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  1. Required grades of hull steel plates in consideration of fracture toughness; Hakai jinsei wo koryoshita sentaiyo koban shiyo kubun ni kansuru ichikosatsu

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    Yajima, H.; Yamamoto, M.; Ogaki, Y. [Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1997-10-01

    This paper discusses the required grades of hull steel plates based on the steel ship rule of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK). The minimum value of the allowable crack length in NK rule (critical safety crack length at 0degC just before brittle unstable crack causing fatal fracture) was estimated. In the case where the estimated crack tip exists in a matrix, the crack length was a minimum of 200-210mm, while nearly 60mm in a fusion line at high-heat-input welded joint. The allowable crack lengths estimated from a specified value in the NK rule were fairly different. The allowable crack length at 0degC was also estimated from the minimum value in V-notch Charpy impact test. The private proposal on the required grades of hull steel plates in consideration of fracture toughness was discussed. Thirty-five percent of crack lengths found in real ships is 100mm or less, however, cracks of 250-400mm long are frequently found suggesting the allowable crack length of 400mm. The required grade integrally considering required values and design conditions is demanded to secure the reliability of hull strength. 5 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  2. Techniques for cost-effective electric information sharing; Cost balance wo koryoshita denshi joho kyoyuka gijutsu

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    Shinohara, Y. [Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-04-01

    The key technology that can effectively support the sharing of each information such as documents, data, and know-how was rearranged to clarify how to utilize it for constructing an electronic information sharing system. The key technology that supports the sharing of electronic information was rearranged from the viewpoint of information gathering, information rearrangement, and information utilization. The reduction in cost for information gathering and rearrangement is indispensable to the promotion of much information sharing. However, each automation method presently causes the deterioration in quality of the rearranged information and the increase in cost for information utilization. To realize a practical electronic information sharing system, it is important to combine the key technologies properly so that the total cost balance of information gathering and information utilization is improved. Therefore, the combination of character recognition by OCR and unpreciseness retrieval, and the complementary combination of automatic document sorting, based on multiple incomplete rearrangement systems, and multiple sorting menus were proposed. 23 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Room acoustic simulation system considered wave motion chacteristic; Hadosei wo koryoshita shitsunai onba simulation system

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    Tsuboi, M.; Watanabe, M.; Hirano, S. [Obayashi Corp., Osaka (Japan). Technical Research Inst.

    1996-03-20

    A practical calculating method is developed, which includes data of all audible frequencies used as the basic data for visible and audible acoustic evaluation of the sound field for supporting acoustic designing, and can calculate long term impulse responses covering those of reverberation. By the face integration method which performs calculation by dividing the responses from the face elements, at each sound input to the boundary surface, into geometrical wave components and scattered wave components, it is shown that long time impulse response can be calculated with no need for drastic increase in the calculating time. No extreme deterioration of the accuracy is observed even when the face elements are divided roughly, and the method can be applied to response calculation even in a limited time with less divided number of the wave face elements for certain items to be investigated. Sound field is visualized by three dimensional image sound source distribution in which the frequency characteristics of the initial reflected sound are displayed in color, and a series of systems are developed which enable virtual experience of estimated sound field with three dimensional spread by binaural hearing based on OSS (orthostereophonic system). 9 refs., 8 figs.

  4. Facility location problem under demand uncertainty. Fukakutei juyo wo koryoshita shisetsu haichi mondai

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    Nishida, N.; Higaki, M.; Mabuchi, T. (Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan))

    1990-10-20

    The facility location problem was examined in which customer demands were given with probability distribution functions, and more realistic information was obtained than that by parametric analyses. The problem was formulated as a mixed integer programming problem adopting the expected value of a total cost as an objective function to be minimized. To prevent from finding such impractical solutions as to satisfy the demand completely, a constraint was introduced to satisfy the total demand in probability more than a given one. A branch-and-bound algorithm was proposed to find exact solutions, and the calculation procedure of a lower bound was also presented to find the optimal solution efficiently. In addition, the Lagrangean relaxation was applied to the constraints on demand to strengthen the lower bound, resulting in a knapsack problem. The efficiency of the proposed method was illustrated by numerical simulation with 0.95 in probability to satisfy the total demand under the assumption of a beta distribution. 11 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Prediction of strong acceleration motion depended on focal mechanism; Shingen mechanism wo koryoshita jishindo yosoku ni tsuite

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    Kaneda, Y.; Ejiri, J. [Obayashi Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    This paper describes simulation results of strong acceleration motion with varying uncertain fault parameters mainly for a fault model of Hyogo-ken Nanbu earthquake. For the analysis, based on the fault parameters, the strong acceleration motion was simulated using the radiation patterns and the breaking time difference of composite faults as parameters. A statistic waveform composition method was used for the simulation. For the theoretical radiation patterns, directivity was emphasized which depended on the strike of faults, and the maximum acceleration was more than 220 gal. While, for the homogeneous radiation patterns, the maximum accelerations were isotopically distributed around the fault as a center. For variations in the maximum acceleration and the predominant frequency due to the breaking time difference of three faults, the response spectral value of maximum/minimum was about 1.7 times. From the viewpoint of seismic disaster prevention, underground structures including potential faults and non-arranging properties can be grasped using this simulation. Significance of the prediction of strong acceleration motion was also provided through this simulation using uncertain factors, such as breaking time of composite faults, as parameters. 4 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Study on spontaneous potential exploration considering resistivity structures; Hiteiko kozo wo koryoshita shizen den`iho tansa

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    Sato, H.; Sakurai, K.; Shimada, H. [OYO Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    Spontaneous potential (SP) was measured on the known traverse line of resistivity structure crossing Hanaori fault in Ohara area, Kyoto city to observe change in SP around the fault and to examine the possibility of fault position exploration. The supposed causes of generation of SP are as follows: the existence of sulfide mineral deposit including polarized minerals, underground fluid flow, and the existence of stratum including chemical compositions from hot springs. The SP method estimates underground structures based on measured surface potential distributions using DC component under anomaly of SP. FEM modeling clarified that a fault fracture zone is one of the causes of generation of SP, by considering SP measurement and resistivity structure strongly affecting observed SP. Consequently, combination of SP measurement with resistivity structure exploration allows a reliable fault estimation method. Under the assumption that anomaly of SP is caused by polarization around fault, the horizontal dipole model based on polarization of current source dipole along fault can well explain the measured data. 2 refs., 6 figs.

  7. Basic studies on computer aided concurrent engineering for hull structure design and piping design; Kakugi ittai wo koryoshita doji heikotekina sekkei no shien ni kansuru kisoteki kenkyu

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    Aoyama, K.; Sawada, K. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    Considering integrated hull and piping design in shipbuilding industry as a good example for concurrent engineering (CE), discussions were given on a computer aided method to perform integrated hull and piping design smoothly. When CE aiding by means of a computer is considered, it is important to discuss a method for information management not only for `utilization of product models`, but also for `maintaining consistency between items of product information` and `concurrent utilization and production of product information` in concurrent designs. For the CE aided information management, utilization and production of the product information is effective if restrictive relationship between items of product information, and design functions are made clear. Definitions were given on the restrictive relationship between items of product information and `restrictive relationship information` that has `decision/provisional decision`, `date and time`, `designer` and `design functions`. Furthermore, `comprehensive relationship between items of product information` that can be produced from the restrictive relationship information was defined as a `restrictive network`. Utilizing the restrictive relationship between items of product information for CE aiding is effective. 9 refs., 14 figs.

  8. Evaluation of wind noise in passenger car compartment in consideration of auditory masking and sound localization; Chokaku masking to hoko chikaku wo koryoshita kazekirion hyoka

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    Hoshino, H. [Toyota Central Research and Development Labs., Inc., Aichi (Japan); Kato, H. [Toyota Motor Corp., Aichi (Japan)

    1998-05-01

    Discussed is a method for evaluating wind noise in passenger car compartment based on human auditory characteristics. In the study, noise in the compartment of a passenger car travelling at a constant speed is collected by use of a dummy head, and the collected noise is analyzed in view of the masking effect, directional sensation produced by binaural hearing, etc. A masked spectrum of noise in the compartment of a 6-cylinder vehicle travelling at 120km/h is analyzed, and it is found that some frequency bands, especially the band centering on 300Hz, are masked by a loud noise component falling in a low frequency band of 180Hz or lower. By use of masked spectrum analysis, the level of noise that is actually audible to human ears can be calculated. The noise level thus determined by masked spectrum analysis and the noise direction determined by a binaural signal processing model are examined, and then it is found that the noise direction is clearly determined when the noise belongs in a 450Hz band or higher where wind noise prevails. On the bases of the above-mentioned results and the directional sensation produced by binaural hearing, a `binaural wind noise evaluation method` is compiled. 20 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Improvements of diesel combustion with pilot and main injections at different piston positions; Piston iso wo koryoshita pilot funsha ni yoru diesel nenshono kaizen

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    Li, C.; Ogawa, H.; Miyamoto, N. [Hokkaido University, Sapporo (Japan); Sakai, A. [Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-06-25

    The fuel spray distribution in a DI diesel engine with a pilot injection was actively controlled by pilot and main fuel injections at different piston positions to avoid the main fuel injection from hitting the pilot flame. A CFD analysis demonstrated that the movement of the piston with a cavity divided by a central lip along the center of the sidewall effectively separated the cores of the pilot and main fuel sprays. The experiments showed that more smoke was emitted with pilot injection in an ordinary cavity without the central lip while smokeless and low NO{sub x} operation was realized with pilot injection in a cavity divided by a central lip even at heavy loads where ordinary operation without pilot injection emitted smoke so much. The indicated specific energy consumption ISEC was a little bit higher with the pilot injection, mainly because of the reduction in the degree of constant volume combustion. With the advanced pilot injection, ISEC was improved more than that with the retarded pilot injection while the NO{sub x} is a little higher than the retarded pilot injection maintaining still much lower than in ordinary operation. (author)

  10. Application of vertical electrical sounding combined with induced polarization method in ground water exploration; IP koka wo koryoshita hiteikoho suichoku tansa no chikasui chosa eno tekiyo

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    Kondo, M.; Sakurada, H. [Sumiko Consultants Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Suzuki, T. [Hokkaido Development Bureau, Hokkaido Development Agency, Sapporo (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    For ground water exploration using vertical Schlumberger exploration method, measurement and analysis combined with induced polarization (IP) effect were conducted as trial. For the Schlumberger method, potential is measured at the center between potential electrodes during flow of dc current between current electrodes. In the case of vertical exploration, measurements are repeated with fixed potential electrodes by extending the distance between current electrodes. Ground water exploration was conducted using this method at Otaki village, Hokkaido. Geology of surveyed plateau consists of a basement of Pliocene tuffs and Quaternary Pleistocene sediments covering on the surface. For the results of analysis, four to seven beds were detected from the resistivity. The depth up to the lowest bed was between 25 and 85 m, the resistivity of each bed was between 9 and 8,000 ohm{times}m, and the polarizability was between 1 and 15 mV/V. Among these resistivity zones, it was judged that zones satisfying following three conditions correspond to coarse grain sediments saturated with ground water, and can be expected as aquifers; having resistivity ranging between 100 and 1,000 ohm{times}m, polarizability higher than 10 mV/V, and relatively large thickness. 11 refs., 6 figs.

  11. Improved Charge Separation in WO3/CuWO4 Composite Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation

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    Wang, Danping; Bassi, Prince Saurabh; Qi, Huan; Zhao, Xin; Gurudayal; Wong, Lydia Helena; Xu, Rong; Sritharan, Thirumany; Chen, Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Porous tungsten oxide/copper tungstate (WO3/CuWO4) composite thin films were fabricated via a facile in situ conversion method, with a polymer templating strategy. Copper nitrate (Cu(NO3)2) solution with the copolymer surfactant Pluronic®F-127 (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA, generic name, poloxamer 407) was loaded onto WO3 substrates by programmed dip coating, followed by heat treatment in air at 550 °C. The Cu2+ reacted with the WO3 substrate to form the CuWO4 compound. The composite WO3/CuWO4 thin films demonstrated improved photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance over WO3 and CuWO4 single phase photoanodes. The factors of light absorption and charge separation efficiency of the composite and two single phase films were investigated to understand the reasons for the PEC enhancement of WO3/CuWO4 composite thin films. The photocurrent was generated from water splitting as confirmed by hydrogen and oxygen gas evolution, and Faradic efficiency was calculated based on the amount of H2 produced. This work provides a low-cost and controllable method to prepare WO3-metal tungstate composite thin films, and also helps to deepen the understanding of charge transfer in WO3/CuWO4 heterojunction. PMID:28773473

  12. Improved Charge Separation in WO3/CuWO4 Composite Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation

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    Danping Wang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Porous tungsten oxide/copper tungstate (WO3/CuWO4 composite thin films were fabricated via a facile in situ conversion method, with a polymer templating strategy. Copper nitrate (Cu(NO32 solution with the copolymer surfactant Pluronic®F-127 (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA, generic name, poloxamer 407 was loaded onto WO3 substrates by programmed dip coating, followed by heat treatment in air at 550 °C. The Cu2+ reacted with the WO3 substrate to form the CuWO4 compound. The composite WO3/CuWO4 thin films demonstrated improved photoelectrochemical (PEC performance over WO3 and CuWO4 single phase photoanodes. The factors of light absorption and charge separation efficiency of the composite and two single phase films were investigated to understand the reasons for the PEC enhancement of WO3/CuWO4 composite thin films. The photocurrent was generated from water splitting as confirmed by hydrogen and oxygen gas evolution, and Faradic efficiency was calculated based on the amount of H2 produced. This work provides a low-cost and controllable method to prepare WO3-metal tungstate composite thin films, and also helps to deepen the understanding of charge transfer in WO3/CuWO4 heterojunction.

  13. Aliasing characteristics of tau-P transform and is application to signal and noise separation; Tau-P henkan no aliasing tokusei to hakei iji wo koryoshita S/N bunri

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    Kawabuchi, H.; Rokugawa, S.; Matsushima, J.; Ichie, Y. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan); Minegishi, M.; Tsuburaya, Y. [Japan National Oil Corp., Tokyo (Japan). Technology Research Center

    1997-05-27

    With respect to the tau-P transform method as a signal and noise (S/N) separation technology used in seismic exploration using the reflection method, a discussion has been given on conditions for the post S/N separation by the tau-P transform to function more effectively. Averaging the energy in performing the tau-P transform makes the wave energy scatter to a certain range. As a result, an aliasing phenomenon appears, in which noise is superimposed on the post-processing record. As a result of the discussion, it was verified that satisfying the two equations of G. Turner is effective in order to reduce the aliasing and maintain the relative amplitude. However, in actual calculation accuracy, waveform change was recognized to some extent, particularly amplification of events in low frequencies, and low restorability in higher frequencies. It was also observed that a method to give the tau-P region a two-dimensional Fourier transform and perform the same processing as an f-k filter can remove aliasing more simply and effectively than the HVF, and improve the S/N ratio maintaining the amplitude at the current level. 5 refs., 13 figs.

  14. Study on practical application of a longitudinal hull strength theory considering camber in cross section; Yokodanmen no sori wo koryoshita sentai tate kyodo riron no jitsuyoka ni kansuru kenkyu. 2

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    Nose, M.; Suzuki, K.; Furuno, H. [Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science, Nagasaki (Japan); Suzuki, K.

    1997-10-01

    Discussions were given on practical application of a stress analyzing method for thin-wall deformed cross-sectional beam considering cross section camber in longitudinal bending. The non-static calculation method described in the previous report can be applied to a box-type cross section having multi-connected cells, bulk cargo transport vessels and container ships with dual hull structure, and oil tankers with dual hull structure of medium size. The calculation method was capable of achieving remarkable enhancement in efficiency over that of conventional calculation methods. The present study is intended to make the method applicable also to multi-connected cross section shapes having more than one longitudinal partitions as used in dual hull VLCC and ULCC. As a result, an expanded non-static calculation system was developed, which has introduced into the conception described in the previous report a new conception of triple point and independent start point members. As a result of applying the method to dual hull bulk cargo transport vessels, container ships, dual hull oil tankers of medium size, VLCC and ULCC, it was verified that the system operated properly. Remarkable efficiency improvement has been made possible as compared with conventional analysis methods applied to individual ships. The system is capable of automatic calculation, and makes possible the practical application of the hull strength theory considering cross section camber. 3 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Design optimization of ideal non-imaging concentrators for solar collectors by use of yearly insolation model with frequency distribution; Dosu bunpu wo koryoshita nenkan nissha model ni yoru shunetsuyo riso hikessho shukoki no saitekika

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    Suzuki, A. [Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-10-27

    Optimization was carried out for the 2D-CPC (compound parabolic concentrator) known as an ideal 2-dimensional non-imaging concentrator for its application to stationary solar heat concentrators. A non-imaging optical system is a system that has an angle for incident light called an acceptance angle, and is treated as an effective tool in the field of solar energy application. Analysis was conducted from the viewpoint of energy and exergy on the presumption of constant temperature operation. For the analysis of constant temperature heat concentration, it needs to be presumed that heat concentrators are in operation only in the presence of insolation that is more than a specified level (critical insolation). When the acceptance angle is fixed for optimization, energy efficiency does not have a peak with respect to the critical probability insolation intensity (in a probability model considering frequency distribution). On the other hand, for the optimization of exergy efficiency, the half-acceptance angle should be within a 35-40{degree} range (agreeing with the optimum angle cost-wise), and the critical probability insolation should be set at 250-300W/m{sup 2} (1/4 of the maximum insolation intensity). The obtained results are low in model dependency and are sufficiently reliable. 14 refs., 4 figs.

  16. Predicting autoignition characteristics of premixed natural gas mixture under lean conditions by using a detailed chemical kinetics model; Kagaku hanno sokudoron wo koryoshita tennen gas kihaku yokongoki no jiko chakka tokusei

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    Okamoto, T.; Ikeda, T.; Kusaka, J.; Daisho, Y. [Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-10-15

    Study was made on autoignition characteristics of natural gas by using a detailed chemical kinetics model. An engine is being watched which is featured by autoignition by compressing homogeneous lean premixture of air and natural gas as clean alternative fuel. However, because natural gas is composed of major methane, and minor ethane, propane and butane, autoignition is difficult, while rapid pressure rise is predicted at autoignition. Intake temperature rise and compression ratio rise bring autoignition timing forward by rising temperature in a cylinder. The effect of an air excess ratio on ignition timing and autoignition region is small under constant intake pressure and smaller air excess ratios, because of the negation between an effect bringing ignition timing forward by increase in fuel concentration and an effect delaying ignition timing by increase in polyatomic molecules in the premixture. Since combustion starts from n-butane, ignition timing is delayed with an increase in methane ratio. Although the feasibility of compressive ignition combustion using the lean premixture was confirmed, measures against excess pressure rise rates are necessary. 7 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  17. Information-space-mapped sensor fusion system for vehicle control taking into account the driving environment recognition characteristics of individual driver; Driver no soko kankyo ninshiki tokusei wo koryoshita jidosha seigyo no tame no joho kukan henkangata sensor fusion

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    Takahashi, H.; Kuroda, K. [Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-10-31

    This paper discusses sensor fusion for important driving environment information in an automobile control system, which utilizes external environmental information by using laser radar and CCD camera as the sensors. The paper also proposes an information-space-mapped sensor fusion system, which uses as the sensor fusion the spatial images to a system information space having as a spatial axis the conformity to control characteristics pattern to be selected from the sensor signal space. A configuration in which a design norm for the sensor fusion can be described declaratively was proposed by applying hierarchical fuzzy integration (HFI) as a means to realize image conversion. The configuration has realized a structure easy in system design and maintenance. In addition, the characteristics of recognition on driving environment of a driver were defined as perception sensitivity to psychological information on deceleration direction based on the affordance conception. This value was used for change in {lambda} value in fuzzy measures in the HFI processing to show the framework of a simple sensor fusion system. 26 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Numerical simulation of hypersonic non-equilibrium wake flow using a higher-resolution method; Goku choonsoku netsu kagaku hiheiko wo koryoshita donto buttai koryu no kokaizodo suchi kaiseki

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    Nagatomo, H.; Yamamoto, S.; Daiguji, H. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-08-25

    An object which flies hypersonic speed, such as an aeroassisted orbital transfer vehicle, is affected greatly by not only the bow shock but also the expansion around the shoulder and the recompression of separated flow. Though the experiments to analyze this flow have been performed by some groups recently, there are some difficulties in measuring the flow because of limitations of instrumentation. Both experimental and numerical approaches are necessary to analyze the phenomena. The efficient numerical code which has been developed by the authors for hypersonic thermochemical non-equilibrium flow is applied to simulate the problem. The calculated results of different accuracies in space, the perfect gas and the experimental data are compared. 12 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  19. On limit state design method considering shear lag phenomenon of corner parts of steel rigid frames. Sendan okure gensho wo koryoshita kosei ramen sumikakubu no genkai jotai sekkeiho ni tsuite

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    Nakai, H. (Osaka City University, Osaka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering); Miki, T. (Daido Institute of Technology, Nagoya (Japan)); Hashimoto, Y. (Hanshin Expressway Public Corp., Osaka (Japan))

    1992-10-15

    A remarkable shear lag phenomenon develops in flange plates in beam and column members at corner parts of steel rigid frames. A design method considering the shear lag phenomenon was proposed on rigid frame corner parts to which the beam and column members with box-like cross section are connected perpendicularly. Firstly, mechanisms to transfer forces in the corner parts having been discussed previously and their experimental results were considered, so that the distribution characteristics of sectional forces working on the beam and column members at the corner parts and their vicinities can be explained with help of a simple beam theory. Secondly, a shear lag analysis was carried out on a model to show solutions of added bending moment corresponding to vertical stress. A simple and practicable calculation formula was yielded for a maximum added bending moment at the connecting points of the beam and column members to present a method to check stresses at the corner parts in a limit state. A proposition was made on an ultimate strength checking method based on the yields of flange plates in the beam and column members on webs at the corner parts or their vicinity. 15 refs., 15 figs.

  20. Facile Synthesis of Highly Dispersed WO3·H2O and WO3 Nanoplates for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

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    Wen-Hui Hu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The highly dispersed WO3·H2O nanoplates have been synthesized by a facile hydrothermal reaction assisted by citrate acid. WO3 nanoplates have been prepared by the calcination of as-prepared WO3·H2O at 450°C. XRD data show that WO3·H2O and WO3 have good crystal structure and high purity. SEM images show that WO3·H2O and WO3 have the uniform nanoplates morphology with the edge length of about 100–150 nm. The selective absorbance of citrate acid with many OH groups onto [010] facet of tungsten oxide precursors can result in the controlled growth of WO3·H2O, thus leading to the good dispersion and small size of WO3·H2O nanoplates. The electrocatalytic activity of WO3·H2O and WO3 for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER has been investigated in detail. The good electrocatalytic activity for HER has been obtained, which may be attributed to the good dispersion and small size of nanoplates. And the growth mechanisms of WO3·H2O and WO3 nanoplates have been discussed.

  1. Hydrothermal synthesis of CdWO 4 nanorods and their ...

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    The pH value impacts on crystallinity of the products. The PL properties of the CdWO4 nanorods prepared under different conditions were studied. The intensity of the PL emissions of the samples increases with crystallinity and aspect ratio of the CdWO4 nanorods. Keywords: CdWO4 nanorods, photoluminescence, ...

  2. Molecular subgrouping of Wolbachia and bacteriophage WO ...

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    2011-12-16

    Dec 16, 2011 ... Wolbachia containing ankyrin-encoding genes and virulence factors has led to intensifying debate about whether the bac- teriophage induces CI. Moreover ... been made here for the first time to screen Indian Drosophila species for Wolbachia and bacteriophage WO infection. Keywords. bacteriophage WO ...

  3. Facile Synthesis of Highly Dispersed WO3·H2O and WO3 Nanoplates for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

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    Wen-Hui Hu; Guan-Qun Han; Bin Dong; Chen-Guang Liu

    2015-01-01

    The highly dispersed WO3·H2O nanoplates have been synthesized by a facile hydrothermal reaction assisted by citrate acid. WO3 nanoplates have been prepared by the calcination of as-prepared WO3·H2O at 450°C. XRD data show that WO3·H2O and WO3 have good crystal structure and high purity. SEM images show that WO3·H2O and WO3 have the uniform nanoplates morphology with the edge length of about 100–150 nm. The selective absorbance of citrate acid with many OH groups onto [010] facet of tungsten o...

  4. Electrochemical Response for Spherical and Rod Shaped WO3 Nanoparticles

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    Sangeeta Adhikari; Debasish Sarkar

    2013-01-01

    ...) nanoparticles with similar band gap at visible wavelength. Acid catalyzed exothermic reaction and structure directing reagent follows the formation of two different morphologies and monoclinic WO3 phase...

  5. Crystal transformation of 2D tungstic acid H2WO4to WO3for enhanced photocatalytic water oxidation.

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    Ke, Jun; Zhou, Hongru; Liu, Jie; Duan, Xiaoguang; Zhang, Huayang; Liu, Shaomin; Wang, Shaobin

    2018-03-15

    New photocatalytic materials for stable reduction and/or oxidization of water by harvesting a wider range of visible light are indispensable to achieve high practical efficiency in artificial photosynthesis. In this work, we prepared 2D WO 3 ·H 2 O and WO 3 nanosheets by a one-pot hydrothermal method and sequent calcination, focusing on the effects of crystal transformation on band structure and photocatalytic performance for photocatalytic water oxidation in the presence of electron acceptors (Ag + ) under simulated solar light irradiation. The as-prepared WO 3 nanosheets exhibit enhanced rate of photocatalytic water oxidation, which is 6.3 and 3.6 times higher than that of WO 3 ·H 2 O nanosheets and commercial WO 3 , respectively. It is demonstrated that the releasing of water molecules in the crystal phase of tungstic acid results in transformation of the crystal phase from orthorhombic WO 3 ·H 2 O to monoclinic WO 3 , significantly improving the activity of photocatalytic water oxidation in the presence of Ag + because the shift-up of conduction band of WO 3 matches well with the electrode potential of Ag + /Ag(s), leading to efficient separation of photoinduced electrons and holes in pure WO 3 nanosheets. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of WO3/Ag/WO3 multilayer transparent anode with solution-processed WO3 for polymer light-emitting diodes

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    2012-01-01

    The dielectric/metal/dielectric multilayer is suitable for a transparent electrode because of its high-optical and high-electrical properties; however, it is fabricated by an expensive and inefficient multistep vacuum process. We present a WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) multilayer transparent anode with solution-processed WO3 for polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs). This WAW multilayer not only has high transmittance and low resistance but also can be easily and rapidly fabricated. We devised a novel method to deposit a thin WO3 layer by a solution process in an air environment. A tungstic acid solution was prepared from an aqueous solution of Na2WO4 and then converted to WO3 nanoparticles (NPs) by a thermal treatment. Thin WO3 NP layers form WAW multilayer with a thermal-evaporated Ag layer, and they improve the transmittance of the WAW multilayer because of its high transmittance and refractive index. Moreover, the surface of the WO3 layer is homogeneous and flat with low roughness because of the WO3 NP generation from the tungstic acid solution without aggregation. We performed optical simulation and experiments, and the optimized WAW multilayer had a high transmittance of 85% with a sheet resistance of 4 Ω/sq. Finally, PLEDs based on the WAW multilayer anode achieved a maximum luminance of 35,550 cd/m2 at 8 V, and this result implies that the solution-processed WAW multilayer is appropriate for use as a transparent anode in PLEDs. PMID:22587669

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis of CdWO nanorods and their ...

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    CdWO4 scintillators, with high efficiency, short decay time, high stopping power and high chemical stability, etc., are difficult to replace by other scintillators in this field.9. As an important luminescent material, CdWO4 crystals were synthesized and their luminescence properties have been studied by many research groups.

  8. Cs2Bi(PO4(WO4

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    Kateryna V. Terebilenko

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Dicaesium bismuth(III phosphate(V tungstate(VI, Cs2Bi(PO4(WO4, has been synthesized during complex investigation in a molten pseudo-quaternary Cs2O–Bi2O3–P2O5–WO3 system. It is isotypic with K2Bi(PO4(WO4. The three-dimensional framework is built up from [Bi(PO4(WO4] nets, which are organized by adhesion of [BiPO4] layers and [WO4] tetrahedra above and below of those layers. The interstitial space is occupied by Cs atoms. Bi, W and P atoms lie on crystallographic twofold axes.

  9. K2Ho(PO4(WO4

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    Katherina V. Terebilenko

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available A new compound, dipotassium holmium(III phosphate(V tungstate(VI, K2Ho(PO4(WO4, has been obtained during investigation of the K2O–P2O5–WO3–HoF3 phase system using the flux technique. The compound is isotypic with K2Bi(PO4(WO4. Its framework structure consists of flat ∞2[HoPO4] layers parallel to (100 that are made up of ∞1[HoO8] zigzag chains interlinked via slightly distorted PO4 tetrahedra. WO4 tetrahedra are attached above and below these layers, leaving space for the K+ counter-cations. The HoO8, PO4 and WO4 units exhibit 2 symmetry.

  10. Anti-tumor activity of self-charged (Eu, Ca): WO3 and Eu: CaWO4 ...

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    ... nanoparticles with anti-tumor activity are synthesized in a sol–gel method by adding excessive Eu3+ and Ca2+ ions to tungsten oxide crystal structure. Colorimetric assay shows that 10 nm (Eu,Ca):WO3 and Eu:CaWO4 nanoparticles can effectively inhibit growth of mammary cancer cells without any harm to normal cells.

  11. Microwave mediated synthesis of nanostructured Co -WO{sub 3} and CoWO{sub 4} for supercapacitor applications

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    Dhilip Kumar, R.; Karuppuchamy, S., E-mail: skchamy@gmail.com

    2016-07-25

    Co-WO{sub 3} and CoWO{sub 4} nanopowders have been successfully obtained from microwave mediated process. The characterization of the prepared nanopowders was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy techniques. The XRD pattern confirms the formation of orthorhombic and monoclinic phase of the as-synthesized and calcined samples, respectively. Scanning electron microscopic examination of the resultant powders reveals the formation of nanoporous morphology. The electrochemical performance of the Co-WO{sub 3} and CoWO{sub 4} coated electrodes was also investigated. The maximum specific capacitance of 45 F/g was achieved for the Co-WO{sub 3} nanopowder. - Highlights: • Novel nano-sized Co-WO{sub 3} and CoWO{sub 4} materials have been prepared. • A new and simple solution growth technique was developed. • Co-WO{sub 3} is a promising material for supercapacitor applications.

  12. Phase transformations upon doping in WO3

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    Wang, Wennie; Janotti, Anderson; Van de Walle, Chris G.

    2017-06-01

    High levels of doping in WO3 have been experimentally observed to lead to structural transformation towards higher symmetry phases. We explore the structural phase diagram with charge doping through first-principles methods based on hybrid density functional theory, as a function of doping the room-temperature monoclinic phase transitions to the orthorhombic, tetragonal, and finally cubic phase. Based on a decomposition of energies into electronic and strain contributions, we attribute the transformation to a gain in energy resulting from a lowering of the conduction band on an absolute energy scale.

  13. Synthesis of S-doped WO3 nanowires with enhanced photocatalytic performance towards dye degradation

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    Han, Fugui; Li, Heping; Fu, Li; Yang, Jun; Liu, Zhong

    2016-05-01

    In this letter, S-doped WO3 nanowires (S-WO3) were prepared using a hydrothermal method followed by a low-temperature solid-state annealing treatment. The synthesized S-WO3 was characterized by SEM, EDX, XRD, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis DRS and photocurrent responses. The results indicated that S could enhance the light harvesting capacity of WO3 nanowires. The photocatalytic performance of the S-WO3 was investigated by photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. Results demonstrated that the photocatalytic activity of the S-WO3 nanowires is much higher than that of pure WO3 nanowires.

  14. Oxygen Sensing Properties of the WO3 Thick Films

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    R. S. KHADAYATE

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents oxygen gas sensing properties of WO3 thick films. In this work, the WO3 thick films were prepared by standard screen-printing method. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The oxygen gas sensing properties of these thick films were investigated at different operating temperatures and oxygen gas concentrations. The WO3 thick films exhibit excellent oxygen sensing properties with a maximum sensitivity of ~ 35.75 % at 350 oC in air atmosphere with fast response and recovery time.

  15. Kinetics and mechanism of dye adsorption on WO3 nanoparticles

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    Adhikari, Sangeeta; Mandal, Sandip; Sarkar, Debasish; Kim, Do-Heyoung; Madras, Giridhar

    2017-10-01

    Monoclinic WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple acid catalyzed co-precipitation reaction. Spherical particles with average size ∼55 nm were confirmed from electron microscopy followed by functional, structural and optical characterizations. The adsorption of methylene blue was examined by using WO3 nanoparticles and the capacity was higher than most of the reported studies. The effect of pH and material loading on adsorption was determined. The mechanism of adsorption was examined by XPS and a detailed explanation of surface phenomena was proposed. Regeneration study was carried and a high stability of heat treated WO3 towards adsorption of methylene blue was observed.

  16. Synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties of CdWO{sub 4} and CdS/CdWO{sub 4} nanostructures

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    Xu, Weina [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Zheng, Chunhua [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Department of Mathematics and Physics, Officer College of the Chinese People' s Armed Police Forces, Chengdu 610213 (China); Hua, Hao; Yang, Qi; Chen, Lin [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Xi, Yi, E-mail: yxi6@cqu.edu.cn [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Hu, Chenguo, E-mail: hucg@cqu.edu.cn [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2015-02-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A facile CHM strategy is employed for the first time to synthesize CdWO{sub 4} nanowire and nanoflower arrays on cadmium foils. • The photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties are measured on the electrodes made of the CdWO{sub 4} nanowire and nanoflower arrays. • The photocurrent density of the nanowire electrode reaches 0.35 mA/cm{sup 2}, which is 3 times as much as that of the nanoflower electrode. • CdS nanoparticles are deposited on CdWO{sub 4} nanowire arrays to form a CdS/CdWO{sub 4} heterojunction to improve the PEC properties. • The remarkably enhanced photoresponse is achieved on the CdS/CdWO{sub 4} which is twice as much as that on the pure CdWO{sub 4} electrode. - Abstract: A facile composite-salt-mediated strategy is employed for the first time to synthesize CdWO{sub 4} nanowire and nanoflower arrays on cadmium foil substrates. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties are measured on the electrodes made of the CdWO{sub 4} nanowire and nanoflower arrays under the simulated sunlight illumination. Both electrodes display high sensitive response and photocurrent stability. The photocurrent density of the nanowire arrays electrode reach 0.35 mA/cm{sup 2}, which is about 3 times as much as that of the nanoflower array electrode. To improve the visible light photocurrent response, CdS nanoparticles are deposited on the CdWO{sub 4} nanowire arrays to form a CdS/CdWO{sub 4} heterojunction. Remarkably enhanced photoresponse is observed on the CdS/CdWO{sub 4} heterostructure and the photocurrent intensity is about twice as much as that of the electrode made of the pure CdWO{sub 4} nanowire arrays. The photoelectric mechanism is also discussed by the crystal structure and morphology characterization, optical band gap and carrier mobility analysis. This work presents a new design of a photoelectrochemical device for possible applications in photoelectrolysis of water and solar cells or highly sensitive light detection.

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

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

    2015-12-15

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

  18. WO3 Nanoplates Film: Formation and Photocatalytic Oxidation Studies

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    Chin Wei Lai

    2015-01-01

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

  19. Structure and photocatalytic performance of layered HNbWO6 nanosheet aggregation

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    Hu, Li-Fang

    2015-12-10

    Layered HNbWO6HNbWO6 nanosheet aggregation (e-HNbWO6e-HNbWO6) has been assembled by HNbWO6HNbWO6 nanosheet via an exfoliation-restaking route. The as-prepared samples are characterized by means of powder x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, laser Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and N2N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photocatalytic performances of the as-prepared samples are evaluated by degradation of methylene blue (MB). The results revealed that e-HNbWO6e-HNbWO6 has a specific surface area of about 156.5  m2 g−1156.5  m2 g−1, and exhibits a relatively excellent photocatalytic performance for degradation of MB under UV light.

  20. Photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6/Bi2S3 heterojunctions: the facilitation of exposed facets of Bi2WO6 substrate

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    Yan, Long; Wang, Yufei; Shen, Huidong; Zhang, Yu; Li, Jian; Wang, Danjun

    2017-01-01

    Bi2S3/Bi2WO6 hybrid architectures with exposed (020) Bi2WO6 facets have been synthesized via a controlled anion exchange approach. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals that a small amount of Bi2S3 was formed on the surface of Bi2WO6 during the anion exchange process, thus leading to the transformation from the Bi2WO6 to Bi2S3/Bi2WO6. A rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution was chosen as model organic pollutants to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of the Bi2S3/Bi2WO6 catalysts. Under visible light irradiation, the Bi2S3/Bi2WO6-TAA displayed the excellent visible light photoactivities compared with pure Bi2S3, Bi2WO6 and other composite photocatalysts. The efficient photocatalytic activity of the Bi2S3/Bi2WO6-TAA composite microspheres was ascribed to the constructed heterojunctions and the inner electric field caused by the exposed (020) Bi2WO6 facets. Active species trapping experiments revealed that h+ and O2rad - are the main active species in the photocatalytic process. Furthermore, the as-obtained photocatalysts showed good photocatalytic activity after four recycles. The results presented in this study provide a new concept for the rational design and development of highly efficient photocatalysts.

  1. Lithium trapping by excess oxygen in WO3 : A first-principles study

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    Wijs, G.A. de; Groot, R.A. de

    2000-01-01

    The process of lithium trapping by excess oxygen atoms in both crystalline and amorphous WO3 is studied by first-principles calculations. In both materials, the excess oxygen is incorporated in the bonding network by a peroxide-type bond. In both c-WO3 and a-WO3, breaking of this bond makes oxygen

  2. The chemistry of ZnWO4 nanoparticle formation

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    Bøjesen, Espen Drath; Jensen, Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg; Tyrsted, Christoffer

    2016-01-01

    The need for a change away from classical nucleation and growth models for the description of nanoparticle formation is highlighted. By the use of in situ total X-ray scattering experiments the transformation of an aqueous polyoxometalate precursor mixture to crystalline ZnWO4 nanoparticles under...... hydrothermal conditions was followed. The precursor solution is shown to consist of specific Tourné-type sandwich complexes. The formation of pristine ZnWO4 within seconds is understood on the basis of local restructuring and three-dimensional reordering preceding the emergence of long range order in ZnWO4...... nanoparticles. An observed temperature dependent trend in defect concentration can be rationalized based on the proposed formation mechanism. Following nucleation the individual crystallites were found to grow into prolate morphology with elongation along the unit cell c-direction. Extensive electron microscopy...

  3. Surface oxygen vacancies on WO{sub 3} contributed to enhanced photothermo-synergistic effect

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    Li, Yingying; Wang, Changhua; Zheng, Han; Wan, Fangxu; Yu, Fei; Zhang, Xintong, E-mail: xtzhang@nenu.edu.cn; Liu, Yichun

    2017-01-01

    Graphical abstract: WO{sub 3−x} acts as efficient and stable photothermocatalyst for detoxification of gaseous acetaldehyde. - Highlights: • WO{sub 3} was annealed under air and hydrogen atomsphere. • Phase transition from WO{sub 3} to WO{sub 2.72} to WO{sub 2} was observed after hydrogen treatment. • WO{sub 3−x} with optimized degree of oxygen deficiency displayed significant photothermocatalytic activity against degradation of acetaldehyde. • Mechanism operating in photocatalytic and thermal effects is discussed. - Abstract: Photothermooxidation has demonstrated a high efficiency in the removal of volatile organic compounds in air. Among photothermocatalysts, attention is presently focused on composites of noble metal/metal oxide or metal oxide/metal oxide. Instead, in this work, we present a case of single oxide WO{sub 3} subjected to hydrogen treatment as photothermocatalyst. With the increase of hydrogen treatment temperature, the color of WO{sub 3} changes from yellow to blue to dark blue and a phase transition from WO{sub 3} to WO{sub 2.72} to WO{sub 2} is accompanied, suggesting an increase of concentration of oxygen vacancy. Photothermocatalytic test against degradation of gaseous acetaldehyde at 60 °C under UV light shows that WO{sub 3−x} sample with low concentration of oxygen vacancy displays the most significant synergetic effect between photocatalysis and thermocatalysis. Its photothermocatalytic activity in terms of CO{sub 2} evolution rate is 5.2 times higher than that of photocatalytic activity. However, WO{sub 3}–WO{sub 2.72} and WO{sub 2} with high degree of oxygen deficiency show insignificant synergetic effect between photocatalysis and thermocatalysis. The reason for the different synergistic effect over above samples is believed to lie in balance between decreased activation energy of lattice oxygen and recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes induced by oxygen deficiency.

  4. Facile Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on WO3Nanorods

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    Rajeswari Janarthanan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractTungsten trioxide nanorods have been generated by the thermal decomposition (450 °C of tetrabutylammonium decatungstate. The synthesized tungsten trioxide (WO3 nanorods have been characterized by XRD, Raman, SEM, TEM, HRTEM and cyclic voltammetry. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the synthesized WO3nanorods are crystalline in nature with monoclinic structure. The electrochemical experiments showed that they constitute a better electrocatalytic system for hydrogen evolution reaction in acid medium compared to their bulk counterpart.

  5. Symmetry driven control of optical properties in WO3 films

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    Herklotz, A.; Rus, S. F.; KC, S.; Cooper, V. R.; Huon, A.; Guo, E.-J.; Ward, T. Z.

    2017-06-01

    In this work, we demonstrate that the optical bandgap of WO3 films can be continuously controlled through uniaxial strain induced by low-energy helium implantation. The insertion of He into epitaxially grown and coherently strained WO3 films can be used to induce single axis out-of-plane lattice expansion of up to 2%. Ellipsometric spectroscopy reveals that the optical bandgap is reduced by about 0.18 eV per percent expansion of the out-of-plane unit cell length. Density functional theory calculations show that this response is a direct result of changes in orbital degeneracy driven by changes in the octahedral rotations and tilts.

  6. Photo-Induced Unpinning of Fermi Level in WO3

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    Steve P. Wilks

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Atomic force and high resolution scanning tunneling analyses were carried out onnanostructured WO3 films. It turned out that the band gap measured by scanning tunnelingspectroscopy at surface is lower than the band gap reported in the literature. This effect isattributed to the high density of surface states in this material, which allows tunneling intothese states. Such a high density of surface states pins the Fermi level resulting in modestsurface activity at room temperature. Photo activation of WO3 results in unpinning of theFermi level and thereby in higher chemical activity at surface.

  7. Intrinsic Defects and H Doping in WO3

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    Zhu, Jiajie

    2017-01-18

    WO3 is widely used as industrial catalyst. Intrinsic and/or extrinsic defects can tune the electronic properties and extend applications to gas sensors and optoelectonics. However, H doping is a challenge to WO3, the relevant mechanisms being hardly understood. In this context, we investigate intrinsic defects and H doping by density functional theory and experiments. Formation energies are calculated to determine the lowest energy defect states. O vacancies turn out to be stable in O-poor environment, in agreement with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and O-H bond formation of H interstitial defects is predicted and confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

  8. Synthesis of Shape-Tailored WO3 Micro-/Nanocrystals and the Photocatalytic Activity of WO3/TiO2 Composites

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    Székely, István; Kovács, Gábor; Baia, Lucian; Danciu, Virginia; Pap, Zsolt

    2016-01-01

    A traditional semiconductor (WO3) was synthesized from different precursors via hydrothermal crystallization targeting the achievement of three different crystal shapes (nanoplates, nanorods and nanostars). The obtained WO3 microcrystals were analyzed by the means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). These methods contributed to the detailed analysis of the crystal morphology and structural features. The synthesized bare WO3 photocatalysts were totally inactive, while the P25/WO3 composites were efficient under UV light radiation. Furthermore, the maximum achieved activity was even higher than the bare P25’s photocatalytic performance. A correlation was established between the shape of the WO3 crystallites and the observed photocatalytic activity registered during the degradation of different substrates by using P25/WO3 composites. PMID:28773386

  9. Phase behaviour of 2D MnWO x and FeWO x ternary oxide layers on Pd(1 0 0)

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    Doudin, N.; Kuhness, D.; Blatnik, M.; Netzer, F. P.; Surnev, S.

    2017-06-01

    The structure and properties of ternary oxide materials at the nanoscale are poorly explored both on experimental and theoretical levels. With this work we demonstrate the successful on-surface synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) ternary oxide, MnWO x and FeWO x , nanolayers on a Pd(1 0 0) surface and the understanding of their new structure and phase behaviour with the help of state-of-art surface structure and spectroscopy techniques. We find that the 2D MnWO x and FeWO x phases, prepared under identical thermodynamic conditions, exhibit similar structural properties, reflecting the similarity of the bulk MnWO4 and FeWO4 phases with the wolframite structure. Structure models of prototypical 2D ternary oxide phases are proposed and discussed in the light of new structure architecture concepts which have no analogues in the bulk.

  10. Synthesis of Shape-Tailored WO3 Micro-/Nanocrystals and the Photocatalytic Activity of WO3/TiO2 Composites

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    István Székely

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A traditional semiconductor (WO3 was synthesized from different precursors via hydrothermal crystallization targeting the achievement of three different crystal shapes (nanoplates, nanorods and nanostars. The obtained WO3 microcrystals were analyzed by the means of X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS. These methods contributed to the detailed analysis of the crystal morphology and structural features. The synthesized bare WO3 photocatalysts were totally inactive, while the P25/WO3 composites were efficient under UV light radiation. Furthermore, the maximum achieved activity was even higher than the bare P25’s photocatalytic performance. A correlation was established between the shape of the WO3 crystallites and the observed photocatalytic activity registered during the degradation of different substrates by using P25/WO3 composites.

  11. Cr2O3 nanoparticle-functionalized WO3 nanorods for ethanol gas sensors

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    Choi, Seungbok; Bonyani, Maryam; Sun, Gun-Joo; Lee, Jae Kyung; Hyun, Soong Keun; Lee, Chongmu

    2018-02-01

    Pristine WO3 nanorods and Cr2O3-functionalized WO3 nanorods were synthesized by the thermal evaporation of WO3 powder in an oxidizing atmosphere, followed by spin-coating of the nanowires with Cr2O3 nanoparticles and thermal annealing in an oxidizing atmosphere. Scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the morphological features and X-ray diffraction was used to study the crystallinity and phase formation of the synthesized nanorods. Gas sensing tests were performed at different temperatures in the presence of test gases (ethanol, acetone, CO, benzene and toluene). The Cr2O3-functionalized WO3 nanorods sensor showed a stronger response to these gases relative to the pristine WO3 nanorod sensor. In particular, the response of the Cr2O3-functionalized WO3 nanorods sensor to 200 ppm ethanol gas was 5.58, which is approximately 4.4 times higher that of the pristine WO3 nanorods sensor. Furthermore, the Cr2O3-functionalized WO3 nanorods sensor had a shorter response and recovery time. The pristine WO3 nanorods had no selectivity toward ethanol gas, whereas the Cr2O3-functionalized WO3 nanorods sensor showed good selectivity toward ethanol. The gas sensing mechanism of the Cr2O3-functionalized WO3 nanorods sensor toward ethanol is discussed in detail.

  12. Electrochemical Behavior of TiO2 Nanoparticle Doped WO3 Thin Films

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    Suvarna R. Bathe

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticle TiO2 doped WO3 thin films by pulsed spray pyrolysis technique have been studied on fluorine tin doped (FTO and glass substrate. XRD shows amorphous nature for undoped and anatase phase of TiO2 having (101 plane for nanoparticle TiO2 doped WO3 thin film. SEM shows microfibrous reticulated porous network for WO3 with 600 nm fiber diameter and nanocrystalline having size 40 nm for TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 thin film. TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 thin film shows ~95% reversibility due to may be attributed to nanocrystalline nature of the film, which helpful for charge insertion and deinsertion process. The diffusion coefficient for TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 film is less than undoped WO3.

  13. Structure and electronic properties of amorphous WO3

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    Wijs, G.A. de; Groot, R.A. de

    1999-01-01

    The structure and electronic structure of amorphous WO3 were studied with first-principles density-functional calculations. Upon amorphization, a large increase of the band gap is observed. The empty states exhibit a tendency towards localization. We studied the filling of these states as induced by

  14. Enhanced photocatalytic properties in well-ordered mesoporous WO3

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    Li, Li

    2010-01-01

    We used polyisoprene-block-ethyleneoxide copolymers as structure-directing agents to synthesise well-ordered and highly-crystalline mesoporous WO 3 architectures that possess improved photocatalytic properties due to enhanced dye-adsorption in absence of diffusion limitation. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  15. Characterization of nanoparticles of lidocaine in w/o microemulsions ...

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    fides) and organic nanoparticles (cholesterol, rhodiarome, or rhovanil, nimesulide). [1,4]. In this study, a w/o ME medium was employed for the synthesis of lidocaine. The interest of these organic nanoparticles lies in their pharmaceutical application as model drug delivery system. As organic substances are often insoluble ...

  16. Investigation of W/O microemulsion droplets by contrast variation ...

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    Dynamic and static light scattering experiments have been performed at various molar ratios () of water to AOT and temperatures on water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions dispersed in n-heptane, n-octane, and n-nonane. Size and shape fluctuations of microemulsion droplets are determined with very high precision because ...

  17. WO3 nano-ribbons: their phase transformation from tungstite (WO3·H2O) to tungsten oxide (WO3)

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    Ahmadi, Majid; Sahoo, Satyaprakash; Younesi, Reza

    2014-01-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO3) nano-ribbons (NRs) were obtained by annealing tungstite (WO3·H2O) NRs. The latter was synthesized below room temperature using a simple, environmentally benign, and low cost aging treatment of precursors made by adding hydrochloric acid to diluted sodium tungstate solutions (Na...

  18. Effect of Ca doping on the structure and scintillation properties of ZnWO{sub 4}

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    Kraus, H.; Mikhailik, V.B. [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Vasylechko, L. [Semiconductor Electronics Department, Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12 Bandera Str., 79013 Lviv (Ukraine); Day, D.; Hutton, K.B.; Telfer, J. [Hilger Crystals, Margate, Kent CT9 4JL (United Kingdom); Prots, Yu. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Noethnitzer Strasse 40, 01187 Dresden (Germany)

    2007-03-15

    The future application of ZnWO{sub 4} scintillator in a cryogenic search for rare events is the motivation for optimization of this material. We present results on the effect of Ca doping on the structure and scintillation properties of ZnWO{sub 4}. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that there is no mixing in the CaWO{sub 4}-ZnWO{sub 4} pseudobinary system due to a significant mismatch of the crystal structures of CaWO{sub 4} and ZnWO{sub 4}. The lattice parameters of Ca-doped ZnWO{sub 4} samples obtained from X-ray powder diffraction data confirmed this finding. It is also shown that ZnWO{sub 4} retains the monoclinic wolframite structure when cooling, at 12 K exhibiting the following lattice parameters: a=4.6826(2) Aa, b=5.7088(2) Aa, c=4.9230(2) Aa and {beta}=90.541(2) . The scintillation light yield of the Zn{sub 1-x}Ca {sub x} WO {sub 4} was measured using the multi-photon counting technique and it is found that small concentrations of Ca (x=0.001-0.02) cause no deterioration of this parameter. Ca doping of ZnWO{sub 4} is expected to facilitate production of a single-crystalline scintillator. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Acetone sensing of multi-networked WO3-NiO core-shell nanorod sensors

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    Choi, Seungbok; Lee, Jae Kyung; Lee, Woo Seok; Lee, Chongmu; Lee, Wan In

    2017-10-01

    WO3-NiO core-shell nanorods were synthesized by thermal evaporation of a mixture of WO3 and graphite powders and immersion of the synthesized WO3 nanorods in an 20 mM of nickel(II) acetate tetrahydrate (Ni(OCOCH3)2·4H2O) solution followed by UV irradiation and annealing. Subsequently, multi-networked nanorod sensors were fabricated by connecting these nanostructures with electrodes. The sensing properties of pristine WO3 nanorod and WO3-NiO core-shell nanorod sensors toward acetone were examined. Subsequently, multi-networked nanorod sensors were fabricated by connecting these nanostructures with electrodes. The WO3-NiO core-shell nanorod sensor exhibited a stronger response to acetone gas and shorter response/recovery times than the pristine WO3 nanorod sensor. The pristine WO3 nanorods showed responses of approximately 1.36 to 200 ppm of CH3COCH3 at 300 °C. On the other hand, the WO3-NiO core-shell nanorods showed responses of 4.4 to the same concentration of CH3COCH3 at the same temperature. The core-shell nanorods exhibited response and recovery times of 51 s and 59 s, respectively for 200 ppm of CH3COCH3. On the other hand, the pristine WO3 nanorods exhibited response and recovery times of 51 s and 59 s, respectively, for the same concentration of CH3COCH3. NiO coating enhanced the selectivity of the WO3 nanorods for acetone as well as the sensitivity of the WO3 nanorods. The underlying mechanism of the enhanced response of the WO3-NiO core-shell nanorod sensor is also discussed in detail.

  20. Chemical purification of CaCO{sub 3} and CaWO{sub 4} powders used for CaWO{sub 4} crystal production for the CRESST experiment

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    Trinh Thi, H.H.; Defay, X.; Erb, A.; Hampf, R.; Lanfranchi, J.C.; Langenkaemper, A.; Morgalyuk, V.; Muenster, A.; Mondragon, E.; Oppenheimer, C.; Potzel, W.; Schoenert, S.; Steiger, H.; Ulrich, A.; Wawoczny, S.; Willers, M.; Zoeller, A. [Physik-Department and Excellence Cluster Universe, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching (Germany)

    2016-07-01

    CRESST (Cryogenic Rare Event Search with Superconducting Thermometers) uses CaWO{sub 4} single crystals as targets for the direct search for dark matter particles. Since several years these CaWO{sub 4} crystals are grown at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen. Thereby, commercially available CaCO{sub 3} and WO{sub 3} powders are used for the synthesis of CaWO{sub 4} powder. For the experiment low intrinsic contaminations of the crystals play a crucial role. In order to improve the radiopurity of the crystals it is necessary to reduce potential sources for radioactive backgrounds such as U and Th. In this poster we will present our studies of the chemical purification of the CaCO{sub 3} and CaWO{sub 4} powders.

  1. Preparation and characterization of WO{sub 3} nanoparticles, WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposites and PEDOT:PSS/WO{sub 3} composite thin films for photocatalytic and electrochromic applications

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I., E-mail: boiajiev@gmail.com [MTA-BME Technical Analytical Chemistry Research Group, Szent Gellért tér 4, Budapest, H-1111 (Hungary); Santos, Gustavo dos Lopes; Szűcs, Júlia [Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Szent Gellért tér 4, Budapest, H-1111 (Hungary); Szilágyi, Imre M., E-mail: imre.szilagyi@mail.bme.hu [MTA-BME Technical Analytical Chemistry Research Group, Szent Gellért tér 4, Budapest, H-1111 (Hungary); Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Szent Gellért tér 4, Budapest, H-1111 (Hungary)

    2016-03-25

    In this study, monoclinic WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were obtained by thermal decomposition of (NH{sub 4}){sub x}WO{sub 3} in air at 600 °C. On them by atomic layer deposition (ALD) TiO{sub 2} films were deposited, and thus core/shell WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were prepared. We prepared composites of WO{sub 3} nanoparticles with conductive polymer as PEDOT:PSS, and deposited thin films of them on glass and ITO substrates by spin coating. The formation, morphology, composition and structure of the as-prepared pure and composite nanoparticles, as well thin films, were studied by TEM, SEM-EDX and XRD. The photocatalytic activity of both the WO{sub 3} and core/shell WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. Cyclic voltammetry measurements were performed on the composite PEDOT:PSS/WO{sub 3} thin films, and the coloring and bleaching states were studied.

  2. HRTEM Microstructural Characterization of β-WO3 Thin Films Deposited by Reactive RF Magnetron Sputtering

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    Faudoa-Arzate, A.; Arteaga-Durán, A.; Saenz-Hernández, R.J.; Botello-Zubiate, M.E.; Realyvazquez-Guevara, P.R.; Matutes-Aquino, J.A.

    2017-01-01

    Though tungsten trioxide (WO3) in bulk, nanosphere, and thin film samples has been extensively studied, few studies have been dedicated to the crystallographic structure of WO3 thin films. In this work, the evolution from amorphous WO3 thin films to crystalline WO3 thin films is discussed. WO3 thin films were fabricated on silicon substrates (Si/SiO2) by RF reactive magnetron sputtering. Once a thin film was deposited, two successive annealing treatments were made: an initial annealing at 400 °C for 6 h was followed by a second annealing at 350 °C for 1 h. Film characterization was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution electron transmission microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. The β-WO3 final phase grew in form of columnar crystals and its growth plane was determined by HRTEM. PMID:28772559

  3. Fungus mediated biosynthesis of WO3 nanoparticles using Fusarium solani extract

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    Kavitha, N. S.; Venkatesh, K. S.; Palani, N. S.; Ilangovan, R.

    2017-05-01

    Currently nanoparticles were synthesized by emphasis bioremediation process due to less hazardous, eco-friendly and imperative applications on biogenic process. Fungus mediated biosynthesis strategy has been developed to prepare tungsten oxide nanoflakes (WO3, NFs) using the plant pathogenic fungus F.solani. The powder XRD pattern revealed the monoclinic crystal structure with improved crystalline nature of the synthesized WO3 nanoparticles. FESEM images showed the flake-like morphology of WO3, with average thickness and length around 40 nm and 300 nm respectively. The Raman spectrum of WO3 NFs showed their characteristic vibration modes that revealed the defect free nature of the WO3 NFs. Further, the elemental analysis indicated the stoichiometric composition of WO3 phase.

  4. Photocatalytic Removal of Microcystin-LR by Advanced WO3-Based Nanoparticles under Simulated Solar Light

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    Chao Zhao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of advanced WO3-based photocatalysts including CuO/WO3, Pd/WO3, and Pt/WO3 were synthesized for the photocatalytic removal of microcystin-LR (MC-LR under simulated solar light. In the present study, Pt/WO3 exhibited the best performance for the photocatalytic degradation of MC-LR. The MC-LR degradation can be described by pseudo-first-order kinetic model. Chloride ion (Cl− with proper concentration could enhance the MC-LR degradation. The presence of metal cations (Cu2+ and Fe3+ improved the photocatalytic degradation of MC-LR. This study suggests that Pt/WO3 photocatalytic oxidation under solar light is a promising option for the purification of water containing MC-LR.

  5. Nanoarchitectonics of a Au nanoprism array on WO3 film for synergistic optoelectronic response

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    Chen, Xiaoqing; Li, Peng; Tong, Hua; Kako, Tetsuya; Ye, Jinhua

    2011-01-01

    A layered photoelectrode consisting of a conductive indium tin oxide substrate, a WO3 nanocrystalline film and an array of Au nanoprisms was fabricated via a multistep process. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy showed that the Au nanoprisms had a uniform size and shape and formed periodic hexagonal patterns on the WO3 film. The optical absorption of the photoelectrode combined the intrinsic absorption of WO3 and plasmonic absorption of Au. Using this photoelectrode, we investigated the effect of the Au nanoprism array on the optoelectronic conversion performance of the WO3 film. Photoelectrochemical measurement indicated that the array substantially enhanced the photocurrent in the WO3 film. Electrochemical impedance measurements revealed that the Schottky junctions formed between Au and WO3 can facilitate the separation of photogenerated carriers as well as the interfacial carrier transfer. In this study, we demonstrate that covering a semiconductor with plasmonic noble metal nanoparticles can improve its optoelectronic conversion efficiency. PMID:27877412

  6. WO3 nanorods created by self-assembly of highly crystalline nanowires under hydrothermal conditions.

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    Navarro, Julien R G; Mayence, Arnaud; Andrade, Juliana; Lerouge, Frédéric; Chaput, Frédéric; Oleynikov, Peter; Bergström, Lennart; Parola, Stephane; Pawlicka, Agnieszka

    2014-09-02

    WO3 nanorods and wires were obtained via hydrothermal synthesis using sodium tungstate as a precursor and either oxalic acid, citric acid, or poly(methacrylic acid) as a stabilizing agent. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that the organic acids with different numbers of carboxylic groups per molecule influence the final sizes and stacking nanostructures of WO3 wires. Three-dimensional electron diffraction tomography of a single nanocrystal revealed a hexagonal WO3 structure with preferential growth along the c-axis, which was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. WO3 nanowires were also spin-coated onto an indium tin oxide/glass conducting substrate, resulting in the formation of a film that was characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Finally, cyclic voltammetry measurements performed on the WO3 thin film showed voltammograms typical for the WO3 redox process.

  7. Photocatalytic Removal of Microcystin-LR by Advanced WO3-Based Nanoparticles under Simulated Solar Light

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    Zhao, Chao; Li, Dawei; Feng, Chuanping; Zhang, Zhenya; Sugiura, Norio; Yang, Yingnan

    2015-01-01

    A series of advanced WO3-based photocatalysts including CuO/WO3, Pd/WO3, and Pt/WO3 were synthesized for the photocatalytic removal of microcystin-LR (MC-LR) under simulated solar light. In the present study, Pt/WO3 exhibited the best performance for the photocatalytic degradation of MC-LR. The MC-LR degradation can be described by pseudo-first-order kinetic model. Chloride ion (Cl−) with proper concentration could enhance the MC-LR degradation. The presence of metal cations (Cu2+ and Fe3+) improved the photocatalytic degradation of MC-LR. This study suggests that Pt/WO3 photocatalytic oxidation under solar light is a promising option for the purification of water containing MC-LR. PMID:25884038

  8. Fabrication of Pd Doped WO3 Nanofiber as Hydrogen Sensor

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    Alireza Nikfarjam

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Pd doped WO3 fibers were synthesized by electro-spinning. The sol gel method was employed to prepare peroxopolytungstic acid (P-PTA. Palladium chloride and Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP was dissolved in the sol Pd:WO3 = 10% molar ratio. The prepared sol was loaded into a syringe connected to a high voltage of 18.3 kV and electrospun fibers were collected on the alumina substrates. Scanning electron microscope (SEM, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS techniques were used to analyze the crystal structure and chemical composition of the fibers after heat treatment at 500 °C. Resistance-sensing measurements exhibited a sensitivity of about 30 at 500 ppm hydrogen in air, and the response and recovery times were about 20 and 30 s, respectively, at 300 °C. Hydrogen gas sensing mechanism of the sensor was also studied.

  9. Consideration on the dynamic behavior and the structural design of large scale floating structure. 2nd Report. Stability of elastic structure and design of elastic response; Choogata futai no kozo kyodo oyobi kozo sekkei ni kansuru kosatsu. 2. Dansei henkei wo koryoshita fukugensei oyobi kozo oto no sekkei

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    Suzuki, H.; Yoshida, K. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    A policy of improving a very large floating body was planned based on its dynamic characteristics, and a proposal was made thereon. Furthermore, discussions were given on stability that considers effect of elastic deformation required when a structure is mounted on a floating body. With respect to a structural design of a very large floating body in which elastic response is governing, and upon modeling the very large floating body into an aeolotropic plate on an elastic supporting floor, it was shown that the existing range of natural vibration speed in the elastic response is in higher range than the natural vibration speed of heave. It was also indicated that the peak height of response to waves in resonance is inversely proportional to wave frequency, and furthermore, degree of flowing in of vibration energy during the resonance is determined by an inner product of spatial vibration patterns of wave force and the excited mode shape. A proposal was made on a floating body improved of excessive response in the floating body edges by changing the characteristics of the floating body edges. In addition, discussions were given on stability that considers elastic deformation of a floating body that becomes necessary when a structure, such as a building, is built on a very large floating body. 9 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  10. Method for estimation of the output electric power of PV module with considering environmental factors. Method for estimation of output using I-V curves; Kankyo inshi wo koryoshita taiyo denchi module no shutsuryoku keisanho. I-V tokusei curve ni yoru keisan

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    Yamagami, Y.; Tani, T. [Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-10-27

    Based on the basic quality equation of photovoltaic (PV) cell, a quality equation of PV module has been constructed by considering the spectral distribution of solar radiation and its intensity. A calculation method has been also proposed for determining the output from current-voltage (I-V) curves. Effectiveness of this method was examined by comparing calculated results and observed results. Amorphous Si (a-Si) and polycrystal Si PV modules were examined. By considering the environmental factors, differences of the annual output between the calculated and observed values were reduced from 2.50% to 0.95% for the a-Si PV module, and from 2.52% to 1.24% for the polycrystal Si PV module, which resulted in the reduction more than 50%. For the a-Si PV module, the environmental factor most greatly affecting the annual output was the spectral distribution of solar radiation, which was 3.86 times as large as the cell temperature, and 1.04 times as large as the intensity of solar radiation. For the polycrystal PV module, the environmental factor most greatly affecting the annual output was the cell temperature, which was 7.05 times as large as the spectral distribution of solar radiation, and 1.74 times as large as the intensity of solar radiation. 6 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Annual cycle solar energy utilization with seasonal storage. Part 7. Examination on design and control of the system partially recovering exhaust heat of heat pump; Kisetsukan chikunetsu ni yoru nenkan cycle taiyo energy riyo system ni kansuru kenkyu. 7. Bubuntekina hainetsu kaishu wo koryoshita baai no sekkei seigyoho no kento

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    Tanaka, H.; Okumiya, M. [Nagoya University, Nagoya (Japan)

    1996-10-27

    The capacity and performance of the existing system that recovers the overall heating and cooling exhaust heat completely into a seasonal storage tank and the system that discharges the exhaust heat slightly to the outside and recovers it partially were compared and investigated. The system uses a central single-duct discharge system as an air-conditioning system. A heat pump and a flat-plate solar collector installed on the roof of a building are used as the heat source. The seasonal storage tank in the ground just under the building is a cylindrical water tank of 5 m deep with the concrete used as body. The upper surface of a storage tank is heat-insulated by a stylo-platform of 200 mm, and the lower side surface by a stylo-platform of 100 mm. Calculation when the difference in temperature used in a seasonal storage tank is set to 35{degree}C and 25{degree}C was performed for the system that has two control methods. The overall exhaust heat recovery system is almost the same in energy performance as the partial exhaust heat recovery system. The partial exhaust heat recovery system is more advantageous on the economic side. 4 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  12. Report on survey in fiscal 2000 on the survey and research on technology to integrate artificial bone system with living organism, taking individual difference into account; 2000 nendo kotaisa wo koryoshita jinkokotsu system no seitai tekigoka gijutsu ni kansuru chosa kenkyu hokokusho

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    2001-03-01

    Survey and research have been performed on artificial bones as to the bone growth and bone absorption mechanism, nature demanded in artificial bones, and ideal concept of artificial bones. As a result of the survey, the following matters were made clear: Ti alloy draws high attention as the artificial bone material; and up-to-date research is being made to promote fusion of the Ti alloy bone with natural bones by putting apatite covering on the Ti alloy bone by means of chemical treatment, wherein porous layers are produced on the surface that do not form inclination from a dense bone to a sponging bone, or from high density to low density, but produce the reverse inclination, as in the cross section structure of natural bones. Reports have been given from the dentistry, oral surgery, plastic surgery, and orthopedic surgery on the followings: a fact that magnesium affects greatly the stimulation of osteoblasts; a case where absorption of the mandibular bone has been created clinically due to Ti-made mini-plate; and a case where even Ti has been eluted into soft tissues. Artificial bones made of magnesium structure is being studied as one of the solutions thereof. (NEDO)

  13. Ionization current in N2 gas. 11. Three dimensional analysis for loss processes of metastable particles affected by the reflection at the boundary; N2 gas chu ni okeru denri denryu. 11. Kyokai deno hansha wo koryoshita jun`antei reiki ryushi sonshitsu katei no sanjigen kaiseki

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    Suzuki, S.; Ito, H.; Sekizawa, H.; Ikuta, N. [Chiba Institute of Technology, Chiba (Japan)

    1998-10-01

    Loss processes of the nitrogen metastable molecule N2(A{sup 3}{Sigma}u{sup +}) in plane parallel electrodes have been investigated by us previously by solving the diffusion equation. Our procedure is based on an analysis using the third kind of boundary condition which can take account of finite values for the density of N2(A{sup 3}{Sigma}u{sup +}) at the electrode surfaces. The values of the effective lifetime of N2(A{sup 3}{Sigma}u{sup +}) calculated from this analysis were reasonably consistent with our experiments. This paper describes the behavior of the effective lifetimes of N2(A{sup 3}{Sigma}u{sup +}) in a cylindrical cavity. The analytical treatment of the diffusion equation for N2(A{sup 3}{Sigma}u{sup +}) proposed by us is extended to the three dimensional space. We report the nature of the effective lifetimes of metastable molecule in the cylindrical cavity systematically. 16 refs., 9 figs.

  14. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of α-ZnWO4 nanocrystals in tungsten zinc borate glasses

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    Tatsuya Ida

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Tungsten oxide (WO3-containing glasses of WO3–ZnO–B2O3 were prepared using a conventional melt quenching method, and α-ZnWO4 nanocrystals were synthesized through the crystallization of glasses. A glass with the composition of 20WO3–50ZnO–30B2O3 showed the bulk crystallization of α-ZnWO4 nanocrystals with a diameter of ∼10 nm. Broad and asymmetric emission peaks were observed at the wavelength of λ ∼ 475 nm, i.e., blue emissions, in the photoluminescence spectra for the samples with α-ZnWO4 nanocrystals. From the degradation of the intensity of optical absorption under ultraviolet light (λ = 254 nm irradiations for the solution consisting of crystallized particles with α-ZnWO4 nanocrystals and methylene blue, it was clarified that α-ZnWO4 nanocrystals formed have photocatalytic activities. The formation of α-ZnWO4 nanocrystals is discussed from the viewpoint of the glass-forming tendency.

