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  1. Role of the metal cation types around VO4 groups on the nonlinear optical behavior of materials: experimental and theoretical analysis.

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    Su, Xin; Yang, Zhihua; Han, Guopeng; Wang, Ying; Wen, Ming; Pan, Shilie

    2016-09-28

    In order to explore new NLO crystals with superior performances, it is greatly desirable to understand the intrinsic relationship between the macroscopic optical properties and microscopic structural features in crystals. A novel mechanism for nonlinear optical (NLO) effects of vanadate crystals, Li3VO4, KCd4(VO4)3 and Ca3(VO4)2 with distorted (VO4)(3-) groups, has been investigated. Experiments related to the synthesis and structures were determined. In addition, infrared and UV-Vis-NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, as well as electronic band structure calculations, were performed on the reported materials. A comprehensive analysis for the structure-property relationship is given by combining the experimental measurements, the electronic structure calculations and the SHG-weighted electron density to the linear and NLO properties. It was found that the contribution of the (VO4)(3-) anionic group to the second harmonic generation (SHG) response was the dominant anionic group, which plays a vital role to the SHG effects in Li3VO4, KCd4(VO4)3 and Ca3(VO4)2. It was also concluded that the metal cation types and coordination around VO4 groups, the distorted and parallel oriented VO4 tetrahedron decided the SHG coefficient values.

  2. Go Fly a Tetrahedron!

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    Cowens, John

    1995-01-01

    Describes a science unit used in a fourth-grade class to teach students about Bernoulli's law of flight, the similarity of tetrahedrons to birds, and the construction of tetrahedron kites. Also includes thought-provoking math questions for students. (MDM)

  3. BiVO4 nanoparticles: Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity

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    Venkataraman Sivakumar

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4 nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple thermal decomposition method. The synthesized bismuth vanadate nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, it is found that the synthesized sample belongs to monoclinic BiVO4. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirms the formation of Bi-O bond in the sample. Ultraviolet–Visible (DRS-UV–Visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy reveal the optical property of the BiVO4 nanoparticles. The morphology was identified by both scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Further, the photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 nanoparticles was investigated by photodegradation of methylene blue as a model organic pollutant.

  4. Activities: Sectioning a Regular Tetrahedron.

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    Maletsky, Evan M., Ed.; And Others

    1980-01-01

    Worksheets are provided for use by students in grades 8 and above when sectioning a tetrahedron. Lesson objectives include the discovery of generalizations regarding the cross-sections of a tetrahedron. (MK)

  5. Redetermination of brackebuschite, Pb2Mn3+(VO4)2(OH)

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    Lafuente, Barbara; Downs, Robert T.

    2016-01-01

    The crystal structure of brackebuschite, ideally Pb2Mn3+(VO4)2(OH) [dilead(II) manganese(III) vanadate(V) hydroxide], was redetermined based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data of a natural sample from the type locality Sierra de Cordoba, Argentina. Improving on previous results, anisotropic displacement parameters for all non-H atoms were refined and the H atom located, obtaining a significant improvement of accuracy and an unambiguous hydrogen-bonding scheme. Brackebuschite belongs to the brackebuschite group of minerals with general formula A 2 M(T1O4)(T2O4)(OH, H2O), with A = Pb2+, Ba, Ca, Sr; M = Cu2+, Zn, Fe2+, Fe3+, Mn3+, Al; T1 = As5+, P, V5+; and T2 = As5+, P, V5+, S6+. The crystal structure of brackebuschite is based on a cubic closest-packed array of O and Pb atoms with infinite chains of edge-sharing [Mn3+O6] octa­hedra located about inversion centres and decorated by two unique VO4 tetra­hedra (each located on a special position 2e, site symmetry m). One type of VO4 tetra­hedra is linked with the 1 ∞[MnO4/2O2/1] chain by one common vertex, alternating with H atoms along the chain, while the other type of VO4 tetra­hedra link two adjacent octa­hedra by sharing two vertices with them and thereby participating in the formation of a three-membered Mn2V ring between the central atoms. The 1 ∞[Mn3+(VO4)2OH] chains run parallel to [010] and are held together by two types of irregular [PbOx] polyhedra (x = 8, 11), both located on special position 2e (site symmetry m). The magnitude of the libration component of the O atoms of the 1 ∞[Mn3+(VO4)2OH] chain increases linearly with the distance from the centerline of the chain, indicating a significant twisting to and fro of the chain along [010]. The hy­droxy group bridges one Pb2+ cation with two Mn3+ cations and forms an almost linear hydrogen bond with a vanadate group of a neighbouring chain. The O⋯O distance of this inter­action determined from the structure refinement agrees well with

  6. Redetermination of brackebuschite, Pb2Mn(3+)(VO4)2(OH).

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    Lafuente, Barbara; Downs, Robert T

    2016-03-01

    The crystal structure of brackebuschite, ideally Pb2Mn(3+)(VO4)2(OH) [dilead(II) manganese(III) vanadate(V) hydroxide], was redetermined based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data of a natural sample from the type locality Sierra de Cordoba, Argentina. Improving on previous results, anisotropic displacement parameters for all non-H atoms were refined and the H atom located, obtaining a significant improvement of accuracy and an unambiguous hydrogen-bonding scheme. Brackebuschite belongs to the brackebuschite group of minerals with general formula A 2 M(T1O4)(T2O4)(OH, H2O), with A = Pb(2+), Ba, Ca, Sr; M = Cu(2+), Zn, Fe(2+), Fe(3+), Mn(3+), Al; T1 = As(5+), P, V(5+); and T2 = As(5+), P, V(5+), S(6+). The crystal structure of brackebuschite is based on a cubic closest-packed array of O and Pb atoms with infinite chains of edge-sharing [Mn(3+)O6] octa-hedra located about inversion centres and decorated by two unique VO4 tetra-hedra (each located on a special position 2e, site symmetry m). One type of VO4 tetra-hedra is linked with the (1) ∞[MnO4/2O2/1] chain by one common vertex, alternating with H atoms along the chain, while the other type of VO4 tetra-hedra link two adjacent octa-hedra by sharing two vertices with them and thereby participating in the formation of a three-membered Mn2V ring between the central atoms. The (1) ∞[Mn(3+)(VO4)2OH] chains run parallel to [010] and are held together by two types of irregular [PbO x ] polyhedra (x = 8, 11), both located on special position 2e (site symmetry m). The magnitude of the libration component of the O atoms of the (1) ∞[Mn(3+)(VO4)2OH] chain increases linearly with the distance from the centerline of the chain, indicating a significant twisting to and fro of the chain along [010]. The hy-droxy group bridges one Pb(2+) cation with two Mn(3+) cations and forms an almost linear hydrogen bond with a vanadate group of a neighbouring chain. The O⋯O distance of this inter-action determined from the

  7. Bulk and electrochemical properties of BiVO4

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    Vinke, I.C.; Diepgrond, J.; Boukamp, B.A.; Vries, de K.J.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1992-01-01

    The mixed (oxygen ionic-electronic) conductor bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was studied with respect to its electrochemical properties. The ionic transference numbers, measured by the concentration cell method in the temperature range of 800 to 1000 K, vary from 0.7 to 0.3. The total conductivity of this

  8. Bulk and electrochemical properties of BiVO4

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    Vinke, I.C.; Diepgrond, J. (Jan); Boukamp, B.A.; De, Vries, J.A.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1992-01-01

    The mixed (oxygen ionic-electronic) conductor bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was studied with respect to its electrochemical properties. The ionic transference numbers, measured by the concentration cell method in the temperature range of 800 to 1000 K, vary from 0.7 to 0.3. The total conductivity of this ceramic material isone order of magnitude lower than found for cubic yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The activation enthalpy for the electronic conductivity is high (193 kJ/mol) compared to the ...

  9. Enhanced charge separation and oxidation kinetics of BiVO4 photoanode by double layer structure

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    Yang, Lin; Xiong, Yuli; Dong, Hongmei; Peng, Huarong; Zhang, Yunhuai; Xiao, Peng

    2017-03-01

    Monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a promising semiconductor for photoelectrochemical water splitting. Here, we developed a facile fabrication of BiVO4 double layer photoanode on the fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate by electrodeposition. The BiVO4 double layer photoanode is composed by a dense BiVO4 film as the inner layer and a nanoporous BiVO4 film as the outer layer. Compared to the BiVO4 single layer photoanode, the optimized BiVO4 double layer photoanode produced a much higher photocurrent of 1.15 mA/cm2 at 0.6 V vs. Ag/AgCl under AM 1.5G (100 mW/cm2) illumination. The results of the photoelectric conversion kinetics for different samples revealed that the charge separation and oxidation kinetics efficiencies for the BiVO4 double layer are 47.2% and 51.6% at 0.6 V vs. Ag/AgCl, while the values for BiVO4 single layer are 32.3% and 35.8%, respectively. The improved photoelectrochemical performance for BiVO4 double layer is mainly ascribed to the decrease of defect state at the interface after inserting a dense BiVO4 as an inner layer to prevent the recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  10. WO3/W:BiVO4/BiVO4 graded photoabsorber electrode for enhanced photoelectrocatalytic solar light driven water oxidation.

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    Choi, Junghyun; Sudhagar, Pitchaimuthu; Kim, Joo Hyun; Kwon, Jiseok; Kim, Jeonghyun; Terashima, Chiaki; Fujishima, Akira; Song, Taeseup; Paik, Ungyu

    2017-02-08

    We demonstrate the dual advantages of graded photoabsorbers in mesoporous metal oxide-based hetero interfacial photoanodes in improving photogenerated charge carrier (e(-)/h(+)) separation for the solar light-driven water-oxidation process. The pre-deposition of sol-gel-derived, tungsten-doped bismuth vanadate (W:BiVO4) onto a primary BiVO4 water oxidation layer forms graded interfaces, which facilitate charge transfer from the primary photoabsorber to the charge transport layer, thereby superseding the thickness-controlled charge recombination at the BiVO4 water oxidation catalyst. As a result, the WO3/BiVO4 hetero photoanode containing the photoactive W:BiVO4 interfacial layer showed 130% higher photocurrent than that of the interfacial layer-free hetero photoelectrode owing to the enhanced charge separation led water oxidation process.

  11. Synthesis and modification of FeVO4 as novel anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Liu, Xiaolin; Cao, Yuancheng; Zheng, Hao; Chen, Xiao; Feng, Chuanqi

    2017-02-01

    FeVO4 and FeVO4/graphene nanorods were synthesized successfully by combining a facile hydrothermal and heat treatment method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The content of graphene in FeVO4/graphene was determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TG). The electrochemical properties of the samples were also investigated by battery testing system. The results showed that the FeVO4 formed were taken on morphology of nanorods with the length between 0.5 and 1 μm and the diameter in range of 50 to 100 nm. Besides, the size of FeVO4/graphene was smaller than that of pure FeVO4. The content of graphene in composite was about 25.0% by weight. The reversible discharge capacities of FeVO4 and FeVO4/graphene were 405.2 mAh g-1 and 1046.5 mAh g-1 separately after 100 cycles at the current density of 100 mAh g-1 in the voltage range of 0.01-3 V. The reasons for the FeVO4/graphene composite to behave outstanding electrochemical properties were also discussed. The FeVO4/graphene composite can be a novel and promising anode material for lithium ion battery application.

  12. Shape controlled synthesis and tribological properties of CeVO4 nanoparticles as lubricating additive

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    LIU Fengzhen; SHAO Xin; YIN Yibin; ZHAO Limin; SHAO Zhuwei; LIU Xuehua; MENG Xianhua

    2011-01-01

    Shape controlled structure of CeVO4 nanocrystals were successfully synthesized via a hydrothermal method from Na3VO4· 12H2O and Ce(NO3)3·6H2O.The resulting products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD),electron microscopy (SEM) and other techniques.On the basis of the experimental results,CeVO4 nanoparticles exhibited the crystal tetragonal structure and the pH value of solution had an important effect on the crystal structure and morphology of CeVO4 nanoparticles.Furthermore,the tribological properties of CeVO4 nanoparticles as additives in liquid paraffin were evaluated on a four-ball tester.The results indicated that the wear resistance was improved by the additive CeVO4 nanoparticles which exhibited very good antiwear and friction reduction performance in wear.

  13. Enhancement in Photoelectrochemical Efficiency by Fabrication of BiVO4@MWCNT Nanocomposites

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    Yan Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available An enormous enhancement in the photo-to-current conversion efficiency over the nanocomposite material composed by BiVO4 on the surface of MWCNTs, with respect to electrode of pure BiVO4, was observed. The heterojunction formed between MWCNTs and nano-BiVO4 is beneficial for the separation of photogenerated electrons and holes, resulting in more electrons that are able to transport efficiently to the surface and therefore enhance the photoefficiency.

  14. Fe2O3-Modified Porous BiVO4 Nanoplates with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity

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    Ping Cai; Shu-Mei Zhou; De-Kun Ma; Shen-Nan Liu; Wei Chen; Shao-Ming Huang

    2015-01-01

    As BiVO4 is one of the most popular visible-light-responding photocatalysts, it has been widely used for visible-light-driven water splitting and environmental purification. However, the typical photocatalytic activity of unmodified BiVO4 for the degradation of organic pollutants is still not impressive. To address this limitation, we studied Fe2O3-modified porous BiVO4 nanoplates. Compared with unmodified BiVO4, the Fe2O3-modified porous BiVO4 nanoplates showed significantly enhanced photocatalytic activities in decomposing both dye and colorless pollutant models, such as rhodamine B (RhB) and phenol, respectively. The pseudo-first-order reaction rate constants for the degradation of RhB and phenol on Fe2O3-modified BiVO4 porous nanoplates are 27 and 31 times larger than that of pristine BiVO4, respectively. We also found that the Fe2O3 may act as an efficient non-precious metal co-catalyst, which is responsible for the excellent photocatalytic activity of Fe2O3/BiVO4. Graphical Abstract Fe2O3, as a cheap and efficient co-catalyst, could greatly enhance the photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 porous nanoplates in decomposing organic pollutants.

  15. Selective synthesis and growth mechanism of CeVO4 nanoparticals via hydrothermal method

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    LIU Fengzhen; SHAO Xin; YIN Yibin; ZHAO Limin; SUN Qiaozhen; SHAO Zhuwei; LIU Xuehua; MENG Xianhua

    2011-01-01

    Selective-controlled structure and shape of CeVO4 nanocrystals were successfully synthesized via a hydrothermal method from electron microscopy (FESEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The influence of hydrothermal temperature, precursor solution concentration on the crystal and morphology of products were further studied. The results showed that the as-synthesized products exhibited pure single-crystal CeVO4 nanoparticles with tetragonal structure. The hydrothermal temperature and precursor solution concentration had important effects on the formation of CeVO4 nanoparticles. Furthermore, the growth mechanism of CeVO4 nanoparticles was explained with Ostwald ripening mechanism.

  16. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of InVO4 sol containing nanocrystals by mild hydrothermal processing

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    FANG Hai-bo; XU Ming-xia; GE Lei; HE Zhi-yuan

    2006-01-01

    The precursor precipitation of InVO4 was synthesized by co-precipitation using indium trichloride (InCl3),ammonium metavanadate (NH4VO3) and ammonia (NH3-H2O) as raw materials. The InVO4 sols with orthorhombic phase were obtained by hydrothermal treatment (the precursor precipitation solution at 423 K,for 4 h). The precursor and sol of InVO4 were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),Fourier Transform Infra-red spectra (FT-IR),scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. The XRD patterns indicate that the InVO4 precursor is amorphous phase,InVO4 sol contains orthorhombic InVO4 nanocrystals. The results also reveal that the pH value of the reaction mixture and reaction temperature play important roles to the target phase. InVO4-TiO2 thin films on glass slides were prepared by the dip-coating method from the composite sol. The photocatalytic properties of the InVO4-TiO2 thin films were investigated by the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange solution. The results indicate that it has better photocatalytic activities than pure TiO2 thin films or pure InVO4 thin films with UV light.

  17. The alluaudite-type crystal structures of Na2(Fe/Co)2Co(VO4)3 and Ag2(Fe/Co)2Co(VO4)3

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    Hadouchi, Mohammed; Assani, Abderrazzak; Saadi, Mohamed; El Ammari, Lahcen

    2016-01-01

    Single crystals of the title compounds, disodium di(cobalt/iron) cobalt tris­(orthovanadate), Na2(Fe/Co)2Co(VO4)3, and disilver di(cobalt/iron) cobalt tris­(orthovanadate), Ag2(Fe/Co)2Co(VO4)3, were grown from a melt consisting of stoichiometric mixtures of three metallic cation precursors and vanadium pentoxide. The difficulty to distinguish between cobalt and iron by using X-ray diffraction alone forced us to explore several models, assuming an oxidation state of +II for Co and +III for Fe and a partial cationic disorder in the Wyckoff site 8f containing a mixture of Co and Fe with a statistical distribution for the Na compound and an occupancy ratio of 0.4875:0.5125 (Co:Fe) for the Ag compound. The alluaudite-type structure is made up from [10-1] chains of [(Co,Fe)2O10] double octa­hedra linked by highly distorted [CoO6] octa­hedra via a common edge. The chains are linked through VO4 tetra­hedra, forming polyhedral sheets perpendicular to [010]. The stacking of the sheets defines two types of channels parallel to [001] where the Na+ cations (both with full occupancy) or Ag+ cations (one with occupancy 0.97) are located. PMID:27555954

  18. Nanostructured MoS2/BiVO4 Composites for Energy Storage Applications

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    Arora, Yukti; Shah, Amit P.; Battu, Shateesh; Maliakkal, Carina B.; Haram, Santosh; Bhattacharya, Arnab; Khushalani, Deepa

    2016-11-01

    We report the optimized synthesis and electrochemical characterization of a composite of few-layered nanostructured MoS2 along with an electroactive metal oxide BiVO4. In comparison to pristine BiVO4, and a composite of graphene/BiVO4, the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite provides impressive values of charge storage with longer discharge times and improved cycling stability. Specific capacitance values of 610 Fg‑1 (170 mAhg‑1) at 1 Ag‑1 and 166 Fg‑1 (46 mAhg‑1) at 10 Ag‑1 were obtained for just 2.5 wt% MoS2 loaded BiVO4. The results suggest that the explicitly synthesized small lateral-dimensioned MoS2 particles provide a notable capacitive component that helps augment the specific capacitance. We discuss the optimized synthesis of monoclinic BiVO4, and few-layered nanostructured MoS2. We report the discharge capacities and cycling performance of the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite using an aqueous electrolyte. The data obtained shows the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite to be a promising candidate for supercapacitor energy storage applications.

  19. Adsorption-controlled growth of BiVO4 by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    S. Stoughton

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Single-phase epitaxial films of the monoclinic polymorph of BiVO4 were synthesized by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy under adsorption-controlled conditions. The BiVO4 films were grown on (001 yttria-stabilized cubic zirconia (YSZ substrates. Four-circle x-ray diffraction, scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM, and Raman spectroscopy confirm the epitaxial growth of monoclinic BiVO4 with an atomically abrupt interface and orientation relationship (001BiVO4 ∥ (001YSZ with [100]BiVO4 ∥ [100]YSZ. Spectroscopic ellipsometry, STEM electron energy loss spectroscopy (STEM-EELS, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy indicate that the films have a direct band gap of 2.5 ± 0.1 eV.

  20. Influence of Heat Treatment on Photocatalytic Performance of BiVO4 Synthesized by Hydrothermal Method

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    Shen, Yi; Wang, Xiaomin; Zuo, Guifu; Li, Fengfeng; Meng, Yanzhi

    2016-10-01

    Monoclinic BiVO4 photocatalyst was successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method under appropriate temperature. The photocatalytic performance of BiVO4 was improved by calcining at appropriate temperature. The structural and morphological properties of the synthesized BiVO4 photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. It is confirmed that the photocatalytic activity of the prepared catalysts was evaluated by the photodegradation of RhB under visible-light irradiation. BiVO4 calcined under appropriate temperature exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than uncalcined BiVO4 under visible light irradiation because calcination might effectively increases the purity of monoclinic bismuth vanadate.

  1. Efficient High Power Ho,Tm:GdVO4 Laser

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    WANG Yue-Zhu; ZHU Guo-Li; JU You-Lun; YAO Bao-Quan

    2011-01-01

    We report a 22.3 W cw diode-pumped cryogenic Ho(0.5at. %), Tm(at.5%):GdVC>4 laser at a wavelength of 2.05 fzm. It is pumped by two fiber-coupled laser diodes with a fiber core diameter of 0.4 mm, both of which provide 42 W pump power near 802 nm. A cw output power of 22.3 W was obtained at the pump power of 51.0 W, corresponding to an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 43.7% when the ratio of the pump beam to oscillating laser beam in the crystal was ^1.33:1. The M2 factor was found to be 2.0 under an output power of 16.5 W.%@@ We report a 22.3 W ew diode-pumped cryogenic Ho(0.5at.%),Tm(at.5%):GdVO4 laser at a wavelength of 2.05μm.It is pumped by two fiber-coupled laser diodes with a fiber core diameter of 0.4 mm,both of which provide 42W pump power near 802 nm.A cw output power of 22.3 W was obtained at the pump power of 51.0W,corresponding to an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 43.7%when the ratio of the pump beam to oscillating laser beam in the crystal was ~1.33:1.The M2 factor was found to be 2.0 under an output power of 16.5 W.

  2. Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water oxidation over metal-doped monoclinic BiVO(4) photoanodes.

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    Parmar, Kanak Pal Singh; Kang, Hyun Joon; Bist, Amita; Dua, Piyush; Jang, Jum Suk; Lee, Jae Sung

    2012-10-01

    The visible-light-induced water oxidation ability of metal-ion-doped BiVO(4) was investigated and of 12 metal ion dopants tested, only W and Mo dramatically enhanced the water photo-oxidation activity of bare BiVO(4); Mo had the highest improvement by a factor of about six. Thus, BiVO(4) and W- or Mo-doped (2 atom %) BiVO(4) photoanodes about 1 μm thick were fabricated onto transparent conducting substrate by a metal-organic decomposition/spin-coating method. Under simulated one sun (air mass 1.5G, 100 mW cm(-2)) and at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode, the highest photocurrent density (J(PH)) of about 2.38 mA cm(-2) was achieved for Mo doping followed by W doping (J(PH) ≈ 1.98 mA cm(-2)), whereas undoped BiVO(4) gave a J(PH) value of about 0.42 mA cm(-2). The photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of W- and Mo-doped BiVO(4) photoanodes corresponded to the incident photon to current conversion efficiency of about 35 and 40 % respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky analysis indicated a positive flat band shift of about 30 mV, a carrier concentration 1.6-2 times higher, and a charge-transfer resistance reduced by 3-4-fold for W- or Mo-doped BiVO(4) relative to undoped BiVO(4). Electronic structure calculations revealed that both W and Mo were shallow donors and Mo doping generated superior conductivity to W doping. The photo-oxidation activity of water on BiVO(4) photoanodes (undopedphotocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of monoclinic BiVO(4) by drastically reducing its charge-transfer resistance and thereby minimizing photoexcited electron-hole pair recombination.

  3. Triclinic-monoclinic-orthorhombic (T-M-O) structural transitions in phase diagram of FeVO4-CrVO4 solid solutions

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    Bera, Ganesh; Reddy, V. R.; Rambabu, P.; Mal, P.; Das, Pradip; Mohapatra, N.; Padmaja, G.; Turpu, G. R.

    2017-09-01

    Phase diagram of FeVO4-CrVO4 solid solutions pertinent with structural and magnetic phases is presented with unambiguous experimental evidences. Solid solutions Fe1-xCrxVO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) were synthesized through the standard solid state route and studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectra of X-rays, Raman spectroscopy, d.c. magnetization, and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopic studies. FeVO4 and CrVO4 were found to be in triclinic (P-1 space group) and orthorhombic structures (Cmcm space group), respectively. Cr incorporation into the FeVO4 lattice leads to the emergence of a new monoclinic phase dissimilar to the both end members of the solid solutions. In Fe1-xCrxVO4 up to x = 0.10, no discernible changes in the triclinic structure were found. A new structural monoclinic phase (C2/m space group) emerges within the triclinic phase at x = 0.125, and with the increase in Cr content, it gets stabilized with clear single phase signatures in the range of x = 0.175-0.25 as evidenced by the Rietveld analysis of the structures. Beyond x = 0.33, orthorhombic phase similar to CrVO4 (Cmcm space group) emerges and coexists with a monoclinic structure up to x = 0.85, which finally tends to stabilize in the range of x = 0.90-1.00. The Raman spectroscopic studies also confirm the structural transition. FeVO4 Raman spectra show the modes related to three nonequivalent V ions in the triclinic structure, where up to 42 Raman modes are observed in the present study. With the stabilization of structures having higher symmetry, the number of Raman modes decreases and the modes related to symmetry inequivalent sites collate into singular modes from the doublet structure. A systematic crossover from two magnetic transitions in FeVO4, at 21.5 K and 15.4 K to single magnetic transition in CrVO4, at 71 K (antiferromagnetic transition), is observed in magnetization studies. The intermediate solid solution with x = 0.15 shows two magnetic transitions

  4. Efficient solar-driven water splitting by nanocone BiVO4-perovskite tandem cells.

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    Qiu, Yongcai; Liu, Wei; Chen, Wei; Chen, Wei; Zhou, Guangmin; Hsu, Po-Chun; Zhang, Rufan; Liang, Zheng; Fan, Shoushan; Zhang, Yuegang; Cui, Yi

    2016-06-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has been widely regarded as a promising photoanode material for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting because of its low cost, its high stability against photocorrosion, and its relatively narrow band gap of 2.4 eV. However, the achieved performance of the BiVO4 photoanode remains unsatisfactory to date because its short carrier diffusion length restricts the total thickness of the BiVO4 film required for sufficient light absorption. We addressed the issue by deposition of nanoporous Mo-doped BiVO4 (Mo:BiVO4) on an engineered cone-shaped nanostructure, in which the Mo:BiVO4 layer with a larger effective thickness maintains highly efficient charge separation and high light absorption capability, which can be further enhanced by multiple light scattering in the nanocone structure. As a result, the nanocone/Mo:BiVO4/Fe(Ni)OOH photoanode exhibits a high water-splitting photocurrent of 5.82 ± 0.36 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode under 1-sun illumination. We also demonstrate that the PEC cell in tandem with a single perovskite solar cell exhibits unassisted water splitting with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of up to 6.2%.

  5. Structure and stability of monazite- and zircon-type LaVO4 under hydrostatic pressure

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    Cheng, Xuerui; Guo, Dongjie; Feng, Shiquan; Yang, Kun; Wang, Yongqiang; Ren, Yufen; Song, Yang

    2015-11-01

    Pure monazite (m)- and zircon (t)-type LaVO4 and LaVO4:Eu3+ were successfully synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The high pressure behavior of m- and t-LaVO4 nanoparticles has been investigated using Raman scattering techniques at room temperature. Raman measurements reveal a slight change for m-LaVO4 at 11.2 GPa because of an isostructural phase transition. However, striking changes in Raman spectra indicate a pressure-induced irreversible phase transition from the zircon to monazite structure for t-LaVO4 at around 5.9 GPa. The evolution of the luminescence spectra of t-LaVO4:Eu3+ has also been studied during the pressure-induced phase transition. It is observed that pressure has a great influence on the fluorescence intensity and the energy levels, which allows a more in-depth understanding of the nature of the pressure-induced phase transition for t-LaVO4. This result further confirms the conclusion that zircon-type RVO4 compounds with larger rare-earth cations will experience zircon to monazite phase transition.

  6. Efficient solar-driven water splitting by nanocone BiVO4-perovskite tandem cells

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    Qiu, Yongcai; Liu, Wei; Chen, Wei; Chen, Wei; Zhou, Guangmin; Hsu, Po-Chun; Zhang, Rufan; Liang, Zheng; Fan, Shoushan; Zhang, Yuegang; Cui, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has been widely regarded as a promising photoanode material for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting because of its low cost, its high stability against photocorrosion, and its relatively narrow band gap of 2.4 eV. However, the achieved performance of the BiVO4 photoanode remains unsatisfactory to date because its short carrier diffusion length restricts the total thickness of the BiVO4 film required for sufficient light absorption. We addressed the issue by deposition of nanoporous Mo-doped BiVO4 (Mo:BiVO4) on an engineered cone-shaped nanostructure, in which the Mo:BiVO4 layer with a larger effective thickness maintains highly efficient charge separation and high light absorption capability, which can be further enhanced by multiple light scattering in the nanocone structure. As a result, the nanocone/Mo:BiVO4/Fe(Ni)OOH photoanode exhibits a high water-splitting photocurrent of 5.82 ± 0.36 mA cm−2 at 1.23 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode under 1-sun illumination. We also demonstrate that the PEC cell in tandem with a single perovskite solar cell exhibits unassisted water splitting with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of up to 6.2%. PMID:27386565

  7. In Situ Electrical Conductivity Study of FeVO4 Catalyst%FeVO4催化剂的原位电导研究

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    徐爱菊; 照日格图; 贾美林; 林勤

    2008-01-01

    采用盐类固体研磨法制备了FeVO4催化剂,用原位电导方法测定了 FeVO4催化剂在氧气+丙烷→氧气→丙烷连续变化气氛下的电导变化,确定其导电类型.以BET、XRD、H2-TPR等技术对催化剂进行表征,研究了其对丙烷氧化脱氢制丙烯反应的催化性能.

  8. Tailoring Multilayered BiVO4 Photoanodes by Pulsed Laser Deposition for Water Splitting.

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    Murcia-López, Sebastián; Fàbrega, Cristian; Monllor-Satoca, Damián; Hernández-Alonso, María D; Penelas-Pérez, Germán; Morata, Alex; Morante, Juan R; Andreu, Teresa

    2016-02-17

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is proposed as promising technique for the fabrication of multilayered BiVO4-based photoanodes. For this purpose, bare BiVO4 films and two heterojunctions, BiVO4/SnO2 and BiVO4/WO3/SnO2, have been prepared using consecutive ablation of assorted targets in a single batch. The ease, high versatility and usefulness of this technique in engineering the internal configuration of the photoanode with stoichiometric target-to-substrate transfer are demonstrated. The obtained photocurrent densities are among the highest reported values for undoped BiVO4 without oxygen evolution catalysts (OEC). A detailed analysis of the influence of SnO2 and WO3 layers on the charge transport properties because of the changes at the internal FTO/semiconductor interface is performed through transient photocurrent measurements (TPC), showing that the BiVO4/WO3/SnO2 heterostructure attains a significant decrease in the internal losses and reaches high photocurrent values. This study is expected to open the door to the fabrication of other systems based on ternary (or even more complex) metal oxides as photoanodes for water splitting, which is a promising alternative for obtaining materials able to fulfill the different requierements in the development of more efficient systems for this process.

  9. Activation of peroxymonosulfate by BiVO4 under visible light for degradation of Rhodamine B

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    Liu, Yang; Guo, Hongguang; Zhang, Yongli; Tang, Weihong; Cheng, Xin; Liu, Hongwei

    2016-06-01

    A photocatalytic system involving visible light and BiVO4 (Vis/BiVO4) in the presence of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) has been developed to oxidize the target pollutant Rhodamine B (RhB) in aqueous solution. It was found that PMS could enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of BiVO4 and could be activated to promote the removal of RhB with sulfate radicals, hydroxyl radicals and superoxide radicals. Critical impacting factors in the Vis/BiVO4/PMS system were investigated concerning the influence of PMS concentration, solution pH, catalyst dosage, initial concentration of RhB and the presence of anions (Cl- and CO32-). In addition, by using isopropanol, tert-butanol, 1,4-benzoquinone and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid disodium salt as probe compounds, the main active species were demonstrated including radSO4-, radOH and radO2- in the system, and a detail photocatalytic mechanism for the Vis/BiVO4/PMS system was proposed. Finally, up to 10 intermediate products of RhB were identified by GC/MS, included benzenoid organic compounds, organic acids and three nitrogenous organic compounds. This study provides a feasible way to degrade organic pollutants in wastewater using BiVO4 with PMS under visible light.

  10. Controlled Synthesis and Photocatalytic Antifouling Properties of BiVO4 with Tunable Morphologies

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    Xiang, Zhenbo; Wang, Yi; Ju, Peng; Zhang, Dun

    2017-02-01

    Monoclinic BiVO4 with different nanostructures were prepared via a facile and rapid route by adding different surfactants. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, polyvinylpyrrolidone, and sodium dodecyl sulfate surfactants were selected as morphology controlling agents. The crystal phase, morphology, and diffuse reflectance spectra of BiVO4 were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra techniques, respectively. The photocatalytic activities of BiVO4 were investigated by killing the typical marine fouling bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa ( P. aeruginosa) under visible light irradiation. BiVO4 with grape-like nanostructure exhibited the best photocatalytic bactericidal activity. The sterilization rate of P. aeruginosa could reach up to 99.9% in 120 min. The photocatalytic mechanism was studied by captive species trapping experiments. The result revealed that photogenerated hole (h+) is the main reactive specie for killing P. aeruginosa under visible light irradiation. In addition, after five recycles, BiVO4 does not exhibit significant loss of photocatalytic sterilization activity. The results confirm that the synthesized BiVO4 photocatalyst has long-time reusability and good photocatalytic stability.

  11. Synthesis and photocatalytic performances of BiVO 4 by ammonia co-precipitation process

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    Yu, Jianqiang; Zhang, Yan; Kudo, Akihiko

    2009-02-01

    This paper reports the preparation and photocatalytic performance of Bismuth vanadate (BiVO 4) by a facile and inexpensive approach. An amorphous BiVO 4 was first prepared by a co-precipitation process from aqueous solutions of Bi(NO 3) 3 and NH 4VO 3 using ammonia. Followed by heating treatment at various temperatures, the amorphous phase converted to crystalline BiVO 4 with a structure between monoclinic and tetragonal scheelite. The crystallization of BiVO 4 occurred at about 523 K, while the nanocrystalline BiVO 4 were formed with a heat-treatment of lower than 673 K. However, when the heat-treatment was carried out at 773 K, the accumulation of nanocrystals to bulk particles was observed. The photocatalytic performances of the materials were investigated by O 2 evolution under visible-light, and MB decomposition under solar simulator. The results demonstrated that the crystalline structure is still the vital factor for the activities of both reactions. However, the crystallinity of BiVO 4 gives a major influence on the activity of O 2 evolution, whereas the surface area, plays an important role for photocatalytic MB decomposition.

  12. Visible light photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 particles with different morphologies

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    Lin, Xue; Yu, Lili; Yan, Lina; Li, Hongji; Yan, Yongsheng; Liu, Chunbo; Zhai, Hongju

    2014-06-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) particles with different morphologies were synthesized by a one-step hydrothermal process and their optical and photocatalytic properties were investigated. Their crystal structure and microstructures were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). XRD patterns demonstrate that the as-prepared samples are monoclinic cell. FESEM shows that BiVO4 crystals can be fabricated in different morphologies by simply manipulating the reaction parameters of hydrothermal process. The UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS) reveal that the band gaps of BiVO4 photocatalysts are about 2.07-2.21 eV. The as-prepared BiVO4 photocatalysts exhibit higher photocatalytic activities in the degradation of rhodamine B (Rh B) under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) compared with traditional N-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2). Furthermore, wheat like BiVO4 sample reveals the highest photocatalytic activity. Up to 100% Rh B is decolorized after visible light irradiation for 180 min. The reason for the difference in the photocatalytic activities for BiVO4 samples obtained at different conditions were systematically studied based on their shape, size and the variation of local structure.

  13. BiVO4 photoanodes for water splitting with high injection efficiency, deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Haibo Gong; Norman Freudenberg; Man Nie; Roel van de Krol; Klaus Ellmer

    2016-01-01

    Photoactive bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) thin films were deposited by reactive co-magnetron sputtering from metallic Bi and V targets. The effects of the V-to-Bi ratio, molybdenum doping and post-annealing on the crystallographic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the BiVO4 films were investigated. Phase-pure monoclinic BiVO4 films, which are more photoactive than the tetragonal BiVO4 phase, were obtained under slightly vanadium-rich conditions. After annealing of the Mo-doped BiVO4 fil...

  14. Photocatalytic Mineralization of Organic Acids over Visible-Light-Driven Au/BiVO4 Photocatalyst

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    Kanlaya Pingmuang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Au/BiVO4 visible-light-driven photocatalysts were synthesized by coprecipitation method in the presence of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS as a dispersant. Physical characterization of the obtained materials was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS and Brunauer, and Emmett and Teller (BET specific surface area measurement. Photocatalytic performances of the as-prepared Au/BiVO4 have also been evaluated via mineralizations of oxalic acid and malonic acid under visible light irradiation. XRD and SEM results indicated that Au/BiVO4 photocatalysts were of almost spherical particles with scheelite-monoclinic phase. Photocatalytic results showed that all Au/BiVO4 samples exhibited higher oxalic acid mineralization rate than that of pure BiVO4, probably due to a decrease of BiVO4 band gap energy and the presence of surface plasmon absorption upon loading BiVO4 with Au as evidenced from UV-Vis DRS results. The nominal Au loading amount of 0.25 mol% provided the highest pseudo-first-order rate constant of 0.0487 min−1 and 0.0082 min−1 for degradations of oxalic acid (C2 and malonic acid (C3, respectively. By considering structures of the two acids, lower pseudo-first-order rate constantly obtained in the case of malonic acid degradation was likely due to an increased complexity of the degradation mechanism of the longer chain acid.

  15. 1D ZnO/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Yan, Lu; Zhao, Wei; Liu, Zhifeng

    2016-07-28

    In this paper, a novel ZnO nanorods (NRs)/BiVO4 heterojunction has been successfully prepared as a photoanode for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Firstly, ZnO NRs were synthesized by chemical bath deposition onto indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass. Then BiVO4 was deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). The photocurrent density of ZnO NRs and the ZnO NRs/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanode was evaluated under light irradiation. And the value was up to 1.72 mA cm(-2) at 1.2 V vs. Ag/AgCl based on the ZnO NRs/BiVO4 photoanode in the electrolyte solution, which is higher than that of the pure ZnO NRs photoanode at the same potential. It is demonstrated that the presence of BiVO4 has played an important role in expanding the spectral response region and reducing the photogenerated charge recombination rate. This present work provides a simple synthesis route to construct a heterojunction which serves as a photoanode for PEC water splitting.

  16. Photocatalytic perfermance of sandwich-like BiVO4 sheets by microwave assisted synthesis

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    Liu, Suqin; Tang, Huiling; Zhou, Huan; Dai, Gaopeng; Wang, Wanqiang

    2017-01-01

    Sandwich-like BiVO4 sheets were successfully synthesized in an aqueous solution containing bismuth nitrate, ammonium metavanadate and polyethylene glycol with a molecular weight of 10,000 (PEG-10000) using a facile microwave-assisted method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The results show that the presence of PEG-10000 plays a critical role in the formation of BiVO4 sheets, and Ostwald ripening is the primary driving force for the formation of sandwich-like structures. The sandwich-like BiVO4 sheets exhibit a high activity for the degradation of methyl orange under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 420 nm). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of sandwich-like BiVO4 sheets can be attributed to its large surface area over the irregular BiVO4 particles.

  17. Preparation of BiVO4-Graphene Nanocomposites and Their Photocatalytic Activity

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    Xuan Xu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We prepared BiVO4-graphene nanocomposites by using a facile single-step method and characterized the material by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse-reflection spectroscopy, and three-dimensional fluorescence spectroscopy. The results show that graphene oxide in the catalyst was thoroughly reduced. The BiVO4 is densely dispersed on the graphene sheets, which facilitates the transport of electrons photogenerated in BiVO4, thereby leading to an efficient separation of photogenerated carriers in the coupled graphene-nanocomposite system. For degradation of rhodamine B dye under visible-light irradiation, the photocatalytic activity of the synthesized nanocomposites was over ∼20% faster than for pure BiVO4 catalyst. To study the contribution of electrons and holes in the degradation reaction, silver nitrate and potassium sodium tartrate were added to the BiVO4-graphene photocatalytic reaction system as electron-trapping agent and hole-trapping agent, respectively. The results show that holes play the main role in the degradation of rhodamine B.

  18. ScVO4 under non-hydrostatic compression: a new metastable polymorph

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    Garg, Alka B.; Errandonea, D.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.

    2017-02-01

    The high-pressure (HP) behaviour of scandium vanadate (ScVO4) is investigated under non-hydrostatic compression. The compound is studied by means of synchrotron-based powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical-absorption techniques. The occurrence of a non-reversible phase transition is detected. The transition is from the zircon structure to the fergusonite-type structure and takes place around 6 GPa with nearly 10% volume discontinuity. XRD measurements on the pressure cycled sample confirm for the first time that the fergusonite-type ScVO4 can be recovered as the metastable phase at ambient conditions. Raman spectroscopic measurements verify the metastable phase to be of a fergusonite-type phase. Theoretical calculations also corroborate the experimental findings. The fergusonite phase is found to be stiffer than the ambient-pressure zircon phase, as indicated by the observed experimental and theoretical bulk moduli. The optical properties and lattice-dynamics calculation of the fergusonite ScVO4 are discussed. At ambient pressure the band gap of the zircon (fergusonite)-type ScVO4 is 2.75 eV (2.3 eV). This fact suggests that the novel metastable polymorph of ScVO4 can have applications in green technologies; for instance, it can be used as photocatalytic material for hydrogen production by water splitting.

  19. Synthesis of BiVO4 nanosheets-graphene composites toward improved visible light photoactivity

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    Qianqian Yu; Zi-Rong Tang; Yi-Jun Xua

    2014-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2-D) BiVO4 nanosheets-graphene (GR) composites with different weight addition ratios of GR have been prepared via a facile wet chemistry process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption-desorption, transient photocurrent response and photoluminescence (PL) spectra were employed to determine the properties of the samples. It is found that BiVO4 nanosheets could pave well on the surface of graphene sheets. BiVO4 nanosheets-GR composites with a proper addition amount of GR exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than bare BiVO4 nanosheets toward liquid-phase degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The enhancement of photocatalytic activities of BiVO4 nanosheets-GR composites can be attributed to the effective separation of photoexcited electron-hole pairs. This work not only provides a simple strategy for fabricating specific 2-D semiconductor-2-D GR composites, but also opens a new window of such 2-D semiconductor-2-D GR composites as visible light photocatalysts toward an improved visible light photoactivity in purifying polluted water resources.

  20. Nanostructured WO3 /BiVO4 photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Pihosh, Yuriy; Turkevych, Ivan; Mawatari, Kazuma; Asai, Tomohiro; Hisatomi, Takashi; Uemura, Jin; Tosa, Masahiro; Shimamura, Kiyoshi; Kubota, Jun; Domen, Kazunari; Kitamori, Takehiko

    2014-09-24

    Nanostructured photoanodes based on well-separated and vertically oriented WO3 nanorods capped with extremely thin BiVO4 absorber layers are fabricated by the combination of Glancing Angle Deposition and normal physical sputtering techniques. The optimized WO3 -NRs/BiVO4 photoanode modified with Co-Pi oxygen evolution co-catalyst shows remarkably stable photocurrents of 3.2 and 5.1 mA/cm(2) at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode in a stable Na2 SO4 electrolyte under simulated solar light at the standard 1 Sun and concentrated 2 Suns illumination, respectively. The photocurrent enhancement is attributed to the faster charge separation in the electronically thin BiVO4 layer and significantly reduced charge recombination. The enhanced light trapping in the nanostructured WO3 -NRs/BiVO4 photoanode effectively increases the optical thickness of the BiVO4 layer and results in efficient absorption of the incident light. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Growth and spectroscopic properties of Ca9Nd(VO4)7 single crystal

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    Demesh, M. P.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Kosmyna, M. B.; Mateychenko, P. V.; Nazarenko, B. P.; Shekhovtsov, A. N.; Kornienko, A. A.; Dunina, E. B.; Orlovich, V. A.; Khodasevich, I. A.; Paszkowicz, W.; Behrooz, A.

    2016-10-01

    Ca9Nd(VO4)7 single crystal was grown by the Czochralski method in inert atmosphere. The crystal structure and chemical composition were studied. Polarized absorption and luminescence spectra were investigated in details. It was found that the Ca9Nd(VO4)7 crystals belongs to self-activated laser materials with a weak concentration quenching of luminescence. Judd-Ofelt analysis was performed. The emission cross-sections spectra for 4F3/2 → 4I9/2, 4I11/2, 4I13/2 transitions were determined. For the first time Raman spectra of the Ca9Nd(VO4)7 single crystal were recorded and interpreted.

  2. Fabrication and photoelectrocatalytic properties of nanocrystalline monoclinic BiVO4 thin-film electrode.

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    Zhou, Bin; Qu, Jiuhui; Zhao, Xu; Liu, Huijuan

    2011-01-01

    Monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) thin film was fabricated on indium-tin oxide glass from an amorphous heteronuclear complex via dip-coating. After annealation at 400, 500, and 600 degrees C, the thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-Vis spectrophotometry. The BiVO4 particles on the ITO glass surface had a monoclinic structure. The UV-Visible diffuse reflection spectra showed the BiVO4 thin film had photoabsorption properties, with a band gap around 2.5 eV. In addition, the thin film showed high visible photocatalytic activities towards 2,4-dichlorophenol and Bisphenol A degradation under visible light irradiation (lambda > 420 nm). Over 90% of the two organic pollutants were removed in 5 hr. A possible degradation mechanism of 2,4-dichlorophenol were also studied.

  3. Fabrication and photoelectrocatalytic properties of nanocrystalline monoclinic BiVO4 thin-film electrode

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    Bin Zhou; Jiuhui Qu; Xu Zhao; Huijuan Liu

    2011-01-01

    Monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) thin film was fabricated on indium-tin oxide glass from an amorphous heteronuclear complex via dip-coating.After annealation at 400, 500, and 600℃, the thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-Vis spectrophotometry.The BiVO4 particles on the ITO glass surface had a monoclinic structure.The UV-Visible diffuse reflection spectra showed the BiVO4 thin film had photoabsorption properties, with a band gap around 2.5 eV.In addition, the thin film showed high visible photocatalytic activities towards 2,4-dichiorophenol and Bisphenol A degradation under visible light irradiation (λ.> 420 nm).Over 90% of the two organic pollutants were removed in 5 hr.A possible degradation mechanism of 2,4-dichlorophenol were also studied.

  4. Study on VUV and UV Excitation Spectrum of GdVO4∶Eu3+

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    张庆礼; 郑丽秋; 郭常新; 施朝淑; 魏亚光; 戚泽明

    2001-01-01

    The photoluminescence spectra and excitation spectra in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and ultraviolet (UV) spectra region of GdVO4∶Eu3+ were reported. The excitation and emission spectra indicate that GdVO4∶Eu3+ is a highly efficient phosphor for the excitation in the VUV and UV spectrum region. The excitation band in the VUV and UV spectrum region of 60~350 nm consists mainly of the absorption of host, which has obvious absorption of 4fn-15d of Eu3+ and Gd3+. In GdVO4∶Eu3+, there is the energy transfer: VO43-→Eu3+, Gd3+→Eu3+ and Gd3+→VO43-→Eu3+. Through the last two procedures, maybe the quantum cutting of Gd3+-Eu3+ occurs.

  5. Dy3+ activated LaVO4 films synthesized by precursors with different solution concentrations

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    WU Dandan; MA Yongqing; ZHANG Xian; QIAN Shibing; ZHENG Ganhong; WU Mingzai; LI Guang; SUN Zhaoqi

    2012-01-01

    Using different-solution-concentration precursors with citric acid as chelating agent and polyvinyl alcohol as dispersing media,Dy3+ activated LaVO4 films were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates.The scanning electronic microscope (SEM) showed that the compact and crack-free LaVO4:Dy3+ film could be obtained at a suitable solution concentration.The deposited films could absorb the ultraviolet light below 400 nm and were transparent in the visible and infrared region as evidenced by the transmission spectra,and the photoluminescence spectra exhibited the characteristic emissions of Dy3+ peaking at 484 (blue) and 576 (yellow) nm due to the transitions of 4F9/2→6H15/2 and 4Fg/2→6H13/2,respectively.The potential application of LaVO4:Dy3+ film in the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was also discussed.

  6. Efficient, resonantly pumped, room-temperature Er3+:GdVO4 laser.

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    Ter-Gabrielyan, N; Fromzel, V; Ryba-Romanowski, W; Lukasiewicz, T; Dubinskii, M

    2012-04-01

    We report an efficient room-temperature operation of a resonantly pumped Er3+:GdVO4 laser at 1598.5 nm. The maximum continuous wave (CW) output power of 3.5 W with slope efficiency of 56% was achieved with resonant pumping by an Er-fiber laser at 1538.6 nm. With pumping by a commercial laser diode bar stack, a quasi-CW (QCW) output of 7.7 W and maximum slope efficiency of ~53% versus absorbed pump power were obtained. This is believed to be the first resonantly (in-band) pumped, room-temperature Er3+:GdVO4 laser.

  7. High-temperature heat capacity of orthovanadates Ce1- x Bi x VO4

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    Denisova, L. T.; Chumilina, L. G.; Belousova, N. V.; Denisov, V. M.

    2016-09-01

    Orthovanadates Ce1- x Bi x VO4 (1 ≥ x ≥ 0) have been produced by solid-phase synthesis from initial oxides CeO2, Bi2O3, and V2O5 upon step-by-step burning. The high-temperature heat capacity of Ce1- x Bi x VO4 has been measured by differential scanning calorimetry. The experimental data on C p = f(T) were used to calculate the thermodynamic properties (the enthalpy changes, the entropy changes, and the Gibbs energy).

  8. Tetrahedron DNA dendrimers and their encapsulation of gold nanoparticles.

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    Zhou, Tao; Wang, Yijie; Dong, Yuanchen; Chen, Chun; Liu, Dongsheng; Yang, Zhongqiang

    2014-08-15

    DNA dendrimers have achieved increasing attention recently. Previously reported DNA dendrimers used Y-DNA as monomers. Tetrahedron DNA is a rigid tetrahedral cage made of DNA. Herein, we use tetrahedron DNA as monomers to prepare tetrahedron DNA dendrimers. The prepared tetrahedron DNA dendrimers have larger size compared with those made of Y-DNA. In addition, thanks to the central cavity of tetrahedron DNA monomers, some nanoscale structures (e.g., gold nanoparticles) can be encapsulated within tetrahedron DNA monomers. Tetrahedron DNA encapsulated with gold nanoparticles can be further assembled into dendrimers, guiding gold nanoparticles into clusters.

  9. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of BiVO4 in aqueous AgNO3 solution under visible light irradiation

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    Huang, Chien-Kai; Wu, Tsunghsueh; Huang, Chang-Wei; Lai, Chi-Yung; Wu, Mei-Yao; Lin, Yang-Wei

    2017-03-01

    Monoclinic-phase bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) with a 2.468 eV band gap exhibited enhanced synergic photodegradation activity toward methylene blue (MB) when combined with silver ions (Ag+) in an aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The mass ratio of AgNO3 to BiVO4 and the calcination temperature were discovered to considerably affect the degradation activity of BiVO4/Ag+. Superior photocatalytic performance was obtained when BiVO4 was mixed with 0.01%(w/v) AgNO3 solution, and complete degradation of MB was achieved after 25 min visible light irradiation, outperforming BiVO4 or AgNO3 solution alone. The enhanced photodegradation was investigated using systematic luminescence measurements, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and scavenger addition, after which a photocatalytic mechanism for MB degradation under visible light irradiation was identified that involved oxygen radicals and holes. This study also discovered the two dominating processes involved in enhancing the electron-hole separation efficiency and reducing their recombination rate, namely photoreduction of Ag+ and the formation of a BiVO4/Ag heterojunction. The synergic effect between BiVO4 and Ag+ was discovered to be unique. BiVO4/Ag+ was successfully used to degrade two other dyes and disinfect Escherichia Coli. A unique fluorescent technique using BiVO4 and a R6G solution to detect Ag+ ions in water was discovered.

  10. Ligand inducible assembly of a DNA tetrahedron.

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    Dohno, Chikara; Atsumi, Hiroshi; Nakatani, Kazuhiko

    2011-03-28

    Here we show that a small synthetic ligand can be used as a key building component for DNA nanofabrication. Using naphthyridinecarbamate dimer (NCD) as a molecular glue for DNA hybridization, we demonstrate NCD-triggered formation of a DNA tetrahedron.

  11. Diode Stack End-Pumped Nd:GdVO4 Continuous Wave Slab Laser

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    ZHANG Heng-Li; ZHANG Huai-Jin; LI Dai-Jun; WANG Ji-Yang; SHI Peng; Haas Rüdiger; LI Hong-Xia; JIANG Min-Hua; DU Keming

    2005-01-01

    @@ We report a diode stack end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 slab laser with a near-diffraction-limited beam. The output power of 45.8 W at 1064nm is obtained under the pumping power of 147W, with the optical-optical conversion efficiency of 31.2%, and the slope efficiency is 39.6%.

  12. Fabrication and characterization of electrospun orthorhombic InVO4 nanofibers

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    Song, Lingjun; Liu, Suwen; Lu, Qifang; Zhao, Gang

    2012-02-01

    The novel orthorhombic InVO4 nanofibers have been successfully synthesized by annealing electrospun precursor fibers. Citric acid was used as a ligand for it could react with metal salts to get a transparent homogeneous precursor solution and homogeneous precursor sol for electrospining. Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP, K-30) was used as a binder and a structure guide reagent because it was one kind of water-soluble polymers. It is easy to gain one-dimensional materials while the viscosity of the citrate/PVP sol was suitable. The structure, morphology and photocatalytic properties of the nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetry analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, UV-vis spectrophotometer and fluorescence spectrophotometer. The nanofibers calcined at 700 °C were orthorhombic InVO4 with a width in the range of 30-100 nm and length in micron-grade. This one-dimensional pure orthorhombic InVO4 had the higher photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation. The photo-degradation rate of nitrobenzene aqueous solution under visible light reached 69% after 6 h. It is obvious that the orthorhombic InVO4 nanofibers have a potential application in wastewater-treatment.

  13. Growth and thermophysical properties of magneto-optical crystal TbVO4

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    Zhu, Yangyang; Tu, Heng; Jia, Lisha; Yue, Yinchao; Zhao, Ying; Hu, Zhanggui

    2017-03-01

    TbVO4 single crystal with high transmittance has been successfully grown by Czochralski method under highly pure nitrogen atmosphere, which could reduce the loss of growth crucible. The structure of as-grown crystal was verified by X-ray powder diffraction. The refraction indices measurement showed the crystal was an optical uniaxial crystal with large birefringence. The absorption coefficient was calculated taking account into transmittance and reflection, and the results indicated TbVO4 crystal had a low absorption at wavelength range of 440-1100 nm. Thermal properties of TbVO4 crystal were also measured. The specific heat is 0.472 J g-1 K-1 at room temperature. The thermal conductivities at room temperature are 7.216 W m-1 k-1 and 10.305 W m-1 k-1along the a and c directions respectively. XPS spectra showed there were two states of V which demonstrated oxygen vacancies existed in as-grown crystal. But Verdet constant of the crystal is about 60 rad T-1 m-1, and the figure of merit at 1064 nm is 28.9°/dB at 1.2 T, which is about twice than that of TGG. All the results indicate TbVO4 crystal is a candidate to the commercial magneto-optical material at visible and near-infrared regions.

  14. Wave-Vector Dependence of the Jahn-Teller Interactions in TmVO4

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    Kjems, Jørgen; Hayes, W.; Smith, S. H.

    1975-01-01

    The resonant Jahn-Teller coupling of the B2g acoustic phonon and the Zeeman-split ground doublet in TmVO4 has been studied by inelastic neutron scattering. Tuning of the magnetic field provides a means for investigating the wave-vector dependence of the interactions. We find that the coupling is ...

  15. Investigation of Terahertz Emission from BiVO4 /Au Thin Film Interface

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    Kumar, N.; Abdi, F.F.; Trzesniewski, B.; Smith, W.A.; Planken, P.C.M.; Adam, A.J.L.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate emission of terahertz pulses from a BiVO4/Au thin film interface, illuminated with femtosecond laser pulses. Based on the experimental observations, we propose that the most likely cause of the THz emission is the Photo-Dember effect caused by the standing wave intensity distribution

  16. Photocharged BiVO4 photoanodes for improved solar water splitting

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    Trześniewski, B.J.; Smith, W.A.

    2015-01-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a promising semiconductor material for the production of solar fuels via photoelectrochemical water splitting, however, it suffers from substantial recombination losses that limit its performance to well below its theoretical maximum. Here we demonstrate for the first tim

  17. Synthesis and Characterization of CeVO4 by Microwave Radiation Method and Its Photocatalytic Activity

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A general microwave synthesis method was developed to synthesize cerium orthovanadate (CeVO4 nanostructures without the use of any catalysts or templates. This method is able to control the shape and size of the products by adjusting the pH of precursor solutions to be 1–10. Phase, purity, and different morphologies of the products were characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM, and TEM. They showed that the as-synthesized products exhibited pure single crystalline CeVO4 with tetragonal structure. Their morphologies developed in sequence as nanoparticles (pH = 4–10, nanorods (pH = 2, 3, and microflowers (pH = 1. UV-visible spectra were used to estimate the direct energy gaps of CeVO4 nanorods and microflowers: 3.77 and 3.65 eV, respectively. Photoluminescence (PL of CeVO4 microflowers showed strong emission intensities at 578 nm. These results were in the range of possible application for photocatalysis, investigated by studying the degradation of methylene blue.

  18. Q-switched Ho:YLF laser pumped by a Tm:GdVO4 laser.

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    Esser, MJD

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The authors have, through careful analysis of spectroscopic data, designed and demonstrated a diode-end-pumped, quasicontinuous wave Tm:GdVO4 laser operating at 1892 nm in order to pump a Q-switched Ho:YLF laser. The Ho:YLF maximum output energy...

  19. Diode-end-pumped Tm:GdVO4 laser operating at 1818 and 1915 nm

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    Esser, MJD

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available High power operation at 1818 and 1915 nm has been demonstrated from a Tm:GdVO4 laser operating in quasi-continuous-wave mode with a maximum measured power of 8.7Wand a laser output energy of 175 mJ was observed in a 20 ms pulse at 1.9 µm...

  20. Combustion synthesis of Eu2+ and Dy3+ activated Sr3(VO4)2 phosphor for LEDs

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    Roshani Singh; S J Dhoble

    2011-06-01

    Combustion synthesis and photoluminescence (PL) characterization of Sr3(VO4)2:Eu,Dy phosphors are presented in this paper. PL emission of Sr3(VO4)2:Eu phosphor shows green broad emission band centring at 511 nm and a red sharp band at 614 nm by excitation wavelength of 342 nm. The PL emission spectrum of Sr3(VO4)2:Dy phosphor exhibits an intense blue emission peak at 479 nm, yellow broad band centring at 573 nm and red band at 644 nm by the excitation wavelength of 426 nm in near visible blue region. The excitation wavelength of Eu (342 nm) and Dy (426 nm) activated Sr3(VO4)2 phosphor are well matched with the excitation of near UV excited solid state lighting and blue chip excitation of light emitting diodes, respectively. The effect of Eu2+ and Eu3+ ions concentration on the emission intensity of Sr3(VO4)2 was also investigated. The Sr3(VO4)2:Eu is a potential green and red emitting phosphor as well as Sr3(VO4)2:Dy is blue and yellow emitting phosphor for solid state lighting i.e. white LEDs. The XRD and SEM characteristics of Sr3(VO4)2 materials was also reported in this paper.

