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  1. Ab initio study of the magnetic ordering in the semiconductors Mn{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}, Co{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} and Fe{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}

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    Errico, L.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C.C. 67, 1900, La Plata (Argentina)]. E-mail: errico@fisica.unlp.edu.ar; Weissmann, M. [Departamento de Fisica, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Avda. del Libertador 8250, 1429 Buenos Aires (Argentina); Renteria, M. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C.C. 67, 1900, La Plata (Argentina)

    2004-12-31

    In this work we present a set of density-functional-theory calculations in the systems Mn{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}, Fe{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}, and Co{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}. The calculations were performed with the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method, assuming that the magnetic impurities substitutionally replace the Ti ions and considering different distributions of them in the host lattice. Our results show that the system Co{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} is ferromagnetic, while Mn{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} is antiferromagnetic. In both cases, this is independent of the distribution of the impurities in the TiO{sub 2} lattice. First results obtained in the system Fe{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} are also presented.

  2. Nanostructured Mn{sub x}O{sub y} for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts

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    Delmondo, Luisa, E-mail: luisa.delmondo@polito.it [Department of Applied Science and Technology—DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Salvador, Gian Paolo; Muñoz-Tabares, José Alejandro; Sacco, Adriano; Garino, Nadia; Castellino, Micaela [Center for Space Human Robotics @PoliTo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, C.so Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Gerosa, Matteo; Massaglia, Giulia [Department of Applied Science and Technology—DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Center for Space Human Robotics @PoliTo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, C.so Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Chiodoni, Angelica; Quaglio, Marzia [Center for Space Human Robotics @PoliTo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, C.so Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy)

    2016-12-01

    Highlights: • Good performance catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction. • Nanostructured low-cost catalysts respect to platinum ones. • Synthesis using environmental benign chemical reagents. - Abstract: In the field of fuel cells, oxygen plays a key role as the final electron acceptor. To facilitate its reduction (Oxygen Reduction Reaction—ORR), a proper catalyst is needed and platinum is considered the best one due to its low overpotential for this reaction. By considering the high price of platinum, alternative catalysts are needed and manganese oxides (Mn{sub x}O{sub y}) can be considered promising substitutes. They are inexpensive, environmental friendly and can be obtained into several forms; most of them show significant electro-catalytic performance, even if strategies are needed to increase their efficiency. In particular, by developing light and high-surface area materials and by optimizing the presence of catalytic sites, we can obtain a cathode with improved electro-catalytic performance. In this case, nanofibers and xerogels are two of the most promising nanostructures that can be used in the field of catalysis. In this work, a study of the morphological and catalytic behavior of Mn{sub x}O{sub y} nanofibers and xerogels is proposed. Nanofibers were obtained by electrospinning, while xerogels were prepared by sol-gel and freeze drying techniques. Despite of the different preparation approaches, the obtained nanostructured manganese oxides exhibited similar catalytic performance for the ORR, comparable to those obtained from Pt catalysts.

  3. Charge compensation mechanisms in U{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2} and Th{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2-x/2} studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Bès, R., E-mail: rene.bes@aalto.fi [Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, P.O. Box 14100, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland); Pakarinen, J.; Baena, A. [Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Institute for Nuclear Materials Science, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); Conradson, S. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, Ligne de Lumière MARS, L' Orme des Merisiers, Saint Aubin, BP 48, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Verwerft, M. [Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Institute for Nuclear Materials Science, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); Tuomisto, F. [Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, P.O. Box 14100, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland)