  15. Influence of Liquid Petroleum Gas on the Electrical Parameters of the WO3 Thick Film

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    R. S. KHADAYATE

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the WO3 thick films were prepared by standard screen-printing technology. These films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Influence of LPG on the electrical properties of the prepared WO3 thick film is reported. It was observed that the slope of the Arrhenius curves of the WO3 thick film decreased as the medium changed from pure air to 100 ppm LPG in air. From I-V characteristics, it was observed that the WO3 thick film exhibit highest sensitivity to 50 ppm LPG in air at 400oC.

  16. Facile synthesis of hierarchical double-shell WO{sub 3} microspheres with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Zhenfeng [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin 300387 (China); Chu, Deqing, E-mail: dqingchu@163.com [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin 300387 (China); Wang, Limin, E-mail: wanglimin@tjpu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin 300387 (China); Wang, Lipeng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Hu, Wenhui; Chen, Xiangyu; Yang, Huifang [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Sun, Jingjing [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China)

    2017-02-28

    Highlights: • HDS-WO{sub 3} were fabricated via mild process. • A possible growth mechanism for HDS-WO{sub 3} is proposed. • The excellent photocatalytic activity is attributed to the larger surface area of the HDS-WO{sub 3} nanostructures. - Abstract: Hierarchical double-shell WO{sub 3} microspheres (HDS-WO{sub 3}) have been successfully obtained through the thermal decomposition of WO{sub 3}·H{sub 2}O formed by metal salts as the templates. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In addition, the HDS-WO{sub 3} microspheres were analyzed by the Thermogravimetric (TG) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis. The synthetic mechanism of the products with hierarchical structures was proposed. The obtained HDS-WO{sub 3} exhibits excellent photocatalytic efficiency (84.9%), which is much higher than other WO{sub 3} sample under visible light illumination.

  17. Selective hydrothermal method to create patterned and photoelectrochemically effective Pt/WO3 Interfaces

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    Zoontjes, M.G.C.; Huijben, Mark; Baltrusaitis, Jonas; van der Wiel, Wilfred Gerard; Mul, Guido

    2013-01-01

    A hydrothermal method based on the use of hydrogen peroxide is described to grow a homogeneous layer of tungsten oxide (WO3) on a platinum (Pt) film supported on a silicon wafer. WO3 growth is highly selective for Pt when present on silicon in a patterned arrangement, demonstrating that Pt catalyzes decomposition of the WO3 precursor in solution. The obtained Pt/WO3 interface yields high photocurrents of 1.1 mA/cm(2) in photoelectrochemical water splitting when illuminated by a solar simulato...

  18. Light-controlled resistive switching of ZnWO4 nanowires array

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    W. X. Zhao

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available ZnWO4 nanowires array was prepared on the titanium substrate by a facile hydrothermal synthesis, in which the average length of ZnWO4 nanowires is about 2um and the diameter of individual ZnWO4 nanowire ranges from 50 to 70 nm. The bipolar resistive switching effect of ZnWO4 nanowires array was observed. Moreover, the performance of the resistive switching device is greatly improved under white light irradiation compared with that in the dark.

  19. Structure, morphology and electrocatalytic properties of WO x thin films prepared by reactive pulsed laser deposition

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    Fominski, V. Y.; Grigoriev, S. N.; Romanov, R. I.; Volosova, M. A.; Fominski, D. V.; Irzhak, A. V.

    2017-12-01

    Nanostructured WO xpreserved in a whole. The PLD of WO x on a heated substrate resulted in the formation of nanoneedles and nanosheets. Fairly good catalytic properties in hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and in electrolytic Pt deposition were revealed for the WO x films that consisted of loosely packed ball-like nanocrystals possessing a size of ∼20 nm. The catalytic activity of the films consisted of nanoneedles and nanosheets was not good enough. Adjustable electrolytic deposition of Pt on the nanostructured WO x support film allowed to prepare effective hybrid HER catalyst containing only ∼7 μg/cm2 of Pt.

  20. Size analysis of nanoparticles extracted from W/O emulsions.

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    Nagelreiter, C; Kotisch, H; Heuser, T; Valenta, C

    2015-07-05

    Nanosized particles are frequently used in many different applications, especially TiO2 nanoparticles as physical filters in sunscreens to protect the skin from UV radiation. However, concerns have arisen about possible health issues caused by nanoparticles and therefore, the assessment of the occurrence of nanoparticles is important in pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations. In a previous work of our group, a method was presented to extract nanoparticles from O/W emulsions. But to respond to the needs of dry and sensitive skin, sunscreens of the water-in-oil emulsion type are available. In these, assessment of present nanoparticles is also an important issue, so the present study offers a method for extracting nanoparticles from W/O emulsions. Both methods emanate from the same starting point, which minimizes both effort and cost before the beginning of the assessment. By addition of NaOH pellets and centrifugation, particles were extracted from W/O emulsions and measured for their size and surface area by laser diffraction. With the simple equation Q=A/S a distinction between nanoparticles and microparticles was achieved in W/O emulsions, even in commercially available samples. The present method is quick and easy to implement, which makes it cost-effective. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Temperature and acidity effects on WO{sub 3} nanostructures and gas-sensing properties of WO{sub 3} nanoplates

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    Zhang, Huili [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Organic Solar Cells and Photochemical Conversion, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Liu, Zhifang; Yang, Jiaqin; Guo, Wei [Department of Materials Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (MOE), TKL of Metal and Molecule-based Material Chemistry, Synergetic Innovation Centre of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Zhu, Lianjie, E-mail: zhulj@tjut.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Organic Solar Cells and Photochemical Conversion, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Zheng, Wenjun, E-mail: zhwj@nankai.edu.cn [Department of Materials Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (MOE), TKL of Metal and Molecule-based Material Chemistry, Synergetic Innovation Centre of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China)

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Generally, large acid quantity and high temperature are beneficial to the formation of anhydrous WO3, but the acidity effect on the crystal phase is weaker than that of temperature. Large acid quantity is found helpful to the oriented growth of tungsten oxides, forming a nanoplate-like product. - Highlights: • Large acid quantity is propitious to the oriented growth of a WO{sub 3} nanoplate. • Effect of acid quantity on crystal phases of products is weaker than that of temperature. • One step hydrothermal synthesis of WO{sub 3} is facile and can be easily scaled up. • A WO{sub 3} nanoplate shows a fast response and distinct sensing selectivity to acetone gas. - Abstract: WO{sub 3} nanostructures were successfully synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method using Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O and HNO{sub 3} as raw materials. They are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The specific surface area was obtained from N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherm. The effects of the amount of HNO{sub 3}, hydrothermal temperature and reaction time on the crystal phases and morphologies of the WO{sub 3} nanostructures were investigated in detail, and the reaction mechanism was discussed. Large amount of acid is found for the first time to be helpful to the oriented growth of tungsten oxides, forming nanoplate-like products, while hydrothermal temperature has more influence on the crystal phase of the product. Gas-sensing properties of the series of as-prepared WO{sub 3} nanoplates were tested by means of acetone, ethanol, formaldehyde and ammonia. One of the WO{sub 3} nanoplates with high specific surface area and high crystallinity displays high sensitivity, fast response and distinct sensing selectivity to acetone gas.

  2. Multiple horizontal transfers of bacteriophage WO and host Wolbachia in fig wasps in a closed community

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    Ningxin eWang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Wolbachia-bacteriophage WO is a good model system for studying interactions between bacteria and viruses. Previous surveys of insect hosts have been conducted via sampling from open or semi-open communities; however, no studies have reported the infection patterns of phage WO of insects living in a closed community. Figs and fig wasps form a peculiar closed community in which the Ficus tree provides a compact syconium habitat for a variety of fig wasps. Therefore, in this study, we performed a thorough survey of Wolbachia and bacteriophage WO infection patterns in a total of 1406 individuals from 23 fig wasps species living on three different fig tree species. The infection rates of Wolbachia and phage WO were 82.6% (19/23 and 39.1% (9/23, respectively. Additionally, phage WO from fig wasps showed strong insect host specificity based on orf7 sequences from fig wasps and 21 other insect species. Probably due to the physical barrier of fig syconium, most phage WO from fig wasps form a special clade. Phylogenetic analysis showed the absence of congruence between WO and host Wolbachia, WO and insect host, as well as Wolbachia and fig wasps, suggesting that both Wolbachia and phage WO exchanged frequently and independently within the closed syconium. Thus, the infection pattern of bacteriophage WO from fig wasps appeared quite different from that in other insects living outside, although the effect and the transfer routes of phage WO are unclear, which need to be investigated in the future.

  3. Enhanced Catalyst Activity of WO3 Using Polypyrrole as Support for Acidic Esterification of Glycerol with Acetic Acid

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    Khadijeh Beigom Ghoreishi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of polypyrrole supported WO3 were fabricated and characterized by FT-IR, XRD, XPS, BET, TGA, and FESEM-EDX. The activity of the catalysts was tested in glycerol esterification with acetic acid, and it found that WO3-Ppy-20 (nanocomposite with 20% WO3 loaded showed the maximum catalyst activity with 98% and selectivity of 70% to triacetin at 110°C with a reaction duration of 10 h and also recorded the highest selectivity (75% for acetylation of glycerol to monoacetin with about 59% conversion only. The highest acidity of WO3-Ppy-20 is also confirmed using TPD-NH3 analysis. The activity and selectivity to triacetin of the catalyst were enhanced by increasing WO3 loading amount, resulting in 82% conversion for WO3-Ppy-5 with about 32 and 50% selectivity to monoacetin and diacetin and about 18% selectivity to triacetin; in case of WO3-Ppy-20, these amounts were changed to 5, 25, and 70% selectivity to monoacetin, diacetin, and triacetin, respectively with the conversion of 98%. TPD-NH3 analysis found that polypyrrole supported WO3 increases the catalyst acidity of WO3. BET and FESEM analyses revealed that WO3 particles were well dispersed with the smallest average size in nanocomposite compared to pure WO3, which could contribute to the high activity of WO3-Ppy catalyst for esterification of glycerol.

  4. Hydrogen-treated commercial WO3 as an efficient electrocatalyst for triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Cheng, Ling; Hou, Yu; Zhang, Bo; Yang, Shuang; Guo, Jian Wei; Wu, Long; Yang, Hua Gui

    2013-07-07

    The electrocatalytically inactive commercial WO3 can be transformed into an efficient counter electrode (CE) material for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) via facile hydrogen treatment. The energy conversion efficiency of the DSCs with the hydrogen-treated WO3 CE was 5.43%, while the corresponding value for commercial WO3 with the stoichiometric surface was only 0.63%.

  5. Electrical and optical properties of ZnO–WO3 nanocomposite and its ...

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    Abstract. This study reports the humidity sensing characteristics of ZnO–WO3 nanocomposite. Pellet samples of. 0–5 weight% ZnO in WO3 were sintered from 300 to 600◦C. When exposed to humidity, the resistance of the sensing samples was found to decrease with increase in relative humidity (RH). Five percent ...

  6. Conductivity-Type Sensor Based on CNT-WO3 Composite for NO2Detection

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    Takeshi Hashishin

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The CNTs with 20–50 nm in diameter were directly grown on Au microgap electrode by means of thermal CVD at 700∘C for 60 minutes under EtOH-Ar-H2 atmosphere (6 kPa. The CNTs with entangled shape formed the network structure with contacting each other. In the CNTs-WO3 composite, WO3 grains with disk shape (50–200 nm were independently trapped. The CNTs-WO3 composite sensor showed the fairly good sensor response (Ra/Rg = 3.8 at 200∘C. The sensor response was greatly improved with CNTs-WO3 composite, comparing with that of CNT sensor (Ra/Rg = 1.05. This phenomenon can be explained by formation of p-n junction, between CNT(p and WO3(n, and thus improvement of NO2 adsorption. The sensor response was decreased with increasing the WO3 amount in CNTs-WO3 composite, suggesting the electronic conduction due to WO3 connection.

  7. Lithium-titanate-nanotube-supported WO3 for enhancing transmittance contrast in electrochromics

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    Dong, Yunbing; Xiong, Chunrong; Zhang, Yilu; Xing, Shuai; Jiang, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Lithium titanate nanotubes (Li-TNTs) have been successfully synthesized. The inner and outer diameters of the nanotubes are 5 nm and 8 nm with an interlayer spacing of 0.83 nm. The nanotubes were in accordance with the Li1.81H0.19Ti2O5 · xH2O phase. The chemical component was Li0.9H1.1Ti2O5 · H2O as determined by ICP-AES. The Li-TNT-supported WO3 nanoparticle (WO3/Li-TNTs) thin film was prepared onto ITO glass via spin-coating and then fabricated with an electrochromic device. The Li ion diffusion coefficient in the WO3/Li-TNT film was 6.1 × 10-10 cm2 s-1, which is eight times higher than that for the pure WO3 film. The transmittance contrast of the pure WO3-based ECD was 53.3% at 600 nm. However, this increased to 74.1% for the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD. Meanwhile, the color-switching times of the WO3/Li-TNT-based ECD were apparently shorter than the ones for the WO3-based ECD.

  8. WoPeD - A "Proof-of-Concept" Platform for Experimental BPM Research Projects

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    Freytag, Thomas; Allgaier, Philip; Burattin, Andrea

    2017-01-01

    WoPeD is also playing a second role by serving as an experimental software platform for implementing and validating research ideas from various BPM fields. This demo gives an overview over the features which have been added to WoPeD following this “proof-of-concept” research approach...

  9. Fast-switching electrochromic properties of mesoporous WO3 films with oxygen vacancy defects.

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    Koo, Bon-Ryul; Ahn, Hyo-Jin

    2017-11-08

    In this study, mesoporous WO3 films with oxygen vacancy defects have been fabricated using the camphene-assisted sol-gel method. By controlling the optimized weight ratio of camphene on the WO3 films, we developed a unique film structure of the WO3 phase with both mesoporous morphology and oxygen vacancy defects due to the distinctive effect of camphene. The mesoporous WO3 films with oxygen vacancy defects fabricated using 10 wt% camphene showed superb multifunctional electrochromic (EC) properties with both fast switching speeds (5.8 s for coloration speed and 1.0 s for bleaching speed) and high coloration efficiency (CE, 51.4 cm(2) C(-1)), which include the most prominent properties, particularly for switching speeds among WO3-based films reported so far. The attractive EC properties are due to the synergistic effects of the mesoporous morphology and oxygen vacancy defects on the WO3. The fast switching speeds are mainly caused by the reduced Li(+) diffusion pathway due to the mesoporous morphology and increased electrical conductivity due to the oxygen vacancy defects. In addition, the increased CE value is due to the large transmittance modulation as a result of a more effective electrostatic contact of the mesoporous morphology and an increased optical bandgap of the oxygen vacancy defects on the WO3. Therefore, this unique film structure of the mesoporous WO3 films with oxygen vacancy defects can be potentially regarded as a novel EC material for high-performance EC devices.

  10. Selective hydrothermal method to create patterned and photoelectrochemically effective Pt/WO3 Interfaces

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    Zoontjes, M.G.C.; Huijben, Mark; Baltrusaitis, Jonas; van der Wiel, Wilfred Gerard; Mul, Guido

    2013-01-01

    A hydrothermal method based on the use of hydrogen peroxide is described to grow a homogeneous layer of tungsten oxide (WO3) on a platinum (Pt) film supported on a silicon wafer. WO3 growth is highly selective for Pt when present on silicon in a patterned arrangement, demonstrating that Pt catalyzes

  11. Ethanol vapour sensing properties of screen printed WO3 thick films

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    This paper presents ethanol vapour sensing properties of WO3 thick films. In this work, the WO3 thick films were prepared by standard screen-printing method. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The ethanol vapour sensing properties of these ...

  12. A simple synthesis of MnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles as a novel energy storage material

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    Li, Feihui, E-mail: feihuili2012@163.com [Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Science, Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin 300134 (China); Xu, Xiaoyang, E-mail: xiaoyangxu2012@163.com [School of Science, Tianjin University (China); Huo, Jialei; Wang, Wei [School of Chemical Engineering, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2015-11-01

    MnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles with the shuttle-like shape were prepared by a simple chemical co-precipitation method and analyzed by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The prepared MnWO{sub 4} was used as the electrode material of a supercapacitor, and its electrochemical performance was studied using cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge cycles and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The MnWO{sub 4} exhibited good electrochemical performance. The MnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles had specific capacitances of 295 F/g at a scan rate of 5 mV/s and 219 F/g at a current density of 0.4 A/g. They also showed good cycle-life stability and low resistance. Therefore, MnWO{sub 4} is a promising electrode material for supercapacitors. - Highlights: • The shuttle-like MnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles have been prepared. • The prepared MnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles exhibit good electrochemical performances. • MnWO{sub 4} is a promising electrode material for supercapacitors.

  13. Facile synthesis of layered MnWO{sub 4}/reduced graphene oxide for supercapacitor application

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    Tang, Jianhua; Shen, Jianfeng, E-mail: jfshen@fudan.edu.cn; Li, Na; Ye, Mingxin, E-mail: mxye@fudan.edu.cn

    2016-05-05

    The layered MnWO{sub 4}/reduced graphene oxide (MnWO{sub 4}/RGO) was prepared through a facile one-pot low-temperature hydrothermal route without using any templates. The structure and morphology of MnWO{sub 4}/RGO nanocomposite were characterized through X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption and thermo-gravimetric analysis. While its electrochemical behaviors were investigated using cyclic voltammograms, galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. In the case of three electrode cells, MnWO{sub 4}/RGO with 7.28 wt% RGO content fulfilled a maximum specific capacitance of 288 F g{sup −1} at 5 mV s{sup −1} with the potential range from −0.35–0.55 V. While in the two electrode cell, it obtained a maximum specific capacitance of 109 F g{sup −1} at 5 mV s{sup −1} and displayed the cycle life of 14.9% capacitance decline after 6000 cycles. - Highlights: • The MnWO{sub 4}/RGO was first prepared through a facile hydrothermal route. • MnWO{sub 4}/RGO composite show much higher specific capacitances than pure MnWO{sub 4}. • The electrochemical properties of MnWO{sub 4}/RGO arise from the synergistic effect.

  14. Influence of disordered morphology on electrochromic stability of WO{sub 3}/PPy

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    Gaikwad, Digambar K. [D. Y. Patil College of Engineering & Technology, Kasaba Bawada, Kolhapur, 416006, Maharashtra (India); Mali, Sawanta S.; Hong, Chang K. [Polymer Energy Materials Laboratory, Department of Advanced Chemical Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Kadam, Anamika V., E-mail: anamikasonavane@rediff.com [D. Y. Patil College of Engineering & Technology, Kasaba Bawada, Kolhapur, 416006, Maharashtra (India); D.Y. Patil Medical University, Kasaba Bawada, Kolhapur, 416006, Maharashtra (India)

    2016-06-05

    Tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) films are critical for smart windows because of their capacity of varying the throughput of visible light and solar energy. This study highlights the evolution of structural and morphological changes of electrodeposited WO{sub 3} thin films coated with polypyrrole (PPy) by using chemical bath deposition. The structural and surface properties of WO{sub 3} thin films were studied using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical stability was inspected using repetitive cyclic voltammetry (CV) cycles for each sample in LiClO{sub 4}-PC electrolyte for prolonged periods. The results showed an improvement in the electrochemical stability after the CV study. - Graphical abstract: Mechanism: A schematic of the mechanism is proposed in above fig. The mechanism is based on three step process: (i) WO{sub 3} coated on ITO by electrodeposition followed by thermal treatment. It produces ordered nanoarrayed morphology. (ii) A second step involving deposition of PPy by chemical bath deposition on ITO. It possesses globular morphology. (iii) When PPy coated on WO{sub 3}, PPy applies shearing force on WO{sub 3} and produces disordered nanoarrayed morphology. - Highlights: • Nanoarrayed WO{sub 3}/PPy composite was synthesized. • Interplanar spacing enhances due to PPy coating. • PPy applies shearing force on WO{sub 3} produces disordered morphology. • Nanocomposite showed high stability in LiClO{sub 4}-PC.

  15. Strain Accommodation By Facile WO6 Octahedral Distortion and Tilting During WO3 Heteroepitaxy on SrTiO3(001)

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    Du, Yingge; Gu, Meng; Varga, Tamas; Wang, Chong M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2014-08-27

    In this paper, we show that compared to other BO6 octahedra in ABO3 structured perovskite oxides, the WO6 octahedra in tungsten trioxide (WO3) can withstand a much larger degree of distortion and tilting to accommodate interfacial strain, which in turn strongly impact the nucleation, structure, and defect formation during the epitaxial growth of WO3 on SrTiO3(001). A meta-stable tetragonal phase can be stabilized by epitaxy and a thickness dependent phase transition (tetragonal to monoclinic) is observed. In contrast to misfit dislocations to accommodate the interfacial stain, the facial WO6 octahedral distortion and tilting give rise to three types of planar defects that affect more than 15 monolayers from the interface. These atomically resolved, unusual interfacial defects may significantly alter the electronic, electrochromic, and mechanical properties of the epitaxial films.

  16. Microwave-assisted synthesis and photocatalytic properties of flower-like Bi2WO6 and Bi2O3-Bi2WO6 composite.

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    Li, Zhao-Qian; Chen, Xue-Tai; Xue, Zi-Ling

    2013-03-15

    Flower-like Bi(2)WO(6) and Bi(2)O(3)-Bi(2)WO(6) composite microstructures have been synthesized via a facile and rapid microwave-assisted hydrothermal method through controlling the experimental parameters. The phases and morphologies of the products are characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersion X-ray analysis (EDX), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Photocatalytic experiments indicate that such Bi(2)O(3)-Bi(2)WO(6) composite possesses higher photocatalytic activity for RhB degradation under visible-light irradiation in comparison with pure Bi(2)O(3) and Bi(2)WO(6). On the basis of the calculated energy band positions, the enhanced photocatalytic activity is attributed to the effective separation of electron-hole pairs between the two semiconductors. The present study provides a new strategy to design composite materials with enhanced photocatalytic activity. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Characterization of MAPLE deposited WO3 thin films for electrochromic applications

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    Boyadjiev, S. I.; Stefan, N.; Szilágyi, I. M.; Mihailescu, N.; Visan, A.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Stan, G. E.; Besleaga, C.; Iliev, M. T.; Gesheva, K. A.

    2017-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) is a widely studied material for electrochromic applications. The structure, morphology and optical properties of WO3 thin films, grown by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) from monoclinic WO3 nano-sized particles, were investigated for their possible application as electrochromic layers. A KrF* excimer (λ=248 nm, ζFWHM=25 ns) laser source was used in all experiments. The MAPLE deposited WO3 thin films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Cyclic voltammetry measurements were also performed, and the coloring and bleaching were observed. The morpho-structural investigations disclosed the synthesis of single-phase monoclinic WO3 films consisting of crystalline nano-grains embedded in an amorphous matrix. All thin films showed good electrochromic properties, thus validating application of the MAPLE deposition technique for the further development of electrochromic devices.

  18. Selective hydrothermal method to create patterned and photoelectrochemically effective Pt/WO3 interfaces.

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    Zoontjes, Michel G C; Huijben, Mark; Baltrusaitis, Jonas; van der Wiel, Wilfred G; Mul, Guido

    2013-12-26

    A hydrothermal method based on the use of hydrogen peroxide is described to grow a homogeneous layer of tungsten oxide (WO3) on a platinum (Pt) film supported on a silicon wafer. WO3 growth is highly selective for Pt when present on silicon in a patterned arrangement, demonstrating that Pt catalyzes decomposition of the WO3 precursor in solution. The obtained Pt/WO3 interface yields high photocurrents of 1.1 mA/cm(2) in photoelectrochemical water splitting when illuminated by a solar simulator. The photocurrents are significantly higher than most previously reported values for hydrothermally grown layers on indium-tin oxide and fluorine-tin oxide glasses. The selective growth method thus provides new options to effectively implement WO3 in photoelectrochemical devices.

  19. WO3-reduced graphene oxide composites with enhanced charge transfer for photoelectrochemical conversion.

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    Wu, Haoyu; Xu, Ming; Da, Peimei; Li, Wenjie; Jia, Dingsi; Zheng, Gengfeng

    2013-10-14

    Hybrid structures between semiconducting metal oxides and carbon with rational synthesis represent unique device building blocks to optimize the light absorption and charge transfer process for the photoelectrochemical conversion. Here we demonstrate the realization of a WO3-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanocomposite via hydrothermal growth of ultrathin WO3 nanoplates directly on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates, followed by in situ photo-reduction to deposit RGO layers on WO3 nanoplate surface. Photoanodes made of the WO3-RGO nanocomposites have achieved a photocurrent density of 2.0 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), which is among the highest reported values for photoanodes based on hydrothermally grown WO3. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy reveals that the increase of photoactivity is attributed to the enhanced charge transfer by the incorporation of RGO, thus suggesting a general approach for designing other metal oxide-RGO hybrid architectures.

  20. Optical Properties of LiIn(1−Tm(WO42 Blue Phosphor

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    Mourad Derbal

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available LiIn1−Tm(WO42 (=0, 0.5, 1, 5, and 10 at.% polycrystalline powders blue phosphors were prepared via the classical solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscope (SEM, photoluminescence excitation, and emission spectra were used to characterize LiIn1−Tm(WO42 phosphors. By analyzing the excitation and emission spectra of LiIn1−Tm(WO42 samples, the result indicates that there exists the energy transfer only from the WO42− group to the 1G4 energy level of Tm3+ ion. On the other hand, the influence of the thulium concentration on the blue emission transition 1D2→3F4 and 1G4→3H6 and the emission of WO42− group are investigated.

  1. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of WO3-surface modified TiO2 thin film.

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    Qamar, Mohammad; Drmosh, Qasem; Ahmed, Muhammad I; Qamaruddin, Muhammad; Yamani, Zain H

    2015-01-01

    Development of nanostructured photocatalysts for harnessing solar energy in energy-efficient and environmentally benign way remains an important area of research. Pure and WO3-surface modified thin films of TiO2 were prepared by magnetron sputtering on indium tin oxide glass, and photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities of these films were studied. TiO2 particles were TiO2 surface was modified WO3 nanoparticles. Effect of potential, WO3 amount, and radiations of different wavelengths on the photoelectrochemical activity of TiO2 electrodes was investigated. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and WO3-modified TiO2 for the decolorization of methyl orange was tested. Graphical abstractWO3-surface modified TiO2 film showing better photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity.

  2. One-dimensional WO3 and its hydrate: One-step synthesis, structural and spectroscopic characterization

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    Iwu, Kingsley O.; Galeckas, Augustinas; Rauwel, Protima; Kuznetsov, Andrej Y.; Norby, Truls

    2012-01-01

    We report on a one-step hydrothermal growth of one-dimensional (1D) WO3 nanostructures, using urea as 1D growth-directing agent and a precursor free of metals other than tungsten. By decreasing the pH of the starting solution, the size of the nanostructures was reduced significantly, this development being accompanied by the realization of phase pure hexagonal WO3 nanorods (elimination of monoclinic impurity phase) and a red shift in optical absorption edge. Surface analyses indicated the presence of reduced tungsten species in the WO3 nanostructures, which increased two-fold in a hydrated WO3 phase obtained with further decrease in pH. We suggest that oxygen vacancies are responsible for this defect state in WO3, while protons are responsible or contribute significantly to the same in the hydrated phase.

  3. Photocatalysis of WO3 Nanoplates Synthesized by Conventional-Hydrothermal and Microwave-Hydrothermal Methods and of Commercial WO3 Nanorods

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    Jarupat Sungpanich; Titipun Thongtem; Somchai Thongtem

    2014-01-01

    The degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye by tungsten oxide (WO3) photocatalyst synthesized by the 200°C conventional-hydrothermal (C-H) and 270 W microwave-hydrothermal (M-H) methods and commercial WO3 was studied under UV light irradiation for 360 min. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Raman spectrophotometry, and UV visible spectroscop...

  4. The enhanced alcohol-sensing response of ultrathin WO3 nanoplates

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    Chen, Deliang; Hou, Xianxiang; Wen, Hejing; Wang, Yu; Wang, Hailong; Li, Xinjian; Zhang, Rui; Lu, Hongxia; Xu, Hongliang; Guan, Shaokang; Sun, Jing; Gao, Lian

    2010-01-01

    Chemical sensors based on semiconducting metal oxide nanocrystals are of academic and practical significance in industrial processing and environment-related applications. Novel alcohol response sensors using two-dimensional WO3 nanoplates as active elements have been investigated in this paper. Single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates were synthesized through a topochemical approach on the basis of intercalation chemistry (Chen et al 2008 Small 4 1813). The as-obtained WO3 nanoplate pastes were coated on the surface of an Al2O3 ceramic microtube with four Pt electrodes to measure their alcohol-sensing properties. The results show that the WO3 nanoplate sensors are highly sensitive to alcohols (e.g., methanol, ethanol, isopropanol and butanol) at moderate operating temperatures (260-360 °C). For butanol, the WO3 nanoplate sensors have a sensitivity of 31 at 2 ppm and 161 at 100 ppm, operating at 300 °C. For other alcohols, WO3 nanoplate sensors also show high sensitivities: 33 for methanol at 300 ppm, 70 for ethanol at 200 ppm, and 75 for isopropanol at 200 ppm. The response and recovery times of the WO3 nanoplate sensors are less than 15 s for all the test alcohols. A good linear relationship between the sensitivity and alcohol concentrations has been observed in the range of 2-300 ppm, whereas the WO3 nanoparticle sensors have not shown such a linear relationship. The sensitivities of the WO3 nanoplate sensors decrease and their response times become short when the operating temperatures increase. The enhanced alcohol-sensing performance could be attributed to the ultrathin platelike morphology, the high crystallinity and the loosely assembling structure of the WO3 nanoplates, due to the advantages of the effective adsorption and rapid diffusion of the alcohol molecules.

  5. Hydrothermal synthesis of FeWO{sub 4}-graphene composites and their photocatalytic activities under visible light

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    He, Gang-Ling; Chen, Ming-Jie; Liu, You-Qin; Li, Xin; Liu, Ying-Ju; Xu, Yue-Hua, E-mail: xuyuehua@scau.edu.cn

    2015-10-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • FeWO{sub 4}-RGO composites were hydrothermally fabricated by facile one-step method. • FeWO{sub 4}-RGO and FeWO{sub 4} had a similar particle size, in the range of 30–50 nm. • High efficiency for photocatalytic degradation of RhB was exhibited by FeWO{sub 4}-RGO. • FeWO{sub 4}-xRGO showed higher photocatalytic activities than pure FeWO{sub 4}. • The electron–hole pairs can be effectively separated due to RGO coupling. - Abstract: Monoclinic ferberite FeWO{sub 4}-reduced graphene oxide (FeWO{sub 4}-RGO) composites were hydrothermally fabricated by facile one-pot method in situ reduction of graphene oxide. As-prepared FeWO{sub 4}-RGO photocatalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectra, and diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS). The FeWO{sub 4}-RGO photocatalysts and pure FeWO{sub 4} photocatalyst had a similar particle size, which was in the range of 30–50 nm. FeWO{sub 4} and FeWO{sub 4}-RGO photocatalysts showed absorption in the visible region, and the band gap energy of FeWO{sub 4} decreased slightly after RGO coupling. FeWO{sub 4}-RGO photocatalysts exhibited high efficiencies in photocatalytic degradation of dye pollutant Rhodamine B (RhB) in solution under visible light irradiation (a 4 W Light Emitting Diode lamp). All FeWO{sub 4}-RGO photocatalysts under visible light showed higher photocatalytic activities than pure FeWO{sub 4} photocatalyst, and FeWO{sub 4}-0.3RGO showed the best photocatalytic activity. The FeWO{sub 4}-RGO composites were formed through the chemical contact between nanometer FeWO{sub 4} particles and RGO, and RGO could act as a good electron acceptor. The enhancement in visible-light photocatalytic performance may be mainly attributed to the effective separation of the photogenerated electron–hole pairs.

  6. Porous three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide merged with WO3 for efficient removal of radioactive strontium

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    Mu, Wanjun; Yu, Qianghong; Hu, rui; Li, Xingliang; Wei, Hongyuan; Jian, Yuan

    2017-11-01

    A simple hydrothermal method was used to prepare 3D nanostructured composite adsorbents of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and WO3 (RGO/WO3). The analysis results suggest that it possesses a mesoporous 3D structure, in which WO3 nanorods are uniformly loaded on the surface of the RGO. Combining the benefits of GO and WO3, the composites exhibit a higher adsorption capacity for removing Sr2+ from aqueous solutions over a wide pH range (4-11). Adsorption isotherms show that the data fit the Langmuir isotherms well (R > 0.99), and the maximum adsorption capacity of 149.56 mg g-1 was achieved, much higher than that for GO, WO3 and other similar adsorbents. Sr2+ adsorption on RGO/WO3 reached equilibrium within 200 min. The fast adsorption and high adsorption rate of RGO/WO3 are mostly attributable to the plentiful adsorption sites provided by the dispersed WO3 nanoparticles on the RGO surface. Furthermore, the existence of Na+ ions has no obvious effect on the removal of Sr2+ ions by RGO/WO3, and RGO/WO3 adsorbent can be repeated at least 5 times without significant loss of adsorption capacity by adsorption-desorption experiment. Thus, RGO/WO3 shows the potential ability for removal of 90Sr from radioactive wastewater.

  7. Hierarchically plasmonic photocatalysts of Ag/AgCl nanocrystals coupled with single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates

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    Chen, Deliang; Li, Tao; Chen, Qianqian; Gao, Jiabing; Fan, Bingbing; Li, Jian; Li, Xinjian; Zhang, Rui; Sun, Jing; Gao, Lian

    2012-08-01

    The hierarchical photocatalysts of Ag/AgCl@plate-WO3 have been synthesized by anchoring Ag/AgCl nanocrystals on the surfaces of single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates that were obtained via an intercalation and topochemical approach. The heterogeneous precipitation process of the PVP-Ag+-WO3 suspensions with a Cl- solution added drop-wise was developed to synthesize AgCl@WO3 composites, which were then photoreduced to form Ag/AgCl@WO3 nanostructures in situ. WO3 nanocrystals with various shapes (i.e., nanoplates, nanorods, and nanoparticles) were used as the substrates to synthesize Ag/AgCl@WO3 photocatalysts, and the effects of the WO3 contents and photoreduction times on their visible-light-driven photocatalytic performance were investigated. The techniques of TEM, SEM, XPS, EDS, XRD, N2 adsorption-desorption and UV-vis DR spectra were used to characterize the compositions, phases and microstructures of the samples. The RhB aqueous solutions were used as the model system to estimate the photocatalytic performance of the as-obtained Ag/AgCl@WO3 nanostructures under visible light (λ >= 420 nm) and sunlight. The results indicated that the hierarchical Ag/AgCl@plate-WO3 photocatalyst has a higher photodegradation rate than Ag/AgCl, AgCl, AgCl@WO3 and TiO2 (P25). The contents and morphologies of the WO3 substrates in the Ag/AgCl@plate-WO3 photocatalysts have important effects on their photocatalytic performance. The related mechanisms for the enhancement in visible-light-driven photodegradation of RhB molecules were analyzed.The hierarchical photocatalysts of Ag/AgCl@plate-WO3 have been synthesized by anchoring Ag/AgCl nanocrystals on the surfaces of single-crystalline WO3 nanoplates that were obtained via an intercalation and topochemical approach. The heterogeneous precipitation process of the PVP-Ag+-WO3 suspensions with a Cl- solution added drop-wise was developed to synthesize AgCl@WO3 composites, which were then photoreduced to form Ag/AgCl@WO3 nanostructures in

  8. Combustion synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline WO3.

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    Morales, Walter; Cason, Michael; Aina, Olawunmi; de Tacconi, Norma R; Rajeshwar, Krishnan

    2008-05-21

    The energy payback time associated with the semiconductor active material is an important parameter in a photovoltaic solar cell device. Thus lowering the energy requirements for the semiconductor synthesis step or making it more energy-efficient is critical toward making the overall device economics more competitive relative to other nonpolluting energy options. In this communication, combustion synthesis is demonstrated to be a versatile and energy-efficient method for preparing inorganic oxide semiconductors such as tungsten trioxide (WO3) for photovoltaic or photocatalytic solar energy conversion. The energy efficiency of combustion synthesis accrues from the fact that high process temperatures are self-sustained by the exothermicity of the combustion process, and the only external thermal energy input needed is for dehydration of the fuel/oxidizer precursor mixture and bringing it to ignition. Importantly, we show that, in this approach, it is also possible to tune the optical characteristics of the oxide semiconductor (i.e., shift its response toward the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum) in situ by doping the host semiconductor during the formative stage itself. As a bonus, the resultant material shows enhanced surface properties such as markedly improved organic dye uptake relative to benchmark samples obtained from commercial sources. Finally, this synthesis approach requires only very simple equipment, a feature that it shares with other "mild" inorganic semiconductor synthesis routes such as sol-gel chemistry, chemical bath deposition, and electrodeposition. The present study constitutes the first use of combustion synthesis for preparing WO3 powder comprising nanosized particles.

  9. Subsolidus Phase Relations of the CaO-WO3-CuO System at 800 °C in Air

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    Grivel, J. -C.

    2012-01-01

    The subsolidus phase relations of the CaO-WO3-CuO system were investigated in air. The samples were equilibrated at 800 degrees C. Under these conditions, five binary oxide phases are stable: Ca2CuO3, Cu3WO6, CuWO4, CaWO4 and Ca3WO6. The pseudo-ternary section is characterised by 6 three...

  10. Hydrogen gas sensing of Co3O4-Decorated WO3 nanowires

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    Park, Sunghoon; Sun, Gun-Joo; Kheel, Hyejoon; Hyun, Soong Keun; Jin, Changhyun; Lee, Chongmu

    2016-01-01

    Co3O4 nanoparticle-decorated WO3 nanowires were synthesized by the thermal oxidation of powders followed by a solvothermal process for Co3O4 decoration. The Co3O4 nanoparticle-decorated WO3 nanowire sensor exhibited a stronger and faster electrical response to H2 gas at 300 °C than the pristine WO3 nanowire counterpart. The former showed faster response and recovery than the latter. The pristine and Co3O4-decorated WO3 nanowire sensors showed the strongest response to H2 gas at 225 and 200 °C, respectively. The Co3O4-decorated WO3 nanowire sensor showed selectivity for H2 gas over other reducing gases. The enhanced sensing performance of the Co3O4-decorated WO3 nanowire sensor was explained by a combination of mechanisms: modulation of the depletion layer width forming at the Co3O4-WO3 interface, modulation of the potential barrier height forming at the interface, high catalytic activity of Co3O4 for the oxidation of H2, active adsorption of oxygen by the Co3O4 nanoparticle surface, and creation of more active adsorption sites by Co3O4 nanoparticles.

  11. Analisa Sifat Kapasitif Kapasitor Elektrokimia WO3 Hasil Sintesa Sol Gel dengan Variasi Temperatur Kalsinasi

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    Luhur Prandika

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Kapasitor elektrokimia merupakan salah satu jenis kapasitor yang memiliki densitas energi yang tinggi dan densitas daya yang tinggi. WO3 dikenal sebagai material semikonduktor yang mempunyai kemampuan untuk menyimpan energi listrik namun masih jarang diaplikasikan untuk kapasitor elektrokimia. Tujuan dari penelitian ini adalah membuat dan menganalisa sifat kapasitif kapasitor elektrokimia dari material tungsten trioksida (WO3. WO3 dapat disintesa menggunakan prekursor tungsten(VI heksaklorida (WCl6 dan etanol(C2H5OH dengan  metode sol-gel, dilanjutkan dengan pelapisan gel WO3 pada substrat grafit dengan menggunakan alat spin coating. Sampel lalu dipanaskan dengan variasi temperatur kalsinasi 300oC, 350oC, 400oC dan 450oC selama waktu tahan 1 jam. Kemudian dikarakterisasi menggunakan uji SEM, XRD dan BET. Pengukuran kapasitansi kapasitor menggunakan uji cyclic voltametri. Dari hasil XRD diketahui struktur kristal WO3 temperatur kalsinasi 300oC, 350oC, 400oC dan 450oC adalah monoklinik. Dari hasil SEM didapatkan ukuran partikel yang semakin besar seiring kenaikan temperatur kalsinasi. Dari uji BET didapatkan luas permukaan aktif WO3 akan semakin kecil seiring kenaikan temperatur kalsinasi. Dari uji CV dihasilkan nilai kapasitif terbesar terdapat pada WO3 temperatur kalsinasi 300oC pada scan rate 2 mV/s yaitu sebesar 121,46 F/gr atau 242,92 mF/cm2

  12. Facile morphology control of WO3 nanostructure arrays with enhanced photoelectrochemical performance

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    Zhou, Junchen; Lin, Shiwei; Chen, Yongjun; Gaskov, A. M.

    2017-05-01

    A moderate hydrothermal approach has been developed to synthesize the perpendicular oriented WO3 nanostructure films. The morphology of the WO3 films could be easily controlled by adjusting the applied amount of HCl in the synthesis procedure. The effects of acidic conditions on morphological control were investigated in details, and the formation process of WO3 nanostructures varying from nanoplates to nanorods has been proposed. Both typical platelike and rodlike nanostructure arrays demonstrate better photoelectrochemical performance than other WO3 nanostructures. The WO3 nanoplate arrays showed a superior photocurrent density of about 1.0 mA/cm2 at 1.6 V vs. RHE, compared to 0.8 mA/cm2 of the WO3 nanorod arrays. The increased photocurrent can be mainly attributed to the larger active surface area and more effective charge transfer. Approximately 55% improvement in photoelectrochemical catalytic efficiency was obtained by the WO3 nanoplates photoanode in comparison to the nanorods photoanode in a methyl orange degradation experiment. Such results demonstrate the importance of morphology optimization for improving the photoelectrochemical performance. And the method provides a facile and reasonable way for nanostructure design and morphology control of the photoelectrodes in photoelectrochemical devices.

  13. Fabrication of WO{sub 3}/Cu{sub 2}O composite films and their photocatalytic activity

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    Wei, Shouqiang, E-mail: weisq1961@126.com [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shenyang Ligong University, Nanping Middle Road 6, Shenyang 110159, Liaoning Province (China); Ma, Yuyan; Chen, Yuye; Liu, Long; Liu, Ying; Shao, Zhongcai [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shenyang Ligong University, Nanping Middle Road 6, Shenyang 110159, Liaoning Province (China)

    2011-10-30

    Highlights: {yields} WO{sub 3}/n-Cu{sub 2}O and WO{sub 3}/p-Cu{sub 2}O composite films were electrochemically fabricated. {yields} Photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3}/p-Cu{sub 2}O composite film is higher than WO{sub 3}/n-Cu{sub 2}O. {yields} WO{sub 3}/p-Cu{sub 2}O composite film has a high catalytic stability. - Abstract: WO{sub 3}/n-Cu{sub 2}O and WO{sub 3}/p-Cu{sub 2}O composite films have been fabricated on titanium (Ti) substrates with a consecutive cathodic electrodeposition route. Those resulting films were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Their photocatalytic activity under simulated natural light illumination was evaluated using Orange II (mainly) and Cr(VI) as model pollutants. The results indicate that WO{sub 3}/p-Cu{sub 2}O exhibits higher photocatalytic activity compared to both WO{sub 3} and p-Cu{sub 2}O alone, while the photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3}/n-Cu{sub 2}O is higher than WO{sub 3}, but lower than n-Cu{sub 2}O. Even in the absence of other reducing agents (hole scavengers), WO{sub 3}/p-Cu{sub 2}O also show certain photocatalytic activity towards reduction of Cr(VI). The photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3}/p-Cu{sub 2}O is closely related to the deposition amount of p-Cu{sub 2}O. Additionally, WO{sub 3}/p-Cu{sub 2}O composite film also possesses a relatively high stability during the reactions. The difference in photocatalytic activity between the two types of composite films is interpreted in terms of different mechanisms for transfer of charge carriers photogenerated within the heterojunctions.

  14. Synthesis of WC powder through microwave heating of WO3-C mixture

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    Behnami, Amir Karimzadeh; Hoseinpur, Arman; Sakaki, Masoud; Bafghi, Mohammad Sh.; Yanagisawa, Kazumichi

    2017-02-01

    A simple, easy, and low-cost process for the fabrication of tungsten carbide (WC) powder through microwave heating of WO3-C mixtures was developed. Thermodynamic calculations and experimental investigations were carried out for WO3-C and W-C systems, and a formation mechanism was proposed. In the results, for the synthesis of WC, the use of over stoichiometric amount of C together with a specially assembled experimental setup (which effectively retains heat in the system) is necessary. The WC powder is successfully obtained by heating WO3:5C mixture for 900 s in a domestic microwave oven.

  15. Electrodeposition of WO3 nanoparticles into surface mounted metal-organic framework HKUST-1 thin films

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    Yoo, Hyeonseok; Welle, Alexander; Guo, Wei; Choi, Jinsub; Redel, Engelbert

    2017-03-01

    We describe a novel procedure to fabricate WO3@surface-mounted metal-organic framework (SURMOF) hybrid materials by electrodeposition of WO3 nanoparticles into HKUST-1, also termed Cu3(BTC)2 SURMOFs. These materials have been characterized using x-ray diffraction, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as well as linear sweep voltammetry. The WO3 semiconductor/SURMOF heterostructures were further tested as hybrid electrodes in their performance for hydrogen evolution reaction from water.

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

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

    2015-01-15

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

  17. Catalytic effect of monoclinic WO{sub 3}, hexagonal WO{sub 3} and H{sub 0.23}WO{sub 3} on the hydrogen sorption properties of Mg

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    Tonus, Florent; Bobet, Jean-Louis [CNRS, Universite de Bordeaux, ICMCB, 87 avenue du Dr. A. Schweitzer, Pessac F-33608 (France); Fuster, Valeria; Urretavizcaya, Guillermina; Castro, Facundo J. [Centro Atomico Bariloche (CNEA, CONICET), Instituto Balseiro (UNCUYO), Av. Bustillo 9500, San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina)

    2009-05-15

    The H sorption properties of mixtures Mg + WO{sub 3} (having various structures) and Mg + H{sub 0.23}WO{sub 3} are reported. First, the higher conversion of Mg into MgH{sub 2} during reactive mechanical grinding (under 1.1 MPa of H{sub 2}) for higher WO{sub 3} content is due to the improvement of the milling efficiency. Then, it is shown that the hydrogen absorption properties are almost independent of the crystal structure of the catalyst and that only the particles' size and the specific surface play a major role. Finally, for the desorption process, it appears that the chemical composition and structure of the catalyst, together with the particle size and specific surface have an effect. (author)

  18. Preparation of WO3/g-C3N4 composites and their application in oxidative desulfurization

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    Zhao, Rongxiang; Li, Xiuping; Su, Jianxun; Gao, Xiaohan

    2017-01-01

    WO3/graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) composites were successfully synthesized through direct calcining of a mixture of WO3 and g-C3N4 at 400 °C for 2 h. The WO3 was prepared by calcination of phosphotungstic acid at 550 °C for 4 h, and the g-C3N4 was obtained by calcination of melamine at 520 °C for 4 h. The WO3/g-C3N4 composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and Brunner-Emmett-Teller analysis (BET). The WO3/g-C3N4 composites exhibited stronger XRD peaks of WO3 and g-C3N4 than the WO3 and pure g-C3N4. In addition, two WO3 peaks at 25.7° and 26.6° emerged for the 36% -WO3/g-C3N4 composite. This finding indicated that WO3 was highly dispersed on the surface of the g-C3N4 nanosheets and interacted with the nanosheets, which resulted in the appearance of (012) and (022) planes of WO3. The WO3/g-C3N4 composite also exhibited a larger specific surface area and higher degree of crystallization than WO3 or pure g-C3N4, which resulted in high catalytic activity of the catalyst. Desulfurization experiments demonstrated that the desulfurization rate of dibenzothiophene (DBT) in model oil reached 91.2% under optimal conditions. Moreover, the activity of the catalyst was not significantly decreased after five recycles.

  19. The chemistry of ZnWO4 nanoparticle formation

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    Bøjesen, Espen Drath; Jensen, Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg; Tyrsted, Christoffer

    2016-01-01

    The need for a change away from classical nucleation and growth models for the description of nanoparticle formation is highlighted. By the use of in situ total X-ray scattering experiments the transformation of an aqueous polyoxometalate precursor mixture to crystalline ZnWO4 nanoparticles under...... nanoparticles. An observed temperature dependent trend in defect concentration can be rationalized based on the proposed formation mechanism. Following nucleation the individual crystallites were found to grow into prolate morphology with elongation along the unit cell c-direction. Extensive electron microscopy......) nanoparticles in large scale in less than one minute. The present results highlight the profound influence of structural similarities in local structure between reactants and final materials in determining the specific nucleation of nanostructures and thus explains the potential success of a given synthesis...

  20. Synthesis of NiWO4 powder crystals of polyhedron for photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine

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    Hao, Meifeng; Meng, Xiangrui; Miao, Yuqing

    2017-10-01

    The NiWO4 powder crystals were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. It is found that the morphologies of most of NiWO4 particles are the polyhedron including cube, decahedron and dodecahedron et al. The typical cubic structures show the side length around 3 μm. SEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR and UV-vis were employed to characterize the NiWO4 powder crystals. The band gap value of 1.48 eV was calculated according to UV-vis. The NiWO4 powder crystals exhibit high photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of Rh B under both UV and visible irradiations. Especially, under UV, only 17% Rh B remains after 40 min UV photodegradation and only 80 min is needed for the complete degradation.

  1. Pd Nanoparticles Coupled to WO2.72 Nanorods for Enhanced Electrochemical Oxidation of Formic Acid.

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    Xi, Zheng; Erdosy, Daniel P; Mendoza-Garcia, Adriana; Duchesne, Paul N; Li, Junrui; Muzzio, Michelle; Li, Qing; Zhang, Peng; Sun, Shouheng

    2017-04-12

    We synthesize a new type of hybrid Pd/WO2.72 structure with 5 nm Pd nanoparticles (NPs) anchored on 50 × 5 nm WO2.72 nanorods. The strong Pd/WO2.72 coupling results in the lattice expansion of Pd from 0.23 to 0.27 nm and the decrease of Pd surface electron density. As a result, the Pd/WO2.72 shows much enhanced catalysis toward electrochemical oxidation of formic acid in 0.1 M HClO4; it has a mass activity of ∼1600 mA/mgPd in a broad potential range of 0.4-0.85 V (vs RHE) and shows no obvious activity loss after a 12 h chronoamperometry test at 0.4 V. Our work demonstrates an important strategy to enhance Pd NP catalyst efficiency for energy conversion reactions.

  2. A comparative study of heterostructured CuO/CuWO4 nanowires and thin films

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    Polyakov, Boris; Kuzmin, Alexei; Vlassov, Sergei; Butanovs, Edgars; Zideluns, Janis; Butikova, Jelena; Kalendarev, Robert; Zubkins, Martins

    2017-12-01

    A comparative study of heterostructured CuO/CuWO4 core/shell nanowires and double-layer thin films was performed through X-ray diffraction, confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy and electron (SEM and TEM) microscopies. The heterostructures were produced using a two-step process, starting from a deposition of amorphous WO3 layer on top of CuO nanowires and thin films by reactive DC magnetron sputtering and followed by annealing at 650 °C in air. The second step induced a solid-state reaction between CuO and WO3 oxides through a thermal diffusion process, revealed by SEM-EDX analysis. Morphology evolution of core/shell nanowires and double-layer thin films upon heating was studied by electron (SEM and TEM) microscopies. A formation of CuWO4 phase was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy.

  3. Characterization of WO3 Thin Films Grown on Silicon by HFMOD

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    Joel Díaz-Reyes

    2013-01-01

    modes of as-deposited WO3 and annealed at 500°C present clearly differences. WO3 band gap energy can be varied from 2.92 to 3.15 eV by annealing WO3 from 0 to 500°C as was obtained by transmittance measurements. The photoluminescence response of the as-deposited film presents three radiative transitions observed at 2.85, 2.41, and 2.04 eV that could be associated with oxygen vacancies; the first one is shifted to higher energies as the annealing temperature is increased due to the change of crystalline phase of the WO3.

  4. High capacity WO3 film as efficient charge collection electrode for solar rechargeable batteries

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    Zhao, Wenjie; Wang, Xiao-Feng; Zheng, Enqiang; Wei, Yingjin; Sanehira, Yoshitaka; Chen, Gang

    2017-05-01

    In this work, we demonstrated the dye-sensitized solar rechargeable batteries devices sharing a structure of Dye-TiO2/electrolyte/Ni/WO3. The WO3 film was prepared by a simple sol-gel process exhibit high cavities and large surface area allowing efficient chemical/electrical reactions. The WO3 films with 2 ± 0.5 μm in thickness as charge collection electrodes exhibited a high energy density over other materials reported thus far. Under irradiation energy of 7.5 mWcm-2 in the photo-charging, the discharging time sustained 1758 s at the current density of 0.05 mA cm-2 in dark, the first specific discharge capacities of WO3 nano-film reach 40.6 mAh g-1 (0.0244 mAh cm-2). This work substantially pushes forward the easy processing solar rechargeable batteries for future potential applications.

  5. Hydrothermal Fabrication of WO3 Hierarchical Architectures: Structure, Growth and Response

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    Chuan-Sheng Wu

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Recently hierarchical architectures, consisting of two-dimensional (2D nanostructures, are of great interest for potential applications in energy and environmental. Here, novel rose-like WO3 hierarchical architectures were successfully synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The as-prepared WO3 hierarchical architectures were in fact assembled by numerous nanosheets with an average thickness of ~30 nm. We found that the oxalic acid played a significant role in governing morphologies of WO3 during hydrothermal process. Based on comparative studies, a possible formation mechanism was also proposed in detail. Furthermore, gas-sensing measurement showed that the well-defined 3D WO3 hierarchical architectures exhibited the excellent gas sensing properties towards CO.

  6. AOT-microemulsions-based formation and evolution of PbWO$_{4}$ crystals

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    Chen, D; Tang Kai Bin; Liang Zhen Hua; Zheng Hua Gui

    2004-01-01

    Anionic surfactant-AOT-microemulsions-assisted formation and evolution of PbWO//4 nanostructures with bundles rodlike, ellipsoidlike, and spherelike prepared at different media conditions were studied by powder X-ray diffraction pattern, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The possible mechanisms for the formation of PbWO//4 samples in series of microemulsion systems were discussed. Various comparison experiments show that several experimental parameters, such as the AOT concentration, the water content, and reaction temperature play important roles in the morphological control of PbWO//4 nanostructures. Room-temperature photoluminescence of PbWO//4 samples with different morphologies has also been investigated and the results reveal that all these samples showed similar features with emissions at 480 similar to 510 nm but different luminescence intensity. 40 Refs.

  7. Auditorias de conocimiento. Analisis de dominio en las bases de datos Scopus y WoK

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    Gonzalez Guitian, Maria Virginia; de Zayas Perez, Maria Rosa

    2012-01-01

    A partir del analisis de la produccion cientifica de las base de datos Scopus y WoK entre los anos 1994 y hasta 2010, se hace un acercamiento a la visualizacion del dominio "Auditorias de Conocimiento...

  8. Bacteriophage WO Can Mediate Horizontal Gene Transfer in Endosymbiotic Wolbachia Genomes

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    Wang, Guan H.; Sun, Bao F.; Xiong, Tuan L.; Wang, Yan K.; Murfin, Kristen E.; Xiao, Jin H.; Huang, Da W.

    2016-01-01

    Phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is common in free-living bacteria, and many transferred genes can play a significant role in their new bacterial hosts. However, there are few reports concerning phage-mediated HGT in endosymbionts (obligate intracellular bacteria within animal or plant hosts), such as Wolbachia. The Wolbachia-infecting temperate phage WO can actively shift among Wolbachia genomes and has the potential to mediate HGT between Wolbachia strains. In the present study, we extend previous findings by validating that the phage WO can mediate transfer of non-phage genes. To do so, we utilized bioinformatic, phylogenetic, and molecular analyses based on all sequenced Wolbachia and phage WO genomes. Our results show that the phage WO can mediate HGT between Wolbachia strains, regardless of whether the transferred genes originate from Wolbachia or other unrelated bacteria. PMID:27965627

  9. A Difficult Time: Migrant work and the WoDaaBe in Niger

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    Loftsdottir, Kristin

    2001-01-01

    ... before; words that reflect WoDaaBe nomads' concern for their present situation. Repeated droughts in the Sahel area of Niger have led to losses of livestock and reduced the possibility of maintaining a nomadic way of life...

  10. Analysis of Publication Trends for DOE National Laboratories Comparisons using WoS and Scopus

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    Springer, Everett P. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Milligan, Shelby [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-08-02

    This report describes: 1) how various laboratories compare in terms of peer-reviewed publications; how the numbers and trends compare between WoS and Scopus; and what research areas have grown or decreased.

  11. [Doctor's degree thesis of Tomasz Adolf Wołkowiński "Carditidis rheumaticae historia"].

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    Stembrowicz, W

    2001-01-01

    In 1817 on the University of Vilnius Faculty of Medicine, T. A. Wołkowiński, a student of the eminent clinician Józef Frank, defended his doctor's degree thesis about a direct relation between rheumatic disease and cardiomegaly. It was probably the first paper in Poland describing with details the rheumatic heart disease. Unfortunately we don't know much about T. A. Wołkowiński's life.

  12. Synthesis and evaluation of α-Ag2WO4 as novel antifungal agent

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    Foggi, Camila C.; Fabbro, Maria T.; Santos, Luís P. S.; de Santana, Yuri V. B.; Vergani, Carlos E.; Machado, Ana L.; Cordoncillo, Eloisa; Andrés, Juan; Longo, Elson

    2017-04-01

    Because of the need for new antifungal materials with greater potency, microcrystals of α-Ag2WO4, a complex metal oxide, have been synthetized by a simple co-precipitation method, and their antifungal activity against Candida albicans has been investigated. A theoretical model based on clusters that are building blocks of α-Ag2WO4 has been proposed to explain the experimental results.

  13. Synthesis of hydrogen tungsten bronzes H{sub x}WO{sub 3} by reactive mechanical milling of hexagonal WO{sub 3}

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    Castro, Facundo J. [Centro Atomico Bariloche (CNEA, CONICET), Instituto Balseiro (UNCuyo), Av. Bustillo 9500, San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Tonus, Florent; Bobet, Jean-Louis [Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux (ICMCB), CNRS (UPR 9048), Universite de Bordeaux I, 87 Avenue du Dr. A. Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac Cedex (France); Urretavizcaya, Guillermina, E-mail: urreta@cab.cnea.gov.a [Centro Atomico Bariloche (CNEA, CONICET), Instituto Balseiro (UNCuyo), Av. Bustillo 9500, San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina)

    2010-04-16

    Recently, we have reported the formation of hydrogen tungsten bronzes by reactive mechanical milling monoclinic tungsten (VI) oxide under hydrogen atmosphere. In this work we report the milling of hexagonal WO{sub 3} under H{sub 2} atmosphere. Our main results are the structural transformation of the hexagonal oxide to the high temperature polymorph of WO{sub 3} with orthorhombic structure, and the formation of different hydrogen tungsten bronzes at distinct milling times. The bronzes seem to be formed from the orthorhombic oxide, and compared with the bronzes obtained by milling monoclinic WO{sub 3} are rather unstable after short exposure to air. The materials are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and total hydrogen content determination.

  14. Photoelectrochemical solar cells based on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}; Celdas solares fotoelectroquimicas basadas en Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}

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    Madriz, Lorean; Tata, Jose; Cuartas, Veronica; Cuellar, Alejandra; Vargas, Ronald, E-mail: lmadriz@usb.ve [Departamento de Quimica, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

    2014-04-15

    In this study, photoelectrochemical solar cells based on bismuth tungstate electrodes were evaluated. Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was synthesized by a hydrothermal method and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis reflectance spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction. For comparison, solar cells based on TiO{sub 2} semiconductor electrodes were evaluated. Photoelectrochemical response of Grätzel-type solar cells based on these semiconductors and their corresponding sensitization with two inexpensive phthalocyanines dyes were determined. Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-based solar cells presented higher values of photocurrent and efficiency than those obtained with TiO{sub 2} electrodes, even without sensitization. These results portray solar cells based on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} as promising devices for solar energy conversion owing to lower cost of production and ease of acquisition. (author)

  15. WO3/TiO2 nanotube photoanodes for solar water splitting with simultaneous wastewater treatment.

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    Reyes, Karla Rosa; Robinson, David B.

    2013-05-01

    Nanostructured WO3/TiO2 nanotubes with properties that enhance solar photoconversion reactions were developed, characterized and tested. The TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by anodization of Ti foil, and WO3 was electrodeposited on top of the nanotubes. SEM images show that these materials have the same ordered structure as TiO2 nanotubes, with an external nanostructured WO3 layer. Diffuse reflectance spectra showed an increase in the visible absorption relative to bare TiO2 nanotubes, and in the UV absorption relative to bare WO3 films. Incident simulated solar photon-to-current efficiency increased from 30% (for bare WO3) to 50% (for WO3/TiO2 composites). With the addition of diverse organic pollutants, the photocurrent densities exhibited more than a 5-fold increase. Chemical oxygen demand measurements showed the simultaneous photodegradation of organic pollutants. The results of this work indicate that the unique structure and composition of these composite materials enhance the charge carrier transport and optical properties compared with the parent materials.

  16. A Resistive Humidity Sensor Based on Nanostructured WO3-ZnO Composites

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    Karunesh Tiwari

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Paper reports morphological and humidity sensing studies of WO3 and WO3-ZnO composite pellets prepared in the weight % ratio of 10:1, 4:1 and 2:1 by solid-state reaction route. The pellets have been annealed at temperatures of 300-500 °C. XRD pattern shows peaks of ZnWO4 formed due to solid state reaction between WO3 and ZnO. SEM micrographs show that the sensing elements manifest porous structure. Granulation and tendency to agglomerate seen in the SEM micrograph are due to the presence of zinc ions in ZnWO4. Nanoparticles are having their sizes in the range 37-182 nm. The average Kelvin radius at 20˚C room temperature is 27 Ả. Humidity sensing application of the pellets has been studied in a humidity control cabinet. It is observed that as relative humidity increases, there is decrease in the resistance of pellets in the range 10-85 % RH. Sensing element of WO3-ZnO in 2:1 weight % ratio shows best results in 10-85 % relative humidity range. The average sensitivity of this sample is 1.25 MΩ/%RH. This sensing element shows good reproducibility, low hysteresis and less effect of aging.

  17. Memristive properties of hexagonal WO3 nanowires induced by oxygen vacancy migration

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    2013-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) is always oxygen-deficient or non-stoichiometric under atmospheric conditions. Positively charged oxygen vacancies prefer to drift as well as electrons when the electric field is strong enough, which will alter the distribution of oxygen vacancies and then endow WO3 with memristive properties. In Au/WO3 nanowire/Au sandwich structures with two ohmic contacts, the axial distribution of oxygen vacancies and then the electrical transport properties can be more easily modulated by bias voltage. The threshold electric field for oxygen vacancy drifting in single-crystal hexagonal WO3 nanowire is about 106 V/m, one order of magnitude less than that in its granular film. At elevated temperatures, the oxygen vacancy drifts and then the memristive effect can be enhanced remarkably. When the two metallic contacts are asymmetric, the WO3 nanowire devices even demonstrate good rectifying characteristic at elevated temperatures. Based on the drift of oxygen vacancies, nanoelectronic devices such as memristor, rectifier, and two-terminal resistive random access memory can be fabricated on individual WO3 nanowires. PMID:23347429

  18. Modulating memristive performance of hexagonal WO3 nanowire by water-oxidized hydrogen ion implantation

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    Zhou, Yong; Peng, Yuehua; Yin, Yanling; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Chang; Ling, Jing; Lei, Le; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    2016-01-01

    In a two-terminal Au/hexagonal WO3 nanowire/Au device, ions drifting or carriers self-trapping under external electrical field will modulate the Schottky barriers between the nanowire and electrodes, and then result in memristive effect. When there are water molecules adsorbed on the surface of WO3 nanowire, hydrogen ions will generate near the positively-charged electrode and transport in the condensed water film, which will enhance the memristive performance characterized by analogic resistive switching remarkably. When the bias voltage is swept repeatedly under high relative humidity level, hydrogen ions will accumulate on the surface and then implant into the lattice of the WO3 nanowire, which leads to a transition from semiconducting WO3 nanowire to metallic HxWO3 nanowire. This insulator-metal transition can be realized more easily after enough electron-hole pairs being excited by laser illumination. The concentration of hydrogen ions in HxWO3 nanowire will decrease when the device is exposed to oxygen atmosphere or the bias voltage is swept in atmosphere with low relative humidity. By modulating the concentration of hydrogen ions, conductive hydrogen tungsten bronze filament might form or rupture near electrodes when the polarity of applied voltage changes, which will endow the device with memristive performance characterized by digital resistive switching. PMID:27600368

  19. Highly sensitive and selective trimethylamine sensors based on WO3 nanorods decorated with Au nanoparticles

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    Liu, Lu; Song, Peng; Yang, Zhongxi; Wang, Qi

    2017-06-01

    One-dimensional tungsten oxide (WO3) gas sensing materials have been widely used for the detection of trimethylamine (TMA) gas. Furthermore, it is believed that an effective method to improve the gas sensing performance is to introduce noble metals into sensing materials. In this work, a novel gas sensing material was prepared by decorating Au nanoparticles on WO3 nanorods. Based on field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM/EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the morphology and microstructure of as-prepared samples were characterized. Results show that Au nanoparticles with diameter of 13-15 nm are loaded on the surface of WO3 nanorods with length of about 1-2 μm and width of 50-80 nm. Gas sensing tests reveal that the Au@WO3 sensor has remarkably enhanced response to TMA gas compared with pure WO3 nanorods. In addition, and the gas sensing mechanism has been investigated based on the experimental results. The superior sensing features indicate the present Au@WO3 nanocomposites are promising for gas sensors, which can be used in the detection of the trimethylamine gas and this work provides insights and strategies for the fabrication of sensing materials.

  20. Optimized low-temperature fabrication of WO3 films for electrochromic devices

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    Bae, Jaehyun; Seo, Dong Gyu; Park, Su Mi; Park, Kyu Tae; Kim, Haekyoung; Moon, Hong Chul; Kim, Se Hyun

    2017-11-01

    We investigated the effect of process conditions on the electrochromic (EC) properties of tungsten trioxide (WO3) films. When WO3 films deposited using a sol-gel method were thermally treated in air at 150 °C, the majority of tungsten species in the films became W6+, which is important for the realization of an optically transparent bleached state. On the other hand, annealing in a vacuum required only 60 °C to induce a similar level of W6+ in the WO3 films. However, a cracked film morphology was observed at higher temperatures, regardless of whether the films were annealed in air or vacuum. Using the WO3 films prepared under various conditions, EC devices (ECDs) were fabricated to evaluate EC properties. We concluded that the optimal annealing conditions for WO3 films for ECDs are 60 °C in vacuum, at which the highest coloration efficiency, largest transmittance difference, and fastest bleaching/coloration dynamics were obtained. These mild fabrication conditions at a low temperature (60 °C) provide the opportunity to utilize flexible electrodes on plastic. Therefore, we successfully demonstrated a flexible WO3-based ECD.

  1. Epitaxial NiWO4 films on Ni(110): Experimental and theoretical study of surface stability

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    Doudin, N.; Pomp, S.; Blatnik, M.; Resel, R.; Vorokhta, M.; Goniakowski, J.; Noguera, C.; Netzer, F. P.; Surnev, S.

    2017-05-01

    Despite the application potential of nickel tungstate (NiWO4) in heterogeneous catalysis, humidity and gas sensing, etc, its surfaces have essentially remained unexplored. In this work, NiWO4 nanoparticles and films with the wolframite structure have been grown via a solid-state reaction of (WO3)3 clusters and a NiO(100) film on a Ni(110) crystal surface and characterized by a variety of experimental techniques, including x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD), combined with ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations. NiWO4 grows initially as three-dimensional (3D) crystalline nanoparticles displaying mainly two crystalline facets vicinal to the (100) surface, which merge with increasing the (WO3)3 coverage into a quasi-continuous epitaxial film. The DFT results provide an account of the energetics of NiWO4 low index surfaces and highlight the role of faceting in the stabilization of extended polar (100) terraces. These combined experimental and theoretical results show that interaction with a metal substrate and vertical confinement may stabilize oxide nano-objects with high energy facets, able to enhance their reactivity.