  1. Synthesis and the enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 nanocrystals coupled with Ag nanoparticles

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    Wang, W. Z.; Meng, Shan; Tan, Miao; Jia, L. J.; Zhou, Y. X.; Wu, Shuang; Huang, X. W.; Liang, Y. J.; Shi, H. L.

    2015-03-01

    BiVO4 nanocrystals coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag-BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures) have been prepared by a new strategy via combining a hydrothermal route with a polyol process, in which BiVO4 nanocrystals were first synthesized by a hydrothermal route, and then, Ag nanoparticles were grown on the surfaces of the presynthesized BiVO4 nanocrystals through a polyol process. The photocatalytic evaluations demonstrate that BiVO4 nanocrystals coupled with Ag nanoparticles exhibit the enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (RhB). The energy alignment and diffuse reflectance property of Ag-BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures demonstrate that Ag nanoparticles attached on the surfaces of BiVO4 nanocrystals play double roles for the enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity. First, the Ag nanoparticles grown on the surfaces of BiVO4 nanocrystals may act as electron sinks to retard the recombination of the photogenerated electrons and holes in BiVO4 so as to improve the charge separation on its surfaces. Second, the Ag nanoparticles increase the visible light absorption of the Ag-BiVO4 photocatalyst due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles. These double roles of Ag nanoparticles make Ag-BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures to exhibit the enhanced photocatalytic activity to decompose MB and RhB under visible light irradiation, compared to the pure BiVO4 nanocrystals. The enhanced photocatalytic activity is attributed to the charge transfer from BiVO4 to the attached Ag nanoparticles as well as SPR absorption of Ag nanoparticles. The present work not only provides an efficient route to enhance visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity of BiVO4, but also offers a new strategy for fabricating metal-semiconductor heterogeneous nanostructure photocatalysts, which are expected to show considerable potential applications in solar-driven wastewater treatment and water

  2. E ectofGoldNanoparticlesonthePhotocatalytic and Photo electro chemical Performance of Au Mo dified BiVO4

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    Mingce Long; Jingjing Jiang; Yan Li; Ruqiong Cao; Liying Zhang; Weimin Cai

    2011-01-01

    An efficient visible light driven photocatalyst, gold nanoparticles (NPs) modified BiVO4 (Au/BiVO4), has been synthesized by deposition-precipitation with urea method. Au/BiVO4 exhibits enhanced pho-tocatalytic activity for phenol degradation underλ>400 nm irradiation but negligible activity underλ>535 nm, indicating that the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect is too weak for organic photodegradation. According to the photoelectrochemical results of the porous powder electrodes of BiVO4 and Au/BiVO4, the SPR effect of Au NPs has been assessed. The role of Au NPs as electron sinks or sources, which is controllable by incident photon energy and applied potentials, has been discussed.

  3. Effects of crystal orientation and ferroelastic domain structure on the photochemical reactivity of BiVO4 and related compounds

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    Munprom, Ratiporn

    Bismuth vanadate, BiVO4, has been recognized for its high efficiency as a photoanode for water splitting. However, its performance is limited by photogenerated electron--hole recombination. Thus, researchers have attempted to modify BiVO4 to improve its performance. One strategy to improve charge separation is to utilize an internal field arising from surface termination differences. Previous studies concentrated on polygonal single crystals of BiVO4, providing limited information about the orientation-reactivity relationship. The current research focuses on polycrystalline BiVO4, which makes it possible to study the photochemical reactivity of all possible orientations and determine the complete orientation dependence of the photochemical reactivity of BiVO4. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  4. Synthesis of BiVO4/TiO2 composites and evaluation of their photocatalytic activity under indoor illumination.

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    Longo, Giulia; Fresno, Fernando; Gross, Silvia; Štangar, Urška Lavrenčič

    2014-10-01

    BiVO4/TiO2 composites with different weight ratios have been prepared by coprecipitation-based reactions followed by either thermal or hydrothermal treatment with the aim of evaluating the TiO2 photosensitization by BiVO4. The obtained materials present in all cases the desired monoclinic phase of BiVO4 and anatase phase of TiO2. Visible light absorption increased with increasing amount of bismuth vanadate. XPS results reveal the surface enrichment of Ti with respect to the bulk composition in samples characterised by a higher content of BiVO4. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared materials was tested for the degradation of isopropanol in the gas phase under indoor illumination conditions. Although none of the composites was able to improve the activity of TiO2, the low BiVO4 containing samples appear as more suitable for further synthesis tuning.

  5. 不同晶型BiVO_4微球的制备及其对光催化性能的影响%Synthesis and photocatalytic activities of BiVO_4 microspheres with different crystalline forms

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    朱振峰; 杜娟; 李军奇; 张艳丽; 刘佃光; 于红光

    2011-01-01

    以Bi(NO3)3、NH4VO3为原料,NaOH为pH调节剂,采用微波水热法在180℃制备了BiVO4微球,分析了不同煅烧温度对晶型、形貌的影响,并进一步探讨了BiVO4晶型与其光催化性能的关系。采用XRD、SEM和UV-Vis吸收光谱对产品进行了分析表征,并以光催化降解亚甲基蓝为模型反应研究BiVO4的光催化性能。结果表明所制备的BiVO4微球是四方相结构,球的直径在1~3μm之间,将其在500℃煅烧后发生晶型转变,600℃煅烧可得到纯单斜相BiVO4微球,且具有良好的可见光催化活性。而且,不同晶型的BiVO4影响亚甲基蓝的降解效果。%Bismuth vanadate(BiVO4) microspheres were prepared with Bi(NO3)3 and NH4VO3 as starting materials and with NaOH to adjust pH through the microwave hydrothermal method at 180℃.The effect of different calcination temperatures on the crystalline phase and morphology was investigated,and the relationship between crystalline phase of BiVO4 and its photocatalytic performance was further studied.The as-prepared BiVO4 samples were characterized by XRD,SEM and UV-Vis.The photocatalytic activity of the BiVO4 microspheres was determined by degradation of methylene blue molecules under visible light irradiation.The results indicated that the crystalline phase of as-prepared BiVO4 microspheres was tetragonal phase,and the diameter of microspheres was 1-3μm.It is found that the phase transition had undergone after being calcined at 500℃,and monoclinic scheelite BiVO4 microspheres obtained by being calcined at 600℃ had the excellent visible-light photocatalysis.Besides,BiVO4 with different crystalline forms can affect the degradation of methylene blue molecules.

  6. Mapping Photoelectrochemical Current Distribution at Nanoscale Dimensions on Morphologically Controlled BiVO4.

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    Chakthranont, Pongkarn; Seitz, Linsey C; Jaramillo, Thomas F

    2015-09-17

    We develop a method that can be used to qualitatively map photocurrent on photoelectrode surfaces, and show its utility for morphologically controlled W-doped BiVO4. The method is based on the deliberate photoinduced sintering of Au NPs, a photon-driven process that indicates oxidation with nanoscale-resolution. This strategy allows us to identify the active regions on W-doped BiVO4 photoelectrodes, and we observe a strong dependence of photoactivity on the electrode morphology, controlled by varying the relative humidity during the sol-gel fabrication process. We find that photoelectrode morphologies that exhibit the most evenly distributed Au sintering are those that yield the highest photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity. Understanding the correlation between electrode morphology and PEC activity is essential for designing structured semiconductors for PEC water splitting.

  7. Variation in Surface Ionization Potentials of Pristine and Hydrated BiVO4.

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    Crespo-Otero, Rachel; Walsh, Aron

    2015-06-18

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a promising material for photoelectrochemical water splitting and photocatalytic degradation of organic moieties. We evaluate the ionization potentials of the (010) surface termination of BiVO4 using first-principles simulations. The electron removal energy of the pristine termination (7.2 eV) validates recent experimental reports. The effect of water absorption on the ionization potentials is considered using static models as well as structures obtained from molecular dynamics simulations. Owing to the large molecular dipole of H2O, adsorption stabilizes the valence band edge (downward band bending), thereby increasing the ionization potentials. These results provide new understanding to the role of polar layers on complex oxide semiconductors, with importance for the design of efficient photoelectrodes for water splitting.

  8. Self-assembly of highly crystalline spherical BiVO 4 in aqueous solutions

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    Yang, Tao; Xia, Dingguo

    2009-10-01

    Spherical bismuth vanadate particles are self-assembled from aqueous Bi(NO 3) 3 and NH 4VO 3 solutions by adjusting pH and tuning the amount of surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) via facile hydrothermal method. The BiVO 4 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the peaks suited well with the pure phase monoclinic scheelite BiVO 4. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed the average size of the spherical particles was 5 μm and the assembling stages in the hydrothermal synthesis process were recorded. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) revealed the nanoparticles were single crystal. FT-IR spectroscopy test results demonstrated there was no SDS left in the samples. The mechanism of the self-assembling has also been proposed.

  9. EPR Properties of Concentrated NdVO4 Single Crystal System.

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    Kaczmarek, S M; Fuks, H; Berkowski, M; Głowacki, M; Bojanowski, B

    Single crystals of NdVO4 were grown by the Czochralski method under ambient pressure in a nitrogen atmosphere. Obtained crystals were transparent with strong violet coloring. Temperature and angular dependences of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of the samples in the 3-103 K temperature range were analyzed applying Dyson like lineshape typically used for concentrated magnetic system. EPR-NMR program was used to find local symmetry and spin-Hamiltonian parameters of neodymium ions.

  10. Effect of Preparation Parameters on Photoactivity of BiVO4 by Hydrothermal Method

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    Qingyun Chen; Miao Zhou; Di Ma; Dengwei Jing

    2012-01-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was synthesized from a mixture of aqueous Bi(NO3)3 and NH4VO3 solutions by using hydrothermal method. Via conducting the orthogonal experiments and single-factor experiments, the best synthetic parameters were determined. The physical and photophysical properties of the as-obtained samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and UV-Vis diffusion reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis). Th...

  11. Diode-pumped double passively Q-switched Nd:GdVO4 laser

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    LIU Min; LIU Shu-shan; LI Lei; WANG Wei-wei; CHEN Fei; LIU Jie

    2008-01-01

    Through using both Cr4+:YAG and GaAs saturable absorbers, a diode-pumped double passively Q-switched Nd:GdVO4 laser is realized and compared with a single passively Q-switched laser. This laser can generate symmetric pulse temporal profiles and shorter pulses. A laser pulse width of 17 ns has been achieved with the incident pump power of 8.5 W.

  12. Experimental spectra study of Tm:GdVO4 microchip laser at room temperature

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    Yufeng Li; Youlun Ju; Y. Urata; Yuezhu Wang

    2007-01-01

    A high efficient diode-pumped Tm:GdVO4 microchip laser is demonstrated. Output power of 310 mW at 1917 nm with slope efficiency of 22% is produced when pumped by 2 W of power at 802 nm. Unpolarized fluorescence spectra near 1800 nm pumped by laser diode are measured. In addition, the most important upconversion fluorescence from 1D2 to 3F4 and 3H6 levels is discussed.

  13. Preparation and characterization of fly ash cenospheres supported CuO-BiVO4 heterojunction composite

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    Zhang, Jin; Cui, Hao; Wang, Bing; Li, Chuang; Zhai, Jianping; Li, Qin

    2014-05-01

    Novel fly ash cenospheres supported CuO-BiVO4 heterojunction composites (CuO-BiVO4/FACs) were prepared by modified metalorganic decomposition and impregnation methods. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), and UV-vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) techniques. The XPS and SEM analyses indicated that Cu was present as CuO dispersed on the surface of BiVO4. The DRS spectra revealed that the composites had improved optical adsorption in the visible light region, and the composites exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for methylene blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. It was found that the 5 wt% CuO-loaded composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity for MB dye wastewater treatment. FACs, a by-product generated in coal-firing power plants, were used as a low cost support which favored phase separation after the reaction owing to their low density.

  14. BiVO(4)/CuWO(4) heterojunction photoanodes for efficient solar driven water oxidation.

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    Pilli, Satyananda Kishore; Deutsch, Todd G; Furtak, Thomas E; Brown, Logan D; Turner, John A; Herring, Andrew M

    2013-03-07

    BiVO(4)/CuWO(4) heterojunction electrodes were prepared using spray deposition of a highly porous bismuth vanadate film onto the surface of an electrodeposited three dimensional network connected copper tungstate. Bilayer BiVO(4)/CuWO(4)/fluorine doped tin oxide glass (FTO) electrodes demonstrated higher photocurrent magnitudes than either with BiVO(4)/FTO or CuWO(4)/FTO electrodes in 1.0 M Na(2)SO(4) electrolyte buffered at pH 7. The photocurrent is enhanced by the formation of the heterojunction that aids charge carrier collection brought about by the band edge offsets. When the pH 7 buffered electrolytes contained 1.0 M bicarbonate is employed instead of 1.0 M sulfate, the charge transfer resistance was decreased. This led to nearly 1.8 times the photocurrent density at 1.0 V vs. Ag/AgCl. The photocurrent was stable over 24 hours in bicarbonate electrolyte.

  15. Effect of Preparation Parameters on Photoactivity of BiVO4 by Hydrothermal Method

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    Qingyun Chen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4 was synthesized from a mixture of aqueous Bi(NO33 and NH4VO3 solutions by using hydrothermal method. Via conducting the orthogonal experiments and single-factor experiments, the best synthetic parameters were determined. The physical and photophysical properties of the as-obtained samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and UV-Vis diffusion reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis. The result showed that the best experimental parameters of monoclinic BiVO4 were pH=7, T=195 °C, and    t=6 h. The catalytic performance of BiVO4 was evaluated by reducing carbon dioxide to methane under visible light irradiation. It was found that the methane production reached 145 μg/g-cat after 5 h irradiation with the catalyst dosage of 0.15 g in 200 mL mixed solution of 0.1 M NaOH and 0.1 M Na2SO3.

  16. Monoclinic structured BiVO4 nanosheets: hydrothermal preparation, formation mechanism, and coloristic and photocatalytic properties.

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    Zhang, Li; Chen, Dairong; Jiao, Xiuling

    2006-02-16

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO(4)) nanosheets have been hydrothermally synthesized in the presence of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) as a morphology-directing template. The nanosheets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) equipped with an X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), IR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high-resolution TEM (HR-TEM). The BiVO(4) nanosheets had a monoclinic structure, were ca. 10-40 nm thick, and showed a preferred (010) surface orientation. The formation mechanism and the effects of reaction temperature and time on the products were investigated. UV-visible diffuse reflection spectra indicated that the BiVO(4) nanosheets had outstanding spectral selectivity and improved color properties compared with the corresponding bulk materials. Furthermore, the nanosheets showed good visible photocatalytic activities as determined by degradation of N,N,N',N'-tetraethylated rhodamine (RB) under solar irradiation.

  17. Plasmon-enhanced nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation

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    Gan, Jiayong; Bangalore Rajeeva, Bharath; Wu, Zilong; Penley, Daniel; Liang, Chaolun; Tong, Yexiang; Zheng, Yuebing

    2016-06-01

    Conversion of solar irradiation into chemical fuels such as hydrogen with the use of a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell is an attractive strategy for green energy. The promising technique of incorporating metal nanoparticles (NPs) in the photoelectrodes is being explored to enhance the performance of the photoelectrodes. In this work, we developed Au-NPs-functionalized nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes, and utilized the plasmonic effects of Au NPs to enhance the photoresponse. The plasmonic enhancement leads to an AM 1.5 photocurrent of 5.1 ± 0.1 mA cm-2 at 1.23 V versus a reverse hydrogen electrode. We observed an enhancement of five times with respect to pristine BiVO4 in the photocurrent with long-term stability and high energy-conversion efficiency. The overall performance enhancement is attributed to the synergy between the nanoporous architecture of BiVO4 and the plasmonic effects of Au NPs. Our further study reveals that the commendable photoactivity arises from the different plasmonic effects and co-catalyst effects of Au NPs.

  18. Synthesis of novel CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic properties.

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    Zhang, Jin; Wang, Bing; Li, Chuang; Cui, Hao; Zhai, Jianping; Li, Qin

    2014-09-01

    To utilize visible light more effectively in photocatalytic reactions, a fly ash cenosphere (FAC)-supported CeO2-BiVO4 (CeO2-BiVO4/FAC) composite photocatalyst was prepared by modified metalorganic decomposition and impregnation methods. The physical and photophysical properties of the composite have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectra. The XRD patterns exhibited characteristic diffraction peaks of both BiVO4 and CeO2 crystalline phases. The XPS results showed that Ce was present as both Ce(4+) and Ce(3+) oxidation states in CeO2 and dispersed on the surface of BiVO4 to constitute a p-n heterojunction composite. The absorption threshold of the CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composite shifted to a longer wavelength in the UV-Vis absorption spectrum compared to the pure CeO2 and pure BiVO4. The composites exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for Methylene Blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. It was found that the 7.5wt.% CeO2-BiVO4/FAC composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity for MB dye wastewater treatment. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. BiVO4 photoanodes for water splitting with high injection efficiency, deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Gong, Haibo; Freudenberg, Norman; Nie, Man; van de Krol, Roel; Ellmer, Klaus

    2016-04-01

    Photoactive bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) thin films were deposited by reactive co-magnetron sputtering from metallic Bi and V targets. The effects of the V-to-Bi ratio, molybdenum doping and post-annealing on the crystallographic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the BiVO4 films were investigated. Phase-pure monoclinic BiVO4 films, which are more photoactive than the tetragonal BiVO4 phase, were obtained under slightly vanadium-rich conditions. After annealing of the Mo-doped BiVO4 films, the photocurrent increased 2.6 times compared to undoped films. After optimization of the BiVO4 film thickness, the photocurrent densities (without a catalyst or a blocking layer or a hole scavenger) exceeded 1.2 mA/cm2 at a potential of 1.23 VRHE under solar AM1.5 irradiation. The surprisingly high injection efficiency of holes into the electrolyte is attributed to the highly porous film morphology. This co-magnetron sputtering preparation route for photoactive BiVO4 films opens new possibilities for the fabrication of large-scale devices for water splitting.

  20. BiVO4 photoanodes for water splitting with high injection efficiency, deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Haibo Gong

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Photoactive bismuth vanadate (BiVO4 thin films were deposited by reactive co-magnetron sputtering from metallic Bi and V targets. The effects of the V-to-Bi ratio, molybdenum doping and post-annealing on the crystallographic and photoelectrochemical (PEC properties of the BiVO4 films were investigated. Phase-pure monoclinic BiVO4 films, which are more photoactive than the tetragonal BiVO4 phase, were obtained under slightly vanadium-rich conditions. After annealing of the Mo-doped BiVO4 films, the photocurrent increased 2.6 times compared to undoped films. After optimization of the BiVO4 film thickness, the photocurrent densities (without a catalyst or a blocking layer or a hole scavenger exceeded 1.2 mA/cm2 at a potential of 1.23 VRHE under solar AM1.5 irradiation. The surprisingly high injection efficiency of holes into the electrolyte is attributed to the highly porous film morphology. This co-magnetron sputtering preparation route for photoactive BiVO4 films opens new possibilities for the fabrication of large-scale devices for water splitting.

  1. Template-Free Synthesis of Monoclinic BiVO4 with Porous Structure and Its High Photocatalytic Activity

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    Pengyu Dong

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Monoclinic BiVO4 photocatalysts with porous structures were synthesized by a two-step approach without assistance of any templates. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET, ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS, photocurrent responses, and electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS. It is found that the as-prepared BiVO4 samples had a porous structure with aperture diameter of 50–300 nm. Moreover, the BET specific surface area of the porous BiVO4-200 °C sample reaches up to 5.69 m2/g, which is much higher than that of the sample of BiVO4 particles without porous structure. Furthermore, a possible formation mechanism of BiVO4 with porous structure was proposed. With methylene blue (MB as a model compound, the photocatalytic oxidation of organic contaminants in aqueous solution was investigated under visible light irradiation. It is found that the porous BiVO4-200 °C sample exhibits the best photocatalytic activity, and the photocatalytic rate constant is about three times of that of the sample of BiVO4 particles without porous structure. In addition, the photocurrent responses and electrochemical impedance spectra strongly support this conclusion.

  2. Preparation of a Leaf-Like BiVO4-Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite and Its Photocatalytic Activity

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    Shimin Xiong

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available We prepared a unique leaf-like BiVO4-reduced graphene oxide (BiVO4-rGO composite with prominent adsorption performance and photocatalytic ability by a single-step method. Multiple characterization results showed that the leaf-like BiVO4 with average diameter of about 5 um was well dispersed on the reduced graphene oxide sheet, which enhanced the transportation of photogenerated electrons into BiVO4, thereby leading to efficient separation of photogenerated carriers in the coupled graphene-nanocomposite system. The characterization and experiment results also indicated that the outstanding adsorption ability of such composite was closely associated with the rough surface of the leaf-like BiVO4 and doped rGO. The surface photocurrent spectroscopy and transient photocurrent density measurement results demonstrated that the doped rGO enhanced separation efficiency and transfer rate of photogenerated charges. As a result, the BiVO4-rGO exhibited higher photocatalytic capacity toward the degradation of rhodamine B dye under visible-light irradiation compared with pure BiVO4 and P25.

  3. Novel 3DOM BiVO_{4}/TiO_{2} nanocomposites for highly enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Zalfani, Meryam; Van der Schueren, Benoit; Hu, Zhi-Yi; Rooke, Joanna C.; Bourguiga, Ramzi; Wu,Min; Li, Yu; Tendeloo, van, G.; Su, Bao-Lian

    2015-01-01

    Abstract: Novel 3DOM BiVO4/TiO2 nanocomposites with intimate contact were for the first time synthesized by a hydrothermal method in order to elucidate their visible-light-driven photocatalytic performances. BiVO4 nanoparticles and 3DOM TiO2 inverse opal were fabricated respectively. These materials were characterized by XRD, XPS, SEM, TEM, N-2 adsorption-desorption and UV-vis diffuse (UV-vis) and photoluminescence spectroscopies. As references for comparison, a physical mixture of BiVO4 nano...

  4. Volume of a doubly truncated hyperbolic tetrahedron

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    Kolpakov, Alexander

    2012-01-01

    The present paper regards the volume function of a doubly truncated hyperbolic tetrahedron. Starting from the previous results of J. Murakami, U. Yano and A. Ushijima, we have developed a unified approach to expressing the volume in different geometric cases by dilogarithm functions and to treat properly the many analytic strata of the latter. Finally, several numeric examples are given.

  5. Preparation and Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of N-Fe Co-doped BiVO4%N-Fe共掺杂BiVO4的制备及其光催化活性的研究

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    陈先托; 张冲; 吴江; 周瑞兴

    2015-01-01

    采用溶胶凝胶法制备了N和Fe共掺杂的BiVO4可见光光催化剂,并用X射线衍射(XRD)、比表面积测试(BET)和紫外-可见漫反射谱(UV-Vis DRS)对其进行了表征.结果显示,N-Fe共掺杂对BiVO4晶型没有产生影响,掺杂前后均为单斜晶系,但晶粒粒径有所减小,BET比表面积相对增大.由UV-Vis可知,N-Fe共掺杂的BiVO4的吸光强度明显增强,禁带宽度变窄.以可见光降解甲基橙(MO)考察催化剂的光催化活性,N-Fe共掺杂的BiVO4对MO的降解速率明显高于纯BiVO4,证明N-Fe共掺杂产生的协同效应提高了BiVO4在可见光照射下的光催化活性.

  6. W/Mo co-doped BiVO4 for photocatalytic treatment of polymer-containing wastewater in oilfield

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    Zhou, Ying; Li, Wei; Wan, Wenchao; Zhang, Ruiyang; Lin, Yuanhua

    2015-06-01

    Polymer flooding is an effective way to enhance oil recovery (EOR). However, the treatment of the oily wastewater becomes an urgent issue. Photocatalysis is a promising approach for this purpose. In this report, W/Mo co-doped BiVO4 particles are synthesized by hydrothermal method. W/Mo co-doping could promote an effective separation of photogenerated carriers reflecting from the 6 times higher photocurrent density compared to pure BiVO4. The photodegradation of partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM) over 0.5 at.% W and 1.5 at.% Mo co-doped BiVO4 is 43% under UV-vis light irradiation for 3 h, which is much higher than that of pure BiVO4 (18%).

  7. Synthesis and Optimization of Visible Light Active BiVO4 Photocatalysts for the Degradation of RhB

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    Rong Ran; Joanne Gamage McEvoy; Zisheng Zhang

    2015-01-01

    .... The synthesis produced pure monoclinic BiVO4 particles with multimorphological features containing flower-like, flake-ball, flake, cuboid-like, and plate-like shapes and exhibited strong absorption...

  8. Morphological effect of BiVO4 catalysts on degradation of aqueous paracetamol under visible light irradiation.

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    Hu, Changying; Xu, Jie; Zhu, Yaqi; Chen, Acong; Bian, Zhaoyong; Wang, Hui

    2016-09-01

    Morphological effect of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) on visible light-driven catalytic degradation of aqueous paracetamol was carefully investigated using four monoclinic BiVO4 catalysts. The catalysts with different morphologies were controllably prepared by a hydrothermal method without any additions. The prepared catalysts were fully characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Under the visible light irradiation, these catalysts with different morphology were investigated to degrade aqueous paracetamol contaminant. The degradation effects were evaluated based on the catalyst morphology, solution pH, initial paracetamol concentration, and catalyst dosage. Cube-like BiVO4 powders exhibited excellent photocatalytic performance. The optimal photocatalytic performance of the cube-like BiVO4 in degrading paracetamol was achieved.

  9. Electrosprayed heterojunction WO3/BiVO4 films with nanotextured pillar structure for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Mali, Mukund G.; Yoon, Hyun; Kim, Min-woo; Swihart, Mark T.; Al-Deyab, Salem S.; Yoon, Sam S.

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate that the addition of a tungsten oxide (WO3) layer beneath a bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photocatalyst layer with a nanotextured pillar morphology significantly increases the photocurrent density in photoelectrochemical water splitting. The WO3-BiVO4 bilayer films produced a photocurrent of up to 3.3 mA/cm2 under illumination at 100 mW/cm2 (AM1.5 spectrum). The bilayer film was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and photoelectrochemical methods, which confirmed the superiority of the bilayer film in terms of its morphology and charge separation and transport ability. Both WO3 and BiVO4 were deposited by electrostatic spraying under open-air conditions, which resulted in nanotextured pillars of BiVO4 atop a smooth WO3 film. The optimal coating conditions are also reported.

  10. Selective Filter Effect Induced by Cu(2+) Adsorption on the Fluorescence of a GdVO4:Eu Nanoprobe.

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    Kim, Hyunsub; Jeong, Heejin; Byeon, Song-Ho

    2016-06-22

    Human blood contains substantial amounts of metal ions such as Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Fe(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+), Pb(2+), and Al(3+). Most biomedical applications of nanoparticles require understanding the influence of these metal ions because adsorbed metal ions can affect the function of nanoparticles to limit their sensitivity, performance, stability, and/or resolution in applications. In the present work, the adsorption of various metal ions at the surface of GdVO4:Eu nanoparticles was studied to assess their spectral filter effect on the fluorescence of GdVO4:Eu. Due to the negative surface potential, the electrostatic attraction caused an intensive adsorption reaction of GdVO4:Eu nanoparticles with metal cations. Compared to the adsorption of other common metal ions in human blood, the distinct fluorescence quenching of GdVO4:Eu was induced in the presence of Cu(2+) ions. On the basis of the UV-vis absorption spectrum of an aqueous CuCl2 solution and reflectance spectrum of Cu(OH)2, in which the surroundings of Cu(2+) ions are supposedly similar to the hydroxylated surface of GdVO4:Eu nanoparticles, it is proposed that the complementary overlap of the emission band of GdVO4:Eu with the absorption band of Cu(2+) results in the effective filter effect to quench the red emission. Because GdVO4:Eu nanoparticles are attractive candidates for applications as magnetic/fluorescent multimodal nanoprobes, it is important to recognize that the average amount of Cu(2+) ion in human blood is sufficient to interfere with or limit the fluorescence probe function of GdVO4:Eu nanoparticles.

  11. Visible light induced bactericidal and photocatalytic activity of hydrothermally synthesized BiVO4 nano-octahedrals.

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    Sharma, Rishabh; Uma; Singh, Sonal; Verma, Ajit; Khanuja, Manika

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, monoclinic bismuth vanadate (m-BiVO4) nanostructures have been synthesized via simple hydrothermal method and employed for visible light driven antimicrobial and photocatalytic activity. Morphology (octahedral) and size (200-300nm) of the m-BiVO4 are studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The crystal structure of m-BiVO4 (monoclinic scheelite structure) is confirmed by high resolution-TEM (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. The band gap of m-BiVO4 was estimated to be ca. 2.42eV through Kubelka-Munk function F(R∞) using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Antimicrobial action of m-BiVO4 is anticipated by (i) shake flask method, (ii) MTT [3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-Yl)-2,5-Diphenyltetrazolium Bromide] assay for cytotoxicity. SEM analysis has been carried on Escherichia coli (E.coli) before and after treatment with nanostructure materials to reveal the mechanism underlying the antimicrobial action. Antimicrobial activity is studied as a function of m-BiVO4 concentration viz. 20, 40, 60 and 80ppm. The bacterial growth is decreased 80% to 96%, with the increase in m-BiVO4 concentration from 20ppm to 80ppm, respectively, in 2h. Photocatalytic activity and rate kinetics of m-BiVO4 nanostructures have been studied as a function of time on methylene blue (MB) dye degradation which is one of the waste products of textile industries and responsible for water pollution.

  12. Damage properties in ion-implanted YbVO4 crystals using RBS/Channeling study

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    Jia, Chuan-Lei; Wei, Zhi-Ning

    2014-03-01

    YbVO4 crystals are implanted with 3.0 MeV Ni ions and 600 keV H ions with fluences of 2.0-10.0×1014 cm-2 and 6.0×1016 cm-2, respectively. In addition, post-implantation thermal annealing is performed at selected temperatures. The disorder induced by implantation and the effect of the annealing on the recovery of the crystal lattice are investigated by RBS/Channeling measurements with the help of simulation code RUMP.

  13. GISAXS View of Induced Morphological Changes in Nanostructured CeVO4 Thin Films

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    Magdy Lučić Lavčević

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured CeVO4 films, designed for applications in electrochemical cells and electrochromic devices, were obtained on glass substrates by the sol-gel process. An analysis of morphological modifications in these films, induced by ultrasonication, annealing, and introduction of lithium ions, was performed, using the grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering technique (GISAXS. The GISAXS results are discussed and related with complementary examinations of the same films in real space, performed by scanning electron microscopy on a different length scale.

  14. Growth and EPR properties of ErVO4 single crystals

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    Leniec Grzegorz

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Single crystals of ErVO4 were grown by the Czochralski method under ambient pressure in a nitrogen atmosphere. Obtained crystals were transparent with strong pink coloring. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR spectra were recorded as a function of the applied magnetic field. Temperature and angular dependences of the EPR spectra of the samples in the 3–300 K temperature range were analyzed applying both Lorentzian––Gauss approximation for diluted medium and Dyson for dense magnetic medium. EPR-NMR program was done to find local symmetry and spin Hamiltonian parameters of erbium ions.

  15. Efficient Diode-Pumped Passively Q-Switched Nd:GdVO4 Lasers

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    刘杰; 贾玉磊; 杨济民; 杜鹃; 何京良

    2002-01-01

    An efficient diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser passively Q-switched by a Cr4+ :YAG has been developed as a saturable absorber. A KTP crystal is used for the extra-cavity second-harmonic generation and a BBO crystal for the sum frequency mixing. The green output power is 172mW at incident pump power of 8 W. The ultraviolet (UV) output power is measured to be 20mW at the same pump power. The peak power of the UV laser is 143 W with the pulse repetition rate of 14 kHz and pulse width of 10 ns.

  16. BiVO4 {010} and {110} Relative Exposure Extent: Governing Factor of Surface Charge Population and Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Tan, Hui Ling; Wen, Xiaoming; Amal, Rose; Ng, Yun Hau

    2016-04-07

    The {010} and {110} crystal facets of monoclinic bismuth vanadate (m-BiVO4) has been demonstrated to be the active reduction and oxidation sites, respectively. Here, we show using dual-faceted m-BiVO4 with distinctly different dominant exposed facets, one which is {010}-dominant and the other {110}-dominant, contrary to prediction, the former m-BiVO4 exhibits superior photooxidation activities. The population of photogenerated electrons and holes on the surface are revealed to be proportional to the respective surface areas of {010} and {110} exposed on m-BiVO4, as evidenced by steady-state photoluminescence (PL) measurements in the presence of charge scavengers. The better photoactivity of {010}-dominant m-BiVO4 is attributed to prompt electron transfer facilitated by the presence of more photogenerated electrons on the larger {010} surface. Additionally, the greater extent of electron trapping in {110}-dominant m-BiVO4 also deteriorates its photoactivity by inducing electron-hole pair recombination.

  17. Exploring the Different Roles of Particle Size in Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Water Oxidation on BiVO4.

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    Tan, Hui Ling; Amal, Rose; Ng, Yun Hau

    2016-10-11

    Water oxidation on visible-light-active bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has commonly been demonstrated to be viable in powder suspension (PS) and particulate photoelectrochemical (PEC) systems. Here, we demonstrate that particle size reduction, which is known to be efficacious in promoting charge carrier extraction and boosting surface active sites, has an opposite effect on BiVO4's photoactivity in the two systems. With three BiVO4 samples of distinctive particle sizes, smaller BiVO4 particle size is shown to be beneficial for enhancing PEC photocurrent generation, but deleterious for photocatalytic O2 evolution on suspended BiVO4. Such contrary effect of particle size in the PEC and PS systems is revealed to be due to the different governing factors of the systems: charge transport in the former and charge separation in the latter. Smaller particle size was found to enrich the interparticle and the particle/FTO substrate contacts which improve charge transport and charge collection efficiency in BiVO4 particulate electrode. On the contrary, larger particle size is necessary for improved photocatalytic O2 evolution because of increased crystallinity and greater band bending, which are essential for charge separation.

  18. 水热法制备Eu复合BiVO4纳米片及其光催化降解性能%Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of Eu-doped BiVO4 nanosheets by hydrothermal method

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    汪志新; 黄少斌; 费志宾; 简子聪

    2016-01-01

    水热法制备了以聚乙二醇(PEG-200)为模板剂的稀土元素Eu复合BiVO4光催化剂,并对材料进行XRD、SEM、UV-vis DRS、BET的表征和分析。以光催化降解甲基蓝(MB)效率作为光催化活性的指标,考察Eu复合对BiVO4光催化活性的影响。结果表明:Eu复合可使BiVO4的晶型发生转变,同时又抑制四方相晶体生长,使晶粒尺寸变小,比表面积增大。复合样品中,部分 Eu3+进入 BiVO4晶格内取代 Bi3+,使晶形发生畸变,有利于光催化活性的提高。当Eu的复合量为50%时,光催化降解甲基蓝的效率最高,可见光照射120min降解效率可达到90%,较纯BiVO4的光降解效率明显提高。%Eu-doped BiVO4 photocatalysts were synthesized by hydrothermal method using PEG-200 as the template. The material were characterized by XRD,SEM,UV-vis DRS and BET. The photocatalytic degradation rate of methyl blue was used to investigate the influence of the dopants for the photocatalytic activity of BiVO4. The results revealed that the dopants had a significant effect on the transition of crystal phase,prevention of the crystal growth and the increase of BET. Some Bi3+ in the BiVO4 crystal lattice were substituted by Eu3+ leading to a crystal distortion,which was beneficial for the enhancement of photocatalytic activity. For 50% Eu-doped BiVO4 nanosheets,it performed with the best photocatalytic activity. The photodegradation rate of MB was 90% after 120min visible light irradiation,which was much higher than that of pure BiVO4.

  19. Theoretical study of hydrogen storage in a truncated tetrahedron hydrocarbon

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    Ishikawa, Shigeru; Yamabe, Tokio

    2017-02-01

    A hydrocarbon molecule, having a truncated tetrahedron shape with a suitable size for the storage of a hydrogen molecule, is designed using quantum chemical methods. The molecule consists of four benzene rings bridged by six vinylene groups at the 1, 3, and 5 carbon positions of each ring, and has a stoichiometry of C36H24. The molecular geometry optimized under T d symmetry by the B3LYP/cc-pVTZ method shows no imaginary frequencies. The size of the molecular cavity, measured by the distance between opposite vinylene groups, is 8.0 Å. The cavity has four openings along each tetrahedron face. The radius of the opening is approximately 2 Å. The system interacting with a hydrogen molecule is optimized by the MP2/cc-pVTZ method. The interaction energy is evaluated by an extrapolation method through increasing the basis set size of the hydrogen molecule from the cc-pVTZ to the cc-pV6Z with counterpoise corrections. The hydrogen molecule enters the opening by overcoming an energy barrier of +730 meV and locates at the center of the cavity with a binding energy of -140 meV. The high barrier arises from the small size of the opening. The binding energy is three times larger than that of a graphite surface and may allow hydrogen storage at milder temperatures and pressures than those required with graphite.

  20. Facile fabrication of BiVO4 nanofilms with controlled pore size and their photoelectrochemical performances

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    Feng, Chenchen; Jiao, Zhengbo; Li, Shaopeng; Zhang, Yan; Bi, Yingpu

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate a facile method for the rational fabrication of pore-size controlled nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes, and confirmed that the optimum pore-size distributions could effectively absorb visible light through light diffraction and confinement functions. Furthermore, in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals more efficient photoexcited electron-hole separation than conventional particle films, induced by light confinement and rapid charge transfer in the inter-crossed worm-like structures.We demonstrate a facile method for the rational fabrication of pore-size controlled nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes, and confirmed that the optimum pore-size distributions could effectively absorb visible light through light diffraction and confinement functions. Furthermore, in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals more efficient photoexcited electron-hole separation than conventional particle films, induced by light confinement and rapid charge transfer in the inter-crossed worm-like structures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06584d

  1. Highly efficient 1063-nm continuous-wave laser emission in Nd:GdVO4.

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    Lupei, V; Pavel, N; Sato, Y; Taira, T

    2003-12-01

    Highly efficient 1-microm continuous-wave laser emission in 3-mm-thick, 0.5- and 1.0-at. % Nd:GdVO4 crystals longitudinally pumped at 879 nm into the laser emitting level is reported. Under Ti:sapphire pumping, the slope efficiency in absorbed power is approximately 80% for both crystals, while the slope efficiency, the optical-to-optical efficiency (at 1700-mW pump power), and the laser threshold in incident power are 79%, 78%, and 31 mW for 0.5-at. % Nd and 80%, 77%, and 40 mW for 1.0-at. % Nd, respectively. The slope efficiency is close to the quantum defect limit, the difference being fully accounted for by the residual optical losses. Under 879-nm diode laser pumping, the slope efficiency and the optical-to-optical efficiency in absorbed power of the 0.5-at. % Nd:GdVO4 crystal are 60% and 53%, owing to poorer superposition of the pumped and the laser mode volumes.

  2. Domain structure and magnetic resonance studies of ferroelastic BiVO4 revisited

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    Choh, Sung Ho; Jang, Min Su

    2016-04-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a ferroelastic material undergoing a reversible second order phase transition at 528 K(T c) between the tetragonal and monoclinic structure. There have been experimental studies on the incommensurate domain wall (W‧) which reported different orientation angles. In order to clarify this we have tried to calculate it numerically in terms of lattice constants above and below T c by employing the theory of Sapriel, and obtained it to be either 35.9° or 54.1°. It also turns out that the shear strain (S 21) in the ferroelastic phase depends on the crystal growing condition. The remaining internal stress appears to be responsible for the formation of W‧ wall. The host atom nuclear magnetic resonance and the S-state impurity electron magnetic resonance are also reviewed. The nuclear electric quadrupole interaction of 51V and 209Bi in BiVO4 was evaluated in terms of the point charge model based on the crystal structure. The result of electric field gradient tensor turns out to be reasonable with experimental values. The zero-field splitting tensor of Mn2+, Fe3+ and Gd3+ are also compared, and the deduced local environment of these ions in the host are confirmed. Finally the second-order phase transition according to the Landau’s framework is found in this crystal from the temperature dependence of magnetic resonance parameters. Supported by The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea (2014) through SHC.

  3. Dielectric behavior, conduction and EPR active centres in BiVO4 nanoparticles

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    Venkatesan, Rajalingam; Velumani, Subramaniam; Tabellout, Mohamed; Errien, Nicolas; Kassiba, Abdelhadi

    2013-12-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) nanomaterials were synthesized by mechano-chemical ball milling method and complementary investigations were devoted to their structures, nanoparticle morphologies and electronic active centres. The dielectric and conductivity behaviour were analysed systematically in wide temperature and frequency ranges to correlate such physical responses with the peculiarities of the samples. Large interfacial polarisations favoured by high specific surfaces of nanoparticles account for a drastic enhancement of the dielectric function in the quasi-static regime. Exhaustive analyses of the dielectric experiments were achieved and account for the main features of dielectric functions and their related relaxation mechanisms. The electrical conductivity is thermally activated with energies in the range 0.1-0.6 eV depending on the sample features. DC conductivity up to 10-3 S/cm was obtained in well crystallized nanoparticles. Vanadium ions reduction was revealed by EPR spectroscopy with higher concentrations of the active centres (V4+) in more agglomerated and amorphous nanopowders. The EPR spectral parameters of V4+ were determined and correlated with the local environments of reduced vanadium ions and the characteristics of their electronic configurations. An insight is also made on the role of active electronic centres (V4+) on the conduction mechanism in nanostructured BiVO4.

  4. Anisotropic Phase diagram of the Frustrated spin chain β-TeVO4

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    Weickert, F.; Jaime, M.; Harrison, N.; Scott, B. L.; Leitmae, A.; Heinmaa, L.; Stern, R.; Janson, O.; Berger, H.; Rosner, H.; Tsirlin, A. A.

    We will present experimental as well as theoretical data on β-TeVO4 a candidate for the J1-J2 chain model with ferromagnetic J1 ~-18 K and antiferrromagnetic J2 ~48 K coupling constants. The T - H magnetic phase diagram is revealed by measurements of the magnetization, specific heat, magnetostriction, and thermal expansion on oriented single crystals at temperatures between 0.5 K and 50 K and in magnetic fields up to 50 T. The high field data were taken in a capacitor bank-driven pulsed magnet at NHMFL - LANL and complemented with measurements in a superconducting magnet. Our comprehensive study allows for the first time a detailed mapping of the phase diagram in both directions, H ll ab and H ll c. We find clear evidence for 5 different phases including full polarization of the magnetic moments above 23 T that is only weakly dependent on the crystal orientation. Surprisingly, the phase boundary at the saturation field splits into two distinct lines below 5 K. The magnetic phases occurring at fields below 10 T show significant magnetic anisotropy between H ll ab and H ll c. The nature of the different phases and regions in β-TeVO4 is still far from being understood, but our results will stimulate further research on this interesting model compound.

  5. Ag/BiVO4脱氮光催化剂的制备与表征%Preparation and Characterization of Ag/BiVO4 Photocatalyst for Denitrification

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    黄莹莹; 郑柳萍; 颜桂炀; 李玲

    2013-01-01

    Ag/BiVO4 powder photocatalysts were prepared by a hydrothermal method from bismuth nitrate,ammonium metavanadate and silver nitrate,and characterized by means of XRD,UV-Vis DRS and SEM.Their photocatalytic activity for oil denitrification under visible light was evaluated with pyridine degradation as the probe reaction.The results showed that the Ag doping did not change the typical monoclinic scheelite structure of BiVO4 but improved the visible light absorption of the catalysts.So the photocatalytic activity of Ag/BiVO4 for the degradation of pyridine under visible light was evidently higher than that of the BiVO4.The photocatalytic degradation rate of 50 μg/g pyridine(50 mL pyridine solution) could reach 86.7% under the conditions of Ag doping amount(theoretical value)5%(w),Ag/BiVO4 dosage 0.05 g and visible light irradiation for 2.5 h.%以硝酸铋为铋源、偏钒酸铵为钒源,采用水热法制备了Ag掺杂改性的粉体钒酸铋(Ag/BiVO4)催化剂,采用XRD,UV-Vis DRS,SEM等手段对其理化性能进行了表征,并以模拟含氮油品为目标降解物,在可见光下评价其光催化脱氮性能.表征结果显示,Ag掺杂不会改变BiVO4催化剂典型的单斜白钨矿结构,可提高Ag/BiVO4催化剂对可见光的吸收能力,从而使其催化性能明显优于未改性的BiVO4催化剂,对模拟油品中的吡啶表现出良好的可见光降解效果.对于50 mL吡啶含量为50 μg/g的模拟油品,当Ag掺杂量(理论计算值)为5%(w)时,催化剂最佳用量为0.05 g,在可见光下照射2.5 h,模拟油品中吡啶的降解率可达86.7%.

  6. Hollow-Cuboid Li3VO4/C as High-Performance Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zhang, Changkun; Liu, Chaofeng; Nan, Xihui; Song, Huanqiao; Liu, Yaguang; Zhang, Cuiping; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-01-13

    Li3VO4 has been demonstrated to be a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries with a low, safe voltage and large capacity. However, its poor electronic conductivity hinders its practical application particularly at a high rate. This work reports that Li3VO4 coated with carbon was synthesized by a one-pot, two-step method with F127 ((PEO)100-(PPO)65-(PEO)100) as both template and carbon source, yielding a microcuboid structure. The resulting Li3VO4/C cuboid shows a stable capacity of 415 mAh g(-1) at 0.5 C and excellent capacity stability at high rates (e.g., 92% capacity retention after 1000 cycles at 10 C = 4 A g(-1)). The lithiation/delithiation process of Li3VO4/C was studied by ex situ X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, which confirmed that Li3VO4/C underwent a reversible intercalation reaction during discharge/charge processes. The excellent electrochemical performance is attributed largely to the unique microhollow structure. The voids inside hollow structure can not only provide more space to accommodate volume change during discharge/charge processes but also allow the lithium ions insertion and extraction from both outside and inside the hollow structure with a much larger surface area or more reaction sites and shorten the lithium ions diffusion distance, which leads to smaller overpotential and faster reaction kinetics. Carbon derived from F127 through pyrolysis coats Li3VO4 conformably and thus offers good electrical conduction. The results in this work provide convincing evidence that the significant potential of hollow-cuboid Li3VO4/C for high-power batteries.

  7. Thermal Conductivity Investigation of {Ca}_{9} {RE}({VO}_{4})_{7} (RE = La, Nd, Gd) and {Ca}_{10}M(VO_{4})_{7} (M = Li, Na, K) Single Crystals

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    Popov, P. A.; Skrobov, S. A.; Matovnikov, A. V.; Kosmyna, M. B.; Puzikov, V. M.; Nazarenko, B. P.; Shekhovtsov, A. N.; Behrooz, A.; Paszkowicz, W.; Khodasevich, I. A.; Shereshovets, N. N.; Voitikov, S. V.; Orlovich, V. A.

    2017-01-01

    The {Ca}9{RE}({VO}4)7 (RE = La, Nd, Gd) and {Ca}_{10}{M}({VO}4)7 (M = Li, Na, K) single crystals have been grown by the Czochralski method. The binary vanadates are isostructural to "whitlockite" mineral (rhombohedral symmetry, R3 c space group). Their thermal conductivity has been investigated in the range 50 K-300 K parallel to the c axis. For {Ca}9{Gd}({VO}4)7 crystals, the thermal conductivity has been investigated in the range 300 K-550 K also. Additionally, for the {Ca}_{10}{M}({VO}4)7 (M = Li, Na, K) crystals the heat capacity has been studied in the temperature range 80 K-300 K. The character of the temperature dependence of thermal conductivity is close to that of glasses. The possible reasons of the observed features of the thermal conductivity have been analyzed. Raman spectra of {Ca}_{10}{M}({VO}4)7 (M = Li, Na, K) crystals have been measured and discussed. The spectral lines were broad and similar to polycrystalline or amorphous solids. These crystals are expected to be suitable for application as efficient nonlinear optic and laser materials.

  8. Synthesis and Optimization of Visible Light Active BiVO4 Photocatalysts for the Degradation of RhB

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    Rong Ran

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Monoclinic BiVO4 powders were synthesized via a novel route using potassium metavanadate (KVO3 prepared by calcination of K2CO3 and V2O5 as a starting material and followed by hydrothermal treatment and were investigated for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB under visible light irradiation. The synthesized BiVO4 particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and UV-Visible (UV-Vis light diffuse reflectance spectrophotometry. The synthesis produced pure monoclinic BiVO4 particles with multimorphological features containing flower-like, flake-ball, flake, cuboid-like, and plate-like shapes and exhibited strong absorption in the visible light range. The BiVO4 prepared via KVO3 possessed excellent photocatalytic activity for the degradation of RhB under visible light. The performance of this catalyst was found to be superior to other BiVO4 photocatalysts prepared via ammonium metavanadate (NH4VO3 using coprecipitation, combustion, and calcination methods reported in literature, respectively.

  9. Persulfate-assisted photodegradation of diethylstilbestrol using monoclinic BiVO4 under visible-light irradiation.

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    Liu, Yang; Zhang, Yongli; Guo, Hongguang; Cheng, Xin; Liu, Hongwei; Tang, Weihong

    2017-02-01

    In this study, the photosynergistic performance of BiVO4 with persulfate (PS) is demonstrated under visible light irradiation for the first time. Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was selected as a reluctant compound, and factors including dosages of PS and catalyst, solution pHs, initial concertration of DES, and inorganic anions were evaluated. The morphology and chemical state of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). It was found that the degradation of DES was promoted in either acid or alkaline solutions. The increase of PS and BiVO4 dosages was beneficial to the reactions, while incremental concentration of DES showed the inhibiting effect. By scavenging hVB(+), Cl(-) was able to make the promotion, differentiated from the exsiting HCO- 3. Moreover, the photocatalytic mechanism for the BiVO4/PS/vis-light system was proposed by using several probe compounds (isopropanol, tert-butanol, and 1,4-benzoquinone), which consists of h+ VB/e- CB generation and recombination on the surface of BiVO4 as well as free radical oxidation in the solutions. The study provides a distinctive method to treat organic contaminants using visible light in the aqueous environment.

  10. Ultrasound assisted synthesis of monoclinic structured spindle BiVO4 particles with hollow structure and its photocatalytic property.

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    Liu, Wei; Cao, Lixin; Su, Ge; Liu, Haisong; Wang, Xiangfei; Zhang, Lan

    2010-04-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO(4)) spindle particles with monoclinic scheelite structure have been successfully synthesized via a facile sonochemical method. The as-prepared BiVO(4) photocatalyst exhibited a hollow interior structure constructed from the self-assembly of cone shape primary nanocrystals. A possible oriented attachment growth mechanism has been proposed based on the results of time-dependent experiments, which indicates the formation of spindle particles is mainly attributed to the phase transformation procedure induced by ultrasound irradiation. A series of morphology evolutions of BiVO(4) from compact microspheres, to hollow microspheres, and then to spindle particles have been arrested in the process of sonochemical treatment. Optical absorption experiments revealed the BiVO(4) spindle had strong absorption in the visible light region. A much higher photocatalytic activity of these spindle particles was found in comparison with the SSR-BiVO(4) material for degradation of rhodamine-B under visible light irradiation, which may be ascribed to its special single-crystalline nanostructure.

  11. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of inorganic-organic hybrid consisting of BiVO4 and PEDOT:PSS

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    Trzciński, K.; Szkoda, M.; Siuzdak, K.; Sawczak, M.; Lisowska-Oleksiak, A.

    2016-12-01

    The PEDOT:PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)) was electrodeposited on a thin layer of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) prepared using the pulsed laser deposition technique onto FTO. The inorganic-organic junction was characterized by Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Chronoamperometry curves, recorded under simulated solar light illumination, were performed to determine generated photocurrent during water and hydroquinone oxidation at the electrode surface. Experiments were performed for three types of electrode materials: (i) FTO/BiVO4, (ii) FTO/PEDOT:PSS and (iii) FTO/BiVO4/PEDOT:PSS in aqueous electrolyte. Almost 5 times higher photocurrent in electrolyte containing hole scavenger was generated after modification of BiVO4 photoanode with electrodeposited polymer. It is noteworthy that anodic photocurrent was stable even after 4 h of illumination. Cyclic voltammetry curves of FTO/BiVO4/PEDOT:PSS recorded before and after experiments performed under electrode illumination indicated that the organic part in tested junction is photo-corrosion resistant.

  12. Li2CuVO4: A high capacity positive electrode material for Li-ion batteries

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    Ben Yahia, Hamdi; Shikano, Masahiro; Yamaguchi, Yoichi

    2016-07-01

    The new compound Li2CuVO4 was synthesized by a solid state reaction route, and its crystal structure was determined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data. Li2CuVO4 was characterized by galvanometric cycling, cycle voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The structure of Li2CuVO4 is isotypic to Pmn21-Li3VO4. It can be described as a disordered wurtzite structure with rows of Li1/Cu1 atoms alternating with rows of (Li2/Cu2)-V-(Li2/Cu2) atoms along [100]. All cations are tetrahedrally coordinated. The lithium and copper atoms are statistically disordered over two crystallographic sites. The electrochemical cycling between 2.0 and 4.7 V indicates that almost two lithium atoms could be extracted and re-intercalated. This delivers a maximum discharge capacity of 257 mA h g-1 at a C/50 rate (theoretical capacity = 139 mA h g-1 for one lithium). Li2CuVO4 shows also high rate capability with a capacity of 175 mA h g-1 at 1C rate. This demonstrates that Cu-based compounds can be very interesting as electrodes for Li-ion batteries if Cu-dissolution is avoided.

  13. Photocatalytic degradation and removal mechanism of ibuprofen via monoclinic BiVO4 under simulated solar light.

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    Li, Fuhua; Kang, Yapu; Chen, Min; Liu, Guoguang; Lv, Wenying; Yao, Kun; Chen, Ping; Huang, Haoping

    2016-05-01

    Characterized as by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra techniques, BiVO4 photocatalyst was hydrothermally synthesized. The photocatalytic degradation mechanisms of ibuprofen (IBP) were evaluated in aqueous media via BiVO4. Results demonstrated that the prepared photocatalyst corresponded to phase-pure monoclinic scheelite BiVO4. The synthesized BiVO4 showed superior photocatalytic properties under the irradiation of visible-light. The photocatalytic degradation rate of IBP decreased with an increase in the initial IBP concentration. The degradation process followed first-order kinetics model. At an IBP concentration of 10 mg L(-1), while a BiVO4 concentration of 5.0 g L(-1) with pH value of 4.5, the rate of IBP degradation was obtained as 90% after 25 min. The photocatalytic degradation of IBP was primarily accomplished via the generation of superoxide radical (O2(•-)) and hydroxyl radicals ((•)OH). During the process of degradation, part of the (•)OH was converted from the O2(•-). The direct oxidation of holes (h(+)) made a minimal contribution to the degradation of IBP.

  14. Preparation, Crystal Structure and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Rare-Earth Vanadates: ReVO4 (Re = Nd, Sm)

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    Li, Wei; Fang, Liang; Sun, Yihua; Tang, Ying; Chen, Jinwu; Li, Chunchun

    2016-12-01

    Two microwave dielectric ceramics ReVO4 (Re = Nd, Sm) prepared through a conventional solid-state reaction method were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis revealed that pure and dense NdVO4 and SmVO4 ceramics with tetragonal structure could be obtained when sintered in the temperature range 1100°C-1180°C for 4 h. The samples sintered at 1160°C exhibited the best densification with relative densities larger than 96%. NdVO4 ceramic exhibited promising microwave dielectric properties with a relative permittivity (ɛ r ) of 12.0, a quality factor (Q × f) of 36,440 GHz, and a negative temperature coefficient of resonance frequency (τ f ) of -44.3 ppm/°C. SmVO4 had a ɛ r ˜ 11.7, a Q × f ˜ 38,620 GHz and a τ f ˜ -48.4 ppm/°C.

  15. Laser-diode pumped Nd:GdVO4 ultraviolet laser with LBO frequency tripling

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    WANG Yun; FAN Xiu-wei; PENG Qian-qian; LIU Jie; HE Jing-liang

    2005-01-01

    We have demonstrated a laser-diode pumped Nd:GdVO4 extra-cavity frequency tripling ultraviolet laser with a LBO crystal in this paper.Under the acousto-optic (A-O) Q-switched operation,we have obtained 355 nm ultraviolet laser,with pulse width of 25 ns and pulse repetition rate of 20 kHz.By using a type Ⅰ non-critical phase-matched LBO crystal,the SHG output power of 822 mW is achieved at the incident pump power of 16 W. The output power of 355nm UV laser is 260mW with a type Ⅱ phase-matched LBO crystal,and the conversion efficiency (1 064 nm-355 nm ) is 5.9 %.The power stability of 355 nm laser is 1.7% in 1 h.

  16. Electronic structure and optical properties of monoclinic clinobisvanite BiVO4.

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    Zhao, Zongyan; Li, Zhaosheng; Zou, Zhigang

    2011-03-14

    Monoclinic clinobisvanite bismuth vanadate is an important material with wide applications. However, its electronic structure and optical properties are still not thoroughly understood. Density functional theory calculations were adopted in the present work, to comprehend the band structure, density of states, and projected wave function of BiVO(4). In particular, we put more emphasis upon the intrinsic relationship between its structure and properties. Based on the calculated results, its molecular-orbital bonding structure was proposed. And a significant phenomenon of optical anisotropy was observed in the visible-light region. Furthermore, it was found that its slightly distorted crystal structure enhances the lone-pair impact of Bi 6s states, leading to the special optical properties and excellent photocatalytic activities.

  17. Magnetic anisotropy in the frustrated spin-chain compound β -TeVO4

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    Weickert, F.; Harrison, N.; Scott, B. L.; Jaime, M.; Leitmäe, A.; Heinmaa, I.; Stern, R.; Janson, O.; Berger, H.; Rosner, H.; Tsirlin, A. A.

    2016-08-01

    Isotropic and anisotropic magnetic behavior of the frustrated spin-chain compound β -TeVO4 is reported. Three magnetic transitions observed in zero magnetic field are tracked in fields applied along different crystallographic directions using magnetization, heat capacity, and magnetostriction measurements. Qualitatively different temperature-field diagrams are obtained below 10 T for the field applied along a or b and along c , respectively. In contrast, a nearly isotropic high-field phase emerges above 18 T and persists up to the saturation that occurs around 22.5 T. Upon cooling in low fields, the transitions at TN 1 and TN 2 toward the spin-density-wave and stripe phases are of the second order, whereas the transition at TN 3 toward the helical state is of the first order and entails a lattice component. Our microscopic analysis identifies frustrated J1-J2 spin chains with a sizable antiferromagnetic interchain coupling in the b c plane and ferromagnetic couplings along the a direction. The competition between these ferromagnetic interchain couplings and the helical order within the chain underlies the incommensurate order along the a direction, as observed experimentally. While a helical state is triggered by the competition between J1 and J2 within the chain, the plane of the helix is not uniquely defined because of competing magnetic anisotropies. Using high-resolution synchrotron diffraction and 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance, we also demonstrate that the crystal structure of β -TeVO4 does not change down to 10 K, and the orbital state of V4 + is preserved.