    2017-06-15

    The charge compensation mechanisms in U{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2} and Th{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2-x/2} have been systematically studied using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) upon gradually increasing the Gd content. Gd doped nuclear fuels are widely used for optimizing the fresh core neutronics, yet when Gd{sup 3+} is substituted into U{sup 4+} or Th{sup 4+} lattice position in UO{sub 2} or ThO{sub 2}, respectively, charge must be compensated for charge neutrality. In U{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2} the general hypothesis has been that the U{sup 4+} will oxidise to U{sup 5+}/U{sup 6+} while in Th{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2-x/2} the fixed Th{sup 4+} valence requires generation of O vacancies. Our XAS results for a series of technologically relevant Gd contents (x = 0.04 to 0.14) in U{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2} clearly demonstrate that upon increasing the Gd content U{sup 5+} is formed inducing slight increase in the U coordination number and contraction for the U-O distances while the Gd local environment remains virtually unchanged. For the Th{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2-x/2} larger Gd fractions were applied (x = 0.10 to 0.34). Nonetheless, both Gd and Th local environments show changes upon increasing the Gd content; the average Gd-O and Th-O distances decrease gradually and the Gd and Th coordination numbers follow the expected trend considering the O vacancy formation to obtain charge neutrality. Finally, comparison to Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} allowed us to propose that one of the Gd L{sub 3}-edge XANES resonance features is directly connected to the generation of O vacancies.

  4. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of NiFe{sub 2−x}Ce{sub x}O{sub 4} nanoribbons by electrospinning

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    Li, Jianan; Jing, Panpan; Zhang, Xinlei; Cao, Derang; Wei, Jinwu; Pan, Lining [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Liu, Zhenlin [Analysis and researching center of Gansu province, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang, Jianbo [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Key Laboratory for Special Function Materials and Structural Design of the Ministry of the Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Liu, Qingfang, E-mail: liuqf@lzu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2017-03-01

    NiFe{sub 2−x}Ce{sub x}O{sub 4} (x = 0–0.03) nanoribbons have been successfully fabricated using electrospinning technique and followed by calcining in air at 500 °C. The crystalline, morphologies and compositions of NiFe{sub 2−x}Ce{sub x}O{sub 4} nanoribbons are characterized by X-ray diffraction, selected area electron diffraction, transmission electron microscope, field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The results show that the components, mean crystallite sizes and morphologies change along with the content of Ce{sup 3+}. A formation mechanism of NiFe{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}O{sub 4} nanoribbons is proposed. The magnetic hysteresis loops of NiFe{sub 2−x}Ce{sub x}O{sub 4} nanoribbons reveals that the coercivity changes from 165 Oe to 64 Oe and saturation magnetizations change from 40.97 emu/g to 25.05 emu/g at room temperature. Morevover, the Mössbauer spectra of {sup 57}Fe in NiFe{sub 2−x}Ce{sub x}O{sub 4} nanoribbons is discussed in detail. It is believed that this work will play important role in magnetic application with the advantage of excellent magnetic properties, efficient functionalization and relatively low cost. - Highlights: • The NiFe{sub 2−x}Ce{sub x}O{sub 4} nanoribbons have been fabricated using electrospinning technique. • Ce{sup 3+} ions occupy B sites by replacing Fe{sup 3+} ions. • The coercivity changes from 165 Oe to 64 Oe. • The saturation magnetizations change from 40.97 emu/g to 25.05 emu/g.

  5. Superconductor-insulator-normal-conductor-insulator-superconductor (Nb/Al{sub x}O{sub y}/Al/Al{sub x}O{sub y}/Nb) process development for integrated circuit applications

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    Balashov, D.; Buchholz, F.M.; Schulze, H.; Khabipov, M.I.; Kessel, W.; Niemeyer, J. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany)

    1998-12-01

    The paper reports on recent developments in a new technology process in LTS implementation to fabricate intrinsically shunted tunnel junctions. The process has been realized in SINIS Nb/Al{sub x}O{sub y}/Al/Al{sub x}O{sub y}/Nb multilayer thin-film technology. In various test series, circuits containing a large variety of single junctions and junction arrays of different contact areas and sizes were fabricated and measured. By variation of the oxidation parameters the fabrication process has been optimized for application in integrated circuits operating in RSFQ impulse logic. The junction parameter values realized for the critical current density j{sub c} range to up to about j{sub c} = 1000 A cm{sup -2}, those for the characteristic voltage V{sub c} to up to about V{sub c} = 230 {mu}V. The junctions show nearly non-hysteretic current-voltage characteristics; the intra-wafer parameter spread is below 10%. The junctions realized fulfil the requirements imposed for digital RSFQ circuit operation at clock frequencies in the lower GHz frequency range. (author)

