Sample records for terbium phosphides

  1. Elastic properties of terbium

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    Spichkin, Y.I.; Bohr, Jakob; Tishin, A.M.


    The temperature dependence of the Young modulus along the crystallographic axes b and c (E(b) and E(c)), and the internal friction of a terbium single crystal have been measured. At 4.2 K, E(b) and E(c) are equal to 38 and 84.5 GPa, respectively. The lattice part of the Young modulus and the Debye...... temperature has been calculated. The origin of the Young modulus anomalies arising at the transition to the magnetically ordered state is discussed....

  2. Gallium phosphide energy converters (United States)

    Sims, P. E.; DiNetta, Louis C.; DuganCavanagh, K.; Goetz, M. A.


    Betavoltaic power supplies based on gallium phosphide can supply long term low-level power with high reliability. Results are presented for GaP devices powered by Ni-63 and tritiarated phosphors. Leakage currents as low as 1.2 x 10(exp -17) A/cm(exp 2) have been measured and the temperature dependence of the reverse saturation current is found to have ideal behavior. A small demonstration system has been assembled that generates and stores enough electricity to light up an LED.

  3. Phonon properties of americium phosphide (United States)

    Arya, B. S.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Sanyal, S. P.


    Phonon properties of AmP have been studied by using breathing shell models (BSM) which includes breathing motion of electrons of the Am atoms due to f-d hybridization. The phonon dispersion curves, specific heat calculated from present model. The calculated phonon dispersion curves of AmP are presented follow the same trend as observed in uranium phosphide. We discuss the significance of this approach in predicting the phonon dispersion curves of these compounds and examine the role of electron-phonon interaction.

  4. Methemoglobinemia in aluminum phosphide poisoning. (United States)

    Shadnia, Shahin; Soltaninejad, Kambiz; Hassanian-Moghadam, Hossein; Sadeghi, Anahaita; Rahimzadeh, Hormat; Zamani, Nasim; Ghasemi-Toussi, Alireza; Abdollahi, Mohammad


    Acute aluminum phosphide (AlP) poisoning is one of the most common causes of acute pesticide poisoning in Iran. Hydrogen phosphide or phosphine gas is produced following reaction of AlP with water even at ambient humidity. Methemoglobinemia is a rare finding following phosphine poisoning. In this paper, two cases of fatal AlP poisoning complicated by methemoglobinemia are reported. Two patients presented following suicidal ingestion of AlP tablets. In the Emergency Department (ED), they received gastric lavage with sodium bicarbonate and potassium permanganate. Both of them received supportive care. In each case, hematuria and hemolysis were significant events. The patients also showed a decrease in O(2) saturation in spite of high FIO(2). Methemoglobin levels of 40% and 30% were detected by co-oximetry. Neither patient responded to treatment (ascorbic acid in one case, methylene blue in the other). Both patients died due to systemic effects of phosphine poisoning. Hemolysis and methemoglobinemia may complicate the course of phosphine poisoning that seems resistant to methylene blue and ascorbic acid. Therefore, other treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy and exchange blood transfusion should be considered.

  5. Aluminium phosphide induced acute kidney injury

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    Quaiser Saif


    Full Text Available Aluminium phosphide is one of the most common agricultural poisons being consumed in north India. Consumption of a fresh tablet is lethal as no antidote is available. Acute intoxication primarily presents with cardiovascular collapse due to myocardial toxicity. We report here a case of acute severe poisoning along with cardiovascular collapse and oliguria. The patient developed acute kidney injury during the illness (a rare entity in aluminium phosphide poisoning, which completely resolved following prompt conservative treatment.

  6. Critical scattering of neutrons from terbium

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    Als-Nielsen, Jens Aage; Dietrich, O.W.; Marshall, W.


    The inelasticity of the critical scattering of neutrons in terbium has been measured above the Neél temperature at the (0, 0, 2−Q) satellite position. The results show that dynamic slowing down of the fluctuations does occur in a second‐order phase transition in agreement with the general theory...

  7. Semiconductor composition containing iron, dysprosium, and terbium

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    Pooser, Raphael C.; Lawrie, Benjamin J.; Baddorf, Arthur P.; Malasi, Abhinav; Taz, Humaira; Farah, Annettee E.; Kalyanaraman, Ramakrishnan; Duscher, Gerd Josef Mansfred; Patel, Maulik K.


    An amorphous semiconductor composition includes 1 to 70 atomic percent iron, 15 to 65 atomic percent dysprosium, 15 to 35 atomic percent terbium, balance X, wherein X is at least one of an oxidizing element and a reducing element. The composition has an essentially amorphous microstructure, an optical transmittance of at least 50% in at least the visible spectrum and semiconductor electrical properties.

  8. Obtaining of Trialkylphosphates in Anodic Dissolution of Copper Phosphide


    A. P. Aueshov; М. S. Satayev; A. S. Tukibayeva


    Due to obtain trialkylphosphate is suggested to use anodic solution of copper phosphide in alcohol solutions. At this, it can use copper phosphide, obtained at the processing of wastes of phosphorus production. Moreover, it is presented ways of obtaining of tri-n-butylphosphate and tri-izo-butylphosphate.

  9. Comment on " An update on toxicology of aluminum phosphide "

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    Omid Mehrpour


    Full Text Available I read with interest the recent published article by Dr Moghadamnia titled "An update on toxicology of aluminum phosphide". Since aluminum phosphide (AlP poisoning is an important medical concern in Iran, I have had the opportunities to work and publish many papers in this regard. I would like to comment on that paper.

  10. Synthesis, characterization and properties of hollow nickel phosphide nanospheres

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    Ni Yonghong; Tao Ali; Hu Guangzhi; Cao Xiaofeng; Wei Xianwen; Yang Zhousheng [College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Anhui Key Laboratory of Functional Molecular Solids, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000 (China)


    Nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 12}P{sub 5}) hollow nanospheres with a mean diameter of 100 nm and a shell thickness of 15-20 nm have been successfully prepared by a hydrothermal-microemulsion route, using NaH{sub 2}PO{sub 2} as a phosphorus source. XRD, EDS (HR)TEM, SEM and the SAED pattern were used to characterize the final product. Experiments showed that the as-prepared nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres could selectively catalytically degrade some organic dyes such as methyl red and Safranine T under 254 nm UV light irradiation. At the same time, the nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres showed a stronger ability to promote electron transfer between the glass-carbon electrode and adrenalin than nickel phosphide honeycomb-like particles prepared by a simple hydrothermal route. A possible formation process for nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres was suggested based on the experimental results.

  11. Enhanced hydrogen evolution reaction on hybrids of cobalt phosphide and molybdenum phosphide (United States)

    Fang, Si-Ling; Chou, Tsu-Chin; Samireddi, Satyanarayana; Chen, Kuei-Hsien; Chen, Li-Chyong; Chen, Wei-Fu


    Production of hydrogen from water electrolysis has stimulated the search of sustainable electrocatalysts as possible alternatives. Recently, cobalt phosphide (CoP) and molybdenum phosphide (MoP) received great attention owing to their superior catalytic activity and stability towards the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) which rivals platinum catalysts. In this study, we synthesize and study a series of catalysts based on hybrids of CoP and MoP with different Co/Mo ratio. The HER activity shows a volcano shape and reaches a maximum for Co/Mo = 1. Tafel analysis indicates a change in the dominating step of Volmer-Hyrovský mechanism. Interestingly, X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed a major ternary interstitial hexagonal CoMoP2 crystal phase is formed which enhances the electrochemical activity.

  12. A new approach to synthesize supported ruthenium phosphides for hydrodesulfurization

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    Wang, Qingfang [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Water Environment and Resources, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (MOE), Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Wang, Zhiqiang [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Water Environment and Resources, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Yin, Xiaoqian; Zhou, Linxi [Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (MOE), Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Zhang, Minghui, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (MOE), Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); College of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Kashgar University, Kashgar 844006 (China)


    Highlights: • We bring out a new method to synthesize noble metal phosphides at low temperature. • Both RuP and Ru{sub 2}P were synthesized using triphenylphosphine as phosphorus sources. • Ru{sub 2}P was the better active phase for HDS than RuP and metal Ru. • RuP/SiO{sub 2} prepared by new method had better HDS activity to that by TPR method. - Abstract: Supported noble metal ruthenium phosphides were synthesized by one-step H{sub 2}-thermal treatment method using triphenylphosphine (TPP) as phosphorus sources at low temperatures. Two phosphides RuP and Ru{sub 2}P can be prepared by this method via varying the molar ratio of metal salt and TPP. The as-prepared phosphides were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), low-temperature N{sub 2} adsorption, CO chemisorption and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). The supported ruthenium phosphides prepared by new method and conventional method together with contradistinctive metallic ruthenium were evaluated in hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of dibenzothiophene (DBT). The catalytic results showed that metal-rich Ru{sub 2}P was the better active phase for HDS than RuP and metal Ru. Besides this, ruthenium phosphide catalyst prepared by new method exhibited superior HDS activity to that prepared by conventional method.

  13. Raman spectroscopy study of the doping effect of the encapsulated terbium halogenides on single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Kharlamova, M.V.; Kramberger, C.; Mittelberger, A. [University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, Vienna (Austria)


    In the present work, the doping effect of terbium chloride, terbium bromide, and terbium iodide on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) was compared by Raman spectroscopy. A precise investigation of the doping-induced alterations of the Raman modes of the filled SWCNTs was conducted. The shifts of the components of the Raman modes and modification of their profiles allowed concluding that the inserted terbium halogenides have acceptor doping effect on the SWCNTs, and the doping efficiency increases in the line with terbium iodide, terbium bromide, and terbium chloride. (orig.)

  14. Magnetocaloric effect of thin Terbium films (United States)

    Mello, V. D.; Anselmo, D. H. A. L.; Vasconcelos, M. S.; Almeida, N. S.


    We report a theoretical study of the magnetocaloric effect of Terbium (Tb) thin films due to finite size and surface effects in the helimagnetic phase, corresponding to a temperature range from TC=219 K to TN=231 K, for external fields of the order of kOe. For a Tb thin film of 6 monolayers submitted to an applied field (ΔH =30 kOe, ΔH =50 kOe and ΔH = 70 kOe) we report a significative change in adiabatic temperature, ΔT / ΔH , near the Néel temperature, of the order ten times higher than that observed for Tb bulk. On the other hand, for small values of the magnetic field, large thickness effects are found. For external field strength around few kOe, we have found that the thermal caloric efficiency increases remarkably for ultrathin films. For an ultrathin film with 6 monolayers, we have found ΔT / ΔH = 43 K/T while for thicker films, with 20 monolayers, ΔT / ΔH = 22 K/T. Our results suggest that thin films of Tb are a promising material for magnetocaloric effect devices for applications at intermediate temperatures.

  15. Femtosecond XUV spectroscopy of gadolinium and terbium

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    Carley, Robert; Frietsch, Bjoern; Doebrich, Kristian; Teichmann, Martin; Gahl, Cornelius; Noack, Frank [Max-Born-Institute, Berlin (Germany); Schwarzkopf, Olaf; Wernet, Philippe [Helmholtz-Zentrum fuer Materialien und Energie (BESSY II), Berlin (Germany); Weinelt, Martin [Max-Born-Institute, Berlin (Germany); Fachbereich Physik, Freie Universitaet, Berlin (Germany)


    We present recent results of time-resolved IR-pump-XUV-probe experiments on the ultrafast demagnetization of thin films of Gadolinium(0001) and Terbium(0001) on Tungsten(110). The experiments are the first to be done using a newly developed high-order harmonics (HHG) XUV beamline at the MBI. The beamline delivers monochromated XUV pulses of approximately 150 fs duration with a photon energy resolution of up to 150 meV. Following excitation by intense femtosecond infrared (IR) pulses, photoemission with 35 eV photons allows us to directly probe the 4f electrons and their interaction with the valence band, both in the bulk and at the surface, to follow the ultrafast magnetization dynamics in the Lanthanide metals. As signatures of ultrafast demagnetization of the metal by the IR pulse, we see for the first time, rapid strong reduction of the exchange splitting in the valence band. This is followed by a slower demagnetization due to the spin-lattice interaction.

  16. A Rare but Potentially Fatal Poisoning; Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

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    Orkun Tolunay


    Full Text Available Phosphide, a very toxic gas, is used in our country as aluminium phosphide tablets impregnated in clay. It is widely used since it has a very high diffusion capacity, whereby it can eradicate all living creatures in any form of their life cycle and does not leave any remnants in agricultural products. Aluminum phosphide poisoning is among intoxications for which there are still no true antidotes. Mortality rate varies between 30% and 100%. This paper presents a case of aluminum phosphide poisoning caused by the uncompleted suicide attempt. A 14-year-old girl, who swallowed aluminum phosphate tablets, was brought to the emergency department with the complaints of nausea and vomiting. The patient was treated with gastric lavage and activated charcoal. Since the patient ingested a lethal amount of aluminum phosphide, she was referred to the pediatric intensive care unit. The patient was discharged in stable condition after supportive care and monitoring. Specific antidotes are life-saving in poisonings. However, this case was presented to show how general treatment principles and quick access to health services affect the result of treatment. Also, we aimed to highlight the uncontrolled selling of aluminum phosphate, which results in high mortality rates in case of poisoning.

  17. Controlled synthesis and magnetic properties of nickel phosphide and bimetallic iron-nickel phosphide nanorods

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    Singh, Bhupendra; Ho, Chia-Ling [National Cheng Kung University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Taiwan (China); Tseng, Yuan-Chieh [National Chiao Tung University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiwan (China); Lo, Chieh-Tsung, E-mail: [National Cheng Kung University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Taiwan (China)


    Nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 2}P) and bimetallic iron-nickel phosphides [(Fe{sub x}Ni{sub y}){sub 2}P] nanorods were fabricated by a seeded growth strategy. This strategy utilized pre-synthesized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles as seeds and the thermal decomposition of metal precursors by multiple injections in a solution containing trioctylphosphine and didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB). The nanorods were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and magnetic measurements were carried out using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The rod length was tunable, ranging from 10 to 110 nm depending on the number of injections, whereas the diameter of the rods was nearly 6 nm. It was found that the rod size increased with the number of injections under the constant total injection concentration and reaction time. In addition, the effect of the DDAB quantity used as a co-surfactant was studied, which showed that an optimum quantity was required to achieve uniform nanorods. Magnetic characterizations were performed over the two kinds of nanorods to identify their respective magnetic phases. The results demonstrated that the Ni{sub 2}P nanorods were defined as a Curie-Weiss paramagnet, whereas the (Fe{sub x}Ni{sub y}){sub 2}P nanorods exhibited superparamagnetic characteristics.

  18. An update on toxicology of aluminum phosphide

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    Moghadamnia Ali


    Full Text Available Abstract Aluminum phosphide (AlP is a cheap solid fumigant and a highly toxic pesticide which is commonly used for grain preservation. In Iran it is known as the “rice tablet”. AlP has currently aroused interest with increasing number of cases in the past four decades due to increased use in agricultural and non-agricultural purposesand also its easy availability in the markets has increased its misuse to commit suicide. Upon contact with moisture in the environment, AlP undergoes a chemical reaction yielding phosphine gas, which is the active pesticidal component. Phosphine inhibits cellular oxygen utilization and can induce lipid peroxidation. It was reported that AlP has a mortality rate more than 50% of intoxication cases. Poisoning with AlP has usually occurred in attempts to suicide. It is a more common case in adults rather than teen agers. In some eastern countries it is a very common agent with rapid action for suicide. Up to date, there is no effective antidote or treatment for its intoxication. Also, some experimental results suggest that magnesium sulfate, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC, glutathione, vitamin C and E, beta-carotenes, coconut oil and melatonin may play an important role in reducing the oxidative outcomes of phosphine. This article reviews the experimental and clinical features of AlP intoxication and tries to suggest a way to encounter its poisoning.

  19. An Update on Toxicology of Aluminum Phosphide

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    Ali Akbar Moghhadamnia


    Full Text Available Aluminum phosphide (AlP is a cheap solid fumigant and a highly toxic pesticide which is commonly used for grain preservation. In Iran it is known as the "rice tablet". AlP has currently aroused interest with increasing number of cases in the past four decades due to increased use in agricultural and non-agricultural purposes and also its easy availability in the markets has increased its misuse to commit suicide. Upon contact with moisture in the environment, AlP undergoes a chemical reaction yielding phosphine gas, which is the active pesticidal component. Phosphine inhibits cellular oxygen utilization and can induce lipid peroxidation. It was reported that AlP has a mortality rate more than 50% of intoxication cases. Poisoning with AlP has usually occurred in attempts to suicide. It is a more common case in adults rather than teen agers. In some eastern countries it is a very common agent with rapid action for suicide. Up to date, there is no effective antidote or treatment for its intoxication. Also, some experimental results suggest that magnesium sulfate, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC, glutathione, vitamin C and E, beta-carotenes, coconut oil and melatonin may play an important role in reducing the oxidative outcomes of phosphine. This article reviews the experimental and clinical features of AlP intoxication and tries to suggest a way to encounter its poisoning.

  20. Acute aluminium phosphide poisoning, what is new?

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    Yatendra Singh


    Full Text Available Aluminium phosphide (AlP is a cheap solid fumigant and a highly toxic pesticide that is commonly used for grain preservation. AlP has currently generated interest with increasing number of cases in the past four decades because of its increased use for agricultural and nonagricultural purposes, and also its easy availability in the markets has led to its increased misuse to commit suicide. Ingestion is usually suicidal in intent, uncommonly accidental and rarely homicidal. The poison affects all systems, shock, cardiac arrhythmias with varied ECG changes and gastrointestinal features being the most prominent. Diagnosis is made on the basis of clinical suspicion, a positive silver nitrate paper test to phosphine, and gastric aspirate and viscera biochemistry. Treatment includes early gastric lavage with potassium permanganate or a combination of coconut oil and sodium bicarbonate, administration of charcoal and palliative care. Specific therapy includes intravenous magnesium sulphate and oral coconut oil. Unfortunately, the lack of a specific antidote Results in very high mortality and the key to treatment lies in rapid decontamination and institution of resuscitative measures. This article aims to identify the salient features and mechanism of AlP poisoning along with its management strategies and prognostic variables.

  1. Green fluorescence of terbium ions in lithium fluoroborate glasses ...

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    Glasses; terbium ion; oscillator strengths; fluorescence; lifetimes; fibre lasers. 1. Introduction. Today glasses are most favourable engineering materials for abundant applications due to the wide ability of property altering by compositional modifications. The considerable examination of glass science to achieve required ...

  2. Green fluorescence of terbium ions in lithium fluoroborate glasses ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 39; Issue 3. Green fluorescence of terbium ions in lithium fluoroborate glasses for fibre lasers and display devices. G R DILLIP C MADHUKAR REDDY M RAJESH SHIVANAND CHAURASIA B DEVA PRASAD RAJU S W JOO. Volume 39 Issue 3 June 2016 pp 711-717 ...

  3. Fatal aluminum phosphide poisonings in Tirana (Albania), 2009 - 2013. (United States)

    Sulaj, Zihni; Drishti, Alert; Çeko, Irena; Gashi, Amarda; Vyshka, Gentian


    Acute poisonings particularly through pesticides have become a major public health concern in Albania during the last decade. The number of fatalities due to aluminum phosphide intoxications was more than doubled during a five year-period from 2009 to 2013, and a cluster of suicides perpetrated with Phostoxin was registered. Several factors are accountable for such a phenomenon, including the fact that aluminum phosphide agents are freely available in the Albanian market, their price is extremely low and they are sold without any legal restriction. The mass media unfortunately warranted an emulating effect to dramatic intoxications, which gained by such means the notoriety of a secure lethal weapon. Our experience with more than three hundred intoxications with aluminum phosphide agents in the last five years, showed that a considerable delay from the moment of exposure (mainly through ingestion) to specialized medical help seeking, created a considerable obstacle for a successful treatment of cases, and eventually for the survival of patients. The lack of a specific antidote adds further challenges to all these exposures. The need for public health policies aiming at prevention, awareness, and possibly the substitution of Phostoxin or other aluminum phosphide pesticides with less dangerous agents is formulated.

  4. Polyserositis: An Unusual Complication of Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

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    Ashish Bhalla


    Full Text Available   Background: Aluminum phosphide is the common cause of poisoning in adults in India, with a very high case fatality ratio. We studied five patients of aluminum phosphide poisoning with polyserositis. Methods: We enrolled all patients with aluminum phosphide poisoning presenting to emergency medical department, at a tertiary care hospital in northwestern India from January to July 2006. These patients were managed according to a standard treatment protocol and their complications were recorded. Results: During the study period, total of 35 patients were admitted with 57.5% mortality in the first 12 hours. Among the rest, 5 patients were found to develop polyserositis. All these patients had severe hypotension at presentation and developed respiratory distress requiring mechanical ventilation after an average stay of 3.8 days post-ingestion. They were managed conservatively and four of them were discharged from the hospital after the average stay of 10 days. Conclusion: In this case series, features of polyserositis (pleural effusion, ascites and pericardial effusion were found in 15% patients of severe aluminum phosphide poisoning. We postulate systemic capillary leak syndrome, secondary to mitochondrial damage in the endothelium, as a possible mechanism.        

  5. Optical and photocatalytic properties of indium phosphide nanoneedles and nanotubes

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    Yu, Yanlong; Yu, Cuiyan; Xu, Tao


    Large scale indium phosphide (InP) nanoneedles and nanotubes were synthesized through a facile solvothermal reaction. The morphology and microstructure of the samples were analyzed by employing scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, and Ult...... an enhanced photocatalytic performance as compared to the InP nanoneedles and nanoparticles. [All rights reserved Elsevier]....

  6. Terahertz Cherenkov radiation from ultrafast magnetization in terbium gallium garnet (United States)

    Gorelov, S. D.; Mashkovich, E. A.; Tsarev, M. V.; Bakunov, M. I.


    We report an experimental observation of terahertz Cherenkov radiation from a moving magnetic moment produced in terbium gallium garnet by a circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulse via the inverse Faraday effect. Contrary to some existing theoretical predictions, the polarity of the observed radiation unambiguously demonstrates the paramagnetic, rather than diamagnetic, nature of the ultrafast inverse Faraday effect. From measurements of the radiation field, the Verdet constant in the subpicosecond regime is ˜3-10 times smaller than its table quasistatic value.

  7. Indium phosphide space solar cell research: Where we are and where we are going (United States)

    Jain, R. K.; Flood, D. J.; Weinberg, Irving


    Indium phosphide is considered to be a strong contender for many photovoltaic space applications because of its radiation resistance and its potential for high efficiency. An overview of recent progress is presented, and possible future research directions for indium phosphide space solar cells are discussed. The topics considered include radiation damage studies and space flight experiments.

  8. A gallium phosphide high-temperature bipolar junction transistor (United States)

    Zipperian, T. E.; Dawson, L. R.; Chaffin, R. J.


    Preliminary results are reported on the development of a high temperature (350 C) gallium phosphide bipolar junction transistor (BJT) for geothermal and other energy applications. This four-layer p(+)n(-)pp(+) structure was formed by liquid phase epitaxy using a supercooling technique to insure uniform nucleation of the thin layers. Magnesium was used as the p-type dopant to avoid excessive out-diffusion into the lightly doped base. By appropriate choice of electrodes, the device may also be driven as an n-channel junction field-effect transistor. The initial design suffers from a series resistance problem which limits the transistor's usefulness at high temperatures.

  9. Gallium Phosphide as a material for visible and infrared optics

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    Václavík J.


    Full Text Available Gallium phosphide is interesting material for optical system working in both visible and MWIR or LWIR spectral ranges. Number of a material available for these applications is limited. They are typically salts, fluorides or sulphides and usually exhibit unfavorable properties like brittleness; softness; solubility in water and small chemical resistance. Although GaP has do not offer best optical parameters excels over most other material in mechanical and chemical resistance. The article describes its most important characteristics and outlines some applications where GaP should prove useful.

  10. Clinical characteristics of zinc phosphide poisoning in Thailand

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    Trakulsrichai S


    Full Text Available Satariya Trakulsrichai,1,2 Natcha Kosanyawat,1 Pongsakorn Atiksawedparit,1 Charuwan Sriapha,2 Achara Tongpoo,2 Umaporn Udomsubpayakul,3 Panee Rittilert,2 Winai Wananukul2 1Department of Emergency Medicine, 2Ramathibodi Poison Center, 3Section for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand Objective: The objectives of this study were to describe the clinical characteristics and outcomes of poisoning by zinc phosphide, a common rodenticide in Thailand, and to evaluate whether these outcomes can be prognosticated by the clinical presentation. Materials and methods: A 3-year retrospective cohort study was performed using data from the Ramathibodi Poison Center Toxic Exposure Surveillance System. Results: In total, 455 poisonings were identified. Most were males (60.5% and from the central region of Thailand (71.0%. The mean age was 39.91±19.15 years. The most common route of exposure was oral (99.3%. Most patients showed normal vital signs, oxygen saturation, and consciousness at the first presentation. The three most common clinical presentations were gastrointestinal (GI; 68.8%, cardiovascular (22.0%, and respiratory (13.8% signs and symptoms. Most patients had normal blood chemistry laboratory results and chest X-ray findings at presentation. The median hospital stay was 2 days, and the mortality rate was 7%. Approximately 70% of patients underwent GI decontamination, including gastric lavage and a single dose of activated charcoal. In all, 31 patients were intubated and required ventilator support. Inotropic drugs were given to 4.2% of patients. Four moribund patients also received hyperinsulinemia–euglycemia therapy and intravenous hydrocortisone; however, all died. Patients who survived and died showed significant differences in age, duration from taking zinc phosphide to hospital presentation, abnormal vital signs at presentation (tachycardia

  11. Terbium luminescence in alumina xerogel fabricated in porous anodic alumina matrix under various excitation conditions

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    Gaponenko, N. V., E-mail: [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (Belarus); Kortov, V. S. [Yeltsin Ural Federal University (Russian Federation); Orekhovskaya, T. I.; Nikolaenko, I. A. [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (Belarus); Pustovarov, V. A.; Zvonarev, S. V.; Slesarev, A. I. [Yeltsin Ural Federal University (Russian Federation); Prislopski, S. Ya. [National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus)


    Terbium-doped alumina xerogel layers are synthesized by the sol-gel method in pores of a porous anodic alumina film 1 {mu}m thick with a pore diameter of 150-180 nm; the film is grown on a silicon substrate. The fabricated structures exhibit terbium photoluminescence with bands typical of trivalent terbium terms. Terbium X-ray luminescence with the most intense band at 542 nm is observed for the first time for such a structure. Morphological analysis of the structure by scanning electron microscopy shows the presence of xerogel clusters in pore channels, while the main pore volume remains unfilled and pore mouths remain open. The data obtained confirm the promising applications of fabricated structures for developing matrix converters of X-rays and other ionizing radiations into visible light. The possibilities of increasing luminescence intensity in the matrix converter are discussed.

  12. Optical Properties of Lithium Terbium Fluoride and Implications for Performance in High Power Lasers (Postprint) (United States)



  13. Detection of biothiols in cells by a terbium chelate-Hg (II) system (United States)

    Tan, Hongliang; Chen, Yang


    Great efforts have been devoted to the development of sensitive and specific analysis methods for biothiols because of their important roles in biological systems. We present a new detection system for biothiols that is based on the reversible quenching and restoration of fluorescence of terbium chelate caused by Hg2+ and thiol species. In the presence of biothiols, a restoration of fluorescence of terbium chelate after quenching by Hg2+ was observed due to the interaction of Hg2+ with thiol groups, and the restored fluorescence increased with the concentration of biothiols. This method was sensitive and selective for biothiols. The detection limit was 80 nM for glutathione, 100 nM for Hcy, and 400 nM for Cysteine, respectively. The terbium chelate-Hg (II) system was successfully applied to determine the levels of biothiols in cancer cells and urine samples. Further, it was also shown to be comparable to Ellman's assay. Compared to other fluorescence methods, the terbium chelate probe is advantageous because interference from short-lived nonspecific fluorescence can be efficiently eliminated due to the long fluorescence lifetime of terbium chelate, which allows for detection by time-resolved fluorescence. The terbium chelate probe can serve as a diagnostic tool for the detection of abnormal levels of biothiols in disease.

  14. Cryogenic temperature characteristics of Verdet constant of terbium sesquioxide ceramics (United States)

    Snetkov, I. L.; Palashov, O. V.


    The dependence of the Verdet constant on temperature in the (80-300 K) range for a promising magneto-active material terbium sesquioxide Tb2O3 at the wavelengths of 405-1064 nm is considered. For each of the studied wavelengths, the Verdet constant of the material cooled down to the liquid nitrogen temperature increased by more than a factor of 3.2 as compared to the room temperature value. Similarly to the other paramagnetics, the increase follows the law ∼1/T. Approximations for the temperature dependence of the Verdet constant have been obtained and the value of 1/V·(dV/dT) has been estimated. This information is needed to determine the angle of rotation as well as the variation of the extinction ratio of a Faraday isolator with temperature and extremely important at creation a cryogenic Faraday devices.

  15. Biogenic terbium oxide nanoparticles as the vanguard against osteosarcoma (United States)

    Iram, Sana; Khan, Salman; Ansary, Abu Ayoobul; Arshad, Mohd; Siddiqui, Sahabjada; Ahmad, Ejaz; Khan, Rizwan H.; Khan, Mohd Sajid


    The synthesis of inner transition metal nanoparticles via an ecofriendly route is quite difficult. This study, for the first time, reports synthesis of terbium oxide nanoparticles using fungus, Fusarium oxysporum. The biocompatible terbium oxide nanoparticles (Tb2O3 NPs) were synthesized by incubating Tb4O7 with the biomass of fungus F. oxysporum. Multiple physical characterization techniques, such as UV-visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy, TEM, SAED, and zeta-potential were used to confirm the synthesis, purity, optical and surface characteristics, crystallinity, size, shape, distribution, and stability of the nanoemulsion of Tb2O3 NPs. The Tb2O3 NPs were found to inhibit the propagation of MG-63 and Saos-2 cell-lines (IC50 value of 0.102 μg/mL) and remained non-toxic up to a concentration of 0.373 μg/mL toward primary osteoblasts. Cell viability decreased in a concentration-dependent manner upon exposure to 10 nm Tb2O3 NPs in the concentration range 0.023-0.373 μg/mL. Cell toxicity was evaluated by observing changes in cell morphology, cell viability, oxidative stress parameters, and FACS analysis. Morphological examinations of cells revealed cell shrinkage, nuclear condensation, and formation of apoptotic bodies. The level of ROS within the cells-an indicator of oxidative stress was significantly increased. The induction of apoptosis at concentrations ≤ IC50 was corroborated by 4‧,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole dihydrochloride (DAPI) staining (DNA damage and nuclear fragmentation). Flow-cytometric studies indicated that the response was dose dependent with a threshold effect.

  16. Successful Treatment of Severe Metabolic Acidosis Due to Acute Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning With Peritoneal Dialysis: a Report of 2 Cases. (United States)

    Bashardoust, Bahman; Farzaneh, Esmaeil; Habibzadeh, Afshin; Seyyed Sadeghi, Mir Salim


    Aluminum phosphide poisoning is common in our region. It can cause severe metabolic acidosis and persistent hypotension, which lead to cardiogenic shock and subsequently mortality. Oliguric or anuric acute kidney injury is seen in almost all patients with aluminum phosphide poisoning. Renal replacement therapies are recommended in these patients to improve metabolic acidosis and increase the rate of survival. We report 2 cases of severe acute aluminum phosphide poisoning treated successfully with peritoneal dialysis.

  17. Optical properties of indium phosphide nanowire ensembles at various temperatures

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    Lohn, Andrew J; Onishi, Takehiro; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P [Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States); Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR), Advanced Studies Laboratories, University of California Santa Cruz-NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035 (United States)


    Ensembles that contain two types (zincblende and wurtzite) of indium phosphide nanowires grown on non-single crystalline surfaces were studied by micro-photoluminescence and micro-Raman spectroscopy at various low temperatures. The obtained spectra are discussed with the emphasis on the effects of differing lattice types, geometries, and crystallographic orientations present within an ensemble of nanowires grown on non-single crystalline surfaces. In the photoluminescence spectra, a typical Varshni dependence of band gap energy on temperature was observed for emissions from zincblende nanowires and in the high temperature regime energy transfer from excitonic transitions and band-edge transitions was identified. In contrast, the photoluminescence emissions associated with wurtzite nanowires were rather insensitive to temperature. Raman spectra were collected simultaneously from zincblende and wurtzite nanowires coexisting in an ensemble. Raman peaks of the wurtzite nanowires are interpreted as those related to the zincblende nanowires by a folding of the phonon dispersion.

  18. AC surface photovoltage of indium phosphide nanowire networks

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    Lohn, Andrew J.; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P. [California Univ., Santa Cruz, CA (United States). Baskin School of Engineering; California Univ., Santa Cruz, CA (US). Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR); NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (United States). Advanced Studies Laboratories


    Surface photovoltage is used to study the dynamics of photogenerated carriers which are transported through a highly interconnected three-dimensional network of indium phosphide nanowires. Through the nanowire network charge transport is possible over distances far in excess of the nanowire lengths. Surface photovoltage was measured within a region 10.5-14.5 mm from the focus of the illumination, which was chopped at a range of frequencies from 15 Hz to 30 kHz. Carrier dynamics were modeled by approximating the nanowire network as a thin film, then fitted to experiment suggesting diffusion of electrons and holes at approximately 75% of the bulk value in InP but with significantly reduced built-in fields, presumably due to screening by nanowire surfaces. (orig.)

  19. Indium Phosphide-Based Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Their Applications

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    Full Text Available Semiconductor nanocrystals or quantum dots (QDs are nanometer-sized fluorescent materials with optical properties that can be fine-tuned by varying the core size or growing a shell around the core. They have recently found wide use in the biological field which has further enhanced their importance. This review focuses on the synthesis of indium phosphide (InP colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. The two synthetic techniques, namely, the hot-injection and heating-up methods are discussed. Different types of the InP-based QDs involving their use as core, core/shell, alloyed, and doped systems are reviewed. The use of inorganic shells for surface passivation is also highlighted. The paper is concluded by some highlights of the applications of these systems in biological studies.

  20. Fabrication and properties of gallium phosphide variable colour displays (United States)

    Effer, D.; Macdonald, R. A.; Macgregor, G. M.; Webb, W. A.; Kennedy, D. I.


    The unique properties of single-junction gallium phosphide devices incorporating both red and green radiative recombination centers were investigated in application to the fabrication of monolithic 5 x 7 displays capable of displaying symbolic and alphanumeric information in a multicolor format. A number of potentially suitable material preparation techniques were evaluated in terms of both material properties and device performance. Optimum results were obtained for double liquid-phase-epitaxial process in which an open-tube dipping technique was used for n-layer growth and a sealed tipping procedure for subsequent p-layer growth. It was demonstrated that to prepare devices exhibiting a satisfactory range of dominant wavelengths which can be perceived as distinct emission colors extending from the red through green region of the visible spectrum involves a compromise between the material properties necessary for efficient red emission and those considered optimum for efficient green emission.

  1. Deoxygenation of Palmitic Acid on Unsupported Transition-Metal Phosphides

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    Peroni, Marco [Technische Universität München, Department; Lee, Insu [Technische Universität München, Department; Huang, Xiaoyang [Technische Universität München, Department; Baráth, Eszter [Technische Universität München, Department; Gutiérrez, Oliver Y. [Technische Universität München, Department; Lercher, Johannes A. [Technische Universität München, Department; Institute


    Abstract Highly active bulk transition metal phosphides (WP, MoP, and Ni2P) were synthesized for the catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of palmitic acid, hexadecanol, hexadecanal, and microalgae oil. The specific activities positively correlated with the concentration of exposed metal sites, although the relative rates changed with temperature due to activation energies varying from 57 kJ·mol-1 for MoP to 142 kJ·mol-1 for WP. The reduction of the fatty acid to the aldehyde occurs through a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism, where the rate-determining step is the addition of the second H to the hydrocarbon. On WP, the conversion of palmitic acid proceeds via R-CH2COOH R-CH2CHO R-CH2CH2OH R-CHCH2 R-CH2CH3 (hydrodeoxygenation). Decarbonylation of the intermittently formed aldehyde (R-CH2COOH R-CH2CHO R-CH3) was an important pathway on MoP and Ni2P. Conversion via dehydration to a ketene, followed by its decarbonylation occurred only on Ni2P. The rates of alcohol dehydration (R-CH2CH2OH R-CHCH2) correlate with the concentration of Lewis acid sites of the phosphides. Acknowledgements The authors would like to thank Roel Prins for the critical discussion of the results. We are also grateful to Xaver Hecht for technical support. Funding by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the framework of the Advanced Biomass Value project (03SF0446A) is gratefully acknowledged. J.A.L. acknowledges support for his contribution by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences for exploring non-oxidic supports for deoxygenation reactions.

  2. Initial Stages in the Formation of Nickel Phosphides. (United States)

    García-Muelas, Rodrigo; Li, Qiang; López, Núria


    Metal phosphides have emerged as a new powerful class of materials that can be employed as heterogeneous catalysts in transformations mainly to generate new energy vectors and the valorization of renewables. Synthetic protocols based on wet techniques are available and are based on the decomposition of the organic layer decorating the nanoparticles. For nickel, the phosphine of choice is trioctylphosphine, and this leads to the formation of NiPx materials. However, the temperature at which the decomposition starts has been found to depend on the quality of the nickel surface. Density functional theory, DFT, holds the key to analyze the initial steps of the formation of these phosphide materials. We have found how clean nickel surfaces, either (111) or (100), readily breaks the ligand P-C bonds. This triggers the process that leads to the replacement of a surface nickel atom by P and concomintantly forms a Ni adatom on the surface surrounded by two methyl groups, thus starting the formation of the NiPx phase. The whole process requires low energies, in agreement with the low temperature found in the experiments, 150 °C. In contrast, if the surface is oxidized, the reaction does not proceed at low temperatures and oxygen vacancies need to be created first to start the P-C bond breaking on the Ni-clean patches. Our results show that the cleaner the surface is, the milder the reactions are required for the NiPx formation, and thus they pave the way for gentler synthetic protocols that can improve the control of these materials.

  3. Autofluorescence-free Live-cell Imaging Using Terbium Nanoparticles. (United States)

    Cardoso Dos Santos, Marcelina; Goetz, Joan; Bartenlian, Hortense; Wong, Ka-Leung; Charbonniere, Loïc Joanny; Hildebrandt, Niko


    Fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) have become irreplaceable tools for advanced cellular and sub-cellular imaging. While very bright NPs require excitation with UV or visible light, which can create strong autofluorescence of biological components, NIR-excitable NPs without autofluorescence issues exhibit much lower brightness. Here, we show the application of a new type of surface-photosensitized terbium NPs (Tb-NPs) for autofluorescence-free intracellular imaging in live HeLa cells. Combination of exceptionally high brightness, high photostability, and long photoluminecence (PL) lifetimes for highly efficient suppression of the short-lived autofluorescence, allowed for time-gated PL imaging of intracellular vesicles over 72 h without toxicity and at extremely low Tb-NP concentrations down to 12 pM. Detection of highly resolved long-lifetime (ms) PL decay curves from small (~10 µm2) areas within single cells within a few seconds emphasized the unprecedented photophysical properties of Tb-NPs for live-cell imaging that extend well beyond currently available nanometric imaging agents.

  4. Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production via Terbium Oxide Based Redox Reactions

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    Rahul Bhosale


    Full Text Available The computational thermodynamic modeling of the terbium oxide based two-step solar thermochemical water splitting (Tb-WS cycle is reported. The 1st step of the Tb-WS cycle involves thermal reduction of TbO2 into Tb and O2, whereas the 2nd step corresponds to the production of H2 through Tb oxidation by water splitting reaction. Equilibrium compositions associated with the thermal reduction and water splitting steps were determined via HSC simulations. Influence of oxygen partial pressure in the inert gas on thermal reduction of TbO2 and effect of water splitting temperature (TL on Gibbs free energy related to the H2 production step were examined in detail. The cycle (ηcycle and solar-to-fuel energy conversion (ηsolar-to-fuel efficiency of the Tb-WS cycle were determined by performing the second-law thermodynamic analysis. Results obtained indicate that ηcycle and ηsolar-to-fuel increase with the decrease in oxygen partial pressure in the inert flushing gas and thermal reduction temperature (TH. It was also realized that the recuperation of the heat released by the water splitting reactor and quench unit further enhances the solar reactor efficiency. At TH=2280 K, by applying 60% heat recuperation, maximum ηcycle of 39.0% and ηsolar-to-fuel of 47.1% for the Tb-WS cycle can be attained.

  5. Folate Receptor Targeted Alpha-Therapy Using Terbium-149

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    Müller, Cristina; Haller, Stephanie; Dorrer, Holger; Köster, Ulli; Johnston, Karl; Zhernosekov, Konstantin; Türler, Andreas; Schibli, Roger


    Terbium-149 is among the most interesting therapeutic nuclides for medical applications. It decays by emission of short-range α-particles (Eα = 3.967 MeV) with a half-life of 4.12 h. The goal of this study was to investigate the anticancer efficacy of a 149Tb-labeled DOTA-folate conjugate (cm09) using folate receptor (FR)-positive cancer cells in vitro and in tumor-bearing mice. 149Tb was produced at the ISOLDE facility at CERN. Radiolabeling of cm09 with purified 149Tb resulted in a specific activity of ~1.2 MBq/nmol. In vitro assays performed with 149Tb-cm09 revealed a reduced KB cell viability in a FR-specific and activity concentration-dependent manner. Tumor-bearing mice were injected with saline only (group A) or with 149Tb-cm09 (group B: 2.2 MBq; group C: 3.0 MBq). A significant tumor growth delay was found in treated animals resulting in an increased average survival time of mice which received 149Tb-cm09 (B: 30.5 d; C: 43 d) compared to untreated controls (A: 21 d). Analysis of blood parameters rev...

  6. Hardness and dielectric characteristics of flux grown terbium aluminate crystals

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    Sharma, K.K.; Kotru, P.N. [Jammu Univ. (India). Dept. of Physics; Tandon, R.P. [National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi (India); Wanklyn, B.M. [Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom)


    Results of indentation induced Vickers hardness testing and dielectric studies conducted on flux-grown terbium aluminate crystals are presented. It is shown that the Vickers hardness value (H{sub v}) is independent of indentation time, but depends on the applied load. Applying the concept of Hays and Kendall, the load independent values are estimated for (110) and (001) planes. Differential behaviour in the crack formation of two different planes (110) and (001) is observed, while (001) plane develops Palmqvist cracks in the whole load range of 10-100 g, (110) plane shows a transition from Palmqvist to median cracks at 70 g. The fracture toughness, brittleness index and yield strength are determined for both the planes. The hardness anisotropy is reported. The dielectric constant, dielectric loss and conductivity are shown to be dependent on temperature and frequency of the applied a.c. field. The dielectric constant versus temperature shows a transition peak at 230 C, which remains independent of the frequency of the applied a.c. field in the range 1 kHz-13 MHz. (orig.) 36 refs.

  7. Andreyivanovite: A Second New Phosphide from the Kaidun Meteorite (United States)

    Zolensky, Michael


    Andreyivanovite (ideally FeCrP) is another new phosphide species from the Kaidun meteorite, which fell in South Yemen in 1980. Kaidun is a unique breccia containing an unprecedented variety of fragments of different chondritic as well as achondritic lithologies. Andreyivanovite was found as individual grains and linear arrays of grains with a maximum dimension of 8 m within two masses of Fe-rich serpentine. In one sample it is associated with Fe-Ni-Cr sulfides and florenskyite (FeTiP). Andreyivanovite is creamy white in reflected light, and its luster is metallic. The average of nine electron microprobe analyses yielded the formula Fe(Cr0.587 Fe0.150 V0.109 Ti0.081 Ni0.060 Co0.002)P. Examination of single grains of andreyivanovite using Laue patterns collected by in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), and by electron backscattered diffraction revealed that it is isostructural with florenskyite; we were unable to find single crystals of sufficient quality to perform a complete structure analysis. Andreyivanovite crystallizes in the space group Pnma, and has the anti-PbCl2 structure. Previously-determined cell constants of synthetic material [a = 5.833(1), b = 3.569(1), c = 6.658(1) A] were consistent with our XRD work. We used the XPOW program to calculate a powder XRD pattern; the 5 most intense reflections are d = 2.247 (I = 100), 2.074 (81), 2.258 (46), 1.785 (43), and 1.885 A (34). Andreyivanovite is the second new phosphide to be described from the Kaidun meteorite. Andreyivanovite could have formed as a result of cooling and crystallization of a melted precursor consisting mainly of Fe-Ni metal enriched in P, Ti, and Cr. Serpentine associated with andreyivanovite would then have formed during aqueous alteration on the parent asteroid. It is also possible that the andreyivanovite could have formed during aqueous alteration, however, artificial FeTiP has been synthesized only during melting experiments, at low oxygen fugacity, and there is no evidence that

  8. MOF-Derived Cobalt Phosphide/Carbon Nanocubes for Selective Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes to Anilines. (United States)

    Yang, Shuliang; Peng, Li; Oveisi, Emad; Bulut, Safak; Sun, Daniel T; Asgari, Mehrdad; Trukhina, Olga; Queen, Wendy L


    Transition-metal phosphides have received tremendous attention during the past few years because they are earth-abundant, cost-effective, and show outstanding catalytic performance in several electrochemically driven conversions including hydrogen evolution, oxygen evolution, and water splitting. As one member of the transition-metal phosphides, Co x P-based materials have been widely explored as electrocatalyts; however, their application in the traditional thermal catalysis are rarely reported. In this work, cobalt phosphide/carbon nanocubes are designed and their catalytic activity for the selective hydrogenation of nitroarenes to anilines is studied. A high surface area metal-organic framework (MOF), ZIF-67, is infused with red phosphorous, and then pyrolysis promotes the facile production of the phosphide-based catalysts. The resulting composite, consisting of Co 2 P/CN x nanocubes, is shown to exhibit excellent catalytic performance in the selective hydrogenation of nitroarenes to anilines. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report showing catalytic activity of a cobalt phosphide in nitroarenes hydrogenation. © 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Synthesis and catalytic activity of the metastable phase of gold phosphide

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    Fernando, Deshani; Nigro, Toni A. E.; Dyer, I. D.; Alia, Shaun M.; Pivovar, Bryan S.; Vasquez, Yolanda


    Recently, transition metal phosphides have found new applications as catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction that has generated an impetus to synthesize these materials at the nanoscale. In this work, Au2P3 was synthesized utilizing the high temperature decomposition of tri-n-octylphosphine as a source of elemental phosphorous. Gold nanorods were used as morphological templates with the aim of controlling the shape and size of the resulting gold phosphide particles. We demonstrate that the surface capping ligand of the gold nanoparticle precursors can influence the purity and extent to which the gold phosphide phase will form. Gold nanorods functionalized with 1-dodecanethiol undergo digestive ripening to produce discrete spherical particles that exhibit reduced reactivity towards phosphorous, resulting in low yields of the gold phosphide. In contrast, gold phosphide was obtained as a phase pure product when cetyltrimethylammonium bromide functionalized gold nanorods are used instead. The Au2P3 nanoparticles exhibited higher activity than polycrystalline gold towards the hydrogen evolution reaction.

  10. Optical Properties of Strained Wurtzite Gallium Phosphide Nanowires

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    Greil, J.


    Wurtzite gallium phosphide (WZ GaP) has been predicted to exhibit a direct bandgap in the green spectral range. Optical transitions, however, are only weakly allowed by the symmetry of the bands. While efficient luminescence has been experimentally shown, the nature of the transitions is not yet clear. Here we apply tensile strain up to 6% and investigate the evolution of the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of WZ GaP nanowires (NWs). The pressure and polarization dependence of the emission together with a theoretical analysis of strain effects is employed to establish the nature and symmetry of the transitions. We identify the emission lines to be related to localized states with significant admixture of Γ7c symmetry and not exclusively related to the Γ8c conduction band minimum (CBM). The results emphasize the importance of strongly bound state-related emission in the pseudodirect semiconductor WZ GaP and contribute significantly to the understanding of the optoelectronic properties of this novel material.

  11. Thermoluminescence of cerium and terbium -doped calcium pyrophosphate

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    Roman L, J.; Cruz Z, E. [UNAM, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Lozano R, I. B.; Diaz G, J. A. I., E-mail: [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria No. 694, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)


    The aim of this work is to report the thermoluminescence (Tl) response of Calcium Pyrophosphate phosphor doped with Cerium and Terbium impurities (Ca{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}:Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+}). The phosphors were synthesized using the co-precipitation method and annealed at 900 degrees C by two hours for obtain the β phase. The intentional doping with Ce and Tb ions was 1 at.% and 0.1 at.%, whereas in the EDS results the concentration of impurities was 0.39 at.% and 0.05 at.%, respectively. The superficial morphology of phosphor is mainly composed by thin wafers of different size. All samples were exposed to gamma rays from {sup 60}Co in the Gammacell-200 irradiator. The Tl response of the phosphor was measured from Rt up to 350 degrees C and under nitrogen atmosphere in a Harshaw TLD 3500 reader. The glow curves of the Ca{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}:Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+} powders showed a broad intense Tl peak centered at 165 degrees C and a shoulder at approximate 260 degrees C was observed. A linear Tl response in the range of absorbed dose of 0.2 to 10 Gy was obtained. Tl glow curves were analyzed using the initial rise (IR)and computerized glow curve deconvolution methods to evaluate the kinetics parameters such as activation energy (E), frequency factor (s) and kinetic order (b). (Author)

  12. Solvent polarity and oxygen sensitivity, rather than viscosity, determine lifetimes of biaryl-sensitised terbium luminescence. (United States)

    Walter, Edward R H; Williams, J A Gareth; Parker, David


    In a macrocyclic terbium complex incorporating a biaryl sensitiser, the observed variation of emission lifetime is shown to be determined by the solubility of oxygen in the solvent system and the relative energy of the chromophore excited state, rather than any dependence on solvent viscosity.

  13. Thermal Properties and Phonon Spectral Characterization of Synthetic Boron Phosphide for High Thermal Conductivity Applications. (United States)

    Kang, Joon Sang; Wu, Huan; Hu, Yongjie


    Heat dissipation is an increasingly critical technological challenge in modern electronics and photonics as devices continue to shrink to the nanoscale. To address this challenge, high thermal conductivity materials that can efficiently dissipate heat from hot spots and improve device performance are urgently needed. Boron phosphide is a unique high thermal conductivity and refractory material with exceptional chemical inertness, hardness, and high thermal stability, which holds high promises for many practical applications. So far, however, challenges with boron phosphide synthesis and characterization have hampered the understanding of its fundamental properties and potential applications. Here, we describe a systematic thermal transport study based on a synergistic synthesis-experimental-modeling approach: we have chemically synthesized high-quality boron phosphide single crystals and measured their thermal conductivity as a record-high 460 W/mK at room temperature. Through nanoscale ballistic transport, we have, for the first time, mapped the phonon spectra of boron phosphide and experimentally measured its phonon mean free-path spectra with consideration of both natural and isotope-pure abundances. We have also measured the temperature- and size-dependent thermal conductivity and performed corresponding calculations by solving the three-dimensional and spectral-dependent phonon Boltzmann transport equation using the variance-reduced Monte Carlo method. The experimental results are in good agreement with that predicted by multiscale simulations and density functional theory, which together quantify the heat conduction through the phonon mode dependent scattering process. Our finding underscores the promise of boron phosphide as a high thermal conductivity material for a wide range of applications, including thermal management and energy regulation, and provides a detailed, microscopic-level understanding of the phonon spectra and thermal transport mechanisms of

  14. Characterization of Gallium Indium Phosphide and Progress of Aluminum Gallium Indium Phosphide System Quantum-Well Laser Diode (United States)

    Hamada, Hiroki


    Highly ordered gallium indium phosphide layers with the low bandgap have been successfully grown on the (100) GaAs substrates, the misorientation toward [01−1] direction, using the low-pressure metal organic chemical vapor deposition method. It is found that the optical properties of the layers are same as those of the disordered ones, essentially different from the ordered ones having two orientations towards [1−11] and [11−1] directions grown on (100) gallium arsenide substrates, which were previously reported. The bandgap at 300 K is 1.791 eV. The value is the smallest ever reported, to our knowledge. The high performance transverse stabilized AlGaInP laser diodes with strain compensated quantum well structure, which is developed in 1992, have been successfully obtained by controlling the misorientation angle and directions of GaAs substrates. The structure is applied to quantum dots laser diodes. This paper also describes the development history of the quantum well and the quantum dots laser diodes, and their future prospects. PMID:28773227

  15. Development of a Free Carrier Absorption Measurement Instrument for Indium Phosphide and Gallium Arsenide. (United States)


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Zinc phosphide is widely in use as a rodenticide. After ingestion, it gets converted to phosphine gas, which is subsequently absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and the intestines and gets captured by the liver and the lungs. The toxic effects of zinc phosphide poisoning is through the phosphine gas that produces various metabolic and non-metabolic intermediate compounds. Patients develop features of shock, myocarditis, pericarditis, acute pulmonary oedema and congestive heart failure. In this case report, we present a common complication of the poison that manifested earlier than it is depicted in the current literature.

  17. Frequency of Cardiac Arrhythmias in Patients with Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

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    Umair Aziz


    Full Text Available Background: Cardiac failure is the major lethal consequence of aluminum phosphide (AlP poisoning. This study was designed to determine the frequency of cardiac arrhythmias in patients with AlP poisoning. Methods: In this prospective cross-sectional study, patients with definitive history of AlP poisoning treated at emergency department of Allied Hospital Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan, from July 2013 to November 2014 were included. On admission, twelve-lead electrocardiogram (ECG was performed for all patients. During admission, all patients underwent continuous cardiac monitoring using a cardiac monitor. If an arrhythmia was suspected on the cardiac monitor, another ECG was obtained immediately.  Results: During the study period, 100 patients with AlP poisoning (63% men were treated at Allied Hospital Faisalabad. Mean age of the patients was 26.7 ± 7.9 years ranging from 16 to 54 years. Tachycardia was detected in 68 patients and bradycardia in 12 patients. Hypotension was observed in 75 patients. Eighty patients developed cardiac arrhythmia. The most frequent arrhythmia was atrial fibrillation (31% of patients followed by ventricular fibrillation (20%, ventricular tachycardia (17%, 3rd degree AV block (7% and 2nd degree AV block (5%. In total, 78 patients died, depicting a 78% mortality rate following wheat pill poisoning. Among those who died, seventy-one patients had cardiac arrhythmia. Comparison of death rate between patients with and without cardiac arrhythmia showed a significant difference (71/80 (88.8% vs. 7/20 (35%; P < 0.001.  Conclusion: Wheat pill poisoning causes a very high mortality, and circulatory collapse is the major cause of death among these patients. Most of the patients with AlP poisoning develop cardiac arrhythmias which are invariably life threatening. Early detection of cardiac disorders and proper management of arrhythmias may reduce mortalities.

  18. Indium Phosphide Window Layers for Indium Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells (United States)

    Jain, Raj K.


    Window layers help in reducing the surface recombination at the emitter surface of the solar cells resulting in significant improvement in energy conversion efficiency. Indium gallium arsenide (In(x)Ga(1-x)As) and related materials based solar cells are quite promising for photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic applications. The flexibility of the change in the bandgap energy and the growth of InGaAs on different substrates make this material very attractive for multi-bandgap energy, multi-junction solar cell approaches. The high efficiency and better radiation performance of the solar cell structures based on InGaAs make them suitable for space power applications. This work investigates the suitability of indium phosphide (InP) window layers for lattice-matched In(0.53)Ga(0.47)As (bandgap energy 0.74 eV) solar cells. We present the first data on the effects of the p-type InP window layer on p-on-n lattice-matched InGaAs solar cells. The modeled quantum efficiency results show a significant improvement in the blue region with the InP window. The bare InGaAs solar cell performance suffers due to high surface recombination velocity (10(exp 7) cm/s). The large band discontinuity at the InP/InGaAs heterojunction offers a great potential barrier to minority carriers. The calculated results demonstrate that the InP window layer effectively passivates the solar cell front surface, hence resulting in reduced surface recombination and therefore, significantly improving the performance of the InGaAs solar cell.

  19. Wavelength dependence of light diffusion in strongly scattering macroporous gallium phosphide

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    Peeters, W.H.; Vellekoop, Ivo Micha; Mosk, Allard; Lagendijk, Aart


    We present time-resolved measurements of light transport through strongly scattering macroporous gallium phosphide at various vacuum wavelengths between 705 nm and 855 nm. Within this range the transport mean free path is strongly wavelength dependent, whereas the observed energy velocity is shown

  20. Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning: Two Pediatric Patients and Two Different Clinical Outcomes

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    Faruk Ekinci


    Full Text Available Aluminium phosphide is an insecticide that turns into a quite toxic gas called phosphine when contacts with gastric fluids. Aluminium phosphide poisoning causes severe metabolic acidosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and multi-organ failure with cardiogenic shock. Our first case was an-18-year-old girl admitted to our emergency department two hours after ingestion of one tablet containing 500 mg aluminium phosphide in a suicide attempt. Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was started one hour after initiation of inotropic agents. Despite improvement in hemodynamic status, she developed refractory arrhythmias at the12th hour and she died 22 hours after admission. The second case was a two-year-old girl who was admitted to our emergency department because of observing a piece of aluminum phosphide 500 mg tablet broken in her mouth. Her vital signs were stable in the follow-up. The patient who had no problems in the follow-up was discharged at 48 hours.

  1. Effect of aluminium phosphide on some metabolites of the liver and ...

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    Aluminium phosphide induced changes in some metabolic parameters in Parophiocephalus obscurus were assessed. Parophiocephalus obscurus (mean length, 18.00±0.09cm and mean weight, 65.03±0.03g) were acclimatized to laboratory condition for 10 days and then exposed to varying sublethal concentrations of ...

  2. Low temperature synthesis of ternary metal phosphides using plasma for asymmetric supercapacitors

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    Liang, Hanfeng


    We report a versatile route for the preparation of metal phosphides using PH plasma for supercapacitor applications. The high reactivity of plasma allows rapid and low temperature conversion of hydroxides into monometallic, bimetallic, or even more complex nanostructured phosphides. These same phosphides are much more difficult to synthesize by conventional methods. Further, we present a general strategy for significantly enhancing the electrochemical performance of monometallic phosphides by substituting extrinsic metal atoms. Using NiCoP as a demonstration, we show that the Co substitution into NiP not only effectively alters the electronic structure and improves the intrinsic reactivity and electrical conductivity, but also stabilizes Ni species when used as supercapacitor electrode materials. As a result, the NiCoP nanosheet electrodes achieve high electrochemical activity and good stability in 1 M KOH electrolyte. More importantly, our assembled NiCoP nanoplates//graphene films asymmetric supercapacitor devices can deliver a high energy density of 32.9 Wh kg at a power density of 1301 W kg, along with outstanding cycling performance (83% capacity retention after 5000 cycles at 20 A g). This activity outperforms most of the NiCo-based materials and renders the NiCoP nanoplates a promising candidate for capacitive storage devices.

  3. Zinc phosphide toxicity with a trial of tranexamic acid in its management

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    Abdel Rahman M. El Naggar


    Full Text Available Zinc phosphide is a highly effective rodenticide used widely to protect grain in stores and domestically to kill rodents. Acute poisoning may be direct by ingestion or indirect through accidental inhalation of phosphine gas generated during its use. This study aims to identify the patterns of intoxication with zinc phosphide among Egyptian patients admitted to the National Egyptian Center of Clinical and Environmental Toxicological Research (NECTR; to study the role of antifibrinolytics in management of zinc phosphide toxicity; and to publish the results of the study, which include recommendations for action towards planning prevention and education programs. The study provides descriptive data and analysis of 188 cases admitted to the NECTR with acute zinc phosphide poisoning over a period of 22 months. Results show that poisoning is more common among females (60.6% of cases than males (39.4%; the mean age is nearly 21 years old. The most common cause of poisoning is suicidal attempts (83.6% followed by accidental exposure (16.4%. The most common causative factors that lead to self-poisoning are marital disharmony, economic hardship, social problems and scolding from other family members. Signs and symptoms of toxicity include gastrointestinal disturbances, respiratory compromise and changes in mental status. Other features include disseminated intravascular coagulation, hepatic and renal impairment. Metabolic disturbances had been reported. Death can result immediately due to pulmonary edema or delayed due to cardiotoxicity. Patients must be admitted to hospital and observed for at least 3 days. Symptomatic and supportive care is the mainstay of therapy. Zinc phosphide poisoning requires gastric lavage with excessive sodium bicarbonate solution. Tranexamic acid – an antifibrinolytic agent – was found to be of help in some cases. Psychosocial counseling in cases of intentional poisoning is an important aspect of overall management of the

  4. Arginine-responsive terbium luminescent hybrid sensors triggered by two crown ether carboxylic acids

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    Jiang, Lasheng [Key Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry of Environment, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Tang, Ke; Ding, Xiaoping [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Wang, Qianming, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry of Environment, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Zhou, Zhan; Xiao, Rui [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China)


    Crown ether carboxylic acids constitute main building blocks for the synthesis of terbium containing covalent cross-linked luminescent materials. Both the complexes and the hybrid nanomaterials could exhibit remarkable green emissions in pure water. More importantly, they were found to have a profound effect on the luminescence responses to arginine compared with glutamic acid, histidine, tryptophan, threonine, tyrosine and phenylalanine in aqueous environment. The present study provided the possibility of using a host–guest mechanism as a way of signal transduction based on lanthanide supramolecular hybrid materials. - Highlights: • Crown ether carboxylic acids were found to sensitize terbium ions among a group of ethers. • The complexes and silica hybrid materials were both prepared and characterized. • They could exhibit remarkable green emissions in pure water.

  5. Comparative analysis of conjugated alkynyl chromophore-triazacyclononane ligands for sensitized emission of europium and terbium. (United States)

    Soulié, Marine; Latzko, Frédéric; Bourrier, Emmanuel; Placide, Virginie; Butler, Stephen J; Pal, Robert; Walton, James W; Baldeck, Patrice L; Le Guennic, Boris; Andraud, Chantal; Zwier, Jurriaan M; Lamarque, Laurent; Parker, David; Maury, Olivier


    A series of europium and terbium complexes based on a functionalized triazacyclononane carboxylate or phosphinate macrocyclic ligand is described. The influence of the anionic group, that is, carboxylate, methylphosphinate, or phenylphosphinate, on the photophysical properties was studied and rationalized on the basis of DFT calculated structures. The nature, number, and position of electron-donating or electron-withdrawing aryl substituents were varied systematically within the same phenylethynyl scaffold in order to optimize the brightness of the corresponding europium complexes and investigate their two-photon absorption properties. Finally, the europium complexes were examined in cell-imaging applications, and selected terbium complexes were studied as potential oxygen sensors. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Spectrofluorimetric Determination of Human Serum Albumin Using Terbium-Danofloxacin Probe


    Ramezani, Amir M.; Manzoori, Jamshid L.; Amjadi, Mohammad; Jouyban, Abolghasem


    A spectrofluorimetric method is proposed for the determination of human serum albumin (HSA) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) using terbium-danofloxacin (Tb3+-Dano) as a fluorescent probe. These proteins remarkably enhance the fluorescence intensity of the Tb3+-Dano complex at 545 nm, and the enhanced fluorescence intensity of Tb3+-Dano is proportional to the concentration of proteins (HSA and BSA). Optimum conditions for the determination of HSA were investigated and found that the maximum resp...

  7. Genetically Encoded FRET-Sensor Based on Terbium Chelate and Red Fluorescent Protein for Detection of Caspase-3 Activity

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    Alexander S. Goryashchenko


    Full Text Available This article describes the genetically encoded caspase-3 FRET-sensor based on the terbium-binding peptide, cleavable linker with caspase-3 recognition site, and red fluorescent protein TagRFP. The engineered construction performs two induction-resonance energy transfer processes: from tryptophan of the terbium-binding peptide to Tb3+ and from sensitized Tb3+ to acceptor—the chromophore of TagRFP. Long-lived terbium-sensitized emission (microseconds, pulse excitation source, and time-resolved detection were utilized to eliminate directly excited TagRFP fluorescence and background cellular autofluorescence, which lasts a fraction of nanosecond, and thus to improve sensitivity of analyses. Furthermore the technique facilitates selective detection of fluorescence, induced by uncleaved acceptor emission. For the first time it was shown that fluorescence resonance energy transfer between sensitized terbium and TagRFP in the engineered construction can be studied via detection of microsecond TagRFP fluorescence intensities. The lifetime and distance distribution between donor and acceptor were calculated using molecular dynamics simulation. Using this data, quantum yield of terbium ions with binding peptide was estimated.