  18. BiVO4/TiO2(N2) Nanotubes Heterojunction Photoanode for Highly Efficient Photoelectrocatalytic Applications

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    Wang, Rui; Bai, Jing; Li, Yunpo; Zeng, Qingyi; Li, Jinhua; Zhou, Baoxue

    2017-04-01

    We report the development of a novel visible response BiVO4/TiO2(N2) nanotubes photoanode for photoelectrocatalytic applications. The nitrogen-treated TiO2 nanotube shows a high carrier concentration rate, thus resulting in a high efficient charge transportation and low electron-hole recombination in the TiO2-BiVO4. Therefore, the BiVO4/TiO2(N2) NTs photoanode enabled with a significantly enhanced photocurrent of 2.73 mA cm-2 (at 1 V vs. Ag/AgCl) and a degradation efficiency in the oxidation of dyes under visible light. Field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, and UV-Vis absorption spectrum were conducted to characterize the photoanode and demonstrated the presence of both metal oxides as a junction composite.

  19. BiVO(4)/CeO(2) nanocomposites with high visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity.

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    Wetchakun, Natda; Chaiwichain, Saranyoo; Inceesungvorn, Burapat; Pingmuang, Kanlaya; Phanichphant, Sukon; Minett, Andrew I; Chen, Jun

    2012-07-25

    Preparation of bismuth vanadate and cerium dioxide (BiVO4/CeO2) nanocomposites as visible-light photocatalysts was successfully obtained by coupling a homogeneous precipitation method with hydrothermal techniques. The BiVO4/CeO2 nanocomposites with different mole ratios were synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Absorption range and band gap energy, which are responsible for the observed photocatalyst behavior, were investigated by UV-vis diffuse reflectance (UV-vis DR) spectroscopy. Photocatalytic activities of the prepared samples were examined by studying the degradation of model dyes Methylene Blue, Methyl Orange, and a mixture of Methylene Blue and Methyl Orange solutions under visible-light irradiation (>400 nm). Results clearly show that the BiVO4/CeO2 nanocomposite in a 0.6:0.4 mol ratio exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity in dye wastewater treatment.

  20. Fabrication of Biphase BiVO4 Particles with Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance via a Surfactant-Free Hydrothermal Route

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    Qian, Hongzhi; Lai, Min; Huang, Xiaogu; Wang, Wei; Xu, Chaoqi; Yong, Haibo; Wen, Yan; Zhou, Yingjie

    2016-04-01

    Biphase bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) particles have been synthesized using a surfactant-free hydrothermal strategy. Biphase BiVO4 were formed at pH=3, 5 and 7 with a bandgap between 2.28eV and 2.86eV, which are those of monoclinic and tetragonal phases, respectively. Photocatalytic tests on the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation showed that biphase BiVO4 with both monoclinic and tetragonal structures synthesized at pH=3 achieved enhanced photocatalytic performance in comparison with pure monoclinic and tetragonal phases, which was attributed to the heterostructures leading to low recombination rate of electron-hole pairs.

  1. Semiconductor Sensitized Solar Cells Based on BiVO4-Sensitized Mesoporous SnO2 Photoanodes.

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    Li, Yi; Zhu, Jun; Chen, Shuanghong; Liu, Feng; Lv, Mei; Wei, Junfeng; Huang, Yang; Huo, Zhipeng; Hu, Linhua; Tang, Junwang; Dai, Songyuan

    2016-06-01

    Low cost, stable and visible-light-responsive bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) was used as the light absorbing material to fabricate a low bandgap oxide solar cell on mesoporous SnO2 photoanode. BiVO4 nanoparticles were grown on the mesoporous SnO2 films employing successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction process. The optimized BiVO4 solar cell shows an incident photon to current conversion efficiency of more than 60% at a wide range of visible region (350 nm-450 nm), leading to a power conversion efficiency of 0.56% at AM1.5, 100 mW x cm(-2). This result provides important insights into the low cost and robust oxide solar cells.

  2. Spectroscopic Properties and Laser Performance of Resonantly-Pumped Cryo-Cooled Er3+:GdVO4

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    2012-03-12

    conductivity in GdVO4, YVO4, and Y3Al5O12 measured by quasi- one-dimensional flash method ,” Opt. Express 14(22), 10528–10536 (2006). 10. J. Didierjean, E...Spectroscopy For spectroscopic characterization, we used an Er 3+ :GdVO4 crystal grown by the Czochralski technique with a doping concentration of 0.5% (NEr...σemi) of the 4 I13/2 → 4 I15/2 transitions in both polarizations, calculated using the standard Fuchtbauer-Landenburg method [14], are shown in Fig

  3. Direct Imaging of Highly Anisotropic Photogenerated Charge Separations on Different Facets of a Single BiVO4 Photocatalyst.

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    Zhu, Jian; Fan, Fengtao; Chen, Ruotian; An, Hongyu; Feng, Zhaochi; Li, Can

    2015-07-27

    Spatially resolved surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SRSPS) was employed to obtain direct evidence for highly anisotropic photogenerated charge separation on different facets of a single BiVO4 photocatalyst. Through the controlled synthesis of a single crystal with preferentially exposed {010} facets, highly anisotropic photogenerated hole transfer to the {011} facet of single BiVO4 crystals was observed. The surface photovoltage signal intensity on the {011} facet was 70 times stronger than that on the {010} facets. The influence of the built-in electric field in the space charge region of different facets on the anisotropic photoinduced charge transfer in a single semiconductor crystal is revealed.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Highly Visible-light Active Monoclinic Mesoporous BiVO4%高可见光响应型单斜介孔 BiVO4的合成与表征

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    肖奇; 高兰; 张响

    2011-01-01

    利用纳米铸造法,以立方有序介孔分子筛MCM-48为硬模板,550℃成功制备了结晶良好的纯相单斜介孔BiVO4.采用XRD、TEM、BET及UV-Vis光谱分析对样品的结构进行了表征,结果表明:与水热法制备的大颗粒样品相比,“纳米铸造”介孔BiVO4的平均孔径为16.8nm,孔体积为0.1 cm2/g,比表面积高达22.9 m2/g,有效减少了光生电子和空穴复合的几率,在可见光范围内表现出优良的可见光催化活性,90min内对乙基黄原酸钾的光催化降解率高达78%.%Ordered nanocrystalline mesoporous BiVO4 with pure phase was successfully synthesized at 550 ℃ via nanocasting using cubic MCM-48 molecular sieves as hard template. The long-range ordered mesostructure was characterized by XRD, TEM, BET as well as UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Compared with the BiVO4 synthesized by conventional hydrothermal method, the nanocasting mesoporous BiVO4 has the average pore diameter of 16.8nm, pore volume of 0.1 cmVgand specific surface area up to 22.9 m2/g. The structure decreases the recombination of optical excitation electrons and holes efficiently, so the mesoporous BiVO4 has an excellent photocatalytic activity in the visible light region. As a result, the photocatalytic efficiency of mesoporous BiVO4 for xanthate in 90min reaches 78%.

  5. La掺杂BiVO4微米球的水热合成和光催化性能%Hydrothermal synthesis and photocatalytic properties of La­doped BiVO4 microspheres

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    刘国聪; 金真; 张喜斌; 李险峰; 刘鸿

    2013-01-01

    Using Bi(NO3)3∙5H2O, NaVO3 and La(NO3)3∙5H2O as raw materials, La­doped BiVO4 microspheres were characterized and analyzed by hydrothermal process with glucose as the template. The as­prepared samples were investigated by XRD, XPS, SEM, FTIR, UV­Vis, BET and photocatalysis techniques. The results reveal that uniform, well crystallized and microspherical La/BiVO4 monoclinic crystal with the diameter range of 2−9 µm, which is self­assembled by lots of nanoparticles with the size of 30−65 nm, can be obtained via a hydrothermal route assisted by 2.0 g glucose. Compared with BiVO4 irregular particles, La/BiVO4 microspheres show a little red shift in the absorption band, resulting in a narrowed band gap (<2.4 eV). For 2.0%La/BiVO4 (mass fraction) microspheres, its photodegradation rate constant k is 5.63×10−2 min−1 and the best photocatalytic activity is found with a 100% degradation of methylene blue (MB) with a concentration of 10 mg/L under visible­light irradiation for 60 min.%  以Bi(NO3)3∙5H2O、NaVO3和La(NO3)3∙5H2O为原料,以葡萄糖为结构导向剂,通过水热法制备La掺杂BiVO4微米球。采用XRD、XPS、SEM、FTIR、UV­Vis、BET、光催化技术等对产品进行了表征和分析。结果表明,采用葡萄糖(2.0 g)辅助水热法能合成结晶度高且形貌规整的单斜白钨矿La/BiVO4微米球,微米球直径范围为2~9µm,均由尺寸为30~65 nm纳米颗粒自组装而成。相比BiVO4块状颗粒,球状La/BiVO4的紫外−可见光吸收边发生了稍许红移,具有较小的能带隙(<2.4 eV),其中,2.0%La/BiVO4(质量分数)微米球表现出最高的光催化活性,其速度常数k为5.63×10−2 min−1,可见光照射10 mg/L亚甲基蓝溶液60 min时的光解率达100%。

  6. Synthesis of BiVO4@C Core-Shell Structure on Reduced Graphene Oxide with Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Sun, Zhihua; Li, Chenzhe; Zhu, Shenmin; Cho, Maenghyo; Chen, Zhixin; Cho, Kyeongjae; Liao, Yongliang; Yin, Chao; Zhang, Di

    2015-08-24

    Herein, a facile strategy for the controllable synthesis of BiVO4@C core-shell nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide (RGO) is reported. The BiVO4 particle size can be controlled in the process by adjusting the volume ratio of glycerol in the sol-gel solution. The glycerol layers adsorbed on BiVO4 (BiVO4@glycerol) made it possible to form hydrogen bonds between BiVO4@glycerol and graphene oxide with the assistance of ultrasound. After thermal treatment, glycerol adsorbed on the BiVO4 particles formed amorphous carbon shells to link the particles and RGO. As a result, the obtained RGO-BiVO4@C nanocomposite showed a five times higher rate in O2 evolution from water under visible-light irradiation. Also, it demonstrated a six times higher photocatalytic performance enhancement than that of pure BiVO4 in the degradation of Rhodamine B. The enhanced performance is attributed to the carbon shells that restrict the growth of BiVO4 , the reduced graphene oxide that improves the electronic conductivity of the composite, and importantly, the bonds formed between the carbon shells and RGO that reduce the recombination loss of photogenerated charges effectively. The strategy is simple, effective, and can be extended to other ternary oxides with controlled size and high performance.

  7. Cluster and constraint analysis in tetrahedron packings.

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    Jin, Weiwei; Lu, Peng; Liu, Lufeng; Li, Shuixiang

    2015-04-01

    The disordered packings of tetrahedra often show no obvious macroscopic orientational or positional order for a wide range of packing densities, and it has been found that the local order in particle clusters is the main order form of tetrahedron packings. Therefore, a cluster analysis is carried out to investigate the local structures and properties of tetrahedron packings in this work. We obtain a cluster distribution of differently sized clusters, and peaks are observed at two special clusters, i.e., dimer and wagon wheel. We then calculate the amounts of dimers and wagon wheels, which are observed to have linear or approximate linear correlations with packing density. Following our previous work, the amount of particles participating in dimers is used as an order metric to evaluate the order degree of the hierarchical packing structure of tetrahedra, and an order map is consequently depicted. Furthermore, a constraint analysis is performed to determine the isostatic or hyperstatic region in the order map. We employ a Monte Carlo algorithm to test jamming and then suggest a new maximally random jammed packing of hard tetrahedra from the order map with a packing density of 0.6337.

  8. Multipartite Entanglement of a Tetrahedron Lattice

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    ZHANG Rong; ZHU Shi-Qun; HAO Xiang

    2006-01-01

    Three-dimensional Heiscnberg model in the form of a tetrahedron lattice is investigated. The concurrence and multipartite entanglement are calculated through 2-concurrence C and 4-concurrence C4. The concurrence C and multipartite entanglement C4 depend on different coupling strengths Ji and are decreased when the temperature T is increased. For a symmetric tetraledron lattice, the concurrence C is symmetric about J1 when J2 is negative while the multipartite entanglement C4 is symmetric about J1 wlen J2 < 2. For a regular tetrahedron lattice, the concurrence C of ground state is 1/3 for ferromagnetic case while C=0 for antiferromagnetic case. However, there is no multipartite entanglement since C4=0 in a regular tetraledron lattice. The external magnetic field B can increase the maximum value of the concurrence CB and induce two or three peaks in CB. There is a peak in the multipartite entanglement C4B when C4B is varied as a function of the temperature T. This peak is mainly induced by the magnetic field B.

  9. Tailored Fabrication of Thoroughly Mesoporous BiVO4 Nanofibers and Their Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activities.

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    Liu, Huabing; Hou, Huilin; Gao, Fengmei; Yao, Xiaohong; Yang, Weiyou

    2016-01-27

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is considered as a potentially attractive candidate for the O2 evolution and photodegradation of organic pollutants. In an effort to develop visible-light-driven photocatalysts with high activities, the thoroughly mesoporous BiVO4 nanofibers were fabricated via a foaming-assisted electrospinning strategy. It was found that the introduced foaming agent of diisopropyl azodiformate within the solutions plays a crucial role on the formation of thoroughly mesoporous BiVO4 nanofibers, making their growth tunable. The obtained mesoporous BiVO4 nanofibers possess well-defined one-dimensional mesoporous architectures with high purity in their morphology and a surface area of 22.5 m(2)/g, which is ∼4 times that of conventional solid counterparts (5.8 m(2)/g). Accordingly, they exhibit much higher efficient photocatalytic activities toward the degradation of rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation, which is 3 times that of conventional solid counterparts, suggesting their promising application as novel and efficient photocatalysts for water purification.

  10. Modeling the atomic-scale structure, stability, and morphological transformations in the tetragonal phase of LaVO4

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    Gouveia, Amanda F.; Ferrer, Mateus M.; Sambrano, Júlio R.; Andrés, Juan; Longo, Elson

    2016-09-01

    In this communication, a systematic study of the surface structure, including energy management during morphological transformations of tetragonal phase of LaVO4, has been carried out. For this study, we combined experimental findings and first-principles calculations to develop a Wulff construction model. Our findings can help further understand the synthetic control of crystal shape via tuning of surface chemistry.

  11. Fabrication of Ni-doped BiVO4 semiconductors with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performances for wastewater treatment

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    Regmi, Chhabilal; Kshetri, Yuwaraj K.; Kim, Tae-Ho; Pandey, Ramesh Prasad; Ray, Schindra Kumar; Lee, Soo Wohn

    2017-08-01

    A visible-light-driven Ni-doped BiVO4 photocatalyst was synthesized using a microwave hydrothermal method. The nominal Ni doping amount of 1 wt% provided excellent photoactivity for a variety of water pollutants, such as ibuprofen (pharmaceutical), Escherichia coli (bacteria), and green tides (phytoplankton). Each Ni-doped BiVO4 sample exhibits better performance than pure BiVO4. The degradation of ibuprofen reaches 80% within 90 min, the deactivation of Escherichia coli reaches around 92% within 5 h, and the inactivation of green tide (Chlamydomonas pulsatilla) reaches 70% upon 60 min of the visible light irradiation. The first principle calculation and thermodynamic modeling revealed that Ni doping in the vanadium site gives the most stable configuration of the synthesized samples with the formation of an in-gap energy state and oxygen vacancies. The in-gap energy state and the oxygen vacancies serve as an electron-trapping center that decreases the migration time of the photogenerated carrier and increases the separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs, which are responsible for the observed efficient photocatalytic, anti-bacterial and anti-algal activity of the samples. These properties thus suggest potential applications of Ni-doped BiVO4 as a multifunctional material in the field of wastewater treatment.

  12. Synthesis and structural, magnetic, and resonance properties of the LiCuFe2(VO4)3 compound

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    Drokina, T. V.; Petrakovskii, G. A.; Bayukov, O. A.; Vorotynov, A. M.; Velikanov, D. A.; Molokeev, M. S.

    2016-10-01

    Complex studies have been performed for the structural, static magnetic, and resonance properties of a new magnet LiCuFe2(VO4)3 prepared by solid-phase synthesis. The temperature dependence of the susceptibility has an anomaly at temperature T max = 9.6 K. At high temperatures, the LiCuFe2(VO4)3 sample is in the paramagnetic state described by the Curie-Weiss law at T > 50 K and mainly determined by iron ions with effective magnetic moment μeff(exp) = 8.6μB per formula unit. At low temperatures, a long-range magnetic order is observed in the magnetic subsystem of the sample; the order is predominantly characterized by the antiferromagnetic exchange interaction and high frustration level. The exchange interaction parameters are estimated in a six-sublattice representation of the LiCuFe2(VO4)3 magnet. It is shown that the LiCuFe2(VO4)3 compound is an antiferromagnet with strong intrachain and frustrating interchain exchange interactions.

  13. Anisotropic small-polaron hopping in W:BiVO4 single crystals

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    Rettie, Alexander J. E.; Chemelewski, William D.; Lindemuth, Jeffrey; McCloy, John S.; Marshall, Luke G.; Zhou, Jianshi; Emin, David; Mullins, C. Buddie

    2015-01-01

    DC electrical conductivity, Seebeck and Hall coefficients are measured between 300 and 450 K on single crystals of monoclinic bismuth vanadate that are doped n-type with 0.3% tungsten donors (W:BiVO4). Strongly activated small-polaron hopping is implied by the activation energies of the Arrhenius conductivities (about 300 meV) greatly exceeding the energies characterizing the falls of the Seebeck coefficients' magnitudes with increasing temperature (about 50 meV). Small-polaron hopping is further evidenced by the measured Hall mobility in the ab-plane (10-1 cm2 V-1 s-1 at 300 K) being larger and much less strongly activated than the deduced drift mobility (about 5 × 10-5 cm2 V-1 s-1 at 300 K). The conductivity and n-type Seebeck coefficient is found to be anisotropic with the conductivity larger and the Seebeck coefficient's magnitude smaller and less temperature dependent for motion within the ab-plane than that in the c-direction. These anisotropies are addressed by considering highly anisotropic next-nearest-neighbor (≈5 Å) transfers in addition to the somewhat shorter (≈4 Å), nearly isotropic nearest-neighbor transfers.

  14. Photoelectrochemical performance of W-doped BiVO4 thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Holland, S. Keith; Dutter, Melissa R.; Lawrence, David J.; Reisner, Barbara A.; DeVore, Thomas C.

    2014-01-01

    The effects of tungsten doping and hydrogen annealing on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photoanodes for solar water splitting were studied. Thin films of BiVO were deposited on indium tin oxide-coated glass slides by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of an aqueous solution containing bismuth nitrate and vanadium oxysulfate. Tungsten doping was achieved by adding either silicotungstic acid (STA) or ammonium metatungstate (AMT) to the precursor. The 1.7- to 2.2-μm-thick films exhibited a highly porous microstructure. Undoped films that were reduced at 375°C in 3% H exhibited the largest photocurrent densities under 0.1 W cm-2 AM1.5 illumination, where photocurrent densities of up to 1.3 mA cm-2 at 0.5 V with respect to Ag/AgCl were achieved. Films doped with 1% or 5% (atomic percent) tungsten from either STA or AMT exhibited reduced PEC performance and greater sample-to-sample performance variations. Powder x-ray diffraction data indicated that the films continue to crystallize in the monoclinic polymorph at low doping levels but crystallize in the tetragonal scheelite structure at higher doping. It is surmised that the phase and morphology differences promoted by the addition of W during the deposition process reduced the PEC performance as measured by photovoltammetry.

  15. Sonochemical assisted hydrothermal synthesis of pseudo-flower shaped Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) and their solar-driven water splitting application.

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    Khan, Ibrahim; Ali, Shahid; Mansha, Muhammad; Qurashi, Ahsanulhaq

    2017-05-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a well-known photocatalyst due to its lower bandgap (Eg) and visible electromagnetic light absorption capacity. Herein, we reported the pulse ultra-sonochemical assisted hydrothermal approach to synthesize S-BiVO4. For the comparison purpose, H-BiVO4 is also synthesized via conventional hydrothermal approach. The surface morphology of S-BiVO4 through scanning electron microscope (SEM) indicates condensed microarrays (MAs) having pseudo-flower shapes. The energy dispersive X-rays (EDX) spectrum also confirmed the elemental percent composition of Bi, V and O in BiVO4. X-rays diffraction (XRD) pattern further confirmed the monoclinic scheelite phase of S-BiVO4. Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectrum showed Bi-O and Bi-V-O vibrational bands at 1382 and 1630cm(-1), respectively. The diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) indicated absorption edge at ∼515nm, corresponds to bandgap value (Eg) of 2.41eV, which is suitable range for water splitting applications. The photocurrent density from water splitting under artificial 1 SUN visible light source found at 60 and 50μA/cm(2) for S-BiVO4 and H-BiVO4, respectively. The stability test through chronoamperometry showed that S-BiVO4 was more stable than H-BiVO4. It can be depicted from the growth mechanism that ultrasonication played a definite role in the overall synthesis of pseudo-flower shaped S-BiVO4 MAs.

  16. Nanostructured BiVO4 photocatalysts synthesized via a polymer-assisted coprecipitation method and their photocatalytic properties under visible-light irradiation

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    García-Pérez, U. M.; Sepúlveda-Guzmán, S.; Martínez-de la Cruz, A.

    2012-03-01

    Nanostructured BiVO4 photocatalysts were synthesized by a coprecipitation process in the presence of sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), which acts as a steric stabilizer during the formation and growth of the BiVO4 nanoparticles. Samples with different contents of CMC were prepared in order to study the effect of the polymer on the final morphology of the oxide. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and adsorption-desorption isotherms (BET). The presence of CMC during the first stage of BiVO4 synthesis, promoted the formation of granular particles controlling its morphology and favoring its dispersion. The BiVO4 monoclinic polymorph (m-BiVO4) was obtained free of the tetragonal crystalline form (t-BiVO4) by annealing at different temperatures, which were influenced by CMC content: 400 °C (0.5 wt %), 450 °C (3.0 wt %), and 350 °C (6.0 and 9.0 wt %). BiVO4 nanoparticles showed photocatalytic activity, as they bleached an aqueous solution of rhodamine B (rhB) under visible-light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity of the BiVO4 samples was directly correlated with the amount of CMC added during the synthesis process.

  17. Enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting and photocatalytic water oxidation of Cu2O nanocube-loaded BiVO4 nanocrystal heterostructures

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Zhang, Weiwei; Meng, Shan; Jia, Lujie; Tan, Miao; Hao, Chenchun; Liang, Yujie; Wang, Jun; Zou, Bin

    2016-10-01

    Reducing the fast recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs of semiconductor photocatalyst is very important to improve its photocatalysis. In this paper we fabricate Cu2O nanocube-decorated BiVO4 nanocrystal (denoted as BiVO4@Cu2O nanocrystal@nanocube) heterostructure photocatalyst by coupling n-type BiVO4 with p-type Cu2O. The BiVO4@Cu2O nanocrystal@nanocube photocatalysts show superior photocatalytic activities in photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity and photocatalytic water oxidation to BiVO4 photocatalysts under visible light illumination. The BiVO4@Cu2O nanocrystal@nanocube heterostructure electrode achieves the highest photocurrent density of 10 μA cm-2 at 0 V versus Ag/AgCl, 5 times higher than that of BiVO4 nanocrystal electrode ( 2 μA cm-2). The light induced evolution rate of O2 generation for BiVO4@Cu2O nanocrystal@nanocube heterostructures is as high as 150 μmol h-1100 mg cat-1, more than 3 times higher than that (48 μmol h-1100 mg cat-1) of BiVO4 nanocrystals. The enhanced photocatalysis activities of the BiVO4@Cu2O nanocrystal@nanocube photocatalysts are attributed to the efficient separation of the photoexcited electron-hole pairs caused by inner electronic field (IEF) of p-n junction. This study opens up new opportunities in designing photoactive materials with highly enhanced performance for solar energy conversion.

  18. Microwave absorption in the singlet paramagnet HoVO 4 in high pulsed magnetic fields up to 40 T

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    Goiran, M.; Klingeler, R.; Kazei, Z. A.; Snegirev, V. V.

    2007-11-01

    Microwave absorption of the rare-earth (RE) oxide compound HoVO 4 (tetragonal-zircon structure) is investigated in pulsed magnetic fields up to 40 T in the low-temperature range. For a magnetic field along the tetragonal crystal axis a few resonance absorption lines are observed at the wavelengths 871, 406 and 305 μm corresponding to electron transitions from the ground and low-lying energy levels of the Ho 3+ ion. In addition, broad non-resonance absorption is observed at 871 and 406 μm in fields up to 15 T. The positions and intensities of the observed resonance lines are described quite well within the crystal field formalism with the known crystal field parameters. The effects of the small orthorhombic component of the crystal field, magnetic field misorientation out the symmetry axis and various pair interactions on the absorption spectra in HoVO 4 are analyzed and discussed.

  19. Solid-state synthesis and electrochemical properties of SmVO4 cathode materials for low temperature SOFCs

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    SUN Xueli; LI Song; SUN Juncai

    2006-01-01

    A new cathode material fabricated by solid state reaction method was reported. The SmVO4 powder was obtained by firing the mixture of Sm2O3 and V2O5 powders in the temperature range of 700-1200 ℃. Its structure was identified by X-ray diffraction method and the electrochemical properties of SmVO4 as cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) were investigated in single unit cell at the temperature ranged from 450-550 ℃. The results of the single fuel cell unit show that the maximum current densities are 641, 797, 688 mA·cm-2 and the maximum power output are 165, 268, 303 mW·cm-2 and the open circuit voltage are 1.04,0.96,0.92Vat 450, 500 and 550 ℃, respectively.

  20. Preparation and Characterization of Downconversion Luminescent LaVO4: Tm3+ , Yb3+ and Tm3+ /Yb3+ Nanosheets

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Tm3+ , Yb3+  and Tm3+ /Yb3+  doped LaVO4 nanostructures were synthe- sized for the first time by using the hydrothermal method with the aid of La(CH3CO23 as  lanthanum source in presence of oleic acid as surfactant. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy and UV– Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Besides, the effects of activator concentration and sensitizer on the emission intensity were investi- gated. The PL spectrum revealed that the emission intensity decreases with increase in the concentration of Tm3+ , while adding Yb3+ as sensi- tizer causes the emission intensity to increase. The LaVO4: Tm3+ /Yb3+   may possibly have potential application in enhancing the conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells by increasing the absorption of dyes.

  1. Numerical simulation of end-pumped CW Nd3+: GdVO4 laser at 1063 nm

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    Zu Ning-Ning; Sun Gui-Juan; Dai Zhen-Wen

    2008-01-01

    A theoretical model to simulate an end-pumped CW Nda+:GdVO4 laser at 1063nm is presented.Its essence is to use the propagation equations to demonstrate the spatial evolutions of the pump and the laser powers in the cavity,hence it is applicable to both low and high gain lasers.The simulation results obtained by this model are in good agreement with the experimental observations reported in the literature for a Ti:sapphire-pumped Nd3+:GdVO4 laser.Moreover,some parameters,such as the reflectivity of output coupler,the spot size of laser beam and the crystal length,are discussed with a view to optimizing the laser performance.

  2. Passively Q-switched diode-pumped Cr4+:YAG/Nd3+:GdVO4 monolithic microchip laser

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    Forget, S; Balembois, F; Georges, P; Landru, N; Feve, J P; Lin, J; Weng, Z; Forget, Sebastien; Druon, Frederic; Balembois, Francois; Georges, Patrick; Landru, Nicolas; Feve, Jean Philippe; Lin, Jiali; Weng, Zhiming

    2006-01-01

    the realization of high repetition rate passively Q-switched monolithic microlaser is a challenge since a decade. To achieve this goal, we report here on the first passively Q-switched diode-pumped microchip laser based on the association of a Nd:GdVO4 crystal and a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber. The monolithic design consists of 1 mm long 1% doped Nd:GdVO4 optically contacted on a 0.4 mm long Cr4+:YAG leading to a plano-plano cavity. A repetition rate as high as 85 kHz is achieved. The average output power is approximately 400 mW for 2.2 W of absorbed pump power and the pulse length is 1.1 ns.

  3. H3O+ tetrahedron induction in large negative linear compressibility

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    Wang, Hui; Feng, Min; Wang, Yu-Fang; Gu, Zhi-Yuan

    2016-01-01

    Despite the rarity, large negative linear compressibility (NLC) was observed in metal-organic framework material Zn(HO3PC4H8PO3H)∙2H2O (ZAG-4) in experiment. We find a unique NLC mechanism in ZAG-4 based on first-principle calculations. The key component to realize its large NLC is the deformation of H3O+ tetrahedron. With pressure increase, the oxygen apex approaches and then is inserted into the tetrahedron base (hydrogen triangle). The tetrahedron base subsequently expands, which results in the b axis expansion. After that, the oxygen apex penetrates the tetrahedron base and the b axis contracts. The negative and positive linear compressibility is well reproduced by the hexagonal model and ZAG-4 is the first MOFs evolving from non re-entrant to re-entrant hexagon framework with pressure increase. This gives a new approach to explore and design NLC materials. PMID:27184726

  4. H3O(+) tetrahedron induction in large negative linear compressibility.

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    Wang, Hui; Feng, Min; Wang, Yu-Fang; Gu, Zhi-Yuan

    2016-05-17

    Despite the rarity, large negative linear compressibility (NLC) was observed in metal-organic framework material Zn(HO3PC4H8PO3H)∙2H2O (ZAG-4) in experiment. We find a unique NLC mechanism in ZAG-4 based on first-principle calculations. The key component to realize its large NLC is the deformation of H3O(+) tetrahedron. With pressure increase, the oxygen apex approaches and then is inserted into the tetrahedron base (hydrogen triangle). The tetrahedron base subsequently expands, which results in the b axis expansion. After that, the oxygen apex penetrates the tetrahedron base and the b axis contracts. The negative and positive linear compressibility is well reproduced by the hexagonal model and ZAG-4 is the first MOFs evolving from non re-entrant to re-entrant hexagon framework with pressure increase. This gives a new approach to explore and design NLC materials.

  5. BiVO4 -TiO2 Composite Photocatalysts for Dye Degradation Formed Using the SILAR Method.

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    Odling, Gylen; Robertson, Neil

    2016-09-19

    Composite photocatalyst films have been fabricated by depositing BiVO4 upon TiO2 via a sequential ionic layer adsorption reaction (SILAR) method. The photocatalytic materials were investigated by XRD, TEM, UV/Vis diffuse reflectance, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), XPS, photoluminescence and Mott-Schottky analyses. SILAR processing was found to deposit monoclinic-scheelite BiVO4 nanoparticles onto the surface, giving successive improvements in the films' visible light harvesting. Electrochemical and valence band XPS studies revealed that the prepared heterojunctions have a type II band structure, with the BiVO4 conduction band and valence band lying cathodically shifted from those of TiO2 . The photocatalytic activity of the films was measured by the decolourisation of the dye rhodamine 6G using λ>400 nm visible light. It was found that five SILAR cycles was optimal, with a pseudo-first-order rate constant of 0.004 min(-1) . As a reference material, the same SILAR modification has been made to an inactive wide-band-gap ZrO2 film, where the mismatch of conduction and valence band energies disallows charge separation. The photocatalytic activity of the BiVO4 -ZrO2 system was found to be significantly reduced, highlighting the importance of charge separation across the interface. The mechanism of action of the photocatalysts has also been investigated, in particular the effect of self-sensitisation by the model organic dye and the ability of the dye to inject electrons into the photocatalyst's conduction band.

  6. Optoelectronic properties of BiVO4 photoanodes: From fundamental electronic structure to defect passivation(Conference Presentation)

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    Sharp, Ian D.; Cooper, Jason K.

    2016-10-01

    Over the past decade, bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has been intensely investigated as a promising photoanode material in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting devices. However, little is known about native or impurity defects in this system, their effects on PEC performance, and possible passivation schemes. In this work, a detailed understanding of both the valence band and conduction band orbital character has been achieved using a combination of experimental and theoretical means. In particular, complimentary optical and X-ray spectroscopies, supported by density functional theory calculations, have been applied to high quality monoclinic BiVO4 thin films deposited by chemical vapor deposition, spin coating, and sputtering. The results demonstrate that the 2.5 eV bandgap is indirect with a higher lying 2.7 eV direct gap. Sub-bandgap radiative recombination is observed by temperature dependent photoluminescence measurements, which reveal the presence of a 620 meV deep trap. Annealing thin films of BiVO4 in a H2 atmosphere significantly reduces the sub-bandgap photoluminescence, which is correlated with an improvement by 100-200 meV of the onset potential for photoanodic current, an increase of the fill factor, and elimination of photocurrent losses under frontside compared to backside illumination. These results on thin films, together with XPS of the thin films and solid state 1H NMR analysis of powders, suggest important parallel roles for hydrogen in BiVO4. We find that its substitutional incorporation at oxygen vacancy sites leads to passivation of associated deep level defects. In addition, interstitial hydrogen acts as a shallow level donor and beneficially increases conductivity in functional photoanodes. These results highlight that detailed understanding and controlling of carrier trapping in metal oxides, which often exhibit complex native defect properties due to compositional non-uniformities, provide significant opportunity for increasing PEC water

  7. Ca_9R(VO_4)_7∶Eu~(3+)(R=Y, La, Gd) 发光粉的发光特性%Photoluminescence Properties of Ca_9R(VO_4)_7 (R=Y, La, Gd) Phosphors Activated with Eu~(3+) Ions

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    杨平; 田莲花; 田荣

    2009-01-01

    采用高温固相法制备了Eu~(3+)离子激活的Ca_9R(VO_4)_7(R = Y, La, Gd)红色发光粉,并利用荧光光谱对发光粉的特性进行研究.激发光谱中,Ca_9Y(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+) , Ca_9La(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)和Ca_9Gd(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)都有两个宽的VO_4~(3-)激发带和Eu~(3+)的特征激发峰.发射光谱中,在Ca_9Y(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+) 和Ca_9La(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)中的350~550 nm范围内出现VO_4~(3-)的发射带,而在Ca_9Gd(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)中却没有观察到VO_4~(3-)的发射.在这三种发光粉中,Ca_9Gd(VO_4)_7:Eu~(3+)的发光强度远远高于其它两种,这是由于Gd~(3+)的存在有效地使能量通过Gd~(3+) →VO_4~(3-) → Eu~(3+)及Gd~(3+) → Eu~(3+)的两种方式进行能量传递,从而提高了Eu~(3+)发光效率.

  8. Optical Property of FeVO4 Crystallites Synthesized by Sonochemical Method%声化学法制备FeVO4微晶及其光学性能

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    李阿婷; 曹丽云; 黄剑锋; 黄毅成; 吴建鹏

    2012-01-01

    采用声化学法,以偏钒酸铵(NH4VO3)和九水硝酸铁(Fe(NO3)3 ·9H2O)为原料制备了FeVO4微晶.利用X射线衍射仪(XRD),扫描电子显微镜(SEM),紫外可见吸收光谱(UV-vis)和示差扫描量热分析(DSC)分别对产物的物相、形貌和光学性能等进行了表征.结果表明:所制备的FeVO4微晶为三斜型结构,超声功率由300 W增加到500 W,微晶尺寸逐渐下降,大小更为均匀.UV-vis分析表明所制备的FeVO4微晶具有较强的吸收可见光特性,且随着超声辐射的功率的增加,粒径减小,禁带宽度由2.17 eV减小到2.08 eV.%FeVO4 crystallites were prepared by sonochemical method using NH4VO3 and Fe( NO3)3 ·9H2O as source precursors. The phase, morphology and optical properties of as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, UV-vis absorption spectra and DSC. The results show that the synthesized FeVO4 crystallites have triclinic structure. The particle size of the crystallites decrease gradually and change more uniformity with the increase of ultrasonic irradiation power from 300 W to 500 W. UV-vis absorption spectra show that FeV04 crystallites exhibit strong absorption in visible band, the grain size decreases and the corresponding bandgaps decrease about from 2. 17 eV to 2. 08 eV with the increase of ultrasonic irradiation power.

  9. Facile synthesis of hierarchically structured BiVO4 oriented along (010) facets with different morphologies and their photocatalytic properties

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    Zhao, Guosheng; Liu, Wei; Li, Jinying; Lv, Qiuyan; Li, Wenxin; Liang, Liting

    2016-12-01

    Hierarchically structured BiVO4 oriented along (010) facets with different morphologies are synthesized by a template-free solvothermal process in glycerol (Gly)-water mixed solvent. The effects of the volume fraction of Gly aqueous solution on the crystal structure, growth degree of (010) facets, morphology and photocatalytic activity were investigated. It is found that the volume fraction of Gly aqueous solution has strong influence on the concentration of the reaction species in the self-assembly process, and consequently induces the different morphology, as well as the crystal growth of the as-prepared BiVO4 oriented along (010) facets. A possible formation mechanism is proposed on the basis of the characterization results of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The four-leaved primrose-like BiVO4 sample exhibits the best photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) solution under simulated sunlight irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the improved separation of photogenerated electrons and holes caused by both special morphology and preferential growth of (010) facets.

  10. Nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes with dual-layer oxygen evolution catalysts for solar water splitting.

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    Kim, Tae Woo; Choi, Kyoung-Shin

    2014-02-28

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has a band structure that is well-suited for potential use as a photoanode in solar water splitting, but it suffers from poor electron-hole separation. Here, we demonstrate that a nanoporous morphology (specific surface area of 31.8 square meters per gram) effectively suppresses bulk carrier recombination without additional doping, manifesting an electron-hole separation yield of 0.90 at 1.23 volts (V) versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE). We enhanced the propensity for surface-reaching holes to instigate water-splitting chemistry by serially applying two different oxygen evolution catalyst (OEC) layers, FeOOH and NiOOH, which reduces interface recombination at the BiVO4/OEC junction while creating a more favorable Helmholtz layer potential drop at the OEC/electrolyte junction. The resulting BiVO4/FeOOH/NiOOH photoanode achieves a photocurrent density of 2.73 milliamps per square centimenter at a potential as low as 0.6 V versus RHE.

  11. Crystal structure and electrical properties of K 3Bi 2(VO 4) 3, a new potassium bismuth vanadate

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    Debreuille-Gresse, M. F.; Abraham, F.

    1987-12-01

    K 3Bi 2(VO 4) 3 crystallizes in the space group {C2}/{c}, a = 13.957(4), b = 13.858(4), c = 7.095(2) Å, β = 112.80(3)°, Z = 4. The crystal structure was determined from single-crystal intensity data obtained by means of an automated four-circle diffractometer and refined to the conventional values R = 0.050 and Rw = 0.059 for 1498 observed reflections. The structure is characterized by a three-dimensional network of Bi 2O 10 units and VO 4 tetrahedra. A Bi 2O 10 unit is formed by two BiO 6 octahedra sharing an edge. K + ions occupy three different crystallographic sites. One of them has a high thermal vibration which could reflect ionic mobility. The ionic conductivity highly increases at 790 K. DSC measurements show a reversible transition at this temperature. One K atom, and only one, can be substituted by one Na atom to give NaK 2Bi 2(VO 4) 3; this substitution improves the conductivity.

  12. Highly Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation Efficiency Based on Triadic Quantum Dot/Layered Double Hydroxide/BiVO4 Photoanodes.

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    Tang, Yanqun; Wang, Ruirui; Yang, Ye; Yan, Dongpeng; Xiang, Xu

    2016-08-03

    The water oxidation half-reaction is considered to be a bottleneck for achieving highly efficient solar-driven water splitting due to its multiproton-coupled four-electron process and sluggish kinetics. Herein, a triadic photoanode consisting of dual-sized CdTe quantum dots (QDs), Co-based layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets, and BiVO4 particles, that is, QD@LDH@BiVO4, was designed. Two sets of consecutive Type-II band alignments were constructed to improve photogenerated electron-hole separation in the triadic structure. The efficient charge separation resulted in a 2-fold enhancement of the photocurrent of the QD@LDH@BiVO4 photoanode. A significantly enhanced oxidation efficiency reaching above 90% in the low bias region (i.e., E < 0.8 V vs RHE) could be critical in determining the overall performance of a complete photoelectrochemical cell. The faradaic efficiency for water oxidation was almost 90%. The conduction band energy of QDs is ∼1.0 V more negative than that of LDH, favorable for the electron injection to LDH and enabling a more efficient hole separation. The enhanced photon-to-current conversion efficiency and improved water oxidation efficiency of the triadic structure may result from the non-negligible contribution of hot electrons or holes generated in QDs. Such a band-matching and multidimensional triadic architecture could be a promising strategy for achieving high-efficiency photoanodes by sufficiently utilizing and maximizing the functionalities of QDs.

  13. Near-infrared spectral downshifting in Sr$_{(3−x)}$(VO$_4$)$_2$:${}_x$Nd$^{3+}$ phosphor

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    N S SAWALA; K A KOPARKAR; N S BAJAJ; S K OMANWAR

    2016-12-01

    In this study, the spectral downshifting (DS) from ultraviolet (UV) light to near-infrared (NIR) radiation in Sr$_3$(VO$_4$)$_2$:Nd$^{3+}$ phosphor is reported. The prepared materials were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction(XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) properties along with steady state luminescence time decay curves were studied, which confirmed the energy transfer (ET) from VO$_4^{3−}$ ions to Nd$^{3+}$ ions. The DS phenomenon by phosphor was observed, which involved emission of NIR photons (1075 and 1064 nm) and visible photons (506 nm) from absorbed UV photons at 349 nm. The theoretical energy transfer efficiency (ETE) was calculated with the help of steady state luminescence time decay curves and the maximum ET efficiency approached up to 41.33%. The crystalline silicon (c-Si) cell has maximum efficiency in NIR region of solar spectrum due to an energy band gap of 1.12 eV.Sr$_3$(VO$_4$)$_2$:Nd$^{3+}$ can be potentially used as a NIR DC phosphor for c-Si solar cells.

  14. Forming-free unipolar resistive switching behavior with conical conducting filaments in LaVO4 thin films

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    Hu, Ling; Tang, Xianwu; Luo, Xuan; Zhang, Kejun; Jin, Linhua; Lin, Gaoting; Chen, Li; Zhu, Xuebin; Song, Wenhai; Dai, Jianmin; Sun, Yuping

    2016-04-01

    LaVO4 thin films have been deposited on Pt / Ti /SiO2 /Si substrates by pulsed laser deposition in order to explore the resistive switching (RS) behavior of the Au/LaVO4/Pt devices. It is found that the as-prepared Au/LaVO4/Pt devices stay in the low resistance state (LRS) and no electroforming process (forming-free) is needed to trigger fresh devices for the subsequent RS. Furthermore, the devices show excellent switching parameters such as a reproducible switching effect, a high resistance ratio of  ˜104 between the LRS and high resistance state (HRS), good endurance and retention characteristics, and non-overlapping switching voltages. The dominant conduction mechanisms are Ohmic conduction in the LRS and the lower voltage region of the HRS, and Poole-Frenkel emission in the higher voltage region of the HRS. The combination of temperature dependence of resistance, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and model analysis suggests that the forming-free unipolar RS behavior can be explained by the formation and rupture of conical conducting filaments formed out of oxygen vacancies. These results may be important for practical application in nonvolatile resistive switching memory.

  15. Thermal properties measurement and laser operation of a new Yb: Gd0.68Lu0.32VO4 crystal.

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    Zhang, Huaijin; Yu, Yonggui; Cheng, Yan; Wang, Jiyang; Tao, Xutang; Jiang, Minhua; Xia, Huirui

    2008-07-21

    A new series mixed vanadate crystals, Yb:Gd(x)Lu(1-x)VO(4) (x=0.2, 0.35, 0.53, 0.68 and 0.84), were grown by the Czochralski method. The thermal conductivities of these crystals were measured from room temperature to 280?C, and the thermal conductivities of Yb:Gd(0.68)Lu(0.32)VO(4) at room temperature are 6.4 and 6.9 W m(-1)K(-1) along a- and c-axis, respectively. The material constants of Yb:Gd(x)Lu(1-x)VO(4) series crystals were estimated. The properties of Yb:Gd(x)Lu(1-x)VO(4) series crystals were compared with those of Yb:LuVO(4) and Yb:GdVO(4) crystals. Laser output power of 1.25 W at 1031 nm was obtained with a slope efficiency of 26% by use of diode pumping for Yb:Gd(0.68)Lu(0.32)VO(4) crystal.

  16. Hydrothermal synthesis of graphitic carbon nitride-BiVO4 composites with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activities and the mechanism study

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    Guo, Feng; Shi, Weilong; Lin, Xue; Che, Guangbo

    2014-11-01

    Novel graphitic carbon nitride (C3N4) and bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) composite photocatalysts were successfully synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that an intimate interface between C3N4 and BiVO4 formed in the composites. Compared with the pure C3N4 and BiVO4, the C3N4-BiVO4 photocatalysts showed remarkably the higher photocatalytic activities in degrading rhodamine B (Rh B). The best active heterojunction proportion was 0.5C3N4-0.5BiVO4. Over this catalyst, the 100% degradation of Rh B (0.002 mmol L-1) was obtained under visible light irradiation (λ>420 nm) for 40 min. The active species in Rh B degradation were examined by adding a series of scavengers. The study on photocatalytic mechanism revealed that the electrons injected directly from the conduction band of C3N4 to that of BiVO4, resulting in the production of superoxide radical (O2•-) and hydroxyl radical (OH•) in the conduction band of BiVO4. Simultaneously, the rich holes in the valence band of g-C3N4 oxidized Rh B directly to promote the photocatalytic degradation reaction.

  17. Lanthanum and boron co-doped BiVO4 with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity for degradation of methyl orange

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    王敏; 车寅生; 牛超; 党明岩; 董多

    2013-01-01

    BiVO4 photocatalysts co-doped with La and B were prepared by sol-gel method using citric acid as chelate. The samples were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Bru-mauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and the photocatalytic activity was investigated by photo-catalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO). The results showed that boron and lanthanum ions incorporated into the lattice of BiVO4, and co-doping led to more surface oxygen vacancies, high specific surface areas, small crystallite size, narrow band gap and intense light absorbance in visible region. And the doped La(III) ions could help the separation of photogenerated electrons. Com-pared with BiVO4 and B-BiVO4, the photocatalytic activity of La-B co-doped BiVO4 was remarkably improved due to the synergistic effects of the co-doped ions. The degradation rate of MO in 60 min was 98.4%when La doping content was 0.05 mol.%, which was much higher than that of pure BiVO4(20%) and B-BiVO4(37%).

  18. Electrochemical studies on surface coated LiCoVO 4 with Al 2O 3 derived from carboxylate-alumoxane for lithium-ion cells

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    Fey, George Ting-Kuo; Muralidharan, P.; Cho, Yung-Da

    Various wt.% of Al 2O 3 derived from methoxyethoxy-alumoxane (MEA-alumoxane) were coated by a simple mechano-thermal method on the LiCoVO 4 particles, which were synthesized by a citric acid-urea polymeric method. Powder XRD patterns confirmed that the prepared LiCoVO 4 crystalline sample had an inverse spinel structure when heated at 773 K for 5 h in air and the LiCoVO 4 materials coated with Al 2O 3 showed no evidence of secondary phase peaks. TEM images of LiCoVO 4 identified that the nanosized particles ranged ∼100-120 nm and Al 2O 3 coating had an average thickness of ∼20 nm over the fine particle of LiCoVO 4. XPS binding energy data indicated that the presence of two different types O 1s ions corresponds to alumina and core LiCoVO 4 material. The charge and discharge study indicated that the 0.5 wt.% Al 2O 3 derived from MEA-alumoxane coated material delivered an initial discharge capacity of 68 mAh g -1 at 3.0-4.5 V and the cycle stability after 20 cycles was stable without any drastic capacity fade normally exhibited by inverse spinel materials. The d Q/d V versus voltage plots revealed that the slower impedance growth for the Al 2O 3 surface coated LiCoVO 4 cathode material.

  19. New understanding of Li3VO4/C as potential anode for Li-ion batteries: Preparation, structure characterization and lithium insertion mechanism

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    Liang, Zhiyong; Lin, Zhiping; Zhao, Yanming; Dong, Youzhong; Kuang, Quan; Lin, Xinghao; Liu, Xudong; Yan, Danlin

    2015-01-01

    The article gives a totally new understanding about lithium insertion behavior of Li3VO4 as potential anode material for Li-ion batteries. The carbon-coated Li3VO4 (Li3VO4/C) sample was synthesized firstly using simple solid-state method. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra and Rietveld refinement results show that single-phase Li3VO4/C can be obtained even under the presence of carbon and reducing atmosphere. The final product demonstrates a favorable electronic conductivity with 6.67% residual carbon. Electrochemical testing shows that Li3VO4/C holds both much higher specific capacity and better electrochemical performance than that of carbon-free Li3VO4 sample. The Li3VO4/C electrode display a discharge capacity of 738.5 mAh g-1 and a charge (reversible) capacity of 547.1 mAh g-1 with a high initial coulombic efficiency of 78.0% in the first cycle. First-principles calculation and GITT results illustrate that the maximum embeddable Li-ion number in a single cell is 3 corresponding to the change of V5+ to V2+, and the Li-inserted sites is predicted by first-principles calculations. Furthermore, lithium insertion/de-insertion mechanism of Li3VO4/C is studied by in-situ XRD, and the results surely confirm that Li3VO4/C undergoes a reversible insertion/de-insertion mechanism during discharge/charge process.

  20. Controlled synthesis of Fe2O3 modified Ag-010BiVO4 heterostructures with enhanced photoelectrochemical activity toward the dye degradation

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    Li, Junqi; Zhou, Jian; Hao, Hongjuan; Li, Weijie

    2017-03-01

    Crystal facet dependence is an important approach for optimizing the performance of photocatalyst. In consideration that there is a close correlation between the photoelectric conversion efficiencies and crystal facet, the monoclinic bismuth vanadate (m-BiVO4) with (010) and (110) crystal facets has drawn attention. We designed the Ag nanoparticles modified the (010) facet of the BiVO4 (Ag-010BiVO4) and then the Ag-010BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructure was modified by the Fe2O3 nanoparticles. In the Fe2O3 modified Ag-010BiVO4, the (110) facet of the BiVO4 was only modified by the Fe2O3 nano-particles to construct the n-n heterojunction structure. Simultaneously, the Z-scheme system was fabricated on the (010) facet of the BiVO4, where was modified by the Ag and Fe2O3 nano-particles. We investigated its photoelectrochemical (PEC) and photocatalytic activities by the measurement of the electrochemical performance and degradation of methyl orange (MO). The Ag species in the system is only treated as the solid state electron mediator. As was expected, the Fe2O3 modified Ag-010BiVO4 heterojunction structure exhibited the highest photocurrent density and the smallest impedance. Besides, the Fe2O3 modified Ag-010BiVO4 heterojunction structure exhibited excellent redox ability and the MO could be degraded 92% after 150 min. It is worth noting that the outstanding performance should be attributed to the synergistic effect of n-n and Z-scheme system in the different facets, which facilitated the separation of holes and electrons in the opposite direction.

  1. BiVO4/膨润土负载型光催化剂的制备及其性能%Preparation of BiVO4/bentonite loaded photocatalyst and its properties

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    李南南; 何瑾馨

    2011-01-01

    A series of supported BiVO4/bentonite visible photocatalysts are prepared by solution combustion synthesis method at different calcining temperature, and their photocatalytic activities are investigated taking C. I. Reactive Blue 19 as the target degradation product. The crystal type, surface morphology, particle size, light absorption range of BiVO4/bentonite photocatalysts are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission-scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), specific surface area! BET) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS). The results indicate that BiVO4/bentonite with calcining temperature at 300 ℃ features a monoclinic structure with diameter about 30 nm, strong absorption in visible light region of 400 ~ 500 nm, and good photocatalytic activity on C. I. Reactive Blue 19 with color removal of 93.9% after exposed to visible light for2h.%采用溶液燃烧法制备了不同煅烧温度的BiVO4/膨润土负载型可见光催化剂,并以C.I.活性蓝19为目标降解物,研究其催化性能.采用X射线衍射(XRD)、场发射扫描电镜(FE-SEM)、比表面积(BET)、紫外-可见漫反射光谱(UV-vis DRS)等测试手段,对光催化剂的晶型、表面形貌、颗粒大小、光吸收范围等进行了表征.结果表明,300℃煅烧的BiV04/膨润土为单斜晶型,晶粒尺寸约为30nm,在可见光400~500 nm处有强吸收;其对活性蓝19的光催化性能较好,2h光照后的脱色率可达93.9%.

  2. A Novel, Simple and Green Way to Fabricate BiVO4 with Excellent Photocatalytic Activity and Its Methylene Blue Decomposition Mechanism

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available BiVO4 photocatalysts were synthesized via a facile surfactant-free method with heat treatment. The heat treatment temperatures influenced the crystal structures and morphologies. The photocatalytic performance is associated with its crystallinity, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET specific surface area, and band gap energy. The BiVO4 photocatalyst prepared by heat treatment at 700 °C showed the highest photocatalytic activity, promoting 100% degradation of methylene blue (MB in 60 min under visible-light irradiation. Recycling experiments results indicated that the BiVO4 photocatalysts have excellent photo-stability, and a possible mechanism for the photocatalytic process was proposed by examining the effects of the active species involved in MB degradation. This work could provide new insights into the fabrication of highly efficient and stable BiVO4 photocatalysts for dye degradation.

  3. Bi(1-x)Ni(x)VO(4-y) Solid Solution with a High Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity for Degradation Methyl Orange.

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    Wang Jing; Wei, Yuelin; Huang, Yunfang; Wu, Jihuai; Dong, Qiang; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio

    2015-09-01

    Particulate solid solutions Bi(1-x)Ni(x)VO(4-y) were synthesized by solid-state reaction at high temperature. The samples were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and Ultraviolet-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis). The photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 for photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminants ability in visible light region could be improved by doping of Ni(2+). The high visible light photocatalytic activity of Bi(1-x)Ni(x)VO(4-y) solid solution might be due to the generation of a new band gap and expanding the range of visible light response. It was suggested that the Ni(2+) doping was beneficial to effective charge separation of Bi(1-x)Ni(x)VO(4-y) solid solution, thus improved the photocatalytic activity.

  4. TiO2/BiVO4复合光催化剂的微波辅助水热法合成及催化性能研究%Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of TiO2/BiVO4 photocatalyst by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    郭莉; 王丹军; 付峰; 强小丹; 章峰

    2012-01-01

    以硝酸铋和偏钒酸铵为原料,采用微波-辅助水热法合成了BiVO4和TiO2/BiVO4复合光催化剂,借助XRD、UV-Vis和FE-SEM等测试手段对样品进行表征.XRD分析表明,所得BiVO4粉体为单斜晶系,且与TiO2复合后,特征衍射峰宽化,强度降低;FE-SEM显示,所得样品为具有多级结构的球状纳米结构体系;UV-Vis吸收光谱表明,BiVO4粉体和TiO2/BiVO4在400 ~ 600 nm的可见光区域对光响应.根据光吸收特性,选择罗丹明B为模型污染物,考察了样品可见光催化活性.结果表明,TiO2/BiVO4相比BiVO4,具有更高的可见光催化活性.%Using Bi(NO3)3 · 5H2O and NH4VO, as starting materials, photocatalyst BiVO4 was synthesized via hydrothermal process assisted with microwave irradiation, and characterized by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) , field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and UV-Vis techniques. Rhodamine B was selected as model pollutant to investigate the photocatalytic activity of BiVO4. The XRD results indicated that the as-synthesized belonged to monoclinic crystal system BiVO4 and after compounding with TiO2 the characteristic diffraction peaks were widened while the intensity reduced. FE-SEM images showed that the as-prepared had sphere morphlogies. UV-Vis absorption spectrum indicated that BiVO4 and TiO2/BiVO4 respond to visible light at 400 ~ 600 nm region. Based on the photo-absorption properties, the photocatalytic experiment was carried out under the Xeon lamp irradiation and TiO2/BiVO4 showed a better visible-light driven photocatalytic activity than that of pure BiVO4.

  5. Solvothermal synthesis of Bi2O3/BiVO4 heterojunction with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performances

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    Ying, Wu; Jing, Wang; Yunfang, Huang; Yuelin, Wei; Zhixian, Sun; Xuanqing, Zheng; Chengkun, Zhang; Ningling, Zhou; Leqing, Fan; Jihuai, Wu

    2016-08-01

    Novel, three-dimensional, flower-like Bi2O3/BiVO4 heterojunction photocatalysts have been prepared by the combination of homogeneous precipitation and two-step solvothermal method followed by thermal solution of NaOH etching process. The as-obtained samples were fully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, and UV—vis diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy in detail. The crystallinity, microstructure, specific surface area, optical property and photocatalytic activity of samples greatly changed depending on solvothermal reaction time. The photocatalytic activities of samples were evaluated on the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible-light irradiation. The Bi2O3/BiVO4 exhibited much higher photocatalytic activities than pure BiVO4 and conventional TiO2 (P25). The result revealed that the three-dimensional heterojunction played a critical role in the separation of the electron and hole pairs and enhancement of the interfacial charge transfer efficiency, which was responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61306077, 21301060), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Nos. JB-ZR1109, JB-ZR1212), the National Science Foundation of Quanzhou City (No. 2014Z108), the Promotion Program for Young and Middle-aged Teachers in Science and Technology Research of Huaqiao University (No. ZQN-PY207), Discipline Innovation Team Project of Huaqiao University (No. 201320), and the Instrumental Analysis Center Huaqiao University.

  6. 乙烯在纳米催化剂InVO4-TiO2上的可见光降解%Degradation of Ethylene on Nano-crystalline InVO4-TiO2 under Visible Light Iradiation

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    肖光参; 鲁文升; 李旦振; 付贤智; 王绪绪

    2005-01-01

    The InVO4-TiO2 nano-crystalline photocatalyst was prepared by sol-gel method and characterized by DRS, FFIR, Raman and XRD. The photocatalytic activities of the prepared sample were investigated by photocatalytic degradation of ethylene in the gaseous phase under visible light irradiation (3.>450 nm). The results indicate that both of pure TiO2 and InVO4 or their simple mixture show no photocatalytic activities for degradation of ethylene under visible light irradiation. However, as-synthesized InVO4-TiO2 catalyzes the degradation of ethylene into CO2 under visible light irradiation. In addition, the interaction between InVO4 and TiO2 results in some structural distortion to all the crystal forms of TiO2 in as-synthesized catalyst InVO4-TiO2.

  7. Diode-pumped CW Tm:GdVO4 laser at 1.9 μm

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    Yufeng Li; Baoquan Yao; Yuezhu Wang

    2006-01-01

    @@ A high power cryogenic cooling Tm-doped (2%) GdVO4 laser double-end-pumped by fiber-coupled-diode with the center wavelength of 804.5 nm at 21 ℃ is reported. The highest continuous-wave (CW) power of 2.35 W at 1903 nm is attained at pump power of 24 W. The slope efficiency is 12.5% and the threshold is 3.2 W. Single- and double-end-pumped types are investigated.

  8. A Single-Longitudinal-Mode Dual-Wavelength cw Tm,Ho: GdVO4 Microchip Laser

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    JU You-Lun; WANG Zhen-Guo; LI Yu-Feng; WANG Yue-Zhu

    2008-01-01

    A liquid nitrogen cooled dual-wavelength Tm,Ho:GdVO4 microchip laser is reported. The output dual wavelengths are at 2038.9nm and 2050.1nm. At each wavelength, the laser has a single longitudinal mode. The threshold power is nearly 20mW and the slope efficiency is 18.7%. The single longitudinal mode output power reaches 98mW, and the ratio of power is about 60% (2038.9nm) and 40% (2050.1 nm).