  6. Electrochemical characterization of Pt-CeO{sub 2}/C and Pt-Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}/C catalysts for ethanol electro-oxidation

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    Bai, Yuxia; Qiu, Xinping; Xi, Jingyu; Wang, Jianshe; Li, Jinfeng; Zhu, Wentao; Chen, Liquan [Key Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Wu, Jianjun [Key Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Department of Chemistry, Shijiazhuang College, Shijiazhuang 050801 (China)

    2007-04-24

    Pt-CeO{sub 2}/C and a series of Pt-Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}/C catalyst powders with different Ce/Zr ratio were prepared and evaluated in terms of the electrochemical activity for ethanol electro-oxidation using cyclic voltammetry (CV), steady state polarization experiments and CO-stripping technique at room temperature. XRD results show that Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} and Pt coexist in the Pt-Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}/C catalyst and Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} has no effect on the crystalline lattice of Pt. TEM results show that the Pt and Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} particles dispersed uniformly over the surface of the carbon black. Cyclic voltammetry results show that the mass activity and specific activity of Pt-CeO{sub 2}/C for ethanol electro-oxidation is higher than that of Pt/C. The structure and Ce/Zr ratio of Pt-Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}/C has effect on the catalytic activity of catalysts. CO-stripping voltammetry showed that the inclusion of CeO{sub 2} and Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} favors the CO oxidation at lower potential. (author)

  7. Origin of d{sup 0} half-metallic characteristic in DO{sub 3}-type XO{sub 3} (X=Li, Na, K and Rb) compounds

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    Wang, Xiaotian [School of Material Sciences and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China); Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), University of Wollongong, Wollongong 2500 (Australia); Cheng, Zhenxiang, E-mail: cheng@uow.edu.au [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), University of Wollongong, Wollongong 2500 (Australia); Wang, Jianli [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), University of Wollongong, Wollongong 2500 (Australia); Rozale, Habib [Condensed Matter and Sustainable Development Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi-Bel-Abbès, 22000 Sidi-Bel-Abbès (Algeria); Yang, Juntao [School of Science, Hubei University of Automotive Technology, Shiyan Hubei 442002 (China); Yu, Zheyin [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), University of Wollongong, Wollongong 2500 (Australia); Liu, Guodong, E-mail: gdliu1978@126.com [School of Material Sciences and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China)

    2016-08-15

    Plane-wave pseudo-potential methods based on density functional theory are employed to investigate the electronic structures, magnetic properties of newly designed DO{sub 3}-type XO{sub 3} (X=Li, Na, K and Rb) compounds. Result shows they are d{sup 0} HM ferromagnets with total magnetic moment of 5.00 μ{sub B}. Importantly, the d{sup 0} HM characteristic is originated from the polarization of the p-orbitals of O atoms in these hypothetical compounds. The structure stability in the aspects of cohesion energy and formation energy of these four compounds have been tested. The spin-flip gaps of the four XO{sub 3} compounds are quite large (>1.00 eV). Furthermore, the d{sup 0} HM behavior can be maintained in a wide range of lattice constants. - Highlights: • In an attempt to combine the properties of DO{sub 3}-type and d{sup 0} HMFs, XO{sub 3} have been designed. • The electronic structures and magnetism of the XO{sub 3} have been studied. • The effect of uniform strain on the spin polarization ratio have been tested. • The origin of the d{sup 0} HM character have been explained. • Total energy calculation and structure stability have been performed.