  8. Theoretical Study on Electronic, Optical Properties and Hardness of Technetium Phosphides under High Pressure

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    Shiquan Feng


    Full Text Available In this paper, the structural properties of technetium phosphides Tc3P and TcP4 are investigated by first principles at zero pressure and compared with the experimental values. In addition, the electronic properties of these two crystals in the pressure range of 0–40 GPa are investigated. Further, we discuss the change in the optical properties of technetium phosphides at high pressures. At the end of our study, we focus on the research of the hardness of TcP4 at different pressures by employing a semiempirical method, and the effect of pressure on the hardness is studied. Results show that the hardness of TcP4 increases with the increasing pressure, and the influence mechanism of pressure effect on the hardness of TcP4 is also discussed.

  9. Metal phosphide catalysts and methods for making the same and uses thereof

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    Habas, Susan Ellen; Wang, Jun; Ruddy, Daniel A.; Baddour, Frederick Raymond Gabriel; Schaidle, Joshua


    The present disclosure relates to a method that includes heating a mixture that includes a metal phenylphosphine-containing precursor that includes at least one of Mo(PPh.sub.3).sub.2(CO).sub.4, Pd(PPh.sub.3).sub.4, Ru(PPh.sub.3).sub.3Cl.sub.2, Ru(PPh.sub.3).sub.2(CO).sub.2Cl.sub.2, Co(PPh.sub.3)(CO).sub.2(NO), and/or Rh(PPh.sub.3).sub.2(CO)Cl, a surfactant, and a solvent. The heating is to a target temperature to form a heated mixture containing a metal phosphide nanoparticle that includes at least one of MoP, Ru.sub.2P, Co.sub.2P, Rh.sub.2P, and/or Pd.sub.3P, and the metal phosphide nanoparticle is not hollow.

  10. Ingestion of gallium phosphide nanowires has no adverse effect on Drosophila tissue function. (United States)

    Adolfsson, Karl; Schneider, Martina; Hammarin, Greger; Häcker, Udo; Prinz, Christelle N


    Engineered nanoparticles have been under increasing scrutiny in recent years. High aspect ratio nanoparticles such as carbon nanotubes and nanowires have raised safety concerns due to their geometrical similarity to asbestos fibers. III-V epitaxial semiconductor nanowires are expected to be utilized in devices such as LEDs and solar cells and will thus be available to the public. In addition, clean-room staff fabricating and characterizing the nanowires are at risk of exposure, emphasizing the importance of investigating their possible toxicity. Here we investigated the effects of gallium phosphide nanowires on the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Drosophila larvae and/or adults were exposed to gallium phosphide nanowires by ingestion with food. The toxicity and tissue interaction of the nanowires was evaluated by investigating tissue distribution, activation of immune response, genome-wide gene expression, life span, fecundity and somatic mutation rates. Our results show that gallium phosphide nanowires applied through the diet are not taken up into Drosophila tissues, do not elicit a measurable immune response or changes in genome-wide gene expression and do not significantly affect life span or somatic mutation rate.

  11. Ingestion of gallium phosphide nanowires has no adverse effect on Drosophila tissue function (United States)

    Adolfsson, Karl; Schneider, Martina; Hammarin, Greger; Häcker, Udo; Prinz, Christelle N.


    Engineered nanoparticles have been under increasing scrutiny in recent years. High aspect ratio nanoparticles such as carbon nanotubes and nanowires have raised safety concerns due to their geometrical similarity to asbestos fibers. III-V epitaxial semiconductor nanowires are expected to be utilized in devices such as LEDs and solar cells and will thus be available to the public. In addition, clean-room staff fabricating and characterizing the nanowires are at risk of exposure, emphasizing the importance of investigating their possible toxicity. Here we investigated the effects of gallium phosphide nanowires on the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Drosophila larvae and/or adults were exposed to gallium phosphide nanowires by ingestion with food. The toxicity and tissue interaction of the nanowires was evaluated by investigating tissue distribution, activation of immune response, genome-wide gene expression, life span, fecundity and somatic mutation rates. Our results show that gallium phosphide nanowires applied through the diet are not taken up into Drosophila tissues, do not elicit a measurable immune response or changes in genome-wide gene expression and do not significantly affect life span or somatic mutation rate.

  12. Acetaminophen and zinc phosphide for lethal management of invasive lizards Ctenosaura similis

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    Michael L. AVERY, John D. EISEMANN, Kandy L. KEACHER,Peter J. SAVARIE


    Full Text Available Reducing populations of invasive lizards through trapping and shooting is feasible in many cases but effective integrated management relies on a variety of tools, including toxicants. In Florida, using wild-caught non-native black spiny-tailed iguanas Ctenosaura similis, we screened acetaminophen and zinc phosphide to determine their suitability for effective population management of this prolific invasive species. Of the animals that received acetaminophen, none died except at the highest test dose, 240 mg per lizard, which is not practical for field use. Zinc phosphide produced 100% mortality at dose levels as little as 25 mg per lizard, equivalent to about 0.5% in bait which is lower than currently used in commercial baits for commensal rodent control. We conclude that zinc phosphide has potential as a useful tool for reducing populations of invasive lizards such as the black spiny-tailed iguana provided target-selective delivery methods are developed [Current Zoology 57 (5: 625–629, 2011].

  13. A case report of zinc phosphide poisoning: complicated by acute renal failure and tubulo interstitial nephritis. (United States)

    Yogendranathan, Nilukshana; Herath, H M M T B; Sivasundaram, Thenuka; Constantine, R; Kulatunga, Aruna


    Run Rat® is a rodenticide widely used against small mammals. It comprises of a minimum of 32% zinc phosphide which is highly toxic in acute exposures to humans. It may be consumed accidentally or intentionally. It enters the body via skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Zinc phosphide is hydrolyzed by the gastric acid and is transformed into phosphine gas. Phosphine is a respiratory toxin that inhibits cytochrome C oxidase system resulting in renal failure and liver failure. A 35 year old Sri Lankan female presented following ingestion of 2.5 g of Run Rat®, which is a branded preparation of zinc phosphide, resulting in 61 mg/kg poison load. She developed severe acute kidney injury with acute tubular necrosis, subnephrotic ranged proteinuria and tubulointerstitial nephritis for which she underwent haemodialysis three times along with other measures of resuscitation. She also developed elevated liver enzymes with hyperblirubinaemia, hypoalbuminaemia, acute pancreatitis and mild myocarditis. She improved with supportive therapy over a period of 3 weeks. Run Rat® is a commonly used rodenticide and the toxic effects are mediated through conversion of phosphide to phosphine gas. The majority of the deaths had occurred in the first 12 to 24 h and the main causes identified are refractory hypotension and arrhythmias. The late deaths (beyond 24 h) had been commonly due to adult respiratory distress syndrome, liver and renal failure. The outcome is poorer with delayed presentation, development of coagulopathy, hyperglycaemia and multiorgan failure with elevated liver enzymes. In our patient, Zinc phosphide poisoning caused severe acute kidney injury, abnormal liver profile, pancreatitis and possible myocarditis. The patient improved with repeated haemodialysis. The renal biopsy revealed acute tubulointerstitial nephritis with acute tubular necrosis. In tropical countries, the rural population engaged in agriculture has easier access to the compound, as it

  14. Green light emission in aluminum oxide powders doped with different terbium concentrations

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    Mariscal B, L; Falcony, C. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, 07360 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico); Carmona T, S.; Murrieta, H.; Sanchez A, M. A. [UNAM, Instituto de Fisica, 04510 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico); Vazquez A, R. [IPN, Escuela Superior de Computo, 07738 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico); Garcia R, C. M., E-mail: [UNAM, Facultad de Ciencias, 04510 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico)


    Different emission intensities presented in aluminum oxide phosphors corresponding to different concentrations of doping performed with terbium are analyzed. The phosphors were synthesized by the evaporation technique and were characterized by photo and cathodoluminescence, X-ray diffraction and EDS techniques for different incorporation percentages of terbium as dopant; they show characteristic transitions in 494, 543, 587 and 622 nm, corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 4} → {sup 7}F{sub 6}, {sup 5}D{sub 4} → {sup 7}F{sub 5}, {sup 5}D{sub 4} → {sup 7}F{sub 4} and {sup 5}D{sub 4} → {sup 7}F{sub 3}, respectively when they are excited with λ{sub exc} = 380 nm wavelength at room temperature. The results of X-ray diffraction show the presence of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phases with peaks located at 2θ = 25.78, 35.34, 37.96, 43.56, 45.8, 52.74, 57.7, 61.5, 66.74, 68.44, 77.12 and 80.94, and the δ-Al{sub 2}O-3 phase 2θ = 32.82, 45.8, 61.36 and 66.74. These compounds were heat treated for two hours at 1100 degrees Celsius. EDS analyzes indicate that these compounds have close to 60% oxygen around of 40% aluminum in the presence of terbium as dopant which indicates a stoichiometry close to the expected one for alumina. (Author)

  15. Graphene quantum dots-terbium ions as novel sensitive and selective time-resolved luminescent probes. (United States)

    Llorent-Martínez, Eulogio J; Durán, Gema M; Ríos, Ángel; Ruiz-Medina, Antonio


    We propose an alternative approach for the development of analytical methods based on terbium-sensitized luminescence (TSL). TSL is based on the complexation between Tb(III) ions and fluorescent organic compounds that have appropriate functional groups to complex with Tb(III). We report the use of graphene quantum dot (GQDs) nanoparticles to improve the sensitivity and selectivity of TSL detection. GQDs can react with terbium ions through the carboxylic groups present in their structure. These Tb(III)-GQD complexes, formed in situ in aqueous solution, can be used as time-resolved luminescent probes. Ascorbic acid was selected as a target analyte to demonstrate the suitability of the proposed method. The selectivity of the TSL method was highly improved for most of the interferences tested. Under the optimum conditions [Tb(III) concentration 5 × 10-4 mol L-1, GQD concentration 4 mg L-1], a minimum 100% increase in selectivity was observed for several vitamins and common cations that may be present in the samples to be analyzed. In addition, the analytical signal showed a 30% enhancement with the use of GQDs compared with the use of merely Tb(III) ions, with a detection limit of 0.12 μg mL-1. The repeatability and intermediate precision were lower than 3% and 5%, respectively. From the results obtained, the implementation of GQDs in TSL can lead to the development of novel time-resolved luminescent probes with high analytical potential. Graphical abstract Quenching of Tb(III)-graphene quantum dot (GQD) luminescence by ascorbic acid (AA). TBL terbium-sensitized luminescence.

  16. Fluorescence study of some terbium-oligopeptide complexes in methanolic solution. (United States)

    Rabouan, S; Delage, J; Durand, W; Prognon, P; Barthes, D


    This study concerned the use of lanthanide chelates to detect glycyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (GLF) and its homologues. Spectroscopic analysis of peptides without or with terbium complexation revealed the formation of (LF)(3)(Tb)(2), (GF)(3)(Tb)(2), (GLF)(3)(Tb)(2) and (FL)(4)Tb, (FG)(4)Tb complexes with high stability constants in methanolic solutions (pK(d)>13). Lanthanide chelate emission displayed a large Stokes shift (>270 nm), which allowed Tb chelates of GLF and its derivatives to be used for detection purposes. However, this preliminary study indicated some important limitations associated with lanthanide chelation, such as high methanolic content.

  17. Electromagnetic properties of terbium gallium garnet at millikelvin temperatures and low photon energy (United States)

    Kostylev, Nikita; Goryachev, Maxim; Bushev, Pavel; Tobar, Michael E.


    Electromagnetic properties of single crystal terbium gallium garnet are characterised from room down to millikelvin temperatures using the whispering gallery mode method. Microwave spectroscopy is performed at low powers equivalent to a few photons in energy and conducted as functions of the magnetic field and temperature. A phase transition is detected close to the temperature of 3.5 K. This is observed for multiple whispering gallery modes causing an abrupt negative frequency shift and a change in transmission due to extra losses in the new phase caused by a change in complex magnetic susceptibility.

  18. Nuclear excitation functions from 40 to 200 MeV proton irradiation of terbium

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    Engle, Jonathan W., E-mail:; Mashnik, Stepan G.; Parker, Lauren A.; Jackman, Kevin R.; Bitteker, Leo J.; Ullmann, John L.; Gulley, Mark S.; Pillai, Chandra; John, Kevin D.; Birnbaum, Eva R.; Nortier, Francois M.


    Nuclear formation cross sections are reported for 26 radionuclides, measured with 40–200 MeV proton irradiations of terbium foils. These data provide the basis for the production of medically relevant radionuclides (e.g., {sup 152}Tb, {sup 155}Tb, {sup 155}Eu, and {sup 156}Eu) and {sup 153}Gd, a potential source used in ongoing efforts to characterize stellar nucleosynthesis routes. Computational predictions from the ALICE2011, CEM03.03, Bertini, and INCL + ABLA codes are compared with newly measured data to contribute to the ongoing process of code development, and yields are calculated for selected radionuclides using measured data.

  19. Micelle-enhanced and terbium-sensitized spectrofluorimetric determination of gatifloxacin and its interaction mechanism (United States)

    Guo, Changchuan; Wang, Lei; Hou, Zhun; Jiang, Wei; Sang, Lihong


    A terbium-sensitized spectrofluorimetric method using an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), was developed for the determination of gatifloxacin (GFLX). A coordination complex system of GFLX-Tb 3+-SDBS was studied. It was found that SDBS significantly enhanced the fluorescence intensity of the complex (about 11-fold). Optimal experimental conditions were determined as follows: excitation and emission wavelengths of 331 and 547 nm, pH 7.0, 2.0 × 10 -4 mol l -1 terbium (III), and 2.0 × 10 -4 mol l -1 SDBS. The enhanced fluorescence intensity of the system (Δ If) showed a good linear relationship with the concentration of GFLX over the range of 5.0 × 10 -10 to 5.0 × 10 -8 mol l -1 with a correlation coefficient of 0.9996. The detection limit (3 σ) was determined as 6.0 × 10 -11 mol l -1. This method has been successfully applied to the determination of GFLX in pharmaceuticals and human urine/serum samples. Compared with most of other methods reported, the rapid and simple procedure proposed in the text offers higher sensitivity, wider linear range, and better stability. The interaction mechanism of the system is also studied by the research of ultraviolet absorption spectra, surface tension, solution polarity and fluorescence polarization.

  20. Circularly Polarized Luminescence in Enantiopure Europium and Terbium Complexes with Modular, All-Oxygen Donor Ligands (United States)

    Seitz, Michael; Do, King; Ingram, Andrew J.; Moore, Evan G.; Muller, Gilles; Raymond, Kenneth N.


    Abstract: Circulaly polarized luminescence from terbium(III) complexed and excited by chiral antenna ligands gives strong emission The modular synthesis of three new octadentate, enantiopure ligands are reported - one with the bidentate chelating unit 2-hydroxyisophthalamide (IAM) and two with 1-hydroxy-2-pyridinone (1,2-HOPO) units. A new design principle is introduced for the chiral, non-racemic hexamines which constitute the central backbones for the presented class of ligands. The terbium(III) complex of the IAM ligand, as well as the europium(III) complexes of the 1,2-HOPO ligands are synthesized and characterized by various techniques (NMR, UV, CD, luminescence spectroscopy). All species exhibit excellent stability and moderate to high luminescence efficiency (quantum yields ΦEu = 0.05–0.08 and ΦTb = 0.30–0.57) in aqueous solution at physiological pH. Special focus is put onto the properties of the complexes in regard to circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). The maximum luminescence dissymmetry factors (glum) in aqueous solution are high with |glum|max = 0.08 – 0.40. Together with the very favorable general properties (good stability, high quantum yields, long lifetimes), the presented lanthanide complexes can be considered as good candidates for analytical probes based on CPL in biologically relevant environments. PMID:19639983

  1. Luminescent method of determination of composition of europium and terbium complexes in solution by change of intensity ratio of luminescence bands

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    Bel' tyukova, S.V.; Nazarenko, N.A.; Poluehktov, N.S.


    The complexes of europium and terbium with phenanthroline, ethylenediaminetetraacetate, nitrilotriacetate, some acids-phenol derivatives and ..beta..-diketones series have been used as an example to demonstrate that the value of the ratio of intensities on the two bands of europium(terbium) luminescence spectra - the one corresponding to the hypersensitive'' transition and the other, to the magnetic dipole one - can be used for determination of the complexes composition in solutions.

  2. Scalable Indium Phosphide Thin-Film Nanophotonics Platform for Photovoltaic and Photoelectrochemical Devices. (United States)

    Lin, Qingfeng; Sarkar, Debarghya; Lin, Yuanjing; Yeung, Matthew; Blankemeier, Louis; Hazra, Jubin; Wang, Wei; Niu, Shanyuan; Ravichandran, Jayakanth; Fan, Zhiyong; Kapadia, Rehan


    Recent developments in nanophotonics have provided a clear roadmap for improving the efficiency of photonic devices through control over absorption and emission of devices. These advances could prove transformative for a wide variety of devices, such as photovoltaics, photoelectrochemical devices, photodetectors, and light-emitting diodes. However, it is often challenging to physically create the nanophotonic designs required to engineer the optical properties of devices. Here, we present a platform based on crystalline indium phosphide that enables thin-film nanophotonic structures with physical morphologies that are impossible to achieve through conventional state-of-the-art material growth techniques. Here, nanostructured InP thin films have been demonstrated on non-epitaxial alumina inverted nanocone (i-cone) substrates via a low-cost and scalable thin-film vapor-liquid-solid growth technique. In this process, indium films are first evaporated onto the i-cone structures in the desired morphology, followed by a high-temperature step that causes a phase transformation of the indium into indium phosphide, preserving the original morphology of the deposited indium. Through this approach, a wide variety of nanostructured film morphologies are accessible using only control over evaporation process variables. Critically, the as-grown nanotextured InP thin films demonstrate excellent optoelectronic properties, suggesting this platform is promising for future high-performance nanophotonic devices.

  3. Three-dimensional interconnected nickel phosphide networks with hollow microstructures and desulfurization performance

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    Zhang, Shuna, E-mail: [College of Textile Engineering, Zhejiang Industry Polytechnic College, Shaoxing 312000 (China); Zhang, Shujuan [College of Science, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Tianjin 300457 (China); Song, Limin, E-mail: [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Wu, Xiaoqing [Institute of Composite Materials and Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Composite Materials, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Fang, Sheng, E-mail: [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China)


    Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional interconnected nickel phosphide networks with hollow microstructures and desulfurization performance. - Highlights: • Three-dimensional Ni{sub 2}P has been prepared using foam nickel as a template. • The microstructures interconnected and formed sponge-like porous networks. • Three-dimensional Ni{sub 2}P shows superior hydrodesulfurization activity. - Abstract: Three-dimensional microstructured nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 2}P) was fabricated by the reaction between foam nickel (Ni) and phosphorus red. The as-prepared Ni{sub 2}P samples, as interconnected networks, maintained the original mesh structure of foamed nickel. The crystal structure and morphology of the as-synthesized Ni{sub 2}P were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, automatic mercury porosimetry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The SEM study showed adjacent hollow branches were mutually interconnected to form sponge-like networks. The investigation on pore structure provided detailed information for the hollow microstructures. The growth mechanism for the three-dimensionally structured Ni{sub 2}P was postulated and discussed in detail. To investigate its catalytic properties, SiO{sub 2} supported three-dimensional Ni{sub 2}P was prepared successfully and evaluated for the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of dibenzothiophene (DBT). DBT molecules were mostly hydrogenated and then desulfurized by Ni{sub 2}P/SiO{sub 2}.

  4. Structural analysis of a phosphide-based epitaxial structure with a buried oxidized AlAs sacrificial layer (United States)

    Englhard, M.; Reuters, B.; Baur, J.; Klemp, C.; Zaumseil, P.; Schroeder, T.; Skibitzki, O.


    Phosphide-based thin-film light-emitting diodes (TF-LEDs) lattice-matched to GaAs are well established in optoelectronics in the wavelength range between 550 and 650 nm. In this work, we investigate the impact of oxidized AlAs to overlying phosphide-based pseudomorphically grown epitaxial structures. Oxidation of a buried AlAs sacrificial layer allows the separation of the grown TF-LED epitaxy from its substrates and enables an oxidation lift-off process. To evaluate the strain effect of progressing oxidation on the structure of the chip, we perform high-resolution x-ray diffraction analysis on as-grown, mesa-structured, semi-oxidized, and completely laterally oxidized chips. At each state, a pseudomorphic phosphide-based InAlP layer is found. The InAlP layer exhibits a tensile out-of-plane strain of approximately 0.20% and a compressive in-plane strain of approx. -0.19%. Additionally, scanning transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and μ-photoluminescence were used for investigation of the boundary zone of the oxidation front of AlAs, the interfaces between phosphide-based semiconductors (InAlP/InGaAlP) and oxidized amorphous AlAs and the light emission of InGaAlP multiple quantum wells.

  5. Thermo-transferred thermoluminescence (TTTl) in potassium-yttrium double fluoride doped with terbium

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    Gallegos, A.; Rivera, T.; Diaz G, J. A. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Legaria 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Azorin, J. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, San Rafael Atlixco No. 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Azorin, J. C. [Universidad de Guanajuato, Division de Ciencias e Ingenierias-Campus Leon, Lomas del Bosque No. 103, Col. Lomas del Campestre, 37000 Leon, Guanajuato (Mexico); Licona, R.; Rivas, F.; Hernandez C, G. [Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, 14 Sur y San Claudio, Ciudad Universitaria, Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla (Mexico); Khaidukov, N. [Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Lenin SK 11 Prospect 31, Moscow 117907 (Russian Federation)


    This paper presents results of studying the thermo-transferred thermoluminescence (TTTl) phenomenon in potassium-yttrium double fluoride doped with terbium (K{sub 2}YF{sub 5:}Tb) at different impurity concentrations (0.8%, 0.95% and 0.99%). Previously to study the TTTl phenomenon, structural characterization and chemical composition of the materials were determined. The structural studies were conducted using a scanning electron microscope; meanwhile, chemical composition was analyzed using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Thermoluminescence kinetics was studied irradiating the samples with {sup 137}Cs gamma rays as well as with {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y beta rays, analyzing the glow curves by the deconvolution method for obtaining the kinetic parameters. (Author)

  6. The influence of pressure on the photoluminescence properties of a terbium-adipate framework (United States)

    Spencer, Elinor C.; Zhao, Jing; Ross, Nancy L.; Andrews, Michael B.; Surbella, Robert G.; Cahill, Christopher L.


    The influence of pressure (over the 0-4.7 GPa range) on the photoluminescence emissions and crystal structure of the known 3D terbium-adipate metal-organic framework material Tb-GWMOF6 has been evaluated by high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction and spectroscopic techniques. The results from this study show that this complex lanthanide framework structure undergoes three phase transitions within the 0-4 GPa pressure range that involve alterations in the number of symmetry independent Tb3+ ion sites within the crystal lattice. These pressure induced modifications to the structure of Tb-GWMOF6 lead to pronounced changes in the profiles of the 5D4→7F5 emission spectra of this complex.

  7. Terbium Radionuclides for Theranostics Applications: A Focus On MEDICIS-PROMED (United States)

    Cavaier, R. Formento; Haddad, F.; Sounalet, T.; Stora, T.; Zahi, I.

    A new facility, named CERN-MEDICIS, is under construction at CERN to produce radionuclides for medical applications. In parallel, the MEDICIS-PROMED, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie innovative training network of the Horizon 2020 European Commission's program, is being coordinated by CERN to train young scientists on the production and use of innovative radionuclides and develop a network of experts within Europe. One program within MEDICIS-PROMED is to determine the feasibility of producing innovative radioisotopes for theranostics using a commercial middle-sized high-current cyclotron and the mass separation technology developed at CERN-MEDICIS. This will allow the production of high specific activity radioisotopes not achievable with the common post-processing by chemical separation. Radioisotopes of scandium, copper, arsenic and terbium have been identified. Preliminary studies of activation yield and irradiation parameters optimization for the production of Tb-149 will be described.

  8. Dielectric and conducting behavior of gadolinium-terbium fumarate heptahydrate crystals (United States)

    Shah, M. D.; Want, B.


    Gadolinium-terbium fumarate heptahydrate crystals were grown in silica gel by using single gel diffusion technique. The crystals were characterized by different physico-chemical techniques of characterization. Powder X-ray diffraction results showed that the grown material is purely crystalline in nature. Elemental analyses suggested the chemical formula of the compound to be Gd Tb (C4H2O4)3ṡ7H2O. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis confirmed the presence of Gd and Tb in the title compound. The dielectric and conductivity studies of the grown compound were carried as function of frequency of applied field and the temperature. The grown material showed a dielectric anomaly which was correlated with its thermal behavior. The ac conductivity of the material showed Jonscher's power law behavior: σ(ω)=σo+Aωs, with a temperature-dependent power exponent s(<1). The conductivity was found to be a function of temperature and frequency.

  9. Highly sensitive detection of dipicolinic acid with a water-dispersible terbium-metal organic framework. (United States)

    Bhardwaj, Neha; Bhardwaj, Sanjeev; Mehta, Jyotsana; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Deep, Akash


    The sensitive detection of dipicolinic acid (DPA) is strongly associated with the sensing of bacterial organisms in food and many types of environmental samples. To date, the demand for a sensitive detection method for bacterial toxicity has increased remarkably. Herein, we investigated the DPA detection potential of a water-dispersible terbium-metal organic framework (Tb-MOF) based on the fluorescence quenching mechanism. The Tb-MOF showed a highly sensitive ability to detect DPA at a limit of detection of 0.04nM (linear range of detection: 1nM to 5µM) and also offered enhanced selectivity from other commonly associated organic molecules. The present study provides a basis for the application of Tb-MOF for direct, convenient, highly sensitive, and specific detection of DPA in the actual samples. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. A New Bis(phthalocyaninato) Terbium Single-Ion Magnet with an Overall Excellent Magnetic Performance. (United States)

    Chen, Yuxiang; Ma, Fang; Chen, Xiaoxiang; Dong, Bowei; Wang, Kang; Jiang, Shangda; Wang, Chiming; Chen, Xin; Qi, Dongdong; Sun, Haoling; Wang, Bingwu; Gao, Song; Jiang, Jianzhuang


    Bulky and strong electron-donating dibutylamino groups were incorporated onto the peripheral positions of one of the two phthalocyanine ligands in the bis(phthalocyaninato) terbium complex, resulting in the isolation of heteroleptic double-decker (Pc)Tb{Pc[N(C4H9)2]8} {Pc = phthalocyaninate; Pc[N(C4H9)2]8 = 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octakis(dibutylamino)phthalocyaninate} with the nature of an unsymmetrical molecular structure, a square-antiprismatic coordination geometry, an intensified coordination field strength, and the presence of organic radical-f interaction. As a total result of all these factors, this sandwich-type tetrapyrrole lanthanide single-ion magnet (SIM) exhibits an overall enhanced magnetic performance including a high blocking temperature (TB) of 30 K and large effective spin-reversal energy barrier of Ueff = 939 K, rendering it the best sandwich-type tetrapyrrole lanthanide SIM reported thus far.

  11. Ultralarge magneto-optic rotations and rotary dispersion in terbium gallium garnet single crystal. (United States)

    Shaheen, Amrozia; Majeed, Hassaan; Anwar, Muhammad Sabieh


    We report systematically acquired data on the Verdet constant of terbium gallium garnet for wavelengths ranging from visible to near-infrared (405-830 nm) regime. Our experimental method of Stokes polarimetry is based on the Fourier decomposition of the received light intensity and allows unambiguous determination of both the Faraday rotation and the ellipticity of the emergent light. Temperature-dependent investigations in the range of 8-300 K extend earlier reports and verify the Verdet's constant direct dependence on the magnetization, whose first-order approximation is simply a manifestation of the Curie's law. Further, a least-squares fitting of the experimental data correlates well with theoretical predictions. At a wavelength of 405 nm and temperature of 8 K, the rotation is approximately 500°.

  12. Terbium fluorescence as a sensitive, inexpensive probe for UV-induced damage in nucleic acids

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    El-Yazbi, Amira F.; Loppnow, Glen R., E-mail:


    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Simple, inexpensive, mix-and-read assay for positive detection of DNA damage. •Recognition of undamaged DNA via hybridization to a hairpin probe. •Terbium(III) fluorescence reports the amount of damage by binding to ssDNA. •Tb/hairpin is a highly selective and sensitive fluorescent probe for DNA damage. -- Abstract: Much effort has been focused on developing methods for detecting damaged nucleic acids. However, almost all of the proposed methods consist of multi-step procedures, are limited, require expensive instruments, or suffer from a high level of interferences. In this paper, we present a novel simple, inexpensive, mix-and-read assay that is generally applicable to nucleic acid damage and uses the enhanced luminescence due to energy transfer from nucleic acids to terbium(III) (Tb{sup 3+}). Single-stranded oligonucleotides greatly enhance the Tb{sup 3+} emission, but duplex DNA does not. With the use of a DNA hairpin probe complementary to the oligonucleotide of interest, the Tb{sup 3+}/hairpin probe is applied to detect ultraviolet (UV)-induced DNA damage. The hairpin probe hybridizes only with the undamaged DNA. However, the damaged DNA remains single-stranded and enhances the intrinsic fluorescence of Tb{sup 3+}, producing a detectable signal directly proportional to the amount of DNA damage. This allows the Tb{sup 3+}/hairpin probe to be used for sensitive quantification of UV-induced DNA damage. The Tb{sup 3+}/hairpin probe showed superior selectivity to DNA damage compared to conventional molecular beacons probes (MBs) and its sensitivity is more than 2.5 times higher than MBs with a limit of detection of 4.36 ± 1.2 nM. In addition, this probe is easier to synthesize and more than eight times cheaper than MBs, which makes its use recommended for high-throughput, quantitative analysis of DNA damage.

  13. Fine- and hyperfine structure investigations of even configuration system of atomic terbium (United States)

    Stefanska, D.; Elantkowska, M.; Ruczkowski, J.; Furmann, B.


    In this work a parametric study of the fine structure (fs) and the hyperfine structure (hfs) for the even-parity configurations of atomic terbium (Tb I) is presented, based in considerable part on the new experimental results. Measurements on 134 spectral lines were performed by laser induced fluorescence (LIF) in a hollow cathode discharge lamp; on this basis, the hyperfine structure constants A and B were determined for 52 even-parity levels belonging to the configurations 4f85d6s2, 4f85d26s or 4f96s6p; in all the cases those levels were involved in the transitions investigated as the lower levels. For 40 levels the hfs was examined for the first time, and for the remaining 12 levels the new measurements supplement our earlier results. As a by-product, also preliminary values of the hfs constants for 84 odd-parity levels were determined (the investigations of the odd-parity levels system in the terbium atom are still in progress). This huge amount of new experimental data, supplemented by our earlier published results, were considered for the fine and hyperfine structure analysis. A multi-configuration fit of 7 configurations was performed, taking into account second-order of perturbation theory, including the effects of closed shell-open shell excitations. Predicted values of the level energies, as well as of magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole hyperfine structure constants A and B, are quoted in cases when no experimental values are available. By combining our experimental data with our own semi-empirical procedure it was possible to identify correctly the lower and upper level of the line 544.1440 nm measured by Childs with the use of the atomic-beam laser-rf double-resonance technique (Childs, J Opt Soc Am B 9;1992:191-6).

  14. Structural and optical characterization of terbium doped ZnGa2O4 thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering (United States)

    Somasundaram, K.; Girija, K. G.; Sudarsan, V.; Selvin, P. Christopher; Vatsa, R. K.


    Tb3+ doped ZnGa2O4 nanophosphor (21 nm) has been synthesized via low temperature polyol route and subsequently thin films of the same were deposited on glass and ITO substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. The films were characterized by X-ray Diffraction and luminescence measurements. The XRD pattern showed that Tb3+ doped ZnGa2O4 nanophosphor has a cubic spinel phase. Luminescence behavior of the nanophosphor and as deposited sputtered film was investigated. The PL emission spectra of nanophosphor gave a broad ZnGa2O4 host emission band along with a strong terbium emission and the thin films showed only broad host emission band and there was no terbium ion emission.

  15. Determination of fluoxetine in pharmaceutical and biological samples based on the silver nanoparticle enhanced fluorescence of fluoxetine-terbium complex. (United States)

    Lotfi, Ali; Manzoori, Jamshid L


    In this study, a simple and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method is presented for the determination of fluoxetine based on the enhancing effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on the terbium-fluoxetine fluorescence emission. The AgNPs were prepared by a simple reduction method and characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. It was indicated that these AgNPs have a remarkable amplifying effect on the terbium-sensitized fluorescence of fluoxetine. The effects of various parameters such as AgNP and Tb(3+) concentration and the pH of the media were investigated. Under obtained optimal conditions, the fluorescence intensity of the terbium-fluoxetine-AgNP system was enhanced linearly by increasing the concentration of fluoxetine in the range of 0.008 to 19 mg/L. The limit of detection (b + 3s) was 8.3 × 10(-4) mg/L. The interference effects of common species found in real samples were also studied. The method had good linearity, recovery, reproducibility and sensitivity, and was satisfactorily applied for the determination of fluoxetine in tablet formulations, human urine and plasma samples. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  16. Neutron Diffraction and Electrical Transport Studies on Magnetic Transition in Terbium at High Pressures and Low Temperatures (United States)

    Thomas, Sarah; Montgomery, Jeffrey; Tsoi, Georgiy; Vohra, Yogesh; Weir, Samuel; Tulk, Christopher; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio


    Neutron diffraction and electrical transport measurements have been carried out on the heavy rare earth metal terbium at high pressures and low temperatures in order to elucidate its transition from a helical antiferromagnetic to a ferromagnetic ordered phase as a function of pressure. The electrical resistance measurements using designer diamonds show a change in slope as the temperature is lowered through the ferromagnetic Curie temperature. The temperature of the ferromagnetic transition decreases at a rate of -16.7 K/GPa till 3.6 GPa, where terbium undergoes a structural transition from hexagonal close packed (hcp) to an α-Sm phase. Above this pressure, the electrical resistance measurements no longer exhibit a change in slope. In order to confirm the change in magnetic phase suggested by the electrical resistance measurements, neutron diffraction measurements were conducted at the SNAP beamline at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Measurements were made at pressures to 5.3 GPa and temperatures as low as 90 K. An abrupt increase in peak intensity in the neutron diffraction spectra signaled the onset of magnetic order below the Curie temperature. A magnetic phase diagram of rare earth metal terbium will be presented to 5.3 GPa and 90 K based on these studies.

  17. Molybdenum Disulfide as a Protection Layer and Catalyst for Gallium Indium Phosphide Solar Water Splitting Photocathodes

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    Britto, Reuben J.; Benck, Jesse D.; Young, James L.; Hahn, Christopher; Deutsch, Todd G.; Jaramillo, Thomas F.


    Gallium indium phosphide (GaInP2) is a semiconductor with promising optical and electronic properties for solar water splitting, but its surface stability is problematic as it undergoes significant chemical and electrochemical corrosion in aqueous electrolytes. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanomaterials are promising to both protect GaInP2 and to improve catalysis since MoS2 is resistant to corrosion and also possesses high activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). In this work, we demonstrate that GaInP2 photocathodes coated with thin MoS2 surface protecting layers exhibit excellent activity and stability for solar hydrogen production, with no loss in performance (photocurrent onset potential, fill factor, and light limited current density) after 60 hours of operation. This represents a five-hundred fold increase in stability compared to bare p-GaInP2 samples tested in identical conditions.

  18. Treatment of Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning with a Combination of Intravenous Glucagon, Digoxin and Antioxidant Agents

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    Zohreh Oghabian


    Full Text Available Aluminium phosphide (AlP is used to protect stored grains from rodents. It produces phosphine gas (PH3, a mitochondrial poison thought to cause toxicity by blocking the cytochrome c oxidase enzyme and inhibiting oxidative phosphorylation, which results in cell death. AlP poisoning has a high mortality rate among humans due to the rapid onset of cardiogenic shock and metabolic acidosis, despite aggressive treatment. We report a 21-yearold male who was referred to the Afzalipour Hospital, Kerman, Iran, in 2015 after having intentionally ingested a 3 g AlP tablet. He was successfully treated with crystalloid fluids, vasopressors, sodium bicarbonate, digoxin, glucagon and antioxidant agents and was discharged from the hospital six days after admission in good clinical condition. For the treatment of AlP poisoning, the combination of glucagon and digoxin with antioxidant agents should be considered. However, evaluation of further cases is necessary to optimise treatment protocols.

  19. Mesoporous Semimetallic Conductors: Structural and Electronic Properties of Cobalt Phosphide Systems. (United States)

    Pramanik, Malay; Tominaka, Satoshi; Wang, Zhong-Li; Takei, Toshiaki; Yamauchi, Yusuke


    Mesoporous cobalt phosphide (meso-CoP) was prepared by the phosphorization of ordered mesoporous cobalt oxide (meso-Co3 O4 ). The electrical conductivity of meso-CoP is 37 times higher than that of nonporous CoP, and it displays semimetallic behavior with a negligibly small activation energy of 26 meV at temperatures below 296 K. Above this temperature, only materials with mesopores underwent a change in conductivity from semimetallic to semiconducting behavior. These properties were attributed to the coexistence of nanocrystalline Co2 P phases. The poor crystallinity of mesoporous materials has often been considered to be a problem but this example clearly shows its positive aspects. The concept introduced here should thus lead to new routes for the synthesis of materials with high electronic conductivity. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Transition Metal Phosphide Nanoparticles Supported on SBA-15 as Highly Selective Hydrodeoxygenation Catalysts for the Production of Advanced Biofuels. (United States)

    Yang, Yongxing; Ochoa-Hernández, Cristina; de la Peña O'Shea, Víctor A; Pizarro, Patricia; Coronado, Juan M; Serrano, David P


    A series of catalysts constituted by nanoparticles of transition metal (M = Fe, Co, Ni and Mo) phosphides (TMP) dispersed on SBA-15 were synthesized by reduction of the corresponding metal phosphate precursors previously impregnated on the mesostructured support. All the samples contained a metal-loading of 20 wt% and with an initial M/P mole ratio of 1, and they were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 sorption, H2-TPR and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Metal phosphide nanocatalysts were tested in a high pressure continuous flow reactor for the hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of a methyl ester blend containing methyl oleate (C17H33-COO-CH3) as main component (70%). This mixture constitutes a convenient surrogate of triglycerides present in vegetable oils, and following catalytic hydrotreating yields mainly n-alkanes. The results of the catalytic assays indicate that Ni2P/SBA-15 catalyst presents the highest ester conversion, whereas the transformation rate is about 20% lower for MoP/SBA-15. In contrast, catalysts based on Fe and Co phosphides show a rather limited activity. Hydrocarbon distribution in the liquid product suggests that both hydrodeoxygenation and decarboxylation/decarbonylation reactions occur simultaneously over the different catalysts, although MoP/SBA-15 possess a selectivity towards hydrodeoxygenation exceeding 90%. Accordingly, the catalyst based on MoP affords the highest yield of n-octadecane, which is the preferred product in terms of carbon atom economy. Subsequently, in order to conjugate the advantages of both Ni and Mo phosphides, a series of catalysts containing variable proportions of both metals were prepared. The obtained results reveal that the mixed phosphides catalysts present a catalytic behavior intermediate between those of the monometallic phosphides. Accordingly, only marginal enhancement of the yield of n-octadecane is obtained for the catalysts with a Mo/Ni ratio of 3. Nevertheless, owing to this high selectivity

  1. Materials Development for Boron Phosphide Based Neutron Detectors: Final Technical Report

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    Edgar, James Howard [Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS (United States)


    The project goal was to improve the quality of boron phosphide (BP) by optimizing its epitaxial growth on single crystal substrates and by producing bulk BP single crystals with low dislocation densities. BP is potentially a good semiconductor for high efficiency solid state neutron detectors by combining neutron capture and charge creation within the same volume. The project strategy was to use newly available single crystal substrates, silicon carbide and aluminum nitride, engineered to produce the best film properties. Substrate variables included the SiC polytype, crystallographic planes, misorientation of the substrate surface (tilt direction and magnitude) from the major crystallographic plane, and surface polarity (Si and C). The best films were (111)BP on silicon-face (0001) 4H-SiC misoriented 4° in the [1-100] direction, and BP on (100) and (111) 3C-SiC/Si; these substrates resulted in films that were free of in-plane twin defects, as determined by x-ray topography. The impact of the deposition temperature was also assessed: increasing the temperature from 1000 °C to 1200 °C produced films that were more ordered and more uniform, and the size of individual grains increased by more than a factor of twenty. The BP films were free of other compounds such as icosahedral boron phosphide (B12P2) over the entire temperature range, as established by Raman spectroscopy. The roughness of the BP films was reduced by increasing the phosphine to diborane ratio from 50 to 200. Bulk crystals were grown by reacting boron dissolved in nickel with phosphorus vapor to precipitate BP. Crystals with dimensions up to 2 mm were produced.

  2. Study of Silver Nanoparticles Sensitized Fluorescence and Second-Order Scattering of Terbium(III-Pefloxacin Mesylate Complex and Determination of Pefloxacin Mesylate

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    Aiyun Li


    Full Text Available α-Keto acid of pefloxacin mesylate (PFLX can form the complex with Terbium(III. The intramolecular energy from PFLX to Terbium(III ion takes place when excited, and thus Terbium(III excited state is formed and then emits the characteristic fluorescence of Terbium(III, locating at 490, 545, 580, and 620 nm. The second-order scattering (SOS peak at 545 nm also appears for the complex with the exciting wavelength of 273 nm. When the silver nanoparticles are added to the system, the luminescence intensity at 545 nm greatly increased. So, with the adding of nanoparticles to the Terbium(III-PFLX complex, not only is the intramolecular energy promoted but also the SOS intensity is enhanced. The experimental results show that it is the silver nanoparticles with certain size and certain concentration which can greatly enhance the fluorescence-SOS intensity, and the relative intensity at 545 nm is proportional to the amount of PFLX. Based on this phenomenon, a novel method for the determination of PFLX has been developed and applied to the determination of PFLX in capsule and serum samples.

  3. Influence of crystalline structure on the luminescence properties of terbium orthotantalates

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    Siqueira, Kisla P.F. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Campus Morro do Cruzeiro, ICEB II, Ouro Preto 35400-000, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Carmo, Alexandre P. [Instituto Federal Fluminense, Campus Cabo Frio, RJ 28909-971 (Brazil); Bell, Maria J.V. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora 36036-330, MG (Brazil); Dias, Anderson, E-mail: [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Campus Morro do Cruzeiro, ICEB II, Ouro Preto 35400-000, Minas Gerais (Brazil)


    Terbium orthotantalate powders were produced with M-fergusonite type (I2/a) and M′-fergusonite type (P2/a) structures. The samples were studied by X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence measurements (emission and decay curves). The results showed that crystalline materials were obtained with all the 18 Raman-active modes predicted by group theory calculations. Also, it was observed through photoluminescence decay curves that the Tb{sup 3+} ions occupies only one-symmetry site in both crystallographic arrangements. Photoluminescence emission curves exhibited some variation in spectral shape, peak position, and relative intensity as a consequence of their different crystalline arrangements. The dominated emission of Tb{sup 3+} ({sup 5}D{sub 4}→{sup 7}F{sub 5}) is centered with a maximum intensity at 549.2 nm (M-type) and 543.0 nm (M′-type). Fluorescence lifetimes for M-TbTaO{sub 4} and M′-TbTaO{sub 4} were determined as 33.4 μs and 1.25 ms, respectively. M′-type materials seems to be the most suitable for luminescent devices and could be a potential green luminescent material due to the strongest emission if compared with the M-fergusonite type. -- Highlights: ► Terbium orthotantalates were prepared in two different crystalline structures: I2/a and P2/a. ► XRD and Raman scattering showed that the different space groups obtained were exhibited all the 18 Raman-active modes. ► PL decay curves that the Tb{sup 3+} ions occupies only one-symmetry site in both crystallographic arrangements. ► Dominated emission of Tb{sup 3+} ({sup 5}D{sub 4}→{sup 7}F{sub 5}) is centered with a maximum intensity at 549 nm (M-type) and 543 nm (M′-type). ► Fluorescence lifetimes for M-TbTaO{sub 4} and M′-TbTaO{sub 4} were determined as 33.4 μs and 1.25 ms, respectively.

  4. Rodenticide Comparative Effect of Klerat® and Zinc Phosphide for Controlling Zoonotic Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Central Iran

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    Arshad VEYSI


    Full Text Available Background: Zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL is a neglected disease with public health importance that is common in many rural areas of Iran. In recent years, behavioral resistance and/or bait shyness against the common rodenticide among reservoir hosts of ZCL have been reported. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Klerat® and zinc phosphide against natural reservoir of ZCL.Methods: This survey was carried out in four villages located 45 to 95 km far from Esfahan City Esfahan province, central Iran from April to November 2011. The rodent burrows were counted destroyed and reopened holes baited around all villages. Effect of rodent control operation on the main vector density and incidence of ZCL were evaluated.Results: The reduction rate of rodent burrows after intervention calculated to be at 62.8% in Klerat® and 58.15% in zinc phosphide treated areas. Statistical analysis showed no difference between the densities of the vector in indoors and outdoors in intervention and control areas. The incidence of the disease between treated and control areas after intervention was statistically different (P< 0.05.Conclusion: Klerat® could be a suitable alternative for zinc phosphide in a specific condition such as behavior resistance or occurrence of bait shyness.

  5. Ensembles of indium phosphide nanowires: physical properties and functional devices integrated on non-single crystal platforms

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    Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P.; Lohn, Andrew; Onishi, Takehiro [University of California, Santa Cruz (United States). Baskin School of Engineering; NASA Ames Research Center, Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR), Advanced Studies Laboratories, Univ. of California Santa Cruz, Moffett Field, CA (United States); Mathai, Sagi; Li, Xuema; Straznicky, Joseph; Wang, Shih-Yuan; Williams, R.S. [Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory, Palo Alto, CA (United States); Logeeswaran, V.J.; Islam, M.S. [University of California Davis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Davis, CA (United States)


    A new route to grow an ensemble of indium phosphide single-crystal semiconductor nanowires is described. Unlike conventional epitaxial growth of single-crystal semiconductor films, the proposed route for growing semiconductor nanowires does not require a single-crystal semiconductor substrate. In the proposed route, instead of using single-crystal semiconductor substrates that are characterized by their long-range atomic ordering, a template layer that possesses short-range atomic ordering prepared on a non-single-crystal substrate is employed. On the template layer, epitaxial information associated with its short-range atomic ordering is available within an area that is comparable to that of a nanowire root. Thus the template layer locally provides epitaxial information required for the growth of semiconductor nanowires. In the particular demonstration described in this paper, hydrogenated silicon was used as a template layer for epitaxial growth of indium phosphide nanowires. The indium phosphide nanowires grown on the hydrogenerated silicon template layer were found to be single crystal and optically active. Simple photoconductors and pin-diodes were fabricated and tested with the view towards various optoelectronic device applications where group III-V compound semiconductors are functionally integrated onto non-single-crystal platforms. (orig.)

  6. A Plasma-Assisted Route to the Rapid Preparation of Transition-Metal Phosphides for Energy Conversion and Storage

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    Liang, Hanfeng


    Transition-metal phosphides (TMPs) are important materials that have been widely used in catalysis, supercapacitors, batteries, sensors, light-emitting diodes, and magnets. The physical and chemical structure of a metal phosphide varies with the method of preparation as the electronic, catalytic, and magnetic properties of the metal phosphides strongly depend on their synthesis routes. Commonly practiced processes such as solid-state synthesis and ball milling have proven to be reliable routes to prepare TMPs but they generally require high temperature and long reaction time. Here, a recently developed plasma-assisted conversion route for the preparation of TMPs is reviewed, along with their applications in energy conversion and storage, including water oxidation electrocatalysis, sodium-ion batteries, and supercapacitors. The plasma-assisted synthetic route should open up a new avenue to prepare TMPs with tailored structure and morphology for various applications. In fact, the process may be further extended to the synthesis of a wide range of transition-metal compounds such as borides and fluorides at low temperature and in a rapid manner.

  7. Highly efficient photocatalytic H2 evolution using TiO2 nanoparticles integrated with electrocatalytic metal phosphides as cocatalysts (United States)

    Song, Rui; Zhou, Wu; Luo, Bing; Jing, Dengwei


    In this work, electrocatalysts like the metal phosphides Ni2P, NiCoP, and FeP, can serve as cocatalysts of TiO2 to form efficient composite photocatalysts for hydrogen generation from an aqueous methanol solution. On comparing Ni2P, NiCoP, and FeP and optimizing their proportions, the NiCoP(1 wt%)/TiO2 composite was found to exhibit the highest activity toward photocatalytic H2 production (1.54 μmol h-1 mg-1), which is about thirteen times that of the naked TiO2 nanoparticles. Mott-Schottky (MS) analysis indicated that the large upward shift or band bending of the Fermi energy level (EF) in metal phosphides was responsible for the enhanced activity of the composites. The steady-state photoluminescence (PL) spectra and photocurrent transient response further confirmed that the enhanced photoinduced charge transfer and band separation after TiO2 was integrated with the metal phosphides. Thus, these electrocatalysts were shown to be efficient cocatalysts that can replace noble metals as low-cost photocatalytic H2 production.

  8. Laser control and temperature switching of luminescence intensity in photostable transparent film based on terbium(III) β-diketonate complex (United States)

    Lapaev, Dmitry V.; Nikiforov, Victor G.; Safiullin, Georgy M.; Lobkov, Vladimir S.; Salikhov, Kev M.; Knyazev, Andrey A.; Galyametdinov, Yury G.


    The study of the terbium(III) and gadolinium(III) β-diketonate complexes by photoluminescence spectroscopy reveals considerable changes of the photophysical properties of the complexes under the UV laser irradiation. The measurements show the enhancement of the luminescence intensities in the vitrified transparent film of the terbium(III) complex as well as the gadolinium(III) complex under the 337 nm laser irradiation at room temperature. The irradiated film of the terbium(III) complex restores the initial photophysical properties after heating close to the melting temperature (∼353 K) and cooling. We observe no change of the luminescent properties of the irradiated film for months. These features can be used for the design of new lanthanide-based photostable systems with laser control of the luminescence intensity.

  9. Development of functionalized terbium fluorescent nanoparticles for antibody labeling and time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay application. (United States)

    Ye, Zhiqiang; Tan, Mingqian; Wang, Guilan; Yuan, Jingli


    Silica-based functionalized terbium fluorescent nanoparticles were prepared, characterized and developed as a fluorescence probe for antibody labeling and time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay. The nanoparticles were prepared in a water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion containing a strongly fluorescent Tb(3+) chelate, N,N,N(1),N(1)-[2,6-bis(3'-aminomethyl-1'-pyrazolyl)phenylpyridine] tetrakis(acetate)-Tb(3+) (BPTA-Tb(3+)), Triton X-100, octanol, and cyclohexane by controlling copolymerization of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and 3-[2-(2-aminoethylamino)ethylamino]propyl-trimethoxysilane (AEPS) with ammonia water. The characterizations by transmission electron microscopy and fluorometric methods show that the nanoparticles are spherical and uniform in size, 45 +/- 3nm in diameter, strongly fluorescent with fluorescence quantum yield of 10% and a long fluorescence lifetime of 2.0ms. The amino groups directly introduced to the nanoparticle's surface by using AEPS in the preparation made the surface modification and bioconjugation of the nanoparticles easier. The nanoparticle-labeled anti-human alpha-fetoprotein antibody was prepared and used for time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in human serum samples. The assay response is linear from 0.10ngml(-1) to about 100ngml(-1) with the detection limit of 0.10ngml(-1). The coefficient variations (CVs) of the method are less than 9.0%, and the recoveries are in the range of 84-98% for human serum sample measurements.

  10. Highly efficient precipitation of phosphoproteins using trivalent europium, terbium, and erbium ions

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    Guezel, Yueksel; Rainer, Matthias; Mirza, Munazza Raza; Bonn, Guenther K. [Leopold-Franzens University, Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Innsbruck (Austria)


    This study describes a highly efficient method for the selective precipitation of phosphoproteins by trivalent europium, terbium, and erbium metal ions. These metal cations belong to the group of lanthanides and are known to be hard acceptors with an overwhelming preference for oxygen-containing anions such as phosphates to which they form very tight ionic bonds. The method could be successfully applied to specifically precipitate phosphoproteins from complex samples including milk and egg white by forming solid metal-protein complexes. Owing to the low solubility product of the investigated lanthanide salts, the produced metal-protein complexes showed high stability. The protein pellets were extensively washed to remove nonphosphorylated proteins and contaminants. For the analysis of proteins the pellets were first dissolved in 30 % formic acid and subjected to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) MS. For peptide mass-fingerprint analysis the precipitated phosphoproteins were enzymatically digested using microwave-assisted digestion. The method was found to be highly specific for the isolation and purification of phosphoproteins. Protein quantification was performed by colorimetric detection of total precipitated phosphoproteins and revealed more than 95 % protein recovery for each lanthanide salt. (orig.)

  11. A Terbium Sensitized Luminescence Method for the Assay of Flubiprofen in Pharmaceutical Formulations

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    Salma M.Z. Al-Kindy


    Full Text Available A sensitive time-resolved luminescence method for the determination of flubiprofen (FLP in methanol and in aqueous solution is described. The method is based on the luminescence sensitization of terbium (Tb3+ by the formation of a ternary complex with FLP in the presence of 4,7 diphenyl 1,10 phenanthroline (DPP as co-ligand, and Tween-20 as surfactant. The signal for Tb-FLP-DPP was monitored at λex  = 285 nm and λem  = 552 nm. Optimum conditions for the formation of the complex in an aqueous system were TRIS buffer, pH 8.0, DPP (2.5Å~10−7  M, Tween-20 (0.30% and 4Å~10-5  mol L-1  of Tb3+  which allowed the determination of 20–1000 ng mL-1  of FLP with a limit of detection (LOD of 10 ng mL-1 . The relative standard deviations of the method ranged between 0.6 and 1.4% indicating excellent reproducibility of the method. The proposed method was successfully applied for the assays of FLP in pharmaceutical formulations and spiked tap water samples with average recoveries of 87% – 95%.

  12. Sensitization effects of supramolecular assemblies on the luminescence of terbium-ion prulifloxacin complexes

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    Wang Hong; Yi Chongyue; Li Xue; Fang Fang [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yang Yajiang, E-mail: [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)


    Luminescence enhancement of terbium-ion prulifloxacin complexes (Tb(III)-PUFX) in supramolecular hydrogels formed by assembly of 1,3:2,4-di-O-benzylidene-D-sorbitol (DBS) was investigated by steady-state fluorescence, varying temperature fluorescence and time-resolved fluorescence. The luminescence images show that Tb(III)-PUFX were dispersed in the DBS gels. The luminescence intensity of Tb(III)-PUFX in the DBS gels was significantly increased in comparison with that in corresponding aqueous solutions. The varying temperature fluorescent spectra show that the luminescence intensity of Tb(III)-PUFX decreased with an increase in the temperature. This implies that the luminescence enhancement of Tb(III)-PUFX is related to the dissociation and the formation of the DBS assemblies. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements show slower rotational motion in DBS gels in comparison with that in the corresponding aqueous solutions. This may be ascribed to a unique microstructure of three-dimensional network formed by DBC aggregates, resulting in deactivation of the nonradiative relaxation. The images of field emission scanning electron microscopy and polarized optical microscopy indicate that the morphology of the DBS assemblies was not influenced upon addition of Tb(III)-PUFX to the DBS gels.

  13. A Nanoscale Multiresponsive Luminescent Sensor Based on a Terbium(III) Metal-Organic Framework. (United States)

    Dang, Song; Wang, Ting; Yi, Feiyan; Liu, Qinghui; Yang, Weiting; Sun, Zhong-Ming


    A nanoscale terbium-containing metal-organic framework (nTbL), with a layer-like structure and [H2 NMe2 ](+) cations located in the framework channels, was synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. The structure of the as-prepared sample was systematically confirmed by powder XRD and elemental analysis; the morphology was characterized by field-emission SEM and TEM. The photoluminescence studies revealed that rod-like nTbL exhibited bright-green emission, corresponding to (5)D4 →(7)FJ (J=6-3) transitions of the Tb(3+) ion under excitation. Further sensing measurements revealed that as-prepared nTbL could be utilized as a multiresponsive luminescent sensor, which showed significant and exclusive detection ability for Fe(3+) ions and phenylmethanol. These results highlight the practical applications of lanthanide-containing metal-organic frameworks as fluorescent probes. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Terbium-Doped VO2 Thin Films: Reduced Phase Transition Temperature and Largely Enhanced Luminous Transmittance. (United States)

    Wang, Ning; Duchamp, Martial; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E; Liu, Shiyu; Zeng, XianTing; Cao, Xun; Long, Yi


    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a well-known thermochromic material with large IR modulating ability, promising for energy-saving smart windows. The main drawbacks of VO2 are its high phase transition temperature (τ(c) = 68°C), low luminous transmission (T(lum)), and weak solar modulating ability (ΔT(sol)). In this paper, the terbium cation (Tb(3+)) doping was first reported to reduce τ(c) and increase T(lum) of VO2 thin films. Compared with pristine VO2, 2 at. % doping level gives both enhanced T(lum) and ΔT(sol) from 45.8% to 54.0% and 7.7% to 8.3%, respectively. The T(lum) increases with continuous Tb(3+) doping and reaches 79.4% at 6 at. % doping level, representing ∼73.4% relative increment compared with pure VO2. This has surpassed the best reported doped VO2 thin films. The enhanced thermochromic properties is meaningful for smart window applications of VO2 materials.

  15. Luminescent investigations of terbium(III) biosorption as a surrogate for heavy metals and radionuclides. (United States)

    Achyuthan, Komandoor E; Arango, Dulce C; Carles, Elizabeth L; Cutler, Christopher E; Meyer, Lauren A; Brozik, Susan M


    We describe a metal transport system for investigating the interfacial interactions between the anionic surface charge of a gram-negative bacterium (Escherichia coli) and a trivalent cationic metal, Tb3+. We believe this is the first description of the uptake kinetics, sub- and intracellular distribution, and temporal fate of Tb3+ ion in E. coli. We used the luminescence of the terbium-dipicolinic acid chelate to study metal ion transport. The bacteria had a high tolerance for the metal (IC(50) = 4 mM Tb3+). Metal ion transport was passive and metabolism independent. The uptake kinetics rapidly reached a maximum within 15 min, followed by a stasis for 60 min, and declining thereafter between 120 and 240 min, resulting in a biphasic curve. During this period, greater than one-third of the metal ion was sequestered within the cell. Our choice of a safe Biosafety Level I E. coli bacteria and the relatively non-toxic Tb3+ metal represents a model system for luminescent investigations of biosorption, for studying bacterial-water interfacial chemistry and for the bioremediation of heavy metals and radionuclides.

  16. Construction of the energy matrix for complex atoms. Part VIII: Hyperfine structure HPC calculations for terbium atom (United States)

    Elantkowska, Magdalena; Ruczkowski, Jarosław; Sikorski, Andrzej; Dembczyński, Jerzy


    A parametric analysis of the hyperfine structure (hfs) for the even parity configurations of atomic terbium (Tb I) is presented in this work. We introduce the complete set of 4fN-core states in our high-performance computing (HPC) calculations. For calculations of the huge hyperfine structure matrix, requiring approximately 5000 hours when run on a single CPU, we propose the methods utilizing a personal computer cluster or, alternatively a cluster of Microsoft Azure virtual machines (VM). These methods give a factor 12 performance boost, enabling the calculations to complete in an acceptable time.

  17. Inhibition of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase protects hepatocytes from aluminum phosphide-induced toxicity. (United States)

    Salimi, Ahmad; Paeezi, Maryam; Yousefsani, Bahareh Sadat; Shadnia, Shahin; Hassanian-Moghaddam, Hossein; Zamani, Nasim; Pourahmad, Jalal


    Aluminum phosphide (AlP) poisoning is a severe toxicity with 30-70% mortality rate. However, several case reports presented AlP-poisoned patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency and extensive hemolysis who survived the toxicity. This brought to our mind that maybe G6PD deficiency could protect the patients from severe fatal poisoning by this pesticide. In this research, we investigated the protective effect of 6-aminonicotinamide (6-AN)- as a well-established inhibitor of the NADP+- dependent enzyme 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase- on isolated rat hepatocytes in AlP poisoning. Hepatocytes were isolated by collagenase perfusion method and incubated into three different flasks: control, AlP, and 6-AN+ALP. Cellar parameters such as cell viability, reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, mitochondria membrane potential collapse (MMP), lysosomal integrity, content of reduced (GSH) and oxidized glutathione (GSSG) and lipid peroxidation were assayed at intervals. All analyzed cellular parameters significantly decreased in the third group (6-AN+AlP) compared to the second group (AlP), showing the fact that G6PD deficiency induced by 6-AN had a significant protective effect on the hepatocytes. It was concluded that G6PD deficiency significantly reduced the hepatotoxicity of AlP. Future drugs with the power to induce such deficiency may be promising in treatment of AlP poisoning. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Photoluminescence blue shift of indium phosphide nanowire networks with aluminum oxide coating

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    Fryauf, David M.; Zhang, Junce; Norris, Kate J.; Diaz Leon, Juan J.; Oye, Michael M.; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P. [Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR), Advanced Studies Laboratories, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (United States); Wei, Min [Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); School of Micro-Electronics and Solid-Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu (China)


    This paper describes our finding that optical properties of semiconductor nanowires were modified by depositing a thin layer of metal oxide. Indium phosphide nanowires were grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on silicon substrates with gold catalyst resulting in three-dimensional nanowire networks, and optical properties were obtained from the collective nanowire networks. The networks were coated with an aluminum oxide thin film deposited by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition. We studied the dependence of the peak wavelength of photoluminescence spectra on the thickness of the oxide coatings. A continuous blue shift in photoluminescence spectra was observed when the thickness of the oxide coating was increased. The observed blue shift is attributed to the Burstein-Moss effect due to increased carrier concentration in the nanowire cores caused by repulsion from intrinsic negative fixed charges located at the inner oxide surface. Samples were further characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and selective area diffractometry to better understand the physical mechanisms for the blue shift. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Electrostatically driven resonance energy transfer in "cationic" biocompatible indium phosphide quantum dots. (United States)

    Devatha, Gayathri; Roy, Soumendu; Rao, Anish; Mallick, Abhik; Basu, Sudipta; Pillai, Pramod P


    Indium Phosphide Quantum Dots (InP QDs) have emerged as an alternative to toxic metal ion based QDs in nanobiotechnology. The ability to generate cationic surface charge, without compromising stability and biocompatibility, is essential in realizing the full potential of InP QDs in biological applications. We have addressed this challenge by developing a place exchange protocol for the preparation of cationic InP/ZnS QDs. The quaternary ammonium group provides the much required permanent positive charge and stability to InP/ZnS QDs in biofluids. The two important properties of QDs, namely bioimaging and light induced resonance energy transfer, are successfully demonstrated in cationic InP/ZnS QDs. The low cytotoxicity and stable photoluminescence of cationic InP/ZnS QDs inside cells make them ideal candidates as optical probes for cellular imaging. An efficient resonance energy transfer (E ∼ 60%) is observed, under physiological conditions, between the cationic InP/ZnS QD donor and anionic dye acceptor. A large bimolecular quenching constant along with a linear Stern-Volmer plot confirms the formation of a strong ground state complex between the cationic InP/ZnS QDs and the anionic dye. Control experiments prove the role of electrostatic attraction in driving the light induced interactions, which can rightfully form the basis for future nano-bio studies between cationic InP/ZnS QDs and anionic biomolecules.