  2. WO3 Nanowires on Graphene Sheets as Negative Electrode for Supercapacitors

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available WO3 nanowires directly grown on graphene sheets have been fabricated by using a seed-mediated hydrothermal method. The morphologies and electrochemical performance of WO3 films prepared by different process were studied. The results show that the precoated nanoseeds and graphene sheets on graphite electrode provide more reactive centers for the nucleation and formation of uniform WO3 nanowires. The WO3 nanowires electrode exhibits a high area specific capacitance of 800 mF cm−2 over negative potential range from −1.0 V to 0 V versus SCE in 1 M Li2SO4 solution. A high performance electrochemical supercapacitor assembled with WO3 nanowires as negative electrode and PANI/MnO2 as positive electrodes over voltage range of 1.6 V displays a high volumetric capacitance of 2.5 F cm−3, which indicate great potential applications of WO3 nanowires on graphene sheets as negative electrode for energy storage devices.

  3. Controllable preparation of WO{sub 3} nanorod arrays by hydrothermal method

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    Zheng, Feng; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min, E-mail: guomin@ustb.edu.cn

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    WO{sub 3} nanorod arrays (WNRs) were synthesized on indium tin oxide conducting substrates by hydrothermal method. The effects of preparing conditions such as the precursor solutions concentration (H{sup +} and Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}), the additive NaCl, growth temperature and reaction time on the morphologies of WNRs have been systematically investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectrum and ultraviolet visible absorption spectrum. It is shown that the pH value of the precursor solutions plays an important role in determining the morphology of as-prepared WNRs, which leads to different band gap energies. The orientation, density, and crystallinity of WNRs can be controlled by changing the amount of additive NaCl, Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} concentration and reaction temperature, respectively. Moreover, the growth mechanism of the WNRs was also discussed. - Highlights: ► WO{sub 3} nanorod arrays were prepared on indium tin oxide substrate by hydrothermal method. ► The effects of preparing conditions on the growth of WO{sub 3} nanorod arrays were studied. ► The band gap energy of WO{sub 3} nanorod arrays can be controlled by adjusting pH value.

  4. Poly(methacrylic acid)-mediated morphosynthesis of PbWO{sub 4} micro-crystals

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    Yu, J.G.; Zhao, X.F.; Liu, S.W. [Wuhan University of Technology, State Key Lab of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan (China); Li, M.; Mann, S. [University of Bristol, School of Chemistry, Bristol (United Kingdom); Ng, D.H.L. [The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Physics, Hong Kong (China)

    2007-04-15

    PbWO{sub 4} crystals with various morphologies were fabricated via a facile poly(methacrylic acid)-mediated hydrothermal route. Novel microsized PbWO{sub 4} single crystals with a needle-like shape as well as other morphologies, such as a fishbone, dendrite, sphere, spindle, ellipsoid, rod, and dumbbell with two dandelion-like heads, could be produced. The presence of PMAA, [Pb{sup 2+}]/[WO{sub 4} {sup 2-}] molar ratio (R), and aging temperature played key roles in the formation of the PbWO{sub 4} needle-like structures. Between temperatures of 60 to 150 C, the length and photoluminescence intensities of the PbWO{sub 4} micro needles significantly increased with aging temperature, while the diameter did not change remarkably. Time-dependent experiments revealed that the formation of PbWO{sub 4} microneedles involved an unusual growth process, involving nucleation, oriented assembly and controlled mesoscale restructuring of nanoparticle building blocks. (orig.)

  5. Modulating memristive performance of hexagonal WO3 nanowire by water-oxidized hydrogen ion implantation

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    Zhou, Yong; Peng, Yuehua; Yin, Yanling; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Chang; Ling, Jing; Lei, Le; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    2016-09-01

    In a two-terminal Au/hexagonal WO3 nanowire/Au device, ions drifting or carriers self-trapping under external electrical field will modulate the Schottky barriers between the nanowire and electrodes, and then result in memristive effect. When there are water molecules adsorbed on the surface of WO3 nanowire, hydrogen ions will generate near the positively-charged electrode and transport in the condensed water film, which will enhance the memristive performance characterized by analogic resistive switching remarkably. When the bias voltage is swept repeatedly under high relative humidity level, hydrogen ions will accumulate on the surface and then implant into the lattice of the WO3 nanowire, which leads to a transition from semiconducting WO3 nanowire to metallic HxWO3 nanowire. This insulator-metal transition can be realized more easily after enough electron-hole pairs being excited by laser illumination. The concentration of hydrogen ions in HxWO3 nanowire will decrease when the device is exposed to oxygen atmosphere or the bias voltage is swept in atmosphere with low relative humidity. By modulating the concentration of hydrogen ions, conductive hydrogen tungsten bronze filament might form or rupture near electrodes when the polarity of applied voltage changes, which will endow the device with memristive performance characterized by digital resistive switching.

  6. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic behavior of WO3-fullerene/TiO2 catalysts under visible light

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    2011-01-01

    WO3-treated fullerene/TiO2 composites (WO3-fullerene/TiO2) were prepared using a sol-gel method. The composite obtained was characterized by BET surface area measurements, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-vis analysis. A methyl orange (MO) solution under visible light irradiation was used to determine the photocatalytic activity. Excellent photocatalytic degradation of a MO solution was observed using the WO3-fullerene, fullerene-TiO2, and WO3-fullerene/TiO2 composites under visible light. An increase in photocatalytic activity was observed, and WO3-fullerene/TiO2 has the best photocatalytic activity; it may attribute to the increase of the photo-absorption effect by the fullerene and the cooperative effect of the WO3. PMID:21774800

  7. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic behavior of WO3-fullerene/TiO2 catalysts under visible light

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract WO3-treated fullerene/TiO2 composites (WO3-fullerene/TiO2 were prepared using a sol-gel method. The composite obtained was characterized by BET surface area measurements, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-vis analysis. A methyl orange (MO solution under visible light irradiation was used to determine the photocatalytic activity. Excellent photocatalytic degradation of a MO solution was observed using the WO3-fullerene, fullerene-TiO2, and WO3-fullerene/TiO2 composites under visible light. An increase in photocatalytic activity was observed, and WO3-fullerene/TiO2 has the best photocatalytic activity; it may attribute to the increase of the photo-absorption effect by the fullerene and the cooperative effect of the WO3.

  8. Thermal effects associated with the Raman spectroscopy of WO3 gas-sensor materials.

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    Garcia-Sanchez, Raul F; Ahmido, Tariq; Casimir, Daniel; Baliga, Shankar; Misra, Prabhakar

    2013-12-19

    Metal oxides are suitable for detecting, through conductive measurements, a variety of reducing and oxidizing gases in environmental and sensing applications. Metal-oxide gas sensors can be developed with the goal of sensing gases under specific conditions and, as a whole, are heavily dependent on the manufacturing process. Tungsten oxide (WO3) is a promising metal-oxide material for gas-sensing applications. The purpose of this paper is to determine the existence of a correlation between thermal effects and the changes in the Raman spectra for multiple WO3 structures. We have obtained results utilizing Raman spectroscopy for three different structures of WO3 (monoclinic WO3 on Si substrate, nanopowder, and nanowires) that have been subjected to temperatures in the range of 30-160 °C. The major vibrational modes of the WO3:Si and the nanopowder samples, located at ~807, ~716, and ~271 cm(-1), correspond to the stretching of O-W-O bonds, the stretching of W-O, and the bending of O-W-O, respectively; these are consistent with a monoclinic WO3 structure. However in the nanowires sample only asymmetric stretching of the W-O bonds occurs, resulting in a 750 cm(-1) band, and the bending of the O-W-O mode (271 cm(-1)) is a stretching mode (239 cm(-1)) instead, suggesting the nanowires are not strictly monoclinic. The most notable effect of increasing the temperature of the samples is the appearance of the bending mode of W-OH bonds in the approximate range of 1550-1150 cm(-1), which is related to O-H bonding caused by humidity effects. In addition, features such as those at 750 cm(-1) for nanowires and at 492 and 670 cm(-1) for WO3:Si disappear as the temperature increases. A deeper understanding of the effect that temperature has on the Raman spectral characteristics of a metal oxide such as WO3 has helped to extend our knowledge regarding the behavior of metal oxide-gas interactions for sensing applications. This, in turn, will help to develop theoretical models for

  9. Structural evolution, growth mechanism and photoluminescence properties of CuWO4 nanocrystals.

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    Souza, E L S; Sczancoski, J C; Nogueira, I C; Almeida, M A P; Orlandi, M O; Li, M S; Luz, R A S; Filho, M G R; Longo, E; Cavalcante, L S

    2017-09-01

    Copper tungstate (CuWO4) crystals were synthesized by the sonochemistry (SC) method, and then, heat treated in a conventional furnace at different temperatures for 1h. The structural evolution, growth mechanism and photoluminescence (PL) properties of these crystals were thoroughly investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns, micro-Raman spectra and Fourier transformed infrared spectra indicated that crystals heat treated and 100°C and 200°C have water molecules in their lattice (copper tungstate dihydrate (CuWO4·2H2O) with monoclinic structure), when the crystals are calcinated at 300°C have the presence of two phase (CuWO4·2H2O and CuWO4), while the others heat treated at 400°C and 500°C have a single CuWO4 triclinic structure. Field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed a change in the morphological features of these crystals with the increase of the heat treatment temperature. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution-TEM images and selected area electron diffraction were employed to examine the shape, size and structure of these crystals. Ultraviolet-Visible spectra evidenced a decrease of band gap values with the increase of the temperature, which were correlated with the reduction of intermediary energy levels within the band gap. The intense photoluminescence (PL) emission was detected for the sample heat treat at 300°C for 1h, which have a mixture of CuWO4·2H2O and CuWO4 phases. Therefore, there is a synergic effect between the intermediary energy levels arising from these two phases during the electronic transitions responsible for PL emissions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Ethylene Separation via Hydrate Formation in W/O Emulsions

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    Yong Pan

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available An hybrid absorption-hydration method was adopted to recover C2H4 from C2H4/CH4 binary gas mixtures and the hydrate formation conditions of C2H4/CH4 mixtures was studied experimentally in diesel in water (w/o emulsions. Span 20 at a concentration of 1.0 wt% in the aqueous phase was added to form water in diesel emulsions before hydrate formation and then hydrate in diesel slurry was separated after hydrate formation. The influences of initial gas-liquid volume ratio (53–142, pressure (3.4–5.4 MPa, temperature (274.15–278.15 K, water cuts (10–30 vol%, and the mole fraction of C2H4 in feed gas (13.19–80.44 mol% upon the C2H4 separation efficiency were systematically investigated. The experimental results show that ethylene can be enriched in hydrate slurry phase with high separation factor (S and recovery ratio (R. Most hydrate formation finished in 20 min, after that, the hydrate formation rate became very slow. The conclusion is useful for determining the suitable operation conditions when adopting an absorption-hydration method to separate C2H4/CH4.

  11. Characterization of PLD grown WO3 thin films for gas sensing

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Georgieva, Velichka; Stefan, Nicolaie; Stan, George E.; Mihailescu, Natalia; Visan, Anita; Mihailescu, Ion N.; Besleaga, Cristina; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2017-09-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with the aim to be applied in gas sensors. The films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and profilometry. To study the gas sensing behavior of these WO3 films, they were deposited on quartz resonators and the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method was applied to analyze their gas sensitivity. Synthesis of tetragonal-WO3 films starting from a target with predominantly monoclinic WO3 phase was observed. The films deposited at 300 °C presented a surface topology favorable for the sorption properties, consisting of a film matrix with protruding craters/cavities. QCM prototype sensors with such films were tested for NO2 sensing. The PLD grown WO3 thin films show good sensitivity and fast reaction at room temperature, even in as-deposited state. With the presented technology, the manufacturing of QCM gas sensors is simple, fast and cost-effective, and it is also suitable for energy-effective portable equipment for on-line monitoring of environmental changes.

  12. Agx@WO3 core-shell nanostructure for LSP enhanced chemical sensors

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    Xu, Lijie; Yin, Ming-Li; (Frank) Liu, Shengzhong

    2014-01-01

    Exceptional properties of graphene have triggered intensive research on other 2D materials. Surface plasmon is another subject being actively explored for many applications. Herein we report a new class of core-shell nanostructure in which the shell is made of a 2D material for effective plasmonic propagation. We have designed a much enhanced chemical sensor made of plasmonic Agx@(2D-WO3) that combines above advantages. Specifically, the sensor response increases from 38 for Agx-WO3 mixture to 217 for the Agx@(2D-WO3) core-shell structure; response and recovery time are shortened considerably to 2 and 5 seconds; and optimum sensor working temperature is lowered from 370°C to 340°C. Light irradiation is found to increase the Agx@(2D-WO3) sensor response, particularly at blue wavelength where it resonates with the absorption of Ag nanoparticles. Raman scattering shows significantly enhanced intensity for both the 2D-WO3 shell and surface adsorbates. Both the resonance sensor enhancement and the Raman suggest that the improved sensor performance is due to nanoplasmonic mechanism. It is demonstrated that (1) 2D material can be used as the shell component of a core-shell nanostructure, and (2) surface plasmon can effectively boost sensor performance. PMID:25339285

  13. Agx@WO3 core-shell nanostructure for LSP enhanced chemical sensors

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    Xu, Lijie; Yin, Ming-Li; (Frank) Liu, Shengzhong

    2014-10-01

    Exceptional properties of graphene have triggered intensive research on other 2D materials. Surface plasmon is another subject being actively explored for many applications. Herein we report a new class of core-shell nanostructure in which the shell is made of a 2D material for effective plasmonic propagation. We have designed a much enhanced chemical sensor made of plasmonic Agx@(2D-WO3) that combines above advantages. Specifically, the sensor response increases from 38 for Agx-WO3 mixture to 217 for the Agx@(2D-WO3) core-shell structure; response and recovery time are shortened considerably to 2 and 5 seconds; and optimum sensor working temperature is lowered from 370°C to 340°C. Light irradiation is found to increase the Agx@(2D-WO3) sensor response, particularly at blue wavelength where it resonates with the absorption of Ag nanoparticles. Raman scattering shows significantly enhanced intensity for both the 2D-WO3 shell and surface adsorbates. Both the resonance sensor enhancement and the Raman suggest that the improved sensor performance is due to nanoplasmonic mechanism. It is demonstrated that (1) 2D material can be used as the shell component of a core-shell nanostructure, and (2) surface plasmon can effectively boost sensor performance.

  14. Synthesis of ZnWO4 Electrode with tailored facets: Deactivating the Microorganisms through Photoelectrocatalytic methods

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    Zhan, Su; Zhou, Feng; Huang, Naibao; Liu, Yujun; He, Qiuchen; Tian, Yu; Yang, Yifan; Ye, Fei

    2017-01-01

    The exotic invasive species from the ballast water in the ship will bring about serious damages to ecosystem. Photocatalyst films have been widely studied for sterilization. In this study, ZnWO4 with different exposed facets was synthesized by hydrothermal method, and ZnWO4 film electrodes have been applied in ballast water treatment through the electro-assisted photocatalytic system. Then the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS), Field emission on scanning electron microcopy (FE-SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), BET specific surface area analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS). ZnWO4 with an appropriate exposure of (0 1 1) facets ratio exhibited the best photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activities. The microorganisms deactivated completely in 10 min by ZnWO4 films with 3 V bias. The mechanisms of (0 1 1) facets enhanced the photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activities which were deduced based on the calculated result from the first principles. Simultaneously, appropriate exposed facets and applied bias could reduce the recombination of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs, and improve the photocatalytic activities of ZnWO4.

  15. Production of CaWO{sub 4} crystals for direct dark matter search with CRESST

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    Muenster, Andrea [Physik-Department and Excellence Cluster Universe, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Collaboration: CRESST-Collaboration

    2016-07-01

    The direct dark matter search experiment CRESST (Cryogenic Rare Event Search with Superconducting Thermometers) uses scintillating CaWO{sub 4} single crystals as targets for possible recoils of dark matter particles. Since several years these CaWO{sub 4} crystals are produced directly at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) including the CaWO{sub 4} powder production from the raw materials CaCO{sub 3} and WO{sub 3}, the CaWO{sub 4} crystal growth via the Czochralski method as well as the after-growth treatment of the crystals. In the recently finished CRESST-II Phase 2 (2013-2015), 4 TUM-grown crystals were installed in the main cryostat for the first time. Showing one of the best radiopurities of all installed crystals combined with an excellent detector performance the analysis of the crystal TUM40 resulted in the best sensitivity for low-mass dark matter particles in 2014. For the upcoming CRESST-III phase 2 we aim for a further improvement in radiopurity by a factor of 100. First results of a chemical purification of the raw materials as well as future plans to reduce the intrinsic background via recrystallization are presented.

  16. Non-stoichiometry defects and radiation hardness of lead tungstate crystals PbWO sub 4

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    Devitsin, E G; Potashov, S Yu; Terkulov, A R; Nefedov, V A; Polyansky, E V; Zadneprovski, B I; Kjellberg, P; Korbel, V

    2002-01-01

    It has been stated many times that the formation of radiation infringements in PbWO sub 4 is to a big extent stipulated by the non-stoichiometry defects of the crystals, arising in the process of their growth and annealing. To refine the idea of characteristics of the non-stoichiometry defects and their effect on the radiation hardness of PbWO sub 4 , the current study is aimed at the melt composition infringements during its evaporation and at optical transmission of crystals obtained in these conditions after their irradiation ( sup 1 sup 3 sup 7 Cs source). In the optical transmission measurements along with traditional techniques a method 'in situ' was used, which provided the measurements in fixed points of the spectrum (380, 470 and 535 nm) directly in the process of the irradiation. X-ray phase and fluorescence analysis of condensation products of vapours over PbWO sub 4 melt has found PbWO sub 4 phase in their content as well as compounds rich in lead PbO, Pb sub 2 WO sub 5 with overall ratio Pb/W (3....

  17. Non-stoichiometry Defects and Radiation Hardness of Lead Tungstate Crystals PbWO4

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    Devitsin, E G; Kozlov, V A; Nefedov, L; Polyansky, E V; Potashov, S Yu; Terkulov, A R; Zadneprovski, B I

    2001-01-01

    It has been stated many times that the formation of radiation infringements in PbWO4 is to big extent stipulated by non-stoichiometry defects of the crystals, arising in the process of their growth and annealing. To refine the idea of characteristics of non-stoichiometry defects and their effect on the radiation hardness of PbWO4 the current study is aimed at the melt composition infringements during its evaporation and at optical transmission of crystals obtained in these conditions after their irradiation (137Cs source). In the optical transmission measurements along with traditional techniques a method "in situ" was used, which provided the measurements in fixed points of the spectrum (380, 470 and 535 nm) directly in the process of the irradiation. X-ray phase and fluorescence analysis of condensation products of vapours over PbWO4 melt has found PbWO4 phase in their content as well as compounds rich in lead, PbO, Pb2WO5, with overall ratio Pb/W = 3.2. Correspondingly the lack of lead and variations in th...

  18. Synthesis of chemically bonded BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres with exposed (0 2 0) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} facets and their enhanced photocatalytic activities under visible light irradiation

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    Ma, Yongchao [Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109 (China); Chen, Zhiwei [School of Life Sciences, Shandong University of Technology, Zibo 255049 (China); Qu, Dan [Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109 (China); Shi, Jinsheng, E-mail: jsshiqn@aliyun.com [Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109 (China)

    2016-01-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites were prepared via a controlled anion exchange method. • The shell of composites was composed of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} sheets with exposed (0 2 0) facets. • The BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites showed efficient photocatalytic activity. • A possible photocatalytic degradation mechanism is proposed. - Abstract: Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalysts has been extensively studied for its photocatalytic activity. However, few works have been conducted on hierarchical Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite photocatalysts with specifically exposed facets. In this work, we report a facile method to synthesize BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} hierarchical composite microspheres. Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanosheets with specifically exposed (0 2 0) facet were directly formed on the surface of BiOCl precursor microspheres via a controlled anion exchange route between BiOCl and Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}. The visible-light photocatalytic activity of the BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterojunction with exposed (0 2 0) facets (denoted as BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) was investigated by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and ciprofloxacin (CIP) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The experimental results indicated that the BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite microsphere with intimate interfacial contacts exhibited improved efficiency for RhB photodegradation in comparison with pure BiOCl and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite microsphere also shows high photocatalytic activity for degradation of CIP under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-020 hierarchical microspheres can be ascribed to the improved visible light harvesting ability, high charge separation and transfer. This work will make significant contributions toward the exploration of novel heterostructures with high potential in photocatalytic applications.

  19. Controllable Fabrication of Ordered Mesoporous Bi2WO6 and Its High Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light

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    Xueming Dang; Xiaoli Dong; Hua Wang; Xiufang Zhang; Hongchao Ma; Mang Xue

    2014-01-01

    .... It was confirmed that the ordered mesoporous structure was obtained as the dosage of SBA-15 was 0.3 g. It was found that, compared to Bi2WO6, the RhB degradation rate with ordered mesoporous Bi2WO6 was enhanced under visible light...

  20. Efficient room temperature oxidation of cyclohexane over highly active hetero-mixed WO3/V2O5 oxide catalyst

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available An efficient room temperature catalyzed oxidation of cyclohexane to cyclohexanone (K) and cyclohexanol (A) was achieved over hetero-mixed tungsten–vanadia (WO(sub3)/V(sub2)O(sub5)) using H(sub2)O(sub2) oxidant. WO(sub3)/V(sub2)O(sub5) exhibited high...

  1. Physical properties characterization of WO{sub 3} films grown by hot-filament metal oxide deposition

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    Diaz-Reyes, J., E-mail: jdiazr2001@yahoo.com [Centro de Investigacion en Biotecnologia Aplicada del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Ex-Hacienda de San Juan Molino, Km. 1.5, Tepetitla, Tlaxcala, 90700 (Mexico); Delgado-Macuil, R.J. [Centro de Investigacion en Biotecnologia Aplicada del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Ex-Hacienda de San Juan Molino, Km. 1.5, Tepetitla, Tlaxcala, 90700 (Mexico); Dorantes-Garcia, V. [Preparatoria ' Simon Bolivar' de la Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, 4 Oriente 408, Col. Centro, Atlixco, Puebla, C. P. 74200 (Mexico); Perez-Benitez, A. [Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas de la Benemerita Universidad Autonoma Puebla, 14 Sur y Av. San Claudio, Col. San Manuel, Puebla, Puebla, C. P. 72570 (Mexico); Balderas-Lopez, J.A. [Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria de Biotecnologia del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Avenida Acueducto S/N, Col. Barrio la Laguna, Ticoman, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico, D.F. 07340 (Mexico); Ariza-Ortega, J.A. [Centro de Investigacion en Biotecnologia Aplicada del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Ex-Hacienda de San Juan Molino, Km. 1.5, Tepetitla, Tlaxcala, 90700 (Mexico)

    2010-10-25

    WO{sub 3} is grown by hot-filament metal oxide deposition (HFMOD) technique under atmospheric pressure and an oxygen atmosphere. By X-ray diffraction obtains that WO{sub 3} presents mainly monoclinic crystalline phase. The chemical stoichiometry is obtained by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The IR spectrum of the as-grown WO{sub 3} presents broad peaks in the range of 1100 to 3600 cm{sup -1}. A broad band in the 2200 to 3600 cm{sup -1} region and the peaks sited at 1645 and 1432 cm{sup -1} are well resolved, which are originated from moisture and are assigned to {nu}(OH) and {delta}(OH) modes of adsorbed water and the corresponding tungsten oxide vibrations are in infrared region from 400 to 1453 cm{sup -1} and around 3492 cm{sup -1}, which correspond to tungsten-oxygen (W-O) stretching, bending and lattice modes. The Raman spectrum shows intense peaks at 801, 710, 262 and 61 cm{sup -1} that are typical Raman peaks of crystalline WO{sub 3} (m-phase) that correspond to stretching vibrations of the bridging oxygen, which are assigned to W-O stretching ({nu}) and W-O bending ({delta}) modes, respectively. By transmittance measurements obtains that the WO{sub 3} band gap can be varied from 2.92 to 3.13 eV in the investigated annealing temperature range.

  2. Pengaruh Variasi Temperatur Kalsinasi Terhadap Sifat Kapasitif Kapasitor Elektrokimia Tungsten Trioksida (Wo3 Hasil Sintesa Sol Gel

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    Full Text Available Kapasitor elektrokimia mampu menjembatani kinerja kritis antara kapasitor konvensional dan baterai. Densitas energi kapasitor elektrokimia ratusan kali lebih besar daripada kapasitor konvensional sedangkan densitas dayanya ribuan kali lebih besar daripada baterai. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mempersiapkan material WO3 sebagai kapasitor elektrokimia. Material tungsten trioksida (WO3 dapat disintesa dari tungsten(VI heksaklorida (WCl6 dengan  metode sol-gel dan kalsinasi. WO3 hasil sintesa tersebut dilapiskan pada substrat grafit kemudian dikalsinasi dengan variasi temperatur 300oC, 400oC, 500oC dan 600oC selama waktu tahan 1 jam. Dari hasil uji XRD diketahui struktur kristal WO3 temperatur kalsinasi 300oC adalah orthorombik sedangkan WO3 temperatur kalsinasi 400oC, 500oC dan 600oC adalah monoklinik. Dari hasil uji SEM didapatkan ukuran partikel yang semakin besar seiring kenaikan temperatur kalsinasi. Dari uji BET didapatkan luas permukaan aktif WO3 yang semakin kecil seiring kenaikan temperatur kalsinasi. Dari uji CV dihasilkan nilai kapasitif terbesar terdapat pada WO3 temperatur kalsinasi 300oC scan rate 2 mV/s yaitu sebesar 5991 mF/gr. Hal ini diperkuat dari hasil uji EIS yang menunjukkan bahwa WO3 temperatur kalsinasi 300oC memiliki nilai impedansi paling kecil sehingga sifat kapasitifnya paling baik.

  3. Optical characterization of the coloration process in electrochromic amorphous and crystalline WO3 films by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Yuan, Guangzhong; Hua, Chenzheng; Huang, Li; Defranoux, Christophe; Basa, Peter; Liu, Yong; Song, Chenlu; Han, Gaorong

    2017-11-01

    Amorphous and crystalline electrochromic WO3 films exhibit quite different optical properties during coloration process. In the present work, amorphous and crystalline electrochromic WO3 films prepared by a solution method were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and transmission electron microscope techniques. A double-layer model with sharp interfaces was established for the fitting of the ellipsometry parameters. The results show that the proton favors amorphous films more than crystalline WO3 films. The refractive indices of both amorphous and polycrystalline WO3 films decrease while extinction coefficients increase with the inserting of H+ during the coloration process. But the optical parameters of the latter are much more sensitive to the H+ ions injected compared to the amorphous WO3 during the coloration process. That is the refractive index modulation of the crystalline WO3 films is about 53% at 633 nm while that of the amorphous films about 15% at the same wavelength. The Drude-like free electron model for crystalline WO3 and hopping mechanism of small polaron for amorphous WO3 are used to explain the difference in detail. These results are very helpful for the better understanding of the coloration process and for the design of electrochromic devices.

  4. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of phthalic acid using spray deposited stratified WO3/ZnO thin films under sunlight illumination

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    Hunge, Y. M.; Mahadik, M. A.; Moholkar, A. V.; Bhosale, C. H.

    2017-10-01

    In the present work, stratified WO3/ZnO thin films have been prepared by simple chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The structural, morphological, compositional and photoelectrocatalytic properties of the stratified WO3/ZnO thin films are studied. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) study shows that, both short circuit current (Isc) and open circuit voltage (Voc) are (Isc = 1.023 mA and Voc = 0.980 V) relatively high at 40 ml spraying quantity of ZnO solution on pre-deposited WO3 thin films. XRD analysis reveals that stratified WO3/ZnO thin films are polycrystalline with monoclinic and hexagonal crystal structures for WO3 and ZnO respectively. The specific surface area of the stratified WO3/ZnO thin film is found to be 48.12 m2 g-1. The enhanced photoelectrocatalytic activity of stratified WO3/ZnO is mainly due to the suppressing the recombination of photo generated electron-hole pairs. The end result shows that the degradation percentage of phthalic acid (PA) using stratified WO3/ZnO photo electrode has reached 63.63% after 320 min. under sunlight illumination. The amount of mineralization of phthalic acid is studied with the help of chemical oxygen demand (COD) measurement.

  5. Preparation of heterostructured WO3/TiO2 catalysts from wood fibers and its versatile photodegradation abilities.

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    Gao, Likun; Gan, Wentao; Qiu, Zhe; Zhan, Xianxu; Qiang, Tiangang; Li, Jian

    2017-04-24

    A facile route was adopted to synthesize heterostructured WO3/TiO2 photocatalysts from wood fibers through a two-steps hydrothermal method and a calcination process. The prepared WO3/TiO2-wood fibers were used as photocatalysts under UV irradiation for photodegradation of rhodamine B, methylene blue and methyl orange. In calcination process, the wood fibers acted as carbon substrates to prepare the WO3/TiO2 photocatalysts with high surface area and unique morphology. Thus, the significant enhanced photodegradation efficiency of the organic pollutants with the WO3/TiO2-wood fibers under UV irradiation was obtained. The photodegradation rates are measured which confirms the highest performance of the WO3/TiO2-wood fibers after calcination in comparison to the TiO2-wood fibers after calcination and the pure WO3/TiO2 after calcination. Moreover, the photodegradation efficiency of the WO3/TiO2-wood fibers after calcination under visible light is high. Our results demonstrated that the WO3/TiO2-wood fibers after calcination are a promising candidate for wastewater treatment in practical application.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and electrochemical studies of nanostructured CaWO{sub 4} as platinum support for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Farsi, Hossein [Department of Chemistry, University of Birjand, 97175-615 Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Solar Energy Research Department, University of Birjand, Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Barzgari, Zahra, E-mail: zbarzgari@birjand.ac.ir [Department of Chemistry, University of Birjand, 97175-615 Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Nanostructured CaWO{sub 4} was fabricated by co-precipitation method. • Platinum was electrodeposited onto the surface prepared nanostructured CaWO{sub 4}. • Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite demonstrate good oxygen reduction reaction activity. - Abstract: In the present work, we employed nanostructured calcium tungstate as a supporting material for platinum, a well-known electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction. The co-precipitation method has been utilized to synthesize nanostructured calcium tungstate from aqueous solution. The structure and morphology of the obtained CaWO{sub 4} were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Preparation of the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite catalyst was carried out by electrodeposition of Pt onto the surface of CaWO{sub 4}/graphite electrode. The physical properties of the catalyst were determined by scanning electron microscopy analysis and energy dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX). The electrochemical activity of the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was investigated in acid solution by cyclic voltammetry measurements, linear sweep voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite has higher electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction in comparison with Pt/graphite catalyst.

  7. Structural properties of WO{sub 3} dependent of the annealing temperature deposited by hot-filament metal oxide deposition

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    Flores M, J. E. [Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Facultad de Ciencias de la Electronica, Av. San Claudio y 18 Sur, Ciudad Universitaria, Col. Jardines de San Manuel, 72570 Puebla (Mexico); Diaz R, J. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Biotecnologia Aplicada, Ex-Hacienda de San Molino Km 1.5 Tepetitla, 90700 Tlaxcala (Mexico); Balderas L, J. A., E-mail: eflores@ece.buap.mx [IPN, Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria de Biotecnologia, Av. Acueducto s/n, Col. Barrio la Laguna, 07340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2012-07-01

    In this work presents a study of the effect of the annealing temperature on structural and optical properties of WO{sub 3} that has been grown by hot-filament metal oxide deposition. The chemical stoichiometry was determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. By X-ray diffraction obtained that the as-deposited WO{sub 3} films present mainly monoclinic crystalline phase. WO{sub 3} optical band gap energy can be varied from 2.92 to 3.15 eV obtained by transmittance measurements by annealing WO{sub 3} from 100 to 500 C. The Raman spectrum of the as-deposited WO{sub 3} film shows four intense peaks that are typical Raman peaks of crystalline WO{sub 3} (m-phase) that corresponds to the stretching vibrations of the bridging oxygen that are assigned to W-O stretching ({upsilon}) and W-O bending ({delta}) modes, respectively, which enhanced and increased their intensity with the annealing temperature. (Author)

  8. Plasmodium falciparum parasites expressing pregnancy-specific variant surface antigens adhere strongly to the choriocarcinoma cell line BeWo

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    Haase, Rikke N; Megnekou, Rosette; Lundquist, Maja

    2006-01-01

    Placenta-sequestering Plasmodium falciparum parasites causing pregnancy-associated malaria express pregnancy-specific variant surface antigens (VSA(PAM)). We report here that VSA(PAM)-expressing patient isolates adhere strongly to the choriocarcinoma cell line BeWo and that the BeWo line can...

  9. Light-induced spatial separation of charges toward different crystal facets of square-like WO3.

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    Gong, Huihua; Ma, Ruirui; Mao, Fang; Liu, Kewei; Cao, Hongmei; Yan, Hongjian

    2016-09-29

    Light-induced preferential migration of electrons and holes to the minor (200) and (020) facets and the dominant (002) facets of square-like WO 3 , respectively, resulted in the square-like WO 3 nanoplates with Pt loaded mainly on dominant (002) facets shows higher photocatalytic activity than that Pt loaded on the minor facets.

  10. A comparative study of humidity sensing and photocatalytic applications of pure and nickel (Ni)-doped WO3 thin films

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    Ramkumar, S.; Rajarajan, G.

    2017-06-01

    Nanocrystalline of pristine and nickel (Ni)-doped tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films was deposited by chemical bath deposition method. The concentrations of Ni ions were varied from 0 to 10 wt%. In order to improve the crystallinity of the films were annealed at 600 °C for 2 h in the ambient atmosphere. X-ray diffraction results reveal that the WO3 doped with nickel crystallizes in monoclinic structure and the results are in good agreement with the standard JCPDS data (card no: 83-0951). AFM micrographs reveal that average grain size of about 27-39 nm for pure and Ni-doped WO3 thin films. In addition, the band gap of the Ni-doped WO3 nanostructures is facilely tunable by controlling the Ni contents. The humidity sensor setup was fabricated and measured for pure and Ni-doped WO3 thin film sensor with various level of RH (10-90%). The Ni-doped WO3 sensor showed fast response and high sensitivity than pure WO3. The photocatalytic activities of the films were evaluated by degradation of methyl orange, methylene blue and phenol in an aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity of WO3 nanostructures could be remarkably enhanced by doping the Ni impurity.

  11. Enhancement of photoelectric response of bacteriorhodopsin by multilayered WO3 x H2O nanocrystals/PVA membrane.

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    Li, Rui; Hu, Fengping; Bao, Qiaoliang; Bao, Shujuan; Qiao, Yan; Yu, Shucong; Guo, Jun; Li, Chang Ming

    2010-02-07

    For the first time, a multilayered WO(3) x H(2)O/PVA membrane on bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is constructed to significantly enhance the photoelectric response of bR by the spillover effect of WO(3) x H(2)O nanocrystals, providing great potential in its important applications in bioelectronics and proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of large WO{sub 3} sheets synthesized by resistive heating method

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    Filippo, Emanuela, E-mail: emanuela.filippo@unisalento.it [Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Monteroni Street, Lecce I-73100 Italy (Italy); Tepore, Marco [Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Monteroni Street, Lecce I-73100 Italy (Italy); Baldassarre, Francesca [Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Salento, Lecce I-73100 Italy (Italy); Quarta, Gianluca; Calcagnile, Lucio [Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Monteroni Street, Lecce I-73100 Italy (Italy); Guascito, Maria Rachele [DiSTeBA, University of Salento, Lecce I-73100 Italy (Italy); Tepore, Antonio [Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Salento, Lecce I-73100 Italy (Italy)

    2015-09-01

    A simple, low-cost method is presented to grow tungsten oxide large sheets simply by resistively heating a pure tungsten filament under air/water vapor flow. The obtained structures were studied using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, selected area diffraction, X Ray diffraction, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoluminescence and zeta potential measurements. SEM observations revealed that sheets formed by broadening of the wires/belts over longer growth period. Photoluminescence measurements showed that tungsten oxide sheets had an intense visible emission band. - Highlights: • WO{sub 3} large sheets were prepared by resistively heating a W filament. • WO{sub 3} sheets were carefully characterized. • Formation mechanism of sheets was studied. • WO{sub 3} sheets had an intense visible emission band at 462 nm.

  13. Photoluminescence of a novel red emitting phosphor LiLaMgWO6 : Eu3+

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    Zhang, Zhi-Wei; Qi, Hong-Xia; Zhu, Xiao-Yan; Lv, Rui-Jiao; Hou, Jian-Wei; Li, Jing; Wang, Dong-Jun

    2017-04-01

    A novel red-emitting phosphor LiLaMgWO6 : Eu3+ has been synthesized by a high-temperature solid-state reaction. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis and FT-IR spectra confirmed the formation of LiLaMgWO6 : Eu3+ phase. The photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra, the concentration dependence of the emission intensity, decay curves, and UV-Vis absorption spectra of the phosphor were obtained. The phosphor could be efficiently excited by the near ultraviolet (NUV) and blue light, exhibiting red light emission. The decay time was also determined for various Eu3+ concentrations in LiLaMgWO6. The calculated color coordinates of the emitted light lie in the red region. Therefore, the obtained results suggest that the prepared phosphors exhibit great potential for use as red emitting phosphor for white light emitting diodes.

  14. Surface Functionalization of WO3 Thin Films with (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane and Succinic Anhydride

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    Ta, Thi Kieu Hanh; Tran, Thi Nhu Hoa; Tran, Quang Minh Nhat; Pham, Duy Phong; Pham, Kim Ngoc; Cao, Thi Thanh; Kim, Yong Soo; Tran, Dai Lam; Ju, Heongkyu; Phan, Bach Thang

    2017-06-01

    We report effects of oxygen plasma treatment on the surface functionalization of WO3 thin films with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and succinic anhydride (SA). X-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate the existence of the WO3 phase. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurement shows clear bands at 1040 cm-1 (Si-O-Si), 1556 cm-1 (N-H), 1655 cm-1 (C=O), 2937 cm-1 (C-H) and 3298 cm-1 (N-H), confirming the surface functionalization efficiency enhanced by prior treatment of oxygen plasma. It thus follows that the prior oxygen plasma treatment activates hydroxylation with more -OH groups on the WO3 surface, which can pave a highly efficient way to the surface functionalization by APTES and SA.

  15. Nanocasting Synthesis of Ultrafine WO3 Nanoparticles for Gas Sensing Applications

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    Zamani Cyrus

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Ultrafine WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by nanocasting route, using mesoporous SiO2 as a template. BET measurements showed a specific surface area of 700 m 2/gr for synthesized SiO2, while after impregnation and template removal, this area was reduced to 43 m 2/gr for WO3 nanoparticles. HRTEM results showed single crystalline nanoparticles with average particle size of about 5 nm possessing a monoclinic structure, which is the favorite crystal structure for gas sensing applications. Gas sensor was fabricated by deposition of WO3 nanoparticles between electrodes via low frequency AC electrophoretic deposition. Gas sensing measurements showed that this material has a high sensitivity to very low concentrations of NO2 at 250°C and 300°C.

  16. Facile Preparation of Efficient WO3 Photocatalysts Based on Surface Modification

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    Min Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Tungsten trioxide (WO3 was surface modified with Cu(II nanoclusters and titanium dioxide (TiO2 nanopowders by using a simple impregnation method followed by a physical combining method. The obtained nanocomposites were studied by scanning electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra, UV-visible light spectra, and photoluminescence, respectively. Although the photocatalytic activity of WO3 was negligible under visible light irradiation, the visible light photocatalytic activity of WO3 was drastically enhanced by surface modification of Cu(II nanoclusters and TiO2 nanopowders. The enhanced photocatalytic activity is due to the efficient charge separation by TiO2 and Cu(II nanoclusters functioning as cocatalysts on the surface. Thus, this simple strategy provides a facile route to prepare efficient visible-light-active photocatalysts for practical application.

  17. Understanding the Potential of WO3 Based Sensors for Breath Analysis

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    Staerz, Anna; Weimar, Udo; Barsan, Nicolae

    2016-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide is the second most commonly used semiconducting metal oxide in gas sensors. Semiconducting metal oxide (SMOX)-based sensors are small, robust, inexpensive and sensitive, making them highly attractive for handheld portable medical diagnostic detectors. WO3 is reported to show high sensor responses to several biomarkers found in breath, e.g., acetone, ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, toluene, and nitric oxide. Modern material science allows WO3 samples to be tailored to address certain sensing needs. Utilizing recent advances in breath sampling it will be possible in the future to test WO3-based sensors in application conditions and to compare the sensing results to those obtained using more expensive analytical methods. PMID:27801881

  18. Effect of Pt Nanoparticles on the Optical Gas Sensing Properties of WO3 Thin Films

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    Qadri, Muhammad U.; Diaz Diaz, Alex Fabian; Cittadini, Michaela; Martucci, Alessandro; Pujol, Maria Cinta; Ferré-Borrull, Josep; Llobet, Eduard; Aguiló, Magdalena; Díaz, Francesc

    2014-01-01

    Thin films of tungsten trioxide were deposited on quartz substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. Different annealing temperatures in the range from 423 to 973 K were used under ambient atmosphere. The influence of the annealing temperature on the structure and optical properties of the resulting WO3 thin films were studied. The surface morphology of the films is composed of grains with an average size near 70 nm for the films annealed between 773 and 973 K. Some of the WO3 thin films were also coated with Pt nanoparticles of about 45 nm in size. Spectrometric measurements of transmittance were carried out for both types of WO3 samples in the wavelength range from 200–900 nm, to determine the effect of the exposure to two different gases namely H2 and CO. Films showed fast response and recovery times, in the range of few seconds. The addition of Pt nanoparticles enables reducing the operation temperature to room temperature. PMID:24977386

  19. Celdas solares fotoelectroquímicas basadas en Bi2WO6

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    Lorean Madriz

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, photoelectrochemical solar cells based on bismuth tungstate electrodes were evaluated. Bi2WO6 was synthesized by a hydrothermal method and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis reflectance spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction. For comparison, solar cells based on TiO2 semiconductor electrodes were evaluated. Photoelectrochemical response of Grätzel-type solar cells based on these semiconductors and their corresponding sensitization with two inexpensive phthalocyanines dyes were determined. Bi2WO6-based solar cells presented higher values of photocurrent and efficiency than those obtained with TiO2 electrodes, even without sensitization. These results portray solar cells based on Bi2WO6 as promising devices for solar energy conversion owing to lower cost of production and ease of acquisition.

  20. Validity and reliability of pre-class reading tasks for waves and optics (PRT-WO

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    Asrab Ali Nur Faralina

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to produce a valid and reliable instrument in preparing students prior to class at university level of introductory Waves and Optics course. The instrument so called Pre-class Reading Task for Waves and Optics (PRT-WO was used to probe students’ knowledge acquired through targeted reading activities. In practice, PRT-WO was given in a series before actual face-to-face class as a reading assignment. PRT-WO was content validated through expert review which was analyzed using the interrater reliability Cohen’s kappa. An item analysis was done to identify inappropriate items further evaluated using the reliability test of Kuder-Richardson 20 (KR20. The finding reveals that the value of kappa is 0.66 and the value of KR20 is 0.68, indicating that the developed instrument is valid and reliable.

  1. Electrochemical synthesis of WO{sub 3}/PANI composite for electrocatalytic reduction of iodate

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    Zou Benxue [China-Ireland Center for Advanced Materials and Sensor Development, Department of Chemistry, Northeastern University, Shenyang, 110004 (China); Department of Chemical engineering, Liaodong University, Dandong, 118003 (China); Liu Xiaoxia, E-mail: xxliu@mail.neu.edu.c [China-Ireland Center for Advanced Materials and Sensor Development, Department of Chemistry, Northeastern University, Shenyang, 110004 (China); Diamond, Dermot [National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Lau, K.-T., E-mail: kim.lau@dcu.i [National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 (Ireland)

    2010-04-30

    Composite film of polyaniline (PANI) and tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) was electrodeposited by cyclic voltammetric technique from a solution of aniline and tungstic acid. The obtained WO{sub 3}/PANI film displayed a significant enhancement of electrocatalytic activity for iodate reduction and a better stability than that of pure WO{sub 3} and PANI films. Result of amperometric experiment revealed a good linear relationship with concentration of IO{sub 3}{sup -} from 20 to 500 muM, with a high sensitivity of 0.54 muA/muM and a detection limit of 2.7 muM for the determination of iodate. This composite film was also successfully applied in determination of iodate in commercial table salt.

  2. Radiation-induced color centers in La-doped PbWO sub 4 crystals

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    1999-01-01

    This report presents the result of a study on radiation-induced color center densities in La-doped lead tungstate (PbWO sub 4) crystals. The creation and annihilation constants of radiation-induced color centers were determined by using transmittance data measured for a PbWO sub 4 sample before and during sup 6 sup 0 Co gamma-ray irradiation at a dose rate of 15 rad/h. Following a model of color center kinetics, these constants were used to calculate color center densities under irradiations at 100 rad/h. The result was found to be in good agreement with experimental data, indicating that the behaviour of PbWO sub 4 crystals under irradiation can be predicted according to this model.

  3. Degradation of dimethylformamide on the surface of the nanosized WO3 films studied by infrared spectroscopy

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    Gavrilyuk, A. I.

    2016-07-01

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

  4. Red photoluminescent property and modification of WO3:Eu3+ inverse opal for blue light converted LEDs

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    Ruan, Jiufeng; Yang, Zhengwen; Huang, Anjun; Chai, Zhuangzhuang; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo

    2018-01-01

    Blue light converted light-emitting diodes is of great significance as a candidate for next generation lighting. In this work, the WO3:Eu3+ inverse opal photonic crystals were prepared and their luminescence properties were studied. The results demonstrated that the main excitation peak of WO3:Eu3+ inverse opals were located at 465 nm. The red luminescence peak at the 613 nm was observed in the WO3:Eu3+ inverse opal upon 465 nm excitation, exhibiting better red color purity. The influence of photonic band gap on the photoluminescence of WO3:Eu3+ inverse opal was obtained. When the red luminescence peak is in the regions of the photonic band gap and the edge of the band-gap, the red luminescence suppression and enhancement was observed respectively. The WO3:Eu3+ inverse opals may be a promising candidate for the blue light converted LEDs.

  5. Generation of WO 3-ZrO 2 catalysts from solid solutions of tungsten in zirconia

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    Cortés-Jácome, María A.; Angeles-Chavez, Carlos; Bokhimi, Xim; Toledo-Antonio, J. A.

    2006-08-01

    WO 3-ZrO 2 samples were obtained by precipitating zirconium oxynitrate in presence of WO 4dbnd species in solution from ammonium metatungstate at pH=10.0. Samples were characterized by atomic absorption spectroscopy, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy filtered-TEM. The ammonia retained in the dried sample produced a reductive atmosphere to generate W 5+ ions coexisting with W 6+ ions to produce a solid solution of tungsten in the zirconia lattice to stabilize the zirconia tetragonal phase when the sample was annealed at 560 °C. When the sample was annealed at 800 °C, the W atoms near crystallite surface were oxidized to W 6+, producing patches of WO 3 on the zirconia crystallite. The HR-TEM analysis confirmed the existence of the solid solution when the sample was annealed at 560 °C, and two types of crystalline regions were identified: One with nearly spherical morphology, an average diameter of 8 nm and the atomic distribution of tetragonal zirconia. The second one had a non-spherical morphology with well-faceted faces and dimensions larger than 30 nm, and the atom distribution of tetragonal zirconia. When samples were annealed at 800 °C two different zirconia crystallites were formed: Those where only part of the dissolved tungsten atoms segregated to crystallite surface producing patches of nanocrystalline WO 3 on the crystallite surface of tetragonal zirconia stabilized with tungsten. The second type corresponded to monoclinic zirconia crystallites with patches of nanocrystalline WO 3 on their surface. The tungsten segregation gave rise to the WO 3-ZrO 2 catalysts.

  6. Synthesis and photo-degradation application of WO3/TiO2 hollow spheres.

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    Lv, Kezhen; Li, Jie; Qing, Xiaoxia; Li, Wenzhang; Chen, Qiyuan

    2011-05-15

    A WO(3)/TiO(2) composite, hollow-sphere photocatalyst with average diameter of 320 nm and shell thickness of 50 nm was successfully prepared using a template method. UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra illustrated that the main absorption edges of the WO(3)/TiO(2) hollow spheres were red-shifted compared to the TiO(2) hollow spheres, indicating an extension of light absorption into the visible region of the composite photocatalyst. The WO(3) and TiO(2) phases were confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. BET isotherms revealed that the specific surface area and average pore diameter of the hollow spheres were 40.95 m(2)/g and 19 nm, respectively. Photocatalytic experiments indicate that 78% MB was degraded by WO(3)/TiO(2) hollow spheres under visible light within 80 min. Under the same conditions, only 24% MB can be photodegraded by TiO(2). The photocatalytic mineralization of MB, catalyzed by TiO(2) and WO(3)/TiO(2), proceeded at a significantly higher rate under UV irradiation than that under visible light, and more significant was the increase in the apparent rate constant with the WO(3)/TiO(2) composite semiconductor material which was 3.2- and 3.5-fold higher than with the TiO(2) material under both UV and visible light irradiation. The increased photocatalytic activity of the coupled nanocomposites was attributed to photoelectron/hole separation efficiency and the extension of the wavelength range of photoexcitation. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Photoactivity and stability of Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} for organic degradation in aqueous suspensions

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    Chen, Haihang; Xu, Yiming, E-mail: xuym@zju.edu.cn

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Both α- and β-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} are photoactive for organic degradation in aqueous solutions, and β-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} is more active than α-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} under UV light, but both the catalysts are not stable against photodecomposition to form metallic silver particles. - Highlights: • Two catalysts are photoactive, but not stable for organic degradation in water under UV light. • Comparatively, β-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} is more photoactive but less stable than α-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}. • Metallic silver particles are formed during organic degradation under UV light. - Abstract: Silver tungstate as photocatalyst for water splitting and dye degradation has been reported, but the catalyst stability is not known. In this work, we find that both α- and β-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} are not stable under UV light for the photocatalytic degradation of phenol and azo-dye X3B in aqueous solutions. Comparatively, β-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} was more photoactive, but less stable than α-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}. Solid characterization with X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope showed that metallic silver particles were produced with the two catalysts, consequently resulting into decrease in the activity for organic degradation. Measurement of photoluminescence revealed that β-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} had a weaker band gap emission and higher portion of structural defects than α-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}. A possible mechanism responsible for the observed difference in photoactivity and stability between the two tungstates is proposed.

  8. Conductive surface modification of cauliflower-like WO{sub 3} and its electrochemical properties for lithium-ion batteries

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    Yoon, Sukeun, E-mail: skyoon@kongju.ac.kr [Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kongju National University, Chungnam 330-717 (Korea, Republic of); Woo, Sang-Gil [Advanced Batteries Research Center, Korea Electronics Technology Institute, Gyeonggi 463-816 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Kyu-Nam [Energy Efficiency and Materials Research Division, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Huesup, E-mail: hssong@kongju.ac.kr [Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kongju National University, Chungnam 330-717 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of cauliflower-like carbon-decorated WO{sub 3}. • Superior cyclability and rate capability for cauliflower-like carbon-decorated WO{sub 3}. • Electrochemical reaction behavior of cauliflower-like carbon-decorated WO{sub 3} with lithium. • In-situ XRD analysis during the first discharge–charge shows a complex reaction of intercalation and conversion of WO{sub 3}. - Abstract: Cauliflower-like WO{sub 3} was synthesized by a hydrothermal reaction without a surfactant, followed by firing, and was investigated as an anode material for lithium-ion battery applications. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) characterization indicated that WO{sub 3} nanorods had an aggregation framework and built a cauliflower morphology. With the objective of understanding the charge–discharge process within a voltage range of 0–3 V vs. Li{sup +}/Li, in situ X-ray diffraction was used and a complex reaction of intercalation and conversion of WO{sub 3} was revealed for the first time. The cauliflower-like WO{sub 3} after being decorated with carbon provides a high gravimetric capacity of >635 mA h/g (Li{sub 5.5}WO{sub 3}) with good cycling and a high rate capability when used as an anode in lithium-ion batteries. Based on our studies, we attribute the high electrochemical performance to the nanoscopic WO{sub 3} particles and a conductive carbon layer, which makes them a potential candidate for lithium-ion batteries.

  9. An ab initio study of WO sub 3 under pressure up to 30 GPa

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    Pagnier, T

    2003-01-01

    High-pressure polymorphs of WO sub 3 have been studied with a first-principles pseudopotential method. The medium-range (0.01-20 GPa) and high-range (20-30 GPa) polymorphs have been characterized and are compared with recent experimental results. The main new feature is the appearance of a sevenfold coordinated tungsten in the high-pressure polymorph. The subtle phase transitions that were induced from Raman spectra evolutions have not been confirmed. However, changes in the W-O distances and O-W-O and W-O-W angles may explain the changes in Raman spectra.

  10. Preparation, characterization and catalytic activity of WO3 supported on sulfated tin oxide catalysts

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    M. Nasouh Alaya

    2017-02-01

    Catalytic application toward esterification of propionic acid with n-butanol was tested and the effect of various parameters, i.e., reaction temperature, reactant molar ratio, weight of the catalyst, WO3 loading and calcination temperature was also investigated. The highest conversion level was found for products loaded with 25 wt.%WO3 and calcined at 400 °C. Although both of Brønsted and Lewis acid sites are responsible for the reaction, the former acid sites found more effective on catalyzing the esterification reaction.

  11. Hydrothermal synthesis of uniform WO{sub 3} submicrospheres using thiourea as an assistant agent

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    Su, X.T.; Xiao, F.; Lin, J.L. [Ministry Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Fine Chemicals, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xinjiang University, No. 14 Shengli Road, Urumqi 830046 (China); Jian, J.K. [College of Physics Science and Technology, Xinjiang University, No. 14 Shengli Road, Urumqi 830046 (China); Li, Y.N.; Sun, Q.J. [Ministry Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Fine Chemicals, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xinjiang University, No. 14 Shengli Road, Urumqi 830046 (China); Wang, J.D., E-mail: laofuzi193@163.com [Ministry Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Fine Chemicals, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xinjiang University, No. 14 Shengli Road, Urumqi 830046 (China)

    2010-08-15

    Nearly monodisperse tungsten trioxide submicrospheres have been synthesized with tungsten acid and HCl as the starting materials and thiourea as a structure-directing agent through a facile hydrothermal method. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray, respectively. The results show that the WO{sub 3} submicrospheres are monodisperse with a diameter of about 800-1000 nm. The morphology of the products gradually evolutes from rods to spheres with increase of the reaction time. The formation mechanism of the WO{sub 3} submicrospheres is primarily discussed.

  12. A Facile Synthesis of Graphene-WO3 Nanowire Clusters with High Photocatalytic Activity for O2 Evolution

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    M.-J. Zhou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, graphene-WO3 nanowire clusters were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The obtained graphene-WO3 nanowire clusters were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS techniques. The photocatalytic oxygen (O2 evolution properties of the as-synthesized samples were investigated by measuring the amount of evolved O2 from water splitting. The graphene-WO3 nanowire clusters exhibited enhanced performance compared to pure WO3 nanowire clusters for O2 evolution. The amount of evolved O2 from water splitting after 8 h for the graphene-WO3 nanowire clusters is ca. 0.345 mmol/L, which is more than 1.9 times as much as that of the pure WO3 nanowire clusters (ca. 0.175 mmol/L. The high photocatalytic activity of the graphene-WO3 nanowire clusters was attributed to a high charge transfer rate in the presence of graphene.

  13. NH3-treated WO3 as low-cost and efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Song, Dandan; Chen, Zhao; Cui, Peng; Li, Meicheng; Zhao, Xing; Li, Yaoyao; Chu, Lihua

    2015-01-01

    A novel low-cost and efficient counter electrode (CE) was obtained by treating catalytic inert tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanomaterial in NH3 atmosphere at elevated temperatures. The formation of tungsten oxynitride from WO3 after NH3 treatment, as evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, increases the catalytic activity of the CE. Correspondingly, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSC is significantly increased from 0.9% for pristine WO3 CE to 5.9% for NH3-treated WO3 CE. The photovoltaic performance of DSC using NH3-treated WO3 CE is comparable to that of DSC using standard Pt CE (with a PCE of 6.0%). In addition, it is also shown that NH3 treatment is more efficient than H2 or N2 treatment in enhancing the catalytic performance of WO3 CE. This work highlights the potential of NH3-treated WO3 for the application in DSCs and provides a facile method to get highly efficient and low-cost CEs from catalytic inert metal oxides.

  14. Luminescence enhancement in composite material: CaWO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} nanocrystals incorporated into silica xerogel

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    Kubus, Mariusz, E-mail: mariusz.kubus@anorg.uni-tuebingen.de [Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza Str. 53, 80-952 Gdańsk (Poland); Kłonkowski, Andrzej M. [Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza Str. 53, 80-952 Gdańsk (Poland); Lotnyk, Andriy [Faculty of Engineering, Institute for Materials Science, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel (Germany); Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany); Kienle, Lorenz [Faculty of Engineering, Institute for Materials Science, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel (Germany)

    2015-01-15

    Calcium tungstate CaWO{sub 4} nanoparticles doped with Tb{sup 3+} of 20 nm in average size were prepared by sonochemical method. The crystallites were immobilized in a silica matrix by the sol–gel method. The matrix in the CaWO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2} composite material plays two roles. First of all it provides a good coverage of the nanoparticle defected surface and it prevents the nanoparticles from agglomeration. The nanoparticles capped with silica are characterized by energy transfer from WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} group to Tb{sup 3+} thus enabling luminescence enhancement of the latter ions. The composite luminescent material was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and luminescence techniques. CaWO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+}@SiO{sub 2} exhibits higher emission intensity than CaWO{sub 4}:Tb{sup 3+} in the nanopowder form. - Highlights: • Composite luminescent material consisting of CaWO{sub 4}:Tb nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix was prepared. • Energy transfer from SiO{sub 2} matrix and WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} groups to Tb{sup 3+} ions was observed. • The nanoparticles capped with silica exhibited enabling luminescence enhancement.

  15. Photocatalytic activity of novel AgBr/WO3 composite photocatalyst under visible light irradiation for methyl orange degradation.

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    Cao, Jing; Luo, Bangde; Lin, Haili; Chen, Shifu

    2011-06-15

    A novel AgBr/WO(3) composite photocatalyst was synthesized by loading AgBr on WO(3) substrate via deposition-precipitation method and characterized by XRD, SEM and DRS. The as-prepared AgBr/WO(3) was composed of monoclinic WO(3) substrate and face-centered cubic AgBr nanoparticles with crystalline sizes less than 56.8 nm. AgBr/WO(3) had absorption edge at about 470 nm in the visible light region. The optical AgBr content in AgBr/WO(3) was 0.30:1 (Ag/W) at the corresponding apparent rate, k(app), of 0.0160 min(-1) for MO degradation. The highest k(app) was 0.0216 min(-1) for 4 g/L catalyst. The OH acted as active species. Addition of H(2)O(2) within 0.020 mmol/L can efficiently trap electrons to generate more OH and further improved photocatalytic activity of AgBr/WO(3). Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Enhanced structural and optical properties of the polyaniline-calcium tungstate (PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite for electronics applications

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    Sabu, N. Aloysius; Francis, Xavier; Anjaly, Jose; Sankararaman, S.; Varghese, Thomas

    2017-06-01

    In this article, we report the synthesis and characterization of polyaniline-calcium tungstate nanocomposite, a novel material for potential applications. The PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite was prepared by in situ oxidative polymerization of aniline in the presence of CaWO4 nanoparticles dispersed in ethanol. Investigations using X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy, UV-visible, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of the nanocomposite of PANI with CaWO4 nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy revealed almost uniform distribution of CaWO4 nanoparticles in the polyaniline matrix. These studies also confirmed electronic structure modification as a result of incorporating CaWO4 nanoparticles in PANI. Composite formation resulted in large decrease in the optical band gap and enhanced photoluminescence. The augmented structural, optical and photoluminescence properties of the PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite can be used to explore potential applications in micro- and optoelectronics. This is the first report presenting synthesis and characterization of the PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite.

  17. NH3-treated WO3 as low-cost and efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Song, Dandan; Chen, Zhao; Cui, Peng; Li, Meicheng; Zhao, Xing; Li, Yaoyao; Chu, Lihua

    2015-01-01

    A novel low-cost and efficient counter electrode (CE) was obtained by treating catalytic inert tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanomaterial in NH3 atmosphere at elevated temperatures. The formation of tungsten oxynitride from WO3 after NH3 treatment, as evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, increases the catalytic activity of the CE. Correspondingly, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the DSC is significantly increased from 0.9% for pristine WO3 CE to 5.9% for NH3-treated WO3 CE. The photovoltaic performance of DSC using NH3-treated WO3 CE is comparable to that of DSC using standard Pt CE (with a PCE of 6.0%). In addition, it is also shown that NH3 treatment is more efficient than H2 or N2 treatment in enhancing the catalytic performance of WO3 CE. This work highlights the potential of NH3-treated WO3 for the application in DSCs and provides a facile method to get highly efficient and low-cost CEs from catalytic inert metal oxides.

  18. An efficient method to modulate the structure, morphology and properties of WO{sub 3} through niobium doping

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    Yan, Aihua [Low Carbon Energy Institute, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221008 (China); Xie, Changsheng, E-mail: csxie@mail.hust.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die and Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Nanomaterial and Smart Sensor Research Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Huang, Fei [Low Carbon Energy Institute, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221008 (China); Zhang, Shunping [State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die and Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Zhang, Shaoliang [Low Carbon Energy Institute, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221008 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Nb-doped WO{sub 3} micro- and nanostructures have been synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. • Nb doping in WO{sub 3} structure results in phase transformation and morphology evolution. • Band gap increases from 2.72 to 2.78 eV after 0–5 at% Nb doping in WO{sub 3} structure. • A balance between defect oxygen and absorbed oxygen results in steady-state photocurrent at 2 at% niobium doping. - Abstract: Doped tungsten oxide has been reported to provide enhanced photocatalytic and photoelectronic properties in catalyst and smart window applications. Here Nb-doped WO{sub 3} was synthesized to investigate the effect of doping on composition, structure and optical properties. It is shown that niobium ion implantation in WO{sub 3} structure results in the morphological evolution from nanosheet into nanoparticle. 5 at% niobium ion doping induces the phase transformation from monoclinic γ-WO{sub 3} to monoclinic ε-WO{sub 3}. UV–vis spectrum shows that niobium implantation results in the increase of the band gap and the shift of absorption edge. Photoelectric measurement indicates that photocurrent increases firstly and then decreases under UV irradiation. The results reported in this study will be useful in formulating optimum doping process to enhance desired photoelectric properties.

  19. Sensing performance of palladium-functionalized WO{sub 3} nanowires by a drop-casting method

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    Chávez, F., E-mail: f_perez_s@hotmail.com [Department of Physical-Chemical Materials, ICUAP-BUAP, 72000, Puebla (Mexico); Pérez-Sánchez, G.F. [Department of Physical-Chemical Materials, ICUAP-BUAP, 72000, Puebla (Mexico); Goiz, O. [Department of Electrical Engineering, CINVESTAV-IPN, 07360, México, D.F (Mexico); Zaca-Morán, P. [Department of Physical-Chemical Materials, ICUAP-BUAP, 72000, Puebla (Mexico); Peña-Sierra, R.; Morales-Acevedo, A. [Department of Electrical Engineering, CINVESTAV-IPN, 07360, México, D.F (Mexico); Felipe, C. [Department of Biosciences and Engineering, CIIEMAD-IPN, 07340, México, D.F (Mexico); Soledad-Priego, M. [Faculty of Electronics Sciences, FCE, 72000, Puebla (Mexico)

    2013-06-15

    In this work, we show a simple way to functionalize tungsten oxide nanowires (WO{sub 3}-NWs) using a saturated palladium chloride (PdCl{sub 2}) solution deposited by a drop-casting method. WO{sub 3}-NWs were synthesized by close-spaced chemical vapor deposition (CSVT). The morphological and structural characterizations showed that the diameters of WO{sub 3}-NWs are in the range from 50 to 200 nm with lengths above 10 μm, and correspond to the orthorhombic phase of WO{sub 3}, respectively. The sensor was fabricated using the WO{sub 3}-NWs and tested with hydrogen and volatile organic compounds (VCO's). A comparative study was done on the sensing performance, before and after the Palladium functionalization of the WO{sub 3}-NWs, considering a wide range of gas concentrations and moderate operating temperatures (100–400 °C). The results show that this simple functionalization process significantly increases the sensor sensitivity and reduces the time constants. In addition, it has been shown that at 300 °C the decorated sensor becomes more selective to hydrogen and xylene for all concentrations considered in this research. Finally, the mechanisms involved in improving the gas sensing properties of WO{sub 3}-NWs functionalized with Palladium are discussed.

  20. Ag loaded WO{sub 3} nanoplates for efficient photocatalytic degradation of sulfanilamide and their bactericidal effect under visible light irradiation

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    Zhu, Wenyu [School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Nanyang Technological University, 1 Cleantech Loop, CleanTech One, Singapore 637141 (Singapore); Liu, Jincheng, E-mail: JCLIU@ntu.edu.sg [School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Current address: Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510009 (China); Yu, Shuyan; Zhou, Yan [School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Nanyang Technological University, 1 Cleantech Loop, CleanTech One, Singapore 637141 (Singapore); Yan, Xiaoli, E-mail: XLYAN@ntu.edu.sg [School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Current address: Environmental and Water Technology Centre of Innovation, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, 535 Clementi Road, Singapore 599489 (Singapore)

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • WO{sub 3}/Ag heterogeneous composites were fabricated with simply photo-reduction method. • Property changes due to Ag loading were systematically studied. • WO{sub 3}/Ag composites efficiently degraded sulfanilamide under visible light irradiation. • WO{sub 3}/Ag composites exhibited bactericidal effectS under visible light irradiation. - Abstract: Sulfonamides (SAs) are extensively used antibiotics and their residues in the water bodies propose potential threat to the public. In this study, degradation efficiency of sulfanilamide (SAM), which is the precursor of SAs, using WO{sub 3} nanoplates and their Ag heterogeneous as photocatalysts was investigated. WO{sub 3} nanoplates with uniform size were synthesized by a facile one step hydrothermal method. Different amount of Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were loaded onto WO{sub 3} nanoplates using a photo-reduction method to generate WO{sub 3}/Ag composites. The physio-chemical properties of synthesized nanomaterials were systematically characterized. Photodegradation of SAM by WO{sub 3} and WO{sub 3}/Ag composites was conducted under visible light irradiation. The results show that WO{sub 3}/Ag composites performed much better than pure WO{sub 3} where the highest removal rate was 96.2% in 5 h. Ag as excellent antibacterial agent also endows certain antibacterial efficiency to WO{sub 3}, and 100% removal efficiency against Escherichia Coli and Bacillus subtilis could be achieved in 2 h under visible light irradiation for all three WO{sub 3}/Ag composites synthesized. The improved performance in terms of SAM degradation and antibacterial activity of WO{sub 3}/Ag can be attributed to the improved electron-hole pair separation rate where Ag NPs act as effective electron trapper during the photocatalytic process.

  1. Photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} heterojunctions: the facilitation of exposed facets of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} substrate

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    Yan, Long [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yulin University, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Low Metamorphic Coal Clean Utilization, Yulin 71900 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yan’an University, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Yan’an 716000 (China); Wang, Yufei [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yulin University, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Low Metamorphic Coal Clean Utilization, Yulin 71900 (China); Shen, Huidong; Zhang, Yu [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yan’an University, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Yan’an 716000 (China); Li, Jian [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yulin University, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Low Metamorphic Coal Clean Utilization, Yulin 71900 (China); Wang, Danjun, E-mail: yulyanlong@aliyun.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yan’an University, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Yan’an 716000 (China)

    2017-01-30

    Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} hybrids with exposed (020) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} facets have been synthesized. • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that a small amount of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} was formed. • The enhanced photoactivity of hybrids is due to heterojunction and (020) facets. • A possible photocatalytic degradation mechanism is proposed. - Abstract: Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} hybrid architectures with exposed (020) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} facets have been synthesized via a controlled anion exchange approach. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals that a small amount of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} was formed on the surface of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} during the anion exchange process, thus leading to the transformation from the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} to Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. A rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution was chosen as model organic pollutants to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of the Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} catalysts. Under visible light irradiation, the Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-TAA displayed the excellent visible light photoactivities compared with pure Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}, Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and other composite photocatalysts. The efficient photocatalytic activity of the Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-TAA composite microspheres was ascribed to the constructed heterojunctions and the inner electric field caused by the exposed (020) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} facets. Active species trapping experiments revealed that h{sup +} and O{sub 2}·{sup −} are the main active species in the photocatalytic process. Furthermore, the as-obtained photocatalysts showed good photocatalytic activity after four recycles. The results presented in this study provide a new concept for the rational design and development of highly efficient photocatalysts.

  2. Page 1 A critical assessment of free energy of formation of Ni WO ...

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    1991). However, these assessments did not take into accountall theinformation now available in the literature. For example, both compilations use estimated values for the standard entropy of NiWO,. 2. Analysis and discussion. 2.1 Free energy ...