  8. Luminescent properties of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12}:Ce crystals

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    Zorenko, Yu., E-mail: zorenko@ukw.edu.pl [Institute of Physics, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Powstańców Wielkopolskich No 2, 85-090 Bydgoszcz (Poland); Zorenko, T. [Institute of Physics, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Powstańców Wielkopolskich No 2, 85-090 Bydgoszcz (Poland); Department of Electronics, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Gen. Tarnavskyj str. 107, 70017 Lviv (Ukraine); Malinowski, P. [Institute of Physics, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Powstańców Wielkopolskich No 2, 85-090 Bydgoszcz (Poland); Sidletskiy, O.; Neicheva, S. [Institute for Scintillation Materials, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lenina pr. 60, 61001 Kharkiv (Ukraine)

    2014-12-15

    Absorption, luminescent and scintillation properties of Ce{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} crystals with Ga content in the x=1–5 range were investigated in this work and compared with the properties of YAG:Ce crystals. Apart from the traditional spectral methods (absorption, cathodoluminescence and light yield measurements), the intrinsic and Ce{sup 3+} related luminescence of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12}:Ce solid-solution were also investigated using the luminescent spectroscopy under excitation by synchrotron radiation in the 3.7–25 eV range. We show that the optical properties Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12}:Ce garnets monotonically change with increasing the Ga content in the x=0–3 range due to preferable localization of Ga ions in the tetrahedral position of the garnet lattice. At the highest Ga concentration (x>3) the deviation of the optical properties of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12}:Ce garnets is observed from the respective properties of these crystals with Ga content in the x=0–3 range due to occupation by Ga ions of the octahedral position in the garnet host. - Highlights: • Different dependence of optical properties of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12}:Ce crystals on Ga content in x=0–3 and 3–5 ranges. • Elimination of the luminescence of Y{sub Al} antisite defects in Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12}:Ce crystals at x>2. • Significant improvement of the scintillation properties of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12}:Ce crystals at x=2 and 3 in comparison with YAG:Ce.

  9. Time-resolved analysis of the white photoluminescence from chemically synthesized SiC{sub x}O{sub y} thin films and nanowires

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    Tabassum, Natasha; Nikas, Vasileios; Ford, Brian; Huang, Mengbing; Kaloyeros, Alain E.; Gallis, Spyros, E-mail: sgalis@sunypoly.edu [Colleges of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, New York 12203 (United States)

    2016-07-25

    The study reported herein presents results on the room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) dynamics of chemically synthesized SiC{sub x}O{sub y≤1.6} (0.19 < x < 0.6) thin films and corresponding nanowire (NW) arrays. The PL decay transients of the SiC{sub x}O{sub y} films/NWs are characterized by fast luminescence decay lifetimes that span in the range of 350–950 ps, as determined from their deconvoluted PL decay spectra and their stretched-exponential recombination behavior. Complementary steady-state PL emission peak position studies for SiC{sub x}O{sub y} thin films with varying C content showed similar characteristics pertaining to the variation of their emission peak position with respect to the excitation photon energy. A nearly monotonic increase in the PL energy emission peak, before reaching an energy plateau, was observed with increasing excitation energy. This behavior suggests that band-tail states, related to C-Si/Si-O-C bonding, play a prominent role in the recombination of photo-generated carriers in SiC{sub x}O{sub y}. Furthermore, the PL lifetime behavior of the SiC{sub x}O{sub y} thin films and their NWs was analyzed with respect to their luminescence emission energy. An emission-energy-dependent lifetime was observed, as a result of the modulation of their band-tail states statistics with varying C content and with the reduced dimensionality of the NWs.

  10. Electrical properties of AlN{sub x}O{sub y} thin films prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Borges, J., E-mail: joelborges@fisica.uminho.pt [Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Martin, N. [Institut FEMTO-ST, Departement MN2S, UMR 6174 (CNRS, UFC, ENSMM, UTBM) 32, Avenue de l' Observatoire 25044 BESANCON Cedex (France); Barradas, N.P.; Alves, E. [Instituto Superior Tecnico, Instituto Tecnologico Nuclear, E.N. 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Eyidi, D.; Beaufort, M.F.; Riviere, J.P. [Institut PPRIME, UPR 3346 CNRS-Universite de Poitiers-ENSMA, Departement de Physique et Mecanique des Materiaux, BP 30179 86962 Chasseneuil-Futuroscope Cedex (France); Vaz, F.; Marques, L. [Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal)