  20. Metal Phosphides as Co-Catalysts for Photocatalytic and Photoelectrocatalytic Water Splitting. (United States)

    Cao, Shuang; Wang, Chuan-Jun; Fu, Wen-Fu; Chen, Yong


    Solar-to-hydrogen conversion based on photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic water splitting is considered as a promising technology for sustainable hydrogen production. Developing earth-abundant H 2 -production materials with robust activity and stability has become the mainstream in this field. Due to the unique properties and characteristics, transition metal phosphides (TMPs) have been proven to be high performance co-catalysts to replace some of the classic precious metal materials in photocatalytic water splitting. In this Minireview, we summarize the recent significant progress of TMPs as cocatalysts for water splitting reaction with high activity and stability. Firstly, the characteristic of TMPs is briefly introduced. Then, we mainly discuss the recent research efforts toward their application as photocatalytic co-catalysts in photocatalytic H 2 -production, O 2 -evolution and photoelectrochemical water splitting. Finally, the catalytic mechanism, current existing challenges and future working directions for improving the performance of TMPs are proposed. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Heterogeneous Bimetallic Phosphide/Sulfide Nanocomposite for Efficient Solar-Energy-Driven Overall Water Splitting. (United States)

    Xin, Yanmei; Kan, Xiang; Gan, Li-Yong; Zhang, Zhonghai


    Solar-driven overall water splitting is highly desirable for hydrogen generation with sustainable energy sources, which need efficient, earth-abundant, robust, and bifunctional electrocatalysts for both oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Herein, we propose a heterogeneous bimetallic phosphide/sulfide nanocomposite electrocatalyst of NiFeSP on nickel foam (NiFeSP/NF), which shows superior electrocatalytic activity of low overpotentials of 91 mV at -10 mA cm -2 for HER and of 240 mV at 50 mA cm -2 for OER in 1 M KOH solution. In addition, the NiFeSP/NF presents excellent overall water splitting performance with a cell voltage as low as 1.58 V at a current density of 10 mA cm -2 . Combining with a photovoltaic device of a Si solar cell or integrating into photoelectrochemical (PEC) systems, the bifunctional NiFeSP/NF electrocatalyst implements unassisted solar-driven water splitting with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of ∼9.2% and significantly enhanced PEC performance, respectively.

  2. Hydrodesulfurization Properties of Rhodium Phosphide: Comparison with Rhodium Metal and Sulfide Catalysts

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    Hayes, John R.; Bowker, Richard H.; Gaudette, Amy F.; Smith, Mica C.; Moak, Cameron E.; Nam, Charles Y.; Pratum, Thomas K.; Bussell, Mark E.


    Silica-supported rhodium phosphide (Rh2P/SiO2) catalysts were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), 31P solid-state NMR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and chemisorption measurements. XRD and TEM analysis of a 5 wt.% Rh2P/SiO2 catalyst confirmed the presence of well-dispersed Rh2P crystallites on the silica support having an average crystallite size of 10 nm. NMR spectroscopy showed unsupported and silica-supported Rh2P to be metallic and XPS spectroscopy yielded a surface composition of Rh1.94P1.00 that is similar to that expected from the bulk stoichiometry. The 5 wt.% Rh2P/SiO2 catalyst exhibited a higher dibenzothiophene (DBT) hydrodesulfurization (HDS) activity than did Rh/SiO2 and sulfided Rh/SiO2 catalysts having a similar Rh loading and was also more active than a commercial NiAMo/Al2O3 catalyst. The Rh2P/SiO2 catalyst showed excellent stability over a 100 h DBT HDS activity measurement and was more S tolerant than the Rh/SiO2 catalyst. The Rh2P/SiO2 catalyst strongly favored the hydrogenation pathway for DBT HDS, while the Rh/SiO2 and sulfided Rh/SiO2 catalysts favored the direct desulfurization pathway.

  3. Antioxidant Therapy in Patients with Severe Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning: A Pilot Study. (United States)

    Bhalla, Ashish; Jyothinath, P; Singh, Surjit


    N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a powerful antioxidant and has been used extensively in the treatment of paracetamol overdose with great success. Aluminum phosphide (ALP) ingestion results in significant oxidative stress. In this study, we evaluated the effects of NAC on mortality in patients with severe ALP poisoning. This prospective intervention study was carried out in the emergency medical unit attached to the Nehru Hospital at PGIMER, Chandigarh, over a period of 1 year. All the patients presenting with severe ALP poisoning were randomized into two group. The treatment group received NAC in the dose of 150 mg/kg intravenous over 1 h, followed by 50 mg/kg over 4 h, followed by 100 mg/kg 16 h in 5% dextrose. The placebo group received 5% dextrose. The primary end point was mortality. A total of 50 patients were recruited. The baseline parameters were comparable in both groups. The survivors in the treatment group received 19 g of NAC, but the nonsurvivors received only 12.15 g of NAC. The overall mortality in the study group was 88% with 87.5% mortality in the treatment group and 88.5% in the placebo group. Antioxidant therapy in the form of NAC in severe ALP poisoning did not confer any survival benefit.

  4. Diagnosis of aluminum phosphide poisoning using a new analytical approach: forensic application to a lethal intoxication. (United States)

    Yan, Hui; Xiang, Ping; Zhang, Sujing; Shen, Baohua; Shen, Min


    Aluminum phosphide (AlP) is an effective and cheap pesticide that is commonly used worldwide, but it is also a common cause of human poisoning and carries a high mortality rate. AlP reacts with moisture in air, water, and hydrochloric acid in the stomach to produce phosphine (PH3) gas. Two routes of exposure are ingestion of AlP and inhalation of phosphine generated by the action of moisture on AlP. Absorbed phosphine is rapidly metabolized into phosphite and hypophosphite. A method is described for the analysis of the phosphine metabolites in various biological matrices. The method involves reacting the sample with zinc and aqueous H2SO4 in a volatile organic analysis vial. The metabolites were transformed into phosphine gas and then analyzed by headspace gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (HS-GC-MS). This method is capable of detecting quantities of PH3 as low as 0.2 μg/mL in a sample. After validation, the method was applied to animal experiments and a real case of human AlP intoxication. This approach has the advantage of detecting metabolites of PH3, in case the PH3 was converted, and can be considered a useful additional tool for the diagnosis of AlP poisoning in forensic science.

  5. Triamidoamine-uranium(IV)-stabilized terminal parent phosphide and phosphinidene complexes

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    Gardner, Benedict M.; McMaster, Jonathan; Lewis, William; Blake, Alexander J.; Liddle, Stephen T. [School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham (United Kingdom); Balazs, Gabor; Scheer, Manfred [Institut of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Regensburg (Germany); Tuna, Floriana; McInnes, Eric J.L. [School of Chemistry and Photon Science Institute, University of Manchester (United Kingdom)


    Reaction of [U(Tren{sup TIPS})(THF)][BPh{sub 4}] (1; Tren{sup TIPS}=N{CH_2CH_2NSi(iPr)_3}{sub 3}) with NaPH{sub 2} afforded the novel f-block terminal parent phosphide complex [U(Tren {sup TIPS})(PH{sub 2})] (2; U-P=2.883(2) Aa). Treatment of 2 with one equivalent of KCH{sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 5} and two equivalents of benzo-15-crown-5 ether (B15C5) afforded the unprecedented metal-stabilized terminal parent phosphinidene complex [U(Tren{sup TIPS})(PH)][K(B15C5){sub 2}] (4; U=P=2.613(2) Aa). DFT calculations reveal a polarized-covalent U=P bond with a Mayer bond order of 1.92. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Physical properties of new cerium palladium phosphide with C6Cr23-type structure

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    T. Abe


    Full Text Available We have found that a cerium palladium phosphide crystallizes into a C6Cr23-type structure with atomic disorder. Prepared polycrystalline samples show a homogeneity range in the ternary Ce–Pd–P phase diagram. The physical properties of the highest-quality sample of Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 were investigated by measuring the magnetization, electrical resistivity and specific heat. No pronounced phase transition was observed down to 0.5 K. The Kondo screening of localized 4f electrons in metallic Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 appears to be weaker than that in the isostructural compounds of Ce3Pd20Si6 and Ce3Pd20Ge6. By a comparative study of Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 and Ce3Pd20X6 (X = Si, Ge, the competition between the Kondo temperature and ordering temperatures including the quadrupolar ordering temperature is briefly discussed.

  7. Effect of dislocations on the open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current and efficiency of heteroepitaxial indium phosphide solar cells (United States)

    Jain, Raj K.; Flood, Dennis J.


    Excellent radiation resistance of indium phosphide solar cells makes them a promising candidate for space power applications, but the present high cost of starting substrates may inhibit their large scale use. Thin film indium phosphide cells grown on Si or GaAs substrates have exhibited low efficiencies, because of the generation and propagation of large number of dislocations. Dislocation densities were calculated and its influence on the open circuit voltage, short circuit current, and efficiency of heteroepitaxial indium phosphide cells was studied using the PC-1D. Dislocations act as predominant recombination centers and are required to be controlled by proper transition layers and improved growth techniques. It is shown that heteroepitaxial grown cells could achieve efficiencies in excess of 18 percent AMO by controlling the number of dislocations. The effect of emitter thickness and surface recombination velocity on the cell performance parameters vs. dislocation density is also studied.

  8. Spectrofluorimetric determination of human serum albumin using terbium-danofloxacin probe. (United States)

    Ramezani, Amir M; Manzoori, Jamshid L; Amjadi, Mohammad; Jouyban, Abolghasem


    A spectrofluorimetric method is proposed for the determination of human serum albumin (HSA) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) using terbium-danofloxacin (Tb(3+)-Dano) as a fluorescent probe. These proteins remarkably enhance the fluorescence intensity of the Tb(3+)-Dano complex at 545 nm, and the enhanced fluorescence intensity of Tb(3+)-Dano is proportional to the concentration of proteins (HSA and BSA). Optimum conditions for the determination of HSA were investigated and found that the maximum response was observed at: pH = 7.8, [Tb(3+)] = 8.5 × 10(-5) mol L(-1), [Dano] = 1.5 × 10(-4) mol L(-1). The calibration graphs for standard solutions of BSA, HSA, and plasma samples of HSA were linear in the range of 0.2 × 10(-6) - 1.3 × 10(-6) mol L(-1), 0.2 × 10(-6) - 1.4 × 10(-6) mol L(-1), and 0.2 × 10(-6) - 1 × 10(-6) mol L(-1), respectively. The detection limits (S/N = 3) for BSA, HSA, and plasma sample of HSA were 8.7 × 10(-8) mol L(-1), 6.2 × 10(-8) mol L(-1), and 8.1 × 10(-8) mol L(-1), respectively. The applicability of the method was checked using a number of real biological plasma samples and was compared with the UV spectrometric reference method. The results was showed that the method could be regarded as a simple, practical, and sensitive alternative method for determination of albumin in biological samples.

  9. Spectrofluorimetric Determination of Human Serum Albumin Using Terbium-Danofloxacin Probe

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    Amir M. Ramezani


    Full Text Available A spectrofluorimetric method is proposed for the determination of human serum albumin (HSA and bovine serum albumin (BSA using terbium-danofloxacin (Tb3+-Dano as a fluorescent probe. These proteins remarkably enhance the fluorescence intensity of the Tb3+-Dano complex at 545 nm, and the enhanced fluorescence intensity of Tb3+-Dano is proportional to the concentration of proteins (HSA and BSA. Optimum conditions for the determination of HSA were investigated and found that the maximum response was observed at: pH=7.8, [Tb3+] =8.5×10−5 mol L−1, [Dano] =1.5×10−4 mol L−1. The calibration graphs for standard solutions of BSA, HSA, and plasma samples of HSA were linear in the range of 0.2×10−6−1.3×10−6 mol L−1, 0.2×10−6−1.4×10−6 mol L−1, and 0.2×10−6−1×10−6 mol L−1, respectively. The detection limits (S/N = 3 for BSA, HSA, and plasma sample of HSA were 8.7×10−8 mol L−1, 6.2×10−8 mol L−1, and 8.1×10−8 mol L−1, respectively. The applicability of the method was checked using a number of real biological plasma samples and was compared with the UV spectrometric reference method. The results was showed that the method could be regarded as a simple, practical, and sensitive alternative method for determination of albumin in biological samples.

  10. Determination of flavonoids in pharmaceutical preparations using Terbium sensitized fluorescence method

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    M Shaghaghi


    Full Text Available "nBackground and the Purpose of the Study: The aim of this study was development and validation of a simple, rapid and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method for determination of total flavonoids in two topical formulations of Calendula officinalis, Ziziphus Spina-christi and an oral drop of Hypiran perforatum L. The proposed method is based on the formation of terbium (Tb3+ "n-flavonoids (quercetin as a reference standard complex at pH 7.0, which has fluorescence intensely with maximum emission at 545 nm when excited at 310 nm. "nMethod "n: For ointments masses of topical formulations were weighed and added to ethanol-aqueous buffer (pH 10.0 and the resulting mixtures were shaken and then two phases were separated by centrifugation. Aqueous phases were filtered and then diluted with water. For Hypiran drops an appropriate portion was diluted with ethanol and then aliquots of sample or standard solutions were determined according to the experimental procedure. "nResults "n: Under the optimum conditions, total concentrations of flavonoids (as quercetin equivalent in three tested formulations were found to be 0.204 mg/g (for Dermatin cream, 0.476 mg/g (for Calendula ointment and 13.50 μg/ml (for Hypiran drops. Analytical recoveries from samples spiked with different amounts of quercetin were 96.1-104.0 % with RSD % of less than 3.5. Conclusion : The proposed method which requires a simple dissolution step without any matrix interferences provided high sensitivity and selectivity and was easily applied to determine total flavonoids in real samples of three investigated formulations with excellent reproducibility.

  11. TOF SIMS analysis and generation of white photoluminescence from strontium silicate codoped with europium and terbium

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    Tshabalala, Modiehi A.; Swart, Hendrik C.; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M., E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, P.O Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300 South Africa (South Africa)


    White light emitting terbium (Tb{sup 3+}) and europium (Eu{sup 3+}) codoped strontium silicate (Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}) phosphors were prepared by a solid state reaction process. The structure, particle morphology, chemical composition, ion distribution, photoluminescence (PL), and decay characteristics of the phosphors were analyzed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), and PL spectroscopy, respectively. The XRD data showed that our Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} composed of two phases, namely, β-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and α′-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}, and the α′-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} phase was more prominent than the β-Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} phase. The SEM micrographs showed that the particles were agglomerated together and they did not have definite shapes. All ions (i.e., negative and positive) present in our materials were identified by TOF-SIMS. In addition, the chemical imaging performed with the TOF-SIMS demonstrated how the individual ions including the dopants (Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}) were distributed in the host lattice. White photoluminescence was observed when the Sr{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} phosphor was excited at 239 nm using a monochromatized xenon lamp as the excitation source. The phosphor exhibited fast decay lifetimes implying that it is not a good candidate for long afterglow applications.

  12. Synthesis, crystal structure and photophysical properties of europium(III) and terbium(III) complexes with pyridine-2,6-dicarboxamide

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    Tanase, S.; Gallego, P.M.; Gelder, R. de; Fu, W.T.


    The reactions of pyridine-2,6-dicarboxamide with europium(III) and terbium(III) triflates led to the formation of mononuclear complexes of formula [Ln(pcam)(3)](CF3SO3)(3) (Ln = Eu 1, Tb 2; pcam stands for pyridine-2,6-dicarboxamide). From single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, the complexes

  13. Zinc sulfide and terbium-doped zinc sulfide films grown by traveling wave reactor atomic layer epitaxy

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    Yun, S J; Nam, K S


    Zinc sulfide (ZnS) and terbium-doped ZnS (ZnS:Tb) thin films were grown by traveling wave reactor atomic layer epitaxy (ALE). In the present work, ZnCl sub 2 , H sub 2 S, and tris (2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptandionato) terbium (Tb(tmhd) sub 3) were used as the precursors. The dependence of crystallinity and Cl content of ZnS films was investigated on the growth temperature. ZnS and ZnS:Tb films grown at temperatures ranging from 400 to 500 .deg. C showed a hexagonal-2H crystalline structure. The crystallinity of ZnS film was greatly enhanced as the temperature increased. At growth temperatures higher than 450.deg.C, the films showed preferred orientation with mainly (002) diffraction peak. The Cl content decreased from approximately 9 to 1 at.% with the increase in growth temperature from 400 to 500 .deg. C. The segregation of Cl near the surface region and the incorporation of O from Tb(tmhd) sub 3 during ALE process were also observed using Auger electron spectroscopy. The ALE-grown ZnS and ZnS:Tb films re...

  14. Commercializing potassium terbium fluoride, KTF (KTb3F10) faraday crystals for high laser power optical isolator applications (United States)

    Schlichting, Wolfgang; Stevens, Kevin; Foundos, Greg; Payne, Alexis


    Many scientific lasers and increasingly industrial laser systems operate in power regime, require high-performance optical isolators to prevent disruptive light feedback into the laser cavity. The optically active Faraday material is the key optical element inside the isolator. SYNOPTICS has been supplying the laser market with Terbium Gallium Garnet (TGG - Tb3Ga5O12) for many years. It is the most commonly used material for the 650-1100nm range and the key advantages for TGG include its cubic crystal structure for alignment free processing, little to no intrinsic birefringence, and ease of manufacture. However, for high-power laser applications TGG is limited by its absorption at 1064nm and its thermo-optic coefficient, dn/dT. Specifically, thermal lensing and depolarization effects become a limiting factor at high laser powers. While TGG absorption has improved significantly over the past few years, there is an intrinsic limit. Now, SYNOPTICS is commercializing the enhanced new crystal Potassium Terbium Fluoride KTF (KTb3F10) that exhibits much smaller nonlinear refractive index and thermo-optic coefficients, and still exhibits a Verdet constant near that of TGG. This cubic crystal has relatively low absorption and thermo-optic coefficients. It is now fully characterized and available for select production orders. At OPTIFAB in October 2017 we present recent results comparing the performance of KTF to TGG in optical isolators and show SYNOPTICS advances in large volume crystal growth and the production ramp up.

  15. Preparation and photoluminescence enhancement in terbium(III ternary complexes with β-diketone and monodentate auxiliary ligands

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    Devender Singh


    Full Text Available A series of new solid ternary complexes of terbium(III ion based on β-diketone ligand acetylacetone (acac and monodentate auxiliary ligands (aqua/urea/triphenylphosphineoxide/pyridine-N-oxide had been prepared. The structural characterizations of synthesized ternary compounds were studied by means of elemental analysis, infrared (IR, and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectral techniques. The optical characteristics were investigated with absorption as well as photoluminescence spectroscopy. Thermal behavior of compounds was examined by TGA/DTA analysis and all metal complexes were found to have good thermal stability. The luminescence decay time of complexes were also calculated by monitoring at emission wavelength corresponding to 5D4 → 7F5 transition. A comparative inspection of the luminescent behavior of prepared ternary compounds was performed in order to determine the function of auxiliary ligands in the enhancement of luminescence intensity produced by central terbium(III ion. The color coordinates values suggested that compounds showed bright green emission in visible region in electromagnetic spectrum. Complexes producing green light could play a significant role in the fabrication of efficient light conversion molecular devices for display purposes and lightning systems.

  16. Comparison of the prognosis of the new and old therapeutic protocols in poisoning by phosphide compounds

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    Jafar Navabi


    Full Text Available Introduction: Rice tablets (aluminum phosphide are used to fight insects and pests in the grain storage spaces. This tablet produces phosphine gas which is a toxic substance for mitochondria. New measures have merely been recommended to save the lives of poisoned patients at referral clinical toxicology centers. The purpose of this study is to compare the prognosis of the new and old protocols in rice tablet poisoning. Methods: This clinical trial recruited 126 eligible patients poisoned with rice tablets presenting to the Imam Khomeini Hospital in Kermanshah in 2013, who were assigned into two groups of the new (magnesium sulfate and old protocols. Data were analyzed using statistical tests in SPSS software version 21. Results: The age of the patients was between 12 and 76 years, with a mean of 30.78 years and a standard deviation of 12.88 years. Among the patients, 77 (58.3% were male and 55 (41.7% were female. 43.9%/59.1%, 16.7%/31.8%, 9.1%/25.8%, and 40.9%/42.4% subjects suffered from cardiac, renal, hepatic and pulmonary complications, in new and old treatment groups respectively. Renal (P=0.046 and hepatic (P=0.12% complications were significantly lower in patients under the new treatment. Furthermore, the mortality rate in the new protocol was significantly lower (P=0.036. Conclusion: In this study, the new protocol was better able than the old one to reduce morbidity and mortality rates. Therefore, the use of this new treatment protocol can be beneficial in the treatment of patients poisoned with rice tablets.

  17. Crystalline Copper Phosphide Nanosheets as an Efficient Janus Catalyst for Overall Water Splitting. (United States)

    Han, Ali; Zhang, Hanyu; Yuan, Ruihan; Ji, Hengxing; Du, Pingwu


    Hydrogen is essential to many industrial processes and could play an important role as an ideal clean energy carrier for future energy supply. Herein, we report for the first time the growth of crystalline Cu 3 P phosphide nanosheets on conductive nickel foam (Cu 3 P@NF) for electrocatalytic and visible light-driven overall water splitting. Our results show that the Cu 3 P@NF electrode can be used as an efficient Janus catalyst for both the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). For OER catalysis, a current density of 10 mA/cm 2 requires an overpotential of only ∼320 mV and the slope of the Tafel plot is as low as 54 mV/dec in 1.0 M KOH. For HER catalysis, the overpotential is only ∼105 mV to achieve a catalytic current density of 10 mA cm -2 . Moreover, overall water splitting can be achieved in a water electrolyzer based on the Cu 3 P@NF electrode, which showed a catalytic current density of 10 mA/cm 2 under an applied voltage of ∼1.67 V. The same current density can also be obtained using a silicon solar cell under ∼1.70 V for both the HER and the OER. This new Janus Cu 3 P@NF electrode is made of inexpensive and nonprecious metal-based materials, which opens new possibilities based on copper to exploit overall water splitting for hydrogen production. To the best of our knowledge, such high performance of a copper-based water oxidation and overall water splitting catalyst has not been reported to date.

  18. Alteration in Liver Enzymes in Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning, A Retrospective Study

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    Morteza Rahbar Taramsari


    Full Text Available Background: Aluminum phosphide (ALP or rice tablet is a common agent used as pesticides. It is cheap, widely available and highly toxic and responsible for many cases of poisoning in the agricultural communities. There is limited evidence about change of liver enzymes in patients with ALP poisoning in this region. Therefore, we decided to evaluate alteration of liver enzymes in ALP poisoning in Rasht. Methods: In this retrospective cross-sectional study, all documents of patients with ALP poisoning admitted to Razi hospital of Rasht in 2008-2009 were assessed. Inclusion criteria were diagnostic clinical manifestation such as hypotension or metabolic acidosis, history of exposure to ALP during the past 24 hours and progressive signs and symptoms despite treatment (administration of sodium bicarbonate and vasopressor. Patients with past history of hepatic disease were excluded. Collected data were analyzed with SPSS software. Results: Of 104 patients with ALP poisoning, 66 patients (63.5% were men. The mean age was 33.8±14.69 years, and the mean time of hospitalization was 14.94±18.28 hours. Ninety-five patients (91.3% needed ventilation and 93 patients (89.4% died. Statistical analysis demonstrated that elevated liver enzymes were not significantly related with gender, age, time of admission, time of hospitalization, the need for ventilation and mortality. Conclusion: It seems that liver enzymes changes is not seen widely in ALP poisoning and had lower importance than other complications. Because of limited studies in liver enzyme alterations in these patients, it is suggested that more studies with largee sample size is performed to investigate the ALP liver side effects.

  19. Hydroxyethyl Starch Could Save a Patient With Acute Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

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    Sayed Mahdi Marashi


    Full Text Available A 40-year-old male patient with suicidal ingestion of one tablet of aluminium phosphide was referred to the department of toxicology emergency of Baharloo Hospital, Tehran, Iran. The garlic odor was smelled from the patient and abdominal pain and continuous vomiting as well as agitation and heartburn were the first signs and symptoms. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures at the arrival time were 95 and 67 mmHg, respectively. Gastric lavage with potassium permanganate (1:10,000, and 2 vials of sodium bicarbonate through a nasogastric tube was started for the patient and the management was continued with free intravenous infusion of 1 liter of NaCl 0.9% serum plus NaHCO3, hydrocortisone acetate (200 mg, calcium gluconate (1 g and magnesium sulfate (1 g. Regarding the large intravenous fluid therapy and vasoconstrictor administering (norepinephrine started by 5 µg/min and continued till 15 µg/min, there were no signs of response and the systolic blood pressure was 49 mmHg. At this time, hydroxyethyl starch (HES (6% hetastarch 600/0.75 in 0.9% sodium chloride with a dose of 600 cc in 6 hours was started for the patient. At the end of therapy with HES, the patient was stable with systolic and diastolic blood pressure of 110 and 77 mmHg, respectively. He was discharged on the 6th day after the psychological consultation, with normal clinical and paraclinical examinations. This is the first report of using HES in the management of AlP poisoning and its benefit to survive the patient.

  20. Synthesis and luminescent study of Ce{sup 3+}-doped terbium-yttrium aluminum garnet

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    Dotsenko, V.P., E-mail: [A.V. Bogatsky Physico-Chemical Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lustdorfskaya doroga 86, 65080 Odessa (Ukraine); Berezovskaya, I.V.; Zubar, E.V.; Efryushina, N.P. [A.V. Bogatsky Physico-Chemical Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lustdorfskaya doroga 86, 65080 Odessa (Ukraine); Poletaev, N.I.; Doroshenko, Yu.A. [Institute of Combustion and Advanced Technologies, Mechnikov Odessa National University, Dvoryanskaya 2, 65082 Odessa (Ukraine); Stryganyuk, G.B. [Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Kirilo i Mefodii 8, 79005 Lviv (Ukraine); HASYLAB at DESY, Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg (Germany); Voloshinovskii, A.S. [Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Kirilo i Mefodii 8, 79005 Lviv (Ukraine)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ce{sup 3+}-doped garnets (TYAG) were prepared using nanostructured reagents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ce{sup 3+} ions cause a very efficient yellow emission of the samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The reasons for the long wavelength position of this emission are discussed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Contribution from Al atoms to the conduction band of TYAG is quite essential. - Abstract: Terbium-yttrium aluminum garnets (TYAG) doped with Ce{sup 3+} ions have been prepared by solid state reactions between nanostructured oxides of aluminum and rare earths. The luminescent properties of Ce{sup 3+} ions in (Tb{sub 0.8}Y{sub 0.2}){sub 3(1-x)}Ce{sub 3x}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (x = 0.03) have been studied upon excitation in the 2-20 eV region. The substitution of Tb{sup 3+} for Y{sup 3+} in the garnet structure results in broadening the emission band and shifting its maximum towards the longer wavelengths. It was found that in addition to the 4f{sup n} {yields} 4f{sup n-1}5d excitation bands of Ce{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} ions, the excitation spectra for the Ce{sup 3+} emission contain broad bands at 6.73 and {approx}9.5 eV. These bands are attributed to the Ce{sup 3+}-bound exciton formation and O 2p {yields} Al 3s, 3p transitions, respectively. In contrast to the predictions based on the results of electronic structure calculations on Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} and Tb{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, the threshold of interband transitions in TYAG is at high energies ( Greater-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 7.3 eV), and contributions from Al{sub tetr} and Al{sub oct} atoms to the conduction-band density of states are evaluated as quite essential.

  1. Electrocatalytic and photocatalytic hydrogen production from acidic and neutral-pH aqueous solutions using iron phosphide nanoparticles. (United States)

    Callejas, Juan F; McEnaney, Joshua M; Read, Carlos G; Crompton, J Chance; Biacchi, Adam J; Popczun, Eric J; Gordon, Thomas R; Lewis, Nathan S; Schaak, Raymond E


    Nanostructured transition-metal phosphides have recently emerged as Earth-abundant alternatives to platinum for catalyzing the hydrogen-evolution reaction (HER), which is central to several clean energy technologies because it produces molecular hydrogen through the electrochemical reduction of water. Iron-based catalysts are very attractive targets because iron is the most abundant and least expensive transition metal. We report herein that iron phosphide (FeP), synthesized as nanoparticles having a uniform, hollow morphology, exhibits among the highest HER activities reported to date in both acidic and neutral-pH aqueous solutions. As an electrocatalyst operating at a current density of -10 mA cm(-2), FeP nanoparticles deposited at a mass loading of ∼1 mg cm(-2) on Ti substrates exhibited overpotentials of -50 mV in 0.50 M H2SO4 and -102 mV in 1.0 M phosphate buffered saline. The FeP nanoparticles supported sustained hydrogen production with essentially quantitative faradaic yields for extended time periods under galvanostatic control. Under UV illumination in both acidic and neutral-pH solutions, FeP nanoparticles deposited on TiO2 produced H2 at rates and amounts that begin to approach those of Pt/TiO2. FeP therefore is a highly Earth-abundant material for efficiently facilitating the HER both electrocatalytically and photocatalytically.

  2. Surface-oxidized cobalt phosphide used as high efficient electrocatalyst in activated carbon air-cathode microbial fuel cell (United States)

    Yang, Tingting; Wang, Zhong; Li, Kexun; Liu, Yi; Liu, Di; Wang, Junjie


    Herein, we report a simplistic method to fabricate the surface-oxidized cobalt phosphide (CoP) nanocrystals (NCs), which is used as electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in microbial fuel cell (MFC) for the first time. The corallite-like CoP NCs are successfully prepared by a hydrothermal reaction following a phosphating treatment in N2 atmosphere. When used as an ORR catalyst, cobalt phosphide shows comparable onset potential, inferior resistance, as well as a small Tafel slope with long-term stability in neutral media. The maximum power density of MFC embellished with 10% CoP reached 1914.4 ± 59.7 mW m-2, which is 108.5% higher than the control. The four-electron pathway, observed by the RDE, plays a crucial role in electrochemical catalytic activity. In addition, material characterizations indicate that the surface oxide layer (CoOx) around the metallic CoP core is important and beneficial for ORR. Accordingly, it can be expected that the as-synthesized CoP will be a promising candidate of the non-precious metal ORR electrocatalysts for electrochemical energy applications.

  3. MOF-Derived Ultrathin Cobalt Phosphide Nanosheets as Efficient Bifunctional Hydrogen Evolution Reaction and Oxygen Evolution Reaction Electrocatalysts

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    Hong Li


    Full Text Available The development of a highly efficient and stable bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting is still a challenging issue in obtaining clean and sustainable chemical fuels. Herein, a novel bifunctional catalyst consisting of 2D transition-metal phosphide nanosheets with abundant reactive sites templated by Co-centered metal−organic framework nanosheets, denoted as CoP-NS/C, has been developed through a facile one-step low-temperature phosphidation process. The as-prepared CoP-NS/C has large specific surface area and ultrathin nanosheets morphology providing rich catalytic active sites. It shows excellent electrocatalytic performances for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER and oxygen evolution reaction (OER in acidic and alkaline media, with the Tafel slopes of 59 and 64 mV/dec and a current density of 10 mA/cm2 at the overpotentials of 140 and 292 mV, respectively, which are remarkably superior to those of CoP/C, CoP particles, and comparable to those of commercial noble-metal catalysts. In addition, the CoP-NS/C also shows good durability after a long-term test.

  4. Strong coupling superconductivity at 8.4 K in an antiperovskite phosphide SrPt3P. (United States)

    Takayama, T; Kuwano, K; Hirai, D; Katsura, Y; Yamamoto, A; Takagi, H


    We report the discovery of a family of ternary platinum phosphides APt3P (A = Ca, Sr, and La), which crystallize in an antiperovskite-based structure closely related to that of the heavy fermion superconductor CePt3Si. All three phosphides showed superconductivity at low temperatures and the highest critical temperature T(c) = 8.4  K was observed for SrPt3P. The analysis of specific heat C(T) for SrPt3P shows clear evidence for very strong coupling s-wave superconductivity with a large ratio between superconducting gap Δ0 and T(c), 2Δ0/k(B)T(c) ∼ 5, and the presence of low-energy phonons. The presence of multiple Fermi surface pockets was inferred from the nonlinear magnetic field dependence of Hall resistivity, which we argue might play a role in realizing the strong coupling of charge carriers with the low-lying phonons.

  5. Study of laboratory profile in patients with aluminium phosphide poisoning in the southwest of Iran from 2010 to 2015

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    Farkhonde Jamshidi


    Full Text Available Introduction : Aluminium phosphide or rice tablet is one of the most common pesticides around the world. The substance releases phosphine gas in the presence of water, steam or stomach acid which can lead to poisoning. Phosphine poisoning is more about suicide the number of which is increasing day by day. Two-thirds of patients lose their lives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the data on the clinical epidemiology and laboratory changes in patients poisoned with rice tablets. Material and methods : A total of 23 patients poisoned by aluminium phosphide who referred to Ahvaz Razi hospital within the period of 2010–2015 were studied. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and statistical tests. Results : The mean age of the patients was 27.2 ±7.3 years and 60.9% of the patients were male. 8.7% of the patients had hyponatremia and 21.7% of the patients had hypokalemia. In the majority of cases the amount of sodium and potassium was normal. 91% of patients had acidosis and serum bicarbonate was reduced in the majority of cases. The average interval between poisoning and admission was 1.48 ±0.76 hours. Conclusions : The pattern to change the electrolytes and other laboratory factors could be a good marker of the severity of the poisoning and the clinical conditions of the patient, which requires more specific research to prove the process.

  6. Colloidal Cobalt Phosphide Nanocrystals as Trifunctional Electrocatalysts for Overall Water Splitting Powered by a Zinc-Air Battery. (United States)

    Li, Hui; Li, Qi; Wen, Peng; Williams, Trey B; Adhikari, Shiba; Dun, Chaochao; Lu, Chang; Itanze, Dominique; Jiang, Lin; Carroll, David L; Donati, George L; Lundin, Pamela M; Qiu, Yejun; Geyer, Scott M


    Highly efficient and stable electrocatalysts, particularly those that are capable of multifunctionality in the same electrolyte, are in high demand for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In this work, highly monodisperse CoP and Co 2 P nanocrystals (NCs) are synthesized using a robust solution-phase method. The highly exposed (211) crystal plane and abundant surface phosphide atoms make the CoP NCs efficient catalysts toward ORR and HER, while metal-rich Co 2 P NCs show higher OER performance owing to easier formation of plentiful Co 2 P@COOH heterojunctions. Density functional theory calculation results indicate that the desorption of OH* from cobalt sites is the rate-limiting step for both CoP and Co 2 P in ORR and that the high content of phosphide can lower the reaction barrier. A water electrolyzer constructed with a CoP NC cathode and a Co 2 P NC anode can achieve a current density of 10 mA cm -2 at 1.56 V, comparable even to the noble metal-based Pt/C and RuO 2 /C pair. Furthermore, the CoP NCs are employed as an air cathode in a primary zinc-air battery, exhibiting a high power density of 62 mW cm -2 and good stability. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Structural variations in terbium(III) complexes with 1,3-adamantanedicarboxylate and diverse co-ligands

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    Terbium nitrate was reacted with 1,3-adamantanedicarboxylic acid (LH{sub 2}) under solvo-hydrothermal conditions with either N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) or N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMA) as organic solvents. Hydrolysation of the latter co-solvents resulted in the formation of formate or acetate ions, which are present as co-ligands in the 1D coordination polymer [Tb(L)(HCOO)(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}] (1) and the 2D assembly [Tb(L)(CH{sub 3}COO)(H{sub 2}O)] (2). The increase in dimensionality in the latter arises from the higher connectivity provided by acetate versus formate, the L{sup 2−} ligand being bis-chelating in both cases. The complex [Tb{sub 2}(L){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 5}][Tb{sub 2}(L){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]·3H{sub 2}O (3), another 1D species, crystallizes alongside crystals of 2. Further addition of cucurbit[6]uril (CB6), with DMF as co-solvent, gave the two complexes [Tb{sub 2}(L){sub 2}(CB6)(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}](NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O (4) and [H{sub 2}NMe{sub 2}]{sub 2}[Tb(L)(HCOO){sub 2}]{sub 2}·CB6·3H{sub 2}O (5). Complex 4 crystallizes as a 3D framework in which Tb(L){sup +} chains are connected by tetradentate CB6 molecules, while 5 unites a carboxylate-bridged anionic 2D planar assembly and layers of CB6 molecules with counter-cations held at both portals. - Graphical abstract: One- to three-dimensional assemblies are formed in terbium(III) complexes with 1,3-adamantanedicarboxylate obtained under solvo-hydrothermal conditions, these species including formate or acetate co-ligands formed in situ, or additional cucurbit[6]uril molecules. - Highlights: • We report structures of terbium(III) complexes with 1,3-adamantanedicarboxylate. • Solvents able to generate co-ligands or counter-ions in situ have been used. • A 3D species including additional cucurbituril molecules is decribed. • One species displays an alternation of metal–organic and organic sheets.

  8. Complete Stokes polarimetry of magneto-optical Faraday effect in a terbium gallium garnet crystal at cryogenic temperatures. (United States)

    Majeed, Hassaan; Shaheen, Amrozia; Anwar, Muhammad Sabieh


    We report the complete determination of the polarization changes caused in linearly polarized incident light due to propagation in a magneto-optically active terbium gallium garnet (TGG) single crystal, at temperatures ranging from 6.3 to 300 K. A 28-fold increase in the Verdet constant of the TGG crystal is seen as its temperature decreases to 6.3 K. In contrast with polarimetry of light emerging from a Faraday material at room temperature, polarimetry at cryogenic temperatures cannot be carried out using the conventional fixed polarizer-analyzer technique because the assumption that ellipticity is negligible becomes increasingly invalid as temperature is lowered. It is shown that complete determination of light polarization in such a case requires the determination of its Stokes parameters, otherwise inaccurate measurements will result with negative implications for practical devices.

  9. Development of Optical Isolators for Visible Light Using Terbium Aluminum Garnet (Tb3Al5O12) Single Crystals (United States)

    Geho, Mikio; Takagi, Takashi; Chiku, Shinichiro; Fujii, Takashi


    We have recently reported the successful growth of incongruently melting terbium aluminum garnet (Tb3Al5O12; TAG) single crystals by the hybrid laser FZ (floating zone) method. Optical property evaluations confirmed a high transmittance and a larger Verdet constant than conventional Tb3Ga5O12 (TGG) crystals and/or Faraday glasses. In this study, we attempted to design, fabricate, and evaluate optical isolators in visible light through near-infrared (NIR) regions using TAG crystals. A finite element method (FEM) simulation of possible models led us to the preferable one based on a radially magnetized magnet. To realize this, we employed a pseudo-radially magnetized magnet. The target wavelengths of the prototype device were 408, 808, and 1064 nm. The typical extinction ratio was more than 30 dB and the insertion loss was less than 0.3 dB for AR-coated devices.

  10. Mössbauer Spectroscopy Investigation and Hydrodesulfurization Properties of Iron–nickel Phosphide Catalysts

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    Gaudette, Amy F.; Burns, Autumn W.; Hayes, John R.; Smith, Mica C.; Bowker, Richard H.; Seda, Takele; Bussell, Mark E.


    Unsupported and silica-supported FexNi2-xPy catalysts having a range of metal compositions (0 < x 6 2.0) were investigated using Mössbauer spectroscopy, and the results correlated with the surface and hydrodesulfurization (HDS) properties of the supported catalysts. Mössbauer spectroscopy permits determination of the relative site occupancy of Fe atoms in tetrahedral (M(1)) and pyramidal (M(2)) sites in the FexNi2-xPy materials. Fe atoms preferentially occupy M(2) sites for materials with significant Fe contents (x > ~0.60), but the Fe site preference reverses as the Fe content decreases (x < ~0.60). Similar occupation trends are observed for the unsupported and silica-supported FexNi2-xPy materials. Thiophene HDS measurements of the FexNi2-xPy/SiO2 catalysts revealed catalysts with high Fe contents (0.80 6 x 6 2.00) to have low activities, while the activities of Ni-rich catalysts increased dramatically with increased Ni content (0.03 6 x 6 0.60). The highest HDS activity was measured for a catalyst having a nominal precursor composition of Fe0.03Ni1.97P2.00/SiO2; this catalyst was 40% more active than a optimized nickel phosphide catalyst prepared from a precursor having a nominal composition of Ni2.00P1.60/SiO2. The 25 wt.% Fe0.03Ni1.97P2.00/SiO2 catalyst also had a dibenzothiophene HDS activity just over 10% higher than that of the 25 wt.% Ni2.00P1.60/SiO2 catalyst at 548 K. The trend of increasing HDS activity for the FexNi2-xPy/ SiO2 catalysts correlates with preferential Fe occupation of M(1) sites (and, therefore, Ni occupation of M(2) sites). Supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and oxygen chemisorption measurements, we conclude that the high activity of Ni-rich FexNi2-xPy/SiO2 catalysts can be traced to a high surface density of Ni in M(2) sites that are resistant to site blockage due to S incorporation.

  11. A retrospective 7-years study of aluminum phosphide poisoning in Tehran: opportunities for prevention. (United States)

    Shadnia, S; Sasanian, G; Allami, P; Hosseini, A; Ranjbar, A; Amini-Shirazi, N; Abdollahi, M


    The objective of this study was to survey aluminum phosphide (AIP) poisoning in a referral poisoning hospital in Tehran servicing an estimation of 10,000,000 populations. Records of all patients admitted and hospitalized during a period of 7 years from January 2000 to January 2007 were collected and analyzed according to gender, age, cause of intoxication, amount of AIP consumed, route of exposure, time between exposure and onset of treatment, signs and symptoms of intoxication at admission, therapeutic intervention, laboratory tests, and outcome. During the studied years, 471 patients were admitted to the hospital with AIP poisoning; 50% of them were men. The overall case fatality ratio was 31%. The mean age was 27.1 years, and most of the patients were between 20 and 40 years old. Self-poisoning was observed in 93% of cases. The average ingested dose was 5.1 g, and most of the patients (73%) consumed 1-3 tablets of AIP. A wide range of symptoms and signs was seen on admission, but the most common one was cardiovascular manifestations (78.12%). The majority (65%) of patients were from Tehran. Poisoning in spring and winter (34% and 24%, respectively) was more common than other seasons. Gastric decontamination with potassium permanganate, and administration of calcium gluconate, magnesium sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, and charcoal were considered for most of the patients. Mean arterial blood pH was 7.23 and bicarbonate concentration was 12.7 mEq/L. One-hundred percent of patients with blood pH or= 7.35 survived. Electrocardiogram (EKG) abnormalities were noted in 65.6% of cases. There was a significant difference between survival and non-survival according to pH, HCO(3) concentration, and EKG abnormality. Even without an increase in resources, there appears to be significant opportunities for reducing mortality by better medical management and further restrictions on the AIP tablets usage. Arterial blood pH seems to be a prognostic factor for the outcome of AIP

  12. Photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen from p-type transition metal phosphides

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    Kaenel, H. von; Gantert, L.; Hauger, R.; Wachter, P.


    A photoelectrochemical investigation of a number of p-conducting transition metal phosphide semiconductors MeP/sub 2/ (Me = Cu, Zn, Cd) is presented. The series MeP/sub 2/ can be divided into two subgroups. The first of these consists of the monoclinic compounds CuP/sub 2/ and ..beta..-ZnP/sub 2/, which appear ideally suited for photovoltaic applications, due to their bandgaps close to 1.4eV. The quantum yield of a ..beta..-ZnP/sub 2/ single crystal electrode, in 1 M Na/sub 2/S0/sub 4/ at pH 2.5, is above 60% for the polarization E chemically bondchemically bond c in a large portion of the visible and near infrared spectrum. The second class of materials are the tetragonal modifications ..cap alpha..-ZnP/sub 2/ and CdP/sub 2/. Their bandgaps are near 2.1 and 2eV, respectively. The quantum yield of ..cap alpha..-ZnP/sub 2/ is above 70% for photon energies above 2.7eV. A general feature of all these materials is the high energy of the conduction band, or conversely, the negative position of the flatband potential Vsub(fb) on the electrochemical scale. From the Mott-Schottky data for ..beta..-ZnP/sub 2/ it follows, that Vsub(fb) = -0.11 + - 0.02 Vsub(SCE) in 1 M Na/sub 2/S0/sub 4/ at pH 2.5. Photo-assisted electrolysis requires thus a rather large bias. On the other hand, hydrogen evolution can be very efficient in the presence of an electron donor. This is demonstrated with Ru0/sub 2/-loaded ..cap alpha..-ZnP/sub 2/ particles in an electrolyte containing EDTA. Due to the negative Vsub(fb) these materials could also be ideal candidates for other important redox reactions, such as C0/sub 2/ reduction. (author).

  13. A hydrometallurgical process for the recovery of terbium from fluorescent lamps: Experimental design, optimization of acid leaching process and process analysis. (United States)

    Innocenzi, Valentina; Ippolito, Nicolò Maria; De Michelis, Ida; Medici, Franco; Vegliò, Francesco


    Terbium and rare earths recovery from fluorescent powders of exhausted lamps by acid leaching with hydrochloric acid was the objective of this study. In order to investigate the factors affecting leaching a series of experiments was performed in according to a full factorial plan with four variables and two levels (4 2 ). The factors studied were temperature, concentration of acid, pulp density and leaching time. Experimental conditions of terbium dissolution were optimized by statistical analysis. The results showed that temperature and pulp density were significant with a positive and negative effect, respectively. The empirical mathematical model deducted by experimental data demonstrated that terbium content was completely dissolved under the following conditions: 90 °C, 2 M hydrochloric acid and 5% of pulp density; while when the pulp density was 15% an extraction of 83% could be obtained at 90 °C and 5 M hydrochloric acid. Finally a flow sheet for the recovery of rare earth elements was proposed. The process was tested and simulated by commercial software for the chemical processes. The mass balance of the process was calculated: from 1 ton of initial powder it was possible to obtain around 160 kg of a concentrate of rare earths having a purity of 99%. The main rare earths elements in the final product was yttrium oxide (86.43%) following by cerium oxide (4.11%), lanthanum oxide (3.18%), europium oxide (3.08%) and terbium oxide (2.20%). The estimated total recovery of the rare earths elements was around 70% for yttrium and europium and 80% for the other rare earths. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Investigation of the luminescent properties of terbium-anthranilate complexes and application to the determination of anthranilic acid derivatives in aqueous solutions

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    Arnaud, N.; Georges, J


    The luminescent properties of terbium complexes with furosemide (FR), flufenamic (FF) acid, tolfenamic (TF) acid and mefenamic (MF) acid have been investigated in aqueous solutions. For all four compounds, complexation occurs when the carboxylic acid of the aminobenzoic group is dissociated and is greatly favoured in the presence of trioctylphosphine oxide as co-ligand and Triton X-100 as surfactant. Under optimum conditions, luminescence of the lanthanide ion is efficiently sensitised and the lifetime of the {sup 5}D{sub 4} resonance level of terbium in the complex is ranging between 1 and 1.9 ms, against 0.4 ms for the aqua ion. The sensitivity of the method for the determination of anthranilic acid derivatives is improved by one to two orders of magnitude with respect to that achieved using native fluorescence or terbium-sensitised luminescence in methanol. The limits of detection are 2x10{sup -10}, 5x10{sup -10} and 2x10{sup -9} mol l{sup -1} for flufenamic acid, furosemide and tolfenamic acid, and mefenamic acid, respectively, with within-run RSD values of less than 1%. The method has been applied to the determination of flufenamic acid in spiked calf sera with and without sample pretreatment. Depending on the method and the analyte concentration, the recovery was ranging between 83 and 113% and the lowest concentration attainable in serum samples was close to 1x10{sup -7} mol l{sup -1}.

  15. Acute liver failure due to zinc phosphide containing rodenticide poisoning: Clinical features and prognostic indicators of need for liver transplantation. (United States)

    Saraf, Vivek; Pande, Supriya; Gopalakrishnan, Unnikrishnan; Balakrishnan, Dinesh; Menon, Ramachandran N; Sudheer, O V; Dhar, Puneet; Sudhindran, S


    Zinc phosphide (ZnP) containing rodenticide poisoning is a recognized cause of acute liver failure (ALF) in India. When standard conservative measures fail, the sole option is liver transplantation. Records of 41 patients admitted to a single centre with ZnP-induced ALF were reviewed to identify prognostic indicators for requirement of liver transplantation. Patients were analyzed in two groups: group I (n = 22) consisted of patients who either underwent a liver transplant (n = 14) or died without a transplant (n = 8); group II (n = 19) comprised those who survived without liver transplantation. International normalized ratio (INR) in group I was 9 compared to 3 in group II (p Liver Disease (MELD) score in group I was 41 compared to 24 in group II (p liver transplantation.

  16. 25th anniversary article: exploring nanoscaled matter from speciation to phase diagrams: metal phosphide nanoparticles as a case of study. (United States)

    Carenco, Sophie; Portehault, David; Boissière, Cédric; Mézailles, Nicolas; Sanchez, Clément


    The notions of nanoscale "phase speciation" and "phase diagram" are defined and discussed in terms of kinetic and thermodynamic controls, based on the case of metal phosphide nanoparticles. After an overview of the most successful synthetic routes for these exotic nanomaterials, the cases of InP, Ni2 P, Ni12 P5 and Pdx Py are discussed in detail to highlight the relationship between composition, structure, and size at the nanoscale. The influence of morphology is discussed next by comparing the behavior of Cu3 P nanophases with those of Nix Py , FeP/Fe2 P, and CoP/Co2 P. Perspectives provide the reader with methodological guidelines for further investigation of nanoscale "phase diagrams", and their use for optimized synthesis of new functional nanomaterials. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Characterization of iron doped indium phosphide as a current blocking layer in buried heterostructure quantum cascade lasers (United States)

    Nida, S.; Hinkov, B.; Gini, E.; Faist, J.


    This work analyzes transport through metal organic chemical vapour deposition grown Iron doped Indium Phosphide (InP:Fe) for use as a current blocking layer in buried heterostructure Quantum Cascade Lasers. The nature of Iron incorporation in InP and electrical transport properties of InP:Fe is investigated via simulation and compared with measurement. Through simulations, we are able to predict the threshold for the onset of current rise in test structures due to avalanche injection of carriers. In addition, the benefit of InAlAs barriers inserted in InP:Fe layers is investigated and found to reduce the leakage current at lower biases while delaying the onset of avalanche. In buried heterostructure configuration, we have determined that non ideal regrowth profiles make the structure more susceptible to high field effects such as avalanche injection and trap filling that induce leakage currents.

  18. Effects of influence of carbon ring-doping on NMR parameters of boron phosphide nanotubes: A DFT study

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    M. Rezaei-Sameti


    Full Text Available The electronic structure of boron phosphide nanotubes (BPNTs and influence of carbon ring doping (C-doping in the horizontal region (model A and vertical region (model B of BPNTs is studied by density functional theory (DFT. At first, each form was optimized at B3LYP level of theory using 6-31G∗ bases set. After, the computed chemical shielding (CS tensors at the sites of 11B and 31P nuclei were converted to isotropic chemical shielding (CSI and anisotropic chemical shielding (CSA. The calculated results reveal that the CS parameters of B and P nuclei in C-ring doped on vertical region (model B undergo more significant changes than horizontal region (model A.

  19. Engineering a nanotubular mesoporous cobalt phosphide electrocatalyst by the Kirkendall effect towards highly efficient hydrogen evolution reactions. (United States)

    Miao, Yue-E; Li, Fei; Zhou, Yu; Lai, Feili; Lu, Hengyi; Liu, Tianxi


    Tailoring the size and controlling the morphology of particular nano-architectures are considered as two promising strategies to improve the catalytic performance of metal nanocrystals towards hydrogen evolution reactions (HERs). Herein, mesoporous cobalt phosphide nanotubes (CoP-NTs) with a three-dimensional network structure have been obtained through a facile and efficient electrospinning technique combined with thermal stabilization and phosphorization treatments. The thermal stabilization process has been demonstrated to play a key role in the morphological tailoring of Co3O4 nanotubes (Co3O4-NTs). As a result, the CoP-NTs show one-dimensional hollow tubular architecture instead of forming a worm-like tubular CoP structure (W-CoP-NTs) or severely aggregated CoP powder (CoP-NPs) which originate from the Co3O4 nanotubes without thermal stabilization treatment and Co3O4 nanoparticles, respectively. Satisfyingly, under an optimized phosphorization degree, the CoP-NT electrode exhibits a low onset overpotential of 53 mV with a low Tafel slope of 50 mV dec(-1) during the HER process. Furthermore, the CoP-NT electrode is capable of driving a large cathodic current density of 10 mA cm(-2) at an overpotential of 152 mV, which is much lower than those of its contrast samples, i.e. CoP-NPs (211 mV) and W-CoP-NTs (230 mV). Therefore, this work provides a feasible and general strategy for constructing three-dimensionally organized mesoporous non-noble metal phosphide nanotubes as promising alternative high-performance electrocatalysts for the commercial platinum ones.

  20. Cationic Vacancy Defects in Iron Phosphide: A Promising Route toward Efficient and Stable Hydrogen Evolution by Electrochemical Water Splitting. (United States)

    Kwong, Wai Ling; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Lee, Cheng Choo; Sandström, Robin; Wågberg, Thomas; Messinger, Johannes


    Engineering the electronic properties of transition metal phosphides has shown great effectiveness in improving their intrinsic catalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in water splitting applications. Herein, we report for the first time, the creation of Fe vacancies as an approach to modulate the electronic structure of iron phosphide (FeP). The Fe vacancies were produced by chemical leaching of Mg that was introduced into FeP as "sacrificial dopant". The obtained Fevacancy-rich FeP nanoparticulate films, which were deposited on Ti foil, show excellent HER activity compared to pristine FeP and Mg-doped FeP, achieving a current density of 10 mA cm -2 at overpotentials of 108 mV in 1 m KOH and 65 mV in 0.5 m H 2 SO 4 , with a near-100 % Faradaic efficiency. Our theoretical and experimental analyses reveal that the improved HER activity originates from the presence of Fe vacancies, which lead to a synergistic modulation of the structural and electronic properties that result in a near-optimal hydrogen adsorption free energy and enhanced proton trapping. The success in catalytic improvement through the introduction of cationic vacancy defects has not only demonstrated the potential of Fe-vacancy-rich FeP as highly efficient, earth abundant HER catalyst, but also opens up an exciting pathway for activating other promising catalysts for electrochemical water splitting. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  1. Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of Coumavec® and Zinc Phosphide in Controlling Zoonotic Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in a Hyperendemic Focus in Central Iran

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    A Veysi


    Full Text Available Background: Zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL is an increasing health problems in many rural areas of Iran. The aim of this study was to introduce a new alternative rodenticide to control the reservoirs of ZCL, its effect on the vector density and the incidence of the disease in hyperendemic focus of Esfa­han County, central Iran.Methods: The study was carried out from January 2011 to Janu­ary 2012. In intervention areas, rodent control operation was conducted using zinc phosphide or Coumavec®. Active case findings were done by house-to-house visits once every season during 2011–2012. To evaluate the effect of rodent control operation on the vector density, sand flies were collected twice a month using sticky traps.Results: The reduction rate of rodent holes in intervention areas with Coumavec® and zinc phosphide were 48.46% and 58.15% respectively, whereas in control area results showed 6.66 folds intensification. The Incidence of ZCL significantly reduced in the treated areas. Totally, 3200 adult sand flies were collected and identified in the inter­vention and control areas. In the treated area with zinc phosphide, the density of Phlebotomus papatasi was higher in outdoors in contrast with the treated area by Coumavec® which the density of the sand fly was higher in indoors. Conclusion: Both rodenticides were effective on the incidence of ZCL and the population of the reservoirs as well. Coumavec® seems to be effective on the outdoor density of the vector. This combination of rodenticide-insecticide could be a suitable alternative for zinc phosphide while bait shyness or behavioral resistance is occurred.

  2. Structural investigation and photoluminescent properties of gadolinium(III), europium(III) and terbium(III) 3-mercaptopropionate complexes. (United States)

    Souza, E R; Mazali, I O; Sigoli, F A


    This work reports on the synthesis, crystallographic determination and spectroscopic characterization of gadolinium(III), terbium(III) and europium(III) 3-mercaptopropionate complexes, aqua-tris(3-mercaptopropionate)lanthanide(III)--[Ln(mpa)3(H2O)]. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters were experimentally determined from emission spectrum of the [Eu(mpa)3(H2O)]complex and they were also calculated from crystallographic data. The complexes are coordination polymers, where the units of each complex are linked together by carboxylate groups leading to an unidimensional and parallel chains that by chemical interactions form a tridimensional framework. The emission spectrum profile of the [Eu(mpa)3(H2O)] complex is discussed based on point symmetry of the europium(III) ion, that explains the bands splitting observed in its emission spectrum. Photoluminescent analysis of the [Gd(mpa)3(H2O)] complex show no efficient ligand excitation but an intense charge transfer band. The excitation spectra of the [Eu(mpa)3(H2O)] and [Tb(mpa)3(H2O)] complexes do not show evidence of energy transfer from the ligand to the excited levels of these trivalent ions. Therefore the emission bands are originated only by direct f-f intraconfigurational excitation of the lantanide(III) ions.

  3. Fluorometric determination of proteins using the terbium (III)-2-thenoyltrifluoroacetone-sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate-protein system

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    Jia Zhen [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Department of Chemistry, Dezhou University, Dezhou 253023 (China); Yang Jinghe [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)]. E-mail:; Wu Xia [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Wang Fei [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Guo Changying [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Liu Shufang [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)


    It is found that in hexamethylene tetramine (HMTA)-HCl buffer of pH=8.00, proteins can enhance the fluorescence of terbium (III) (Tb{sup 3+})-2-thenoyltrifluoroacetone (TTA)-sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) system. Based on this, a sensitive method for the determination of proteins is proposed. The experiments indicate that under the optimum conditions, the enhanced fluorescence intensity is in proportion to the concentration of proteins in the range of 4.0x10{sup -9}-7.5x10{sup -6}g/mL for bovine serum albumin (BSA), 5.0x10{sup -9}-1.5x10{sup -5}g/mL for human serum albumin (HSA), 1.0x10{sup -8}-7.5x10{sup -6}g/mL for egg albumin (EA). Their detection limits (S/N=3) are 0.5, 0.8 and 2.0ng/mL, respectively. The interaction mechanism is also studied.

  4. Terbium to Quantum Dot FRET Bioconjugates for Clinical Diagnostics: Influence of Human Plasma on Optical and Assembly Properties

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    Niko Hildebrandt


    Full Text Available Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET from luminescent terbium complexes (LTC as donors to semiconductor quantum dots (QDs as acceptors allows extraordinary large FRET efficiencies due to the long Förster distances afforded. Moreover, time-gated detection permits an efficient suppression of autofluorescent background leading to sub-picomolar detection limits even within multiplexed detection formats. These characteristics make FRET-systems with LTC and QDs excellent candidates for clinical diagnostics. So far, such proofs of principle for highly sensitive multiplexed biosensing have only been performed under optimized buffer conditions and interactions between real-life clinical media such as human serum or plasma and LTC-QD-FRET-systems have not yet been taken into account. Here we present an extensive spectroscopic analysis of absorption, excitation and emission spectra along with the luminescence decay times of both the single components as well as the assembled FRET-systems in TRIS-buffer, TRIS-buffer with 2% bovine serum albumin, and fresh human plasma. Moreover, we evaluated homogeneous LTC-QD FRET assays in QD conjugates assembled with either the well-known, specific biotin-streptavidin biological interaction or, alternatively, the metal-affinity coordination of histidine to zinc. In the case of conjugates assembled with biotin-streptavidin no significant interference with the optical and binding properties occurs whereas the histidine-zinc system appears to be affected by human plasma.

  5. Evidence of mass exchange between inside and outside of sonoluminescing bubble in aqueous solution of terbium chloride

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    Liang, Jinfu, E-mail: [School of Physics and Electronic Science, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang 550001 (China); Chen, Weizhong, E-mail: [The Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics, Ministry of Education, Institution of Acoustics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Wang, Xun; Yang, Jing; Chen, Zhan [The Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics, Ministry of Education, Institution of Acoustics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)


    Highlights: • Time-resolved spectra of SBSL were obtained for Tb{sup 3+} ions emission lines. • Mass exchange between inside and outside of SL bubble was probed via Tb{sup 3+} ions lines. • The argon rectification hypothesis was tested by time-resolved spectra of SBSL. • The rate of mass exchange inside an SBSL bubble increases with increasing sound pressure. - Abstract: Spectra of single-bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) were obtained for Tb{sup 3+} ions emission lines from bubbles in an aqueous solution of terbium chloride (TbCl{sub 3}). The spectra provide experimental evidence to prove that an air bubble driven by strong ultrasound will not eventually become a rectified pure argon bubble, which is not as predicted by the argon rectification hypothesis. The time-resolved spectra of SBSL show a mass exchange of material such as Tb{sup 3+} ions between the inside and outside of the bubble. With increasing sound pressure, the rate of mass exchange and the SBSL intensity increases.

  6. Optical properties and electrical transport of thin films of terbium(III bis(phthalocyanine on cobalt

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    Peter Robaschik


    Full Text Available The optical and electrical properties of terbium(III bis(phthalocyanine (TbPc2 films on cobalt substrates were studied using variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE and current sensing atomic force microscopy (cs-AFM. Thin films of TbPc2 with a thickness between 18 nm and 87 nm were prepared by organic molecular beam deposition onto a cobalt layer grown by electron beam evaporation. The molecular orientation of the molecules on the metallic film was estimated from the analysis of the spectroscopic ellipsometry data. A detailed analysis of the AFM topography shows that the TbPc2 films consist of islands which increase in size with the thickness of the organic film. Furthermore, the cs-AFM technique allows local variations of the organic film topography to be correlated with electrical transport properties. Local current mapping as well as local I–V spectroscopy shows that despite the granular structure of the films, the electrical transport is uniform through the organic films on the microscale. The AFM-based electrical measurements allow the local charge carrier mobility of the TbPc2 thin films to be quantified with nanoscale resolution.

  7. Highly luminescent charge-neutral europium(iii) and terbium(iii) complexes with tridentate nitrogen ligands. (United States)

    Senthil Kumar, Kuppusamy; Schäfer, Bernhard; Lebedkin, Sergei; Karmazin, Lydia; Kappes, Manfred M; Ruben, Mario


    We report on the synthesis of tridentate-nitrogen pyrazole-pyridine-tetrazole (L(1)H) and pyrazole-pyridine-triazole (L(2)H) ligands and their complexation with lanthanides (Ln = Gd(iii), Eu(iii) and Tb(iii)) resulting in stable, charge-neutral complexes Ln(L(1))3 and Ln(L(2))3, respectively. X-ray crystallographic analysis of the complexes with L(1) ligands revealed tricapped trigonal coordination geometry around the lanthanide ions. All complexes show bright photoluminescence (PL) in the solid state, indicating efficient sensitization of the lanthanide emission via the triplet states of the ligands. In particular, the terbium complexes show high PL quantum yields of 65 and 59% for L(1) and L(2), respectively. Lower PL efficiencies of the europium complexes (7.5 and 9%, respectively) are attributed to large energy gaps between the triplet states of the ligands and accepting levels of Eu(iii). The triplet state energy can be reduced by introducing an electron withdrawing (EW) group at the 4 position of the pyridine ring. Such substitution of L(1)H with a carboxylic ester (COOMe) EW group leads to a europium complex with increased PL quantum yield of 31%. A comparatively efficient PL of the complexes dissolved in ethanol indicates that the lanthanide ions are shielded against nonradiative deactivation via solvent molecules.

  8. Micelle enhanced and terbium sensitized spectrofluorimetric determination of danofloxacin in milk using molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction (United States)

    Kaur, Kuldeep; Saini, Shivender Singh; Malik, Ashok Kumar; Singh, Baldev


    An efficient molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction (MISPE)-spectrofluorimetric method was developed to sensitively determine danofloxacin (DAN) in milk samples. Solid phase extraction procedure using MISPE cartridges was first performed on milk samples and then spectrofluorimetric determination was done at 546 nm using an excitation wavelength of 285 nm in presence of terbium and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS). It was found that SDBS significantly enhanced the fluorescence intensity of the DAN-Tb3+ complex. Various factors affecting the fluorescence intensity of DAN-Tb3+-SDBS system were studied and conditions were optimized. The enhanced fluorescence intensity of the system (ΔF) showed a good linear relationship with the concentration of DAN over the range of 8.4 × 10-9-3.4 × 10-7 mol L-1 with a correlation coefficient of 0.9996. The detection limit was determined as 2.0 × 10-9 mol L-1 and the limit of quantification was determined as 6.5 × 10-9 mol L-1. The MISPE-spectrofluorimetric procedure was successfully applied to the determination of DAN in milk samples. The method is simple, rapid, sensitive and allows interference free determination of DAN in complex fluorescent matrices like milk. The method can be used to determine whether the DAN residues in milk exceed MRLs or not.