  3. Structural phototransformation of WO{sub 3} thin films detected by photoacoustic analysis

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    Pacheco, Argelia Perez, E-mail: ekargy@hotmail.com [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Laboratorio de Fotofisica y Peliculas Delgadas-CCADET, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacan, A.P. 70-186, C.P. 04510, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Montes de Oca, C. Oliva; Castaneda-Guzman, R.; Garcia, A. Esparza [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Laboratorio de Fotofisica y Peliculas Delgadas-CCADET, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacan, A.P. 70-186, C.P. 04510, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The phototransformation of WO{sub 3} thin films were studied by photoacoustic technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The phase transition in WO{sub 3} thin films was induced by laser irradiation fluence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The onset and end of the phototransformation in the thin films was identified. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ablation threshold for each sample was identified. - Abstract: The photoacoustic technique (PA) was used to detect the phase transformation from amorphous to crystalline state of tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) thin films induced by UV pulsed laser radiation at low energy (<1.5 mJ). The evolution of photoacoustic signal was studied by a correlation analysis, comparing successive signals at fluences ranging from 0 to 20 mJ/cm{sup 2}. In this interval, it was possible to observe structural changes and the ablation threshold in films due to incident laser fluence effect. Thin films of WO{sub 3} were deposited by DC reactive magnetron sputtering over glass substrates at different deposition times. The results obtained by correlation analysis were compared with Raman spectroscopy data.

  4. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Ammonia Sensing Properties of WO3/Fe2O3 Nanorod Composites

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    Dien, Nguyen Dac; Phuoc, Luong Huu; Hien, Vu Xuan; Vuong, Dang Duc; Chien, Nguyen Duc

    2017-06-01

    WO3 nanorods (NRs) and α-Fe2O3 NRs were fabricated by hydrothermal treatment. Composites of these materials were created by mixing with ratios of 1:2, 1:1 and 2:1 in weight. Morphology, structure and composition characteristics of the WO3/Fe2O3 NRs composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analyses. The results of sensing measurements indicated that the sensor based on WO3:Fe2O3 with the ratio of 2:1 exhibited fairly good sensitivity toward NH3 at 300°C and the sensor based on WO3:Fe2O3 with the ratio of 1:1 can be used as a NH3 sensor with an operating temperature of 350°C. Selectivity and response-recovery times are suitable for practical applications. Finally, the mechanism for the improvement in the gas-sensing property was discussed.

  5. Amorphous WO3: a first-principles approach : a first-principles approach

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    Wijs, G.A. de; Groot, R.A. de

    2001-01-01

    Results of first-principles calculations on the structure and electronic structure of amorphous WO3 are presented. The effect of non-stoichiometry is investigated. In particular, we discuss the pairing of W5+ species in oxygen-deficient films resulting in deep in-gap states and its possible

  6. A MEMS-based Benzene Gas Sensor with a Self-heating WO3 Sensing Layer

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    Lung-Ming Fu

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available In the study, a MEMS-based benzene gas sensor is presented, consisting of a quartz substrate, a thin-film WO3 sensing layer, an integrated Pt micro-heater, and Pt interdigitated electrodes (IDEs. When benzene is present in the atmosphere, oxidation occurs on the heated WO3 sensing layer. This causes a change in the electrical conductivity of the WO3 film, and hence changes the resistance between the IDEs. The benzene concentration is then computed from the change in the measured resistance. A specific orientation of the WO3 layer is obtained by optimizing the sputtering process parameters. It is found that the sensitivity of the gas sensor is optimized at a working temperature of 300 °C. At the optimal working temperature, the experimental results show that the sensor has a high degree of sensitivity (1.0 KΩ ppm-1, a low detection limit (0.2 ppm and a rapid response time (35 s.

  7. Structural and functional properties of nanocomposite Au–WO3 coatings

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    Figueiredo, N.M.; Pei, Yutao T.; De Hosson, J.T.M.; Cavaleiro, A.

    2015-01-01

    In this study several Au–WO3 nanocomposite coatings were deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering and characterized with respect to their chemical composition, structure, microstructure and mechanical and optical properties. The nanocomposites consist of a dual phase system of Au nanoparticles

  8. Preparation of Flower-Like Cu-WO3 Nanostructures and Their Acetone Gas Sensing Performance

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    Hao Zhou

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Urchin-like Cu-W18O49 and flower-like Cu-WO3 structures were successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal process followed by calcination. The synthesized products were characterized using XRD, SEM, and TEM. The results revealed that the as-prepared urchin-like and flower-like samples with monoclinic structures, which were approximately 1 μm and 1-2 μm, respectively, possessed microflower architecture assembled by the nanosheet. In addition, the gas sensing properties of monoclinic-structured Cu-WO3 to acetone were measured using a static state gas sensing test system. The sensor based on the flower-like Cu-WO3 nanostructures, which were calcined at 600°C, exhibited high sensitivity toward 10 ppm acetone at an optimum temperature of 110°C, and the maximum sensitivity reached 40, which was approximately four times higher than that of urchin-like WO3 that was annealed at 300°C. The sensitivity was improved by increasing the acetone concentration. The detection limit was as low as 1 ppm. Using linear fit, the sensor was determined to be sufficiently sensitive to detect acetone in a detection range of 1 to 10 ppm even in the presence of interfering gases, which suggests that this type of sensor has excellent selectivity and has the potential for use in acetone gas sensors in the future.

  9. Thermally induced evolution of sol–gel grown WO3 films on ITO/glass substrates

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    Caruso, T.; Castriota, M.; Policicchio, A.; Fasanella, A.; Santo, M.P. De; Ciuchi, F.; Desiderio, G.; Rosa, S. La; Rudolf, P.; Agostino, R.G.; Cazzanelli, E.

    2014-01-01

    The electronic, morphological and structural properties of WO3 thin films, synthesized via a sol-gel route and deposited on ITO/glass substrates by spin-coating, were analyzed as a function of annealing temperature (100-700 degrees C range) by Scanning Electron Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy,

  10. Sorption-determined deposition of Platinum on well-defined platelike WO3

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    Wenderich, Kasper; Klaassen, Aram Harold; Sîretanu, Igor; Mugele, Friedrich Gunther; Mul, Guido

    2014-01-01

    The photodeposition of Pt nanoparticles from [PtCl6]2− on platelike WO3 crystals occurs preferentially on the small, subordinate facets. Rather than the often-used explanation of preferred light-induced charge migration, we propose that this phenomenon is due to differences in the intrinsic surface

  11. Synthesis of wo3 nanogranular thin films by hot-wire CVD

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    Houweling, Z.S.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/251874486; Geus, J.W.; Schropp, R.E.I.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/072502584

    2010-01-01

    By resistively heating tungsten filaments in a constant air flow under a reduced pressure, nanogranular amorphous WO3 thin films are deposited on glassy carbon substrates. The substrate surface temperature is monitored by a thermocouple. For deposition times of 15 min and longer, the films show

  12. Raman signatures of charge ordering in K0.3WO3

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    Sagar, D. M.; Fausti, D.; van Smaalen, S.; van Loosdrecht, P. H. M.

    We present polarization- and temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopic study of hexagonal tungsten bronze, K0.3WO3. The observed asymmetry in phonon line shapes indicate the presence of strong lattice anharmonicity arising due to the nonstoichiometry of the material. We observed a broad multipeak

  13. Synthesis and characterization of MoO3–WO3 composite thin films ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 36; Issue 1. Synthesis and characterization of MoO3–WO3 composite thin films by liquid phase deposition technique: Investigation of its photochromic properties. H M Farveez Ahmed Noor Shahina Begum. Volume 36 Issue 1 February 2013 pp 45-49 ...

  14. Alkali-Phosphate Glasses Containing WO3 and Nb2O5

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    L. Bih

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available New phosphate glasses in the quaternary system (50-x A2O-x WO3-10 Nb2O5-40 P2O5, with x = 0; 30 and A = Li or Na were prepared by the melt quenching method. The effect on the crystallization behaviour of the glass due to the introduction of WO3 into the glass composition and, consequently, the diminishing of the molar amount of the alkaline oxide and the decreasing of the molar ratio between network modifiers and network formers (M/F was studied. The prepared glasses were heat-treated in air, at 550°C, 600°C, and 650°C for 4 hours. The structure, of the obtained samples, was studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, and Raman spectroscopy and the morphology by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. It was found that the replacement of Li2O or Na2O by WO3 reduces the number of the crystallised phases. In the lithium-niobiophosphate glasses, the presence of WO3 promotes the formation of NbOPO4 instead of the LiNbO3 phase and reduces the formation of ortho- and pyro-phosphate phases. The thermal treatments affect the arrangements of the network structure of the AW40-glasses.

  15. Characteristics of W/O emulsions containing polymeric emulsifier PEG 30-dipolyhydroxystearate

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    Milinković Jelena R.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Water-in-oil (W/O emulsions are dispersed systems which are often used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries as products, or as carriers of active substances. It is well known that they are very unstable, so that selection of the emulsifier and properties of the oil and water phase are main factors affecting their stability. The aim of this paper was to examine the possibility of application of a lipophilic, polymeric emulsifier, PEG 30-dipolyhydroxystearate (CithrolTM DPHS, for stabilization of W/O emulsions. Behaviour of the emulsifier at W/O interfaces was determined by means of tensiometry. A series of emulsions were prepared with 20% (w/w of water and different types of oil. Droplet size, droplet size distribution, viscosity, and sedimentation stability during 30 days of storage at room temperature of the emulsions prepared with paraffin oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, and medium-chain triglycerides, stabilized with 1% CithrolTM DPHS, were determined. All investigated emulsions were stable for 30 days, except the one prepared with paraffin oil. The results of this study confirmed that PEG 30-dipolyhydroxylstearate is a good emulsifier and stabilizer of W/O emulsions which contain different types of oil. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III46010

  16. Formation and electrochemical characterization of anodic ZrO2-WO3 mixed oxide nanotubular arrays

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    Whitman, Stuart R.; Raja, Krishnan S.

    2014-06-01

    ZrO2-WO3 mixed oxide nanotubes were synthesized by a simple electrochemical anodization route. The oxide nanotubes contained a mixture of metastable hexagonal WO3 and monoclinic (and orthorhombic) ZrO2 phases, as well as a mixed-oxide ZrW2O8 phase that showed a metastable tetragonal symmetry. Evaluation of photo-activity of the materials showed generation of photo-potentials of -85 mV and -230 mV in the as-anodized and annealed conditions. Because of the mismatch in the band edge positions of the WO3 and ZrO2 phases and the resultant relaxation of photo-generated charge carriers, no significant photo-current density could be observed. The arrays of oxide nanotubes are considered for electrochemical capacitor application because of their morphology-assisted fast charge/discharge kinetics and large surface area. Presence of a large concentration of charge defects (on the order of 1021 cm-3) and the reported high proton conductivity of the ZrO2-WO3 mixed oxide rendered high capacitance, which decreased with an increase in the scan rate of cyclic voltammetry. The highest measured capacitance was 40.03 mF/cm2 at a scan rate of 10 mV/s and the lowest was 1.93 mF/cm2 at 1 V/s in 1 M sulfuric acid solution.

  17. WO3/Conducting Polymer Heterojunction Photoanodes for Efficient and Stable Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Jeon, Dasom; Kim, Nayeong; Bae, Sanghyun; Han, Yujin; Ryu, Jungki

    2018-02-26

    An efficient and stable heterojunction photoanode for solar water oxidation was fabricated by hybridization of WO 3 and conducting polymers (CPs). Organic/inorganic hybrid photoanodes were readily prepared by the electropolymerization of various CPs and the codeposition of tetraruthenium polyoxometalate (Ru 4 POM) water-oxidation catalysts (WOCs) on the surface of WO 3 . The deposition of CPs, especially polypyrrole (PPy) doped with Ru 4 POM (PPy:Ru 4 POM), resulted in a remarkably improved photoelectrochemical performance by the formation of a WO 3 /PPy p-n heterojunction and the incorporation of efficient Ru 4 POM WOCs. In addition, there was also a significant improvement in the photostability of the WO 3 -based photoanode after the deposition of the PPy:Ru 4 POM layer due to the suppression of the formation of hydrogen peroxide, which was responsible for corrosion. This study provides insight into the design and fabrication of novel photosynthetic and photocatalytic systems with excellent performance and stability through the hybridization of organic and inorganic materials.

  18. Fabrication and capacitive characteristics of conjugated polymer composite p-polyaniline/n-WO{sub 3} heterojunction

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    Amaechi, C.I.; Asogwa, P.U.; Ekwealor, A.B.C. [University of Nigeria, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Nsukka, Enugu State (Nigeria); Osuji, R.U.; Ezema, F.I. [University of Nigeria, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Nsukka, Enugu State (Nigeria); iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); University of South Africa (UNISA), UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences/Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, Pretoria (South Africa); Maaza, M. [iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), Somerset West, Western Cape Province (South Africa); University of South Africa (UNISA), UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences/Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, Pretoria (South Africa)

    2014-11-15

    A nanocrystalline and porous p-polyaniline/n-WO{sub 3} dissimilar heterojunction at ambient temperature is reported. The high-quality and well-reproducible conjugated polymer composite films have been fabricated by oxidative polymerization of anilinium ion on predeposited WO{sub 3} thin film by chemical bath deposition followed by thermal annealing at 573 K for 1 h. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses reveal a homogenous but irregular cluster of faceted spherically shaped grains with pores. The scanning electron microscopy confirms the porous network of grains, which is in good agreement with the AFM result. The optical absorption analysis of polyaniline/WO{sub 3} hybrid films showed that direct optical transition exist in the photon energy range 3.50-4.00 eV with bandgap of 3.70 eV. The refractive index developed peak at 445 nm in the dispersion region while the high-frequency dielectric constant, ε {sub ∞}, and the carrier concentration to effective mass ratio, N/m{sup *}, was found to be 1.58 and 1.10 x 10{sup 39} cm{sup -3}, respectively. The temperature dependence of electrical resistivity of the deposited films follows the semiconductor behavior while the C-V characteristics (Mott-Schottky plots) show that the flat band potential was -791 and 830 meV/SCE for WO{sub 3} and polyaniline. (orig.)

  19. A. C. conduction behaviour in amorphous WO 3 /CEO 2 thin film ...

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    A. C. conduction behaviour in amorphous WO3/CEO2 thin film. B Yagoubi, C A Hogarth, A Boukorrt. Abstract. No Abstract. Technologies Avancees Vol. 17 2005: pp. 5-8. Full Text: EMAIL FULL TEXT EMAIL FULL TEXT · DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT · http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ta.v17i1.18478.

  20. 3D Si/ITO/WO3 photoelectrode with a micropost array structure for photocatalysis enhancement

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    Zheng, Deyin; Jiang, Xiufen; Liu, Mengyin; Zhao, Xin; Wang, Weichao; Sun, Guangyi

    2017-11-01

    In this paper, a three-dimensional (3D) tandem Si/ITO/WO3 photoelectrode system with a high-aspect-ratio (HAR) micropost array structure based on a ‘Z-scheme’ is designed to enhance photocatalytic performance. To produce such a photoelectrode system, microposts were first fabricated on a Si substrate by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE), followed by deposition of an indium tin oxide (ITO) layer and tungsten trioxide (WO3) layer on microposts. The photocatalytic performance was verified by the degradation of methylene blue (MB, C16H18ClN3S) under visible light conditions. In the photocatalytic test, photoelectrode samples of a 0.5 cm2 footprint were used to degrade 15 ml MB (10 mg l‑1). Experimental results indicate that the 3D micropost WO3/ITO/Si structure has a higher efficiency compared with the 2D planar WO3/ITO/Si structure. A decrease of 83.6% in MB concentration within 30 min is observed in the preliminary degradation test. The HAR photoelectrode configuration can dramatically increase the surface-to-volume ratio, not only increasing the total incident light absorption efficiency, but also facilitating the oxidation–reduction reaction in the semiconductor-liquid interface.

  1. Solvothermal synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic performance of Zn-rich ZnWO{sub 4} nanocrystals

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    Wang, Yunjian [Key Laboratory of Design and Assembly of Functional Nanostructures, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Fuzhou, 350002 (China); College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Huaibei Normal University, Huaibei, 235000, Anhui (China); Liping, Li [Key Laboratory of Design and Assembly of Functional Nanostructures, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Fuzhou, 350002 (China); Li, Guangshe, E-mail: guangshe@fjirsm.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Design and Assembly of Functional Nanostructures, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Fuzhou, 350002 (China)

    2017-01-30

    Highlights: • An efficient size-controlled preparation method was developed for ZnWO{sub 4}. • Size-induced surface disorder was prevailed in ZnWO{sub 4} nanomaterials. • The composition of surface disordered layer was different from bulk phase. • Effects of surface composition disorder on the photoluminescence and photocatalysis were discussed. - Abstract: Present work focuses on the surface composition disorder, its origin and relevance to photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties of ZnWO{sub 4} nanocrystals. ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized under solvothermal conditions, in which formic acid was employed for both the nonstoichiometry and kinetic size control. Nonstoichiometry ranging from 1.05 to 1.18 was originated from the surface Zn-rich disorder layer, as reflected by an excess of cation Zn{sup 2+} in the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and a new Raman vibration mode at about 930 cm{sup −1} and HR-TEM images. Surface Zn-rich disorder layer has shown a great impact on the structure and properties, including lattice expansion, band-gap narrowing, luminescence enhancement, as well as photocatalytic weakening effect. The investigation on surface composition disorder of multi-component oxides is helpful to deeply understand their formation process and further to find a new functionality optimizing approach.

  2. Microstructural and Mechanical Studies of PVA Doped with ZnO and WO3 Composites Films

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    N. B. Rithin Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Polymer composites of ZnO and WO3 nanoparticles doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA matrix have been prepared using solvent casting method. The microstructural properties of prepared films were studied using FTIR, XRD, SEM, and EDAX techniques. In the doped PVA, many irregular shifts in the FTIR spectra have been observed and these shifts in bands can be understood on the basis of intra/intermolecular hydrogen bonding with the adjacent OH group of PVA. The chemical composition, phase homogeneity, and morphology of the polymer composites of the polymer film were studied using EDAX and SEM. These data indicate that the distribution of nanosized ZnO and WO3 dopants is uniform and confirm the presence of ZnO and WO3 in the film. The crystal structure and crystallinity of polymer composites were studied by XRD. It was found that the change in structural repositioning and crystallinity of the composites takes place due to the interaction of dopants and also due to complex formation. The mechanical studies of doped polymer films were carried out using universal testing machine (UTM at room temperature, indicating that the addition of the ZnO and WO3 with weight percentage concentration equal to 14% increases the tensile strength and Young’s modulus.

  3. WoSIS: providing standardised soil profile data for the world

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    Batjes, N.H.; Carvalho Ribeiro, E.D.; Oostrum, van A.J.M.; Leenaars, J.G.B.; Hengl, T.; Mendes de Jesus, J.S.

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the World Soil Information Service (WoSIS) is to serve quality-assessed, georeferenced soil data (point, polygon, and grid) to the international community upon their standardisation and harmonisation. So far, the focus has been on developing procedures for legacy point data with special

  4. Synthesis of WO3-Polyaniline Composites and their Gas Sensing Properties

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    L. A. PATIL

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Polyaniline (PANI and WO3-PANI composites were synthesized by a chemical polymerization method using ammonium persulphate (APS as an oxidizing agent. This is a single step polymerization process to synthesize the conducting polymer. Thick films of PANI and WO3-PANI were fabricated by screen-printing followed by firing at 300 0C for 30 min. WO3-PANI (50 wt% thick films resulted in LPG gas detector. Upon exposure to 100 ppm LPG gas, the barrier height between the grains of WO3 and PANI decreases mark-ably leading to a drastic decrease in resistance. An exceptional sensitivity was found to LPG gas at 325 0C and no cross sensitivity was observed to other hazardous and polluting gases even at higher concentration (1000 ppm. The instant response (~ 14 s and fast recovery (~ 38 s are the main features of this sensor. XRD, SEM, E-DAX, FTIR and UV–Vis spectroscopy, characterized the synthesized polymers. The effects of microstructure and dopant concentrations on the gas response, selectivity, response time and recovery time of the sensor in the presence of LPG gas were studied and discussed.

  5. NO{sub 2} gas sensing of flame-made Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} thick films

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    Samerjai, Thanittha [Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Program, Faculty of Graduate School, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Tamaekong, Nittaya [Program in Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290 (Thailand); Liewhiran, Chaikarn [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Wisitsoraat, Anurat [Nanoelectronics and MEMS Laboratory, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Phanichphant, Sukon, E-mail: sphanichphant@yahoo.com [Materials Science Research Center, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand)

    2014-06-01

    Unloaded WO{sub 3} and 0.25–1.0 wt% Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} nanoparticles for NO{sub 2} gas detection were synthesized by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) and characterized via X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The BET surface area (SSA{sub BET}) of the nanoparticles was measured by nitrogen adsorption. The NO{sub 2} sensing properties of the sensors based on unloaded and Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were investigated. The results showed that the gas sensing properties of the Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} sensors were excellent to those of the unloaded one. Especially, 0.25 wt% Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} sensor showed highest response to NO{sub 2} than the others at low operating temperature of 150 °C. - Graphical abstract: The response of 0.25 wt% Pt-loaded WO3 sensor was 637 towards NO{sub 2} concentration of 10 ppm at 150 °C. - Highlights: • Unloaded and Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} nanoparticles for NO{sub 2} gas detection were synthesized by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP). • Gas sensing properties of the Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} sensors were excellent to those of the unloaded one. • 0.25 wt% Pt-loaded WO{sub 3} sensor showed highest response to NO{sub 2} at low operating temperature of 150 °C.

  6. On the low-lying states of WO - A comparison with CrO and MoO

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    Nelin, C. J.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    The four low-lying states of WO were investigated and compared with similar states of CrO and MoO. For all these systems the ground state is 5 Pi, but the ordering of the upper states is different between WO and either CrO or MoO. The difference in the state ordering arises in part from the fact that in WO all of the states are formed from W(+) in a d4S1 configuration, whereas in both CrO and MoO some states are formed from the d5 configuration and others from the d4S1 configuration.

  7. Electrochromism and photocatalysis in dendrite structured Ti:WO3 thin films grown by sputtering

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    Karuppasamy, A., E-mail: karuppasamy@psnacet.edu.in

    2015-12-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Dendrite structured Ti doped WO{sub 3} (WTO) thin films are grown by co-sputtering. • Sputtering condition influences structure and surface morphology of WTO films. • Titanium doping and annealing lead to dendritic surface structures in WTO films. • Structural, optical, electrochromic and photocatalytic properties of WTO films. • Enhanced electrochromism and photocatalysis in dendrite structured WTO thin films. - Abstract: Titanium doped tungsten oxide (Ti:WO{sub 3}) thin films with dendrite surface structures were grown by co-sputtering titanium and tungsten in Ar + O{sub 2} atmosphere. Ti:WO{sub 3} thin films were deposited at oxygen flow rates corresponding to pressures in the range 1.0 × 10{sup −3}–5.0 × 10{sup −3} mbar. Argon flow rate and sputtering power densities for titanium (2 W/cm{sup 2}) and tungsten (3 W/cm{sup 2}) were kept constant. Ti:WO{sub 3} films deposited at an oxygen pressure of 5 × 10{sup −3} mbar are found to be better electrochromic and photocatalytic. They have high optical modulation (80% at λ = 550 nm), coloration efficiency (60 cm{sup 2}/C at λ = 550 nm), electron/ion storage and removal capacity (Qc: −22.01 mC/cm{sup 2}, Qa: 17.72 mC/cm{sup 2}), reversibility (80%) and methylene blue decomposition rate (−1.38 μmol/l d). The combined effects of titanium doping, dendrite surface structures and porosity leads to significant enhancement in the electrochromic and photocatalytic properties of Ti:WO{sub 3} films.

  8. WoSIS: providing standardised soil profile data for the world

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    Batjes, Niels H.; Ribeiro, Eloi; van Oostrum, Ad; Leenaars, Johan; Hengl, Tom; Mendes de Jesus, Jorge

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the World Soil Information Service (WoSIS) is to serve quality-assessed, georeferenced soil data (point, polygon, and grid) to the international community upon their standardisation and harmonisation. So far, the focus has been on developing procedures for legacy point data with special attention to the selection of soil analytical and physical properties considered in the GlobalSoilMap specifications (e.g. organic carbon, soil pH, soil texture (sand, silt, and clay), coarse fragments ( Profile data managed in WoSIS were contributed by a wide range of soil data providers; the data have been described, sampled, and analysed according to methods and standards in use in the originating countries. Hence, special attention was paid to measures for soil data quality and the standardisation of soil property definitions, soil property values, and soil analytical method descriptions. At the time of writing, the full WoSIS database contained some 118 400 unique shared soil profiles, of which some 96 000 are georeferenced within defined limits. In total, this corresponds with over 31 million soil records, of which some 20 % have so far been quality-assessed and standardised using the sequential procedure discussed in this paper. The number of measured data for each property varies between profiles and with depth, generally depending on the purpose of the initial studies. Overall, the data lineage strongly determined which data could be standardised with acceptable confidence in accord with WoSIS procedures, corresponding to over 4 million records for 94 441 profiles. The publicly available data - WoSIS snapshot of July 2016 - are persistently accessible from ISRIC WDC-Soils through doi:10.17027/isric-wdcsoils.20160003.

  9. Dehydration, Dehydrogenation, and Condensation of Alcohols on Supported Oxide Catalysts Based on Cyclic (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 Clusters

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    Rousseau, Roger J.; Dixon, David A.; Kay, Bruce D.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2014-01-01

    Supported early transition metal oxides have important applications in numerous catalytic reactions. In this article we review preparation and activity of well-defined model WO3 and MoO3 catalysts prepared via deposition of cyclic gas-phase (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters generated by sublimation of WO3 and MoO3 powders. Conversion of small aliphatic alcohols to alkenes, aldehydes/ketons, and ethers is employed to probe the structure-activity relationships on model WO3 and MoO3 catalysts ranging from unsupported (WO3)3 and (MoO3)3 clusters embedded in alcohol matrices, to (WO3)3 clusters supported on surfaces of other oxides, and epitaxial and nanoporous WO3 films. Detailed theoretical calculations reveal the underlying reaction mechanisms and provide insight into the origin of the differences in the WO3 and MoO3 reactivity. For the range of interrogated (WO3)3 they further shed light into the role structure and binding of (WO3)3 clusters with the support play in determining their catalytic activity.

  10. Enhanced performance of direct Z-scheme CuS-WO3 system towards photocatalytic decomposition of organic pollutants under visible light

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    Song, Chundong; Wang, Xiang; Zhang, Jing; Chen, Xuebing; Li, Can

    2017-12-01

    CuS-WO3 composites were synthesized by an in situ solution method at low temperature. The crystalline phase, morphology, particle size, and the optical properties of CuS-WO3 samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. CuS-WO3 composites showed much higher activity for photocatalytic degradation of RhB as compared with WO3 and CuS. The degradation rate constant over 1 wt% CuS-WO3 catalyst was 4.4 times and 9.2 times higher than that of WO3 and CuS, respectively. It is found that holes (h+) and superoxide radical anions (rad O2-) are the dominant reactive species by using methanol, disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) and ascorbic acid as scavengers. Band structure analysis shows that bottom of CB of WO3 is very similar with and higher (ca. 0.01 eV) than the top of VB of CuS. The results of PL showed that the similarity renders the recombination between photogenerated holes on the VB of CuS and photogenerated electrons on the CB of WO3 possible and easy, forming a direct Z-scheme in CuS-WO3. This result in that more electrons in the CB of CuS and holes in the VB of WO3 survived, and then participated in the photocatalytic degradation of RhB, showing an increased activity.

  11. Improving photo-stability and charge transport properties of Cu2O/CuO for photo-electrochemical water splitting using alternate layers of WO3 or CuWO4 produced by the same route

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    Jamali, Soolmaz; Moshaii, Ahmad

    2017-10-01

    We report on remarkable stability improvement of Cu2O nanostructured thin films by deposition of a thin layer of WO3 or CuWO4 as an efficient photocathode for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The modification of Cu2O thin films by WO3 or CuWO4 has been carried out by the same synthesization process just with different annealing temperatures. It is shown that the Cu2O nanostructures can partly be converted to CuO during the annealing process. The amount of conversion of Cu2O to CuO depends on the annealing temperature and its duration. The best photocurrent densities of -1.9 and -2.8 mA/cm2 have been obtained from the Cu2O/CuO/WO3 and CuO/CuWO4 heterostructures, respectively, which are at least 3 and 4 times higher than that of the bare Cu2O (-0.6 mA/cm2). Also, the stability improvement results show that the remaining photocurrent after 40 min for the WO3 or CuWO4 modifications reach to about 40% and 61%, which in comparison to the bare Cu2O (10%) are 4 and 6 times better, respectively. By performing various characterizations, it is shown that the improved photoresponse of the modified heterostructures is originated from more absorption of the light and consequently more photocurrent generation in the modified samples in addition to the enhanced charge transfer at the interface of photocathode/electrolyte.

  12. Effect of Oral Administration of Tungsten Trioxide (WO3) Particles on Hispathological Feature of liver and kidney in Rat

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    Munawaroh, H. S. H.; Nandiyanto, A. B. D.; Gumilar, G. G.; Widi, A.; Subangkit, M.

    2017-03-01

    This study aims to investigate the toxicity and histopathology of tungsten trioxide (WO3) administration on rat’s liver and kidney. The LD50 of WO3 was determined and the sub acute toxicity was evaluated by orally administration of 5000 mg kg-1 of WO3 to rat for 14 consecutive days. Parameter of blood cells, ALT, creatinine, and BUN were experimentally measured. The toxicological evaluation showed that WO3 is a non toxic compound with the LD50 higher that 5000 mg kg-1. No biochemical change was observed for creatinine and Blood Urea Nitrogen parameter. In contrast, ALT parameter shows higher value in the experiment than that in the control group. Histopathological changes on rat’s liver and kidney were also studied. Small defects in rat’s liver and kidney were found, which may interfere the functional of related enzymes.

  13. Enhanced Colouration Efficiency of Pulsed DC Magnetron Sputtered WO3 Films Cycled in H2SO4 Electrolyte Solution

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    K. Punitha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present investigation, we report on DC power and pulsing frequency induced changes in electrochromic properties of pulsed DC magnetron sputtered WO3 films by intercalating/deintercalating H+ ions from 0.1 M H2SO4 electrolyte solution. The observed efficient colouration ↔ bleaching mechanism of WO3 films confirms the effective electrochromic nature of the films associated with the electrochemical intercalation/deintercalation of H+ ions and electrons into WO3 lattice. The higher optical modulation was observed in the visible region of the optical transmittance spectra of colored and bleached WO3 films. The maximum coloration efficiency of 79 cm2/C was observed the first time for the film deposited at a DC power of 150 W and a pulsing frequency of 25 kHz.

  14. One-dimensional Z-scheme TiO2/WO3/Pt heterostructures for enhanced hydrogen generation

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    Gao, Hongqing; Zhang, Peng; Hu, Junhua; Pan, Jimin; Fan, Jiajie; Shao, Guosheng

    2017-01-01

    One-dimensional Z-scheme TiO2/WO3/Pt heterostructures were fabricated by integrating a facile electrospinning technique and subsequent annealing in air. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, were used to characterize the as-fabricated samples. The results showed that the H2-generation of the as-fabricated one-dimensional Z-scheme TiO2/WO3/Pt heterostructures (S2) was greatly enhanced compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers (S0) and TiO2/WO3 nanofibers (S1). The enhanced photocatalyst activities were mainly attributed to the solid-state Z-scheme photosynthetic heterojunction system with Pt nanoparticle as an electron collector and WO3 as a hole collector, leading to effective charge separation on these semiconductors, which were evidenced by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photocurrent analysis.

  15. Ag/Bi2WO6 prepared by photo-reduction method and its visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper,an ionic liquid assisted solvothermal process has been developed to synthesize the Bi2WO6 photocatalyst.Furthermore,Ag/Bi2WO6 was prepared by aphoto-reduction method.The relationships between catalyst structure and catalysis performance were discussed in detail.Ag nanoparticles deposited on the surface of Bi2WO6 enhanced the absorption of visible light and improved the separation efficiency of the carrier via plasma resonance effect.Ag/Bi2WO6 catalyst with 0.75% (mole fraction Ag/Bi and photo-reduction time of 20 min has been confirmed to have the best photocatalytic activity.

  16. Convenient synthesis of twin-Christmas tree-like PbWO4 microcrystals and their photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Jin; Peng, Li-Li; Tang, Ying; Wu, Huijie

    2017-06-01

    Novel twin-Christmas tree-like PbWO4 microcrystals have been prepared via a convenient aqueous solution route at room temperature under the assistance of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD). The product was characterized by XRD, EDX, SEM, TEM, UV-vis and PL and BET techniques. It was found that β-CD plays an important role in the forming of twin-Christmas tree-like PbWO4 microcrystals. A five-step growth mechanism was proposed to explain the formation of such twin-Christmas tree-like structures. The photocatalytic performance of PbWO4 microcrystals was evaluated by measuring the decomposition rate of methylene blue (MB) and malachite green (MG) solution under the UV irradiation, and the photocatalytic results indicated that as-prepared PbWO4 microcrystals exhibit good and versatile photocatalytic activity as well as excellent recyclability.

  17. CTAB-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis of WO3 Hierarchical Porous Structures and Investigation of Their Sensing Properties

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    Dan Meng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available WO3 hierarchical porous structures were successfully synthesized via cetyltrimethylammonium bromide- (CTAB- assisted hydrothermal method. The structure and morphology were investigated using scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffractometer, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis. The result demonstrated that WO3 hierarchical porous structures with an orthorhombic structure were constructed by a number of nanoparticles about 50–100 nm in diameters. The H2 gas sensing measurements showed that well-defined WO3 hierarchical porous structures with a large specific surface area exhibited the higher sensitivity compared with products without CTAB at all operating temperatures. Moreover, the reversible and fast response to H2 gas and good selectivity were obtained. The results indicated that the WO3 hierarchical porous structures are promising materials for gas sensors.

  18. Pd Nanoparticles Coupled to WO 2.72 Nanorods for Enhanced Electrochemical Oxidation of Formic Acid

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    Xi, Zheng; Erdosy, Daniel P.; Mendoza-Garcia, Adriana; Duchesne, Paul N.; Li, Junrui; Muzzio, Michelle; Li, Qing; Zhang, Peng; Sun, Shouheng (Brown); (Dalhousie U.); (Huazhong)

    2017-03-02

    We synthesize a new type of hybrid Pd/WO2.72 structure with 5 nm Pd nanoparticles (NPs) anchored on 50 × 5 nm WO2.72 nanorods. The strong Pd/WO2.72 coupling results in the lattice expansion of Pd from 0.23 to 0.27 nm and the decrease of Pd surface electron density. As a result, the Pd/WO2.72 shows much enhanced catalysis toward electrochemical oxidation of formic acid in 0.1 M HClO4; it has a mass activity of ~1600 mA/mgPd in a broad potential range of 0.4–0.85 V (vs RHE) and shows no obvious activity loss after a 12 h chronoamperometry test at 0.4 V. Our work demonstrates an important strategy to enhance Pd NP catalyst efficiency for energy conversion reactions.

  19. Morphological control of PbWO{sub 4} crystals in the ethanol-water mixed system with an anionic surfactant

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    Wang, F.F. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, No. 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Li, C.S., E-mail: lichangsheng@ujs.edu.c [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, No. 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Tang, H. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, No. 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China)

    2010-02-04

    In an ethanol/water mixed solvent, the PbWO{sub 4} crystals with various sizes and shapes have been synthesized in the presence of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) at room temperature. The products were characterized by the techniques of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that the ethanol/water volume ratio, the SDBS amount and the amount of reactants played a key role in the morphological control of the PbWO{sub 4} crystals. Various morphologies of PbWO{sub 4} crystals, such as nanoparticles, laths, fishbones, etc., could be obtained dependent on the experimental conditions. The possible mechanism for the formation of lathlike PbWO{sub 4} samples was discussed.

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis of hexagonal WO3 nanowires with high aspect ratio and their electrochemical properties for lithium-ion batteries

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    Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Yayapao, Oranuch; Thongtem, Titipun; Thongtem, Somchai

    2017-12-01

    One dimensional WO3 nanowires with high aspect ratio of >200 were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The effects of reaction temperature and time on phase and morphologies were studied and discussed. In this research, a suitable hydrothermal condition is at 200°C for 48 h. XRD, SEM, and TEM results show that the product is hexagonal WO3 phase with diameter of 25 nm and several ten micrometers long with growth in the c direction. The electrochemical properties were tested for rechargeable lithium batteries. The WO3 NWs electrode exhibits a stability trend over the 30 cycle testing. Some long-term activation process is attributed to the WO3 NWs electrode during charge/discharge reaction.

  1. Effect of FeWO{sub 4} doping on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO under visible light irradiation

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    Buvaneswari, K. [P.G. Department of Chemistry, Sir S. Ramasamy Naidu Memorial College, Sattur 626203, Tamilnadu (India); Karthiga, R.; Kavitha, B. [P.G. & Research Department of Chemistry, C.P.A. College, Bodinayakanur 625513, Tamilnadu (India); Rajarajan, M., E-mail: rajarajan_1962@yahoo.com [P.G. & Research Department of Chemistry, C.P.A. College, Bodinayakanur 625513, Tamilnadu (India); Suganthi, A. [P.G. & Research Department of Chemistry, Thiagarajar College, Madurai 625009, Tamilnadu (India)

    2015-11-30

    Highlights: • Novel FeWO{sub 4}/ZnO nanocomposites synthesized by co-precipitation method. • Nanocomposites were characterized by UV–vis-DRS, FT-IR, XRD, SEM, EDX, TEM and BET techniques. • FeWO{sub 4}/ZnO shows good photocatalytic activity towards degradation of FeWO{sub 4}/ZnO. - Abstract: FeWO{sub 4}/ZnO photocatalyst has been prepared by simple co-precipitation method and characterized using UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV–vis-DRS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) techniques. The XRD results showed that the average particle size of ZnO, FeWO{sub 4} and FeWO{sub 4}/ZnO were found to be 31.17 nm, 63.53 nm and 22.59 nm respectively. The prepared photocatalyst composed of rod and plate with little agglomeration is seen from SEM result. The specific surface area of the as prepared FeWO{sub 4}/ZnO photocatalyst was estimated to be 31.3379 m{sup 2}/g. The photocatalyst can degrade methylene blue (MB), an azo dye extensively used in textile and paper industries in water under visible light irradiation. The effect of various parameters such as irradiation time, initial dye concentration, pH and catalyst concentration has been investigated in detail. FeWO{sub 4}/ZnO photocatalyst (0.04 g/L) in the molar ratio of 1:0.5 calcination at 500 °C can effectively degrade about 96% of (20 μm) MB at a pH of about 10 by 180 min illumination in visible light. In all the degradation studies the reaction follows first order kinetics.

  2. Synthesis of WO{sub 3} nanoparticles by citric acid-assisted precipitation and evaluation of their photocatalytic properties

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    Sánchez-Martínez, D. [Departamento de Ecomateriales y Energía, Facultad de Ingeniería Civil (UANL), Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Martínez-de la Cruz, A., E-mail: azael70@yahoo.com.mx [Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); López-Cuéllar, E. [Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico)

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple citric acid-assisted precipitation. ► WO{sub 3} photocatalyst was able to the partial mineralization of rhB, IC and MO. ► WO{sub 3} can be considered as a photocatalyst active under visible light irradiation. -- Abstract: WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by citric acid-assisted precipitation method using a 1:1.5 molar ratio of ammonium paratungstate hydrate (H{sub 42}N{sub 10}O{sub 42}W{sub 12}·xH{sub 2}O):citric acid (C{sub 6}H{sub 8}O{sub 7}). The formation of monoclinic crystal structure of WO{sub 3} at different temperatures was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The characterization of the samples synthesized was complemented by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer–Emmitt–Teller surface area (BET) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). According to the thermal treatment followed during the synthesis of WO{sub 3}, the morphology of the nanoparticles formed was characterized by rectangular and ovoid shapes. The photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3} obtained under different experimental conditions was evaluated in the degradation of rhodamine B (rhB), indigo carmine (IC), methyl orange (MO), and Congo red (CR) in aqueous solution under UV and UV–vis radiation. The highest photocatalytic activity was observed in the sample obtained by thermal treatment at 700 °C. In general, the sequence of degradation of the organic dyes was: indigo carmine (IC) > rhodamine B (rhB) > methyl orange (MO) > Congo red (CR). The mineralization degree of organic dyes by WO{sub 3} photocatalysts was determined by total organic carbon analysis (TOC) reaching percentages of mineralization of 82% (rhB), 85% (IC), 28% (MO), and 7% (CR) for 96 h of lamp irradiation.

  3. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6/TiO2 composite coated polyester fabric under visible light irradiation

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    Du, Zoufei; Cheng, Cheng; Tan, Lin; Lan, Jianwu; Jiang, Shouxiang; Zhao, Ludan; Guo, Ronghui

    2018-03-01

    In this study, a visible-light-driven photocatalyst Bi2WO6/TiO2 composite was reported using one-step hydrothermal method and then coated on the polyester fabric. The samples were systematically characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area, UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6/TiO2 coated polyester fabric was evaluated by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and Methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The self-cleaning property of the fabrics was assessed through removing red wine stain. The results reveal that the Bi2WO6/TiO2 composites with irregular shape are coated on the polyester fabric successfully. The UV-vis absorption spectra show a broad absorption band in the visible region, which extends the scope of absorption spectrum and helps to improve the photocatalytic degradation efficiency. Photocatalytic activities of the Bi2WO6/TiO2 composite polyester fabric are associated with the content of TiO2. Bi2WO6/15%TiO2 coated polyester fabric exhibits the degradation efficiency for RhB and MB up to 98% and 95.1%, respectively, which is much higher than that of pure Bi2WO6 and TiO2 coated polyester fabric. Moreover, Bi2WO6/15%TiO2 coated polyester fabric shows good cycle stability toward continuous three cycles of photocatalytic experiment for dyes degradation. In addition, the Bi2WO6/TiO2 coated polyester fabric shows good self-cleaning property. This work could be extended to design of other composite photocatalyst coating on the fabric for enhancing activity by coupling suitable wide and narrow band-gap semiconductors.

  4. Studies on RF sputtered (WO3)1-x (V2O5)x thin films for smart window applications

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    Meenakshi, M.; Sivakumar, R.; Perumal, P.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2016-05-01

    V2O5 doped WO3 targets for RF sputtering thin film deposition were prepared for various compositions. Thin films of (WO3)1-x (V2O5)x were deposited on to glass substrates using these targets. Structural characteristics of the prepared targets and thin films were studied using X-ray diffraction. Laser Raman studies were carried out on the thin films to confirm the compound formation.

  5. Search for 2{\\beta} decay of 116Cd with the help of enriched 116CdWO4 crystal scintillators

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    Poda, D V; Belli, P; Bernabei, R; Cappella, F; Caracciolo, V; Castellano, S; Chernyak, D M; Cerulli, R; Danevich, F A; d'Angelo, S; Incicchitti, A; Kobychev, V V; Konovalov, S I; Laubenstein, M; Podviyanuk, R B; Polischuk, O G; Shlegel, V N; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Vasiliev, Ya V

    2014-01-01

    Cadmium tungstate crystal scintillators enriched in $^{116}$Cd to 82% ($^{116}$CdWO$_4$, total mass of $\\approx$1.2 kg) are used to search for 2$\\beta$ decay of $^{116}$Cd deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory of the INFN (Italy). The radioactive contamination of the $^{116}$CdWO$_4$ crystals has been studied carefully to reconstruct the background of the detector. The measured half-life of $^{116}$Cd relatively to 2$\

  6. Photoreduction of non-noble metal Bi on the surface of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} for enhanced visible light photocatalysis

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    Zhang, Xiaojing [State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China); The Center of New Energy Materials and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China); Yu, Shan; Liu, Yang; Zhang, Qian [The Center of New Energy Materials and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China); Zhou, Ying, E-mail: yzhou@swpu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China); The Center of New Energy Materials and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China)

    2017-02-28

    Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi composite was synthesized by in situ photoreduction of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi exhibits improved photocatalytic efficiency towards degradation of Rhodamine B. • The generation of elemental Bi in Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi induces vacancy and structure distortion of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • The surface oxygen adsorption mode changes from hydroxyl group on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} to molecular oxygen on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi. - Abstract: In this report, Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi composite was prepared through an in situ photoreduction method and was characterized systematically by X-Ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The as-prepared Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi maintains the same crystal structure with the pristine Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} regardless of some surface defects. Nevertheless, these surface defects result in the change of surface oxygen adsorption mode from hydroxyl to molecular oxygen on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. Photocatalytic activity over Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi is 2.4 times higher than that of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} towards the degradation of organic dye Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). A deep study shows that cleavage of benzene ring is the main pathway for RhB degradation over Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, but both the benzene cleavage and de-ethylation pathway coexist for RhB decomposition in the presence of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi as the photocatalyst. Photoelectrochemical study including transient photocurrent tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements shows that Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi could facilitate the charge transfer process compared to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. These data above has indicated a new insight into the promotion mechanism based on Bi related heterostructures.

  7. Facile synthesis of 2-D Cu doped WO3 nanoplates with structural, optical and differential anti cancer characteristics

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    Mehmood, Faisal; Iqbal, Javed; Gul, Asma; Ahmed, Waqqar; Ismail, M.

    2017-04-01

    Simple chemical co-precipitation method has been employed to synthesize two dimensional copper (Cu) doped tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoplates. A numbers of characterization techniques have been used to investigate their structural, optical and biocompatible anti cancer properties. The XRD results have confirmed the monoclinic crystal structure of WO3 nanoplates, and also successful doping of Cu ions into the WO3 crystal lattice. The presence of functional groups and chemical bonding have been verified through FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. The SEM images demonstrate that both undoped and Cu doped WO3 samples have squares plate like morphology. The EDX spectra confirm the presence of Cu, W and O ions. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) analysis has revealed a substantial red-shift in the absorption edge and a decrease in the band gap energy of nanoplates with Cu doping. Photoluminescence spectroscopy has been used to study the presence of defects like oxygen vacancies. Furthermore, the differential cytotoxic properties of Cu doped WO3 samples have been evaluated against human breast (MCF-7) and liver (Hep-2) cancer cells with ectocervical epithelial (HECE) healthy cells. The present findings confirm that the Cu doped WO3 nanoplates can be used as an efficient biocompatible anti cancer agent.

  8. Modified WO3 nanorod with Pt nanoparticle as retrievable materials in catalytic and photocatalytic aerobic oxidation of alcohols

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    Hosseini, Farnaz; Safaei, Elham; Mohebbi, Sajjad

    2017-07-01

    This study has focused on catalytic and photocatalytic oxidation of aromatic alcohols using WO3 nanorod and a series of Pt/WO3 nanocomposite Pt nanoparticles was loaded on WO3 nanorod with several mass ratios 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 via a photoreduction process (PRP) and characterized by TEM, FE-SEM imaging, EDAX, XRD, DRS, ICP, and XPS. WO3 nanorods were obtained monodispersed with average 40-nm diameter and square cross section without significant size change by the loading of platinum nanoparticles on it. Progress of oxidation reaction was monitored by GC and the yield of aerobic photocatalytic oxidation of alcohols reached up to 98% for Pt/WO3 and 69% for WO3 while, no oxidation was detected in the absence of light. The highest photocatalytic performance was obtained for mass ratio 0.2 with the selectivity >99%. So, this nanocomposite has potentials to be used as high-performance heterogeneous catalyst and photocatalyst under visible light irradiation with advantages of high activity, high selectivity, and reusability.

  9. Size-controllable synthesis of functional heterostructured TiO2-WO3 core-shell nanoparticles

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    de Barros Santos, Elias; de Souza e Silva, Juliana Martins; Sigoli, Fernando Aparecido; Mazali, Italo Odone

    2011-11-01

    Mono and bicomponent TiO2 and WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized inside Vycor® glass pores, by cycles of impregnation of the glass with the respective oxide precursor followed by its thermal decomposition. The impregnation-decomposition cycle (IDC) methodology promoted a linear mass increase of the glass matrix, and allowed tuning the nanoparticle size. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy data allowed identifying the formation of TiO2 as anatase phase, while WO3 is a mixture of the γ-WO3 (monoclinic) and δ-WO3 (triclinic) phases. High resolution transmission electron microscopy images revealed that for 3, 5, and 7 IDC, the TiO2 nanoparticles obtained presented average diameters of 3.4, 4.3, and 5.1 nm, and the WO3 nanoparticles have 2.9, 4.6, and 5.7 nm sizes. These TiO2 and WO3 monocomponent nanoparticles were submitted to IDC with the other oxide precursor, resulting in bicomponent nanoparticles. The broadening and shift of the Raman bands related to titanium and tungsten oxides suggest the formation of hetero-structure core-shell nanoparticles with tunable core sizes and shell thicknesses.

  10. Graphitic g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-WO{sub 3} Composite: Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties

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    Doan, An Tran; Thi, Xuan Dieu Nguyen; Nguyen, Phi Hung; Thi, Viet Nga Nguyen; Vo, Vien [Quy Nhon Univ., Quy Nhon (Viet Nam); Kim, Sung Jin [Ewha Womans Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    Graphitic g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-WO{sub 3} composite was synthesized simply by decomposing melamine in the presence of WO{sub 3} at 500 .deg. C. The obtained material was characterized by XRD, SEM, IR and XPS. The results showed that the as-prepared composite exhibits orthorhombic WO{sub 3} phase coated by g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and the g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} decomposed completely with N-doped WO{sub 3} remaining at elevated calcination temperatures. The photocatalytic activity of the composite was evaluated by the photodegradation of methylene blue under visible light. An enhancement in photocatalytic activity for the graphitic g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-WO{sub 3} composite compared to the conventional nitrogen-doped WO{sub 3} was observed, which can be attributed to the presence of g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} in the material.

  11. Ultrathin percolated WO{sub 3} cluster film and its resistive response to H{sub 2}

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    Zhao, Meng [Research Center for Solid State Physics and Materials, School of Mathematics and Physics, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Suzhou 215009 (China); Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Center, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Wong, Man Hon; Huang, Jian Xing [Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Center, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Ong, Chung Wo, E-mail: c.w.ong@polyu.edu.hk [Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Center, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)

    2014-11-05

    Highlights: • Ultrathin percolated network of WO{sub 3} clusters was fabricated. • The WO{sub 3} clusters are modeled by spherical caps connected by ultrafine linkages. • The ultrathin percolated network of WO{sub 3} clusters shows fast response rate to H{sub 2}. • The fast response is attributed to the rapid electrical switching of the linkages. • Improved H{sub 2} sensing properties may be achieved if narrower linkages are used. - Abstract: Thin films composed of tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) nanoclusters were fabricated by oxidizing supersonic cluster beam deposited tungsten films at various temperatures. Oxidation at 700 °C resulted in aggregation of the deposits, forming a percolated network of WO{sub 3} spherical caps connected by fine links. The resistance response of the palladium-(Pd-) coated film sample to hydrogen (H{sub 2}) was investigated. The response rate was faster than those of other samples oxidized at lower temperatures. This is the result of the rapid electrical switching of the intercluster links between the highly resistive depleted state and conducting hydrogenated state. The possibility of improving the H{sub 2} sensing response rate with the use of the percolated WO{sub 3} film structure is illustrated.

  12. Synthesis of ZnWO{sub 4} Electrode with tailored facets: Deactivating the Microorganisms through Photoelectrocatalytic methods

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    Zhan, Su [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026 (China); Zhou, Feng, E-mail: zhoufeng99@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026 (China); Huang, Naibao; Liu, Yujun; He, Qiuchen; Tian, Yu; Yang, Yifan [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026 (China); Ye, Fei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116026 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • ZnWO{sub 4} with different exposed facets was synthesized by the hydrothermal method. • The reactive facets were tailored by varying the solution pH. • The photoelectrocatalysis was more efficient in deactivating the microorganism. - Abstract: The exotic invasive species from the ballast water in the ship will bring about serious damages to ecosystem. Photocatalyst films have been widely studied for sterilization. In this study, ZnWO{sub 4} with different exposed facets was synthesized by hydrothermal method, and ZnWO{sub 4} film electrodes have been applied in ballast water treatment through the electro-assisted photocatalytic system. Then the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS), Field emission on scanning electron microcopy (FE-SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), BET specific surface area analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS). ZnWO{sub 4} with an appropriate exposure of (0 1 1) facets ratio exhibited the best photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activities. The microorganisms deactivated completely in 10 min by ZnWO{sub 4} films with 3 V bias. The mechanisms of (0 1 1) facets enhanced the photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activities which were deduced based on the calculated result from the first principles. Simultaneously, appropriate exposed facets and applied bias could reduce the recombination of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs, and improve the photocatalytic activities of ZnWO{sub 4}.

  13. A facile synthesis of ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles by microwave assisted technique and its application in photocatalysis

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    Garadkar, K.M., E-mail: kmg_chem@unishivaji.ac.in [Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004, MS (India); Ghule, L.A. [Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004, MS (India); Sapnar, K.B.; Dhole, S.D. [Microtron Accelerator Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411 007, MS (India)

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► Nanocrystalline ZnWO{sub 4} particles were successfully prepared by a microwave method. ► Spherical morphology with a 10 nm size. ► The band is 3.4 eV. ► The photodegradation of RhB was 95% within 25 min. - Abstract: A simple microwave assisted technique has been successfully developed to synthesize ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles. The X-ray diffraction results indicated that the synthesized nanoparticles exhibited only wolframite structure. Structural, morphological and optical properties of ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles have been analyzed by XRD, SEM, TEM EDAX, UV–vis and FT-IR spectral measurements. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) image revealed that particle size of ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles was found to be 10 nm, the band-gap of ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles was found to be 3.4 eV. The photocatalytic activities for aqueous Rhodamine B and Methylene Blue samples were investigated and observed that ZnWO{sub 4} nanoparticles exhibited highly enhanced photocatalytic activity towards RhB than MB.

  14. Synthesis of bismuth tungstate (Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) nanoflakes and their field emission investigation

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    Kolhe, P. S.; Sonawane, K. M. [Department of Physics, Fergusson College, Pune 411 004 (India); Bankar, P. K.; Gavhane, D. S.; More, M. A., E-mail: mam@physics.unipune.ac.in [Center for Advanced Studies in materials Science and Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune-411 00.7 (India); Maiti, N. [Laser & Plasma Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2016-05-23

    The nanoflakes of Bismuth Tungstate (Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) were successfully synthesized by a one-step facile hydrothermal route without using any templates or surfactants and field emission investigations of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoflakes emitter are reported. Structural and morphological analysis of as-synthesized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoflakes has been carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Moreover, the field emission characteristics of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoflakes are found to be superior to the other semiconductor emitters. The synthesized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoflakes emitter delivers current density of ~222.35 μA/cm{sup 2} at an applied electric field of ~7.2 V/μm. The emission current stability investigated at pre-set value of ~2 μA is observed to be fairly good. These observed results demonstrate potential candidate of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} cathode as an electron source for practical applications in vacuum microelectronic device.

  15. Synthesis of TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles via sonochemical approach for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under visible light illumination.

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    Anandan, Sambandam; Sivasankar, Thirugnanasambandam; Lana-Villarreal, Teresa

    2014-11-01

    Through an ultrasound assisted method, TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles were synthesized at room temperature. The XRD pattern of as-prepared TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles matches well with that of pure monoclinic WO3 and rutile TiO2 nanoparticles. TEM images show that the prepared TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles consist of mixed square and hexagonal shape particles about 8-12nm in diameter. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles was tested for the degradation of a wastewater containing methylene blue (MB) under visible light illumination. The TiO2/WO3 nanoparticles exhibits a higher degradation rate constant (6.72×10(-4)s(-1)) than bare TiO2 nanoparticles (1.72×10(-4)s(-1)) under similar experimental conditions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. High-performance complementary electrochromic device based on WO3·0.33H2O/PEDOT and prussian blue electrodes

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    Yue, Yanfang; Li, Haizeng; Li, Kerui; Wang, Jinmin; Wang, Hongzhi; Zhang, Qinghong; Li, Yaogang; Chen, Pei

    2017-11-01

    The device assembly plays an important role in affecting the electrochromic (EC) performance of an electrochromic device (ECD). Here, WO3·0.33H2O films are fabricated by a hydrothermal method and then PEDOT:PSS are spin-coated on the surface of WO3·0.33H2O films. Finally, the WO3·0.33H2O/PEDOT films are assembled with electrodeposited prussian blue (PB) to fabricate the WO3·0.33H2O/PEDOT-PB complementary electrochromic devices (ECDs). Compared with pure WO3·0.33H2O and WO3·0.33H2O/PEDOT single-active-layer structure ECDs, the complementary ECD exhibits higher optical modulation, higher coloration efficiency and faster response time, which would provide a promising platform for energy-saving smart (ESS) window.

  17. A hierarchically porous anatase TiO2 coated-WO3 2D IO bilayer film and its photochromic properties.

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    Li, Hua; Wu, Huazhong; Xiao, Jiajia; Su, Yanli; Robichaud, Jacques; Brüning, Ralf; Djaoued, Yahia

    2016-01-18

    A hierarchically porous anatase TiO2 coated-WO3 2D inverse opal (IO) bilayer film was fabricated on ITO glass using a layer by layer route with a hierarchically porous TiO2 top layer and an ordered super-macroporous WO3 2D IO bottom layer. This novel TiO2 coated-WO3 2D IO bilayer film was evaluated for photochromic applications.

  18. Influence of MoO3 addition on the gasochromism of WO3 thin films

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    Zhang, Zenghai; Wu, Guangming; Gao, Guohua; Wu, Jiandong; Feng, Wei

    2011-02-01

    Pure tungsten oxide thin films apparently show gasochromic performance, based on PdCl2 catalyst. In this paper, adulteration of MoO3 into WO3 sol has been achieved via sol-gel method. FT-IR, Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC-TG) and Uv-visible Spectroscopy have been used to analysis the compound sols, films and optical properties for the use of this material as smart windows. FT-IR shows that for the compound, new characteristic absorption bands arise, which is different from pure WO3 or MoO3. DSC-TG shows the phase change during the temperature ascending from 50 to 800°C. The compound thin films performs relatively well in coloring response time, colored extent, coloring-bleaching recycling and gasochromic effect with non-unicity color.

  19. Propane oxidation on Pt-WO3/g -AL2O3 catalytic systems

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    Silva M.A.Pereira da

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The oxidation of propane on was studied with Pt-xWO3/Al2O3 catalysts was studied ,by varying the concentration of tungsten sublayer. Thermal analysis and XRD in situ showed that the enrichment of tungsten at the surface is associated with the formation of HxWO3 bronze. FTIR results with C3H8 and O2 indicated that the catalyst surface properties and the interaction between W and Pt were modified. These modified surface complexes prevented the formation of acetates and formate species. The addition of W increased the activity of Pt/Al2O3 towards in C3H8 oxidation. Tungsten was the main responsible for the stability of the bimetallic catalysts in the presence of water.

  20. A New Hydrogen Sensor Based on SNS Fiber Interferometer with Pd/WO3 Coating

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    Jinxin Shao

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new hydrogen sensor based on a single mode–no core–single mode (SNS fiber interferometer structure. The surface of the no core fiber (NCF was coated by Pd/WO3 film to detect the variation of hydrogen concentration. If the hydrogen concentration changes, the refractive index of the Pd/WO3 film as well as the boundary condition for light propagating in the NCF will all be changed, which will then cause a shift into the resonant wavelength of interferometer. Therefore, the hydrogen concentration can be deduced by measuring the shift of the resonant wavelength. Experimental results demonstrated that this proposed sensor had a high detection sensitivity of 1.26857 nm/%, with good linearity and high accuracy (maximum 0.0055% hydrogen volume error. Besides, it also possessed the advantages of simple structure, low cost, good stability, and repeatability.

  1. Facile Preparation of Porous WO3 Film for Photoelectrochemical Splitting of Natural Seawater

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    Shi, Yonghong; Li, Yuangang; Wei, Xiaoliang; Feng, Juan; Li, Huajing; Zhou, Wanyi

    2017-12-01

    Sunlight-driven natural seawater splitting provides a promising way for large-scale conversion and storage of solar energy. Here, we develop a facile and low-cost method via a deposition-annealing technique to fabricate porous WO3 film and demonstrate its application as a photoanode for natural seawater splitting. The WO3 film yields a photocurrent density of 1.95 mA cm-2 and possesses excellent stability at 1.23 V (versus RHE), under the illumination of 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5G). The photoelectrochemical performance is ascribed to the large surface area and good permeation of the electrolyte into the porous film. Furthermore, the photocurrent density remains almost the same during 3 h continuous light irradiation. The evolution of chlorine gas from seawater splitting was determined with qualitative and quantitative analyses, with a Faradic efficiency of about 56%.

  2. Graphene Q-switched Tm:KY(WO4)2 waveguide laser

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    Kifle, E.; Mateos, X.; Loiko, P.; Yumashev, K.; Yasukevich, A.; Petrov, V.; Griebner, U.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2017-04-01

    We report on the first Tm3+-doped double tungstate waveguide laser passively Q-switched by a graphene saturable absorber using a 12.4 µm-thick 3 at.% Tm:KY0.58Gd0.22Lu0.17(WO4)2 epitaxial layer grown on a (0 1 0)-oriented pure KY(WO4)2 substrate. This laser generated 5.8 nJ/195 ns pulses at 1831.8 nm corresponding to a pulse repetition frequency of 1.13 MHz. These are the shortest pulses achieved in passively Q-switched Tm waveguide lasers. The laser slope efficiency was 9% and the Q-switching conversion efficiency reached 45%. Graphene is promising for the generation of ns pulses at ~2 µm in Tm3+-doped double tungstate waveguide lasers operating in the MHz-range.

  3. Low background techniques toward a ZnWO4 directionality experiment

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    Cerulli, R.

    2017-10-01

    The ZnWO4 crystal is a very promising scintillator to investigate Dark Matter candidates able to induce just nuclear recoils by exploiting the directionality technique. In particular, the anisotropy of the light output for heavy particles in this scintillator can be considered to point out the presence — in the diurnal counting rate — of a signal produced by such Dark Matter candidates. In this paper the status of art of the performances of recently realized ZnWO4 crystal scintillator is summarized and possible future improvements are discussed. Finally, the directionality approach to pursue this kind of Dark Matter investigation with the anisotropic crystal scintillator is addressed and reachable sensitivities — under given assumptions — in future experiments are discussed.

  4. Fabrication and property evaluation of WO3 particles dispersed Al-based composite material

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    Nakamura Naoto

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Advantage of composite material is to take the outstanding mechanical and functional properties of fibers and powders. However, it is not easy to disperse fine particles homogeneously in metallic matrix. 3-dimentional penetration casting (3DPC method enables to disperse particles in the matrix homogeneously without segregation. The present study puts its focus on WO3 particle. Several reports are available about photocatalytic property of WO3 in the visible ray region. Photocatalytic is one of the most promising matter that can be used for resolving environment pollution because photocatalytic cause the oxidation reaction that change carbon contained in organic compound (for example acetaldehyde, toluene into CO2 by light. The aim of this work is to establish the fabrication method using 3DPC, to evaluate the mechanical, photocatalytic properties, and to observe the microstructure using scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM.

  5. Recognizing Amino Acid Chirality with Surface-Imprinted Polymers Prepared in W/O Emulsions

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    Min Jae Shin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A molecularly imprinted polymer was prepared by a surface molecular imprinting technique in water-in-oil (W/O emulsion. In this technique, the solid polymer, which is molecularly imprinted at the internal cavity surface, is prepared by polymerizing W/O emulsions consisting of a water-soluble imprinted molecule, a functional host molecule, an emulsion stabilizer, and a crosslinking agent. Dioleoyl phosphate was used as an emulsion stabilizer, and this compound also acted as a monomer and a host functional group in the imprinted cavity. Divinylbenzene was used as a crosslinker. Tryptophan methyl ester and phenylalanine methyl ester were used as the target template materials. These imprinted polymers exhibited enantiomeric selectivity in absorption experiments, and the maximum separation factor was 1.58. The enantiomeric selectivity with tryptophan methyl ester was higher than that with phenylalanine methyl ester.

  6. Effect of SiO2 Overlayer on WO3 Sensitivity to Ammonia

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    Vibha Srivastava

    2010-06-01

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

  7. Radiation hardness qualification of PbWO4 scintillation crystals for the CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter

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    Ensuring the radiation hardness of PbWO4 crystals was one of the main priorities during the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS experiment at CERN. The production on an industrial scale of radiation hard crystals and their certification over a period of several years represented a difficult challenge both for CMS and for the crystal suppliers. The present article reviews the related scientific and technological problems encountered.

  8. Raman signatures of charge ordering in K0.3WO3

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    Sagar, D. M.; Fausti, D.; Smaalen, S. van; van Loosdrecht, P. H. M.

    2010-01-01

    We present polarization- and temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopic study of hexagonal tungsten bronze, K0.3WO3. The observed asymmetry in phonon line shapes indicate the presence of strong lattice anharmonicity arising due to the nonstoichiometry of the material. We observed a broad multipeak Raman feature at low frequency due to the local modes of K atoms known as local structural excitations. The observed vibrational features indicate a second-order phase transition around T=200 K accom...

  9. Luminescent properties of red-light-emitting phosphors CaWO4: Eu ...

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    These spectra illustrated that Eu3+-, Li+-codoped CaWO4 phosphors could effectively be excited by a 270 nm ultraviolet (UV) or 394 nm near UV chip, and exhibit red emission originated from the 5D0 → 7F ( = 1 and 2) transitions of Eu3+. The fluorescent intensities of red emission band centred at 610 nm of 6 mol% ...

  10. Electron Spin Resonance investigation of undoped and Li-doped CdWO_4 scintillator crystals

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    Laguta, V. V.; Nikl, M.; Buryi, M.

    2009-01-01

    Electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra of Fe3+ and Mn2+ ions have been studied in the nominally pure and 0.05% Li-doped single crystals of CdWO4. The zero-field splitting parameters are determined with a high precision for both of the impurities. The result suggest that the Li-doping leads to the increase of the ionic charge of iron from 3+ to 4+ and of manganese, from 1+ to 2+.

  11. Controllable topological transformation from BiOCl hierarchical microspheres to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures in the Bi–W–Cl–O system

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    Cheng, Jiao [National Engineering Research Center for Manufacturing Equipment Digitization, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Shi, Songxin, E-mail: shisx@hust.edu.cn [National Engineering Research Center for Manufacturing Equipment Digitization, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Tang, Tengteng [State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Tian, Shouqin [State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Nanomaterials and Smart Sensors Research Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yang, Wenjuan [State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Zeng, Dawen [Nanomaterials and Smart Sensors Research Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: The three-dimensional (3D) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures assembled by nanosheets were directly transformed topologically from BiOCl hierarchical microspheres via a facile one-pot solvothermal method. Furthermore, the crystal growth of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructure was confirmed to occur at the exposed plane (0 0 1) of BiOCl nanosheets with WO{sub 6}{sup 6−} units replacing the interlaminar Cl atoms. Their similar layered structures favored the controllable transformation of BiOCl to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} through the substitution process. And this topological transformation may provide a new prospective to the synthesis of other 3D compounds. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures were prepared by topological transformation of BiOCl assembly. • Transformation process experienced three stages of BiOCl, BiOCl/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures grew at the exposed (0 0 1) facets of BiOCl nanosheets. • The growth mechanism was revealed from thermodynamic and kinetic dynamic aspects. - Abstract: In this work, three-dimensional (3D) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures assembled by nanosheets were prepared using the topological transformation of BiOCl hierarchical microspheres via a facile one-pot solvothermal method. Interestingly, it was found that the transformation process experienced three stages including BiOCl, BiOCl/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} with increasing solvothermal time at 150 °C, which was confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Raman spectrometer and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) results. Importantly, the crystal growth of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures occurred at the exposed (0 0 1) facets of BiOCl nanosheets with WO{sub 6}{sup 6−} units replacing the interlaminar Cl atoms. Also, the growth mechanism was revealed and discussed in the thermodynamic and kinetic dynamic aspects. Compared with BiOCl superstructures, the Bi

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of WO3/Graphene Nanocomposites for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activities by One-Step In-Situ Hydrothermal Reaction

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    Xiaoxiao Hu

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Tungsten trioxide (WO3 nanorods are synthesized on the surface of graphene (GR sheets by using a one-step in-situ hydrothermal method employing sodium tungstate (Na2WO4·2H2O and graphene oxide (GO as precursors. The resulting WO3/GR nanocomposites are characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results confirm that the interface between WO3 nanorod and graphene contains chemical bonds. The enhanced optical absorption properties are measured by UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The photocatalytic activity of the WO3/GR nanocomposites under visible light is evaluated by the photodegradation of methylene blue, where the degradation rate of WO3/GR nanocomposites is shown to be double that of pure WO3. This is attributed to the synergistic effect of graphene and the WO3 nanorod, which greatly enhances the photocatalytic performance of the prepared sample, reduces the recombination of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs and increases the visible light absorption efficiency. Finally, the photocatalytic mechanism of the WO3/GR nanocomposites is presented. The synthesis of the prepared sample is convenient, direct and environmentally friendly. The study reports a highly efficient composite photocatalyst for the degradation of contaminants that can be applied to cleaning up the environment.

  13. WO3/Pt nanoparticles promote light-induced lipid peroxidation and lysosomal instability within tumor cells

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    Clark, Andrea J.; Petty, Howard R.