  9. Growth and passively self-Q-switched laser output of new Nd3+,Cr5+:GdVO4 crystal.

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    Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Zhengping; Wang, Jiyang; Yu, Yonggui; Gao, Wenlan; Tao, Xutang; Jiang, Minhua

    2008-03-03

    A new passively self-Q-switched Nd, Cr:GdVO(4) laser crystal was grown by Czochralski method for the first time to our knowledge. Polarized absorption spectra were measured at room temperature. The absorption bands display polarization character and an absorption band of Cr(5+) ions at 1110 nm enables the crystal to be a self-Q-switched laser material at 1.06 mum. In the passive self-Q-switching operation, the maximum output power, shortest pulse width, and largest pulse energy were obtained to be 265 mW, 230 ns, and 1.12 microJ, respectively.

  10. Power scaling of directly dual-end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser using grown-together composite crystal.

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    Li, XuDong; Yu, Xin; Chen, Fei; Yan, RenPeng; Luo, Ming; Yu, JunHua; Chen, DeYing

    2010-03-29

    Power scaling of end-pumped Nd:GdVO(4) laser was realized by direct pumping, grown-together composite crystal and dual-end-pumping. A maximum CW output power of 46.0W with M(2)switch operation, peak power of 304.1kW, 58.6kW and 23.8kW, pulse width of 7.2ns, 11.3ns and 16.2ns were obtained at the repetition rates of 10kHz, 50kHz and 100kHz, respectively.

  11. Textured Nanoporous Mo:BiVO4 Photoanodes with High Charge Transport and Charge Transfer Quantum Efficiencies for Oxygen Evolution

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    Nair, Vineet; Perkins, Craig L.; Lin, Qiyin; Law, Matt

    2016-04-01

    We have developed a simple spin coating method to make high-quality nanoporous photoelectrodes of monoclinic BiVO4 and studied the ability of these electrodes to transport photogenerated carriers to oxidize sulfite and water. Samples containing molybdenum and featuring [001] out-of-plane crystallographic texture show a photocurrent and external quantum efficiency (EQE) for sulfite oxidation as high as 3.1 mA cm-2 and 60%, respectively, at 1.23 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode. By using an optical model of the electrode stack to accurately determine the fraction of electrode absorptance due to the BiVO4 active layer, we estimate that on average 70 +/- 5% of all photogenerated carriers escape recombination. A comparison of internal quantum efficiency as a function of film processing, illumination direction, and film thickness shows that electron transport is efficient and hole transport limits the photocurrent (hole diffusion length <40 nm). We find that Mo addition primarily improves electron transport and texturing mostly improves hole transport. Mo enhances electron transport by thinning the surface depletion layer or passivating traps and recombination centers at grain boundaries and interfaces, while improved hole transport in textured films may result from more efficient lateral hole extraction due to the texturing itself or the reduced density of deep gap states observed in photoemission measurements. Photoemission data also reveal that the films have bismuth-rich, vanadium- and oxygen-deficient surface layers, while ion scattering spectroscopy indicates a Bi-V-O surface termination. Without added catalysts, the plain BiVO4 electrodes oxidized water with an initial photocurrent and peak EQE of 1.7 mA cm-2 and 30%, respectively, which equates to a hole transfer efficiency to water of >64% at 1.23 V. The electrodes quickly photocorrode during water oxidation but show good stability during sulfite oxidation and indefinite stability in the dark. By improving

  12. 1.34 µm picosecond self-mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 watt-level laser

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    Han, Ming; Peng, Jiying; Li, Zuohan; Cao, Qiuyuan; Yuan, Ruixia

    2017-01-01

    With a simple linear configuration, a diode-pumped, self-mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser at 1.34 µm is experimentally demonstrated for the first time. Based on the aberrationless theory of self-focusing and thermal lensing effect, through designing and optimizing the resonator, a pulse width as short as 9.1 ps is generated at a repetition rate of 2.0 GHz and the average output power is 2.51 W. The optical conversion efficiency and the slope efficiency for the stable mode-locked operation are approximately 16.7% and 19.2%, respectively.

  13. Effects of morphology on the structural and photoluminescence properties of co-precipitation derived GdVO4:Dy3+

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    Kumari, Puja; Manam, J.

    2016-10-01

    Herein, Dy3+ doped GdVO4 samples with various morphologies were prepared by the co-precipitation method at low temperature, and the effects of different morphologies on the structural and optical behaviors have been reported. The obtained samples were stabilized to the stable tetragonal structure. The IR and FESEM study were carried out to see the vibrational bonds position and surface morphology. At present PL, PLE, diffuse reflectance and decay curves have been discussed in detail. The morphology dependent photoluminescence studies were resulted to a suitable sample for the lighting and display applications.

  14. Plasmonic Pd Nanoparticle- and Plasmonic Pd Nanorod-Decorated BiVO4 Electrodes with Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Efficiency Across Visible-NIR Region.

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    Yang, Weiwei; Xiong, Yunjie; Zou, Liangliang; Zou, Zhiqing; Li, Dongdong; Mi, Qixi; Wang, Yanshan; Yang, Hui

    2016-12-01

    The photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting performance of BiVO4 is partially hindered by insufficient photoresponse in the spectral region with energy below the band gap. Here, we demonstrate that the PEC water splitting efficiency of BiVO4 electrodes can be effectively enhanced by decorating Pd nanoparticles (NPs) and nanorods (NRs). The results indicate that the Pd NPs and NRs with different surface plasmon resonance (SPR) features delivered an enhanced PEC water splitting performance in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) regions, respectively. Considering that there is barely no absorption overlap between Pd nanostructures and BiVO4 and the finite-difference time domain (FDTD) simulation indicating there are substantial energetic hot electrons in the vicinity of Pd nanostructures, the enhanced PEC performance of Pd NP-decorated BiVO4 and Pd NR-decorated BiVO4 could both benefit from the hot electron injection mechanism instead of the plasmon resonance energy transfer process. Moreover, a combination of Pd NPs and NRs decorated on the BiVO4 electrodes leads to a broad-band enhancement across visible-NIR region.

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis of meso/macroporous BiVO4 hierarchical particles and their photocatalytic degradation properties under visible light irradiation.

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    Madhusudan, Puttaswamy; Kumar, Malahalli Vijaya; Ishigaki, Tadashi; Toda, Kenji; Uematsu, Kazuyoshi; Sato, Mineo

    2013-09-01

    An ordered hierarchical meso/macroporous monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) particle was fabricated for the first time by a simple two-step melamine template hydrothermal method followed by calcination. The physiochemical parameters of as-prepared porous materials were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Raman, Barrett-Emmett-Teller, and UV-vis techniques. The nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurement and pore size distribution curve suggest that meso/macropores exist in these hierarchical microarchitectures. Further, it is found that melamine plays a significant role in the formation of porous BiVO4 particles, and when a known amount of melamine was added, the surface area and pore size of such porous BiVO4 particles were increased. The photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared hierarchical BiVO4 samples were measured for the photodegradation of Congo red aqueous dye solution under visible light irradiation. Surprisingly, the porous BiVO4 particles showed outstanding photocatalytic activities than polycrystalline BiVO4 sample. The possible enhancement of such catalytic performance has also been further discussed.

  16. Hydrothermal Preparation and Characterization of TiO2 /BiVO4 Composite Catalyst and its Photolysis of Water to Produce Hydrogen.

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    Jian, Zicong; Huang, Shaobin; Cao, Yaya; Zhang, Yongqing

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, bismuth vanadate composited photocatalysts were synthesized and characterized. X-ray diffractometry and Raman results showed that the particles were well crystallized, and formed by the complex of monoclinic BiVO4 and TiO2 . On electron microscopy, the photocatalyst exhibited high crystallization, agglutination and irregular shape, and was surrounded by numerous TiO2 particles. The study of surface areas showed that the specific surface area of 30-BiVO4 /TiO2 composited was 112 m(2) ·g(-1) , which was nearly 10 times that of pure BiVO4 . The ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectra indicated the composited photocatalyst were activated in visible light. The activity of photocatalytic water splitting was studied. The results showed that monomer BiVO4 photocatalyst was not able to produce hydrogen under any light source. BiVO4 /TiO2 composited photocatalysts, however, were capable of generating hydrogen. Under UV light irradiation for 120 min, 1 g catalyst dispersed in 50 mL deionized water produced almost 1 mL hydrogen, such that the productivity of hydrogen was higher than that of P25-TiO2 . Photocatalytic decomposition of water under visible light also confirmed that the BiVO4 /TiO2 composited photocatalyst had the ability of water splitting.

  17. Controlled synthesis of uniform BiVO4 microcolumns and advanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity for the degradation of metronidazole-contained wastewater.

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    Yu, Chongfei; Dong, Shuying; Feng, Jinglan; Sun, Jingyu; Hu, Limin; Li, Yukun; Sun, Jianhui

    2014-02-01

    Well-defined, uniform bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) microcolumns were synthesized through a refined hydrothermal route. During the fabrication process, a detailed orthogonal design on the synthetic conditions was performed, aiming to optimize the experimental parameters to produce BiVO4 materials (BiVO4 (Opt.)) with the most prominent visible-light-driven photocatalytic efficiency, where the catalytic activities of the synthesized materials were evaluated via the decolorization of methylene blue under visible light irradiation. The BiVO4 (Opt.) were then targetedly produced according to the determined optimal conditions and well characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet and visible diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Compared with the commercial P25-TiO2 photocatalysts, the as-synthesized BiVO4 (Opt.) displayed superior visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities for the degradation of metronidazole-contained wastewater with the presence of H2O2. The degradation efficiency of metronidazole reached up to 70 % within 180 min, leading to a brief speculation on the possibly major steps of the visible-light-driven photocatalytic process. The current study provides a distinctive route to design novel shaped BiVO4 architectures with advanced photocatalytic capacities for the treatment of organic pollutants in the aqueous environment.

  18. Effective visible light-active boron and europium co-doped BiVO4 synthesized by sol-gel method for photodegradion of methyl orange.

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    Wang, Min; Che, Yinsheng; Niu, Chao; Dang, Mingyan; Dong, Duo

    2013-11-15

    Eu-B co-doped BiVO4 visible-light-driven photocatalysts have been synthesized using the sol-gel method. The resulting materials were characterized by a series of joint techniques, including XPS, XRD, SEM, BET, and UV-vis DRS analyses. Compared with BiVO4 and B-BiVO4 photocatalysts, the Eu-B-BiVO4 photocatalysts exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity for methyl orange (MO) degradation under visible light irradiation. The optimal Eu doping content is 0.8 mol%. It was revealed that boron and europium were doped into the lattice of BiVO4 and this led to more surface oxygen vacancies, high specific surface areas, small crystallite size, a narrower band gap and intense light absorbance in the visible region. The doped Eu(III) cations can help in the separation of photogenerated electrons. The synergistic effects of boron and europium in doped BiVO4 were the main reason for improving visible light photocatalytic activity.

  19. Porous FeOx/BiVO4-deltaS0.08: highly efficient photocatalysts for the degradation of methylene blue under visible-light illumination.

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    Zhao, Zhenxuan; Dai, Hongxing; Deng, Jiguang; Liu, Yuxi; Wang, Yuan; Li, Xinwei; Bai, Guangmei; Gao, Baozu; Au, Chak Tong

    2013-10-01

    Porous S-doped bismuth vanadate with an olive-like morphology and its supported iron oxide (y wt.% FeOx/BiVO4-deltaS0.08, y = 0.06, 0.76, and 1.40) photocatalysts were fabricated using the dodecylamine-assisted alcohol-hydrothermal and incipient wetness impregnation methods, respectively. It is shown that the y wt.% FeOx/BiVO4-deltaS0.08 photocatalysts contained a monoclinic scheetlite BiVO4 phase with a porous olive-like morphology, a surface area of 8.8-9.2 m2/g, and a bandgap energy of 2.38-2.42 eV. There was co-presence of surface Bi5+, Bi3+, V5+, V3+, Fe3+, and Fe2+ species in y wt.% FeOx/BiVO4-deltaS0.08. The 1.40 wt.% FeOx/BiVO4-deltaS0.08 sample performed the best for Methylene Blue degradation under visible-light illumination. The photocatalytic mechanism was also discussed. We believe that the sulfur and FeOx co-doping, higher oxygen adspecies concentration, and lower bandgap energy were responsible for the excellent visible-light-driven catalytic activity of 1.40 wt.% FeOx/BiVO4-deltaS0.08.

  20. Protecting hydrogenation-generated oxygen vacancies in BiVO4 photoanode for enhanced water oxidation with conformal ultrathin amorphous TiO2 layer

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    Zhang, Yang; Zhang, Xintong; Wang, Dan; Wan, Fangxu; Liu, Yichun

    2017-05-01

    Introducing appropriate amount of oxygen vacancies by hydrogenation treatment is a simple and efficient way to improve the photoelectrochemical performance of nanostructured oxide photoanodes. However, the hydrogenation effect is often not durable due to the gradual healing of oxygen vacancies at or close to surface of photoanodes. Herein, we tackled the problem by conformal coating the hydrogenated nanoporous BiVO4 (H-BiVO4) photoanode with an ultrathin layer of amorphous TiO2. Photoelectrochemical measurements showed that a 4 nm-thick TiO2 layer could significantly improve the stability of H-BiVO4 photoanode for repeated working test, with negligible influence on the initial photocurrent compared to the uncoated one. Mott-Schottky and linear sweep voltammetry measurements showed that donor density and photocurrent density of the H-BiVO4 electrode almost decayed to the values of pristine BiVO4 electrode after 3 h test, while the amorphous TiO2-coated electrode only degraded by 6% and 5% of the initial values respectively in the same period. The investigation thus suggested that the amorphous TiO2 layer did protect the oxygen vacancies in H-BiVO4 photoanode by isolating these oxygen vacancies from environmental oxygen, while at the same time not impeding the interfacial charge transfer to water molecules due to its leaky nature.

  1. Spin-1 Ising model on tetrahedron recursive lattices: Exact results

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    Jurčišinová, E.; Jurčišin, M.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the ferromagnetic spin-1 Ising model on the tetrahedron recursive lattices. An exact solution of the model is found in the framework of which it is shown that the critical temperatures of the second order phase transitions of the model are driven by a single equation simultaneously on all such lattices. It is also shown that this general equation for the critical temperatures is equivalent to the corresponding polynomial equation for the model on the tetrahedron recursive lattice with arbitrary given value of the coordination number. The explicit form of these polynomial equations is shown for the lattices with the coordination numbers z = 6, 9, and 12. In addition, it is shown that the thermodynamic properties of all possible physical phases of the model are also completely driven by the corresponding single equations simultaneously on all tetrahedron recursive lattices. In this respect, the spontaneous magnetization, the free energy, the entropy, and the specific heat of the model are studied in detail.

  2. Explicit Exact Formulas for the 3-D Tetrahedron Inertia Tensor in Terms of its Vertex Coordinates

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The inertia tensor of a tetrahedron is composed of its moments of inertia. This study presents explicit exact formulas for the moments of inertia of a 3-D tetrahedron as simple polynomials of its vertex coordinates.

  3. Scaffolded DNA Origami of a DNA Tetrahedron Molecular Container

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    Ke, Yongang; Sharma, Jaswinder; Liu, Minghui

    2009-01-01

    We describe a strategy of scaffolded DNA origami to design and construct 3D molecular cages of tetrahedron geometry with inside volume closed by triangular faces. Each edge of the triangular face is ∼54 nm in dimension. The estimated total external volume and the internal cavity of the triangular...... pyramid are about 1.8 × 10-23 and 1.5 × 10-23 m3, respectively. Correct formation of the tetrahedron DNA cage was verified by gel electrophoresis, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and dynamic light scattering techniques....

  4. Synthesis of monoclinic structured BiVO4 spindly microtubes in deep eutectic solvent and their application for dye degradation.

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    Liu, Wei; Yu, Yaqin; Cao, Lixin; Su, Ge; Liu, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Lan; Wang, Yonggang

    2010-09-15

    Monoclinic structured spindly bismuth vanadate microtubes were fabricated on a large scale by a simple ionothermal treatment in the environment-friendly green solvent of urea/choline chloride. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, IR and their photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photocatalytic decolorization of rhodamine B aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation. As-obtained BiVO(4) microtubes exhibit the spindly shape with a side length of ca. 800 nm and a wall thickness of ca. 100 nm. The opening of these microtubes presents a saw-toothed structure, which is seldom in other tube-shaped materials. The formation mechanism of the spindly microtubes is ascribed to the complex cooperation of the reaction-crystallization process controlled by BiOCl and the nucleation-growth process of nanosheets induced by solvent molecules attached on the surface of microtubes. Such spindly microtubes exhibit much higher visible-light photocatalytic activity than that of bulk BiVO(4) prepared by solid-state reaction, possibly resulting from their large surface area and improved crystallinity.

  5. Photoelectrochemical performance of W-doped BiVO4 thin-films deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Holland, Stephen K.; Dutter, Melissa R.; Lawrence, David J.; Reisner, Barbara A.; DeVore, Thomas C.

    2013-09-01

    The effect of tungsten doping and hydrogen annealing treatments on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photoanodes for solar water splitting was studied. Thin films of BiVO4 were deposited on ITO-coated glass slides by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis of an aqueous solution containing bismuth nitrate and vanadium oxysulfate. Tungsten doping was achieved by adding either silicotungstic acid (STA) or ammonium metatungstate (AMT) in the aqueous precursor. The 1.7 μm - 2.2 μm thick films exhibited a highly porous microstructure. Undoped films that were reduced at 375 ºC in 3% H2 exhibited the largest photocurrent densities under 0.1 W cm-2 AM1.5 illumination. This performance enhancement was believed to be due to the formation of oxygen vacancies, which are shallow electron donors, in the films. Films doped with 1% or 5% tungsten from either STA or AMT exhibited reduced photoelectrochemical performance and greater sample-to-sample performance variations. Powder X-ray diffraction data of the undoped films indicated that they were comprised primarily of the monoclinic scheelite phase while unidentified phases were also present. Scanning electron microscopy showed slightly different morphology characteristics for the Wdoped films. It is surmised that the addition of W in the deposition process promoted the morphology differences and the formation of different phases, thus reducing the PEC performance of the photoanode samples. Significant PEC performance variability was also observed among films deposited using the described process.

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  8. A Geometrical Way to Sum Powers by Means of Tetrahedrons and Eulerian Numbers

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    Barra, Mario

    2011-01-01

    We geometrically prove that in a d-dimensional cube with edges of length n, the number of particular d-dimensional tetrahedrons are given by Eulerian numbers. These tetrahedrons tassellate the cube, In this way the sum of the cubes are the sums of the tetrahedrons, whose calculation is trivial.

  9. Cu2O nanoparticles decorated BiVO4 as an effective visible-light-driven p-n heterojunction photocatalyst for methylene blue degradation

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    Min, Shixiong; Wang, Fang; Jin, Zhiliang; Xu, Jing

    2014-10-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a chemically stable and nontoxic semiconductor (SC) photocatalyst that can absorb visible light to degrade most of pollutants in aqueous solution due to suitable band-gap energy (ca. 2.4 eV), but it usually shows a low activity in its pristine form owing to poor charge-separation characteristics and the weak surface adsorption properties. In this paper, we demonstrated that the photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 can be greatly enhanced by surface modification with Cu2O nanoparticles through polyol reduction method. The modified photocatalysts (Cu2O/BiVO4) with proper loading amount of Cu2O (0.75 wt%) showed the highest photocatalytic degradation activity for methylene blue (MB) degradation with the pseudo-first-order rate constant kapp and degradation efficiency two times higher than pristine BiVO4 under visible light and solar light irradiation. The characterizations of resulting photocatalysts revealed that decoration of Cu2O nanoparticles led to the formation of a p-n heterojunction at the contact interface of Cu2O and BiVO4, which narrowed the band gap of BiVO4 for extending the absorption range of visible light and promoted the charge transfer across interface for suppressing the recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs, thus improving the catalytic performance of photocatalysts. This work demonstrates that the structural integration of p-type Cu2O SC with n-type BiVO4 SC will be a new promising strategy to develop a high-efficient heterojunction photocatalyst for visible-light-driven degradation of pollutants.

  10. Integrating a Semitransparent, Fullerene-Free Organic Solar Cell in Tandem with a BiVO4 Photoanode for Unassisted Solar Water Splitting.

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    Peng, Yuelin; Govindaraju, Gokul V; Lee, Dong Ki; Choi, Kyoung-Shin; Andrew, Trisha L

    2017-07-12

    We report an unassisted solar water splitting system powered by a diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-containing semitransparent organic solar cell. Two major merits of this fullerene-free solar cell enable its integration with a BiVO4 photoanode. First is the high open circuit voltage and high fill factor displayed by this single junction solar cell, which yields sufficient power to effect water splitting when serially connected to an appropriate electrode/catalyst. Second, the wavelength-resolved photoaction spectrum of the DPP-based solar cell has minimal overlap with that of the BiVO4 photoanode, thus ensuring that light collection across these two components can be optimized. The latter feature enables a new water splitting device configuration wherein the solar cell is placed first in the path of incident light, before the BiVO4 photoanode, although BiVO4 has a wider bandgap. This configuration is accessed by replacing the reflective top electrode of the standard DPP-based solar cell with a thin metal film and an antireflection layer, thus rendering the solar cell semitransparent. In this configuration, incident light does not travel through the aqueous electrolyte to reach the solar cell or photoanode, and therefore, photon losses due to the scattering of water are reduced. Moreover, this new configuration allows the BiVO4 photoanode to be back-illuminated, i.e., through the BiVO4/back contact interface, which leads to higher photocurrents compared to front illumination. The combination of a semitransparent single-junction solar cell and a BiVO4 photoanode coated with oxygen evolution catalysts in a new device configuration yielded an unassisted solar water splitting system with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 2.2% in water.

  11. Determining a rotation of a tetrahedron from a projection

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    Gardner, Richard J; Theobald, Thorsten

    2011-01-01

    The following problem, arising from medical imaging, is addressed: Suppose that $T$ is a known tetrahedron in $\\R^3$ with centroid at the origin. Also known is the orthogonal projection $U$ of the vertices of the image $\\phi T$ of $T$ under an unknown rotation $\\phi$ about the origin. Under what circumstances can $\\phi$ be determined from $T$ and $U$?

  12. Computation Techniques for the Volume of a Tetrahedron

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    Srinivasan, V. K.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to discuss specific techniques for the computation of the volume of a tetrahedron. A few of them are taught in the undergraduate multivariable calculus courses. Few of them are found in text books on coordinate geometry and synthetic solid geometry. This article gathers many of these techniques so as to constitute a…

  13. Solvothermal synthesis of nanostructured BiVO4 with highly exposed (0 1 0) facets and enhanced sunlight-driven photocatalytic properties

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    Liu, Wei; Zhao, Guosheng; An, Maozhong; Chang, Limin

    2015-12-01

    Nanostructured monoclinic BiVO4 (m-BiVO4) sheets with highly exposed (0 1 0) facets was synthesized by a surfactant-free solvothermal route, during which glycerol aqueous solution was first used as solvent. The effects of volume fraction of glycerol aqueous solution and pH value in the solvothermal process have been studied by means of the XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, EDS, BET, FTIR, and UV-vis techniques. The adoption of glycerol is shown to influence preferential crystal growth of BiVO4 along its (0 1 0) facets to further act as the directing agent, as well as the morphology and crystalline structure. Moreover, the pH value also has significant influence on the crystal growth direction and morphology of the products. The sheet-like m-BiVO4 sample with highly exposed (0 1 0) facets could be obtained by using 15% glycerol aqueous solution as solvent at pH 6, and exhibited the best sunlight-driven photocatalytic performance for methylene blue degradation. It is concluded that the excellent photocatalytic activity on m-BiVO4 can be attributed to the preferentially exposed surfaces of the (0 1 0) facets which increases the separation efficiency of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and improves the surface active sites.

  14. Ca10Li(VO4)7:Nd3+, a promising laser material: growth, structure and spectral characteristics of a Czochralski-grown single crystal

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    Kosmyna, M. B.; Nazarenko, B. P.; Puzikov, V. M.; Shekhovtsov, A. N.; Paszkowicz, W.; Behrooz, A.; Romanowski, P.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Demesh, M. P.; Wierzchowski, W.; Wieteska, K.; Paulmann, C.

    2016-07-01

    Pure and Nd-doped Ca10Li(VO4)7 single crystals were grown by the Czochralski method. The structure of Ca10Li(VO4)7 single crystal was refined starting from a model of Ca10K(VO4)7 using the powder diffraction data collected at a laboratory high-resolution diffractometer. The defect structure of the single crystal was studied with the use of both, high-resolution diffraction using a laboratory instrument and X-ray topographic techniques employing synchrotron radiation at the Hasylab laboratory (Hamburg). Polarized absorption and luminescence spectra of Nd-doped Ca10Li(VO4)7 crystal were investigated in details. The laser oscillation was obtained under flash lamp pumping and the slope efficiency of 0.87% was achieved in the free-running mode. Preliminary examination of lasing properties points that Ca10Li(VO4)7:Nd crystal can be a highly efficient solid state laser medium. Crystals of this kind are expected to be suitable for application as efficient non-linear optics materials.

  15. Ultrasonic-assisted one-pot preparation of ZnO/Ag3VO4 nanocomposites for efficiently degradation of organic pollutants under visible-light irradiation

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    Kiantazh, Fariba; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2015-11-01

    We report a facile ultrasonic-assisted one-pot method for preparation of ZnO/Ag3VO4 nanocomposites with different mole fractions of silver vanadate. The preparation method has considerable merits such as short preparation time, large-scale, and one-pot strategy. The resultant samples were fairly characterized by means of XRD, EDX, SEM, TEM, UV-vis DRS, FT-IR, and PL techniques. Visible-light activity of the resultant samples was investigated by degradation of rhodamine B (RhB), methylene blue (MB), and methyl orange (MO). Among the prepared nanocomposites, the ZnO/Ag3VO4 nanocomposite with 0.073 mole fraction of Ag3VO4 exhibited the best activity and excessive amount of Ag3VO4 resulted in decrease of the activity. Photocatalytic activity of this nanocomposite under visible-light irradiation is about 21, 56, and 2.8-fold higher than that of the ZnO sample in degradation of RhB, MB, and MO, respectively. The highly enhanced activity of the nanocomposite was attributed to greater generation of electron-hole pairs, due to photosensitizing role of Ag3VO4 under visible-light irradiation, and efficiently separation of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs, due to formation of n-n heterojunction between the counterparts. Furthermore, it was revealed that the photocatalytic activity largely depends on ultrasonic irradiation time, calcination temperature, and scavengers of the reactive species.

  16. Template-Engaged In Situ Synthesis of Carbon-Doped Monoclinic Mesoporous BiVO4: Photocatalytic Treatment of Rhodamine B

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    Yao, Mingming; Gan, Lihua; Liu, Mingxian; Tripathi, Pranav K.; Liu, Yafei; Hu, Zhonghua

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, carbon-doped monoclinic scheelite mesoporous bismuth vanadate was synthesized through template-engaged in situ method. The bismuth nitrate pentahydrate and ammonia metavanadate were used as bismuth and vanadium precursors, respectively, glucose as carbon source, and mesoporous SiO2 aerogel as a hard template. Carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 were obtained by heat treatment of BiVO4/glucose/template to carbonize glucose and form monoclinic crystal, followed by etching with NaOH solution to remove the SiO2 template. The samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption and desorption, UV-visible spectroscopy, Energy dispersive spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, and Transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the sample with a carbon content of 0.5 wt.% possesses a specific surface area of 10.2 m2/g and has mesoporous structure with the most probable pore size of 13.9 nm. The band gap of carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 was estimated to be 2.33 eV, indicating the superior photocatalytic activity under visible light. The photocatalytic efficiency of carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 for the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible light (λ > 400 nm) in 120 min reaches 98.7%, Besides, the carbon-doped monoclinic mesoporous BiVO4 photocatalyst still showed high stability: 85% for Rhodamine B degradation after ten recycles.

  17. Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities of porous olive-shaped sulfur-doped BiVO4-supported cobalt oxides

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    Zhao, Zhenxuan; Dai, Hongxing; Deng, Jiguang; Liu, Yuxi; Au, Chak Tong

    2013-04-01

    Porous S-doped bismuth vanadate with an olive-like morphology and its supported cobalt oxide (y wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08, y = 0.1, 0.8, and 1.6) photocatalysts were fabricated using the dodecylamine-assisted alcohol-hydrothermal and incipient wetness impregnation methods, respectively. It is shown that the y wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08 photocatalysts were single-phase with a monoclinic scheetlite structure, a porous olive-like morphology, a surface area of 8.8-9.2 m2/g, and a bandgap energy of 2.38-2.41 eV. There was the co-presence of surface Bi5+, Bi3+, V5+, V3+, Co3+, and Co2+ species in y wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08. The 0.8 wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08 sample performed the best for methylene blue degradation under visible-light illumination. The photocatalytic mechanism was also discussed. We believe that the sulfur and CoOx co-doping, higher oxygen adspecies concentration, and lower bandgap energy were responsible for the excellent visible-light-driven catalytic activity of 0.8 wt% CoOx/BiVO4-δS0.08.

  18. Aqueous magnesium ion battery based on carbon-coated FeVO4 as anode and Mg-OMS-1 as cathode with high energy density.

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    Zhang, Hongyu; Ye, Ke; Zhu, Kai; Cang, Ruibai; Yan, Jun; Cheng, Kui; Wang, Guiling; Cao, Dianxue

    2017-09-21

    The porous FeVO4 is prepared by hydrothermal method and further modified by coating carbon to obtain the FeVO4/C with hierarchical pore structure, which are used as anodic electrodes in aqueous rechargeable magnesium ion battery. And the FeVO4/C material can not only improve the electrical conductivity by coating a carbon layer but also increase the specific surface area by hierarchical pore structure, which is more beneficial for magnesium ion insertion/deinsertion. Therefore, the aqueous rechargeable magnesium ion full battery is successfully constructed by FeVO4/C as anode, Mg-OMS-1 as cathode and in 1.0 mol L-1 MgSO4 as electrolyte. The discharge capacity of Mg-OMS-1 // FeVO4/C aqueous battery can be obtained 58.9 mAh g-1 at the current density of 100 mA g-1 by calculating the total mass of two electrodes and the capacity retention rate of this device is 97.7% after 100 cycles with the nearly 100% coulombic efficiency, which indicates that the system owns a good electrochemical reversibility. More than that, this system can achieve a high energy density of 70.4 Wh kg-1, which provides a powerful evidence to make the aqueous magnesium ion battery possible. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Hydrogen ordering and new polymorph of layered perovskite oxyhydrides: Sr₂VO(4-x)H(x).

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    Bang, Joonho; Matsuishi, Satoru; Hiraka, Haruhiro; Fujisaki, Fumika; Otomo, Toshiya; Maki, Sachiko; Yamaura, Jun-ichi; Kumai, Reiji; Murakami, Youichi; Hosono, Hideo

    2014-05-21

    Compositionally tunable vanadium oxyhydrides Sr2VO(4-x)H(x) (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.01) without considerable anion vacancy were synthesized by high-pressure solid-state reaction. The crystal structures and their properties were characterized by powder neutron diffraction, synchrotron X-ray diffraction, thermal desorption spectroscopy, and first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The hydrogen anions selectively replaced equatorial oxygen sites in the VO6 layers via statistical substitution of hydrogen in the low x region (x x > 0.7. Based on the DFT calculations, the degree of oxygen/hydrogen anion ordering is strongly correlated with the bonding interaction between vanadium and the ligands.

  20. Ultrathin Li3VO4 Nanoribbon/Graphene Sandwich-Like Nanostructures with Ultrahigh Lithium ion Storage Properties

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    Lu, Pei-Jun; Liu, Jun N.; Liang, Shuquan; Liu, Jun; Wang, W. J.; Lei, Ming; Tang, Shasha; Yang, Qian

    2015-03-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) "graphene-like" inorganic materials, because of the short lithium ion diffusion path and unique 2D carrier pathways, become a new research focus of the lithium storages. Some "graphene-like" binary compounds, such as, MnO2, MoS2 and VO2 ultrathin nanosheets, have been synthesized by a peeling method, which also exhibit enhanced lithium storage performances. However, it still remains a great challenge to synthesize widely-used lithium-containing ternary oxides with "graphene-like" nanostructures, because the lithium-containing ternary oxides, unlike ternary layered double hydroxides (LDH), are very hard to be directly peeled. Herein, we successfully synthesized ultrathin Li3VO4 nanoribbons with a thickness of about 3 nm by transformation from ultrathin V2O5•xH2O nanoribbons, moreover, we achieved the preparation of ultrathin Li3VO4 nanoribbon@graphene sandwich-like nanostructures (LVO/G) through a layer-by-layer assembly method. The unique sandwich-like nanostructures shows not only a high specific reversible capacitance (up to 452.5 mA h•g-1 after 200 cycles) but also an excellent cycling performance (with more than 299.2 mA h•g-1 of the capacity at 10 C after 1000 cycles) as well as very high rate capability. Such template strategy, using "graphene-like" binary inorganic nanosheets as templates to synthesize lithium-containing ternary oxide nanosheets, may be extended to prepare other ternary oxides with "graphene-like" nanostructures

  1. Improved photoelectrochemical activity of CaFe2O4/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanode by reduced surface recombination in solar water oxidation.

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    Kim, Eun Sun; Kang, Hyun Joon; Magesh, Ganesan; Kim, Jae Young; Jang, Ji-Wook; Lee, Jae Sung

    2014-10-22

    A bismuth vanadate photoanode was first fabricated by the metal-organic decomposition method and particles of calcium ferrite were electrophoretically deposited to construct a heterojunction photoanode. The characteristics of the photoanodes were investigated in photoelectrochemical water oxidation under simulated 1 sun (100 mW cm(-2)) irradiation. Relative to the pristine BiVO4 anode, the formation of the heterojunction structure of CaFe2O4/BiVO4 increased the photocurrent density by about 60%. The effect of heterojunction formation on the transfer of charge carriers was investigated using hydrogen peroxide as a hole scavenger. It was demonstrated that the heterojunction formation reduced the charge recombination on the electrode surface with little effect on bulk recombination. The modification with an oxygen evolving catalyst, cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi), was also beneficial for improving the efficiency of CaFe2O4/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanode mainly by increasing the stability.

  2. Simultaneous tri-wavelength laser operation at 916, 1086, and 1089 nm of diode-pumped Nd:LuVO4 crystal

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    Shen, Bingjun; Jin, Lihong; Zhang, Jiajia; Tian, Jian

    2016-09-01

    We report a diode-pumped continuous-wave tri-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser operating at 916, 1086, and 1089 nm. A theoretical analysis has been introduced to determine the threshold conditions for simultaneous tri-wavelength laser operation. Using a T-shaped cavity, we realized efficient tri-wavelength operation at 4F3/2  →  4I9/2 and 4F3/2  →  4I11/2 transitions for Nd:LuVO4 crystal, simultaneously. The maximum output power was 2.8 W, which included 916, 1086, and 1089 nm, and the optical conversion efficiency was 15.1%. To our knowledge, this is the first work that realizes simultaneous tri-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser operation.

  3. Mg3(VO4)2-MgO-ZrO2 nano-catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of n-butane.

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    Lee, Jong Kwon; Seo, Hyun; Hong, Ung Gi; Yoo, Yeonshick; Cho, Young-Jin; Lee, Jinsuk; Park, Gle; Chang, Hosik; Song, In Kyu

    2014-11-01

    A series of X-Mg3(VO4)2-MgO-ZrO2 nano-catalysts with different vanadium content (X = 3.3, 5.3, 7.0, 10.2, and 13.4) were prepared by a single-step citric acid-derived sol-gel method for use in the oxidative dehydrogenation of n-butane to n-butene and 1,3-butadiene. The effect of vanadium content of X-Mg3(VO4)2-MgO-ZrO2 nano-catalysts on their physicochemical properties and catalytic activities in the oxidative dehydrogenation of n-butane was investigated. Successful formation of X-Mg3(VO4)2-MgO-ZrO2 nano-catalysts was confirmed by XRD, Raman spectroscopy, and ICP-AES analyses. The catalytic performance of X-Mg3(VO4)2-MgO-ZrO2 nano-catalysts strongly depended on vanadium content. All the X-Mg3(VO4)2-MgO-ZrO2 nano-catalysts showed a stable catalytic performance without catalyst deactivation during the reaction. Among the catalysts tested, 7.0-Mg3(VO4)2-MgO-ZrO2 nano-catalyst showed the best catalytic performance in terms of yield for total dehydrogenation products (TDP, n-butene and 1,3-butadiene). TPRO (temperature-programmed reoxidation) experiments were carried out to measure the oxygen capacity of the catalyst. Experimental results revealed that oxygen capacity of the catalyst was closely related to the catalytic performance. Yield for TDP increased with increasing oxygen capacity of the catalyst.

  4. Photo-reduction of bromate in drinking water by metallic Ag and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) jointly modified BiVO4 under visible light irradiation.

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    Chen, Fei; Yang, Qi; Zhong, Yu; An, Hongxue; Zhao, Jianwei; Xie, Ting; Xu, Qiuxiang; Li, Xiaoming; Wang, Dongbo; Zeng, Guangming

    2016-09-15

    Bromate (BrO3(-)), an oxyhalide disinfection by-product (DBP) in drinking water, has been demonstrated to be carcinogenic and genotoxic. In the current work, metallic Ag and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) co-modified BiVO4 was successfully synthesized by a stepwise chemical method coupling with a photo-deposition process and applied in the photo-reduction of BrO3(-) under visible light irradiation. In this composite, metallic Ag acted as an electron donor or mediator and RGO enhanced the BrO3(-) adsorption onto the surface of catalysts as well as an electron acceptor to restrict the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. The Ag@BiVO4@RGO composite exhibited greater photo-reduction BrO3(-) performance than pure BiVO4, Ag@BiVO4 and RGO@BiVO4 under identical experimental conditions: initial BrO3(-) concentration 150 μg/L, catalyst dosage 0.5 g/L, pH 7.0 and visible light (λ > 420 nm). The photoluminescence spectra (PL), electron-spin resonance (ESR), photocurrent density (PC) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements indicated that the modified BiVO4 enhanced the photo-generated electrons and separated the electron-hole pairs. The photocatalytic reduction efficiency for BrO3(-) removal decreased with the addition of electron quencher K2S2O8, suggesting that electrons were the primary factor in this photo-reduction process. The declining photo-reduction efficiency of BrO3(-) in tap water should attribute to the consumption of photo-generated electrons by coexisting anions and the adsorption of dissolved organic matter (DOM) on graphene surface. The overall results indicate a promising application potential for photo-reduction in the DBPs removal from drinking water.

  5. Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies on LiCoVO_4 Surface Modified with La_2O_3 for Lithium-ion Cells

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    George; Ting-Kuo; FEY; P.Muralidharan; Yung-da; CHO

    2007-01-01

    1 Results An inverse spinel LiCoVO4 cathode material was synthesized by a citric acid-urea polymeric method, calcined at 773 K for 5 h. The synthesized LiCoVO4 sample was surface modified with various wt.% of La2O3 by a polymeric process, calcined at 873 K for 2 h. The samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM, and TEM techniques. XRD patterns exposed that single-phase crystallinity occurred when they were heated at 773 K for 5 h in air. For the La2O3 coated samples, there was no evident signal corre...

  6. Research on visible light photocatalytic experiment of BiVO4 films on stainless steel mesh%不锈钢丝网负载BiVO4可见光光催化实验研究

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    代辉; 赵志超; 白玉兰; 宋祖伟

    2016-01-01

    以硝酸铋和偏钒酸铵为原料、无水乙醇为溶剂,采用溶剂热法在不锈钢丝网基底上负载BiVO4薄膜。借助X射线衍射、扫描电镜对产物的晶型、组成及表面形貌进行了表征。结果表明,Bi的过量不利于得到组分单一的产物,而增加V的量则有利于制备纯的单斜相BiVO4。同时,薄膜外观颜色随着Bi与 V 摩尔比n(Bi):n(V )的增加,逐渐变深。另外,溶剂热时间是薄膜微观形貌的控制因素。可见光光催化降解亚甲基蓝实验表明,当 n(Bi):n(V)=1时,溶剂热时间为24 h时制备的BiVO4薄膜具有最高的光催化活性,且5次循环测试后,仍然具有较高的催化活性,表现出良好的循环使用性。该实验路线简单,原料易得,结果重复性高,可以便利的设计成材料类专业的综合性实验项目,利于培养学生实践动手能力。%Bismuth vanadate films were firstly prepared on the stainless steel mesh by solvothermal method in absolute alcohol solvent with the bismuth nitrate and ammonium metavanadate as the starting materials .The results of XRD ,SEM indicate that the excess of Bi is not good for forming pure product ,and the increasement of V facilitates to obtain a monoclinic phase bismuth vanadate . In the meantime , the color of the films gradually becomes deep with the increase of molar ratio of Bi to V .Moreover ,the solvothermal time is the main factor affecting the morphology of the films and their unit .The test results of photocatalytic degradation methylene blue solution show that when n(Bi):n(V) is 1 ,the bismuth vanadate films obtained under the solvothermal condition for 24 h display the optimal photocatalytic activity .And it shows the excellent cyclic stability after 5 cycles . This experiment has many advantages such as simple route , readily available raw materials ,and high reproducible results .It can be conveniently designed as a comprehensive experiment

  7. Sentinel lymph node imaging by a fluorescently labeled DNA tetrahedron.

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    Kim, Kyoung-Ran; Lee, Yong-Deok; Lee, Taemin; Kim, Byeong-Su; Kim, Sehoon; Ahn, Dae-Ro

    2013-07-01

    Sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) are the first lymph nodes which cancer cells reach after traveling through lymphatic vessels from the primary tumor. Evaluating the nodal status is crucial in accurate staging of human cancers and accordingly determines prognosis and the most appropriate treatment. The commonly used methods for SLN identification in clinics are based on employment of a colloid of radionuclide or injection of a small dye. Although these methods have certainly contributed to improve surgical practice, new imaging materials are still required to overcome drawbacks of the techniques such as inconvenience of handling radioactive materials and short retention time of small dyes in SLNs. Here, we prepare a fluorescence-labeled DNA tetrahedron and perform SLN imaging by using the DNA nanoconstruct. With a successful identification of SLNs by the DNA nanoconstruct, we suggest that DNA tetrahedron hold great promises for clinical applications.

  8. Photocatalytic hydrogen production by degradation of formic acid aqueous solution over NiO doped InVO4 photocatalyst%NiO掺杂InVO4光催化降解甲酸水溶液产氢的研究

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    杨宇; 杨莉; 白波

    2011-01-01

    The hydrogen production and wastewater treatment can be achieved synchronously when organic pollutants as electron donor were used in the hydrogen production process. The novel NiO/InVO4 composite photocatalysts were synthesized by solid-phase reaction at high temperature. The physical and optical properties of the composite photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction ( XRD) , scanning electron microscope (SEM ) , ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy ( UV-VIS ) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller ( BET ). The photocatalytic performance of the NiO/InVO4 samples was evaluated by photocatalytic hydrogen production via degradation of formic acid aqueous solutions. The results indicate that the NiO/InVO4 photocatalysts are orthogonal phase and consist of spherical micron-sized particles. The specific surface area of samples is 1.63 m2/g. Compared with the pure InVO4 photocataysts, the composite samples show a superior absorption capacity for the visible light. Moreover, the reaction parameters of photocatalytic hydrogen production by degradation of formic acid aqueous solutions, such as formic acid volume fraction and Ph value etc, were optimized. The mechanism of hydrogen production reaction was discussed.%以有机污染物为电子供体可达到制氢与治污的双重目标.通过高温固相法制备了新型NiO/InVO4复合光催化剂.采用XRD,SEM,UV-VIS,BET等测试手段对复合光催化剂的物理和光学性质进行了表征,考察了NiO/InVO4复合光催化剂降解甲酸水溶液制氢的光催化反应.结果表明:NiO/InVO4复合光催化剂为正交晶相结构,主要由微米级的球形颗粒组成,比表面积为1.63m2/g,与纯InVO4样品相比,NiO/InVO4复合光催化剂的可见光吸收能力增强.优化了NiO/InVO4复合光催化剂降解甲酸溶液制氢反应中的甲酸体积分数、pH值等反应参数,分析了其产氢机理.

  9. A new pentagon identity for the tetrahedron index

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    Gahramanov, Ilmar

    2013-01-01

    Recently Kashaev, Luo and Vartanov, using the reduction from a four-dimensional superconformal index to a three-dimensional partition function, found a pentagon identity for a special combination of hyperbolic Gamma functions. Following their idea we have obtained a new pentagon identity for a certain combination of so-called tetrahedron indices arising from the equality of superconformal indices of dual three-dimensional N=2 supersymmetric theories.

  10. Ag3PO4/BiVO4复合光催化剂的制备及可见光催化降解染料%Synthesis of Ag3PO4/BiVO4 Composite Photocatalyst and Its Photocatalytic Degradation of Dyes under Visible Light Irradiation

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    葛明; 谭勉勉; 崔广华

    2014-01-01

    Silver phosphate/bismuth vanadate (Ag3PO4/BiVO4) composite photocatalysts were successful y synthesized by coupling a reflux method with an in situ precipitation route. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy were used to characterize the as-prepared products. The XRD and FESEM results showed that Ag3PO4/BiVO4 composite photocatalysts were successful y obtained. An energy-efficient light emitting diode lamp was used as the visible light source, and the photocatalytic performances of the as-synthesized products were evaluated for dye degradation in a low-cost photocatalytic system. The Ag3PO4/BiVO4 composite with a Ag3PO4:BiVO4 molar ratio of 1:3 exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity than pure Ag3PO4 catalyst, resulting in decreased use of Ag3PO4. The Ag3PO4/BiVO4 composite photocatalyst showed the best photoactivity in neutral solution and had a higher photodegradation rate for cationic dyes than anionic dyes. The superoxide radicals (O−2•) and holes (h+) were considered to be the main active species in the Ag3PO4/BiVO4 system. The photocatalytic activity of the Ag3PO4/BiVO4 composite photocatalyst decreased to different degrees after three cycles because of the production of metal ic silver.%结合回流法和原位沉淀法成功制备磷酸银/矾酸铋(Ag3PO4/BiVO4)复合光催化剂。通过X射线衍射(XRD)、场发射扫描电子显微镜(FESEM)、能量色散X射线光谱(EDS)、紫外-可见漫反射光谱(UV-Vis DRS)及光致发光(PL)光谱对制备样品进行表征。 XRD和FESEM结果表明成功制备Ag3PO4/BiVO4复合光催化剂。采用节能发光二极管灯(LED)作为可见光光源,在低消耗光催化系统中评价制备样品可见光催化降解染料的活性。当Ag3PO4和BiVO4的组成摩尔比为1:3时,复合Ag3PO4/BiVO4光催

  11. Colloidal Nanoparticles of Ln3+-Doped LaVO4: Energy Transfer to Visible- and Near-Infrared-Emitting Lanthanide Ions

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    Stouwdam, Jan W.; Raudsepp, Mati; Veggel, van Frank C.J.M.

    2005-01-01

    Colloidal, organic solvent-soluble Ln3+-doped LaVO4 nanoparticles have been synthesized by a precipitation reaction in the presence of (C18H37O)2PS2- as ligand, that coordinates to the surface of the nanoparticles. The materials are well soluble in chlorinated solvent such as chloroform. Energy tran

  12. Direct comparison of the thermal lenses of diode-end-pumped Nd:YVO4 and Nd:GdVO4 lasers using a simple evaluation technique

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    Esser, MJD

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the thermal lenses generated in diode-end-pumped Nd:YVO4 and Nd:GdVO4 lasers were evaluated and compared using a simple technique based on the stability criteria of a plane-parallel laser resonator [example 1], as shown in the top...

  13. Peapod-like Li3 VO4 /N-Doped Carbon Nanowires with Pseudocapacitive Properties as Advanced Materials for High-Energy Lithium-Ion Capacitors.

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    Shen, Laifa; Lv, Haifeng; Chen, Shuangqiang; Kopold, Peter; van Aken, Peter A; Wu, Xiaojun; Maier, Joachim; Yu, Yan

    2017-07-01

    Lithium ion capacitors are new energy storage devices combining the complementary features of both electric double-layer capacitors and lithium ion batteries. A key limitation to this technology is the kinetic imbalance between the Faradaic insertion electrode and capacitive electrode. Here, we demonstrate that the Li3 VO4 with low Li-ion insertion voltage and fast kinetics can be favorably used for lithium ion capacitors. N-doped carbon-encapsulated Li3 VO4 nanowires are synthesized through a morphology-inheritance route, displaying a low insertion voltage between 0.2 and 1.0 V, a high reversible capacity of ≈400 mAh g(-1) at 0.1 A g(-1) , excellent rate capability, and long-term cycling stability. Benefiting from the small nanoparticles, low energy diffusion barrier and highly localized charge-transfer, the Li3 VO4 /N-doped carbon nanowires exhibit a high-rate pseudocapacitive behavior. A lithium ion capacitor device based on these Li3 VO4 /N-doped carbon nanowires delivers a high energy density of 136.4 Wh kg(-1) at a power density of 532 W kg(-1) , revealing the potential for application in high-performance and long life energy storage devices. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Carbon-Coated Li3 VO4 Spheres as Constituents of an Advanced Anode Material for High-Rate Long-Life Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Shen, Laifa; Chen, Shuangqiang; Maier, Joachim; Yu, Yan

    2017-09-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are receiving considerable attention for large-scale energy-storage systems. However, to date the current cathode/anode system cannot satisfy safety, cost, and performance requirements for such applications. Here, a lithium-ion full battery based on the combination of a Li3 VO4 anode with a LiNi0.5 Mn1.5 O4 cathode is reported, which displays a better performance than existing systems. Carbon-coated Li3 VO4 spheres comprising nanoscale carbon-coating primary particles are synthesized by a morphology-inheritance route. The observed high capacity combined with excellent sample stability and high rate capability of carbon-coated Li3 VO4 spheres is superior to other insertion anode materials. A high-performance full lithium-ion battery is fabricated by using the carbon-coated Li3 VO4 spheres as the anode and LiNi0.5 Mn1.5 O4 spheres as the cathode; such a cell shows an estimated practical energy density of 205 W h kg(-1) with greatly improved properties such as pronounced long-term cyclability, and rapid charge and discharge. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Combined Charge Carrier Transport and Photoelectrochemical Characterization of BiVO4 Single Crystals: Intrinsic Behavior of a Complex Metal Oxide

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    Rettie, Alexander J.; Lee, Heung Chan; Marshall, Luke G.; Lin, Jung-Fu; Capen, Cigdem; Lindemuth, Jeffrey; McCloy, John S.; Zhou, Jianshi; Bard, Allen J.; Mullins, C. Buddie

    2013-07-08

    ABSTRACT: Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a promising photoelectrode material for the oxidation of water, but fundamental studies of this material are lacking. To address this, we report electrical and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of BiVO4 single crystals (undoped, 0.6% Mo and 0.3% W:BiVO4) grown using the floating zone technique. We demonstrate that a small polaron hopping conduction mechanism dominates from 250-400 K, transitioning to a variable range hopping mechanism at lower temperatures. An anisotropy ratio of ~3 was observed along the c-axis, attributed to the layered structure of BiVO4. Measurements of the AC field Hall effect yielded an electron mobility of ~0.2 cm2 V-1 s-1 for Mo and W:BiVO4 at 300 K. By application of the Gärtner model, a hole diffusion length of ~140 nm was estimated. As a result of low carrier mobility, attempts to measure the DC Hall effect were unsuccessful. Analyses of the Raman spectra showed that Mo and W substituted for V and acted as donor impurities. Mott-Schottky analysis of electrodes with the (001) face exposed yielded a flat band potential of 0.03-0.08 V vs. RHE, while incident photon conversion efficiency tests showed that the dark coloration of the doped single crystals did not result in additional photocurrent. Comparison of these intrinsic properties to other metal oxides for PEC applications gives valuable insight into this material as a photoanode.

  16. Combined charge carrier transport and photoelectrochemical characterization of BiVO4 single crystals: intrinsic behavior of a complex metal oxide.

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    Rettie, Alexander J E; Lee, Heung Chan; Marshall, Luke G; Lin, Jung-Fu; Capan, Cigdem; Lindemuth, Jeffrey; McCloy, John S; Zhou, Jianshi; Bard, Allen J; Mullins, C Buddie

    2013-07-31

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a promising photoelectrode material for the oxidation of water, but fundamental studies of this material are lacking. To address this, we report electrical and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of BiVO4 single crystals (undoped, 0.6% Mo, and 0.3% W:BiVO4) grown using the floating zone technique. We demonstrate that a small polaron hopping conduction mechanism dominates from 250 to 400 K, undergoing a transition to a variable-range hopping mechanism at lower temperatures. An anisotropy ratio of ~3 was observed along the c axis, attributed to the layered structure of BiVO4. Measurements of the ac field Hall effect yielded an electron mobility of ~0.2 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for Mo and W:BiVO4 at 300 K. By application of the Gärtner model, a hole diffusion length of ~100 nm was estimated. As a result of low carrier mobility, attempts to measure the dc Hall effect were unsuccessful. Analyses of the Raman spectra showed that Mo and W substituted for V and acted as donor impurities. Mott-Schottky analysis of electrodes with the (001) face exposed yielded a flat band potential of 0.03-0.08 V versus the reversible H2 electrode, while incident photon conversion efficiency tests showed that the dark coloration of the doped single crystals did not result in additional photocurrent. Comparison of these intrinsic properties to those of other metal oxides for PEC applications gives valuable insight into this material as a photoanode.

  17. Partially disordered Yb:Gd xY 1-xVO 4 crystal for femtosecond lasers

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    Petrov, V. V.; Pestryakov, E. V.; Trunov, V. I.; Kirpichnikov, A. V.; Merzliakov, M. A.; Laptev, A. V.; Matrosov, V. N.; Klimin, S. A.

    2007-06-01

    The results of experimental spectroscopic and laser investigations of ytterbium-doped partially (mixed) disordered tetragonal gadolinium-yttrium vanadate crystals at 5-300 K temperature range under laser diode pumping are presented and compared with yttrium vanadate crystals. The Yb:Gd xY 1-xVO 4 (x=0.64) partially (mixed) disordered crystals demonstrate large stimulated emission cross-section compared with the values of Yb:YVO 4 crystals. Polarized absorption and fluorescence spectra in the 5-300 K temperature range are investigated and gain cross-sections are deduced at room and liquid nitrogen temperatures. The amplitudes of emission cross-sections are increased almost fourfold at liquid nitrogen temperature in comparison with the same at room temperature at wavelength near 1006 nm. The CW and ultrashort pulses generation with additional SESAM structure have been investigated in the folded resonator at 975 nm laser diode pumping at room temperature. At low temperature the estimations for different inversion population ratios show that duration of pulses are somewhat varied.

  18. Morphology-controllable growth of GdVO4:Eu3+ nano/microstructures for an optimum red luminescence

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    Yang, Liusai; Li, Guangshe; Zhao, Minglei; Zheng, Jing; Guan, Xiangfeng; Li, Liping

    2012-06-01

    Chemically tailoring microstructures for an optimum red luminescence is a subject at the forefront of many disciplines, which still remains a challenge due to a poor knowledge about the roles of defects in structures. In this work, GdVO4 :Eu3+ nano/microstructures of different morphologies, including tomato-like, cookie-circle-like, and ellipsoidal-like nanoparticles, and microspheroids were synthesized via a simple hydrothermal route using trisodium citrate as a capping agent. During the growth processes, the types of vanadyl ions were adjusted by varying pH value to control the morphologies and nano/microstructures with the help of trisodium citrate. The possible mechanisms for the growth processes into diverse morphologies are presented. Further, a systematic study on defect characteristics pertinent to these diverse morphologies has been explored to achieve an optimum red luminescence. The ability is clearly shown to generate different nano/microstructures of diverse morphologies and varied defect concentrations, which provides a great opportunity for morphological control in tailoring the red luminescence property for many technological applications.

  19. Synthesis and properties of Li3VO4 - Carbon composite as negative electrode for lithium-ion battery

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    Narumi, Kengo; Mori, Tomoya; Kumasaka, Rei; Tojo, Tomohiro; Inada, Ryoji; Sakurai, Yoji

    2017-07-01

    Lithium vanadate Li3VO4 (LVO) is known to be as one of the attractive candidates for negative electrode of lithium-ion battery (LIB) with high safety. Although theoretical capacity of LVO attains to 400 mAh g-1, the actual charge and discharge capacities are far below due to its low electrical and ionic conductivity. In this study, we synthesized carbon-coated LVO (C-LVO) via one-step solid state reaction method and examined its properties as a negative electrode for LIB. From XRD measurements and SEM observation, crystal structure of C-LVO was nearly identical with non-coated one but grain size of former was much smaller than latter with same annealing temperature, suggesting that introduction of carbon source in starting materials effectively helps to suppress LVO grain growth during annealing. TEM observation of C-LVO also shows that amorphous carbon layer with its thickness of several ten nm was formed on the surface of LVO grain. In electrochemical testing, C-LVO shows much higher charge and discharge capacities than non-coated LVO.

  20. The nature of photogenerated charge separation among different crystal facets of BiVO4 studied by density functional theory.

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    Liu, Taifeng; Zhou, Xin; Dupuis, Michel; Li, Can

    2015-09-28

    Charge separation among different crystal facets of a semiconductor has been observed experimentally, but the underlying reasons behind this phenomenon are unknown. In this work, the activation energies of carrier hopping and the mobility of electron/hole transport along seven low-index crystal orientations of bulk BiVO4 have been calculated using a small polaron model. The calculated mobility and our previous experimental results reveal that there is a parallel relationship between the carrier mobility along the crystal axis and the carrier preferred accumulation on the corresponding crystal facets. It is proposed that the mobility of electrons (or holes) along the crystal axis [hkl] might be essentially related to the charge separation among the indices of corresponding facets (hkl); namely, the mobility of electrons (or holes) along the crystal axis [hkl] is the largest among all possible crystal axes, and the photogenerated electrons (or holes) tend to be accumulated on the indices of the corresponding facet (hkl) when the surface factors like surface band bending, surface energetic differences, etc. are not considered.

