method, and the adsorbed particles were observed using a scanning tunneling microscope. As the number of laser shots was increased in the PLD method, the size of the adsorbed particle became larger. The larger particles seemed to form clusters, which are aggregations of particles in which each particle is distinguished, so we call this type of cluster a film-shaped cluster. In this work, we have mainly analyzed this type of cluster. As a result the film-shaped clusters were found to have a structure of nearly monoatomic layers. The particles in the clusters were gathered closely in roughly a 3-fold structure with an inter particle distance of 0.864 nm. We propose a model for the cluster structure by modifying Au(111) face so that each observed particle consists of three Au atoms.

  3. Surface modification of titanium substrates with silver nanoparticles embedded sulfhydrylated chitosan/gelatin polyelectrolyte multilayer films for antibacterial application. (United States)

    Li, Wen; Xu, Dawei; Hu, Yan; Cai, Kaiyong; Lin, Yingcheng


    To develop Ti implants with potent antibacterial activity, a novel "sandwich-type" structure of sulfhydrylated chitosan (Chi-SH)/gelatin (Gel) polyelectrolyte multilayer films embedding silver (Ag) nanoparticles was coated onto titanium substrate using a spin-assisted layer-by-layer assembly technique. Ag ions would be enriched in the polyelectrolyte multilayer films via the specific interactions between Ag ions and -HS groups in Chi-HS, thus leading to the formation of Ag nanoparticles in situ by photo-catalytic reaction (ultraviolet irradiation). Contact angle measurement and field emission scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were employed to monitor the construction of Ag-containing multilayer on titanium surface, respectively. The functional multilayered films on titanium substrate [Ti/PEI/(Gel/Chi-SH/Ag) n /Gel] could efficiently inhibit the growth and activity of Bacillus subtitles and Escherichia coli onto titanium surface. Moreover, studies in vitro confirmed that Ti substrates coating with functional multilayer films remained the biological functions of osteoblasts, which was reflected by cell morphology, cell viability and ALP activity measurements. This study provides a simple, versatile and generalized methodology to design functional titanium implants with good cyto-compatibility and antibacterial activity for potential clinical applications.

  4. Surface-roughness fractality effects in electrical conductivity of single metallic and semiconducting films

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    Palasantzas, G.; Barnaś, J.


    Surface-roughness effects in electrical conductivity of thin metallic and semiconducting films with self-affine fractal surfaces are considered in the framework of the Born approximation. The surface roughness is described by the k-correlation model, and is characterized by the roughness exponent H

  5. X-ray diffraction study of the molecular propolis films deposited from an alcohol solution onto the cleavage surfaces of layered V2VI3 compounds (United States)

    Drapak, S. I.; Gavrylyuk, S. V.; Kaminskii, V. M.; Kovalyuk, Z. D.


    The structures of the molecular propolis films deposited from an alcohol solution on the (0001) cleavage surface of layered bismuth selenide and telluride are studied by X-ray diffraction. Despite the chemical interaction between the semiconductor substrates and the organic-substance components, the molecular structural ordering of the propolis films is shown to be identical to that in the films of this substance on the surface of amorphous glass substrates. The chemical and deformation interaction between the organic substance and the layered V2VI3 compounds is found to result in the formation of an organic-inorganic sandwich nanostructure at a distance of ˜0.3 μm from the layered crystal-propolis film interface.

  6. Thin Film Formation of Gallium Nitride Using Plasma-Sputter Deposition Technique

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    R. Flauta


    Full Text Available The formation of gallium nitride (GaN thin film using plasma-sputter deposition technique has beenconfirmed. The GaN film deposited on a glass substrate at an optimum plasma condition has shown x-raydiffraction (XRD peaks at angles corresponding to that of (002 and (101 reflections of GaN. The remainingmaterial on the sputtering target exhibited XRD reflections corresponding to that of bulk GaN powder. Toimprove the system’s base pressure, a new UHV compatible system is being developed to minimize theimpurities in residual gases during deposition. The sputtering target configuration was altered to allow themonitoring of target temperature using a molybdenum (Mo holder, which is more stable against Gaamalgam formation than stainless steel.

  7. Surface Sensing for Biofilm Formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Chien-Yi Chang


    Full Text Available Aggregating and forming biofilms on biotic or abiotic surfaces are ubiquitous bacterial behaviors under various conditions. In clinical settings, persistent presence of biofilms increases the risks of healthcare-associated infections and imposes huge healthcare and economic burdens. Bacteria within biofilms are protected from external damage and attacks from the host immune system and can exchange genomic information including antibiotic-resistance genes. Dispersed bacterial cells from attached biofilms on medical devices or host tissues may also serve as the origin of further infections. Understanding how bacteria develop biofilms is pertinent to tackle biofilm-associated infections and transmission. Biofilms have been suggested as a continuum of growth modes for adapting to different environments, initiating from bacterial cells sensing their attachment to a surface and then switching cellular physiological status for mature biofilm development. It is crucial to understand bacterial gene regulatory networks and decision-making processes for biofilm formation upon initial surface attachment. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the model microorganisms for studying bacterial population behaviors. Several hypotheses and studies have suggested that extracellular macromolecules and appendages play important roles in bacterial responses to the surface attachment. Here, I review recent studies on potential molecular mechanisms and signal transduction pathways for P. aeruginosa surface sensing.

  8. Antiseptics and microcosm biofilm formation on titanium surfaces

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    Georgia VERARDI


    Full Text Available Abstract Oral rehabilitation with osseointegrated implants is a way to restore esthetics and masticatory function in edentulous patients, but bacterial colonization around the implants may lead to mucositis or peri-implantitis and consequent implant loss. Peri-implantitis is the main complication of oral rehabilitation with dental implants and, therefore, it is necessary to take into account the potential effects of antiseptics such as chlorhexidine (CHX, chloramine T (CHT, triclosan (TRI, and essential oils (EO on bacterial adhesion and on biofilm formation. To assess the action of these substances, we used the microcosm technique, in which the oral environment and periodontal conditions are simulated in vitro on titanium discs with different surface treatments (smooth surface - SS, acid-etched smooth surface - AESS, sand-blasted surface - SBS, and sand-blasted and acid-etched surface - SBAES. Roughness measurements yielded the following results: SS: 0.47 µm, AESS: 0.43 µm, SB: 0.79 µm, and SBAES: 0.72 µm. There was statistical difference only between SBS and AESS. There was no statistical difference among antiseptic treatments. However, EO and CHT showed lower bacterial counts compared with the saline solution treatment (control group. Thus, the current gold standard (CHX did not outperform CHT and EO, which were efficient in reducing the biofilm biomass compared with saline solution.

  9. Effect of Hydrogen on Vacancy Formation in Sputtered Cu Films Studied by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy (United States)

    Yabuuchi, Atsushi; Kihara, Teruo; Kubo, Daichi; Mizuno, Masataka; Araki, Hideki; Onishi, Takashi; Shirai, Yasuharu


    As a part of the LSI interconnect fabrication process, a post-deposition high-pressure annealing process is proposed for embedding copper into trench structures. The embedding property of sputtered Cu films has been recognized to be improved by adding hydrogen to the sputtering argon gas. In this study, to elucidate the effect of hydrogen on vacancy formation in sputtered Cu films, normal argon-sputtered and argon-hydrogen-sputtered Cu films were evaluated by positron annihilation spectroscopy. As a result, monovacancies with a concentration of more than 10-4 were observed in the argon-hydrogen-sputtered Cu films, whereas only one positron lifetime component corresponding to the grain boundary was detected in the normal argon-sputtered Cu films. This result means monovacancies are stabilized by adding hydrogen to sputtering gas. In the annealing process, the stabilized monovacancies began clustering at around 300 °C, which indicates the dissociation of monovacancy-hydrogen bonds. The introduced monovacancies may promote creep deformation during high-pressure annealing.

  10. Formation of Defect-Free Latex Films on Porous Fiber Supports

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    Lively, Ryan P.


    We present here the creation of a defect-free polyvinylidene chloride barrier layer on the lumen-side of a hollow fiber sorbent. Hollow fiber sorbents have previously been shown to be promising materials for enabling low-cost CO 2 capture, provided a defect-free lumen-side barrier layer can be created. Film experiments examined the effect of drying rate, latex age, substrate porosity (porous vs nonporous), and substrate hydrophobicity/ hydrophilicity. Film studies show that in ideal conditions (i.e., slow drying, fresh latex, and smooth nonporous substrate), a defect-free film can be formed, whereas the other permutations of the variables investigated led to defective films. These results were extended to hollow fiber sorbents, and despite using fresh latex and relatively slow drying conditions, a defective lumen-side layer resulted. XRD and DSC indicate that polyvinylidene chloride latex develops crystallinity over time, thereby inhibiting proper film formation as confirmed by SEM and gas permeation. This and other key additional challenges associated with the porous hollow fiber substrate vs the nonporous flat substrate were overcome. By employing a toluene-vapor saturated drying gas (a swelling solvent for polyvinylidene chloride) a defect-free lumen-side barrier layer was created, as investigated by gas and water vapor permeation. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  11. Tailoring the surface chemical bond states of the NbN films by doping Ag: Achieving hard hydrophobic surface

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    Ren, Ping; Zhang, Kan; Du, Suxuan [Department of Materials Science, State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials, and Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, MOE, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); Meng, Qingnan [College of Construction Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun, 130026 (China); He, Xin [Department of Materials Science, State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials, and Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, MOE, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); Wang, Shuo [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Wen, Mao, E-mail: [Department of Materials Science, State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials, and Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, MOE, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); Zheng, Weitao, E-mail: [Department of Materials Science, State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials, and Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, MOE, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China)


    Highlights: • Intrinsically hydrophilic NbN films can transfer to hydrophobic Nb-Ag-N films by doping Ag atoms into NbN sublattice. • Solute Ag can promote that the hydrophobic Ag{sub 2}O groups formed on the Nb-Ag-N film surface through self-oxidation. • The present work may provide a straightforward approach for the production of robust hydrophobic ceramic surfaces. - Abstract: Robust hydrophobic surfaces based on ceramics capable of withstanding harsh conditions such as abrasion, erosion and high temperature, are required in a broad range of applications. The metal cations with coordinative saturation or low electronegativity are commonly chosen to achieve the intrinsically hydrophobic ceramic by reducing Lewis acidity, and thus the ceramic systems are limited. In this work, we present a different picture that robust hydrophobic surface with high hardness (≥20 GPa) can be fabricated through doping Ag atoms into intrinsically hydrophilic ceramic film NbN by reactive co-sputtering. The transition of wettability from hydrophilic to hydrophobic of Nb-Ag-N films induced by Ag doping results from the appearance of Ag{sub 2}O groups on the films surfaces through self-oxidation, because Ag cations (Ag{sup +}) in Ag{sub 2}O are the filled-shell (4d{sup 10}5S{sup 0}) electronic structure with coordinative saturation that have no tendency to interact with water. The results show that surface Ag{sub 2}O benefited for hydrophobicity comes from the solute Ag atoms rather than precipitate metal Ag, in which the more Ag atoms incorporated into Nb-sublattice are able to further improve the hydrophobicity, whereas the precipitation of Ag nanoclusters would worsen it. The present work opens a window for fabricating robust hydrophobic surface through tailoring surface chemical bond states by doping Ag into transition metal nitrides.