  9. Study of quantum dot based on tin/yttrium mixed oxide doped with terbium to be used as biomarker

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    Paganini, Paula P.; Felinto, Maria Claudia F.C.; Kodaira, Claudia A., E-mail: paulapaganini@usp.b, E-mail: mfelinto@ipen.b, E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Brito, Hermi F., E-mail: hefbrito@iq.usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica. Lab. de Elementos do Bloco f; Nunes, Luiz Antonio O., E-mail: luizant@ifsc.usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica. Dept. de Fisica e Informatica


    Quantum dots (semiconductors nanocrystals) have brought a promising field to develop a new generation of luminescent biomarkers. The use of lanthanides ions as luminescent markers has many advantages, for example a security method, low cost, high specificity and also the luminescence can be promptly measured with high sensibility and accuracy. These luminescent dots are functionalized with biomolecules. For the luminophore particle to be connect with biologicals molecules (for example covalent antibody) is necessary a previous chemical treatment to modify luminophore particle surface and this process is called functionalization. A prior chemical treatment with changes on the surface luminophore particle is necessary to couple the luminophore to biological molecules. This process can be used as coating which can protect these particles from being dissolved by acid as well as provide functional groups for biological conjugation. This work presents a photoluminescence study of nanoparticles based on tin/yttrium mixed oxides doped with terbium (SnO{sub 2}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+}), synthesized by coprecipitation method. The nanoparticles were submitted to thermal treatment and characterized by X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRD) that showed cassiterite phase formation and the influence of thermal treatment on nanoparticles structures. These nanoparticles going to be functionalized with a natural polysaccharide (chitosan) in order to form microspheres. These microspheres going to be irradiated with gamma radiation to sterilization and it can be evaluated if the nanoparticles are resistant to irradiation and they do not lose functionality with this process. (author)

  10. Terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb) scintillation-based polymer optical fibre sensor for real time monitoring of radiation dose in oncology (United States)

    Lewis, E.; O'Keeffe, S.; Grattan, M.; Hounsell, A.; McCarthy, D.; Woulfe, P.; Cronin, J.; Mihai, L.; Sporea, D.; Santhanam, A.; Agazaryan, N.


    A PMMA based plastic optical fibre sensor for use in real time radiotherapy dosimetry is presented. The optical fibre tip is coated with a scintillation material, terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb), which fluoresces when exposed to ionising radiation (X-Ray). The emitted visible light signal penetrates the sensor optical fibre and propagates along the transmitting fibre at the end of which it is remotely monitored using a fluorescence spectrometer. The results demonstrate good repeatability, with a maximum percentage error of 0.5% and the response is independent of dose rate.

  11. Chemical Reaction between Boric Acid and Phosphine Indicates Boric Acid as an Antidote for Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning

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    Motahareh Soltani


    Full Text Available Objectives: Aluminium phosphide (AlP is a fumigant pesticide which protects stored grains from insects and rodents. When it comes into contact with moisture, AlP releases phosphine (PH3, a highly toxic gas. No efficient antidote has been found for AlP poisoning so far and most people who are poisoned do not survive. Boric acid is a Lewis acid with an empty p orbital which accepts electrons. This study aimed to investigate the neutralisation of PH3 gas with boric acid. Methods: This study was carried out at the Baharlou Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, between December 2013 and February 2014. The volume of released gas, rate of gas evolution and changes in pH were measured during reactions of AlP tablets with water, acidified water, saturated boric acid solution, acidified saturated boric acid solution, activated charcoal and acidified activated charcoal. Infrared spectroscopy was used to study the resulting probable adduct between PH3 and boric acid. Results: Activated charcoal significantly reduced the volume of released gas (P <0.01. Although boric acid did not significantly reduce the volume of released gas, it significantly reduced the rate of gas evolution (P <0.01. A gaseous adduct was formed in the reaction between pure AlP and boric acid. Conclusion: These findings indicate that boric acid may be an efficient and non-toxic antidote for PH3 poisoning.

  12. A review of episodes of zinc phosphide toxicosis in wild geese (Branta spp.) in Oregon (2004−2011) (United States)

    Bildfell, Rob J.; Rumbeiha, Wilson K.; Schuler, Krysten L.; Meteyer, Carol U.; Wolff, Peregrine L.; Gillin, Colin M.


    Epizootic mortality in several geese species, including cackling geese (Branta hutchinsii) and Canada geese (Branta canadensis), has been recognized in the Willamette Valley of Oregon for over a decade. Birds are generally found dead on a body of water or are occasionally observed displaying neurologic clinical signs such as an inability to raise or control the head prior to death. Investigation of these epizootic mortality events has revealed the etiology to be accidental poisoning with the rodenticide zinc phosphide (Zn3P2). Gross and histologic changes are restricted to acute pulmonary congestion and edema, sometimes accompanied by distension of the upper alimentary tract by fresh grass. Geese are unusually susceptible to this pesticide; when combined with an epidemiologic confluence of depredation of specific agricultural crops by rodents and seasonal avian migration pathways, epizootic toxicosis may occur. Diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion, appropriate sample collection and handling, plus specific test calibration for this toxicant. Interagency cooperation, education of farmers regarding pesticide use, and enforcement of regulations has been successful in greatly decreasing these mortality events since 2009.

  13. 4x4 planar array antenna on indium phosphide substrate for 0.3-THz band application (United States)

    Kanaya, Haruichi; Koga, Masahiko; Tsugami, Kota; Eu, Guan Chai; Kato, Kazutoshi


    This paper presents a design and fabrication of 4 × 4 one-sided directional slot array antenna on indium phosphide (InP) substrate for 0.3 THz (300 GHz) wireless link. The antenna has top antenna metal layer and bottom floating metal layer. Polyimide dielectric layer is stacked between each metal layer. The antenna is placed on the deep etched InP substrate. By optimizing the length of the bottom floating metal layer, one-sided directional radiation can be realized. The branched coplanar wave guide (CPW) transmission line is connected to each antenna element with the same electrical length. The size of the 4 × 4 array antenna is 2,730 μm x 3,000 μm with uni-traveling-carrier photodiodes, DC bias and ground lines. Simulated realized gain in peak direction of the proposed antenna is 11.7 dBi. The transmission measurement is carried and measured received power.


    Kirby, Patrick J.; Shines, Cassandra J.; Taylor, Genie J.; Bousquet, Ronald W.; Price, Herman C.; Everitt, Jeffrey I.; Morgan, Daniel L.


    The mechanism(s) by which chronic inhalation of indium phosphide (InP) particles causes pleural fibrosis is not known. Few studies of InP pleural toxicity have been conducted because of the challenges in conducting particulate inhalation exposures, and because the pleural lesions developed slowly over the 2-year inhalation study. The authors investigated whether InP (1 mg/kg) administered by a single oropharyngeal aspiration would cause pleural fibrosis in male B6C3F1 mice. By 28 days after treatment, protein and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were significantly increased in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), but were unchanged in pleural lavage fluid (PLF). A pronounced pleural effusion characterized by significant increases in cytokines and a 3.7-fold increase in cell number was detected 28 days after InP treatment. Aspiration of soluble InCl3 caused a similar delayed pleural effusion; however, other soluble metals, insoluble particles, and fibers did not. The effusion caused by InP was accompanied by areas of pleural thickening and inflammation at day 28, and by pleural fibrosis at day 98. Aspiration of InP produced pleural fibrosis that was histologically similar to lesions caused by chronic inhalation exposure, and in a shorter time period. This oropharyngeal aspiration model was used to provide an initial characterization of the progression of pleural lesions caused by InP. PMID:19995279

  15. High energy oxygen irradiation-induced defects in Fe-doped semi-insulating indium phosphide by positron annihilation technique (United States)

    Pan, S.; Mandal, A.; Sohel, Md. A.; Saha, A. K.; Das, D.; Sen Gupta, A.


    Positron annihilation technique is applied to study the recovery of radiation-induced defects in 140 MeV oxygen (O6+) irradiated Fe-doped semi-insulating indium phosphide during annealing over a temperature region of 25∘C-650∘C. Lifetime spectra of the irradiated sample are fitted with three lifetime components. Trapping model analysis is used to characterize defect states corresponding to the de-convoluted lifetime values. After irradiation, the observed average lifetime of positron τavg = 263 ps at room temperature is higher than the bulk lifetime by 21 ps which reveals the presence of radiation-induced defects in the material. A decrease in τavg occurs during room temperature 25∘C to 200∘C indicating the dissociation of higher order defects, might be due to positron trapping in acceptor-type of defects (VIn). A reverse annealing stage is found at temperature range of 250∘C-425∘C for S-parameter probably due to the migration of vacancies and the formation of vacancy clusters. Increase in R-parameter from 325∘C to 425∘C indicates the change in the nature of predominant positron trapping sites. Beyond 425∘C, τavg, S-parameter and R-parameter starts decreasing and around 650∘C, τavg and S-parameter approached almost the bulk value showing the annealing out of radiation-induced defects.

  16. Chemical Reaction between Boric Acid and Phosphine Indicates Boric Acid as an Antidote for Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning. (United States)

    Soltani, Motahareh; Shetab-Boushehri, Seyed F; Shetab-Boushehri, Seyed V


    Aluminium phosphide (AlP) is a fumigant pesticide which protects stored grains from insects and rodents. When it comes into contact with moisture, AlP releases phosphine (PH3), a highly toxic gas. No efficient antidote has been found for AlP poisoning so far and most people who are poisoned do not survive. Boric acid is a Lewis acid with an empty p orbital which accepts electrons. This study aimed to investigate the neutralisation of PH3 gas with boric acid. This study was carried out at the Baharlou Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, between December 2013 and February 2014. The volume of released gas, rate of gas evolution and changes in pH were measured during reactions of AlP tablets with water, acidified water, saturated boric acid solution, acidified saturated boric acid solution, activated charcoal and acidified activated charcoal. Infrared spectroscopy was used to study the resulting probable adduct between PH3 and boric acid. Activated charcoal significantly reduced the volume of released gas (P boric acid did not significantly reduce the volume of released gas, it significantly reduced the rate of gas evolution (P boric acid. These findings indicate that boric acid may be an efficient and non-toxic antidote for PH3 poisoning.

  17. Compact all-fiber optical Faraday components using 65-wt%-terbium-doped fiber with a record Verdet constant of -32 rad/(Tm). (United States)

    Sun, L; Jiang, S; Marciante, J R


    A compact all-fiber Faraday isolator and a Faraday mirror are demonstrated. At the core of each of these components is an all-fiber Faraday rotator made of a 4-cm-long, 65-wt%-terbium-doped silicate fiber. The effective Verdet constant of the terbium-doped fiber is measured to be -32 rad/(Tm), which is 27 x larger than that of silica fiber. This effective Verdet constant is the largest value measured to date in any fiber and is 83% of the Verdet constant of commercially available crystal used in bulk optics-based isolators. Combining the all-fiber Faraday rotator with fiber polarizers results in a fully fusion spliced all-fiber isolator whose isolation is measured to be 19 dB. Combining the all-fiber Faraday rotator with a fiber Bragg grating results in an all-fiber Faraday mirror that rotates the polarization state of the reflected light by 88 +/- 4 degrees .

  18. Picomolar Traces of Americium(III) Introduce Drastic Changes in the Structural Chemistry of Terbium(III): A Break in the "Gadolinium Break". (United States)

    Welch, Jan M; Müller, Danny; Knoll, Christian; Wilkovitsch, Martin; Giester, Gerald; Ofner, Johannes; Lendl, Bernhard; Weinberger, Peter; Steinhauser, Georg


    The crystallization of terbium 5,5'-azobis[1H-tetrazol-1-ide] (ZT) in the presence of trace amounts (ca. 50 Bq, ca. 1.6 pmol) of americium results in 1) the accumulation of the americium tracer in the crystalline solid and 2) a material that adopts a different crystal structure to that formed in the absence of americium. Americium-doped [Tb(Am)(H 2 O) 7 ZT] 2 ZT⋅10 H 2 O is isostructural to light lanthanide (Ce-Gd) 5,5'-azobis[1H-tetrazol-1-ide] compounds, rather than to the heavy lanthanide (Tb-Lu) 5,5'-azobis[1H-tetrazol-1-ide] (e.g., [Tb(H 2 O) 8 ] 2 ZT 3 ⋅6 H 2 O) derivatives. Traces of Am seem to force the Tb compound into a structure normally preferred by the lighter lanthanides, despite a 10 8 -fold Tb excess. The americium-doped material was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, radiochemical neutron activation analysis, and scanning electron microcopy. In addition, the inclusion properties of terbium 5,5'-azobis[1H-tetrazol-1-ide] towards americium were quantified, and a model for the crystallization process is proposed. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Molecular fingerprint-region spectroscopy from 5-12 \\mu m using an orientation-patterned gallium phosphide optical parametric oscillator

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    Maidment, Luke; Reid, Derryck T


    We report a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on the new semiconductor gain material orientation patterned gallium phosphide (OP-GaP), which enables the production of high-repetition-rate femtosecond pulses spanning 5-12 \\mu m with average powers in the few to tens of milliwatts range. This is the first example of a broadband OPO operating across the molecular fingerprint region, and we demonstrate its potential by conducting broadband Fourier-transform spectroscopy using water vapor and a polystyrene reference standard.

  20. Hierarchical cobalt poly-phosphide hollow spheres as highly active and stable electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution over a wide pH range (United States)

    Wu, Tianli; Pi, Mingyu; Wang, Xiaodeng; Guo, Weimeng; Zhang, Dingke; Chen, Shijian


    Exploring highly-efficient and low-cost non-noble metal electrocatalyst toward the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is highly desired for renewable energy system but remains challenging. In this work, three dimensional hierarchical porous cobalt poly-phosphide hollow spheres (CoP3 HSs) were prepared by topotactic phosphidation of the cobalt-based precursor via vacuum encapsulation technique. As a porous HER cathode, the CoP3 HSs delivers remarkable electrocatalytic performance over the wide pH range. It needs overpotentials of -69 mV and -118 mV with a small Tafel slope of 51 mV dec-1 to obtain current densities of 10 mA cm-2 and 50 mA cm-2, respectively, and maintains its electrocatalytic performance over 30 h in acidic solution. In addition, CoP3 also exhibit superior electrocatalytic performance and stability under neutral and alkaline conditions for the HER. Both experimental measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed to explore the mechanism behind the excellent HER performance. The results of our study make the porous CoP3 HSs as a promising electrocatalyst for practical applications toward energy conversion system and present a new way for designing and fabricating HER electrodes through high degree of phosphorization and nano-porous architecture.

  1. Crystal structures of two mononuclear complexes of terbium(III) nitrate with the tripodal alcohol 1,1,1-tris-(hy-droxy-meth-yl)propane. (United States)

    Gregório, Thaiane; Giese, Siddhartha O K; Nunes, Giovana G; Soares, Jaísa F; Hughes, David L


    Two new mononuclear cationic complexes in which the TbIII ion is bis-chelated by the tripodal alcohol 1,1,1-tris-(hy-droxy-meth-yl)propane (H3LEt, C6H14O3) were prepared from Tb(NO3)3·5H2O and had their crystal and mol-ecular structures solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis after data collection at 100 K. Both products were isolated in reasonable yields from the same reaction mixture by using different crystallization conditions. The higher-symmetry complex dinitratobis[1,1,1-tris-(hy-droxy-meth-yl)propane]-terbium(III) nitrate di-meth-oxy-ethane hemisolvate, [Tb(NO3)2(H3LEt)2]NO3·0.5C4H10O2, 1, in which the lanthanide ion is 10-coordinate and adopts an s-bicapped square-anti-prismatic coordination geometry, contains two bidentate nitrate ions bound to the metal atom; another nitrate ion functions as a counter-ion and a half-mol-ecule of di-meth-oxy-ethane (completed by a crystallographic twofold rotation axis) is also present. In product aqua-nitratobis[1,1,1-tris-(hy-droxy-meth-yl)propane]-terbium(III) dinitrate, [Tb(NO3)(H3LEt)2(H2O)](NO3)2, 2, one bidentate nitrate ion and one water mol-ecule are bound to the nine-coordinate terbium(III) centre, while two free nitrate ions contribute to charge balance outside the tricapped trigonal-prismatic coordination polyhedron. No free water mol-ecule was found in either of the crystal structures and, only in the case of 1, di-meth-oxy-ethane acts as a crystallizing solvent. In both mol-ecular structures, the two tripodal ligands are bent to one side of the coordination sphere, leaving room for the anionic and water ligands. In complex 2, the methyl group of one of the H3LEt ligands is disordered over two alternative orientations. Strong hydrogen bonds, both intra- and inter-molecular, are found in the crystal structures due to the number of different donor and acceptor groups present.

  2. The response behavior of PPy-DB18C6 electrode to terbium(III in acetonitrile and its thermodynamic application

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    Mohammad Hossein Arbab Zavar


    Full Text Available Polypyrrole modified electrode prepared by electropolymerization of pyrrole in the presence of a complexing ligand, dibenzo-18-crown-6(DB18C6, was prepared and investigated as a Tb3+-selective electrode in acetonitrile. The potentiometric response of the electrode was linear within the Tb3+ concentration range 1 × 10−5–1 × 10−2 M with a Nernstian slope of 20.9 mVdecade−1 in AN. The electrode was applied to study the complexation of the terbium(III ion in acetonitrile with such other basic aprotic solvent molecules (D as dimethyl sulfoxide, N,N-dimethyl formamide, propylene carbonate and pyridine. The successive complex formation constant (βi and Gibbs energies of transfer (ΔGtr of Tb3+ in AN in relation to such D were obtained.

  3. Luminescence and Magnetic Properties of Two Three-Dimensional Terbium and Dysprosium MOFs Based on Azobenzene-4,4′-Dicarboxylic Linker

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    Belén Fernández


    Full Text Available We report the in situ formation of two novel metal-organic frameworks based on terbium and dysprosium ions using azobenzene-4,4′-dicarboxylic acid (H2abd as ligand, synthesized by soft hydrothermal routes. Both materials show isostructural three-dimensional networks with channels along a axis and display intense photoluminescence properties in the solid state at room temperature. Textural properties of the metal-organic frameworks (MOFs have been fully characterized although no appreciable porosity was obtained. Magnetic properties of these materials were studied, highlighting the dysprosium material displays slightly frequency-dependent out of phase signals when measured under zero external field and under an applied field of 1000 Oe.

  4. Hessian Fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) Mortality in Export Bale Compressors and Response to a Hydrogen Phosphide and Carbon Dioxide Gas Mixture. (United States)

    Yokoyama, Victoria Y; Cambron, Sue E; Muhareb, Jeannette


    Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor (Say), puparial mortality was evaluated in three modern hay compressors that produce compressed standard and large-size bales for export to Asia-Pacific countries. Pressure on bales ranged from 93.4 to 139.4 kg/cm2, causing 90.0-99.9% mortality of 10,891-23,164 puparia. Puparial response to a cylinderized hydrogen phosphide (1.8-2%) and carbon dioxide (97.8-98%) gas mixture was evaluated as a potential quarantine treatment using 2-4 d-exposures to low, medium, and high doses of 0.73-0.86, 1.05-1.26, and 1.39-1.56 mg/liter, and temperatures of 5.87±1.14, 9.84±0.05, 16.14±0.14, and 20.35±0.11°C. Accumulative concentration multiplied by time products (mg h/liter) at all fumigation temperatures for low, medium, and high fumigant doses were 34.9-37.7, 52.2-54.3, and 67.9-73.1 for 2 d; 52.7-60.6, 77.9-89.2, and 102.1-110.7 for 3 d; and 69.9-82.0, 99.4-118.2, and 132.3-146.8 for 4 d, respectively. An increase in mortality was significantly related to an increase in fumigation duration at 5, 10, and 15°C, and an increase in fumigant dose at 10 and 15°C. Puparial mortality ranged from 97.2 to 100% at all doses and durations at 20°C with no survivors at the highest dose for 3 d and the mid- and highest dose for 4 d. Bale compression is currently used in the first phase of a multiple quarantine treatment to control potential Hessian fly contaminants in exported hay. The novel fumigant may have application as a single quarantine treatment for noncompressed, standard exported bales. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America 2015. This work is written by US Government employees and is in the public domain in the US.

  5. Luminescent europium and terbium complexes of dipyridoquinoxaline and dipyridophenazine ligands as photosensitizing antennae: structures and biological perspectives. (United States)

    Dasari, Srikanth; Patra, Ashis K


    The europium(III) and terbium(III) complexes, namely [Eu(dpq)(DMF)2(NO3)3] (1), [Eu(dppz)2(NO3)3] (2), [Tb(dpq)(DMF)2Cl3] (3), and [Tb(dppz)(DMF)2Cl3] (4), where dipyrido[3,2-d:2',3'-f]quinoxaline (dpq in 1 and 3), dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine (dppz in 2 and 4) and N,N'-dimethylformamide (DMF) have been isolated, characterized from their physicochemical data, luminescence studies and their interaction with DNA, serum albumin protein and photo-induced DNA cleavage activity are studied. The X-ray crystal structures of complexes 1-4 show discrete mononuclear Ln(3+)-based structures. The Eu(3+) in [Eu(dpq)(DMF)2(NO3)3] (1) and [Eu(dppz)2(NO3)3] (2) as [Eu(dppz)2(NO3)3]·dppz (2a) adopts a ten-coordinated bicapped dodecahedron structure with a bidentate N,N-donor dpq ligand, two DMF and three NO3(-) anions in 1 and two bidentate N,N-donor dppz ligands and three NO3(-) anions in 2. Complexes 3 and 4 show a seven-coordinated mono-capped octahedron structure where Tb(3+) contains bidentate dpq/dppz ligands, two DMF and three Cl(-) anions. The complexes are highly luminescent in nature indicating efficient photo-excited energy transfer from the dpq/dppz antenna to Ln(3+) to generate long-lived emissive excited states for characteristic f → f transitions. The time-resolved luminescence spectra of complexes 1-4 show typical narrow emission bands attributed to the (5)D0 → (7)F(J) and (5)D4 → (7)F(J) f-f transitions of Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) ions respectively. The number of inner-sphere water molecules (q) was determined from luminescence lifetime measurements in H2O and D2O confirming ligand-exchange reactions with water in solution. The complexes display significant binding propensity to the CT-DNA giving binding constant values in the range of 1.0 × 10(4)-6.1 × 10(4) M(-1) in the order 2, 4 (dppz) > 1, 3 (dpq). DNA binding data suggest DNA groove binding with the partial intercalation nature of the complexes. All the complexes also show binding propensity (K(BSA)

  6. Results from Coupled Optical and Electrical Sentaurus TCAD Models of a Gallium Phosphide on Silicon Electron Carrier Selective Contact Solar Cell

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    Limpert, Steven; Ghosh, Kunal; Wagner, Hannes; Bowden, Stuart; Honsberg, Christiana; Goodnick, Stephen; Bremner, Stephen; Green, Martin


    We report results from coupled optical and electrical Sentaurus TCAD models of a gallium phosphide (GaP) on silicon electron carrier selective contact (CSC) solar cell. Detailed analyses of current and voltage performance are presented for devices having substrate thicknesses of 10 μm, 50 μm, 100 μm and 150 μm, and with GaP/Si interfacial quality ranging from very poor to excellent. Ultimate potential performance was investigated using optical absorption profiles consistent with light trapping schemes of random pyramids with attached and detached rear reflector, and planar with an attached rear reflector. Results indicate Auger-limited open-circuit voltages up to 787 mV and efficiencies up to 26.7% may be possible for front-contacted devices.

  7. Polyaniline Derived N-Doped Carbon-Coated Cobalt Phosphide Nanoparticles Deposited on N-Doped Graphene as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. (United States)

    Ma, Jingwen; Wang, Min; Lei, Guangyu; Zhang, Guoliang; Zhang, Fengbao; Peng, Wenchao; Fan, Xiaobin; Li, Yang


    The development of highly efficient and durable non-noble metal electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is significant for clean and renewable energy research. This work reports the synthesis of N-doped graphene nanosheets supported N-doped carbon coated cobalt phosphide (CoP) nanoparticles via a pyrolysis and a subsequent phosphating process by using polyaniline. The obtained electrocatalyst exhibits excellent electrochemical activity for HER with a small overpotential of -135 mV at 10 mA cm-2 and a low Tafel slope of 59.3 mV dec-1 in 0.5 m H2 SO4 . Additionally, the encapsulation of N-doped carbon shell prevents CoP nanoparticles from corrosion, exhibiting good stability after 14 h operation. Moreover, the as-prepared electrocatalyst also shows outstanding activity and stability in basic and neutral electrolytes. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Design and fabrication of anti-reflection coating on Gallium Phosphide, Zinc Selenide and Zinc Sulfide substrates for visible and infrared application

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    Mokrý P.


    Full Text Available Results of design and fabrication of a dual-band anti-reflection coating on a gallium phosphide (GaP, zinc selenide (ZnSe and zinc sulfide (ZnS substrates are presented. A multilayer stack structure of antireflection coatings made of zinc sulfide and yttrium fluoride (YF3 was theoretically designed for optical bands between 0.8 and 0.9 μm and between 9.5 and 10.5 μm. This stack was designed as efficient for these materials (GaP, ZnS, ZnSe together. Multilayer stack structure was deposited using thermal evaporation method. Theoretically predicted transmittance spectra were compared with transmitted spectra measured on coated substrates. Efficiency of anti-reflection coating is estimated and discrepancies are analyzed and discussed.

  9. Spin Waves in Terbium

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    Jensen, J.; Houmann, Jens Christian Gylden


    The selection rules for the linear couplings between magnons and phonons propagating in the c direction of a simple basal-plane hcp ferromagnet are determined by general symmetry considerations. The acoustic-optical magnon-phonon interactions observed in the heavy-rare-earth metals have been expl...... by Liu. The coupled magnon—transverse-phonon system for the c direction of Tb is analyzed in detail, and the strengths of the couplings are deduced as a function of wave vector by combining the experimental studies with the theory....

  10. Spin Waves in Terbium

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    Jensen, J.; Houmann, Jens Christian Gylden; Bjerrum Møller, Hans


    The energies of spin waves propagating in the c direction of Tb have been studied by inelastic neutron scattering, as a function of a magnetic field applied along the easy and hard directions in the basal plane, and as a function of temperature. From a general spin Hamiltonian, consistent...... with the symmetry, we deduce the dispersion relation for the spin waves in a basal-plane ferromagnet. This phenomenological spin-wave theory accounts for the observed behavior of the magnon energies in Tb. The two q⃗-dependent Bogoliubov components of the magnon energies are derived from the experimental results...

  11. Synthesis and characterization of low-valence actinide phosphide tellurides and ternary selenium-halide iridium complexes; Synthese und Charakterisierung niedervalenter Actinoidphosphidtelluride und ternaerer Selen-Halogenid-Komplexe des Iridiums

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    Stolze, Karoline


    The thesis on the synthesis and characterization of low-valence actinide phosphide tellurides and ternary selenium-halide iridium complexes includes two parts: a description of the experimental synthesis of UPTe and U2PTe2O and ThPTe and the synthesis of selenium-chloride iridium complexes and selenium-bromide iridium complexes. The characterization included X-ray diffraction and phase studies.

  12. Synthesis and crystal structure of terbium(III) meta-oxoborate Tb(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} ({identical_to} TbB{sub 3}O{sub 6}); Synthese und Kristallstruktur von Terbium(III)-meta-Oxoborat Tb(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} ({identical_to} TbB{sub 3}O{sub 6})

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    Nikelski, Tanja; Schleid, Thomas [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie der Universitaet Stuttgart (Germany)


    The terbium meta-oxoborate Tb(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} ({identical_to} TbB{sub 3}O{sub 6}) is obtained as single crystals by the reaction of terbium, Tb{sub 4}O{sub 7} and TbCl{sub 3} with an excess of B{sub 2}O{sub 3} in gastight sealed platinum ampoules at 950 C after three weeks. The compound appears to be air- and water-resistant and crystallizes as long, thin, colourless needles which tend to growth-twinning due to their marked fibrous habit. The crystal structure of Tb(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} (orthorhombic, Pnma; a = 1598.97(9), b = 741.39(4), c = 1229.58(7) pm; Z = 16) contains strongly corrugated oxoborate layers {sub {infinity}}{sup 2}{l_brace}(BO{sub 2}){sup -}{r_brace} built of vertex-linked [BO{sub 4}]{sup 5-} tetrahedra (d(B-O) = 143 - 154 pm, and angsph;(O-B-O) = 102-115 ) which spread out parallel (100). The four crystallographically different Tb{sup 3+} cations all exhibit coordination numbers of eight towards the oxygen atoms (d(Tb-O) = 228-287 pm). The corresponding metal cation polyhedra [TbO{sub 8}]{sup 13+} too convene to layers (composition: {sub {infinity}}{sup 2}{l_brace}(Tb{sub 2}O{sub 11}){sup 16-}{r_brace}) which are likewise oriented parallel to the (100) plane. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.) [German] Das Terbium-meta-Oxoborat Tb(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} ({identical_to} TbB{sub 3}O{sub 6}) entsteht einkristallin bei der Reaktion von Terbium, Tb{sub 4}O{sub 7} und TbCl{sub 3} mit einem Ueberschuss von B{sub 2}O{sub 3} in gasdicht verschlossenen Platinampullen nach drei Wochen bei 950 C. Die Verbindung ist luft- und wasserstabil und faellt in langen, duennen, farblosen Nadeln an, die aufgrund ihres ausgepraegt faserigen Habitus zur Wachstumsverzwillingung neigen. Die Kristallstruktur von Tb(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} (orthorhombisch, Pnma; a = 1598, 97(9), b = 741, 39(4), c = 1229, 58(7) pm; Z = 16) enthaelt parallel (100) verlaufende, stark gewellte Oxoborat-Schichten {sub {infinity}}{sup 2}{l_brace}(BO{sub 2}){sup -}{r_brace} aus

  13. An integrated logic system for time-resolved fluorescent "turn-on" detection of cysteine and histidine base on terbium (III) coordination polymer-copper (II) ensemble. (United States)

    Xue, Shi-Fan; Lu, Ling-Fei; Wang, Qi-Xian; Zhang, Shengqiang; Zhang, Min; Shi, Guoyue


    Cysteine (Cys) and histidine (His) both play indispensable roles in many important biological activities. An enhanced Cys level can result in Alzheimer's and cardiovascular diseases. Likewise, His plays a significant role in the growth and repair of tissues as well as in controlling the transmission of metal elements in biological bases. Therefore, it is meaningful to detect Cys and His simultaneously. In this work, a novel terbium (III) coordination polymer-Cu (II) ensemble (Tb(3+)/GMP-Cu(2+)) was proposed. Guanosine monophosphate (GMP) can self-assemble with Tb(3+) to form a supramolecular Tb(3+) coordination polymer (Tb(3+)/GMP), which can be suited as a time-resolved probe. The fluorescence of Tb(3+)/GMP would be quenched upon the addition of Cu(2+), and then the fluorescence of the as-prepared Tb(3+)/GMP-Cu(2+) ensemble would be restored again in the presence of Cys or His. By incorporating N-Ethylmaleimide and Ni(2+) as masking agents, Tb(3+)/GMP-Cu(2+) was further exploited as an integrated logic system and a specific time-resolved fluorescent "turn-on" assay for simultaneously sensing His and Cys was designed. Meanwhile it can also be used in plasma samples, showing great potential to meet the need of practical application. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of cerium-doped terbium-yttrium aluminum garnet phosphor for white light-emitting diodes applications (United States)

    Wang, Jun; Han, Tao; Lang, Tianchun; Tu, Mingjing; Peng, Lingling


    Cerium-doped terbium-yttrium aluminum garnet phosphors were synthesized using the solid-state reaction method. The crystalline phase, morphology, and photoluminescence properties were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and fluorescence spectrophotometer, respectively. The XRD results indicate that with an increase of the amount of x (Tb3+), all of the samples have a pure garnet crystal structure without secondary phases. The SEM images reveal that the samples are composed of sphere-like crystallites, which exhibit different degrees of agglomeration. The luminescent properties of Ce ions in )Al5O12∶Ce0.1 have been studied, and it was found that the emission band shifted toward a longer wavelength. The redshift is attributed to the lowering of the 5d energy level centroid of Ce, which can be explained by the nephelauxetic effect and compression effect. These phosphors were coated on blue light-emitting diode (LED) chips to fabricate white light-emitting diodes (WLEDs), and their color-rendering indices, color temperatures, and luminous efficiencies were measured. As a consequence of the addition of Tb, the blue LED pumped )Al5O12∶Ce0.1 phosphors WLEDs showed good optical properties.

  15. Study on the fluorescent enhancement effect in terbium-gadolinium-protein-sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate system and its application on sensitive detection of protein at nanogram level. (United States)

    Sun, Changxia; Yang, Jinghe; Wu, Xia; Liu, Shufang; Su, Benyu


    The co-luminescence effect in a terbium-gadolinium-protein-sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) system is reported here. Based on it, the sensitive quantitative analysis of protein at nanogram levels is established. The co-luminescence mechanism is studied using fluorescence, resonance light scattering (RLS), absorption spectroscopy and NMR measurement. It is considered that protein could be unfolded by SDBS, then a efficacious intramolecular fluorescent energy transfer occurs from unfolded protein to rare earth ions through SDBS acting as a "transfer bridge" to enhance the emission fluorescence of Tb3+ in this ternary complex of Tb-SDBS-BSA, where energy transfer from protein to SDBS by aromatic ring stacking is the most important step. Cooperating with the intramolecular energy transfer above is the intermolecular energy transfer between the simultaneous existing complexes of both Tb3+ and Gd3+. The fluorescence quantum yield is increased by an energy-insulating sheath, which is considered to be another reason for the resulting enhancement of the fluorescence. Förster theory is used to calculate the distribution of enhancing factors and has led to a greater understanding of the mechanisms of energy transfer.

  16. [Studies on luminescence properties of seven ternary complexes of terbium with 1,10-phenanthroline and benzoic acid and its derivatives]. (United States)

    Gao, Zhi-hua; Wang, Shu-ping; Liu, Cui-ge; Ma, Rui-xia; Wang, Rui-fen


    Seven ternary complexes of Tb(III) were synthesized with benzoic acid (BA), o-, m-, p-methylbenzoic acid (o-MBA, m-MBA, p-MBA), and o-, m-, p-methoxybenzoic acid (o-MOBA, m-MOBA, p-MOBA) as the first ligand, and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) as the second ligand. The content of C, H and N were measured by using a Flash-EA model 1112 elemental analyzer. Excitation and luminescence spectra of the title solid complexes were recorded by using a Hitachi F-4500 fluorescence spectrophotometer at room temperature. The effects of different varieties and different positions of replacing benzoic acid as the first ligand on fluorescence properties of the ternary complexes of terbium were discussed. The results indicated that the intensity of 5D4-->7F6 (489 nm) and 5D4-->7F5 (545 nm) of substituting benzoic acid complexes was stronger than benzoic acid. Three ternary complexes of Tb(III) with o-, m-, p-methylbenzoic acid showed emission intensity in the consecution: Tb(o-MBA)3 phenMOBA)3phen x H2O>Tb(m-MOBA)3phen x H2O>Tb(p-MOBA)3 phen.

  17. New Intermetallic Ternary Phosphide Chalcogenide AP2-xXx (A = Zr, Hf; X = S, Se) Superconductors with PbFCl-Type Crystal Structure (United States)

    Kitô, Hijiri; Yanagi, Yousuke; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Oka, Kunihiko; Gotoh, Yoshito; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi


    We have synthesized a series of intermetallic ternary phosphide chalcogenide superconductors, AP2-xXx (A = Zr, Hf; X = S, Se), using the high-pressure synthesis technique. These materials have a PbFCl-type crystal structure (space group P4/nmm) when x is greater than 0.3. The superconducting transition temperature Tc changes systematically with x, yielding dome-like phase diagrams. The maximum Tc is achieved at approximately x = 0.7, at which point the Tc is 6.3 K for ZrP2-xSex (x = 0.75), 5.5 K for HfP2-xSex (x = 0.7), 5.0 K for ZrP2-xSx (x = 0.675), and 4.6 K for Hfp2-xSx (x = 0.5). They are typical type-II superconductors and the upper and lower critical fields are estimated to be 2.92 T at 0 K and 0.021 T at 2 K for ZrP2-xSex (x = 0.75), respectively.

  18. Interaction between F2 gas with the pristine and 3C-doped(4, 4 armchair boron phosphide nanotubes: a DFT study

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    Full Text Available In this research, the structure, quantum and NQR (Nuclear quadrupole resonanceparameters of F2 gas adsorption on the pristine and 3C-doped (4,4 armchair models of boron phosphide nanotubes (BPNTs have been investigated in the framework of density functional theory. For this purpose, at the first step, four models for F2 adsorption on the inner and outer surfaces of pristine and 3C-doped BPNTS are considered and then all structures are optimized by using Gaussian 03 program package. The optimized structures are used to calculate the quantum and NQR parameters. The calculated results reveal that the adsorption energy of pristine and 3C-doped models of BPNTs are exothermic and adsorption process is a physisorption process due to the weak Van der Waals interaction. The substitution of three carbons with three B atoms of nanotube decreases significantly the adsorption energies. The F2 adsorption and 3C-doping decrease the band gap, global hardness, and ionization potential of the pristine BPNTs. The calculated NQR parameters of all the models show that CQ and &etaQ values of the first layer are larger than those of the other layers.

  19. A Mechanistic Study of CO2 Reduction at the Interface of a Gallium Phosphide (GaP) Surface using Core-level Spectroscopy - Oral Presentation

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    Flynn, Kristen [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)


    Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission into the atmosphere has increased tremendously through burning of fossil fuels, forestry, etc.. The increased concentration has made CO2 reductions very attractive though the reaction is considered uphill. Utilizing the sun as a potential energy source, CO2 has the possibility to undergo six electron and four proton transfers to produce methanol, a useable resource. This reaction has been shown to occur selectively in an aqueous pyridinium solution with a gallium phosphide (GaP) electrode. Though this reaction has a high faradaic efficiency, it was unclear as to what role the GaP surface played during the reaction. In this work, we aim to address the fundamental role of GaP during the catalytic conversion, by investigating the interaction between a clean GaP surface with the reactants, products, and intermediates of this reaction using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We have determined a procedure to prepare atomically clean GaP and our initial CO2 adsorption studies have shown that there is evidence of chemisorption and reaction to form carbonate on the clean surface at LN2 temperatures (80K), in contrast to previous theoretical calculations. These findings will enable future studies on CO2 catalysis.

  20. Occupational phosphine gas poisoning at veterinary hospitals from dogs that ingested zinc phosphide--Michigan, Iowa, and Washington, 2006-2011. (United States)


    Zinc phosphide (Zn3P2) is a readily available rodenticide that, on contact with stomach acid and water, produces phosphine (PH3), a highly toxic gas. Household pets that ingest Zn3P2 often will regurgitate, releasing PH3 into the air. Veterinary hospital staff members treating such animals can be poisoned from PH3 exposure. During 2006-2011, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received reports of PH3 poisonings at four different veterinary hospitals: two in Michigan, one in Iowa, and one in Washington. Each of the four veterinary hospitals had treated a dog that ingested Zn3P2. Among hospital workers, eight poisoning victims were identified, all of whom experienced transient symptoms related to PH3 inhalation. All four dogs recovered fully. Exposure of veterinary staff members to PH3 can be minimized by following phosphine product precautions developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Exposure of pets, pet owners, and veterinary staff members to PH3 can be minimized by proper storage, handling, and use of Zn3P2 and by using alternative methods for gopher and mole control, such as snap traps.

  1. Self-diffusion coefficients of the trivalent f-element ion series in dilute and moderately dilute aqueous solutions: A comparative study between europium, gadolinium, terbium and berkelium (United States)

    Rafik, Besbes; Noureddine, Ouerfelli; Abderabbou, Abdelmanef; Habib, Latrous


    We have continued the studies on the trivalent ions of the 4f and 5f elements. In this paper, we compare the transport properties (self-diffusion coefficient) of the trivalent aquo ions over two ranges of concentrations (0 — 2×10-3M) and (2×10-3 — 1.5M). Self-diffusion coefficients, D, of the trivalent f-element aquo ion series have been determined in aqueous background electrolytes of Gd(NO3)3 and Nd(ClO4)3, at pH=2.5 (HNO3, HClO4) and at 25°C using the open-end capillary method (O.E.C.M.). This method measures the transportation time of ions across a fixed distance. In this paper, we complete a measurement of self-diffusion coefficient for terbium. We optimized the pH to avoid hydrolysis, ion-pairing and complexation of the trivalent 4f and 5f ions. The variation of D versus √C is not linear for dilute solutions (0 — 2×10-3M) and quasi-linear in moderate concentrations (C<=1.5 M). Similar behavior was observed for Tb, as compared with those for Bk, Eu and Gd. We complete the comparison variation of D/D° versus √C for all studied 4f and 5f elements from concentration 0 to 1.5M and we obtained the same variation with √C for all studied elements. All 4f and 5f elements studied follow the Nernst-Hartley expression.

  2. Terbium-based time-gated Förster resonance energy transfer imaging for evaluating protein-protein interactions on cell membranes. (United States)

    Lindén, Stina; Singh, Manish Kumar; Wegner, K David; Regairaz, Marie; Dautry, François; Treussart, François; Hildebrandt, Niko


    Fluorescence imaging of cells and subcellular compartments is an essential tool to investigate biological processes and to evaluate the development and progression of diseases. In particular, protein-protein interactions can be monitored by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) between two proximal fluorophores that are attached to specific recognition biomolecules such as antibodies. We investigated the membrane expression of E- and N-cadherins in three different cell lines used as model systems to study epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and a possible detection of circulating tumour cells (CTCs). EMT is a key process in cancer metastasis, during which epithelial markers (such as E-cadherin) are down-regulated in the primary tumour whereas mesenchymal markers (such as N-cadherin) are up-regulated, leading to enhanced cell motility, intravasation, and appearance of CTCs. Various FRET donor-acceptor pairs and protein recognition strategies were utilized, in which Lumi4-Tb terbium complexes (Tb) and different organic dyes were conjugated to several distinct E- and N-cadherin-specific antibodies. Pulsed excitation of Tb at low repetition rates (100 Hz) and time-gated (TG) imaging of both the Tb-donor and the dye-acceptor photoluminescence (PL) allowed efficient detection of the EMT markers as well as FRET in the case of sufficient donor-acceptor proximity. Efficient FRET was observed only between two E-cadherin-specific antibodies and further experiments indicated that these antibodies recognized the same E-cadherin molecule, suggesting a limited accessibility of cadherins when they are clustered at adherens junctions. The investigated Tb-to-dye FRET systems provided reduced photobleaching compared to the AlexaFluor 488-568 donor-acceptor pair. Our results demonstrate the applicability and advantages of Tb-based TG FRET for efficient and stable imaging of antibody-antibody interactions on different cell lines. They also reveal the limitations of

  3. A broad G protein-coupled receptor internalization assay that combines SNAP-tag labeling, diffusion-enhanced resonance energy transfer, and a highly emissive terbium cryptate acceptor

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    Angélique eLEVOYE


    Full Text Available Although G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR internalization has long been considered a major aspect of the desensitization process that tunes ligand responsiveness, internalization is also involved in receptor resensitization and signaling, as well as the ligand scavenging function of some atypical receptors. Internalization thus contributes to the diversity of GPCR-dependent signaling, and its dynamics and quantification in living cells has generated considerable interest. We developed a robust and sensitive assay to follow and quantify ligand-induced and constitutive GPCR internalization but also receptor recycling in living cells. This assay is based on diffusion-enhanced resonance energy transfer (DERET between cell surface GPCRs labeled with a luminescent terbium cryptate donor and a fluorescein acceptor present in the culture medium. GPCR internalization results in a quantifiable reduction of energy transfer. This method yields a high signal-to-noise ratio due to time-resolved measurements. For various GPCRs belonging to different classes, we demonstrated that constitutive and ligand-induced internalization could be monitored as a function of time and ligand concentration, thus allowing accurate quantitative determination of kinetics of receptor internalization but also half-maximal effective or inhibitory concentrations of compounds. In addition to its selectivity and sensitivity, we provided evidence that DERET-based internalization assay is particularly suitable for characterizing biased ligands. Furthermore, the determination of a Z’-factor value of 0.45 indicates the quality and suitability of DERET-based internalization assay for high-throughput screening (HTS of compounds that may modulate GPCRs internalization.

  4. Crystal structure of an eight-coordinate terbium(III ion chelated by N,N′-bis(2-hydroxybenzyl-N,N′-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethylethylenediamine (bbpen2− and nitrate

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    Thaiane Gregório


    Full Text Available The reaction of terbium(III nitrate pentahydrate in acetonitrile with N,N′-bis(2-hydroxybenzyl-N,N′-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethylethylenediamine (H2bbpen, previously deprotonated with triethylamine, produced the mononuclear compound [N,N′-bis(2-oxidobenzyl-κO-N,N′-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl-κNethylenediamine-κ2N,N′](nitrato-κ2O,O′terbium(III, [Tb(C28H28N4O2(NO3]. The molecule lies on a twofold rotation axis and the TbIII ion is eight-coordinate with a slightly distorted dodecahedral coordination geometry. In the symmetry-unique part of the molecule, the pyridine and benzene rings are both essentially planar and form a dihedral angle of 61.42 (7°. In the molecular structure, the N4O4 coordination environment is defined by the hexadentate bbpen ligand and the bidentate nitrate anion. In the crystal, a weak C—H...O hydrogen bond links molecules into a two-dimensional network parallel to (001.

  5. Selective Sensing of Fe(3+) and Al(3+) Ions and Detection of 2,4,6-Trinitrophenol by a Water-Stable Terbium-Based Metal-Organic Framework. (United States)

    Cao, Li-Hui; Shi, Fang; Zhang, Wen-Min; Zang, Shuang-Quan; Mak, Thomas C W


    A water-stable luminescent terbium-based metal-organic framework (MOF), {[Tb(L1 )1.5 (H2 O)]⋅3 H2 O}n (Tb-MOF), with rod-shaped secondary building units (SBUs) and honeycomb-type tubular channels has been synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The high green emission intensity and the microporous nature of the Tb-MOF indicate that it can potentially be used as a luminescent sensor. In this work, we show that Tb-MOF can selectively sense Fe(3+) and Al(3+) ions from mixed metal ions in water through different detection mechanisms. In addition, it also exhibits high sensitivity for 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) in the presence of other nitro aromatic compounds in aqueous solution by luminescence quenching experiments. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Phosphide oxides RE2AuP2O (RE = La, Ce, Pr, Nd): synthesis, structure, chemical bonding, magnetism, and 31P and 139La solid state NMR. (United States)

    Bartsch, Timo; Wiegand, Thomas; Ren, Jinjun; Eckert, Hellmut; Johrendt, Dirk; Niehaus, Oliver; Eul, Matthias; Pöttgen, Rainer


    Polycrystalline samples of the phosphide oxides RE(2)AuP(2)O (RE = La, Ce, Pr, Nd) were obtained from mixtures of the rare earth elements, binary rare earth oxides, gold powder, and red phosphorus in sealed silica tubes. Small single crystals were grown in NaCl/KCl fluxes. The samples were studied by powder X-ray diffraction, and the structures were refined from single crystal diffractometer data: La(2)AuP(2)O type, space group C2/m, a = 1515.2(4), b = 424.63(8), c = 999.2(2) pm, β = 130.90(2)°, wR2 = 0.0410, 1050 F(2) values for Ce(2)AuP(2)O, and a = 1503.6(4), b = 422.77(8), c = 993.0(2) pm, β = 130.88(2)°, wR2 = 0.0401, 1037 F(2) values for Pr(2)AuP(2)O, and a = 1501.87(5), b = 420.85(5), c = 990.3(3) pm, β = 131.12(1)°, wR2 = 0.0944, 1143 F(2) values for Nd(2)AuP(2)O with 38 variables per refinement. The structures are composed of [RE(2)O](4+) polycationic chains of cis-edge-sharing ORE(4/2) tetrahedra and polyanionic strands [AuP(2)](4-), which contain gold in almost trigonal-planar phosphorus coordination by P(3-) and P(2)(4-) entities. The isolated phosphorus atoms and the P(2) pairs in La(2)AuP(2)O could clearly be distinguished by (31)P solid state NMR spectroscopy and assigned on the basis of a double quantum NMR technique. Also, the two crystallographically inequivalent La sites could be distinguished by static (139)La NMR in conjunction with theoretical electric field gradient calculations. Temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements show diamagnetic behavior for La(2)AuP(2)O. Ce(2)AuP(2)O and Pr(2)AuP(2)O are Curie-Weiss paramagnets with experimental magnetic moments of 2.35 and 3.48 μ(B) per rare earth atom, respectively. Their solid state (31)P MAS NMR spectra are strongly influenced by paramagnetic interactions. Ce(2)AuP(2)O orders antiferromagnetically at 13.1(5) K and shows a metamagnetic transition at 11.5 kOe. Pr(2)AuP(2)O orders ferromagnetically at 7.0 K.

  7. Picomolar traces of americium(III) introduce drastic changes in the structural chemistry of terbium(III). A break in the ''gadolinium break''

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    Welch, Jan M. [TU Wien, Atominstitut, Vienna (Austria); Mueller, Danny; Knoll, Christian; Wilkovitsch, Martin; Weinberger, Peter [TU Wien, Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry, Vienna (Austria); Giester, Gerald [University of Vienna, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography, Vienna (Austria); Ofner, Johannes; Lendl, Bernhard [TU Wien, Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, Vienna (Austria); Steinhauser, Georg [Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Institute of Radioecology and Radiation Protection (Germany)


    The crystallization of terbium 5,5{sup '}-azobis[1H-tetrazol-1-ide] (ZT) in the presence of trace amounts (ca. 50 Bq, ca. 1.6 pmol) of americium results in 1) the accumulation of the americium tracer in the crystalline solid and 2) a material that adopts a different crystal structure to that formed in the absence of americium. Americium-doped [Tb(Am)(H{sub 2}O){sub 7}ZT]{sub 2} ZT.10 H{sub 2}O is isostructural to light lanthanide (Ce-Gd) 5,5{sup '}-azobis[1H-tetrazol-1-ide] compounds, rather than to the heavy lanthanide (Tb-Lu) 5,5{sup '}-azobis[1H-tetrazol-1-ide] (e.g., [Tb(H{sub 2}O){sub 8}]{sub 2}ZT{sub 3}.6 H{sub 2}O) derivatives. Traces of Am seem to force the Tb compound into a structure normally preferred by the lighter lanthanides, despite a 10{sup 8}-fold Tb excess. The americium-doped material was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, radiochemical neutron activation analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. In addition, the inclusion properties of terbium 5,5{sup '}-azobis[1H-tetrazol-1-ide] towards americium were quantified, and a model for the crystallization process is proposed. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Bimetallic Cobalt-Based Phosphide Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework: CoP x Phase-Dependent Electrical Conductivity and Hydrogen Atom Adsorption Energy for Efficient Overall Water Splitting

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    Song, Junhua [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Zhu, Chengzhou [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Xu, Bo Z. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Fu, Shaofang [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Engelhard, Mark H. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Ye, Ranfeng [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Du, Dan [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Beckman, Scott P. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Lin, Yuehe [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA


    Cobalt-based bimetallic phosphide encapsulated in carbonized zeolitic imadazolate frameworks has been successfully synthesized and showed excellent activities toward both hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Density functional theory calculation and electrochemical measurements reveal that the electrical conductivity and electrochemical activity are closely associated with the Co2P/CoP mixed phase behaviors upon Cu metal doping. This relationship is found to be the decisive factor for enhanced electrocatalytic performance. Moreover, the precise control of Cu content in Co-host lattice effectively alters the Gibbs free energy for H* adsorption, which is favorable for facilitating reaction kinetics. Impressively, an optimized performance has been achieved with mild Cu doping in Cu0.3Co2.7P/nitrogen-doped carbon (NC) which exhibits an ultralow overpotential of 0.19 V at 10 mA cm–2 and satisfying stability for OER. Cu0.3Co2.7P/NC also shows excellent HER activity, affording a current density of 10 mA cm–2 at a low overpotential of 0.22 V. In addition, a homemade electrolyzer with Cu0.3Co2.7P/NC paired electrodes shows 60% larger current density than Pt/ RuO2 couple at 1.74 V, along with negligible catalytic deactivation after 50 h operation. The manipulation of electronic structure by controlled incorporation of second metal sheds light on understanding and synthesizing bimetallic transition metal phosphides for electrolysis-based energy conversion.

  9. Sodium terbium(III polyphosphate

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    Abdelghani Oudahmane


    Full Text Available Single crystals of the title compound, NaTb(PO34, were obtained by solid-state reaction. This compound belongs to type II of long-chain polyphosphates with the general formula AIBIII(PO34. It is isotypic with the NaNd(PO34 and NaEr(PO34 homologues. The crystal structure is built up of infinite crenelated chains of corner-sharing PO4 tetrahedra with a repeating unit of four tetrahedra. These chains, extending parallel to [100], are linked by isolated TbO8 square antiprisms, forming a three-dimensional framework. The Na+ ions are located in channels running along [010] and are surrounded by six oxygen atoms in a distorted octahedral environment within a cut-off distance <2.9 Å.

  10. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction studies of indium phosphide (100) and growth on indium and indium nitride on silicon (100) (United States)

    Hafez, Mohamed Abd-Elsattar

    Study of the effects of atomic hydrogen exposure on structure and morphology of semiconductor surfaces is important for fundamental properties and applications. In this dissertation, the electron yield of a hydrogen-cleaned indium phosphide (InP) surface was measured and correlated to the development of the surface morphology, which was monitored by in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). Atomic hydrogen treatment produced a clean, well-ordered, and (2x4)-reconstructed InP(100) surface. The quantum efficiency, after activation to negative electron affinity, and the secondary electron emission were shown to increase with hydrogen cleaning time. RHEED patterns of low-index InP(100) surface were modified by the step structure and resulted in splitting of the specular beam at the out-of-phase diffraction condition. Quantitative RHEED showed reduction in the average terrace width and a decrease of the adatom-vacancy density with hydrogen exposure. This suggests that atomic hydrogen etching occurs preferentially at terrace edges, and thermal diffusion on the surface causes changes in the terrace edge morphology, which result in the observed decrease in the average terrace width. The results show that the decrease in the surface disorder, measured from the RHEED intensity-to-background ratio, correlated with the increased quantum efficiency. The growth of group-III metals on Si surfaces has become an attractive area of research because of its scientific importance and great potential in technological applications. In this work, the growth dynamics, structure, and morphology of indium (In) on a vicinal Si(100)-(2x1) surface by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition (fsPLD) were studied using in situ RHEED and ex situ atomic force microscopy. Indium was found to grow on Si(100) by the Stranski-Krastanove mode. At room temperature, the initial growth formed strained two-dimensional (2D) layers in the In(2x1) structure followed by growth of three

  11. Phase equilibria in the Mo-Fe-P system at 800 °C and structure of ternary phosphide (Mo(1-x)Fe(x))3P (0.10 ≤ x ≤ 0.15). (United States)

    Oliynyk, Anton O; Lomnytska, Yaroslava F; Dzevenko, Mariya V; Stoyko, Stanislav S; Mar, Arthur


    Construction of the isothermal section in the metal-rich portion (ternary phases: (Mo(1-x)Fe(x))(2)P (x = 0.30-0.82) and (Mo(1-x)Fe(x))(3)P (x = 0.10-0.15). The occurrence of a Co(2)Si-type ternary phase (Mo(1-x)Fe(x))(2)P, which straddles the equiatomic composition MoFeP, is common to other ternary transition-metal phosphide systems. However, the ternary phase (Mo(1-x)Fe(x))(3)P is unusual because it is distinct from the binary phase Mo(3)P, notwithstanding their similar compositions and structures. The relationship has been clarified through single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies on Mo(3)P (α-V(3)S-type, space group I42m, a = 9.7925(11) Å, c = 4.8246(6) Å) and (Mo(0.85)Fe(0.15))(3)P (Ni(3)P-type, space group I4, a = 9.6982(8) Å, c = 4.7590(4) Å) at -100 °C. Representation in terms of nets containing fused triangles provides a pathway to transform these closely related structures through twisting. Band structure calculations support the adoption of these structure types and the site preference of Fe atoms. Electrical resistivity measurements on (Mo(0.85)Fe(0.15))(3)P reveal metallic behavior but no superconducting transition.

  12. A europium- and terbium-coated magnetic nanocomposite as sorbent in dispersive solid phase extraction coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography for antibiotic determination in meat samples. (United States)

    Castillo-García, M L; Aguilar-Caballos, M P; Gómez-Hens, A


    A new magnetic dispersive solid-phase extraction approach based on Eu- and Tb-coated magnetic nanocomposites, combined with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with fluorometric detection, is reported for the extraction and simultaneous determination of veterinary antibiotics. The method is aimed at monitoring of potential residues of three tetracyclines, namely oxytetracycline, tetracycline, chlortetracycline and three acidic quinolones, such as oxolinic acid, nalidixic acid and flumequine, chosen as model analytes, in animal muscle samples. The nanocomposites were obtained by synthesizing magnetic nanoparticles by a co-precipitation method and their coating with terbium and europium ions. The limits of detection obtained using standard solutions were: 1.0, 1.5, 3.8, 0.25, 0.7 and 1.2ngmL(-1), which corresponds to 3.3, 5.0, 12.7, 0.8, 2.3 and 4.0μgkg(-1) for oxytetracycline, tetracycline, chlortetracycline, oxolinic acid, nalidixic acid and flumequine, respectively, in meat samples. The precision values, obtained in the presence of the sample matrix, were in the ranges 0.12-2.0% and 2.6-15.4% for retention times and areas, respectively. The selectivity of the method was checked by assaying different veterinary drugs, finding that most of them did not interfere at the same concentration levels as that of analytes. A recovery study was performed in the presence of chicken and pork muscle samples, which provided values in the range of 61.5-102.6%. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. The first-principle study of N2O gas interaction on the surface of pristine and Si-, Ga-, SiGa-doped of armchair boron phosphide nanotube using DFT method

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    Full Text Available In present research,  the electrical, structural, quantum and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR parameters of interaction of N2O gas on the B and P sites of pristine, Ga-, Si- and SiGa-doped (4,4 armchair models of boron phosphide nanotubes (BPNTs are investigated by using density functional theory (DFT.  For this purpose, seven models for adsorption of N2O gas on the exterior surfaces of BPNTs have been considered and then all structures are optimized by B3LYP level of theory and 6–31G (d base set. The optimized structures are used to calculate the electrical, structural, quantum and NMR parameters. The computational results revealed that the adsorption energy of all studied models of BPNTs is negative; all processes are exothermic and favorable in thermodynamic approach. When N2O gas is adsorbed from its O atom head on the B site of nanotube, N2O gas is dissociated to O atom and N2 molecule. The adsorption energy of this process is more than those of other models and more stable than other models. In A, B and C models, the global hardness decreases significantly from original values and so the activity of nanotube increases from original state. On the other hand, the electrophilicity index (ω, electronic chemical potential (μ, electronegativity (χ and global softness (S of the A, B and C models increase significantly from original value and CSI values of the C model are larger than those of other models. The results demonstrate that the Ga-, Si- and SiGa- doped BPNTs are good candidates to adsorb N2O and make N2O gas sensor

  14. Spectroscopic analysis of lithium terbium tetrafluoride

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    Christensen, H.P.


    . The rare-earth site in LiTbF4 possesses S4 symmetry, which allows six crystal-field parameters. ζ and the six Bim were varied to obtain the best agreement with the experimentally observed levels. Keeping F2=434 cm-1 fixed, a fit with a standard deviation of 12 cm-1 was obtained at 10 K with the following...... were calculated by diagonalizing an effective spin-orbit and crystal-field Hamiltonian in an LS basis. H=Σλi(L→·S→)i+ΣαiΣBimOim, where the parameters λi are functions of the spin-orbit parameter ζ and the Slater parameter F2. The Oim and αi are Racah operators and reduced matrix elements, respectively...

  15. Inelastic critical scattering of neutrons from terbium

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    Als-Nielsen, Jens Aage; Dietrich, O.W.; Marshall, W.


    We have measured the inelasticity of the critical neutron scattering in Tb above the Néel temperature. The results show that dynamical slowing down of fluctuations does occur at a second order phase transition.......We have measured the inelasticity of the critical neutron scattering in Tb above the Néel temperature. The results show that dynamical slowing down of fluctuations does occur at a second order phase transition....

  16. Electrostatically driven resonance energy transfer in “cationic” biocompatible indium phosphide quantum dots† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed experimental methods, the synthesis and characterization of QDs, bioimaging, stability studies, control experiments, and the calculation of various parameters involved in the resonance energy transfer process etc. See DOI: 10.1039/c7sc00592j Click here for additional data file. (United States)

    Devatha, Gayathri; Roy, Soumendu; Rao, Anish; Mallick, Abhik; Basu, Sudipta


    Indium Phosphide Quantum Dots (InP QDs) have emerged as an alternative to toxic metal ion based QDs in nanobiotechnology. The ability to generate cationic surface charge, without compromising stability and biocompatibility, is essential in realizing the full potential of InP QDs in biological applications. We have addressed this challenge by developing a place exchange protocol for the preparation of cationic InP/ZnS QDs. The quaternary ammonium group provides the much required permanent positive charge and stability to InP/ZnS QDs in biofluids. The two important properties of QDs, namely bioimaging and light induced resonance energy transfer, are successfully demonstrated in cationic InP/ZnS QDs. The low cytotoxicity and stable photoluminescence of cationic InP/ZnS QDs inside cells make them ideal candidates as optical probes for cellular imaging. An efficient resonance energy transfer (E ∼ 60%) is observed, under physiological conditions, between the cationic InP/ZnS QD donor and anionic dye acceptor. A large bimolecular quenching constant along with a linear Stern–Volmer plot confirms the formation of a strong ground state complex between the cationic InP/ZnS QDs and the anionic dye. Control experiments prove the role of electrostatic attraction in driving the light induced interactions, which can rightfully form the basis for future nano-bio studies between cationic InP/ZnS QDs and anionic biomolecules. PMID:28626557

  17. Inelastic scattering of neutrons by spin waves in terbium

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    Bjerrum Møller, Hans; Houmann, Jens Christian Gylden


    Measurements of spin-wave dispersion relations for magnons propagating in symmetry directions in ferromagnetic Tb; it is first experiment to give detailed information on magnetic excitations in heavy rare earths; Tb was chosen for these measurements because it is one of few rare-earth metals whic...... does not have very high thermal-neutron capture cross section, so that inelastic neutron scattering experiments can give satisfactory information on magnon dispersion relations....

  18. Coherent magnetic structures in terbium/holmium superlattices

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    Bryn-Jacobsen, C.; Cowley, R.A.; McMorrow, D.F.


    Neutron-scattering techniques have been used to investigate the magnetic properties of three Tb/Ho superlattices grown by molecular-beam epitaxy. It is revealed that for temperatures in the range T = 10 to T-N(Ho)approximate to 130 K, there is a basal-plane ferromagnetic alignment of Tb moments w...

  19. Electron microscopy imaging of proteins on gallium phosphide semiconductor nanowires (United States)

    Hjort, Martin; Bauer, Mikael; Gunnarsson, Stefan; Mårsell, Erik; Zakharov, Alexei A.; Karlsson, Gunnel; Sanfins, Elodie; Prinz, Christelle N.; Wallenberg, Reine; Cedervall, Tommy; Mikkelsen, Anders


    We have imaged GaP nanowires (NWs) incubated with human laminin, serum albumin (HSA), and blood plasma using both cryo-transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron based X-ray photoemission electron microscopy. This extensive imaging methodology simultaneously reveals structural, chemical and morphological details of individual nanowires and the adsorbed proteins. We found that the proteins bind to NWs, forming coronas with thicknesses close to the proteins' hydrodynamic diameters. We could directly image how laminin is extending from the NWs, maximizing the number of proteins bound to the NWs. NWs incubated with both laminin and HSA show protein coronas with a similar appearance to NWs incubated with laminin alone, indicating that the presence of HSA does not affect the laminin conformation on the NWs. In blood plasma, an intermediate sized corona around the NWs indicates a corona with a mixture of plasma proteins. The ability to directly visualize proteins on nanostructures in situ holds great promise for assessing the conformation and thickness of the protein corona, which is key to understanding and predicting the properties of engineered nanomaterials in a biological environment.We have imaged GaP nanowires (NWs) incubated with human laminin, serum albumin (HSA), and blood plasma using both cryo-transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron based X-ray photoemission electron microscopy. This extensive imaging methodology simultaneously reveals structural, chemical and morphological details of individual nanowires and the adsorbed proteins. We found that the proteins bind to NWs, forming coronas with thicknesses close to the proteins' hydrodynamic diameters. We could directly image how laminin is extending from the NWs, maximizing the number of proteins bound to the NWs. NWs incubated with both laminin and HSA show protein coronas with a similar appearance to NWs incubated with laminin alone, indicating that the presence of HSA does not affect the laminin conformation on the NWs. In blood plasma, an intermediate sized corona around the NWs indicates a corona with a mixture of plasma proteins. The ability to directly visualize proteins on nanostructures in situ holds great promise for assessing the conformation and thickness of the protein corona, which is key to understanding and predicting the properties of engineered nanomaterials in a biological environment. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08888g

  20. Nanoimprinted DWDM laser arrays on indium phosphide substrates

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    Smistrup, Kristian; Nørregaard, Jesper; Mironov, Andrej


    Dense wavelength division multiplexing lasers play a major role in today's long-haul broadband communication. Typical distributed feedback laser cavities consist of long half-pitch gratings in InGaAsP on InP substrates with grating periods of around 240 nm. The lasers include a quarter wavelength...