  1. Fabrication of CuO/BiVO4 Photocatalysts Under Visible-light-responsivity Through Citric Acid Complexometry%柠檬酸络合法制备可见光响应型光催化剂CuO/BiVO4

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    刘红岩; 余蓉蓉; 吴秋芳

    2011-01-01

    以Bi(NO3)3·5H2O和NH4VO3为原料,采用柠檬酸络合法制备新型可见光响应型复合光催化剂CuO/BiVO4。借助X射线衍射、全谱直读等离子体发射光谱仪、X射线光电子能谱仪、扫描电子显微镜、透射电子显微镜和紫外–可见漫反射光谱等表征粉体的结构和性能。结果表明:不同Cu摩尔掺量的复合光催化剂仍保持纯单斜晶系白钨矿结构;掺杂Cu主要以CuO形式存在,且其实际含量与理论掺量基本一致;复合光催化剂平均一次粒径约200nm,比纯BiVO4的吸收边都有不同程度地红移。以10mg/L亚甲基蓝染料溶液为目标污染物,研究纯BiVO4和CuO/BiVO4的可见光催化活性,一定量Cu掺杂的催化剂活性明显优于纯BiVO4的,当Cu掺量为0.2%、可见光照射150min后,染料脱色率可达到88%以上,比纯BiVO4的提高约20%。%Novel designed composite photocatalysts CuO/BiVO 4 under visible-light-responsivity were prepared by citric acid com- plexometry using Bi(NO3)3·5H2O and NH4VO3 as raw materials. The as-prepared nanopowders were characterized by X-ray diffrac- tion, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electro microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. Results indicate that composite photocatalysts with different Cu dosages are still pure monoclinic structure, and that Cu exists as CuO with its practical content equal to the theoretic dosage, its average particle size is 200 nm. Compared with pure BiVO 4 , the absorption red-shift edge was obtained in different Cu-doped composite photocatalysts. Photocatalytic activity between pure BiVO 4 and CuO/BiVO4 was studied using methylene blue solution (MB) of 10 mg/L as simulation pollutants. The photocatalytic activity of CuO/BiVO 4 is obviously better than that of pure BiVO4 . When Cu-doped mole fraction is 0.2%, removal rate of MB is above 88% under 150 min visible

  2. LaVO4/TiO2光催化复合材料对芥子气模拟剂2-氯乙基乙基硫醚的降解性能%Photocatalytic degradation of sulfur mustard mimicking agent (2-CEES) on LaVO 4/TiO 2

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    郑禾; 钟近艺; 韩世同; 陈新启; 闵崎

    2014-01-01

    Coupled with visible light absorbing semiconductor, LaVO4 composite materials were prepared and applied successfully to improve the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 . It was found that the composite of TiO2 1wt%LaVO4 had the best photocatalytic activity to degrade 70%toluene even after 24 h. The degradation rate of sulfur mustard mimicking agent (2-CEES) on LaVO4/TiO2 increased by 20% from commercial TiO2 under simulated sunlight.%通过可见光响应半导体的复合,成功提高了TiO2对芥子气模拟剂2-CEES降解的光催化活性.TiO2在掺杂1wt% LaVO4时可见光催化活性最高,LaVO4/TiO2在24 h后对甲苯的降解率仍然保持在70%以上,对0�24 g·L-12-CEES的太阳光催化降解率较商业化TiO2提高20%.

  3. Synthesis and Optical Properties of FeVO4 Nanorods%钒酸铁纳米棒的制备及光吸收性能研究

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    张绍岩; 次立杰; 陆敏

    2013-01-01

    Using Fe(NO3)3·9H2O and NH4VO3 as raw materials, FeVO4 nanorods were fabricated by a direct and simple hydrothermal process. The structure and morphologies of the as-prepared FeVO4 nanorods were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) , thermogravimetric analysis ( TG) , X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy ( XPS ) , and field-emission scanning electron microscopy ( FE-SEM ). UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-vis DRS) shows that the as-prepared FeV04 nanorods present strong absorption in a wide range from UV to visible light and the band gap was measured to be 2. 13 eV. The photocatalytic activity of FeVO4 nanorods was characterized by degradation of methyl orange solution. The result indicates that the degradation rate reaches 93.6% after 90 min UV irradiation.%以Fe(NO3) 3·9H2O和NH4VO3为原料,采用水热法制备了FeVO4纳米棒.采用X射线衍射(XRD),热重分析(TG),X射线光电子能谱(XPS)及场发射扫描电子显微镜(FE-SEM)对样品的物相组成和微观形貌进行了表征.并采用紫外-可见漫反射测试(UV-vis DRS)测定了样品的光吸收性能,DRS结果显示FeVO4纳米棒具有较宽的紫外-可见光吸收范围,结合Tauc方程计算得出FeVO4纳米棒的光学带隙为2.13 eV.光催化降价甲基橙性能测试显示经90 min紫外灯照射,对甲基橙的降解率为93.6%.

  4. Combinatorial Yang-Baxter maps arising from the tetrahedron equation

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    Kuniba, A.

    2016-10-01

    We survey the matrix product solutions of the Yang-Baxter equation recently obtained from the tetrahedron equation. They form a family of quantum R-matrices of generalized quantum groups interpolating the symmetric tensor representations of U q ( A n-1 (1)) and the antisymmetric tensor representations of {U_{ - {q^{ - 1}}}}( {A_{n - 1}^{( 1 )}} ) . We show that at q = 0, they all reduce to the Yang-Baxter maps called combinatorial R-matrices and describe the latter by an explicit algorithm.

  5. An end-on-coordinated As4 tetrahedron.

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    Schwarzmaier, Christoph; Timoshkin, Alexey Y; Scheer, Manfred

    2013-07-15

    One time only: The reaction of [Cp*Ru(dppe)Cl] with the potent As4 transfer reagent [Ag(η(2)-As4)2](+)[pftb](-) leads to [Cp*Ru(dppe)(η(1)-As4)](+)[pftb](-) with an unprecedented end-on-coordinated As4 tetrahedron. Reaction with a second cationic ruthenium complex fragment does not lead to a second end-on coordination but to the cleavage of one basal As-As bond. This behavior, which differs from its phosphorus analogues, is rationalized by DFT calculations.

  6. Local quantum criticality of an iron-pnictide tetrahedron.

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    Ong, T Tzen; Coleman, Piers

    2012-03-01

    Motivated by the close correlation between transition temperature (T(c)) and the tetrahedral bond angle of the As-Fe-As layer observed in the iron-based superconductors, we study the interplay between spin and orbital physics of an isolated iron-arsenide tetrahedron embedded in a metallic environment. Whereas the spin-Kondo effect is suppressed to low temperatures by Hund's coupling, the orbital degrees of freedom are expected to quantum mechanically quench at high temperatures, giving rise to an overscreened, non-Fermi liquid ground state. Translated into a dense environment, this critical state may play an important role in the superconductivity of these materials.

  7. High Light Absorption and Charge Separation Efficiency at Low Applied Voltage from Sb-Doped SnO2/BiVO4 Core/Shell Nanorod-Array Photoanodes.

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    Zhou, Lite; Zhao, Chenqi; Giri, Binod; Allen, Patrick; Xu, Xiaowei; Joshi, Hrushikesh; Fan, Yangyang; Titova, Lyubov V; Rao, Pratap M

    2016-06-08

    BiVO4 has become the top-performing semiconductor among photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation. However, BiVO4 photoanodes are still limited to a fraction of the theoretically possible photocurrent at low applied voltages because of modest charge transport properties and a trade-off between light absorption and charge separation efficiencies. Here, we investigate photoanodes composed of thin layers of BiVO4 coated onto Sb-doped SnO2 (Sb:SnO2) nanorod-arrays (Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 NRAs) and demonstrate a high value for the product of light absorption and charge separation efficiencies (ηabs × ηsep) of ∼51% at an applied voltage of 0.6 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode, as determined by integration of the quantum efficiency over the standard AM 1.5G spectrum. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the highest ηabs × ηsep efficiencies achieved to date at this voltage for nanowire-core/BiVO4-shell photoanodes. Moreover, although WO3 has recently been extensively studied as a core nanowire material for core/shell BiVO4 photoanodes, the Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 NRAs generate larger photocurrents, especially at low applied voltages. In addition, we present control experiments on planar Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 and WO3/BiVO4 heterojunctions, which indicate that Sb:SnO2 is more favorable as a core material. These results indicate that integration of Sb:SnO2 nanorod cores with other successful strategies such as doping and coating with oxygen evolution catalysts can move the performance of BiVO4 and related semiconductors closer to their theoretical potential.

  8. Dual-central-wavelength passively mode-locked diffusion-bonded Nd:YVO4/Nd:GdVO4 laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror

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    Chang, F. L.; Sung, C. L.; Huang, T. L.; Wu, T. W.; Cho, H. H.; Liang, H. C.; Chen, Y. F.

    2017-08-01

    A dual-central-wavelength passively mode-locked laser with full modulation in the 0.31 THz optical beating is achieved by using a diffusion-bonded Nd:YVO4/Nd:GdVO4 crystal and a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The output power of the dual-band emission is well balanced by tuning the focal position of the pump waist. At a pump power of 13 W, the total output power is up to 2.7 W with a repetition rate of 297.9 MHz. The autocorrelation traces clearly reveal the synchronization of the dual-band emission. Moreover, an analytical model is developed to manifest the multi-pulse structure caused by the etalon effect of the gain medium. More important, we experimentally verify that the etalon effect can be completely eliminated by using the wedge-cut diffusion-bonded Nd:YVO4/Nd:GdVO4 crystal.

  9. Comparative studies of semiconductor saturable absorber mirror mode-locking dynamics in pulsed diode-end-pumped picosecond Nd:GdVO4 and Nd:YAG lasers

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    Bingyuan Zhang; Gang Li; Meng Chen; Guoju Wang; Yonggang Wang

    2006-01-01

    Ultrashort pulses were generated in passively mode-locked Nd:YAG and Nd:GdVO4 lasers pumped by a pulsed laser diode with 10-Hz repetition rate. Stable mode-locked pulse trains were produced with the pulse width of 10 ps. The evolution of the mode-locked pulse was observed in the experiment and was discussed in detail. Comparing the pulse evolutions of Nd:YAG and Nd:GdVO4 lasers, we found that the buildup time of the steady-state mode-locking with semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) was relevant to the upper-state lifetime and the emission cross-section of the gain medium.

  10. High Power Continuous-Wave Diode-End-Pumped 1.34-μm Nd:GdVO4 Laser

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    ZHOU Rui; RUAN Shuang-Chen; DU Chen-Lin; YAO Jian-Quan

    2008-01-01

    @@ A high power cw all-solid-state 1.34-μm Nd:GdVO4 laser is experimentally demonstrated. With a diode-doubleend-pumped configuration and a simple plane-parallel cavity, a maximum output power of 27.9 W is obtained at incident pump power of 96 W, introducing a slope efficiency of 35.4%. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest output power of diode-end-pumped 1.3-gin laser. With the experimental data, the thermal-stress-resistance figure of merit of Nd:GdVO4 crystal with 0.3at% Nd3+ doped level is calculated to be larger than 9.94 W/cm.

  11. Eco-friendly and green synthesis of BiVO4 nanoparticle using microwave irradiation as photocatalayst for the degradation of Alizarin Red S

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    Abraham, S. Daniel; David, S. Theodore; Bennie, R. Biju; Joel, C.; Kumar, D. Sanjay

    2016-06-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) nanocrystals have been successfully synthesised using microwave-assisted combustion synthesis (MCS), and characterised using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectra, surface area analysis (BET), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The XRD results confirmed the formation of monoclinic bismuth vanadate. The formations of BiO & VO43-vibrations were ascertained from FT-IR data. The morphology of hallow internal structural micro entities were confirmed by SEM. The optical properties were determined by DRS and PL spectra. Hence, the influence of the preparation methods on the structure, morphology and optical activities of bismuth vanadate was investigated systematically. Photocatalytic degradation (PCD) of Alizarin Red S (ARS), an effective disrupting chemical in aqueous medium was investigated using BiVO4 nanoparticles. The kinetics of PCD was found to follow pseudo first-order.

  12. Thermal lens measurement of a LD end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser with stable resonator by a slit-scanning method

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    ZOU Jing; ZHAO Sheng-zhi; YANG Ke-jian; LI Gui-qiu; SONG Peng

    2005-01-01

    A simply method to measure the thermal focal length of a LD end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 solid state laser with a stable resonator is presented.By scanning a slit across the field with expression of multi-mode Gaussian distribution behind the output mirror of lasers,the radius and the M2 factor describing the quality of beam can be measured.The waists of the multi-mode field and the TEM00 mode can be deduced according to the law of multi-mode Gassian beam propagation.Based on the ABCD matrix theory of a stable resonator,the thermal focal length of the active medium can be easily obtained.The thermal focal length of a LD end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser has been measured and the experimental results agree with the theoretically analyzed values.

  13. Why Is the Tetrahedral Bond Angle 109 Degrees? The Tetrahedron-in-a-Cube

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    Lim, Kieran F.

    2012-01-01

    The common question of why the tetrahedral angle is 109.471 degrees can be answered using a tetrahedron-in-a-cube, along with some Year 10 level mathematics. The tetrahedron-in-a-cube can also be used to demonstrate the non-polarity of tetrahedral molecules, the relationship between different types of lattice structures, and to demonstrate that…

  14. Power scaling of Nd:YVO4 and Nd:GdVO4 disk lasers using synthetic diamond as a heat spreader.

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    Millar, P; Kemp, A J; Burns, D

    2009-03-15

    A newly developed low-birefringence synthetic diamond is shown to be an effective intracavity heat spreader in Nd:YVO4 and Nd:GdVO4 disk lasers. A cw output power of 25.7 W from only one double pass of the pump is reported. The diamond heat spreader is shown to increase the pump power density at which fracture occurs.

  15. Design of a Compact Diode-Pumped Intracavity-Doubled Nd:GdVO4 Laser with 820-mW Red Light

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    ZHANG Ling; LI De-Hua; WEI Zhi-Yi; FENG Bao-Hua; FU Pan-Ming; ZHANG Zhi-Guo

    2005-01-01

    @@ We report a design of diode-pumped high power Nd:GdVO4/LBO red laser with a compact linear cavity, which can output 820-Mw red light at 670nm with an optical conversion efficiency of 9.6%. The maximum output power of the fundamental light at 1.34μm was 4 W with a slope efficiency of 45%.

  16. Widely Tunable cw Diode-Pumped 1.9-μm Tm:GdVO4 Laser at Room Temperature

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    LI Yu-Feng; YAO Bao-Quan; LIU Yan-Mei; WANG Yue-Zhu; JU You-Lun

    2007-01-01

    A widely tunable cw diode-pumped room-temperature Tm:GdVO4 laser is built. Output power of 2.8 W and a slope efficiency of 22% pumped by a 18 W Fibre-coupled diode laser at 795nm have been obtained. Continuous tunability from 1820nm to 1946nm is achieved. In addition, the factors that contribute to the efficiency of oscillation are studied.

  17. Growth, Properties, and Theoretical Analysis of M2LiVO4 (M = Rb, Cs) Crystals: Two Potential Mid-Infrared Nonlinear Optical Materials.

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    Han, Guopeng; Wang, Ying; Su, Xin; Yang, Zhihua; Pan, Shilie

    2017-05-15

    Mid-Infrared nonlinear optical (Mid-IR NLO) crystals with excellent performances play a particularly important role for applications in areas such as telecommunications, laser guidance, and explosives detection. However, the design and growth of high performance Mid-IR NLO crystals with large NLO efficiency and high laser-damage threshold (LDT) still face numerous fundamental challenge. In this study, two potential Mid-IR NLO materials, Rb2LiVO4 (RLVO) and Cs2LiVO4 (CLVO) with noncentrosymmetric structures (Orthorhombic, Cmc21) were synthesized by high-temperature solution method. Thermal analysis and powder X-ray diffraction demonstrate that RLVO and CLVO melt congruently. Centimeter sized crystals of CLVO have been grown by the top-seeded solution growth method. RLVO and CLVO exhibit strong second harmonic generation (SHG) effects (about 4 and 5 times that of KH2PO4, respectively) with a phase-matching behavior at 1.064 μm, and a wide transparency range (0.33-6.0 μm for CLVO). More importantly, RLVO and CLVO possess a high LDT value (~28 × AgGaS2). In addition, the density functional theory (DFT) and dipole moments studies indicate that the VO4 anionic groups have a dominant contribution to the SHG effects in RLVO and CLVO. These results suggest that the title compounds are promising NLO candidate crystals applied in the Mid-IR region.

  18. Coupled experimetal and theoretical study of photon absorption and charge transport in BiVO4 photoanodes for solar water splitting

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    Ping, Yuan; Kim, Tae Woo; Galli, Giulia; Choi, Kyoung-Shin

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has been identified as one of the most promising photoanode materials for water-splitting photoelectrochemical cells. The major limitations of BiVO4 are its relatively wide bandgap (2.5 eV) and low electron mobility (0.2 cm-2V-2S-1), which limit its solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency. In this talk we will present the results of a coupled experimental and ab initio theoretical study showing that nitrogen doping together with extra oxygen vacancies lead to both a reduction of BiVO4 band gap and to an increase of the majority carrier density and mobility. In turn these improvements lead to the applied bias photon-to-current efficiency over 2%, a record for a single oxide photon absorber, to the best of our knowledge. The ``codoping'' method adopted in our work could also be applied to simultaneously enhance photon absorption and charge transport in other oxides, providing new possibilities for photocatalytic materials. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the NSF Center (CHE-1305124). Computer time was provided by NERSC.

  19. Novel visible-light-responding InVO4-Cu2O-TiO2 ternary nanoheterostructure:Preparation and photocatalytic characteristics%新型可见光响应的 InVO4-Cu2O-TiO2三元纳米异质结:制备及其光催化性能

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    冯海波; 李亚萍; 罗冬明; 谭功荣; 蒋剑波; 袁惠敏; 彭三军; 钱东

    2016-01-01

    A novel visible‐light‐responding InVO4‐Cu2O‐TiO2 ternary nanoheterostructure was designed on the basis of the strategy of energy gap engineering and prepared through ordinary wet chemistry methods. The as‐prepared nanoheterostructure was characterized by X‐ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high‐resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and diffuse reflectance ultraviolet‐visible spectroscopy (UV‐vis/DRS). The TEM and HRTEM images of 10%InVO4‐40%Cu2O‐50%TiO2 confirm the formation of nanoheterostructures resulting from contact of the nanosized TiO2, Cu2O and InVO4 in the size of 5–20 nm in diameter. The InVO4‐Cu2O‐TiO2 nanoheterostructure, when compared with TiO2, Cu2O, InVO4, InVO4‐TiO2 and Cu2O‐TiO2, shows significant enhancement in the photocatalytic performance for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible‐light irradiation. With a 9 W energy‐saving fluorescent lamp as the visible‐light source, the MO degradation rate of 10%InVO4‐40%Cu2O‐50%TiO2 reaches close to 90%during 5 h, and the photocatalytic efficiency is maintained at over 90%after six cycles. This may be mainly ascribed to the matched bandgap configurations of TiO2, Cu2O and InVO4, and the formations of two p‐n junctions by the p‐type semiconductor Cu2O with the n‐type semiconductors TiO2 and InVO4, all of which favor spatial photogenerated charge carrier separation. The X‐ray pho‐toelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterization for the used 10%InVO4‐40%Cu2O‐50%TiO2 reveals that only a small shakeup satellite peak appears for Cu(II) species, implying bearable photocorro‐sion of Cu2O. This work could provide new insight into the design and preparation of novel visi‐ble‐light‐responding semiconductor composites.%由于日益严重的环境和能源危机,可见光催化剂的开发已成为当今最具挑战和紧迫的任务之一.将 TiO2和其它窄禁带半导体复合,已被证明是

  20. 不同组分的钒酸盐混晶Ybt:YxGd1-t-xVO4光谱与激光性质的比较研究%Comparative study on the spectroscopic and laser properties of mixed vanadates Ybt:YxGd1-t-x VO4 with different compositions

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    刘均海; 韩文娟; 张怀金; 王继扬; Xavier Mateos; Valentin Petrov

    2011-01-01

    研究了三种掺Yb钒酸盐混晶Yb0.005:Y0.298Gd0.697VO4,Yb0.007:Y0.407Gd0.586VO4和Yb0.009:Y0.575Gd0.416VO4的室温偏振吸收谱和发射谱.结果表明,最强的吸收和发射相应于π偏振,位于波长985 nm;随组分不同,最大吸收截面σabs=4.8-8.5 × 10-20cm2,吸收带宽9.5-9.9 nm;最大受激发射截面σem=5.8-10.3×10-20cm2.利用高亮度半导体激光器纵向抽运实现了室温下的连续波激光运转.研究发现,不同混晶的激光振荡行为存在很大差异:在谐振腔输出耦合透过率T=2%条件下,Yb0.005:Y0.298Gd0.697VO4和Yb0.009:Y0 575 Gd0 416VO4的激光振荡随抽运功率降低而出现σ,π偏振态的共存和转变;而Yb0.007:Y0.407Gd0.586VO4的激光振荡则保持π偏振态不变.在T=5%情形,Yb0.009:Y0.575Gd0.416VO4的激光振荡为单纯的σ偏振;而Yb0 005:Y0.298 Gd0.697 VO4所产生的激光振荡随抽运功率下降仍出现类似的偏振态变化行为.%The room-temperature polarized absorption and emission spectra of Yb doped mixed vanadates Yb0. 005: Y0.298 Gd0.697 VO4, Yb0.007: Y0.407 Gd0. 586 VO4, and Yb0.009: Y0. 575 Gd0.416 VO4 have been studied. The results show that the strongest absorption and emission, occurring at wavelength of 985 nm, correspond to the r polarization, depending on the composition the maximum absorption cross section ranges from 4. 8 to 8.5 x 10-20 cm2' with bandwidths of 9.5-9.9 nm,whereas the maximum stimulated emission cross section varies in the range of 5.8-10. 3 × 10 -20 cm2. Continuous-wave laser operation has been realized at room temperature with the mixed crystals through longitudinal pumping with a diode laser. It was found that the laser oscillation behavior differs significantly from one mixed crystal to another:in the case of T = 2% (T is the output coupling of the resonator), the coexistence and switching of of, π polarization states occur on reducing the pump power in the laser oscillation of Yb0. 005 :Y0.298 Gd0.697 VO4 and Yb0.009 :Y0.575 Gd0

  1. Reversibly switching the surface porosity of a DNA tetrahedron.

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    Zhang, Chuan; Tian, Cheng; Li, Xiang; Qian, Hang; Hao, Chenhui; Jiang, Wen; Mao, Chengde

    2012-07-25

    The ability to reversibly switch the surface porosity of nanocages would allow controllable matter transport in and out of the nanocages. This would be a desirable property for many technological applications, such as drug delivery. To achieve such capability, however, is challenging. Herein we report a strategy for reversibly changing the surface porosity of a self-assembled DNA nanocage (a DNA tetrahedron) that is based on DNA hydridization and strand displacement. The involved DNA nanostructures were thoroughly characterized by multiple techniques, including polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, dynamic light scattering, atomic force microscopy, and cryogenic electron microscopy. This work may lead to the design and construction of stimuli-responsive nanocages that might find applications as smart materials.

  2. A structurally variable hinged tetrahedron framework from DNA origami.

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    Smith, David M; Schüller, Verena; Forthmann, Carsten; Schreiber, Robert; Tinnefeld, Philip; Liedl, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Nanometer-sized polyhedral wire-frame objects hold a wide range of potential applications both as structural scaffolds as well as a basis for synthetic nanocontainers. The utilization of DNA as basic building blocks for such structures allows the exploitation of bottom-up self-assembly in order to achieve molecular programmability through the pairing of complementary bases. In this work, we report on a hollow but rigid tetrahedron framework of 75 nm strut length constructed with the DNA origami method. Flexible hinges at each of their four joints provide a means for structural variability of the object. Through the opening of gaps along the struts, four variants can be created as confirmed by both gel electrophoresis and direct imaging techniques. The intrinsic site addressability provided by this technique allows the unique targeted attachment of dye and/or linker molecules at any point on the structure's surface, which we prove through the superresolution fluorescence microscopy technique DNA PAINT.

  3. DNA origami-directed, discrete three-dimensional plasmonic tetrahedron nanoarchitectures with tailored optical chirality.

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    Dai, Gaole; Lu, Xuxing; Chen, Zhong; Meng, Chun; Ni, Weihai; Wang, Qiangbin

    2014-04-23

    Discrete, three-dimensional (3D) gold nanoparticle (AuNP) tetrahedron nanoarchitectures are successfully self-assembled with DNA origami as template with high purity (>85%). A distinct plasmonic chiral response is experimentally observed from the AuNP tetrahedron nanoarchitectures and appears in a configuration-dependent manner. The chiral optical properties are then rationally engineered by modifying the structural parameters including the AuNP size and interparticle distance. Theoretical study of the AuNP tetrahedron nanoarchitectures shows the dependence of the chiral optical property on the AuNP size and interparticle distance, consistent with the ensemble averaged measurements.

  4. A compact dual-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser with adjustable power-ratio between 1064 nm and 1342 nm lines by controlling polarization dependent loss

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    Qi, Yaoyao; Yu, Haijuan; Zhang, Jingyuan; Zhang, Ling; He, Chaojian; Lin, Xuechun

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate a compact dual-wavelength operation of Nd:LuVO4 laser with a power-ratio adjustable between 1064 nm and 1342 nm lines in a compound cavity configuration. The output power at two wavelengths of the laser indicates that it depends not only on pumping-power and but also on the controllable polarization loss in the cavity. Also, the power-ratio, defined as ratio between the output power at 1064 nm and that at 1342 nm, can be adjusted from 0 to 8 or higher accurately by rotating a quarter-wave plate (QWP) in the cavity.

  5. Quantitative detection of single DNA molecules on DNA tetrahedron decorated substrates.

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    Wang, Zhenguang; Xue, Qingwang; Tian, Wenzhi; Wang, Lei; Jiang, Wei

    2012-10-01

    A single DNA molecule detection method on DNA tetrahedron decorated substrates has been developed. DNA tetrahedra were introduced onto substrates for both preventing nonspecific adsorption and sensitive recognition of single DNA molecules.

  6. a Small-World and Scale-Free Network Generated by Sierpinski Tetrahedron

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    Chen, Jin; Gao, Fei; Le, Anbo; Xi, Lifeng; Yin, Shuhua

    2016-12-01

    The Sierpinski tetrahedron is used to construct evolving networks, whose vertexes are all solid regular tetrahedra in the construction of the Sierpinski tetrahedron up to the stage t and any two vertexes are neighbors if and only if the corresponding tetrahedra are in contact with each other on boundary. We show that such networks have the small-world and scale-free effects, but are not fractal scaling.

  7. 溶胶-凝胶法制备N掺杂FeVO4及其光催化性能研究%Photocatalytic property of N-doped FeVO4 photocatalyst prepared via the sol-gel method

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    王敏; 栾海燕; 车寅生; 牛超

    2013-01-01

    N-doped FeVO4 photocatalysts were successfully prepared via sol-gel method with the corn stem as template.The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscope(SEM), specific surface area(BET),X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy(UV-Vis).The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO)solution under visible light.The results showed that all the FVO or N/FVO photocatalysts were consisted of triclinic phase.The enhanced photocatalytic activity was ascribed to a synergic effect of impurity energy levels due to the substitutional N-doping forming the N-Fe-O bonding structures and defect energy levels resulted from the formation of oxygen vacancies,which result in the band gap narrowing and red-shift of optical absorption band. The appropriate amount of N doping can signifcantly increase the photocatalytic activity and the highest photo-catalytic degradation rate can be about 56% in 100 min when then doping amount was 15%,which was 40% or so than that of pure FeVO4 under visible light irradiation.%以玉米秸秆为模板,采用溶胶-凝胶法制备N掺杂FeVO4光催化剂,采用 X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、比表面积分析(BET)、X射线光电子能谱(XPS)、紫外-可见吸收光谱(UV-Vis)等测试、分析手段,对样品进行表征。在可见光照射下,通过光催化降解甲基橙溶液评价N 掺杂对 FeVO4光催化剂活性的影响。结果表明,掺杂 N 前后 FeVO4均为三斜型, N取代了 FeVO4晶格中 O 形成了 N-Fe-O 键,产生了杂质能级,N掺杂导致FeVO4表面形成了大量束缚单电子的氧空位,产生缺陷能级,二者共同作用致使带隙窄化,光吸收带红移。光催化降解结果表明,N 掺杂能有效提高 FeVO4的可见光催化活性。当掺杂 N为15%(摩尔分数)时,样品活性最高,光照100 min对甲基橙的脱色率达56%左右,远高于未掺杂的脱色率(16.7%)。

  8. A Highly Efficient UV-Vis-NIR Active Ln(3+)-Doped BiPO4/BiVO4 Nanocomposite for Photocatalysis Application.

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    Ganguli, Sagar; Hazra, Chanchal; Chatti, Manjunath; Samanta, Tuhin; Mahalingam, Venkataramanan

    2016-01-12

    In this Article, we report the synthesis of Ln(3+) (Yb(3+), Tm(3+))-doped BiPO4/BiVO4 nanocomposite photocatalyst that shows efficient photocatalytic activity under UV-visible-near-infrared (UV-vis-NIR) illumination. Incorporation of upconverting Ln(3+) ion pairs in BiPO4 nanocrystals resulted in strong emission in the visible region upon excitation with a NIR laser (980 nm). A composite of BiPO4 nanocrystals and vanadate was prepared by the addition of vanadate source to BiPO4 nanocrystals. In the nanocomposite, the strong blue emission from Tm(3+) ions via upconversion is nonradiatively transferred to BiVO4, resulting in the production of excitons. This in turn generates reactive oxygen species and efficiently degrades methylene blue dye in aqueous medium. The nanocomposite also shows high photocatalytic activity both under the visible region (0.010 min(-1)) and under the full solar spectrum (0.047 min(-1)). The results suggest that the photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposite under both NIR as well as full solar irradiation is better compared to other reported nanocomposite photocatalysts. The choice of BiPO4 as the matrix for Ln(3+) ions has been discussed in detail, as it plays an important role in the superior NIR photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposite photocatalyst.

  9. Rare-earth free self-luminescent Ca2KZn2(VO4)3 phosphors for intense white light-emitting diodes

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    Bharat, L. Krishna; Jeon, Soo-Kun; Krishna, Kurugundla Gopi; Yu, Jae Su

    2017-02-01

    The commercially available white-light-emitting diodes (WLEDs) are made with a combination of blue LEDs and yellow phosphors. These types of WLEDs lack certain properties which make them meagerly applicable for general illumination and flat panel displays. The solution for such problem is to use near-ultraviolet (NUV) chips as an excitation source because of their high excitation efficiency and good spectral distribution. Therefore, there is an active search for new phosphor materials which can be effectively excited within the NUV wavelength range (350–420 nm). In this work, novel rare-earth free self-luminescent Ca2KZn2(VO4)3 phosphors were synthesized by a citrate assisted sol-gel method at low calcination temperatures. Optical properties, internal quantum efficiency and thermal stability as well as morphology and crystal structure of Ca2KZn2(VO4)3 phosphors for their application to NUV-based WLEDs were studied. The crystal structure and phase formation were confirmed with XRD patterns and Rietveld refinement. The optical properties of these phosphor materials which can change the NUV excitation into visible yellow-green emissions were studied. The synthesized phosphors were then coated onto the surface of a NUV chip along with a blue phosphor (LiCaPO4:Eu2+) to get brighter WLEDs with a color rendering index of 94.8 and a correlated color temperature of 8549 K.

  10. Growth and spectral properties of a promising laser crystal Yb3+/Er3+:Ca9La(VO4)7

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    Li, Ming; Sun, Shijia; Zhang, Lizhen; Yuan, Feifei; Huang, Yisheng; Lin, Zhoubin

    2016-10-01

    A new crystal of Er3+/Yb3+:Ca9La(VO4)7 was grown successfully by the Czochralski method. Its spectral properties were investigated in detail. The crystal has a strong absorption band near 980 nm with a full-width at half-maximum of 33 nm, which means that it is very suitable for InGaAs laser diode pumping. Based on the Judd-Ofelt theory, the intensity parameters and radiative lifetime were obtained. The fluorescence lifetime of the 4I13/2 level of the Er3+ ion is 4.28 ms. The emission cross sections of the Er3+ ion at 1533 nm calculated by the Füchtbauer-Ladenburg method are 0.86 × 10-20 cm2 and 1.08 × 10-20 cm2 for σ- and π- polarization, respectively. The results indicate that Er3+/Yb3+:Ca9La(VO4)7 crystal is a potential 1.5-1.6 μm laser material.

  11. Molecular modeling of hydrotalcite structure intercalated with transition metal oxide anions: CrO4(2-) and VO4(3-).

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    Murthy, Vinuthaa; Smith, Howard D; Zhang, Hong; Smith, Sean C

    2011-11-24

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to study the interlayer structure, hydrogen bonding, and energetics of hydration of Mg/Al (2:1 and 4:1) layered double hydroxide (LDH) or hydrotalcite (HT) intercalated with oxymetal anions, CrO(4)(2-), and VO(4)(3-). The ab initio forcefield COMPASS is employed for the simulations. The charge on the oxymetal anions is determined by quantum mechanical density functional theory. The structural behavior of the oxymetal anions in LDH directly relates to the energetic relationships, with electrostatic and H-bonding interactions between the anions, hydroxide sites of the metal hydroxide layers, and the interlayer water molecules. Distinct minima in the hydration energy indicate the presence of energetically well-defined structural states with specific water content. The experimentally identified variability in the retention of the CrO(4)(2-) and VO(4)(3-) is well reflected in the calculations and self-diffusion coefficients obtained from the simulations give insight into the mobility of the intercalated species.

  12. Performance evaluation of ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillator pumped by a Q-switched Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser

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    Baoquan Yao; Youlun Ju; Yuezhu Wang; Wanjun He

    2008-01-01

    A doubly resonant ZnGeP2 (ZGP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a novel Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser was demonstrated. Cryogenic Tm(5 at.-%), Ho(0.5 at.-%):GdVO4 laser with high pulse repetition frequency (PRF) of 10 kHz at 2.05 μm was employed as pumping source of ZGP OPO. The 15-mm-long ZGP crystal, 55° cut for I-type phase-matching with low absorption coefficient less than 0.05 cm-1 at 2-μm, was placed in a plano-plano cavity with resonator length of 30 mm. The ZGP OPO generated a total combined output power of 1.2 W at 3.75 and 4.52 μm under pumping power of 5.3 W, corresponding to slope efficiency of 40% from incident 2-μm laser power to mid-infrared (Mid-IR) output. A widely tunable range from 3.0 to 6.5 μm was achieved by changing the crystal angle only 3.5 .

  13. Study of passive Q-switching for flash-lamp-pumped 1.34-μm Nd:GdVO4 laser

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    Peng Li; Yufei Li; Yuming Sun; Xueyuan Hou; Huaijin Zhang; Jiyang Wang

    2006-01-01

    The static laser performance of a-growth Nd:GdVO4 crystal (a-cut, 4 × 4 × 25 (mm)) at 1.34μm pumped by flash-lamp is investigated with different transmissions of output couplers. With the output coupler transmission of T = 30%, the static output energy of 148 mJ is obtained when the pump energy is 35.2 J,and the corresponding electric-optical conversion efficiency is 0.42%. The Q-switched output of lasers with the output wavelength ranging from 1.3 to 1.6 μm can be realized by using Co2+ :LaMgAl11O19 (Co:LMA)as saturable absorber. A flash-lamp-pumped, passively Q-switched Nd:GdVO4 laser with Co:LMA as saturable absorber is demonstrated in plano-concave laser cavity. With the cavity length of 16.3 cm and pump energy of 19.8 J, the single-pulse output energy, pulse width, and peak power are obtained to be 4m J, 80 ns, and 5 × 104 W, respectively.

  14. Synthesis of BiVO4-g-C3N4 Composite Photocatalyst with Improved Visible Light-induced Photocatalytic Activity

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    YANG Ming; JIN Xiaoqi

    2015-01-01

    The novel visible light-induced carbon nitride (g-C3N4) and BiVO4 composite photocatalysts were obtained through a simple mixing-calcination method. The physical and photophysical properties of the BiVO4-g-C3N4 composites were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), photoluminescent (PL) spectroscopy, and BET surface area measurements. Photocatalytic oxidation ability of the prepared samples was examined by studying the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) as a target pollutant under visible-light irradiation. The composite photocatalysts exhibited an enhanced photocatalytic performance in degrading RhB. The optimal g-C3N4 content of the composite photocatalysts was determined for the photodegradation activity. The improved photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared composite photocatalyst may be attributed to the enhancement of photo-generated electron-hole separation at the interface.

  15. Unbiased photoelectrochemical water splitting in Z-scheme device using W/Mo-doped BiVO4 and Zn(x)Cd(1-x)Se.

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    Park, Hyun S; Lee, Heung Chan; Leonard, Kevin C; Liu, Guanjie; Bard, Allen J

    2013-07-22

    Photoelectrochemical water splitting to generate H2 and O2 using only photon energy (with no added electrical energy) has been demonstrated with dual n-type-semiconductor (or Z-scheme) systems. Here we investigated two different Z-scheme systems; one is comprised of two cells with the same metal-oxide semiconductor (W- and Mo-doped bismuth vanadate), that is, Pt-W/Mo-BiVO4, and the other is comprised of the metal oxide and a chalcogenide semiconductor, that is, Pt-W/Mo-BiVO4 and Zn(0.2)Cd(0.8)Se. The redox couples utilized in these Z-scheme configurations were I(-)/IO3(-) or S(2-)/S(n)(2-), respectively. An electrochemical analysis of the system in terms of cell components is shown to illustrate the behavior of the complete photoelectrochemical Z-scheme water-splitting system. H2 gas from the unbiased photolysis of water was detected using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy and using a membrane-electrode assembly. The electrode configuration to achieve the maximum conversion efficiency from solar energy to chemical energy with the given materials and the Z-scheme is discussed. Here, the possibilities and challenges of Z-scheme unbiased photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices and the materials to achieve practical solar-fuel generation are discussed.

  16. Rare-earth free self-luminescent Ca2KZn2(VO4)3 phosphors for intense white light-emitting diodes

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    Bharat, L. Krishna; Jeon, Soo-Kun; Krishna, Kurugundla Gopi; Yu, Jae Su

    2017-01-01

    The commercially available white-light-emitting diodes (WLEDs) are made with a combination of blue LEDs and yellow phosphors. These types of WLEDs lack certain properties which make them meagerly applicable for general illumination and flat panel displays. The solution for such problem is to use near-ultraviolet (NUV) chips as an excitation source because of their high excitation efficiency and good spectral distribution. Therefore, there is an active search for new phosphor materials which can be effectively excited within the NUV wavelength range (350–420 nm). In this work, novel rare-earth free self-luminescent Ca2KZn2(VO4)3 phosphors were synthesized by a citrate assisted sol-gel method at low calcination temperatures. Optical properties, internal quantum efficiency and thermal stability as well as morphology and crystal structure of Ca2KZn2(VO4)3 phosphors for their application to NUV-based WLEDs were studied. The crystal structure and phase formation were confirmed with XRD patterns and Rietveld refinement. The optical properties of these phosphor materials which can change the NUV excitation into visible yellow-green emissions were studied. The synthesized phosphors were then coated onto the surface of a NUV chip along with a blue phosphor (LiCaPO4:Eu2+) to get brighter WLEDs with a color rendering index of 94.8 and a correlated color temperature of 8549 K. PMID:28181549

  17. Utilization of visible to NIR light energy by Yb+3, Er+3 and Tm+3 doped BiVO4 for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue

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    Regmi, Chhabilal; Kshetri, Yuwaraj K.; Ray, Schindra Kumar; Pandey, Ramesh Prasad; Lee, Soo Wohn

    2017-01-01

    Lanthanide-doped BiVO4 semiconductors with efficient photocatalytic activities over a broad range of the solar light spectrum have been synthesized by the microwave hydrothermal method using ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). The structural, morphological, and optical properties of the as-synthesized samples were evaluated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The chemical compositions were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The toxicity of the samples was measured using Mus musculus skin melanoma cells (B16-F10 (ATCC CRL-6475™)) and were found to be nontoxic for human cells. The photocatalytic efficiency of the prepared samples was evaluated by methylene blue (MB) degradation. The best photocatalytic activity was shown by BiVO4 with 6:3:3 mol percentage of Yb+3:Er+3:Tm+3 in all solar light spectrum. The synthesized samples possess low band gap energy and a hollow structure suitable for the better photocatalytic activity. The observed NIR photoactivity supports that the upconversion mechanism is involved in the overall photocatalytic process. Therefore, this approach provides a better alternative upconversion material for integral solar light absorption.

  18. Significantly improved charge collection and interface injection in 3D BiVO4 based multilayered core-shell nanowire photocatalysts.

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    Zhang, Zemin; Li, Yunxia; Jiang, Xiao; Han, Weihua; Xie, Mingzheng; Wang, Fangcong; Xie, Erqing

    2017-09-11

    It is challenging to design a photocatalyst with high-efficiency light absorption, charge separation and even high-efficiency charge transfer. Here, we report a demonstration by utilizing a three-dimensional multilayered core-shell nanowire array (rGO-ITO@BiVO4) as the composite photocatalyst. The core-shell structure can shorten the length of charge transfer and enhance light absorption through multireflection. RGO with defects can work as the charge transfer medium to improve the hole injection from semiconductor to electrolyte. Associated with the above effects, the Co-pi electrocatalyst modified rGO-ITO@BiVO4 photocatalyst yields a photocurrent of about 6.0 mA cm(-2) at 0.6 V vs. Ag/AgCl. Transient-state surface photovoltage measurement shows that the rGO layer can prolong the lifetime of the photogenerated holes through π-π interactions, so that more holes can participate in the water oxidation reaction.

  19. Visible light activity of pulsed layer deposited BiVO4/MnO2 films decorated with gold nanoparticles: The evidence for hydroxyl radicals formation

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    Trzciński, Konrad; Szkoda, Mariusz; Sawczak, Mirosław; Karczewski, Jakub; Lisowska-Oleksiak, Anna

    2016-11-01

    Thin films containing BiVO4 and MnO2 deposited on FTO and modified by Au nanoparticles were studied towards their photoelectrochemical and photocatalytical activities in an aqueous electrolyte. Electrodes were prepared by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The surfactant-free ablation process was used for preparation of the gold nanoparticles (GNP) water suspension. Obtained layers of varied thicknesses (27-115 nm) were characterized using Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Electrochemical methods such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, linear voltammetry and chronoamperometry under visible light illumination and in the dark were applied to characterize layers as photoanodes. Simple modification of the BiVO4 + MnO2 layer by drop-casting of small amount of colloidal gold (1.5 × 10-14 mol of GNP on 1 cm2) leads to enhancement of the generated photocurrent recorded at E = 0.5 V vs. Ag/AgCl (0.1 M KCl) from 63 μA/cm2 to 280 μA/cm2. Photocatalytical studies were also exploited towards decomposition of methylene blue (MB). A possible mechanism of MB photodegradation was proposed. The formation of hydroxyl radicals was detected by photoluminescence spectra using terephthalic acid as the probe molecule.

  20. Structural and magnetic characterization of the one-dimensional S = 5/2 antiferromagnetic chain system SrMn(VO4)(OH)

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    Sanjeewa, Liurukara D; McGuire, Michael A; McMillen, Colin D; Cao, Huibo; Kolis, Joseph W

    2016-01-01

    The descloizite-type compound, SrMn(VO4)(OH), was synthesized as large single crystals using a high-temperature high-pressure hydrothermal technique. X-ray single crystal structure analysis reveals that the material crystallizes in the acentric orthorhombic space group of P212121. The structure exhibits a one-dimensional feature, with MnO4 chains propagating along the a-axis which are interconnected by VO4 tetrahedra. Raman and infrared spectra were obtained to identify the fundamental vanadate and hydroxide vibrational modes. Magnetization data reveal a broad maximum at approximately 80 K, arising from one-dimensional magnetic correlations with intrachain exchange constant of J/kB = 9.97(3) K between nearest Mn neighbors and a canted antiferromagnetic behavior below TN = 30 K. Single crystal neutron diffraction at 4 K yielded a magnetic structure solution in the lower symmetry of the magnetic space group P21 with two unique chains displaying antiferromagnetically ordered Mn moments oriented nearly perpendicu...

  1. Synthesize and characterize of Ag3VO4/TiO2 nanorods photocatalysts and its photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation

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    Zou, Xuejun; Dong, Yuying; Zhang, Xiaodong; Cui, Yubo

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, in order to expand the light response range of TiO2, Ag3VO4/TiO2 nanorods photocatalysts were fabricated by a simple sol-gel method with microwave and hydrothermal method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, DRS, XPS and N2 adsorption-desorption. Meanwhile, their photocatalytic properties were investigated by the degradation of toluene under visible light irradiation. The degradation conversation of toluene had gotten to about 70% in 1% Ag3VO4/TiO2 nanorods after reaction 4 h. The predominant photocatalytic activity can be attributed to its strong absorption in visible light region and excellent charge separation characteristics. By using in situ FTIR, benzyl alcohol and benzaldehyde species could be observed during the reaction and the formed intermediates would be partially oxidized into CO2 and H2O. Electron spin resonance confirmed that OHrad and O2rad - were involved in the photocatalytic degradation of toluene.

  2. Developmental self-assembly of a DNA tetrahedron.

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    Sadowski, John P; Calvert, Colby R; Zhang, David Yu; Pierce, Niles A; Yin, Peng

    2014-04-22

    Kinetically controlled isothermal growth is fundamental to biological development, yet it remains challenging to rationally design molecular systems that self-assemble isothermally into complex geometries via prescribed assembly and disassembly pathways. By exploiting the programmable chemistry of base pairing, sophisticated spatial and temporal control have been demonstrated in DNA self-assembly, but largely as separate pursuits. By integrating temporal with spatial control, here we demonstrate the "developmental" self-assembly of a DNA tetrahedron, where a prescriptive molecular program orchestrates the kinetic pathways by which DNA molecules isothermally self-assemble into a well-defined three-dimensional wireframe geometry. In this reaction, nine DNA reactants initially coexist metastably, but upon catalysis by a DNA initiator molecule, navigate 24 individually characterizable intermediate states via prescribed assembly pathways, organized both in series and in parallel, to arrive at the tetrahedral final product. In contrast to previous work on dynamic DNA nanotechnology, this developmental program coordinates growth of ringed substructures into a three-dimensional wireframe superstructure, taking a step toward the goal of kinetically controlled isothermal growth of complex three-dimensional geometries.

  3. A Structurally Variable Hinged Tetrahedron Framework from DNA Origami

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    Smith, David M.; Schüller, Verena; Forthmann, Carsten; Schreiber, Robert; Tinnefeld, Philip; Liedl, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Nanometer-sized polyhedral wire-frame objects hold a wide range of potential applications both as structural scaffolds as well as a basis for synthetic nanocontainers. The utilization of DNA as basic building blocks for such structures allows the exploitation of bottom-up self-assembly in order to achieve molecular programmability through the pairing of complementary bases. In this work, we report on a hollow but rigid tetrahedron framework of 75 nm strut length constructed with the DNA origami method. Flexible hinges at each of their four joints provide a means for structural variability of the object. Through the opening of gaps along the struts, four variants can be created as confirmed by both gel electrophoresis and direct imaging techniques. The intrinsic site addressability provided by this technique allows the unique targeted attachment of dye and/or linker molecules at any point on the structure's surface, which we prove through the superresolution fluorescence microscopy technique DNA PAINT. PMID:21941629

  4. A Structurally Variable Hinged Tetrahedron Framework from DNA Origami

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    David M. Smith

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanometer-sized polyhedral wire-frame objects hold a wide range of potential applications both as structural scaffolds as well as a basis for synthetic nanocontainers. The utilization of DNA as basic building blocks for such structures allows the exploitation of bottom-up self-assembly in order to achieve molecular programmability through the pairing of complementary bases. In this work, we report on a hollow but rigid tetrahedron framework of 75 nm strut length constructed with the DNA origami method. Flexible hinges at each of their four joints provide a means for structural variability of the object. Through the opening of gaps along the struts, four variants can be created as confirmed by both gel electrophoresis and direct imaging techniques. The intrinsic site addressability provided by this technique allows the unique targeted attachment of dye and/or linker molecules at any point on the structure's surface, which we prove through the superresolution fluorescence microscopy technique DNA PAINT.

  5. Location, location, location

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    Anderson, S.P.; Goeree, J.K.; Ramer, R.

    1997-01-01

    We analyze the canonical location-then-price duopoly game with general log- concave consumer densities. A unique pure-strategy equilibrium to the two-stage game exists if the density is not "too asymmetric" and not "too concave." These criteria are satisfied by many commonly used densities. Equilibr

  6. 6.2-W deep blue light generation by intracavity frequency-doubled Nd:GdVO4 using BiBO

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    Yanfei Lü; Xihe Zhang; Zhihai Yao; Fengdong Zhang

    2007-01-01

    @@ Efficient continuous-wave (CW) intracavity frequency doubling of a diode-end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser operating on 4F3/2 - 4I9/2 transitions at 912 nm has been demonstrated. A symmetrical cavity with two laser rods is designed, which divides the pump power between the two laser rods, allowing for greater power scalability. An 18-mm-long BiBO crystal, cut for critical type Ⅰ phase matching, is used for the intracavity frequency-doubled laser. A maximum output power of 6.2 W in the blue spectral range at 456 nm has been achieved with the pump power of 36 W. The beam quality M2 value is 2.5 in both horizontal and vertical directions. The ellipticity of the deep blue laser is 0.98, and the power stability is better than 3.2% at the maximum output power.

  7. Intracavity optical parametric oscillator at 1.5-7-μm wavelength pumped by passive Q-switched Nd:GdVO4 laser

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    Mingwei Gao; Chunqing Gao; Kun Tang; Zhifeng Lin; Xiuyong Zhang

    2008-01-01

    A high-repetition-rate eye-safe optical parametric oscillator(OPO),using a non-critically phase-matched KTP crystal intracavity pumped by a passively Q-switched Nd:GdVO4/Cr4+:YAG laser,is experimentally demonstrated.The conversion efficiency for the average power is 7% from pump diode input to OPO signal output and the slope efficiency is up to 10.3%.With an incident pump power of 7.3 W.the compact intracavity OPO(IOPO)cavity,operating at 15 kHz,produces an average power of 0.57 W at 1570 nm with a pulse width as short as 6 ns.The peak power at 1570 nm is higher than 6.3 kW.

  8. Fabrication of narrow pulse passively Q-switched self-stimulated Raman laser with c-cut Nd:GdVO4

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    Shen, Gao; Li, Zuo-han; Han, Ming

    2016-11-01

    Combining the self-stimulated Raman scattering technology and saturable absorber of Cr4+:YAG, a 1.17 μm c-cut Nd:GdVO4 picosecond Q-switched laser is demonstrated in this paper. With an incident pump power of 10 W, the Q-switched laser with average power of 430 mW for 1.17 μm, pulse width of 270 ps, repetition rate of 13 kHz and the first order Stokes conversion efficiency of 4.3% is obtained. The Q-switched pulse width can be the narrowest in our research. In addition, the yellow laser at 0.58 μm is also achieved by using the LiB3O5 frequency doubling crystal.

  9. As-grown uniform MoS2/mica saturable absorber for passively Q-switched mode-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser

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    Xu, Yuanyuan; Yang, Cheng; Ge, Pengguang; Liu, Jie; Jiang, Shouzhen; Li, Chun; Man, Baoyuan

    2016-08-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has recently attracted growing attention due to its distinctive properties and potential applications in optoelectronics and electronics. Here, large-area and high-quality MoS2 film with uniform thickness was obtained by thermally decomposing ammonium thiomolybdate. Besides, it is firstly demonstrated that the as-grown MoS2/mica can be directly inserted into Nd:GdVO4 laser cavity as saturable absorber for the output of diode-pumped passively Q-switched mode-locked pulse trains. Using the MoS2 saturable absorbers, the stable Q-switched mode-locked pulse trains with high modulation depth were realized, suggesting that the broadband MoS2 SA could potentially be employed in mode-locking laser system

  10. Preparation and Characterization of Bismuth Vanadate by Chemical Precipitation Process%化学沉淀法制备BiVO4及其表征

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    张萍; 王焕英; 许保恩; 次立杰; 刘树彬; 张星辰

    2008-01-01

    以Bi(NO3)3·5H2O和NH4VO3为原料,利用化学沉淀法制备了BiVO4,并系统地研究了不同反应条件如:反应物初始浓度、溶液pH值、反应温度、反应时间等对粒径的影响.采用Malvem粒度分布仪、扫描电子显微镜和X射线衍射仪等对产品进行了表征,并得出结论:化学沉淀法制备的钒酸铋,所得粒子粒度较小,均匀性好.

  11. Passively Q-switched Single-longitudinal-mode c-cut Nd:GdVO4 laser with a twisted-mode cavity.

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    Pan, Haifeng; Xu, Shixiang; Zeng, Heping

    2005-04-04

    Single-longitudinal-mode operation is achieved in a twisted-mode-cavity c-cut Nd:GdVO4 laser. With a semiconductor saturable absorption mirror as an intracavity saturable absorber to launch passive Q-switching, no mode-locked spikes are observed on the temporal envelopes of the Q-switched output pulses due to the complete elimination of spatial hole burning in the gain medium to suppress longitudinal multi-modes. The maximal average output power is 1.24 W with the repetition rate of 76.3 kHz, and the single pulse energy is 16.0 microJ. The pulse width and polarization ratio of the output laser beam are measured about 150 ns and 53:1, respectively.

  12. CoTiO3/Ag3VO4 composite: A study on the role of CoTiO3 and the active species in the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue.

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    Wangkawong, Kanlayawat; Phanichphant, Sukon; Tantraviwat, Doldet; Inceesungvorn, Burapat

    2015-09-15

    The role of CoTiO3 and the possible active species in the methylene blue (MB) degradation over the visible-light-driven CoTiO3/Ag3VO4 catalyst have firstly been investigated in this work. CoTiO3 is found to play important roles in enhancing the visible light-harvesting ability of the composite and increasing electron-hole separation efficiency due to the hybrid effect between Ag3VO4 and CoTiO3. The indirect probe experiments reveal that CoTiO3/Ag3VO4 heterostructure provides large amount of active species, therefore a high photocatalytic activity could be obtained. The results clearly suggest that the photocatalytic MB degradation over this hybrid catalyst is mainly governed by direct hole oxidation.

  13. Experimental study of 880 nm laser-diode end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser with hybrid resonator at 1.34 μm%880 nm LD 泵浦 Nd:GdVO4混合腔激光器1.34μm 实验研究

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    崔丽; 胡文华; 张恒利; 王燕辛; 张亦卓; 李忠建

    2014-01-01

    将880 nm 上能级直接泵浦与部分端面泵浦混合腔结构结合,对 Nd:GdVO4晶体的1342 nm激光输出特性进行了实验研究。采用正支离轴混合谐振腔,4-bar 中心波长为880 nm 的激光二极管列阵作为泵浦源,在泵浦功率为178 W 时,激光输出功率为26.3 W,斜效率和光-光转换效率分别为27%和14.8%。在20 W 输出功率时非稳腔和稳腔方向的 M2因子均为1.3。结果表明:由于采用了上能级直接泵浦与部分端面泵浦混合腔结构,相对于目前同等输出功率级别的端面泵浦 Nd:GdVO4激光器,光束质量得到很大提高。%The 880 nm LD directly pumping into the emitting level with LD partially end-pumped structure was combined, some experiment was done to study the output characteristic of Nd:GdVO4 laser at 1 342 nm. An off-axis positive confocal unstable resonator was built up, and a 4-bar laser diode stack which central wavelength was 880 nm as pump source was used. 26.3 W continuous-wave laser power output was gotten under the pump power of 178 W, and the slope efficiency and optical-to-optical efficiency were 27% and nearly 14.8% , respectively. At the output power of 20 W, beam quality M2 factors were both 1.3 in the unstable direction and stable direction. The result showed that by combining 880 nm LD directly pumping into the emitting level with LD partially end-pumped structure, beam quality has been greatly improved compared with the same output power level end-pumped Nd: GdVO4 laser.

  14. Study on the preparation of boron and erbium co-doped BiVO4 photocatalyst and the photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B%硼和铒共掺杂BiVO4光催化降解罗丹明B的研究

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    董多; 宋恩军; 车寅生; 杨长秀; 王敏; 高兴莹

    2015-01-01

    通过柠檬酸络合法合成硼和铒共掺杂BiVO4,并对其进行XRD、UV-Vis的表征以分析合成材料的物相、形貌。同时考察溶液的初始浓度、pH、催化剂投加量以及光照强度等因素在可见光的照射下对罗丹明B光催化降解的影响。实验结果表明:在50 mL罗丹明B水溶液中,初始质量浓度为10 mg/L,pH=3,催化剂投加量为0.015 g,光照距离14 cm,B-Er共掺杂BiVO4对罗丹明B有较好的光催化活性,反应50 min后,降解率可达90%以上。%Boron and erbium co-doped BiVO4 visible-light-driven photocatalysts have been synthesized by citric acid complex method. The phase,and morphology of the synthetic material are characterized by XRD and UV-Vis. Mean-while,the effects of the factors,such as solution initial concentration,pH,dosage of catalyst,and illumination inten-sity,on the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible light irradiation are investigated. The experimental results show that boron and erbium co-doped BiVO4 has better photocatalytic activity on Rhodamine B degradation under the following conditions:initial Rhodamine B concentration is 10 mg/L,the volume of solution 50 mL,pH 3 of the hydrothermal reaction, dosage of catalyst 0.015 g and light distance 14 cm. After reacted for 50 min,the degradation rate of Rhodamine B can be more than 90%.

  15. Solution of the antiferromagnetic Ising model on a tetrahedron recursive lattice.

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    Jurčišinová, E; Jurčišin, M

    2014-03-01

    We consider the antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 Ising model on the recursive tetrahedron lattice on which two elementary tetrahedrons are connected at each site. The model represents the simplest approximation of the antiferromagnetic Ising model on the real three-dimensional tetrahedron lattice which takes into account effects of frustration. An exact analytical solution of the model is found and discussed. It is shown that the model exhibits neither the first-order nor the second-order phase transitions. A detailed analysis of the magnetization of the model in the presence of the external magnetic field is performed and the existence of the magnetization plateaus for low temperatures is shown. All possible ground states of the model are found and discussed. The existence of nontrivial singular ground states is proven and exact explicit expressions for them are found.

  16. A DNA tetrahedron-based molecular beacon for tumor-related mRNA detection in living cells.

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    Xie, Nuli; Huang, Jin; Yang, Xiaohai; Yang, Yanjing; Quan, Ke; Wang, He; Ying, Le; Ou, Min; Wang, Kemin

    2016-02-01

    Due to its low cytotoxicity, high resistance to enzymatic degradation, and cellular permeability, a DNA tetrahedron-based molecular beacon (DTMB) is designed for tumor-related TK1 mRNA detection in living cells, where the target sequence can induce the tetrahedron from contraction to extension, resulting in fluorescence restoration.

  17. Near-infrared photocatalysts of BiVO4/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ with enhanced upconversion properties

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    Huang, Shouqiang; Zhu, Nanwen; Lou, Ziyang; Gu, Lin; Miao, Chen; Yuan, Haiping; Shan, Aidang

    2014-01-01

    Upconversion photocatalysts have the potential to absorb the near-infrared (NIR) light in solar energy and improve the photocatalytic performance. A hierarchical upconversion photocatalyst of BiVO4 (BVO)/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ (CF) combined with the narrow-band semiconductor of BVO and the luminescence agent of CF to enhance upconversion properties was synthesized via the hydrothermal method. The CF particles were deposited homogeneously on the surface of the BVO/CF composite with regular dendritic structure, which led to efficient upconversion emissions. The upconversion emission intensity of the BVO/CF composite was 8 times higher than that of pure CF, through tailoring the crystal symmetry of lanthanide ions by Bi3+ ions. The upconverted ultraviolet (361 and 379 nm), violet (408 nm), and blue (485 nm) light was able to excite BVO for photocatalysis in BVO/CF under NIR irradiation, which improved the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO).Upconversion photocatalysts have the potential to absorb the near-infrared (NIR) light in solar energy and improve the photocatalytic performance. A hierarchical upconversion photocatalyst of BiVO4 (BVO)/CaF2:Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+ (CF) combined with the narrow-band semiconductor of BVO and the luminescence agent of CF to enhance upconversion properties was synthesized via the hydrothermal method. The CF particles were deposited homogeneously on the surface of the BVO/CF composite with regular dendritic structure, which led to efficient upconversion emissions. The upconversion emission intensity of the BVO/CF composite was 8 times higher than that of pure CF, through tailoring the crystal symmetry of lanthanide ions by Bi3+ ions. The upconverted ultraviolet (361 and 379 nm), violet (408 nm), and blue (485 nm) light was able to excite BVO for photocatalysis in BVO/CF under NIR irradiation, which improved the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO). Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional tables and figures. See

  18. Spin-frustration in a new spin-1/2 oxyfluoride system (Cu13(VO4)4(OH)10F4) constructed by alternatively distorted kagome-like and triangular lattices.