    2016-02-01

    Although metal-metal oxide nanoparticles have attracted considerable interest as catalysts, they have attracted little interest in nanomedicine. This is likely due to the fact that metal oxide semiconductors generally require biologically harmful ultraviolet excitation. In contrast, this study focuses upon WO3/Pt nanoparticles, which can be excited by visible light. To optimize the nanoparticles’ catalytic performance, platinization was performed at alkaline pH. These nanoparticles destroyed organic dyes, consumed dissolved oxygen and produced hydroxyl radicals. 4T1 breast cancer cells internalized WO3/Pt nanoparticles within the membrane-bound endo-lysosomal compartment as shown by electron and fluorescence microscopy. During visible light exposure, but not in darkness, WO3/Pt nanoparticles manufacture reactive oxygen species, promote lipid peroxidation, and trigger lysosomal membrane disruption. As cells of the immune system degrade organic molecules, produce reactive oxygen species, and activate the lipid peroxidation pathway within target cells, these nanoparticles mimic the chemical attributes of immune effector cells. These biomimetic nanoparticles should become useful in managing certain cancers, especially ocular cancer.

  14. Gas Sensor Based on 3-D WO3 Inverse Opal: Design and Applications

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    Xing, Ruiqing; Du, Yang; Zhao, Xiaonan; Zhang, Xiu

    2017-01-01

    A three-dimensional inverse opal (3DIO) WO3 architecture has been synthesized via a simple sacrificial template method. Morphology features of the 3DIO were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and its structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The shrinking ratio of the PMMA spheres was ~28.2% through measuring the distribution of the PMMA spheres and 3DIO WO3 center-to-center distance between the spheres and macropores, respectively. Beyond that, the 3DIO gas sensing properties were investigated systematically and the sensing mechanism of 3DIO WO3 was proposed. The results indicated that the response of the 3DIO sensor possessed excellent sensitivity to acetone gas, especially at trace levels. The 3DIO gas sensor response was ~7 to 5 ppm of acetone and could detect acetone low to 0.2 ppm effectively, which was in close proximity to the theoretical low detection limit of 0.14 ppm when Ra/Rg ≥ 1.2 was used as the criterion for reliable gas sensing. All in all, the obvious satisfaction of the gas-sensing properties was ascribed to the structure of the 3DIO, and the sensor could be a promising novel device in the future. PMID:28353672

  15. Gas Sensor Based on 3-D WO3 Inverse Opal: Design and Applications

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    Ruiqing Xing

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available A three-dimensional inverse opal (3DIO WO3 architecture has been synthesized via a simple sacrificial template method. Morphology features of the 3DIO were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM and its structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD. The shrinking ratio of the PMMA spheres was ~28.2% through measuring the distribution of the PMMA spheres and 3DIO WO3 center-to-center distance between the spheres and macropores, respectively. Beyond that, the 3DIO gas sensing properties were investigated systematically and the sensing mechanism of 3DIO WO3 was proposed. The results indicated that the response of the 3DIO sensor possessed excellent sensitivity to acetone gas, especially at trace levels. The 3DIO gas sensor response was ~7 to 5 ppm of acetone and could detect acetone low to 0.2 ppm effectively, which was in close proximity to the theoretical low detection limit of 0.14 ppm when Ra/Rg ≥ 1.2 was used as the criterion for reliable gas sensing. All in all, the obvious satisfaction of the gas-sensing properties was ascribed to the structure of the 3DIO, and the sensor could be a promising novel device in the future.

  16. Facile Solvothermal Synthesis and Gas Sensitivity of Graphene/WO3 Nanocomposites

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    Gui, Yanghai; Yuan, Junhua; Wang, Weiming; Zhao, Jianbo; Tian, Junfeng; Xie, Bing

    2014-01-01

    Graphene has attracted enormous attention owing to its extraordinary properties, while graphene-based nanocomposites hold promise for many applications. In this paper, we present a two-step exploitation method for preparation of graphene oxides and a facile solvothermal route for preparation of few-layer graphene nanosheets and graphene/WO3 nanocomposites in an ethanol-distilled water medium. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and gas-sensing test. The resistivity of the thick-film gas sensors based on sandwich-like graphene/WO3 nanocomposites can be controlled by varying the amount of graphene in the composites. Graphene/WO3 nanocomposites with graphene content higher than 1% show fast response, high selectivity and fine sensitivity to NOx. PMID:28788695

  17. Magnetostriction-polarization coupling in multiferroic Mn2MnWO6.

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    Li, Man-Rong; McCabe, Emma E; Stephens, Peter W; Croft, Mark; Collins, Liam; Kalinin, Sergei V; Deng, Zheng; Retuerto, Maria; Sen Gupta, Arnab; Padmanabhan, Haricharan; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Grams, Christoph P; Hemberger, Joachim; Orlandi, Fabio; Manuel, Pascal; Li, Wen-Min; Jin, Chang-Qing; Walker, David; Greenblatt, Martha

    2017-12-11

    Double corundum-related polar magnets are promising materials for multiferroic and magnetoelectric applications in spintronics. However, their design and synthesis is a challenge, and magnetoelectric coupling has only been observed in Ni 3 TeO 6 among the known double corundum compounds to date. Here we address the high-pressure synthesis of a new polar and antiferromagnetic corundum derivative Mn 2 MnWO 6 , which adopts the Ni 3 TeO 6 -type structure with low temperature first-order field-induced metamagnetic phase transitions (T N  = 58 K) and high spontaneous polarization (~ 63.3 μC·cm -2 ). The magnetostriction-polarization coupling in Mn 2 MnWO 6 is evidenced by second harmonic generation effect, and corroborated by magnetic-field-dependent pyroresponse behavior, which together with the magnetic-field-dependent polarization and dielectric measurements, qualitatively indicate magnetoelectric coupling. Piezoresponse force microscopy imaging and spectroscopy studies on Mn 2 MnWO 6 show switchable polarization, which motivates further exploration on magnetoelectric effect in single crystal/thin film specimens.

  18. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity.

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    Reyes, Karla Rosa; Stephens, Zachary Dan.; Robinson, David B.

    2013-05-01

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with WO3 electrodeposited homogeneously on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. A paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length on the current density and the EC contrast of the material were studied. The EC redox reaction seen in this material is diffusion- limited, having relatively fast reaction rates at the electrode surface. The composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2.

  19. Facile Solvothermal Synthesis and Gas Sensitivity of Graphene/WO3 Nanocomposites

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    Yanghai Gui

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Graphene has attracted enormous attention owing to its extraordinary properties, while graphene-based nanocomposites hold promise for many applications. In this paper, we present a two-step exploitation method for preparation of graphene oxides and a facile solvothermal route for preparation of few-layer graphene nanosheets and graphene/WO3 nanocomposites in an ethanol-distilled water medium. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD, thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA and gas-sensing test. The resistivity of the thick-film gas sensors based on sandwich-like graphene/WO3 nanocomposites can be controlled by varying the amount of graphene in the composites. Graphene/WO3 nanocomposites with graphene content higher than 1% show fast response, high selectivity and fine sensitivity to NOx.

  20. Synthesis of Spherical Bi2WO6 Nanoparticles by a Hydrothermal Route and Their Photocatalytic Properties

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    B. Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Spherical Bi2WO6 nanoparticles were synthesized by a hydrothermal route. SEM observation shows that the size of the particles ranges from 60 to 120 nm and the average particle size is ~85 nm. TEM investigation shows that the particles are made up of subgrains with size of 5–10 nm. The bandgap energy of the particles is measured to be 2.93 eV by ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. RhB was chosen as the target pollutant to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the particles under irradiation of simulated sunlight, revealing that they exhibit an obvious photocatalytic activity. The effects of ethanol, KI, and BQ on the photocatalytic efficiency of Bi2WO6 particles towards the RhB degradation were investigated. It is observed that ethanol has no effect on the photocatalytic degradation of RhB, whereas KI and BQ exhibit a substantial suppression of RhB degradation. No hydroxyl (•OH is found, by the photoluminescence technique using terephthalic acid as a probe molecule, to be produced over the irradiated Bi2WO6 particles. Based on the experimental results, photoexcited hole (h+ and superoxide (•O2- are suggested to be the two main active species responsible for the dye degradation, while •OH plays a negligible role in the photocatalysis.

  1. Carbon materials as additives to WO3 for an enhanced conversion of simulated solar light

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    Rocío Jiménez Carmona

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available We have explored the impact of the incorporation of nanoporous carbons as additives to tungsten oxide on the photocatalytic degradation of two recalcitrant pollutants: rhodamine B and phenol, under simulated solar light. For this purpose, WO3/carbon mixtures were prepared using three carbon materials with different properties (in terms of porosity, structural order and surface chemistry. Despite the low carbon content used (2 wt. %, a significant increase in the photocatalytic performance of the semiconductor was observed for all the catalysts. Moreover, the influence of the carbon additive on the performance of the photocatalysts was found to be very different for the two pollutants. Carbon additives of hydrophobic nature increased the photodegradation yield of phenol compared to bare WO3, likely due to the higher affinity and stronger interactions of phenol molecules towards basic nanoporous carbons. Oppositely, the use of acidic carbon additives led to higher rhodamine B conversions due to increased acidity of the WO3/carbon mixtures and the stronger affinity of the pollutant for acidic catalyst’s surfaces. As a result, the photooxidation of rhodamine B is favored by means of a coupled (photosensitized and photocatalytic degradation mechanism. All these results highlight the importance of favoring the interactions of the pollutant with the catalyst’s surface through a detailed design of the features of the photocatalyst.

  2. Photoelectrochemical behavior of nanostructured WO3 thin-film electrodes: The oxidation of formic acid.

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    Monllor-Satoca, Damián; Borja, Luis; Rodes, Antonio; Gómez, Roberto; Salvador, Pedro

    2006-12-11

    Nanostructured tungsten trioxide thin-film electrodes are prepared on conducting glass substrates by either potentiostatic electrodeposition from aqueous solutions of peroxotungstic acid or direct deposition of WO3 slurries. Once treated thermally in air at 450 degrees C, the electrodes are found to be composed of monoclinic WO3 grains with a particle size around 30-40 nm. The photoelectrochemical behavior of these electrodes in 1 M HClO4 apparently reveals a low degree of electron-hole recombination. Upon addition of formic acid, the electrode showed the current multiplication phenomenon together with a shift of the photocurrent onset potential toward less positive values. Photoelectrochemical experiments devised on the basis of a kinetic model reported recently [I. Mora-Seró, T. Lana-Villarreal, J. Bisquert, A. Pitarch, R. Gómez, P. Salvador, J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 109, 3371] showed that an interfacial mechanism of inelastic, direct hole transfer takes place in the photooxidation of formic acid. This behavior is attributed to the tendency of formic acid molecules to be specifically adsorbed on the WO3 nanoparticles, as evidenced by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy.

  3. Visualization of X-ray Beam Using CdWO4 Crystal for Macromolecular Crystallography

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    Kazimierz J. Gofron

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In synchrotron diffraction experiments, it is typically assumed that the X-ray beam at the sample position is uniform, stable and has dimensions that are controlled by the focus and slits settings. As might be expected, this process is much more complex. We present here an investigation of the properties of a synchrotron X-ray beam at the sample position. The X-ray beam is visualized with a single crystal scintillator that converts X-ray photons into visible light photons, which can be imaged using Structure Biology Center (SBC on-axis and off-axis microscope optics. The X-ray penetration is dependent on the composition of the scintillator (especially the effective Z, and X-ray energy. Several scintillators have been used to visualize X-ray beams. Here we compare CdWO4, PbWO4, Bi4Ge3O12, Y3Al5O12:Ce (YAG:Ce, and Gd2O2S:Tb (phosphor. We determined that scintillator crystals made of CdWO4 and similar high-Z materials are best suited for the energy range (7–20 keV and are most suitable for beam visualization for macromolecular crystallography applications. These scintillators show excellent absorption, optical, and mechanical properties.

  4. Rectangular AgIn(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanotubes: a promising photoelectric material

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    Song, Shuyan; Zhang, Yu; Xing, Yan; Wang, Cheng; Feng, Jing; Shi, Weidong; Zheng, Guoli; Zhang, Hongjie [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (China); Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun (China)

    2008-08-22

    Rectangular AgIn(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanotubes with a diameter range of 80 to 120 nm and length up to 2 {mu}m have been synthesized by a hydrothermal method. These nanotubes exhibit interesting white light emissions when using 320 nm as the excitation wavelength. A photocatalytic reaction for water decomposition to evolve H{sub 2} was performed under UV irradiation, and the rate of H{sub 2} evolution is nearly seven times that of the sample prepared by a solid-state reaction, which shows much higher photocatalytic activities compared with their bulk counterparts. The activity of AgIn(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanotubes for degrading rhodamine B in water irradiated by UV light was about twice that of using bulk materials. The formation mechanism of the rectangular nanotubes is proposed based on the anisotropic intrinsic crystalline structure of AgIn(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}. The enhancement of the photoelectric properties is attributed to the nanometer-scale size and tubular structure. (Abstract Copyright [2008], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  5. Synthesis and luminescent properties of Eu3+ activated SrWO4 nanocrystalline microspheres.

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    Bharat, L Krishna; Yu, Jae Su

    2013-12-01

    We synthesized the Eu3+ activated SrWO4 nanocrystalline microspheres by a simple and facile synthesis route. X-ray diffraction patterns exhibited a unique phase of SrWO4:Eu3+ scheelite structure with an average crystallite size of 58.9 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectra revealed the presence of absorption bands of WO4(2-) and polyethylene glycol. The optical properties were investigated by varying the Eu3+ ion concentration. Photoluminescence (PL) excitation spectra confirmed that these phosphors are able to be excited by UV, near UV, and visible wavelengths. PL emission spectra showed the bright-red emission due to the 5D0 --> 7F2 electric dipole transition from the sites of non-inversion symmetry. The optimal doping concentration of Eu3+ ions was found to be 7 mol%. Blending this phosphor with YAG:Ce3+ phosphors may compensate their lack of a red spectral component, which leads to a good natural white light for indoor illumination.

  6. Effect of Pt Nanoparticles on the Optical Gas Sensing Properties of WO3 Thin Films

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    Muhammad U. Qadri

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of tungsten trioxide were deposited on quartz substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. Different annealing temperatures in the range from 423 to 973 K were used under ambient atmosphere. The influence of the annealing temperature on the structure and optical properties of the resulting WO3 thin films were studied. The surface morphology of the films is composed of grains with an average size near 70 nm for the films annealed between 773 and 973 K. Some of the WO3 thin films were also coated with Pt nanoparticles of about 45 nm in size. Spectrometric measurements of transmittance were carried out for both types of WO3 samples in the wavelength range from 200–900 nm, to determine the effect of the exposure to two different gases namely H2 and CO. Films showed fast response and recovery times, in the range of few seconds. The addition of Pt nanoparticles enables reducing the operation temperature to room temperature.

  7. Electrochemical fabrication of Pt-Au-WO3 electrodes for direct methanol fuel cell.

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    Ahn, Jae-Hoon; Park, Eun-Kyung; Kim, Kyung-Hwa; Baeck, Sung-Hyeon

    2010-01-01

    Pt-Au-WO3 ternary electrodes with various compositions were synthesized by electrochemical method from a mixture of H2PtCl6 aqueous solution, HAuCl4 aqueous solution, and W-peroxo complex. Their electrocatalytic activities for methanol oxidation were investigated. Film composition was controlled by varying the concentration of each component in electrolytes. Morphology and compositional analyses of the synthesized films were performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The catalytic activity and initial behavior of current density for methanol oxidation of the synthesized films were measured using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) in a mixture of 0.5 M H2SO4 and 0.5 M CH3OH solution. Electrocatalytic activity for CO oxidation was also evaluated in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution. The activities of various electrodes for methanol oxidation were found to be strongly dependent on film composition. Pt-Au-WO3 electrodes exhibited higher activity for CO oxidation than pure Pt. The addition of proper amount of Au and WO3 significantly improved catalytic activity for methanol oxidation.

  8. Substituted indole Mcl-1 inhibitors: a patent evaluation (WO2015148854A1).

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    Song, Ting; Wang, Ziqian; Zhang, Zhichao

    2016-10-04

    The myeloid cell leukemia 1 (Mcl-1) protein, an anti-apoptotic member of Bcl-2 family, plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of many cancers and is listed in the 'top ten' pathological factors across the diversity of human cancers. The patent described in this evaluation (WO2015148854A1) claimed substituted indole Mcl-1 inhibitors for the treatment of diseases and conditions (e.g., cancer) characterized by the over-expression or dysregulation of Mcl-1 proteins. A variety of 2-position substituents distinguished indole Mcl-1 inhibitors claimed in this patent from another two patents by AbbVie Inc. (WO2008131000A2 and WO2008130970A1). They exhibited low-nanomolar binding affinities and >100-fold selectivity over Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL in vitro, and low-micromolar killing abilities against a panel of tumour cell lines. Moreover, the compounds in this patent revealed that the structural basis for selective Mcl-1 inhibitors may not completely depend on the 5 known binding hot-spots, and conformational flexibility of Mcl-1 protein could contribute to the binding specificity.

  9. Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers and comparision of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer thickness in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Jincheng; Shi, Chengwu, E-mail: shicw506@foxmail.com; Chen, Junjun; Wang, Yanqing; Li, Mingqian

    2016-06-15

    In this paper, the ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers were successfully prepared by spin-coating-pyrolysis method using the tungsten isopropoxide solution in isopropanol. The influence of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer thickness on the photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite solar cells was systematically compared, and the interface charge transfer and recombination in planar perovskite solar cells with TiO{sub 2} compact layer was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the optimum thickness of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer was 15 nm and 60 nm. The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO{sub 3} compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency. - Graphical abstract: The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO{sub 3} compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers. • Perovskite solar cell with 15 nm-thick WO{sub 3} compact layer achieved PCE of 10.14%. • Perovskite solar cell with 60 nm-thick TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved PCE of 12.64%.

  10. Evaluate humidity sensing properties of novel TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} composite material

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    Lin, Wang-De [Department of Applied Chemistry, Providence University, Taichung 43301 Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Center for General Education, St. Mary' s Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management, Yilan 26644 Taiwan, ROC (China); Lai, De-Sheng; Chen, Min-Hung [Department of Applied Chemistry, Providence University, Taichung 43301 Taiwan, ROC (China); Wu, Ren-Jang, E-mail: rjwu@pu.edu.tw [Department of Applied Chemistry, Providence University, Taichung 43301 Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, Fu-Chou [Department of Medical Research, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung 407, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} (1:1) showed better humidity sensing properties than others within the range of 12–90% relative humidity (RH), the response and recovery time were about 20 s and 160 s, respectively. Compared to the previous studies, the prepared sensor exhibits higher sensitivity (S = 451) and the low hysteresis value was around 0.13% at 32% RH. - Highlights: • Novel TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} composite material was prepared for humidity sensor. • The sensor exhibits higher sensitivity (S = 451). • Low hysteresis value was around 0.13% at 32% RH. - Abstract: A novel TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} composite material was prepared using a different proportion of TiO{sub 2} and WO{sub 3} to that investigated in previous studies. The obtained mesoporous material was characterized using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption techniques. The humidity-sensing properties were measured using an inductance, capacitance and resistance analyzer. The results demonstrated that the TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} sample with a ratio of 1:1 showed better humidity sensing properties. Compared to previous studies, the prepared sensor exhibited higher sensitivity (S = 451) and the lower hysteresis value was around 0.13% at 32% RH. Complex impedance analysis indicated that the enhanced humidity sensitivity was probably due to spherical Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area and the hetero-junction between TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} thin films, while the impedance varied about three orders of magnitude. Our results demonstrated the potential application of TiO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} composite for fabricating high performance humidity sensors.

  11. Structure, luminescence and scintillation properties of the MgWO{sub 4}-MgMoO{sub 4} system

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    Mikhailik, V B; Kraus, H [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Kapustyanyk, V; Panasyuk, M; Tsybulskyi, V [Scientific-Technical and Educational Centre of Low Temperature Studies, I Franko National University of Lviv, 50 Dragomanova Street, 79005, Lviv (Ukraine); Prots, Yu [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Noethnitzer Street 40, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Vasylechko, L [Semiconductor Electronics Department, Lviv Polytechnic National University, 12 Bandera Street, 79013, Lviv (Ukraine)], E-mail: vmikhai@hotmail.com

    2008-09-10

    The importance of luminescent tungstates and molybdates in several technological applications motivated the study of the structural, luminescence and scintillation properties of the MgWO{sub 4}-MgMoO{sub 4} system. X-ray diffraction studies allowed the identification of three main types of structures in the pseudo-binary MgWO{sub 4}-MgMoO{sub 4} system (sanmartinite {beta}-MgMoO{sub 4}, cuprosheelite {alpha}-MgMoO{sub 4}, and wolframite MgWO{sub 4}) and the refinement of the parameters of the crystal lattice. It is found that the single-phase solid solution MgMo{sub 1-x}W{sub x}O{sub 4} with a {beta}-MgMoO{sub 4} structure is created only at x<0.10, while for a higher tungsten content a mixture of different phases is formed. The x-ray luminescence spectra of a series of samples of the MgWO{sub 4}-MgMoO{sub 4} system are measured at T = 8 K. The principal emission bands are assigned to the main structural phases as follows: {beta}-MgMoO{sub 4}, 520 nm; {alpha}-MgMoO{sub 4}, 590 nm; MgWO{sub 4} (wolframite), 480 nm. The phase composition of the sample determines the actual shape of the observed spectra. Possible relations between the crystal structure and luminescence properties of different phases are discussed in terms of a configuration coordinate model. Of all the compounds under test, MgWO{sub 4} is found to have the best scintillation response for particle excitation (0.90 {+-} 0.15 that of ZnWO{sub 4} at T = 295 K). Further, the light yield also remains high with decreasing temperature, which makes this material potentially useful for cryogenic applications.

  12. A templated method to Bi2WO6 hollow microspheres and their conversion to double-shell Bi2O3/Bi2WO6 hollow microspheres with improved photocatalytic performance.

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    Li, Xiaona; Huang, Renkun; Hu, Yanhua; Chen, Yongjuan; Liu, Wenjun; Yuan, Rusheng; Li, Zhaohui

    2012-06-04

    Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres with dimension of ca. 1.5 μm were synthesized via a hydrothermal method using polystyrene particles as the template. The as-prepared Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres can be further transformed to double-shell Bi(2)O(3)/Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres. The samples were fully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, N(2)-sorption Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, UV-vis diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The as-formed double-shell Bi(2)O(3)/Bi(2)WO(6) hollow microspheres exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity due to the hollow nature and formation of the p-n junction between p-type Bi(2)O(3) and n-type Bi(2)WO(6). The study provides a general and effective method in the fabrication of composition and dimension-tunable composite hollow microspheres with sound heterojunctions that may show a variety of applications.

  13. Raman Spectroscopic Study of Tungsten(VI) Oxosulfato Complexes in WO3–K2S2O7–K2SO4 Molten Mixtures: Stoichiometry, Vibrational Properties and Molecular Structure

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    Paulson, Andreas L.; Kalampounias, Angelos G.; Berg, Rolf W.

    2011-01-01

    ; therefore, the reaction WO3 þ S2O7 2- f WO2(SO4)2 2- with six-fold W coordination is proposed as fully consistent with the observed Raman features. The effects of the incremental dissolution and presence of K2SO4 inWO3-K2S2O7 melts point to aWO3 3 K2S2O7 3 K2SO4 stoichiometry and a corresponding complex...

  14. Synthesis and Visible-Light Photocatalytic Property of Bi2WO6Hierarchical Octahedron-Like Structures

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    Li Yuanyuan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A novel octahedron-like hierarchical structure of Bi2WO6has been fabricated by a facile hydrothermal method in high quantity. XRD, SEM, TEM, and HRTEM were used to characterize the product. The results indicated that this kind of Bi2WO6crystals had an average size of ~4 μm, constructed by quasi-square single-crystal nanosheets assembled in a special fashion. The formation of octahedron-like hierarchical structure of Bi2WO6depended crucially on the pH value of the precursor suspensions. The photocatalytic activity of the hierarchical Bi2WO6structures toward RhB degradation under visible light was investigated, and it was found to be significantly better than that of the sample fabricated by SSR. The better photocatalytic property should be strongly associated with the high specific surface area and the abundant pore structure of the hierarchical octahedron-like Bi2WO6.

  15. Defect engineering of two-dimensional WO{sub 3} nanosheets for enhanced electrochromism and photoeletrochemical performance

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    Zhou, Xiaofang; Zheng, Xiaoli; Yan, Bo; Xu, Tao; Xu, Qun, E-mail: qunxu@zzu.edu.cn

    2017-04-01

    Highlights: • We establish a facile strategy by solvothermal reaction and hydrogenation to synthesize 2D WO{sub 3} ultrathin nanosheets with abundant oxygen vacancies. • We find that the hydrogenated WO{sub 3} ultrathin nanosheets exhibit outstanding electrochromism properties. • Moreover, the hydrogenated WO{sub 3} nanosheets also exhibit remarkable photocatalytic performance. • The outstanding electrochromism and photoelectrochemical performances are mainly due to increased oxygen vacancies and narrowed band gap. - Abstract: The capability of introduction of oxygen vacancies in a controlled way has emerged as the heart of modern transition metal oxide semiconductor chemistry. As chemical defects, the oxygen vacancies have been proposed as electron donors, which are prone to increase carrier density and promote charge carrier separation. Herein, we have successfully prepared 2D WO{sub 3} ultrathin nanosheets with abundant surface oxygen vacancies by a combination of facile solvothermal reaction and hydrogenation method. The resultant hydrogenated WO{sub 3} ultrathin nanosheets exhibit remarkable electrochromism and photocatalytic performances compared with the non-hydrogenated samples, mainly due to their increased oxygen vacancies, narrowed band gap coupled with fast charge transfer and enhanced adsorption of visible light.

  16. Insight into the Mechanism of CO Oxidation on WO3(001) Surfaces for Gas Sensing: A DFT Study

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    Jin, Hua; Zhou, Hegen; Zhang, Yongfan

    2017-01-01

    The mechanism of CO oxidation on the WO3(001) surface for gas sensing performance has been systematically investigated by means of first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our results show that the oxidation of CO molecule on the perfect WO3(001) surface induces the formation of surface oxygen vacancies, which results in an increase of the surface conductance. This defective WO3(001) surface can be re-oxidized by the O2 molecules in the atmosphere. During this step, the active O2− species is generated, accompanied with the obvious charge transfer from the surface to O2 molecule, and correspondingly, the surface conductivity is reduced. The O2− species tends to take part in the subsequent reaction with the CO molecule, and after releasing CO2 molecule, the perfect WO3(001) surface is finally reproduced. The activation energy barriers and the reaction energies associated with above surface reactions are determined, and from the kinetics viewpoint, the oxidation of CO molecule on the perfect WO3(001) surface is the rate-limiting step with an activation barrier of about 0.91 eV. PMID:28817079

  17. Porous Au-embedded WO3 Nanowire Structure for Efficient Detection of CH4 and H2S

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    Minh Vuong, Nguyen; Kim, Dojin; Kim, Hyojin

    2015-01-01

    We developed a facile method to fabricate highly porous Au-embedded WO3 nanowire structures for efficient sensing of CH4 and H2S gases. Highly porous single-wall carbon nanotubes were used as template to fabricate WO3 nanowire structures with high porosity. Gold nanoparticles were decorated on the tungsten nanowires by dipping in HAuCl4 solution, followed by oxidation. The surface morphology, structure, and electrical properties of the fabricated WO3 and Au-embedded WO3 nanowire structures were examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and current–voltage measurements. Formation of a nanowire structure resulted in significant enhancement in sensing response to H2S and CH4 gases. Furthermore, Au embedment into the WO3 nanowire structures remarkably improved the performance of the sensors. The increase in response performance of sensors and adsorption–desorption kinetic processes on the sensing layers were discussed in relation with the role of Au embedment. PMID:26087355

  18. Per-service supervised learning for identifying desired WoT apps from user requests in natural language.

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    Yoon, Young

    2017-01-01

    Web of Things (WoT) platforms are growing fast so as the needs for composing WoT apps more easily and efficiently. We have recently commenced the campaign to develop an interface where users can issue requests for WoT apps entirely in natural language. This requires an effort to build a system that can learn to identify relevant WoT functions that fulfill user's requests. In our preceding work, we trained a supervised learning system with thousands of publicly-available IFTTT app recipes based on conditional random fields (CRF). However, the sub-par accuracy and excessive training time motivated us to devise a better approach. In this paper, we present a novel solution that creates a separate learning engine for each trigger service. With this approach, parallel and incremental learning becomes possible. For inference, our system first identifies the most relevant trigger service for a given user request by using an information retrieval technique. Then, the learning engine associated with the trigger service predicts the most likely pair of trigger and action functions. We expect that such two-phase inference method given parallel learning engines would improve the accuracy of identifying related WoT functions. We verify our new solution through the empirical evaluation with training and test sets sampled from a pool of refined IFTTT app recipes. We also meticulously analyze the characteristics of the recipes to find future research directions.

  19. Preparation and optimization of CdWO{sub 4}-polymer nano-composite film as an alpha particle counter

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    Ziluei, Hossein [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, AEOI, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Azimirad, Rouhollah [Malek-Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mojtahedzadeh Larijani, Majid, E-mail: mmojtahedfr@yahoo.com [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, AEOI, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ziaie, Farhoud [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, AEOI, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2017-04-21

    In this research work, CdWO{sub 4}/polymer composite films with different thicknesses were prepared using Poly-methyl acrylate polymer and synthesized CdWO{sub 4} powder. The CdWO{sub 4} powder was synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method in the laboratory. X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy proved that the CdWO{sub 4} powder was successfully prepared. Moreover, photoluminescence analysis showed that adding polymer does not change the emission peak of CdWO{sub 4}. Also, the responses of all samples were measured using an {sup 241}Am alpha source with 1860 Bq activity. Results showed that the sample having thickness of 177 mg/cm{sup 2} has the best counting efficiency (over 2π geometry) among the others. The efficiency measurement was further evaluated using a {sup 230}Th source whose activity is 190.7 Bq. It revealed that the counting efficiency of this sample for both {sup 241}Am and {sup 230}Th was nearly equal.

  20. Synthesis and characterizations of isolated WO{sub 4} anchored on mesoporous TiTUD-1 support

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    Pachamuthu, Muthusamy P. [Department of Chemistry, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, Erode, 638401 (India); Maheswari, Rajamanickam [Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC), The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 66047 (United States); Ramanathan, Anand, E-mail: anand@ku.edu [Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC), The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 66047 (United States)

    2017-04-30

    Highlights: • Incorporation of (WO{sub 4}{sup 2−}) species into amorphous mesoporous silicate TiTUD-1. • Typical TUD-1 structure with dispersed Ti{sup 4+} and WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} species. • FT Raman and XPS results evidenced the WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} species dispersion. • Catalyst with 20% W loading yields higher conversion in esterification reaction. - Abstract: The titanium incorporated mesoporous silicate TUD-1 (Si/Ti ratio 40) was synthesized by non-surfactant route, and utilized as a support for tungstate (WO{sub 4}{sup 2−}) species with variable loading (5–30 wt%). The structural and textural properties of these samples were evaluated from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and N{sub 2} physisorption studies. Diffuse reflectance UV–vis (DR UV–vis), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Fourier transform Raman (FT Raman) spectra evidenced the Ti{sup 4+} coordination and the formation of WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} species, further supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies. Scanning electron microscope–energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDAX), High resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) further support the materials morphology corroborating other characterizations. The catalytic activities of these materials were tested in the liquid phase, solvent free esterification of acetic acid with n-butanol. About 95% of acetic acid conversion resulted by these catalysts with 8 h of reaction time.

  1. WO3∕SiO2 composite optical films for the fabrication of electrochromic interference filters.

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    Baloukas, Bill; Martinu, Ludvik

    2012-06-01

    New security devices based on innovative technologies and ideas are essential in order to limit counterfeiting's profound impact on our economy and society. Interference security image structures have been in circulation for more than 20 years, but commercially available iridescent products now represent a potential threat. Therefore, the introduction of active materials, such as electrochromic WO3, to present-day optical security devices offers interesting possibilities. We have previously proposed electrochromic interference filters based on porous and dense WO3, which possessed an angle-dependent and voltage-driven color shift. However, the low index contrast required filters with a high number of layers. In this article, we increase the index contrast (0.61) by mixing WO3 with SiO2 and study the physical and electrochromic properties of mixtures. We next combine high and low index films in tandem configurations to observe the bleaching/coloration dynamics. To account for the film performance, we propose a simple explanation based on the differences in electron diffusion coefficients. An 11 layer electrochromic interference filter (EIF) based on the alternation of pure WO3 and (WO3)0.17(SiO2)0.83 films with a blue to purple angular color shift is then presented. Finally, we discuss possible applications of these EIFs for security.

  2. Application of Black Pearl carbon-supported WO 3 nanostructures as hybrid carriers for electrocatalytic RuSe x nanoparticles

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    Miecznikowski, Krzysztof; Kulesza, Pawel J.; Fiechter, Sebastian

    2011-07-01

    RuSe x electrocatalytic nanoparticles were deposited onto hybrid carriers composed of Black Pearl carbon-supported tungsten oxide; and the resulting system's electrochemical activity was investigated during oxygen reduction reaction. The tungsten oxide-utilizing and RuSe x nanoparticle-containing materials were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electrochemical diagnostic techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and rotating ring-disk voltammetry. Application of Black Pearl carbon carriers modified with ultra-thin films of WO 3 as matrices (supports) for RuSe x catalytic centers results during electroreduction of oxygen in 0.5 mol dm -3 H 2SO 4 (under rotating disk voltammetric conditions) in the potential shift of ca. 70 mV towards more positive values relative to the behavior of the analogous WO 3-free system. Also the percent formation (at ring in the rotating ring-disk voltammetry) of the undesirable hydrogen peroxide has been decreased approximately twice by utilizing WO 3-modified carbon carriers. The results are consistent with the bifunctional mechanism in which oxygen reduction is initiated at RuSe x centers and the hydrogen peroxide intermediate is reductively decomposed at reactive WO 3-modified Black Pearl supports. The electrocatalytic activity of the system utilizing WO 3-modified Black Pearl supports has been basically unchanged upon addition of acetic acid, formic acid or methyl formate to the sulfuric acid supporting electrolyte.

  3. Microstructure and thermochromic properties of VO{sub X}-WO{sub X}-VO{sub X} ceramic thin films

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    Khamseh, S.; Ghahari, M. [Institute for Color Science and Technology, Department of Nanomaterial and Nanocoatings, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Araghi, H. [Islamic Azad University, Department of Materials Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Faghihi Sani, M.A. [Sharif University of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-03-15

    W-doped VO{sub 2} films have been synthesized via oxygen annealing of V-W-V (vanadium-tungsten-vanadium) multilayered films. The effects of middle layer's thickness of V-W-V multilayered film on structure and properties of VO{sub X}-WO{sub X}-VO{sub X} ceramic thin films were investigated. The as-deposited V-W-V multilayered film showed amorphous-like structure when mixed structure of VO{sub 2} (M) and VO{sub 2} (B) was formed in VO{sub X}-WO{sub X}-VO{sub X} ceramic thin films. Tungsten content of VO{sub X}-WO{sub X}-VO{sub X} ceramic thin films increased with increasing middle layer's thickness. With increasing middle layer's thickness, room temperature square resistance (R{sub sq}) of VO{sub X}-WO{sub X}-VO{sub X} ceramic thin films increased from 65 to 86 kΩ/sq. The VO{sub X}-WO{sub X}-VO{sub X} ceramic thin film with the thinnest middle layer showed significant SMT (semiconductor-metal transition) when SMT became negligible on increasing middle layer's thickness. (orig.)

  4. Convenient synthesis of peony-like FeWO4 with super adsorbent properties for efficient degradation of organic dye

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    Deng, Xixi; Xie, Guomeng; Liu, Xin; Wu, Yi; Qin, Lizhao; Li, Qing

    2017-07-01

    Uniform peony-like FeWO4 (average diameter 430 nm) was synthesized by using a convenient solvothermal route in the presence of ethylene glycol and β-cyclodextrin. Using some research techniques, it was verified that the product is phase-pure and well-crystalline peony-like FeWO4, which was made up of many small nanosheets with a thickness of about 10 nm. The specific surface area and the band gap energy of the peony-like FeWO4 were 67.836 m2 g-1 and 1.87 eV, respectively. The product showed an extremely fast adsorbent speed and an excellent adsorbtion capacity for organic dyes. In particular, for methylene blue (MB), the adsorption capacities of the peony-like FeWO4 reached as high as 69.4 mg g-1 in only 5 min. The pseudo-second-order model and Langmuir isotherm model showed good fit with the adsorption data. According to the Langmuir isotherm model, the maximum adsorption capacity was 79.18 mg g-1 for MB. In addition, in the presence of H2O2, the peony-like FeWO4 showed good catalytic performance such that 98% of MB was degraded in only 32 min.

  5. Efficient visible-light photocatalytic and enhanced photocorrosion inhibition of Ag2WO4 decorated MoS2 nanosheets

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    Thangavel, Sakthivel; Thangavel, Srinivas; Raghavan, Nivea; Alagu, Raja; Venugopal, Gunasekaran

    2017-11-01

    The use of two-dimensional nanomaterials as co-catalysts in the photodegradation of toxic compounds using light irradiation is an attractive ecofriendly process. In this study, we prepared a novel MoS2/Ag2WO4 nanohybrid via a one-step hydrothermal approach and the photocatalytic properties were investigated by the degradation of methyl-orange under stimulated irradiation. The nanohybrid exhibits enhanced efficiency in dye degradation compared to the bare Ag2WO4 nanorods; the same has been evidently confirmed with UV-visible spectra and total organic carbon removal analysis. The pseudo-first order rate constant of the nanohybrid is nearly 1.8 fold higher than that of the bare Ag2WO4 nanorods. With the aid of classical radical quenching and photoluminescence spectral analysis, a reasonable mechanism has been derived for the addition of MoS2 to nanohybrids to enhance the photocatalytic efficiency. MoS2 prevents photocorrosion of Ag2WO4 and also diminishes the number of photogenerated electron-hole recombination. Our findings could provide new insights in understanding the mechanism of the MoS2/Ag2WO4 nanohybrid as an efficient photocatalyst suitable for waste-water treatment and remedial applications.

  6. Subsolidus phase relations of the SrO–WO3–CuO system at 800 °C in air

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    Grivel, Jean-Claude; Norby, Poul

    2012-01-01

    The subsolidus phase relations of the SrO–WO3–CuO system were investigated in air. The samples were equilibrated at 800 °C. Under these conditions, eight binary oxides are stable. The pseudo-ternary section contains two ternary oxide phases: the previously described Sr2CuWO6 phase as well as a new...

  7. In situ synthesis of Bi2S3 sensitized WO3 nanoplate arrays with less interfacial defects and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance

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    Liu, Canjun; Yang, Yahui; Li, Wenzhang; Li, Jie; Li, Yaomin; Chen, Qiyuan

    2016-01-01

    In this study, Bi2S3 sensitive layer has been grown on the surface of WO3 nanoplate arrays via an in situ approach. The characterization of samples were carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and ultraviolet–visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis). The results show that the Bi2S3 layer is uniformly formed on the surface of WO3 nanoplates and less interfacial defects were observed in the interface between the Bi2S3 and WO3. More importantly, the Bi2S3/WO3 films as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells display the enhanced PEC performance compared with the Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared by a sequential ionic layer adsorption reaction (SILAR) method. In order to understand the reason for the enhanced PEC properties, the electron transport properties of the photoelectrodes were studied by using the transient photocurrent spectroscopy and intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS). The Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared via an in situ approach have a greater transient time constant and higher electron transit rate. This is most likely due to less interfacial defects for the Bi2S3/WO3 films prepared via an in situ approach, resulting in a lower resistance and faster carrier transport in the interface between WO3 and Bi2S3. PMID:26988275

  8. Role of indium tin oxide electrode on the microstructure of self-assembled WO3-BiVO4 hetero nanostructures

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    Song, Haili; Li, Chao; Van, Chien Nguyen; Dong, Wenxia; Qi, Ruijuan; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Huang, Rong; Chu, Ying-Hao; Duan, Chun-Gang

    2017-11-01

    Self-assembled WO3-BiVO4 nanostructured thin films were grown on a (001) yttrium stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrate by the pulsed laser deposition method with and without the indium tin oxide (ITO) bottom electrode. Their microstructures including surface morphologies, crystalline phases, epitaxial relationships, interface structures, and composition distributions were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. In both samples, WO3 formed nanopillars embedded into the monoclinic BiVO4 matrix with specific orientation relationships. In the sample with the ITO bottom electrode, an atomically sharp BiVO4/ITO interface was formed and the orthorhombic WO3 nanopillars were grown on a relaxed BiVO4 buffer layer with a mixed orthorhombic and hexagonal WO3 transition layer. In contrast, a thin amorphous layer appears at the interfaces between the thin film and the YSZ substrate in the sample without the ITO electrode. In addition, orthorhombic Bi2WO6 lamellar nanopillars were formed between WO3 and BiVO4 due to interdiffusion. Such a WO3-Bi2WO6-BiVO4 double heterojunction photoanode may promote the photo-generated charge separation and further improve the photoelectrochemical water splitting properties.

  9. Simultaneous Synthesis of WO3-x Quantum Dots and Bundle-Like Nanowires Using a One-Pot Template-Free Solvothermal Strategy and Their Versatile Applications.

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    Wang, Yao; Wang, Xiaoxia; Xu, Yuanhong; Chen, Tao; Liu, Mengli; Niu, Fushuang; Wei, Shuang; Liu, Jingquan

    2017-04-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO3-x ), a new alternative to conventional semiconductor material, has attracted numerous attentions owning to its widespread potential applications. Various methods have been reported for the synthesis of WO3-x nanostructures such as nanowires or nanodots. However, templates or surfactants are often required for the synthesis, which significantly complicate the process and hinder the broad applications. Herein, one-pot template/surfactant-free solvothermal method is proposed to synthesize the WO3-x nanostructures including fluorescent quantum dots (QDs) and bundle-like nanowires simultaneously. The as-prepared WO3-x QDs can be well dispersed in aqueous medium, exhibit excellent photoluminescent properties, and show an average size of 3.25 ± 0.25 nm as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy. Meanwhile, the diameter of the WO3-x nanowires is found to be about 27.5 nm as manifested by the scanning electron microscope images. The generation mechanism for these two WO3-x nanostructures are systematically studied and proposed. The WO3-x QDs have been successfully applied in efficient fluorescent staining and specific ferric ion detection. Moreover, the WO3-x nanowires can be utilized as effective dielectric materials for electromagnetic wave absorption. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. A Preliminary Study on WO3‐Infiltrated W–Cu–ScYSZ Anodes for Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald

    2012-01-01

    the anode. The electrochemical performance of these anodes measured by impedance spectroscopy showed polarization resistances of 11 and 6.5 Ω cm2 for WO3 and CuO infiltrated anodes, respectively, at 600 °C in humidified hydrogen. Activation energy values of 86.8 and 96.5 kJ mol–1 were obtained for WO3...

  11. A comparative study of humidity sensing and photocatalytic applications of pure and nickel (Ni)-doped WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Ramkumar, S. [Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, Erode, Tamilnadu (India); Rajarajan, G. [Vidhya Mandhir Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, Erode, Tamilnadu (India)

    2017-06-15

    Nanocrystalline of pristine and nickel (Ni)-doped tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) thin films was deposited by chemical bath deposition method. The concentrations of Ni ions were varied from 0 to 10 wt%. In order to improve the crystallinity of the films were annealed at 600 C for 2 h in the ambient atmosphere. X-ray diffraction results reveal that the WO{sub 3} doped with nickel crystallizes in monoclinic structure and the results are in good agreement with the standard JCPDS data (card no: 83-0951). AFM micrographs reveal that average grain size of about 27-39 nm for pure and Ni-doped WO{sub 3} thin films. In addition, the band gap of the Ni-doped WO{sub 3} nanostructures is facilely tunable by controlling the Ni contents. The humidity sensor setup was fabricated and measured for pure and Ni-doped WO{sub 3} thin film sensor with various level of RH (10-90%). The Ni-doped WO{sub 3} sensor showed fast response and high sensitivity than pure WO{sub 3}. The photocatalytic activities of the films were evaluated by degradation of methyl orange, methylene blue and phenol in an aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3} nanostructures could be remarkably enhanced by doping the Ni impurity. (orig.)

  12. Effect of WO3 nanoparticle loading on the microstructural, mechanical and corrosion resistance of Zn matrix/TiO2-WO3 nanocomposite coatings for marine application

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    Popoola, A. P. I.; Daniyan, A. A.; Umoru, L. E.; Fayomi, O. S. I.

    2017-03-01

    In this study, for marine application purposes, we evaluated the effect of process parameter and particle loading on the microstructure, mechanical reinforcement and corrosion resistance properties of a Zn-TiO2-WO3 nanocomposite produced via electrodeposition. We characterized the morphological properties of the composite coatings with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS). We carried out mechanical examination using a Dura Scan hardness tester and a CERT UMT-2 multi-functional tribological tester. We evaluated the corrosion properties by linear polarization in 3.5% NaCl. The results show that the coatings exhibited good stability and the quantitative particle loading greatly enhanced the structural and morphological properties, hardness behavior and corrosion resistance of the coatings. We observed the precipitation of this alloy on steel is greatly influenced by the composite characteristics.

  13. Nano Ag@AgBr surface-sensitized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst: oil-in-water synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic degradation

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    Lin, Shuanglong; Liu, Li; Hu, Jinshan; Liang, Yinghua, E-mail: liangyh@heuu.edu.cn; Cui, Wenquan, E-mail: wkcui@163.com

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The plasmatic Ag@AgBr surface-sensitized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite photocatalysts. • Ag@AgBr greatly increased visible-light absorption for Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • The plasmonic photocatalysts exhibited enhanced activity for the degradation of MB, phenol and salicylic acid. - Abstract: Nano Ag@AgBr decorated on the surface of flower-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} (hereafter designated Ag@AgBr/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) were prepared via a facile oil-in-water self-assembly method. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), etc. The characterization results indicated that nano Ag@AgBr was observed to be evenly dispersed on the surface of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, and was approximately 20 nm in size. Ag@AgBr/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites exhibited excellent UV–vis absorption, due to quantum dimension effect of Ag@AgBr, the surface plasmonic resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles and the special flower-like structure of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The photoelectrochemical measurement verified that the suitable band potential of Ag@AgBr and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and the existence of metal Ag resulted in the high efficiency in charge separation of the composite. The photocatalytic activities of the Ag@AgBr/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} samples were examined under visible-light irradiation for the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The composite presented excellent photocatalytic activity due to the synergetic effect of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, AgBr, and Ag nanoparticles. The Ag@AgBr(20 wt.%)/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} sample exhibited the best photocatalytic activity, degrading 95.03% MB after irradiation for 2 h, which was respectively 1.29 times and 1.28 times higher than that of Ag@AgBr and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst. Meanwhile, phenol and salicylic acid were degraded to further prove the degradation ability of Ag@AgBr/Bi{sub 2

  14. NO and NO2 Sensing Properties of WO3 and Co3O4 Based Gas Sensors

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    Akamatsu, Takafumi; Itoh, Toshio; Izu, Noriya; Shin, Woosuck

    2013-01-01

    Semiconductor-based gas sensors that use n-type WO3 or p-type Co3O4 powder were fabricated and their gas sensing properties toward NO2 or NO (0.5–5 ppm in air) were investigated at 100 °C or 200 °C. The resistance of the WO3-based sensor increased on exposure to NO2 and NO. On the other hand, the resistance of the Co3O4-based sensor varied depending on the operating temperature and the gas species. The chemical states of the surface of WO3 or those of the Co3O4 powder on exposure to 1 ppm NO2 and NO were investigated by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy. No clear differences between the chemical states of the metal oxide surface exposed to NO2 or NO could be detected from the DRIFT spectra. PMID:24048338

  15. NO and NO2 Sensing Properties of WO3 and Co3O4 Based Gas Sensors

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    Woosuck Shin

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor-based gas sensors that use n-type WO3 or p-type Co3O4 powder were fabricated and their gas sensing properties toward NO2 or NO (0.5–5 ppm in air were investigated at 100 °C or 200 °C. The resistance of the WO3-based sensor increased on exposure to NO2 and NO. On the other hand, the resistance of the Co3O4-based sensor varied depending on the operating temperature and the gas species. The chemical states of the surface of WO3 or those of the Co3O4 powder on exposure to 1 ppm NO2 and NO were investigated by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT spectroscopy. No clear differences between the chemical states of the metal oxide surface exposed to NO2 or NO could be detected from the DRIFT spectra.

  16. Facile synthesis of Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Zhang, Fengjun; Wang, Zhi; Wang, Tianye; Jia, Liwei; Wang, Chao; Zhang, Shengyu

    2016-03-01

    In this study, Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge composite photocatalyst was successfully synthesized via a facile two-step approach. The composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance, and scanning electron microscopy. The Bi2WO6/Bi2O3 photocatalyst was successfully loaded on polyurethane sponge and the composite displayed enhanced absorption in the ultraviolet-to-visible light region. Furthermore, the composite exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity and reusability towards the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light. This work demonstrates a facile method for synthesizing Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge with enhanced photocatalytic activity and easy immobilization of the photocatalyst for application in environmental purification.

  17. The effect of precursor aging on optical and electrochromic properties of WO3 thin films for making smart windows

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    A Abareshi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a suitable method for increasing effective surface area of electrodeposited WO3 thin films. This is done because effective surface area improves optical and electrochromic properties in smart windows. Therefore, we investigated precursor aging atperoxytungstate precursor (0, 24, 48 and 72 h. Experiments showed by increasing aging time of the precursor solution, larger aggregates were formed. Their morphology, optical and cyclic voltammogram characterization showed that increasing aging time improves optical and electrochromic properties of WO3 thin films in 1M LiClO4-PC electrolyte. The WO3 films with aging time of 72 h exhibited a noticeable EC performance with variation of transmittance up to 72% at 633nm. The result indicated that using two electrochromic materials with complementary properties could improve the function of the device

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene Oxide-Modified Bi2WO6 and Its Use as Photocatalyst

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    Xiaoyue Hu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A Bi2WO6 photocatalyst modified with graphene was synthesized in a two-step template-free hydrothermal process. The prepared samples were characterized to explore their properties. The photocatalytic activities of the prepared samples were investigated by degrading dye model, Rhodamine B (RhB, under visible light irradiation. This showed that the modified Bi2WO6 photocatalyst with 1.2 wt% of graphene greatly improved photocatalytic activity during the degradation of dye pollutants, compared to pure Bi2WO6. The enhancement can be interpreted as the integrated effects of ultrahigh charge carriers’ mobility and high adsorption of RhB on graphene. Additionally, effects including catalysts dosage amount, pH of RhB solution, and temperature of reactor on the photocatalytically degrading RhB were also studied and discussed.

  19. Synthesis of CaWO{sub 4} nanocolloidal suspension via pulsed laser ablation and its optical properties

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    Ryu, Jeong Ho [Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., LTD., Electro Materials and Device Center, Corporate R and D Institute, Guunggi-Do (Korea); Park, Gyeong Seon; Kim, Kang Min; Yoon, Jong-Won; Shim, Kwang Bo [Hanyang University, Division of Advanced Materials Science Engineering, Seoul (Korea); Lim, Chang Sung [Hanseo University, Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Seosan (Korea)

    2007-09-15

    Pulsed laser ablation (PLA) in the liquid phase was successfully employed to synthesize calcium tungstate (CaWO{sub 4}) nanocolloidal suspension. The crystalline phase, particle morphology and laser ablation mechanism for the colloidal nanoparticles were investigated using XRD, TEM and SEM. The obtained colloidal suspension consisted of well-dispersed CaWO{sub 4} nanoparticles which showed a spherical shape with sizes ranging from 5 to 30 nm. The laser ablation and the nanoparticle forming process were discussed under consideration of the photo-ablation mechanism, where the nanoparticles were generated by rapid condensation of the plume in high pressured ethanol vapor. The optical properties of the prepared CaWO{sub 4} colloidal nanoparticles were analyzed in detail using XPS, Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and PL spectrophotometry. The optical band gap was estimated by Tauc and Menths law. (orig.)

  20. Structural peculiarities and Raman spectra of TeO2/WO3-based glasses: A fresh look at the problem

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    Mirgorodsky, Andreï; Colas, Maggy; Smirnov, Mikhael; Merle-Méjean, Thérèse; El-Mallawany, Raouf; Thomas, Philippe

    2012-06-01

    Ideas currently dominating the field of structural studies of TeO2-based glasses are critically considered. A new physically and chemically consistent approach to the constitution of binary TeO2-WO3 glasses is proposed, in which the reasoning coming from the Raman spectra reexamination are correlated with the basic principles of thermodynamics. Separation into two phases is suggested in such glasses. One phase is TeO2, and another is Te(WO4)2 consisting of tetrahedral [WO4]2- anions and of Te4+ cations. Supplementary MnOk oxides added to the glasses are found incorporated in the former phase, thus producing solid solutions (for M=Ti, Nb) or tellurite compounds (for M=Nd).

  1. WO3-Doped TiO2 Coating on Charcoal Activated with Increase Photocatalytic and Antibacterial Properties Synthesized by Microwave-Assisted Sol-Gel Method

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    Weerachai Sangchay

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available WO3-doped TiO2 coating on charcoal activated (CA was prepared by microwave-assisted sol-gel method. The samples calcined at the temperature of 500°C for 2 h with a heating rate of 10°C/min were characterized by XRD, EDS, and SEM. The photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of WO3-doped TiO2 coating on CA were investigated by means of degradation of a methylene blue (MB solution and against the bacteria E. coli, respectively. The effects of WO3 concentration were discussed. The 1% WO3-doped TiO2 coated CA seems to exhibit the higher photocatalytic and antibacterial activity than other samples. The WO3-doped TiO2 coated on CA are expected to be applied as a photocatalyst for water purification.

  2. Enhanced photoelectric conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells via the incorporation of one dimensional luminescent BaWO4:Eu(3+) nanowires.

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    Wang, Yuping; Qu, Yang; Pan, Kai; Wang, Guofeng; Li, Yadong

    2016-09-25

    One dimensional hierarchical BaWO4:Eu(3+) nanowires have been prepared via a hydrothermal method for the first time. The obtained BaWO4:Eu(3+) nanowires are not only a promising down-conversion luminescence material, but also can be used to improve the efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells, resulting an efficiency of 7.66%, which is a noticeable enhancement of 15% compared to the cell without BaWO4:Eu(3+) nanowires. We suggest that the enhancement of the efficiencies of the TiO2-BaWO4:Eu(3+) composite cells was mainly related to the light scattering of BaWO4:Eu(3+).

  3. Study on the decomposition of trace benzene over V2O5-WO3 ...

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    Commercial and laboratory-prepared V2O5–WO3/TiO2-based catalysts with different compositions were tested for catalytic decomposition of chlorobenzene (ClBz) in simulated flue gas. Resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (REMPI-TOFMS) was employed to measure real-time, trace concentrations of ClBz contained in the flue gas before and after the catalyst. The effects of various parameters, including vanadium content of the catalyst, the catalyst support, as well as the reaction temperature on decomposition of ClBz were investigated. The results showed that the ClBz decomposition efficiency was significantly enhanced when nano-TiO2 instead of conventional TiO2 was used as the catalyst support. No promotion effects were found in the ClBz decomposition process when the catalysts were wet-impregnated with CuO and CeO2. Tests with different concentrations (1,000, 500, and 100 ppb) of ClBz showed that ClBz-decomposition efficiency decreased with increasing concentration, unless active sites were plentiful. A comparison between ClBz and benzene decomposition on the V2O5–WO3/TiO2-based catalyst and the relative kinetics analysis showed that two different active sites were likely involved in the decomposition mechanism and the V=O and V-O-Ti groups may only work for the degradation of the phenyl group and the benzene ring rather than the C-Cl bond. V2O5-WO3/TiO2 based catalysts, that have been used for destruction of a wide variet

  4. Effective silicon nanowire arrays/WO3 core/shell photoelectrode for neutral pH water splitting

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    Chen, Zhen; Ning, Minghui; Ma, Ge; Meng, Qingguo; Zhang, Yongguang; Gao, Jinwei; Jin, Mingliang; Chen, Zhihong; Yuan, Mingzhe; Wang, Xin; Liu, Jun-Ming; Zhou, Guofu

    2017-07-01

    We report the first demonstration of a high-efficiency photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting reaction using a novel Si NWs/WO3 core/shell photoanode prepared by a mild and inexpensive metal-catalyzed electroless etching process followed by dip-coating, airing and annealing methods. The dense and vertically aligned Si NWs/WO3 core/shell nanostructure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. In comparison to planar n-Si, Si NWs and planar Si/WO3, the Si NWs/WO3 samples showed significantly enhanced photocurrent over the entire potential sweep range. More significantly, the Si NWs/WO3 samples have an exceptionally low photocurrent onset potential of -0.6393 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), indicating very efficient charge separation and charge transportation processes. The as-prepared electrode also has a photocurrent density of 2.7 mA cm-2 at 0.6107 V versus RHE in 0.5 M Na2SO4 solution under simulated solar light irradiation (100 mW cm-2 from 300 W Xenon lamp coupled with an AM 1.5 G filter). An optimal solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of about 1.9% was achieved at 0.2676 V versus RHE. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was conducted to investigate the properties of the charge transfer process, and the results indicated that the enhanced PEC performance may due to the increased charge separation. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements indicated the chemical composition of the Si NWs/WO3 nanostructure. Our work has provided an efficient strategy to improve the energy conversion efficiency and photocurrent of water splitting materials.

  5. Unique and facile solvothermal synthesis of mesoporous WO3 using a solid precursor and a surfactant template as a photoanode for visible-light-driven water oxidation

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    2014-01-01

    Mesoporous tungsten trioxide (WO3) was prepared from tungstic acid (H2WO4) as a tungsten precursor with dodecylamine (DDA) as a template to guide porosity of the nanostructure by a solvothermal technique. The WO3 sample (denoted as WO3-DDA) prepared with DDA was moulded on an electrode to yield efficient performance for visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data of the WO3-DDA sample calcined at 400°C indicate a crystalline framework of the mesoporous structure with disordered arrangement of pores. N2 physisorption studies show a Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area up to 57 m2 g-1 together with type IV isotherms and uniform distribution of a nanoscale pore size in the mesopore region. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images exhibit well-connected tiny spherical WO3 particles with a diameter of ca. 5 to 20 nm composing the mesoporous network. The WO3-DDA electrode generated photoanodic current density of 1.1 mA cm-2 at 1.0 V versus Ag/AgCl under visible light irradiation, which is about three times higher than that of the untemplated WO3. O2 (1.49 μmol; Faraday efficiency, 65.2%) was evolved during the 1-h photoelectrolysis for the WO3-DDA electrode under the conditions employed. The mesoporous electrode turned out to work more efficiently for visible-light-driven water oxidation relative to the untemplated WO3 electrode. PMID:25313301

  6. Hierarchical Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} architectures decorated with Pd nanoparticles for enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities

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    Zhang, Jinniu; Chen, Tianhua [School of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, 710062 (China); Lu, Hongbing, E-mail: hblu@snnu.edu.cn [School of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, 710062 (China); Yang, Zhibo; Yin, Feng; Gao, Jianzhi; Liu, Qianru [School of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, 710062 (China); Tu, Yafang [Department of Physics, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, Jianghan University, Wuhan, 430056 (China)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • A new kind of Pd decorated Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} hierarchical microarchitecture was synthesized. • Pd nanoparticles remarkably improved the photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • The photo-generated holes and ·O{sub 2}{sup −} played a crucial role in the degradation of RhB. • The photocatalytic enhancement mechanism of the Pd-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites was proposed. - Abstract: A new kind of hierarchical Pd-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} architecture decorated with different molar ratios of Pd to Bi, has been fabricated by a hydrothermal process, followed by a chemical deposition method. The photocatalytic activities of the pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and Pd-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocatalyst were examined in the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) dyes and phenol under visible light. The photocatalytic results showed that the Pd-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocomposites possessed observably enhanced photocatalytic activities. Particularly, the 2.0% Pd loaded Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} had the highest photocatalytic activity, exhibiting a nearly complete degradation of 30 mg/L RhB and 10 mg/L phenol within only 50 and 60 min, respectively. In addition, the trapping experiment results indicated that the photo-generated holes (h{sup +}) and ·O{sub 2}{sup −} played a crucial role in the degradation of RhB. According to the experimental results, the photocatalytic degradation mechanism of Pd-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was also proposed. The enhanced photocatalytic activities were ascribed to the combined effects of the highly efficient separation of electrons and holes, improved visible light utilization and increased BET specific surface areas of the Pd-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanocomposites.

  7. Exfoliated thin Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} nanosheets supported on WO{sub 3} electrode for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Ma, Ying; Jia, Yulong; Wang, Lina [State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis & Selective Oxidation, and National Engineering Research Center for Fine Petrochemical Intermediates, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Yang, Min [State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis & Selective Oxidation, and National Engineering Research Center for Fine Petrochemical Intermediates, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Bi, Yingpu, E-mail: yingpubi@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis & Selective Oxidation, and National Engineering Research Center for Fine Petrochemical Intermediates, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Qi, Yanxing, E-mail: qiyx@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory for Oxo Synthesis & Selective Oxidation, and National Engineering Research Center for Fine Petrochemical Intermediates, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2016-12-30

    Highlights: • Thin Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} nanosheets were prepared by microwave assisted ultrasonic separation. • The thin Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} nanosheets could be more favorable to charge shift and separation. • The WO{sub 3}/thin Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} exhibits superior photoelectric activity than WO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} film. • The efficient photoelectric property results from facilitated charge separation. - Abstract: Thin Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} nanosheets are obtained by a microwave-assisted ultrasonic separation process. After exfoliation, the thinner and uniform nanosheets with a thickness of about 10 nm were obtained. The exfoliated nanosheets would provide many amazing functionalities such as high electron mobility and quantum Hall effects. Therefore, thin Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} supported on WO{sub 3} electrode (WO{sub 3}/thin Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6}) exhibits facilitated charge separation than pure WO{sub 3} film and the un-exfoliated Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} nanosheets supported on WO{sub 3} electrode (WO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6}). As a result, WO{sub 3}/thin Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} shows remarkably stable photocurrent density of 2.2 mA/cm{sup 2} at 0.8 V{sub SCE} in 0.1 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} which is higher than that of that of WO{sub 3} (1.1 mA/cm{sup 2}) and WO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} (1.5 mA/cm{sup 2}).

  8. Preparation of novel Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} photocatalysts and their activities under visible light irradiation

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    He, Guo-Hua; Liang, Can-Jian; Ou, Yu-Da; Liu, Dan-Ni; Fang, Yue-Ping [Institute of Biomaterial, College of Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642 (China); Xu, Yue-Hua, E-mail: xuyuehua@scau.edu.cn [Institute of Biomaterial, College of Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642 (China)

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► Visible-light-driven Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} photocatalysts were synthesized. ► Results showed that RhB can be decomposed using a 4 W LED lamp as visible light. ► The coupling of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} and WO{sub 3} enhanced the photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3}. - Abstract: Novel visible-light-driven Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} photocatalysts were prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis followed by heat treatment, and characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), BET surface area, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and photoluminescence spectra (PL). The photocatalytic activities of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} photocatalysts were evaluated by the rhodamine B degradation using a LED lamp as visible light irradiation. Compared with pure WO{sub 3} and Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the significantly enhanced photocatalytic activities of the Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} composite particles are attributed to the decrease of the recombination rate of photoinduced electron–hole pairs due to the coupling of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} and WO{sub 3} within the composite nanoparticles. Studies of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/WO{sub 3} composites indicate that one approach to design composite materials with enhanced photocatalytic performance is through coupling Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} with WO{sub 3}, which the lowest energy states for electrons and holes are in different semiconductors.

  9. Enhanced performance of direct Z-scheme CuS-WO 3 system towards photocatalytic decomposition of organic pollutants under visible light

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    Song, Chundong; Wang, Xiang; Zhang, Jing; Chen, Xuebing; Li, Can

    2017-12-01

    CuS-WO3 composites were synthesized by an in situ solution method at low temperature. The crystalline phase, morphology, particle size, and the optical properties of CuS-WO3 samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS, and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra. CuS-WO3 composites showed much higher activity for photocatalytic degradation of RhB as compared with WO3 and CuS. The degradation rate constant over 1 wt% CuS-WO3 catalyst was 4.4 times and 9.2 times higher than that of WO3 and CuS, respectively. It is found that holes (h+) and superoxide radical anions (O2-) are the dominant reactive species by using methanol, disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) and ascorbic acid as scavengers. Band structure analysis shows that bottom of CB of WO3 is very similar with and higher (ca. 0.01 eV) than the top of VB of CuS. The results of PL showed that the similarity renders the recombination between photogenerated holes on the VB of CuS and photogenerated electrons on the CB of WO3 possible and easy, forming a direct Z-scheme in CuS-WO3. This result in that more electrons in the CB of CuS and holes in the VB of WO3 survived, and then participated in the photocatalytic degradation of RhB, showing an increased activity.

  10. WO.sub.3./sub. thin films prepared by sedimentation and plasma sputtering

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    Olejníček, Jiří; Brunclíková, Michaela; Kment, Š.; Hubička, Zdeněk; Kmentová, N.; Kšírová, Petra; Čada, Martin; Zlámal, M.; Krýsa, J.

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 318, Jun (2017), s. 281-288 ISSN 1385-8947 R&D Projects: GA TA ČR(CZ) TF01000084; GA ČR(CZ) GA15-00863S; GA TA ČR TA03010743; GA ČR GAP108/12/2104 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : WO 3 * thin films * water splitting * pulsed magnetron sputtering * sedimentation * photo-electro-chemistry Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 6.216, year: 2016

  11. Diode-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:KLu(WO4)2 laser

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    Zhang, Yuangeng; Zhang, Xingyu; Wang, Qingpu; Cong, Zhenhua; Chen, Xiaohan; Li, Lei; Wang, Cong; Wu, Zhenguo; Wang, Weitao; Li, Jing; Zhang, Huaijin

    2013-04-01

    A diode-end-pumped mode-locked laser based on Nd:KLu(WO4)2 crystal is demonstrated for the first time. The central wavelength is 1070.2 nm and the spectral width is 0.20 nm. The obtained maximum average output power is 1.4 W and the corresponding conversion efficiency from the absorbed pump power to the 1070.2 nm laser is 31.8%. The full width at the half maximum (FWHM) of the autocorrelation trace is about 16 ps. If a Gauss-pulse shape is assumed, the pulse duration is 11 ps. The repetition rate is 102 MHz.

  12. PULSED KGd(WO42 RAMAN LASER: TOWARDS EMISSION LINEWIDTH NARROWING

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    V. G. Savitski

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The linewidth of a KGd(WO42 pulsed Raman laser is analysed experimentally for different configurations of the Raman and pump resonators: with narrow and broadband pump emission profiles, with and without linewidth narrowing elements in the Raman laser resonator, with and without injection seeding into the Raman cavity. The benefits of a narrow linewidth pump source in combination with linewidth narrowing elements in the Raman laser cavity for the efficient linewidth narrowing of the Raman emission are explained. 20 kW peak-power pulses at 1156 nm with 0,43 cm -1 emission linewidth are demonstrated from an injection seeded KGW Raman laser. 

  13. Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction Beam-Induced Structural and Property Changes on WO3 Thin Films

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    Du, Yingge; Zhang, Hongliang; Varga, Tamas; Chambers, Scott A.

    2014-08-08

    Reduction of transition metal oxides can greatly change their physical and chemical properties. Using deposition of WO3 as a case study, we demonstrate that reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), a surface-sensitive tool widely used to monitor thin-film deposition processes, can significantly affect the cation valence and physical properties of the films through electron-beam induced sample reduction. The RHEED beam is found to increase film smoothness during epitaxial growth of WO3, as well as change the electronic properties of the film through preferential removal of surface oxygen.

  14. Optical and electronic structure studies of half metallic in Sr2CoWO6 double perovskite

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    Mandal, Golak; Jha, Dhiraj; Himanshu, A. K.; Mukherjee, P.; Das, N. K.; Singh, B. K.; Kumar, Uday; Sinha, T. P.

    2017-05-01

    The density function theory (DFT) under the generalised gradient approximation has been used to investigate the electronic structure of the double perovskite half metallic Sr2CoWO6 synthesied by the solid state reaction technique. The band gap of the system was measured from the Uv-Vis spectra and compared with the theoretically calculated values. Our results states that Sr2CoWO6 material behaves as insulators for the spin-up orientation and spindown orientation as found for the half metallic systems.

  15. WO3 and W Thermal Atomic Layer Etching Using "Conversion-Fluorination" and "Oxidation-Conversion-Fluorination" Mechanisms.