  1. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of FeP phosphide

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    Teterin, Yu. A.; Sobolev, A. V., E-mail:, E-mail:; Presnyakov, I. A.; Maslakov, K. I. [Moscow State University (Russian Federation); Teterin, A. Yu. [National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute,” (Russian Federation); Morozov, I. V.; Chernyavskii, I. O. [Moscow State University (Russian Federation); Ivanov, K. E. [National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute,” (Russian Federation); Shevel’kov, A. V. [Moscow State University (Russian Federation)


    The structure of the outer and inner electron spectra of iron (2p, 3p, 3s, and 3d) and phosphorus (3s and 3p) atoms in FeP monophosphide is studied in detail by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) method. On the basis of the analysis of the binding energy of electrons, as well as the parameters characterizing the structure of experimental spectra, a conclusion is made that Fe{sup 3+} (d{sup 5}) cations in FeP are stabilized in a state with intermediate value of the total spin (IS, S = 3/2). The range of values of intra-atomic parameters (10Dq, J{sub H}) is established in which the consideration of the high degree of covalence of Fe–P bonds may lead to the stabilization of (FeP{sub 6}){sup 15–} clusters in the IS state.

  2. Porous gallium phosphide: Challenging material for nonlinear-optical applications

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    Melnikov, V.A.; Golovan, L.A.; Konorov, S.O.; Fedotov, A.B.; Zheltikov, A.M.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.; Kashkarov, P.K. [Physics Department, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Petrov, G.I.; Li, L.; Yakovlev, V.V. [Physics Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 53211 Milwaukee, WI (United States); Gavrilov, S.A.


    Electrochemically produced porous GaP layers demonstrate strong non-Rayleigh light scattering in visible range. Moreover, (110) porous GaP layers exhibit in-plane birefringence. Both properties offer much promises for enhanced nonlinear-optical processes. We report experimental studies of spectral and orientation dependences of the second-harmonic generation in (110) and (111) porous GaP layers. An order of magnitude increase of the second-harmonic intensity was found in the strongly scattering porous GaP layers in comparison with monocrystalline GaP. The spectral dependence of the second-harmonic intensity was discussed in terms of the phase matching and light localization phenomena. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Alternative catalytic materials: carbides, nitrides, phosphides and amorphous boron alloys. (United States)

    Alexander, Anne-Marie; Hargreaves, Justin S J


    Catalysts generated by the addition of carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus to transition metals have interesting properties and potential applications. The addition of carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus can lead to substantial modification of the catalytic efficacy of the parent metal and some carbides and nitrides are claimed to be comparable to noble metals in their behaviour. Amorphous boron transition metal alloys are also a class of interesting catalyst, although their structures and phase composition are more difficult to define. In this critical review, the preparation of these catalysts is described and brief details of their application given. To date, attention has largely centred upon the application of these materials as alternatives for existing catalysts. However, novel approaches towards their utilisation can be envisaged. For example, the extent to which it is possible to utilise the "activated" carbon and nitrogen species within the host lattices of carbides and nitrides, respectively, as a reactant remains largely unexplored (195 references).

  4. Role of Impurities in Faraday Rotation in Indium Phosphide (United States)

    Syed, Maarij; Siahmakoun, Azad


    We report on the investigation of Faraday rotation (FR) in photorefractive (PR) indium phophide (InP:Fe) for different samples, conducted at several different wavelengths at room temperature. Appreciable FR, yielding Verdet constant values at 980, 1064, 1300, and 1550 nm at room temperature, has been observed. The choice of these wavelengths was guided by two important considerations. Firstly, these are wavelengths of interest for communication purposes and secondly FR in more conventional magnetic and iron doped materials has shown a dependence on the band gap. The role of excitation energy in FR has yielded important information regarding the differences that exist between FR models for conventional materials and photorefractive InP:Fe. We have also investigated the role of dopant concentration, and dopant species. A preliminary discussion of these factors will be presented. In addition, we will also show some conclusions regarding the intensity of the incident beam and its initial polarization state. Verdet constant values were found to be the highest for the incident beam wavelength of 980 nm. At 980 nm and applied magnetic field of 1.5 ± 0.05 tela, polarization rotation of 45 ± 1.0 degrees has been observed. This value of 45o is a benchmark for optical isolator applications. In this study we will provide important clues about the magnetic properties of semi-insulating PR InP:Fe crystal.

  5. Photoluminescence studies of a Terbium(III) complex as a fluorescent probe for DNA detection

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    Khorasani-Motlagh, Mozhgan, E-mail:; Noroozifar, Meissam; Niroomand, Sona; Moodi, Asieh


    The photoluminescence properties of a Tb(III) complex of the form [Tb(phen){sub 2}Cl{sub 3}·OH{sub 2}] (phen=1,10-phenanthroline) in different solvents are presented. It shows the characteristic luminescence of the corresponding Ln{sup 3+} ion in the visible region. The emission intensity of this complex in coordinating solvent is higher than non-coordinating one. The suggested mechanism for the energy transfer between the ligand and Tb{sup 3+} ion is the intramolecular energy transfer mechanism. The interactions of the Tb(III) complex with fish salmon DNA are studied by fluorescence spectroscopy, circular dichroism study and viscosity measurements. The results of fluorescence titration reveal that DNA strongly quenches the intrinsic fluorescence of the complex through a static quenching procedure. The binding constant (K{sub b}) of the above metal complex at 25 °C is determined by the fluorescence titration method and it is found to be (8.06±0.01)×10{sup 3} M{sup −1}. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH{sup 0}>0, ΔS{sup 0}>0 and ΔG{sup 0}<0) indicate that the hydrophobic interactions play a major role in DNA–Tb complex association. The results support the claim that the title complex bonds to FS-DNA by a groove mode. -- Highlights: • Photoluminescence of [Tb(phen){sub 2}Cl{sub 3}·OH{sub 2}] in different solvents are studied. • Tb(III) complex shows good binding affinity to FS DNA with K{sub b}=(8.06±0.01)×10{sup 3} M{sup −1}. • Viscosity of DNA almost unchanged by increasing amount of Tb complex. • CD spectrum of DNA has a little change with increasing amount of Tb complex. • Thermodynamic parameters indicate that the binding reaction is entropically driven.

  6. Lanthanides in Nuclear Medicine. The Production of Terbium-149 by Heavy Ion Beams

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    Dmitriev, S N; Zaitseva, N G; Maslov, O D; Molokanova, L G; Starodub, G Ya; Shishkin, S V; Shishkina, T V


    Among radioactive isotopes of lanthanide series elements, finding the increasing using in nuclear medicine, alpha-emitter {149}Tb (T_{1/2} = 4.118 h; EC 76.2 %; beta^+ 7.1 %; alpha 16.7 %) is considered as a perspective radionuclide for radioimmunotherapy. The aim of the present work is to study experimental conditions of the {149}Tb production in reactions Nd({12}C, xn){149}Dy (4.23 min; beta^+, EC)\\to {149}Tb when the Nd targets have been irradiated by heavy ions of carbon. On the basis of results of formation and decay of {149}Dy\\to{149}Tb evaluation of the {149}Tb activity, is made which can be received under optimum conditions (enriched {142}Nd target, {12}C ions with the energy 120 MeV and up to current 100 mu A, time of irradiating 8-10 hours). Under these conditions {149}Tb can be obtained up to 30 GBq (up to 0.8 Ci).

  7. Poly[[aqua-?3-picolinato-?2-picolinato-dipicolinatopotassium(I)terbium(III)] 2.5-hydrate


    Filipe A. Almeida Paz; João Rocha; Jacek Klinowski; Tito Trindade; Nogueira,Helena I. S.; Soares-Santos, Paula C. R.; Cunha-Silva, Lu?s


    In the title compound, [KTb(C6H4NO2)4(H2O)]·2.5H2O, each Tb3+ centre is coordinated by four N and five O atoms from five distinct picolinate ligands in a geometry resembling a highly distorted tricapped trigonal prism. One of the ligands establishes a skew bridge between neighbouring Tb3+ centres, leading to the formation of one-dimensional anionic polymeric chains, {[(C6H4NO2)4Tb]−}n, running along the direction [010]. Each K+ cation is seven-coordinated by six O atoms from one an...

  8. Spin waves in terbium. III. Magnetic anisotropy at zero wave vector

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    Houmann, Jens Christian Gylden; Jensen, J.; Touborg, P.


    The energy gap at zero wave vector in the spin-wave dispersion relation of ferromagnetic. Tb has been studied by inelastic neutron scattering. The energy was measured as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field, and the dynamic anisotropy parameters were deduced from the results....... The axial anisotropy is found to depend sensitively on the orientation of the magnetic moments in the basal plane. This behavior is shown to be a convincing indication of considerable two-ion contributions to the magnetic anisotropy at zero wave vector. With the exception of the sixfold basal...... the effects of zero-point deviations from the fully aligned ground state, and we tentatively propose polarization-dependent two-ion couplings as their origin....

  9. Structural and Magnetic Anisotropy in Amorphous Terbium-Iron Thin Films (United States)

    Hufnagel, Todd Clayton


    High density, removable media magnetooptic disk drives have recently begun to make significant gains in the information mass storage market. The media in these disks are amorphous rare-earth/transition-metal (RE-TM) alloys. One vital property of these materials is a large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy; that is, an easy axis of magnetization which is perpendicular to the plane of the film. A variety of theories, sometimes contradictory, have been proposed to account for this surprising presence of an anisotropic property in an amorphous material. Recent research indicates that there is an underlying atomic-scale structural anisotropy which is responsible for the observed magnetic anisotropy. Several different types of structural anisotropy have been proposed to account for the observed magnetic anisotropy, including pair-ordering anisotropy (anisotropic chemical short-range order) and bond orientation anisotropy (an anisotropy in coordination number or distances independent of chemical ordering). We have studied the structural origins of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in amorphous Tb-Fe thin films by employing high-energy and anomalous dispersion x-ray scattering. The as-deposited films show a clear structural anisotropy, with a preference for Tb-Fe near neighbors to align in the out-of-plane direction. These films also have a large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Upon annealing, the magnetic anisotropy energy drops significantly, and we see a corresponding reduction in the structural anisotropy. The radial distribution functions indicate that the number of Tb-Fe near-neighbors increases in the in-plane direction, but does not change in the out-of-plane direction. Therefore, the distribution of Tb-Fe near-neighbors becomes more uniform upon annealing. We propose that the observed reduction in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy energy is a result of this change in structure. Our results support the pair -ordering anisotropy model of the structural anisotropy in amorphous Tb-Fe thin films. We see no evidence to support the bond orientation anisotropy model.

  10. Luminescence properties of terbium-doped Li3PO4 phosphor for ...

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    Antonov-Romanovskii et al [2] firstly suggested applications of OSL for personal dosime- try. This technique got momentum for personnel dosime- try after the development of α-Al2O3:C. OSL properties of α-Al2O3:C have been investigated for personnel dosimetry, environmental dosimetry, medical dosimetry and space.

  11. Luminescence properties of terbium-doped Li3PO4 phosphor for ...

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    The powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), photoluminescence (PL) emission and excitation spectra, thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) were measured. The particle size was calculated using the Debye Scherrer formula and found to be 79.42 nm. PL emission spectra of Li 3 PO 4 :Tb 3 + ...

  12. Charge-transfer-based terbium MOF nanoparticles as fluorescent pH sensor for extreme acidity. (United States)

    Qi, Zewan; Chen, Yang


    Newly emerged metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have aroused the great interest in designing functional materials by means of its flexible structure and component. In this study, we used lanthanide Tb 3+ ions and small molecular ligands to design and assemble a kind of pH-sensitive MOF nanoparticle based on intramolecular-charge-transfer effect. This kind of made-to-order MOF nanoparticle for H + is highly specific and sensitive and could be used to fluorescently indicate pH value of strong acidic solution via preset mechanism through luminescence of Tb 3+ . The long luminescence lifetime of Tb 3+ allows eliminating concomitant non-specific fluorescence by time-revised fluorescence techniques, processing an advantage in sensing H + in biological media with strong autofluorescence. Our method showed a great potential of MOF structures in designing and constructing sensitive sensing materials for specific analytes directly via the assembly of functional ions/ligands. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Assessment of terbium (III) as a luminescent probe for the detection of tuberculosis biomarkers

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    Bamogo, W. [CNRS, IRAMIS, UMR 3685 NIMBE/LEDNA, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Mugherli, L. [CEA, IRAMIS, UMR 3685 NIMBE/LEDNA, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Banyasz, A. [CNRS, IRAMIS, LIDyL/Laboratoire Francis Perrin, URA 2453, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Novelli-Rousseau, A.; Mallard, F. [BioMérieux SA, F-38000 Grenoble (France); Tran-Thi, T.-H., E-mail: [CNRS, IRAMIS, UMR 3685 NIMBE/LEDNA, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)


    A detection method for nicotinic acid, a specific metabolite marker of Mycobacterium tuberculosis present in cultures and patients' breath, is studied in complex solutions containing other metabolites and in biological media such as urine, saliva and breath condensate. The method is based on the analysis of the luminescence increase of Tb{sup 3+} complexes in the presence of nicotinic acid due to the energy transfer from the excited ligand to the lanthanide ion. It is shown that other potential markers found in M. tuberculosis culture supernatant, such as methyl phenylacetate, p-methyl anisate, methyl nicotinate and 2-methoxy biphenyl, can interfere with nicotinic acid via a competitive absorption of the excitation photons. A new strategy to circumvent these interferences is proposed with an upstream trapping of volatile markers preceding the detection of nicotinic acid in the liquid phase via the luminescence of Tb{sup 3+} complexes. The cost of the method is evaluated and compared with the Xpert MTB/RIF test endorsed by the World Health Organization. - Highlights: • Nicotinic acid, a specific marker of M. tuberculosis, can be detected via luminescence. • The detection limit with a commercial phosphorimeter is 0.4 µmol·L{sup -1}. • Other metabolites of M. tuberculosis can interfere via absorbed excitation light. • The interference can be removed via trapping of the most volatile metabolites. • A breath analysis procedure's cost is compared with the Xpert TBM/RIF test.

  14. A highly porous luminescent terbium-organic framework for reversible anion sensing

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    Wong, K.L.; Law, G.L.; Wong, W.T. [Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Yang, Y.Y. [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)


    Unique tailored porous frameworks incorporating a lanthanide metal center have been designed to function as chemical detectors. A flexible multidentate ligand, mucic acid, is used to differentiate between several anions, thus creating an organic framework that is ideally suited for applications in gas separation, sensors, and chemical switches. (Abstract Copyright [2006], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  15. Synthesis and characterization of wide bandgap semiconductors doped with terbium for electroluminescent devices


    Montañez Huamán, Liz Margarita


    En el presente trabajo de investigación se ha estudiado propiedades estequiometrias, estructurales y de emisión de luz de semiconductor de amplio ancho de banda dopados con terbio. La difracción de rayos-X en ángulo rasante confirma el estado amorfo de las películas. Los espectros de absorción infrarroja muestran la formación de óxidos en las películas y la espectroscopia de foto-electrones de rayos-X revela la formación de oxinitruro de aluminio y oxicarburo de silicio. Las pe...

  16. Synthesis and characterization of terbium-doped SrSnO3 pigments

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    Dohnalová, Ž.; Gorodylova, N.; Šulcová, P.; Vlček, Milan


    Roč. 40, č. 8 (2014), s. 12637-12645 ISSN 0272-8842 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : pigments * solid state reaction * perovskites Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 2.605, year: 2014

  17. An optical material for the detection of β-hydroxybutyrate based on a terbium complex (United States)

    Wang, Xiaomiao; Chen, Huili; Li, Hua


    A novel Tb3+ complex (Tb(C14H10O4)ṡCl, TbL2) based on benzoic acid (L+H) was successfully synthesized, and gave a weak green emission in methanol-water (V:V, 4:1, pH 4.49). With the addition of β-hydroxybutyrate (β-HB) to a semi-aqueous solution of TbL2, an increment of the luminescent intensity at 545 nm assigned to 5D4 → 7F5 transition of Tb3+ was measured, which was evident to the naked eye. The response showed high selectivity for β-HB compared with other common anions including Cl-, NO3-, CO32-, PO43-, HPO42-, HPO4-, CO42-, PO74-, SO42-, lactate, AcO-, citrate, malate therefore it has the potential to be applied as a luminescent sensor for β-HB.

  18. Photoluminescence of Undoped, Semi-Insulating, and Mg-Implanted Indium Phosphide. (United States)


    valence band. The hole can easily drift away from the magnesium impurity site since neig ’ boring electrons migrate to the site to fill the third...York: John Wiley and Sons , 1974. 10. Casasent, David. Electronic Circuits. New York: Quantum Publishers, Inc., 1973. 11. Kittel, C. Introduction to...Solid State Physics. New York: John Wiley and Sons , Inc., 1976. 12. Pankove, Jacques I. Optical Processes in Semiconductors. Englewood Cliffs NJ

  19. Emission channeling studies of Indium Phosphide at low temperatures at CERN-ISOLDE

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    Amorim, Lígia Marina; Wahl, Ulrich

    $^{111}$In radioactive atoms were implanted into a single crystal of InP. After annealing for lattice recovery of implantation defects, the lattice site location of $^{111}$In/$^{111}$Cd was studied with the emission channeling technique, from room temperature ( 300K) down to 50K at CERN-ISOLDE. This work aims to test a recently developed cooling station for emission channeling experiments. InP is a material with a relatively low Debye temperature, where significant changes of atomic vibrations are expected with temperature, thus providing an ideal test ground of the effects, which can be expected to influence the data, i.e., de-channeling from lattice vibration and changes of the root mean square displacement (r.m.s.) of the atomic position of the probe atom. In the future we intend to apply these studies to monitor individual impurities or lattice constituents, with temperature, upon phase transitions as well as studying lattice sites of dopants implanted at low temperature.

  20. Excitons into one-axis crystals of zinc phosphide (Zn3P2

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    D.M. Stepanchikov


    Full Text Available Theoretical study of excitons spectra is offered in this report as for Zn3P2 crystals. Spectra are got in the zero approach of the theory of perturbations with consideration of both the anisotropy of the dispersion law and the selection rules. The existence of two exciton series was found, which corresponds to two valence bands (hh, lh and the conductivity band (c. It is noteworthy that anisotropy of the dispersion law plus the existence of crystalline packets (layers normal to the main optical axis, both will permit the consideration of two-dimensional excitons too. The high temperature displaying of these 2D-exciton effects is not eliminated even into bulk crystals. The calculated values of the binding energies as well as the oscillator's strength for the optical transitions are given for a volume (3D and for two-dimensional (2D excitons. The model of energy exciton transitions and four-level scheme of stimulated exciton radiation for receiving laser effect are offered.

  1. Histopathological effect of sub-lethal concentration of aluminum phosphide (phostoxin on Clarias gariepinus juveniles

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    Kayode B. Olurin

    Full Text Available Abtsract: The study evaluated the effect of sub-lethal concentration of phostoxin on Clarias gariepinus juveniles. C. gariepinus juveniles belonging to the same cohort (40.1±1.2g; 18.1±1.1cm from a commercial fish farm were randomly placed ten in each of 15 plastic tanks containing 15 liters of water. They were exposed for 96 hrs to three sub-lethal concentrations (treatments of phostoxin (0.125, 0.250, 0.5mg L-1 and a phostoxin free control. At the end of 96 hrs exposure, they were dissected and the tissues need for histopathology removed and fixed in Bouin's fluid. The gill filament exhibited fusion at the secondary lamella that was progressive with concentration. At the highest concentration of exposure, the secondary lamellae showed marked pyknotic and necrotic changes characterized by epithelia detachment. The hepatic tissue showed mild inflammatory changes at lower concentrations while at the highest concentration of exposure there was marked inflammation with observed hydropic degeneration. In the kidney, an inflammatory change was only observed in the interstices at the highest dose of exposure with the convoluted tubules showing partial shrinkage. Phostoxin showed to have significantly caused alterations in cyto-architecture of the gills and to a considerable extent liver and kidney of C. gariepinus.

  2. Studies of electron traps in gallium arsenide and gallium arsenide phosphide by deep level transient spectroscopy (United States)

    Day, D. Y. S.


    System effects and data analysis for deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) have been examined and applied to study the deel levels in the GaAs-GaP system. Studies of typical DLTS systems using either the lock-in amplifier or the dual-channel boxcar averager are presented. The effects of non-zero gate width for the boxcar averager, phase angle adjustment for the lock-in amplifier, and response time of a typical commercial capacitance meter are investigated. Errors introduced in the measurements by these effects are calculated for typical cases. Measurements of gold level in silicon are presented, along with calculated corrections. We find the correction to be minimal in the boxcar-averager method, but significant in the lock-in amplifier approach. A DLTS system is described for measuring deep levels in diodes exhibiting large leakage currents. A capacitance bridge is used employing the diode to be tested along with a dummy diode of similar characteristics. The DLTS spectrum of a leaky GaAs planar diode is measured and compared to experimental results obtained with two standard DLTS systems . It is shown that measurements with the standard systems are impossible in certain temperature ranges because of overloading problems. The approach described here, however, gives the DLTS spectrum between 77 K and 300 K.

  3. Indium Phosphide-Based Quantum Dots with Shell-Enhanced Absorption for Luminescent Down-Conversion. (United States)

    Dupont, Dorian; Tessier, Mickael D; Smet, Philippe F; Hens, Zeger


    It is shown that admixing small amounts of cadmium into the shell of InP/ZnSe core/shell quantum dots results in an increased absorption of blue light and a limited redshift of the band-edge emission. These effects reflect the reduced bandgap of (Zn,Cd)Se alloys and their smaller conduction-band offset with InP. Nevertheless, adjusting the InP core size enables InP/ZnSe and InP/(Zn,Cd)Se quantum dots with identical emission characteristics to be made. Processing both materials into remote phosphor disks, it is demonstrated that the shell-enhanced absorbance of InP/(Zn,Cd)Se has the double benefit of suppressing self-absorption and reducing the amount of quantum dots by weight needed to attain a given blue-to-red color conversion. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. High Sensitivity Indium Phosphide Based Avalanche Photodiode Focal Plane Arrays Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to build a monolithically integrated FPA of densely packed APDs (70-um pitch) operating at or around 1500 nm wavelength that is suitable for the solicited...

  5. Development of Ultra-Low Resistance Ohmic Contacts for indium gallium arsenide/indium phosphide HBTs (United States)

    Baraskar, Ashish

    With the continued scaling of transistors to obtain increased transistor bandwidth and packing density, achieving very low resistance metal-semiconductor contacts becomes crucial. The base and emitter contact resistivities in heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) must decrease in proportion to the inverse square of the transistor cutoff frequency. Similarly for field-effect transistors (FETs), progressive reduction in contact resistivity is required for both increased speed of operation and increased device packing density. Contact resistivities less than 10-8 O-cm2 are required for III-V HBTs and FETs for having simultaneous 1.5 THz current-gain (ft) and power-gain (fmax) cut-off frequencies. Owing to higher electron velocity, higher transistor bandwidths are more readily obtained in InGaAs than in Si, hence there is strong motivation to develop low resistance ohmic contacts to InGaAs. This dissertation focuses on development of ultra-low resistance ohmic contacts to n-In0.53Ga0.47As, n-InAs and p-In0.53 Ga0.47As for their application in InP based HBTs. There were four main challenges in obtaining ultra-low contact resistivities: 1. High doping: Attainment of high active carrier concentration which is required for reducing the depletion region in the semiconductor. Reduced depletion region results in enhanced tunneling of carriers across the metal semiconductor junction. 2. Surface preparation: Contact resistivity strongly depends on surface preparation and obtaining resistivities less than 10-8 O-cm 2 requires a significant attention to removal of semiconductor surface oxides before the contacts are made. 3. Refractory metal contact: Owing to high current densities (≈ 50 mA/mum2) and high temperatures involved during fabrication of scaled HBTs and FETs, it becomes important to keep the metal semiconductor junctions thermally stable for their continued operation as desired. To achieve thermal stability, it is required to use refractory metals for making the contact. 4. Accurate extraction of contact resistivities. In this work, molecular beam epitaxy thin-film growth technique was used to grow the semiconductor thin films. After careful growth optimization and calibrations, the highest active carrier concentration obtained was 6 x 1019 cm-3, 1 x 1020 cm -3 (record highest) and 2.2 x 1020 cm -3 for n-In0.53Ga0.47As, n-InAs and p-In 0.53Ga0.47As, respectively. W, Mo and Ir refractory metals were chosen to form contacts to these semiconductors to achieve thermal stability. Transmission line model structures were designed to accurately determine the contact resistivities. The lowest contact resistivities obtained were (0.9 +/- 0.5) x 10-8 O-cm2, (0.6 +/- 0.4) x 10-8 O-cm2 and (0.6 +/- 0.5) x 10-8 O-cm2 for contacts to n- In0.53Ga0.47As, n-InAs and p-In0.53Ga 0.47As, respectively, which are the lowest contact resistivities reported to date for these semiconductors. Contacts to n-In0.53Ga0.47 As and n-InAs were found to remain thermally stable. However, slight degradation on annealing was observed for contacts made to p-In0.53Ga 0.47As. We have also developed theoretical models to validate our experimental data. The models are extended to calculate the lowest possible contact resistivities for GaAs, InP, InSb and GaSb. In summary, the ultra-low resistance, refractory metal contacts developed in this work make them a potential candidate to be applied in highly scaled HBTs and other devices of near-terahertz bandwidths.

  6. Radiation and temperature effects in gallium arsenide, indium phosphide, and silicon solar cells (United States)

    Weinberg, I.; Swartz, C. K.; Hart, R. E., Jr.; Statler, R. L.


    The effects of radiation on performance are determined for both n+p and p+n GaAs and InP cells and for silicon n+p cells. It is found that the radiation resistance of InP is greater than that of both GaAs and Si under 1-MeV electron irradiation. For silicon, the observed decreased radiation resistance with decreased resistivity is attributed to the presence of a radiation-induced boron-oxygen defect. Comparison of radiation damage in both p+n and n+p GaAs cells yields a decreased radiation resistance for the n+p cell attributable to increased series resistance, decreased shunt resistance, and relatively greater losses in the cell's p-region. For InP, the n+p configuration is found to have greater radiation resistance than the p+n cell. The increased loss in this latter cell is attributed to losses in the cell's emitter region. Temperature dependency results are interpreted using a theoretical relation for dVoc/dT, which predicts that increased Voc should result in decreased numerical values for dPm/dT. The predicted correlation is observed for GaAs but not for InP, a result which is attributed to variations in cell processing.

  7. High Sensitivity Indium Phosphide Based Avalanche Photodiode Focal Plane Arrays Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — nLight has demonstrated highly-uniform APD arrays based on the highly sensitive InGaAs/InP material system. These results provide great promise for achieving the...

  8. The structural evolution and diffusion during the chemical transformation from cobalt to cobalt phosphide nanoparticles

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    Ha, Don-Hyung


    We report the structural evolution and the diffusion processes which occur during the phase transformation of nanoparticles (NPs), ε-Co to Co 2P to CoP, from a reaction with tri-n-octylphosphine (TOP). Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) investigations were used to elucidate the changes in the local structure of cobalt atoms which occur as the chemical transformation progresses. The lack of long-range order, spread in interatomic distances, and overall increase in mean-square disorder compared with bulk structure reveal the decrease in the NP\\'s structural order compared with bulk structure, which contributes to their deviation from bulk-like behavior. Results from EXAFS show both the Co2P and CoP phases contain excess Co. Results from EXAFS, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and density functional theory calculations reveal that the inward diffusion of phosphorus is more favorable at the beginning of the transformation from ε-Co to Co2P by forming an amorphous Co-P shell, while retaining a crystalline cobalt core. When the major phase of the sample turns to Co 2P, the diffusion processes reverse and cobalt atom out-diffusion is favored, leaving a hollow void, characteristic of the nanoscale Kirkendall effect. For the transformation from Co2P to CoP theory predicts an outward diffusion of cobalt while the anion lattice remains intact. In real samples, however, the Co-rich nanoparticles continue Kirkendall hollowing. Knowledge about the transformation method and structural properties provides a means to tailor the synthesis and composition of the NPs to facilitate their use in applications. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  9. Regulating Water-Reduction Kinetics in Cobalt Phosphide for Enhancing HER Catalytic Activity in Alkaline Solution. (United States)

    Xu, Kun; Ding, Hui; Zhang, Mengxing; Chen, Min; Hao, Zikai; Zhang, Lidong; Wu, Changzheng; Xie, Yi


    Electrochemical water splitting to produce hydrogen renders a promising pathway for renewable energy storage. Considering limited electrocatalysts have good oxygen-evolution reaction (OER) catalytic activity in acid solution while numerous economical materials show excellent OER catalytic performance in alkaline solution, developing new strategies that enhance the alkaline hydrogen-evolution reaction (HER) catalytic activity of cost-effective catalysts is highly desirable for achieving highly efficient overall water splitting. Herein, it is demonstrated that synergistic regulation of water dissociation and optimization of hydrogen adsorption free energy on electrocatalysts can significantly promote alkaline HER catalysis. Using oxygen-incorporated Co 2 P as an example, the synergistic effect brings about 15-fold enhancement of alkaline HER activity. Theory calculations confirm that the water dissociation free energy of Co 2 P decreases significantly after oxygen incorporation, and the hydrogen adsorption free energy can also be optimized simultaneously. The finding suggests the powerful effectiveness of synergetic regulation of water dissociation and optimization of hydrogen adsorption free energy on electrocatalysts for alkaline HER catalysis. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. DWDM laser arrays fabricated using thermal nanoimprint lithography on Indium Phosphide substrates

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    Smistrup, K.; Nørregaard, J.; Mironov, A.

    Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) lasers play a major role in today’s long-haul broadband communication. Typical distributed feedback (DFB) laser cavities consist of long half-pitch gratings in InGaAsP on InP substrates with pitches around 240 nm. Lasers are made reliably single mode...

  11. Electronic structure and optical properties of doped gallium phosphide: A first-principles simulation (United States)

    Lu, Xuefeng; Gao, Xu; Li, Cuixia; Ren, Junqiang; Guo, Xin; La, Peiqing


    Using DFT-GGA-PW91 calculations we investigate the electronic structures and optical properties of doped GaP. It is found that the lattice constants and volume increase slightly for Al, In, As and Sb doped systems and EG distinctly decrease after doping. The formation energies are 0.587 and 0.273 eV for As and Sb doped systems, respectively, and lower remarkably than those in other systems, indicating that the stability of the two systems is higher. The direct band gap transition occurs when doped with In, As and Sb elements. The charge density difference images reveal that electron loss near Al atom is observed accompanying the enhancement of covalent bond feature, and then electron enrichment is present around N atom demonstrating that the ionic bond characteristic is obvious. The Sb-doped system has the higher static dielectric constant illustrating the applications in semiconductor devices. The absorption peak value is located at 194.7 nm for Al-doped system and this shows that the system can absorb a large amount of light and displays ;Barrier-type; characteristics in UV region. In the visible region, the doped systems have lower reflectivity coefficient, indicating that the systems all have ;clear-type; properties. This is conducive to fundamentally insights to a tunable band gap semiconductor with enormous potential in device fields.

  12. Hard X-ray detection with a gallium phosphide Schottky diode

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    Owens, Alan [Science Payload and Advanced Concepts Office, ESA/ESTEC, Postbus 299, 2200AG Noordwijk (Netherlands)], E-mail:; Andersson, S.; Hartog, R. den; Quarati, F. [Science Payload and Advanced Concepts Office, ESA/ESTEC, Postbus 299, 2200AG Noordwijk (Netherlands); Webb, A.; Welter, E. [HASYLAB at DESY, Notkestrasse 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany)


    We report on the detection of hard X-rays using a GaP Schottky diode at the HASYLAB synchrotron radiation research facility. Exposure to alpha particles from an {sup 214}Am source showed that the device was spectroscopic at room temperature with a FWHM energy resolution of 3.5% at 5.5 MeV. It was also found to be responsive to X-rays in the range 11-100 keV. Although individual energies are not spectrally resolved there is a proportionality of response to increasing X-ray energy. A two-dimensional scan of the sensitive area using a 30x30 {mu}m{sup 2} 30 keV pencil beam showed the spatial response of the detector to be uniform at the few percent level, consistent with statistics.

  13. Polycrystalline indium phosphide on silicon by indium assisted growth in hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Metaferia, Wondwosen; Sun, Yan-Ting, E-mail:; Lourdudoss, Sebastian [Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials, Department of Materials and Nano Physics, KTH—Royal Institute of Technology, Electrum 229, 164 40 Kista (Sweden); Pietralunga, Silvia M. [CNR-Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies, P. Leonardo da Vinci, 32 20133 Milano (Italy); Zani, Maurizio; Tagliaferri, Alberto [Department of Physics Politecnico di Milano, P. Leonardo da Vinci, 32 20133 Milano (Italy)


    Polycrystalline InP was grown on Si(001) and Si(111) substrates by using indium (In) metal as a starting material in hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) reactor. In metal was deposited on silicon substrates by thermal evaporation technique. The deposited In resulted in islands of different size and was found to be polycrystalline in nature. Different growth experiments of growing InP were performed, and the growth mechanism was investigated. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy for morphological investigation, Scanning Auger microscopy for surface and compositional analyses, powder X-ray diffraction for crystallinity, and micro photoluminescence for optical quality assessment were conducted. It is shown that the growth starts first by phosphidisation of the In islands to InP followed by subsequent selective deposition of InP in HVPE regardless of the Si substrate orientation. Polycrystalline InP of large grain size is achieved and the growth rate as high as 21 μm/h is obtained on both substrates. Sulfur doping of the polycrystalline InP was investigated by growing alternating layers of sulfur doped and unintentionally doped InP for equal interval of time. These layers could be delineated by stain etching showing that enough amount of sulfur can be incorporated. Grains of large lateral dimension up to 3 μm polycrystalline InP on Si with good morphological and optical quality is obtained. The process is generic and it can also be applied for the growth of other polycrystalline III–V semiconductor layers on low cost and flexible substrates for solar cell applications.

  14. Heterodyne pump probe measurements of nonlinear dynamics in an indium phosphide photonic crystal cavity

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    Heuck, Mikkel; Combrié, S.; Lehoucq, G.


    Using a sensitive two-color heterodyne pump-probe technique, we investigate the carrier dynamics of an InP photonic crystal nanocavity. The heterodyne technique provides unambiguous results for all wavelength configurations, including the degenerate case, which cannot be investigated with the wid...

  15. Modifications of gallium phosphide single crystals using slow highly charged ions and swift heavy ions

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    El-Said, A.S., E-mail: [Physics Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Wilhelm, R.A.; Heller, R.; Akhmadaliev, Sh.; Schumann, E. [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, 01328 Dresden (Germany); Sorokin, M. [National Research Centre ’Kurchatov Institute’, Kurchatov Square 1, 123182 Moscow (Russian Federation); Facsko, S. [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, 01328 Dresden (Germany); Trautmann, C. [GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany)


    GaP single crystals were irradiated with slow highly charged ions (HCI) using 114 keV {sup 129}Xe{sup (33–40)+} and with various swift heavy ions (SHI) of 30 MeV I{sup 9+} and 374 MeV–2.2 GeV {sup 197}Au{sup 25+}. The irradiated surfaces were investigated by scanning force microscopy (SFM). The irradiations with SHI lead to nanohillocks protruding from the GaP surfaces, whereas no changes of the surface topography were observed after the irradiation with HCI. This result indicates that a potential energy above 38.5 keV is required for surface nanostructuring of GaP. In addition, strong coloration of the GaP crystals was observed after irradiation with SHI. The effect was stronger for higher energies. This was confirmed by measuring an increased extinction coefficient in the visible light region.

  16. Gallium phosphide as a new material for anodically bonded atomic sensors

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    Nezih Dural


    Full Text Available Miniaturized atomic sensors are often fabricated using anodic bonding of silicon and borosilicate glass. Here we describe a technique for fabricating anodically bonded alkali-metal cells using GaP and Pyrex. GaP is a non-birefringent semiconductor that is transparent at alkali-metal resonance wavelengths, allowing new sensor geometries. GaP also has a higher thermal conductivity and lower He permeability than borosilicate glass and can be anodically bonded below 200 °C, which can also be advantageous in other vacuum sealing applications.

  17. Indium tin oxide and indium phosphide heterojunction nanowire array solar cells

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    Yoshimura, Masatoshi, E-mail:; Nakai, Eiji; Fukui, Takashi [Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and Research Center for Integrated Quantum Electronics (RCIQE), Hokkaido University, Kita 13 Nishi 8, Sapporo 060–8628 (Japan); Tomioka, Katsuhiro [Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and Research Center for Integrated Quantum Electronics (RCIQE), Hokkaido University, Kita 13 Nishi 8, Sapporo 060–8628 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Honcho Kawaguchi, 332–0012 Saitama (Japan)


    Heterojunction solar cells were formed with a position-controlled InP nanowire array sputtered with indium tin oxide (ITO). The ITO not only acted as a transparent electrode but also as forming a photovoltaic junction. The devices exhibited an open-circuit voltage of 0.436 V, short-circuit current of 24.8 mA/cm{sup 2}, and fill factor of 0.682, giving a power conversion efficiency of 7.37% under AM1.5 G illumination. The internal quantum efficiency of the device was higher than that of the world-record InP cell in the short wavelength range.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of hollow spherical copper phosphide (Cu 3P) nanopowders (United States)

    Liu, Shuling; Qian, Yitai; Xu, Liqiang


    In this paper, hollow spherical Cu 3P nanopowders were synthesized by using copper sulfate pentahydrate (CuSO 4ṡ5H 2O) and yellow phosphorus in a mixed solvent of glycol, ethanol and water at 140-180 ∘C for 12 h. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), electron diffraction pattern (ED) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) studies show that the as-synthesized nanocrystal is pure hexagonal phase Cu 3P with a hollow spherical morphology. Based on the TEM observations, a possible aggregation growth mechanism was proposed for the formation of Cu 3P hollow structures. Meanwhile, the effects of some key factors such as solvents, reaction temperature and reaction time on the final formation of the Cu 3P hollow structure were also discussed.

  19. Sea urchin-like cobalt-iron phosphide as an active catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction (United States)

    Mendoza-Garcia, Adriana; Su, Dong; Sun, Shouheng


    Sea urchin-like (CoxFe1-x)2P shows Co/Fe-composition dependent catalysis for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 0.1 M KOH. The (Co0.54Fe0.46)2P is the most efficient OER catalyst, reaching 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 0.37 V (vs. RHE). The report offers a new synergistic approach to tune and optimize the electrocatalysis of OER.Sea urchin-like (CoxFe1-x)2P shows Co/Fe-composition dependent catalysis for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 0.1 M KOH. The (Co0.54Fe0.46)2P is the most efficient OER catalyst, reaching 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 0.37 V (vs. RHE). The report offers a new synergistic approach to tune and optimize the electrocatalysis of OER. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08763e

  20. Quasi-two-dimensional metallic hydrogen inside di-phosphide at high pressure


    Degtyarenko, Nikolay; Mazur, Evgeny


    The method of mathematical modeling was used for the calculation of the structural, electronic, phonon, and other characteristics of various normal phases of phosphorus hydrides with stoichiometry PHk. It was shown that the di-phosphine may form 2D lattice of the metallic hydrogen, stabilized by phosphorus atoms under high hydrostatic compressive pressure. The resulting structure with the elements of H-P-H is a locally stable one in the phonon spectrum (or metastable). The properties of di-ph...

  1. Mossbauer study of a complex /sup 119/Sn impurity-defect in gallium phosphide

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    Weyer, G; Heinemeier, J; Petersen, J W


    Reports the experiments utilising the intense secondary radioactive ion beams of the ISOLDE facility at CERN for implantations of /sup 119 /In/sup +/ into GaP single crystals. Impurity-defect structures have been studied by Mossbauer emission spectroscopy on the /sup 119/In daughter, /sup 119/Sn. Spectra measured within 4 min after the implantation and after an annealing of the sample at 255 degrees C for 1 min subsequent to the implantation have been presented. (8 refs).

  2. pH dependent photophysical studies of new europium and terbium complexes of tripodal ligand: Experimental and semiempirical approach

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    Akbar, Rifat [Department of Chemistry, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Longowal, Punjab 148106 (India); Baral, Minati [Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, Haryana 136119 (India); Kanungo, B K, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Longowal, Punjab 148106 (India)


    The photophysical properties of adduct of a novel nonadentate tripodal ligand, 5,5′-(2-(((8-hydroxyquinolin-5-yl)methylamino)methyl)-2-methylpropane-1, 3-diyl)bis(azanediyl)bis(methylene diquinolin-8-ol, (TAME5OX), with Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} metal ions have been probed for photonics applications. The absorption spectroscopy of these complexes show remarkable spectral changes due to characteristic lanthanide transitions, which support the use of TAME5OX as a sensitive optical pH based sensor to detect Ln{sup 3+} metal ions in biological systems. In addition, these complexes have also been shown to exhibit strong green fluorescence allowing simultaneous sensing within the visible region under physiological pH in competitive medium for both Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} ions. The intense fluorescence from these compounds were revealed to intermittently get quenched under acidic as well as basic conditions due to the photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer from excited 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ) moiety to metal ion, just an opposite process. This renders these compounds the OFF–ON–OFF type of pH-dependent fluorescent sensor. The thermodynamic stability and aqueous coordination chemistry of the chelator with the said lanthanide ions have also been probed by potentiometric, UV–visible and fluorescence spectrophotometric method. TAME5OX has been found to form two protonated complexes [Ln(H{sub 5}L)]{sup 5+} and [Ln(H{sub 4}L)]{sup 4+} below pH 2.5 with both metal ions, which consecutively deprotonates through one proton process with rise of pH. The formation constants (log β{sub 11n}) of neutral complexes have been determined to be 33.51 and 32.16 with pLn (pLn=−log[Ln{sup 3+}]) values of 16.14 and 19.48 for Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} ions, respectively, calculated at pH 7.4, indicating TAME5OX is a good lanthanide synthetic chelator. The emission lifetimes of the Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} complexes recorded in D{sub 2}O and H{sub 2}O suggest the presence of water molecules in the first coordination sphere of the metal ions. NMR titrations were carried out to determine the stoichiometry of chelates. The complexe's coordination geometries were optimized by using PM7 as sparkle/PM7 model. The theoretical electronic behavior was evaluated to support the experimental findings, based on ZINDO/S methodology at configuration interaction with single excitations (CIS) level. These results emphasize the capability of the use of the theoretical models in prediction of geometries and all other calculations of compounds containing lanthanide ions and create new interesting possibilities for the design in-silico of novel and highly efficient lanthanide–organic edifice. - Highlights: • Photophysical behavior of Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} complexes of TAME5OX has been investigated. • This tripodal ligand forms thermodynamically stable Ln{sup 3+} complexes. • These compounds exhibit strong green fluorescence under physiological pH. • Green fluorescence gets quenched under acidic and basic conditions, due to PET process. • This renders these compounds the OFF–ON–OFF type of pH-dependent fluorescent sensors.

  3. Visible photoluminescence in polycrystalline terbium doped aluminum nitride (Tb:AlN) ceramics with high thermal conductivity (United States)

    Wieg, A. T.; Kodera, Y.; Wang, Z.; Imai, T.; Dames, C.; Garay, J. E.


    Thermal management continues to be one of the major challenges in the development of high powered light sources such as solid state lasers. In particular, the relatively low thermal conductivity of standard photoluminescent (PL) materials limits the overall power output and/or duty cycle. We present a method based on current activated pressure assisted densification for the fabrication of high thermal conductivity PL materials: rare earth doped polycrystalline bulk aluminum nitride. Specifically, the ceramics are translucent and are doped with Tb3+, allowing for emission in the visible. Remarkably, the ceramics have a room temperature thermal conductivity of 94 W/(m K) which is almost seven times higher than that of the state of the art host material, Nd-doped yttrium aluminum garnet. These light emitting properties coupled with very high thermal conductivity should enable the development of a wide variety of more powerful light sources.

  4. Preparation of extractive resins for producing terbium-161; Preparacion de resinas extractivas para produccion de terbio-161

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    De la Cruz B, C. C.; Monroy G, F. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)], e-mail:


    This paper presents the development of a methodology for extractive resins preparation to base of HDEHP, which allows to separation of Tb from Gd generating an own technology of preparation of these resins. The study included the extractive resins preparation from 6 different supports: kieselguhr Dg, alumina, red volcanic rock, chiluca, quarry and fluorite; two treatment types of of supports and varied concentrations of HDEHP extractant (di(2-etil hexyl) orthophosphoric acid), in order to determine which resin has improved efficiency of Gd and Tb separation, and radionuclide purity of {sup 161}Tb. Resins were prepared to base of kieselguhr to determine the most appropriate silicon deposition process. Two silicon deposition treatments were realized: treatment I , by contact with silicon deposition solution (dimethyldichlorosilane / heptane 1:30) and treatment II by contact with vapors of dimethyldichlorosilane in vacuum. The extractant retention was carried out to different concentrations of HDEHP / acetone: 1:4, 1:8, 1:15, 1:20, 1:30 and 1:40. According to the results, there is not direct relation of HDEHP concentration used in extractive resins preparation to base of kieselguhr over the efficiency of Gd and Tb separation and of radionuclide purity of {sup 161}Tb. The effect of support in the efficiency of Gd and Tb separation was studied to prepare resins with the supports kieselguhr, alumina, quarry, chiluca, volcanic rock and fluorite, using the silicon deposition treatment II for the supports and a concentration of HDEHP / acetone 1:20, for extractant retention. Only resins based on kieselguhr could separate to Gd from Tb quantitatively, the resin at a concentration of HDEHP / Acetone 1:20 was the best results obtained in Gd and Tb separation, achieving a separation efficiency greater than 90% and a radionuclide purity higher than 99%. (Author)

  5. Synthesis and Characterization of Europium(III) and Terbium(III) Complexes: An Advanced Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry Experiment (United States)

    Swavey, Shawn


    Undergraduate laboratories rarely involve lanthanide coordination chemistry. This is unfortunate in light of the ease with which many of these complexes are made and the interesting and instructive photophysical properties they entail. The forbidden nature of the 4f transitions associated with the lanthanides is overcome by incorporation of…

  6. Sensitized green emission of terbium with dibenzoylmethane and 1, 10 phenanthroline in polyvinyl alcohol and polyvinyl pyrrolidone blends (United States)

    Kumar, Brijesh; Kaur, Gagandeep; Rai, S. B.


    Tb doped polyvinyl alcohol: polyvinyl pyrrolidone blends with dibenzoylmethane (DBM) and 1, 10 Phenanthroline (Phen) have been prepared by solution cast technique. Bond formation amongst the ligands and Tb3 + ions in the doped polymer has been confirmed employing Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) techniques. Optical properties of the Tb3 + ions have been investigated using UV-Vis absorption, excitation and fluorescence studies excited by different radiations. Addition of dimethylbenzoate and 1, 10 Phenanthroline to the polymer blend increases the luminescence from Tb3 + ions along with energy transfer from the polymer blend itself. Luminescence decay curve analysis affirms the non-radiative energy transfer from DBM and Phen to Tb3 + ions, which is identified as the reason behind this enhancement. The fluorescence decay time of PVA-PVP host decreases from 6.02 ns to 2.31 ns showing an evidence of energy transfer from the host blend to the complexed Tb ions. Similarly the lifetime of DBM and Phen and both in the blend reduces in the complexed system showing the feasibility of energy transfer from these excited DBM and Phen to Tb3 + and is proposed as the cause of the above observations. These entire phenomena have been explained by the energy level diagram.

  7. A Terbium Metal-Organic Framework for Highly Selective and Sensitive Luminescence Sensing of Hg2+Ions in Aqueous Solution. (United States)

    Xia, Tifeng; Song, Tao; Zhang, Gege; Cui, Yuanjing; Yang, Yu; Wang, Zhiyu; Qian, Guodong


    A series of isomorphic lanthanide metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) Ln(TATAB)⋅(DMF) 4 (H 2 O)(MeOH) 0.5 (LnTATAB, Ln=Eu, Tb, Sm, Dy, Gd; H 3 TATAB=4,4',4''-s-triazine-1,3,5-triyltri-p-aminobenzoic acid) have been solvothermally synthesized and structurally characterized. Among these MOFs, TbTATAB exhibits good water stability and a high fluorescence quantum yield. Because mercury ions (Hg 2+ ) have a high affinity to nitrogen atoms, and the space between multiple nitrogen atoms from triazine and imino groups is suitable for interacting with Hg 2+ ions, TbTATAB shows highly selective and sensitive detection of Hg 2+ in aqueous solution with a detection limit of 4.4 nm. Furthermore, it was successfully applied to detect Hg 2+ ions in natural water samples. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Nickel phosphide nanoparticles decorated nitrogen and phosphorus co-doped porous carbon as efficient hybrid catalyst for hydrogen evolution (United States)

    Lin, Yan; Zhang, Jun; Pan, Yuan; Liu, Yunqi


    The design of efficient and robust Ni2P-based hybrid catalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is still in challenge. In this work, a hybrid catalyst composed of monodispersed Ni2P nanoparticles (NPs) and N, P co-doped porous carbon (NPPC) was synthesized through a facile thermal decomposition and used as an efficient electrocatalyst for the HER in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution. Series technologies including X-ray diffraction, Raman, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and N2 sorption are used to characterize the as-synthesized catalysts. The electrochemisty experiments suggested that the as-synthesized Ni2P/NPPC displayed efficient electrocatalytic performance with a low onset overpotential (51 mV), small Tafel slope (74 mV dec-1), high exchange current density (0.12 mA cm-2), large electrochemical double-layer capacitance (21.97 mF cm-2) and high conductivity for the HER. The needed overpotentials are 159 and 184 mV to reach to the current density of 10 and 20 mA cm-2, respectively. Simultaneously, Ni2P/NPPC also displayed good stability in acid solution. The more defects and active sites on the porous carbon which are offered by the co-doped N and P atoms as well as the synergistic effect between NPPC and Ni2P NPs are contributed to the excellent catalytic performance for HER. The current study suggests that introducing the N, P heteroatoms co-doped carbon materials to the Ni2P-based catalysts could enhance HER electrocatalytic performance efficiently.

  9. Controlled Synthesis of Uniform Cobalt Phosphide Hyperbranched Nanocrystals Using Tri- n -octylphosphine Oxide as a Phosphorus Source

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    Zhang, Haitao


    A new method to produce hyperbranched Co 2P nanocrystals that are uniform in size, shape, and symmetry was developed. In this reaction tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) was used as both a solvent and a phosphorus source. The reaction exhibits a novel monomer-saturation-dependent tunability between Co metal nanoparticle (NP) and Co 2P NP products. The morphology of Co 2P can be controlled from sheaflike structures to hexagonal symmetric structures by varying the concentration of the surfactant. This unique product differs significantly from other reported hyperbranched nanocrystals in that the highly anisotropic shapes can be stabilized as the majority shape (>84%). This is the first known use of TOPO as a reagent as well as a coordinating background solvent in NP synthesis. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  10. Chip-scale white flip-chip light-emitting diode containing indium phosphide/zinc selenide quantum dots (United States)

    Fan, Bingfeng; Yan, Linchao; Lao, Yuqin; Ma, Yanfei; Chen, Zimin; Ma, Xuejin; Zhuo, Yi; Pei, Yanli; Wang, Gang


    A method for preparing a quantum dot (QD)-white light-emitting diode (WLED) is reported. Holes were etched in the SiO2 layer deposited on the sapphire substrate of the flip-chip LED by inductively coupled plasma, and these holes were then filled with QDs. An ultraviolet-curable resin was then spin-coated on top of the QD-containing SiO2 layer, and the resin was cured to act as a protecting layer. The reflective sidewall structure minimized sidelight leakage. The fabrication of the QD-WLED is simple in preparation and compatible with traditional LED processes, which was the minimum size of the WLED chip-scale integrated package. InP/ZnS core-shell QDs were used as the converter in the WLED. A blue light-emitting diode with a flip-chip structure was used as the excitation source. The QD-WLED exhibited color temperatures from 5900 to 6400 K and Commission Internationale De L'Elcairage color coordinates from (0.315, 0.325) to (0.325, 0.317), under drive currents from 100 to 400 mA. The QD-WLED exhibited stable optoelectronic properties.

  11. Optical and Electrical Characterization of Melt-Grown Bulk Indium Gallium Arsenide and Indium Arsenic Phosphide Alloys (United States)


    Russia semiconductor web: SVA /NSM/Semicond/ 119 6.4 Refractive Index Measurements Refractive index measurements on wafer shaped...coefficient”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 66 (16) p2101-2103, (1995). 76. SVA /NSM/Semicond 77. Sadao Adachi, “Band gaps and refractive indices

  12. Second harmonic generation in gallium phosphide microdisks on silicon: from strict \\bar{4} to random quasi-phase matching (United States)

    Guillemé, P.; Dumeige, Y.; Stodolna, J.; Vallet, M.; Rohel, T.; Létoublon, A.; Cornet, C.; Ponchet, A.; Durand, O.; Léger, Y.


    The convergence of nonlinear optical devices and silicon photonics is a key milestone for the practical development of photonic integrated circuits. The associated technological issues often stem from material incompatibility. This is the case of second order nonlinear processes in monolithically integrated III-V semiconductor devices on silicon, where structural defects called antiphase domains strongly impact the optical properties of the material. We theoretically investigate the influence of antiphase domains on second harmonic generation in III-V whispering gallery mode microresonators on silicon and focus on the effects of the antiphase domains’ mean size (i.e. the correlation length of the distribution). We demonstrate that the domain distributions can have opposite effects depending on the nonlinear process under consideration: while antiphase domains negatively impact second harmonic generation under \\bar{4} quasi-phase matching conditions (independent of the correlation length), large conversion efficiencies can arise far from \\bar{4}-quasi-phase matching provided that the APD correlation length remains within an appropriate range, and is still compatible with the spontaneous emergence of such defects in the usual III-V on Si epilayers. Such a build-up can be explained by the occurrence of random quasi-phase matching in the system.

  13. Photoelectronic properties of zinc phosphide crystals, films and heterojunctions. Quarterly progress report No. 2, July 1-September 30, 1979

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    Bube, R.H.


    The closed tube horizontal growth method has been pursued for the growth of single crystals of Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/. The rate of material transport was increased by increasing the temperature difference between source and growth regions and by decreasing the distance involved. A boule with only 2 grains in a 12 mm diameter has been obtained. The as-grown resistivity of this single crystal Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ was 50 ohm-cm, which was reduced to 10 ohm-cm by subsequent annealing in hydrogen at 410/sup 0/C. Initial ZnO/Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ (CVD deposition of ZnO) and CdS/Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ (CdS by vacuum evaporation) heterostructures were fabricated using small samples of single crystal Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ sent from Tony Catalano at Delaware. Not surprisingly, only small photoresponse was obtained with these totally experimental cells. Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ films deposited on glass by CSVT were shown to be amorphous whereas those deposited on single crystal CdS were polycrystalline. Indeed several samples showed appreciable large-grain columnar growth at an angle to the substrate plane. Laser annealing was shown to have dramatic effects in crystallizing Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ films deposited on Si/sub 3/N/sub 4/ film substrates on sngle crystal Si. Thin films of Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ were deposited on glass substrates by vacuum evaporation. As-deposited film resistivities fell in the range of 10/sup 6/-10/sup 8/ ohm-cm; an apparently temporary decrease in resistivity by factors up to 50 could be obtained by annealing in hydrogen. Optical transmission and reflection spectra, as well as photoconductivity spectral response spectral response spectra were measured on a number of these films.

  14. International Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials, Held in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on 11 - 15 May 1997. (United States)


    organometallic vapor deposition in Fig. 1. into porous glass [1], (ii) solution phase synthesis [2,3], and Palladium-purified hydrogen was used to carry the...M. H. Magnusson, Fabrication of GaN and InN of phosphor-us on the sample grid makes a reason- nanoparticles by aerosol technology (Master ofposition f...However at lower temperatures results in a high input resistance Ri. Thus the channel Antimony accumulation occurs at the top oxide charging delay

  15. The combined effect of titanic carbide and aluminum phosphide on the refinement of primary silicon in Al-50Si alloy

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    Dai Hongshang [Key Lab. of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong Univ., Jinan (China); Liu Xiangfa [Key Lab. of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong Univ., Jinan (China); Shandong Binzhou Bohai Piston Co., Ltd., Binzhou, SD (China)


    Two refinement methods for Al-50Si alloy are presented in this article: one way is using a newly developed Si-20P alloy at 1573 K: another technique is using the Si-20P alloy in company with Al-TiO{sub 2}-C mixture powder at 1473 K. Compared to the first method, the second one not only has better refinement effect on primary Si but also lower refinement temperature. These results are due to the combined effect of TiC and AlP on the refinement process, and the duplex TiC/AlP nucleus of primary silicon has been demonstrated using electron probe micro-analysis. Moreover, the reaction of Al-TiO{sub 2}-C mixture powder with increasing temperature was investigated using differential scanning calorimetry, which shows that the TiC particles are produced at about 1473 K. AlP particles combine with the in-situ TiC particles in the melt, which is the main reason for the formation of a duplex nucleus, and the disregistry between TiC and AlP in low-index planes is also discussed. (orig.)

  16. Antiphase domain tailoring for combination of modal and 4¯ -quasi-phase matching in gallium phosphide microdisks. (United States)

    Guillemé, P; Vallet, M; Stodolna, J; Ponchet, A; Cornet, C; Létoublon, A; Féron, P; Durand, O; Léger, Y; Dumeige, Y


    We propose a novel phase-matching scheme in GaP whispering-gallery-mode microdisks grown on Si substrate combining modal and 4¯ -quasi-phase-matching for second-harmonic-generation. The technique consists in unlocking parity-forbidden processes by tailoring the antiphase domain distribution in the GaP layer. Our proposal can be used to overcome the limitations of form birefringence phase-matching and 4¯ -quasi-phase-matching using high order whispering-gallery-modes. The high frequency conversion efficiency of this new scheme demonstrates the competitiveness of nonlinear photonic devices monolithically integrated on silicon.

  17. Plasma-deposited germanium nitride gate insulators for indium phosphide metal-insulator-semiconductor field-effect transistors (United States)

    Johnson, Gregory A.; Kapoor, Vik J.


    Plasma-deposited germanium nitride was investigated for the first time as a possible gate insulator for InP compound semiconductor metal-insulator-semiconductor FET (MISFET) technology. The germanium nitride films were successfully deposited in a capacitively coupled parallel plate reactor at 13.56 MHz operation using GeH4/N2/NH3 and GeH4/N2 mixtures as reactant gases. The former process produced better quality films with enhanced uniformity, increased deposition rates, and increased resistivity. The breakdown field strength of the films was greater than 10 to the 6th V/cm. Auger electron spectroscopy did not indicate significant chemical composition differences between the two processes. For MISFETs with 2-micron channel lengths fabricated on InP, the device transconductance and threshold voltage for the GeH4/N2/NH3 process were 17 mS/mm and -3.6 V, respectively. The drain-source breakdown voltages were greater than 10 V.

  18. Hessian fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) mortality in export bale compressors and response to a hydrogen phosphide and carbon dioxide gas mixture (United States)

    Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor (Say), puparial mortality was evaluated in three modern hay compressors that produce compressed standard and large-size bales for export to Asia-Pacific countries. Pressure on bales ranged from 93.4-139.4 kg/cm² causing 90.0-99.9 % mortality of 10,891-23,164 puparia...

  19. Synthesis of Cobalt Phosphide Nanoparticles Supported on Pristine Graphene by Dynamically Self-Assembled Graphene Quantum Dots for Hydrogen Evolution. (United States)

    Wang, Xiaoyan; Yuan, Weiyong; Yu, Yanan; Li, Chang Ming


    A highly active, durable, and low-cost hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalyst is desirable for energy storage through water splitting but its fabrication presents great challenges. Herein, mediated by dynamically self-assembled graphene quantum dots (GQDs), small, uniform, high-density, and well-dispersed CoP nanoparticles were grown in situ on pristine graphene for the first time. This hybrid nanostructure was then employed as HER electrocatalyst, showing an onset potential of 7 mV, an overpotential of 91.3 mV to achieve 10 mA cm-2 , a Tafel slope of 42.6 mV dec-1 , and an exchange current density of 0.1225 mA cm-2 , all of which compare favorably to those of most reported non-noble-metal catalysts. The developed catalyst also exhibits excellent durability with negligible current loss after 2000 cyclic voltammetry cycles (+0.01 to -0.17 V vs. RHE) or 34 h of chronoamperometric measurement at an overpotential of 91.3 mV. This work not only develops a new strategy for the fabrication of high-performance and inexpensive electrocatalysts for HER but also provides scientific insight into the mechanism of the dynamically self-assembled GQDsmediated synthesis process. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Thin polycrystalline films of indium phosphide on low-cost substrates. Quarterly report No. 3, April 3--July 2, 1977

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    Ruth, R.P.; Dapkus, P.D.; Manasevit, H.M.; Campbell, A.G.; Hess, K.L.; Johnson, R.E.; Moudy, L.A.


    The program is intended to develop the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MO-CVD) process for growth of InP films using triethylindium (TEI) and phosphine (PH/sub 3/) reactants in a H/sub 2/ carrier gas, and then to prepare such films on inexpensive substrate materials for subsequent fabrication of heterojunction polycrystalline solar cells by deposition of CdS (or other semiconductor) on the InP. Minor changes in reactor design have permitted achievement of InP film growth rates up to four times larger than those previously obtained. Deposition conditions have been established for obtaining good-quality undoped n-type epitaxial InP films on single-crystal (111A) and (111B) InP substrates, and p-type Zn-doped epitaxial InP films have been produced on both GaAs and InP single-crystal substrates, with doping concentrations in the 10/sup 16/-10/sup 18/ cm/sup -3/ range. Experiments have continued on the growth of polycrystalline InP films on various low-cost substrates, including several glasses, metals and metal alloys, and intermediate layers of metals and semiconductors previously deposited on glass substrates; a wide range of InP film properties has been obtained in these studies, results of which are summarized. Experimental Schottky-barrier device structures, employing thin Au barrier layers, have been fabricated on p-type InP films prepared in various single- and multiple-layer configurations. Detailed characterization of the transport properties in both undoped n-type epitaxial InP films on GaAs : Cr and InP : Fe semi-insulating substrates and Zn-doped p-type epitaxial films on GaAs : Cr substrates is presented and discussed. The first heterojunction photovoltaic solar cell employing a vacuum-deposited n-type CdS film and an epitaxial p-type InP film grown by MO-CVD has been fabricated and characterized.

  1. Anti-L1CAM radioimmunotherapy is more effective with the radiolanthanide terbium-161 compared to lutetium-177 in an ovarian cancer model

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    Gruenberg, Juergen; Lindenblatt, Dennis; Cohrs, Susan; Fischer, Eliane [Paul Scherrer Institute, Center for Radiopharmaceutical Sciences ETH-PSI-USZ, Villigen (Switzerland); Dorrer, Holger [Paul Scherrer Institute, Laboratory of Radiochemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Villigen (Switzerland); Zhernosekov, Konstantin [ITG Isotope Technologies Garching GmbH, Garching (Germany); Koester, Ulli [Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble (France); Tuerler, Andreas [Paul Scherrer Institute, Laboratory of Radiochemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Villigen (Switzerland); University of Bern, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Berne (Switzerland); Schibli, Roger [Paul Scherrer Institute, Center for Radiopharmaceutical Sciences ETH-PSI-USZ, Villigen (Switzerland); ETH Zurich, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, Zurich (Switzerland)


    The L1 cell adhesion molecule (L1CAM) is considered a valuable target for therapeutic intervention in different types of cancer. Recent studies have shown that anti-L1CAM radioimmunotherapy (RIT) with {sup 67}Cu- and {sup 177}Lu-labelled internalising monoclonal antibody (mAb) chCE7 was effective in the treatment of human ovarian cancer xenografts. In this study, we directly compared the therapeutic efficacy of anti-L1CAM RIT against human ovarian cancer under equitoxic conditions with the radiolanthanide {sup 177}Lu and the potential alternative {sup 161}Tb in an ovarian cancer therapy model. Tb was produced by neutron bombardment of enriched {sup 160}Gd targets. {sup 161}Tb and {sup 177}Lu were used for radiolabelling of DOTA-conjugated antibodies. The in vivo behaviour of the radioimmunoconjugates (RICs) was assessed in IGROV1 tumour-bearing nude mice using biodistribution experiments and SPECT/CT imaging. After ascertaining the maximal tolerated doses (MTD) the therapeutic impact of 50 % MTD of {sup 177}Lu- and {sup 161}Tb-DOTA-chCE7 was evaluated in groups of ten mice by monitoring the tumour size of subcutaneous IGROV1 tumours. The average number of DOTA ligands per antibody was 2.5 and maximum specific activities of 600 MBq/mg were achieved under identical radiolabelling conditions. RICs were stable in human plasma for at least 48 h. {sup 177}Lu- and {sup 161}Tb-DOTA-chCE7 showed high tumour uptake (37.8-39.0 %IA/g, 144 h p.i.) with low levels in off-target organs. SPECT/CT images confirmed the biodistribution data. {sup 161}Tb-labelled chCE7 revealed a higher radiotoxicity in nude mice (MTD: 10 MBq) than the {sup 177}Lu-labelled counterpart (MTD: 12 MBq). In a comparative therapy study with equitoxic doses, tumour growth inhibition was better by 82.6 % for the {sup 161}Tb-DOTA-chCE7 than the {sup 177}Lu-DOTA-chCE7 RIT. Our study is the first to show that anti-L1CAM {sup 161}Tb RIT is more effective compared to {sup 177}Lu RIT in ovarian cancer xenografts. These results suggest that {sup 161}Tb is a promising candidate for future clinical applications in combination with internalising antibodies. (orig.)