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    Yang, Ming; Zhang, Su-Yun; Guo, Wen-Bin; Tang, Ying-Ying; He, Zhang-Zhen

    2015-09-21

    A novel copper compound, Cu13(VO4)4(OH)10F4, featuring two types of two-dimensional extended kagome-like and triangular lattices, exhibits long-range antiferromagnetic ordering at ∼3 K, a strong spin-frustration effect with f = 21 and a spin-flop transition at 5 T.

  19. Higher-order brick-tetrahedron hybrid method for Maxwell's equations in time domain

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    Winges, Johan; Rylander, Thomas

    2016-09-01

    We present a higher-order brick-tetrahedron hybrid method for Maxwell's equations in time domain. Brick-shaped elements are used for large homogeneous parts of the computational domain, where we exploit mass-lumping and explicit time-stepping. In regions with complex geometry, we use an unstructured mesh of tetrahedrons that share an interface with the brick-shaped elements and, at the interface, tangential continuity of the electric field is imposed in the weak sense by means of Nitsche's method. Implicit time-stepping is used for the tetrahedrons together with the interface. For cavity resonators, the hybrid method reproduces the lowest non-zero eigenvalues with correct multiplicity and, for geometries without field singularities from sharp corners or edges, the numerical eigenvalues converge towards the analytical result with an error that is approximately proportional to h2p, where h is the cell size and p is the polynomial order of the elements. For a rectangular waveguide, a layer of tetrahedrons embedded in a grid of brick-shaped elements yields a low reflection coefficient that scales approximately as h2p. Finally, we demonstrate hybrid time-stepping for a lossless closed cavity resonator, where the time-domain response is computed for 300,000 time steps without any signs of instabilities.

  20. Facile Phase Transfer and Surface Biofunctionalization of Hydrophobic Nanoparticles Using Janus DNA Tetrahedron Nanostructures

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    Li, Juan; Hong, Cheng-Yi; Wu, Shu-Xian; Liang, Hong; Wang, Li-Ping; Huang, Guoming; Chen, Xian; Yang, Huang-Hao; Shangguan, Dihua; Tan, Weihong

    2016-01-01

    Hydrophobic nanoparticles have shown substantial potential for bioanalysis and biomedical applications. However, their use is hindered by complex phase transfer and inefficient surface modification. This paper reports a facile and universal strategy for phase transfer and surface biofunctionalization of hydrophobic nanomaterials using aptamer-pendant DNA tetrahedron nanostructures (Apt-tet). The Janus DNA tetrahedron nanostructures are constructed by three carboxyl group modified DNA strands and one aptamer sequence. Each tetrahedron edge is an 18-base-pair double helix, making the tetrahedral edges about 5.8 nm in length. The pendant linear sequence is an aptamer, in this case AS1411, known to specifically bind nucleolin, typically overexpressed on the plasma membranes of tumor cells. The incorporation of the aptamers adds targeting ability and also enhances intracellular uptake. Phase-transfer efficiency using Apt-tet is much higher than that achieved using single-stranded DNA. In addition, the DNA tetrahedron nanostructures can be programmed to permit the incorporation of other functional nucleic acids, such as DNAzymes, siRNA, or antisense DNA, allowing, in turn, the construction of promising theranostic nanoagents for bioanalysis and biomedical applications. Given these unique features, we believe that our strategy of surface modification and functionalization may become a new paradigm in phase-transfer-agent design and further expand biomedical applications of hydrophobic nanomaterials. PMID:26302208

  1. Local lattice relaxations in random metallic alloys: Effective tetrahedron model and supercell approach

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    Ruban, Andrei; Simak, S.I.; Shallcross, S.;

    2003-01-01

    We present a simple effective tetrahedron model for local lattice relaxation effects in random metallic alloys on simple primitive lattices. A comparison with direct ab initio calculations for supercells representing random Ni0.50Pt0.50 and Cu0.25Au0.75 alloys as well as the dilute limit of Au...

  2. Reply to "Comment on 'A study on tetrahedron-based inhomogeneous Monte-Carlo optical simulation'".

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    Shen, Haiou; Wang, Ge

    2011-04-19

    We compare the accuracy of TIM-OS and MMCM in response to the recent analysis made by Fang [Biomed. Opt. Express 2, 1258 (2011)]. Our results show that the tetrahedron-based energy deposition algorithm used in TIM-OS is more accurate than the node-based energy deposition algorithm used in MMCM.

  3. Tetrahedron-structured DNA and functional oligonucleotide for construction of an electrochemical DNA-based biosensor.

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    Bu, Nan-Nan; Tang, Chun-Xia; He, Xi-Wen; Yin, Xue-Bo

    2011-07-21

    Tetrahedron-structured DNA (ts-DNA) in combination with a functionalized oligonucleotide was used to develop a "turn-on" biosensor for Hg(2+) ions. The ts-DNA provided an improved sensitivity and was used to block the active sites.

  4. Electrochemical performance and 7Li NMR studies on an inverse spinel LiNi 1/3Co 1/3Mn 1/3VO 4 for Li-ion batteries

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    Fey, George Ting-Kuo; Muralidharan, P.; Cho, Yung-Da; Chang, Pai-Ching; Kao, Hsien-Ming

    A new inverse spinel LiNi 1/3Co 1/3Mn 1/3VO 4 cathode material was synthesized through a citric acid assisted polyethylene glycol (CA:PEG; 3:1, 3:0.5 and 3:0) polymeric method, followed by calcination at 723 K for 5 h in air. The synthesized compound was characterized by TG/DTGA, XRD, FTIR, TEM, and 7Li NMR techniques. TG/DTGA curves showed that the formation of LiNi 1/3Co 1/3Mn 1/3VO 4 occurred between 523 and 673 K and the phase pure crystalline formed at 723 K, as also confirmed by XRD analysis which showed that the crystalline phase peaks formed when heated at 723 K for 5 h in air. TEM images revealed that nanosized particles ranged ∼170-190 nm. FTIR spectra showed that all organic residues were removed and LiNi 1/3Co 1/3Mn 1/3VO 4 formed. The 7Li MAS NMR spectrum of the LiNi 1/3Co 1/3Mn 1/3VO 4 sample revealed that the paramagnetic effect is small and small side band manifolds were observed. The galvanostatic cycling study suggests that the cycle stability and capacity retention were enhanced for LiNi 1/3Co 1/3Mn 1/3VO 4 prepared with a CA:PEG molar ratio of 3:1 when it was cycled between 2.8 and 4.9 V (versus Li) at a 0.15 C rate. The electrochemical impedance behavior suggested that a passive layer was formed on the surface of the cathode materials during continuous cycling.

  5. Visible-light photoactive Ag-AgBr/α-Ag3VO4 nanostructures prepared in a water-soluble ionic liquid for degradation of wastewater

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    Padervand, Mohsen

    2016-11-01

    Ag-AgBr/α-Ag3VO4 photocatalysts, prepared by an ionic liquid-assisted precipitation method, were used as an efficient visible light-driven photocatalytic system for removal of wastewater and pathogenic bacteria from the aqueous medium. X-ray diffraction powder, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm (BET) analysis methods were used to characterize the nanostructures. Photodegradation mechanism was investigated and the results showed that the prepared samples were too efficient for the degradation of Acid Blue 92 (AB92) azo dye, and E. coli cells under visible light. The photogenerated electron-hole pairs reacted with the species in the solution and produced super active radicals such as {{O}}{{{H}}^ \\cdot }, {{H}}{{{O}}^ \\cdot }_{{2}}, and {{{O}}^{ \\cdot - }}_{{2}} which are responsible for the degradation of the environmental pollutions. TEM images were used to clarify the antibacterial activity of the products. Finally, as a practical application of the prepared photocatalysts, their ability evaluated for degradation of a real wastewater sample which was provided from the textile industries.

  6. Continuous-wave simultaneous dual-wavelength and power-ratio-tunable operation at 1064 and 1342 nm in an Nd:LuVO4 laser

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    Hsu, C.-C.; Wu, S.-S.; Chou, C.-C.; Wei, M.-D.

    2011-11-01

    This study demonstrates continuous-wave simultaneous dual-wavelength emission at 1064 and 1342 nm in an Nd:LuVO4 laser by using a T-type cavity configuration. The output powers indicating a function of pump power had two evolutions depending on the strength of the completion of two wavelength emissions. One is that the output power increased linearly with the pump power in weak competition, and the output power and slope efficiency of 1064 and 1342 nm were 1.17 W and 13%, and 0.213 W and 2.8%, respectively. The other is that the extracting-energy capabilities of two wavelength emissions were close, and the evolution was not linear and the variations demonstrated multiple stages depending on the pump power. Moreover, the ratio of output power, defined as the output power at 1064 nm divided by that at 1342 nm, is tuned from 0 to 5.5 by varying the 1064 nm cavity, and equal output powers of 1064 and 1342 nm can be obtained at each pump power.

  7. Visible-light photoactive Ag-AgBr/α-Ag3VO4 nanostructures prepared in a water-soluble ionic liquid for degradation of wastewater

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    Padervand, Mohsen

    2016-03-01

    Ag-AgBr/α-Ag3VO4 photocatalysts, prepared by an ionic liquid-assisted precipitation method, were used as an efficient visible light-driven photocatalytic system for removal of wastewater and pathogenic bacteria from the aqueous medium. X-ray diffraction powder, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm (BET) analysis methods were used to characterize the nanostructures. Photodegradation mechanism was investigated and the results showed that the prepared samples were too efficient for the degradation of Acid Blue 92 (AB92) azo dye, and E. coli cells under visible light. The photogenerated electron-hole pairs reacted with the species in the solution and produced super active radicals such as {{O}}{{{H}}^ \\cdot } , {{H}}{{{O}}^ \\cdot }_{{2}} , and {{{O}}^{ \\cdot - }}_{{2}} which are responsible for the degradation of the environmental pollutions. TEM images were used to clarify the antibacterial activity of the products. Finally, as a practical application of the prepared photocatalysts, their ability evaluated for degradation of a real wastewater sample which was provided from the textile industries.

  8. A hole inversion layer at the BiVO4/Bi4V2O11 interface produces a high tunable photovoltage for water splitting

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    dos Santos, Wayler S.; Rodriguez, Mariandry; Afonso, André S.; Mesquita, João P.; Nascimento, Lucas L.; Patrocínio, Antônio O. T.; Silva, Adilson C.; Oliveira, Luiz C. A.; Fabris, José D.; Pereira, Márcio C.

    2016-01-01

    The conversion of solar energy into hydrogen fuel by splitting water into photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) is an appealing strategy to store energy and minimize the extensive use of fossil fuels. The key requirement for efficient water splitting is producing a large band bending (photovoltage) at the semiconductor to improve the separation of the photogenerated charge carriers. Therefore, an attractive method consists in creating internal electrical fields inside the PEC to render more favorable band bending for water splitting. Coupling ferroelectric materials exhibiting spontaneous polarization with visible light photoactive semiconductors can be a likely approach to getting higher photovoltage outputs. The spontaneous electric polarization tends to promote the desirable separation of photogenerated electron- hole pairs and can produce photovoltages higher than that obtained from a conventional p-n heterojunction. Herein, we demonstrate that a hole inversion layer induced by a ferroelectric Bi4V2O11 perovskite at the n-type BiVO4 interface creates a virtual p-n junction with high photovoltage, which is suitable for water splitting. The photovoltage output can be boosted by changing the polarization by doping the ferroelectric material with tungsten in order to produce the relatively large photovoltage of 1.39 V, decreasing the surface recombination and enhancing the photocurrent as much as 180%. PMID:27503274

  9. A hole inversion layer at the BiVO4/Bi4V2O11 interface produces a high tunable photovoltage for water splitting

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    Dos Santos, Wayler S.; Rodriguez, Mariandry; Afonso, André S.; Mesquita, João P.; Nascimento, Lucas L.; Patrocínio, Antônio O. T.; Silva, Adilson C.; Oliveira, Luiz C. A.; Fabris, José D.; Pereira, Márcio C.

    2016-08-01

    The conversion of solar energy into hydrogen fuel by splitting water into photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) is an appealing strategy to store energy and minimize the extensive use of fossil fuels. The key requirement for efficient water splitting is producing a large band bending (photovoltage) at the semiconductor to improve the separation of the photogenerated charge carriers. Therefore, an attractive method consists in creating internal electrical fields inside the PEC to render more favorable band bending for water splitting. Coupling ferroelectric materials exhibiting spontaneous polarization with visible light photoactive semiconductors can be a likely approach to getting higher photovoltage outputs. The spontaneous electric polarization tends to promote the desirable separation of photogenerated electron- hole pairs and can produce photovoltages higher than that obtained from a conventional p-n heterojunction. Herein, we demonstrate that a hole inversion layer induced by a ferroelectric Bi4V2O11 perovskite at the n-type BiVO4 interface creates a virtual p-n junction with high photovoltage, which is suitable for water splitting. The photovoltage output can be boosted by changing the polarization by doping the ferroelectric material with tungsten in order to produce the relatively large photovoltage of 1.39 V, decreasing the surface recombination and enhancing the photocurrent as much as 180%.

  10. A hole inversion layer at the BiVO4/Bi4V2O11 interface produces a high tunable photovoltage for water splitting.

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    Dos Santos, Wayler S; Rodriguez, Mariandry; Afonso, André S; Mesquita, João P; Nascimento, Lucas L; Patrocínio, Antônio O T; Silva, Adilson C; Oliveira, Luiz C A; Fabris, José D; Pereira, Márcio C

    2016-08-09

    The conversion of solar energy into hydrogen fuel by splitting water into photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) is an appealing strategy to store energy and minimize the extensive use of fossil fuels. The key requirement for efficient water splitting is producing a large band bending (photovoltage) at the semiconductor to improve the separation of the photogenerated charge carriers. Therefore, an attractive method consists in creating internal electrical fields inside the PEC to render more favorable band bending for water splitting. Coupling ferroelectric materials exhibiting spontaneous polarization with visible light photoactive semiconductors can be a likely approach to getting higher photovoltage outputs. The spontaneous electric polarization tends to promote the desirable separation of photogenerated electron- hole pairs and can produce photovoltages higher than that obtained from a conventional p-n heterojunction. Herein, we demonstrate that a hole inversion layer induced by a ferroelectric Bi4V2O11 perovskite at the n-type BiVO4 interface creates a virtual p-n junction with high photovoltage, which is suitable for water splitting. The photovoltage output can be boosted by changing the polarization by doping the ferroelectric material with tungsten in order to produce the relatively large photovoltage of 1.39 V, decreasing the surface recombination and enhancing the photocurrent as much as 180%.

  11. Enhanced photovoltaic effect in BiVO4 semiconductor by incorporation with an ultrathin BiFeO3 ferroelectric layer.

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    Dong, Wen; Guo, Yiping; Guo, Bing; Li, Hua; Liu, Hezhou; Joel, Thia Weikang

    2013-08-14

    The photovoltaic effect of BiVO4 semiconductor was investigated by incorporating an ultrathin BiFeO3 ferroelectric layer. It is found that the ultrathin ferroelectric layer with strong self-polarization and high carrier density is desirable to enhance the photovoltaic effect and to manipulate the photovoltaic polarity of the semiconductors. The photovoltage increases by 5-fold to 1 V, and the photocurrent density increases by 2-fold to 140 μA/cm(2), in which the photovoltage is the highest compared with the reported values in polycrystalline and epitaxial ferroelectric thin film solar cells. The mechanism for the observed effect is discussed on the basis of a polarization-induced Schottky-like barrier at the BiFeO3/fluorine doped tin oxide interface. Our work provides good guidance for fabrication of cost-effective semiconductor photovoltaic devices with high performance, and this kind of ultrathin ferroelectric film may also have promising applications in copper indium gallium selenide solar cell, dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cell, lighting emitting diode, and other photoelectron related devices.

  12. Lanthanide complexes of macrocyclic polyoxovanadates by VO4 units: synthesis, characterization, and structure elucidation by X-ray crystallography and EXAFS spectroscopy.

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    Nishio, Masaki; Inami, Shinnosuke; Katayama, Misaki; Ozutsumi, Kazuhiko; Hayashi, Yoshihito

    2012-01-16

    Reactions of a tetravanadate anion, [V(4)O(12)](4-), with a series of lanthanide(III) salts yield three types of lanthanide complexes of macrocyclic polyoxovanadates: (Et(4)N)(6)[Ln(III)V(9)O(27)] [Ln = Nd (1), Sm (2), Eu (3), Gd (4), Tb (5), Dy (6)], (Et(4)N)(5)[(H(2)O)Ho(III)(V(4)O(12))(2)] (7), and (Et(4)N)(7)[Ln(III)V(10)O(30)] [Ln = Er (8), Tm (9), Yb (10), Lu (11)]. Lanthanide complexes 1-11 are isolated and characterized by IR, elemental analysis, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). Lanthanide complexes 1-6 are composed of a square-antiprism eight-coordinated Ln(III) center with a macrocyclic polyoxovanadate that is constructed from nine VO(4) tetrahedra through vertex sharing. The structure of 7 is composed of a seven-coordinated Ho(III) center, which exhibits a capped trigonal-prism coordination environment by the sandwiching of two cyclic tetravanadates with a capping H(2)O ligand. Lanthanide complexes 8-11 have a six-coordinated Ln(III) center with a 10-membered vanadate ligand. The structural trend to adopt a larger coordination number for a larger lanthanide ion among the three types of structures is accompanied by a change in the vanadate ring sizes. These lanthanide complexes are examined by EXAFS spectroscopies on lanthanide L(III) absorption edges, and the EXAFS oscillations of each of the samples in the solid state and in acetonitrile are identical. The Ln-O and Ln···V bond lengths obtained from fits of the EXAFS data are consistent with the data from the single-crystal X-ray studies, reflecting retention of the structures in acetonitrile.

  13. Crystal structure of (Na0.70)(Na0.70,Mn0.30)(Fe3+,Fe2+)2Fe2+(VO4)3, a sodium-, iron- and manganese-based vanadate with the alluaudite-type structure

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    Benhsina, Elhassan; Assani, Abderrazzak; Saadi, Mohamed; El Ammari, Lahcen

    2016-01-01

    The title compound, sodium (sodium,manganese) triiron(II,III) tris[vana­date(V)], (Na0.70)(Na0.70,Mn0.30)(Fe3+,Fe2+)2Fe2+(VO4)3, was prepared by solid-state reactions. It crystallizes in an alluaudite-like structure, characterized by a partial cationic disorder. In the structure, four of the 12 sites in the asymmetric unit are located on special positions, three on a twofold rotation axis (Wyckoff position 4e) and one on an inversion centre (4b). Two sites on the twofold rotation axis are entirely filled by Fe2+ and V5+, whereas the third site has a partial occupancy of 70% by Na+. The site on the inversion centre is occupied by Na+ and Mn2+ cations in a 0.7:0.3 ratio. The remaining Fe2+ and Fe3+ atoms are statistically distributed on a general position. The three-dimensional framework of this structure is made up of kinked chains of edge-sharing [FeO6] octa­hedra stacked parallel to [10-1]. These chains are held together by VO4 tetra­hedral groups, forming polyhedral sheets perpendicular to [010]. Within this framework, two types of channels extending along [001] are present. One is occupied by (Na+/Mn2+) while the second is partially occupied by Na+. The mixed site containing (Na+/Mn2+) has an octa­hedral coordination sphere, while the Na+ cations in the second channel are coordinated by eight O atoms. PMID:26958392

  14. Drug delivery by a self-assembled DNA tetrahedron for overcoming drug resistance in breast cancer cells.

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    Kim, Kyoung-Ran; Kim, Da-Rae; Lee, Taemin; Yhee, Ji Young; Kim, Byeong-Su; Kwon, Ick Chan; Ahn, Dae-Ro

    2013-03-11

    A DNA tetrahedron is employed for efficient delivery of doxorubicin into drug-resistant breast cancer cells. The drug delivered with the DNA nanoconstruct is considerably cytotoxic, whereas free doxorubicin is virtually non-cytotoxic for the drug-resistant cells. Thus, the DNA tetrahedron, made of the inherently natural and biocompatible material, can be a good candidate for the drug carrier to overcome MDR in cancer cells.

  15. Tumor-Penetrating Peptide-Modified DNA Tetrahedron for Targeting Drug Delivery.

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    Xia, Zhiwei; Wang, Ping; Liu, Xunwei; Liu, Ting; Yan, Yinan; Yan, Juan; Zhong, Jian; Sun, Gang; He, Dannong

    2016-03-01

    DNA self-assembling nanostructure has been considered as a promising candidate as a drug delivery vehicle because of its compactness, mechanical stability, and noncytotoxicity. In this work, we developed functional, multiform DNA nanostructures by appending a tumor-penetrating peptide to tetrahedral DNA nanostructure (p-TDN). This functional structure is able to efficiently increase the rate of uptake of glioblastoma cell U87MG compared with the DNA tetrahedron and the double-stranded DNA structures. We found that the DNA tetrahedron plays the main role in the endocytosis of U87MG cells, whereas the tumor-penetrating peptide could also bind to transmembrane glycoprotein neuropilin-1 and mediate the endocytosis of the p-TDN nanostructure. Moreover, given the high efficiency of the growth inhibitory effect of the p-TDN loading doxorubicin hydrochloride, the p-TDN distinguishes itself as a promising candidate as an effective delivery carrier.

  16. Ultrasensitive detection of microRNA through rolling circle amplification on a DNA tetrahedron decorated electrode.

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    Miao, Peng; Wang, Bidou; Meng, Fanyu; Yin, Jian; Tang, Yuguo

    2015-03-18

    MicroRNAs are a class of evolutionally conserved, small noncoding RNAs involved in the regulation of gene expression and affect a variety of biological processes including cellular differentiation, immunological response, tumor development, and so on. Recently, microRNAs have been identified as promising disease biomarkers. In this work, we have fabricated a novel electrochemical method for ultrasensitive detection of microRNA. Generally, a DNA tetrahedron decorated gold electrode is employed as the recognition interface. Then, hybridizations between DNA tetrahedron, microRNA, and primer probe initiate rolling circle amplification (RCA) on the electrode surface. Silver nanoparticles attached to the RCA products provide significant electrochemical signals and a limit of detection as low as 50 aM is achieved. Moreover, homology microRNA family members with only one or two mismatches can be successfully distinguished. Therefore, this proposed method reveals great advancements toward improved disease diagnosis and prognosis.

  17. The Large-Volume Limit of a Quantum Tetrahedron is a Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

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    Schliemann, John

    2013-01-01

    It is shown that the volume operator of a quantum tetrahedron is, in the sector of large eigenvalues, accurately described by a quantum harmonic oscillator. This result relies on the fact that (i) the volume operator couples only neighboring states of its standard basis, and (ii) its matrix elements show a unique maximum as a function of internal angular momentum quantum numbers. These quantum numbers, considered as a continuous variable, are the coordinate of the oscillator describing its quadratic potential, while the corresponding derivative defines a momentum operator. We also analyze the scaling properties of the oscillator parameters as a function of the size of the tetrahedron, and the role of different angular momentum coupling schemes.

  18. Tetrahedron-based orthogonal simultaneous scan for cone-beam computed tomography.

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    Ye, Ivan B; Wang, Ge

    2012-08-01

    In this article, a cone-beam computed tomography scanning mode is designed using four x-ray sources and a spherical sample. The x-ray sources are mounted at the vertices of a regular tetrahedron. On the circumsphere of the tetrahedron, four detection panels are mounted opposite of each vertex. To avoid x-ray interference, the largest half angle of each x-ray cone beam is 27°22', while the radius of the largest ball fully covered by all the cone beams is 0.460, when the radius of the circumsphere is 1. A proposed scanning scheme consists of two rotations about orthogonal axes, such that, each quarter turn provides sufficient data for theoretically exact and stable reconstruction. This design can be used in biomedical or industrial settings, such as when a sequence of reconstructions of an object is desired.

  19. Tetrahedron deformation and alignment of perceived vorticity and strain in a turbulent flow

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    Pumir, Alain; Xu, Haitao

    2012-01-01

    We describe the structure and dynamics of turbulence by the scale dependent perceived velocity gradient tensor as supported by following four tracers, i.e. fluid particles, that initially form a regular tetrahedron. We report results from experiments in a von K\\'arm\\'an swirling water flow and from numerical simulations of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equation. We analyze the dynamics of the perceived rate of strain tensor and perceived vorticity for initially regular tetrahedron of size $r_0$ from the dissipative to the integral scale. The experimental data at higher Reynolds number suggest the existence of a self-similar regime in the inertial range, where the perceived vorticity aligns with the largest eigenvalue of the perceived rate of strain tensor over durations of order $t_0$, where $t_0$ is the turbulence time scale of the flow for scale $r_0$. For smaller Reynolds numbers we found the dynamics to be scale dependent.

  20. Local tetrahedron modeling of microelectronics using the finite-volume hybrid-grid technique

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    Riley, D.J.; Turner, C.D.

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    The finite-volume hybrid-grid (FVHG) technique uses both structured and unstructured grid regions in obtaining a solution to the time-domain Maxwell`s equations. The method is based on explicit time differencing and utilizes rectilinear finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) and nonorthogonal finite-volume time-domain (FVTD). The technique directly couples structured FDTD grids with unstructured FVTD grids without the need for spatial interpolation across grid interfaces. In this paper, the FVHG method is applied to simple planar microelectronic devices. Local tetrahedron grids are used to model portions of the device under study, with the remainder of the problem space being modeled with cubical hexahedral cells. The accuracy of propagating microstrip-guided waves from a low-density hexahedron region through a high-density tetrahedron grid is investigated.

  1. A centred, elongated "ferric tetrahedron" with an S= 15/2 spin ground state.

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    Tabernor, James; Jones, Leigh F; Heath, Sarah L; Muryn, Chris; Aromi, Guillem; Ribas, Joan; Brechin, Euan K; Collison, David

    2004-04-07

    The reaction of anhydrous FeCl(3) with 1H-benzotriazole-1-methanol (Bta-CH(2)OH) in MeOH produces the pentanuclear complex [Fe(5)O(2)(OMe)(2)(Bta)(4)(BtaH)(MeOH)(5)Cl(5)], containing a distorted tetrahedron of four Fe ions centred on a fifth. The central Fe is antiferromagnetically coupled to the peripheral Fe ions resulting in an S= 15/2 spin ground state.

  2. Calculating electron momentum densities and Compton profiles using the linear tetrahedron method.

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    Ernsting, D; Billington, D; Haynes, T D; Millichamp, T E; Taylor, J W; Duffy, J A; Giblin, S R; Dewhurst, J K; Dugdale, S B

    2014-12-10

    A method for computing electron momentum densities and Compton profiles from ab initio calculations is presented. Reciprocal space is divided into optimally-shaped tetrahedra for interpolation, and the linear tetrahedron method is used to obtain the momentum density and its projections such as Compton profiles. Results are presented and evaluated against experimental data for Be, Cu, Ni, Fe3Pt, and YBa2Cu4O8, demonstrating the accuracy of our method in a wide variety of crystal structures.

  3. Investigation of the incommensurate and commensurate magnetic superstructures of LiCuVO4 and CuO on the basis of the isotropic spin exchange and classical spin approximations.

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    Dai, D; Koo, H-J; Whangbo, M-H

    2004-06-28

    The spin lattices of magnetic oxides LiCuVO(4) and CuO are made up of CuO(2) ribbon chains. The incommensurate and commensurate magnetic superstructures of these oxides were examined by calculating the total spin exchange interaction energies of their long-range order spin arrangements on the basis of the isotropic spin exchange and classical spin approximations. The incommensurate superstructure (0, 0.532, 0) of LiCuVO(4) was analyzed to find that the next-nearest-neighbor spin exchange interaction J(nnn) is more strongly antiferromagnetic than the nearest-neighbor spin exchange interaction J(nn) in the CuO(2) chains. With this finding, we reassessed the relative strengths of the spin exchange interactions of LiCuVO(4) and CuO and then analyzed the relative energies of their long-range order spin arrangements. The incommensurate superstructure (0, 0.532, 0) of LiCuVO(4) is explained when the J(nn)/J(nnn) ratio is -0.40. Both the incommensurate superstructure (0.506, 0, -0.483) and the commensurate superstructure (0.5, 0, -0.5) of CuO, which occur at 231 and 212.5 K, respectively, are well explained in terms of the calculated total spin exchange interaction energies. The incommensurate superstructure of CuO becomes commensurate by a slight change in one interchain spin exchange interaction, which is due probably to a slight structure change brought about by the temperature lowering.

  4. Validation and application of three-dimensional discontinuous deformation analysis with tetrahedron finite element meshed block

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    Jun Liu; Zheng Nan; Ping Yi

    2012-01-01

    In the last decade,three dimensional discontinuous deformation analyses (3D DDA) has attracted more and more attention of researchers and geotechnical engineers worldwide.The original DDA formulation utilizes a linear displacement function to describe the block movement and deformation,which would cause block expansion under rigid body rotation and thus limit its capability to model block deformation.In this paper,3D DDA is coupled with tetrahedron finite elements to tackle these two problems.Tetrahedron is the simplest in the 3D domain and makes it easy to implement automatic discretization,even for complex topology shape.Furthermore,element faces will remain planar and element edges will remain straight after deformation for tetrahedron finite elements and polyhedral contact detection schemes can be used directly.The matrices of equilibrium equations for this coupled method are given in detail and an effective contact searching algorithm is suggested.Validation is conducted by comparing the results of the proposed coupled method with that of physical model tests using one of the most common failure modes,i.e.,wedge failure.Most of the failure modes predicted by the coupled method agree with the physical model results except for 4 cases out of the total 65 cases.Finally,a complex rockslide example demonstrates the robustness and versatility of the coupled method.

  5. A tetrahedron-based endmember selection approach for urban impervious surface mapping.

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    Wang, Wei; Yao, Xinfeng; Zhai, Junpeng; Ji, Minhe

    2014-01-01

    The pixel purity index (PPI) and two-dimensional (2-D) scatter plots are two popular techniques for endmember extraction in remote sensing spectral mixture analysis, yet both suffer from one major drawback, that is, the selection of a final set of endmembers has to endure a cumbersome process of iterative visual inspection and human intervention, especially when a spectrally-complex urban scene is involved. Within the conceptual framework of a V-H-L-S (vegetation-high albedo-low albedo-soil) model, which is expanded from the classic V-I-S (vegetation-impervious surface-soil) model, a tetrahedron-based endmember selection approach combined with a multi-objective optimization genetic algorithm (MOGA) was designed to identify urban endmembers from multispectral imagery. The tetrahedron defining the enclosing volume of MNF-transformed pixels in a three-dimensional (3-D) space was algorithmically sought, so that the tetrahedral vertices can ideally match the four components of the adopted model. A case study with Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) satellite imagery in Shanghai, China was conducted to verify the validity of the method. The method performance was compared with those of the traditional PPI and 2-D scatter plots approaches. The results indicated that the tetrahedron-based endmember selection approach performed better in both accuracy and ease of identification for urban surface endmembers owing to the 3-D visualization analysis and use of the MOGA.

  6. A tetrahedron-based endmember selection approach for urban impervious surface mapping.

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    Full Text Available The pixel purity index (PPI and two-dimensional (2-D scatter plots are two popular techniques for endmember extraction in remote sensing spectral mixture analysis, yet both suffer from one major drawback, that is, the selection of a final set of endmembers has to endure a cumbersome process of iterative visual inspection and human intervention, especially when a spectrally-complex urban scene is involved. Within the conceptual framework of a V-H-L-S (vegetation-high albedo-low albedo-soil model, which is expanded from the classic V-I-S (vegetation-impervious surface-soil model, a tetrahedron-based endmember selection approach combined with a multi-objective optimization genetic algorithm (MOGA was designed to identify urban endmembers from multispectral imagery. The tetrahedron defining the enclosing volume of MNF-transformed pixels in a three-dimensional (3-D space was algorithmically sought, so that the tetrahedral vertices can ideally match the four components of the adopted model. A case study with Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+ satellite imagery in Shanghai, China was conducted to verify the validity of the method. The method performance was compared with those of the traditional PPI and 2-D scatter plots approaches. The results indicated that the tetrahedron-based endmember selection approach performed better in both accuracy and ease of identification for urban surface endmembers owing to the 3-D visualization analysis and use of the MOGA.

  7. Facile Phase Transfer and Surface Biofunctionalization of Hydrophobic Nanoparticles Using Janus DNA Tetrahedron Nanostructures.

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    Li, Juan; Hong, Cheng-Yi; Wu, Shu-Xian; Liang, Hong; Wang, Li-Ping; Huang, Guoming; Chen, Xian; Yang, Huang-Hao; Shangguan, Dihua; Tan, Weihong

    2015-09-01

    Hydrophobic nanoparticles have shown substantial potential for bioanalysis and biomedical applications. However, their use is hindered by complex phase transfer and inefficient surface modification. This paper reports a facile and universal strategy for phase transfer and surface biofunctionalization of hydrophobic nanomaterials using aptamer-pendant DNA tetrahedron nanostructures (Apt-tet). The Janus DNA tetrahedron nanostructures are constructed by three carboxyl group modified DNA strands and one aptamer sequence. The pendant linear sequence is an aptamer, in this case AS1411, known to specifically bind nucleolin, typically overexpressed on the plasma membranes of tumor cells. The incorporation of the aptamers adds targeting ability and also enhances intracellular uptake. Phase-transfer efficiency using Apt-tet is much higher than that achieved using single-stranded DNA. In addition, the DNA tetrahedron nanostructures can be programmed to permit the incorporation of other functional nucleic acids, such as DNAzymes, siRNA, or antisense DNA, allowing, in turn, the construction of promising theranostic nanoagents for bioanalysis and biomedical applications. Given these unique features, we believe that our strategy of surface modification and functionalization may become a new paradigm in phase-transfer-agent design and further expand biomedical applications of hydrophobic nanomaterials.

  8. [Selection of back-ground electrolyte in capillary zone electrophoresis by triangle and tetrahedron optimization methods].

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    Sun, Guoxiang; Song, Wenjing; Lin, Ting

    2008-03-01

    The triangle and tetrahedron optimization methods were developed for the selection of back-ground electrolyte (BGE) in capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Chromatographic fingerprint index F and chromatographic fingerprint relative index F(r) were used as the objective functions for the evaluation, and the extract of Saussurea involucrate by water was used as the sample. The BGE was composed of borax, boric acid, dibasic sodium phosphate and sodium dihydrogen phosphate solution with different concentrations using triangle and tetrahedron optimization methods. Re-optimization was carried out by adding organic modifier to the BGE and adjusting the pH value. In triangle method, when 50 mmol/L borax-150 mmol/L sodium dihydrogen phosphate (containing 3% acetonitrile) (1 : 1, v/v) was used as BGE, the isolation was considered to be satisfactory. In tetrahedron method, the best BGE was 50 mmol/L borax-150 mmol/L sodium dihydrogen phosphate-200 mmol/L boric acid (1 : 1 : 2, v/v/v; adjusting the pH value to 8.55 by 0.1 mol/L sodium hydroxide). There were 28 peaks and 25 peaks under the different conditions respectively. The results showed that the methods could be applied to the selection of BGE in CZE of the extract of traditional Chinese medicine by water or ethanol.

  9. [La(UO2)V2O7][(UO2)(VO4)] the first lanthanum uranyl-vanadate with structure built from two types of sheets based upon the uranophane anion-topology

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    Mer, A.; Obbade, S.; Rivenet, M.; Renard, C.; Abraham, F.

    2012-01-01

    The new lanthanum uranyl vanadate divanadate, [La(UO2)V2O7][(UO2)(VO4)] was obtained by reaction at 800 °C between lanthanum chloride, uranium oxide (U3O8) and vanadium oxide (V2O5) and the structure was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. This compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic system with space group P212121 and unit-cell parameters a=6.9470(2) Å, b=7.0934(2) Å, c=25.7464(6) Å, V=1268.73(5) Å3, Z=4. A full matrix least-squares refinement yielded R1=0.0219 for 5493 independent reflections. The crystal structure is characterized by the stacking of uranophane-type sheets [(UO2)(VO4)]-∞2 and double layers [La(UO2)(V2O7)]+∞2 connected through La-O bonds involving the uranyl oxygen of the uranyl-vanadate sheets. The double layers result from the connection of two [La(UO2)(VO4)2]-∞2 sheets derived from the uranophane anion-topology by replacing half of the uranyl ions by lanthanum atoms and connected through the formation of divanadate entities.

  10. Stable mode-locked operation of a low repetition rate diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser by combining quadratic polarisation switching and a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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    Gerhard, Christoph; Druon, Frédéric; Georges, Patrick; Couderc, Vincent; Leproux, Philippe

    2006-08-07

    In this paper, we present the mode-locked operation of an ultra-robustly stabilised Nd:GdVO(4) laser with low repetition rate by combining quadratic polarisation switching and a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). In addition, similar experiment was also done with Nd:YVO(4). For Nd:GdVO(4), 16-ps pulses at 1063 nm with a repetition rate of 3.95 MHz have been obtained for a laser average output power of 1.4 W. For Nd:YVO(4), the performance was 2.5 W of average power for 15-ps pulses at 1064 nm. Moreover, we demonstrate experimentally the advantage of combining these two passive mode locking techniques in terms of stability ranges. We show how the dual mode-locking technique is crucial to obtain a stable and long-term mode-locked regime in our case of a diode-pumped Nd:GdVO(4) laser operating at low repetition rate and more generally how this dual mode-locking technique improves the stability range of the mode-locked operation giving more flexibility on different parameters.

  11. Ultrasonic-assisted preparation of novel ternary ZnO/Ag3VO4/Ag2CrO4 nanocomposites and their enhanced visible-light activities in degradation of different pollutants

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    Pirhashemi, Mahsa; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2016-05-01

    Novel ternary ZnO/Ag3VO4/Ag2CrO4 nanocomposites were successfully fabricated via preparation of ZnO/Ag3VO4 followed by coupling of it with Ag2CrO4 through facile ultrasonic-assisted method. The resultant samples were carefully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive analysis of X-rays, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, and photoluminescence techniques. Photocatalytic activity for degradation of organic dyes, including rhodamine B, methylene blue, and methyl orange was examined under visible-light irradiation. Among the prepared samples, the ternary nanocomposite with 20% of Ag2CrO4 demonstrated the superior activity. This nanocomposite showed 10.6, 2.9, and 3.0-folds greater activity compared to ZnO, ZnO/Ag2CrO4, and ZnO/Ag3VO4, respectively. The enhanced activity was attributed to more harvesting of the visible-light irradiation and efficiently separation of the photogenerated charge carriers in the ternary nanocomposites. To understand efficiently separation of the charge carriers, a plausible diagram was proposed based on formation of tandem n-n heterojunctions.

  12. B-splines on 3-D tetrahedron partition in four-directional mesh

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    It is more difficult to construct 3-D splines than in 2-D case. Some results in the three directional meshes of bivariate case have been e xtended to 3-D case and corresponding tetrahedron partition has been constructed. The support of related Bsplines and their recurrent formulas on integration and differentiationdifference are obtained. The results of this paper can be extended into higher dimension spaces, and can be also used in wavelet analysis, because of the relationship between spline and wavelets.

  13. Influence of Er3+/Yb3+ concentration ratio on the down-conversion and up-conversion luminescence and lifetime in GdVO4:Er3+/Yb3+ microcrystals

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    Full Text Available In this paper, we studied the effects of Er3+/Yb3+ concentration ratio on structural, morphological and luminescence properties of GdVO4:Er3+/Yb3+ green phosphors prepared by a high-temperature solid state method. The samples with different concentrations (between 0.5 to 2 mol% of dopant Er3+ emitting ions and different concentrations (between 5 to 20 mol% of sensitizer ions (Yb3+ were studied. The phosphors were characterized by the X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and photoluminescence spectroscopy. For all samples, XRD diffraction patterns confirmed a formation of a pure GdVO4 phase, while the SEM showed that the materials are comprised of chunks of deformed particles with an average diameter ranging from approximately 2 μm to 8 μm. Both, down-conversion and up-conversion emission spectra of GdVO4:Er3+/Yb3+ samples, under near UV and IR excitations, exhibit two strong emission bands in the green spectral region at 525 nm and 552 nm wavelengths corresponding to 2H11/2 →4I15/2 and 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 electronic transitions of Er3+ ions. The intensity of the green emission was changed by changing the Er3+/Yb3+ concentration ratio. This dual-mode luminescence makes these materials ideal as green phosphors for a wide variety of applications in the fields of bioanalysis and biomedical. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 45020 i br. 172056

  14. Preparation of BiVO4 and photocatalytic degradation of RhB under visible light%钒酸铋的制备及可见光降解罗丹明B的研究

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    刘利; 王亚飞; 崔文权; 梁英华; 王萌

    2013-01-01

    BiVO4 was synthesized via hydrothermal method,with Bi(NO3)3 and NH4VO3 as raw materials and with NaOH to adjust pH of the system.Crystal structure and optical absorption properties of the as-prepared material were characterized by XRD and UV-Vis.Taking rhodamine B as degradation objective,halogen lamp(λ >400 nm)as light source,the influences of hydrothermal temperature and time on the visible photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 were investigated.Results showed that the best preparation conditions were 200 ℃ and 8 h.Influences ofpH of rhodamine B solution and dosage of catalyst on degradation rate of rhodamine B were also investigated,and results showed that when pH was 3 and catalyst's dosage was 0.4 g(per 60 mL solution),the photocatalytic effect was the best,and the photocatalytic degradation rate could reach 97% after reaction for 2h.%以偏钒酸铵和碳酸铋为原料,用NaOH调节体系pH,水热法合成钒酸铋(BiVO4)光催化剂.利用XRD和UV-Vis漫反射对样品的晶型结构和光吸收特性进行表征分析.以罗丹明B为目标降解物,卤素灯(λ>400 nm)为光源,探讨水热温度、水热时间对合成BiVO4催化剂的可见光催化活性影响.结果表明,在水热温度为200℃、水热时间为8h的条件下合成的钒酸铋光解效率最高.实验还研究了罗丹明B水溶液pH、催化剂投加量对光催化罗丹明B降解率的影响.结果表明,在罗丹明B水溶液pH为3、初始质量浓度为10 mg/L、每60 mL溶液催化剂投加量为0.4 g时能达到较好的光催化效果,反应2h后降解率可达97%.

  15. 水热法制备钒酸铋及可见光催化降解亚甲基蓝溶液研究%Preparation of BiVO4 Catalyst and Its Photocatalytic Activity for Degradation of Methylene Blue under Visible Light Irradiation

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    张进

    2012-01-01

    The BiVO4 catalyst was prepared by hydrothermal method and was characterized by X-ray diffxaction (XRD), scanning electro microscopy (SEM), and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The photocatalytic activity of the catalyst toward degradation methylene blue (MB) was studied under visible-light irradiation. The degradation rate of MB with BiVO4 was 64 % after being treated for 6h under 500 W visible-light irradiation using 0.6 g/L BiVO4 as the photocatalyst.%利用水热法制备了BiVO4粉体,并通过X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、紫外-可见漫反射光谱(DRs)等对催化剂进行了表征。以制备的BiVO4为催化剂,考察了可见光照射下其对亚甲基蓝的降解效果。研究结果表明对初始质量浓度为10mg/L的弧甲基蓝溶液50mL,BiVO4加入量为0.6g/L,经500W氙灯(可见光)照射6h后,亚甲基蓝的脱色率可达64%。

  16. Liver volume, as assessed by four ultrasonic crystals arranged to form a tetrahedron, decreases during anaphylactic shock in anesthetized rats.

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    Takano, Hiromichi; Shibamoto, Toshishige; Zhang, Wei; Kurata, Yasutaka

    2010-12-01

    We determined the hepatic volume change in anaphylactic hypotension by using four ultrasonic crystals in anesthetized rats. The hepatic volume was measured with four ultrasonic crystals arranged to form a tetrahedron on the liver surface. Before in vivo experiments, using isolated perfused rat liver preparations, we compared the measured liver volume changes with the whole-liver weight changes during hepatic blood flow rate changes and venoconstriction induced by norepinephrine. The measured relative change of the tetrahedron volume (V[utc]; percentage changes of the initial volume) was closely correlated with the liver weight change (W; percentage changes of the initial liver weight): V(utc) = 0.85W - 4.11 (r² = 0.67). Then, we measured the liver weight and the tetrahedron volume during hepatic anaphylaxis in isolated perfused liver excised from the rats sensitized with ovalbumin. An injection of the antigen into the perfusate caused anaphylactic venoconstriction, liver weight loss (1.1 ± 0.3 g; 9% ± 1%), and the tetrahedron volume reduction (12% ± 4%). Finally, we measured the liver volume change during anaphylactic hypotension in anesthetized ovalbumin-sensitized rats. When the antigen was i.v. injected into anesthetized rats, along with systemic hypotension and hepatic venoconstriction, the liver tetrahedron volume decreased by 6% ± 2% from baseline. In conclusion, we established a method to measure the hepatic volume by using four ultrasonic crystals forming a tetrahedron. Using this ultrasonic crystal method, we demonstrated that liver volume decreases during anaphylactic hypotension in anesthetized rats.

  17. A smart DNA tetrahedron that isothermally assembles or dissociates in response to the solution pH value changes.

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    Liu, Zhiyu; Li, Yingmei; Tian, Cheng; Mao, Chengde

    2013-06-10

    This communication reports a DNA tetrahedron whose self-assembly is triggered by an acidic environment. The key element is the formation/dissociation of a short, cytosine (C)-containing, DNA triplex. As the solution pH value oscillates between 5.0 and 8.0, the DNA triplex will form and dissociate that, in turn, leads to assembly or disassembly of the DNA tetrahedron, which has been demonstrated by native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). We believe that such environment-responsive behavior will be important for potential applications of DNA nanocages such as on-demand drug release.

  18. DNA Tetrahedron Delivery Enhances Doxorubicin-Induced Apoptosis of HT-29 Colon Cancer Cells

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    Zhang, Guiyu; Zhang, Zhiyong; Yang, Junen

    2017-08-01

    As a nano-sized drug carrier with the advantage of modifiability and proper biocompatibility, DNA tetrahedron (DNA tetra) delivery is hopeful to enhance the inhibitory efficiency of nontargeted anticancer drugs. In this investigation, doxorubicin (Dox) was assembled to a folic acid-modified DNA tetra via click chemistry to prepare a targeted antitumor agent. Cellular uptake efficiency was measured via fluorescent imaging. Cytotoxicity, inhibition efficiency, and corresponding mechanism on colon cancer cell line HT-29 were evaluated by MTT assay, cell proliferation curve, western blot, and flow cytometry. No cytotoxicity was induced by DNA tetra, but the cellular uptake ratio increased obviously resulting from the DNA tetra-facilitated penetration through cellular membrane. Accordingly, folic acid-DNA tetra-Dox markedly increased the antitumor efficiency with increased apoptosis levels. In details, 100 μM was the effective concentration and a 6-h incubation period was needed for apoptosis induction. In conclusion, nano-sized DNA tetrahedron was a safe and effective delivery system for Dox and correspondingly enhanced the anticancer efficiency.

  19. FORWARD KINEMATICS ANALYSIS FOR A NOVEL 5-DOF PARALLEL MECHANISM USING TETRAHEDRON CONFIGURATIONS

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    2007-01-01

    Forward kinematics analysis of a novel 5-DOF parallel mechanism using tetrahedron configurations is presented. Such mechanism is suitable to many tasks requiring less than 6 DOFs. It consists of a movable platform connected to the base by five identical 6-DOF active limbs plus one active limb with its DOF being exactly the same as the specified DOF of the movable platform, which leads to its legs' topology 4-UPS/UPU. Based on the tetrahedron geometry, both closed-form solution with an extra sensor and numerical method using iterative algorithm are employed to obtain the forward kinematics solutions of the mechanism. Compared with the conventional methods, the proposed closed-form solution has the advantages in automatically avoiding unnecessary complex roots and getting a unique solution for the forward kinematics. Finally, an example shows that the proposed numerical algorithm is so effective that it enables a real-time forward kinematics solution to be achieved and the initial value can be chosen easily.

  20. Analysis of telomerase activity based on a spired DNA tetrahedron TS primer.

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    Li, Yan; Wen, Yanli; Wang, Lele; Liang, Wen; Xu, Li; Ren, Shuzhen; Zou, Ziying; Zuo, Xiaolei; Fan, Chunhai; Huang, Qing; Liu, Gang; Jia, Nengqin

    2015-05-15

    The development of sensitive telomerase biosensors is hindered by the restricted accessibility of telomere strand (TS) primer and the limited enzyme reaction space, which is mainly confined by the vertical distance. In this work, we designed an electrochemical telomerase biosensor based on a spired DNA tetrahedron TS primer (STTS). By adding a rigid dsDNA spire onto the top of the DNA tetrahedron, we successfully regulated the distance between the TS primer and the surface, and thus greatly facilitated the telomerase elongation on surface. The signal-to-noise ratio was 2 times higher than TSP without the spire structure. The limit of detection was calculated to be lower than 10 HeLa cells, which is at least 2 magnitudes lower than other surface extension-based electrochemical telomerase sensors without amplification. The practicability of STTS sensor was also demonstrated by analysing various other cell lines including cancer cells, stem cells of high telomerase activity and somatic cells of low telomerase activity.

  1. Design of a single-chain polypeptide tetrahedron assembled from coiled-coil segments.

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    Gradišar, Helena; Božič, Sabina; Doles, Tibor; Vengust, Damjan; Hafner-Bratkovič, Iva; Mertelj, Alenka; Webb, Ben; Šali, Andrej; Klavžar, Sandi; Jerala, Roman

    2013-06-01

    Protein structures evolved through a complex interplay of cooperative interactions, and it is still very challenging to design new protein folds de novo. Here we present a strategy to design self-assembling polypeptide nanostructured polyhedra based on modularization using orthogonal dimerizing segments. We designed and experimentally demonstrated the formation of the tetrahedron that self-assembles from a single polypeptide chain comprising 12 concatenated coiled coil-forming segments separated by flexible peptide hinges. The path of the polypeptide chain is guided by a defined order of segments that traverse each of the six edges of the tetrahedron exactly twice, forming coiled-coil dimers with their corresponding partners. The coincidence of the polypeptide termini in the same vertex is demonstrated by reconstituting a split fluorescent protein in the polypeptide with the correct tetrahedral topology. Polypeptides with a deleted or scrambled segment order fail to self-assemble correctly. This design platform provides a foundation for constructing new topological polypeptide folds based on the set of orthogonal interacting polypeptide segments.

  2. Fabrication and efficient visible light photocatalytic properties of novel zinc indium sulfide (ZnIn2S4) - graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4)/bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) nanorod-based ternary nanocomposites with enhanced charge separation via Z-scheme transfer.

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    Jo, Wan-Kuen; Natarajan, Thillai Sivakumar

    2016-11-15

    Novel ZnIn2S4-g-C3N4/BiVO4 nanorod-based ternary nanocomposite photocatalysts with enhanced visible light absorption were synthesized and systematically characterized to confirm the formation of ZnIn2S4 marigold flowers, the layered structure of the g-C3N4, BiVO4 nanorods, and the formation of binary and ternary nanocomposites. The visible light absorption of BiVO4 was significantly improved after coupling with g-C3N4 and ZnIn2S4, which was confirmed by UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopic analysis. Ternary ZnIn2S4-g-C3N4/BiVO4 nanocomposites exhibited excellent visible light photocatalytic decomposition efficiency (VL-PDE) when used for the degradation of congo red (CR) dye and metronidazole (MTZ) pharmaceutical, as well as excellent stability and reusability. The ternary 5%ZnIn2S4-50%-g-C3N4/BiVO4 nanocomposite showed higher VL-PDE for CR (81.5%) and MTZ (59%) degradation than the binary composites, g-C3N4 and BiVO4. Radical quenching experiments showed that h(+), OH, and O2(-) were the reactive radicals, validating that the Z-scheme charge carrier transfer mechanism was responsible for the enhanced VL-PDE of the ternary ZnIn2S4-g-C3N4/BiVO4 nanocomposites, which was further confirmed by photoluminescence analysis. Furthermore, kinetic studies showed that the degradation followed pseudo-first-order kinetics, and that the ternary photocatalysts could be reused up to three times with good stability. The enhanced visible light absorption, high surface area, high adsorption capacity, Z-scheme charge carrier transfer, and increased lifetime of photo-produced electron-hole pairs were responsible for the increased visible light photocatalytic decomposition efficiency.

  3. A novel DNA tetrahedron-hairpin probe for in situ"off-on" fluorescence imaging of intracellular telomerase activity.

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    Feng, Qiu-Mei; Zhu, Meng-Jiao; Zhang, Ting-Ting; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2016-04-21

    A novel three-dimensionally structured DNA probe is reported to realize in situ"off-on" imaging of intracellular telomerase activity. The probe consists of a DNA tetrahedron and a hairpin DNA on one of the vertices of the DNA tetrahedron. It is composed of four modified DNA segments: S1-Au nanoparticle (NP) inserting a telomerase strand primer (TSP) and S2-S4, three Cy5 dye modified DNA segments. Fluorescence of Cy5 at three vertices of the DNA tetrahedron is quenched by the Au NP at the other vertex due to the effective fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) ("off" state). When the probe meets telomerase, the hairpin structure changes to rod-like through complementary hybridization with the telomerase-triggered stem elongation product, resulting in a large distance between the Au NP and Cy5 and the recovery of Cy5 fluorescence ("on" state). The molar ratio of 3 : 1 between the reporter (Cy5) and the target related TSP makes the probe show high sensitivity and recovery efficiency of Cy5 in the presence of telomerase extracted from HeLa cells. Given the functional and compact nanostructure, the mechanically stable and noncytotoxic nature of the DNA tetrahedron, this FRET-based probe provides more opportunities for biosensing, molecular imaging and drug delivery.

  4. Fluorescent differentiation and quantificational detection of free tryptophan in serum within a confined metal-organic tetrahedron.

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    He, Cheng; Wang, Jian; Wu, Pengyan; Jia, Lingyun; Bai, Ying; Zhang, Zhichao; Duan, Chunying

    2012-12-18

    A metal-organic cerium tetrahedron having size constraints and cooperated interactions within its cavity was used to selectively recognize tryptophan over other natural amino acids and Trp-containing peptides. It was applied in quantificational detection of free tryptophan in serum.

  5. A truncated [Mn(III)₁₂] tetrahedron from oxime-based [Mn(III)₃O] building blocks.

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    Frost, J M; Sanz, S; Rajeshkumar, T; Pitak, M B; Coles, S J; Rajaraman, G; Wernsdorfer, W; Schnack, J; Lusby, P J; Brechin, E K

    2014-07-28

    The use of the novel pro-ligand H4L combining the complimentary phenolic oxime and diethanolamine moieties in one organic framework, results in the formation of the first example of a [Mn(III)12] truncated tetrahedron and an extremely rare example of a Mn cage conforming to an Archimedean solid.

  6. Molybdate templated assembly of Ln12Mo4-type clusters (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd) containing a truncated tetrahedron core.

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    Zheng, Yong; Zhang, Qian-Chong; Long, La-Sheng; Huang, Rong-Bin; Müller, Achim; Schnack, Jürgen; Zheng, Lan-Sun; Zheng, Zhiping

    2013-01-01

    Three heterometallic cluster complexes {Ln(12)Mo(4)} featuring an Ln(12) core of a distorted truncated tetrahedron were synthesized with the assistance of four MoO(4)(2-) anions as ancillary ligands. Magnetic studies of the {Gd(12)Mo(4)} cluster revealed a large magnetocaloric effect due to the presence of the large number of weakly coupled Gd(III) ions.

  7. DNA tetrahedron and star trigon nanostructures for target recycling detection of nucleic acid.

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    Li, Yueran; Chen, Xifeng; Wang, Bidou; Liu, Guangxing; Tang, Yuguo; Miao, Peng

    2016-06-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus which attacks the human body's immune system and further leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Nucleic acid detection is of great importance in the medical diagnosis of such diseases. Herein, we develop a simple and enzyme-free electrochemical method for the target recycling detection of nuclei acid. DNA tetrahedron and star trigon nanostructures are designed and constructed on the electrode interface for target capture and signal enrichment. This strategy is convenient and sensitive, with a limit of detection as low as 1 fM, and can also successfully distinguish single-base mismatched DNA. Therefore, the proposed method has a promising potential application for HIV DNA detection.

  8. Materials science tetrahedron--a useful tool for pharmaceutical research and development.

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    Sun, Changquan Calvin

    2009-05-01

    The concept of materials science tetrahedron (MST) concisely depicts the inter-dependent relationship among the structure, properties, performance, and processing of a drug. Similar to its role in traditional materials science, MST encompasses the development in the emerging field of pharmaceutical materials science and forms a scientific foundation to the design and development of new drug products. Examples are given to demonstrate the applicability of MST to both pharmaceutical research and product development. It is proposed that a systematic implementation of MST can expedite the transformation of pharmaceutical product development from an art to a science. By following the principle of MST, integration of research among different laboratories can be attained. The pharmaceutical science community as a whole can conduct more efficient, collaborative, and coherent research.

  9. A three-dimensional sound ray tracing method by deploying regular tetrahedrons

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    JIANG Wei; LI Taibao

    2005-01-01

    A sound ray tracing algorithm is presented, which helps to rapidly find the sound ray trajectories in three-dimensional (3-D) space. At each step of ray tracing, a small regular tetrahedron is made in front of a ray, so that the sound speed field inside may be approximately regarded as linear. Since a ray trajectory in the linear sound speed field is always on a plane, it may be obtained by the two-dimensional (2-D) sound ray tracing method by deploying triangles.The theoretical derivation is given and a numerical model is discussed. It shows that the algorithm is fast and precise. It is also more concise and reliable than the traditional 3-D algorithms, and may be used to avoid the damage to the precision by the acoustic refraction in the 3-D ultrasound computerized tomography.

  10. The nonconforming linear strain tetrahedron for a large deformation elasticity problem

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    Hansbo, Peter; Larsson, Fredrik

    2016-12-01

    In this paper we investigate the performance of the nonconforming linear strain tetrahedron element introduced by Hansbo (Comput Methods Appl Mech Eng 200(9-12):1311-1316, 2011; J Numer Methods Eng 91(10):1105-1114, 2012). This approximation uses midpoints of edges on tetrahedra in three dimensions with either point continuity or mean continuity along edges of the tetrahedra. Since it contains (rotated) bilinear terms it performs substantially better than the standard constant strain element in bending. It also allows for under-integration in the form of one point Gauss integration of volumetric terms in near incompressible situations. We combine under-integration of the volumetric terms with houglass stabilization for the isochoric terms.

  11. The nonconforming linear strain tetrahedron for a large deformation elasticity problem

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    Hansbo, Peter; Larsson, Fredrik

    2016-08-01

    In this paper we investigate the performance of the nonconforming linear strain tetrahedron element introduced by Hansbo (Comput Methods Appl Mech Eng 200(9-12):1311-1316, 2011; J Numer Methods Eng 91(10):1105-1114, 2012). This approximation uses midpoints of edges on tetrahedra in three dimensions with either point continuity or mean continuity along edges of the tetrahedra. Since it contains (rotated) bilinear terms it performs substantially better than the standard constant strain element in bending. It also allows for under-integration in the form of one point Gauss integration of volumetric terms in near incompressible situations. We combine under-integration of the volumetric terms with houglass stabilization for the isochoric terms.