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    Johnson, Nicholas R; George, Steven M

    2017-10-04

    The thermal atomic layer etching (ALE) of WO3 and W was demonstrated with new "conversion-fluorination" and "oxidation-conversion-fluorination" etching mechanisms. Both of these mechanisms are based on sequential, self-limiting reactions. WO3 ALE was achieved by a "conversion-fluorination" mechanism using an AB exposure sequence with boron trichloride (BCl3) and hydrogen fluoride (HF). BCl3 converts the WO3 surface to a B2O3 layer while forming volatile WOxCly products. Subsequently, HF spontaneously etches the B2O3 layer producing volatile BF3 and H2O products. In situ spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) studies determined that the BCl3 and HF reactions were self-limiting versus exposure. The WO3 ALE etch rates increased with temperature from 0.55 Å/cycle at 128 °C to 4.19 Å/cycle at 207 °C. W served as an etch stop because BCl3 and HF could not etch the underlying W film. W ALE was performed using a three-step "oxidation-conversion-fluorination" mechanism. In this ABC exposure sequence, the W surface is first oxidized to a WO3 layer using O2/O3. Subsequently, the WO3 layer is etched with BCl3 and HF. SE could simultaneously monitor the W and WO3 thicknesses and conversion of W to WO3. SE measurements showed that the W film thickness decreased linearly with number of ABC reaction cycles. W ALE was shown to be self-limiting with respect to each reaction in the ABC process. The etch rate for W ALE was ∼2.5 Å/cycle at 207 °C. An oxide thickness of ∼20 Å remained after W ALE, but could be removed by sequential BCl3 and HF exposures without affecting the W layer. These new etching mechanisms will enable the thermal ALE of a variety of additional metal materials including those that have volatile metal fluorides.

  16. UV-Vis optoelectronic properties of α-SnWO4: A comparative experimental and density functional theory based study

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    Ziani, Ahmed

    2015-09-03

    We report a combined experimental and theoretical study on the optoelectronic properties of α-SnWO4 for UV-Vis excitation. The experimentally measured values for thin films were systematically compared with high-accuracy density functional theory and density functional perturbation theory using the HSE06 functional. The α-SnWO4 material shows an indirect bandgap of 1.52 eV with high absorption coefficient in the visible-light range (>2 × 105 cm−1). The results show relatively high dielectric constant (>30) and weak diffusion properties (large effective masses) of excited carriers.

  17. Mesoscale modeling of photoelectrochemical devices: light absorption and carrier collection in monolithic, tandem, Si|WO_3 microwires

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    Fountaine, Katherine T.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2014-01-01

    We analyze mesoscale light absorption and carrier collection in a tandem junction photoelectrochemical device using electromagnetic simulations. The tandem device consists of silicon (E_(g,Si) = 1.1 eV) and tungsten oxide (E_(g,WO3) = 2.6 eV) as photocathode and photoanode materials, respectively. Specifically, we investigated Si microwires with lengths of 100 µm, and diameters of 2 µm, with a 7 µm pitch, covered vertically with 50 µm of WO_3 with a thickness of 1 µm. Many geometrical variant...

  18. Luminescence and absorbance of highly crystalline CaMoO{sub 4}, SrMoO{sub 4}, CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4} nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation method at room temperature

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    Thongtem, Titipun, E-mail: ttpthongtem@yahoo.co [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Kungwankunakorn, Sukjit [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Kuntalue, Budsabong [Electron Microscopy Research and Service Center, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Phuruangrat, Anukorn, E-mail: phuruangrat@hotmail.co [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Thongtem, Somchai [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand)

    2010-09-10

    Research highlights: In this research, we synthesized the highly crystalline CaMoO{sub 4}, SrMoO{sub 4}, CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4} nanoparticles by solution route method using M(NO{sub 3}){sub 2{center_dot}}2H{sub 2}O (M = Ca and Sr) and Na{sub 2}XO{sub 4{center_dot}}2H{sub 2}O (X = Mo and W) in ethylene glycol as solution at room temperature under stirred 24 h. The phases, morphologies, atom vibrate interaction and optical properties of products were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform inferred spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy and UV-visible spectroscopy, respectively. This method is a novel and simple than the previous reports. - Abstract: Highly crystalline CaMoO{sub 4}, SrMoO{sub 4}, CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4} nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by the co-precipitation of mixtures of Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2{center_dot}}4H{sub 2}O or Sr(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}, and Na{sub 2}MoO{sub 4{center_dot}}2H{sub 2}O or Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4{center_dot}}2H{sub 2}O dissolved in ethylene glycol at room temperature (30 {sup o}C). Phases, morphologies, atomic vibrations and optical properties were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectrophotometry, and ultraviolet-visible and photoluminescent spectroscopy. All products were proved to be MXO{sub 4} (M = Ca and Sr, and X = Mo and W) with body-centered tetragonal scheelite structures, having round nanoparticles with the average sizes of 12.06 {+-} 1.65, 16.40 {+-} 2.44, 15.49 {+-} 2.19, and 15.40 {+-} 2.30 nm for CaMoO{sub 4}, SrMoO{sub 4}, CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4}, respectively. Their {nu}{sub 1}(A{sub g}), {nu}{sub 3}(B{sub g}), {nu}{sub 3}(E{sub g}), {nu}{sub 4}(B{sub g}), {nu}{sub 2}(A{sub g}) and {nu}{sub f.r.}(A{sub g}) vibration modes were also detected - being shifted to lower wavenumbers from MMoO{sub 4} to MWO{sub 4}, due to the change of efficient atomic mass of the oscillating ions

  19. Preparation of α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} heterostructure with enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity

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    Yao, Shiyue; Zhang, Min; Di, Junwei; Wang, Zuoshan [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Long, Yumei, E-mail: Yumeilong@suda.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); The Key Lab of Health Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Suzhou (China); Li, Weifeng, E-mail: liweifeng@suda.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China)

    2015-12-01

    Graphical abstract: SnO{sub 2}-hybridized α-SnWO{sub 4} nanocomposites were prepared and they exhibited favorable photocatalytic activity for the degradation of MO under visible light irradiation. A detailed photocatalytic mechanism based on heterostructure was given. - Highlights: • α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} heterostructure was prepared by a two-step hydrothermal route. • The attachment of SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals on α-SnWO{sub 4} nanoplates increases BET surface area. • The α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} heterojunction efficiently hinders the recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes. • α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} nanocomposite exhibits excellent photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation. - Abstract: In this work, a novel α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} heterostructure was synthesized via a facile two-step hydrothermal method. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scan electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which confirmed the typical orthorhombic α-SnWO{sub 4} phase, plate-like morphology and α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} heterostructure. The photocatalytic studies revealed that the attachment of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles on the surface of α-SnWO{sub 4} plates can remarkably improve their photocatalytic activities and the α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} heterostructure exhibited the best photocatalytic properties in the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The degradation rate of MO on α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} plate was 97% within 40 min and the photocatalytic degradation reaction followed the pseudo-first-order kinetics. The enhanced photocatalytic property was ascribed to the large surface area and the heterojuction between α-SnWO{sub 4} and SnO{sub 2}, which can facilitate efficient charge separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. Furthermore, α-SnWO{sub 4}/SnO{sub 2} nanocomposite demonstrated good

  20. Comparative investigation of the Ti and Mo additives influence on the opto-electronic properties of the spray deposited WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Manceriu, Laura Maria, E-mail: manceriu.laura@gmail.com [CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, ICMCB, 87 Avenue du Dr. Albert Schweitzer, F-33608 Pessac (France); The RTD Dept. Renewable Energy Systems and Recycling, University of Transilvania Brasov, Eroilor 29, 500036 Brasov (Romania); Rougier, Aline [CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, ICMCB, 87 Avenue du Dr. Albert Schweitzer, F-33608 Pessac (France); Duta, Anca, E-mail: a.duta@unitbv.ro [The RTD Dept. Renewable Energy Systems and Recycling, University of Transilvania Brasov, Eroilor 29, 500036 Brasov (Romania)

    2015-05-05

    Highlights: • Ti and Mo–WO{sub 3} thin films were obtained by spray pyrolysis. • Morphology and structure changes related to solution surface tension modification. • FTO/WO{sub 3} junction parameters dependent on WO{sub 3} layer morphology and structure. • Flat band potential and series resistance varied with cation doping. • Ad(de)sorption of oxygen/water during annealing and cooling influence conductivity. - Abstract: In this paper we compare the optical and electrical properties of the WO{sub 3} thin films containing 2, 5 and 10 at.% of Ti and Mo additives, deposited by spray pyrolysis. The influence of the type and additive concentration on the nanostructure, topography and composition of the WO{sub 3} layers are mainly related to the surface tension energy changes, and further correlated with the (photo)electrical and optical properties. The FTO/WO{sub 3} junction through its characteristic, namely barrier height, ideality factor, flat band potential, and series resistance, served as a tool for associating the before mentioned characteristics. The morphology of the WO{sub 3} thin films densifies and the roughness is reduced with increasing Ti and Mo concentration, in good agreement with solution surface tension reduction. WO{sub 3} based films exhibit a p-type semiconducting behavior, as confirmed also by the Mott–Schottky analysis, with a lower p-type conductivity for the Ti–WO{sub 3} films, as higher number of oxygen vacancies are generated by Ti addition. Changes in conductivity are mainly attributed to the oxygen vacancies concentration evolution at the film surface due to oxygen/water adsorption. For heavily doped WO{sub 3} thin films the contribution of these surface processes to the overall conductivity is reduced since surface reactivity is lost by densification. As opposed to Ti-doping which has a detrimental effect on layers structure, Mo addition, even in high concentrations, has a positive effect on layers crystallinity; hence

  1. Holmium thin-disk laser based on Ho:KY(WO4)2/KY(WO4)2 epitaxy with 60% slope efficiency and simplified pump geometry.

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    Mateos, Xavier; Lamrini, Samir; Scholle, Karsten; Fuhrberg, Peter; Vatnik, Sergei; Loiko, Pavel; Vedin, Ivan; Aguiló, Magdalena; Díaz, Francesc; Griebner, Uwe; Petrov, Valentin

    2017-09-01

    We report on the first holmium (Ho3+) monoclinic double tungstate thin-disk laser. It is based on a 250 μm thick 3 at. % Ho:KY(WO4)2 active layer grown on a (010)-oriented KY(WO4)2 substrate. When pumped by a Tm-fiber laser at 1960 nm with a single-bounce (single double-pass) pump geometry, the CW Ho:KY(WO4)2 thin-disk laser generated 1.01 W at 2057 nm, corresponding to a slope efficiency η of 60% and a laser threshold of only 0.15 W. Implementing a double-bounce (second double-pass) for the pump, the output of this laser was scaled to 1.57 W with η=55%. The maximum stimulated emission cross section σSE of the Ho3+ ions in the epitaxial layer reaches 2.5×10-20  cm2 at 2056.5 nm for E‖Nm. The Ho:KY(WO4)2 epitaxial structures are promising for multi-watt mode-locked thin-disk lasers at ∼2.06  μm.

  2. Renewable energy production by photoelectrochemical oxidation of organic wastes using WO{sub 3} photoanodes

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    Raptis, Dimitrios [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Patras (Greece); Dracopoulos, Vassilios [FORTH/ICE-HT, P.O. Box 1414, 26504 Patras (Greece); Lianos, Panagiotis, E-mail: lianos@upatras.gr [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Patras (Greece)

    2017-07-05

    Highlights: • Efficient nanoparticulate WO{sub 3} photoanodes. • Photoelectrocatalytic hydrogen production by consumption of organic wastes. • Photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of ethanol, glycerol or sorbitol. • Recording of hydrogen production and calculation of efficiencies. - Abstract: The present work has studied renewable hydrogen production by photoelectrocatalytic degradation of model organic substances representing biomass derived organic wastes. Its purpose was to show that renewable energy can be produced by consuming wastes. The study has been carried out by employing nanoparticulate WO{sub 3} photoanodes in the presence of ethanol, glycerol or sorbitol, i.e. three substances which are among typical biomass products. In these substances, the molecular weight and the number of hydroxyl groups increases from ethanol to sorbitol. The photocurrent produced by the cell was the highest in the presence of ethanol, smaller in the case of glycerol and further decreased in the presence of sorbitol. The photocurrent was roughly the double of that produced in the absence of an organic additive thus demonstrating current doubling phenomena. Hydrogen was produced only under illumination and was monitored at two forward bias, 0.8 and 1.6 V vs Ag/AgCl. Hydrogen production rates followed the same order as the photocurrent thus indicating that hydrogen production by reduction of protons mainly depends on the current flowing through the external circuit connecting photoanode with cathode. The maximum solar-to-hydrogen efficiency reached by the present system was 2.35%.

  3. Synthesis of ZnWo{sub 4} nanopowders by polymerized complex method

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    Ryu, J.H. [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea); Lim, C.S. [Hanseo University, Seosan (Korea); Auh, K.H. [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea)

    2002-03-01

    ZnWO{sub 4} nano-powders were successfully prepared by polymerized complex method using zine nitrate and tungstic acid as starting materials. in order to investigate the thermal decomposition and crystallization process, the polymeric precursors were heat-treated at temperatures from 300 to 600 deg. C for 3 h, and the heat-treated powders were characterized by XRD and FTIR. The surface morphology of the heat-treated powders were observed using SEM and TEM. The crystallite size was measured by X-ray analysis. Crystallization of the ZnWO{sub 4} powders were detected at 400 deg. C and entirely completed at a temperature of 600 deg. C. The particles heat-treated at 400 and 500 deg. C showed primarily co-mixed morphology with spherical and silkworm-like forms, while the particles heat-treated at 600 deg. C showed more homogeneous morphology. The average crystalline were 19.9{approx}24.2 nm showing an ordinary tendency to increase with the temperatures from 400 to 600 deg. C. (author). 14 refs., 1 tab., 7 figs.

  4. Effect of W/O Emulsion Fuel Properties on Spray Combustion

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    Ida, Tamio; Fuchihata, Manabu; Takeda, Shuuco

    This study proposes a realizable technology for an emulsion combustion method that can reduce environmental loading. This paper discusses the effect on spray combustion for W/O emulsion fuel properties with an added agent, and the ratio between water and emulsifier added to a liquid fuel. The addition of water or emulsifier to a liquid fuel affected the spray combustion by causing micro-explosions in the flame due to geometric changes in the sprayed flame and changes to the temperature distribution. Experimental results revealed that the flame length shortened by almost 40% upon the addition of the water. Furthermore, it was found that water was effective in enhancing combustion due to its promoting micro-explosions. Results also showed that when the emulsifier was added to the spray flame, the additive burned in the flame's wake, producing a bright red flame. The flame length was observed to be long as a result. The micro-explosion phenomenon, caused by emulsifier dosage differences, was observed using time-dependent images at a generated frequency and an explosion scale with a high-speed photography method. Results indicated that the micro-explosion phenomenon in the W/O emulsion combustion method effectively promoted the combustion reaction and suppressed soot formation.

  5. WO3/W Nanopores Sensor for Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD Determination under Visible Light

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    Xuejin Li

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A sensor of a WO3 nanopores electrode combined with a thin layer reactor was proposed to develop a Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD determination method and solve the problem that the COD values are inaccurately determined by the standard method. The visible spectrum, e.g., 420 nm, could be used as light source in the sensor we developed, which represents a breakthrough by limiting of UV light source in the photoelectrocatalysis process. The operation conditions were optimized in this work, and the results showed that taking NaNO3 solution at the concentration of 2.5 mol·L−1 as electrolyte under the light intensity of 214 μW·cm−2 and applied bias of 2.5 V, the proposed method is accurate and well reproducible, even in a wide range of pH values. Furthermore, the COD values obtained by the WO3 sensor were fitted well with the theoretical COD value in the range of 3–60 mg·L−1 with a limit value of 1 mg·L−1, which reveals that the proposed sensor may be a practical device for monitoring and controlling surface water quality as well as slightly polluted water.

  6. WO3/W Nanopores Sensor for Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) Determination under Visible Light

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    Li, Xuejin; Bai, Jing; Liu, Qiang; Li, Jianyong; Zhou, Baoxue

    2014-01-01

    A sensor of a WO3 nanopores electrode combined with a thin layer reactor was proposed to develop a Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) determination method and solve the problem that the COD values are inaccurately determined by the standard method. The visible spectrum, e.g., 420 nm, could be used as light source in the sensor we developed, which represents a breakthrough by limiting of UV light source in the photoelectrocatalysis process. The operation conditions were optimized in this work, and the results showed that taking NaNO3 solution at the concentration of 2.5 mol·L−1 as electrolyte under the light intensity of 214 μW·cm−2 and applied bias of 2.5 V, the proposed method is accurate and well reproducible, even in a wide range of pH values. Furthermore, the COD values obtained by the WO3 sensor were fitted well with the theoretical COD value in the range of 3–60 mg·L−1 with a limit value of 1 mg·L−1, which reveals that the proposed sensor may be a practical device for monitoring and controlling surface water quality as well as slightly polluted water. PMID:24940868

  7. Superior acidic catalytic activity and stability of Fe-doped HTaWO6 nanotubes

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    Liu, He

    2017-07-26

    Fe-doped HTaWO6 (H1-3xFexTaWO6, x = 0.23) nanotubes as highly active solid acid catalysts were prepared via an exfoliation-scrolling-exchange process. The specific surface area and pore volume of undoped nanotubes (20.8 m2 g-1, 0.057 cm3 g-1) were remarkably enhanced through Fe3+ ion-exchange (>100 m2 g-1, 0.547 cm3 g-1). Doping Fe ions into the nanotubes endowed them with improved thermal stability due to the stronger interaction between the intercalated Fe3+ ions and the host layers. This interaction also facilitated the preservation of effective Brønsted acid sites and the generation of new acid sites. The integration of these functional roles resulted in Fe-doped nanotubes with high acidic catalytic activities in the Friedel-Crafts alkylation of anisole and the esterification of acetic acid. Facile accessibility to active sites, generation of effective Brønsted acid sites, high stability of the tubular structure and strong acid sites were found to synergistically contribute to the excellent acidic catalytic efficiency. Additionally, the activity of cycled nanocatalysts can be easily recovered through annealing treatment.

  8. Formulation and evaluation of antisebum secretion effects of sea buckthorn w/o emulsion.

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    Akhtar, Naveed; Khan, Barkat A; Mahmood, Tariq; Parveen, Rashida; Qayum, Mughal; Anwar, Masood; Shahiq-Uz-Zaman; Farooq, Muhammad

    2010-01-01

    This study was designed to formulate and evaluate the anti-sebum secretion effects of a topical skin-care cream (w/o emulsion) of sea buckthorn versus its vehicle (Base) as control. Concentrated sea buckthorn (H.rhamnoides) fruit extract was entrapped in the inner aqueous phase of w/o emulsion. Base containing no extract and a Formulation containing 1% concentrated extract of H.rhamnoides was formulated. Lemon oil was incorporated to the odor. Both the Base and the Formulation were stored at different storage conditions for a period of 4 weeks to predict their stability. Different stability parameters i.e.; physical stability, centrifugation, and pH were monitored at different time intervals. Both the Base and the Formulation were applied to the cheeks of 10 healthy human volunteers (n=10) for a period of 8 weeks. The expected organoleptic stability of creams was achieved from 4 weeks in-vitro study period. Odor disappeared with the passage of time due to volatilization of lemon oil. The pH of the Formulation showed significant (P = 0.0002) decline due to high concentration of organic acids present in sea buckthorn. Similarly the Formulation showed statistically significant (P < 0.05) effects on skin sebum secretion. The in vitro results showed a good stability over 4 weeks of observation period of both the Base and Formulation and the Formulation has anti sebum secretion effects over 8 weeks of observation period.

  9. Role of the co-surfactant nature in soybean w/o microemulsions.

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    Mendonça, Carla R B; Silva, Yara P; Böckel, Wolmir J; Simó-Alfonso, Ernesto F; Ramis-Ramos, Guillermo; Piatnicki, Clarisse M S; Bica, Clara I D

    2009-09-15

    The influence of the co-surfactant on physicochemical properties of w/o soybean oil microemulsions (MEs) has been studied. In spite of the similarity in phase diagrams, the MEs display remarkable differences when examined by electrical conductivity, dynamic light scattering (DLS), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and linear voltammetry. When different short-chain alcohols were employed as co-surfactants, together with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as surfactant, the DLS results indicated the systems to be monodisperse. Both the electrical conductivity of the MEs and the hydrodynamic radii of the droplets (R(H)) increased with water content while R(H) diminished as temperature increased, no aggregation or percolation of the droplets being observed. In comparison to w/o MEs prepared with 3-methyl-1-butanol, those prepared with 1-pentanol presented higher electrical conductivity and larger limiting currents at a Pt ultramicroelectrode for oxidation of the water occluded into the particles. Finally, from the electrochemical viewpoint the use of 1-pentanol is recommended, no advantage being gained by using any of the other tested alcohols.

  10. Photoluminescence and excited states dynamics in PbWO4:Pr3+ crystals

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    Auffray, E; Shalapska, T; Zazubovich, S

    2014-01-01

    Luminescence and photo-thermally stimulated defects creation processes are studied for a Pr3+-doped PbWO4 crystal at 4.2-400 K under excitation in the band-to-band, exciton, and charge-transfer transitions regions, as well as in the Pr3+-related absorption bands. Emission spectra of Pr3+ centers depend on the excitation energy, indicating the presence of Pr3+ centers of two types. The origin of these centers is discussed. The 2.03-2.06 eV emission, arising from the D-1(2) -> H-3(4) transitions of Pr3+ ions, is found to be effectively excited in a broad intense absorption band peaking at 4.2 K at 3.92 eV. By analogy with some other Pe(3+)-doped compounds, this band is suggested to arise from an electron transfer from an impurity Pr3+ ion to the crystal lattice W6+ or Pb2+ ions. The dynamics of the Pr3+-related excited states is clarified. In the PbWO4:Pr crystal studied, the concentration of single oxygen and lead vacancies as traps for electrons and holes is found to be negligible.

  11. Monolayered Bi2WO6 nanosheets mimicking heterojunction interface with open surfaces for photocatalysis

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    Zhou, Yangen; Zhang, Yongfan; Lin, Mousheng; Long, Jinlin; Zhang, Zizhong; Lin, Huaxiang; Wu, Jeffrey C.-S.; Wang, Xuxu

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional-layered heterojunctions have attracted extensive interest recently due to their exciting behaviours in electronic/optoelectronic devices as well as solar energy conversion systems. However, layered heterojunction materials, especially those made by stacking different monolayers together by strong chemical bonds rather than by weak van der Waal interactions, are still challenging to fabricate. Here the monolayer Bi2WO6 with a sandwich substructure of [BiO]+–[WO4]2−–[BiO]+ is reported. This material may be characterized as a layered heterojunction with different monolayer oxides held together by chemical bonds. Coordinatively unsaturated Bi atoms are present as active sites on the surface. On irradiation, holes are generated directly on the active surface layer and electrons in the middle layer, which leads to the outstanding performances of the monolayer material in solar energy conversion. Our work provides a general bottom-up route for designing and preparing novel monolayer materials with ultrafast charge separation and active surface. PMID:26359212

  12. Formulation and evaluation of antisebum secretion effects of sea buckthorn w/o emulsion

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    Naveed Akhtar

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose : This study was designed to formulate and evaluate the anti-sebum secretion effects of a topical skin-care cream (w/o emulsion of sea buckthorn versus its vehicle (Base as control. Materials and Methods : Concentrated sea buckthorn (H.rhamnoides fruit extract was entrapped in the inner aqueous phase of w/o emulsion. Base containing no extract and a Formulation containing 1% concentrated extract of H.rhamnoides was formulated. Lemon oil was incorporated to the odor. Both the Base and the Formulation were stored at different storage conditions for a period of 4 weeks to predict their stability. Different stability parameters i.e.; physical stability, centrifugation, and pH were monitored at different time intervals. Both the Base and the Formulation were applied to the cheeks of 10 healthy human volunteers (n=10 for a period of 8 weeks. Result : The expected organoleptic stability of creams was achieved from 4 weeks in-vitro study period. Odor disappeared with the passage of time due to volatilization of lemon oil. The pH of the Formulation showed significant ( P = 0.0002 decline due to high concentration of organic acids present in sea buckthorn. Similarly the Formulation showed statistically significant ( P < 0.05 effects on skin sebum secretion. Conclusion : The in vitro results showed a good stability over 4 weeks of observation period of both the Base and Formulation and the Formulation has anti sebum secretion effects over 8 weeks of observation period.

  13. Metallic WO2-Carbon Mesoporous Nanowires as Highly Efficient Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.

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    Wu, Rui; Zhang, Jingfang; Shi, Yanmei; Liu, Dali; Zhang, Bin

    2015-06-10

    The development of electrocatalysts to generate hydrogen, with good activity and stability, is a great challenge in the fields of chemistry and energy. Here we demonstrate a "hitting three birds with one stone" method to synthesize less toxic metallic WO2-carbon mesoporous nanowires with high concentration of oxygen vacancies (OVs) via calcination of inorganic/organic WO3-ethylenediamine hybrid precursors. The products exhibit excellent performance for H2 generation: the onset overpotential is only 35 mV, the required overpotentials for 10 and 20 mA/cm(2) are 58 and 78 mV, the Tafel slope is 46 mV/decade, the exchange current density is 0.64 mA/cm(2), and the stability is over 10 h. Further studies, in combination with density functional theory, demonstrate that the unusual electronic structure and the large amount of active sites, generated by the high concentration of OVs, as well as the closely attached carbon materials, were key factors for excellent performance. Our results experimentally and theoretically establish metallic transition metal oxides (TMOs) as intriguing novel electrocatalysts for H2 generation. Such TMOs with OVs might be promising candidates for other energy storage and conversion applications.

  14. Room Temperature Detection of Acetone by a PANI/Cellulose/WO3 Electrochemical Sensor

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    Eider Aparicio-Martínez

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Chemical sensing based on semiconducting metal oxides has been largely proposed for acetone sensing, although some major technical challenges such as high operating temperature still remain unsolved. This work presents the development of an electrochemical sensor based on nanostructured PANI/cellulose/WO3 composite for acetone detection at room temperature. The synthesized materials for sensor preparation were polyaniline (PANI with a conductivity of 13.9 S/cm and tungsten trioxide (WO3 in monoclinic phase doped with cellulose as carbon source. The synthesized materials were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, cyclic voltammetry (CV, and Raman spectroscopy. The composite was applied for acetone detection in the range of 0 to 100 ppmv at room temperature with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS for monitoring resistance changes proportional to acetone concentration. The developed sensor achieved a calculated limit of detection of 10 ppm and R2 of 0.99415 with a RSD of 5% (n=3 at room temperature. According to these results, the developed sensor is suitable for acetone sensing at room temperatures without the major shortcomings of larger systems required by high operating temperatures.

  15. Microsphere morphology tuning and photo-luminescence properties of monoclinic Y2WO6

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    Gao, Hong; Bai, Yulong; Zhang, Junying; Tang, Zilong

    2015-04-01

    Effects of the solution pH value and reaction time on the precursor morphology and photoluminescence properties are investigated for hydrothermally prepared monoclinic Y2WO6 phosphors. In the near-neutral environment, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) surfactant forms small microspheres micelles as template to synthesize microspherical precursor. H+ ions concentration affects the arrangement of negative ionic surfactant SDBS. As a result, jujube-liked and popcorn-like loose microspheres formed at low pH value. When the pH value is 5.2 and the hydrothermal reaction time reaches 24 h, respectively, the strongest luminescent intensity can be obtained. Under this condition, the precursor presented regular microsphere with diameter of 4.0 μm. After high-temperature heat treatment, the obtained phosphor particles still exhibit microsphere-like shape. Therefore, we provide an effective method to tune the morphology of Y2WO6 phosphors and study the relationship between morphology and luminescent performance.

  16. Synthesis, Analysis, and Testing of BiOBr-Bi2WO6 Photocatalytic Heterojunction Semiconductors

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    Xiangchao Meng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In photocatalysis, the recombination of electron-hole pairs is generally regarded as one of its most serious drawbacks. The synthesis of various composites with heterojunction structures has increasingly shed light on preventing this recombination. In this work, a BiOBr-Bi2WO6 photocatalytic heterojunction semiconductor was synthesized by the facile hydrothermal method and applied in the photocatalytic degradation process. It was determined that both reaction time and temperature significantly affected the crystal structure and morphologies of the photocatalysts. BiOBr (50 at%-Bi2WO6 composites were prepared under optimum synthesis conditions (120°C for 6 h and by theoretically analyzing the DRS results, it was determined that they possessed the suitable band gap (2.61 eV to be stimulated by visible-light irradiation. The photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared photocatalysts were evaluated by the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB under visible-light irradiation. The experimental conditions, including initial concentration, pH, and catalyst dosage, were explored and the photocatalysts in this system were proven stable enough to be reused for several runs. Moreover, the interpreted mechanism of the heterojunction enhancement effect proved that the synthesis of a heterojunction structure provided an effective method to decrease the recombination rate of the electron-hole pairs, thereby improving the photocatalytic activity.

  17. A robust visible-light driven BiFeWO6/BiOI nanohybrid with efficient photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical performance

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    Malathi, A.; Arunachalam, Prabhakarn; Grace, Andrews Nirmala; Madhavan, J.; Al-Mayouf, Abdullah M.

    2017-08-01

    In this work, an efficient visible-light active BiFeWO6/BiOI nanocomposite was fabricated by mixing various weight percentages (1%, 2% and 3%) of BiFeWO6 on BiOI via facile one-step wet impregnation method. The synthesized BiFeWO6/BiOI nanocomposite were investigated by XRD, FT-IR, FE-SEM, HR-TEM, EDAX, UV-vis DRS and BET. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized BiFeWO6/BiOI nanocomposite photocatalysts were assessed for the photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light illumination. The optimum 1% BiFeWO6/BiOI nanocomposite showed 92% efficiency of RhB after 90 min. The photoluminescence (PL) and photoelectrochemical measurements revealed that the 1% BiFeWO6/BiOI nanocomposite greatly enhanced the charge carrier separation and thus by slowing down the recombination rate of the photoinduced charge carriers. The radical trapping experiment inferred the h+ and O2rad - as the important active species responsible for the photodegradation of RhB. The higher photocatalytic activity and recyclability revealed that the BiFeWO6/BiOI nanocomposite could be a promising material in wastewater treatment and other environmental remediation applications.

  18. The effect of calcination temperature on the capacitive properties of WO3-based electrochemical capacitors synthesized via a sol-gel method

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    Susanti, Diah; Wibawa, Rizky Narendra Dwi; Tananta, Lucky; Purwaningsih, Hariyati; Fajarin, Rindang; Kusuma, George Endri

    2013-12-01

    Electrochemical capacitor (EC) is a promising energy storage device which can be hybridized with other energy conversion or energy storage devices. One type of ECs is pseudocapacitor made of metal oxides. WO3 is an inexpensive semiconductor metal oxide which has many applications. However the application of WO3 as an EC material was rarely reported. Therefore in this research EC was prepared from WO3 nanomaterial synthesized by a sol-gel process. The WO3 gel was spin-coated on graphite substrates and calcined at various temperatures of 300°C, 400°C, 500°C and 600°C for 1 h. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements were used to observe the capacitive property of the WO3 samples. SEM, XRD, FTIR and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analyses were used to characterize the material structures. WO3 calcined at 400°C was proved to have the highest capacitance of 233.63 F·g-1 (1869 mF·cm-2) at a scan rate of 2 mV·s-1 in 1 mol/L H2SO4 between potentials -0.4 and 0.4 V vs. SCE. Moreover it also showed the most symmetric CV curves as the indication of a good EC. Hence WO3 calcined at 400°C is a potential candidate for EC material of pseudocapacitor type.

  19. Effects of micro-sized and nano-sized WO3 on mass attenauation coefficients of concrete by using MCNPX code.

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    Tekin, H O; Singh, V P; Manici, T

    2017-03-01

    In the present work the effect of tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoparticles on mass attenauation coefficients of concrete has been investigated by using MCNPX (version 2.4.0). The validation of generated MCNPX simulation geometry has been provided by comparing the results with standard XCOM data for mass attenuation coefficients of concrete. A very good agreement between XCOM and MCNPX have been obtained. The validated geometry has been used for definition of nano-WO3 and micro-WO3 into concrete sample. The mass attenuation coefficients of pure concrete and WO3 added concrete with micro-sized and nano-sized have been compared. It was observed that shielding properties of concrete doped with WO3 increased. The results of mass attenauation coefficients also showed that the concrete doped with nano-WO3 significanlty improve shielding properties than micro-WO3. It can be concluded that addition of nano-sized particles can be considered as another mechanism to reduce radiation dose. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. CeO2/Bi2WO6Heterostructured Microsphere with Excellent Visible-light-driven Photocatalytic Performance for Degradation of Tetracycline Hydrochloride.

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    Zhang, Fengjun; Zou, Shuang; Wang, Tianye; Shi, Yuxi; Liu, Peng

    2017-10-01

    CeO 2 /Bi 2 WO 6 heterostructured microsphere with excellent and stable photocatalytic activity for degradation tetracyclines was successfully synthesized via a facile solvothermal route. The photocatalytic experiments indicated that CeO 2 /Bi 2 WO 6 heterostructured microspheres exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pure Bi 2 WO 6 in both the degradation of tetracycline hydrochloride (TCH) and rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The 1CeO 2 /2Bi 2 WO 6 exhibited the best photocatalytic activity for degradation of TCH, reaching 91% after 60 min reaction. The results suggested that the particular morphological conformation of the microspheres resulted in smaller size and more uniform morphology so as to increase the specific surface area. Meanwhile, the heterojunction was formed by coupling CeO 2 and Bi 2 WO 6 in the as-prepared microspheres, so that the separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes was dramatically improved and the lifetimes of charge carriers were prolonged. Hence, introduction of CeO 2 could significantly enhance the photocatalytic activity of CeO 2 /Bi 2 WO 6 heterostructured microspheres and facilitate the degradation of TCH. This work provided not only a principle method to synthesize CeO 2 /Bi 2 WO 6 with the excellent photocatalytic performance for actual produce, but also a excellent property of the photocatalyst for potential application in photocatalytic treatment of tetracyclines wastewater from pharmaceutical factory. © 2017 The American Society of Photobiology.

  1. A P25/(NH4)xWO3 hybrid photocatalyst with broad spectrum photocatalytic properties under UV, visible, and near-infrared irradiation

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    Yang, Linfen; Liu, Bin; Liu, Tongyao; Ma, Xinlong; Li, Hao; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio; Wang, Yuhua

    2017-04-01

    In this study, a series of hybrid nanostructured photocatalysts P25/(NH4)xWO3 nanocomposites with the average crystallite size of P25 and (NH4)xWO3 of the sample was calculated to be about 30 nm and 130 nm, were successfully synthesized via a simple one-step hydrothermal method. The as-obtained samples was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which implies that the P25/(NH4)xWO3 nanocomposites are fabricated with favourable nanosizd interfacial. The XPS results confirmed that the obtained sample consists of mixed chemical valences of W5+ and W6+, the low-valance W5+ sites could be the origin of NIR absorption. As revealed by optical absorption results, P25/(NH4)xWO3 nanocomposites possess high optical absorption in the whole solar spectrum of 200-2500 nm. Benefiting from this unique photo-absorption property and the synergistic effect of P25 and (NH4)xWO3, broad spectrum response photocatalytic activities covering UV, visible and near infrared regions on degradation of Rhodamine B have been realized by P25/(NH4)xWO3 nanocomposites. Meanwhile, the stability of photocatalysts was examined by the XRD and XPS of the photocatalysts after the reaction. The results show that P25/(NH4)xWO3 photocatalysts has a brilliant application prospect in the energy utilization to solve deteriorating environmental issues.

  2. Facile formation of Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgX (X = Cl, Br, I) hybrid nanorods with enhanced visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical properties

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    Li, Jingjing; Yu, Caiyun [Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Advanced Catalysis Materials, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Zheng, Changcheng [Mathematics and Physics Centre, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Etogo, Atangana; Xie, Yunlong; Zhong, Yijun [Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Advanced Catalysis Materials, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Hu, Yong, E-mail: yonghu@zjnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Advanced Catalysis Materials, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgX hybrid nanorods were prepared by a facile in-situ anion exchange reaction. • Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} nanorods and different X{sup −} ions were reacted in water at room temperature. • The hybrids possess significantly enhanced photoelectrochemical properties. • Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgBr hybrids exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity among three samples. • The active species tests were also investigated to confirm photocatalytic mechanism. - Abstract: In this work, we demonstrated a general strategy for the preparation of a series of uniform Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgX (X = Cl, Br, I) hybrid nanorods by a facile in-situ anion exchange reaction occurring at room temperature between pregrown Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} nanorods and different X{sup −} ions in water. Compared with Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} nanorods, further investigation has revealed that the as-prepared hybrid nanorods possess significantly enhanced photocurrent response and photocatalytic activity in degrading methyl orange (MO) under visible-light irradiation. In particular, the Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}/AgBr hybrid nanorods exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity among the three kinds of samples. The active species tests indicate that superoxide anion radicals and photogenerated holes are responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic performance.

  3. Photocatalytic removal of gaseous nitrogen oxides using WO3/TiO2 particles under visible light irradiation: Effect of surface modification.

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    Mendoza, Joseph Albert; Lee, Dong Hoon; Kang, Joo-Hyon

    2017-09-01

    Photocatalytic nanoparticles have been receiving considerable attention for their potential use in many environmental management applications, including urban air quality control. This paper investigates the performance of surface modified WO3/TiO2 composite particles in removing gaseous nitrogen oxides (NOx) under visible light irradiation. The WO3/TiO2 composite particles were synthesized using a modified wet chemical method with different concentrations of NaOH solution used as a surface modification agent for the host TiO2 particles. The NOx removal efficiency of the WO3/TiO2 particles was evaluated using a lab-scale continuous gas flow photo-reactor with a gas contact time of 1 min. Results showed that surface modification using NaOH can enhance the photocatalytic activity of the WO3/TiO2 particles. The NOx removal efficiency of the surface modified WO3/TiO2 was greater than 90%, while that of WO3/TiO2 particles prepared by the conventional wet chemical method was ∼75%. The enhanced removal efficiency might be attributed to the formation of oxygen vacancies on the TiO2 surface, providing sites for WO3 particles to effectively bind with TiO2. However, excess amount of NaOH >3 M deteriorated the photocatalytic performance due to the increased agglomeration of the host TiO2 particles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Controllable synthesis of Bi2WO6 nanoplate self-assembled hierarchical erythrocyte microspheres via a one-pot hydrothermal reaction with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Yang, Zhenya; Huang, Lin; Xie, Yanyu; Lin, Zheguan; Fan, Yunyan; Liu, Dan; Chen, Lu; Zhang, Zizhong; Wang, Xuxu

    2017-05-01

    This work provides a simple approach of the F--assisted one-pot hydrothermal reaction to successfully synthesize Bi2WO6 hierarchical erythrocyte microspheres. The importance role of F- was systematically investigated by comparing different type of halogen ions, hydrothermal temperature and time. The possible growth mechanism of Bi2WO6 hierarchical structures was proposed. The hierarchical erythrocytes were formed through the well-ordered and oriented self-assembly of thin Bi2WO6 nanoplate primary subunits. F- ions were absorbed on Bi2WO6 nanoplate surface to suppress the nanoplate stack but to induce a self-assembly through the edge interaction of Bi2WO6 nanoplates into erythrocyte-like hierarchical microspheres superstructures. This erythrocyte structure narrowed the band gap energy and enhanced the visible-light photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. Moreover, superoxide radical anions and h+ were revealed as the main active species responding for the RhB degradation on Bi2WO6 under visible light irradiation.

  5. Photocatalytic activity of bipolar pulsed magnetron sputter deposited TiO{sub 2}/TiWO{sub x} thin films

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    Weng, Ko-Wei; Hu, Chung-Hsuan; Hua, Li-Yu; Lee, Chin-Tan [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Quemoy University, 1 Daxue Road, Jinning Township, Kinmen 89250, Taiwan, ROC (China); Zhao, Yu-Xiang [Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Quemoy University, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chang, Julian; Yang, Shu-Yi [Department of Applied English, National Quemoy University, Taiwan, ROC (China); Han, Sheng, E-mail: shenghan@nutc.edu.tw [Center for General Education, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, 129 San-min Road, Section 3, Taichung 40401, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}/TiWO{sub x} films were fabricated by a bipolar pulsed magnetron sputtering apparatus. • Titanium oxide being sputtered tungsten enhanced the highly oriented of TiO{sub 2} (1 0 1) plane of the specimen assemblies. • The mechanism WO{sub 3}(h{sup +}, e{sup −})/TiO{sub 2}(h{sup +}, e{sup −}) → WO{sub 3}(e{sup −})/TiO{sub 2}(h{sup +}) shows the higher hydrophilicity and lower contact angle. - Abstract: Titanium oxide films were formed by sputtering and then TiWO{sub x} films were deposited by bipolar pulsed magnetron sputtering with pure titanium and tungsten metal targets. The sputtering of titanium oxide with tungsten enhanced the orientation of the TiO{sub 2} (1 0 1) plane of the specimen assemblies. The main varying parameter was the tungsten pulse power. Titanium oxide sputtered with tungsten using a pulsing power of 50 W exhibited a superior hydrophilic property, and a contact angle of 13.1°. This fabrication conditions maximized the photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue solution. The mechanism by which the titanium oxide was sputtered with tungsten involves the photogeneration of holes and electron traps, inhibiting the hole–electron recombination, enhancing hydrophilicity and reducing the contact angle.

  6. Water photolysis effect on the long-term stability of a fiber optic hydrogen sensor with Pt/WO3

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    Zhong, Xuexiang; Yang, Minghong; Huang, Chujia; Wang, Gaopeng; Dai, Jixiang; Bai, Wei

    2016-01-01

    One of the technological challenges for hydrogen sensors is long-term stability and reliability. In this article, the UV-light irradiation was introduced into the hydrogen sensing process based on water photolysis effect of Pt/WO3. Ascribing to that, fiber optic hydrogen sensor with Pt/WO3 nanosheets as the sensing element was demonstrated with significantly improved performance of stability. Under UV irradiation, the hydrogen sensor exhibits higher sensitivity and resolution together with a smaller error range than that without UV irradiation. The enhanced performance could be attributed to the effective decomposition of water produced in the hydrogen sensing process due to the water photolysis effect of Pt/WO3. The influence of the water on stability was evaluated using experimental results, and the UV irradiation to remove water was analysed by theoretical and FT-IR spectra. This work provides new strategy of UV-light irradiation to promote the long-term stability of hydrogen sensor using Pt/WO3 as the sensing element. PMID:27966631

  7. Combinatorial synthesis and high-throughput characterization of structural and photoelectrochemical properties of Fe:WO3 nanostructured libraries

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    Khare, Chinmay; Sliozberg, Kirill; Stepanovich, Aliaksandr; Schuhmann, Wolfgang; Ludwig, Alfred

    2017-05-01

    Porous and photoelectrochemically active Fe-doped WO3 nanostructures were obtained by a combinatorial dealloying method. Two types of precursor materials libraries, exhibiting dense and nano-columnar morphology were fabricated by using two distinct magnetron sputter deposition geometries. Both libraries were subjected to combinatorial dealloying enabling preparation and screening of a large quantity of compositions having different nanostructures. This approach allows identifying materials with interesting photoelectrochemical characteristics. The dealloying process selectively dissolved Fe from the composition gradient precursor W-Fe materials library, resulting in formation of monoclinic single crystalline nanoblade-like structures over the entire surface. Photoelectrochemical properties of nanostructured Fe:WO3 films were found to be composition-dependent. The measurement region doped with ˜1.7 at % Fe and a film thickness of ˜ 900-1100 nm displayed highly porous WO3 nanostructures and exhibited the highest photocurrent density of ˜ 72 μA cm-2. This enhanced photocurrent density is attributed to the decreased bandgap values, suppressed recombination of electron-hole pairs, improved light absorption as well as efficient charge transport in the highly porous Fe-doped film with single crystalline WO3 nanoblades.

  8. Resolution Properties of a Calcium Tungstate (CaWO4) Screen Coupled to a CMOS Imaging Detector

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    Koukou, Vaia; Martini, Niki; Valais, Ioannis; Bakas, Athanasios; Kalyvas, Nektarios; Lavdas, Eleftherios; Fountos, George; Kandarakis, Ioannis; Michail, Christos

    2017-11-01

    The aim of the current work was to assess the resolution properties of a calcium tungstate (CaWO4) screen (screen coating thickness: 50.09 mg/cm2, actual thickness: 167.2 μm) coupled to a high resolution complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) digital imaging sensor. A 2.7x3.6 cm2 CaWO4 sample was extracted from an Agfa Curix universal screen and was coupled directly with the active area of the active pixel sensor (APS) CMOS sensor. Experiments were performed following the new IEC 62220-1-1:2015 International Standard, using an RQA-5 beam quality. Resolution was assessed in terms of the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), using the slanted-edge method. The CaWO4/CMOS detector configuration was found with linear response, in the exposure range under investigation. The final MTF was obtained through averaging the oversampled edge spread function (ESF), using a custom-made software developed by our team, according to the IEC 62220-1-1:2015. Considering the renewed interest in calcium tungstate for various applications, along with the resolution results of this work, CaWO4 could be also considered for use in X-ray imaging devices such as charged-coupled devices (CCD) and CMOS.

  9. Focused-ion-beam nano-structured rib channel waveguides in KY(WO4)2 for laser applications

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    Gardillou, F.; Romanyuk, Y.E.; Pavius, M.; Borca, C.N.; Salathé, R.P.; Pollnau, Markus

    2006-01-01

    Bulk $KY(WO_4)_2$ (hereafter KYW) laser crystals doped with rare-earth ions are recognized to be among the most promising host materials for obtaining novel solid-state lasers. The rare-earth ions $RE^{3+}$ are easily incorporated in the KYW structure by replacing the $Y{3+}$ ions, resulting in a

  10. Surface Structure and Photocatalytic Properties of Bi2WO6 Nanolatelets Modified by Molybdena Islands from Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Dittmer, A.; Menze, J.; Mei, Bastian Timo; Strunk, J.; Luftman, H.S.; Gutkowski, R.; Wachs, I.E.; Schuhmann, W.; Muhler, M.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a novel route of preparing molybdena-modified bismuth tungstates and their successful application in the photocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction and the oxidation of glycerol. Hierarchically assembled monocrystalline Bi2WO6 nanoplatelets with a specific surface area of 10 m2/g were

  11. Real-space distribution of local WO4 ordering in negative thermal expansive ZrW2O8.

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    Sato, Yukio; Yamamura, Yasuhisa; Saito, Kazuya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2012-08-29

    Solids usually expand when they are heated. This is quite common behavior of solids; however, there are some exceptions. Zirconium tungstate (ZrW(2)O(8)) is a prototype material among them, because it has the highest degree of negative thermal expansion (NTE) over broad temperature range. Intensive investigation of NTE mechanisms has suggested the importance of metal-oxygen polyhedra. However, most of the studies have been done with volume-averaged techniques, and microscopic information has been lacking. Here, our electron microscopy observations have unraveled the real-space distribution of local WO(4) tetrahedra ordering for the first time. We have found that (i) the WO(4) ordering is partly inverted; (ii) WO(4) is disordered on the nanoscale; and (iii) doping with scandium enhances the WO(4) disordering. These findings led to construction of a microstructure model for ZrW(2)O(8), providing a new structural perspective for better understanding of local structure and its role in phase transitions.

  12. Simultaneous Reduction of Vanadium (V) and Chromium (VI) in Wastewater by Nanosized ZnWO4 Photocatalysis.

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    Zhao, Zengying; Zhang, Baogang; Chen, Daimei; Guo, Zhanhu; Peng, Zhijian

    2016-03-01

    Vanadium (V, V) and chromium (Cr, VI) are simultaneously photocatalytically reduced to less-toxic V(VI) and Cr(III) by mimetic solar light with ZnWO4 nanoparticles prepared by hydrothermal synthesis. The reduction efficiencies can reach 68.8% for V(V) and 97.3% for Cr(VI) in 3 h, respectively, which are comparable to those by microbial fuel cell technology carried out in over 10 days. The prepared ZnWO4 nanoparticles are characterized by XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, and Uv-vis-DRS tests. Electrochemical calculation shows high acidity benefits the rapid reduction of V(V) and Cr(VI). In addition, the applied ZnWO4 nanoparticles can be recycled and reused for 5 repeated photocatalytic reduction runs. And after 5 runs, the recycled ZnWO4 nanoparticles can also present good photocatalytic activity with a reduction efficiency of about 60% for V(V) and 90% for Cr(VI). The new procedure on the simultaneous reduction of V(V) and Cr(VI) by photocatalysis may be promisingly applied in contaminated wastewaters, combining the remediation and possible V and Cr recovery.

  13. Thermal oxidation of seeds for the hydrothermal growth of WO{sub 3} nanorods on ITO glass substrate

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    Ng, Chai Yan [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia); Department of Mechanical and Material Engineering, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Sungai Long, Bandar Sungai Long, Cheras, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia); Abdul Razak, Khairunisak, E-mail: khairunisak@usm.my [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia); NanoBiotechnology Research and Innovation (NanoBRI), Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang (Malaysia); Lockman, Zainovia, E-mail: zainovia@usm.my [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia)

    2015-11-30

    This work reports a simple seed formation method for the hydrothermal growth of tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) nanorods. A WO{sub 3} seed layer was prepared by thermal oxidation, where a W-sputtered substrate was heated and oxidized in a furnace. Oxidation temperatures and periods were varied at 400–550 °C and 5–60 min, respectively, to determine an appropriate seed layer for nanorod growth. Thermal oxidation at 500 °C for 15 min was found to produce a seed layer with sufficient crystallinity and good adhesion to the substrate. These properties prevented the seed from peeling off during the hydrothermal process, thereby allowing nanorod growth on the seed. The nanorod film showed better electrochromic behavior (higher current density of − 1.11 and + 0.65 mA cm{sup −2}) than compact film (lower current density of − 0.54 and + 0.28 mA cm{sup −2}). - Highlights: • A simple seed formation method (thermal oxidation) on sputtered W film is reported. • Crystalline seed with good adhesion to substrate is required for nanorod growth. • The appropriate temperature and period for seed formation were 500 °C and 15 min. • WO{sub 3} nanorods exhibited higher electrochromic current density than WO{sub 3} compact film.

  14. Structural evolution and stability of Sc2(WO4)3 after discharge in a sodium-based electrochemical cell

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    Andersen, Henrik L; Al Bahri, Othman K; Tsarev, Sergey

    2018-01-01

    Sc2(WO4)3, prepared by solid state synthesis and constructed as an electrode, is discharged to different states in half-cell batteries, versus a Na negative electrode. The structural evolution of the Na-containing electrodes is studied with synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) revealing...

  15. Transdermal delivery of hydrophobic and hydrophilic local anesthetics from o/w and w/o Brij 97-based microemulsions

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    Junyaprasert, Varaporn Buraphacheep; Boonme, Prapaporn; Songkro, Sarunyoo

    2007-01-01

    To characterize the physicochemical properties of drug-loaded oil-in-water (o/w) and water-in-oil (w/o) Brij 97-based microemulsions in comparison to their blank counterparts and to investigate the influence of microemulsion type on in vitro skin permeation of model hydrophobic drugs and their hy...

  16. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals synthesized by the microwave-hydrothermal method

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    Almeida, M.A.P. [INCTMN-DQ-Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905, SP (Brazil); Cavalcante, L.S., E-mail: laeciosc@bol.com.br [INCTMN-Universidade Estadual, Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14801-907, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Morilla-Santos, C.; Filho, P.N. Lisboa [MAv-Universidade Estadual, Paulista, P.O. Box 473, 17033-360, Bauru, SP (Brazil); Beltran, A.; Andres, J.; Gracia, L. [Department de Quimica Fisica i Analitica, Universitat Jaume I, E-12071 Castello (Spain); Longo, E. [INCTMN-DQ-Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, P.O. Box 676, 13565-905, SP (Brazil); INCTMN-Universidade Estadual, Paulista, P.O. Box 355, 14801-907, Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

    2012-11-15

    This communication reports that FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals were successfully synthesized by the microwave-hydrothermal method at 443 K for 1 h. The structure and shape of these nanocrystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Rietveld refinement, and transmission electron microscopy. The experimental results and first principles calculations were combined to explain the electronic structure and magnetic properties. Experimental data were obtained by magnetization measurements for different applied magnetic fields. Theoretical calculations revealed that magnetic properties of FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals can be assigned to two magnetic orderings with parallel or antiparallel spins in adjacent chains. These factors are crucial to understanding of competition between ferro- and antiferromagnetic behavior. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Monophasic FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals were synthesized by the microwave-hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rietveld refinement and clusters model for monoclinic structure Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic properties of FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals at different temperatures.

  17. Photocatalytic ability of Bi6Ti3WO18 nanoparticles with a mix-layered Aurivillius structure

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    Mi, Longqing; Feng, Yongyi; Cao, Lei; Xue, Mingqiang; Qin, Chuanxiang; Huang, Yanlin; Qin, Lin; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2018-01-01

    Aurivillius phase layered perovskites Bi6Ti3WO18 was prepared by the sol-gel citrate-complexation synthesis. The sample developed into the plate-like nanoparticles with the exposed (001) facets. The phase formation and structure have been verified via X-ray polycrystalline powder diffraction (XRD) Rietveld refinements. The nanoparticles were investigated via the measurements such as FE-SEM, TEM, EDS, and the surface analyses. UV-Vis absorption data revealed that the Aurivillius compound has a direct band characteristic with the band energy of 2.214 eV. The band structure of Bi6Ti3WO18 nanoparticles was discussed on the base of the experiments and theoretical calculation. Bi3+-containing Aurivillius Bi6Ti3WO18 shows efficient photocatalytic degradation for rhodamine B dye (RhB) with the visible light irradiation ( λ > 420 nm). Dynamic characteristic of the light-created excitons was measured by the luminescence and decay lifetime. The multivalent properties of W and Ti ions in the Aurivillius-like lattices of Bi6Ti3WO18 photocatalyst were discussed.

  18. Iron metabolism in BeWo chorion carcinoma cells. Transferrin-mediated uptake and release of iron

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    van der Ende, A.; du Maine, A.; Simmons, C. F.; Schwartz, A. L.; Strous, G. J.

    1987-01-01

    Growing human choriocarcinoma BeWo b24 cells contain 1.5 X 10(6) functional cell surface transferrin binding sites and 2.0 X 10(6) intracellular binding sites. These cells rapidly accumulate iron at a rate of 360,000 iron atoms/min/cell. During iron uptake the transferrin and its receptor recycle at

  19. Improvement of optical properties and radiation hardness of NaBi(WO sub 4) sub 2 Cherenkov crystals

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    Zadneprovski, B I; Polyansky, E V; Devitsin, E G; Kozlov, V A; Potashov, S Yu; Terkulov, A R

    2002-01-01

    On the basis of the data on melt evaporation while growing NaBi(WO sub 4) sub 2 Cherenkov crystals, the formation of nonstoichiometry and most probable types of dot defects of the crystals have been considered. The influence of melt nonstoichiometry and doping with Sc on optical transmission and radiation hardness of the crystals has been experimentally investigated. The surplus of WO sub 3 has been established to increase optical transmission and radiation hardness and lack of Bi sub 2 O sub 3 in the melt to reduce radiation hardness. Sc doping is shifting the absorption edge to UV region by 30-35 nm and is increasing radiation hardness of the crystals about three-fold. Analytical estimations give the increase of the number of Cherenkov photons by a factor of 1.3, which leads to an improvement of the energy resolution of a calorimeter based on NaBi(WO sub 4) sub 2 :Sc crystals compared with undoped NaBi(WO sub 4) sub 2 of approximately 15%.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of WO 3 nanoparticles prepared by the precipitation method: Evaluation of photocatalytic activity under vis-irradiation

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    Martínez-de la Cruz, A.; Martínez, D. Sánchez; Cuéllar, E. López

    2010-01-01

    WO 3 nanoparticles were synthesized by the precipitation method varying the time employed in the formation of their precursor in aqueous media and the calcination temperature. The WO 3 crystallization process and morphology of the synthesized samples were followed by the XRD, TEM and SEM techniques. The effects of the calcination temperature on the surface area and optical properties of the WO 3 nanoparticles were also investigated. Nanoparticles with morphologies such as square and rectangular plates and ovoid forms were observed for the different experimental conditions. WO 3 nanoparticles with different morphologies were tested for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes. In general, the photocatalysts showed a capacity to bleach the dye solution in the following sequence: indigo carmine (IC) > rhodamine B (rhB) > congo red (CR). The extent of mineralization was determined by means of total organic carbon (TOC) measurements, which showed a satisfactory TOC reduction (93%, within 75 h) only for IC. This value was even better than the one concerning the P-25 Degussa reference.

  1. Physical characteristic and irritation index of Syzigium aromaticum essential oil in O/W and W/O creams

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    Safriani, R.; Sugihartini, N.; Yuliani, S.

    2017-11-01

    Essential oil of Syzigium aromaticum has been formulated in O/W and W/O creams as anti-inflammatory dosage form. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the physical characteristic and irritation index of S. aromaticum essential oil in O/W and W/O creams. The creams were made by fusion method. The creams then were evaluated the physical characteristic including pH, viscosity, spreadability and adhesivity. The irritation index was obtained by irritation skin test in male rabbit. The results showed that the W/O and O/W creams have the value of pH: 6.3 and 6.27; spreadability: 3,18 and 4.17 cm2; adhesivity: 5.59 and 0.07 minutes; viscosity: 4.43 and 2.88 Pa.S, respectively. The irritation test showed that the control enhancer caused mild irritation in both of W/O and O/W creams. These findings indicated that type of cream might influence the physical characteristic and irritation index of S. aromaticum essential oil cream.

  2. Multi-parametric thermal sensing based on NIR emission of Ho(III) doped CaWO4 phosphors

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    Zhou, Xianju; Wang, Rongxue; Xiang, Guotao; Jiang, Sha; Li, Li; Luo, Xiaobing; Pang, Yu; Tian, Yili

    2017-04-01

    Optical thermometry based on trivalent rare earth doped materials has attracted much attention recently. This article reported the temperature dependent near infrared luminescence of Ho3+ doped in CaWO4 phosphors. A series of CaWO4:Ho3+ powders have been synthesized by high temperature solid state reaction. The XRD patterns showed that the Ho3+ ions have occupied the lattice sites of Ca2+ ions in the phosphors. The thermometry effect was demonstrated by different spectroscopic parameters through the emission intensity of Ho3+: 5I6 → 5I8 transition at ∼1190 nm, the spectral shift of the charge transfer band of W-O and the lifetime of Ho3+: 5F4, 5S2 excited state. These three optical parameters present a simple linear relation with the temperature in the range of 30-300 °C. This allows for accurate thermal sensing based on simultaneous measurement of these parameters. Results show that CaWO4:Ho3+ phosphors might be served as a potential candidate for thermometry.

  3. Ag/AgCl Loaded Bi2WO6 Composite: A Plasmonic Z-Scheme Visible Light-Responsive Photocatalyst

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    Xiangchao Meng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Hierarchical flower-like Bi2WO6 was successfully synthesized by facile hydrothermal method at low pH. And Ag/AgCl was loaded by photoreduction on its surface. As-prepared photocatalysts were characterized by various techniques. Bi2WO6 was successfully synthesized at a size of 2-3 μm. Depositing Ag/AgCl did not destroy the crystal structure, and both Ag+ and metallic Ag0 were found. The band gap of the composite was 2.57 eV, which indicates that visible light could be the activating irradiation. In the photocatalytic activity test, the composite with 10 wt% Ag/AgCl boasted the highest removal efficiency (almost 100% in 45 min. The significant enhancement can be attributed to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR effect and the establishment of heterostructures between Ag/AgCl and Bi2WO6. A possible mechanism of photocatalytic oxidation in the presence of Ag/AgCl-Bi2WO6 was proposed. This work sheds light on the potential applications of plasmonic metals in photocatalysis to enhance their activities.

  4. Reduced graphene oxide wrapped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} hybrid with ultrafast charge separation and improved photoelectrocatalytic performance

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    Wang, Huan [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130, PR China (China); Liang, Yinghua, E-mail: liangyh@ncst.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130, PR China (China); College of Chemical Engineering, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan 063009, PR China (China); Liu, Li; Hu, Jinshan [College of Chemical Engineering, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan 063009, PR China (China); Cui, Wenquan, E-mail: wkcui@163.com [College of Chemical Engineering, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan 063009, PR China (China)

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • The rGO wrapped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photoelectrode was successfully synthesized. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}@rGOhighlyincreasedthechargeseparationefficiency. • The photoelectrode exhibited enhanced photoelectrocatalytic degradation for RhB. - Abstract: A reduced graphene oxide (rGO) wrapped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} (Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}@rGO) hybrid as photoelectrode for enhanced photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) degradation of organic pollutants is reported, which exhibited excellent charge separation and photoconversion efficiency. The core@shell structured Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}@rGO photoelectrode yielded a pronounced 1.56-fold and 23.8-fold photocurrent density at 1.0 V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE), than that of loading structured Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-rGO and pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}@rGO hybrid exhibited enhanced photoelectrocatalytic efficiency for degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB), which was 43.0% and 65.6% higher than that of photocatalytic (PC) and electrocatalytic (EC) processes, respectively. The enhancement in PEC degradation of RhB benefited from: (1) a strong interaction and a wide range of conjugation were formed in the core@shell system; (2) a 0.26 V of flat band potential was negatively shifted in case of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}@rGO composite; (3) the photogenerated electrons and holes could be spatially separated by external electric potentials.

  5. Improved WO{sub 3} photocatalytic efficiency using ZrO{sub 2} and Ru for the degradation of carbofuran and ampicillin

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    Gar Alalm, Mohamed, E-mail: mohamed.alkalla@ejust.edu.eg [Department of Public Works Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mansoura University, 35516 Aldakahleya (Egypt); Ookawara, Shinichi [Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan); Fukushi, Daisuke [Toshiba Materials co., Ltd., Development Group, Development and Engineering Department, 8 Shinsugita-Cho, Isogo-Ku, Yokohama 235-8522 (Japan); Department of Innovative and Engineered Materials, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259-S2-16, Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Sato, Akira [Toshiba Materials co., Ltd., Development Group, Development and Engineering Department, 8 Shinsugita-Cho, Isogo-Ku, Yokohama 235-8522 (Japan); Tawfik, Ahmed [Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Energy, Environmental, Chemical and Petrochemical, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-Just), New Borg El Arab City, 21934 Alexandria (Egypt)

    2016-01-25

    Highlights: • A nano-scale photocatalyst of WO{sub 3} and ZrO{sub 2} has been prepared. • Ruthenium has been added to photocatalyst to enhance the photocatalytic activity. • Degradation of ampicillin and carbofuran by solar light has been investigated. • Reusability of Ru/WO{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2} has been investigated and showed 92% of initial efficiency. - Abstract: The photocatalytic degradation of carbofuran (pesticide) and ampicillin (pharmaceutical) using synthesized WO{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles under simulated solar light was investigated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman spectra analyses were used to characterize the prepared catalysts. The optimum ratio of WO{sub 3} to ZrO{sub 2} was determined to be 1:1 for the degradation of both contaminants. The degradation of carbofuran and ampicillin by WO{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2} after 240 min of irradiation was 100% and 96%, respectively. Ruthenium (Ru) was employed as an additive to WO{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2} to enhance the photocatalytic degradation rate. Ru/WO{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2} exhibited faster degradation rates than WO{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2}. Furthermore, 100% and 97% degradation of carbofuran and ampicillin, respectively, was achieved using Ru/WO{sub 3}/ZrO{sub 2} after 180 min of irradiation. The durability of the catalyst was investigated by reusing the same suspended catalyst, which achieved 92% of its initial efficiency. The photocatalytic degradation of ampicillin and carbofuran followed pseudo-first order kinetics according to the Langmuir–Hinshelwood model.

  6. Global coordination and standardisation in marine biodiversity through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS and related databases.

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    Full Text Available The World Register of Marine Species is an over 90% complete open-access inventory of all marine species names. Here we illustrate the scale of the problems with species names, synonyms, and their classification, and describe how WoRMS publishes online quality assured information on marine species. Within WoRMS, over 100 global, 12 regional and 4 thematic species databases are integrated with a common taxonomy. Over 240 editors from 133 institutions and 31 countries manage the content. To avoid duplication of effort, content is exchanged with 10 external databases. At present WoRMS contains 460,000 taxonomic names (from Kingdom to subspecies, 368,000 species level combinations of which 215,000 are currently accepted marine species names, and 26,000 related but non-marine species. Associated information includes 150,000 literature sources, 20,000 images, and locations of 44,000 specimens. Usage has grown linearly since its launch in 2007, with about 600,000 unique visitors to the website in 2011, and at least 90 organisations from 12 countries using WoRMS for their data management. By providing easy access to expert-validated content, WoRMS improves quality control in the use of species names, with consequent benefits to taxonomy, ecology, conservation and marine biodiversity research and management. The service manages information on species names that would otherwise be overly costly for individuals, and thus minimises errors in the application of nomenclature standards. WoRMS' content is expanding to include host-parasite relationships, additional literature sources, locations of specimens, images, distribution range, ecological, and biological data. Species are being categorised as introduced (alien, invasive, of conservation importance, and on other attributes. These developments have a multiplier effect on its potential as a resource for biodiversity research and management. As a consequence of WoRMS, we are witnessing improved

  7. Global Coordination and Standardisation in Marine Biodiversity through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and Related Databases

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    Bouchet, Philippe; Boxshall, Geoff; Fauchald, Kristian; Gordon, Dennis; Hoeksema, Bert W.; Poore, Gary C. B.; van Soest, Rob W. M.; Stöhr, Sabine; Walter, T. Chad; Vanhoorne, Bart; Decock, Wim

    2013-01-01

    The World Register of Marine Species is an over 90% complete open-access inventory of all marine species names. Here we illustrate the scale of the problems with species names, synonyms, and their classification, and describe how WoRMS publishes online quality assured information on marine species. Within WoRMS, over 100 global, 12 regional and 4 thematic species databases are integrated with a common taxonomy. Over 240 editors from 133 institutions and 31 countries manage the content. To avoid duplication of effort, content is exchanged with 10 external databases. At present WoRMS contains 460,000 taxonomic names (from Kingdom to subspecies), 368,000 species level combinations of which 215,000 are currently accepted marine species names, and 26,000 related but non-marine species. Associated information includes 150,000 literature sources, 20,000 images, and locations of 44,000 specimens. Usage has grown linearly since its launch in 2007, with about 600,000 unique visitors to the website in 2011, and at least 90 organisations from 12 countries using WoRMS for their data management. By providing easy access to expert-validated content, WoRMS improves quality control in the use of species names, with consequent benefits to taxonomy, ecology, conservation and marine biodiversity research and management. The service manages information on species names that would otherwise be overly costly for individuals, and thus minimises errors in the application of nomenclature standards. WoRMS' content is expanding to include host-parasite relationships, additional literature sources, locations of specimens, images, distribution range, ecological, and biological data. Species are being categorised as introduced (alien, invasive), of conservation importance, and on other attributes. These developments have a multiplier effect on its potential as a resource for biodiversity research and management. As a consequence of WoRMS, we are witnessing improved communication within the

  8. Anomalous ionic conductivity of Sc sub 2 (WO sub 4) sub 3 mediated by structural changes at high pressures and temperatures

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    Secco, R A; Imanaka, N; Adachi, G

    2002-01-01

    The ionic conductivity of Sc sub 2 (WO sub 4) sub 3 at 400 deg. C shows a normal decrease with increase in pressure up to 2.9 GPa but then increases anomalously at pressures up to 4.3 GPa. Synchrotron in situ x-ray diffraction results show that Sc sub 2 (WO sub 4) sub 3 undergoes pressure-induced amorphization at pressures coincident with the reversal in conductivity behaviour. The loss of crystal structure at high pressure may be associated with the property of negative thermal expansion in Sc sub 2 (WO sub 4) sub 3.

  9. Nanocrystalline Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles: Effects of N{sub 2} annealing on microstructure and near-infrared shielding characteristics

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    Liu, Jing-Xiao, E-mail: drliu-shi@dlpu.edu.cn [School of Textile and Material Engineering, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian 116034 (China); Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Material, Tohoku University, Sendai, 980-8577,Japan (Japan); Shi, Fei; Dong, Xiao-Li; Xu, Qiang [School of Textile and Material Engineering, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian 116034 (China); Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Material, Tohoku University, Sendai, 980-8577,Japan (Japan)

    2013-10-15

    In order to further improve the near-infrared shielding properties of cesium tungsten bronze (Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3}) for solar filter applications, Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles were prepared by solvothermal reaction method and the effects of nitrogen annealing on the microstructure and near-infrared shielding properties of Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} were investigated. The obtained Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and spectrophotometer. The results indicate that nanosheet-like Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles with hexagonal structure began to transform into nanorods after annealed at temperature higher than 600 °C. The near-infrared shielding properties of Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles could be further improved by N{sub 2} annealing at 500–700 °C. Particularly, the 500 °C-annealed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} samples in the N{sub 2} atmosphere showed best near-infrared shielding properties. It was suggested that the excellent near-infrared shielding ability of the 500 °C-annealed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} samples is correlated with its minimum O/W atomic ratio and most oxygen vacancies. Highlights: • N{sub 2} annealing could further improve the near-infrared (NIR) shielding of Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3}. • Effects of N{sub 2} annealing on microstructure and NIR shielding of Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} were studied. • The 500 °C-N{sub 2}-annealed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} exhibited minimum O/W ratio and most oxygen vacancies. • The 500 °C-N{sub 2}-annealed Cs{sub x}WO{sub 3} particles exhibited best NIR shielding properties.