  12. Study of surface properties of TiO2 — NTs films at different anodizing conditions

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    Timur Serikov


    Full Text Available Electrochemical anodizing titanium metal in the fluorine-containing electrolyte to produce nanotubes of titanium dioxide. The surface morphology of the films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. It was found that with increasing anodizing voltage increasing inner diameter growth rate and distance interporous nanotubes. The method of adsorption and desorption of nitrogen studied the distribution of pore volume. Measured by a specific surface area of titanium dioxide films for determine the conditions of anodizing on their changes.

  13. Demonstration of surface resistance mapping of large-area HTS films using the dielectric resonator method

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    Kusunoki, M.; Takano, Y.; Nakamura, K.; Inadomaru, M.; Kosaka, D.; Nozaki, A.; Abe, S.; Yokoo, M.; Lorenz, M.; Hochmuth, H.; Mukaida, M.; Ohshima, S


    A scanning mapping technique of surface resistance (R{sub s}) using the sapphire dielectric resonator was developed and demonstrated for a 3-inch-diameter YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} film. The area of the 3-inch film was divided by 5x5 mm grid for scan, resulting in 101 measurement points. Values of R{sub s} in the film varied from 2.9 to 3.8 m{omega} at 22 GHz and 77 K. The distribution of R{sub s} corresponded to that of the critical current density. Sampling of quality factors at each point was performed using non-contact measurement between film and sapphire. Since the airtight chamber was filled with dry N{sub 2} gas to avoid film degradation by frost and water during the warming process, perfect non-destructive measurement is realized. Fluctuation of distance between the surface of film and dielectric rod was monitored by resonance frequency. Errors in R{sub s} caused by the fluctuation were calculated within {+-}0.01 m{omega}. Furthermore, the system could detect a small (0.3 mmx0.5 mm) scratch defect as well as the gradient of film thickness on Ag film. This technique is effective for inspection of large-area high temperature superconducting films for microwave applications.

  14. Micro-mechanism of vapor film collapse on high temperature particle surface

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    Abe, Yutaka; Tochio, Daisuke [Dept. of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Yamagata Univ., Yonezawa, Yamagata (Japan)


    Thermal detonation model is proposed to describe vapor explosion. According to this model, vapor film on pre-mixed high temperature droplet surface is needed to be collapsed for the trigger of the vapor explosion. It is pointed out that the vapor film collapse behavior is significantly affected by the subcooling of low temperature liquid. However, the effect of subcooling on micro-mechanism of vapor film collapse behavior is not experimentally well identified. The objective of the present research is to experimentally investigate the effect of subcooling on micro-mechanism of film boiling collapse behavior. As the results, it is experimentally clarified that the vapor film collapse behavior in low subcool condition is qualitatively different from the vapor film collapse behavior in high subcooling condition. In high subcooling condition, instability of the vapor film dominates the vapor film collapse on the particle surface. On the other hand, micro-mechanism at the interface between vapor and liquid such as micro-jet is dominant in low subcool condition in case of vapor film collapse by pressure pulse. (author)

  15. Use of surface plasmon resonance to investigate lateral wall deposition kinetics and properties of polydopamine films. (United States)

    Li, Hui; Cui, Dafu; Cai, Haoyuan; Zhang, Lulu; Chen, Xing; Sun, Jianhai; Chao, Yapeng


    Dopamine (DA) is a particularly important neurotransmitter. Polydopamine (pDA) films have been demonstrated to be important materials for the immobilization of biomolecules onto almost any type of solid substrate. In this study, a surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based sensor system with the sensor chip surface parallel to the direction of gravity was used to investigate the lateral wall deposition kinetics and properties of pDA films. The deposition kinetics of pDA Films are limited by the oxidation process. The pDA film could not be removed from the sensor chip completely by a strongly alkaline solution, indicating that the pDA film was heterogeneous in the direction of deposition. The pDA film formed near the interior of the solution was less stable than the film formed near the gold-solution interface. Adsorption of proteins on pDA film was studied compared with that on bare gold and dextran sensor chip. The reduction of Au(111) cations by the pDA film, forming a layer of gold particles, was monitored using SPR. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. XPS Investigation of Surface Secondary Phase Segregation in CIGS Thin Film

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    Al-Thani, H. A.; Abdullah, M. M.; Hasoon, F. S.


    Cu(In, Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) thin films were deposited on Molybdenum (Mo) coated soda lime glass (SLG/Mo) substrates, using physical vapor deposition (PVD) 3-stage process. The Mo thin films were sputtered on SLG substrates using DC planar magnetron sputtering at a working gas (Ar) pressure that varies from 0.8 mT to 12 mT with a sputtering power density of 1.2 W/cm{sub 2}. The sputtering pressure of Mo thin films was varied in order to induce variations in the sputtered films morphology and porosity; as well as to subsequently induce variations in the Na out-diffusion from SLG substrate. The surface chemistry of CIGS thin films was investigated by X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The XPS surface surveys (top 30A) and depth profiling survey (top 100A) for the elements, their chemical states, and their relative concentration were analyzed for CIGS thin films. The XPS surface analysis and composition of CIGS thin films were correlated to the bulk composition and Na out-diffusion in the CIGS films from SLG substrates.

  17. Microbead-regulated surface wrinkling patterns in a film-substrate system (United States)

    Zhang, Cheng; Wang, Jiawen; Cao, Yan-Ping; Lu, Conghua; Li, Bo; Feng, Xi-Qiao


    The control of surface wrinkling patterns at the microscale is a concern in many applications. In this letter, we regulate surface wrinkling patterns on a film-substrate system by introducing microbeads atop the film. Both experiments and theoretical analysis reveal the changes in surface wrinkles induced by microbeads. Under equibiaxial compression, the film-substrate system without microbeads bonded on its upper surface often buckles into global, uniform labyrinths, whereas the labyrinthine pattern locally gives way to radial stripes emanating from the microbeads. This regulation of surface wrinkles depends on the sizes and spacing of microbeads. We combine the finite element method and the Fourier spectral method to explore the physical mechanisms underlying the phenomena. This study offers a viable technique for engineering surfaces with tunable functions.

  18. Proximal surface caries detection with direct-exposure and rare earth screen/film imaging

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    Lundeen, R.C.; McDavid, W.D.; Barnwell, G.M.


    This laboratory study compared five imaging systems for their diagnostic accuracy in detection of proximal surface dental caries. Ten viewers provided data on radiographic detectability of carious lesions. The diagnostic accuracy of each system was determined with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves by comparing viewer data with the true state of the teeth as determined microscopically. D-speed film marginally outperformed the other four systems, but the three screen/film systems matched the diagnostic accuracy of E-speed film. Radiation reductions between 62% and 92% were achieved with the screen/film systems when compared to the two conventional dental films. The feasibility of designing a screen/film bite-wing cassette was shown, but the poor diagnostic accuracy of the present bite-wing system indicated a need for a new technology in caries detection.

  19. Surface Engineering of ZnO Thin Film for High Efficiency Planar Perovskite Solar Cells. (United States)

    Tseng, Zong-Liang; Chiang, Chien-Hung; Wu, Chun-Guey


    Sputtering made ZnO thin film was used as an electron-transport layer in a regular planar perovskite solar cell based on high quality CH3NH3PbI3 absorber prepared with a two-step spin-coating. An efficiency up to 15.9% under AM 1.5G irradiation is achieved for the cell based on ZnO film fabricated under Ar working gas. The atmosphere of the sputtering chamber can tune the surface electronic properties (band structure) of the resulting ZnO thin film and therefore the photovoltaic performance of the corresponding perovskite solar cell. Precise surface engineering of ZnO thin film was found to be one of the key steps to fabricate ZnO based regular planar perovskite solar cell with high power conversion efficiency. Sputtering method is proved to be one of the excellent techniques to prepare ZnO thin film with controllable properties.

  20. Interaction of water with faceted NiO(1 1 1) surface tuned by films thickness (United States)

    Liu, Lixia; Wang, Shuai; Liu, Shuming; Guo, Qinlin; Guo, Jiandong


    The interaction of water with the polar surface of NiO(1 1 1) films has been investigated using various in situ surface analytical techniques, as well as ex situ scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The {1 0 0} facets are formed on NiO(1 1 1) films upon annealing. The boundary between {1 0 0} facet and bare (1 1 1) face and the corner on the facet can facilitate dissociation of water. The total boundary length and the number of corner sites vary with film thickness. The dissociated hydroxyls are thermally stable up to 700 K on the thinner films. Consequently the activity of water dissociation can be tuned by adjusting the film thickness.

  1. Surface properties and biocompatibility of nanostructured TiO2 film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. (United States)

    Majeed, Asif; He, Jie; Jiao, Lingrui; Zhong, Xiaoxia; Sheng, Zhengming


    Nanostructured TiO2 films are deposited on a silicon substrate using 150-W power from the RF magnetron sputtering at working pressures of 3 to 5 Pa, with no substrate bias, and at 3 Pa with a substrate bias of -50 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that TiO2 films deposited on unbiased as well as biased substrates are all amorphous. Surface properties such as surface roughness and wettability of TiO2 films, grown in a plasma environment, under biased and unbiased substrate conditions are reported according to the said parameters of RF power and the working pressures. Primary rat osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) cells have been cultured on nanostructured TiO2 films fabricated at different conditions of substrate bias and working pressures. The effects of roughness and hydrophilicity of nanostructured TiO2 films on cell density and cell spreading have been discussed.