  12. Eight-body central configuration for conjugate-nested regular tetrahedrons

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    LIU Xue-fei; FENG Tian-xiang; CHEN Xiao-chun

    2007-01-01

    The sufficient and necessary conditions, the existence and uniqueness of a new class of central configuration in R3, for the conjugate-nest consisting of two regular tetrahedrons, are proved. If the configuration is a central configuration, then all masses of outside layer are equivalent, and the masses of inside layer are also equivalent. At the same time ρ (the ratio of the sizes) and mass ratio τ=m/m must be satisfied by some formulas. For any radius ratios ρ∈(0, 0.152 996 918 2) or (0.715 223 148 7, 1.398 165 037), there is only one central configuration. Otherwise, for any given mass ratio τ , there may exist more than one central configuration.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of new fluoride-containing manganese vanadates A2Mn2V2O7F2 (A=Rb, Cs) and Mn2VO4F

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    Sanjeewa, Liurukara D.; McGuire, Michael A.; Smith Pellizzeri, Tiffany M.; McMillen, Colin D.; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Willett, Daniel; Chumanov, George; Kolis, Joseph W.

    2016-09-01

    Large single crystals of A2Mn2V2O7F2 (A=Rb, Cs) and Mn2VO4F were grown using a high-temperature (~600 °C) hydrothermal technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction and powder X-ray diffraction were utilized to characterize the structures, which both possess MnO4F2 building blocks. The A2Mn2V2O7F2 series crystallizes as a new structure type in space group Pbcn (No. 60), Z=4 (Rb2Mn2V2O7F2: a=7.4389(17) Å, b=11.574(3) Å, c=10.914(2) Å; Cs2Mn2V2O7F2: a=7.5615(15) Å, b=11.745(2) Å, c=11.127(2) Å). The structure is composed of zigzag chains of edge-sharing MnO4F2 units running along the a-axis, and interconnected through V2O7 pyrovanadate groups. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements on this interesting one-dimensional structural feature based on Mn2+ indicated that Cs2Mn2V2O7F2 is antiferromagnetic with a Neél temperature, TN=~3 K and a Weiss constant, θ, of -11.7(1) K. Raman and infrared spectra were also analyzed to identify the fundamental V-O vibrational modes in Cs2Mn2V2O7F2. Mn2(VO4)F crystalizes in the monoclinic space group of C2/c (no. 15), Z=8 with unit cell parameters of a=13.559(2) Å, b=6.8036(7) Å, c=10.1408(13) Å and β=116.16(3)°. The structure is associated with those of triplite and wagnerite. Dynamic fluorine disorder gives rise to complex alternating chains of five-and six-coordinate Mn2+. These interpenetrating chains are additionally connected through isolated VO4 tetrahedra to form the condensed structure.

  14. Preparation and Composition-Structure-Thermal Stability Relation of a Novel Open-framework Vanadium Phosphate (H3NCH2CH2NH3)3[(VO)4(PO4)2(HPO4)4

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    A novel open-framework vanadium(Ⅳ) phosphate (H3NCH2CH2NH3)3[(VO)4(PO4)2(HPO4)4] (short for V2P3-en) has been prepared. It is synthesized hydrothermally in the presence of ethylenediamine (en) at 170℃ for 5 days by self-assembly from structurally simple precursors V2O5, H3PO4 and H2O. The compound is characterized by means of Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), X-ray powder diffraction analysis (XRD) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Furthermore, the composition-structure-thermal stability relation of V2P3-en is explored in terms of crystal chemistry, and the potential approach to the enhancement of its thermal stability is proposed.

  15. Availability of new Yb:YV0 4 and Yb:Gd xY 1-xVO 4 laser crystals for femtosecond laser systems at low temperature

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    Pestryakov, E. V.; Petrov, V. V.; Trunov, V. I.; Kirpichnikov, A. V.; Merzliakov, M. A.; Laptev, A. V.; Matrosov, V. N.

    2005-12-01

    New Yb:YVO 4 and Yb:Gd xY 1-xVO 4 (x=0.6) laser crystals were grown by the Czochralski methods. The experimental spectroscopic properties of trivalent ytterbium ions in tetragonal vanadates have been performed. Polarized absorption and fluorescence spectra were investigated and stimulated emission cross sections were estimated for both crystals at room (RT) and liquid nitrogen (LN) temperatures. On the absorption and fluorescence data, excited states lifetimes the energy of electronic levels of ytterbium in crystalline hosts were calculated and the lasing parameters of broadband transitions of doped ions were studied. The investigation shows these crystals are perspective for femtosecond pulses generation in NIR region near 1000 nm under laser diode pumping.

  16. Spontaneous generation of vortex and coherent vector beams from a thin-slice c-cut Nd:GdVO4 laser with wide-aperture laser-diode end pumping: application to highly sensitive rotational and translational Doppler velocimetry

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    Otsuka, Kenju; Chu, Shu-Chun

    2017-07-01

    Selective excitation of Laguerre-Gauss modes (optical vortices: helical LG0,2 and LG0,1), reflecting their weak transverse cross-saturation of population inversions against a preceding higher-order Ince-Gauss (IG0,2) or Hermite-Gauss (HG2,1) mode, was observed in a thin-slice c-cut Nd:GdVO4 laser with wide-aperture laser-diode end pumping. Single-frequency coherent vector beams were generated through the transverse mode locking of a pair of orthogonally polarized IG2,0 and LG0,2 or HG2,1 and LG0,1 modes. Highly sensitive self-mixing rotational and translational Doppler velocimetry is demonstrated by using vortex and coherent vector beams.

  17. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Structure of [{Mo8V4O36 (VO4) (VO)2 }n]7n-Bi-capped α-Keggin Fragments Linked to a Chain

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    The title compound, (H2en) 3H3O { MosV4O36 (VO4) (VO) 2 } · 4H2O, was hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by means of IR, ESR spectrum and single crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallized in a monoclinic system with space group P21/c, a= 1. 980 4(4)nm, b=2. 063 4(4) nm, c=1. 192 0(2) nm, β=94. 76(3)°and deep black colour. The compound contains V-centered bi-capped a-Keggin fragments { MosV7O42 } that are linked together by edge-shared units V ⅣO5 via V-O-V bonds, forming a chain.

  18. 7.5W Nd:GdV04环形腔单频激光器%7.5 W Nd: GdVO4 Single-Frequency Ring Laser

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    赵伟芳; 侯玮; 郭林; 林学春; 李晋闽

    2011-01-01

    A Nd.: GdVO4 crystal is end-pumped by a fiber-coupled laser diode (FCLD), and high power of singlefrequency laser output is achieved. The four-mirror bow-tie ring cavity with a Faraday rotator and a half wave plate is applied to eliminate the spatial hole-burning effect. A solid etalon is inserted into the cavity to obtain single-frequency 1063 nm output of the narrow line width. The maximum output is 7.57 W and the optical-optical conversionefficiency is 41.8% with 18.10 W of the incident power.%采用光纤耦合输出激光二极管(FCLD)单端端面抽运Nd:GdVO4晶体的方式,获得高功率单频激光的输出.在实验中,采用四镜折叠环形腔,考虑了晶体的热透镜效应后,优化了环行腔腔型.通过在腔内插入法拉第旋光器和半波片实现激光的单向运转从而抑制空间烧孔效应,在腔内插入标准具后,压缩了单频激光的线宽,获得了连续单频1063 nm激光输出.在18.10 W抽运功率时,获得了7.57 W的单频激光,光-光转换效率为4L 8%,光束质量因子M2≈1.2.

  19. Tetrahedron Equation and Quantum R Matrices for Spin Representations of B^{(1)}_n, D^{(1)}_n and D^{(2)}_{n+1}

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    Kuniba, Atsuo

    2012-01-01

    It is known that a solution of the tetrahedron equation generates infinitely many solutions of the Yang-Baxter equation via suitable reductions. In this paper this scheme is applied to an oscillator solution of the tetrahedron equation involving bosons and fermions by using special 3d boundary conditions. The resulting solutions of the Yang-Baxter equation are identified with the quantum R matrices for the spin representations of B^{(1)}_n, D^{(1)}_n and D^{(2)}_{n+1}.

  20. Structures and energetics of 98 atom Pd-Pt nanoalloys: potential stability of the Leary tetrahedron for bimetallic nanoparticles.

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    Paz-Borbón, Lauro Oliver; Mortimer-Jones, Thomas V; Johnston, Roy L; Posada-Amarillas, Alvaro; Barcaro, Giovanni; Fortunelli, Alessandro

    2007-10-14

    The energetics of 98 atom bimetallic Pd-Pt clusters are studied using a combination of: a genetic algorithm technique (to explore vast areas of the configurational space); a basin-hopping atom-exchange routine (to search for lowest-energy homotops at fixed composition); and a shell optimisation approach (to search for high symmetry isomers). The interatomic interactions between Pd and Pt are modelled by the Gupta many-body empirical potential. For most compositions, the putative global minima are found to have structures based on defective Marks decahedra, but in the composition range from Pd46Pt52 to Pd63Pt35, the Leary tetrahedron (LT)--a structure previously identified for 98 atom Lennard-Jones clusters--is consistently found as the most stable structure. Based on the excess energy stability criterion, Pd56Pt42 represents the most stable cluster across the entire composition range. This structure, a Td-symmetry LT, exhibits multi-layer segregation with an innermost core of Pd atoms, an intermediate layer of Pt atoms and an outermost Pd surface shell (Pd-Pt-Pd). The stability of the Leary tetrahedron is compared against other low-energy competing structural motifs: the Marks decahedron (Dh-M), a "quasi" tetrahedron (a closed-packed structure) and two other closed-packed structures. The stability of LT structures is rationalized in terms of their spherical shape and the large number of nearest neighbours.

  1. "Giant surfactants" created by the fast and efficient functionalization of a DNA tetrahedron with a temperature-responsive polymer.

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    Wilks, Thomas R; Bath, Jonathan; de Vries, Jan Willem; Raymond, Jeffery E; Herrmann, Andreas; Turberfield, Andrew J; O'Reilly, Rachel K

    2013-10-22

    Copper catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) was employed to synthesize DNA block copolymers (DBCs) with a range of polymer blocks including temperature-responsive poly(N-isoproylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAM)) and highly hydrophobic poly(styrene). Exceptionally high yields were achieved at low DNA concentrations, in organic solvents, and in the absence of any solid support. The DNA segment of the DBC remained capable of sequence-specific hybridization: it was used to assemble a precisely defined nanostructure, a DNA tetrahedron, with pendant poly(NIPAM) segments. In the presence of an excess of poly(NIPAM) homopolymer, the tetrahedron-poly(NIPAM) conjugate nucleated the formation of large, well-defined nanoparticles at 40 °C, a temperature at which the homopolymer precipitated from solution. These composite nanoparticles were observed by dynamic light scattering and cryoTEM, and their hybrid nature was confirmed by AFM imaging. As a result of the large effective surface area of the tetrahedron, only very low concentrations of the conjugate were required in order for this surfactant-like behavior to be observed.

  2. The closure constraint for the hyperbolic tetrahedron as a Bianchi identity

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    Charles, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    The closure constraint is a central piece of the mathematics of loop quantum gravity. It encodes the gauge invariance of the spin network states of quantum geometry and provides them with a geometrical interpretation: each decorated vertex of a spin network is dual to a quantized polyhedron in $\\mathbb{R}^{3}$. For instance, a 4-valent vertex is interpreted as a tetrahedron determined by the four normal vectors of its faces. We develop a framework where the closure constraint is re-interpreted as a Bianchi identity, with the normals defined as holonomies around the polyhedron faces of a connection (constructed from the spinning geometry interpretation of twisted geometries). This allows us to define closure constraints for hyperbolic tetrahedra (living in the 3-hyperboloid of unit future-oriented spacelike vectors in $\\mathbb{R}^{3,1}$) in terms of normals living all in $SU(2)$ or in $SB(2,\\mathbb{C})$. The latter fits perfectly with the classical phase space developed for $q$-deformed loop quantum gravity su...

  3. The closure constraint for the hyperbolic tetrahedron as a Bianchi identity

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    Charles, Christoph; Livine, Etera R.

    2017-07-01

    The closure constraint is a central piece of the mathematics of loop quantum gravity. It encodes the gauge invariance of the spin network states of quantum geometry and provides them with a geometrical interpretation: each decorated vertex of a spin network is dual to a quantized polyhedron in R3. For instance, a 4-valent vertex is interpreted as a tetrahedron determined by the four normal vectors of its faces. We develop a framework where the closure constraint is re-interpreted as a Bianchi identity, with the normals defined as holonomies around the polyhedron faces of a connection (constructed from the spinning geometry interpretation of twisted geometries). This allows us to define closure constraints for hyperbolic tetrahedra (living in the 3-hyperboloid of unit future-oriented spacelike vectors in R^{3,1}) in terms of normals living all in SU(2) or in SB(2,C). The latter fits perfectly with the classical phase space developed for q-deformed loop quantum gravity supposed to account for a non-vanishing cosmological constant Λ >0. This allows the interpretation of q-deformed twisted geometries as actual discrete hyperbolic triangulations for 4d quantum gravity.

  4. Evaluation of algebraic iterative image reconstruction methods for tetrahedron beam computed tomography systems.

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    Kim, Joshua; Guan, Huaiqun; Gersten, David; Zhang, Tiezhi

    2013-01-01

    Tetrahedron beam computed tomography (TBCT) performs volumetric imaging using a stack of fan beams generated by a multiple pixel X-ray source. While the TBCT system was designed to overcome the scatter and detector issues faced by cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), it still suffers the same large cone angle artifacts as CBCT due to the use of approximate reconstruction algorithms. It has been shown that iterative reconstruction algorithms are better able to model irregular system geometries and that algebraic iterative algorithms in particular have been able to reduce cone artifacts appearing at large cone angles. In this paper, the SART algorithm is modified for the use with the different TBCT geometries and is tested using both simulated projection data and data acquired using the TBCT benchtop system. The modified SART reconstruction algorithms were able to mitigate the effects of using data generated at large cone angles and were also able to reconstruct CT images without the introduction of artifacts due to either the longitudinal or transverse truncation in the data sets. Algebraic iterative reconstruction can be especially useful for dual-source dual-detector TBCT, wherein the cone angle is the largest in the center of the field of view.

  5. Quantitative single-molecule detection of protein based on DNA tetrahedron fluorescent nanolabels.

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    Ding, Yongshun; Liu, Xingti; Zhu, Jing; Wang, Lei; Jiang, Wei

    2014-07-01

    A highly sensitive method for single-molecule quantitative detection of human IgG is presented by the employment of a new fluorescent nanolabel. In this method, fluorescent nanolabels were assembled by inserting SYBR Green I into DNA tetrahedron nanostructure. The bio-nanolabels were attached to the streptavidin-antihuman antibody by a specific reaction between biotin and streptavidin. The antibody was combined with the target antigen, human IgG, which was immobilized on the silanized glass subtrate surface. Finally, epi-fluorescence microscopy (EFM) coupled with an electron multiplying charge-coupled device was employed for fluorescence imaging. The fluorescent spots corresponding to single protein molecule on images were counted and further used for the quantitative detection. It was found that the new nanolabel shows good photostability, biocompatiblity and exhibits no blinking compared to traditional labels like fluorescence dyes and quantum dot (QDs). In addition, the number of fluorescence spots on the images has a linear relationship with the concentration of human IgG in the range of 3.0×10(-14) to 1.0×10(-12)mol L(-1). What is more, this method showed an excellent specificity and a low matrix effect.

  6. Evaluation of Algebraic Iterative Image Reconstruction Methods for Tetrahedron Beam Computed Tomography Systems

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    Joshua Kim

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Tetrahedron beam computed tomography (TBCT performs volumetric imaging using a stack of fan beams generated by a multiple pixel X-ray source. While the TBCT system was designed to overcome the scatter and detector issues faced by cone beam computed tomography (CBCT, it still suffers the same large cone angle artifacts as CBCT due to the use of approximate reconstruction algorithms. It has been shown that iterative reconstruction algorithms are better able to model irregular system geometries and that algebraic iterative algorithms in particular have been able to reduce cone artifacts appearing at large cone angles. In this paper, the SART algorithm is modified for the use with the different TBCT geometries and is tested using both simulated projection data and data acquired using the TBCT benchtop system. The modified SART reconstruction algorithms were able to mitigate the effects of using data generated at large cone angles and were also able to reconstruct CT images without the introduction of artifacts due to either the longitudinal or transverse truncation in the data sets. Algebraic iterative reconstruction can be especially useful for dual-source dual-detector TBCT, wherein the cone angle is the largest in the center of the field of view.

  7. Aluminum-centered tetrahedron-octahedron transition in advancing Al-Sb-Te phase change properties.

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    Xia, Mengjiao; Ding, Keyuan; Rao, Feng; Li, Xianbin; Wu, Liangcai; Song, Zhitang

    2015-02-24

    Group IIIA elements, Al, Ga, or In, etc., doped Sb-Te materials have proven good phase change properties, especially the superior data retention ability over popular Ge2Sb2Te5, while their phase transition mechanisms are rarely investigated. In this paper, aiming at the phase transition of Al-Sb-Te materials, we reveal a dominant rule of local structure changes around the Al atoms based on ab initio simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance evidences. By comparing the local chemical environments around Al atoms in respective amorphous and crystalline Al-Sb-Te phases, we believe that Al-centered motifs undergo reversible tetrahedron-octahedron reconfigurations in phase transition process. Such Al-centered local structure rearrangements significantly enhance thermal stability of amorphous phase compared to that of undoped Sb-Te materials, and facilitate a low-energy amorphization due to the weak links among Al-centered and Sb-centered octahedrons. Our studies may provide a useful reference to further understand the underlying physics and optimize performances of all IIIA metal doped Sb-Te phase change materials, prompting the development of NOR/NAND Flash-like phase change memory technology.

  8. Enhancing photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production and pollutant degradation by modifying tetragonal ZrO2 with monolayers slab surface of BiVO4, Ag3PO4, SrTiO3 and WO3: A first-principles study

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    Opoku, F

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor-based photocatalysis has received increasing attention in energy storage and environmental remediation process due to the abundant solar energy. For this purpose, heterostructures of ZrO2 coupled with BiVO4, Ag3PO4, SrTiO3 and WO3...

  9. Dual source and dual detector arrays tetrahedron beam computed tomography for image guided radiotherapy

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    Kim, Joshua; Lu, Weiguo; Zhang, Tiezhi

    2014-02-01

    Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is an important online imaging modality for image guided radiotherapy. But suboptimal image quality and the lack of a real-time stereoscopic imaging function limit its implementation in advanced treatment techniques, such as online adaptive and 4D radiotherapy. Tetrahedron beam computed tomography (TBCT) is a novel online imaging modality designed to improve on the image quality provided by CBCT. TBCT geometry is flexible, and multiple detector and source arrays can be used for different applications. In this paper, we describe a novel dual source-dual detector TBCT system that is specially designed for LINAC radiation treatment machines. The imaging system is positioned in-line with the MV beam and is composed of two linear array x-ray sources mounted aside the electrical portal imaging device and two linear arrays of x-ray detectors mounted below the machine head. The detector and x-ray source arrays are orthogonal to each other, and each pair of source and detector arrays forms a tetrahedral volume. Four planer images can be obtained from different view angles at each gantry position at a frame rate as high as 20 frames per second. The overlapped regions provide a stereoscopic field of view of approximately 10-15 cm. With a half gantry rotation, a volumetric CT image can be reconstructed having a 45 cm field of view. Due to the scatter rejecting design of the TBCT geometry, the system can potentially produce high quality 2D and 3D images with less radiation exposure. The design of the dual source-dual detector system is described, and preliminary results of studies performed on numerical phantoms and simulated patient data are presented.

  10. Dual source and dual detector arrays tetrahedron beam computed tomography for image guided radiotherapy.

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    Kim, Joshua; Lu, Weiguo; Zhang, Tiezhi

    2014-02-01

    Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is an important online imaging modality for image guided radiotherapy. But suboptimal image quality and the lack of a real-time stereoscopic imaging function limit its implementation in advanced treatment techniques, such as online adaptive and 4D radiotherapy. Tetrahedron beam computed tomography (TBCT) is a novel online imaging modality designed to improve on the image quality provided by CBCT. TBCT geometry is flexible, and multiple detector and source arrays can be used for different applications. In this paper, we describe a novel dual source-dual detector TBCT system that is specially designed for LINAC radiation treatment machines. The imaging system is positioned in-line with the MV beam and is composed of two linear array x-ray sources mounted aside the electrical portal imaging device and two linear arrays of x-ray detectors mounted below the machine head. The detector and x-ray source arrays are orthogonal to each other, and each pair of source and detector arrays forms a tetrahedral volume. Four planer images can be obtained from different view angles at each gantry position at a frame rate as high as 20 frames per second. The overlapped regions provide a stereoscopic field of view of approximately 10-15 cm. With a half gantry rotation, a volumetric CT image can be reconstructed having a 45 cm field of view. Due to the scatter rejecting design of the TBCT geometry, the system can potentially produce high quality 2D and 3D images with less radiation exposure. The design of the dual source-dual detector system is described, and preliminary results of studies performed on numerical phantoms and simulated patient data are presented.

  11. The Extension of The Twelve-Point Sphere Theorem for a Tetrahedron%四面体的十二点二次曲面

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    王奇志; 王东生

    2012-01-01

    垂心四面体中四条高的垂足,四个面的重心及从各顶点与四面体的垂心连线的三等分点,共十二个点共球.试图把垂心改为四面体内的任意点,相应地把四条高线改换为过该点与每个顶点连线的共点直线组时,则将把垂心四面体的十二点球有趣地推广为四面体的十二点二次曲面.%The four feet of four altitudes for an orthocenter tetrahedron, the centers of gravity of the four faces, the trisection of the line segments from the orthocenter to four summits, total twelve points lie on same sphere, which is known as twelve-point sphere. If the orthocenter can be changed into any point within a tetrahedron in this paper, and corresponding the four perpendiculars also can be changed into the four lines segment passing through the given point to the summits of the tetrahedron, the twelve-point sphere can be changed into twelve-point quadric surface. Twelve point sphere of an orthocenter tetrahedron can be generalized to the twelve-point quadratic surface of a tetrahedron.

  12. Two nanosized 3d-4f clusters featuring four Ln6 octahedra encapsulating a Zn4 tetrahedron.

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    Zheng, Xiu-Ying; Wang, Shi-Qiang; Tang, Wen; Zhuang, Gui-Lin; Kong, Xiang-Jian; Ren, Yan-Ping; Long, La-Sheng; Zheng, Lan-Sun

    2015-07-01

    Two high-nuclearity 3d-4f clusters Ln24Zn4 (Ln = Gd and Sm) featuring four Ln6 octahedra encapsulating a Zn4 tetrahedron were obtained through the self-assembly of Zn(OAc)2 and Ln(ClO4)3. Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations show the antiferromagnetic coupling between Gd(3+) ions. Studies of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) show that the Gd24Zn4 cluster exhibits the entropy change (-ΔSm) of 31.4 J kg(-1) K(-1).

  13. An amide-containing metal-organic tetrahedron responding to a spin-trapping reaction in a fluorescent enhancement manner for biological imaging of NO in living cells.

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    Wang, Jian; He, Cheng; Wu, Pengyan; Wang, Jing; Duan, Chunying

    2011-08-17

    Metal-organic polyhedra represent a unique class of functional molecular containers that display interesting molecular recognition properties and fascinating reactivity reminiscent of the natural enzymes. By incorporating a triphenylamine moiety as a bright blue emitter, a robust cerium-based tetrahedron was developed as a luminescent detector of nitronyl nitroxide (PTIO), a specific spin-labeling nitric oxide (NO) trapper. The tetrahedron encapsulates molecules of NO and PTIO within the cavity to prompt the spin-trapping reaction and transforms the normal EPR responses into a more sensitively luminescent signaling system with the limit of detection improved to 5 nM. Twelve-fold amide groups are also functionalized within the tetrahedron to modify the hydrophilic/lipophilic environment, ensuring the successful application of biological imaging in living cells.

  14. Bioinspired synthesis of hierarchically micro/nano-structured CuI tetrahedron and its potential application as adsorbent for Cd(II) with high removal capacity.

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    Gao, Shuyan; Yang, Jianmao; Li, Zhengdao; Jia, Xiaoxia; Chen, Yanli

    2012-04-15

    An environment friendly bioinspired strategy for synthesizing hierarchically micro/nano-structured CuI tetrahedron has been developed by combining the stabilization and the reduction performances of l-tryptophan together. A possible growth mechanism of such hierarchical tetrahedron is tentatively proposed. Remarkably, such CuI tetrahedron is found to possess high removal capacity for poisonous Cd(II) ions, 136.3mg/g, and ideal reusability. This is ascribed to the hierarchical micro/nano-structure and chemical adsorption mechanism, which shows great advantages over the traditional nano-scaled adsorbents. These interesting results stand out the promising applications of such hierarchically micro/nano-structured materials in environment. It is also a good example for the organic combination of green chemistry and nanotechnologies for the treatment of contaminated water.

  15. Determination of Propionaldehyde In Air Utilizing Cataluminescence on BiVO4 Material%钒酸铋催化发光法测定空气中丙醛的研究

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    双海军; 张琰图; 甄延忠; 刘欢; 宋馥馨

    2016-01-01

    Under the low working temperature,we deVeloped a direct gas sensor for monitoring trace of propionalde-hyde in air based on the strong cataluminescence( CTL)reaction of propionaldehyde on Bismuth Vanadate( Bi-VO4 ). The linear range of CTL intensity Versus concentration of propionaldehyde Vapor was 70~1660 mg/m3( R=0. 9965),with a detection limit of 19 mg/m3(S/N= 3),the relatiVe standard deViation for 280 mg/m3 propionalde-hyde and sample blank experiment was 1 . 9%( n=11 ),which the optimized conditions were as follows:the waVe-length was 440 nm,the heated temperature was at 202℃,and the air flow rate was 380 mL/min. In addition,anoth-er fourteen Volatile organic compounds were detected by this sensor and after a continuous determination of 280 mg/m3 propionaldehyde for more than 90 h,the CTL signals remained stable,which showed that the sensor was good se-lectiVity,longeVity and steady performance. The sensor was applied to determine propionaldehyde in artificial sam-ples which the recoVeries were from 97. 5% to 103. 0%. Meanwhile,the possible mechanism was inVestigated.%基于在较低工作温度下,丙醛可以在钒酸铋( BiVO4)材料上产生强烈的催化发光( CTL)现象设计了一种检测空气中痕量丙醛的新型催化发光传感器。在检测波长620 nm,反应温度202℃,载气流速为380 mL/min下测定丙醛的线性范围70~1660 mg/m3( R=0.9965),检出限为19 mg/m3(S/N=3),对于280 mg/m3的丙醛及空白连续11次平行测定,相对标准偏差为1.9%。考察了14种相同浓度的常见挥发性有机物的干扰情况,连续90 h通过280 mg/m3的丙醛气体,发光强度无明显降低,表明该传感器具有良好的选择性和较长的使用寿命且性能稳定。该传感器可用于人工合成样品的测定,回收率为97.5%~103.0%。并对可能的发光机理进行了探讨。

  16. Towards further understanding of stacking fault tetrahedron absorption and defect-free channels – A molecular dynamics study

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    Fan, Haidong, E-mail: haidongfan8@foxmail.com [Department of Mechanics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Key Laboratory of Energy Engineering Safety and Disaster Mechanics, Ministry of Education, Chengdu 610065 (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); El-Awady, Jaafar A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Wang, Qingyuan, E-mail: wangqy@scu.edu.cn [Department of Mechanics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Key Laboratory of Energy Engineering Safety and Disaster Mechanics, Ministry of Education, Chengdu 610065 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Stacking fault tetrahedron (SFT) is fully absorbed by screw dislocation. • Absorbed SFT becomes moveable with the aid of Lomer dislocations. • Finally SFT is removed from the specimen or from defect-free channels. • Two scenarios responsible for the formation of defect-free channels were proposed. - Abstract: The mechanisms leading to stacking fault tetrahedron (SFT) absorption via interactions with dislocations, and subsequent formation of plastic flow localization in defect-free channels, which were frequently observed in irradiated materials in transmission electron microscopy experiments, are still unclear. To address this, screw dislocation interactions with SFTs in copper were investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The interaction details reveal that a screw dislocation can fully absorb an SFT through the thermally activated transformation of Lomer–Cottrell lock into Lomer dislocations. After absorption, almost all the vacancies in the SFT are transferred into Lomer dislocations, which are able to move transversely under complex loading conditions. As a result, SFTs can be removed from the material (for SFTs near surface) or from defect-free channels (for SFTs in the bulk) with the aid of Lomer dislocations. In addition, it was shown that this absorption process is favorable only at high temperature, low applied shear stress and/or high SFT density. These results are in good agreement with in situ TEM observations. The current simulations and analyses provide useful insights into the formation mechanisms of defect-free channels in irradiated materials.

  17. An electrochemical biosensor based on DNA tetrahedron/graphene composite film for highly sensitive detection of NADH.

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    Li, Zonglin; Su, Wenqiong; Liu, Shuopeng; Ding, Xianting

    2015-07-15

    Dihydronicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) is a major biomarker correlated with lethal diseases such as cancers and bacterial infection. Herein, we report a graphene-DNA tetrahedron-gold nanoparticle modified gold disk electrode for highly sensitive NADH detection. By assembling the DNA tetrahedron/graphene composite film on the gold disk electrode surface which prior harnessed electrochemical deposition of gold nanoparticles to enhance the effective surface area, the oxidation potential of NADH was substantially decreased to 0.28V (vs. Ag/AgCl) and surface fouling effects were successfully eliminated. Furthermore, the lower detection limit of NADH by the presented platform was reduced down to 1fM, with an upper limit of 10pM. Both the regeneration and selectivity of composite film-modified electrode are investigated and proved to be robust. The novel sensor developed here could serve as a highly sensitive probe for NADH detection, which would further benefit the field of NADH related disease diagnostics.

  18. A metal-organic tetrahedron as a redox vehicle to encapsulate organic dyes for photocatalytic proton reduction.

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    Jing, Xu; He, Cheng; Yang, Yang; Duan, Chunying

    2015-03-25

    The design of artificial systems that mimic highly evolved and finely tuned natural photosynthetic systems is a subject of intensive research. We report herein a new approach to constructing supramolecular systems for the photocatalytic generation of hydrogen from water by encapsulating an organic dye molecule into the pocket of a redox-active metal-organic polyhedron. The assembled neutral Co4L4 tetrahedron consists of four ligands and four cobalt ions that connect together in alternating fashion. The cobalt ions are coordinated by three thiosemicarbazone NS chelators and exhibit a redox potential suitable for electrochemical proton reduction. The close proximity between the redox site and the photosensitizer encapsulated in the pocket enables photoinduced electron transfer from the excited state of the photosensitizer to the cobalt-based catalytic sites via a powerful pseudo-intramolecular pathway. The modified supramolecular system exhibits TON values comparable to the highest values reported for related cobalt/fluorescein systems. Control experiments based on a smaller tetrahedral analogue of the vehicle with a filled pocket and a mononuclear compound resembling the cobalt corner of the tetrahedron suggest an enzymatic dynamics behavior. The new, well-elucidated reaction pathways and the increased molarity of the reaction within the confined space render these supramolecular systems superior to other relevant systems.

  19. Highly selective and sensitive detection of miRNA based on toehold-mediated strand displacement reaction and DNA tetrahedron substrate.

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    Li, Wei; Jiang, Wei; Ding, Yongshun; Wang, Lei

    2015-09-15

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in a variety of biological processes and have been regarded as tumor biomarkers in cancer diagnosis and prognosis. In this work, a single-molecule counting method for miRNA analysis was proposed based on toehold-mediated strand displacement reaction (SDR) and DNA tetrahedron substrate. Firstly, a specially designed DNA tetrahedron was assembled with a hairpin at one of the vertex, which has an overhanging toehold domain. Then, the DNA tetrahedron was immobilized on the epoxy-functional glass slide by epoxy-amine reaction, forming a DNA tetrahedron substrate. Next, the target miRNA perhybridized with the toehold domain and initiated a strand displacement reaction along with the unfolding of the hairpin, realizing the selective recognization of miRNA. Finally, a biotin labeled detection DNA was hybridized with the new emerging single strand and the streptavidin coated QDs were used as fluorescent probes. Fluorescent images were acquired via epi-fluorescence microscopy, the numbers of fluorescence dots were counted one by one for quantification. The detection limit is 5 fM, which displayed an excellent sensitivity. Moreover, the proposed method which can accurately be identified the target miRNA among its family members, demonstrated an admirable selectivity. Furthermore, miRNA analysis in total RNA samples from human lung tissues was performed, suggesting the feasibility of this method for quantitative detection of miRNA in biomedical research and early clinical diagnostics.

  20. Label-free ultrasensitive detection of telomerase activity via multiple telomeric hemin/G-quadruplex triggered polyaniline deposition and a DNA tetrahedron-structure regulated signal.

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    Liu, Yuanjian; Wei, Min; Liu, Xu; Wei, Wei; Zhao, Hongyu; Zhang, Yuanjian; Liu, Songqin

    2016-01-31

    Label-free detection of telomerase activity was done by using telomeric hemin/G-quadruplex triggered polyaniline deposition, not only on themselves but also on the DNA tetrahedron-structure (DTS). DTS size has a great impact on telomerase accessibility, reactivity and detection sensitivity. The method has been used to evaluate bladder cancer development.

  1. Ultrasensitive Lipopolysaccharides Detection Based on Doxorubicin Conjugated N-(Aminobutyl)-N-(ethylisoluminol) as Electrochemiluminescence Indicator and Self-Assembled Tetrahedron DNA Dendrimers as Nanocarriers.

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    Xie, Shunbi; Dong, Yongwang; Yuan, Yali; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo

    2016-05-17

    The preparation of self-assembled DNA nanostructure with different sizes and shapes has been one of the most promising research areas in recent years, while the application of these DNA nanostructures in biosensors is far from fully developed. Here, we presented a novel carrier system to construct an electrochemiluminescence (ECL) aptasensor for ultrasensitive determination of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) on the basis of self-assembled tetrahedron DNA dendrimers. Doxorubicin (Dox), a well-known intercalator of double stranded DNA (dsDNA), was conjugated with the ECL luminophore of N-(aminobutyl)-N-(ethylisoluminol) (ABEI) to form a new type of ECL indicators (Dox-ABEI), which could noncovalently attach to dsDNA through intercalation. Based on this property, self-assembled tetrahedron DNA dendrimers were employed as an efficient nanocarrier to achieve a high loading efficiency for Dox-ABEI with significantly amplified ECL signal output. Streptavidin (SA) and biotin, a typical ligand-receptor pair, has been chosen to anchor the tetrahedron DNA dendrimers on the electrode surface. Moreover, by converting LPS content into DNA output, catalyzed hairpin assembly (CHA) target recycling signal amplification strategy was also adopted to enhance the sensitivity of the ECL aptasensor. With combining the loading power of the tetrahedron DNA dendrimers for ECL indicators, the inherent high sensitivity of ECL technique and target recycling for signal amplification, the proposed strategy showed a detection limit of 0.18 fg/mL for LPS.

  2. 四面六边透水框架护岸工程定额分析研究%The Revetment engineering of tetrahedron permeable frame fixed analysis

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    陈云武; 顾云峰; 朱春光

    2012-01-01

    为适应长江防汛工作发展的新形势,满足长江护岸建设工程前期工作的需要,提高投资决策水平,依据四面六边透水框架护岸工程的施工工艺流程,分预制混凝土四面六边体、四面六边透水框架焊接拼装和四面六边透水框架抛投施工三部分。分别分析各施工分部预算定额,并综合分析了四面六边透水框架护岸工程的预算定额,对于四面六边透水框架护岸技术的应用推广有着重要的积极意义。%In order to adapt the new situation of the Yangtze River flood control , to meet the need of preparatory work for bank protection construction and to improve the the investment decision - making level, this paper divided into three parts which are tetrahedron precast concrete body, weld and assembe by Tetrahedron permeable frame and throw Tetrahedron permeable frame on the base of the construction process flow of tefrahedron - like penetrating frame bank protection construction. Then it analysised the budget of the tetrahedron - like penetrating frame bank protection construction, this had a positive significance for the application and popularization of tetrahedron - like penetrating frame bank protection construction techniques.

  3. Location Privacy

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    Meng, Xiaofeng; Chen, Jidong

    With rapid development of sensor and wireless mobile devices, it is easy to access mobile users' location information anytime and anywhere. On one hand, LBS is becoming more and more valuable and important. On the other hand, location privacy issues raised by such applications have also gained more attention. However, due to the specificity of location information, traditional privacy-preserving techniques in data publishing cannot be used. In this chapter, we will introduce location privacy, and analyze the challenges of location privacy-preserving, and give a survey of existing work including the system architecture, location anonymity and query processing.

  4. Nano-formulation of a photosensitizer using a DNA tetrahedron and its potential for in vivo photodynamic therapy.

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    Kim, Kyoung-Ran; Bang, Duhee; Ahn, Dae-Ro

    2016-04-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a cytotoxic treatment using singlet oxygen produced by photosensitizers. Approved porphyrinoid PDT still suffers from a lack of robust production methods and low water solubility. Methylene blue (MB) is a good candidate for the PDT drug, because the dye is an effective photosensitizer, can be easily synthesized, and is already being used in other clinical fields. However, its poor cell/tissue penetration and low stability against the reducible biological conditions should be addressed by using a proper delivery vehicle. Here, we employed a DNA tetrahedron, a self-assembled nanostructure as the carrier for intracellular delivery of MB by taking advantage of the DNA binding property of the photosensitizer and demonstrated photo-induced cytotoxicity by the MB delivered by the DNA nanocarrier. We also evaluated the PDT potency of the MB-loaded DNA nanoconstruct in vivo tumor model to suppress tumor growth.

  5. 四面体的惯量张量%Rotational Inertia of an Arbitrary Tetrahedron and Inertia Tensor

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    刘凤智

    2011-01-01

    The rotational inertia of the rigid plane with symmetry is calculated easily, but the rotational inertia of an arbitrarily tetrahedron without symmetry is calculated difficultly. Using the parallel axis theorem of the rotational inertia,it can be achieved by single integral's method,then gives inertia tensor.%具有对称性的平面刚体,容易求出它的转动惯量.对没有对称性的四面体计算它的转动惯量却比较困难,利用转动惯量的平行轴定理,使用单重积分即可求出了四面体的转动惯量,进而给出惯量张量.

  6. Library Locations

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  7. [Raman spectroscopic study of silicon-oxygen tetrahedrons microstructure in x CaSiO3.LiBO2 solid solutions].

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    You, Jing-lin; Jiang, Guo-chang; Wen, Qi; Xu, Kuang-di

    2002-10-01

    Raman spectra of xCaSiO3.LiBO2 (by weight ratio, x = 0, 0.25, 0.33, 0.50) crystals were measured. The microstructure of different silicon-oxygen tetrahedrons and their abundant variations with silica contents were studied. It shows that all the silicon-oxygen tetrahedrons are isolated by Si-Ob-B bondings or free SiO4(4-). No evidence suggests that there exist considerable Si-Ob-Si bondings. The abundance of Q2, Q4 species increases with the increasing silica content, there exists barely Q3 species even at high silica content. And the sum of integrated Raman peaks for all Qi species are linearly correlated with silica concentration in crystal, which offers the possibility to analysis silica in minerals, slags, glasses and soil samples directly.

  8. Application and experience on implementing tetrahedron performance management model%绩效四面体管理模型在我院的应用与体会

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    杨励; 金昕

    2014-01-01

    长沙市中心医院结合自身实际,提出以大数据为基础构建医院战略、执行落实及评价激励相结合的绩效四面体管理模型,通过实证检验对公立医院施行绩效四面体管理的成果进行了探讨。%Combined with the practice of Changsha Central Hospital, large scale data based tetrahedron performance management model involves of hospital strategy, implementation and performance assessment was established. Effectiveness of implementing tetrahedron performance management model was discussed.

  9. An Empiric Linear Formula between the Internal Tetrahedron Symmetric Stretch Frequency and the Al Content in the Framework of KL Molecular Sieves

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    Nong Yue HE; Chun YANG; Jian Xin TANG; Peng Feng XIAO; Hong CHEN

    2003-01-01

    KL molecular sieves with different framework compositions were secondarily synthesized by substituting Si for Al with a solution of (NH4)2SiF6. The internal tetrahedron symmetric stretch frequency, at ν770 cm-1, is linear with the molar fraction of Al (XAl= Al/(Si+Al)) in the framework of KL samples: XAl = -7.309×10-3 (υ770-760) + 0.3242.

  10. Subcomponent self-assembly of a 4 nm M4 L6 tetrahedron with Zn(II) vertices and perylene bisimide dye edges.

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    Frischmann, Peter D; Kunz, Valentin; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Würthner, Frank

    2015-02-01

    Formation of a tetrahedron with >4 nm perylene bisimide (PBI) dye edges and Zn(II) vertices in a one-pot 22 component self-assembly reaction is reported. The luminescent polyhedron equilibrates to a Zn2 L3 helicate and disassembles upon dilution. Insights into the subcomponent self-assembly of extended PBI ligands help to refine design rules for constructing large photofunctional metallosupramolecular hosts.

  11. Development of Galerkin Finite Element Method Three-dimensional Computational Code for the Multigroup Neutron Diffusion Equation with Unstructured Tetrahedron Elements

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, development of the three-dimensional (3D computational code based on Galerkin finite element method (GFEM for solving the multigroup forward/adjoint diffusion equation in both rectangular and hexagonal geometries is reported. Linear approximation of shape functions in the GFEM with unstructured tetrahedron elements is used in the calculation. Both criticality and fixed source calculations may be performed using the developed GFEM-3D computational code. An acceptable level of accuracy at a low computational cost is the main advantage of applying the unstructured tetrahedron elements. The unstructured tetrahedron elements generated with Gambit software are used in the GFEM-3D computational code through a developed interface. The forward/adjoint multiplication factor, forward/adjoint flux distribution, and power distribution in the reactor core are calculated using the power iteration method. Criticality calculations are benchmarked against the valid solution of the neutron diffusion equation for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA-3D and Water-Water Energetic Reactor (VVER-1000 reactor cores. In addition, validation of the calculations against the P1 approximation of the transport theory is investigated in relation to the liquid metal fast breeder reactor benchmark problem. The neutron fixed source calculations are benchmarked through a comparison with the results obtained from similar computational codes. Finally, an analysis of the sensitivity of calculations to the number of elements is performed.

  12. Inverted tetrahedron-pyramidal micropatterned polymer films for boosting light output power in flip-chip light-emitting diodes.

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    Leem, Jung Woo; Lee, Soo Hyun; Guan, Xiang-Yu; Yu, Jae Su

    2015-04-20

    We report the improved light output power in gallium nitride-based green flip-chip light-emitting diodes (FCLEDs) employed with inverted tetrahedron-pyramidal micropatterned polydimethylsiloxane (ITPM PDMS) films as an encapsulation and protection layer. The micropatterns are transferred into the surface of PDMS films from the sapphire substrate master molds with two-dimensional periodic hexagonal TPM arrays by a soft imprint lithography method. The ITPM PDMS film laminated on the sapphire dramatically enhances the diffuse transmittance (T(D)) in a wavelength (λ) range of 400-650 nm, exhibiting the larger T(D) value of ~53% at λ = 525 nm, (cf., T(D) ~1% for planar sapphire). By introducing the ITPM PDMS film on the outer surface of sapphire in FCLEDs, the light output power is enhanced, indicating the increment percentage of ~11.1% at 500 mA of injection current compared to the reference FCLED without the ITPM PDMS film, together with better electroluminescence intensity and far-field radiation pattern.

  13. Optical spectra of Dy3+-doped GdVO4 and Ca3Sc2Ge3O12 crystals and evaluation of the Ω2/Ω6 ratio as a quality factor for the classification of Dy3+-activated crystalline hosts

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    Cavalli, Enrico

    2016-11-01

    The room temperature absorption spectra of Dy3+-doped GdVO4 and Ca3Sc2Ge3O12 crystals have been measured and analysed in the framework of the Judd-Ofelt Theory. The calculated intensity parameters have then been correlated with the intensities of the emission bands in the yellow and blue region. The analysis has then been extended to a number of host lattices using literature data, and a general empirical model has been proposed, correlating the Ω2/Ω6 and the yellow to blue (Y/B) ratio in order to define a criterion for predicting the visible luminescence properties of the Dy-activated crystalline materials.

  14. An M12(L(1))12(L(2))12 cantellated tetrahedron: a case study on mixed-ligand self-assembly.

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    Sun, Qing-Fu; Sato, Sota; Fujita, Makoto

    2014-12-01

    In the self-assembly of Pd(II) ions and two different, but similarly shaped, ligands (1 and 2), neither random mixing nor self-sorting of the two ligands into two unmixed structures was observed. Instead a mixed, yet sorted, Pd12 (1)12 (2)12 cantellated tetrahedron (and its pseudoisomer) was selectively formed, thus revealing a fine example of intramolecular self-sorting. A case study showed that a homothetic ratio of >2 is necessary to observe cantellated tetrahedra.

  15. Combined sulfur K-edge XANES-EXAFS study of the effect of protonation on the sulfate tetrahedron in solids and solutions.

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    Pin, S; Huthwelker, T; Brown, M A; Vogel, F

    2013-09-01

    Sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) has been used to distinguish between aqueous and solid sulfates and to investigate changes in their speciation. Data have been collected for tetrahedrally coordinated S in K2SO4 and KHSO4 solids and aqueous solutions. With a first qualitative analysis of the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra, it has been observed that those for solids are much more structured and distinguishable from those of aqueous solutions. The protonation state has a strong effect on the white line of sulfates and has been assigned to the different charge delocalization in the samples, the effect of the solvating water molecules and multiple scattering effects. In the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra, the backscattering from the first O shell dominated the EXAFS fine structure function, χ(k), but the nonlinear multiple scattering contributions occurring in the first coordination shell are significant and must be considered in the EXAFS analysis. The intensity of these contributions strongly depend on the symmetry of the system. For a distorted tetrahedron, the intensity of the multiple scattering contributions is less than that found in a regular tetrahedron. The FEFF code has been used to model the contributions of the multiple-scattering processes. The observed experimental evidence in the XAS data can be used to distinguish between sulfates in solids and liquids. This is applicable to many chemical, geochemical, and biological systems.

  16. Tetrahedron dynamics in the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn6Sc.

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    Euchner, H; Yamada, T; Rols, S; Ishimasa, T; Kaneko, Y; Ollivier, J; Schober, H; Mihalkovic, M; de Boissieu, M

    2013-03-20

    A comparison of periodic approximants and their quasicrystalline counterparts offers the opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of these complex phases. We present a combined experimental and molecular dynamics study of the lattice dynamics of the icosahedral quasicrystals i-ZnMgSc and i-ZnAgSc and compare it to recently published results obtained for the cubic 1/1-approximant Zn(6)Sc. Both phases, quasicrystal and approximant, are built up from large atomic clusters which contain a tetrahedral shell at the cluster centre and are packed either quasiperiodically or on a bcc lattice. Using quasielastic neutron scattering and atomic scale simulations, we show that in the quasicrystal the tetrahedra display a dynamics similar to that observed in the 1/1-approximant: the tetrahedra behave as a 'single molecule' and reorient dynamically on a timescale of the order of a few ps. The tetrahedra reorientation is accompanied by a large distortion of the surrounding cluster shells which provide a unique dynamical flexibility to the quasicrystal. However, whereas in the 1/1-approximant the tetrahedron reorientation is observed down to T(c) = 160 K, where a phase transition takes place, in the quasicrystal the tetrahedron dynamics is gradually freezing from 550 to 300 K, similarly to a glassy system.

  17. Derivations in a tetrahedron

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    Vladeva, Dimitrinka I.; Trendafilov, Ivan D.

    2015-11-01

    One of the natural questions which often appeared in algebra and analysis whether a map can be defined by its "local" properties. In this paper we consider maps which acts like a derivation on semirings of a special type.

  18. Ever Fly a Tetrahedron?

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    King, Kenneth

    2004-01-01

    Few things capture the spirit of spring like flying a kite. Watching a kite dance and sail across a cloud spotted sky is not only a visually appealing experience it also provides a foundation for studies in science and mathematics. Put simply, a kite is an airfoil surface that flies when the forces of lift and thrust are greater than the forces of…

  19. Soft acoustic mode in ferroelastic BiVO4

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    Benyuan, Gu; Copic, M.; Cummins, H. Z.

    1981-10-01

    Brillouin scattering spectroscopy of bismuth vanadate has revealed a soft acoustic mode which is characteristic of a proper ferroelastic phase transition. Raman scattering has revealed an optic mode which is doubly degenerate Eg in the paraelastic phase and splits into two Bg modes in the ferroelastic phase. The temperature dependence of the splitting is also consistent with a proper ferroelastic transition.

  20. Pressure Transducer Locations

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Files are located here, defining the locations of the pressure transducers on the HIRENASD model. These locations also correspond to the locations that analysts...

  1. A dual-loss-modulated intra-cavity frequency-doubled Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:Lu0.15Y0.85VO4/KTP green laser with a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber and an acousto-optic modulator

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    Zhang, Gang; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Dechun; Cheng, Kang; Han, Chao; Zhao, Bin; Wang, Yonggang

    2011-09-01

    By using both a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (SWCNT-SA) and an acousto-optic (AO) modulator, a dual-loss-modulated intra-cavity frequency-doubled Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) Nd:Lu0.15Y0.85VO4/KTP (KTiOPO4) green laser was demonstrated for the first time. The QML green laser characteristics such as the pulse width and single-pulse energy have been measured for different modulation frequencies of the AO modulator (fp). In particular, in comparison with the solely passively QML green laser with an SWCNT-SA, the dual-loss-modulated QML green laser can generate a more stable pulse train, a shorter pulse width of the Q-switched envelope, a greater pulse energy and a higher average peak power. For the dual-loss-modulated QML green laser, at a pump power of 7.9 W and a repetition rate of 10 kHz, the pulse width and the pulse energy of the Q-switch envelope and the average peak power of the QML green laser are 50 ns, 20.34 µJ and 15.5 kW, respectively, corresponding to a pulse width compression of 77%, a pulse energy improvement factor of six times and a QML peak power increase factor of 16 times when compared with those for the solely passively QML green laser. The experimental results show that the dual-loss modulation is an efficient method for the generation of a stable QML green laser with an SWCNT-SA.

  2. Position Control of Redundant Tetrahedron Variable Geometry Truss Manipulators Based on Neural Network%基于神经网络的冗余度四面体变几何桁架机器人位置控制

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    徐礼钜; 雷勇; 等

    2001-01-01

    A position control scheme for redundant tetrahedron based variable geometry truss manipulators is proposed based on two BP neural networks. The constraint conditions that is the minimum of change of joint variables are set and the objective function of optimization is defined. Based on it, the position control model of redundant tetrahedron based variable geometry truss manipulators is established. The simulation study of position control system for a four-celled tetrahedron variable geometry truss manipulator is carried out.%提出了一个基于双重BP神经网络的冗余度四 面体变几何桁架机器人位置控制方案,通过增加关节角变化最小的约束条件,定义了优化的 目标函数,在此基础上建立了冗余度四面体变几何桁架机器人位置控制模型,并以四重四面 体变几何桁架机器人位置控制为例进行了系统仿真。

  3. Electrochemiluminescent biosensor of ATP using tetrahedron structured DNA and a functional oligonucleotide for Ru(phen)3(2+) intercalation and target identification.

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    Bu, Nan-Nan; Gao, Ai; He, Xi-Wen; Yin, Xue-Bo

    2013-05-15

    Restricted target accessibility and surface-induced perturbation of the aptamer structure are the main limitations in single-stranded DNA aptamer-based electrochemical sensors. Chemical labeling of the aptamer with a probe at the end of aptamer is inefficient and time-consuming. In this work, tetrahedron-structured DNA (ts-DNA) and a functionalized oligonucleotide (FO) were used to develop an electrochemiluminescence (ECL) aptasensor with adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as a model target. The ts-DNA was formed with three thiolated oligonucleotides and one oligonucleotide containing anti-ATP aptamer. The FO contained a complementary strand to the anti-ATP aptamer and an intermolecular duplex for Ru(phen)3(2+) intercalation. After the ts-DNA was immobilized on the electrode surface through gold-thiol interactions, hybridization between the anti-ATP aptamer and its complementary strand introduced the intercalated Ru(phen)3(2+) to the electrode. ECL emission from Ru(phen)3(2+) was observed with tripropylamine as a co-reactant. Once ATP reacted with its aptamer, the aptamer-complimentary strand duplex dissociated and the intermolecular duplex containing Ru(phen)3(2+) was released. The difference in emission before and after reaction with ATP was used to quantify ATP with a detection limit of 0.2nM. The ts-DNA increased the sensitivity compared to conventional methods, and the intercalation strategy avoided a complex chemical labeling procedure.

  4. A Location Privacy Aware Friend Locator

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    Siksnys, Laurynas; Thomsen, Jeppe Rishede; Saltenis, Simonas

    2009-01-01

    to trade their location privacy for quality of service, limiting the attractiveness of the services. The challenge is to develop a communication-efficient solution such that (i) it detects proximity between a user and the user’s friends, (ii) any other party is not allowed to infer the location of the user...

  5. Efficient suppression of back electron/hole recombination in cobalt phosphate surface-modified undoped bismuth vanadate photoanodes† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD characterization and SEM images of CoPi-modified and unmodified BiVO4, continuous illumination J–V curves, transient absorption fit results, and transient absorption decays measured as a function of excitation intensities. See DOI: 10.1039/c5ta05826k Click here for additional data file.

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    Ma, Yimeng; Le Formal, Florian; Kafizas, Andreas; Pendlebury, Stephanie R.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we compared for the first time the dynamics of photogenerated holes in BiVO4 photoanodes with and without CoPi surface modification, employing transient absorption and photocurrent measurements on microsecond to second timescales. CoPi surface modification is known to cathodically shift the water oxidation onset potential; however, the reason for this improvement has not until now been fully understood. The transient absorption and photocurrent data were analyzed using a simple kinetic model, which allows quantification of the competition between electron/hole recombination and water oxidation. The results of this model are shown to be in excellent agreement with the measured photocurrent data. We demonstrate that the origin of the improvement of photocurrent onset resulting from CoPi treatment is primarily due to retardation of back electron/hole recombination across the space charge layer; no evidence of catalytic water oxidation via CoPi was observed. PMID:27358733

  6. Locative Inversion in Cantonese.

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    Mok, Sui-Sang

    This study investigates the phenomenon of "Locative Inversion" in Cantonese. The term "Locative Inversion" indicates that the locative phrase (LP) syntactic process in Cantonese and the appears at the sentence-initial position and its logical subject occurs postverbally. It is demonstrated that this Locative Inversion is a…

  7. Ordering and dynamics of the central tetrahedron in the 1/1 Zn6Sc periodic approximant to quasicrystal.

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    Euchner, Holger; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Schober, Helmut; Rols, Stephane; Mihalkovič, Marek; Tamura, Ryuji; Ishimasa, Tsutomu; de Boissieu, Marc

    2012-10-17

    Periodic approximants to quasicrystals offer a unique opportunity to better understand the structure, physical properties and stabilizing mechanisms of their quasicrystal counterparts. We present a detailed study of the order-disorder phase transition occurring at about 160 K in the Zn(6)Sc cubic approximant to the icosahedral quasicrystal i-MgZnSc. This transition goes along with an anti-parallel ordering of the tetrahedra located at the centres of large atomic clusters, which are packed on a bcc lattice. Single crystal x-ray diffuse scattering shows that the tetrahedra display pre-transitional short range ordering above T(c) (Yamada et al 2012 in preparation). Using quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) we clearly evidence this short range order to be dynamical in nature above T(c). The QENS data are consistent with a model of tetrahedra 'jumping' between almost equivalent positions, which is supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This demonstrates a unique dynamical flexibility of the Zn(6)Sc structure even at room temperature.

  8. Law Enforcement Locations

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    Kansas Data Access and Support Center — Law Enforcement Locations in Kansas Any location where sworn officers of a law enforcement agency are regularly based or stationed. Law enforcement agencies "are...

  9. Onderzoek location based marketing: Mobile = location = effect

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    Gisbergen, M.S. van; Huhn, A.E.; Khan, V.J.; Ketelaar, P.E.

    2011-01-01

    Onderzoekers van de NHTV (Internationaa Hoger Onderwijs Breda, Radboud Universiteit, DVJ Insights en Popai Benelux lieten consumenten in een virtuele supermarkt advertenties via de smartphone ontvangen wanneer men langs het geadverteerde product liep. De uitkomsten laten zien dat 'location based adv

  10. Onderzoek location based marketing: Mobile = location = effect

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    Gisbergen, M.S. van; Huhn, A.E.; Khan, V.J.; Ketelaar, P.E.

    2011-01-01

    Onderzoekers van de NHTV (Internationaa Hoger Onderwijs Breda, Radboud Universiteit, DVJ Insights en Popai Benelux lieten consumenten in een virtuele supermarkt advertenties via de smartphone ontvangen wanneer men langs het geadverteerde product liep. De uitkomsten laten zien dat 'location based advertising' effectief is.

  11. Locatives in Kpelle.

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    Kuha, Mai

    This paper examines the differences between locative expressions in Kpelle and English, based on the dialect of one native speaker of Kpelle. It discusses the crucial role of the reference object in defining the meaning of locatives in Kpelle, in contrast to English, where the characteristics of the object to be located are less important. An…

  12. Noise Source Location Optimization

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    Ed O’Keefe

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available This article describes a method to determine locations of noise sources that minimize modal coupling in complex acoustic volumes. Using the acoustic source scattering capabilities of the boundary element method, predictions are made of mode shape and pressure levels due to various source locations. Combining knowledge of the pressure field with a multivariable function minimization technique, the source location generating minimum pressure levels can be determined. The analysis also allows for an objective comparison of “best/worst” locations. The technique was implemented on a personal computer for the U.S. Space Station, predicting 5–10 dB noise reduction using optimum source locations.

  13. Smartphones as locative media

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    Frith, Jordan

    2015-01-01

    Smartphone adoption has surpassed 50% of the population in more than 15 countries, and there are now more than one million mobile applications people can download to their phones. Many of these applications take advantage of smartphones as locative media, which is what allows smartphones to be located in physical space. Applications that take advantage of people's location are called location-based services, and they are the focus of this book. Smartphones as locative media raise important questions about how we understand the complicated relationship between the Internet and physical space

  14. Tetrahedron Equation and Quantum $R$ Matrices for modular double of $U_q(D^{(2)}_{n+1}), U_q(A^{(2)}_{2n})$ and $U_q(C^{(1)}_{n})$

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    Kuniba, Atsuo; Sergeev, Sergey

    2014-01-01

    We introduce a homomorphism from the quantum affine algebras $U_q(D^{(2)}_{n+1}), U_q(A^{(2)}_{2n}), U_q(C^{(1)}_{n})$ to the $n$-fold tensor product of the $q$-oscillator algebra ${\\mathcal A}_q$. Their action commute with the solutions of the Yang-Baxter equation obtained by reducing the solutions of the tetrahedron equation associated with the modular and the Fock representations of ${\\mathcal A}_q$. In the former case, the commutativity is enhanced to the modular double of these quantum affine algebras.