  10. Layer-by-layer TiO(2)/WO(3) thin films as efficient photocatalytic self-cleaning surfaces.

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    Patrocinio, Antonio Otavio T; Paula, Leonardo F; Paniago, Roberto M; Freitag, Janna; Bahnemann, Detlef W

    2014-10-08

    New TiO2/WO3 films were produced by the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique and successfully applied as self-cleaning photocatalytic surfaces. The films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates from the respective metal oxide nanoparticles obtained by the sol-gel method. Thirty alternative immersions in pH = 2 TiO2 and pH = 10 WO3 sols resulted in ca. 400 nm thick films that exhibited a W(VI)/Ti(IV) molar ratio of 0.5, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy, along with atomic force images, showed that the resulting layers are constituted by aggregates of very small nanoparticles (<20 nm) and exhibited nanoporous and homogeneous morphology. The electronic and optical properties of the films were investigated by UV-vis spectrophotometry and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. The films behave as nanoscale heterojunctions, and the presence of WO3 nanoparticles caused a decrease in the optical band gap of the bilayers compared to that of pure LbL TiO2 films. The TiO2/WO3 thin films exhibited high hydrophilicity, which is enhanced after exposition to UV light, and they can efficiently oxidize gaseous acetaldehyde under UV(A) irradiation. Photonic efficiencies of ξ = 1.5% were determined for films constituted by 30 TiO2/WO3 bilayers in the presence of 1 ppm of acetaldehyde, which are ∼2 times higher than those observed for pure LbL TiO2 films. Therefore, these films can act as efficient and cost-effective layers for self-cleaning, antifogging applications.

  11. Magnetically recoverable TiO2-WO3 photocatalyst to oxidize bisphenol A from model wastewater under simulated solar light.

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    Dominguez, S; Huebra, M; Han, C; Campo, P; Nadagouda, M N; Rivero, M J; Ortiz, I; Dionysiou, D D

    2017-05-01

    A novel magnetically recoverable, visible light active TiO2-WO3 composite (Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2-WO3) was prepared to enable the photocatalyst recovery after the degradation of bisphenol A (BPA) under simulated solar light. For comparison, the photocatalytic activity of other materials such as non-magnetic TiO2-WO3, Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2, TiO2, and the commercial TiO2 P25 was also evaluated under the studied experimental conditions. The structure and morphology of the synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), and electron dispersion spectroscopy (EDS). Moreover, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and magnetic properties of the samples were determined. The Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2-WO3 and TiO2-WO3 led to a BPA degradation of 17.50 and 27.92 %, respectively, after 2 h of the simulated solar light irradiation. Even though their activity was lower than that of P25, which degraded completely BPA after 1 h, our catalysts were magnetically separable for their further reuse in the treatment. Furthermore, the influence of the water matrix in the photocatalytic activity of the samples was studied in municipal wastewater. Finally, the identification of reaction intermediates was performed and a possible BPA degradation pathway was proposed to provide a better understanding of the degradation process. Graphical abstract ᅟ.

  12. Luminescence of aqueous reactions derived NiWO{sub 4} powders and sol-gel deposited films

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    He, Haiyan [Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (China). College of Materials Science and Engineering

    2010-03-15

    NiWO{sub 4} powders have been synthesized by reaction between NiCl{sub 2} and Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} aqueous solutions and following calcinations at different temperatures. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis were used to characterize the powders. Single phase NiWO{sub 4} powders were formed above a calcining temperature of 600 C. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the NiWO{sub 4} powders had a monoclinic structure and particle size of 26.8 nm and 30.3 nm for calcining temperatures of 600 C and 700 C, respectively. A little increase in intensity of the X-ray diffraction peaks was observed when increasing the calcining temperature from 600 C to 700 C. Scanning electron microscopy indicated that powders had uniform and very small particle size. The powders showed a broad blue-green emission band. The broad band of NiWO{sub 4} powders calcined at 600 C consisted of 423.2 nm (2.93 eV), 487.3 nm (2.54 eV) and two weak bands at 447.0 nm (2.77 eV), and 532.0 nm (2.33 eV). Small shifts in the peaks of excitation and luminescence and small increases in intensities were observed when increasing calcining temperature to 700 C. The films were deposited using the sol-gel method and using the precipitate as starting materials. The deposited films showed a similar blue-green emission to that of the powders. (orig.)

  13. m197wo.m77t and m197wo.h77t: MGD77T data and header files for single-beam bathymetry data for field activity M-1-97-WO in Southwest Washington Inner Shelf from 07/07/1997 to 07/15/1997

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with DGPS and GPS navigation data were collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey cruise M-1-97-WO. The cruise was conducted...

  14. s196wo.m77t and s196wo.h77t: MGD77T data and header file for single-beam bathymetry for field activity S-1-96-WO in Cascadia, Washington from 04/14/1996 to 06/06/1996

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with GPS navigation data was collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey cruise S-1-96-WO. The cruise was conducted in...

  15. Preparation of WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composites and their application in oxidative desulfurization

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    Zhao, Rongxiang, E-mail: zylhzrx@126.com; Li, Xiuping, E-mail: lilili_171717@126.com; Su, Jianxun; Gao, Xiaohan

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • The WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} was successfully synthesized through simple calcination. • The process is simple and the cost raw materials is cheap. • The WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} firstly applied to ODS. • The desulpurization rate of WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} may attach to 91.2%. • Five recycles of WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} still attach to 89.5% due to heterogeneous catalysis. - Abstract: WO{sub 3}/graphitic carbon nitride (g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}) composites were successfully synthesized through direct calcining of a mixture of WO{sub 3} and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} at 400 °C for 2 h. The WO{sub 3} was prepared by calcination of phosphotungstic acid at 550 °C for 4 h, and the g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} was obtained by calcination of melamine at 520 °C for 4 h. The WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and Brunner−Emmett−Teller analysis (BET). The WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composites exhibited stronger XRD peaks of WO{sub 3} and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} than the WO{sub 3} and pure g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}. In addition, two WO{sub 3} peaks at 25.7° and 26.6° emerged for the 36% −WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composite. This finding indicated that WO{sub 3} was highly dispersed on the surface of the g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanosheets and interacted with the nanosheets, which resulted in the appearance of (012) and (022) planes of WO{sub 3}. The WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composite also exhibited a larger specific surface area and higher degree of crystallization than WO{sub 3} or pure g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}, which resulted in high catalytic activity of the catalyst. Desulfurization experiments demonstrated that the desulfurization rate of dibenzothiophene (DBT) in model oil reached 91.2% under optimal conditions. Moreover, the activity of the catalyst was not significantly decreased after five recycles.

  16. Structure refinement of commensurately modulated bismuth tungstate, Bi sub 2 WO sub 6

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    Rae, A.D. (University of New South Wales (Australia). School of Chemistry); Thompson, J.G.; Withers, R.L. (Australian National Univ., Canberra (Australia). Research School of Chemistry)

    1991-12-01

    The displacive ferroelectric Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} (M{sub r} = 697.81, a = 5.4559 (4), b = 5.4360 (4), c = 16.4298 (17) A, Z = 4, D{sub x} = 9.512 g cm{sup -3}, MoK{alpha}, {lambda} = 0sun7107 A, {mu} = 958.6 cm{sup -1}, F(000) = 1151.73), is described at room temperature as a commensurate modulation of an idealized Fmmm parent structure derived from an I4/mmm structure. Transmission electron microscopy clearly showed that there are coherent intergrowths of two distinct modulated variants in Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} crystals. Displacive models of inherent F2mm and Bmab symmetry are substantial and coherent over a large volume. They reduce the space-group symmetry to B2ab. A further substantial displacive mode corresponds to rotation of corner-connected WO{sub 6} octahedra about axes parallel to c and has either of two inherent symmetries, Abam or Bbam, the difference being associated with the way this mode reduces the space-group symmetry to P2{sub 1}ab, while the existence of the Bbam mode reduces the intensity of h + l = 2n + 1 data and acts like a stacking fault. Group theoretical analysis of the problem details how the X-ray data can be classified so as to monitor the refinement. Anomalous dispersion selects the overall sign of the F2mm mode and determines the polarity. The overall signs chosen for the Bmab and Abam symmetry components of atom displacements select between equivalent origins. The overall signs of induced modes of inherent Amam, Bbab and Ccma symmetry had to be determined by comparative refinement since the assumption that calculated phases are best estimates can retain the initial overall sign choice for these modes during least-squares refinement. Correlations between the dominant modes and the induced modes allowed a meaningful choice of signs to resolve the pseudo homometry. Only the sign of the Bbab mode was capable of self-correction during refinement. (orig./BHO).

  17. Facile synthesis of nanostructured WO{sub 3} thin films and their characterization for ethanol sensing

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    Ahmad, Muhammad Z., E-mail: zamharir@gmail.com [Mechanisation and Automation Research Center, MARDI HQ, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3001 Australia (Australia); Sadek, Abu Z. [School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne 3001 (Australia); Ou, Jian Z. [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3001 Australia (Australia); Yaacob, M.H. [Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Latham, Kay [School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne 3001 (Australia); Wlodarski, Wojtek [Mechanisation and Automation Research Center, MARDI HQ, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2013-09-16

    A simple technique to fabricate nanostructured WO{sub 3} thin films onto conductomeric transducers has been employed for ethanol sensing application. Initially, pure tungsten (W) thin films were deposited onto the substrate employing RF sputterer and followed by an etching process. Three types of etching agent were used: nitric (HNO{sub 3}), sulphuric (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}), and phosphoric (H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}) acid. It was found that the surface morphology and crystallinity of the WO{sub 3} films were heavily dependant to the etchants employed during the fabrication process. The developed sensors were tested towards ethanol vapor of different concentrations (10–200 ppm) at temperatures between room and 450 °C. The sensors showed stable and reproducible response at optimum operating temperatures. High sensor response towards vaporized ethanol as well as fast τ{sub res} and τ{sub rec} was observed during the “adsorption” and “desorption” interval. The recorded maximum response for these devices when exposed towards 100 ppm ethanol was measured to be 8 (R{sub o} = 4.6 kΩ), 5.8 (R{sub o} = 22.5 GΩ), and 5 (R{sub o} = 0.29 MΩ) for HNO{sub 3}, H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, and H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, respectively. The optimum operating temperatures were determined to be 400, 300–380, and 360 °C for the sensors developed using HNO{sub 3}, H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, and H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, respectively. - Highlights: • 3 different nanostructured WO{sub 3} based ethanol sensors were developed. • Simple acid etching method was used to fabricate the nanostructures. • Fast response, excellent baseline stability and signal reproducibility were observed. • To our best knowledge, this method to develop such sensors is for the first time.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of LnAg(WO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4})

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    Fernandez-Martinez, F. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, E.U.I.T. Industrial, Ronda de Valencia 3, 28012 Madrid (Spain)], E-mail: francisco.fernandezm@upm.es; Colon, C.; Montero, J.L.; Atanes, E. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, E.U.I.T. Industrial, Ronda de Valencia 3, 28012 Madrid (Spain); Rivero, C. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, E.T.S.I. Telecomunicaciones, Avda. Complutense s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2008-02-28

    Polycrystalline LnAg(WO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) powders, with Ln = La to Lu and Y, have been obtained by ceramic method. Rietveld refinement for all compounds reveals that they present tetragonal symmetry, space group I4{sub 1}/a (No. 88), where the Ln{sup 3+}/Ag{sup +} ions are located in the 4a atomic positions, since the W/Mo are randomly distributed into 4b crystal sites. In these compounds, a and b lattice parameters take values between those corresponding to tungstate and molybdate compounds. A progressive decrease in the lattice parameters is observed in going from La to Lu derivatives as a consequence of the well-known lanthanide contraction.

  19. Understanding Electrical Conduction States in WO3 Thin Films Applied for Resistive Random-Access Memory

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    Ta, Thi Kieu Hanh; Pham, Kim Ngoc; Dao, Thi Bang Tam; Tran, Dai Lam; Phan, Bach Thang

    2016-05-01

    The electrical conduction and associated resistance switching mechanism of top electrode/WO3/bottom electrode devices [top electrode (TE): Ag, Ti; bottom electrode (BE): Pt, fluorine-doped tin oxide] have been investigated. The direction of switching and switching ability depended on both the top and bottom electrode material. Multiple electrical conduction mechanisms control the leakage current of such switching devices, including trap-controlled space-charge, ballistic, Ohmic, and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling effects. The transition between electrical conduction states is also linked to the switching (SET-RESET) process. This is the first report of ballistic conduction in research into resistive random-access memory. The associated resistive switching mechanisms are also discussed.

  20. Separation of PbWO4 and BGO signals into Čerenkov and scintillation components

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    Voena, C.; DREAM Collaboration

    2009-04-01

    We present results from beam tests performed in 2007 on PbWO4 and BGO crystals in the context of the DREAM project. Signals from high energy electrons and pions are analyzed and the possibility of separating the contributions from Čerenkov (C) and scintillation (S) light for individual events is investigated. Different methods exploiting the difference in timing, in the spectra and in the directionality of the two types of light have been developed to determine the contribution of the two components. In the BGO crystal, Čerenkov signals have been enhanced with the use of optical filters and the ratio Č/S is measured with good precision (~20-30% for energy deposits less than 1 GeV).

  1. White upconversion luminescence in nanocrystalline (Ho,Tm,Yb):KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphor

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    Barrera, E. William; Pujol, M. Cinta; Carvajal, Joan J.; Mateos, X.; Aguilo, Magdalena; Diaz, Francesc [Fisica i Cristallografia de Materials i Nanomaterials (FiCMA-FiCNA), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Campus Sescelades c/Marcel.li Domingo, s/n, 43007 Tarragona (Spain); Cascales, Concepcion [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Calle Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz,Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2011-09-15

    Highly crystalline codoped Ho{sup 3+},Tm{sup 3+},Yb{sup 3+} KLu(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} monoclinic nanocrystals with the C 2/c space group symmetry were synthesized by the modified Pechini method. Powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, upconversion photoluminescence spectra, and kinetic decay were used to characterize the samples. The nanocrystals belonged to the monoclinic phase, with a crystallite size of 30-70 nm. Under 930 nm laser excitation, red, green and blue upconversion emissions were simultaneously observed, due to the energy transfer from the Yb{sup 3+} {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} excited level. The decay times of the emitting states were studied at room temperature to describe the photoluminescence dynamics. The influence of excitation power and calcination conditions on CIE chromaticity coordinates were evaluated. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Electronic structure of ordered double perovskite Ba2CoWO6

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Himanshu, A. K.; Brajesh, Kumar; Choudhary, B. K.; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Sen, Pintu; Kumar, Uday; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-01

    Ba2CoWO6 (BCoW) has been synthesized in polycrystalline form by solid state reaction at 1200 °C. Structural characterization of the compound was done through X-ray diffraction (XRD) followed by Rietveld analysis of the XRD pattern. The crystal structure is cubic, space group Fm-3m (No. 225) with the lattice parameter, a = 8.210. Optical band-gap of the present system has been calculated using the UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Kubelka-Munk function, it's value being 2.45 eV. A detailed study of the electronic properties has also been carried out using the density functional theory (DFT) techniques implemented on WIEN2k. Importance of electron-electron interaction between the Co ions leading to half-metallic behavior, crystal and exchange splitting together with the hybridization between O and Co, W has been investigated using the total and partial density of states.

  3. Mapping residual stresses in PbWO$_{4}$ crystals using photo-elastic analysis

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    Lebeau, Michel; Majni, G; Paone, N; Pietroni, P; Rinaldi, D

    2005-01-01

    Large scintillating crystals are affected by internal stresses induced by the crystal growth temperature gradient remanence. Cutting boules (ingots) into finished crystal shapes allows for a partial tension relaxation but residual stresses remain the main cause of breaking. Quality control of residual stresses is essential in the application of Scintillating Crystals to high-energy physics calorimeters (e.g. CMS ECAL at CERN LHC). In this context the industrial process optimisation towards stress reduction is mandatory. We propose a fast technique for testing samples during the production process in order to evaluate the residual stress distribution after the first phases of mechanical processing. We mapped the stress distribution in PbWO/sub 4/slabs cut from the same production boule. The analysis technique is based on the stress intensity determination using the photo-elastic properties of the samples. The stress distribution is mapped in each sample. The analysis shows that there are regions of high residu...

  4. Gas Sensing Properties of Pure and Cr Activated WO3 Thick Film Resistors

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    V. B. GAIKWAD

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Thick films of WO3 (Tungsten Oxide were prepared by screen-printing techniques. The surfaces of the films were modified by dipping them into an aqueous solution of Chromium Oxide (CrO3 for different intervals of time, followed by firing at 550 oC for 30 min. The gas sensing performance of the pure and Cr2O3-modified films was tested for various gases at different temperatures. The unmodified films showed response to H2S, ethanol and cigar smoke. However Cr2O3- modified films suppresses gas sensing response to all gases except H2S. The surface modification, using dipping process, altered the adsorbate-adsorbent interactions, which gave the specific selectivity and enhanced sensitivity to H2S gas. The gas response, selectivity, thermal stability and recovery time of the sensor were measured and presented. The role played by surface chromium species to improve gas sensing performance is discussed.

  5. Computer simulation study of extrinsic defects in PbWO sub 4 crystals

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    Lin Qi Sheng

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents the results of a simulation study of extrinsic defects in lead tungstate crystal. The results reveal that monovalent ions preferentially enter the Pb sites, whereas pentavalent ions preferentially occupy the W sites, and both of them will simultaneously produce oxygen vacancies to keep the charge neutrality. The solution energy of trivalent dopants is a strong function of the dopant's cation radius. They generally occupy the Pb sites, with the excessive charge mainly balanced by lead vacancies. In some cases, however, an oxygen interstitial ion might also coexist. Binding energy calculations demonstrate a strong tendency toward cluster formation of the trivalent dopant ions and the lead vacancies. The relationship between the aliovalent doping and the improvement of PbWO sub 4 (PWO) scintillation properties are discussed. This work enables us to comprehend the doping mechanism of PWO and has predicative value.

  6. Enhanced electrical properties in sub-10-nm WO3 nanoflakes prepared via a two-step sol-gel-exfoliation method

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    2014-01-01

    The morphology and electrical properties of orthorhombic β-WO3 nanoflakes with thickness of ~7 to 9 nm were investigated at the nanoscale with a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), current sensing force spectroscopy atomic force microscopy (CSFS-AFM, or PeakForce TUNA™), Fourier transform infra-red absorption spectroscopy (FTIR), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and Raman spectroscopy techniques. CSFS-AFM analysis established good correlation between the topography of the developed nanostructures and various features of WO3 nanoflakes synthesized via a two-step sol-gel-exfoliation method. It was determined that β-WO3 nanoflakes annealed at 550°C possess distinguished and exceptional thickness-dependent properties in comparison with the bulk, micro and nanostructured WO3 synthesized at alternative temperatures. PMID:25221453

  7. A direct route for the synthesis of nanometer-sized Bi2WO6 particles loaded on a spherical MCM-48 mesoporous molecular sieve.

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    Jiang, Lin; Wang, Lingzhi; Zhang, Jinlong

    2010-11-14

    Bi(2)WO(6) nanoparticles loaded on a spherical MCM-48 mesoporous molecular sieve with a high photocatalytic activity in the visible-light range was synthesized for the first time using a facile one-step process.

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

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

    2013-12-15

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

  9. A novel nitrite biosensor based on the direct electron transfer hemoglobin immobilized in the WO{sub 3} nanowires with high length–diameter ratio

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    Liu, Hui, E-mail: liuhui@sust.edu.cn; Duan, Congyue; Yang, Chenhui; Chen, Xianjin; Shen, Wanqiu; Zhu, Zhenfeng

    2015-08-01

    WO{sub 3} nanowires (WO{sub 3}NWs) with high length–diameter ratio have been synthesized through a simple synthetic route without any additive and then used to immobilize hemoglobin (Hb) to fabricate a mediator-free biosensor. The morphology and structure of WO{sub 3}NWs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electronic microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Spectroscopic and electrochemical results revealed that WO{sub 3}NWs are an excellent immobilization matrix with biocompatibility for redox protein, affording good protein bioactivity and stability. Meanwhile, due to unique morphology and property of the WO{sub 3} nanowires, the direct electron transfer of Hb is facilitated and the prepared biosensors displayed good performance for the detection of nitrite with a wide linear range of 1 to 4200 μM, as well as an extremely low detection limit of 0.28 μM. The WO{sub 3} nanowires with high length–diameter ratio could be a promising matrix for the fabrication of mediator-free biosensors, and may find wide potential applications in environmental analysis and biomedical detection. - Highlights: • The WO{sub 3}NWs with high length–diameter ratio have been synthesized. • The WO{sub 3}NWs were used to immobilize Hb to fabricate a mediator-free biosensor. • The biosensor displays a wide linear range of 1–4200 μM for nitrite. • The biosensor exhibits an extremely low detection limit of 0.28 μM for nitrite.

  10. Stabilizing CuPd Nanoparticles via CuPd Coupling to WO2.72 Nanorods in Electrochemical Oxidation of Formic Acid.

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    Xi, Zheng; Li, Junrui; Su, Dong; Muzzio, Michelle; Yu, Chao; Li, Qing; Sun, Shouheng

    2017-10-25

    Stabilizing a 3d-transition metal component M from an MPd alloy structure in an acidic environment is key to the enhancement of MPd catalysis for various reactions. Here we demonstrate a strategy to stabilize Cu in 5 nm CuPd nanoparticles (NPs) by coupling the CuPd NPs with perovskite-type WO2.72 nanorods (NRs). The CuPd NPs are prepared by controlled diffusion of Cu into Pd NPs, and the coupled CuPd/WO2.72 are synthesized by growing WO2.72 NRs in the presence of CuPd NPs. The CuPd/WO2.72 can stabilize Cu in 0.1 M HClO4 solution and, as a result, they show Cu, Pd composition dependent activity for the electrochemical oxidation of formic acid in 0.1 M HClO4 + 0.1 M HCOOH. Among three different CuPd/WO2.72 studied, the Cu48Pd52/WO2.72 is the most efficient catalyst, with its mass activity reaching 2086 mA/mgPd in a broad potential range of 0.40 to 0.80 V (vs RHE) and staying at this value after the 12 h chronoamperometry test at 0.40 V. The synthesis can be extended to obtain other MPd/WO2.72 (M = Fe, Co, Ni), making it possible to study MPd-WO2.72 interactions and MPd stabilization on enhancing MPd catalysis for various chemical reactions.

  11. Facile preparation of Z-scheme WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composite photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic performance under visible light

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    Cui, Lifeng, E-mail: lifeng.cui@gmail.com [School of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Dongguan University of Technology, Guangdong 523808 (China); Ding, Xiang; Wang, Yangang; Shi, Huancong; Huang, Lihua; Zuo, Yuanhui [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093 (China); Kang, Shifei, E-mail: sfkang@usst.edu.cn [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composites were synthesized through a facile mixing-and-heating method. • The composite showed improved visible light response. • The composite showed high activity for MB degradation. • Z-scheme charge carrier transfer pathways in the composite are proposed. - Abstract: Visible-light-driven WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composites photocatalysts were synthesized via a facile one-step simultaneously heating procedure with urea as the main precursor. These prepared catalyst samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TG), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N{sub 2} adsorption, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV–vis), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The photocatalytic activity of the WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composites was evaluated by the photo-degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. The results indicated that the composites with 25 wt.% WO{sub 3} content exhibited highest photocatalytic activity compared to pure WO{sub 3}, bare g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and other WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composites. The favorable photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composites was mainly attributed to the excellent surface properties, enhanced visible-light absorption and the desirable band positions. A possible Z-scheme photocatalytic mechanism was proposed based on structure and electrochemical characterizations results, which can well explain the enhanced migration rate of photogenerated electrons and holes in WO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} heterojunctions.

  12. Synthesis of γ-WO{sub 3} thin films by hot wire-CVD and investigation of its humidity sensing properties

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    Jadkar, Vijaya; Waykar, Ravindra; Jadhavar, Ashok [School of Energy Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411 007 (India); Pawbake, Amit [School of Energy Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411 007 (India); Physical and Material Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411 008 (India); Date, Abhijit [School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University, Plenty Road, Bundoora, Melbourne VIC 3083 (Australia); Late, Dattatray [Physical and Material Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411 008 (India); Pathan, Habib; Gosavi, Suresh; Jadkar, Sandesh [Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411 007 (India)

    2017-05-15

    In this study, monoclinic tungsten oxide (γ-WO{sub 3}) have been grown in a single step using HW-CVD method by resistively heating W filaments in a constant O{sub 2} pressure. The formation of γ-WO{sub 3} was confirmed using low angle-XRD and Raman spectroscopy analysis. Low angle-XRD analysis revealed that as-deposited WO{sub 3} film are highly crystalline and the crystallites have preferred orientation along the (002) direction. HRTEM analysis and SAED pattern also show the highly crystalline nature of WO{sub 3} with d spacing of ∝ 0.38 nm, having an orientation along the (002) direction. Surface topography investigated by SEM analysis shows the formation of a uniform and homogeneous cauliflower like morphology throughout the substrate surface without flaws and cracks. A humidity sensing device incorporating WO{sub 3} is also fabricated, which shows a maximum humidity sensitivity factor of ∝ 3954% along with a response time of ∝14 s and a recovery time of ∝25 s. The obtained results demonstrate that it is possible to synthesize WO{sub 3} in a single step by HW-CVD method and to fabricate a humidity sensor by using it. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. Highly efficient perovskite solar cells based on a nanostructured WO3-TiO2 core-shell electron transporting material

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    Mahmood, Khalid

    2015-01-01

    Until recently, only mesoporous TiO2 and ZnO were successfully demonstrated as electron transport layers (ETL) alongside the reports of ZrO2 and Al2O3 as scaffold materials in organometal halide perovskite solar cells, largely owing to ease of processing and to high power conversion efficiency. In this article, we explore tungsten trioxide (WO3)-based nanostructured and porous ETL materials directly grown hydrothermally with different morphologies such as nanoparticles, nanorods and nanosheet arrays. The nanostructure morphology strongly influences the photocurrent and efficiency in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. We find that the perovskite solar cells based on WO3 nanosheet arrays yield significantly enhanced photovoltaic performance as compared to nanoparticles and nanorod arrays due to good perovskite absorber infiltration in the porous scaffold and more rapid carrier transport. We further demonstrate that treating the WO3 nanostructures with an aqueous solution of TiCl4 reduces charge recombination at the perovskite/WO3 interface, resulting in the highest power conversion efficiency of 11.24% for devices based on WO3 nanosheet arrays. The successful demonstration of alternative ETL materials and nanostructures based on WO3 will open up new opportunities in the development of highly efficient perovskite solar cells. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.

  14. Fabrication of WO3@g-C3N4 with core@shell nanostructure for enhanced photocatalytic degradation activity under visible light

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    Wang, Pu; Lu, Na; Su, Yan; Liu, Ning; Yu, Hongtao; Li, Jie; Wu, Yan

    2017-11-01

    WO3@g-C3N4 composite photocatalysts with core@shell nanostructure were fabricated via a self-assembly method. A large heterojunction interfacial area of WO3@g-C3N4 can be provided in the nanoscale heterostructure. Furthermore, the electron mobility of the composite photocatalysts was improved with the introduction of WO3. These are favorable for increasing the separation efficiency of photoinduced electron-hole pairs and improving the photocatalytic efficiency of WO3@g-C3N4, which was confirmed by the measurements of photocurrent and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results of the photocatalytic degradation of Rh B showed dramatic photocatalytic performance of this composite photocatalyst. The kinetic constant of Rh B degradation on the WO3@g-C3N4 was 0.95 h-1, which was 7.7-fold and 3.5-fold higher than those on pure WO3 and g-C3N4 nanosheets, respectively. In addition, the stability of the composite photocatalyst was also satisfactory according to the result of the three-cycle experiment.

  15. Structural, vibrational, and gasochromic properties of porous WO sub 3 films templated with a sol-gel organic-inorganic hybrid

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    Opara-Krasovec, U; Orel, B; Grdadolnik, J; Drazic, G

    2002-01-01

    The structure and the gasochromic properties of sol-gel-derived WO sub 3 films with a monoclinic structure (m-WO sub 3) were studied by focusing attention on the size of the monoclinic grains. The size of the m-WO sub 3 grains is modified by the addition of an organic-inorganic hybrid to the initial peroxopolytungstic acid (W-PTA) sols which are based on chemically bonded poly-(propylene glycol) to triethoxysilane end-capping groups (ICS-PPG). The results obtained with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show that the heat treatment (500 sup o C) of WO sub 3 /ICS- IPG (0.5, 1, 2, 5, and 10 mol%) composite films results in a change of their morphology, and nanodimensional pores are formed between the grains. High-resolution TEM (HRTEM) analysis revealed the presence of an amorphous phase on the outside of the m-WO sub 3 grains, whereas energy-dispersive x-ray spectra (EDXS) showed that this amorphous phase contained W and Si. Impregnation of the WO sub 3 /ICS-PPG film ...

  16. Facile synthesis and enhanced near infrared luminescent properties of CaWO4:Ln3+/Na+ (Ln = Nd, Er, and Yb) core/shell microstructure.

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    Su, Yiguo; Han, Dan; Du, Chunfang; Peng, Liman; Lv, Li; Wang, Xiaojing

    2014-05-01

    In this work, we reported the fabrication and characterization of CaWO4:Ln3+/Na+ (Ln = Nd, Er, and Yb) core/shell microspheres via a facile hydrothermal method in the presence of citric acid and PVP. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, infrared spectra, and photoluminescence. It's found that citric acid could modulate the nucleation and growth of CaWO4 nanocrystals and enable the co-incorporation of Na+ and Ln3+ (Ln = Nd, Er, and Yb) into CaWO4 lattice. Meanwhile, PVP controlled the assembly of CaWO4 nanocrystals into a core/shell spherical structure. All CaWO4:Ln3+/Na+ (Ln = Nd, Er, and Yb) core/shell microspheres exhibited intense near-IR luminescence. In comparison with CaWO4:Ln3+/Na+ nanocrystals, the self-assembled core/shell nanoarchitechtures showed highly enhanced IR luminescent properties due to the depressing of surface energy-loss.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} for NO removal under UV and visible light irradiation

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    Luévano-Hipólito, E. [CIIDIT, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451 San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Martínez-de la Cruz, A., E-mail: azael.martinezdl@uanl.edu.mx [CIIDIT, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451 San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); López-Cuellar, E. [CIIDIT, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 66451 San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Yu, Q.L.; Brouwers, H.J.H. [Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2014-11-14

    Samples with different proportions WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} were prepared by co-precipitation method followed by a heat treatment. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and adsorption–desorption N{sub 2} isotherms (BET). The photocatalytic properties of WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} samples were evaluated in the photo-oxidation reaction of nitric oxide (NO) under UV and visible light irradiation. The highest photocatalytic activity was observed in the WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} sample with a composition of 80% mole of TiO{sub 2}. Among the different substrates used for supporting the photocatalyst, the best results were reached over concrete and glass when it was exposed to UV and visible light irradiation, respectively. In overall, the photocatalytic efficiency of the synthesized materials was higher under UV than visible light irradiation. - Highlights: • WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} prepared in simple way show high photocatalytic activity for NO removal. • The concrete was the best substrate to the performance of WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} with UV radiation. • The glass was the best substrate to the performance of WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} with visible radiation.

  18. Ultrasonic-assisted preparation of plasmonic ZnO/Ag/Ag2WO4nanocomposites with high visible-light photocatalytic performance for degradation of organic pollutants.

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    Pirhashemi, Mahsa; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2017-04-01

    In this work, plasmonic ternary ZnO/Ag/Ag 2 WO 4 nanocomposites as efficient visible-light-driven photocatalysts prepared by a facile ultrasonic-irradiation method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, EDX, XPS, UV-vis DRS, FT-IR, and PL techniques. The photocatalytic performance of the prepared ZnO/Ag/Ag 2 WO 4 nanocomposites were evaluated by photodegradations of rhodamine B, methylene blue, methyl orange, and fuchsine under visible-light irradiation. The optimal nanocomposite with 15wt% of Ag/Ag 2 WO 4 to ZnO showed the highest photocatalytic activity for RhB degradation, which is about 95 and 19 times higher than those of the Ag/Ag 2 WO 4 and ZnO samples, respectively. The highly enhanced activity of the ZnO/Ag/Ag 2 WO 4 (15%) nanocomposite was attributed to the surface plasmon resonance effect of metallic silver and the formation of heterojunctions between the counterparts, which effectively suppresses recombination of the photogenerated charge carriers. Lastly, the plasmon-enhanced photocatalytic mechanism associated with the ZnO/Ag/Ag 2 WO 4 nanocomposites was discussed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Solar light-facilitated oxytetracycline removal from the aqueous phase utilizing a H2O2/ZnWO4/CaO catalytic system

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    Pankaj Raizada

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available A CaO-supported ZnWO4 nanocomposite (ZnWO4/CaO was successfully synthesized using a novel hydrothermal method and was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, tunnelling electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, electron diffraction X-ray (EDX, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and UV–visible (UV–vis spectral analysis. The ZnWO4/CaO composites exhibited rod-like morphologies with variable lengths from 45 nm to 147 nm and diameters from 26 nm to 36 nm. The catalytic efficiency of the synthesized ZnWO4/CaO composites was displayed for the photodegradation of oxytetracycline (OTC antibiotic from the aqueous phase. The synergistic degradation of OTC was investigated in the presence of H2O2 and ZnWO4/CaO. The rate of photodegradation followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. The antibiotic removal was strongly influenced by the catalyst loading, H2O2 concentration, pH and OTC concentration. Using a solar/H2O2/ZnWO4/CaO catalytic system, 85% COD removal was attained for OTC degradation in 210 min. The oxidative degradation occurred through hydroxyl radicals. The prepared nanocomposites possessed high recyclability and were easily separated from the aqueous solution by a simple sedimentation process.

  20. Sonochemical degradation of methyl orange in the presence of Bi2WO6: Effect of operating parameters and the generated reactive oxygen species.

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    He, Ling-Ling; Liu, Xian-Ping; Wang, Yong-Xia; Wang, Zhi-Xin; Yang, Yan-Jie; Gao, Yan-Ping; Liu, Bin; Wang, Xin

    2016-11-01

    The Bi2WO6 was prepared by the hydrothermal method and its sonocatalytic activity was studied in the degradation of methyl orange (MO) solutions. The effects of catalytic activity of Bi2WO6 on dye were inspected by the change in absorbance of dye with UV-vis spectrometer. The influences of operational parameters such as the addition amount of Bi2WO6, pH, the initial concentration of dyes, ultrasonic power and irradiation time on the degradation ratio were investigated. In addition, the obtained results indicated that the kinetics of sonochemical reactions of MO were consistent with the pseudo first-order kinetics and Bi2WO6 had excellent reusability and stability during the sonochemical degradation processes. The generation and kinds of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and their influence on the sonochemical degradation of MO were determined by the methods of oxidation-extraction spectrophotometry and ROS scavengers. The results indicate that the degradation of MO in the presence of Bi2WO6 under ultrasonic irradiation is related to the generation of ROS, in which both singlet molecular oxygen ((1)O2) and hydroxyl radical (OH) play important roles in the sonochemical degradation of MO. These experimental results provide a sound foundation for the further development of Bi2WO6 as a sonocatalyst in wastewater treatment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Investigation of the La2O3-Nb2O5-WO3 ternary phase diagram: Isolation and crystal structure determination of the original La3NbWO10 material

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    Vu, T.D.

    2015-05-23

    In the course of the exploration of the La2O3-WO3-Nb2O5 ternary phase diagram, a new compound with the formula La3NbWO10 was discovered. Its structure was determined from a combination of powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data. It crystallizes in the tetragonal space group P42/nmc (no. 137) with the lattice parameters: a=10.0807(1) Å; c=12.5540(1) Å. The structure is built up from infinite ribbons of octahedra (W/Nb)O5 which are perpendicular to each other, lanthanum ions being distributed around these ribbons. The electrical properties of this compound were investigated on sintered pellets by means of complex impedance spectroscopy. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Synthesis and luminescent properties of high brightness MLa(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} (M=Li, Na, K) and NaRE(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} (RE=Gd, Y, Lu) red phosphors

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    Li, Linlin; Liu, Lu; Zi, Wenwen; Yu, Hong [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China); Gan, Shucai, E-mail: gansc@jlu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China); Ji, Guijuan; Zou, Haifeng [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China); Xu, Xuechun [College of Earth Sciences, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China)

    2013-11-15

    Eu{sup 3+}-activated double tungstates phosphors MLa(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} (M=Li, Na, K) and NaRE(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} (RE=Gd, Y, Lu) have been successfully prepared via the conventional solid-state reaction method. The effects of alkali ions and rare earth ions on the luminescence of MLa(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} and NaRE(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} were investigated. In MLa(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} system the emission intensity was found to decrease with increasing the size of alkali ions, and in NaRE(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} system the emission intensity can be ordered as follows: Lu>Y>Gd. Moreover, under 393 nm light excitation all compounds exhibited strong luminescence of {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 2} at 615 nm. The excitation spectra implied that these phosphors can absorb not only the emission of near UV-LED chips but also that of blue LED chips. All the results indicate that these phosphors are promising red-emitting phosphors pumped by near-UV or blue light. -- Highlights: • Eu{sup 3+}-activated MLa(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} and NaRE(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} have been prepared via the solid-state method. • The emission intensity was found to decrease with increasing the size of alkali cations. • In NaRE(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} system the luminescent intensity can be ordered as follows: Lu>Y>Gd.

  3. Structural and spectroscopic comparison between polycrystalline, nanocrystalline and quantum dot visible light photo-catalyst Bi2WO6

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    Teck, Michael; Murshed, M. Mangir; Schowalter, Marco; Lefeld, Niels; Grossmann, Henrike K.; Grieb, Tim; Hartmann, Thomas; Robben, Lars; Rosenauer, Andreas; Mädler, Lutz; Gesing, Thorsten M.

    2017-10-01

    The structural and spectroscopic features of the visible light photocatalyst Bi2WO6 have been studied. Polycrystalline (PC), nanocrystalline (NC) and quantum dot (QD) sized samples were produced using solid state reaction, hydrothermal and flame spray pyrolysis methods, respectively. While the crystal structures of PC and NC Bi2WO6 are well characterized using X-ray powder diffraction data Rietveld refinements, the structural information of the QD are obtained from the complementary pair distribution function analysis and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The Raman spectra of the samples are compared with the phonon density of states calculated by DFT. A continuous phenomenological model describes selective optical phonon confinement into the QDs. The type of the electronic bandgaps obtained from the UV-VIS absorbance-spectra have been analyzed using two different methods, and compared with those calculated from the electronic band structures.

  4. Poisoning and regeneration of Pt-Pd/WO3-ZrO2 short paraffin isomerization catalysts

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    Sergio Canavese

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available WO3-ZrO2 catalysts promoted with Pt and Pd were tested as paraffin isomerization catalysts using n-hexane as model compound. Sulfur and amine poisoning and regeneration tests were used to assess the impact of the addition of Pt and Pd on the deactivation resistance and regenerability. Pt and PtPd catalysts were the most active for n-hexane isomerization. The low activity of the Pd catalyst was attributed to poor Pd metal properties when supported over WO3-ZrO2 and to a decrease of the number of BrQnsted acid sites. PtPd was the only catalyst capable of full regeneration after S poisoning. Amine poisoning completely supressed the isomerization activity and the original activity could only be restored by calcination and reduction.

  5. Microwave assisted hydrothermal synthesis of Ag/AgCl/WO3 photocatalyst and its photocatalytic activity under simulated solar light

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    Adhikari, Rajesh; Gyawali, Gobinda; Sekino, Tohru; Wohn Lee, Soo

    2013-01-01

    Simulated solar light responsive Ag/AgCl/WO3 composite photocatalyst was synthesized by microwave assisted hydrothermal process. The synthesized powders were characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS), and BET surface area analyzer to investigate the crystal structure, morphology, chemical composition, optical properties and surface area of the composite photocatalyst. This photocatalyst exhibited higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under simulated solar light irradiation. Dye degradation efficiency of composite photocatalyst was found to be increased significantly as compared to that of the commercial WO3 nanopowder. Increase in photocatalytic activity of the photocatalyst was explained on the basis of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect caused by the silver nanoparticles present in the composite photocatalyst.

  6. Poisoning and regeneration of Pt-Pd/WO{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} short paraffin isomerization catalysts

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    Canavese, Sergio; Finelli, Zunilda; Busto, Mariana; Benitez, Viviana M.; Vera, Carlos R.; Yori, Juan C., E-mail: jyori@fiq.unl.edu.a [Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL), Santa Fe (Argentina). Inst. de Investigaciones en Catalisis y Petroquimica

    2010-07-01

    WO{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} catalysts promoted with Pt and Pd were tested as paraffin isomerization catalysts using n-hexane as model compound. Sulfur and amine poisoning and regeneration tests were used to assess the impact of the addition of Pt and Pd on the deactivation resistance and regenerability. Pt and Pt Pd catalysts were the most active for n-hexane isomerization. The low activity of the Pd catalyst was attributed to poor Pd metal properties when supported over WO{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} and to a decrease of the number of Broensted acid sites. Pt Pd was the only catalyst capable of full regeneration after S poisoning. Amine poisoning completely suppressed the isomerization activity and the original activity could only be restored by calcination and reduction. (author)

  7. Prospects for a precision timing upgrade of the CMS PbWO crystal electromagnetic calorimeter for the HL-LHC

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    Massironi, Andrea

    2017-01-01

    The upgrade of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) crystal electromagnetic calorimeter (ECAL), which will operate at the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), will achieve a timing resolution of around 30 ps for high energy photons and electrons. In this talk we will discuss the benefits of precision timing for the ECAL event reconstruction at HL-LHC. Simulation studies focused on the timing properties of PbWO$_4$ crystals, as well as the impact of the photosensors and the readout electronics on the timing performance, will be presented. Test beam studies intended to measure the timing performance of the PbWO$_4$ crystals with different photosensors and readout electronics will be shown.

  8. Modeling placental transport: correlation of in vitro BeWo cell permeability and ex vivo human placental perfusion

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    Poulsen, Marie Sønnegaard; Rytting, Erik; Mose, Tina

    2009-01-01

    . Placental passage of benzoic acid, caffeine, and glyphosate in an ex vivo human perfusion system. J. Toxicol. Environ. Health, Part A 71, 984-991]. In this work, the transport of these same three compounds, plus the reference compound antipyrine, was investigated using BeWo (b30) cell monolayers. Transport......The placental passage of three compounds with different physicochemical properties was recently investigated in ex vivo human placental perfusion experiments (caffeine, benzoic acid, and glyphosate) [Mose, T., Kjaerstad, M.B., Mathiesen, L., Nielsen, J.B., Edelfors, S., Knudsen, L.E., 2008...... across the BeWo cells was observed in the rank order of caffeine>antipyrine>benzoic acid>glyphosate in terms of both the apparent permeability coefficient and the initial slope, defined as the linear rate of substance transferred to the fetal compartment as percent per time, a parameter used to compare...

  9. Growth and optical properties of ZnWO4 single crystals pure and doped with Ca and Eu

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    Kowalski, Z.; Kaczmarek, S. M.; Berkowski, M.; Głowacki, M.; Zhydachevskii, Y. A.; Suchocki, A.

    2017-01-01

    In frames of this work a series of ZnWO4 single crystals, pure and doped with either Ca (5 at%) or Ca (4 at%) and Eu (1 at%), has been grown by the Czochralski method. Phase analysis and structural refinement was performed X-ray powder diffraction and the powder diffraction and the patterns were analyzed by the Rietveld refinement method to analyze the lattice parameters of the crystal structure. Additionally, the absorbance, photoluminescence emission (PL) and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and EPR spectra were measured and compared to investigate influence of Ca and Eu co-doping on optical properties of the obtained crystals. Furthermore the optical band-gap of the crystals has been calculated. The crystal structure of all mentioned ZnWO4 samples has also discussed in the scope of environment symmetry and possible sites of dopant ions.

  10. On-line measurement of gamma radiation-induced absorption in $A^{3+}$ -codoped PbWO$_{4}$: Mo crystals

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    Sulc, Miroslav; Kobayashi, M; Mikes, P; Nikl, Martin; Usuki, Y; Vognar, M

    2005-01-01

    The radiation hardness of the set of seven samples of Mo-doped PbWO /sub 4/ crystals (from 0 up to 10,000 ppm) and further codoped by Y, La, Nb, is investigated. With increasing Mo concentration above 1000 ppm radiation hardness increases. Codoping by Y, La can still decrease radiation-induced absorption about several tens percent at least, while influence of Nb is not clear. Induced absorption increases with the dose rate, for dose rates higher than 0.35Gy/min it achieves saturation level. As it is planned to use PbWO/sub 4/ scintillating crystals at lower temperature in ALICE experiment in CERN, some measurements were performed at temperature-15 degrees C too. Induced absorption coefficient at low temperature is 2-4 times higher with respect to room temperature and kinetic of recovery processes gets slower.

  11. Multifrequency parametric infrared Raman generation in KGd(WO(4))(2) crystal with biharmonic ultrashort-pulse pumping.

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    Losev, L L; Song, J; Xia, J F; Strickland, D; Brukhanov, V V

    2002-12-02

    Mutlifrequency parametric Raman generation was carried out in a KGd(WO(4))(2) crystal by use of a dual-wavelength Ti:sapphire laser system. It was found that with femtosecond pump pulses the efficiency of Raman generation is low because of the onset of self-phase modulation. The mechanism for suppression of stimulated Raman scattering by self-phase modulation is discussed. Employing 2-ps-long chirped pulses generated four Stokes and one anti-Stokes component.

  12. Effect of Sensors on the Reliability and Control Performance of Power Circuits in the Web of Things (WoT

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    Sungwoo Bae

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In order to realize a true WoT environment, a reliable power circuit is required to ensure interconnections among a range of WoT devices. This paper presents research on sensors and their effects on the reliability and response characteristics of power circuits in WoT devices. The presented research can be used in various power circuit applications, such as energy harvesting interfaces, photovoltaic systems, and battery management systems for the WoT devices. As power circuits rely on the feedback from voltage/current sensors, the system performance is likely to be affected by the sensor failure rates, sensor dynamic characteristics, and their interface circuits. This study investigated how the operational availability of the power circuits is affected by the sensor failure rates by performing a quantitative reliability analysis. In the analysis process, this paper also includes the effects of various reconstruction and estimation techniques used in power processing circuits (e.g., energy harvesting circuits and photovoltaic systems. This paper also reports how the transient control performance of power circuits is affected by sensor interface circuits. With the frequency domain stability analysis and circuit simulation, it was verified that the interface circuit dynamics may affect the transient response characteristics of power circuits. The verification results in this paper showed that the reliability and control performance of the power circuits can be affected by the sensor types, fault tolerant approaches against sensor failures, and the response characteristics of the sensor interfaces. The analysis results were also verified by experiments using a power circuit prototype.

  13. Boosting surface charge-transfer doping efficiency and robustness of diamond with WO3 and ReO3

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    Tordjman, Moshe; Weinfeld, Kamira; Kalish, Rafi

    2017-09-01

    An advanced charge-transfer yield is demonstrated by employing single monolayers of transition-metal oxides—tungsten trioxide (WO3) and rhenium trioxide (ReO3)—deposited on the hydrogenated diamond surface, resulting in improved p-type sheet conductivity and thermal stability. Surface conductivities, as determined by Hall effect measurements as a function of temperature for WO3, yield a record sheet hole carrier concentration value of up to 2.52 × 1014 cm-2 at room temperature for only a few monolayers of coverage. Transfer doping with ReO3 exhibits a consistent narrow sheet carrier concentration value of around 3 × 1013 cm-2, exhibiting a thermal stability of up to 450 °C. This enhanced conductivity and temperature robustness exceed those reported for previously exposed surface electron acceptor materials used so far on a diamond surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements of the C1s core level shift as a function of WO3 and ReO3 layer thicknesses are used to determine the respective increase in surface band bending of the accumulation layers, leading to a different sub-surface two-dimensional hole gas formation efficiency in both cases. This substantial difference in charge-exchange efficiency is unexpected since both surface acceptors have very close work functions. Consequently, these results lead us to consider additional factors influencing the transfer doping mechanism. Transfer doping with WO3 reveals the highest yet reported transfer doping efficiency per minimal surface acceptor coverage. This improved surface conductivity performance and thermal stability will promote the realization of 2D diamond-based electronic devices facing process fabrication challenges.

  14. Mesoporous film of WO3-the "sunlight" assisted decomposition of surfactant in wastewater for voltammetric determination of Pb

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    Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Beata; Bielecka, Agnieszka; Biaduń, Ewa; Miecznikowski, Krzysztof

    2016-12-01

    In this paper we present the application of "sunlight" assisted digestion in the presence of WO3 to the decomposition of dissolved organic matter, using the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and the nonionic surfactant (1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenyl-polyethylene glycol (Triton™X-114) in natural water samples, prior to the determination of traces residues of lead by stripping voltammetry methods. The results of the study showed firstly that the preparation of reproducible WO3 layers characterized by high mechanical and chemical resistance was possible, and secondly that it was also possible to obtain a high efficiency of decomposition, equal in efficiency to that of the reference method, which was the hydrogen peroxide oxidation assisted by UV, with evaporation nearly to dryness. The developed procedure is suggested to be a no-reagents method for the decomposition of added SDS, leading to 100% recovery of added Pb (II). The anodic stripping voltammetric curves recorded in solution after 4 h irradiation with UV assisted by WO3 were repeatable and increased linearly with standard additions, but the data finally obtained were incorrect. The curves recorded in solution after "sunlight" assisted digestion in the presence of WO3 were repeatable, and increased linearly with an increasing of concentration of standard additions (100% recovery of Pb). In the case of a nonionic surfactant, the decomposition time is at least 6 h. The advantage of the proposed method is the fact that the digestion process does not need the addition of any chemicals for the complete decomposition of organic matter.

  15. Photocatalytic reduction of CO{sub 2} into methanol and ethanol over conducting polymers modified Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres under visible light

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    Dai, Weili, E-mail: wldai81@126.com; Xu, Hai; Yu, Juanjuan; Hu, Xu; Luo, Xubiao, E-mail: luoxubiao@126.com; Tu, Xinman; Yang, Lixia

    2015-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Conducting polymers modified Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} HHMS (CP/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) was successfully synthesized. • The introduction of CP decreases the recombination of photogenerated e{sup –}–h{sup +} pairs. • The PTh/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} exhibites good stability and recyclability for CO{sub 2} photoreduction. • The possible photocatalytic mechanism was discussed and proposed. - Abstract: Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} hierarchical hollow microspheres (HHMS) modified with different conducting polymers (polyaniline, polypyrrole, and polythiophene) were successfully synthesized by ‘in situ’ deposition oxidative polymerization method, and evaluated as photocatalysts for the photocatalytic reduction of CO{sub 2} with H{sub 2}O to methanol and ethanol. It was found that the introduction of conducting polymers obviously decreased the recombination of photogenerated electron–hole pairs, thus promoting the photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. Among the as-fabricated photocatalysts, polythiophene modified Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} (PTh/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) exhibited the best photoelectronic and photocatalytic performance, due to the narrow band gap and good charge mobility of polythiophene. The results demonstrate that the methanol and ethanol yield over PTh/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was 56.5 and 20.5 μmol g{sub cat}{sup −1} in 4 h, respectively. The total yield of hydrocarbons is 2.8 times higher than that over pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. It is noted that the catalyst exhibits good recyclability and stability. After five consecutive runs, the PTh/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} catalyst shows no significant loss of photocatalytic activity. The possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed which is beneficial for further improving the activity of photocatalysts. The approach described in this study provides a simple and reliable strategy for the rational design of efficient visible light-driven photocatalysts for photoreduction of CO{sub 2} to hydrocarbons.

  16. Photo- and radioluminescent properties of undoped and Bi-doped Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6} powders at 10–300 K

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    Madej, A., E-mail: anna.madej@chem.uni.wroc.pl [Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, 14F. Joliot-Curie Street, 50-383 Wroclaw (Poland); Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+, 147 Stablowicka Street, 54-066 Wroclaw (Poland); Witkowski, M.E., E-mail: mwit@fizyka.umk.pl [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, 5/7 Grudziądzka Street, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Wojtowicz, A.J., E-mail: andywojt@fizyka.umk.pl [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, 5/7 Grudziądzka Street, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Zych, E., E-mail: eugeniusz.zych@chem.uni.wroc.pl [Faculty of Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, 14F. Joliot-Curie Street, 50-383 Wroclaw (Poland); Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+, 147 Stablowicka Street, 54-066 Wroclaw (Poland)

    2015-04-15

    Undoped and Bi{sup 3+}-doped lutetium oxytungstate (Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) powder materials were prepared by a solid state reaction method at selected temperatures between 1000 and 1400 °C. The structural, radio- and photoluminescent properties of these materials were investigated. Upon Bi activation, red-shifts of both emission and excitation bands are observed. While a broad emission band characteristic of undoped Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and resulting from a charge transfer transition of the tungstate group WO{sub 6} peaks at 450 nm, the Bi{sup 3+}-activated Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6} shows a broad band emission peaking at about 510 nm. This emission can be related to the transition between excited and ground states of a deep Bi donor. The ground state of this donor corresponds to an electron-occupied Bi-level at about 0.45 eV above the top of the valence band. Both compositions generate bright radioluminescence upon X-ray excitation at low temperatures. For Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6}:Bi the radioluminescence efficiency is roughly stable in the range between 10 and 250 K, while undoped Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6} suffers from moderate thermal quenching above 10 K. The fraction of total radioluminescence due to Bi contribution in Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6}:Bi increases from 0.19 at 10 K to 0.53 at room temperature. A simple configuration coordinate diagram is introduced in order to illustrate and describe the charge carrier recombination and light generation mechanism in these materials. - Highlights: • Radio- and photoluminescent properties of Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and Lu{sub 2}WO{sub 6}:Bi were investigated in 10–300 K. • Model of the spectroscopic properties together with configuration coordinate diagram was proposed. • Contributions from Bi and WO6 group to total radio- and photoluminescence was calculated at 10 K and RT.

  17. Luminescence and photo-thermally stimulated defects creation processes in PbWO{sub 4} crystals doped with trivalent rare-earth ions

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    Fabeni, P. [Institute of Applied Physics “N.Carrara” (IFAC) of CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Krasnikov, A.; Kärner, T. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia 142, 51014 Tartu (Estonia); Laguta, V.V.; Nikl, M. [Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, 16253 Prague (Czech Republic); Pazzi, G.P. [Institute of Applied Physics “N.Carrara” (IFAC) of CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Zazubovich, S., E-mail: svet@fi.tartu.ee [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia 142, 51014 Tartu (Estonia)

    2013-04-15

    In PbWO{sub 4} crystals, doped with various trivalent rare-earth A{sup 3+} ions (A{sup 3+}: La{sup 3+}, Lu{sup 3+}, Y{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}), electron (WO{sub 4}){sup 3−} and {(WO_4)"3"−–A"3"+} centers can be created under UV irradiation not only in the host absorption region but also in the energy range around 3.85 eV (Böhm et al., 1999; Krasnikov et al., 2010). Under excitation in the same energy range, the UV emission peak at 3.05–3.20 eV is observed. In the present work, the origin of this emission is investigated in detail by low-temperature time-resolved luminescence methods. Photo-thermally stimulated creation of (WO{sub 4}){sup 3−} and {(WO_4)"3"−–A"3"+} centers is studied also in PbWO{sub 4}:Mo,A{sup 3+} crystals. Various processes, which could explain both the appearance of the UV emission and the creation of the {(WO_4)"3"−–A"3"+}-type centers under irradiation of PbWO{sub 4}: A{sup 3+} crystals in the 3.85±0.35 eV energy range, are discussed. The radiative and non-radiative decay of the excitons localized near A{sup 3+} ions is considered as the most probable mechanism to explain the observed features. -- Highlights: ► UV emission of PbWO{sub 4}: A{sup 3+} (A{sup 3+}: La{sup 3+}, Lu{sup 3+}, Y{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 3+}, and Gd{sup 3+}) crystals is studied. ► The emission is ascribed to the radiative decay of excitons localized near A{sup 3+} ions. ► The excitons are created at 3.85 eV excitation by a two-step process. ► Non-radiative decay of the excitons leads to the creation of (WO{sub 4}){sup 3−}–A{sup 3+} centers.

  18. Synthesis, Characterization, and Low Temperature Sintering of Nanostructured BaWO4 for Optical and LTCC Applications

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    S. Vidya

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of nano-BaWO4 by a modified combustion technique and its suitability for various applications are reported. The structure and phase purity of the sample analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform Raman, and infrared spectroscopy show that the sample is phase pure with tetragonal structure. The particle size from the transmission electron microscopy is 22 nm. The basic optical properties and optical constants of the nano BaWO4 are studied using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy which showed that the material is a wide band gap semiconductor with band gap of 4.1 eV. The sample shows poor transmittance in ultraviolet region while maximum in visible-near infrared regions. The photoluminescence spectra show intense emission in blue region. The sample is sintered at low temperature of 810°C, without any sintering aid. Surface morphology of the sample is analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. The dielectric constant and loss factor measured at 5 MHz are 9 and 1.56×10-3. The temperature coefficient of dielectric constant is −22 ppm/°C. The experimental results obtained in the present work claim the potential use of nano BaWO4 as UV filters, transparent films for window layers on solar cells, antireflection coatings, scintillators, detectors, and for LTCC applications.

  19. Potentiated electron transference in α-Ag2WO4 microcrystals with Ag nanofilaments as microbial agent.

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    Longo, Valéria M; De Foggi, Camila C; Ferrer, Mateus M; Gouveia, Amanda F; André, Rafaela S; Avansi, Waldir; Vergani, Carlos E; Machado, Ana L; Andrés, Juan; Cavalcante, Laécio S; Hernandes, Antonio C; Longo, Elson

    2014-08-07

    This study is a framework proposal for understanding the antimicrobacterial effect of both α-Ag2WO4 microcrystals (AWO) synthesized using a microwave hydrothermal (MH) method and α-Ag2WO4 microcrystals with Ag metallic nanofilaments (AWO:Ag) obtained by irradiation employing an electron beam to combat against planktonic cells of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). These samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet visible (UV-vis) measurements, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The results reveal that both AWO and AWO:Ag solutions have bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects, but the irradiated sample is more efficient; i.e., a 4-fold of the MRSA planktonic cells as compared to the nonirradiated sample was observed. In addition, first principles calculations were performed to obtain structural and electronic properties of AWO and metallic Ag, which provides strong quantitative support for an antimicrobacterial mechanism based on the enhancement of electron transfer processes between α-Ag2WO4 and Ag nanoparticles.

  20. Visible-light activate Ag/WO3 films based on wood with enhanced negative oxygen ions production properties

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    Gao, Likun; Gan, Wentao; Cao, Guoliang; Zhan, Xianxu; Qiang, Tiangang; Li, Jian

    2017-12-01

    The Ag/WO3-wood was fabricated through a hydrothermal method and a silver mirror reaction. The system of visible-light activate Ag/WO3-wood was used to produce negative oxygen ions, and the effect of Ag nanoparticles on negative oxygen ions production was investigated. From the results of negative oxygen ions production tests, it can be observed that the sample doped with Ag nanoparticles, the concentration of negative oxygen ions is up to 1660 ions/cm3 after 60 min visible light irradiation. Moreover, for the Ag/WO3-wood, even after 60 min without irradiation, the concentration of negative oxygen ions could keep more than 1000 ions/cm3, which is up to the standard of the fresh air. Moreover, due to the porous structure of wood, the wood acted as substrate could promote the nucleation of nanoparticles, prevent the agglomeration of the particles, and thus lead the improvement of photocatalytic properties. And such wood-based functional materials with the property of negative oxygen ions production could be one of the most promising materials in the application of indoor decoration materials, which would meet people's pursuit of healthy, environment-friendly life.

  1. The ITO-capped WO3 nanowires biosensor based on field-effect transistor in label-free protein sensing

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    Shariati, Mohsen

    2017-05-01

    The fabrication of ITO-capped WO3 nanowires associated with their bio-sensing properties in field-effect transistor diagnostics basis as a biosensor has been reported. The bio-sensing property for manipulated nanowires elucidated that the grown nanostructures were very sensitive to protein. The ITO-capped WO3 nanowires biosensor showed an intensive bio-sensing activity against reliable protein. Polylysine strongly charged bio-molecule was applied as model system to demonstrate the implementation of materialized biosensor. The employed sensing mechanism was `label-free' and depended on bio-molecule's intrinsic charge. For nanowires synthesis, the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism was used. Nanowires were beyond a few hundred nanometers in lengths and around 15-20 nm in diameter, while the globe cap's size on the nanowires was around 15-25 nm. The indium tin oxide (ITO) played as catalyst in nanofabrication for WO3 nanowires growth and had outstanding role in bio-sensing especially for bio-molecule adherence. In applied electric field presence, the fabricated device showed the great potential to enhance medical diagnostics.

  2. Pengaruh Variasi Temperatur Post Hydrothermal Terhadap Sensitivitas Sensor Gas Co Dari Material Wo3 Hasil Proses Sol Gel

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    Agung Seras Perdana

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Gas karbon monoksida (CO adalah gas yang tidak berbau, tidak berwarna, dan tidak larut dalam air, tetapi beracun bila berikatan secara metabolis dengan darah ketika terhirup kedalam tubuh manusia.     Oleh karena itu diperlukan suatu alatberupa sensor untuk mendeteksi keberadaan gas CO secara dini untuk mengindari efek yang berbahaya bagi kesehatan.  Penelitian ini bertujuan mempersiapkan material WO3 sebagai sensor gas CO. Proses sintesa material WO3 dilakukan dengan metode sol gel menggunakan WCl6, ethanol, dan NH4OH. Chip sensor dibuat dari serbuk hasil proses post hydrothermal dengan variasi temperatur 160oC, 180oC dan 200oC selama 12 jam dikompaksi pada tekanan 150 bar dan dianil 300oC selama 1 jam. Proses karakterisasi material WO3 dilakukan dengan pengujian Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM dan X-Ray Diffraction (XRD. Luas permukaan aktif diukur dengan Brauner Emmet Teller (BET, dan pengujian sensitivitas menggunakan alat Potentiostat sebagai Instrumen pengukur arus.     Hasil pengujian menunjukkan struktur kristal adalah monoklinik. Sensitivitas  naik seiring dengan kenaikan temperatur operasi, begitu juga dengan peningkatan konsentrasi gas. Nilai sensitivitas tertinggi adalah pada sampel temperatur 160oC dengan temperatur operasi 100oC dan konsentrasi gas 500 ppm.

  3. Mesoporous WN/WO3-Composite Nanosheets for the Chemiresistive Detection of NO2 at Room Temperature

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    Fengdong Qu

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Composite materials, which can optimally use the advantages of different materials, have been studied extensively. Herein, hybrid tungsten nitride and oxide (WN/WO3 composites were prepared through a simple aqueous solution route followed by nitriding in NH3, for application as novel sensing materials. We found that the introduction of WN can improve the electrical properties of the composites, thus improving the gas sensing properties of the composites when compared with bare WO3. The highest sensing response was up to 21.3 for 100 ppb NO2 with a fast response time of ~50 s at room temperature, and the low detection limit was 1.28 ppb, which is far below the level that is immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH values (NO2: 20 ppm defined by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH. In addition, the composites successfully lower the optimum temperature of WO3 from 300 °C to room temperature, and the composites-based sensor presents good long-term stability for NO2 of 100 ppb. Furthermore, a possible sensing mechanism is proposed.

  4. Facile synthesis of PbWO4: applications in photoluminescence and photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes under visible light.

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    Saraf, Rohit; Shivakumara, C; Behera, Sukanti; Nagabhushana, H; Dhananjaya, N

    2015-02-05

    Stolzite polymorph of PbWO4 catalyst was prepared by the facile room temperature precipitation method. Structural parameters were refined by the Rietveld analysis using powder X-ray data. PbWO4 was crystallized in the scheelite-type tetragonal structure with space group I41/a (No. 88). Field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed leaf like morphology. Photoluminescence spectra exhibit broad blue emission (425 nm) under the excitation of 356 nm. The photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue, Rhodamine B and Methyl orange dyes were measured under visible illumination. The 100% dye degradation was observed for MB and RhB dyes within 60 and 105 min. The rate constant was found to be in the decreasing order of MB>RhB>MO which followed the 1st order kinetic mechanism. Therefore, PbWO4 can be a potential candidate for blue component in white LEDs and also acts as a catalyst for the treatment of toxic and non-biodegradable organic pollutants in water. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Wafer-scaled monolayer WO3 windows ultra-sensitive, extremely-fast and stable UV-A photodetection

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    Hai, Zhenyin; Akbari, Mohammad Karbalaei; Xue, Chenyang; Xu, Hongyan; Hyde, Lachlan; Zhuiykov, Serge

    2017-05-01

    The monolayer WO3-based UV-A photodetectors, fabricated by atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique at the large area of SiO2/Si wafer, have demonstrated vastly improved functional capabilities: extremely fast response time of less than 40 μs and photoresponsivity reaching of ∼0.329 A W-1. Their ultrafast photoresponse time is at least 400-fold improvement over the previous reports for any other WO3-based UV photodetectors that have ever been fabricated, and significantly faster than most of other photodetectors based on two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials reported-to-date. Moreover, their measured long-term stability exceeds more than 200 cycles without any visible degradation. The ALD-deposited WO3 monolayer has also exhibited wider bandgap of 3.53 eV and the UV-A photodetector based on it is environmentally friendly, highly reliable, with excellent reproducibility and long-term stability. Thus, the shift to mono-layered semiconductors, which possess completely new quantum-confined effects, has the greatest potential in creating a new class of nano-materials, which in return windows new functional opportunities for various opto-electronic instruments built on semiconductor monolayer and, more importantly, can result in new strategy for fabrication highly-flexible, inexpensive and extremely-sensitive devices. This strategy also opens up the great opportunities for industrialization and commercialization of the photodetectors and other optoelectronic devices based on monolayer or few-layered 2D nanomaterials.

  6. TiO{sub 2}/WO{sub 3} photoactive bilayers in the UV-Vis light region

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    Vasilaki, E. [University of Crete, Department of Chemistry, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Center of Materials Technology and Photonics, School of Engineering, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Vernardou, D. [Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Center of Materials Technology and Photonics, School of Engineering, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Kenanakis, G.; Katsarakis, N. [Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Center of Materials Technology and Photonics, School of Engineering, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Vassilika Vouton, P.O. Box 1385, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Vamvakaki, M. [Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Vassilika Vouton, P.O. Box 1385, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); University of Crete, Department of Materials Science and Technology, Heraklion, Crete (Greece)

    2017-04-15

    In this work, photoactive bilayered films consisting of anatase TiO{sub 2} and monoclinic WO{sub 3} were synthesized by a sol-gel route. Titanium isopropoxide and tungsten hexachloride were used as metal precursors and deposition was achieved by spin-coating on Corning glass substrates. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, UV-Vis, and Raman spectroscopy, as well as field emission scanning electron microscopy. The prepared immobilized catalysts were tested for their photocatalytic performance by the decolorization of methylene blue in aqueous matrices, under UV-Vis light irradiation. The annealing process influenced the crystallinity of the bilayered films, while the concentration of the tungsten precursor solution and the position of the tungsten trioxide layer further affected their photocatalytic performance. In particular, the photocatalytic performance of the bilayered films was optimized at a concentration of 0.1 M of the WO{sub 3} precursor solution, when deposited as an overlying layer on TiO{sub 2} by two annealing steps (∝76% methylene blue decolorization in 300 min of irradiation versus ∝59% in the case of a bare TiO{sub 2} film). In general, the coupled layer catalysts exhibited superior photoactivity compared to that of bare TiO{sub 2} films with WO{sub 3} acting as an electron trap, resulting, therefore, in a more efficient electron-hole separation and inhibiting their recombination. (orig.)

  7. Effect of WO 3 on the spectroscopic properties in Er 3+/Yb 3+ co-doped bismuth-borate glasses

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    Wang, Jun; Zhou, Yaxun; Dai, Shixun; Xu, Tiefeng; Nie, Qiuhua

    2007-11-01

    The spectroscopic properties of Er 3+/Yb 3+ co-doped Bi 2O 3-B 2O 3-WO 3 (BBW) glasses were analyzed and discussed. The effect of WO 3 content on the absorption spectra, the Judd-Ofelt parameters Ω t ( t=2, 4, 6), emission spectra and the lifetime of the 4I 13/2 level and the quantum efficiency of Er 3+: 4I 13/2→ 4I 15/2 transition were also investigated. With the substitution of WO 3 for B 2O 3, the measured lifetime of the 4I 13/2 level and the quantum efficiency of Er 3+: 4I 13/2→ 4I 15/2 transition increase from 0.98 to 1.31 ms and from 38.2% to 49.2%, respectively. The effective width of emission band and the emission cross-section both decrease slightly. And the emission spectra is analyzed via the different curve ( σe- σa) of BBW glasses, the influence of OH - is also discussed.

  8. Mieszkanie poetyckie – koncepcja twórczości Władysława Wołkowskiego

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    Anna Wywioł

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The concept of work by Wladyslaw Wołkowski is mainly based on the notion of poetic flat. He called for the nature to be used within the flat and the nature’s language to be transformed into its interior. The author’s anthropocentric attitude could be found in every, even the smallest project. The furniture and elements of decoration were supposed to serve the human in a best possible way, both because of its usefulness and its visual, symbolic and finally spiritual values. The piece of art, beside its beauty and usefulness, has to possess the elements of the era during which it was created and the author’s national identity expressed by history, literature, legends and fairy tales. The art, according to the poet, should aspire to unify the outer world with his inner state, assuming that it can influence such state. Wołkowski created modular materials in accordance with rhythmic and harmonic constructions. Harmonic merger of an individual with community – according to Wołkowski – is the guarantee of wellbeing and calmness of spirit.