    2012-08-31

    Direct current magnetron sputtering was used to produce AlN{sub x}O{sub y} thin films, using an aluminum target, argon and a mixture of N{sub 2} + O{sub 2} (17:3) as reactive gases. The partial pressure of the reactive gas mixture was increased, maintaining the discharge current constant. Within the two identified regimes of the target (metallic and compound), four different tendencies for the deposition rate were found and a morphological evolution from columnar towards cauliflower-type, ending up as dense and featureless-type films. The structure was found to be Al-type (face centered cubic) and the structural characterization carried out by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy suggested the formation of an aluminum-based polycrystalline phase dispersed in an amorphous aluminum oxide/nitride (or oxynitride) matrix. This type of structure, composition, morphology and grain size, were found to be strongly correlated with the electrical response of the films, which showed a gradual transition between metallic-like responses towards semiconducting and even insulating-type behaviors. A group of films with high aluminum content revealed a sharp decrease of the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) as the concentration ratio of non-metallic/aluminum atomic ratio increased. Another group of samples, where the non-metallic content became more important, revealed a smooth transition between positive and negative values of TCR. In order to test whether the oxynitride films have a unique behavior or simply a transition between the typical responses of aluminum and of those of the correspondent nitride and oxide, the electrical properties of the ternary oxynitride system were compared with AlN{sub x} and AlO{sub y} systems, prepared in similar conditions. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AlN{sub x}O{sub y} thin films were produced using magnetron sputtering. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AlN{sub x}O{sub y} film morphology, composition and

  11. Development of p-type amorphous Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} thin films and fabrication of pn hetero junction

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    Sanal, K.C., E-mail: sanalcusat@gmail.com [Nanophotonic and Optoelectronic Devices Laboratory, Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala 682022 (India); Inter University Center for Nanomaterials and Devices (IUCND), Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala 682022 (India); Center for Advanced Materials, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala 682022 (India); Jayaraj, M.K., E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in [Nanophotonic and Optoelectronic Devices Laboratory, Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala 682022 (India); Center for Advanced Materials, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala 682022 (India)

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • Growth of p-type semiconducting amorphous Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} thin films by co-sputtering. • Atomic percentage of Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} thin films from the XPS analysis. • Variation of bandgap with boron concentration in Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} thin films. • Demonstration of p–n hetero junctions fabricated in the structure n-Si/p-Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ}/Au. - Abstract: Transparent conducting amorphous p type Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} thin films were grown by RF magnetron co-sputtering at room temperature, using copper and boron targets in oxygen atmosphere. The structural, electrical as well as optical properties were studied. Composition of the films was analyzed by XPS. Amorphous structure of as deposited films was confirmed by GXRD. Surface morphology of the films was analyzed by AFM studies. p-Type nature and concentration of carriers were investigated by Hall effect measurement. Band gap of the films was found to increase with the atomic content of boron in the film. A p–n hetero junction using p-type Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} and n-type silicon was fabricated in the structure n-Si/p-Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ}/Au which showed rectifying behavior. As deposited amorphous Cu{sub 1−x}B{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} thin films with lower carrier concentration can be used as a channel layer for thin film transistors.

  12. Influence of the electronic structures on the heterogeneous photoelectrocatalytic performance of Ti/Ru{sub x}Sn{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} electrodes

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    Chen, Zhijie, E-mail: 1061739408@qq.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Zhu, Junqiu, E-mail: zhujunqiu@xmut.edu.com [School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Quanzhou Normal University, Quanzhou, Fujian 362000 (China); Zhang, Shuai, E-mail: 601314274@qq.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Shao, Yanqun, E-mail: yqshao1989@163.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Lin, Deyuan, E-mail: lindeyuan_fj@126.com [Electric Power Research Institute of State Grid Fujian Electric Power Co. Ltd., Fuzhou 350007 (China); Zhou, Jianfeng, E-mail: 1277018923@qq.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Chen, Yunxiang, E-mail: rogerchen@163.com [Electric Power Research Institute of State Grid Fujian Electric Power Co. Ltd., Fuzhou 350007 (China); Tang, Dian, E-mail: diantang@fzu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China)