  2. Correlation of Gear Surface Fatigue Lives to Lambda Ratio (Specific Film Thickness) (United States)

    Krantz, Timothy Lewis


    The effect of the lubrication regime on gear performance has been recognized, qualitatively, for decades. Often the lubrication regime is characterized by the specific film thickness being the ratio of lubricant film thickness to the composite surface roughness. Three studies done at NASA to investigate gearing pitting life are revisited in this work. All tests were done at a common load. In one study, ground gears were tested using a variety of lubricants that included a range of viscosities, and therefore the gears operated with differing film thicknesses. In a second and third study, the performance of gears with ground teeth and superfinished teeth were assessed. Thicker oil films provided longer lives as did improved surface finish. These datasets were combined into a common dataset using the concept of specific film thickness. This unique dataset of more 258 tests provides gear designers with some qualitative information to make gear design decisions.

  3. Surface modification of blood-contacting biomaterials by plasma-polymerized superhydrophobic films using hexamethyldisiloxane and tetrafluoromethane as precursors (United States)

    Hsiao, Chaio-Ru; Lin, Cheng-Wei; Chou, Chia-Man; Chung, Chi-Jen; He, Ju-Liang


    This paper proposes a plasma polymerization system that can be used to modify the surface of the widely used biomaterial, polyurethane (PU), by employing low-cost hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) and tetrafluoromethane (CF4) as precursors; this system features a pulsed-dc power supply. Plasma-polymerized HMDSO/CF4 (pp-HC) with coexisting micro- and nanoscale morphology was obtained as a superhydrophobic coating material by controlling the HMDSO/CF4 (fH) monomer flow ratio. The developed surface modification technology can be applied to medical devices, because it is non-cytotoxic and has favorable hemocompatibility, and no blood clots form when the device surface direct contacts. Experimental results reveal that the obtained pp-HC films contained SiOx nanoparticles randomly dispersed on the micron-scale three-dimensional network film surface. The sbnd CF functional group, sbnd CF2 bonding, and SiOx were detected on the film surface. The maximal water contact angle of the pp-HC coating was 161.2°, apparently attributable to the synergistic effect of the coexisting micro- and nanoscale surface morphology featuring a low surface-energy layer. The superhydrophobic and antifouling characteristics of the coating were retained even after it was rubbed 20 times with a steel wool tester. Results of in vitro cytotoxicity, fibrinogen adsorption, and platelet adhesion tests revealed favorable myoblast cell proliferation and the virtual absence of fibrinogen adsorption and platelet adhesion on the pp-HC coated specimens. These quantitative findings imply that the pp-HC coating can potentially prevent the formation of thrombi and provide an alternative means of modifying the surfaces of blood-contacting biomaterials.

  4. thin films

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    by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method at room temperature (∼300 K). The films are characterized for their ... two steps: (i) adsorption of Sn4+ ions on the substrate surface for 20 s and (ii) reaction with ... The mechanism of formation of SnO2:H2O film can be eluci- dated as follows. The SnCl2 ...

  5. Influence of surface features on the adhesion of Staphylococcus epidermidis to Ag-TiCN thin films (United States)

    Carvalho, Isabel; Henriques, Mariana; Oliveira, João Carlos; Filipa Almeida Alves, Cristiana; Piedade, Ana Paula; Carvalho, Sandra


    Staphylococcus epidermidis has emerged as one of the major nosocomial pathogens associated with infections of implanted medical devices. The initial adhesion of these organisms to the surface of biomaterials is assumed to be an important stage in their colonization. The main objective of this work is to assess the influence of surface features on the adhesion of S. epidermidis to Ag-TiCN coatings deposited by dc reactive magnetron sputtering. The structural results obtained by x-ray diffraction show that the coatings crystallize in a B1-NaCl crystal structure typical of TiC0.3N0.7. The increase of Ag content promoted the formation of Ag crystalline phases. According to the results obtained with atomic force microscopy, a decrease on the surface roughness of the films from 39 to 7 nm is observed as the Ag content increases from 0 to 15 at.%. Surface energy results show that the increase of Ag promotes an increase in hydrophobicity. Bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on coatings were assessed by the enumeration of the number of viable cells. The results showed that the surface with lower roughness and higher hydrophobicity leads to greater bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation, highlighting that surface morphology and hydrophobicity rule the colonization of materials.

  6. Enhanced adhesion of osteoblastic cells on polystyrene films by independent control of surface topography and wettability

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    Yang, Seung Yun [National Creative Research Center for Block Copolymer Self-Assembly, Departments of Environmental Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eung-Sam [School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Jeon, Gumhye [National Creative Research Center for Block Copolymer Self-Assembly, Departments of Environmental Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Kwan Yong, E-mail: [School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Life Science, Division of Molecular and Life Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Kon, E-mail: [National Creative Research Center for Block Copolymer Self-Assembly, Departments of Environmental Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)


    We independently controlled surface topography and wettability of polystyrene (PS) films by CF{sub 4} and oxygen plasma treatments, respectively, to evaluate the adhesion and proliferation of human fetal osteoblastic (hFOB) cells on the films. Among the CF{sub 4} plasma-treated PS films with the average surface roughness ranging from 0.9 to 70 nm, the highest adhesion of hFOB cells was observed on a PS film with roughness of ∼ 11 nm. When this film was additionally treated by oxygen plasma to provide a hydrophilic surface with a contact angle less than 10°, the proliferation of bone-forming cell was further enhanced. Thus, the plasma-based independent modification of PS film into an optimum nanotexture for human osteoblast cells could be appplied to materials used in bone tissue engineering. Highlights: ► New approach based on plasma treatment to independently control the surface topography and wettability ► The adhesion of human fetal osteoblast (hFOB) was enhanced on a surface with an average roughness of ∼ 11 nm. ► The adhesion and proliferation of hFOB was maximized when nanotextured surface became highly hydrophilic.

  7. A model system to mimic environmentally active surface film roughness and hydrophobicity. (United States)

    Grant, Jacob S; Shaw, Scott K


    This work presents the development and initial assessment of a laboratory platform to allow quantitative studies on model urban films. The platform consists of stearic acid and eicosane mixtures that are solution deposited from hexanes onto smooth, solid substrates. We show that this model has distinctive capabilities to better mimic a naturally occurring film's morphology and hydrophobicity, two important parameters that have not previously been incorporated into model film systems. The physical and chemical properties of the model films are assessed using a variety of analytical instruments. The film thickness and roughness are probed via atomic force microscopy while the film composition, wettability, and water uptake are analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, contact angle goniometry, and quartz crystal microbalance, respectively. Simulated environmental maturation is achieved by exposing the film to regulated amounts of UV/ozone. Ultimately, oxidation of the film is monitored by the analytical techniques mentioned above and proceeds as expected to produce a utile model film system. Including variable roughness and tunable surface coverage results in several key advantages over prior model systems, and will more accurately represent native urban film behavior. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Surface morphologies and quality of thick liquid phase epitaxial garnet films for magneto-optic devices (United States)

    Hibiya, Taketoshi


    Surface morphologies of thick Gd : YIG garnet films grown by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) are found to be classified into three types: "mirror", "striation" and "swirl". "Mirror" appears when films are grown at low temperature or when the film thickness is small. "Striation", which takes over the striation of the substrates, appears when the growth temperature or film thickness is medium. "Swirl" appears when the growth temperature is high or the film thickness is large. When "swirl" takes place, flux is included into the thick films. A mechanism for the morphological change with increase in film thickness is shown. An increase in half-width of the X-ray rocking curve with an increase in film thickness is found for the {111} films. This can be attributed to the generation of {110} and {211} facets which have larger lattice constants than the {111} and to crystallinity degradation due to flux inclusion. The {110} or the slightly misoriented {110} substrate is recommended to be employed so as to obtain inclusion-free thick films.

  9. Coarsening and pattern formation during true morphological phase separation in unstable thin films under gravity (United States)

    Kumar, Avanish; Narayanam, Chaitanya; Khanna, Rajesh; Puri, Sanjay


    We address in detail the problem of true morphological phase separation (MPS) in three-dimensional or (2 +1 )-dimensional unstable thin liquid films (>100 nm) under the influence of gravity. The free-energy functionals of these films are asymmetric and show two points of common tangency, which facilitates the formation of two equilibrium phases. Three distinct patterns formed by relative preponderance of these phases are clearly identified in "true MPS". Asymmetricity induces two different pathways of pattern formation, viz., defect and direct pathway for true MPS. The pattern formation and phase-ordering dynamics have been studied using statistical measures such as structure factor, correlation function, and growth laws. In the late stage of coarsening, the system reaches into a scaling regime for both pathways, and the characteristic domain size follows the Lifshitz-Slyozov growth law [L (t ) ˜t1 /3] . However, for the defect pathway, there is a crossover of domain growth behavior from L (t ) ˜t1 /4→t1 /3 in the dynamical scaling regime. We also underline the analogies and differences behind the mechanisms of MPS and true MPS in thin liquid films and generic spinodal phase separation in binary mixtures.

  10. Dynamics of formation of the Exclusion Zone near hydrophilic surfaces (United States)

    De Ninno, Antonella


    EZ water is unable to host solutes, what provides the root of the name Exclusion Zone, and its formation law points towards a diffusive process. These peculiarities have attracted the interest of scientists because it challenges all the theories which have tried to describe the structure of liquid water. The mixture of H-bond stable and H-bond distorted structures envisaged by very recent experimental findings, cannot account for the long-lived hexagonal configuration observed near the Nafion surface. A theoretical account for the phenomenology of H-bond is provided which looks able to explain many among the most striking feature of this water.

  11. Surface Acoustic Wave Monitor for Deposition and Analysis of Ultra-Thin Films (United States)

    Hines, Jacqueline H. (Inventor)


    A surface acoustic wave (SAW) based thin film deposition monitor device and system for monitoring the deposition of ultra-thin films and nanomaterials and the analysis thereof is characterized by acoustic wave device embodiments that include differential delay line device designs, and which can optionally have integral reference devices fabricated on the same substrate as the sensing device, or on a separate device in thermal contact with the film monitoring/analysis device, in order to provide inherently temperature compensated measurements. These deposition monitor and analysis devices can include inherent temperature compensation, higher sensitivity to surface interactions than quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) devices, and the ability to operate at extreme temperatures.

  12. Modification of Surface Properties of Ultrahigh-Molecular – Weight Polyethylene Films by DC Discharge (United States)

    Piskarev, M.; Gilman, A.; Kuznetsov, A.; Ozerin, A.


    The methods of surface modification of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMPE) by the low-temperature plasma are considered. Installations for treatment of polymers with various types electric discharges as well as the methods for studying the changes occurring on the polymer surface are described. The experimental results are given concerning properties of 100 μm UHMWPE film before and after treatment by the low pressure air dc discharge. The film samples were placed at the anode. The measurements of the peel resistance (T-test according to ASTM 1876-01) of adhesion joint of modified UHMWPE with polyimide and polytetrafluoroethylene films were obtained using polyurethane adhesive.