  9. Topical delivery of urea encapsulated in biodegradable PLGA microparticles: O/W and W/O creams.

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    Haddadi, Azita; Aboofazeli, Reza; Erfan, Mohammad; Farboud, Effat Sadat

    2008-09-01

    This study describes the formulation and characterization of O/W and W/O creams containing urea-loaded microparticles prepared with poly (D, L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) in order to encapsulate and stabilize urea. The solvent evaporation method was used for preparing PLGA microparticles containing urea. The microparticles size was evaluated by laser light diffractometry. The resulting microparticles were then incorporated in O/W and W/O creams and stability and the release pattern from the creams was evaluated by UV-spectrophotometry. The particle size of PLGA microparticles was in the range of 1-5 microm and most microparticles had a particle size smaller than 3 microm. The encapsulation efficiency was calculated as 40.5% +/- 3.4. This study also examined release pattern of urea which varied among different formulations. The results showed that the release from O/W creams followed Higuchi kinetics while the release from W/O creams showed the zero order kinetics and the creams containing microparticulated urea had slower release than free urea creams.

  10. Upconversion luminescence of lanthanide-doped mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials.

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    Liu, Jing; Kaczmarek, Anna M; Billet, Jonas; Van Driessche, Isabel; Van Deun, Rik

    2016-08-14

    Uniform mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 micro-/nano-materials have been successfully synthesised by a facile hydrothermal method. The morphology of these upconversion materials could be changed to different shapes and the size could also be decreased from the micro- to nano-scale by varying the type of surfactant used. It was observed that before heat treatment, the materials show relatively weak green light emission under excitation at 975 nm, whereas after heat treatment, the intensity of the upconversion luminescence increases dramatically while the intensity of the red component decreases relatively. By adjusting the molybdate/tungstate ratio, it was found that the samples with a higher molybdate content have stronger luminescence properties. XRD measurements have been done to investigate the structure of the mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 upconversion materials. The effect of heat treatment at different temperatures on the emission spectra and XRD patterns has also been studied. TG-DTA was used to further confirm the most suitable temperature for heat treatment. The luminescence lifetimes and CIE coordinates for these samples were also determined. Additionally it was found that Gd(3+) co-doping could further increase the upconversion luminescence from these mixed CaMoO4-CaWO4 materials. Finally, monitoring the upconversion luminescence intensity as a function of laser pump power confirmed the upconversion process to be a two-photon absorption mechanism.

  11. Coloration and Depth Distribution of Cations Electrochemically-inserted into Electrochromic WO{sub 3} Thin Films

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    Kawai, Miho; Benino, Yasuhiko; Nanba, Tokuro [Graduate School of Environmental Science, Okayama University, 3-1-1 Tsushima-naka, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Sakida, Shinichi, E-mail: tokuro_n@cc.okayama-u.ac.jp [Environmental Management Center, Okayama University, 3-1-1 Tsushima-naka, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan)

    2011-10-29

    Li{sup +} and H{sup +} ions were electrochemically inserted into amorphous WO{sub 3} films prepared on an ITO-coated glass substrate by an R.F. magnetron sputtering method under Ar/O{sub 2} flow ratios of 4/1 (SP1)and 1/1 (SP2). The cation distribution was estimated indirectly by depth profiles of refractive-index obtained from prism coupler measurements and was evaluated directly by glow discharge spectrometry (GDS). H{sup +} ions inserted were segregated only at deeper region around ITO electrode, which was independent to the preparing condition. In the case of Li{sup +} insertion into SP1 film, Li{sup +} ions were initially segregated at around ITO electrode, and after further insertions, they were also distributed at around the surface of WO{sub 3} film. In SP1 film, Li{sup +} ions at around ITO electrode seemed to contribute to coloration. In SP2 film, however, Li{sup +} ions subsequently inserted, which were uniformly distributed in the film, were only involved in coloration. The difference in depth distribution and coloration was due to the difference in atomic structure of WO{sub 3} films.

  12. Web-of-Objects (WoO-Based Context Aware Emergency Fire Management Systems for the Internet of Things

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    Zia Ush Shamszaman

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Recent advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT and the Web of Things (WoT accompany a smart life where real world objects, including sensing devices, are interconnected with each other. The Web representation of smart objects empowers innovative applications and services for various domains. To accelerate this approach, Web of Objects (WoO focuses on the implementation aspects of bringing the assorted real world objects to the Web applications. In this paper; we propose an emergency fire management system in the WoO infrastructure. Consequently, we integrate the formation and management of Virtual Objects (ViO which are derived from real world physical objects and are virtually connected with each other into the semantic ontology model. The charm of using the semantic ontology is that it allows information reusability, extensibility and interoperability, which enable ViOs to uphold orchestration, federation, collaboration and harmonization. Our system is context aware, as it receives contextual environmental information from distributed sensors and detects emergency situations. To handle a fire emergency, we present a decision support tool for the emergency fire management team. The previous fire incident log is the basis of the decision support system. A log repository collects all the emergency fire incident logs from ViOs and stores them in a repository.

  13. Facile synthesis of PbWO4: Applications in photoluminescence and photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes under visible light

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    Saraf, Rohit; Shivakumara, C.; Behera, Sukanti; Nagabhushana, H.; Dhananjaya, N.

    2015-02-01

    Stolzite polymorph of PbWO4 catalyst was prepared by the facile room temperature precipitation method. Structural parameters were refined by the Rietveld analysis using powder X-ray data. PbWO4 was crystallized in the scheelite-type tetragonal structure with space group I41/a (No. 88). Field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed leaf like morphology. Photoluminescence spectra exhibit broad blue emission (425 nm) under the excitation of 356 nm. The photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue, Rhodamine B and Methyl orange dyes were measured under visible illumination. The 100% dye degradation was observed for MB and RhB dyes within 60 and 105 min. The rate constant was found to be in the decreasing order of MB > RhB > MO which followed the 1st order kinetic mechanism. Therefore, PbWO4 can be a potential candidate for blue component in white LEDs and also acts as a catalyst for the treatment of toxic and non-biodegradable organic pollutants in water.

  14. Irreversible thermochromic response of RF sputtered nanocrystalline BaWO4 films for smart window applications

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    C. Anil Kumar

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available We report irreversible thermochromic behaviour of BaWO4 (BWO films for the first time. BWO films have been deposited at different substrate temperatures (RT, 200, 400, 600 and 800 °C using RF magnetron sputtering in pure argon plasma. BWO films deposited at 800 °C exhibit crystalline nature. Also, BWO films deposited in the temperature range of 400 - 600 °C exhibit WO3 as a secondary phase and its weight percentage decreases with an increase in deposition temperature, whereas the films deposited at 800 °C exhibited pure tetragonal phase. FESEM images revealed that as the average particle sizes of the films are higher as compared with the thickness of the films and is explained based on Avrami type nucleation and growth. The transmittance of the films decreases with an increase in deposition temperature up to 600 °C and increases thereafter. Films deposited at 600 °C show ≤ 20% transmittance, looking at the films deposited at room temperature and 800 °C exhibits 90 and 70%, respectively. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of the films show profound dependence on crystallinity and packing density. The optical bandgap of BWO films increases significantly with an increase in O2% during the deposition. The optical bandgap of the BWO films deposited at different temperatures in pure argon plasma, are in the range of 3.7 to 3.94 eV whereas the films deposited at 600 °C under different O2 plasma are in the range of 3.6 - 4.5 eV. The formations of colour centres are associated with the oxygen vacancies, which are clearly seen from the optical bandgap studies. The observed irreversible thermochromic behaviour in BWO films is attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies that arises due to the electrons trapped at oxygen vacancies causing an inter valence charge transfer of W5+ to W6+ and is confirmed through the change in the optical density (ΔOD. Further, the Raman spectra are being used to quantify the presence

  15. Non-noble metal Bi deposition by utilizing Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} as the self-sacrificing template for enhancing visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Yu, Shixin [Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhang, Yihe, E-mail: zyh@cugb.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Min [Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China); Du, Xin [Research Center for Bioengineering and Sensing Technology, Department of Chemistry& Biological Engineering, University of Science & Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Huang, Hongwei, E-mail: hhw@cugb.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Bi metal deposited Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst is synthesized via an in-situ reduction. • The light absorption of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is enhanced by Bi metal. • Charge separation efficiency of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is increased by Bi metal. • Bi-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} shows highly promoted photocatalytic activity for phenol degradation. - Abstract: Bi metal deposited on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite photocatalysts have been successfully synthesized via a simple in-situ reduction method at room temperature with using Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} as self-sacrificing template and NaBH{sub 4} as reducing agent. The reduction extent can be easily modulated by controlling the concentration of NaBH{sub 4} solution. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption isotherms, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM (HRTEM), diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS) and photoelectrochemical measurements were carried out to analyze the phase, morphology, optical property and photoelectrochemical property of the as-prepared samples. The photocatalytic activity is surveyed by degradation of phenol under visible light (λ > 420 nm), which showed that the BWO-0.2 photocatalyst exhibited the highest efficiency, which was over 3 times as high as pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The enhanced photocatalytic activity should be attributed to strengthened photoabsorption and charge separation efficiency derived from the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Bi metal.

  16. Effect of Na2WO4 in Electrolyte on Microstructure and Tribological Behavior of Micro-arc Oxidation Coatings on Ti2AlNb Alloy

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    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Micro-arc oxidation (MAO ceramic coatings were prepared on Ti2AlNb alloy in silicate/phosphate electrolytes with different concentrations of Na2WO4. The influence of Na2WO4 on the coating growth process, coating structure and composition was analyzed by SEM, XRD and XPS. The tribological behavior of MAO coatings was evaluated by the ball-disc wear test. The results show that the growth rate of MAO coating in electrolyte without Na2WO4 is only 0.08μm/min, meanwhile, the coating is loose and rough, and "networks" connecting with big pores exist on the coating surface.The main phase compositions of this coating are rutile TiO2, anatase TiO2, Al2O3, and Nb2O5. The addition of Na2WO4 in the electrolyte shortens the time before sparking of Ti2AlNb alloy, increases the growth rate of the coating, improves the uniformity of coating and meanwhile, a small amount of WO3 is introduced in the coating. Besides, MAO coatings formed in the participation of Na2WO4 have better wear resistance. Severe abrasive wear occurs when the test is made on Ti2AlNb alloy with Si3N4, the friction coefficient reaches 0.5-0.7. Both the friction coefficient and wear rate decrease obviously when Ti2AlNb is treated by MAO. The friction coefficient and wear rate of MAO coating prepared in the electrolyte with 4g/L Na2WO4 are 0.24 and 6.2×10-4mm3/(N·m, respectively. Only "fish scales" caused by fatigue wear appears on the coating surface.

  17. Organic Solar Cells Based on WO2.72 Nanowire Anode Buffer Layer with Enhanced Power Conversion Efficiency and Ambient Stability.

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    You, Longzhen; Liu, Bin; Liu, Tao; Fan, Bingbing; Cai, Yunhao; Guo, Lin; Sun, Yanming

    2017-04-12

    Tungsten oxide as an alternative to conventional acidic PEDOT:PSS has attracted much attention in organic solar cells (OSCs). However, the vacuum-processed WO3 layer and high-temperature sol-gel hydrolyzed WOX are incompatible with large-scale manufacturing of OSCs. Here, we report for the first time that a specific tungsten oxide WO2.72 (W18O49) nanowire can function well as the anode buffer layer. The nw-WO2.72 film exhibits a high optical transparency. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of OSCs based on three typical polymer active layers PTB7:PC71BM, PTB7-Th:PC71BM, and PDBT-T1:PC71BM with nw-WO2.72 layer were improved significantly from 7.27 to 8.23%, from 8.44 to 9.30%, and from 8.45 to 9.09%, respectively compared to devices with PEDOT:PSS. Moreover, the photovoltaic performance of OSCs based on small molecule p-DTS(FBTTh2)2:PC71BM active layer was also enhanced with the incorporation of nw-WO2.72. The enhanced performance is mainly attributed to the improved short-circuit current density (Jsc), which benefits from the oxygen vacancies and the surface apophyses for better charge extraction. Furthermore, OSCs based on nw-WO2.72 show obviously improved ambient stability compared to devices with PEDOT:PSS layer. The results suggest that nw-WO2.72 is a promising candidate for the anode buffer layer materials in organic solar cells.

  18. Facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis and luminescence properties of Eu{sup 3+}-doped NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanophosphors

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    Jiang, Zehan; Cai, Peiqing; Chen, Cuili; Pu, Xipeng; Kim, Sun Il, E-mail: sikim@pknu.ac.kr; Jin Seo, Hyo, E-mail: hjseo@pknu.ac.kr

    2017-06-01

    Eu{sup 3+}-doped NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanophosphors were synthesized via a facile one-step hydrothermal method without any surfactants or a further heat treatment. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), the photoluminescence (PL) excitation and emission spectra, and decay curves were used to characterize NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors. The results show that the Eu{sup 3+}-concentration has little influence on the structure and morphology of the as-synthesized samples. However, pH value plays a vital role on the structure and morphology of NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}. The well-crystallized sheet-like NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors can be obtained only at pH = 5–7. On the basis of the time-dependent synthesis, a possible growth mechanism of sheet-like architectures is proposed. The luminescence properties of NaGd{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) are investigated. It is found that the charge transfer band of Eu{sup 3+} shifts to lower energy and broadens with increasing the Eu{sup 3+}-concentration. - Highlights: • NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanosheets were synthesized by facile one-step hydrothermal method. • Luminescence properties of NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor were firstly reported. • The CT band of Eu{sup 3+} depends strongly on Eu{sup 3+}-concentrations.

  19. Eu3+ doped 1La2O3:2WO3:1B2O3 glass and glass-ceramic

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    Aleksandrov, L.; Iordanova, R.; Dimitriev, Y.; Georgiev, N.; Komatsu, T.

    2014-06-01

    In WO3-La2O3-B2O3 system, glasses were obtained in the region between 20 and 30 mol% La2O3. A liquid-phase separation region was observed near the WO3-B2O3 side. A glass with nominal composition 50WO3:25L2O3:25B2O3 doped with Eu2O3 was synthesized by melt quenching method. The obtained glass was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), UV-vis, infrared spectroscopy (IR) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). According to the DTA data, Eu3+ ions decrease the glass transition temperature from 621 °C to 574 °C and crystallization temperature from 690 °C to 677 °C. Structural model for the glass network was suggested on the base of IR and UV-vis spectral investigations. It was established that WO4 and WO6 structural units (620-960 cm-1) and BO3 and BO4 polyhedra (1050-1380 cm-1) build up the glass network. During vitrification partial transformation of WO4 to WO6 and BO3 to BO4 was proved. The quenched glass is transparent in the visible region and exhibits typical absorption bands of Eu3+ ions due to the 4f transitions 5D0 → 7Fj (j = 0-4). A glass-ceramic consisting of LaBWO6:Eu3+ nanocrystals with enhanced photoluminescence emissions is synthesized. The intensity of emission increases drastically in the glass-crystalline sample compared with the glass and polycrystalline sample.

  20. Increasing student engagement in science through field-based research: University of Idaho's WoW STEMcore Program

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    Squires, A. L.; Boylan, R. D.; Rittenburg, R.; Boll, J.; Allan, P.

    2013-12-01

    A recent statewide survey assessing STEM perceptions in Idaho showed that high school student interest in science and preparation for college are declining. To address this decline we are piloting an interdisciplinary, community and field-based water science education approach for 10th - 12th grade science courses during the 2013-14 school year called WoW STEMcore. The program is led by graduate students in the University of Idaho (UI) Waters of the West (WoW) program. Our methods are based on proven best practices from eight years of NSF GK-12 experience at UI and over a decade of GK-12 experience at more than 300 programs in the U.S. WoW STEMcore works to strengthen partnerships between WoW graduate students, high school teachers, and regional organizations that work on natural resource management or place-based science education with the intent of sustaining and merging efforts to increase scientific literacy among high school students and to better prepare them for higher education. In addition, graduate students gain outreach, education and communication experience and teachers are exposed to new and relevant research content and methods. WoW STEMcore is fostering these partnerships through water themed projects at three northern Idaho high schools. The pilot program will culminate in Spring 2014 with a regional Water Summit in which all participating students and partners will converge at a two-day youth scientific conference and competition where they can showcase their research and the skills they gained over the course of the year. We hypothesize that through a graduate student-led, field-based program that gets students out of the classroom and thinking about water resource issues in their communities, we will 1) fuel high school students' interest in science through hands on and inquiry-based pedagogy and 2) improve preparation for higher education by providing graduate student mentors to discuss the pathway from high school to college to a career. In

  1. Synthesis and characterization of F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles with improved near infrared shielding ability

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    Liu, Jingxiao; Luo, Jiayu; Shi, Fei, E-mail: shifei@dlpu.edu.cn; Liu, Suhua; Fan, Chuanyan; Xu, Qiang; Shao, Guolin

    2015-01-15

    F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles were successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method with hydrofluoric acid as fluorine source, and a new kind of heat insulating films were prepared from dispersion of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} nanoparticles in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) aqueous solution. The effects of F doping on the crystal structure and morphology of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles as well as the near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulation properties of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} films were investigated. The results indicated that HF acid addition could promote the formation of rod-like Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles during hydrothermal synthesis and increase the yield of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} powders. Moreover, the as-prepared films from dispersion solution of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles exhibited higher near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulating properties than that of the undoped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3} film. Particularly, the as-prepared Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} sample with F/W (molar ratio)=0.45 showed best NIR shielding ability and transparent heat insulating performance. The formation mechanism of nanorod-like particles and the effects of F doping on the properties of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} products were discussed. - Graphical abstract: F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles were successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method with hydrofluoric acid as fluorine source. HF acid addition in the precursor solution could increase the yield of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} powders and promote the formation of rod-like Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles. Moreover, the as-prepared Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} films from dispersion solution of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles exhibited higher near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulating properties than that of the undoped

  2. Photoluminescence varied by selective excitation in BiGdWO6:Eu3+ phosphor

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    Pavani, K.; Graça, M. P. F.; Kumar, J. Suresh; Neves, A. J.

    2017-12-01

    Eu3+ doped bismuth gadolinium tungstate (BGW), a simplest member of Aurivillius family of layered perovskites, was synthesized by solid-state reaction method. Structural characterisation has been performed by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Band gap of the host matrix has been calculated using reflectance and absorption spectra. Three different mechanisms were found to explain the excitation of Eu3+ ions and are described in detail. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the BGW phosphor doped with Eu3+ ions consist of major emission lines associated with 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4) of Eu3+ ion. Site selective PL excitation and emission indicates that Eu3+ ions doped in BiGdWO6 are sensitive to the excitation wavelength without change in the structure. Change in emission spectra were observed when the excitation wavelength was changed. Judd-Ofelt (J-O) parameters were determined from the indirect method to interpret the interactions between the host and dopant ions along with detailed analysis of lifetime measurements.

  3. Novel ZnWO4/RGO nanocomposite as high performance photocatalyst

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    Mohamed Jaffer Sadiq Mohamed

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we report the synthesis of nanocomposite material composed of zinc tungstate (ZnWO4 and reduced graphene oxide (RGO as photocatalyst by a simple microwave irradiation technique. The prepared nanocomposites have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR, photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL and UV-Visible spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities of the prepared nanocomposites are evaluated in terms of the efficiencies of photodegradation of methylene blue (MB dye in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The prepared nanocomposites showed excellent photodegradation efficiency compared to the commercial TiO2 under visible light irradiation. The activity of the catalyst towards methyl orange (MO and rhodamine B (RB was also good. Further, in view of the low cost, simple preparation method and high catalytic activity of the material, it is expected that the prepared nanocomposite can serve as an environment friendly photocatalyst for treating the large scale industrial waste waters.

  4. Characterization of WO3-SnO2 Nanocomposites and Application in Humidity Sensing

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    N. K. Pandey

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Pellet samples of WO3-SnO2 nanocomposite in the weight % ratio of 85:15 have been prepared and annealed at temperatures 300-600 °C for 3 hours. When exposed to humidity, the sample shows maximum sensitivity of 23.41 MΩ/%RH for the annealing temperature 600 °C. For this annealing temperature of 600 °C, the sample shows low ageing effect after four months. The hysteresis (between humidification and desiccation, measured in the RH range of 15–90 % RH for the annealing temperature of 600 °C is less than 8 % RH. Activation energy measured from Arrhenius plot in 50 to 300 °C and 300 to 600 °C range have been found to be 0.12 and 0.54 eV respectively. The response time and recovery time for the sample annealed at 600 °C are 121 seconds and 912 seconds respectively. The grain size and crystallite size of the pellets are found to be in the nanometer range. An observation of the crystallite size and grain size would suggest that smaller crystallites are getting agglomerated to form larger grains.

  5. Femtosecond-laser-written Tm:KLu(WO4)2 waveguide lasers.

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    Kifle, Esrom; Mateos, Xavier; de Aldana, Javier Rodríguez Vázquez; Ródenas, Airan; Loiko, Pavel; Choi, Sun Yung; Rotermund, Fabian; Griebner, Uwe; Petrov, Valentin; Aguiló, Magdalena; Díaz, Francesc

    2017-03-15

    Depressed-index channel waveguides with a circular and photonic crystal cladding structures are prepared in a bulk monoclinic Tm:KLu(WO4)2 crystal by 3D direct femtosecond laser writing. The channel waveguide structures are characterized and laser operation is achieved using external mirrors. In the continuous-wave mode, the maximum output power of 46 mW is achieved at 1912 nm corresponding to a slope efficiency of 15.2% and a laser threshold of only 21 mW. Passive Q-switching of a waveguide with a circular cladding is realized using single-walled carbon nanotubes. Stable 7 nJ/50 ns pulses are achieved at a repetition rate of 1.48 MHz. This first demonstration of ∼2  μm fs-laser-written waveguide lasers based on monoclinic double tungstates is promising for further lasers of this type doped with Tm3+ and Ho3+  ions.

  6. Electronic structure of ordered double perovskite Ba{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6}

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur-208016, India and Nanostructured and Advanced Material Laboratory, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF, Bidhannagar, Saltlake, Kolkata-700064 (India); Himanshu, A. K., E-mail: himanshu-ak@yahoo.co.in; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Sen, Pintu [Nanostructured and Advanced Material Laboratory, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF, Bidhannagar, Saltlake, Kolkata-700064 (India); Brajesh, Kumar [Department of Physics, Veer Kunwar Singh University, Ara-802301, Bihar (India); Choudhary, B. K. [University Department of Physics, Ranchi University, Jharkhand-834001 (India); Kumar, Uday [Department of Physical Sciences, IISER, Mohanpur Campus, Mohanpur-741252, West Bengal (India); Sinha, T. P. [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, Kolkata-700042 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Ba{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} (BCoW) has been synthesized in polycrystalline form by solid state reaction at 1200 °C. Structural characterization of the compound was done through X-ray diffraction (XRD) followed by Rietveld analysis of the XRD pattern. The crystal structure is cubic, space group Fm-3m (No. 225) with the lattice parameter, a = 8.210. Optical band-gap of the present system has been calculated using the UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Kubelka-Munk function, it’s value being 2.45 eV. A detailed study of the electronic properties has also been carried out using the density functional theory (DFT) techniques implemented on WIEN2k. Importance of electron-electron interaction between the Co ions leading to half-metallic behavior, crystal and exchange splitting together with the hybridization between O and Co, W has been investigated using the total and partial density of states.

  7. Modulation of GDP-fucose level for generating proteins with reduced rate of fucosylation (WO2010141855).

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    Taupin, Philippe

    2011-09-01

    The application (WO2010141855) is in the field of glycobiology, and involves the control of the rate of fucosylation of proteins by exogenous factors. It aims at controlling the rate of protein fucosylation with inhibitors (drugs or nucleic acid antagonists) of enzymes involved in the synthesis of GDP-fucose. Mammalian cell lines were cultured in the presence of inhibitors, for example, siRNA. The rates of GDP-fucose in cells and during protein fucosylation were characterized. The level of protein fucosylation decreases rapidly in response to a decrease in GDP-fucose level. The relationship between the rate of fucosylation of proteins and the level of GDP-fucose in a cell is non-linear. Reduction in the rate of protein fucosylation can be achieved with a minimal reduction of the level of GDP-fucose in cells. The paradigm may be used to synthesize proteins and antibodies, with a reduced rate of fucosylation. The application claims that the use of drugs or nucleic acid antagonists that inhibit the enzymes involved in GDP-fucose biosynthesis optimizes the level of GDP-fucose present in cells, and reduces the rate of fucosylation of glycoproteins.

  8. The optical and electrochemical properties of electrochromic films: WO3+xV2O5

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    Li, Zhuying; Liu, Hui; Liu, Ye; Yang, Shaohong; Liu, Yan; Wang, Chong

    2010-05-01

    Since Deb's experiment in 1973 on the electrochromic effect, transmissive electrochromic films exhibit outstanding potential as energy efficient window controls which allow dynamic control of the solar energy transmission. These films with non-volatile memory, once in the coloured state, remain in the same state even after removal of the field. The optical and electrochemical properties of electrochromic films using magnetron sputter deposition tungsten oxide thin films and vanadium oxide doped tungsten-vanadium oxide thin films on ITO coated glass were investigated. From the UV region of the transmittance spectra, the optical band gap energy from the fundamental absorption edge can be determined. And the Cyclic voltammograms of these thin films in 1 mol LiClO4 propylene carbonate electrolyte (LIPC) were measured and analysed. The anode electrochromic V2O5 doped cathode electrochromic WO3 could make films colour changing while the transmittance of films keeped invariance. These performance characteristics make tungstenvanadium oxide colour changeably thin films are suitable for electrochromic windows applications.

  9. Renewable energy production by photoelectrochemical oxidation of organic wastes using WO3photoanodes.

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    Raptis, Dimitrios; Dracopoulos, Vassilios; Lianos, Panagiotis

    2017-07-05

    The present work has studied renewable hydrogen production by photoelectrocatalytic degradation of model organic substances representing biomass derived organic wastes. Its purpose was to show that renewable energy can be produced by consuming wastes. The study has been carried out by employing nanoparticulate WO 3 photoanodes in the presence of ethanol, glycerol or sorbitol, i.e. three substances which are among typical biomass products. In these substances, the molecular weight and the number of hydroxyl groups increases from ethanol to sorbitol. The photocurrent produced by the cell was the highest in the presence of ethanol, smaller in the case of glycerol and further decreased in the presence of sorbitol. The photocurrent was roughly the double of that produced in the absence of an organic additive thus demonstrating current doubling phenomena. Hydrogen was produced only under illumination and was monitored at two forward bias, 0.8 and 1.6V vs Ag/AgCl. Hydrogen production rates followed the same order as the photocurrent thus indicating that hydrogen production by reduction of protons mainly depends on the current flowing through the external circuit connecting photoanode with cathode. The maximum solar-to-hydrogen efficiency reached by the present system was 2.35%. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Breath acetone monitoring by portable Si:WO3 gas sensors

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    Righettoni, Marco; Tricoli, Antonio; Gass, Samuel; Schmid, Alex; Amann, Anton; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.

    2013-01-01

    Breath analysis has the potential for early stage detection and monitoring of illnesses to drastically reduce the corresponding medical diagnostic costs and improve the quality of life of patients suffering from chronic illnesses. In particular, the detection of acetone in the human breath is promising for non-invasive diagnosis and painless monitoring of diabetes (no finger pricking). Here, a portable acetone sensor consisting of flame-deposited and in situ annealed, Si-doped epsilon-WO3 nanostructured films was developed. The chamber volume was miniaturized while reaction-limited and transport-limited gas flow rates were identified and sensing temperatures were optimized resulting in a low detection limit of acetone (~20 ppb) with short response (10–15 s) and recovery times (35–70 s). Furthermore, the sensor signal (response) was robust against variations of the exhaled breath flow rate facilitating application of these sensors at realistic relative humidities (80–90%) as in the human breath. The acetone content in the breath of test persons was monitored continuously and compared to that of state-of-the-art proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). Such portable devices can accurately track breath acetone concentration to become an alternative to more elaborate breath analysis techniques. PMID:22790702

  11. PPAR-γ Regulates Trophoblast Differentiation in the BeWo Cell Model

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    Levytska, Khrystyna; Drewlo, Sascha; Baczyk, Dora; Kingdom, John

    2014-01-01

    Common pregnancy complications, such as severe preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, disrupt pregnancy progression and impair maternal and fetal wellbeing. Placentas from such pregnancies exhibit lesions principally within the syncytiotrophoblast (SCT), a layer in direct contact with maternal blood. In humans and mice, glial cell missing-1 (GCM-1) promotes differentiation of underlying cytotrophoblast cells into the outer SCT layer. GCM-1 may be regulated by the transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ); in mice, PPAR-γ promotes labyrinthine trophoblast differentiation via Gcm-1, and, as we previously demonstrated, PPAR-γ activation ameliorates disease features in rat model of preeclampsia. Here, we aimed to characterize the baseline activity of PPAR-γ in the human choriocarcinoma BeWo cell line that mimics SCT formation in vitro and modulate PPAR-γ activity to study its effects on cell proliferation versus differentiation. We report a novel negative autoregulatory mechanism between PPAR-γ activity and expression and show that blocking PPAR-γ activity induces cell proliferation at the expense of differentiation, while these remain unaltered following treatment with the agonist rosiglitazone. Gaining a deeper understanding of the role and activity of PPAR-γ in placental physiology will offer new avenues for the development of secondary prevention and/or treatment options for placentally-mediated pregnancy complications. PMID:24711815

  12. Study of multiferroic properties of Bi2Fe2WO9 ceramic for device application

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    Jyoshna Rout

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The Bi2Fe2WO9 ceramic was prepared using a standard solid-state reaction technique. Preliminary analysis of X-ray diffraction pattern revealed the formation of single-phase compound with orthorhombic crystal symmetry. The surface morphology of the material captured using scanning electron microscope (SEM exhibits formation of a densely packed microstructure. Comprehensive study of dielectric properties showed two anomalies at 200∘C and 450∘C: first one may be related to magnetic whereas second one may be related to ferroelectric phase transition. The field dependent magnetic study of the material shows the existence of small remnant magnetization (Mr of 0.052emμ/g at room temperature. The existence of magneto-electric (ME coupling coefficient along with above properties confirms multi-ferroic characteristics of the compound. Selected range temperature and frequency dependent electrical parameters (impedance, modulus, conductivity of the compound shows that electric properties are correlated to its microstructure. Detailed studies of frequency dependence of ac conductivity suggest that the material obeys Jonscher’s universal power law.

  13. CdWO sub 4 scintillator as a compact gamma ray spectrometer for planetary lander missions

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    Eisen, Y; Starr, R; Trombka, J I

    2002-01-01

    The objective of this work is to develop a gamma ray spectrometer (GRS) suitable for use on planetary rover missions. The main characteristics of this detector are low weight, small volume low power and resistance to cosmic ray radiation over a long period of time. We describe a 3 cm diameter by 3 cm thick CdWO sub 4 cylindrical scintillator coupled to a PMT as a GRS for the energy region 0.662-7.64 MeV. Its spectral performance and efficiency are compared to that of a CsI(Tl) scintillator 2.5 cm diameter by 6 cm thick coupled to a 28 mmx28 mm PIN photodiode. The comparison is made experimentally using sup 1 sup 3 sup 7 Cs, sup 6 sup 0 Co, 6.13 MeV gamma rays from a sup 1 sup 3 C(alpha,gamma n)O sup 1 sup 6 * source, 7.64 MeV thermal neutron capture gamma rays emitted from iron bars using a sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf neutron source, and natural radioactivity 1.46 MeV sup 4 sup 0 K and 2.61 MeV sup 2 sup 3 sup 2 Th gamma rays. We use a Monte Carlo method to calculate the total peak efficiency of these detectors and ...

  14. High-pressure structural phase transitions in CuWO[subscript 4

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    Ruiz-Fuertes, J.; Errandonea, D.; Lacomba-Perales, R.; Segura, A.; González, J.; Rodríguez, F.; Manjón, F.J.; Ray, S.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.; Zhu, Zh.; Tu, C.Y. (Cantabria); (Valencia); (Laguna); (Chinese Aca. Sci.)

    2010-07-23

    We study the effects of pressure on the structural, vibrational, and magnetic behavior of cuproscheelite. We performed powder x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy experiments up to 27 GPa as well as ab initio total-energy and lattice-dynamics calculations. Experiments provide evidence that a structural phase transition takes place at 10 GPa from the low-pressure triclinic phase (P1{sup -}) to a monoclinic wolframite-type structure (P2/c). Calculations confirmed this finding and indicate that the phase transformation involves a change in the magnetic order. In addition, the equation of state for the triclinic phase is determined: V{sub 0} = 132.8(2) {angstrom}{sup 3}, B{sub 0} = 139(6) GPa, and B{prime}{sub 0} = 4. Furthermore, experiments under different stress conditions show that nonhydrostatic stresses induce a second phase transition at 17 GPa and reduce the compressibility of CuWO{sub 4}, B{sub 0} = 171(6) GPa. The pressure dependence of all Raman modes of the triclinic and high-pressure phases is also reported and discussed.

  15. PPAR-γ Regulates Trophoblast Differentiation in the BeWo Cell Model

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    Khrystyna Levytska

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Common pregnancy complications, such as severe preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, disrupt pregnancy progression and impair maternal and fetal wellbeing. Placentas from such pregnancies exhibit lesions principally within the syncytiotrophoblast (SCT, a layer in direct contact with maternal blood. In humans and mice, glial cell missing-1 (GCM-1 promotes differentiation of underlying cytotrophoblast cells into the outer SCT layer. GCM-1 may be regulated by the transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ; in mice, PPAR-γ promotes labyrinthine trophoblast differentiation via Gcm-1, and, as we previously demonstrated, PPAR-γ activation ameliorates disease features in rat model of preeclampsia. Here, we aimed to characterize the baseline activity of PPAR-γ in the human choriocarcinoma BeWo cell line that mimics SCT formation in vitro and modulate PPAR-γ activity to study its effects on cell proliferation versus differentiation. We report a novel negative autoregulatory mechanism between PPAR-γ activity and expression and show that blocking PPAR-γ activity induces cell proliferation at the expense of differentiation, while these remain unaltered following treatment with the agonist rosiglitazone. Gaining a deeper understanding of the role and activity of PPAR-γ in placental physiology will offer new avenues for the development of secondary prevention and/or treatment options for placentally-mediated pregnancy complications.

  16. Electrochemical Dissolution of Tungsten Carbide in NaCl-KCl-Na2WO4 Molten Salt

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    Zhang, Liwen; Nie, Zuoren; Xi, Xiaoli; Ma, Liwen; Xiao, Xiangjun; Li, Ming

    2017-11-01

    Tungsten carbide was utilized as anode to extract tungsten in a NaCl-KCl-Na2WO4 molten salt, and the electrochemical dissolution was investigated. Although the molten salt electrochemical method is a short process method of tungsten extraction from tungsten carbide in one step, the dissolution efficiency and current efficiency are quite low. In order to improve the dissolution rate and current efficiency, the sodium tungstate was added as the active substance. The dissolution rate, the anode current efficiency, and the cathode current efficiency were calculated with different contents of sodium tungstate addition. The anodes prior to and following the reaction, as well as the product, were analyzed through X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectrometry. The results demonstrated that the sodium tungstate could improve the dissolution rate and the current efficiency, due to the addition of sodium tungstate decreasing the charge transfer resistance in the electrolysis system. Due to the fact that the addition of sodium tungstate could remove the carbon during electrolysis, pure tungsten powders with 100 nm diameter were obtained when the content of sodium tungstate was 1.0 pct.

  17. Structures, electron density and characterization of novel photocatalysts, (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x solid solutions.

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    Hibino, Keisuke; Yashima, Masatomo; Oshima, Takayoshi; Fujii, Kotaro; Maeda, Kazuhiko

    2017-10-18

    Tungsten-modified barium tantalum oxynitride is a new visible-light photocatalyst for water oxidation. In the present work, novel barium tantalum strontium tungsten oxynitride solid solutions, (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x, with a cubic Pm3[combining macron]m perovskite-type structure (x = 0.01 and 0.02) have been prepared by heating oxide precursors under an ammonia flow. These (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x catalysts exhibited photocatalytic water oxidation activity under visible light irradiation. The crystal structure, electron-density distribution, and optical properties of (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x (x = 0, 0.01, and 0.02) have been studied using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, Rietveld analysis, the maximum-entropy method (MEM), and UV-Vis reflectance measurements. The lattice parameters of (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x decreased linearly with increasing SrWO2N content x. The minimum electron density (MED) at the (Ta,W)-(O,N) bond, determined by the MEM analysis of (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x, increased with x, as supported by DFT-based calculations. These results indicate the formation of (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x solid solutions and enhanced covalent bonding due to the stronger W-N bond. The MED of the (Ta,W)-(O,N) bond was higher than that of (Ba,Sr)-(O,N), indicating that the (Ta,W)-(O,N) bond is more covalent. The presence of nitrogen in (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x was confirmed by the occupancy factor refined using neutron diffraction data and by the weight gain observed by thermogravimetric analysis in air. UV-Vis reflectance spectra and DFT calculations indicated that (BaTaO2N)1-x(SrWO2N)x contains W(5+) cations with a [Xe] 4f(14) 5d(1) electron configuration and exhibits a more n-type semiconducting character compared with BaTaO2N, which could improve the photocatalytic water oxidation activity under visible-light irradiation.

  18. A spontaneous change in the oxidation states of Pd/WO3 toward an active phase during catalytic cycles of CO oxidation

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    Jeon, Byungwook; Kim, Ansoon; Lee, Young-Ahn; Seo, Hyungtak; Kim, Yu Kwon

    2017-11-01

    CO oxidation over Pd/WO3 films prepared on a glass substrate has been examined at the substrate temperature of 150 - 250 °C and pressures less than 1 Torr with a stoichiometric mixture of CO and O2. Under the given reaction condition, the chemical states of the Pd/WO3 film gradually change into the most catalytically active form with the highest saturation reaction rate regardless of the initial oxidation states. The measured CO oxidation rate over the Pd/WO3 is strongly dependent on the chemical states of Pd and W. Either metallic Pd or fully oxidized PdO phase is not as catalytically active as the active form with mixed metallic Pd and thin PdO layers supported on WO3 with partially reduced W5+ state which is spontaneously obtained during the catalytic reaction cycles. Our results indicate that the facile oxygen transfer between Pd and WO3 layers not only facilitate the spontaneous changes into the active form, but also act as a promotional role in CO oxidation over the Pd layer.

  19. WO3/g-C3N4 composites: one-pot preparation and enhanced photocatalytic H2 production under visible-light irradiation

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    Cheng, Cheng; Shi, Jinwen; Hu, Yuchao; Guo, Liejin

    2017-04-01

    A series of WO3/g-C3N4 composites with different WO3 contents were prepared via a facile one-pot pyrolysis method, and showed notably enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic H2-evolution activities, with the highest rate of 400 μmol h-1 gcat -1 that was 15.0 times of that for pristine g-C3N4. Contents and sizes of WO3 crystallites in the composites were easily adjusted by changing the molar ratios of (NH4)2WS4 to C3H6N6 in the feed reagents, thereby successfully optimizing the Z-scheme system constructed by WO3 and g-C3N4 and thus effectively reducing the recombination of photogenerated charge carriers in g-C3N4. Moreover, pore volumes and surface areas of the composites were gradually enlarged by introducing WO3 into g-C3N4 via the one-pot preparation strategy, therefore promoting the redox reactions to evolve H2. This work presented an effective route to simultaneously optimize the phase compositions and textural structures of photocatalysts for enhanced H2 evolution.

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis and photocatalytic properties of WO3 nanorods by using capping agent SnCl4·5H2O

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    Hu, Pengfei; Chen, Yong; Chen, Yue; Lin, Zehui; Wang, Zhongchang

    2017-08-01

    Hexagonal tungsten trioxide (h-WO3) nano-rods of different sizes are prepared via hydrothermal synthesis using a capping agent of SnCl4·5H2O. The size of the synthesized WO3 nanoparticles can be controlled by changing concentration of the capping agent SnCl4·5H2O alone. We also investigate microstructures and optical properties of the WO3 nanorods and propose a synthesis mechanism for the nanorods. The photocatalytic activities of the h-WO3 nanorods are evaluated by degradation of Rhodamine-B (RhB), revealing that these nanorods exhibit excellent photocatalytic properties. The capping agent SnCl4·5H2O is found to be critical to governing sizes and properties of the h-WO3 nanorods. Our results demonstrate that functional nano-crystallites with tunable size and morphology can be synthesized via a facile hydrothermal synthesis process by adjusting the concentration of capping agent alone. Such a facile hydrothermal synthesis process should be applicable to other types of nanomaterials and relevant to a wide range of applications.

  1. Template-free synthesis of ZnWO{sub 4} powders via hydrothermal process in a wide pH range

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    Hojamberdiev, Mirabbos, E-mail: mirabbos_uz@yahoo.com [Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Nano-materials and Technology, Xi' an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi' an 710055 (China); Zhu, Gangqiang [School of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi' an 710062 (China); Xu, Yunhua [Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Nano-materials and Technology, Xi' an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi' an 710055 (China)

    2010-12-15

    ZnWO{sub 4} powders with different morphologies were fabricated through a template-free hydrothermal method at 180 {sup o}C for 8 h in a wide pH range. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible and luminescence spectrophotometers were applied to study the effects of pH values on crystallinity, morphology, optical and luminescence properties. The XRD results showed that the WO{sub 3} + ZnWO{sub 4}, ZnWO{sub 4}, and ZnO phases could form after hydrothermal processing at 180 {sup o}C for 8 h with the pH values of 1, 3-11, and 13, respectively. The SEM and TEM observation revealed that the morphological transformation of ZnWO{sub 4} powders occurred with an increase in pH values as follows: star anise-, peony-, and desert rose-like microstructures and soya bean- and rod-like nanostructures. The highest luminescence intensity was found to be in sample consisting of star anise-like crystallites among all the samples due to the presence of larger particles with high crystallinity resulted from the favorable pH under the current hydrothermal conditions.

  2. Visible-light responsive photocatalytic fuel cell based on WO(3)/W photoanode and Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode for simultaneous wastewater treatment and electricity generation.

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    Chen, Quanpeng; Li, Jinhua; Li, Xuejin; Huang, Ke; Zhou, Baoxue; Cai, Weimin; Shangguan, Wenfeng

    2012-10-16

    A visible-light driven photocatalytic fuel cell (PFC) system comprised of WO(3)/W photoanode and Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode was established for organic compounds degradation with simultaneous electricity generation. The central idea for its operation is the mismatched Fermi levels between the two photoelectrodes. Under light illumination, the Fermi level of WO(3)/W photoanode is higher than that of Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode. An interior bias can be produced based on which the electrons of WO(3)/W photoanode can transfer from the external circuit to combine with the holes of Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode then generates the electricity. In this manner, the electron/hole pairs separations at two photoelectrodes are facilitated to release the holes of WO(3)/W photoanode and electrons of Cu(2)O/Cu photocathode. Organic compounds can be decomposed by the holes of WO(3)/W photoanode due to its high oxidation power (+3.1-3.2 V(NHE)). The results demonstrated that various model compounds including phenol, Rhodamine B, and Congo red can be successfully decomposed in this PFC system, with the degradation rate after 5 h operation were obtained to be 58%, 63%, and 74%, respectively. The consistent operation for continuous water treatment with the electricity generation at a long time scale was also confirmed from the result. The proposed PFC system provides a self-sustained and energy-saving way for simultaneous wastewater treatment and energy recovery.

  3. Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis and temperature sensing application of Er3+/Yb3+ doped NaY(WO4)2 microstructures.

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    Zheng, Hui; Chen, Baojiu; Yu, Hongquan; Zhang, Jinsu; Sun, Jiashi; Li, Xiangping; Sun, Min; Tian, Bining; Fu, Shaobo; Zhong, Hua; Dong, Bin; Hua, Ruinian; Xia, Haiping

    2014-04-15

    Laurustinus shaped NaY(WO4)2 micro-particles assembled by nanosheets were synthesized via a microwave-assisted hydrothermal (MH) route. The growing mechanisms for the obtained resultants with various morphologies were proposed based on the observation of scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images. It was found that Na3Cit added into the reaction solution greatly influenced the formation and size dimension of the nano-sheets, furthermore determined assembling of the laurustinus shaped micro-particles. The temperature sensing performance of NaY(WO4)2:Er(3+)/Yb(3+) was evaluated. Thermal effect induced by the 980nm laser irradiation in laurustinus-shaped NaY(WO4)2:Er(3+)/Yb(3+) phosphor was studied. It was found that the green upconversion luminescence intensity increased in the first stage of laser irradiation, and then decreased after reaching a maximum. Based on the thermal sensing technology the laurustinus NaY(WO4)2:Er(3+)/Yb(3+) microparticles were used as thermal probe to discover thermal effect of upconversion luminescence in laurustinus NaY(WO4)2:Tm(3+)/Yb(3+) micro-particles. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Synthesis of Bi2WO6/Bi2O3 composite with enhanced photocatalytic activity by a facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis route.

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    Wang, Tianye; Zhang, Fengjun; Xiao, Guosheng; Zhong, Shuang; Lu, Cong

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the characterization and photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6/Bi2O3 under visible-light irradiation was investigated in detail. The results suggested that Bi2WO6/Bi2O3 can be synthesized by a facile one-pot hydrothermal route using a super big 200 mL Teflon-lined autoclave with optimal sodium oleate/Bi molar ratio of 1.25. Through the characterization of Bi2WO6/Bi2O3 by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra and Photoluminescence spectra, it was found that the as-prepared composite possessed smaller crystallite size and higher visible-light responsive than the pure Bi2WO6. Moreover, it was expected that the as-prepared composites exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation, which could be ascribed to their improved light absorption property and the reduced recombination of the photogenerated electrons and holes during the photocatalytic reaction. In general, this study could provide a principle method to synthesize Bi2WO6/Bi2O3 with enhanced photocatalytic activity by one-step hydrothermal synthesis route for environmental purification. © 2014 The American Society of Photobiology.

  5. Enhanced near-infrared shielding ability of (Li,K)-codoped WO3 for smart windows: DFT prediction validated by experiment

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    Yang, Chenxi; Chen, Jian-Feng; Zeng, Xiaofei; Cheng, Daojian; Huang, Haifeng; Cao, Dapeng

    2016-02-01

    By means of hybrid density functional theory (DFT) computations, we found that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 shows a significantly enhanced near-infrared (NIR) absorption ability for smart windows, and investigated the influence of doping through the analysis of the electronic structures of pure and doped hexagonal WO3. Furthermore, this codoped material, with a hexagonal tungsten bronze nanostructure, was successfully prepared via a simple one-step hydrothermal reaction for the first time. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that the as-prepared products possessed a nanorod-like morphology with diameters of about 5-10 nm. It was demonstrated that (Li,K)-codoped WO3 presents a better NIR absorption ability than pure, Li-monodoped or K-monodoped WO3, which is in good agreement with our theoretical predictions. The experiment and simulation results reveal that this enhanced optical property in NIR can be explained by the existence of high free electrons existing in (Li,K)-codoped WO3.

  6. Use of the ES-D3 cell differentiation assay, combined with the BeWo transport model, to predict relative in vivo developmental toxicity of antifungal compounds.

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    Li, Hequn; Rietjens, Ivonne M C M; Louisse, Jochem; Blok, Martine; Wang, Xinyi; Snijders, Linda; van Ravenzwaay, Bennard

    2015-03-01

    We investigated the applicability of the ES-D3 cell differentiation assay combined with the in vitro BeWo transport model to predict the relative in vivo developmental toxicity potencies. To this purpose, the in vitro developmental toxicity of five antifungal compounds was investigated by characterizing their inhibitory effect on the differentiation of ES-D3 cells into cardiomyocytes. The BeWo transport model, consisting of BeWo b30 cells grown on transwell inserts and mimicking the placental barrier, was used to determine the relative placental transport velocity. The ES-D3 cell differentiation data were first compared to benchmark doses (BMDs) for in vivo developmental toxicity as derived from data reported in the literature. Correlation between the benchmark concentration for 50% effect (BMCd50) values, obtained in the ES-D3 cell differentiation assay, with in vivo BMD10 values showed a reasonable correlation (R(2)=0.57). When the ES-D3 cell differentiation data were combined with the relative transport rates obtained from the BeWo model, the correlation with the in vivo data increased (R(2)=0.95). In conclusion, we show that the ES-D3 cell differentiation assay is able to better predict the in vivo developmental toxicity ranking of antifungal compounds when combined with the BeWo transport model, than as a stand-alone assay. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Enhanced photoluminescence of SrWO4:Eu3+ red phosphor synthesized by mechanochemically assisted solid state metathesis reaction method at room temperature

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    Peter, Anthuvan John; Banu, I. B. Shameem

    2015-06-01

    Optically efficient europium activated alkaline earth metal tungstate nano phosphor (SrWO4) with different doping concentrations have been synthesized by mechanochemically assisted solid state metathesis reaction at room temperature for the first time. The XRD and Raman spectra results indicated that the prepared powders exhibit a scheelite-type tetragonal structure. FTIR spectra exhibited a high absorption band situated at around 854 cm-1, which was ascribed to the W-O antisymmetric stretching vibrations into the [WO4]2- tetrahedron groups. Analysis of the emission spectra with different Eu3+ concentrations revealed that the optimum dopant concentration for SrWO4: x Eu3+ phosphor is about 8 mol% of Eu3+.The red emission intensity of the SSM prepared SrWO4: 0.08Eu3+ phosphors are 2 times greater than that of the commercial Y2O2S: Eu3+ red phosphor prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method. All the results indicate that the phosphor is a promising red phosphor pumped by NUV InGaN chip for fabricating WLED.

  8. Optimization, yield studies and morphology of WO3 nano-wires synthesized by laser pyrolysis in C2H2 and O2 ambients—validation of a new growth mechanism

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    Mwakikunga, BW

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available environments WO3 nano-wires appear only after thermal annealing of the as-deposited powders and films. Samples produced under oxygen carrier gas in the laser pyrolysis system gave a higher yield of WO3 nano-wires after annealing than the samples which were run...

  9. Energy conservation. Concerted action between dwelling and occupant. Analysis of the module WoON 2012; Energiebesparing. Een samenspel van woning en bewoner. Analyse van de module Energie WoON 2012

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    Tigchelaar, C. [ECN Beleidsstudies, Petten (Netherlands); Leidelmeijer, K. [RIGO research en Advies, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2013-08-15

    Results are presented of the analysis on the WoON energy module, which they performed on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK). Since 1995, BZK has been performing an elaborate study on the energy performance of the Dutch housing stock. This energy module is part of the WoON survey, which collects data on a wide range of topics related to housing and living. In 2012, this survey was carried out again. The data of 4,800 audits and questionnaires have been collected in a dataset that is linked to external data. The combined datasets offer unique and detailed insight in the fundamentals of energy consumption in dwellings. Due to the survey's long history, trends are now becoming visible in technical characteristics of dwellings as well as in behaviour. Among other things, the report describes trends in energy labels, energy measures, energy behaviour, energy consumption, living expenses, investments and saving potentials. Based on this information, general conclusions and policy recommendations are drawn [Dutch] Sinds 1995 wordt door het ministerie van BZK elke 5 tot 6 jaar een uitgebreid onderzoek naar de energetische kwaliteit van de Nederlandse woningvoorraad uitgevoerd als onderdeel van de kwalitatieve Woning Registratie (KWR) en later het Woon Onderzoek Nederland (WoON). Het ministerie heeft in 2012 veldwerk laten uitvoeren voor de module Energie 2012. De gegevens van 4.800 woningopnames en daaraan gekoppelde enquêtes zijn vastgelegd in een analysebestand en gekoppeld aan andere gegevensbronnen. De opname en de enquête samen geven een unieke, gedetailleerde inkijk in de achtergronden van het energiegebruik in woningen. Door de lange historie zijn trends in zowel technische eigenschappen van de woning als ook in gedrag goed zichtbaar. In deze publicatie geven ECN en RIGO een weergave van de analyses die zij in opdracht van het ministerie van BZK hebben uitgevoerd op de energiemodule. Hierbij komen alle facetten van het Wo

  10. Quantum dots as mediators in gas sensing: A case study of CdS sensitized WO{sub 3} sensing composites

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    Concina, Isabella, E-mail: concina@sensor.ing.unibs.it [CNR-INO SENSOR Laboratory, via Branze, 45, 25131 Brescia (Italy); SENSOR, Department of Information Engineering, Brescia University, via Valotti, 9, 25133 Brescia (Italy); Comini, Elisabetta [CNR-INO SENSOR Laboratory, via Branze, 45, 25131 Brescia (Italy); SENSOR, Department of Information Engineering, Brescia University, via Valotti, 9, 25133 Brescia (Italy); Kaciulis, Saulius [CNR-ISMN, Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials, Via dei Taurini, 19, 00185 Roma (Italy); Sberveglieri, Giorgio [CNR-INO SENSOR Laboratory, via Branze, 45, 25131 Brescia (Italy); SENSOR, Department of Information Engineering, Brescia University, via Valotti, 9, 25133 Brescia (Italy)

    2014-01-30

    In this study the proof of principle of the use of naked semiconductor directly generated on metal oxide surface as mediators in gas sensing is provided. Successive ionic layer absorption and reaction (SILAR) technique has been applied to sensitize a WO{sub 3} thin film with CdS quantum dots. Response to gases of bare WO{sub 3} is deeply modified: quantum dots dramatically increase the metal oxide conductance, otherwise rather poor, and modify the capability of detecting environmental pollutants, such as CO and NO{sub 2}. A modified sensing mechanism is proposed to rationalize the mediation exerted by the semiconducting active layer on the interaction between gaseous species and WO{sub 3} surface.

  11. Fabrication and assembly of two-dimensional TiO2/WO3·H2O heterostructures with type II band alignment for enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Xu, Tao; Wang, Yun; Zhou, Xiaofang; Zheng, Xiaoli; Xu, Qun; Chen, Zhimin; Ren, Yumei; Yan, Bo

    2017-05-01

    The recombination of photo-induced charges is one of the main issues to limit the large-scale applications in photocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis. To improve the charge separation, we fabricate a novel type II 2D ultrathin TiO2/WO3·H2O heterostructures with the assistance of supercritical CO2 (SC CO2) in this work. The as-fabricated heterostructures possess high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange(MO) and high photocurrent response under simulated solar light (AM 1.5). For the TiO2/WO3·H2O heterostructures, the MO solution could be degraded by 95.5% in 150 min, and the photocurrent density reaches to 6.5 μA cm-2, exhibiting a significant enhancement compared with pure TiO2 and WO3·H2O nanosheets.

  12. Matrix Assisted and/or Laser Desorption Ionization Quadrupole Ion Trap Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry of WO3 Clusters Formation in Gas Phase. Nanodiamonds, Fullerene, and Graphene Oxide Matrices.

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    Ausekar, Mayuri Vilas; Mawale, Ravi Madhukar; Pazdera, Pavel; Havel, Josef

    2018-01-16

    The formation of W x O y+●/-● clusters in the gas phase was studied by laser desorption ionization (LDI) and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) of solid WO3. LDI produced (WO3) n+ ●/- ● (n = 1-7) clusters. In MALDI, when using nano-diamonds (NDs), graphene oxide (GO), or fullerene (C60) matrices, higher mass clusters were generated. In addition to (WO3) n-● clusters, oxygen-rich or -deficient species were found in both LDI and MALDI (with the total number of clusters exceeding one hundred ≈ 137). This is the first time that such matrices have been used for the generation of(WO3) n+●/-● clusters in the gas phase, while new high mass clusters (WO3) n-● (n = 12-19) were also detected. Graphical Abstract.

  13. Human parvovirus B19 antibodies induce altered membrane protein expression and apoptosis of BeWo trophoblasts.

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    Tzang, Bor-Show; Chiang, Szu-Yi; Chan, Hsu-Chin; Liu, Chung-Hsien; Hsu, Tsai-Ching

    2016-11-01

    Human parvovirus B19 (B19) is harmful during pregnancy since it can be vertically transmitted to the developing fetus. In addition, the anti‑B19 antibodies induced by B19 infection are believed to have a cytopathic role in B19 transmission; however, knowledge regarding the effects of anti‑B19 antibodies during pregnancy is limited. To investigate the possible roles of anti‑B19 antibodies during pregnancy, the present study examined the effects of anti‑B19‑VP1 unique region (VP1u), anti‑B19‑VP2 and anti‑B19‑nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies on BeWo trophoblasts. Briefly, BeWo trophoblasts were incubated with purified IgG against B19‑VP1u, B19‑VP2 and B19‑NS1. Subsequently, the expression of surface proteins and apoptotic molecules were assessed in BeWo trophoblasts using flow cytometry, ELISA and western blotting. The expression levels of human leukocyte antigen (HLA)‑G were significantly increased on BeWo trophoblasts treated with rabbit anti‑B19‑VP1u IgG, and were unchanged in those treated with rabbit anti‑B19‑NS1 and anti‑B19‑VP2 IgG, as compared with the control group. Furthermore, the expression levels of globoside (P blood group antigen) and cluster of differentiation (CD)29 (β1 integrin) were significantly increased in BeWo trophoblasts treated with rabbit anti‑B19‑NS1 and anti‑B19‑VP2 IgG, whereas only CD29 was also significantly increased in cells treated with anti‑B19‑VP1u IgG. In addition, the number of cells at sub‑G1 phase; caspase‑3 activity; and the expression of intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic molecules, including Fas‑associated death domain protein, activated caspase‑8, activated caspase‑3, B‑cell lymphoma 2‑associated X protein, cytochrome c, apoptotic peptidase activating factor 1 and activated caspase‑9, were significantly increased in BeWo trophoblasts treated with anti‑B19‑VP1u and anti‑B19‑NS1 IgG. In conclusion, the present

  14. Modeling of tri-chloro-fluoro-methane hydrate formation in a w/o emulsion submitted to steady cooling

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    Avendano-Gomez, Juan Ramon; Limas-Ballesteros, Roberto [Laboratorio de Investigacion en Ingenieria Quimica Ambiental, SEPI-ESIQIE, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Unidad Profesional Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Zacatenco, Edificio 8, 3. piso 07738, Mexico DF (Mexico); Garcia-Sanchez, Fernando [Laboratorio de Termodinamica, Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 152, 07730 Mexico DF (Mexico)

    2006-05-15

    The aim of this work is to study the modeling of the thermal evolution inside an hydrate forming system which is submitted to an imposed steady cooling. The study system is a w/o emulsion where the formulation considers the CCl{sub 3}F as the hydrate forming molecule dissolved in the oil phase. The hydrate formation occurs in the aqueous phase of the emulsion, i.e. in the dispersed phase. The model equation is based on the resolution of the continuity equation in terms of a heat balance for the dispersed phase. The crystallization of the CCl{sub 3}F hydrate occurs at supercooling conditions (T{sub c}w/o emulsion. The results provided by the model equation subjected to boundary conditions allow to depict the evolution of temperature in the dispersed phase. The most singular point in the temperature-time curve is the onset time of hydrate crystallization. Three time intervals characterize the evolution of temperature during the steady cooling of the w/o emulsion: (1) steady cooling, (2) hydrate formation with a release of heat, (3) a last interval of steady cooling. (author)

  15. One-Step Formation of WO3-Loaded TiO2 Nanotubes Composite Film for High Photocatalytic Performance

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    Lee, Wai Hong; Lai, Chin Wei; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee

    2015-01-01

    High aspect ratio of WO3-loaded TiO2 nanotube arrays have been successfully synthesized using the electrochemical anodization method in an ethylene glycol electrolyte containing 0.5 wt% ammonium fluoride in a range of applied voltage of 10–40 V for 30 min. The novelty of this research works in the one-step formation of WO3-loaded TiO2 nanotube arrays composite film by using tungsten as the cathode material instead of the conventionally used platinum electrode. As compared with platinum, tungsten metal has lower stability, forming dissolved ions (W6+) in the electrolyte. The W6+ ions then move towards the titanium foil and form a coherent deposit on titanium foil. By controlling the oxidation rate and chemical dissolution rate of TiO2 during the electrochemical anodization, the nanotubular structure of TiO2 film could be achieved. In the present study, nanotube arrays were characterized using FESEM, EDAX, XRD, as well as Raman spectroscopy. Based on the results obtained, nanotube arrays with average pore diameter of up to 74 nm and length of 1.6 µm were produced. EDAX confirmed the presence of tungsten element within the nanotube arrays which varied in content from 1.06 at% to 3.29 at%. The photocatalytic activity of the nanotube arrays was then investigated using methyl orange degradation under TUV 96W UV-B Germicidal light irradiation. The nanotube with the highest aspect ratio, geometric surface area factor and at% of tungsten exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity due to more photo-induced electron-hole pairs generated by the larger surface area and because WO3 improves charge separation, reduces charge carrier recombination and increases charge carrier lifetime via accumulation of electrons and holes in the two different metal oxide semiconductor components.

  16. Some physico-chemical properties and catalytic activity of sulfate ion supported on WO3/SnO2 catalyst

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    M.N. Alaya

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Solid acid catalyst 15 wt%WO3/SnO2 was synthesized and loaded with 15 wt%SO4. The obtained catalyst was calcined at 400, 500, 650 and 800 °C. The prepared catalysts were characterized by TG-DTA, XRD, FTIR and N2 adsorption at −196 °C. The surface acidity was measured by non aqueous potentiometric titration and FT-IR spectra of chemisorbed pyridine. The catalytic performance was evaluated on the esterification of propionic acid with n-butanol in liquid phase. The TG-DTA analysis shows that the decomposition of sulfate species occurred at >500 °C. XRD measurements showed that WO3 dispersed completely on the surface of SnO2 and that the sulfating of WO3/SnO2 tends to hinder the crystallization of SnO2. The specific surface area, total pore volume and micropore volume are increased with increasing thermal treatment up to 500 °C, and then decreased gradually with a further increase in calcination temperature. The prepared catalysts possess very strong acid sites and contain both Brønsted and Lewis acid sites. The total surface acidity decreased with raising of the calcination temperature. The highest conversion of propionic acid was for 400 °C product, and decreased with an increase in calcination temperature. The effect of the reaction parameters, i.e., time of reaction, reaction temperature, and reactant molar ratio and the weight of the catalyst were also studied. The reaction obeys the second order kinetic equation with respect to propionic acid concentration. Brønsted and Lewis acid sites appeared to be needed for catalytic activity in n-butyl propionate formation.

  17. One-Step Formation of WO3-Loaded TiO2 Nanotubes Composite Film for High Photocatalytic Performance

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    Wai Hong Lee

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available High aspect ratio of WO3-loaded TiO2 nanotube arrays have been successfully synthesized using the electrochemical anodization method in an ethylene glycol electrolyte containing 0.5 wt% ammonium fluoride in a range of applied voltage of 10–40 V for 30 min. The novelty of this research works in the one-step formation of WO3-loaded TiO2 nanotube arrays composite film by using tungsten as the cathode material instead of the conventionally used platinum electrode. As compared with platinum, tungsten metal has lower stability, forming dissolved ions (W6+ in the electrolyte. The W6+ ions then move towards the titanium foil and form a coherent deposit on titanium foil. By controlling the oxidation rate and chemical dissolution rate of TiO2 during the electrochemical anodization, the nanotubular structure of TiO2 film could be achieved. In the present study, nanotube arrays were characterized using FESEM, EDAX, XRD, as well as Raman spectroscopy. Based on the results obtained, nanotube arrays with average pore diameter of up to 74 nm and length of 1.6 µm were produced. EDAX confirmed the presence of tungsten element within the nanotube arrays which varied in content from 1.06 at% to 3.29 at%. The photocatalytic activity of the nanotube arrays was then investigated using methyl orange degradation under TUV 96W UV-B Germicidal light irradiation. The nanotube with the highest aspect ratio, geometric surface area factor and at% of tungsten exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity due to more photo-induced electron-hole pairs generated by the larger surface area and because WO3 improves charge separation, reduces charge carrier recombination and increases charge carrier lifetime via accumulation of electrons and holes in the two different metal oxide semiconductor components.

  18. Caspase-8 activity is part of the BeWo trophoblast cell defense mechanisms against Trypanosoma cruzi infection.

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    Carrillo, Ileana; Droguett, Daniel; Castillo, Christian; Liempi, Ana; Muñoz, Lorena; Maya, Juan Diego; Galanti, Norbel; Kemmerling, Ulrike

    2016-09-01

    Congenital Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi that must cross the placental barrier during transmission. The trophoblast constitutes the first tissue in contact with the maternal-blood circulating parasite. Importantly, the congenital transmission rates are low, suggesting the presence of local placental defense mechanisms. Cellular proliferation and differentiation as well as apoptotic cell death are induced by the parasite and constitute part of the epithelial turnover of the trophoblast, which has been suggested to be part of those placental defenses. On the other hand, caspase-8 is an essential molecule in the modulation of trophoblast turnover by apoptosis and by epithelial differentiation. As an approach to study whether T. cruzi induced trophoblast turnover and infection is mediated by caspase-8, we infected BeWo cells (a trophoblastic cell line) with the parasite and determined in the infected cells the expression and enzymatic activity of caspase-8, DNA synthesis (as proliferation marker), β-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) (as differentiation marker) and activity of Caspase-3 (as apoptotic death marker). Parasite load in BeWo cells was measured by DNA quantification using qPCR and cell counting. Our results show that T. cruzi induces caspase-8 activity and that its inhibition increases trophoblast cells infection while decreases parasite induced cellular differentiation and apoptotic cell death, but not cellular proliferation. Thus, caspase-8 activity is part of the BeWo trophoblast cell defense mechanisms against T. cruzi infection. Together with our previous results, we suggest that the trophoblast turnover is part of local placental anti-parasite mechanisms. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Synergy of adsorption and visible-light photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue by a bifunctional Z-scheme heterojunction of WO3/g-C3N4

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    Liu, Xin; Jin, Ailing; Jia, Yushuai; Xia, Tonglin; Deng, Chenxin; Zhu, Meihua; Chen, Changfeng; Chen, Xiangshu

    2017-05-01

    A novel bifunctional Z-scheme heterojunction possessing high adsorption and photocatalytic activity, WO3/g-C3N4 with well-defined morphology has been successfully synthesized by in-situ liquid phase process and characterized by various analytical techniques. The degradation experiments demonstrate that the Z-scheme photocatalyst shows a synergistic effect between adsorption and photocatalysis for the removal of methylene blue (MB) under visible-light irradiation, with the optimum adsorption and photocatalytic activity both found at 30 wt% WO3/g-C3N4. Under illumination, the photodegradation performance of 30 wt% WO3/g-C3N4 is improved to 2.5 and 2.7 times that of pure g-C3N4 and pure WO3, respectively. The possible mechanism for the photocatalytic activity enhancement could be attributed to the formation of a Z-scheme heterojunction system based on the active species trapping experiments. Furthermore, the investigations of adsorption kinetics and isotherm show that the adsorption process can be well described by pseudo-second-order kinetic model, and the adsorption capacity of 30 wt% WO3/g-C3N4 is enhanced to 4 times that of pure WO3, with a maximum of 97.00 mg g-1 determined by Langmuir isotherm. As evidenced by N2 physisorption, zeta potential and time-resolved photoluminescence measurements, the significant enhancement of the integrated adsorption and photocatalytic degradation efficiency is mainly due to the synergistic advantages of large surface area, negative zeta potential and facilitated charge separation of the composite.

  20. Highly Efficient Electronic Sensitization of Non-oxidized Graphene Flakes on Controlled Pore-loaded WO3 Nanofibers for Selective Detection of H2S Molecules

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    Choi, Seon–Jin; Choi, Chanyong; Kim, Sang-Joon; Cho, Hee-Jin; Hakim, Meggie; Jeon, Seokwoo; Kim, Il–Doo

    2015-01-01

    Tailoring of semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures, which possess controlled pore size and concentration, is of great value to accurately detect various volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath, which act as potential biomarkers for many health conditions. In this work, we have developed a very simple and robust route for controlling both the size and distribution of spherical pores in electrospun WO3 nanofibers (NFs) via a sacrificial templating route using polystyrene colloids with different diameters (200 nm and 500 nm). A tentacle-like structure with randomly distributed pores on the surface of electrospun WO3 NFs were achieved, which exhibited improved surface area as well as porosity. Porous WO3 NFs with enhanced surface area exhibited high gas response (Rair/Rgas = 43.1 at 5 ppm) towards small and light H2S molecules. In contrast, porous WO3 NFs with maximized pore diameter showed a high response (Rair/Rgas = 2.8 at 5 ppm) towards large and heavy acetone molecules. Further enhanced sensing performance (Rair/Rgas = 65.6 at 5 ppm H2S) was achieved by functionalizing porous WO3 NFs with 0.1 wt% non-oxidized graphene (NOGR) flakes by forming a Schottky barrier (ΔΦ = 0.11) at the junction between the WO3 NFs (Φ = 4.56 eV) and NOGR flakes (Φ = 4.67 eV), which showed high potential for the diagnosis of halitosis. PMID:25626399