    2017-07-05

    Highlights: • Ti/Ru{sub x}Sn{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} electrodes possessed photocatalytic and electrocatalytic activity were prepared by thermal decomposition method. • The effect of electronic structure on electronic conductivity, electrocatalytic and photocatalytic activity were studied. • The photoelectric-synergistic catalytic activity of the Ti/Ru{sub x}Sn{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} electrodes was studied upon UV irradiation. • The Ti/Ru{sub 0.05}Sn{sub 0.95}O{sub 2} electrode has good catalytic activity and excellent stability. - Abstract: DSA-type Ti/Ru{sub x}Sn{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} electrodes were prepared by thermal decomposition method as photoelectrocatalysts (PECs) and extensively characterized by various sophisticated techniques. First-principles calculations was employed to study the effects of Ru content on the electronic structures of the Ru{sub x}Sn{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} coatings. The photoelectric-synergistic catalytic activity of the Ti/Ru{sub x}Sn{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} electrodes was evaluated for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) in aqueous solution. The results show that the RuO{sub 2}−SnO{sub 2} solid solution could be formed. The band gaps of the Ru{sub x}Sn{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} coatings gradually decreased and eventually turned into metallic conductivity with the increase of ruthenium content. As a PEC electrode, reducing band gap is helpful to improve electronic conductivity and the electrocatalytic activity, but not always advantageous to increase the photocatalytic activity. Because too narrow band gap will sacrifice the photogenerated charge carriers and thus reduce photocatalytic activity of the electrode. In our experiments, the rate constant of Ti/Ru{sub 0.05}Sn{sub 0.95}O{sub 2} electrode increased with increasing Ru content and exhibited the maximum rate for 5% Ru loading. The stability test showed the photoelectrocatalytic activity of the Ti/Ru{sub 0.05}Sn{sub 0.95}O{sub 2} electrode almost had no attenuation after 100 h photoelectrolysis, revealing

  13. Interfacial hydrothermal synthesis of nanorod-like CdMo{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 4} solid solutions with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Hou, Linrui, E-mail: houlr629@163.com; Lian, Lin; Zhang, Longhai; Zhou, Lu; Yuan, Changzhou, E-mail: ayuancz@163.com

    2014-12-15

    In the work, CdMo{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 4} solid solutions with various compositions in the entire range of 0 ≤ x ≤ 1 have been prepared successfully by a facile interfacial hydrothermal method. All CdMo{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 4} products are composed of one-dimensional (1D) nanorods (NRs) with tetragonal structure. The composition-dependent structure, absorption properties and photocatalytic efficiencies of the resulting 1D CdMo{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 4} samples are systematically investigated. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation was utilized as a model reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of all the samples. The sample, CdMo{sub 0.5}W{sub 0.5}O{sub 4} (i.e., x = 0.5) NRs, exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity and appealing stability for widespread photocatalytic application, owing to the unique 1D nanoscale architecture, suitable band gap and strong absorption in the UV region. Our approach developed here provides an elegant technique to tune both the nanoarchitecture and band gap of the photocatalysts by simply adjusting the composition of the solid solutions, resulting in the enhanced photocatalytic activity. Moreover, the method we proposed can be further extended to the smart design and controllable synthesis of other novel and highly efficient multi-component photocatalysts for environmental remediation. - Graphical abstract: 1D nanorod-based CdMo{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 4} solid solutions with various W compositions in the entire range of 0 ≤ x ≤ 1 were fabricated by a facile interfacial hydrothermal strategy, and exhibited intriguing photodecomposition of the MB under UV light irradiation. - Highlights: • CdMo{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 4} solid solutions with W compositions of 0 ≤ x ≤ 1 were prepared. • Facile interfacial hydrothermal strategy was developed. • 1D nanorod-based CdMo{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 4} photocatalysts were synthesized.

  14. Bright green phosphor, Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5-x/Ga/sub x/O/sub 12/:Tb, for projection CRT

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    Ohno, K.; Abe, T.