  13. Effect of Annealing on the Nanostructure Formation in Alkoxy Substituted Phthalocyanine Thin Films

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    Vinu. T. Vadakel


    Full Text Available Vacuum deposited 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octakis (octyloxy phthalocyanine (H2PcOC8 thin films on glass substrates have exhibited a change on their surface morphology with the post deposition annealing temperature under normal atmosphere. These films have been characterized by optical absorptions and Scanning Electron Microscopy. SEM images also have shown nano-rod like structures for the samples annealed at different temperatures. The variation of optical band gap with annealing temperature is determined. The direct and allowed optical band gap energy has been evaluated from the α2 versus hυ plots. The electrical conductivity of the films at various heat treated samples are also studied. The activation energies are determined from the Arrhenius plots of lnσ versus 1000/T . It shows variation with the annealing temperature.

  14. Characterization of monolayer formation on aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films. (United States)

    Rhodes, Crissy L; Lappi, Simon; Fischer, Daniel; Sambasivan, Sharadha; Genzer, Jan; Franzen, Stefan


    The optical and electronic properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films on a glass substrate are investigated experimentally and theoretically. Optical studies with coupling in the Kretschmann configuration reveal an angle-dependent plasma frequency in the mid-IR for p-polarized radiation, suggestive of the detection of a Drude plasma frequency. These studies are complemented by oxygen depletion density functional theory studies for the calculation of the charge carrier concentration and plasma frequency for bulk AZO. In addition, we report on the optical and physical properties of thin film adlayers of n-hexadecanethiol (HDT) and n-octadecanethiol (ODT) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on AZO surfaces using reflectance FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle, and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. Our characterization of the SAM deposition onto the AZO thin film reveals a range of possible applications for this conducting metal oxide.

  15. Temperature Mapping of Air Film-Cooled Thermal Barrier Coated Surfaces Using Phosphor Thermometry (United States)

    Eldridge, Jeffrey I.


    While the effects of thermal barrier coating (TBC) thermal protection and air film cooling effectiveness for jet engine components are usually studied separately, their contributions to combined cooling effectiveness are interdependent and are not simply additive. Therefore, combined cooling effectiveness must be measured to achieve an optimum balance between TBC thermal protection and air film cooling. Phosphor thermometry offers several advantages for mapping temperatures of air film cooled surfaces. While infrared thermography has been typically applied to study air film cooling effectiveness, temperature accuracy depends on knowing surface emissivity (which may change) and correcting for effects of reflected radiation. Because decay time-based full-field phosphor thermometry is relatively immune to these effects, it can be applied advantageously to temperature mapping of air film-cooled TBC-coated surfaces. In this presentation, an overview will be given of efforts at NASA Glenn Research Center to perform temperature mapping of air film-cooled TBC-coated surfaces in a burner rig test environment. The effects of thermal background radiation and flame chemiluminescence on the measurements are investigated, and the strengths and limitations of this method for studying air film cooling effectiveness are discussed.

  16. Surface morphology of amorphous germanium thin films following thermal outgassing of SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates

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    Valladares, L. de los Santos, E-mail: [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J.J. Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Dominguez, A. Bustamante [Laboratorio de Cerámicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Apartado Postal 14-0149, Lima (Peru); Llandro, J.; Holmes, S. [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J.J. Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Quispe, O. Avalos [Laboratorio de Cerámicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Apartado Postal 14-0149, Lima (Peru); Langford, R. [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J.J. Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Aguiar, J. Albino [Laboratório de Supercondutividade e Materiais Avançados, Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901, Recife (Brazil); Barnes, C.H.W. [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J.J. Thomson Ave., Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom)


    Highlights: • Annealing promotes outgassing of SiO{sub 2}/Si wafers. • Outgassing species embed in the a-Ge film forming bubbles. • The density of bubbles obtained by slow annealing is smaller than by rapid annealing. • The bubbles explode after annealing the samples at 800 °C. • Surface migration at higher temperatures forms polycrystalline GeO{sub 2} islands. - Abstract: In this work we report the surface morphology of amorphous germanium (a-Ge) thin films (140 nm thickness) following thermal outgassing of SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates. The thermal outgassing was performed by annealing the samples in air at different temperatures from 400 to 900 °C. Annealing at 400 °C in slow (2 °C/min) and fast (10 °C/min) modes promotes the formation of bubbles on the surface. A cross sectional view by transmission electron microscope taken of the sample slow annealed at 400 °C reveals traces of gas species embedded in the a-Ge film, allowing us to propose a possible mechanism for the formation of the bubbles. The calculated internal pressure and number of gas molecules for this sample are 30 MPa and 38 × 10{sup 8}, respectively. Over an area of 22 × 10{sup −3} cm{sup 2} the density of bubbles obtained at slow annealing (9 × 10{sup 3} cm{sup −2}) is smaller than that at rapid annealing (6.4 × 10{sup 4} cm{sup −2}), indicating that the amount of liberated gas in both cases is only a fraction of the total gas contained in the substrate. After increasing the annealing temperature in the slow mode, bubbles of different diameters (from tens of nanometers up to tens of micrometers) randomly distribute over the Ge film and they grow with temperature. Vertical diffusion of the outgas species through the film dominates the annealing temperature interval 400–600 °C, whereas coalescence of bubbles caused by lateral diffusion is detected after annealing at 700 °C. The bubbles explode after annealing the samples at 800 °C. Annealing at higher temperatures, such as

  17. Ohmic-rectifying conversion of Ni contacts on ZnO and the possible determination of ZnO thin film surface polarity.

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    Full Text Available The current-voltage characteristics of Ni contacts with the surfaces of ZnO thin films as well as single crystal (0001 ZnO substrate are investigated. The ZnO thin film shows a conversion from Ohmic to rectifying behavior when annealed at 800°C. Similar findings are also found on the Zn-polar surface of (0001 ZnO. The O-polar surface, however, only shows Ohmic behavior before and after annealing. The rectifying behavior observed on the Zn-polar and ZnO thin film surfaces is associated with the formation of nickel zinc oxide (Ni1-xZnxO, where x = 0.1, 0.2. The current-voltage characteristics suggest that a p-n junction is formed by Ni1-xZnxO (which is believed to be p-type and ZnO (which is intrinsically n-type. The rectifying behavior for the ZnO thin film as a result of annealing suggests that its surface is Zn-terminated. Current-voltage measurements could possibly be used to determine the surface polarity of ZnO thin films.

  18. Surface modification of yttria-stabilized-zirconia thin films under various oxygen partial pressures

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    Bae, J.S. [Busan Center, Korea Basic Science Institute, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Park, S.-S. [Department of Physics, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Mun, B.S. [Department of Applied Physics, Hanyang University, ERICA, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of); Park, S.H.; Hwang, E.S. [Department of Physics, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, J. [National Core Research Center for Extreme Light Applications, Gwangju Institute Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Huh, J. [Chonnam National University, Yeosu 550-749 (Korea, Republic of); Park, H.J.; Kim, J.S. [Research Center for Dielectric and Advanced Matter, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Yun, H.J. [Jeunju Center, Korea Basic Science Institute, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, H.G. [Busan Center, Korea Basic Science Institute, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, S.Y. [Department of Cogno-mechatronics Engineering, Pusan National University, Miryang 627-706 (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, J. [Department of Physics, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Park, S., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of)


    This report discusses the structural and spectroscopic analysis of yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) thin films grown on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates. It is found that the changes of oxygen partial pressure during the growth are closely related to the surface chemical compositions and the surface crystal orientations of the thin films. The presence of oxygen partial pressure produces a polycrystalline structure on the thin film while a preferred orientation of crystal structures is formed under no oxygen partial pressure. Difficulty arises in identifying the structure of the thin films due to the broad characteristics of the x-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks; however, the XRD rocking scan suggests the existence of two lateral domain sizes. The chemical analysis of the thin films from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements indicates the enrichment of surface yttrium-oxide as the oxygen partial pressure increases. The detailed analysis of valence band spectra also suggests that the thin films undergo a surface structural phase transition, i.e., transforming from a single tetragonal structure to a mixed (cubic + monoclinic) structure. Furthermore, the optical data display the small increments of the band gap as the oxygen partial pressure increases, which reflects the presence of the structural phase transition of the thin films. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The rocking scan suggests the existence of two lateral domain sizes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The XPS indicates the enrichment of surface yttrium-oxide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The valence band spectra suggest that the thin films exhibit structure transforms. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optical data display the small increments of the band gap. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This reflects the presence of the structural phase transition of the thin films.

  19. Effect of Magnesium and Osteoblast Cell Presence on Hydroxyapatite Formation on (Ti,Mg)N Thin Film Coatings (United States)

    Onder, Sakip; Calikoglu-Koyuncu, Ayse Ceren; Torun Kose, Gamze; Kazmanli, Kursat; Kok, Fatma Nese; Urgen, Mustafa


    TiN and (Ti,Mg)N thin film coatings were deposited on Ti substrates by an arc-physical vapor deposition technique. The effect of cell presence on hydroxyapatite (HA) formation was investigated using surfaces with four different Mg contents (0, 8.1, 11.31, and 28.49 at.%). Accelerated corrosion above 10 at.% Mg had a negative effect on the performance in terms of both cell proliferation and mineralization. In the absence of cells, Mg-free TiN coatings and low-Mg (8.1 at.%)-doped (Ti,Mg)N surfaces led to an early HA deposition (after 7 days and 14 days, respectively) in cell culture medium (DMEM), but the crystallinity was low. More crystalline HA structures were obtained in the presence of the cells. HA deposits with an ideal Ca/P ratio were obtained at least a week earlier, at day 14, in TiN and low-Mg (8.1 at.%)-doped (Ti,Mg)N compared with that of high-Mg-containing surfaces (>10 at.%). A thicker mineralized matrix was formed on low-Mg (8.1 at.%)-doped (Ti,Mg)N relative to that of the TiN sample. Low-Mg doping (<10 at.%) into TiN coatings resulted in better cell proliferation and thicker mineralized matrix formation, so it could be a promising alternative for hard tissue applications.