  2. CCDC 954774: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : Dimethylammonium tri-terbium tris(4'-(tetrazol-2-id-5-yl)biphenyl-4-carboxylate) tetrahydroxide trihydrate unknown solvate

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    Xue, Dongxu


    An entry from the Cambridge Structural Database, the world’s repository for small molecule crystal structures. The entry contains experimental data from a crystal diffraction study. The deposited dataset for this entry is freely available from the CCDC and typically includes 3D coordinates, cell parameters, space group, experimental conditions and quality measures.

  3. CCDC 959634: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : octakis(mu~3~-Hydroxo)-undecakis(mu~2~-2-fluorobenzoato)-(N,N-dimethylformamide)-nitrato-hexa-aqua-hexa-terbium

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    Guillerm, Vincent


    An entry from the Cambridge Structural Database, the world’s repository for small molecule crystal structures. The entry contains experimental data from a crystal diffraction study. The deposited dataset for this entry is freely available from the CCDC and typically includes 3D coordinates, cell parameters, space group, experimental conditions and quality measures.

  4. CCDC 954773: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : Dimethylammonium tri-terbium tris(4-(tetrazol-2-id-5-yl)benzoate) tetrahydroxide trihydrate unknown solvate

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    Xue, Dongxu


    An entry from the Cambridge Structural Database, the world’s repository for small molecule crystal structures. The entry contains experimental data from a crystal diffraction study. The deposited dataset for this entry is freely available from the CCDC and typically includes 3D coordinates, cell parameters, space group, experimental conditions and quality measures.

  5. CCDC 954775: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : Dimethylammonium tri-terbium tris(2-fluoro-4-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)benzoate) tetrahydroxide tetradecahydrate

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    Xue, Dongxu


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  6. CCDC 1411423: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : catena-[dimethylammonium hexakis(mu-fumarato)-octakis(mu-hydroxo)-hexa-terbium N,N-dimethylformamide solvate hexahydrate

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    Assen, Ayalew H.


    An entry from the Cambridge Structural Database, the world’s repository for small molecule crystal structures. The entry contains experimental data from a crystal diffraction study. The deposited dataset for this entry is freely available from the CCDC and typically includes 3D coordinates, cell parameters, space group, experimental conditions and quality measures.

  7. CCDC 1410946: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : catena-[dimethylammonium tris(mu-naphthalene-1,4-dicarboxylato)-tetrakis(mu-hydroxo)-triaqua-tri-terbium(iii) unknown solvate

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    Xue, Dongxu


    An entry from the Cambridge Structural Database, the world’s repository for small molecule crystal structures. The entry contains experimental data from a crystal diffraction study. The deposited dataset for this entry is freely available from the CCDC and typically includes 3D coordinates, cell parameters, space group, experimental conditions and quality measures.

  8. Phthalimides: Supramolecular Interactions in Crystals, Hypersensitive Solution 1H-NMR Dynamics and Energy Transfer to Europium(III and Terbium(III States

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    David J. Williams


    Full Text Available Detailed crystal structures and 1H-NMR characteristics of some alkylaminephthalimides, including dendritic polyphthalimides, are reported. These investigations were undertaken in order to obtain a better understanding of the relationship between solid-state supramolecular interactions, their persistence in solution and associated dynamics of magnetically hypersensitive phthalimide aromatic AA'BB'-AA'XX' proton NMR resonances. Some alkylamine phthalimides feature folded molecular geometries, which we attribute to n-π interactions among proximal amine-phthalimide sites; those alkylamine-phthalimides that have no possibility for such interactions feature fully extended phthalimide functionalities. Accordingly, alkylamine phthalimide compounds with folded solid-state geometries feature solvent and temperature dependent hypersensitive AA'BB'-AA'XX' 1H-NMR line profiles, which we attribute to the n-π interactions. Luminescence of Eu3+(5D0 and Tb3+(5D4 states show well defined metal ion environments in their complexes with dendritic phthalimides, as well as relatively weak phthalimide-lanthanide(III interactions.

  9. Analysis of tryptophan at nmoll(-1) level based on the fluorescence enhancement of terbium-gadolinium-tryptophan-sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate system. (United States)

    Liu, Shufang; Yang, Jinghe; Wu, Xia; Su, Benyu; Sun, Changxia; Wang, Feng


    It is found that Tb(3+) can react with tryptophan (Trp) and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), and emits the intrinsic fluoresence of Tb(3+). The fluorescence intensity can be enhanced by La(3+), Gd(3+), Lu(3+), Sc(3+) and Y(3+), among which Gd(3+) has the greatest enhancement. This is a new co-luminescence system. The studies indicate that in the Tb-Gd-Trp-SDBS system, there is both Tb-Trp-SDBS and Gd-Trp-SDBS complexes, and they aggregate together and form a large congeries. The fluorescence enhancement of the Tb-Gd-Trp-SDBS system is considered to originate from intramolecular and intermolecular energy transfers, and the energy-insulating sheath effect of Gd-Trp-SDBS complex. Under the optimum conditions, the enhanced intensity of fluorescence is in proportion to the concentration of Trp in the range from 4x10(-8) to 4x10(-5)moll(-1). The detection limit is 10(-9)moll(-1). The proposed method is one of the most sensitive fluoremetries of Trp.

  10. Preparation, characterization, and properties of PMMA-doped polymer film materials: a study on the effect of terbium ions on luminescence and lifetime enhancement. (United States)

    Zhang, Hui-Jie; Fan, Rui-Qing; Wang, Xin-Ming; Wang, Ping; Wang, Yu-Lei; Yang, Yu-Lin


    Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) doped with Tb-based imidazole derivative coordination polymer {[Tb(3)(L)(μ(3)-OH)(7)]·H(2)O}(n) (1) (L = N,N'-bis(acetoxy)biimidazole) was synthesized and its photophysical properties were studied. The L'(L' = N,N'-bis(ethylacetate)biimidazole) ligand was synthesized by an N-alkylation reaction process followed by ester hydrolysis to produce ligand L. Polymer 1 and ligand L' have been characterized by (1)H NMR and IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, PXRD and X-ray single-crystal diffraction. Coordination polymer 1 is the first observation of a CdCl(2) structure constructed with hydroxy groups and decorated by ligand L in lanthanide N-heterocyclic coordination polymers. In the 2D layered structure of 1, each Tb3 metal center is connected with three Tb1 and three Tb2 metal centers by seven hydroxyl groups in different directions, resulting in a six-membered ring. After doping, not only the luminescence intensity and lifetime enhanced, but also their thermal stability was increased in comparison with 1. When 1 was doped into poly(methylmethacrylate) (1@PMMA), polymer film materials were formed with the PMMA polymer matrix (w/w = 2.5%-12.5%) acting as a co-sensitizer for Tb(3+) ions. The luminescence intensity of the Tb(3+) emission at 544 nm increases when the content of Tb(3+) was 10%. The lifetime of 1@PMMA (914.88 μs) is more than four times longer than that of 1 (196.24 μs). All τ values for the doped polymer systems are higher than coordination polymer 1, indicating that radiative processes are operative in all the doped polymer films. This is because PMMA coupling with the O-H oscillators from {[Tb(3)(L)(μ(3)-OH)(7)]·H(2)O}(n) can suppress multiphonon relaxation. According to the variable-temperature luminescence (VT-luminescence) investigation, 1@PMMA was confirmed to be a stable green luminescent polymer film material.

  11. Changing Single-Molecule Magnet Properties of a Windmill-Like Distorted Terbium(III) α-Butoxy-Substituted Phthalocyaninato Double-Decker Complex by Protonation/Deprotonation. (United States)

    Horii, Yoji; Horie, Yusuke; Katoh, Keiichi; Breedlove, Brian K; Yamashita, Masahiro


    Synthesis, structures, and magnetic properties of α-butoxy-substituted phthalocyaninato double-decker complexes Tb(α-obPc)2 (1-) (α-obPc: dianion of 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octa(n-butoxy)phthalocyaninato) with protonated (1H), deprotonated (1[HDBU]), and diprotonated forms (1H2+) are discussed. X-ray analysis was used to confirm the position of the proton in 1H, and it was revealed that the protonation induced asymmetric distortion in 1H. In contrast, 1[HDBU] was distorted in a highly symmetric windmill-like fashion. 1H is arranged in a slipped column array in the crystal packing, whereas 1[HDBU] is arranged in a one-dimensional fashion, in which the magnetic easy axes of 1[HDBU] lie along the same line. From direct-current (dc) magnetic measurements, ferromagnetic Tb-Tb interactions occur in both 1H and 1[HDBU], and magnetic hysteresis was observed. However, the area of the magnetic hysteresis in 1[HDBU] is larger than that in 1H, meaning that magnetic relaxation time (τ) is longer in 1[HDBU]. In addition, the results of alternating-current magnetic measurements in a zero dc magnetic field indicate that τ of 1[HDBU] is longer as compared to 1H. In other words, protonation/deprotonation affects not only the molecular structures and crystal packing but also the single-molecule magnet properties.

  12. A Water-Stable Dual-Channel Luminescence Sensor for UO22+Ions Based on an Anionic Terbium(III) Metal-Organic Framework. (United States)

    Ye, Junwei; Bogale, Raji F; Shi, Yangwei; Chen, Yanzhen; Liu, Xigang; Zhang, Siqi; Yang, Yaoyao; Zhao, Jianzhang; Ning, Guiling


    A stable 3D Tb III -based metal-organic framework [Tb(BPDC) 2 ]⋅(CH 3 ) 2 NH 2 (DUT-101) was synthesized, and it is the first efficient dual-channel luminescence sensor for aqueous UO 2 2+ ions. DUT-101 contains an anionic three-dimensional framework and protonated dimethylamine molecules embedded within the channels. The intense green emission of DUT-101 could be highly selectively and sensitively quenched by UO 2 2+ ions even in the presence of other competing metal ions. A possible sensing mechanism was proposed based on both suppression of luminescence resonance energy transfer and enhancement of intermolecular electron transfer. Furthermore, visual green fluorescent test papers based on DUT-101 were fabricated and could be used to discriminate UO 2 2+ ions among various metal ions. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. [?-N,N?-Bis(3-meth?oxy-2-oxidobenzyl?idene)propane-1,3-diamine]trinitratocopper(II)terbium(III) acetone solvate


    Zhang Fang; Liu Fei


    In the title complex, [CuTb(C19H20N2O4)(NO3)3]·CH3COCH3, the CuII atom is four-coordinated by two O atoms and two N atoms from the deprotonated Schiff base in a square-planar geometry, while the TbIII atom is ten-coordinated by four O atoms from the deprotonated Schiff base and six O atoms from three bidentate nitrate anions. The compound is isostructural with the previously reported GdIII analogue [Elmali & Elerman (2004). Z. Naturforsch. Teil B, 59, 535–540], which was described ...

  14. Crystal structure of a mixed-ligand terbium(III coordination polymer containing oxalate and formate ligands, having a three-dimensional fcu topology

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    Chainok Kittipong


    Full Text Available The title compound, poly[(μ3-formato(μ4-oxalatoterbium(III], [Tb(CHO2(C2O4]n, is a three-dimensional coordination polymer, and is isotypic with the LaIII, CeIII and SmIII analogues. The asymmetric unit contains one TbIII ion, one formate anion (CHO2− and half of an oxalate anion (C2O42−, the latter being completed by application of inversion symmetry. The TbIII ion is nine-coordinated in a distorted tricapped trigonal–prismatic manner by two chelating carboxylate groups from two C2O42− ligands, two carboxylate oxygen atoms from another two C2O42− ligands and three oxygen atoms from three CHO2− ligands, with the Tb—O bond lengths and the O—Tb—O bond angles ranging from 2.4165 (19 to 2.478 (3 Å and 64.53 (6 to 144.49 (4°, respectively. The CHO2− and C2O42− anions adopt μ3-bridging and μ4-chelating-bridging coordination modes, respectively, linking adjacent TbIII ions into a three-dimensional 12-connected fcu topology with point symbol (324.436.56. The title compound exhibits thermal stability up to 623 K, and also displays strong green photoluminescence in the solid state at room temperature.

  15. Tapping the potential of trioctylphosphine (TOP) in the realization of highly luminescent blue-emitting colloidal indium phosphide (InP) quantum dots (United States)

    Singh, Akanksha; Chawla, Parul; Jain, Shefali; Sharma, Shailesh Narain


    In this work, extremely small blue emitting colloidal InP-based quantum dots (size 2-5 nm) have been synthesized using trioctylphosphine (TOP) as a source of phosphorus. The method reported here is unconventional, quite rapid ( 90 min), more viable, less expensive and relatively greener as compared to other conventional methods that employ tristrimethylsilyylphosphine(P(SiMe3)3) which is scarce, expensive, flammable, highly toxic and even banned in a few countries. Highly luminescent InP QDs having bluish-green emission (λ 490 nm) can be synthesized using this method without resorting to any post-synthesis etching to tune the emission to the blue region. Besides being the source of phosphorus and the particle size regulating agent, the efficacy of TOP is further realized during synthesis via its reduction of indium salt, which aids in the formation of indium metal and then subsequently in the development of InP QDs. The PL intensity of as-synthesized InP QDs is further enhanced by growing a shell of wide band gap material, i.e. ZnS resulting in a concurrent increment in quantum yield from 25% to 38% respectively.

  16. Sugar Blowing-Induced Porous Cobalt Phosphide/Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanostructures with Enhanced Electrochemical Oxidation Performance toward Water and Other Small Molecules

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    Zhu, Chengzhou [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Fu, Shaofang [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Xu, Bo Z. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Song, Junhua [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Shi, Qiurong [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Engelhard, Mark H. [Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Li, Xiaolin [Energy and Environmental Directory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Beckman, Scott P. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Sun, Junming [The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Du, Dan [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA; Lin, Yuehe [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164 USA


    Finely controlled synthesis of high active and robust nonprecious metal catalysts with excellent catalytic efficiency in oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is extremely vital for making the water splitting process more energy-efficient and economical. Among these noble metal-free catalysts, transition-metal-based nanomaterials are considered as one of the most promising OER catalysts due to their relatively low-cost intrinsic activities, high abundance and diversity in terms of structure and morphology. In this work, we reported a facile sugar-blowing technique and low-temperature phosphorization to generate 3D self-supported metal involved carbon nanostructures, which termed as Co2P@Co/nitrogen-doped carbon (Co2P@Co/N-C). By capitalizing on the 3D porous nanostructures with high surface area, generously dispersed active sites, the intimate interaction between active sites and 3D N-doped carbon, the resultant Co2P@Co/N-C exhibited satisfying OER performance superior to CoO@Co/N-C, delivering 10 mA cm-2 at overpotential of 0.32 V. It is noting that in contrast to the substantial current density loss of RuO2, Co2P@Co/N-C showed much enhanced catalytic activity during the stability test and the 1.8-fold increase in current density was observed after stability test. Furthermore, the obtained Co2P@Co/N-C can also be served as an excellent nonprecious metal catalyst for methanol and glucose electrooxidation in alkaline media, further extending their potential applications.

  17. International Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials (22nd) (IPRM) held on 31 May-4 Jun 2010, at Takamatsu Symbol Tower, Kagawa, Japan (United States)


    Additionally, it is very challenging to achieve the wavelength accuracy required for DWDM or CWDM systems, and the combination with a monitor diode is...toward reconfigurable dense wavelength division multiplexed ( DWDM ) photonic network systems. They have been coming into wide use for the...Modulator lor DWDM Optical Communication Systems, " IEEE J. of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 15. no. 3. pp. 521-527. 2009. |2| S

  18. CCDC 1410822: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : heptakis(dimethylammonium) dodecakis(mu-hydroxo)-bis(mu-oxo)-nonaaqua-nona-terbium tris(octakis(mu-hydroxo)-triaqua-bis(2-fluorobenzoato)-bis(formato)-hexa-terbium) dodecakis(5-[(4-carboxylatophenyl)methoxy]benzene-1,3-dicarboxylate) unknown solvate

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    Alezi, Dalal


    An entry from the Cambridge Structural Database, the world’s repository for small molecule crystal structures. The entry contains experimental data from a crystal diffraction study. The deposited dataset for this entry is freely available from the CCDC and typically includes 3D coordinates, cell parameters, space group, experimental conditions and quality measures.



  20. A validated spectrofluorimetric method for the determination of citalopram in bulk and pharmaceutical preparations based on the measurement of the silver nanoparticles-enhanced fluorescence of citalopram/terbium complexes. (United States)

    Khan, Muhammad Naeem; Shah, Jasmin; Jan, Muhammad Rasul; Lee, Sang Hak


    A simple, sensitive, and accurate spectrofluorimetric method was developed for the determination of citalopram in bulk and pharmaceutical preparations. The method is based on the enhancement of the weak fluorescence signal (FL) of the Tb (III)-citalopram system in the presence of silver nanoparticles. Fluorescence intensities were measured at 555 nm after excitation at 281 nm. Prepared silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were characterized by UV-Visible spectra and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Various factors affecting the formation of citalopram-Tb (III)-AgNPs complexes were studied and optimized. The fluorescence intensity versus concentration plot was linear over the range 0.02-14 μg mL(-1), with an excellent correlation coefficient of 0.9978. The limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) were found to be 7.15 × 10(-6) μg mL(-1) and 2.38 × 10(-5) μg mL(-1) respectively. The proposed method was found to have good reproducibility with a relative standard deviation of 3.66% (n = 6). The interference effects of common excipients found in pharmaceutical preparations were studied. The developed method was validated statistically by performing recoveries studies and successfully applied for the assay of citalopram in bulk powder and pharmaceutical preparations. Percent recoveries were found to range from 98.98% to 100.97% for bulk powder and from 96.57% to 101.77% for pharmaceutical preparations.

  1. A "plug-and-play" approach to the preparation of transparent luminescent hybrid materials based on poly(methyl methacrylate), a calix[4]arene cross-linking agent, and terbium ions. (United States)

    Driscoll, Christopher R; Reid, Brodie L; McIldowie, Matthew J; Muzzioli, Sara; Nealon, Gareth L; Skelton, Brian W; Stagni, Stefano; Brown, David H; Massi, Massimiliano; Ogden, Mark I


    A novel methodology to prepare transparent luminescent hybrid materials is reported. Using a calixarene ionophore as a PMMA cross-linker avoids problems, such as phase segregation, and produces a polymer monolith that can be loaded with the metal ion required for luminescence post-synthesis. This approach is versatile and will simplify the production of such materials.

  2. CCDC 954772: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : catena-(Dimethylammonium tris(mu~4~-3-fluorobiphenyl-4,4'-dicarboxylato)-tetrakis(mu~3~-hydroxo)-triaqua-tri-terbium unknown solvate)

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    Xue, Dongxu


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  3. CCDC 1410820: Experimental Crystal Structure Determination : heptakis(dimethylammonium) heptacosa-terbium dodecakis((1,1'-biphenyl)-3,4',5-tricarboxylate) hexakis(2-fluorobenzoate) hexakis(formate) hexatriacontakis(hydroxide) bis(oxide) unknown solvate hydrate

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    Alezi, Dalal


    An entry from the Cambridge Structural Database, the world’s repository for small molecule crystal structures. The entry contains experimental data from a crystal diffraction study. The deposited dataset for this entry is freely available from the CCDC and typically includes 3D coordinates, cell parameters, space group, experimental conditions and quality measures.

  4. Terbium doped SnO2 nanoparticles as white emitters and SnO2:5Tb/Fe3O4 magnetic luminescent nanohybrids for hyperthermia application and biocompatibility with HeLa cancer cells. (United States)

    Singh, Laishram Priyobarta; Singh, Ningthoujam Premananda; Srivastava, Sri Krishna


    SnO2:5Tb (SnO2 doped with 5 at% Tb(3+)) nanoparticles were synthesised by a polyol method and their luminescence properties at different annealing temperatures were studied. Characterization of nanomaterials was done by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). XRD studies indicate that the prepared nanoparticles were of tetragonal structures. Upon Tb(3+) ion incorporation into SnO2, Sn(4+) changes to Sn(2+) and, on annealing again at higher temperature, Sn(2+) changes to Sn(4+). The prepared nanoparticles were spherical in shape. Sn-O vibrations were found from the FTIR studies. In photoluminescence studies, the intensity of the emission peaks of Tb(3+) ions increases with the increase of annealing temperature, and emission spectra lie in the region of white emission in the CIE diagram. CCT calculations show that the SnO2:5Tb emission lies in cold white emission. Quantum yields up to 38% can be obtained for 900 °C annealed samples. SnO2:5Tb nanoparticles were well incorporated into the PVA polymer and such a material incorporated into the polymer can be used for display devices. The SnO2:5Tb/Fe3O4 nanohybrid was prepared and investigated for hyperthermia applications at different concentrations of the nanohybrid. This achieves a hyperthermia temperature (42 °C) under an AC magnetic field. The hybrid nanomaterial SnO2:5Tb/Fe3O4 was found to exhibit biocompatibility with HeLa cells (human cervical cancer cells) at concentrations up to 74% for 100 μg L(-1). Also, this nanohybrid shows green emission and thus it will be helpful in tracing magnetic nanoparticles through optical imaging in vivo and in vitro application.

  5. Filmes delgados luminescentes obtidos a partir de hidroxicarbonatos de ítrio ativados por európio ou térbio Luminescent thin films obtained from ytrium hydroxycarbonates activated by terbium or europium

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    Full Text Available These films were obtained by dip coating. Parameters like dislocation velocity; number of deposits, suspension concentration, and number of deposits followed or not by heat treatment between each deposit and calcination temperature were evaluated for establishing the best homogeneity. The obtained films were characterized in terms of their morphology, optical quality and photoluminescence by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, UV-vis absorption spectrophotometry and luminescence spectroscopy, respectively. The morphologic and luminescent characteristics showed dip coating as good laboratory technique for development of thin films for optical applications.

  6. The molecular beam epitaxy growth and characterization of zinc cadmium selenide/zinc cadmium magnesium selenide-indium phosphide quantum cascade structures for operation in the 3 - 5 um range (United States)

    Charles, William O.

    The quantum cascade (QC) laser has captured the interest of researchers for almost three decades. In the early stages, researchers were very interested in proving the QC concept1 proposed by Kazarinov and Suris in 1971. This new concept gave researchers hope that very bulky energy inefficient infra-red (IR) lasers would be replaced with ones that are very compact, tunable and portable. Since the proposal of the QC laser concept and its first demonstration by researchers at Bell Laboratories2 in 1994, this technology has progressed to the point where it is now finding commercial applications in a variety of areas such as military counter measures, free space telecommunications, infra-red imaging and chemical spectroscopy.3-5 The success of this technology can be attributed to the coming of age of the techniques of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) semiconductor growth and bandgap engineering. 6,7 Using MBE technology, the temperature of the source material can be stabilized by making use of a combination of proportional integral derivative (PID) controllers and thermocouple feedbacks. As a result, the material flux from the effusion cells can achieve stability better than (+/-) 1%. This flux stability together with a well-developed computer controlled shuttering mechanism make it possible to grow multi-quantum well (MQW) structures with excellent layer thickness precision (mono-layer scale) and interface quality. This stringent control of material flux is also a tool that is used by MBE growers to vary the material compositions for the growth of lattice matched and strain compensated QC structures. Today, MBE stands out as one of the premier methods for growing high performing QC lasers. The first successful demonstration of a QC laser2 was done using the InGaAs/InAlAs-InP material system. This demonstration was then repeated a few years later using GaAs/AlGaAs-InP.8 These III-V material systems were extensively studied to establish their material parameters. Given that material parameters are critically important in the process of modeling QC structures, it is not surprising that early success was achieved using these systems. Today, the best performing QC lasers operate in the 4--13 mum range and are produced using lattice matched InGaAs/InAlAs-InP. In order to produce short wavelength QC lasers, the well layer thicknesses in the active region of the device must be reduced in an effort to push the lasing energy states further apart. This reduction in well thicknesses results in the movement of the upper lasing state closer to the bandedge. This action increases the probability of the lost of lasing state electrons to the continuum. Therefore, in order to produce high performing short wavelength QC lasers, a large conduction band offset (CBO) is required. The CBO of lattice matched InGaAs/InAlAs-InP is 0.52 eV. In an attempt to produce high performing devices below 4 mum many researchers have resorted to the use of strain compensation9-11 . This approach has yielded very little improvement in performance due to electron scattering to the X and L intervalleys. This has lead to the exploration of wide bandgap material systems such as the antominides and nitrides. In this work the wide bandgap II-V Znx'Cd(1-x')Se/Zn xCdyMg(1-x-y)Se-InP will be explored for QC laser fabrication. To this end, QC lasers were designed for operation at 3--5 mum range. A Matlab-based program was written to calculate the energy level spacing within the active region of these devices. This simulation program was based on Schroindger's equation and the transfer matrix technique. Several calibration samples were grown to establish the doping levels and growth rate of the well and barrier materials. The growth rate was measured using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) oscillations during MBE growth. X-ray diffraction measurements were performed to determine the lattice mismatch of the II-VI bulk layers, and therefore predict whether material composition adjustments were required to attain the lattice match condition. The samples that were grown were studied using photoluminescence (PL) to determine the bandgap of the well and barrier material. This information was then used to calculate the CBO of the II-VI MQW structure. In addition, PL studies were also carried out to look for material defects and assess the quality of the well/barrier interface. These II-VI QC samples were also subjected to Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) absorption spectroscopy to determine the energy levels in the grown structures. After optimizing the active regions using simulation data and FTIR results, electroluminescence (EL) structures were grown and processed into QC emitters using a combination photolithography and electron beam contact deposition. The processed structures were then biased and investigated for IR emission at temperatures ranging from 80 K to room temperature.

  7. Synthesis and structural characterization of CsNiP crystal

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    Fluck and Issleib 1965). However, studies of these alka- line metal phosphides gained momentum since last three decades (Johnson and Jeitschlo 1972; Barz et al 1983;. Muller et al 1983; Schnering et al 1999). In recent years, structural data of phosphides also were reported (Shan- non 1976; Jeitschlo and Braun 1977; ...

  8. Investigation of Possible Antidotal Effects of Activated Charcoal ...

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    Investigation of Possible Antidotal Effects of Activated Charcoal, Sodium Bicarbonate, Hydrogen Peroxide and Potassium Permanganate in Zinc Phosphide ... Zinc phosphide, a commonly used rat poison in Kenya was mixed with maize flour in a concentration of 0.15 % w/w and fed to a group of 60 experimental mice for 3 ...

  9. Surround-gated vertical nanowire quantum dots

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    Van Weert, M.H.M.; Den Heijer, M.; Van Kouwen, M.P.; Algra, R.E.; Bakkers, E.P.A.M.; Kouwenhoven, L.P.; Zwiller, V.


    We report voltage dependent photoluminescence experiments on single indium arsenide phosphide (InAsP) quantum dots embedded in vertical surround-gated indium phosphide (InP) nanowires. We show that by tuning the gate voltage, we can access different quantum dot charge states. We study the

  10. Synthesis and characterization of spherical Tb-MCM-41

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    Pires, Luiza H.O., E-mail: [Universidade Federal do Para, Instituto de Ciencias Exatas e Naturais, Laboratorio de Catalise e Oleoquimica, CP 479, CEP 66075-110, Belem, PA (Brazil); Queiroz, Renan M.; Souza, Ruth P.; Costa, Carlos E.F. da; Zamian, Jose R. [Universidade Federal do Para, Instituto de Ciencias Exatas e Naturais, Laboratorio de Catalise e Oleoquimica, CP 479, CEP 66075-110, Belem, PA (Brazil); Weber, Ingrid T. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro de Ciencias Exatas e da Natureza, Av. Prof. Luis Barros Freire, s/n, Cidade Universitaria, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Filho, Geraldo N. da Rocha [Universidade Federal do Para, Instituto de Ciencias Exatas e Naturais, Laboratorio de Catalise e Oleoquimica, CP 479, CEP 66075-110, Belem, PA (Brazil)


    Spherical MCM-41 was synthesized at room temperature and functionalized by means of direct synthesis method. Evidence for the terbium presence in the silica matrix was obtained by means of EDX. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs showed that terbium incorporation did not change significantly MCM-41 morphology. The maintenance of the hexagonal structure was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern analysis. The cell parameter increase and the surface area decrease, observed by N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption technique, were taken as evidence of terbium introduction inside the MCM-41 framework. By FT-IR spectra it was found that the main features of the silica framework were maintained. The presence of a strong absorption band centered at ca. 220 nm in the diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectra could indicate the presence of tetra-coordinated terbium in the silica network of Tb-MCM-41 samples.

  11. Therapeutic use of radioactive isotopes

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    Caroline Duc


    In December, researchers from ISOLDE-CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) published the results of an in vivo study which successfully proved the effectiveness of four terbium isotopes for diagnosing and treating cancerous tumours.   Four terbium isotopes suitable for clinical purposes. “ISOLDE is the only installation capable of supplying terbium isotopes of such purity and intensity in the case of three out of the four types used in this study,” explains Karl Johnson, a physicist at ISOLDE.  “Producing over a thousand different isotopes, our equipment offers the widest choice of isotopes in the world!” Initially intended for fundamental physics research, ISOLDE has diversified its activities over time to invest in various projects in the materials science, biochemistry and nuclear medicine fields. The proof-of-concept study has confirmed that the four terbium isotopes 149Tb, 152Tb, 155Tb produ...

  12. Thermal History Using Microparticle Trap Luminescence (United States)


    and thermoluminescence of terbium-activated silicates and aluminates " . Radiat. Meas. 43, 323-326 (2008). HDTRA1-07-1-0016 University of...of terbium-activated silicates and aluminates " . 15th Solid State Dosimetry Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, July 8-13 (2007). 2 INTRODUCTION...increased to 500°C until combustion occurred (- 7 min). The remaining powder was collected, crushed in a agate mortar, and annealed (typically at 900

  13. Precision affinage of copper from crow-bar and wastes


    Цыганкова, Ольга Васильевна


    The model of the deep copper refining from the secondary raw materials using methods of physical and chemical analysis was considered. The theoretical and experimental results of copper refining from the secondary raw materials using phosphide Cu3P were proposed. The copper phosphide Cu3P was added into melting during fire refining. The copper phosphide Cu3P influence on the refining level was estimated on the tin, lead, zink and antimony impurities. Reactions analysis showed that the Cu3P ad...

  14. Window structure for passivating solar cells based on gallium arsenide (United States)

    Barnett, Allen M. (Inventor)


    Passivated gallium arsenide solar photovoltaic cells with high resistance to moisture and oxygen are provided by means of a gallium arsenide phosphide window graded through its thickness from arsenic rich to phosphorus rich.

  15. Low Cost Automated Module Assembly for 180 GHz Devices Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Emergence of Indium Phosphide IC's has made possible devices operating at frequencies up to 200GHZ and beyond. Building modules using these devices opens a goldmine...

  16. Toxicant-induced oxidative stress in cancer. (United States)

    Upham, B L; Wagner, J G


    The article highlighted in this issue is "The Role of Oxidative Stress in Indium Phosphide-Induced Lung Carcinogenesis in Rats" by Barbara C. Gottschling, Robert R. Maronpot, James R. Hailey, Shyamal Peddada, Cindy R. Moomaw, James E. Klaunig, and Abraham Nyska (pp. 28-40). The article integrates a traditional pathologic study of toxicant-induced pulmonary carcinogenesis with an immunohistologic assessment of oxidative stress, thereby determining a potential mechanism of action of a toxicant, specifically indium phosphide.

  17. On the quenching of trivalent terbium luminescence by ligand low lying triplet state energy and the role of the {sup 7}F{sub 5} level: The [Tb(tta){sub 3} (H{sub 2}O){sub 2}] case

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    Souza, A.S., E-mail: [Departamento de Química Fundamental, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil); Nunes, L.A. [Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Felinto, M.C.F.C. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares-IPEN, 05505-800 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Brito, H.F. [Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, 05508-900 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Malta, O.L. [Departamento de Química Fundamental, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901 Recife, PE (Brazil)


    In this work we discuss the observed Tb{sup 3+} ion luminescence quenching, due to the relative ligand low lying triplet state energy, in the [Tb(tta){sub 3} (H{sub 2}O){sub 2}] compound at low and room temperature (tta=thenoyltrifluoroacetonate). Theoretical energy transfer rates, for both multipolar and exchange mechanisms, were calculated and discussed on the basis of selection rules and energy mismatch conditions from the [Tb(tta){sub 3} (H{sub 2}O){sub 2}] emission spectra. We have concluded that the exchange mechanism by far dominates, in the present case, and that the long first excited state {sup 7}F{sub 5} lifetime (in the millisecond scale) plays a crucial role in the Tb{sup 3+} luminescence quenching. - Highlights: • The energy exchange between the ligand T{sub 1} and Tb{sup 3+5}D{sub 4} levels occur by the exchange interaction. • The Tb{sup 3+} first excited {sup 7}F{sub 5} level plays a crucial role in this process due to its long lifetime. • At room temperature the energy exchanged between the {sup 5}D{sub 4} level of the Tb{sup 3+} ion and the T{sub 1} of the ligand is lost via the intersystem crossing T{sub 1} → S{sub 0} channel.

  18. Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of a new family of tetra-nuclear {Mn2(III)Ln2}(Ln = Dy, Gd, Tb, Ho) clusters with an arch-type topology: single-molecule magnetism behavior in the dysprosium and terbium analogues. (United States)

    Chandrasekhar, Vadapalli; Bag, Prasenjit; Speldrich, Manfred; van Leusen, Jan; Kögerler, Paul


    Sequential reaction of Mn(II) and lanthanide(III) salts with a new multidentate ligand, 2,2'-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxy-5-methylbenzylazanediyl)diethanol (LH3), containing two flexible ethanolic arms, one phenolic oxygen, and a methoxy group afforded heterometallic tetranuclear complexes [Mn2Dy2(LH)4(μ-OAc)2](NO3)2·2CH3OH·3H2O (1), [Mn2Gd2(LH)4(μ-OAc)2](NO3)2·2CH3OH·3H2O (2), [Mn2Tb2(LH)4(μ-OAc)2](NO3)2·2H2O·2CH3OH·Et2O (3), and [Mn2Ho2(LH)4(μ-OAc)2]Cl2·5CH3OH (4). All of these dicationic complexes possess an arch-like structural topology containing a central Mn(III)-Ln-Ln-Mn(III) core. The two central lanthanide ions are connected via two phenolate oxygen atoms. The remaining ligand manifold assists in linking the central lanthanide ions with the peripheral Mn(III) ions. Four doubly deprotonated LH(2-) chelating ligands are involved in stabilizing the tetranuclear assembly. A magnetochemical analysis reveals that single-ion effects dominate the observed susceptibility data for all compounds, with comparably weak Ln···Ln and very weak Ln···Mn(III) couplings. The axial, approximately square-antiprismatic coordination environment of the Ln(3+) ions in 1-4 causes pronounced zero-field splitting for Tb(3+), Dy(3+), and Ho(3+). For 1 and 3, the onset of a slowing down of the magnetic relaxation was observed at temperatures below approximately 5 K (1) and 13 K (3) in frequency-dependent alternating current (AC) susceptibility measurements, yielding effective relaxation energy barriers of ΔE = 16.8 cm(-1) (1) and 33.8 cm(-1) (3).

  19. Reactive Chemical Vapor Deposition Method as New Approach for Obtaining Electroluminescent Thin Film Materials

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    Valentina V. Utochnikova


    Full Text Available The new reactive chemical vapor deposition (RCVD method has been proposed for thin film deposition of luminescent nonvolatile lanthanide aromatic carboxylates. This method is based on metathesis reaction between the vapors of volatile lanthanide dipivaloylmethanate (Ln(dpm3 and carboxylic acid (HCarb orH2Carb′ and was successfully used in case of HCarb. Advantages of the method were demonstrated on example of terbium benzoate (Tb(bz3 and o-phenoxybenzoate thin films, and Tb(bz3 thin films were successfully examined in the OLED with the following structure glass/ITO/PEDOT:PSS/TPD/Tb(bz3/Ca/Al. Electroluminescence spectra of Tb(bz3 showed only typical luminescent bands, originated from transitions of the terbium ion. Method peculiarities for deposition of compounds of dibasic acids H2Carb′ are established on example of terbium and europium terephtalates and europium 2,6-naphtalenedicarboxylate.

  20. Strained quantum well photovoltaic energy converter (United States)

    Freundlich, Alexandre (Inventor); Renaud, Philippe (Inventor); Vilela, Mauro Francisco (Inventor); Bensaoula, Abdelhak (Inventor)


    An indium phosphide photovoltaic cell is provided where one or more quantum wells are introduced between the conventional p-conductivity and n-conductivity indium phosphide layer. The approach allows the cell to convert the light over a wider range of wavelengths than a conventional single junction cell and in particular convert efficiently transparency losses of the indium phosphide conventional cell. The approach hence may be used to increase the cell current output. A method of fabrication of photovoltaic devices is provided where ternary InAsP and InGaAs alloys are used as well material in the quantum well region and results in an increase of the cell current output.

  1. Thin film photovoltaic device (United States)

    Catalano, A.W.; Bhushan, M.


    A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids. 5 figs.

  2. Spatial resolution in X-ray imaging with scintillating glass optical fiber plates (United States)

    Pavan, P.; Zanella, G.; Zannoni, R.; Marigo, A.


    Some scintillating optical fiber plates, fabricated with terbium glasses are tested for their intrinsic spatial resolution under X-ray irradiation and the result is compared with a typical phosphor screen. The spatial resolution (CTF and MTF) is measured as a function of spatial frequency and the standard deviation of the corresponding Gaussian PSF is derived.


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    The present invention concerns a chemical process for preparing nanoparticles of an alloy comprising both a noble metal, such as platinum, and a non-noble transition or lanthanide metal, such as yttrium, gadolinium or terbium. The process is carried out by reduction with hydrogen and removal...

  4. Multiplet effects in the electronic structure of heavy rare-earth metals

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    Lebegue, S.; Svane, A.; Katsnelson, M.I.; Lichtenstein, A.I.; Eriksson, O.


    The spectroscopic properties of elemental terbium, dysprosium, holmium, and erbium are investigated using first-principles calculations taking into account intra-atomic correlation effects. In order to describe the strongly localized f electrons together with the conduction bands, we have used the

  5. Performance of 20 Ci 137Cs γ-ray Compton spectrometer for the ...

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    The in-house 137Cs spectrometer is very useful for the measurement of momentum densities of heavy materials. The performance of the machine is assessed using aluminum, terbium and mercury samples and the exper- imental data from comparable apparatus. Keywords. Compton scattering; electron momentum density; ...

  6. Author Details

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    Pengkiliya, P. Vol 67 (2014) - Articles Interaction of 3-Hydroxypicolinamide with TbIII and its Sensitizing Effect on Terbium Luminescence as a Function of pH and Medium Abstract PDF. ISSN: 0379-4350. AJOL African Journals Online. HOW TO USE AJOL... for Researchers · for Librarians · for Authors · FAQ's · More about ...

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    Devi, TP. Vol 67 (2014) - Articles Interaction of 3-Hydroxypicolinamide with TbIII and its Sensitizing Effect on Terbium Luminescence as a Function of pH and Medium Abstract PDF. ISSN: 0379-4350. AJOL African Journals Online. HOW TO USE AJOL... for Researchers · for Librarians · for Authors · FAQ's · More about AJOL ...

  8. THz near-field Faraday imaging in hybrid metamaterials

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    Kumar, N.; Strikwerda, A.C.; Fan, K.; Zhang, X.; Averitt, R.D.; Planken, P.C.M.; Adam, A.J.L.


    We report on direct measurements of the magnetic near-field of metamaterial split ring resonators at terahertz frequencies using a magnetic field sensitive material. Specifically, planar split ring resonators are fabricated on a single magneto-optically active terbium gallium garnet crystal.

  9. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of CaSixOy:Tb3+ phosphors prepared using solution-combustion method

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    Dejene, FB


    Full Text Available to Ca3Si2O7 as the terbium concentration increase. Broad band excitations peaking between 280 - 360 nm derived from excited states of Tb3+ ions were observed for all powders grown from various Tb compositions. The green emission peak at 545 nm due...

  10. Scanning Electron Microscope-Cathodoluminescence Analysis of Rare-Earth Elements in Magnets. (United States)

    Imashuku, Susumu; Wagatsuma, Kazuaki; Kawai, Jun


    Scanning electron microscope-cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL) analysis was performed for neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) and samarium-cobalt (Sm-Co) magnets to analyze the rare-earth elements present in the magnets. We examined the advantages of SEM-CL analysis over conventional analytical methods such as SEM-energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and SEM-wavelength-dispersive X-ray (WDX) spectroscopy for elemental analysis of rare-earth elements in NdFeB magnets. Luminescence spectra of chloride compounds of elements in the magnets were measured by the SEM-CL method. Chloride compounds were obtained by the dropwise addition of hydrochloric acid on the magnets followed by drying in vacuum. Neodymium, praseodymium, terbium, and dysprosium were separately detected in the NdFeB magnets, and samarium was detected in the Sm-Co magnet by the SEM-CL method. In contrast, it was difficult to distinguish terbium and dysprosium in the NdFeB magnet with a dysprosium concentration of 1.05 wt% by conventional SEM-EDX analysis. Terbium with a concentration of 0.02 wt% in an NdFeB magnet was detected by SEM-CL analysis, but not by conventional SEM-WDX analysis. SEM-CL analysis is advantageous over conventional SEM-EDX and SEM-WDX analyses for detecting trace rare-earth elements in NdFeB magnets, particularly dysprosium and terbium.

  11. Performance of 20 Ci 137Cs γ-ray Compton spectrometer for the ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    ... than the conventional 241Am Compton spectrometers. The in-house 137Cs spectrometer is very useful for the measurement of momentum densities of heavy materials. The performance of the machine is assessed using aluminum, terbium and mercury samples and the experimental data from comparable apparatus.

  12. Faraday isolator based on TSAG crystal for high power lasers. (United States)

    Mironov, E A; Palashov, O V


    A Faraday isolator based on a new magneto-optical medium, TSAG (terbium scandium aluminum garnet) crystal, has been constructed and investigated experimentally. The device provides an isolation ratio of more than 30 dB at 500 W laser power. It is shown that this medium can be used in Faraday isolators for kilowatt-level laser powers.

  13. 1. Novel Dopants in Silica Based Fibers. 2. Applications of Embedded Optical Fiber Sensors in Reinforced Concrete Buildings and Structures (United States)


    effects in fibers, and nonlinear phenomena in fibers. We also use NMR, ESR and Raman techniques to study incorporation of novel as well as...neodymium, erbium, holmium or terbium. These products can be vacuum dried at elevated temperature. The acac-compound is less expensive since the hfa

  14. Time-gated FRET nanoassemblies for rapid and sensitive intra- and extracellular fluorescence imaging

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    Afsari, Hamid Samareh; Cardoso Dos Santos, Marcelina; Lindén, Stina; Chen, Ting; Qiu, Xue; van Bergen En Henegouwen, Paul M P|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/071919481; Jennings, Travis L; Susumu, Kimihiro; Medintz, Igor L; Hildebrandt, Niko; Miller, Lawrence W

    Time-gated Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) using the unique material combination of long-lifetime terbium complexes (Tb) and semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) provides many advantages for highly sensitive and multiplexed biosensing. Although time-gated detection can efficiently suppress

  15. Bulletin of Materials Science | Indian Academy of Sciences

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 39; Issue 7. Issue front cover thumbnail. Volume 39, Issue 7. December 2016, pages 1619-1889. pp 1619-1623. Luminescence properties of terbium-doped Li 3 PO 4 phosphor for radiation dosimetry · C B PALAN N S BAJAJ S K OMANWAR · More Details Abstract ...

  16. Interaction of 3-Hydroxypicolinamide with Tb III and its Sensitizing ...

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    Interaction of 3-Hydroxypicolinamide with Tb III and its Sensitizing Effect on Terbium Luminescence as a Function of pH and Medium. ... The complex formed exists asML2 species in which HPA behaves as anO,O,N,N-chelating ligand. The solid complex is isolated from aqueous medium and characterized employing ...

  17. Lanthanide Enhanced Luminescence (LEL) with One and Two Photon Excitation of Quantum Dyes(copyright) Lanthanide(III)-Macrocycles

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    Leif, Robert C; Becker, Margie C; Bromm Jr., Al; Chen, Nanguang; Cowan, Ann E; Vallarino, Lidia M; Yang, Sean; Zucker, Robert M


    .... Preliminary studies indicate that cells stained with the europium Quantum Dye can be observed both by conventional UV laser excitation and by infrared two-photon confocal microscopy. An enhancer has been found that enables the observation of simultaneous emissions from both the europium and terbium Quantum Dyes.

  18. Kinetically inert lanthanide complexes as reporter groups for binding of potassium by 18-crown-6

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    Junker, Anne Kathrine Ravnsborg; Tropiano, Manuel; Faulkner, Stephen


    in a copper(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) “click” reaction with azide-functionalized crown ethers. The resulting complexes were investigated using NMR and optical methods. Titrations with potassium chloride in methanol observing the sensititzed europium- and terbium-centered emissions were...

  19. Effects of two prairie dog rodenticides on ground-dwelling invertebrates in western South Dakota (United States)

    Michele S. Deisch; Daniel W. Uresk; Raymond L. Linder


    Immediate and long-term effects of 3 rodenticide treatments on nontarget invertebrates were evaluated on prairie dog colonies. Immediate impacts indicated zinc phosphide reduced ants, strychnine alone reduced wolf spiders, and prebaited strychnine had no impacts. Long-term changes showed increases in wolf spiders and ground beetles and densities were contributed to...

  20. Nonlinear Optics with a Free-Electron Laser

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    Eliel, E. R.; van der Ham, E. W. M.; Vrehen, Q. H. F.; Barmentlo, M.; Thooft, G. W.; van der Meer, A. F. G.; van Amersfoort, P. W.


    We report on an experiment on spectroscopic infrared-visible Sum-Frequency Generation (SFG) with a Free-Electron Laser (FEL) as the IR-source. The SFG spectrum of gallium phosphide has been investigated in detail in an experiment covering the unsurpassed spectral range from 20 to 32 mum. This

  1. Poultry egg components as cereal bait additives for enhancing rodenticide based control success and trap index of house rat, Rattus rattus

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    Neena Singla


    Conclusions: Present data support the use of 2% egg albumin and egg shell powder in cereal bait to enhance acceptance and efficacy of 2% zinc phosphide bait against R. rattus. This may further help in checking the spread of rodent borne diseases to animals and humans.

  2. Development of P/M Fe–P soft magnetic materials

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    Abstract. Phosphorous is treated as an impurity in conventional steels owing to segregation of phosphorous and formation of brittle phosphides along the grain boundaries. It is responsible for cold and hot shortness in wrought steels. In conventional powder metallurgy, involving compaction and sintering, high phosphorous ...

  3. RESONANCEI--O-ct-ob-er

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    poison shyness among rodents which develops after exposure to acute toxicants especially zinc phosphide. The Predatory Myth. Snakes are considered to be the most effective predators of rodents. This appears to be untrue. About 25 species of snakes and two species of monitor lizard, Varanus, occur in the desert.

  4. Phosphorus-based compounds for EUV multilayer optics materials

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    Medvedev, Viacheslav; Yakshin, Andrey; van de Kruijs, Robbert Wilhelmus Elisabeth; Bijkerk, Frederik


    We have evaluated the prospects of phosphorus-based compounds in extreme ultraviolet multilayer optics. Boron phosphide (BP) is suggested to be used as a spacer material in reflective multilayer optics operating just above the L-photoabsorption edge of P (λ ≈9.2 nm). Mo, Ag, Ru, Rh, and Pd were

  5. Spatial Extent of Random Laser Modes

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    van der Molen, K.L.; Tjerkstra, R.W.; Mosk, Allard; Lagendijk, Aart


    We have experimentally studied the distribution of the spatial extent of modes and the crossover from essentially single-mode to distinctly multimode behavior inside a porous gallium phosphide random laser. This system serves as a paragon for random lasers due to its exemplary high index contrast.

  6. Experimental observation of second-harmonic generation and diffusion inside random media

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    Faez, Sanli; Johnson, P. M.; Mazurenko, D. A.; Lagendijk, Ad

    We have experimentally measured the distribution of the second-harmonic intensity that is generated inside a highly scattering slab of porous gallium phosphide. Two complementary techniques for determining the distribution are used. First, the spatial distribution of second-harmonic light intensity

  7. Large-signal modeling of multi-finger InP DHBT devices at millimeter-wave frequencies

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    Johansen, Tom Keinicke; Midili, Virginio; Squartecchia, Michele


    A large-signal modeling approach has been developed for multi-finger devices fabricated in an Indium Phosphide (InP) Double Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor (DHBT) process. The approach utilizes unit-finger device models embedded in a multi-port parasitic network. The unit-finger model is based...

  8. All-optical signal processing at 10 GHz using a photonic crystal molecule

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    Combrié, Sylvain; Lehoucq, Gaëlle; Junay, Alexandra; De Rossi, Alfredo, E-mail: [Thales Research and Technology, 1 Avenue A. Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau (France); Malaguti, Stefania; Bellanca, Gaetano; Trillo, Stefano [Department of Engineering, Università di Ferrara, v. Saragat 1, 44122 Ferrara (Italy); Ménager, Loic [Thales Systèmes Aeroportés, 2 Av. Gay Lussac, 78851 Elancourt (France); Peter Reithmaier, Johann [Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics, CINSaT, University of Kassel, Heinrich-Plett-Str. 40, 34132 Kassel (Germany)


    We report on 10 GHz operation of an all-optical gate based on an Indium Phosphide Photonic Crystal Molecule. Wavelength conversion and all-optical mixing of microwave signals are demonstrated using the 2 mW output of a mode locked diode laser. The spectral separation of the optical pump and signal is crucial in suppressing optical cross-talk.

  9. Ternary Pd-Ni-P hybrid electrocatalysts derived from Pd-Ni core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced formic acid oxidation activity. (United States)

    Liang, Xin; Liu, Bo; Zhang, Juntao; Lu, Siqi; Zhuang, Zhongbin


    Ternary Pd-Ni-P hybrid electrocatalysts were synthesized through low temperature phosphidation of Pd-Ni core-shell nanoparticles. They show enhanced formic acid electro-oxidation activity compared to Pd, Pd-Ni and Pd-P nanoparticles, which is ascribed to the synergistic effect of the Ni and P components with Pd.

  10. Development of P/M Fe–P soft magnetic materials

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Phosphorous is treated as an impurity in conventional steels owing to segregation of phosphorous and formation of brittle phosphides along the grain boundaries. It is responsible for cold and hot shortness in wrought steels. In conventional powder metallurgy, involving compaction and sintering, high phosphorous content ...

  11. Monolithically integrated widely tunable laser source operating at 2 μm

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    Latkowski, S; Hänsel, A.; Van Veldhoven, P. J.; D’Agostino, D.; Rabbani-Haghighi, H.; Docter, B.; Bhattacharya, N.; Thijs, P. J A; Ambrosius, H. P M M; Smit, M; Bente, E.A.J.M.


    We present a widely tunable extended cavity ring laser operating at 2 μm that is monolithically integrated on an indium phosphide substrate. The photonic integrated circuit is designed and fabricated within a multiproject wafer run using a generic integration technology platform. The laser

  12. Effect of a nanoparticle on the optical properties of a photonic crystal cavity : Theory and experiment

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    Van der Sar, T.; Hagemeier, J.; Pfaff, W.; Heeres, E.; Thon, S.; Kim, H.; Petroff, P.; Oosterkamp, T.; Bouwmeester, D.; Hanson, R.


    Single quantum emitters can be coupled to photonic crystal (PC) cavities by placing their host nanoparticles into the cavity field. We describe fabrication, characterization, and tuning of gallium-phosphide PC cavities that resonate in the visible, and simulations and measurements of the effect of a

  13. Experimental determination of the effective refractive index in strongly scattering media

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    Gómez Rivas, J.; Gomez Rivas, J.; Hau, D.H.; Imhof, A.; Sprik, R.; Bret, B.P.J.; Johnson, P.M.; Hijmans, T.W.; Lagendijk, Aart


    Measurements of the angular-resolved-optical transmission through strongly scattering samples of porous gallium phosphide are described. Currently porous GaP is the strongest-scattering material for visible light. From these measurements the effective refractive index and the average reflectivity at

  14. On-chip patch antenna on InP substrate for short-range wireless communication at 140 GHz

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    Dong, Yunfeng; Johansen, Tom Keinicke; Zhurbenko, Vitaliy


    This paper presents the design of an on-chip patch antenna on indium phosphide (InP) substrate for short-range wireless communication at 140 GHz. The antenna shows a simulated gain of 5.3 dBi with 23% bandwidth at 140 GHz and it can be used for either direct chip-to-chip communication or chip...

  15. Effect of hydrostatic pressure on the structural, elastic and electronic ...

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    In this paper we present the results obtained from first-principles calculations of the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the strucural, elastic and electronic properties of (B3) boron phosphide, using the pseudopotential plane-wave method (PP-PW) based on density functional theory within the Teter and Pade ...

  16. Effect of hydrostatic pressure on the structural, elastic and electronic ...

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    The results showed a phase transition pressure from the zinc blende to rock-salt phase at around 1.56 Mbar, which is in good agreement with the theoretical data reported in the literature. Keywords. Hydrostatic pressure effect; structural, elastic and electronic properties; (B3) boron phosphide. PACS Nos 45.10.Ab; 62.20.

  17. Rague-Like FeP Nanocrystal Assembly on Carbon Cloth: An Exceptionally Efficient and Stable Cathode for Hydrogen Evolution

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    Yang, Xiulin


    There is a strong demand to replace expensive Pt catalysts with cheap metal sulfides or phosphides for hydrogen generation in water electrolysis. The earth-abundant Fe can be electroplated on carbon cloth (CC) to form high surface area rague-like FeOOH assembly. Subsequent gas phase phosphidation converts the FeOOH to FeP or FeP2 and the morphology of the crystal assembly is controlled by the phosphidation temperature. The FeP prepared at 250 oC presents lower crystallinity and those prepared at higher temperatures 400 oC and 500 oC possess higher crystallinity but lower surface area. The phosphidation at 300 oC produces nanocrystalline FeP and preserves the high-surface area morphology; thus it exhibits the highest HER efficiency in 0.5 M H2SO4; i.e. the required overpotential to reach 10 and 20 mA/cm2 is 34 and 43 mV respectively. These values are lowest among the reported non-precious metal phosphides on CC. The Tafel slope for the FeP prepared at 300 oC is around 29.2 mV/dec comparable to that of Pt/CC, indicating that the hydrogen evolution for our best FeP is limited by Tafel reaction (same as Pt). Importantly, the FeP/CC catalyst exhibits much better stability in a wide range working current density (up to 1 V/cm2), suggesting that it is a promising replacement of Pt for HER.

  18. Degradation Mechanisms of SOFC Anodes in Coal Gas Containing Phosphorus

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    Marina, Olga A.; Coyle, Christopher A.; Thomsen, Edwin C.; Edwards, Danny J.; Coffey, Greg W.; Pederson, Larry R.


    The interaction of phosphorus in synthetic coal gas with the nickel-based anode of solid oxide fuel cells has been investigated. Tests with both anode-supported and electrolyte-supported button cells were performed at 700 to 800oC in synthetic coal gas containing 0.5 to 10 ppm phosphorus, introduced as phosphine. Two primary modes of degradation were observed. The most obvious was the formation of a series of bulk nickel phosphide phases, of which Ni3P, Ni5P2, Ni12P5 and Ni2P were identified. Phosphorus was essentially completely captured by the anode, forming a sharp boundary between converted and unconverted anode portions. These products partially coalesced into large grains, which eventually affected electronic percolation through the anode support. Thermodynamic calculations predict that formation of the first binary nickel phosphide phase is possible at sub-parts per billion concentrations in coal gas at temperatures relevant to fuel cell operation. A second mode of degradation is attributed to surface diffusion of phosphorus to the active anode/electrolyte interface to form an adsorption layer. Direct evidence for the presence of such an adsorption layer on nickel was obtained by surface spectroscopies on fracture surfaces. Further, cell performance losses were observed well before the entire anode was converted to bulk nickel phosphide. Impedance spectroscopy revealed that these losses were primarily due to growth in electrodic resistance, whereas large ohmic increases were visible when the entire anode was converted to nickel phosphide phases. The rate of resistance growth for anode-supported cells showed a very low dependence on phosphorus concentration, attributed to phosphorus activity control within the anode by bulk nickel phosphide products.

  19. Luminescent properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Tb powders; Propiedades luminiscentes de polvos de Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Tb

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    Esparza G, A.E.; Garcia, M.; Falcony, C.; Azorin N, J. [CICATA-IPN, Legaria 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    In this work the photo luminescent and cathode luminescent characteristics of aluminium oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) powders impurified with terbium (Tb) were studied for their use in dosimetry. The optical, structural, morphological characteristics of the powders as function of variation in the impurity concentration and the annealing temperature will be presented. As regards the optical properties of powders (photoluminescence and cathode luminescence) it was observed a characteristic emission associated with radiative transitions between electron energy levels of terbium, the spectra associated with this emission consists of several peaks associated with such transitions. In the structural and morphological characterization (X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy) it was appreciated that in accordance the annealing temperature of powders is augmented it is evident the apparition of certain crystalline phases. The results show that this is a promissory material for radiation dosimetry. (Author)

  20. Plastic optical fibre sensor for in-vivo radiation monitoring during brachytherapy (United States)

    Woulfe, P.; Sullivan, F. J.; Lewis, E.; O'Keeffe, S.


    An optical fibre sensor is presented for applications in real-time in-vivo monitoring of the radiation dose a cancer patient receives during seed implantation in Brachytherapy. The sensor is based on radioluminescence whereby radiation sensitive scintillation material is embedded in the core of a 1mm plastic optical fibre. Three scintillation materials are investigated: thallium-doped caesium iodide (CsI:Tl), terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulphide (Gd2O2S:Tb) and europium-doped lanthanum oxysulphide (La2O2S:Eu). Terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulphide was identified as being the most suitable scintillator and further testing demonstrates its measureable response to different activities of Iodine-125, the radio-active source commonly used in Brachytherapy for treating prostate cancer.

  1. [Luminescent cytochemical methods of detecting microorganisms]. (United States)

    Ivanovskaia, N P; Osin, N S; Khramov, E N; Zlobin, V N


    The paper shows that the luminescence cytochemical technique can be used for identification of microorganisms and microbiological synthesis products. The method is based on the interaction of specific fluorescence probes (ANS, terbium ions, and beta-diketonate complexes of europium, as well as metal-containing porphyrines) with major microbial intracellular components and toxins. Unlike classical microbiological, immunochemical or biochemical methods of detection, the proposed method has a reasonable versatility, specificity, sensitivity, rapid action, and possible automation.

  2. Radiotherapy dosimetry based on plastic optical fibre sensors (United States)

    O'Keeffe, S.; Grattan, M.; Hounsell, A.; McCarthy, D.; Woulfe, P.; Cronin, J.; Lewis, E.


    The use of a PMMA based plastic optical fibre in radiotherapy dosimetry is presented. The optical fibre tip is coated with a scintillation material, terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb), which fluoresces under ionising radiation. The emitted signal penetrates the fibre and propagates along the fibre where it is remotely monitored using a fluorescence spectrometer. The results demonstrate good repeatability, with a maximum percentage error of 0.59% and the response is independent of dose rate.

  3. Luminescent Lanthanide Metal Organic Frameworks for cis-Selective Isoprene Polymerization Catalysis


    Samantha Russell; Thierry Loiseau; Christophe Volkringer; Marc Visseaux


    In this study, we are combining two areas of chemistry; solid-state coordination polymers (or Metal-Organic Framework—MOF) and polymerization catalysis. MOF compounds combining two sets of different lanthanide elements (Nd3+, Eu3+/Tb3+) were used for that purpose: the use of neodymium was required due to its well-known catalytic properties in dienes polymerization. A second lanthanide, europium or terbium, was included in the MOF structure with the aim to provide luminescent properties. Sev...

  4. Modeled Neutron Induced Nuclear Reaction Cross Sections for Radiochemsitry in the region of Thulium, Lutetium, and Tantalum I. Results of Built in Spherical Symmetry in a Deformed Region

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    Hoffman, R. D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    We have developed a set of modeled nuclear reaction cross sections for use in radiochemical diagnostics. Systematics for the input parameters required by the Hauser-Feshbach statistical model were developed and used to calculate neutron induced nuclear reaction cross sections for targets ranging from Terbium (Z = 65) to Rhenium (Z = 75). Of particular interest are the cross sections on Tm, Lu, and Ta including reactions on isomeric targets.

  5. Factors Affecting the Efficiency of Excited-States Interactions of Complexes between Some Visible Light-Emitting Lanthanide Ions and Cyclophanes Containing Spirobiindanol Phosphonates

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    M. S. Attia


    Full Text Available The efficiency of excited-states interactions between lanthanide ions Tb3+ and Eu3+ and some new cyclophanes (I, II, and III has been studied in different media. High luminescence quantum yield values for terbium and europium complexes in DMSO and PMMA were obtained. The photophysical properties of the green and red emissive Tb3+ and Eu3+ complexes have been elucidated, respectively.

  6. The effect of core and lanthanide ion dopants in sodium fluoride-based nanocrystals on phagocytic activity of human blood leukocytes (United States)

    Sojka, Bartlomiej; Liskova, Aurelia; Kuricova, Miroslava; Banski, Mateusz; Misiewicz, Jan; Dusinska, Maria; Horvathova, Mira; Ilavska, Silvia; Szabova, Michaela; Rollerova, Eva; Podhorodecki, Artur; Tulinska, Jana


    Sodium fluoride-based β-NaLnF4 nanoparticles (NPs) doped with lanthanide ions are promising materials for application as luminescent markers in bio-imaging. In this work, the effect of NPs doped with yttrium (Y), gadolinium (Gd), europium (Eu), thulium (Tm), ytterbium (Yb) and terbium (Tb) ions on phagocytic activity of monocytes and granulocytes and the respiratory burst was examined. The surface functionalization of leukocytes and respiratory burst of cells was observed for limited number of samples.

  7. The effect of metal distribution on the luminescence properties of mixed-lanthanide metal-organic frameworks. (United States)

    Cadman, Laura K; Mahon, Mary F; Burrows, Andrew D


    A series of lanthanide metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) of the general formula [Ln(Hodip)(H 2 O)]·nH 2 O (Sm, 1; Eu, 2; Gd, 3; Tb, 4; Dy, 5; Er, 6; H 4 odip = 5,5'-oxydiisophthalic acid) have been prepared and shown crystallographically to have isostructural three-dimensional frameworks. The fluorescence emission spectra of the europium compound 2, which is red, and the terbium compound 4, which is green, show characteristic peaks for transitions involving the metal centres, whereas that for the gadolinium compound 3 is dominated by transitions involving Hodip. Using a 1 : 1 : 1 mixture of europium, gadolinium and terbium nitrates in the synthesis resulted in the mixed-metal MOF [Gd 0.17 Tb 0.19 Eu 0.64 (Hodip)(H 2 O)]·nH 2 O 7, for which the ratio of the metal ions was determined using EDX spectroscopy. The fluorescence emission spectrum of 7 is dominated by europium emission bands reflecting the higher proportion of Eu 3+ centres and quenching of the terbium fluorescence by metal-to-metal energy transfer. A series of core-shell MOF materials based on the Ln(Hodip)(H 2 O) framework have been prepared in order to isolate the lanthanides in different domains within the crystals. The emission spectra for materials with Gd@Tb@Eu (8) and Tb@Eu@Gd (9) are dominated by terbium emissions, suggesting that physical separation from europium suppresses quenching. In contrast, the material with Eu@Gd@Tb (10) shows only broad ligand bands and europium emissions. This confirms that core-shell MOFs have different fluorescence properties to simple mixed-metal MOFs, demonstrating that the spatial distribution of the metals within a mixed-lanthanide MOF affects the fluorescence behaviour.