  15. Generic Network Location Service

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    Laban Mwansa

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the Generic Network Location Service based on the Chord implementation utilizing data structures called distributed hash tables (DHT or structured overlay networks, which are used to build scalable self-managing distributed systems. The provided algorithms guarantee resilience in the presence of dynamism: they guarantee consistent lookup results in the presence of nodes failing and leaving. Generic Network Location Service provides a Location Service system based on DHT technology, which is storing device location records in nodes within a Chord DHT. Location records are consisting of network device identification keys as attributes, which are used to create replicas of additional location records through established Chord hashing mechanisms. Storing device location records, in places address-able (using the DHT lookup by individual location record keys provides a simple way of implementing transla¬tion functions similar to well¬ known network services (e.g. ARP, DNS, ENUM. The generic network location ser¬vice presented in the paper is not supposed to be a substitu¬tion of the existing translation techniques (e.g. ARP, DNS, ENUM, but it is considered as an overlay service that uses data available in existing systems and provides some translations currently unavailable.

  16. Smart Location Database - Download

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Smart Location Database (SLD) summarizes over 80 demographic, built environment, transit service, and destination accessibility attributes for every census block...

  17. Smart Location Database - Service

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Smart Location Database (SLD) summarizes over 80 demographic, built environment, transit service, and destination accessibility attributes for every census block...

  18. Industrial location and competitiveness

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    S. Brakman (Steven); J.H. Garretsen (Harry); J.G.M. van Marrewijk (Charles)

    2006-01-01

    textabstractThe interaction between the extent of location advantages and the intensity of firm competition relative to the size of the market jointly determines the location of industrial activity. Technology, factor endowments, geography, and scale economies are influential for determining locatio

  19. Appraising manufacturing location

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    Steenhuis, Harm-Jan; Bruijn, de Erik J.

    2002-01-01

    International location of manufacturing activities is an issue for managers of manufacturing companies as well as public policy makers. For managers, the issue is relevant because international locations offer opportunities for lowering costs due to productivity improvements. For governments the iss

  20. Assessing manufacturing location

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    Steenhuis, Harm-Jan; Bruijn, de Erik J.

    2004-01-01

    International location of manufacturing activities is an issue for managers of manufacturing companies as well as public policy-makers. For managers, the issue is relevant because international locations offer opportunities for lowering costs due to productivity improvements. For governments the iss

  1. Smart Location Mapping

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    The Smart Location Database, Access to Jobs and Workers via Transit, and National Walkability Index tools can help assess indicators related to the built environment, transit accessibility, and walkability.

  2. Waste Recovery Locations

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — Locations where City residents are encouraged to drop off and dispose or recycle of unwanted materials. Information provided is subject to change. Please call ahead...

  3. Electronic apex locators.

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    Gordon, M P J; Chandler, N P

    2004-07-01

    Prior to root canal treatment at least one undistorted radiograph is required to assess canal morphology. The apical extent of instrumentation and the final root filling have a role in treatment success, and are primarily determined radiographically. Electronic apex locators reduce the number of radiographs required and assist where radiographic methods create difficulty. They may also indicate cases where the apical foramen is some distance from the radiographic apex. Other roles include the detection of root canal perforation. A review of the literature focussed first on the subject of electronic apex location. A second review used the names of apex location devices. From the combined searches, 113 pertinent articles in English were found. This paper reviews the development, action, use and types of electronic apex locators.

  4. Allegheny County Dam Locations

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset shows the point locations of dams in Allegheny County. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center’s open data portal...

  5. VT Hospital Site Locations

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    Vermont Center for Geographic Information — (Link to Metadata) This data layer contains point locations of all major community, regional, comprehensive health, and healthcare provider hospitals in the state of...

  6. IHS Facility Locator

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — This map can be used to find an Indian Health Service, Tribal or Urban Indian Health Program facility. This map can be used to: Zoom in to a general location to...

  7. USAID Activity Locations

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    US Agency for International Development — The USAID Activities dataset is a snapshot of activities supported by USAID including their geographical locations within countries at the time of the snapshot. The...

  8. Eldercare Locator Database

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Eldercare Locator is a searchable database that allows a user to search via zip code or city/ state for agencies at the State and local levels that provide...

  9. Uranium Location Database

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — A GIS compiled locational database in Microsoft Access of ~15,000 mines with uranium occurrence or production, primarily in the western United States. The metadata...

  10. Global Volcano Locations Database

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — NGDC maintains a database of over 1,500 volcano locations obtained from the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program, Volcanoes of the World publication. The...

  11. Location and logistics

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    Alumura, Sibel A.; Karab, Bahar Y.; Melo, M. Teresa

    2013-01-01

    Facility location decisions play a critical role in designing logistics networks. This article provides some guidelines on how location decisions and logistics functions can be integrated into a single mathematical model to optimize the configuration of a logistics network. This will be illustrated by two generic models, one supporting the design of a forward logistics network and the other addressing the specific requirements of a reverse logistics network. Several special cases and extensio...

  12. Location and logistics

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    Alumura, Sibel A.; Karab, Bahar Y.; Melo, M. Teresa

    2013-01-01

    Facility location decisions play a critical role in designing logistics networks. This article provides some guidelines on how location decisions and logistics functions can be integrated into a single mathematical model to optimize the configuration of a logistics network. This will be illustrated by two generic models, one supporting the design of a forward logistics network and the other addressing the specific requirements of a reverse logistics network. Several special cases and extensio...

  13. Geostar - Navigation location system

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    Keyser, Donald A.

    The author describes the Radiodetermination Satellite Service (RDSS). The initial phase of the RDSS provides for a unique service enabling central offices and headquarters to obtain position-location information and receive short digital messages from mobile user terminals throughout the contiguous United States, southern Canada, and northern Mexico. The system employs a spread-spectrum, CDMA modulation technique allowing multiple customers to use the system simultaneously, without preassigned coordination with fellow users. Position location is currently determined by employing an existing radio determination receiver, such as Loran-C, GPS, or Transit, in the mobile user terminal. In the early 1990s position location will be determined at a central earth station by time-differential ranging of the user terminals via two or more geostationary satellites. A brief overview of the RDSS system architecture is presented with emphasis on the user terminal and its diverse applications.

  14. Lost in Location

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    Hansen, Lone Koefoed

    2009-01-01

    The article investigates how users of personal satellite navigation devices (often referred to as sat-nav) are sometimes lost and led astray and argues that the satnav's aim to remove every insecurity about the correct route seems to remove the individual's conscious perception of the space...... performance, the article examines how the growing locative media industry can learn from the location-aware performative strategies employed by artists who create situated and urban performances for the curious participant. The academic frames employed in the analysis draw on psychogeography, site...

  15. Location-routing problems

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    Laporte, G.

    1987-01-01

    Location-routing problems involve simultaneously locating a number of facilities among candidate sites and establishing delivery routes to a set of users in such a way that the total system cost is minimized. This paper presents a survey of such problems. It includes some applications and examples of location-routing problems, a description of the main heuristics that have been developed for such problems, and reviews of various formulations and algorithms used in solving these problems. A more detailed review is given of exact algorithms for the vehicle routing problem, three-index vehicle flow formulations, and two-index vehicle flow formulations and algorithms for symmetrical and non-symmetrical problems. It is concluded that location-routing problem research is a fast-growing area, with most developments occurring over the past few years; however, research is relatively fragmented, often addresses problems which are too specific and contains several voids which have yet to be filled. A number of promising research areas are identified. 137 refs., 3 figs.

  16. The Czech Locative Chameleon

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    Tarald Taraldsen

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available We show that under certain circumstances, the Czech locative prepositions (LOC show up as directional prepositions (DIR and vice versa, (under different circumstances the Czech DIR PPs show up as LOC. We argue that such a chameleon life of the PPs is structurally dependent.

  17. The Czech Locative Chameleon

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    Tarald Taraldsen; Lucie Medová

    2007-01-01

    We show that under certain circumstances, the Czech locative prepositions (LOC) show up as directional prepositions (DIR) and vice versa, (under different circumstances) the Czech DIR PPs show up as LOC. We argue that such a chameleon life of the PPs is structurally dependent.

  18. Locative Inversion in English

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    Broekhuis, H.

    2005-01-01

    This article aims at reformulating in more current terms Hoekstra and Mulder’s (1990) analysis of the Locative Inversion (LI) construction. The new proposal is crucially based on the assumption that Small Clause (SC) predicates agree with their external argument in phi-features, which may be morphol

  19. Location-based games

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    Ejsing-Duun, Stine

    In this dissertation, it is explored which prerequisites are necessary in location-based games (LBGs) to make meaningful the meeting between players and spatiality with an emphasis on physical locations. Throughout the dissertation, it has been shown that LBGs affect players’ perception of and be......In this dissertation, it is explored which prerequisites are necessary in location-based games (LBGs) to make meaningful the meeting between players and spatiality with an emphasis on physical locations. Throughout the dissertation, it has been shown that LBGs affect players’ perception...... of and behavior in everyday spaces, as the games reside on the boundaries between the continuums of play and ordinary, authentic and fictional, and as they merge physical and digital media. These are termed the six dimensions of LBGs. LBGs let the player explore the boundaries between these dimensions...... experiences of being in the world and the creation of meaning. The theory on motivation defines what motivation consists of and how it relates to our actions. This theory has been combined with theories concerning play and play culture, digital media, (digital) games, (optimal) experiences, landscape...

  20. RFID Location Algorithm

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    Wang Zi Min

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available With the development of social services, people’s living standards improve further requirements, there is an urgent need for a way to adapt to the complex situation of the new positioning technology. In recent years, RFID technology have a wide range of applications in all aspects of life and production, such as logistics tracking, car alarm, security and other items. The use of RFID technology to locate, it is a new direction in the eyes of the various research institutions and scholars. RFID positioning technology system stability, the error is small and low-cost advantages of its location algorithm is the focus of this study.This article analyzes the layers of RFID technology targeting methods and algorithms. First, RFID common several basic methods are introduced; Secondly, higher accuracy to political network location method; Finally, LANDMARC algorithm will be described. Through this it can be seen that advanced and efficient algorithms play an important role in increasing RFID positioning accuracy aspects.Finally, the algorithm of RFID location technology are summarized, pointing out the deficiencies in the algorithm, and put forward a follow-up study of the requirements, the vision of a better future RFID positioning technology.

  1. Crime Location Choice

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    Bernasco, Wim; Ruiter, Stijn

    2014-01-01

    Most behavior of interest to social scientists is choice behavior: actions people commit while they could also have done something else. In geographical and environmental criminology, a new framework has emerged for analyzing individual crime location choice. It is based on the principle of random u

  2. Phase diagram of K(x)Fe(2-y)Se(2-z)S(z) and the suppression of its superconducting state by an Fe2-Se/S tetrahedron distortion.

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    Lei, Hechang; Abeykoon, Milinda; Bozin, Emil S; Wang, Kefeng; Warren, J B; Petrovic, C

    2011-09-23

    We report structurally tuned superconductivity in a K(x)Fe(2-y)Se(2-z)S(z) (0 ≤ z ≤ 2) phase diagram. Superconducting T(c) is suppressed as S is incorporated into the lattice, eventually vanishing at 80% of S. The magnetic and conductivity properties can be related to stoichiometry on a poorly occupied Fe1 site and the local environment of a nearly fully occupied Fe2 site. The decreasing T(c) coincides with the increasing Fe1 occupancy and the overall increase in Fe stoichiometry from z = 0 to z = 2. Our results indicate that the irregularity of the Fe2-Se/S tetrahedron is an important controlling parameter that can be used to tune the ground state in the new superconductor family.

  3. Bright Fluorescence and Host-Guest Sensing with a Nanoscale M₄L₆ Tetrahedron Accessed by Self-Assembly of Zinc-Imine Chelate Vertices and Perylene Bisimide Edges.

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    Frischmann, Peter D; Kunz, Valentin; Würthner, Frank

    2015-06-15

    A highly luminescent Zn4L6 tetrahedron is reported with 3.8 nm perylene bisimide edges and hexadentate Zn(II)-imine chelate vertices. Replacing Fe(II) and monoamines commonly utilized in subcomponent self-assembly with Zn(II) and tris(2-aminoethyl)amine provides access to a metallosupramolecular host with the rare combination of structural integrity at concentrations <10(-7) mol L(-1) and an exceptionally high fluorescence quantum yield of Φ(em) =0.67. Encapsulation of multiple perylene or coronene guest molecules is accompanied by strong luminescence quenching. We anticipate this self-assembly strategy may be generalized to improve access to brightly fluorescent coordination cages tailored for host-guest light-harvesting, photocatalysis, and sensing.

  4. Electric current locator

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    King, Paul E [Corvallis, OR; Woodside, Charles Rigel [Corvallis, OR

    2012-02-07

    The disclosure herein provides an apparatus for location of a quantity of current vectors in an electrical device, where the current vector has a known direction and a known relative magnitude to an input current supplied to the electrical device. Mathematical constants used in Biot-Savart superposition equations are determined for the electrical device, the orientation of the apparatus, and relative magnitude of the current vector and the input current, and the apparatus utilizes magnetic field sensors oriented to a sensing plane to provide current vector location based on the solution of the Biot-Savart superposition equations. Description of required orientations between the apparatus and the electrical device are disclosed and various methods of determining the mathematical constants are presented.

  5. Immigrants' location preferences

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    Damm, Anna Piil

    This paper exploits a spatial dispersal policy for refugee immigrants to estimate the importance of local and regional factors for refugees' location preferences. The main results of a mixed proportional hazard competing risks model are that placed refugees react to high regional unemployment...... and lack of a local immigrant population by migrating to large municipalities. Lack of local fellow countrymen, however, increases the exit rate to medium-sized as well as large municipalities. This finding is likely to be a result of the dispersal policy. Finally, refugees react strongly to assignment...

  6. General minisum circle location

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    Körner, Mark; Brimberg, Jack; Juel, Henrik

    2009-01-01

    In our paper we approximate a set of given points by a general circle. More precisely, we consider the problem of locating and scaling the unit ball of some given norm k1 with respect to xed points on the plane such that the sum of weighted distances between the circle and the xed points is minim......In our paper we approximate a set of given points by a general circle. More precisely, we consider the problem of locating and scaling the unit ball of some given norm k1 with respect to xed points on the plane such that the sum of weighted distances between the circle and the xed points...... is minimized, where the distance is measured by a norm k2. We present results for the general case. In the case that k1 and k2 are both block norms, we are able to identify a nite dominating set in R3 for the problem, which can be obtained as the intersection of cones....

  7. Indoor Location Technologies

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    Goswami, Subrata

    2013-01-01

    Focusing on the special challenges posed by accurately pinpointing a location indoors, this volume reflects the distance we have come in the handful of decades since the germination of GPS technology. Not only can we locate a signal to within a meter’s accuracy, but we now have this technology in the most basic mobile phone. Tracing recent practical developments in positioning technology and in the market it supplies, the author examines the contributions of the varied research—in silicon, signal and image processing, radio communications and software—to a fast-evolving field. The book looks forward to a time when, in addition to directing your road journey, positioning systems can peer indoors and guide you to an available photocopier in your office building. Featuring standalone chapters each dealing with a specific aspect of the subject, including treatments of systems such as Zebra, Awarepoint, Aeroscout, IEEE 802.11, etc. This study has all the detail needed to get up to speed on a key modern techn...

  8. Locating Nordic Noir

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    Hansen, Kim Toft; Waade, Anne Marit

    This book is a comprehensive study of Nordic Noir television drama from the 1990’s until today. The authors introduce the history of contemporary Nordic Noir from the perspective of place, production and location studies. The chapters include readings of well-known television crime dramas...... production in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. Consequently, Nordic Noir is read as both a transnational financial and creative phenomenon and as a local possibility for community building. The book is aimed at readers with an interest in crime drama as well as television scholars and students...... of television drama, and it offers a comprehensible, scholarly and methodologically original approach to the popularity of Nordic television crime dramas....

  9. Quantum Image Location

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    Jiang, Nan; Dang, Yijie; Zhao, Na

    2016-10-01

    Quantum image processing has been a hot topic as a consequence of the development of quantum computation. Many quantum image processing algorithms have been proposed, whose efficiency are theoretically higher than their corresponding classical algorithms. However, most of the quantum schemes do not consider the problem of measurement. If users want to get the results, they must measure the final state many times to get all the pixels' values. Moreover, executing the algorithm one time, users can only measure the final state one time. In order to measure it many times, users must execute the algorithms many times. If the measurement process is taken into account, whether or not the algorithms are really efficient needs to be reconsidered. In this paper, we try to solve the problem of measurement and give a quantum image location algorithm. This scheme modifies the probability of pixels to make the target pixel to be measured with higher probability. Furthermore, it only has linear complexity.

  10. On location at CERN

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    Joannah Caborn Wengler

    2012-01-01

    CERN continues to be a very popular candidate for film locations at the moment. Not only has it inspired a German author and a film-maker interested in the more exotic interpretations of the science being worked on at the Organization, but even the recent puppet animation film by the legendary Muppets featured some CERN scenes.   Dr Bunsen Honeydew (far left) and his friends at ATLAS. Beaker, Bunsen's assistant, has just been sucked up the vacuum tube top left... Image courtesy Walt Disney Studios. In “The Muppet Movie”, released in November 2011 in North America and world-wide in January and February this year, Kermit is reuniting his friends who have ended up in some far-flung places since they last worked together 10 years ago. CERN caught the imagination of the film-makers as the perfect place for the Muppet scientists, Dr. Honeydew Bunsen and his hapless assistant Beaker. After a brief scene filmed in front of a backdrop of the ATLAS detector, the rest of the ...

  11. Costly location in Hotelling duopoly

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    Hinloopen, J.; Martin, S.

    2013-01-01

    We introduce a cost of location into Hotelling’s (1929) spatial duopoly. We derive the general conditions on the cost-of-location function under which a pure strategy price-location Nash equilibrium exists. With linear transportation cost and a suitably specified cost of location that rises toward

  12. Study on Application of Tetrahedron Block Rock String in River Closure Operation%四面体块石串在河道截流中的应用研究

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    许杰

    2016-01-01

    To explore the application law of the tetrahedron block rock strings in river closure operation, stability of the strings dumped in dif-ferent means and the stable velocity in open channel with the strings are studied by means of model tests, the influence law of the different dumping means to the string stability and formula for calculation of the stable velocity in the open channel with the strings are derived.%为了研究四面体块石串在河道截流中的应用规律,以模型试验的方法对不同抛投方式下块石串的稳定以及块石串在明渠中的稳定流速进行了研究,得出了不同抛投方式对块石串稳定的影响规律以及块石串体在明渠中的稳定流速计算公式。

  13. ICE Online Detainee Locator System

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    Department of Homeland Security — The Online Detainee Locator datasets provide the location of a detainee who is currently in ICE custody, or who was release from ICE custody for any reason with the...

  14. Duality in constrained location problems

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    Juel, Henrik; Love, Robert F.

    1987-01-01

    The dual of a facility location problem with general norms, distance constraints, and linear constraints is formulated.......The dual of a facility location problem with general norms, distance constraints, and linear constraints is formulated....

  15. Duality in constrained location problems

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    Juel, Henrik; Love, Robert F.

    1987-01-01

    The dual of a facility location problem with general norms, distance constraints, and linear constraints is formulated.......The dual of a facility location problem with general norms, distance constraints, and linear constraints is formulated....

  16. Location theory a unified approach

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    Nickel, Stefan

    2006-01-01

    Although modern location theory is now more than 90 years old, the focus of researchers in this area has been mainly problem oriented. However, a common theory, which keeps the essential characteristics of classical location models, is still missing.This monograph addresses this issue. A flexible location problem called the Ordered Median Problem (OMP) is introduced. For all three main subareas of location theory (continuous, network and discrete location) structural properties of the OMP are presented and solution approaches provided. Numerous illustrations and examples help the reader to bec

  17. Location-based Web Search

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    Ahlers, Dirk; Boll, Susanne

    In recent years, the relation of Web information to a physical location has gained much attention. However, Web content today often carries only an implicit relation to a location. In this chapter, we present a novel location-based search engine that automatically derives spatial context from unstructured Web resources and allows for location-based search: our focused crawler applies heuristics to crawl and analyze Web pages that have a high probability of carrying a spatial relation to a certain region or place; the location extractor identifies the actual location information from the pages; our indexer assigns a geo-context to the pages and makes them available for a later spatial Web search. We illustrate the usage of our spatial Web search for location-based applications that provide information not only right-in-time but also right-on-the-spot.

  18. Location of Urban Logistic Terminals as Hub Location Problem

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    Jasmina Pašagić Škrinjar

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the problems of locating urban logistic terminals are studied as hub location problems that due to a large number of potential nodes in big cities belong to hard non-polynomial problems, the so-called NP-problems. The hub location problems have found wide application in physical planning of transport and telecommunication systems, especially systems of fast delivery, networks of logistic and distribution centres and cargo traffic terminals of the big cities, etc. The paper defines single and multiple allocations and studies the numerical examples. The capacitated single allocation hub location problems have been studied, with the provision of a mathematical model of selecting the location for the hubs on the network. The paper also presents the differences in the possibilities of implementing the exact and heuristic methods to solve the actual location problems of big dimensions i.e. hub problems of the big cities.

  19. The Ibibio Locative Copular Constructions

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    Ogbonna Anyanwu

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The Ibibio language, a member of the Lower Cross group of languages is predominantly spoken in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Ibibio has two types of copular construction. One is locative while the other is predicative. Using a purely descriptive approach/method, this paper provides a descriptive account of the copular locative constructions in Ibibio. This study is based on a database collected from adult speakers of Ibibio by the author using an elicitation list. The database includes both actual and potential words/sentences, which standard Ibibio speakers found to be in consistent with their language rules.The paper has observed that Ibibio copular locatives make use of locative copular verbs which have semantic content, but are however, with indeterminate locative precision except when they co- occur with an appropriate locative complement. It has further observed that in Ibibio, the location of a subject entity can be marked with locative elements in two ways. In the first instance, a locative copular verb which can be dórò, ‘be on’ síne ‘be in’ bà ‘be at’ obligatorily co-occurs with a deitic locative complement or a locative prepositional phrase (PP complement headed by a multipurpose preposition (P, ké. The P is semantically, interpreted as either on, in, at or under depending on the particular locative copular verb that it co-occurs with. In the second instance, in addition to the locative copular verb and the locative PP complement headed by the P ké, there is also within the PP complement (headed by the P ké , a locative relational noun modifier which, modifies the head noun, a complement to the locative P ké. Based on Ameka andOgbonna Anyanwu71Levinson’s (2007 cross-linguistic classification of positional and locative verbs, the paper concludes that Ibibio belongs to the multi-verb type of languages with inherently locative copular verbs which are used to express the spatial locative orientation of subject

  20. Location Systems An Introduction to the Technology Behind Location Awareness

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    LaMarca, Anthony

    2008-01-01

    Advances in electronic location technology and the coming of age of mobile computing have opened the door for location-aware applications to permeate all aspects of everyday life. Location is at the core of a large number of high-value applications ranging from the life-and-death context of emergency response to serendipitous social meet-ups. For example, the market for GPS products and services alone is expected to grow to US200 billion by 2015. Unfortunately, there is no single location technology that is good for every situation and exhibits high accuracy, low cost, and universal coverage.

  1. 1D Colloidal Hetero-Nanomaterials with Programmed Semiconductor Morphology and Metal Location for Enhancing Solar Energy Conversion.

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    Zhuang, Tao-Tao; Liu, Yan; Li, Yi; Sun, Meng; Sun, Zi-Jun; Du, Ping-Wu; Jiang, Jun; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2017-01-30

    A new kind of multitetrahedron sheath ternary ZnS-(CdS/Au) hetero-nanorod is prepared, in which one 1D ultrathin ZnS nanorod is integrated with segmented tetrahedron sheaths made of CdS, and more importantly, Au nanoparticles can be decorated in a targeted manner onto the vertexes and edges of CdS tetrahedron sheaths solely, for achieving performance improvement in photoelectric and photochemical conversion applications.

  2. WHERE2 Location Aided Communications

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    Dammann, Armin; Agapiou, George; Brunel, Loïc

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents an overview of preliminary results of investigations within the WHERE2 Project on identifying promising avenues for location aided enhancements to wireless communication systems. The wide ranging contributions are organized according to the following targeted systems: cellular......(s). And this at a reasonable cost given the ubiquitous availability of location information in recent wireless standards or smart phones. Location tracking furthermore opens the new perspective of slow fading prediction....

  3. Isosurface Extraction Method Based on Compressed Index in Second-order Tetrahedron%基于压缩索引的二阶四面体网格等值面抽取方法

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    刘鹤丹; 王成恩

    2014-01-01

    基于二阶10节点四面体网格单元可视化过程中存在的等值面拓扑、三角等值面片结果的计算、存储及传输代价问题,提出了基于压缩索引的等值面抽取方法。为真实表现网格单元内部等值面片拓扑结构并克服其二义性,分析并简化了二阶10节点四面体单元等参插值函数,提出顶点、棱边、表面间的关系矩阵,分别在网格单元棱边、表面及体内计算提取可以表现等值面几何拓扑特征的等值点,设计了关键点匹配规则;结合三类插值点间的逻辑关系制定了令拓扑准确唯一的等值面片三角化及优化策略,设计了辅助三角化、图像优化及绘制过程的可分裂式三角面片压缩索引结构,提出了针对初始面片及优化后面片存储结构的分裂策略。试验结果证明,该方法可准确描述及确定二阶四面体网格单元内部等值面片的唯一拓扑结构,基于压缩索引结构的计算及优化分裂方法简捷有效,可适应不同的精度要求,大幅降低了计算与绘制传输中产生的代价。%In order to solve the problem of isosurface topologies and the cost of triangular patches computing, storage and transmission during the visualization process in second-order 10-node tetrahedrons, the isosurface extraction method based on compressed index is proposed. To reflect the real topology of the isosurface and overcome the ambiguity, the method analyzes and simplifies the parameter interpolation function of second-order 10-node tetrahedron, proposes the matrixes of relationships between vertex, surface and cube, calculates accurate contour points in edge, extracts surface and mesh key points which can performance the geometric topological characteristics of isosurface in mesh grids, designs a key point matching rule;based on the logical relationship among the three types of interpolation critical point, it develops the isosurface triangulation and

  4. Family ties and residential locations

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    Mulder, C.H.; Cooke, T.J.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, and in the Special Issue it introduces, the focus is on the role of family ties in residential location choice and, conversely, the role of residential locations in maintaining family ties. Not only do events in the nuclear family trigger residential relocations, but nearby family mem

  5. Improved Dynamic Planar Point Location

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    Brodal, Gerth Stølting; Arge, Lars; Georgiadis, Loukas

    2006-01-01

    We develop the first linear-space data structures for dynamic planar point location in general subdivisions that achieve logarithmic query time and poly-logarithmic update time.......We develop the first linear-space data structures for dynamic planar point location in general subdivisions that achieve logarithmic query time and poly-logarithmic update time....

  6. Pan-information Location Map

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    Zhu, X. Y.; Guo, W.; Huang, L.; Hu, T.; Gao, W. X.

    2013-11-01

    A huge amount of information, including geographic, environmental, socio-economic, personal and social network information, has been generated from diverse sources. Most of this information exists separately and is disorderly even if some of it is about the same person, feature, phenomenon or event. Users generally need to collect related information from different sources and then utilize them in applications. An automatic mechanism, therefore, for establishing a connection between potentially-related information will profoundly expand the usefulness of this huge body of information. A connection tie is semantic location describing semantically concepts and attributes of locations as well as relationships between locations, since 80% of information contains some kind of geographic reference but not all of geographic reference has explicit geographic coordinates. Semantic location is an orthogonal form of location representation which can be represented as domain ontology or UML format. Semantic location associates various kinds of information about a same object to provide timely information services according to users' demands, habits, preferences and applications. Based on this idea, a Pan-Information Location Map (PILM) is proposed as a new-style 4D map to associates semantic location-based information dynamically to organize and consolidate the locality and characteristics of corresponding features and events, and delivers on-demand information with a User-Adaptive Smart Display (UASD).

  7. RESEARCH METHODS OF LOCATIVE ELEMENT

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    SULAYMANOVA N.J.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The article is devoted to the methods of investigation of locative elements. Sentence analysis with locative elements is taken according to the results of component analysis in the system of contradicting – opposition. More over the article is full of examples related to the description of various syntactic units.

  8. Neural correlates of locative prepositions

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    Noordzij, Matthijs L.; Neggers, Sebastiaan F.W.; Ramsey, Nick F.; Postma, Albert

    2008-01-01

    Locative prepositions might be special linguistic modifiers because they form a natural link between verbal and visual-spatial information. In the present fMRI study we found evidence that understanding categorical spatial relations expressed in language with locative prepositions such as “to the le

  9. Locative Terms and Warlpiri Acquisition.

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    Bavin, Edith L.

    1990-01-01

    Focuses on the influence of language specific properties in the acquisition of locative expressions. Some of the claims from literature on the acquisition of locative expressions are discussed and data from the acquisition of Warlpiri are presented and discussed in terms of these claims. (Author/CB)

  10. Neural correlates of locative prepositions

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    Noordzij, Matthijs Leendert; Neggers, Sebastiaan F.W.; Ramsey, Nick F.; Postma, Albert

    2008-01-01

    Locative prepositions might be special linguistic modifiers because they form a natural link between verbal and visual-spatial information. In the present fMRI study we found evidence that understanding categorical spatial relations expressed in language with locative prepositions such as “to the

  11. Mobile Alternative Fueling Station Locator

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    2009-04-01

    The Department of Energy's Alternative Fueling Station Locator is available on-the-go via cell phones, BlackBerrys, or other personal handheld devices. The mobile locator allows users to find the five closest biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane fueling sites using Google technology.

  12. A COLLABORATIVE LOCATION MODEL FOR CELLULAR MOBILE POSITION LOCATION

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    Deng Ping; Liu Lin; Fan Pingzhi

    2004-01-01

    In cellular network, several Time Difference Of Arrival (TDOA) location algorithms can be applied to mobile position estimation. However, each algorithm has its own limitations and none of them is proved to be the most reliable one in different channel environments. In this paper Kleine-Ostmann's data fusion model is modified and a collaborative location model which incorporates position estimate of two TDOA location algorithms is proposed.Analysis and simulation show that more reliable and accurate mobile position estimation can be achieved based on this model.

  13. Modeling discrete competitive facility location

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    Karakitsiou, Athanasia

    2015-01-01

    This book presents an up-to-date review of modeling and optimization approaches for location problems along with a new bi-level programming methodology which captures the effect of competition of both producers and customers on facility location decisions. While many optimization approaches simplify location problems by assuming decision making in isolation, this monograph focuses on models which take into account the competitive environment in which such decisions are made. New insights in modeling, algorithmic and theoretical possibilities are opened by this approach and new applications are possible. Competition on equal term plus competition between market leader and followers are considered in this study, consequently bi-level optimization methodology is emphasized and further developed. This book provides insights regarding modeling complexity and algorithmic approaches to discrete competitive location problems. In traditional location modeling, assignment of customer demands to supply sources are made ...

  14. Uncapacitated facility location problems: contributions

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    Galvão Roberto Diéguez

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present paper is to review my personal contributions in the field of uncapacitated facility location problems. These contributions took place throughout my academic career, from the time I was a Ph.D. student at Imperial College to the present day. They cover approximately 30 years, from 1973 to 2003; they address: algorithms developed for the p-median problem and for a general formulation of uncapacitated location problems; the study of dynamic location models; covering and hierarchical location problems; queuing-based probabilistic location models. The contributions encompass theoretical developments, computational algorithms and practical applications. All work took place in an academic environment, with the invaluable collaboration of colleagues (both in Brazil and abroad and research students at COPPE. Each section in the paper is dedicated to a topic that involves a personal contribution. Every one of them is placed within the context of the existing literature.

  15. Light location influences the perceived locations of internal sounds.

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    Dellorso, Scott; Schirillo, James

    2010-01-01

    Numerous studies have shown that visual stimuli can bias the perceived location of auditory stimuli. Here, we sought to determine if a visual stimulus can also bias the perceived location of multiple internal auditory stimuli. Fifty subjects were presented with a train of eight binaural click-pairs over headphones while a single flash of light was presented either to the left or to the right side of a central fixation point on an otherwise black CRT screen. A no-flash baseline was also implemented, as was a no-fixation control. The subjects used a rating scale to indicate the perceived location of each of the eight click-pairs within their heads. The results showed that the flash of light significantly influenced the perceived location of the click-pairs, biasing them in the same direction as the flash of light. This suggests that, even without perceptual correspondence, cross-modal interactions can occur.

  16. Locations in television drama series

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    Waade, Anne Marit

    , and reflect the growing academic and business interests, respectively, on places in a global media and consumption culture (Falkheimer & Jansson, 2006). Based on empirical location studies of three crime series, Wallander (Yellow Bird, 2008-2012), The Bridge (SVT1 & DR1, 2011-2013) and Dicte (Misofilm/TV2...... in the extra bonus material (Gray, 2010; Waade, 2013), and film tours and film apps become part of the television series’ trans-media franchise (Reijnders, 2011; Thompson, 2007). Location has so far been a practical term describing the place where the series is shot. Ellis (1992) used to see location...

  17. Location Based Services and Applications

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    Elenis Gorrita Michel

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Location Based Services (LBS continue to grow in popularity, effectiveness and reliability, to the extent that applications are designed and implemented taking into account the facilities of the user location information. In this work, some of the main applications are addressed, in order to make an assessment of the current importance of the LBS, as a branch of technology in full swing. In addition, the main techniques for location estimation are studied, essential information to the LBS. Because of this it is a highly topical issue, the ongoing works and researches are also discussed.

  18. LaVo4: Eu Phosphor Films with Enhanced Eu Solubility

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    Hwang, Harold

    2011-08-11

    Eu doped rare-earth orthovanadates are known to be good red phosphor materials. In particular, LaVO{sub 4}:Eu is a promising candidate due to the low Eu-site point symmetry, and thus high dipole transition probability within Judd-Ofelt theory. However, the low solubility limit (< 3 mol %) of Eu in LaVO{sub 4} prevents its efficient use as a phosphor. We present optical evidence of enhanced Eu solubility as high as 10 mol % in LaVO{sub 4}:Eu thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition and postannealing. The photoluminescent intensity exceeded that of YVO{sub 4}:Eu thin films when excited below the host bandgap, indicating stronger direct emission of Eu in LaVO{sub 4}.

  19. CBP List of Preclearance Locations

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    Department of Homeland Security — CBP Preclearance provides for the U.S. border inspection and clearance of commercial air passengers and their goods at (15) locations in (6) foreign countries. CBP...

  20. Mental Health Treatement Facilities Locator

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — An online resource for locating mental health treatment facilities and programs supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)....

  1. Allegheny County WIC Vendor Locations

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset contains the locations of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program vendors. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data...

  2. Allegheny County Blazed Trails Locations

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — Shows the location of blazed trails in all Allegheny County parks. This is the same data used in the Allegheny County Parks Trails Mobile App, available for Apple...

  3. NIGERIA - A TROPICAL COASTAL LOCATION

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    2008-02-21

    Feb 21, 2008 ... “Department of Physics, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria ... The characteristic pattern of rainfall in Calabar, a coastal - tropical location ... percentiles over most of Australia for ... meteorological records of the Margaret.

  4. VT School Locations - K-12

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    Vermont Center for Geographic Information — (Link to Metadata) FacilitiesSchools_PTSCHOOL is designed to provide point locations of every Vermont School along with the established school ID (PSID) for...

  5. Locative inferences in medical texts.

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    Mayer, P S; Bailey, G H; Mayer, R J; Hillis, A; Dvoracek, J E

    1987-06-01

    Medical research relies on epidemiological studies conducted on a large set of clinical records that have been collected from physicians recording individual patient observations. These clinical records are recorded for the purpose of individual care of the patient with little consideration for their use by a biostatistician interested in studying a disease over a large population. Natural language processing of clinical records for epidemiological studies must deal with temporal, locative, and conceptual issues. This makes text understanding and data extraction of clinical records an excellent area for applied research. While much has been done in making temporal or conceptual inferences in medical texts, parallel work in locative inferences has not been done. This paper examines the locative inferences as well as the integration of temporal, locative, and conceptual issues in the clinical record understanding domain by presenting an application that utilizes two key concepts in its parsing strategy--a knowledge-based parsing strategy and a minimal lexicon.

  6. Neural correlates of locative prepositions.

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    Noordzij, Matthijs L; Neggers, Sebastiaan F W; Ramsey, Nick F; Postma, Albert

    2008-04-01

    Locative prepositions might be special linguistic modifiers because they form a natural link between verbal and visual-spatial information. In the present fMRI study we found evidence that understanding categorical spatial relations expressed in language with locative prepositions such as "to the left of" and "to the right of" were reliably associated with cerebral activity in the supramarginal gyrus (SMG) located in the left inferior parietal lobe. The higher activity associated with spatial as compared to non-spatial sentences in this region was not dependent on the context (verbal or visual-spatial) in which the sentence was read. Therefore, the function of this activity appears to be to create a general, amodal representation of locative prepositions that allow for flexible comparisons to either verbal or visual-spatial material.

  7. Allegheny County Public Building Locations

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset contains the locations of municipal facilities in Allegheny County. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center’s...

  8. Allegheny County Public Building Locations

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset contains the locations of municipal facilities in Allegheny County. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center’s open...

  9. Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Locator

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs. The...

  10. Allegheny County WIC Vendor Locations

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset contains the locations of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program vendors. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data...

  11. Allegheny County Blazed Trails Locations

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — Shows the location of blazed trails in all Allegheny County parks. This is the same data used in the Allegheny County Parks Trails Mobile App, available for Apple...

  12. Hull properties in location problems

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    Juel, Henrik; Love, Robert F.

    1983-01-01

    Some properties of the solution set for single and multifacility continuous location problems with lp distances are given. A set reduction algorithm is developed for problems in k-dimensional space having rectangular distances.......Some properties of the solution set for single and multifacility continuous location problems with lp distances are given. A set reduction algorithm is developed for problems in k-dimensional space having rectangular distances....

  13. WHERE2 Location Aided Communications

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    Dammann, Armin; Agapiou, George; Brunel, Loïc

    2013-01-01

    networks, mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) and cognitive radio. Location based approaches are found to allevi- ate significant signaling overhead in various forms of modern communication paradigms that are very information hungry in terms of channel state information at the transmitter......This paper presents an overview of preliminary results of investigations within the WHERE2 Project on identifying promising avenues for location aided enhancements to wireless communication systems. The wide ranging contributions are organized according to the following targeted systems: cellular...

  14. A Calculus of Located Entities

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    Adriana Compagnoni

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available We define BioScapeL, a stochastic pi-calculus in 3D-space. A novel aspect of BioScapeL is that entities have programmable locations. The programmer can specify a particular location where to place an entity, or a location relative to the current location of the entity. The motivation for the extension comes from the need to describe the evolution of populations of biochemical species in space, while keeping a sufficiently high level description, so that phenomena like diffusion, collision, and confinement can remain part of the semantics of the calculus. Combined with the random diffusion movement inherited from BioScape, programmable locations allow us to capture the assemblies of configurations of polymers, oligomers, and complexes such as microtubules or actin filaments. Further new aspects of BioScapeL include random translation and scaling. Random translation is instrumental in describing the location of new entities relative to the old ones. For example, when a cell secretes a hydronium ion, the ion should be placed at a given distance from the originating cell, but in a random direction. Additionally, scaling allows us to capture at a high level events such as division and growth; for example, daughter cells after mitosis have half the size of the mother cell.

  15. Locating the LCROSS Impact Craters

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    Marshall, William; Shirley, Mark; Moratto, Zachary; Colaprete, Anthony; Neumann, Gregory A.; Smith, David E.; Hensley, Scott; Wilson, Barbara; Slade, Martin; Kennedy, Brian; hide

    2012-01-01

    The Lunar CRater Observations and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission impacted a spent Centaur rocket stage into a permanently shadowed region near the lunar south pole. The Sheperding Spacecraft (SSC) separated approx. 9 hours before impact and performed a small braking maneuver in order to observe the Centaur impact plume, looking for evidence of water and other volatiles, before impacting itself. This paper describes the registration of imagery of the LCROSS impact region from the mid- and near-infrared cameras onboard the SSC, as well as from the Goldstone radar. We compare the Centaur impact features, positively identified in the first two, and with a consistent feature in the third, which are interpreted as a 20 m diameter crater surrounded by a 160 m diameter ejecta region. The images are registered to Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO) topographical data which allows determination of the impact location. This location is compared with the impact location derived from ground-based tracking and propagation of the spacecraft's trajectory and with locations derived from two hybrid imagery/trajectory methods. The four methods give a weighted average Centaur impact location of -84.6796 deg, -48.7093 deg, with a 1s uncertainty of 115 m along latitude, and 44 m along longitude, just 146 m from the target impact site. Meanwhile, the trajectory-derived SSC impact location is -84.719 deg, -49.61 deg, with a 1 alpha uncertainty of 3 m along the Earth vector and 75 m orthogonal to that, 766 m from the target location and 2.803 km south-west of the Centaur impact. We also detail the Centaur impact angle and SSC instrument pointing errors. Six high-level LCROSS mission requirements are shown to be met by wide margins. We hope that these results facilitate further analyses of the LCROSS experiment data and follow-up observations of the impact region

  16. On Constrained Facility Location Problems

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    Wei-Lin Li; Peng Zhang; Da-Ming Zhu

    2008-01-01

    Given m facilities each with an opening cost, n demands, and distance between every demand and facility,the Facility Location problem finds a solution which opens some facilities to connect every demand to an opened facility such that the total cost of the solution is minimized. The k-Facility Location problem further requires that the number of opened facilities is at most k, where k is a parameter given in the instance of the problem. We consider the Facility Location problems satisfying that for every demand the ratio of the longest distance to facilities and the shortest distance to facilities is at most w, where w is a predefined constant. Using the local search approach with scaling technique and error control technique, for any arbitrarily small constant ∈ > 0, we give a polynomial-time approximation algorithm for the ω-constrained Facility Location problem with approximation ratio 1 + √ω + 1 + ∈, which significantly improves the previous best known ratio (ω + 1)/α for some 1 ≤α≤ 2, and a polynomial-time approximation algorithm for the ω-constrained κ-Facility Location problem with approximation ratio ω + 1 + ∈. On the aspect of approximation hardness, we prove that unless NP (C) DTIME(nO(loglogn)), the ω-constrained Facility Location problem cannot be approximated within 1 + √ω-1,which slightly improves the previous best known hardness result 1.243 + 0.316 ln(ω - 1). The experimental results on the standard test instances of Facility Location problem show that our algorithm also has good performance in practice.

  17. Comparing methods for Earthquake Location

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    Turkaya, Semih; Bodin, Thomas; Sylvander, Matthieu; Parroucau, Pierre; Manchuel, Kevin

    2017-04-01

    There are plenty of methods available for locating small magnitude point source earthquakes. However, it is known that these different approaches produce different results. For each approach, results also depend on a number of parameters which can be separated into two main branches: (1) parameters related to observations (number and distribution of for example) and (2) parameters related to the inversion process (velocity model, weighting parameters, initial location etc.). Currently, the results obtained from most of the location methods do not systematically include quantitative uncertainties. The effect of the selected parameters on location uncertainties is also poorly known. Understanding the importance of these different parameters and their effect on uncertainties is clearly required to better constrained knowledge on fault geometry, seismotectonic processes and at the end to improve seismic hazard assessment. In this work, realized in the frame of the SINAPS@ research program (http://www.institut-seism.fr/projets/sinaps/), we analyse the effect of different parameters on earthquakes location (e.g. type of phase, max. hypocentral separation etc.). We compare several codes available (Hypo71, HypoDD, NonLinLoc etc.) and determine their strengths and weaknesses in different cases by means of synthetic tests. The work, performed for the moment on synthetic data, is planned to be applied, in a second step, on data collected by the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory (OMP).

  18. Processing locational and orientational information.

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    Maki, R H; Maki, W S; Marsh, L G

    1977-09-01

    In choice reaction time (RT) tasks, college students verified the truth of displays expressing spatial relations between two objects. The relations werelocational (A is left of B) ororientational (A and B are horizontal). The objects were names of states in the United States, symbols, or letter arrays. The objects were memorized prior to the display (states and letters) or were presented as part of the display (symbols and letters). In the location tasks with both states and symbols, locatives were spatial (right, left, above, below) or compass (north, south, east, west). Distance between states was also varied. When location was judged, horizontally aligned stimuli resulted in slower responses than vertically aligned stimuli, independently of materials and locative set. Reaction time was inversely related to distance. When orientation was judged, responses to horizontal pairs of states were slower than responses to vertical pairs of states, responses to horizontal pairs of letters were faster than responses to vertical pairs, and RT did not depend upon the orientation of symbols. This pattern of results suggests that orientational judgments are influenced by type of materials and the entext to which the material has been encoded (i.e., memorized). Locational judgments reflect a potent source of difficulty not present in orientation tasks, namely, telling left from right. Alternative explanations of the right-left effect are discussed.

  19. Location and activity specific site-management for military locations

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    Maring, L.; Hulst, M. van; Meuken, D.

    2009-01-01

    pace is limited in the Netherlands and military activities, that may cause nuisance or environmental hazards, should therefore be considered and evaluated during the use of military locations. The last few years TNO and Deltares have worked on a research program on environmental effects due to milit

  20. Locating the LCROSS Impact Craters

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    Marshall, William; Moratto, Zachary; Colaprete, Anthony; Neumann, Gregory; Smith, David; Hensley, Scott; Wilson, Barbara; Slade, Martin; Kennedy, Brian; Gurrola, Eric; Harcke, Leif; 10.1007/s11214-011-9765-0

    2011-01-01

    The Lunar CRater Observations and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission impacted a spent Centaur rocket stage into a permanently shadowed region near the lunar south pole. The Sheperding Spacecraft (SSC) separated \\sim9 hours before impact and performed a small braking maneuver in order to observe the Centaur impact plume, looking for evidence of water and other volatiles, before impacting itself. This paper describes the registration of imagery of the LCROSS impact region from the mid- and near-infrared cameras onboard the SSC, as well as from the Goldstone radar. We compare the Centaur impact features, positively identified in the first two, and with a consistent feature in the third, which are interpreted as a 20 m diameter crater surrounded by a 160 m diameter ejecta region. The images are registered to Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO) topographical data which allows determination of the impact location. This location is compared with the impact location derived from ground-based tracking and propagation of...

  1. Neuroanatomical correlates of locative prepositions.

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    Tranel, Daniel; Kemmerer, David

    2004-10-01

    Very little research has explored which neural systems may be important for retrieving the meanings of locative prepositions (e.g., in, on, around). To begin to address this knowledge gap, we conducted a lesion study in which we tested the hypothesis that processing the meanings of locative prepositions depends on neural structures in the left inferior prefrontal cortex and left inferior parietal cortex. Seventy-eight subjects with focal, stable lesions to various parts of the telencephalon and a comparison group of 60 normal participants were studied with tasks that require production, comprehension, and semantic analysis of locative prepositions. In support of our hypothesis, we found that in subjects with impaired knowledge of locative prepositions, the highest region of lesion overlap was in the left frontal operculum and the left supramarginal gyrus, and in the white matter subjacent to these two areas. In a second study, focused on six subjects who had pervasive defects for locative preposition knowledge, we confirmed that such defects were associated specifically with damage to the posterior left frontal operculum, white matter subjacent to this region, and white matter underneath the inferior parietal operculum. These subjects did not have basic impairments in spatial processing or working memory, and they had relatively well-preserved processing of conceptual knowledge for actions and various categories of concrete entities (e.g., persons, animals, tools). All six subjects, however, had defects in naming actions, and some of them also had defective naming of some categories of concrete entities. Overall, the findings converge nicely with recent results from functional imaging approaches, and with classic studies from the aphasia-based literature, and suggest that the left inferior prefrontal and left inferior parietal regions have crucial-albeit not exclusive-roles in processing knowledge associated with locative prepositions.

  2. Locating ATMs in Urban Areas

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    Mehdi MoradiTabar

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the banks and financial institutions have considerably attempted to provide better and more varied services to the customers. These varied services may satisfy needs of differentgroup of customers. In this regard, the location of these services as well as their level of accessibility (access to these services is greatly important. The importance of these issues is well recognized by responsible managers of the financial firms. In other words, the managers accept the importance of these services and they know that the quality and location of these services significantly affect their success in the business. Therefore, bank managers sought scientific methods, which may facilitate the locating process for their services. How to select the most effective methods and how to use these methods in this regard depend on following factors: the customers' demands, local capacities and fair distribution of theservices, etc. The effective impact of these factors as well as the interactive relationship between them should also be noted in the application. This study is a descriptive kind of research, which is applicable in various areas. Library and environmental studies were used to conduct the study. Considering the parameters that considerably affect the level of acceptability of ATMs services and analyzing the importance of these parameters according to this criterion, the researchers tried to use multiple attribute decision-making model. a heuristic algorithm was used in the context of this approach. Then, the most appropriate locations around the optimal locations were introduced based on fuzzy concept as well as quantitative and qualitative factors, including the minimum cost and maximum coverage according to the customers’ demands. The case study was located in the 13th district of Tehran city.

  3. WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations

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    Sabina Lim

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available ‘WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations in the Western Pacific Region (WHO Standard was released in 2008. Initially, there were 92/361 controversial acupuncture points (acupoints. Through seven informal consultations and four task force team meetings, 86 points were agreed upon among the 92 controversial acupoints, leaving 6 remaining controversial acupoints, demanding active research in the future. This will enhance the reproducibility and validity of acupuncture studies. It will also lead to a better understanding of acupuncture mechanisms in order to optimize its clinical efficacy for a range of diseases and syndromes. This book has two parts: General Guidelines for Acupuncture Point Locations and WHO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations. First of all, familiarity with the General Guidelines for Acupuncture Point Locations in this book can help the reader to understand and use the contents of this book in depth. I would like to thank all of the participating experts and scholars for this great work, who have overcome the limits of previous acupuncture references. I also appreciate the dedicated effort and harmonious leadership of Dr Choi Seung-hoon, former Regional Adviser in Traditional Medicine of Western Pacific Office, WHO.

  4. Potential Crash Location (PCL) Model

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    2014-02-05

    LCA ) model provides a method for calculating how large the actual lethal area at the site of impact would be. The LCA model is described in a...helicopter failures. The crash location calculations are just one portion of the TLS tool, the other portion is LCA . Although the LCA is not

  5. LOCATING LEAKS WITH ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGY

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    Many water distribution systems in this country are almost 100 years old. About 26 percent of piping in these systems is made of unlined cast iron or steel and is in poor condition. Many methods that locate leaks in these pipes are time-consuming, costly, disruptive to operations...

  6. Competition in spatial location models

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    Webers, H.M.

    1996-01-01

    Models of spatial competition are designed and analyzed to describe the fact that space, by its very nature, is a source of market power. This field of research, lying at the interface of game theory and economics, has attracted much interest because location problems are related to many aspects of

  7. Locating a buried earth penetrator

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    Caffey, T.W.H.

    1977-11-01

    The purpose of this work was to assist the recovery of a buried earth penetrator by locating the vertical projection of the penetator upon the surface within a horizontal radius error of one meter. The penetrator will carry a small coil which is driven by an alternating current to form a magnetic dipole. Five measurements of the magnetic field vector upon the surface of the earth are shown to be sufficient for determining not only the xyz-coordinates of the dipole, but also the orientation of the dipole axis. The theory, computation process, and field tests are comprehensively described. Results of 26 field tests with the dipole at 9 different combinations of location and orientation are given. Average radial and vertical location errors are 0.27 m and -0.05 m, respectively, while the mean errors in the tilt and orientation angles of the dipole axis are 3 degrees and 8 degrees, respectively. The results are applied to the design of a locating system for a Pershing II penetrator which contains a recessed, rear-mounted coil.

  8. Competition in spatial location models

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    Webers, H.M.

    1996-01-01

    Models of spatial competition are designed and analyzed to describe the fact that space, by its very nature, is a source of market power. This field of research, lying at the interface of game theory and economics, has attracted much interest because location problems are related to many aspects of

  9. A dilogarithmic 3-dimensional Ising tetrahedron

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    Broadhurst, D J

    1999-01-01

    In 3 dimensions, the Ising model is in the same universality class as unknown analytical nature. In contrast, all single-scale 4-dimensional tetrahedra were reduced, in hep-th/9803091, to special values of exponentially convergent polylogarithms. Combining dispersion relations with the integer-relation finder PSLQ, we find that $C^{Tet}/2^{5/2} = Cl_2(4\\alpha) - Cl_2(2\\alpha)$, with $Cl_2(\\theta):=\\sum_{n>0}\\sin(n\\theta)/n^2$ and 1,000-digit precision and readily yields 50,000 digits of $C^{Tet}$, after transformation to an exponentially convergent sum, akin to those studied in math.CA/9803067. It appears that this 3-dimensional result entails a polylogarithmic ladder beginning with the classical formula for $\\pi/\\sqrt2$, in the manner that 4-dimensional results build on that for $\\pi/\\sqrt3$.

  10. Flying High with the Bird Tetrahedron

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    Gjovik, Oistein

    2012-01-01

    This article presents an origami activity which can lead to rich tasks in several branches of mathematics. This activity is a good first step for preservice teachers to get to know one another, start talking to one another, and start discussing mathematics. It can also show them how mathematics teaching and learning have changed to a more…

  11. Location, Location, Location: How Would a High-Performing Charter School Network Fare in Different States?

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    Lozier, Chris; Rotherham, Andrew J.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper the authors do not examine different operating strategies for charter schools or analyze the impact of their often educationally intensive models on finance. Instead, because public charter schools are funded predominantly by public dollars, they simply ask what impact location--and its associated variances in public funding and the…

  12. Location predicting methods for UAVs

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    Peng, Xiaodong; Zhang, Yu

    2017-08-01

    Location prediction of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is important for fighting with its enemy and ensuring its normal operation. This paper presents the motion model of UAVs and reduces the state space into 7 dimensions. The Bayesian Network, Markov Chain, Curve Fitting and Neural Network are introduced for designing predicting methods. Then Curve Fitting Predicting method, Markov Chain Predicting method, Bayesian Network Predicting method and Neural Network Predicting method are designed for UAVs. The simulation result shows that 1) Neural Network Predicting method has highest predicting accuracy; 2) Markov Chain Predicting method and Bayesian Network Predicting method methods have similar performance and both are better than Bayesian Network Predicting method methods; 3) Neural Network Predicting method is the first choice when predicting the locations of UAVs.

  13. Location Privacy in RFID Applications

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    Sadeghi, Ahmad-Reza; Visconti, Ivan; Wachsmann, Christian

    RFID-enabled systems allow fully automatic wireless identification of objects and are rapidly becoming a pervasive technology with various applications. However, despite their benefits, RFID-based systems also pose challenging risks, in particular concerning user privacy. Indeed, improvident use of RFID can disclose sensitive information about users and their locations allowing detailed user profiles. Hence, it is crucial to identify and to enforce appropriate security and privacy requirements of RFID applications (that are also compliant to legislation). This chapter first discusses security and privacy requirements for RFID-enabled systems, focusing in particular on location privacy issues. Then it explores the advances in RFID applications, stressing the security and privacy shortcomings of existing proposals. Finally, it presents new promising directions for privacy-preserving RFID systems, where as a case study we focus electronic tickets (e-tickets) for public transportation.

  14. Orthogonal coding of object location.

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    Knutsen, Per Magne; Ahissar, Ehud

    2009-02-01

    It has been argued whether internal representations are encoded using a universal ('the neural code') or multiple codes. Here, we review a series of experiments that demonstrate that tactile encoding of object location via whisking employs an orthogonal, triple-code scheme. Rats, and other rodents, actively move the whiskers back and forth to localize and identify objects. Neural recordings from primary sensory afferents, along with behavioral observations, demonstrate that vertical coordinates of contacted objects are encoded by the identity of activated afferents, horizontal coordinates by the timing of activation and radial coordinates by the intensity of activation. Because these codes are mutually independent, the three-dimensional location of an object could, in principle, be encoded by individual afferents during single whisker-object contacts. One advantage of such a same-neuron-different-codes scheme over the traditionally assumed same-code-different-neurons scheme is a reduction of code ambiguity that, in turn, simplifies decoding circuits.

  15. Unexpected location of pilonidal sinuses.

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    Sion-Vardy, N; Osyntsov, L; Cagnano, E; Osyntsov, A; Vardy, D; Benharroch, D

    2009-12-01

    Pilonidal sinuses usually occur in the sacrococcygeal area in young men, and occasionally can be found in other ectopic sites. We present a retrospective case review on unusual locations of pilonidal sinuses in the past 4 years. The lesion sites were as follows: one on the penis, two on the scalp, two on the abdomen, one on the neck, two in the groin and two in the axilla. Abdominal and penile lesions are uncommon, but the other locations reported are unusually rare. To our knowledge, the groin has not been reported previously as a site of a pilonidal sinus, although the histological appearance of hidradenitis suppurativa may well resemble it. When trying to clarify the pathogenesis of these occurrences, we found that recurrent hair removal was a common characteristic of the patients we contacted, and this may have been the initiating trauma.

  16. Clowning, Location, and Mediterranean Drama

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    Publicover, Laurence

    2015-01-01

    This essay explores the ways in which early modern clowns disturb both spatial and generic decorum within early modern drama, and examines the ideological implications of these disturbances. With a particular focus on plays set in the Mediterranean, it demonstrates how clown-figures, through a variety of techniques, refocus attention on the performance space even at moments when plays seem most concerned with the real geographical locations they present. The essay ends by considering the impa...

  17. Computer Model Locates Environmental Hazards

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    2008-01-01

    Catherine Huybrechts Burton founded San Francisco-based Endpoint Environmental (2E) LLC in 2005 while she was a student intern and project manager at Ames Research Center with NASA's DEVELOP program. The 2E team created the Tire Identification from Reflectance model, which algorithmically processes satellite images using turnkey technology to retain only the darkest parts of an image. This model allows 2E to locate piles of rubber tires, which often are stockpiled illegally and cause hazardous environmental conditions and fires.

  18. Rare locations of calcifying tendinitis

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    Nidecker, A.; Hartweg, H.

    1983-12-01

    5 case-reports illustrate 2 rare locations of calcifying peritendinitis: The insertion of the deltoid tendon in the proximal humreus and the insertion of the gluteus maximus tendon in the femur. Knowledge of these insertion sites on one hand and the possibility of calcifying tendinitis at these sites on the other hand may allow proper diagnosis of certain shoulder- and hip joint pain syndromes and subsequent correct therapy.

  19. Underwater Acoustic Beacon Location System

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    2016-12-23

    transpose operator is a standard operator in linear or matrix algebra . The transpose operator converts the row vector   T aaaa z,y,x=P to a column...February 2017 The below identified patent application is available for licensing. Requests for information should be addressed to...300087 1 of 31 UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC BEACON LOCATION SYSTEM [0001] The present application claims the benefit of United States Provisional

  20. Uranium Critical Point Location Problem

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    Iosilevskiy, Igor

    2013-01-01

    Significant uncertainty of our present knowledge for uranium critical point parameters is under consideration. Present paper is devoted to comparative analysis of possible resolutions for the problem of uranium critical point location, as well as to discussion of plausible scheme of decisive experiment, which could resolve existing uncertainty. New calculations of gas-liquid coexistence in uranium by modern thermodynamic code are included in the analysis.