  20. Titanium nitride films for micro-supercapacitors: Effect of surface chemistry and film morphology on the capacitance (United States)

    Achour, Amine; Porto, Raul Lucio; Soussou, Mohamed-Akram; Islam, Mohammad; Boujtita, Mohammed; Aissa, Kaltouma Ait; Le Brizoual, Laurent; Djouadi, Abdou; Brousse, Thierry


    Electrochemical capacitors (EC) in the form of packed films can be integrated in various electronic devices as power source. A fabrication process of EC electrodes, which is compatible with micro-fabrication, should be addressed for practical applications. Here, we show that titanium nitride films with controlled porosity can be deposited on flat silicon substrates by reactive DC-sputtering for use as high performance micro-supercapacitor electrodes. A superior volumetric capacitance as high as 146.4 F cm-3, with an outstanding cycling stability over 20,000 cycles, was measured in mild neutral electrolyte of potassium sulfate. The specific capacitance of the films as well as their capacitance retentions were found to depend on thickness, porosity and surface chemistry of electrodes. The one step process used to fabricate these TiN electrodes and the wide use of this material in the field of semiconductor technology make it promising for miniaturized energy storage systems.

  1. Research on Lessening of Bonding Effects Between the Metallic and Non-Metallic Surfaces Through the Graphite Films Deposited with Pulsed Electrical Discharges Process (United States)

    Marin, L.; Topala, P.


    The paper presents the results of experimental research on the physics of natural graphite film formation, the establishment of chemical composition and functional properties of the graphite films, formed on metal surfaces, as a result of the action of plasma in the air environment, at a normal pressure, under the electrical discharge in impulse conditions (EDI). The researchings were performed in the frame of doctoral thesis “Research on lessening of the bonding effects between the metallic and nonmetallic surfaces through the graphite films” and aimed to identify the phenomena that occur at the interface metal/ film of graphite, and to identify also the technological applications that it may have the surface treatment for submitting the films of graphite on metallic surfaces achieved through an innovative process of electrical pulsed discharges. After the research works from the PhD theme above mentioned, a number of interesting properties of graphite pellicle have been identified ie reducing of metal surface polarity. This led to drastic decreases for the values of adhesion when bonding of metal surfaces was performed using a structural polyurethane adhesive designed by ICECHIM. Following the thermo-gravimetric analysis, performed of the graphite film obtained by process of electrical pulsed discharges, have been also discovered other interesting properties for this, ie reversible mass additions at specific values of the working temperature Chemical and scanning electron microscopy analysis have revealed that on the metallic surface subjected to electrical pulsed discharges process, outside the graphite film, it is also obtained a series of spatial formation composed of carbon atoms fullerenes type which are responsible for the phenomenon of addition of mass.

  2. In Situ Formation of Decavanadate-Intercalated Layered Double Hydroxide Films on AA2024 and their Anti-Corrosive Properties when Combined with Hybrid Sol Gel Films

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    Full Text Available A layered double hydroxide (LDH film was formed in situ on aluminum alloy 2024 through a urea hydrolysis method, and a decavanadate-intercalated LDH (LDH-V film fabricated through the dip coating method. The microstructural and morphological characteristics were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The corrosion-resistant performance was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS, scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM, and a salt-spray test (SST.The SEM results showed that a complete and defect-free surface was formed on the LDH-VS film. The anticorrosion results revealed that the LDH-VS film had better corrosion-resistant properties than the LDH-S film, especially long-term corrosion resistance. The mechanism of corrosion protection was proposed to consist of the self-healing effect of the decavanadate intercalation and the shielding effect of the sol-gel film.

  3. The effect of illumination on the formation of metal halide perovskite films (United States)

    Ummadisingu, Amita; Steier, Ludmilla; Seo, Ji-Youn; Matsui, Taisuke; Abate, Antonio; Tress, Wolfgang; Grätzel, Michael


    Optimizing the morphology of metal halide perovskite films is an important way to improve the performance of solar cells when these materials are used as light harvesters, because film homogeneity is correlated with photovoltaic performance. Many device architectures and processing techniques have been explored with the aim of achieving high-performance devices, including single-step deposition, sequential deposition and anti-solvent methods. Earlier studies have looked at the influence of reaction conditions on film quality, such as the concentration of the reactants and the reaction temperature. However, the precise mechanism of the reaction and the main factors that govern it are poorly understood. The consequent lack of control is the main reason for the large variability observed in perovskite morphology and the related solar-cell performance. Here we show that light has a strong influence on the rate of perovskite formation and on film morphology in both of the main deposition methods currently used: sequential deposition and the anti-solvent method. We study the reaction of a metal halide (lead iodide) with an organic compound (methylammonium iodide) using confocal laser scanning fluorescence microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The lead iodide crystallizes before the intercalation of methylammonium iodide commences, producing the methylammonium lead iodide perovskite. We find that the formation of perovskite via such a sequential deposition is much accelerated by light. The influence of light on morphology is reflected in a doubling of solar-cell efficiency. Conversely, using the anti-solvent method to form methyl ammonium lead iodide perovskite in a single step from the same starting materials, we find that the best photovoltaic performance is obtained when films are produced in the dark. The discovery of light-activated crystallization not only identifies a previously unknown source of variability in opto-electronic properties, but also opens up

  4. Increasing light coupling in a photovoltaic film by tuning nanoparticle shape with substrate surface energy (United States)

    Kataria, Devika; Krishnamoorthy, Kothandam; Iyer, S. Sundar Kumar


    Tuning metal nanoparticle (MNP) contact angle on the surface it is formed can help maximise the useful optical coupling in photovoltaic films by localized surface plasmon (LSP) resonance—opening up the possibility of building improved photovoltaic cells. In this work experimental demonstration of optical absorption increase in copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) films by tuning silver MNP shape by changing its contact angles with substrate has been reported. Thin films of poly3,4 ethylenedioxythiophene: sodium dodecycl sulphate (PEDOT:SDS) with different surface energies were formed on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass by electro-deposition. Silver MNPs thermally evaporated directly on ozonised ITO as well as on the PEDOT:SDS films showed contact angles ranging from 60° to 125°. The CuPc layer was deposited on top of the MNPs. For the samples studied, best optical absorption in the CuPc layer was for a contact angle of 110°.

  5. Ferromagnetic resonance method for determining the magnetic surface anisotropy of amorphous films (United States)

    Zhang, Lu; Rado, George T.


    The theory of a ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) method for determining the magnetic surface anisotropy of amorphous films is presented. This method enables one to deduce the surface anisotropy constant Ks of an amorphous material from the dependence of the magnetic resonance field on the film thickness. The analysis includes spin-wave modes and surface-induced modes, perpendicular and parallel FMR configurations, and thin as well as ultrathin films. No approximations are made other than the linearization of the equation of motion and the assumption that skin-depth effects and electromagnetic propagation effects are negligible. Good agreement is found between the theory of the method and experimental FMR data on ultrathin films of amorphous Fe-B alloys. The reliability of the Ks values deduced by means of the theory from experimental FMR and superconducting quantum-interference device data is briefly discussed.

  6. Controlled preparation of Ag nanoparticle films by a modified photocatalytic method on TiO{sub 2} films with Ag seeds for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Fu, Xin; Pan, Lujun, E-mail:; Li, Shuai; Wang, Qiao; Qin, Jun; Huang, Yingying


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Uniform Ag nanoparticle films were synthesized by a modified photocatalytic method on TiO{sub 2} films with Ag seeds for surface-enhanced Raman scattering. • This modified photocatalytic method combine the advantages of the spurting method (high nucleation density) and the traditional photocatalytic method (suitable particle size). • The Raman enhancement of as-prepared Ag NP films was calculated by finite-difference time-domain to validate the experiment data. - Abstract: Uniform Ag nanoparticle (NP) films were synthesized by a modified photocatalytic method on TiO{sub 2} films with Ag seeds for surface-enhanced Raman scattering, which combine the advantages of the spurting method (high nucleation density) and the traditional photocatalytic method (suitable particle size). The Ag seeds were prepared by magnetron sputtering with different time, which would adjust the distribution and transfer of electrons on the surface of TiO{sub 2} film in the process of photocatalytic reduction. The distribution and morphology of Ag NP films can be adjusted by the sputtering time and the UV irradiation time. The Raman enhancement of as-prepared Ag NP films was calculated by finite-difference time-domain to validate the experiment data. It is found that the Ag NP films synthesized on TiO{sub 2} films with suitable pre-deposited Ag seeds exhibit a much higher Raman enhancement activity than the optimum Ag NP film synthesized directly on the TiO{sub 2} film without Ag seeds.

  7. Film evaporation from a micro-grooved surface - An approximate heat transfer model and its comparison with experimental data (United States)

    Xu, X.; Carey, V. P.


    An analytical model is presented that can be used to predict the heat-transfer characteristics of film evaporation on a microgroove surface. The model assumes that the liquid flow along a 'V' shaped groove channel is driven primarily by the capillary pressure difference due to the receding of the meniscus toward the apex of the groove, and the flow up the groove side wall is driven by the disjoining pressure difference. It also assumes that conduction across the thin liquid film is the dominant mechanism of heat transfer. A correlation between the Nusselt number and a nondimensional parameter Psi is developed from this model which relates the heat transfer for the microgroove surface to the fluid properties, groove geometry, and the constants for the disjoining pressure relation. The results of a limited experimental study of the heat transfer during vaporization of a liquid coolant on a microgroove surface are also reported. Film-evaporation transfer coefficients inferred from these experiments are found to correlate fairly well in terms of Nusselt number and Psi parameter format developed in the model. The results of this study suggest that disjoining pressure differences may play a central role in evaporation processes in microgroove channels.

  8. Investigation of the surface free energy of the ITO thin films deposited under different working pressure

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    Özen, Soner, E-mail:; Pat, Suat; Korkmaz, Şadan [Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Physics Department, 26480 (Turkey); Şenay, Volkan [Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Physics Department, 26480 (Turkey); Bayburt University, Primary Science Education Department, 69000 (Turkey)


    This study discusses the influence of working pressure on the surface energy of the ITO thin films produced by radio frequency magnetron sputtering method. Optical tensiometer (Attension Theta Lite) is used for evaluating wetting behavior of the water droplet on the film surface and Equation of State method was selected to determine surface free energy for this study. Equation of state method does not divide the surface tension into different components such as polar, dispersive, acid-base. It is calculated the surfaces’ free energy measuring the contact angle with a single liquid. The surface free energy value was in the range of 15-31 mN/m. Also, the transmittances were determined in the wavelength range between 200 and 1000 nm using the UNICO 4802 UV-Vis double beam spectrophotometer. Transmittances of the produced ITO thin films are greater than %70 in the visible range.