  8. Synthesis and stimulated luminescence property of Zn(BO2)2:Tb(3). (United States)

    Del Rosario, G Cedillo; Cruz-Zaragoza, E; Hipólito, M García; Marcazzó, J; Hernández A, J M; Murrieta S, H


    Zinc borate, Zn(BO2)2, doped with different concentrations of terbium (0.5-8mol%) was synthesized and polycrystalline samples were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction. The Zn(BO2)2 was formed in the pure samples sintered at 750 and 800°C which has the body centered cubic structure, and a ZnB4O7 primitive orthorhombic phase was present. The thermoluminescent intensity was dependents on the thermal treatment (250-500°C) and also on the impurity concentration. The linear dose-response was obtained between 0.022-27.7Gy and 0.5-50Gy when the samples were exposed to beta and gamma radiation, respectively. The complex structure of the glow curves was analyzed by the Computerized Glow Curve Deconvolution method. The kinetics parameters were calculated assuming the general order kinetics model describing accurately the TL process. The glow curves of Tb(3+)-doped zinc borate phosphor were well deconvolved by six glow peaks. Zinc borate with 8mol% of impurity concentration exhibited an intense radioluminescent emission. The radioluminescent spectra show their maximum bands at 370, 490, 545 and 700nm related to the terbium ion in the zinc borate. These obtained results suggest that the terbium doped zinc borate is a promising phosphor for use in radiation dosimetry because of its high TL sensitivity to the ionizing radiation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Effect of Ising-type Tb3+ ions on the low-temperature magnetism of La, Ca cobaltite. (United States)

    Knížek, K; Jirák, Z; Hejtmánek, J; Veverka, M; Kaman, O; Maryško, M; Santavá, E; André, G


    Crystal and magnetic structures of the x = 0.2 member of the La0.8-xTbxCa0.2CoO3 perovskite series have been determined from powder neutron diffraction. Enhancement of the diffraction peaks due to ferromagnetic or cluster glass ordering is observed below TC = 55 K. The moments first evolve on Co sites, and ordering of Ising-type Tb(3+) moments is induced at lower temperatures by a molecular field due to Co ions. The final magnetic configuration is collinear Fx for the cobalt subsystem, while it is canted FxCy for terbium ions. The rare-earth moments align along local Ising axes within the ab-plane of the orthorhombic Pbnm structure. The behavior in external fields up to 70-90 kOe has been probed by magnetization and heat capacity measurements. The dilute terbium ions contribute to significant coercivity and remanence that both steeply increase with decreasing temperature. A remarkable manifestation of the Tb(3+) Ising character is the observation of a low-temperature region with an anomalously large linear term of heat capacity and its field dependence. Similar behaviors are detected also for other terbium dopings x = 0.1 and 0.3.

  10. Luminescence enhancement by energy transfer in melamine-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} nanohybrids

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    Stagi, Luigi, E-mail:; Chiriu, Daniele; Carbonaro, Carlo M.; Ricci, Pier Carlo [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, S.P. Monserrato-Sestu Km 0,700, 09042 Monserrato (Italy); Ardu, Andrea; Cannas, Carla [Departimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche and INSTM, Università d Cagliari, SS 554 bivio Sestu, I-09042 Monserrato (Italy)


    The phenomenon of luminescence enhancement was studied in melamine-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb hybrids. Terbium doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} mesoporous nanowires were synthesized by hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman scattering spectra testified the realization of a cubic crystal phase. Organic-inorganic melamine-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} hybrid system was successfully obtained by vapour deposition method. Vibration Raman active modes of the organic counterpart were investigated in order to verify the achievement of hybrid system. Photoluminescence excitation and photoluminescence spectra, preformed in the region between 250 and 350 nm, suggest a strong interaction among melamine and Terbium ions. In particular, a remarkable improvement of {sup 5}D{sub 4}→ F{sub J} Rare Earth emission (at about 542 nm) of about 10{sup 2} fold was observed and attributed to an efficient organic-Tb energy transfer. The energy transfer mechanism was studied by the use of time resolved photoluminescence measurements. The melamine lifetime undergoes to a significant decrease when adsorbed to oxide surfaces and it was connected to a sensitization mechanism. The detailed analysis of time decay profile of Terbium radiative recombination shows a variation of double exponential law toward a single exponential one. Its correlation with surface defects and non-radiative recombination was thus discussed.

  11. High-Performance Rh 2 P Electrocatalyst for Efficient Water Splitting

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    Duan, Haohong; Li, Dongguo; Tang, Yan; He, Yang; Ji, Shufang; Wang, Rongyue; Lv, Haifeng; Lopes, Pietro P.; Paulikas, Arvydas P.; Li, Haoyi; Mao, Scott X.; Wang, Chongmin; Markovic, Nenad M.; Li, Jun; Stamenkovic, Vojislav R.; Li, Yadong


    Search for active, stable and cost-efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen production via water splitting could make substantial impact to the energy technologies that do not rely on fossil fuels. Here we report the synthesis of rhodium phosphide electrocatalyst with low metal loading in the form of nanocubes (NCs) dispersed in high surface area carbon (Rh2P/C) by a facile solvo-thermal approach. The Rh2P/C NCs exhibit remarkable performance for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) compared to Rh/C and Pt/C catalysts. The atomic structure of the rhodium phosphide nanocubes was directly observed by annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (ADF-STEM), which revealed phosphorous-rich outermost atomic layer. Combined experimental and computational studies suggest that surface phosphorous plays crucial role in determining the robust catalyst properties.

  12. Liquid Phase Synthesis of CoP Nanoparticles with High Electrical Conductivity for Advanced Energy Storage

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    Guo-Qun Zhang


    Full Text Available Transition metal phosphide alloys possess the metalloid characteristics and superior electrical conductivity and are a kind of high electrical conductive pseudocapacitive materials. Herein, high electrical conductive cobalt phosphide alloys are fabricated through a liquid phase process and a nanoparticles structure with high surface area is obtained. The highest specific capacitance of 286 F g−1 is reached at a current density of 0.5 A g−1. 63.4% of the specific capacitance is retained when the current density increased 16 times and 98.5% of the specific capacitance is maintained after 5000 cycles. The AC//CoP asymmetric supercapacitor also shows a high energy density (21.3 Wh kg−1 and excellent stability (97.8% of the specific capacitance is retained after 5000 cycles. The study provides a new strategy for the construction of high-performance energy storage materials by enhancing their intrinsic electrical conductivity.

  13. Effects of growth temperature and device structure on GaP solar cells grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Vaisman, M.; Tomasulo, S.; Masuda, T.; Lang, J. R.; Faucher, J.; Lee, M. L. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 (United States)


    Gallium phosphide (GaP) is an attractive candidate for wide-bandgap solar cell applications, possessing the largest bandgap of the III-arsenide/phosphides without aluminum. However, GaP cells to date have exhibited poor internal quantum efficiency (IQE), even for photons absorbed by direct transitions, motivating improvements in material quality and device structure. In this work, we investigated GaP solar cells grown by molecular beam epitaxy over a range of substrate temperatures, employing a much thinner emitter than in prior work. Higher growth temperatures yielded the best solar cell characteristics, indicative of increased diffusion lengths. Furthermore, the inclusion of an AlGaP window layer improved both open-circuit voltage and short wavelength IQE.

  14. Terminal tungsten pnictide complex formation through pnictaethynolate decarbonylation. (United States)

    Joost, Maximilian; Transue, Wesley J; Cummins, Christopher C


    Tungsten(iv) tetrakis(2,6-diisopropylphenoxide) (1) has been demonstrated to be a competent platform for decarbonylative formation of anionic terminal pnictide complexes upon treatment with pnictaethynolate anions: cyanate, 2-phosphaethynolate, and 2-arsaethynolate. These transformations constitute the first examples of terminal phosphide and arsenide complex formation at a transition metal center from OCP- and OCAs-, respectively. The phosphide and arsenide complexes are also the first to be isolated in a tetragonal, all-oxygen ligand environment. The scalar NMR coupling constants between tungsten-183 and nitrogen-15 or phosphorus-31 have been measured and contextualized using natural bond orbital (NBO) methods in terms of s orbital character in the σ bonding orbital and pnictide lone pair.

  15. Page 1 2. Photoluminescence study of Cu in InP 407 state minima ...

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    Klick C C and Schulman J H 1957 in Solid state physics (eds) F Seitz and B Turnbull (New York: Academic Press).5 p. 100. Pal D and Bose DN 1995a 7th Int, conſ on indium phosphide and related materials, Proc. IPRM, Japan. Pal D and Bose DN 1995b J. Appl. Phys. 7815. Queisser H J and Fuller CS 1966.J. Appl. Phys.

  16. Zinc incorporation via the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism into InP nanowires. (United States)

    van Weert, Maarten H M; Helman, Ana; van den Einden, Wim; Algra, Rienk E; Verheijen, Marcel A; Borgström, Magnus T; Immink, George; Kelly, John J; Kouwenhoven, Leo P; Bakkers, Erik P A M


    We report the incorporation of zinc atoms into vapor-liquid-solid grown indium phosphide nanowires via a gold catalyst particle. We demonstrate this by synthesizing axial pn-junctions, chemically etching them, and fabricating electrical contacts in a vertical configuration. Electrical measurements show clear diode behavior. Control of dopant incorporation is crucial for future applications and will eventually lead to full freedom of design.

  17. Superconductivity theory applied to the periodic table of the elements

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    Elifritz, T.L. [Information Corporation, Madison, WI (United States)


    The modern theory of superconductivity, based upon the BCS to Bose-Einstein transition, is applied to the periodic table of the elements, in order to isolate the essential features of high temperature superconductivity and to predict its occurrence within the periodic table. It is predicted that Sodium-Ammonia, Sodium Zinc Phosphide and Bismuth (I) Iodide are promising materials for experimental explorations of high temperature superconductivity.

  18. Electrical and thermal characterization of single and multi-finger InP DHBTs

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    Midili, Virginio; Nodjiadjim, V.; Johansen, Tom Keinicke


    This paper presents the characterization of single and multi-finger Indium Phosphide Double Heterojunction Bipolar transistors (InP DHBTs). It is used as the starting point for technology optimization. Safe Operating Area (SOA) and small signal AC parameters are investigated along with thermal...... characteristics. The results are presented comparing different device dimensions and number of fingers. This work gives directions towards further optimization of geometrical parameters and reduction of thermal effects....

  19. Superconductivity theory applied to the periodic table of the elements (United States)

    Elifritz, Thomas Lee


    The modern theory of superconductivity, based upon the BCS to Bose-Einstein transition is applied to the periodic table of the elements, in order to isolate the essential features of of high temperature superconductivity and to predict its occurrence with the periodic table. It is predicted that Sodium-Ammonia, Sodium Zinc Phosphide and Bismuth (I) Iodide are promising materials for experimental explorations of high temperature superconductivity.

  20. 40 CFR 372.65 - Chemicals and chemical categories to which this part applies. (United States)


    ... and the unreacted ore component of the chromite ore processing residue (COPR). COPR is the solid waste... Allyl chloride 107-05-1 1/1/87 Aluminum (fume or dust) 7429-90-5 1/1/87 Aluminum oxide (fibrous forms) 1344-28-1 1/1/87 Aluminum phosphide 20859-73-8 1/1/95 Ametryn (N-Ethyl-N′-(1-methylethyl)-6-(methylthio...

  1. Applied solid state science advances in materials and device research

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    Wolfe, Raymond


    Applied Solid State Science: Advances in Materials and Device Research, Volume 1 presents articles about junction electroluminescence; metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) physics; ion implantation in semiconductors; and electron transport through insulating thin films. The book describes the basic physics of carrier injection; energy transfer and recombination mechanisms; state of the art efficiencies; and future prospects for light emitting diodes. The text then discusses solid state spectroscopy, which is the pair spectra observed in gallium phosphide photoluminescence. The extensive studies

  2. NREL Spurred the Success of Multijunction Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    Many scientists once believed that high-quality gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) alloys could not be grown for use as semiconductors because the alloys would separate. However, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) thought differently, and they employed GaInP in a material combination that allowed the multijunction cell to flourish. The multijunction cell is now the workhorse that powers satellites and the catalyst for renewed interest in concentrator photovoltaic products.

  3. Synergies Connecting the Photovoltaics and Solid-State Lighting Industries

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    Kurtz, S.


    Recent increases in the efficiencies of phosphide, nitride, and organic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) inspire a vision of a revolution in lighting. If high efficiencies, long lifetimes, and low cost can be achieved, solid-state lighting could save our country many quads of electricity in the coming years. The solid-state lighting (SSL) and photovoltaic (PV) industries share many of the same challenges. This paper explores the similarities between the two industries and how they might benefit by sharing information.

  4. An Effective Pd–Ni2P/C Anode Catalyst for Direct Formic Acid Fuel Cells


    Chang, Jinfa; Feng, Ligang; Liu, Changpeng; Xing, Wei; Hu, Xile


    The direct formic acid fuel cell is an emerging energy conversion device for which palladium is considered as the state-of-the-art anode catalyst. In this communication, we show that the activity and stability of palladium for formic acid oxidation can be significantly enhanced using nickel phosphide (Ni2P) nanoparticles as a cocatalyst. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals a strong electronic interaction between Ni2P and Pd. A direct formic acid fuel cell incorporating the best Pd-...

  5. Photonic crystal Fano resonances for realizing optical switches, lasers and non-reciprocal elements

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    Bekele, Dagmawi Alemayehu; Yu, Yi; Hu, Hao


    structure in combination with cavity-enhanced nonlinearity can be used to realize non-reciprocal transmission at ultra-low power and with large bandwidth. A novel type of laser structure, denoted a Fano laser, is discussed in which one of the mirrors is based on a Fano resonance. Finally, the design......, fabrication and characterization of grating couplers for efficient light coupling in and out of the indium phosphide photonic crystal platform is discussed....

  6. Manhattan Project Technical Series The Chemistry of Uranium (I) Chapters 1-10

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    Rabinowitch, E. I. [Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Katz, J. J. [Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)


    This constitutes Chapters 1 through 10. inclusive, of The Survey Volume on Uranium Chemistry prepared for the Manhattan Project Technical Series. Chapters are titled: Nuclear Properties of Uranium; Properties of the Uranium Atom; Uranium in Nature; Extraction of Uranium from Ores and Preparation of Uranium Metal; Physical Properties of Uranium Metal; Chemical Properties of Uranium Metal; Intermetallic Compounds and Alloy systems of Uranium; the Uranium-Hydrogen System; Uranium Borides, Carbides, and Silicides; Uranium Nitrides, Phosphides, Arsenides, and Antimonides.

  7. Thermophysical Properties of Matter - The TPRC Data Series. Volume 4. Specific Heat - Metallic Elements and Alloys (United States)


    Aluminum trifluoride (AIF3) Aluminum nitride (A1N) Aluminum nxide (AUOj) Aluminum phosphide (AIP) Page 113 117 293 B93 699 702 705 708...steel (Group II), U-8 Cassiopeium (see Lutetium) Celtium(see Hafnium) Cerium Cerium trifluoride (CeF^) Cerium oxides: CeO Ce203 Cerium dioxide...Cusium monohydrogen difluoride (CsHF2) Cesium iodide (Csl) Chlorine Chlorodifluoromethane (see Freon 22) Chlorotrifluoromethane (see Freon 13

  8. CoP nanosheet assembly grown on carbon cloth: A highly efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen generation

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    Yang, Xiulin


    There exists a strong demand to replace expensive noble metal catalysts with cheap metal sulfides or phosphides for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Recently metal phosphides such as NixP, FeP and CoP have been considered as promising candidates to replace Pt cathodes. Here we report that the nanocrystalline CoP nanosheet assembly on carbon cloth can be formed by a two-step process: electrochemical deposition of Co species followed by gas phase phosphidation. The CoP catalyst in this report exhibits a Tafel slope of 30.1mV/dec in 0.5M H2SO4 and 42.6mV/dec in 1M KOH. The high HER performance of our CoP catalysts is attributed to the rugae-like morphology which results in a high double-layer capacitance and high density of active sites, estimated as 7.77×1017sites/cm2. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

  9. In-situ FTIR reflection spectroscopy for the semiconductor electrolyte interfaces (United States)

    Chandrasekaran, K.; Bockris, J. O'M.


    Polarization modulation fourier transform infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (FTIR-RAS) and subtractively normalized interfacial fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (SNIF-TIRS) have been applied to the studies of adsorption of ions and neutral molecules on p-silicon and p-gallium phosphide electrodes in aqueous as well as non-aqueous solutions. The potential and concentration dependence of adsorption were observed. Thiourea is adsorbed on silicon through the sulfur atom and adsorption increases in the anodic direction. Thiourea adsorption on silicon follows a Temkin type isotherm and the free energy adsorption was calculated to be - 5.63 kJ/mole. Acetate in aqueous medium is adsorbed as neutral acetic acid molecule on silicon. The potential dependence of adsorption passes through a maximum which lies close to the potential of zero charge. The tetraethylammonium ion in acetonitrile is adsorbed according to a Langmuir isotherm. Acetonitrile is adsorbed strongly on gallium phosphide when used as a solvent for sodium acetate at cathodic potentials. At anodic potentials adsorbed acetonitrile is replaced by acetate ions. Adsorption of acetate ion starts at potentials cathodic to the potential of zero charge, due to specific adsorption. Ammonium ion adsorption on gallium phosphide occurs through two hydrogen atoms and the other two hydrogen atoms project towards the solution. Two peaks corresponding to different N-H deformation vibrations are observed at 1560 and 1700 cm -1. At sufficiently cathodic potentials, adsorbed ammonium ions are reduced.

  10. Ab initio investigations of the electronic structures and chemical bonding in LiCo{sub 6}P{sub 4} and Li{sub 2}Co{sub 12}P{sub 7}

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    Matar, Samir F. [CNRS, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F‐33600 Pessac (France); Université de Bordeaux, ICMCB, UPR 9048, F‐33600 Pessac (France); Al-Alam, Adel; Ouaini, Naïm [Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK), Groupe OCM (Optimization et Caractérisation des Matériaux), CSR-USEK, CNRS-L, Jounieh (Lebanon); Pöttgen, Rainer, E-mail: [Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Universität Münster, Corrensstraße 30, D-48149 Münster (Germany)


    The electronic structures of the metal-rich phosphides LiCo{sub 6}P{sub 4} and Li{sub 2}Co{sub 12}P{sub 7} were studied by DFT calculations. Both phosphides consist of three-dimensional [Co{sub 6}P{sub 4}] and [Co{sub 12}P{sub 7}] polyanionic networks which leave hexagonal channels for the lithium atoms. COOP data show strong Co–P and Co–Co bonding within the polyanions. The lithium atoms have trigonal prismatic phosphorus coordination. Total energy calculations indicate stability upon de-lithiation towards the Co{sub 6}P{sub 4} and Co{sub 12}P{sub 7} substructures - Graphical abstract: The cobalt–phosphorus networks in LiCo{sub 6}P{sub 4} and Li{sub 2}Co{sub 12}P{sub 7}. - Highlights: • Chemical bonding resolved in the metal-rich phosphides LiCo{sub 6}P{sub 4} and Li{sub 2}Co{sub 12}P{sub 7}. • Strong covalent Co–P bonding character in the [Co{sub 6}P{sub 4}] and [Co{sub 12}P{sub 7}] substructures. • Total energy calculations indicate stability of the de-lithiated substructures.

  11. Porphyrinic Metal-Organic Framework-Templated Fe-Ni-P/Reduced Graphene Oxide for Efficient Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution. (United States)

    Fang, Xinzuo; Jiao, Long; Zhang, Rui; Jiang, Hai-Long


    The sluggish kinetics of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) hampers the H2 production by H2O electrolysis, and it is very important for the development of highly efficient and low-priced OER catalysts. Herein, a representative metalloporphyrinic MOF, PCN-600-Ni, integrated with graphene oxide (GO), serves as an ideal precursor and template to afford bimetallic iron-nickel phosphide/reduced graphene oxide composite (denoted as Fe-Ni-P/rGO-T; T represents pyrolysis temperature) via pyrolysis and subsequent phosphidation process. Thanks to the highly porous structure, the synergetic effect of Fe and Ni elements in bimetallic phosphide, and the good conductivity endowed by rGO, the optimized Fe-Ni-P/rGO-400 exhibits remarkable OER activity in 1 M KOH solution, affording an extremely low overpotential of 240 mV at 10 mA/cm2, which is far superior to the commercial IrO2 and among the best in all non-noble metal-based electrocatalysts.

  12. LLE Review 120 (July-September 2009)

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    Edgell, D.H., editor


    This issue has the following articles: (1) The Omega Laser Facility Users Group Workshop; (2) The Effect of Condensates and Inner Coatings on the Performance of Vacuum Hohlraum Targets; (3) Zirconia-Coated-Carbonyl-Iron-Particle-Based Magnetorheological Fluid for Polishing Optical Glasses and Ceramics; (4) All-Fiber Optical Magnetic Field Sensor Based on Faraday Rotation in Highly Terbium Doped Fiber; (5) Femtosecond Optical Pump-Probe Characterization of High-Pressure-Grown Al{sub 0.86}Ga{sub 0.14}N Single Crystals; (6) LLE's Summer High School Research Program; (7) Laser Facility Report; and (8) National Laser Users Facility and External Users Programs.

  13. Luminescent trimethoprim-polyaminocarboxylate lanthanide complex conjugates for selective protein labeling and time-resolved bioassays (United States)

    Reddy, D. Rajasekhar; Pedró Rosa, Laura E.; Miller, Lawrence W.


    Labeling proteins with long-lifetime emitting lanthanide (III) chelate reporters enables sensitive, time-resolved luminescence bioaffinity assays. Heterodimers of trimethoprim (TMP) covalently linked to various cs124-sensitized, polyaminocarboxylate chelates stably retain lanthanide ions and exhibit quantum yields of europium emission up to 20% in water. A time-resolved, luminescence resonance energy transfer (LRET) assay showed that TMP-polyaminocarboxylates bind to Escherichia coli dihydrofolate reductase (eDHFR) fusion proteins with nanomolar affinity in purified solutions and in bacterial lysates. The ability to selectively impart terbium or europium luminescence to fusion proteins in complex physiological mixtures bypasses the need for specific antibodies and simplifies sample preparation. PMID:21619068

  14. Micro-meter size organogelator with tri-color luminescence (blue, green and red) activated by Dy3+, Tb3+ and Eu3+ ions. (United States)

    Wang, QianMing


    The preparation of a novel type of low-molecular-weight amphiphilic organogelator bearing three long 14-alkyl chains and hydrophilic oligo(oxyethylene) groups was described. Ultra-violet absorption and fluorescence spectra give evidence of the energy transfer between organic ligands to lanthanide ions. Characteristic green, blue and red luminescence of the organogels were obtained and interesting emission properties of terbium, dysprosium and europium ions were unexpectedly observed at the first time during the order-disorder phase transition point (29 degrees C).

  15. Giant onsite electronic entropy enhances the performance of ceria for water splitting

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    Naghavi, S. Shahab; Emery, Antoine A.; Hansen, Heine Anton


    lanthanides, and reaches a maximum value of ≈4.7 kB per oxygen vacancy for Ce4+/Ce3+ reduction. This unique and large positive entropy source in ceria explains its excellent performance for high-temperature catalytic redox reactions such as water splitting. Our calculations also show that terbium dioxide has......Previous studies have shown that a large solid-state entropy of reduction increases the thermodynamic efficiency of metal oxides, such as ceria, for two-step thermochemical water splitting cycles. In this context, the configurational entropy arising from oxygen off-stoichiometry in the oxide, has...

  16. Surface-Modified Gold Nanoparticles Possessing Two-Channel Responsive Eu(III) /Tb(III) Cyclen Complexes as Luminescent Logic Gate Mimics. (United States)

    Truman, Laura K; Bradberry, Samuel J; Comby, Steve; Kotova, Oxana; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur


    The development of material-supported molecular logic gate mimics (MGLMs) for contained application and device fabrication has become of increasing interest. Herein, we present the formation of ≈5 nm gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) that have been surface-modified (via a thiol linkage) with heptadentate cyclen-based complexes of europium and terbium for sensing applications using delayed lanthanide luminescence and as integrated logic gate mimics within competitive media. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of multifunctional silica core-shell nanocomposites with magnetic and fluorescent functionalities

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    Ma Zhiya; Dosev, Dosi [Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California-Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616 (United States); Nichkova, Mikaela [Department of Entomology, University of California-Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616 (United States); Dumas, Randy K. [Department of Physics, University of California-Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616 (United States); Gee, Shirley J.; Hammock, Bruce D. [Department of Entomology, University of California-Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616 (United States); Liu Kai [Department of Physics, University of California-Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616 (United States); Kennedy, Ian M. [Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California-Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616 (United States)], E-mail:


    Multifunctional core-shell nanocomposites with a magnetic core and a silica shell doped with lanthanide chelate have been prepared by a simple method. First, citric acid-modified magnetite nanoparticles were synthesized by a chemical coprecipitation method. Then the magnetite nanoparticles were coated with silica shells doped with terbium (Tb{sup 3+}) complex by a modified Stoeber method based on hydrolyzing and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and a silane precursor. These multifunctional nanocomposites are potentially useful in a variety of biological areas such as bio-imaging, bio-labeling and bioassays because they can be simultaneously manipulated with an external magnetic field and exhibit unique phosphorescence properties.

  18. Luminescent probing of the simplest chiral α-amino acid-alanine in an enantiopure and racemic state. (United States)

    Tarasevych, Arkadii V; Kostyukov, Anton I; Baronskiy, Mark G; Rastorguev, Alexander A; Guillemin, Jean-Claude; Snytnikov, Valeriy N


    Luminescent spectroscopy combined with the technique of luminescent probing with rare earth ions (europium, gadolinium, terbium) and an actinide ion (uranyl) was used to differentiate enantiopure and racemic alanine, the simplest chiral proteinogenic amino acid. Using the achiral luminescent probes, small differences between pure L and DL alanine in the solid state were strongly amplified. Based on the observed electronic transitions of the probes, the position of the triplet level of the coordinated alanine was estimated. Formation of homo- and heterochiral complexes between enantiomers of alanine and the metal ions is discussed as a possible mechanism of chiral self-discrimination. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Investigation of magnon dispersion relations and neutron scattering cross sections with special attention to anisotropy effects

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    Lindgård, Per-Anker; Kowalska, A.; Laut, Peter


    -helical structure. A numerical calculation is performed for terbium on the basis of the Kaplan-Lyons Hamiltonian with added crystalline anisotropy. The non-istropic exchange part is shown to have a small effect on the dispersion curves, and it turns out that radical changes of the Ruderman-Kittel-type functions...... for the exchange interaction seem to be necessary for agreement with experimental dispersion curves be obtained. The effect of the anisotropy in the cross section is estimated and shown to be important for small magnon energies....

  20. Rare (Earth Elements [score

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    Camilo Méndez


    Full Text Available Rare (Earth Elements is a cycle of works for solo piano. The cycle was inspired by James Dillon’s Book of Elements (Vol. I-V. The complete cycle will consist of 14 pieces; one for each selected rare (earth element. The chosen elements are Neodymium, Erbium, Tellurium, Hafnium, Tantalum, Technetium, Indium, Dysprosium, Lanthanium, Cerium, Europium, Terbium, Yttrium and Darmstadtium. These elements were selected due to their special atomic properties that in many cases make them extremely valuable for the development of new technologies, and also because of their scarcity. To date, only 4 works have been completed Yttrium, Technetium, Indium and Tellurium.

  1. Alaska's rare earth deposits and resource potential (United States)

    Barker, James C.; Van Gosen, Bradley S.


    Alaska’s known mineral endowment includes some of the largest and highest grade deposits of various metals, including gold, copper and zinc. Recently, Alaska has also been active in the worldwide search for sources of rare earth elements (REE) to replace exports now being limitedby China. Driven by limited supply of the rare earths, combined with their increasing use in new ‘green’ energy, lighting, transportation, and many other technological applications, the rare earth metals neodymium, europium and, in particular, the heavy rare earth elements terbium, dysprosium and yttrium are forecast to soon be in critical short supply (U.S. Department of Energy, 2010).

  2. Sol-Gel Electrolytes Incorporated by Lanthanide Luminescent Materials and Their Photophysical Properties (United States)

    Yu, Chufang; Zhang, Zhengyang; Fu, Meizhen; Gao, Jinwei; Zheng, Yuhui


    A group of silica gel electrolytes with lanthanide luminescent hybrid materials were assembled and investigated. Photophysical studies showed that terbium and europium hybrids displayed characteristic green and red emissions within the electrolytes. The influence of different concentration of the lanthanide hybrids on the electrochemical behavior of a gelled electrolyte valve-regulated lead-acid battery were studied through cyclic voltammograms, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, water holding experiments and mobility tests. The morphology and particle size were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The results proved that lanthanide (Tb3+/Eu3+) luminescent materials are effective additives which will significantly improve the electrochemical properties of lead-acid batteries.


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    Sergiy Smola


    Full Text Available Four new heteronuclear lanthanide complexes with general formula [Ge(OH(μ-HDTPALnGe(OH (μ-DTPA] (Ln = Sm – Dy were synthesized and subsequently characterized by different physico- chemical methods. The structures of new compounds have been proposed. In considered complexes the 4f-luminescence of three-charged ions of samarium, europium, terbium and dysprosium is realized at UV-excitation. It is noteworthy that it is the first observation of 4f-luminescence in water solutions of heteronuclear f-p-complexes. The comparison of luminescent characteristics of hetero- and homonuclear landthanide complexes is described and discussed as well.

  4. Tetrakis(μ-2-phenoxypropionato-κ3O,O′:O′;κ3O:O,O′,κ4O:O′-bis[(1,10-phenanthroline-κ2N,N′(2-phenoxypropionato-κ2O,O′praseodymium(III

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    Jin-Bei Shen


    Full Text Available In the centrosymmetric binuclear title complex, [Pr2(C9H9O36(C12H8N22], the two PrIII ions are linked by four 2-phenoxypropionate (L groups through their bi- and tridentate bridging modes. Each PrIII ion is nine-coordinated by one 1,10-phenanthroline molecule, one bidentate carboxylate group and four bridging carboxylate groups in a distorted PrN2O7 monocapped square-antiprismatic geometry. The title compound is isotypic with its terbium- and dysprosium-containing analogues.

  5. Detection of rare earth elements in Powder River Basin sub-bituminous coal ash using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)

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    Tran, Phuoc [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United State; Mcintyre, Dustin [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United State


    We reported our preliminary results on the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy to analyze the rare earth elements contained in ash samples from Powder River Basin sub-bituminous coal (PRB-coal). We have identified many elements in the lanthanide series (cerium, europium, holmium, lanthanum, lutetium, praseodymium, promethium, samarium, terbium, ytterbium) and some elements in the actinide series (actinium, thorium, uranium, plutonium, berkelium, californium) in the ash samples. In addition, various metals were also seen to present in the ash samples

  6. Faraday rotator based on TSAG crystal with orientation. (United States)

    Yasuhara, Ryo; Snetkov, Ilya; Starobor, Aleksey; Mironov, Evgeniy; Palashov, Oleg


    A Faraday isolator (FI) for high-power lasers with kilowatt-level average power and 1-µm wavelength was demonstrated using a terbium scandium aluminum garnet (TSAG) with its crystal axis aligned in the direction. Furthermore, no compensation scheme for thermally induced depolarization in a magnetic field was used. An isolation ratio of 35.4 dB (depolarization ratio γ of 2.9 × 10-4) was experimentally observed at a maximum laser power of 1470 W. This result for room-temperature FIs is the best reported, and provides a simple, practical solution for achieving optical isolation in high-power laser systems.

  7. Hierarchical MoS2@MoP core-shell heterojunction electrocatalysts for efficient hydrogen evolution reaction over a broad pH range (United States)

    Wu, Aiping; Tian, Chungui; Yan, Haijing; Jiao, Yanqing; Yan, Qing; Yang, Guoyu; Fu, Honggang


    A low-cost catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) over a broad pH range is highly desired to meet the practical needs in different areas. In this study, hierarchical flower-like MoS2@MoP core-shell heterojunctions (HF-MoSP) are designed as a promising catalyst for HER over a broad pH range. The materials are obtained by the controllable phosphidation of the hierarchical MoS2 flower (HF-MoS2) composed of thin silk belt-like sheets. The phosphidation degree, P/S ratio and work function (WF) of HF-MoSP can be tuned easily over broad range by changing the phosphidation temperature. Under optimized condition, HF-MoSP exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity for HER with a low onset overpotential of 29 mV and η of 108 mV at 10 mA cm-2 in 0.5 M H2SO4 and retains its good activity for 30 h. In addition, the catalyst shows excellent activity in 1 M KOH with an onset overpotential of 42 mV and η of 119 mV at 10 mA cm-2. The catalysts also exhibit obvious activity in neutral, weak acid and weak alkaline conditions. The good performance is relative to the synergy of the MoP shell and MoS2 core and the high WF of HF-MoSP close to Pt, and the large SBET of HF-MoSP benefited from the hierarchical structure. This study represents the construction of the core-shell heterojunction and provides a new way to provide the low-cost and high-performance catalyst for HER.A low-cost catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) over a broad pH range is highly desired to meet the practical needs in different areas. In this study, hierarchical flower-like MoS2@MoP core-shell heterojunctions (HF-MoSP) are designed as a promising catalyst for HER over a broad pH range. The materials are obtained by the controllable phosphidation of the hierarchical MoS2 flower (HF-MoS2) composed of thin silk belt-like sheets. The phosphidation degree, P/S ratio and work function (WF) of HF-MoSP can be tuned easily over broad range by changing the phosphidation temperature. Under optimized

  8. Comparative modeling of InP solar cell structures (United States)

    Jain, R. K.; Weinberg, I.; Flood, D. J.


    The comparative modeling of p(+)n and n(+)p indium phosphide solar cell structures is studied using a numerical program PC-1D. The optimal design study has predicted that the p(+)n structure offers improved cell efficiencies as compared to n(+)p structure, due to higher open-circuit voltage. The various cell material and process parameters to achieve the maximum cell efficiencies are reported. The effect of some of the cell parameters on InP cell I-V characteristics was studied. The available radiation resistance data on n(+)p and p(+)p InP solar cells are also critically discussed.

  9. Systems analysis of Mars solar electric propulsion vehicles (United States)

    Hickman, J. M.; Curtis, H. B.; Kenny, B. H.; Sefcik, R. J.


    Mission performance, mass, initial power, and cost are determined for solar electric propulsion vehicles across a range of payload masses, reference powers, and mission trajectories. Thick radiation shielding is added to arrays using indium phosphide or III-V multijunction solar cells to reduce the damage incurred through the radiation belts. Special assessments of power management and distribution systems, atmospheric drag, and energy storage are made. It is determined that atmospheric drag is of no great concern and that the energy storage used in countering drag is unnecessary. A scheme to package the arrays, masts, and ion thrusters into a single fairing is presented.

  10. Mid-infrared Laser System Development for Dielectric Laser Accelerators (United States)

    Jovanovic, Igor; Xu, Guibao; Wandel, Scott

    Laser-driven particle accelerators based on dielectric laser acceleration are under development and exhibit unique and challenging pump requirements. Operation in the mid-infrared (5 μm) range with short pulses (500 μJ) and good beam quality is required. We present our progress on the design and development of a novel two- stage source of mid-infrared pulses for this application, which is based on optical parametric amplification. Beta barium borate and zinc germanium phosphide crystals are used, and are pumped by a Ti:sapphire ultrashort laser and seeded by self-phase modulation and parametric generation-based sources.

  11. Wastewater and Hazardous Waste Survey, Homestead AFB Florida. (United States)


    acid, sodium salt Fulminic acid, mercury (11) salt (RIT) Heptachlor 1,2,3,4,10,10 0-Hexach lo ro-6,7 -epoxy-1, ,4,4a, 5,6,7,8,8a- octah ydro -e ndo...phosphide Isocyanic acid, methyl ester Mercury , (acetato-O) phenyl- Mercury fulminate (R,T) Methane, oxybis(chloro-) ~ ~ ~ Methane, tetranitro (R...analytical results from the wastewater survey showed mercury , silver, benzenes, chlorinated benzenes, fuel components, and various purgeable halocarbons above

  12. Palladium nanoparticles on InP for hydrogen detection

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    Zdansky Karel


    Full Text Available Abstract Layers of palladium (Pd nanoparticles on indium phosphide (InP were prepared by electrophoretic deposition from the colloid solution of Pd nanoparticles. Layers prepared by an opposite polarity of deposition showed different physical and morphological properties. Particles in solution are separated and, after deposition onto the InP surface, they form small aggregates. The size of the aggregates is dependent on the time of deposition. If the aggregates are small, the layer has no lateral conductance. Forward and reverse I-V characteristics showed a high rectification ratio with a high Schottky barrier height. The response of the structure on the presence of hydrogen was monitored.

  13. Single-photon emission from electrically driven InP quantum dots epitaxially grown on CMOS-compatible Si(001). (United States)

    Wiesner, M; Schulz, W-M; Kessler, C; Reischle, M; Metzner, S; Bertram, F; Christen, J; Roßbach, R; Jetter, M; Michler, P


    The heteroepitaxy of III-V semiconductors on silicon is a promising approach for making silicon a photonic platform. Mismatches in material properties, however, present a major challenge, leading to high defect densities in the epitaxial layers and adversely affecting radiative recombination processes. However, nanostructures, such as quantum dots, have been found to grow defect-free even in a suboptimal environment. Here we present the first realization of indium phosphide quantum dots on exactly oriented Si(001), grown by metal-organic vapour-phase epitaxy. We report electrically driven single-photon emission in the red spectral region, meeting the wavelength range of silicon avalanche photodiodes' highest detection efficiency.

  14. Data readout system utilizing photonic integrated circuit

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    Stopiński, S., E-mail: [COBRA Research Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands); Institute of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland); Malinowski, M.; Piramidowicz, R. [Institute of Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland); Smit, M.K.; Leijtens, X.J.M. [COBRA Research Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)


    We describe a novel optical solution for data readout systems. The core of the system is an Indium-Phosphide photonic integrated circuit performing as a front-end readout unit. It functions as an optical serializer in which the serialization of the input signal is provided by means of on-chip optical delay lines. The circuit employs electro-optic phase shifters to build amplitude modulators, power splitters for signal distribution, semiconductor optical amplifiers for signal amplification as well as on-chip reflectors. We present the concept of the system, the design and first characterization results of the devices that were fabricated in a multi-project wafer run.

  15. Toxicoses of the Ruminant Nervous System. (United States)

    Niles, Gene A


    This article discusses the etiology, mechanism of action, clinical signs, and diagnostic tests used to identify toxic agents that affect the nervous system of ruminants. The article is not intended to be an exhaustive review of each agent, but a reference for establishing a differential diagnosis when toxic agents are suspected as the cause of central nervous system disease in ruminants. The initial focus of the article is on agents that cause brain lesions consistent with polioencephalomalacia. Other neurotoxic disease agents include bovine bonkers, urea, organophosphate, organochlorine, cyanobacteria, zinc, aluminum, phosphide, metaldehyde, strychnine, botulism, tetanus, clostridium perfringens, and poisonous plants. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. 180-GHz I-Q Second Harmonic Resistive Mixer MMIC (United States)

    Kangaslahti, Pekka P.; Lai, Richard; Mei, Xiaobing


    An indium phosphide MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit) mixer was developed, processed, and tested in the NGC 35-nm-gate-length HEMT (high electron mobility transistor) process. This innovation is very compact in size and operates with very low LO power. Because it is a resistive mixer, this innovation does not require DC power. This is an enabling technology for the miniature receiver modules for the GeoSTAR instrument, which is the only viable option for the NRC decadal study mission PATH.

  17. 99 W mid-IR operation of a ZGP OPO at 25% duty cycle. (United States)

    Hemming, Alexander; Richards, Jim; Davidson, Alan; Carmody, Neil; Bennetts, Shayne; Simakov, Nikita; Haub, John


    We have demonstrated the highest reported output power from a mid-IR ZGP OPO. The laser is a cascaded hybrid system consisting of a thulium fibre laser, Ho:YAG solid state laser and a Zinc Germanium Phosphide parametric oscillator. The system produces 27 W of output power in the 3-5 μm wavelength range with an M(2) = 4.0 when operating in a repetitively q-switched mode, and a modulated peak output power of 99 W at a reduced duty cycle of 25%.

  18. A Narrow Linewidth Singly Resonant ZGP OPO for Multiple Lidar Applications (United States)

    Yu, Jirong; Lee, Hyung R.; Bai, Yingxin; Barnes, Norman P.


    A singly resonant, injection seeded Zinc Germanium Phosphide (ZGP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO), capable to tune over 4.3-10.1 microns, is demonstrated. This ZGP OPO uses a bow-tie cavity with a partially reflective mirror for injection seeding at the signal wavelength. The injection seed source can be either a continuous wave 3.39 m laser or a tunable near-infrared OPO laser, which provides wide wavelength tuning capability. The injection seeded ZGP OPO narrows the idler wavelength linewidth to less than 1nm, limited by the measurement resolution of the monochromator. This device has potential to be used as a transmitter for multiple purpose lidar applications.

  19. Electroluminescence

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    Henisch, H K


    Electroluminescence deals with the multiplicity of forms related to electroluminescence phenomena. The book reviews some basic observations of electroluminescence, the Gudden-Pohl and Dechene effects, the electroluminescence phenomena in zinc sulfide phosphors, in silicon carbide, and in compounds composed of elements in groups III and V of the Periodic Table (such as gallium phosphide). The text also explains polarization of free charge carriers, the outline of junction breakdown theory, carrier recombination, and phosphor suspensions. The book describes the growth of zinc sulfide crystals (f

  20. Development of Non-Toxic Quantum Dots for Flexible Display Applications (United States)


    and VI (Fig. 2) have significant impact on our day to day life. Materials such as CdSe, ZnS, CdS, CdTe , GaAs, aluminum gallium arsenide (AlGaAs...gallium nitride (GaN), indium phosphide (InP), zincselenide (ZnSe), cadmiumtelluride ( CdTe ), and copper indium gallium selenide Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 (CIGS...regards specifically to InGaN, full compositional tunability has been claimed in nanowires, though mild compositional modulation was observed for 70

  1. Synthesis, structure and reactivity of rare-earth metal complexes containing anionic phosphorus ligands. (United States)

    Li, Tianshu; Kaercher, Sabrina; Roesky, Peter W


    A comprehensive review of structurally characterized rare-earth metal complexes containing anionic phosphorus ligands is presented. Since rare-earth elements form hard ions and phosphorus is considered as a soft ligand, the rare-earth metal phosphorus coordination is regarded as a less favorite combination. Three classes of phosphorus ligands, (1) the monoanionic organophosphide ligands (PR2(-)) bearing one negative charge on the phosphorus atom; (2) the dianionic phosphinidene (PR(2-)) and P(3-) ligands; and (3) the pure inorganic polyphosphide ligands (Pn(x-)), are included here. Particular attention has been paid to the synthesis, structure, and reactivity of the rare-earth metal phosphides.

  2. Systems analysis of Mars solar electric propulsion vehicles

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    Hickman, J.M.; Curtis, H.B.; Kenny, B.H.; Sefcik, R.J.


    Mission performance, mass, initial power, and cost are determined for solar electric propulsion vehicles across a range of payload masses, reference powers, and mission trajectories. Thick radiation shielding is added to arrays using indium phosphide or III-V multijunction solar cells to reduce the damage incurred through the radiation belts. Special assessments of power management and distribution systems, atmospheric drag, and energy storage are made. It is determined that atmospheric drag is of no great concern and that the energy storage used in countering drag is unnecessary. A scheme to package the arrays, masts, and ion thrusters into a single fairing is presented. 19 refs.

  3. High-pressure and high-temperature powder diffraction on molybdenum diphosphide, MoP{sub 2}

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    Soto, V. [Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Esenada (Mexico); Knorr, K.; Ehm, L. [Christian-Albrechts-Univ. zu Kiel, Inst. fuer Geowissenschaften, Mineralogie/Kristallographie, Kiel (Germany); Baehtz, C. [HASYLAB Hamburg and TU Darmstadt, Materialwissenschaften, Darmstadt (Germany); Winkler, B. [Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Univ. Frankfurt-Main, Mineralogie, Frankfurt/M. (Germany); Avalos-Borja, M. [Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Ensenada, BC (Mexico)


    The isothermal compressibility and bulk thermal expansion of molybdenum diphosphide, MoP{sub 2}, were measured by in-situ X-ray powder diffraction from ambient conditions to 6.8 GPa and 839 K, respectively. A small anisotropy of the compressibilities in MoP{sub 2} appears to be governed by non-bonding interactions in this layer-like material. The thermal expansion data are compared to molybdenum phosphide, MoP, which was measured to 1262 K. (orig.)

  4. Numerical Self-Consistent Analysis of VCSELs

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    Robert Sarzała


    Full Text Available Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs yield single-longitudinal-mode operation, low-divergence circular output beam, and low threshold current. This paper gives an overview on theoretical, self-consistent modelling of physical phenomena occurring in a VCSEL. The model has been experimentally confirmed. We present versatile numerical methods for nitride, arsenide, and phosphide VCSELs emitting light at wavelengths varying from violet to near infrared. We also discuss different designs with respect to optical confinement: gain guidance using tunnel junctions and index guidance using oxide confinement or photonic crystal and we focus on the problem of single-transverse-mode operation.

  5. Enhanced EOS photovoltaic power system capability with InP solar cells (United States)

    Bailey, Sheila G.; Weinberg, Irving; Flood, Dennis J.


    The Earth Observing System (EOS), which is part of the International Mission to Planet Earth, is NASA's main contribution to the Global Change Research Program which opens a new era in international cooperation to study the Earth's environment. Five large platforms are to be launched into polar orbit, two by NASA, two by ESA, and one by the Japanese. In such an orbit the radiation resistance of indium phosphide solar cells combined with the potential of utilizing five micron cell structures yields an increase of 10 percent in the payload capability. If further combined with the advanced photovoltaic solar array the payload savings approaches 12 percent.

  6. Synthesis of InP nanoneedles and their use as Schottky devices


    Strupeit, Tim; Klinke, Christian; Kornowski, Andreas; Weller, Horst


    Indium phosphide (InP) nanostructures have been synthesized by means of colloidal chemistry. Under appropriate conditions needle-shaped nanostructures composed of an In head and an InP tail with lengths up to several micrometers could be generated in a one-pot synthesis. The growth is interpreted in terms of simultaneous decomposition of the In precursor and in situ generation of In and InP nanostructures. Owing to their specific design such In/InP nanoneedles suit the use as ready-made Schot...

  7. Silicon-nanocrystal Optoelectronic Kerr Effect for Complementary Metal-oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Compatible Optical Switching (United States)


    phosphide (InGaAsP) or electro-optic materials such as lithium niobate (LiNbO3). These materials have a long history of optimization, but their integration...10–12 cm2/W has been found in Si-nc (1). The Si-nc layer would be fabricated using equipment at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the...sandwiched between the Si layers (red). An oxide layer (light gray) separates the active device layers from the Si substrate (green). Light enters

  8. Efficient telecom to visible wavelength conversion in doubly resonant GaP microdisks

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    Lake, David P; Jayakumar, Harishankar; Santos, Laís Fujii dos; Curic, Davor; Barclay, Paul E


    Resonant second harmonic generation between 1550 nm and 775 nm with outside efficiency $> 4.4\\times10^{-4}\\, \\text{mW}^{-1}$ is demonstrated in a gallium phosphide microdisk cavity supporting high-$Q$ modes at visible ($Q \\sim 10^4$) and infrared ($Q \\sim 10^5$) wavelengths. The double resonance condition was satisfied through intracavity photothermal temperature tuning using $\\sim 360\\,\\mu$W of 1550 nm light input to a fiber taper and resonantly coupled to the microdisk. Above this pump power efficiency was observed to decrease. The observed behavior is consistent with a simple model for thermal tuning of the double resonance condition.

  9. Magneto-optic effects in doped InP (United States)

    Syed, Maarij; Siahmakoun, Azad


    We report on the investigation of Faraday rotation (FR) of indium phosphide (InP) conducted for several different wavelengths at room temperature. Appreciable FR, yielding Verdet constant values at 980, 1064, 1320, and 1550 nm at room temperature, has been observed. We have also investigated the role for dopants in FR for this class of materials. Specifically we have investigated an n-type dopant (Sulfur) and p-type dopants (Cd and Fe). We also present a simple and consistent model that explains the results for sulfur and points to the need for a more systematic study of these materials.

  10. Pulsed laser deposition-assisted synthesis of porous WP2 nanosheet arrays integrated on graphite paper as a 3D flexible cathode for efficient hydrogen evolution (United States)

    Pi, Mingyu; Guo, Weimeng; Wu, Tianli; Wang, Xiaodeng; Zhang, Dingke; Wang, Shuxia; Chen, Shijian


    Herein, porous WP2 nanosheet arrays integrated on graphite paper (P-WP2 NSs/GP) as 3D flexible cathode for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) are prepared by in situ phosphidation via vacuum encapsulation assisted by pulsed laser deposition technique. Compared to the electrode without pre-deposition process, the enhanced catalytic activities are attributed to the increased effective catalyst loading and the reinforced charge transport kinetics. The results make the present P-WP2 NSs/GP as a promising cathode for energy conversion and paves a new way for designing and fabricating efficient electrodes toward HER.

  11. Detection of bacterial spores with lanthanide-macrocycle binary complexes. (United States)

    Cable, Morgan L; Kirby, James P; Levine, Dana J; Manary, Micah J; Gray, Harry B; Ponce, Adrian


    The detection of bacterial spores via dipicolinate-triggered lanthanide luminescence has been improved in terms of detection limit, stability, and susceptibility to interferents by use of lanthanide-macrocycle binary complexes. Specifically, we compared the effectiveness of Sm, Eu, Tb, and Dy complexes with the macrocycle 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,7-diacetate (DO2A) to the corresponding lanthanide aquo ions. The Ln(DO2A)(+) binary complexes bind dipicolinic acid (DPA), a major constituent of bacterial spores, with greater affinity and demonstrate significant improvement in bacterial spore detection. Of the four luminescent lanthanides studied, the terbium complex exhibits the greatest dipicolinate binding affinity (100-fold greater than Tb(3+) alone, and 10-fold greater than other Ln(DO2A)(+) complexes) and highest quantum yield. Moreover, the inclusion of DO2A extends the pH range over which Tb-DPA coordination is stable, reduces the interference of calcium ions nearly 5-fold, and mitigates phosphate interference 1000-fold compared to free terbium alone. In addition, detection of Bacillus atrophaeus bacterial spores was improved by the use of Tb(DO2A)(+), yielding a 3-fold increase in the signal-to-noise ratio over Tb(3+). Out of the eight cases investigated, the Tb(DO2A)(+) binary complex is best for the detection of bacterial spores.

  12. Structural Characterization and Absolute Luminescence Efficiency Evaluation of Gd2O2S High Packing Density Ceramic Screens Doped with Tb3+ and Eu3+ for further Applications in Radiology (United States)

    Dezi, Anna; Monachesi, Elenasophie; D’Ignazio, Michela; Scalise, Lorenzo; Montalto, Luigi; Paone, Nicola; Rinaldi, Daniele; Mengucci, Paolo; Loudos, George; Bakas, Athanasios; Michail, Christos; Valais, Ioannis; Fountzoula, Christine; Fountos, George; David, Stratos


    Rare earth activators are impurities added in the phosphor material to enhance probability of visible photon emission during the luminescence process. The main activators employed are rare earth trivalent ions such as Ce+3, Tb+3, Pr3+ and Eu+3. In this work, four terbium-activated Gd2O2S (GOS) powder screens with different thicknesses (1049 mg/cm2, 425.41 mg/cm2, 313 mg/cm2 and 187.36 mg/cm2) and one europium-activated GOS powder screen (232.18 mg/cm2) were studied to investigate possible applications for general radiology detectors. Results presented relevant differences in crystallinity between the GOS:Tb doped screens and GOS:Eu screens in respect to the dopant agent present. The AE (Absolute efficiency) was found to rise (i) with the increase of the X-ray tube voltage with the highest peaking at 110kVp and (ii) with the decrease of the thickness among the four GOS:Tb. Comparing similar thickness values, the europium-activated powder screen showed lower AE than the corresponding terbium-activated.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles of oxides for dual MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} bioseparation, stabilized in fatty acid and the system chitosan - Eu(TTA){sub 3}(TPPO){sub 2}. Studies on the influence of doping with Gd{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+} e Eu{sup 3+} in structural and magnetic properties; Sintese e caracterizacao de nanoparticulas magneticas de oxidos duplos de MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} para biosseparacao, estabilizadas em acido graxo e recobertas pelo sistema quitosana - Eu(TTA){sub 3}(TPPO){sub 2}. Estudo da influencia da dopagem com Gd{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+} e Eu{sup 3+} nas propriedades estruturais e magneticas

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    Kovacs, Thelma Antunes Rodrigues


    This work was synthesized and characterized ferrite magnetic nanoparticles manganese, using the chemical coprecipitation method. By varying the heating time under 98°C (0, 10,20,40,60 3 80 minutes), the molar percentage of doping (1, 3, 5, 7, and 10%), gadolinium, europium, terbium and holmium. Magnetic ferrite nanoparticles and manganese ferrite doped with manganese were synthesized by coprecipitation method starting with chloride solutions of metals (iron (III), manganese (II), europium (III), gadolinium (III), terbium (III) and holmium (III)) and NaOH 5mol.L{sup -1} as precipitating agent. The magnetic nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, magnetization curves, and thermal analysis. Most of manganese ferrite particles showed superparamagnetic behavior. After the characterization it was found that the samples synthesized manganese ferrite with more than 40 minutes heating time, crystal structure showed the characteristic pattern of the inverted manganese ferrite spinel type. The stabilization of the samples in oleic acid nanoparticles produced with a hydrophobic outer layer and facilitated by coating chitosan biopolymer, since this has a positive charge. Among the doped samples there was no significant change in the magnetic behavior. Several techniques for characterizing these materials have been used such as X-ray diffraction spectrum in the infrared region, magnetization curves and thermal analysis. The resins were tested as magnetic material for the separation of biological materials. In this paper, are used as biological targets separation of bovine serum albumin. (author)

  14. Cerium fluoride nanoparticles protect cells against oxidative stress

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    Shcherbakov, Alexander B.; Zholobak, Nadezhda M. [Zabolotny Institute of Microbiology and Virology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv D0368 (Ukraine); Baranchikov, Alexander E. [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Ryabova, Anastasia V. [Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow 115409 (Russian Federation); Ivanov, Vladimir K., E-mail: [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk 634050 (Russian Federation)


    A novel facile method of non-doped and fluorescent terbium-doped cerium fluoride stable aqueous sols synthesis is proposed. Intense green luminescence of CeF{sub 3}:Tb nanoparticles can be used to visualize these nanoparticles' accumulation in cells using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Cerium fluoride nanoparticles are shown for the first time to protect both organic molecules and living cells from the oxidative action of hydrogen peroxide. Both non-doped and terbium-doped CeF{sub 3} nanoparticles are shown to provide noteworthy protection to cells against the vesicular stomatitis virus. - Highlights: • Facile method of CeF{sub 3} and CeF{sub 3}:Tb stable aqueous sols synthesis is proposed. • Naked CeF{sub 3} nanoparticles are shown to be non-toxic and to protect cells from the action of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • CeF{sub 3} and CeF{sub 3}:Tb nanoparticles are shown to protect living cells against the vesicular stomatitis virus.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Tin / Titanium mixed oxide nanoparticles doped with lanthanide for biomarking; Sintese e caracterizacao de nanoparticulas de oxido misto de estanho/titanio dopadas com lantanideos para marcacao biologica

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    Paganini, Paula Pinheiro


    This work presents the synthesis, characterization and photo luminescent study of tin and titanium mixed oxide nanoparticles doped with europium, terbium and neodymium to be used with luminescent markers on biological systems. The syntheses were done by co-precipitation, protein sol-gel and Pechini methods and the nanoparticles were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The photo luminescent properties studies were conducted for luminophores doped with europium, terbium and neodymium synthesized by coprecipitation method. For luminophore doped with europium it was possible to calculate the intensity parameters and quantum yield and it showed satisfactory results. In the case of biological system marking it was necessary the functionalization of these particles to allow them to bind to the biological part to be studied. So the nanoparticles were functionalized by microwave and Stoeber methods and characterized by infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction obtaining qualitative response of functionalization efficacy. The ninhydrin spectroscopic method was used for quantification of luminophores functionalization. The photo luminescent studies of functionalized particles demonstrate the potential applying of these luminophores as luminescent markers. (author)

  16. Fabrication of Tb3Al5O12 transparent ceramics using co-precipitated nanopowders (United States)

    Dai, Jiawei; Pan, Yubai; Wang, Wei; Luo, Wei; Xie, Tengfei; Kou, Huamin; Li, Jiang


    Terbium aluminum garnet (TAG) precursor was synthesized by a co-precipitation method from a mixed solution of terbium and aluminum nitrates using ammonium hydrogen carbonate (AHC) as the precipitant. The powders calcined at different temperatures were investigated by XRD, FTIR and FESEM in order to choose the optimal calcination temperature. Fine and low-agglomerated TAG powders with average particle size of 88 nm were obtained by calcining the precursor at 1100 °C for 4 h. Using this powder as starting material, TAG transparent ceramics were fabricated by vacuum sintering combined with hot isostatic pressing (HIP) sintering. For the sample pre-sintered at 1700 °C for 20 h with HIP post-treated at 1700 °C for 3 h, the average grain size is about 3.9 μm and the in-line transmittance is beyond 55% in the region of 500-1600 nm, reaching a maximum transmittance of 64.2% at the wavelength of 1450 nm. The Verdet constant at 633 nm is measured to be -178.9 rad T-1 m-1, which is 33% larger than that of the commercial TGG single crystal (-134 rad T-1 m-1).

  17. Incorporation of Ln-Doped LaPO4 Nanocrystals as Luminescent Markers in Silica Nanoparticles. (United States)

    van Hest, Jacobine J H A; Blab, Gerhard A; Gerritsen, Hans C; Donega, Celso de Mello; Meijerink, Andries


    Lanthanide ions are promising for the labeling of silica nanoparticles with a specific luminescent fingerprint due to their sharp line emission at characteristic wavelengths. With the increasing use of silica nanoparticles in consumer products, it is important to label silica nanoparticles in order to trace the biodistribution, both in the environment and living organisms.In this work, we synthesized LaPO4 nanocrystals (NCs) with sizes ranging from 4 to 8 nm doped with europium or cerium and terbium. After silica growth using an inverse micelle method, monodisperse silica spheres were obtained with a single LaPO4 NC in the center. We demonstrate that the size of the silica spheres can be tuned in the 25-55 nm range by addition of small volumes of methanol during the silica growth reaction. Both the LaPO4 core and silica nanocrystal showed sharp line emission characteristic for europium and terbium providing unique optical labels in silica nanoparticles of variable sizes.

  18. Magnetic phase transitions in TbFe sub 2 Al sub 1 sub 0 , HoFe sub 2 Al sub 1 sub 0 and ErFe sub 2 Al sub 1 sub 0

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    Reehuis, M; Krimmel, A; Scheidt, E W; Stüsser, N; Loidl, A; Jeitschko, W


    The magnetic order of the orthorhombic aluminides TbFe sub 2 Al sub 1 sub 0 , HoFe sub 2 Al sub 1 sub 0 and ErFe sub 2 Al sub 1 sub 0 (space group Cmcm) has been studied by specific heat and magnetic measurements, as well as by neutron powder diffraction down to 100 mK and in external fields up to 5 T. Only the rare-earth ions carry a magnetic moment. At T = 1.5 K the terbium moments in TbFe sub 2 Al sub 1 sub 0 show a square-wave modulated magnetic order with wavevector k = (0, 0.7977, 0) and a moment direction parallel to the a-axis. At a critical field of H sub c sub 1 = 0.9 T one of ten spins is forced to flip, going into an intermediate ferrimagnetic phase that is stable up to the critical field H sub c sub 2 = 1.8 T. Above this field finally all the rest of the spins flip, resulting in a ferromagnetic order of the terbium moments. ErFe sub 2 Al sub 1 sub 0 orders antiferromagnetically below T sub N 1.77(7) K with a similar magnetic structure characterized by a wavevector k (0, approx 0.8, 0). In contras...

  19. Deuteron induced Tb-155 production, a theranostic isotope for SPECT imaging and auger therapy. (United States)

    Duchemin, C; Guertin, A; Haddad, F; Michel, N; Métivier, V


    Several terbium isotopes are suited for diagnosis or therapy in nuclear medicine. Tb-155 is of interest for SPECT imaging and/or Auger therapy. High radionuclide purity is mandatory for many applications in medicine. The quantification of the activity of the produced contaminants is therefore as important as that of the radionuclide of interest. The experiments performed at the ARRONAX cyclotron (Nantes, France), using the deuteron beam delivered up to 34MeV, provide an additional measurement of the excitation function of the Gd-nat(d,x)Tb-155 reaction and of the produced terbium and gadolinium contaminants. In this study, we investigate the achievable yield for each radionuclide produced in natural gadolinium as a function of the deuteron energy. Other reactions are discussed in order to define the production route that could provide Tb-155 with a high yield and a high radionuclide purity. This article aims to improve data for the Gd-nat(d,x) reaction and to optimize the irradiation conditions required to produce Tb-155. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Investigation of 2D photonic crystal structure based channel drop filter using quad shaped photonic crystal ring resonator for CWDM system

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    Chhipa, Mayur Kumar, E-mail:; Dusad, Lalit Kumar [Government Engineering College Ajmer, Rajasthan (India); Rajasthan Technical University, Kota, Rajasthan (India)


    In this paper, the design & performance of two dimensional (2-D) photonic crystal structure based channel drop filter is investigated using quad shaped photonic crystal ring resonator. In this paper, Photonic Crystal (PhC) based on square lattice periodic arrays of Gallium Indium Phosphide (GaInP) rods in air structure have been investigated using Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method and photonic band gap is being calculated using Plane Wave Expansion (PWE) method. The PhC designs have been optimized for telecommunication wavelength λ= 1571 nm by varying the rods lattice constant. The number of rods in Z and X directions is 21 and 20, with lattice constant 0.540 nm it illustrates that the arrangement of Gallium Indium Phosphide (GaInP) rods in the structure which gives the overall size of the device around 11.4 µm × 10.8 µm. The designed filter gives good dropping efficiency using 3.298, refractive index. The designed structure is useful for CWDM systems. This device may serve as a key component in photonic integrated circuits. The device is ultra compact with the overall size around 123 µm{sup 2}.

  1. Molybdenum phosphosulfide: an active, acid-stable, earth-abundant catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction. (United States)

    Kibsgaard, Jakob; Jaramillo, Thomas F


    Introducing sulfur into the surface of molybdenum phosphide (MoP) produces a molybdenum phosphosulfide (MoP|S) catalyst with superb activity and stability for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acidic environments. The MoP|S catalyst reported herein exhibits one of the highest HER activities of any non-noble-metal electrocatalyst investigated in strong acid, while remaining perfectly stable in accelerated durability testing. Whereas mixed-metal alloy catalysts are well-known, MoP|S represents a more uncommon mixed-anion catalyst where synergistic effects between sulfur and phosphorus produce a high-surface-area electrode that is more active than those based on either the pure sulfide or the pure phosphide. The extraordinarily high activity and stability of this catalyst open up avenues to replace platinum in technologies relevant to renewable energies, such as proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers and solar photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting cells. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Thermoelectric characteristics of iron silicide thermoelectric converter with the transition metallic compound as an additive; Sen`i kinzoku kagobutsu wo tenkabutsu to shita keikatetsu netsuden soshi no netsuden tokusei

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    Hayashibara, M.; Oda, M. [Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    The thin film must be converted into a bulky shape in order that the high electric power may be produced by the iron silicide thermoelectric converter. Study was then made to establish the homogeneous bulk production method, in which the additive must diffuse sufficiently in the iron silicide and bond strongly to it during the sintering. Selected as an additive in the present study, Co compounds were all decomposed below the sintering temperature and remained in the iron silicide. The Co sulfide, phosphide, bromide and iodide were particularly high in reactivity with the iron silicide. The Co, of which the added quantity was proportional to the electric conductivity, was almost homogenized into a solid solution. In the experiment, both Co sulfide and phosphide were equal in thermoelectric power as an additive. The Co bromide and iodide were maximally about 10% and 50%, respectively lower in thermoelectric power than the Co sulfide. It is attributable to the FeSi2 reformed to the electrically insulating SiO2 and low-thermoelectric power FeSi, because both Co bromide and iodide are oxidizing compounds. 7 refs., 10 figs.