  9. Surface nanopatterning of Al/Ti multilayer thin films and Al single layer by a low-fluence UV femtosecond laser beam

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    Kovačević, Aleksander G., E-mail: [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Beograd (Serbia); Petrović, Suzana [Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinča”, University of Belgrade, PO Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Bokić, Bojana [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Beograd (Serbia); Gaković, Biljana [Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinča”, University of Belgrade, PO Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Bokorov, Miloš T. [Center for Electron Microscopy, University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovića 2, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia); Vasić, Borislav; Gajić, Radoš [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Beograd (Serbia); Trtica, Milan [Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinča”, University of Belgrade, PO Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Jelenković, Branislav M. [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Beograd (Serbia)


    Highlights: • Femtosecond laser beam was applied to multilayer Al/Ti and single layer Al thin film. • The evolution of laser induced periodic surface structures and its causes is explained. • The structures remained stable after great number of pulses. • The different outcomes of the two cases (single and multilayer) have been explained in the light of the presence of the Ti underlayer. - Abstract: The effects of UV femtosecond laser beam with 76 MHz repetition rate on two types of thin films on Si substrate – the Al single layer thin film, and the multilayered thin film consisted of five Al/Ti bilayers (total thickness 130 nm) – were studied. The surface modification of the target was done by low fluences and different irradiation times, not exceeding ∼300 s. Nanopatterns in the form of femtosecond-laser induced periodic surface structures (fs-LIPSS) with periodicity of <315 nm and height of ∼45 nm were registered upon irradiation of the thin films. It was shown that: (i) the fs-LIPSS evolve from ruffles similar to high spatial frequency LIPSS (HSFL) into a low spatial frequency LIPSS (LSFL) if a certain threshold of the fluence is met, (ii) the number of LSFL increases with the exposition time and (iii) the LSFL remain stable even after long exposure times. We achieved high-quality highly-controllable fabrication of periodic structures on the surface of nanosized multilayer films with high-repetition-rate low-fluence femtosecond laser pulses. Compared to the Al single layer, the presence of the Ti underlayer in the Al/Ti multilayer thin film enabled more efficient heat transmittance through the Al/Ti interface away from the interaction zone which caused the reduction of the ablation effects leading to the formation of more regular LIPSS. The different outcomes of interactions with multi and single layer thin films lead to the conclusion that the behavior of the LIPSS is due to thin film structure.

  10. Biocompatibility and Surface Properties of TiO2 Thin Films Deposited by DC Magnetron Sputtering (United States)

    López-Huerta, Francisco; Cervantes, Blanca; González, Octavio; Hernández-Torres, Julián; García-González, Leandro; Vega, Rosario; Herrera-May, Agustín L.; Soto, Enrique


    We present the study of the biocompatibility and surface properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering. These films are deposited on a quartz substrate at room temperature and annealed with different temperatures (100, 300, 500, 800 and 1100 °C). The biocompatibility of the TiO2 thin films is analyzed using primary cultures of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) of Wistar rats, whose neurons are incubated on the TiO2 thin films and on a control substrate during 18 to 24 h. These neurons are activated by electrical stimuli and its ionic currents and action potential activity recorded. Through X-ray diffraction (XRD), the surface of TiO2 thin films showed a good quality, homogeneity and roughness. The XRD results showed the anatase to rutile phase transition in TiO2 thin films at temperatures between 500 and 1100 °C. This phase had a grain size from 15 to 38 nm, which allowed a suitable structural and crystal phase stability of the TiO2 thin films for low and high temperature. The biocompatibility experiments of these films indicated that they were appropriated for culture of living neurons which displayed normal electrical behavior. PMID:28788667

  11. Surface plasmon resonance in nanostructured Ag incorporated ZnS films

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    Chalana, S. R.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P., E-mail: [Department of Optoelectronics, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram– 695581, Kerala (India); Ganesan, V. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Khandwa Road, Indore- 452017, Madhyapradesh (India)


    Silver incorporated zinc sulfide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique and the influence of silver incorporation on the structural, optical and luminescence properties is analyzed using techniques like grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), micro-Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD analysis presents hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. A reduction of crystallinity of the films is observed due to Ag incorporation. The Raman spectral analysis confirms the reduction of crystallinity and increase of strain due to the Ag incorporation. AFM analysis reveals a rough surface morphology for the undoped film and Ag incorporation makes the films uniform, dense and smooth. A blue shift of band gap energy with increase in Ag incorporation is observed due to quantum confinement effect. An absorption band (450-650 nm region) due to surface plasmon resonance of the Ag clusters present in the ZnS matrix is observed for the samples with higher Ag incorporation. The complex dielectric constant, loss factor and distribution of volume and surface energy loss of the ZnS thin films are calculated. Laser photoluminescence measurements gives an intense bluish green emission from the ZnS films and a quenching of the PL emission is observed which can be due to the metal plasmonic absorption and non-radiative energy transfer due to Ag incorporation.

  12. Kinetics of Ni:C Thin Film Composition Formation at Different Temperatures and Fluxes

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    Full Text Available In this work analysis considering Ni:C thin films growth on thermaly oxidized Si substrate by proposed kinetic model is presented. Model is built considering experimental results where microstructure evolution as a function of the substrate temperature and metal content of Ni:C nanocomposite films grown by hyperthermal ion deposition is investigated. The proposed kinetic model is based on the rate equations and includes processes of adsorption, surface segregation, diffusion, chemical reactions of constituents. The experimental depth profile curves were fitted by using proposed model. The obtained results show a good agreement with experiment taking into account concentration dependent diffusion. It is shown by modeling that with the increase of substrate temperature the process of nickel surface segregation becomes most important. DOI:

  13. Surface Chemistry of Nano-Structured Mixed Metal Oxide Films (United States)


    dehydration . Steady-state reactive molecular beam scattering (RMBS) shows that dehydration is the dominant reaction pathway on clean Mo(1 1 0), while C–Mo(1 1...photoelectrochemical water oxidation performance under simulated solar irradiation of hematite (α-Fe2O3) films synthesized by coevaporation of pure Si and Fe

  14. Pit formation on stainless steel surfaces pre-treated with biosurfactants produced by Pseudomonas fluorescens

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    Dagbert, Catherine [ECP-LGPM, Grande Voie des Vignes, 92295 Chatenay-Malabry (France)], E-mail:; Meylheuc, Thierry; Bellon-Fontaine, Marie-Noelle [INRA, UMR 763 Bioadhesion et Hygiene des Materiaux, F-91300 Massy (France); AGROPARISTECH, UMR 763 Bioadhesion et Hygiene des Materiaux, F-91300 Massy (France)


    Today, it is widely established that the surface tension of water can be reduced by some microorganisms capable of synthesizing surface-active compounds called biosurfactants (BS). BS characteristics depend on the microorganism that produces them and therefore, on the microorganism culture conditions. Some studies on chemical surfactants have shown that the adsorption of surface-active compounds plays a major role in corrosion; indeed they are used as a good corrosion inhibition tool. The purpose of this study was first, to estimate the importance and behavior of the stainless steels passive film on the adsorption of BS, produced by the Gram negative bacteria Pseudomonas fluorescens, and secondly, to study the impact of these treatments on the pitting corrosion. In this paper, the galvanostatic polarization technique, used as accelerated method for determining the characteristic pit potentials on stainless steels, is examined. Pit growth, shape and cover formation were also observed. The surface topography of the corroded specimens was investigated using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM)

  15. Surface Morphology and Growth of Anodic Titania Nanotubes Films: Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Studies

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    Chin Wei Lai


    become the most studied material as they exhibit promising functional properties. In the present study, anodic TiO2 films with different surface morphologies can be synthesized in an organic electrolyte of ethylene glycol (EG by controlling an optimum content of ammonium fluoride (NH4F using electrochemical anodization technique. Based on the results obtained, well-aligned and bundle-free TiO2 nanotube arrays with diameter of 100 nm and length of 8 µm were successfully synthesized in EG electrolyte containing ≈5 wt% of NH4F for 1 h at 60 V. However, formation of nanoporous structure and compact oxide layer would be favored if the content of NH4F was less than 5 wt%. In the photoelectrochemical (PEC water splitting studies, well-aligned TiO2 nanotubular structure exhibited higher photocurrent density of ≈1 mA/cm2 with photoconversion efficiency of ≈2% as compared to the nanoporous and compact oxide layer due to the higher active surface area for the photon absorption to generate more photo-induced electrons during photoexcitation stage.

  16. Effect of alloy addition and growth conditions on the formation of Mg-based bioabsorbable thin films (United States)

    Pursel, Sean M.; Petrilli, John D.; Horn, Mark W.; Shaw, Barbara A.


    Magnesium is an essential mineral in the human body and has recently been studied as a bioabsorbable material for use in cardiac stents. New areas of application can be found in bone plates, bone screws, and orthopedic implants. Magnesium alone has a corrosion rate much too high for use in such applications and has been alloyed with various elements to improve corrosion resistance. The use of vapor deposition to create Mg alloys for the above applications has not been attempted although certain properties of non-equilibrium alloys, namely corrosion resistance, can be improved. Using vapor deposition the characterization of the growth of magnesium alloy thin films has been done utilizing various alloying elements, substrate temperatures, post-deposition treatments, and substrate positions. The results point towards a growth mode controlled by crystallization of the Mg. Mg Sculptured thin films (STFs) are used to demonstrate these effects and potential solutions while also providing a route to control nanoscale surface morphology to enhance cell growth, cell attachment, and absorption properties. The results of the study are presented in terms of x-ray diffraction data, microscopy analysis of growth evolution, and corrosion testing. This magnesium alloy research utilizes a dual source deposition method that has also provided insight about some of the growth modes of other alloy STFs. Engineering of surface morphology using dip coatings and etching has been used in biomedical materials to enhance certain application specific surface properties. STF technology potentially provides a path to merge the advantages of non-equilibrium alloy formation and engineering nanoscale surface morphology.

  17. A complex magnetic structure of ultrathin Fe films on Rh (001) surfaces

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    Takada, Masaki [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Lana Gastelois, Pedro [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Servico de Nanotecnologia, Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, 31270-901 BeloHorizonte, MG (Brazil); Przybylski, Marek, E-mail: [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Kirschner, Juergen [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultaet II, Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, 06120 Halle (Germany)


    We conducted a structural and magnetic analysis of ultrathin Fe films on Rh (001) surfaces by using low electron energy diffraction (LEED), magneto-optical Kerr effects (MOKE) and spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM). The films in the investigated thickness range up to 6 monolayers (ML) are pseudomorphic to the Rh (001) substrate. While Fe films thinner than 3 ML grow layer-by-layer at room temperature (RT), Fe films thicker than 4 ML form islands. 1 ML Fe films do not show any hysteresis loops even at low temperature. Polar hysteresis loops for the 2 ML and 3 ML thick films appear at low temperatures. When 1 ML thick Fe films were studied by Cr- and Fe-coated W tips, a (2 Multiplication-Sign 3) and stripe structures were observed, respectively. The structures originate from a complex magnetic structure of 1 ML Fe. Based on the SP-STM results we propose a spin configuration model of a 1 ML Fe film. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We studied structural and magnetic properties of Fe films grown on an Rh (001). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MOKE measurements revealed that Fe films thicker than 2 ML are ferromagnetic at 5 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe films with thickness of 2 ML and 3 ML exhibit out-of-plane magnetization, those thicker than 4 ML show in-plane magnetization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 1 ML Fe films have a complex magnetic configuration with zero net magnetization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A spin configuration model of 1 ML Fe is proposed based on an SP-STM observation.

  18. Discrete self-similarity in thin films with van der Waals interactions and the formation of iterated structures

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    Dallaston, Michael C; Tseluiko, Dmitri; Kalliadasis, Serafim


    The formation of iterated structures, such as satellite and sub-satellite drops, filaments, bubbles, etc is a common phenomenon in free surface flows. We provide a computational and theoretical study of the origin of these patterns in the case of thin films of viscous fluids subject to long-range molecular forces. Iterated structures appear as a consequence of discrete self-similarity, where patterns repeat themselves, subject to rescaling, periodically in a logarithmic time scale. The result is an infinite sequence of ridges and filaments with similarity properties. The character of these discretely self-similar solutions as the result of a Hopf bifurcation from ordinarily self-similar solutions is also described.

  19. Bulk heterojunction thin film formation by single and dual feed ultrasonic spray method for application in organic solar cells (United States)

    Marathe, D. M.; Tarkas, H. S.; Mahajan, M. S.; Lonkar, G. S.; Tak, S. R.; Sali, J. V.


    We here present a way of preparing the polymer: fullerene BHJ using dual feed method which can lead to formation of pure phases. In this report, we present results of our initial experiments in this direction. The effect of process parameters on the thickness and surface roughness of the active layer has been discussed. The structural and optical properties have been studied using the optical microscope, UV—visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Significant PL quenching indicates efficient charge separation in the BHJ formed using this technique. We have also compared the BHJ thin films prepared with this dual feed ultrasonic technique with the single feed spray method. The BHJ formed using this technique has been used as an active layer in OSC. supported by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, under Faculty Improvement Programme (No. 33-02/12(WRO) Dt.19.03.2013) and the Special Assistance Programme (530/2/DRS/2010(SAP-I)) Phase-II.

  20. Sputtering and surface topography modification of bismuth thin films under swift {sup 84}Kr{sup 15+} ion irradiation

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    Mammeri, S. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger, CRNA, B.P. 399, 02 Bd. Frantz Fanon, Alger-Gare, Algiers (Algeria); Ouichaoui, S., E-mail: [Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie H. Boumediene (USTHB), Faculte de Physique, Laboratoire SNIRM, B.P. 32, El-Alia, 16111 Bab Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Ammi, H. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger, CRNA, B.P. 399, 02 Bd. Frantz Fanon, Alger-Gare, Algiers (Algeria); Pineda-Vargas, C.A. [iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa); Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, CPUT, P.O. Box 1906, Bellville 7535 (South Africa); Dib, A. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger, CRNA, B.P. 399, 02 Bd. Frantz Fanon, Alger-Gare, Algiers (Algeria); Msimanga, M. [iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa)


    The sputtering and surface topography modification of bismuth thin films deposited onto Si substrates and irradiated by 27.5 MeV {sup 84}Kr{sup 15+} ions over the fluence range 10{sup 12}-10{sup 14} cm{sup -2} have been studied using three complementary techniques: Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The RBS analysis reveals a linear reduction of the initial thickness of the irradiated bismuth samples by {approx}4% up to 7% with increasing ion fluence corresponding to a mean sputtering yield of {approx}2.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 2} at/ion. Besides, significant sample surface topography changes occur upon ion irradiation consisting in grain growth and surface roughening clearly pointed out by performed AFM and XRD analyses. Moreover, a close correlation is observed between the variations versus ion fluence of the measured sputtering yield and the determined Bi surface grain size and compressive strain. These moderate Bi surface effects are similar to those pointed out previously for thin films irradiated by MeV heavy ions. They can be mainly caused by inelastic electronic collision mechanisms taking place within the Bi material electronic stopping power regime below the threshold for latent track formation.

  1. Surface structure deduced differences of copper foil and film for graphene CVD growth

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    Tian, Junjun [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Hu, Baoshan, E-mail: [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Wei, Zidong; Jin, Yan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Luo, Zhengtang [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Hongkong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Xia, Meirong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Pan, Qingjiang [Key Laboratory of Functional Inorganic Material Chemistry, Ministry of Education, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150080 (China); Liu, Yunling [State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)


    Highlights: • We demonstrate the significant differences between Cu foil and film in the surface morphology and crystal orientation distribution. • The different surface structure leads to the distinctive influences of the CH₄ and H₂ concentrations on the thickness and quality of as-grown graphene. • Nucleation densities and growth rate differences at the initial growth stages on the Cu foil and film were investigated and discussed. Abstract: Graphene was synthesized on Cu foil and film by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (CVD) with CH₄ as carbon source. Electron backscattered scattering diffraction (EBSD) characterization demonstrates that the Cu foil surface after the H₂-assisted pre-annealing was almost composed of Cu(1 0 0) crystal facet with larger grain size of ~100 μm; meanwhile, the Cu film surface involved a variety of crystal facets of Cu(1 1 1), Cu(1 0 0), and Cu(1 1 0), with the relatively small grain size of ~10 μm. The different surface structure led to the distinctive influences of the CH₄ and H₂ concentrations on the thickness and quality of as-grown graphene. Further data demonstrate that the Cu foil enabled more nucleation densities and faster growth rates at the initial growth stages than the Cu film. Our results are beneficial for understanding the relationship between the metal surface structure and graphene CVD growth.

  2. Combined and independent action of proteins SP-B and SP-C in the surface behavior and mechanical stability of pulmonary surfactant films. (United States)

    Schürch, David; Ospina, Olga L; Cruz, Antonio; Pérez-Gil, Jesús


    The hydrophobic proteins SP-B and SP-C are essential for pulmonary surfactant function, even though they are a relatively minor component (surfactant dry mass). Despite countless studies, their specific differential action and their possible concerted role to optimize the surface properties of surfactant films have not been completely elucidated. Under conditions kept as physiologically relevant as possible, we tested the surface activity and mechanical stability of several surfactant films of varying protein composition in vitro using a captive bubble surfactometer and a novel (to our knowledge) stability test. We found that in the naturally derived surfactant lipid mixtures, surfactant protein SP-B promoted film formation and reextension to lower surface tensions than SP-C, and in particular played a vital role in sustaining film stability at the most compressed states, whereas SP-C produced no stabilization. Preparations containing both proteins together revealed a slight combined effect in enhancing film formation. These results provide a qualitative and quantitative framework for the development of future synthetic therapeutic surfactants, and illustrate the crucial need to include SP-B or an efficient SP-B analog for optimal function. Copyright © 2010 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Surface study of films formed on copper and brass at open circuit potential (United States)

    Procaccini, R.; Schreiner, W. H.; Vázquez, M.; Ceré, S.


    The corrosion resistance of Cu-Zn alloys strongly depends on the quality of the protective passive film. This study focuses on the influence of Zn on the composition of oxide films on copper and brass (Cu77Zn21Al2) in borax 0.1 mol L-1 (pH 9.2) solution, where the solubility of copper oxides is minimal. The effect of the presence of chloride ions at low concentration (0.01 mol L-1) in the electrolyte was also evaluated. Both conditions were studied using a set of different electrochemical, optical and surface techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, differential reflectance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. A duplex Cu2O/CuO layer forms on copper at potentials positive to the open circuit potential (OCP), while in the case of brass, zinc compounds are also incorporated to the surface film. It also became evident that a surface film can be formed on these materials even at potentials negative to the OCP. Zn(II) species are the main constituents of the films growing on brass, while copper oxides are incorporated to the surface film when approaching the OCP. The presence of chloride ions at low concentrations contributes to the dissolution of the oxo-hydroxides formed during the early stages of the aging process at open circuit potential. Also, copper chloro-compounds are formed, as shown by Raman spectroscopy for both copper and brass electrodes.

  4. ITO induced tunability of surface plasmon resonance of silver thin film

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    Hong, Ruijin; Wang, Xianhai; Ji, Jialin; Tao, Chunxian [Engineering Research Center of Optical Instrument and System, Ministry of Education and Shanghai Key Lab of Modern Optical System, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, No. 516 Jungong Road, Shanghai 200093 (China); Zhang, Daohua [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Zhang, Dawei, E-mail: [Engineering Research Center of Optical Instrument and System, Ministry of Education and Shanghai Key Lab of Modern Optical System, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, No. 516 Jungong Road, Shanghai 200093 (China)


    Highlights: • The localized surface plasmon resonance of silver thin film was generated by ITO buffer layer. • The tunability of surface plasmon resonance wavelength was realized by varying silver thin film thickness. • Raman scattering intensity varies with silver layer thickness. • FDTD calculation results of electronic field distribution are consistent with those of experiments. - Abstract: A series of silver films with various thicknesses were deposited on ITO covered silica substrates by magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The tunability of the surface plasmon resonance wavelength was realized by varying the thickness of silver thin film. By adjusting the silver layer thickness from 5 to 40 nm, the resonance wavelength shows a blueshift, which is due to a change in the electromagnetic field coupling strength from the localized surface plasmons excited between the silver thin film and ITO layer. In contrast, when the ITO layer is absent from the system, no noticeable shift in the resonance wavelength is observed upon varying the silver thin film thickness.