  3. Poultry egg components as cereal bait additives for enhancing rodenticide based control success and trap index of house rat, Rattus rattus. (United States)

    Singla, Neena; Kanwar, Deepia


    To compare the acceptance and efficacy of cereal bait containing different concentrations of poultry egg components in laboratory and poultry farms to control house rat, Rattus rattus (R. rattus). Acceptance of cereal bait containing different concentrations (2%, 5% and 10%) of poultry egg components such as egg shell powder (ESP), egg albumin (EA) and crushed egg shell as bait additives were studied after exposing them to different groups of rats in bi-choice with bait without additive. Behaviour of rats towards cereal bait containing 2% concentration of different egg components was recorded in no-choice conditions through Food Scale Consumption Monitor. In poultry farm predominantly infested with R. rattus, acceptance and efficacy of 2% zinc phosphide bait containing 2% EA and ESP was evaluated. Trap success of single rat traps containing chapatti pieces smeared with 2% EA and 2% ESP was also evaluated in poultry farm. In bi-choice tests, significantly (Pegg albumin and egg shell powder in cereal bait to enhance acceptance and efficacy of 2% zinc phosphide bait against R. rattus. This may further help in checking the spread of rodent borne diseases to animals and humans.

  4. A three-dimensional porous MoP@C hybrid as a high-capacity, long-cycle life anode material for lithium-ion batteries. (United States)

    Wang, Xia; Sun, Pingping; Qin, Jinwen; Wang, Jianqiang; Xiao, Ying; Cao, Minhua


    Metal phosphides are great promising anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with a high gravimetric capacity. However, significant challenges such as low capacity, fast capacity fading and poor cycle stability must be addressed for their practical applications. Herein, we demonstrate a versatile strategy for the synthesis of a novel three-dimensional porous molybdenum phosphide@carbon hybrid (3D porous MoP@C hybrid) by a template sol-gel method followed by an annealing treatment. The resultant hybrid exhibits a 3D interconnected ordered porous structure with a relatively high surface area. Benefiting from its advantages of microstructure and composition, the 3D porous MoP@C hybrid displays excellent lithium storage performance as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries in terms of specific capacity, cycling stability and long-cycle life. It presents stable cycling performance with a high reversible capacity up to 1028 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) after 100 cycles. By ex situ XRD, HRTEM, SAED and XPS analyses, the 3D porous MoP@C hybrid was found to follow the Li-intercalation reaction mechanism (MoP + xLi(+) + e(-)↔ LixMoP), which was further confirmed by ab initio calculations based on density functional theory.

  5. Evaluation of critical materials in five additional advance design photovoltaic cells

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    Smith, S.A.; Watts, R.L.; Martin, P.; Gurwell, W.E.


    The objective of this study is to identify potential material supply constraints due to the large-scale deployment of five advanced photovoltaic (PV) cell designs, and to suggest strategies to reduce the impacts of these production capacity limitations and potential future material shortages. The Critical Materials Assessment Program (CMAP) screens the designs and their supply chains and identifies potential shortages which might preclude large-scale use of the technologies. The results of the screening of five advanced PV cell designs are presented: (1) indium phosphide/cadmium sulfide, (2) zinc phosphide, (3) cadmium telluride/cadmium sulfide, (4) copper indium selenium, and (5) cadmium selenide photoelectrochemical. Each of these five cells is screened individually assuming that they first come online in 1991, and that 25 Gwe of peak capacity is online by the year 2000. A second computer screening assumes that each cell first comes online in 1991 and that each cell has a 5 GWe of peak capacity by the year 2000, so that the total online capacity for the five cells is 25 GWe. Based on a review of the preliminary baseline screening results, suggestions were made for varying such parameters as the layer thickness, cell production processes, etc. The resulting PV cell characterizations were then screened again by the CMAP computer code. The CMAP methodology used to identify critical materials is described; and detailed characterizations of the advanced photovoltaic cell designs under investigation, descriptions of additional cell production processes, and the results are presented. (WHK)

  6. Porous Structured Ni-Fe-P Nanocubes Derived from a Prussian Blue Analogue as an Electrocatalyst for Efficient Overall Water Splitting. (United States)

    Xuan, Cuijuan; Wang, Jie; Xia, Weiwei; Peng, Zongkai; Wu, Zexing; Lei, Wen; Xia, Kedong; Xin, Huolin L; Wang, Deli


    Exploring nonprecious metal electrocatalysts to replace the noble metal-based catalysts for full water electrocatalysis is still an ongoing challenge. In this work, porous structured ternary nickel-iron-phosphide (Ni-Fe-P) nanocubes were synthesized through one-step phosphidation of a Ni-Fe-based Prussian blue analogue. The Ni-Fe-P nanocubes exhibit a rough and loose porous structure on their surface under suitable phosphating temperature, which is favorable for the mass transfer and oxygen diffusion during the electrocatalysis process. As a result, Ni-Fe-P obtained at 350 °C with poorer crystallinity offers more unsaturated atoms as active sites to expedite the absorption of reactants. Additionally, the introduction of nickel improved the electronic structure and then reduced the charge-transfer resistance, which would result in a faster electron transport and an enhancement of the intrinsic electrocatalytic activities. Benefiting from the unique porous nanocubes and the chemical composition, the Ni-Fe-P nanocubes exhibit excellent hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction activities in alkaline medium, with low overpotentials of 182 and 271 mV for delivering a current density of 10 mA cm-2, respectively. Moreover, the Ni-Fe-P nanocubes show outstanding stability for sustained water splitting in the two-electrode alkaline electrolyzer. This work not only provides a facile approach for designing bifunctional electrocatalysts but also further extends the application of metal-organic frameworks in overall water splitting.

  7. Conceptual design of a lunar base solar power plant lunar base systems study task 3.3 (United States)


    The best available concepts for a 100 kW Solar Lunar Power Plant based on static and dynamic conversion concepts have been examined. The two concepts which emerged for direct comparison yielded a difference in delivered mass of 35 MT, the mass equivalent of 1.4 lander payloads, in favor of the static concept. The technologies considered for the various elements are either state-of-the-art or near-term. Two photovoltaic cell concepts should receive high priority for development: i.e., amorphous silicon and indium phosphide cells. The amorphous silicon, because it can be made so light weight and rugged; and the indium phosphide, because it shows very high efficiency potential and is reportedly not degraded by radiation. Also the amorphous silicon cells may be mounted on flexible backing that may roll up much like a carpet for compact storage, delivery, and ease of deployment at the base. The fuel cell and electrolysis cell technology is quite well along for lunar base applications, and because both the Shuttle and the forthcoming Space Station incorporate these devices, the status quo will be maintained. Early development of emerging improvements should be implemented so that essential life verification test programs may commence.

  8. A Novel Bis(phosphido)pyridine [PNP] 2− Pincer Ligand and Its Potassium and Bis(dimethylamido)zirconium(IV) Complexes

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    Winston, Matthew S.


    A novel PNP bis(secondary phosphine)pyridine pincer ligand, 2,6-bis(2-(phenylphosphino)phenyl)pyridine, has been prepared in high yield, and the properties of the doubly deprotonated form as a ligand in K 4(PNP)2(THF)6 and (PNP)Zr(NMe2) 2 have been investigated. The neutral PNP ligand has been isolated as a mixture of noninterconverting diastereomers, due to the presence of two chirogenic phosphorus atoms of the secondary phopshines, but coordination of the dianionic form to potassium and zirconium allows for isolation of a single diastereomer in near-quantitative yield. The structure of a bis(dimethylamido) zirconium(IV) derivative of the bis(phosphido)pyridine ligand and DFT calculations suggest that the phosphides do not π-bond to early transition metals, likely due to geometric strain and possibly orbital size mismatch between phosphorus and zirconium. As a result, the soft phosphides are prone to formation of insoluble oligomers with substantial bridging of the phosphido lone pairs to other zirconium centers. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  9. Rational Design of Three-Dimensional Graphene Encapsulated with Hollow FeP@Carbon Nanocomposite as Outstanding Anode Material for Lithium Ion and Sodium Ion Batteries. (United States)

    Wang, Xiujuan; Chen, Kai; Wang, Gang; Liu, Xiaojie; Wang, Hui


    Transition metal phosphides have been extensively investigated owing to their high theoretical capacities and relatively low intercalation potentials vs Li/Li(+), but their practical applications have been hindered by low electrical conductivity and dramatic volume variation during cycling. In this work, an interesting strategy for the rational design of graphene (GR) encapsulated with a hollow FeP@carbon nanocomposite (H-FeP@C@GR) via a combination of a hydrothermal route, a carbon-coating process, phosphidation treatment, and carbothermic reaction is reported. The hollow FeP (H-FeP) nanospheres shelled with thin carbon layers are wonderfully incorporated into the GR matrix, interconnecting to form a three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical architecture. Such a design offers distinct advantages for FeP-based anode materials for both lithium ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium ion batteries (SIBs). For example, the 3D omnibearing conductive networks from the GR skeleton and outer coating carbon can provide an open freeway for electron/ion transport, promoting the electrode reaction kinetics. In addition, the wrapping of an H-FeP nanosphere in a thin carbon layer enables the formation of a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) on the carbon layer surface instead of on the individual H-FeP surface, preventing the continual re-forming of the SEI. When used as anode materials for LIBs and SIBs, H-FeP@C@GR exhibited excellent electrochemistry performances.

  10. Responsive hybrid inorganic-organic system derived from lanthanide luminescence

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    Zhou, Zhan [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Zheng, Yuhui, E-mail: [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Jiang, Lasheng; Yang, Jinglian [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Wang, Qianming, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry of Environment, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Guangzhou Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage, Guangzhou 510006 (China)


    Highlights: • A novel covalent hybrid material was used to detect hemoglobin. • All the recognition experiments were performed in buffer solution. • Porous nano-structures was extensively studied for the recognition. - Abstract: Terbium ions were incorporated into new organic-inorganic matrices to achieve intense green emissions. Hemoglobin (HB) interactions lead to dramatic changes in the luminescence emission intensities. Infrared spectra, morphological studies and photoluminescence give information for the speciation and process of hemoglobin additions. The porous material has a large specific surface area of 351 cm{sup 2}/g and the detection limit for HB (0.7 μM) was much lower than its physical doped material (8 μM). This promising hybrid material will lead to the design of versatile optical probes that are efficiently responding to the external targets.

  11. Optical fiber sensor for low dose gamma irradiation monitoring (United States)

    de Andrés, Ana I.; Esteban, Ã.`scar; Embid, Miguel


    An optical fiber gamma ray detector is presented in this work. It is based on a Terbium doped Gadolinium Oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb) scintillating powder which cover a chemically etched polymer fiber tip. This etching improves the fluorescence gathering by the optical fiber. The final diameter has been selected to fulfill the trade-off between light gathering and mechanical strength. Powder has been encapsulated inside a microtube where the fiber tip is immersed. The sensor has been irradiated with different air Kerma doses up to 2 Gy/h with a 137Cs source, and the spectral distribution of the fluorescence intensity has been recorded in a commercial grade CCD spectrometer. The obtained signal-to-noise ratio is good enough even for low doses, which has allowed to reduce the integration time in the spectrometer. The presented results show the feasibility for using low cost equipment to detect/measure ionizing radiation as gamma rays are.

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    Khanna, Rohit; Ip, K.; Allums, K. K.; Baik, K.; Abernathy, C. R.; Pearton, S. J.; Heo, Y. W.; Norton, D. P.; Ren, F.; Dwivedi, R.; Fogarty, T. N.; Wilkins, R.


    The preparation and characterization of terbium doped zinc aluminate photoluminescent films obtained by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis deposition process are described. Variations on doping concentrations in the start spraying solution and substrate temperatures were studied. XRD measurements on these films showed that the crystalline structure depends on the substrate temperature. For an excitation wavelength of 242 nm, all the photoluminescence spectra show peaks located at 488 nm, 546 nm, 589 nm and 621 nm. The photoluminescence intensity reaches values practically constant for the samples deposited at substrate temperatures higher than 400 °C. In this case, concentration quenching of the photoluminescence appears at doping concentrations greater than 0.93 atomic percent into the films. The surface morphology characteristics of the films deposited on glass and silicon substrates, as a function of the deposition temperature, are presented.

  13. Luminescent lanthanide chelates and methods of use (United States)

    Selvin, Paul R.; Hearst, John


    The invention provides lanthanide chelates capable of intense luminescence. The celates comprise a lanthanide chelator covalently joined to a coumarin-like or quinolone-like sensitizer. Exemplary sensitzers include 2- or 4-quinolones, 2- or 4-coumarins, or derivatives thereof e.g. carbostyril 124 (7-amino-4-methyl-2-quinolone), coumarin 120 (7-amino-4-methyl-2-coumarin), coumarin 124 (7-amino-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2-coumarin), aminomethyltrimethylpsoralen, etc. The chelates form high affinity complexes with lanthanides, such as terbium or europium, through chelator groups, such as DTPA. The chelates may be coupled to a wide variety of compounds to create specific labels, probes, diagnostic and/or therapeutic reagents, etc. The chelates find particular use in resonance energy transfer between chelate-lanthanide complexes and another luminescent agent, often a fluorescent non-metal based resonance energy acceptor. The methods provide useful information about the structure, conformation, relative location and/or interactions of macromolecules.

  14. Creating infinite contrast in fluorescence microscopy by using lanthanide centered emission

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    R. Carro-Temboury, Miguel; Arppe, Riikka Matleena; Hempel, Casper


    for completely removing the background signal in spectrally resolved fluorescence microscopy. The methodology is applicable for all probes with narrow and well-defined emission bands (Full width half-maximum lanthanide based probes exploiting the narrow emission lines of europium......(III) and terbium(III) ions. We used a model system with zeolites doped with lanthanides immobilized in a polymer stained with several fluorescent dyes regularly used in bioimaging. After smoothing the spectral data recorded in each pixel, they are differentiated. Method I is based on the direct sum of the gradient......, while method II resolves the fluorescent signal by subtracting a background calculated via the gradient. Both methods improve signal-to-background ratio significantly and we suggest that spectral imaging of lanthanide-centered emission can be used as a tool to obtain absolute contrast in bioimaging....

  15. Luminescent Lanthanide Metal Organic Frameworks for cis-Selective Isoprene Polymerization Catalysis

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    Full Text Available In this study, we are combining two areas of chemistry; solid-state coordination polymers (or Metal-Organic Framework—MOF and polymerization catalysis. MOF compounds combining two sets of different lanthanide elements (Nd3+, Eu3+/Tb3+ were used for that purpose: the use of neodymium was required due to its well-known catalytic properties in dienes polymerization. A second lanthanide, europium or terbium, was included in the MOF structure with the aim to provide luminescent properties. Several lanthanides-based MOF meeting these criteria were prepared according to different approaches, and they were further used as catalysts for the polymerization of isoprene. Stereoregular cis-polyisoprene was received, which in some cases exhibited luminescent properties in the UV-visible range.

  16. Method for compensation of thermally induced modal distortions in the input optical components of gravitational wave interferometers

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    Müller, G; Guagliardo, D; McFeron, D; Lundock, R; Reitze, D H; Tanner, D B


    The next generation of interferometric gravitational wave detectors will employ laser powers approaching 200 W to increase shot-noise limited sensitivity. Optical components that transmit the laser light will exhibit increased thermal lensing induced by bulk absorption and concomitant changes in the material refractive index, resulting in significant changes in the modal characteristics of the beam. Key interferometer components such as electro-optic modulators and Faraday isolators are particularly at risk, since they possess relatively large absorption coefficients. We present a method for passive correction of thermally induced optical path length (DELTA LAMBDA) changes induced by absorption in transmissive optical components. Our method relies on introducing material in the optical path that possesses a negative index temperature derivative, thereby inducing a compensating opposite DELTA LAMBDA. We experimentally demonstrate a factor of 10 reduction in higher order spatial mode generation for terbium gall...

  17. High-density scintillating glasses for a proton imaging detector (United States)

    Tillman, I. J.; Dettmann, M. A.; Herrig, V.; Thune, Z. L.; Zieser, A. J.; Michalek, S. F.; Been, M. O.; Martinez-Szewczyk, M. M.; Koster, H. J.; Wilkinson, C. J.; Kielty, M. W.; Jacobsohn, L. G.; Akgun, U.


    High-density scintillating glasses are proposed for a novel proton-imaging device that can improve the accuracy of the hadron therapy. High-density scintillating glasses are needed to build a cost effective, compact calorimeter that can be attached to a gantry. This report summarizes the study on Europium, Terbium, and Cerium-doped scintillating glasses that were developed containing heavy elements such as Lanthanum, Gadolinium, and Tungsten. The density of the samples reach up to 5.9 g/cm3, and their 300-600 nm emission overlaps perfectly with the peak cathode sensitivity of the commercial photo detectors. The developed glasses do not require any special quenching and can be poured easily, which makes them a good candidate for production in various geometries. Here, the glass making conditions, preliminary tests on optical and physical properties of these scintillating, high-density, oxide glasses developed for a novel medical imaging application are reported.

  18. Heat-Flux Gage thermophosphor system

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    Tobin, K.W.


    This document describes the installation, hardware requirements, and application of the Heat-Flux Gage (Version 1.0) software package developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Applied Technology Division. The developed software is a single component of a thermographic phosphor-based temperature and heat-flux measurement system. The heat-flux transducer was developed by EG G Energy Measurements Systems and consists of a 1- by 1-in. polymethylpentene sheet coated on the front and back with a repeating thermographic phosphor pattern. The phosphor chosen for this application is gadolinium oxysulphide doped with terbium. This compound has a sensitive temperature response from 10 to 65.6{degree}C (50--150{degree}F) for the 415- and 490-nm spectral emission lines. 3 refs., 17 figs.

  19. Radioluminescence of rare-earth doped aluminum oxide

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    Santiago, M.; Molina, P. [Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Instituto de Fisica Arroyo Seco, Pinto 399, 7000 Tandil (Argentina); Barros, V. S.; Khoury, H. J.; Elihimas, D. R., E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Departamento de Energia Nuclear, Av. Prof. Luiz Freire 1000, Recife, PE 50740-540 (Brazil)


    Carbon-doped aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C) is one of the most used radioluminescence (Rl) materials for fiberoptic dosimetry due to its high efficiency and commercial availability. However, this compound presents the drawback of emitting in the spectral region, where the spurious radioluminescence of fibers is also important. In this work, the radioluminescence response of rare-earth doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples has been evaluated. The samples were prepared by mixing stoichiometric amounts of aluminum nitrate, urea and dopants with different amounts of terbium, samarium, cerium and thulium nitrates varying from 0 to 0.15 mo 1%. The influence of the different activators on the Rl spectra has been investigated in order to determine the feasibility of using these compounds for Rl fiberoptic dosimetry. (Author)

  20. Messenger RNA Detection in Leukemia Cell lines by Novel Metal-Tagged in situ Hybridization using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. (United States)

    Ornatsky, Olga I; Baranov, Vladimir I; Bandura, Dmitry R; Tanner, Scott D; Dick, John


    Conventional gene expression profiling relies on using fluorescent detection of hybridized probes. Physical characteristics of fluorophores impose limitations on achieving a highly multiplex gene analysis of single cells. Our work demonstrates the feasibility of using metal-tagged in situ hybridization for mRNA detection by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). ICP-MS as an analytical detector has a number of unique and relevant properties: 1) metals and their stable isotopes generate non-overlapping distinct signals that can be detected simultaneously; 2) these signals can be measured over a wide dynamic range; 3) ICP-MS is quantitative and very sensitive. We used commercial antibodies conjugated to europium (Eu) and gold together with biotinylated oligonucleotide probes reacted with terbium-labeled streptavidin to demonstrate simultaneous mRNA and protein detection by ICP-MS in leukemia cells.

  1. Magnetic behaviour of TbPc2 single-molecule magnets chemically grafted on silicon surface. (United States)

    Mannini, Matteo; Bertani, Federico; Tudisco, Cristina; Malavolti, Luigi; Poggini, Lorenzo; Misztal, Kasjan; Menozzi, Daniela; Motta, Alessandro; Otero, Edwige; Ohresser, Philippe; Sainctavit, Philippe; Condorelli, Guglielmo G; Dalcanale, Enrico; Sessoli, Roberta


    Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) are among the most promising molecular systems for the development of novel molecular electronics based on spin transport. Going beyond investigations focused on physisorbed SMMs, in this work the robust grafting of terbium(III) bis(phthalocyaninato) complexes to a silicon surface from a diluted solution is achieved by rational chemical design yielding the formation of a partially oriented monolayer on the conducting substrate. Here by exploiting the surface sensitivity of X-ray circular magnetic dichroism, we evidence an enhancement of the magnetic bistability of this SMM, in contrast to the dramatic reduction of the magnetic hysteresis that characterizes monolayer deposits evaporated on noble and ferromagnetic metals. Photoelectron spectroscopy investigations and density functional theory analysis suggest a non-innocent role played by the silicon substrate, evidencing the potentiality of this approach for robust integration of bistable magnetic molecules in electronic devices.

  2. Penicillium expansum Link strain for a biometallurgical method to recover REEs from WEEE. (United States)

    Di Piazza, Simone; Cecchi, Grazia; Cardinale, Anna Maria; Carbone, Cristina; Mariotti, Mauro Giorgio; Giovine, Marco; Zotti, Mirca


    Due to the wide range of applications in high-tech solutions, Rare Earth Elements (REEs) have become object of great interest. In the last years several studies regarding technologies for REE extraction from secondary resources have been carried out. In particular biotechnologies, which use tolerant and accumulator microorganisms to recover and recycle precious metals, are replacing traditional methods. This paper describes an original biometallurgical method to recover REEs from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) by using a strain of Penicillium expansum Link isolated from an ecotoxic metal contaminated site. The resulting product is a high concentrated solution of Lanthanum (up to 390ppm) and Terbium (up to 1520ppm) obtained from WEEE. Under this perspective, the proposed protocol can be considered a method of recycling exploiting biometallurgy. Finally, the process is the subject of the Italian patent application n. 102015000041404 submitted by the University of Genoa. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Infrared Spectroscopic Characterization of Photoluminescent Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Kyle Gipson


    Full Text Available Organicallycoated inorganic nanoparticles were synthesized to produce photoluminescent nanocomposites based on a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA matrix. The nanoparticles comprised organic ligands (acetylsalicylic acid, ASA, and 2-picolinic acid, PA attached to the lanthanum trifluoride (LaF3 host crystals that were doped with optically active terbium III (Tb3+ and synthesized using solution-based methods. The ligands were employed to functionalize the surface of Tb3+:LaF3 nanocrystals to aid in dispersing the nanoparticles. In order to confirm the presence of the constituents within the inorganic-organic system, the nanoparticles were characterized by infrared spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Absorption peaks observed from infrared spectroscopy for all the polymer nanocomposites loaded with organic surface treated nanocrystals exhibited peaks that were not present in undoped PMMA but were characteristic of the dopant and the ligand.

  4. Complex logic functions implemented with quantum dot bionanophotonic circuits. (United States)

    Claussen, Jonathan C; Hildebrandt, Niko; Susumu, Kimihiro; Ancona, Mario G; Medintz, Igor L


    We combine quantum dots (QDs) with long-lifetime terbium complexes (Tb), a near-IR Alexa Fluor dye (A647), and self-assembling peptides to demonstrate combinatorial and sequential bionanophotonic logic devices that function by time-gated Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). Upon excitation, the Tb-QD-A647 FRET-complex produces time-dependent photoluminescent signatures from multi-FRET pathways enabled by the capacitor-like behavior of the Tb. The unique photoluminescent signatures are manipulated by ratiometrically varying dye/Tb inputs and collection time. Fluorescent output is converted into Boolean logic states to create complex arithmetic circuits including the half-adder/half-subtractor, 2:1 multiplexer/1:2 demultiplexer, and a 3-digit, 16-combination keypad lock.

  5. Creating infinite contrast in fluorescence microscopy by using lanthanide centered emission

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    R. Carro-Temboury, Miguel; Arppe, Riikka Matleena; Hempel, Casper


    The popularity of fluorescence microscopy arises from the inherent mode of action, where the fluorescence emission from probes is used to visualize selected features on a presumed dark background. However, the background is rarely truly dark, and image processing and analysis is needed to enhance...... for completely removing the background signal in spectrally resolved fluorescence microscopy. The methodology is applicable for all probes with narrow and well-defined emission bands (Full width half-maximum emission lines of europium......(III) and terbium(III) ions. We used a model system with zeolites doped with lanthanides immobilized in a polymer stained with several fluorescent dyes regularly used in bioimaging. After smoothing the spectral data recorded in each pixel, they are differentiated. Method I is based on the direct sum of the gradient...

  6. TbNb6Sn6: the first ternary compound from the rare earth–niobium–tin system

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    Viktor Hlukhyy


    Full Text Available The title compound, terbium hexaniobium hexastannide, TbNb6Sn6, is the first ternary compound from the rare earth–niobium–tin system. It has the HfFe6Ge6 structure type, which can be analysed as an intergrowth of the Zr4Al3 and CaCu5 structures. All the atoms lie on special positions; their coordination geometries and site symmetries are: Tb (dodecahedron 6/mmm; Nb (distorted icosahedron 2mm; Sn (Frank–Caspar polyhedron, CN = 14–15 6mm and overline{6}m2; Sn (distorted icosahedron overline{6}m2. The structure contains a graphite-type Sn network, Kagome nets of Nb atoms, and Tb atoms alternating with Sn2 dumbbells in the channels.

  7. Robust lanthanide emitters in polyelectrolyte thin films for photonic applications (United States)

    Greenspon, Andrew S.; Marceaux, Brandt L.; Hu, Evelyn L.


    Trivalent lanthanides provide stable emission sources at wavelengths spanning the ultraviolet through the near infrared with uses in telecommunications, lighting, and biological sensing and imaging. We describe a method for incorporating an organometallic lanthanide complex within polyelectrolyte multilayers, producing uniform, optically active thin films on a variety of substrates. These films demonstrate excellent emission with narrow linewidths, stable over a period of months, even when bound to metal substrates. Utilizing different lanthanides such as europium and terbium, we are able to easily tune the resulting wavelength of emission of the thin film. These results demonstrate the suitability of this platform as a thin film emitter source for a variety of photonic applications such as waveguides, optical cavities, and sensors.

  8. Design and Development of a Magneto-Optic Sensor for Magnetic Field Measurements

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    Full Text Available A magneto-optic sensor is developed using a Terbium Doped Glass (TDG element as a Faraday rotation sensor and optical fiber as light transmitting and receiving medium. Online LabView based application software is developed to process the sensor output. The system is used to sense the magnetic field of a DC motor field winding in industrial environment. The sensor output is compared with the magnetic flux density variation obtained with a calibrated Hall Magnetic sensor (Gauss Meter. A linear variation of sensor output over wide range of current passing through the field winding is obtained. Further the results show an improved sensitivity of magneto-optic sensor over the Hall sensor.

  9. Photon Self-Induced Spin to Orbital Conversion in TGG crystal at high laser power

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    Mosca, S; Karimi, E; Piccirillo, B; Marrucci, L; De Rosa, R; Genin, E; Milano, L; Santamato, E


    In this paper, we present experimental evidence of a newly discovered third-order nonlinear optical process Self-Induced Spin-to-Orbital Conversion (SISTOC) of the photon angular momentum. This effect is the physical mechanism at the origin of the depolarization of very intense laser beams propagating in isotropic materials. The SISTOC process, like self-focusing, is triggered by laser heating leading to a radial temperature gradient in the medium. In this work we tested the occurrence of SISTOC in a terbium gallium garnet (TGG) rod for an impinging laser power of about 100~W. To study the SISTOC process we used different techniques: polarization analysis, interferometry and tomography of the photon orbital angular momentum. Our results confirm, in particular, that the apparent depolarization of the beam is due to the occurrence of maximal entanglement between the spin and orbital angular momentum of the photons undergoing the SISTOC process. This explanation of the true nature of the depolarization mechanism...

  10. Síntese, caracterização e propriedades espectroscópicas de criptatos de lantanídeo do tipo [LnÌ(bipy2py(CO2Et 23+

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    Nova Suzana P. Vila


    Full Text Available This work reports on the synthesis, characterization (infrared and hidrogen nmr spectra and photophysical properties (luminescence spectra and emission quantum yield of the lanthanide cryptates [LnÌ(bipy2py(CO2Et 2]3+ with Ln = Eu3+, Tb3+ or Gd3+, which can be applied as efficient Light-Conversion-Molecular-Devices. From emission spectra of [EuÌ(bipy2py(CO2Et 2]3+ it was possible to assign C3 symmetry to the metal ion. The spectroscopic studies show a higher emission quantum yield (q=25% for [TbÌ(bipy2py(CO2Et 2]3+ in aqueous solution, whereas the europium cryptate presents q=14%. This is justified by a more efficient energy transfer between triplet and emission levels of terbium (T->5D4.

  11. Inorganic phosphate nanorods are a novel fluorescent label in cell biology

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    Mukherjee Priyabrata


    Full Text Available Abstract We report the first use of inorganic fluorescent lanthanide (europium and terbium ortho phosphate [LnPO4·H2O, Ln = Eu and Tb] nanorods as a novel fluorescent label in cell biology. These nanorods, synthesized by the microwave technique, retain their fluorescent properties after internalization into human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC, 786-O cells, or renal carcinoma cells (RCC. The cellular internalization of these nanorods and their fluorescence properties were characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy (FS, differential interference contrast (DIC microscopy, confocal microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. At concentrations up to 50 μg/ml, the use of [3H]-thymidine incorporation assays, apoptosis assays (TUNEL, and trypan blue exclusion illustrated the non-toxic nature of these nanorods, a major advantage over traditional organic dyes

  12. Processes and Technologies for the Recycling of Spent Fluorescent Lamps

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    Kujawski Wojciech


    Full Text Available The growing industrial application of rare earth metals led to great interest in the new technologies for the recycling and recovery of REEs from diverse sources. This work reviews the various methods for the recycling of spent fluorescent lamps. The spent fluorescent lamps are potential source of important rare earth elements (REEs such as: yttrium, terbium, europium, lanthanum and cerium. The characteristics of REEs properties and construction of typical fl uorescent lamps is described. The work compares also current technologies which can be utilized for an efficient recovery of REEs from phosphors powders coming from spent fluorescent lamps. The work is especially focused on the hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processes. It was concluded that hydrometallurgical processes are especially useful for the recovery of REEs from spent fluorescent lamps. Moreover, the methods used for recycling of REEs are identical or very similar to those utilized for the raw ores processing.

  13. Electroluminescence characteristics of a new kind of rare-earth complex: TbY(o-MOBA){sub 6}(phen){sub 2} {center_dot}2H{sub 2}O

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    Shi, Yumeng [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Deng, Zhenbo [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China)]. E-mail:; Xiao, Jing [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Xu, Denghui [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Chen, Zheng [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Wang, Ruifen [Department of Chemistry, Heibei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050091 (China)


    A new rare-earth complex TbY(o-MOBA){sub 6}(phen){sub 2} {center_dot}2H{sub 2}O was synthesized, which was used as an emitting material in electroluminescence device. This was doped into poly(N-vinylcarbazole) and two devices were fabricated having structures of (1) Glass/ITO/PVK:RE complex/LiF/Al, and (2) Glass/ITO/PVK:RE complex/BCP/AlQ/LiF/Al. As compared with a different Terbium complex Tb(o-MOBA){sub 3}phen{center_dot}H{sub 2}O, the photoluminescence and electroluminescence mechanisms were discussed. Bright green emission was obtained from the optimized multi-layer device and the highest brightness reached 124.5 cd/m{sup 2} at the voltage of 23 V.

  14. Thermoluminescence on ZrO{sub 2} films with different dopants; Termoluminiscencia en peliculas de ZrO{sub 2} con distintos impurificantes

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    Ceron R, P. V.; Rivera M, T.; Ramos G, A. I.; Guzman M, J.; Montes R, E., E-mail: [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria No. 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)


    Full text: The metal oxides doped with rare earths have presented good thermoluminescent properties for certain wavelengths in the UV. With respect to zirconium oxide exist several studies in which were incorporated impurities and their properties as dosimeter in several regions of the electromagnetic spectrum were analyzed. Because of this background, in this material thermoluminescent glow curves induced by UV in films of ZrO{sub 2}:Eu and ZrO{sub 2}:Tb were studied for comparison with the response of the material doped with two rare earths (ZrO{sub 2}:Eu + Tb). Samples were deposited on glass by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique with different synthesis parameters. It was found that the strongest Tl response was to ZrO{sub 2} film doped with terbium (14 times more intense than the film of ZrO{sub 2}:Eu and 6 times the response of ZrO{sub 2}:Eu + Tb). (Author)

  15. Growth and Faraday rotation characteristics of Tb2Sn2O7 crystal (United States)

    Guo, F. Y.; Wan, Q. P.; Hou, Y.; Zhang, L. Z.; Fu, H.; Chen, J. Z.


    Tb2Sn2O7 (TSO) single crystals have been grown by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method using a Na2B4O7-NaF mixture as the flux. In this paper, the morphology of as-grown TSO crystals is briefly described and the valences of terbium and tin in crystal were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The transmission spectrum was measured in the wavelength range of 400-1600 nm at room temperature and the Faraday rotation of a TSO crystal was investigated at 532, 633 and 1064 nm wavelengths by the extinction method. Results show that TSO crystals exhibit typical paramagnetism when the temperature is above 2 K and have a larger Verdet constant than that reported for TGG.

  16. Lanthanide complexes of a picolinate ligand derived from 1,4,7-triazacyclononane with potential application in magnetic resonance imaging and time-resolved luminescence imaging. (United States)

    Nonat, Aline; Gateau, Christelle; Fries, Pascal H; Mazzanti, Marinella


    The new potentially octadentate ligand, 1-(carboxymethyl)-4,7-bis[(6-carboxypyridin-2-yl)methyl]-1,4,7-triazacyclononane (H(3)bpatcn), in which two picolinate arms and one acetate arm are connected to the 1,4,7-triazacyclonane core, has been prepared. Potentiometric studies show an increased stability of the Gd(III) complex of H(3)bpatcn (logK(GdL)=15.8(2)) with respect to the Gd(III) complex of the analogous ligand 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N,N',N''-triacetic acid (H(3)nota) (logK(GdL)=13.7), associated with an increased selectivity of H(3)bpatcn for gadolinium over calcium. The H(3)bpatcn ligand sensitises the terbium ion very efficiently, leading to a long-lived and highly luminescent terbium complex (quantum yield=43 %), in spite of the presence of a coordinated water molecule. (1)H proton NMR studies indicate that the metal ion is rigidly encapsulated by the three arms of the octadentate ligand H(3)bpatcn and that the macrocycle framework remains bound (through the five nitrogen and the three oxygen atoms) even at high temperature. A new theoretical method for interpreting the water proton relaxivity is presented. It is based on recent progresses in the description of the electronic spin relaxation and on an auxiliary probe solute. It replaces the Solomon, Bloembergen and Morgan (SBM) framework, which is questionable at low field, while avoiding resorting to simulations and/or sophisticated theories with additional unknown zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameters. The inclusion of two picolinate groups on a triazacyclononane framework affords the mono-aquo gadolinium complex [Gd(bpatcn)(H(2)O)] with favourable electron-relaxation properties (tau(eff)(S0)=125 ps). The optimisation of the electronic relaxation by ligand design is especially important to achieve high relaxivity in the new generation macromolecular complexes with long rotational correlation times.

  17. Competing exchange interactions and magnetic anisotropy of La{sub 1−x}Tb{sub x}Mn{sub 2}Si{sub 2}

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    Gerasimov, E.G., E-mail: [Institute of Metal Physics UB RAS, S. Kovalevskaya str., 18, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Mushnikov, N.V.; Terentev, P.B.; Yazovskikh, K.A.; Titov, I.S.; Gaviko, V.S. [Institute of Metal Physics UB RAS, S. Kovalevskaya str., 18, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Umetsu, Rie Y. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)


    Crystal structure, magnetization and magnetic susceptibility have been studied for the La{sub 1−x}Tb{sub x}Mn{sub 2}Si{sub 2} (0≤x≤1) polycrystalline and quasi-single crystalline samples. It has been shown that, at low temperature T =4.2 K, substitution of the terbium for lanthanum leads to recurred change of the type of interlayer Mn-Mn magnetic ordering. For the compounds with x<0.2 ≈ x{sub c1} the manganese magnetic moments of adjacent layers are ordered ferromagnetically, in the concentration range 0.2x{sub c2} the Mn sublattice is again ferromagnetically ordered and, due to the negative Tb–Mn interaction, ferrimagnetic structure is formed. Using the magnetization data, the concentration magnetic phase diagram has been suggested. The observed variation of the type of magnetic ordering has been explained in terms of the change of interatomic Mn-Mn distances and a competition of the Tb–Mn, Mn–Mn and Tb–Tb interlayer exchange interactions. - Highlights: • Crystal structure and magnetic properties have been studied for the polycrystalline and quasi-single crystalline samples. • Substitution of the terbium for lanthanum leads to recurred change of the type of interlayer Mn–Mn magnetic ordering. • The compounds have high magnetic anisotropy, the tetragonal c-axis being the easy magnetization direction. • The magnetic x-T phase diagram includes five different magnetically ordered states.

  18. A luminescence-based probe for sensitive detection of hydrogen peroxide in seconds

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    Zscharnack, Kristin; Kreisig, Thomas; Prasse, Agneta A. [Institute of Bioanalytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Universität Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5, Leipzig 04103 (Germany); Zuchner, Thole, E-mail: [Institute of Bioanalytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Universität Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5, Leipzig 04103 (Germany); Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Universität Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5, Leipzig 04103 (Germany)


    Highlights: • We describe a novel probe for the sensitive detection of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • H{sub 2}O{sub 2} quenches the luminescence of a complex consisting of phthalic acid and terbium ions. • A stable fluorescence signal is generated immediately after mixing probe and sample. • The PATb probe detects H{sub 2}O{sub 2} over four orders of magnitude. - Abstract: Here, we present a fast and simple hydrogen peroxide assay that is based on time-resolved fluorescence. The emission intensity of a complex consisting of terbium ions (Tb{sup 3+}) and phthalic acid (PA) in HEPES buffer is quenched in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and this quenching is concentration-dependent. The novel PATb assay detects hydrogen peroxide at a pH range from 7.5 to 8.5 and with a detection limit of 150 nmol L{sup −1} at pH 8.5. The total assay time is less than 1 min. The linear range of the assay can be adapted by a pH adjustment of the aqueous buffer and covers a concentration range from 310 nmol L{sup −1} to 2.56 mmol L{sup −1} in total which encompasses four orders of magnitude. The assay is compatible with high concentrations of all 47 tested inorganic and organic compounds. The PATb assay was applied to quantify H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in polluted river water samples. In conclusion, this fast and easy-to-use assay detects H{sub 2}O{sub 2} with high sensitivity and precision.

  19. Separation device of radio lanthanides (DISER); Dispositivo de separacion de radiolantanidos (DISER)

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    Vera T, A.L. [FES-Zaragoza, UNAM, 09000 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Monroy G, F.; Vazquez M, J.C.; Jimenez B, F. [ININ, 52750 La Marquesa, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. e-mail:


    At the present time the cancer is one of the main causes of mortality in our country, therefore, its prevention, diagnostic and treatment is of vital importance for those health systems. The treatment of the cancer and other illnesses, starting from monoclonal antibodies, peptides, macro aggregates or marked aminoacids with beta particles emitting radioisotopes, it is an extremely promising field. The radioactive lanthanides: Promethium 149, Terbium 161, Holmium 166 and Lutetium 177 are beta emitting ({beta}), which possess nuclear and chemical properties that have shown their feasibility like radioisotopes of radiotherapeutic use. However, these radioisotopes are not commercially available; to this respect, the Radioactive Materials Research Laboratory (LIMR) of the National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ), it has developed the methodology of production of these radioisotopes and based on these works, there is designed, built and mounted the Radio lanthanides Separation Device (DISER) able to carry out the radioisotopes production in a routine way. This device is content in a cell that has an auxiliary air service, an extraction system and it is protected with a lead armor-plating of 10 cm. The DISER it is manual and easy of managing. The main function of this equipment is the radio lanthanides separation starting from the extractive chromatography by means of packed columns with a commercial resin (LnSPS) and recovered in the superior and inferior part by fiber glass. The DISER is composed by a main carrousel where the separation columns and the elution recipients are mounted. Also counts with an opening system of irradiation vials, port samples for columns and glass material. The present work presents a detailed description of the DISER, as well as its handling that allows to produce the radioisotopes Promethium-149, Terbium-161, Holmium-166 and Lutetium-177 starting from the separation of its parent elements Neodymium-149, Gadolinium-161, Dysprosium-166

  20. Improving green emission of Tb3+ions in BaO-B2O3-P2O5glasses by means of Al3+ions. (United States)

    Kalpana, T; Gandhi, Y; Sudarsan, V; Piasecki, M; Ravi Kumar, V; Veeraiah, N


    BaO-B 2 O 3 -P 2 O 5 glasses doped with a fixed concentration of Tb 3 + ions and varying concentrations of Al 2 O 3 were synthesized, and the influence of the Al 3 + ion concentration on the luminescence efficiency of the green emission of Tb 3 + ions was investigated. The optical absorption, excitation, luminescence spectra and fluorescence decay curves of these glasses were recorded at ambient temperature. The emission spectra of terbium ions when excited at 393 nm exhibited two main groups of bands, corresponding to 5 D 3  →  7 F j (blue region) and 5 D 4  → 7F j (green region). From these spectra, the radiative parameters, viz., spontaneous emission probability A, total emission probability A T , radiative lifetime τ and fluorescent branching ratio β, of different transitions originating from the 5 D 4 level of Tb 3 + ions were evaluated based on the Judd-Ofelt theory. A clear increase in the quantum efficiency and luminescence of the green emission of Tb 3 + ions corresponding to 5 D 4  →  7 F 5 transition is observed with increases in the concentration of Al 2 O 3 up to 3.0 mol%. The improvement in emission is attributed to the de-clustering of terbium ions by Al 3 + ions and also to the possible admixing of wave functions of opposite parities. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  1. Synthesis and fabrication of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} thin films for electroluminescent applications: Optical and structural characteristics

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    Alarcón-Flores, G., E-mail: [Centro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, IPN, Legaría 694, Irrigación, C.P. 11500, México D.F. (Mexico); García-Hipólito, M. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Apdo. Postal 70-360, Delegación Coyoacán, C.P. 04150, México D.F. (Mexico); Aguilar-Frutis, M. [Centro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, IPN, Legaría 694, Irrigación, C.P. 11500, México D.F. (Mexico); Carmona-Téllez, S. [Instituto de Física, UNAM, Coyoacán, C.P. 04150, México D.F. (Mexico); Martinez-Martinez, R. [Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Carretera Acatlima Km 2.5, Huajuapan de León Oaxaca, C.P. 69000, México (Mexico); Campos-Arias, M.P. [Centro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, IPN, Legaría 694, Irrigación, C.P. 11500, México D.F. (Mexico); Zaleta-Alejandre, E. [Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo-Escuela Superior de Apan, Carretera Apan-Calpulalpan Km. 8, C.P. 43920, Apan, Hidalgo (Mexico); and others


    Terbium, europium and yttrium β diketonates have been synthesized from acetylacetone and inorganic metal salts and used as precursors for the deposition of Tb{sup 3+} or Eu{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} polycrystalline films by the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique. The films were deposited on c-Si substrates at temperatures in the 400–550 °C range. The optical and structural characterization of these films as a function of substrate temperature and Tb{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} concentration was carried out by means of photoluminescence (PL), cathodoluminescence (CL), infrared (IR), ellipsometry, and UV–visible spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X ray diffraction (XRD) measurements respectively. The PL intensity from these films was found to depend on deposition temperature. Films deposited above 450 °C exhibited the characteristic PL peaks associated with either Tb{sup 3+} or Eu{sup 3+} intra electronic energy levels transitions. The most intense PL emission was found for dopant concentration of 10 at% for Tb{sup 3+} and at 8 at% for Eu{sup 3+} ions into precursor solution. In both cases concentration quenching of the PL emission was observed for concentrations above these values. The films had a refractive index (1.81), low average surface roughness (∼62 Å) and a UV–Vis. transmission of the order of 90 %T. - Highlights: • Terbium, europium and yttrium β diketonates have been synthesized. • Luminescent thin films of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} were obtained. • Optical and structural characteristics of these thin films are presented. • The films had a refractive index (1.81) and low average surface roughness (∼62 Å)

  2. A novel tridentate bis(phosphinic acid)phosphine oxide based europium(III)-selective Nafion membrane luminescent sensor. (United States)

    Sainz-Gonzalo, F J; Popovici, C; Casimiro, M; Raya-Barón, A; López-Ortiz, F; Fernández, I; Fernández-Sánchez, J F; Fernández-Gutiérrez, A


    A new europium(III) membrane luminescent sensor based on a new tridentate bis(phosphinic acid)phosphine oxide (3) system has been developed. The synthesis of this new ligand is described and its full characterization by NMR, IR and elemental analyses is provided. The luminescent complex formed between europium(III) chloride and ligand 3 was evaluated in solution, observing that its spectroscopic and chemical characteristics are excellent for measuring in polymer inclusion membranes. Included in a Nafion membrane, all the parameters (ligand and ionic additives) that can affect the sensitivity and selectivity of the sensing membrane as well as the instrumental conditions were carefully optimized. The best luminescence signal (λexc = 229.06 nm and λem = 616.02 nm) was exhibited by the sensing film having a Nafion : ligand composition of 262.3 : 0.6 mg mL(-1). The membrane sensor showed a short response time (t95 = 5.0 ± 0.2 min) and an optimum working pH of 5.0 (25 mM acetate buffer solution). The membrane sensor manifested a good selectivity toward europium(III) ions with respect to other trivalent metals (iron, chromium and aluminium) and lanthanide(III) ions (lanthanum, samarium, terbium and ytterbium), although a small positive interference of terbium(III) ions was observed. It provided a linear range from 1.9 × 10(-8) to 5.0 × 10(-6) M with a very low detection limit (5.8 × 10(-9) M) and sensitivity (8.57 × 10(-7) a.u. per M). The applicability of this sensing film has been demonstrated by analyzing different kinds of spiked water samples obtaining recovery percentages of 95-97%.

  3. Interaction of coal-derived synthesis gas impurities with solid oxide fuel cell metallic components

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    Marina, Olga A.; Coyle, Christopher A.; Edwards, Danny J.; Chou, Yeong-Shyung; Cramer, Carolyn N. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352 (United States); Pederson, Larry R. [North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58102 (United States)


    Oxidation-resistant alloys find use as interconnect materials, heat exchangers, and gas supply tubing in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems, especially when operated at temperatures below {proportional_to}800 C. If fueled with synthesis gas derived from coal or biomass, such metallic components could be exposed to impurities contained in those fuel sources. In this study, coupons of ferritic stainless steels Crofer 22 APU and SS 441, austenitic nickel-chromium superalloy Inconel 600, and an alumina-forming high nickel alloy alumel were exposed to synthesis gas containing {<=}2 ppm phosphorus, arsenic and antimony, and reaction products were tested. Crofer 22 APU coupons coated with a (Mn,Co){sub 3}O{sub 4} protective layer were also evaluated. Phosphorus was found to be the most reactive. On Crofer 22 APU, the (Mn,Cr){sub 3}O{sub 4} passivation layer reacted to form an Mn-P-O product, predicted to be manganese phosphate from thermochemical calculations, and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. On SS 441, reaction of phosphorus with (Mn,Cr){sub 3}O{sub 4} led to the formation of manganese phosphate as well as an Fe-P product, predicted from thermochemical calculations to be Fe{sub 3}P. Minimal interactions with antimony or arsenic in synthesis gas were limited to Fe-Sb and Fe-As solid solution formation. Though not intended for use on the anode side, a (Mn,Co){sub 3}O{sub 4} spinel coating on Crofer 22 APU reacted with phosphorus in synthesis gas to produce products consistent with Mn{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Co{sub 2}P. A thin Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivation layer on Inconel 600 did not prevent the formation of nickel phosphides and arsenides and of iron phosphides and arsenides, though no reaction with Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} was apparent. On alumel, an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivation layer rich in Ni did not prevent the formation of nickel phosphides, arsenides, and antimonides, though no reaction with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} occurred. This work shows that unprotected metallic components of

  4. III-Vs at Scale: A PV Manufacturing Cost Analysis of the Thin Film Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth Mode

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    Zheng, Maxwell; Horowitz, Kelsey; Woodhouse, Michael; Battaglia, Corsin; Kapadia, Rehan; Javey, Ali


    The authors present a manufacturing cost analysis for producing thin-film indium phosphide modules by combining a novel thin-film vapor-liquid-solid (TF-VLS) growth process with a standard monolithic module platform. The example cell structure is ITO/n-TiO2/p-InP/Mo. For a benchmark scenario of 12% efficient modules, the module cost is estimated to be $0.66/W(DC) and the module cost is calculated to be around $0.36/W(DC) at a long-term potential efficiency of 24%. The manufacturing cost for the TF-VLS growth portion is estimated to be ~$23/m2, a significant reduction compared with traditional metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The analysis here suggests the TF-VLS growth mode could enable lower-cost, high-efficiency III-V photovoltaics compared with manufacturing methods used today and open up possibilities for other optoelectronic applications as well.

  5. Integration, gap formation, and sharpening of III-V heterostructure nanowires by selective etching

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    Kallesoe, C.; Mølhave, Kristian; Larsen, K. F.


    Epitaxial growth of heterostructure nanowires allows for the definition of narrow sections with specific semiconductor composition. The authors demonstrate how postgrowth engineering of III-V heterostructure nanowires using selective etching can form gaps, sharpening of tips, and thin sections...... simultaneously on multiple nanowires. They investigate the potential of combining nanostencil deposition of catalyst, epitaxial III-V heterostructure nanowire growth, and selective etching, as a road toward wafer scale integration and engineering of nanowires with existing silicon technology. Nanostencil...... lithography is used for deposition of catalyst particles on trench sidewalls and the lateral growth of III-V nanowires is achieved from such catalysts. The selectivity of a bromine-based etch on gallium arsenide segments in gallium phosphide nanowires is examined, using a hydrochloride etch to remove the III...

  6. Pressure effects on the elastic and lattice dynamics properties of AlP from first-principles calculations (United States)

    Lakel, S.; Okbi, F.; Ibrir, M.; Almi, K.


    We have performed first-principles calculations to investigate the behavior under hydrostatic pressure of the structural, elastic and lattice dynamics properties of aluminum phosphide crystal (AlP), in both zinc-blende (B3) and nickel arsenide (B8) phases. Our calculated structural and electronic properties are in good agreement with previous theoretical and experimental results. The elastic constants, bulk modulus (B), shear modulus (G), and Young's modulus (E), Born effective charge and static dielectric constant ɛ0, were calculated with the generalized gradient approximations and the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT). Our results in the pressure behavior of the elastic and dielectric properties of both phases are compared and contrasted with the common III-V materials. The Born effective charge ZB decreases linearly with pressure increasing, while the static dielectric constant decreases quadratically with the increase of pressure.

  7. High-Performance Rh 2 P Electrocatalyst for Efficient Water Splitting

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    Duan, Haohong [Department; Chemistry; Li, Dongguo [Materials; Tang, Yan [Department; amp, Molecular; He, Yang [Department; Ji, Shufang [Department; Wang, Rongyue [Materials; Lv, Haifeng [Materials; Lopes, Pietro P. [Materials; Paulikas, Arvydas P. [Materials; Li, Haoyi [Department; amp, Molecular; Mao, Scott X. [Department; Wang, Chongmin [Environmental; Markovic, Nenad M. [Materials; Li, Jun [Department; amp, Molecular; Stamenkovic, Vojislav R. [Materials; Li, Yadong [Department


    The search for active, stable, and cost-efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen production via water splitting could make a substantial impact on energy technologies that do not rely on fossil fuels. Here we report the synthesis of rhodium phosphide electrocatalyst with low metal loading in the form of nanocubes (NCs) dispersed in high-surface-area carbon (Rh2P/C) by a facile solvo-thermal approach. The Rh2P/C NCs exhibit remarkable performance for hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction compared to Rh/C and Pt/C catalysts. The atomic structure of the Rh2P NCs was directly observed by annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy, which revealed a phosphorus-rich outermost atomic layer. Combined experimental and computational studies suggest that surface phosphorus plays a crucial role in determining the robust catalyst properties.

  8. The Significance of Multivalent Bonding Motifs and “Bond Order” in DNA-Directed Nanoparticle Crystallization

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    Thaner, Ryan V.; Eryazici, Ibrahim; Macfarlane, Robert J.; Brown, Keith A.; Lee, Byeongdu; Nguyen, SonBinh T.; Mirkin, Chad A.


    Multivalent oligonucleotide-based bonding elements have been synthesized and studied for the assembly and crystallization of gold nanoparticles. Through the use of organic branching points, divalent and trivalent DNA linkers were readily incorporated into the oligonucleotide shells that define DNA-nanoparticles and compared to monovalent linker systems. These multivalent bonding motifs enable the change of "bond strength" between particles and therefore modulate the effective "bond order." In addition, the improved accessibility of strands between neighboring particles, either due to multivalency or modifications to increase strand flexibility, gives rise to superlattices with less strain in the crystallites compared to traditional designs. Furthermore, the increased availability and number of binding modes also provide a new variable that allows previously unobserved crystal structures to be synthesized, as evidenced by the formation of a thorium phosphide superlattice.

  9. Photovoltaic mechanisms in polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. Quarterly technical progress report No. 3, April 27-July 27, 1979

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    Zanio, K.


    Indium phosphide films were prepared on (100) InP substrates by the planar reactive deposition technique in the temperature range 220 to 260/sup 0/C and growth rates of about 1, complete single-crystal epitaxy was achieved. The onset of the single-crystal to polycrystalline transition at 245/sup 0/C is characterized by a mosaic structure. Parallel studies to eventually passivate the grain boundaries in polycrystalline films were undertaken. A 5HC1:3HNO/sub 3/:4HF etch was found to preferentially attack 90% of the grain boundaries in bulk polycrystalline InP wafers. Canyons with depths greater than 10 and widths less than 1 were the most common form of attack. Although the etch had no effect on simple twin boundaries, preferential attack was observed at interfaces formed by multiple twinning events.

  10. Metalloporphyrin-modified semiconductors for solar fuel production. (United States)

    Khusnutdinova, D; Beiler, A M; Wadsworth, B L; Jacob, S I; Moore, G F


    We report a direct one-step method to chemically graft metalloporphyrins to a visible-light-absorbing gallium phosphide semiconductor with the aim of constructing an integrated photocathode for light activating chemical transformations that include capturing, converting, and storing solar energy as fuels. Structural characterization of the hybrid assemblies is achieved using surface-sensitive spectroscopic methods, and functional performance for photoinduced hydrogen production is demonstrated via three-electrode electrochemical testing combined with photoproduct analysis using gas chromatography. Measurements of the total per geometric area porphyrin surface loadings using a cobalt-porphyrin based assembly indicate a turnover frequency ≥3.9 H2 molecules per site per second, representing the highest reported to date for a molecular-catalyst-modified semiconductor photoelectrode operating at the H+/H2 equilibrium potential under 1-sun illumination.

  11. Influence of Ni-P Coated SiC and Laser Scan Speed on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of IN625 Metal Matrix Composites (United States)

    Sateesh, N. H.; Kumar, G. C. Mohan; Krishna, Prasad


    Nickel based Inconel-625 (IN625) metal matrix composites (MMCs) were prepared using pre-heated nickel phosphide (Ni-P) coated silicon carbide (SiC) reinforcement particles by Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) additive manufacturing process under inert nitrogen atmosphere to obtain interface influences on MMCs. The distribution of SiC particles and microstructures were characterized using optical and scanning electron micrographs, and the mechanical behaviours were thoroughly examined. The results clearly reveal that the interface integrity between the SiC particles and the IN625 matrix, the mixed powders flowability, the SiC ceramic particles and laser beam interaction, and the hardness, and tensile characteristics of the DMLS processed MMCs were improved effectively by the use of Ni-P coated SiC particles.

  12. Large-scale synthesis of high quality InP quantum dots in a continuous flow-reactor under supercritical conditions. (United States)

    Ippen, Christian; Schneider, Benjamin; Pries, Christopher; Kröpke, Stefan; Greco, Tonino; Holländer, Andreas


    The synthesis of indium phosphide quantum dots (QDs) in toluene under supercritical conditions was carried out in a macroscopic continuous flow reaction system. The results of first experiments are reported in comparison with analogous reactions in octadecene. The reaction system is described and details are provided about special procedures that are enabled by the continuous flow system for the screening of reaction conditions. The produced QDs show very narrow emission peaks with full width at half maximum down to 45 nm and reasonable photoluminescence quantum yields. The subsequent purification process is facilitated by the ease of removal of toluene, and the productivity of the system is increased by high temperature and high pressure conditions.

  13. Selective detection of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid via fluorescence quenching of InP/ZnS quantum dots. (United States)

    Ankireddy, Seshadri Reddy; Kim, Jongsung


    Dopamine is a neurotransmitter of the catecholamine family and has many important roles, especially in human brain. Several diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson's disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, restless legs syndrome, are believed to be related to deficiency of dopamine. Several studies have been performed to detect dopamine by using electrochemical analysis. In this study, quantum dots (QDs) were used as sensing media for the detection of dopamine. The surface of the QDs was modified with l-cysteine by coupling reaction to increase the selectivity of dopamine. The fluorescence of cysteine-capped indium phosphide/zinc sulfide QDs was quenched by dopamine with various concentrations in the presence of ascorbic acid. This method shows good selectivity for dopamine detection, and the detection limit was 5 nM.

  14. Enhanced monolayer MoS2/InP heterostructure solar cells by graphene quantum dots (United States)

    Wang, Peng; Lin, Shisheng; Ding, Guqiao; Li, Xiaoqiang; Wu, Zhiqian; Zhang, Shengjiao; Xu, Zhijuan; Xu, Sen; Lu, Yanghua; Xu, Wenli; Zheng, Zheyang


    We demonstrate significantly improved photovoltaic response of monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)/indium phosphide (InP) van der Waals heterostructure induced by graphene quantum dots (GQDs). Raman and photoluminescence measurements indicate that effective charge transfer takes place between GQDs and MoS2, which results in n-type doping of MoS2. The doping effect increases the barrier height at the MoS2/InP heterojunction, thus the averaged power conversion efficiency of MoS2/InP solar cells is improved from 2.1% to 4.1%. The light induced doping by GQD provides a feasible way for developing more efficient MoS2 based heterostructure solar cells.

  15. Rapidly reconfigurable high-fidelity optical arbitrary waveform generation in heterogeneous photonic integrated circuits. (United States)

    Feng, Shaoqi; Qin, Chuan; Shang, Kuanping; Pathak, Shibnath; Lai, Weicheng; Guan, Binbin; Clements, Matthew; Su, Tiehui; Liu, Guangyao; Lu, Hongbo; Scott, Ryan P; Ben Yoo, S J


    This paper demonstrates rapidly reconfigurable, high-fidelity optical arbitrary waveform generation (OAWG) in a heterogeneous photonic integrated circuit (PIC). The heterogeneous PIC combines advantages of high-speed indium phosphide (InP) modulators and low-loss, high-contrast silicon nitride (Si3N4) arrayed waveguide gratings (AWGs) so that high-fidelity optical waveform syntheses with rapid waveform updates are possible. The generated optical waveforms spanned a 160 GHz spectral bandwidth starting from an optical frequency comb consisting of eight comb lines separated by 20 GHz channel spacing. The Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) values of the generated waveforms were approximately 16.4%. The OAWG module can rapidly and arbitrarily reconfigure waveforms upon every pulse arriving at 2 ns repetition time. The result of this work indicates the feasibility of truly dynamic optical arbitrary waveform generation where the reconfiguration rate or the modulator bandwidth must exceed the channel spacing of the AWG and the optical frequency comb.

  16. Hybrid Nanocavity Resonant Enhancement of Color Center Emission in Diamond

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    Paul E. Barclay


    Full Text Available Resonantly enhanced emission from the zero-phonon line of a diamond nitrogen-vacancy (NV center in single crystal diamond is demonstrated experimentally using a hybrid whispering gallery mode nanocavity. A 900 nm diameter ring nanocavity formed from gallium phosphide, whose sidewalls extend into a diamond substrate, is tuned onto resonance at a low temperature with the zero-phonon line of a negatively charged NV center implanted near the diamond surface. When the nanocavity is on resonance, the zero-phonon line intensity is enhanced by approximately an order of magnitude, and the spontaneous emission lifetime of the NV is reduced by as much as 18%, corresponding to a 6.3X enhancement of emission in the zero photon line.

  17. Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 on TiO2 and other semiconductors. (United States)

    Habisreutinger, Severin N; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas; Stolarczyk, Jacek K


    Rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and the depletion of fossil fuel reserves raise serious concerns about the ensuing effects on the global climate and future energy supply. Utilizing the abundant solar energy to convert CO2 into fuels such as methane or methanol could address both problems simultaneously as well as provide a convenient means of energy storage. In this Review, current approaches for the heterogeneous photocatalytic reduction of CO2 on TiO2 and other metal oxide, oxynitride, sulfide, and phosphide semiconductors are presented. Research in this field is focused primarily on the development of novel nanostructured photocatalytic materials and on the investigation of the mechanism of the process, from light absorption through charge separation and transport to CO2 reduction pathways. The measures used to quantify the efficiency of the process are also discussed in detail. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Self-referenced octave-wide subharmonic GaP optical parametric oscillator centered at 3  μm and pumped by an Er-fiber laser. (United States)

    Ru, Qitian; Loparo, Zachary E; Zhang, XiaoSheng; Crystal, Sean; Vasu, Subith; Schunemann, Peter G; Vodopyanov, Konstantin L


    We report an octave-wide mid-IR spectrum (2.3-4.8 μm) obtained from a subharmonic optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on a newly developed nonlinear crystal, orientation-patterned gallium phosphide (OP-GaP), which was synchronously pumped by a femtosecond 1560 nm fiber laser. We proved that the octave-wide output is in the form of a single frequency comb. The observed f-to-2f frequency beats, originating directly from the OPO, can be used for self-referencing and phase locking of the pump laser comb with no need for supercontinuum generation. With an average output power of ∼30  mW, this setup might be beneficial for a variety of spectroscopic applications in the mid-IR.

  19. Ligand influence on the formation of P/Se semiconductor materials from metal-organic complexes. (United States)

    Panneerselvam, Arunkumar; Nguyen, Chinh Q; Waters, John; Malik, Mohammad A; O'Brien, Paul; Raftery, James; Helliwell, Madeleine


    The complexes [Ni{(SeP(i)Pr(2))(2)N}(2)] (2), [Ni(Se(2)P(i)Pr(2))(2)] (), and [Co(Se(2)P(i)Pr(2))(2)] (4) were synthesised and the X-ray single crystal structures of (1) and (2) were determined. Thin films of nickel selenide, cobalt selenide and cobalt phosphide have been deposited by the chemical vapour deposition method using imidodiselenophosphinato-nickel(ii) (1), -cobalt(ii) [Co{(SeP(i)Pr(2))(2)N}(2)] (3), diselenophosphinato-nickel(ii) (2), -cobalt(ii) (4) and diselenocarbamato-nickel(ii) [Ni(Se(2)CNEt(2))(2)] (5), and -cobalt(iii) [Co(Se(2)CNEt(2))(3)] (6) precursors.

  20. Optical properties of nanowire metamaterials with gain

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    Isidio de Lima, Joaquim Junior; Adam, Jost; Rego, Davi


    The transmittance, reflectance and absorption of a nanowire metamaterial with optical gain are numerically simulated and investigated. It is assumed that the metamaterial is represented by aligned silver nanowires embedded into a semiconductor matrix, made of either silicon or gallium phosphide....... The gain in the matrix is modeled by adding a negative imaginary part to the dielectric function of the semiconductor. It is found that the optical coefficients of the metamaterial depend on the gain magnitude in a non-trivial way: they can both increase and decrease with gain depending on the lattice...... constant of the metamaterial. This peculiar behavior is explained by the field redistribution between the lossy metal nanowires and the amplifying matrix material. These findings are significant for a proper design of nanowire metamaterials with low optical losses for diverse applications....