  5. Micro-strain, dislocation density and surface chemical state analysis of multication thin films

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    Jayaram, P., E-mail: [Department of Physics, MES Ponnani College Ponnani, Kerala (India); Pradyumnan, P.P. [Department of Physics, University of Calicut, Kerala 673 635 (India); Karazhanov, S.Zh. [Department for Solar Energy, Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller (Norway)


    Multication complex metal oxide thin films are rapidly expanding the class of materials with many technologically important applications. Herein this work, the surface of the pulsed laser deposited thin films of Zn{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} and multinary compounds obtained by substitution/co-substitution of Sn{sup 4+} with In{sup 3+} and Ga{sup 3+} are studied by X-ray photoelectron emission spectroscopy (X-PES) method. Peaks corresponding to the elements of Zn, Sn, Ga, In and O on the film surface has been identified and contribution of the elements has been studied by the computer aided surface analysis (CASA) software. Binding energies, full-width at half maximum (FWHM), spin-orbit splitting energies, asymmetric peak-shape fitting parameters and quantification of elements in the films are discussed. Studies of structural properties of the films by x-ray diffraction (XRD) technique showed inverse spinel type lattice with preferential orientation. Micro-strain, dislocation density and crystallite sizes in the film surface have been estimated.

  6. Structural and electrical properties of an Au film system deposited on silicone oil surfaces

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    Yang Bo; Jin Jin Sheng; Ye Quan Lin; Lao Yan Feng; Jiao Zheng Kuan; Ye Gao Xiang


    An Au thin film system, deposited on silicone oil surfaces by the thermal deposition method, has been fabricated and its structure as well as electrical properties has been studied. A web-shaped characteristic surface morphology of the films is observed. The dc sheet resistance R of the metal films on the liquid surfaces is measured during and after deposition in situ by the four-probe method. The time dependence of the sheet resistance can be explained in terms of the film growth mechanism on the oil surface. The anomalous I-V characteristics of the film system can be interpreted as a competition among the local Joule heating, hopping and tunnelling effects. It is found that the dc third-harmonic coefficient B sub 0 and the zero-power resistance R sub 0 satisfy the power-law relation B sub 0 propor to R sub 0 sup 2 sup + sup w and the exponent w is close to zero. This result indicates that the hopping and tunnelling effects in the samples are much stronger than those of the other film systems. We also find I...

  7. Surface plasmon resonance biochip based on ZnO thin film for nitric oxide sensing. (United States)

    Feng, Wei-Yi; Chiu, Nan-Fu; Lu, Hui-Hsin; Shih, Hsueh-Ching; Yang, Dongfang; Lin, Chii-Wann


    In this study, the design of a novel optical sensor that comprises surface plasmon resonance sensing chip and zinc oxide nano-film was proposed for the detection of nitric oxide gas. The electrical and optical properties of zinc oxide film vary in the presence of nitric oxide. This effect was utilized to prepare biochemical sensors with transduction based on surface plasmon resonance. Due to the refractive index of the transparent zinc oxide film that was deposited on the gold film, however, changes will be observed in the surface plasmon resonance spectra. For this reason, the thickness of zinc oxide film will be investigated and determined in this study. The interaction of nitric oxide with a 20 nm zinc oxide layer on gold leads to the shift of the resonance angle. The analysis on the reflectance intensity of light demonstrates that such effect is caused by the variation of conductivity and permittivity of zinc oxide film. Finally, a shift in surface plasmon resonance angle was measured in 25 ppm nitric oxide at 180 C and a calibration curve of nitride oxide concentration versus response intensity was successfully obtained in the range of 250 to 1000 ppm nitric oxide at lower temperature of 150 C. Moreover, these effects are quasi-reversible.

  8. Effect of ZDDP concentration on the thermal film formation on steel, hydrogenated non-doped and Si-doped DLC

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    Akbari, S. [Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Kovač, J. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 19, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Kalin, M., E-mail: [Laboratory for Tribology and Interface Nanotechnology, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana (Slovenia)


    Highlights: • The effect of the ZDDP concentrations onto the steel, H-DLC and Si-DLC surfaces is investigated. • ZDDP film structure on the DLC coatings is different from steel. • Different concentrations of ZDDP do not affect the final chemical structure of the ZDDP film on any of the studied surfaces. • The thickness of the thermal film is linear with the concentration for a given surface. • The reactivity of the ZDDP film is higher on the steel surface than on the DLC coatings. - Abstract: This work focuses on the ZDDP concentration (1, 5 and 20 wt%) to form a ZDDP film on surfaces during static thermal tests at 150 °C. Silicon-doped and hydrogenated DLC coatings, as well as steel as reference, were studied using Attenuated Total Reflection-Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The results show that, on the three surfaces, the structure of the ZDDP thermal film consists of identical groups of pyrophosphate and zinc oxide, while the sulphuric groups are dissimilar. On the steel surface, the sulphuric part consists of a mixture of organic sulphide and sulphohydryl groups, but on H-DLC and Si-DLC only organic sulphide groups are found; there are no sulphohydryl groups. Moreover, both ATR-FTIR and XPS show that different concentrations of ZDDP do not affect the final chemical structure of the ZDDP thermal film on any of the studied surfaces. In addition, the XPS results show that the thickness of the thermal film is linear with the concentration for the whole range from 1 to 20 wt%, supporting also its uniform chemical structure. These thicknesses further show that the reactivity of the ZDDP film is higher on the steel surface than on the DLC coatings.

  9. Extraction of agar from Gelidium sesquipedale (Rhodopyta) and surface characterization of agar based films. (United States)

    Guerrero, P; Etxabide, A; Leceta, I; Peñalba, M; de la Caba, K


    The chemical structure of the agar obtained from Gelidium sesquipedale (Rhodophyta) has been determined by (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance ((13)C NMR) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Agar (AG) films with different amounts of soy protein isolate (SPI) were prepared using a thermo-moulding method, and transparent and hydrophobic films were obtained and characterized. FTIR analysis provided a detailed description of the binding groups present in the films, such as carboxylic, hydroxyl and sulfonate groups, while the surface composition was examined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The changes observed by FTIR and XPS spectra suggested interactions between functional groups of agar and SPI. This is a novel approach to the characterization of agar-based films and provides knowledge about the compatibility of agar and soy protein for further investigation of the functional properties of biodegradable films based on these biopolymers. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Use of response surface methodology (RSM) to optimize pea starch-chitosan novel edible film formulation. (United States)

    Thakur, Rahul; Saberi, Bahareh; Pristijono, Penta; Stathopoulos, Costas E; Golding, John B; Scarlett, Christopher J; Bowyer, Michael; Vuong, Quan V


    The aim of this study was to develop an optimal formulation for preparation of edible films from chitosan, pea starch and glycerol using response surface methodology. Three independent variables were assigned comprising chitosan (1-2%), pea starch (0.5-1.5%) and glycerol (0.5-1%) to design an empirical model best fit in physical, mechanical and barrier attributes. Impacts of independent variables on thickness, moisture content, solubility, tensile strength, elastic modulus, elongation at break and water vapor permeability of films were evaluated. All the parameters were found to have significant effects on physical and mechanical properties of film. The optimal formulation for preparation of edible film from chitosan, pea starch and glycerol was 1% chitosan, 1.5% pea starch and 0.5% glycerol. Edible films with good physical and mechanical properties can be prepared with this formulation and thus this formulation can be further applied for testing on coating for fruit and vegetables.

  11. Surface structures from low energy electron diffraction: Atoms, small molecules and an ordered ice film on metal surfaces

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    Materer, Nicholas F. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    We investigated the surface bonding of various adsorbates (0, S, C2H3 and NO) along with the resulting relaxation of the Pt(111) surface using low energy electron diffiraction (LEED). LEED experiments have been performed on these ordered overlayers along with theoretical structural analysis using automated tensor LEED (ATLEED). The resulting surface structures of these ordered overlayers exhibit similar adsorbate-induced relaxations. In all cases the adsorbate occupies the fcc hollow site and induces an approximately 0.1 A buckling of the metal surface. The three metal atoms directly bonded to the adsorbate are ``pulled`` out of the surface and the metal atom that is not bound to the adsorbate is `pushed`` inward. In order to understand the reliability of such details, we have carried out a comprehensive study of various non-structural parameters used in a LEED computation. We also studied the adsorption of water on the Pt(lll) surface. We ordered an ultra thin ice film on this surface. The film`s surface is found to be the (0001) face of hexagonal ice. This surface is apparently terminated by a full-bilayer, in which the uppermost water molecules have large vibrational amplitudes even at temperatures as low as 90 K. We examined two other metal surfaces besides Pt(111): Ni(111) and Fe(lll). On Ni(111), we have studied the surface under a high coverage of NO. On both Ni(111) and Pt(111) NO molecules occupy the hollow sites and the N-0 bond distances are practically identical. The challenging sample preparation of an Fe(111) surface has been investigated and a successful procedure has been obtained. The small interlayer spacing found on Fe(111) required special treatment in the LEED calculations. A new ATLEED program has been developed to handle this surface.

  12. Real time study of amalgam formation and mercury adsorption on thin gold film by total internal reflection ellipsometry (United States)

    Paulauskas, A.; Selskis, A.; Bukauskas, V.; Vaicikauskas, V.; Ramanavicius, A.; Balevicius, Z.


    Total internal reflection ellipsometry (TIRE) was utilized in its dynamic data acquisition mode to reveal the percentage of mercury present in an amalgam surface layer. In determining the optical constants of the amalgam film, the non-homogeneities of the formed surface layer were taken into account. The composition of the amalgam layer by percentage was determined using the EMA Bruggemann model for the analysis of the TIRE data. Regression results showed that amalgam layer consisted of mercury 16.00 ± 0.43% and gold 84.00 ± 0.43%. This real time TIRE analysis has shown that for these studies method can detect 0.6 ± 0.4% of mercury on a gold surface, proving that this is a suitable optical technique for obtaining real time readouts. The structural analysis of SEM and AFM have shown that the amalgam layer had a dendritic structure, which formation was determined by the weak adhesion of the gold atoms onto its surface.

  13. Theoretical study of the transmission properties of a metallic film with surface corrugations

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    Xiao, Sanshui; Qiu, Min


    Transmissions through a metallic film at near-infrared wavelengths with different surface corrugations on both sides are systemically studied. The calculations are performed by the three-dimensional finite-different time-domain method. Calculated results show that the transmissions are strongly...... by a competition between the absorption in the metal and enhanced transmission due to coupled surface plasmon resonance....... dependent on the surface structures. Compared with other structures, the transmission for a film periodically drilled by cross air grooves are relatively larger. Transmission is enhanced more with symmetric conditions on both layers than the asymmetric case. The enhanced transmission can be explained...

  14. Investigation of Ge film growth on Si(100) surface by registering diffractometry

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    Nikiforov, A I; Pchelyakov, O P


    In situ registration of high energy electron diffraction patterns was used for constructing the diagram of structural and morphological states of Ge film on Si(1000) surface. The following regions are iden