    1987-01-01

    A remarkably improved high brightness phosphor, Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5-x/Ga/sub x/O/sub 12/:Tb (x = 0 -- 5) was developed and has been adopted for the projection CRT. The replacement of a portion of Al with Ga in YAG improved the brightness and the saturation characteristics. While the brightness of Y/sub 3/Al/sub 3/Ga/sub 2/O/sub 12/:Tb is almost the same as that of Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5/O/sub 12/:Tb at low cathode current densities, the former becomes about two times greater than the latter at high cathode current densities. The brightness of the Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5-x/Ga/sub x/O/sub 12/:Tb phosphor and its saturation characteristics are presented and compared with other green phosphors which have been used for the projection CRT

  15. Al-oxynitride interfacial layer investigations for Pr{sub X}O{sub Y} on SiC and Si

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    Henkel, K; Karavaev, K; Torche, M; Schwiertz, C; Burkov, Y; Schmeisser, D [Brandenburgische Technische Universitaet Cottbus, Angewandte Physik-Sensorik, K-Wachsmann-Allee 17, 03046 Cottbus (Germany)], E-mail: henkel@tu-cottbus.de

    2008-01-15

    We investigate the dielectric properties of Praseodymium based oxides Pr{sub X}O{sub Y} by preparing MIS (metal insulator semiconductor) structures consisting of Pr{sub X}O{sub Y} as a high-k insulating layer and silicon (Si) or silicon carbide (SiC) as semiconductor substrates. The use of a buffer layer between Pr{sub X}O{sub Y} and the semiconductor is necessary as we found deleterious reactions between these materials such as silicate and graphite formation. Possessing a higher permittivity value ({epsilon}{sub r}) than silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}) and good lattice matching in conjunction with similar thermal expansion coefficient to SiC, we focus on aluminum oxynitride (AlON) as a suitable buffer layer for this high-k/wide-bandgap system. In our spectroscopic investigations we found a decrease or indeed prevention of silicon diffusion into the oxide and an increased Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3} fraction after deposition. In electrical characterizations of Pr{sub X}O{sub Y}/AlON stacks we found considerable improvements in the leakage current by several orders on both substrates, especially on silicon where we obtain values down to 10{sup -7}A/cm{sup 2} at a CET (capacitance equivalent thickness) of 4nm. We observed interface state densities in the range of 5 x 10{sup 11}-1 x 10{sup 12}/eVcm{sup 2} and 1-5 x 10{sup 12}/eVcm{sup 2} on Si and SiC, respectively.

  16. Structure, chemistry and luminescence properties of dielectric La{sub x}Hf{sub 1-x}O{sub y} films

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    Kaichev, V.V., E-mail: vvk@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Smirnova, T.P.; Yakovkina, L.V. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Ivanova, E.V.; Zamoryanskaya, M.V. [Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Saraev, A.A. [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Pustovarov, V.A. [Ural State Technical University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Perevalov, T.V.; Gritsenko, V.A. [Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2016-06-01

    Dielectric films of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, HfO{sub 2}, and La{sub x}Hf{sub 1-x}O{sub y} were synthesized by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. Structural, chemical, and luminescence properties of the films were studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, methods of X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and a cathodoluminescence technique. It was found that doping of hafnium oxide with lanthanum leads to the formation of a continuous series of solid solutions with a cubic structure. This process is accompanied by the formation of oxygen vacancies in the HfO{sub 2} lattice. Cathodoluminescence spectra of the La{sub x}Hf{sub 1-x}O{sub y}/Si films exhibited a wide band with the maximum near 2.4–2.5 eV, which corresponds to the blue emission. Quantum-chemical calculations showed that this blue band is due to oxygen vacancies in the HfO{sub 2} lattice. - Highlights: • HfO{sub 2} and solid solution La{sub x}Hf{sub 1-x}O{sub y} films were synthesized by MOCVD. • The continuous series of solid solutions with a cubic structure was formed at La doping of HfO{sub 2}. • Cathodoluminescence band at 2.4–2.5 eV is observed due to the oxygen vacancies in La{sub x}Hf{sub 1-x}O{sub y}. • The cathodoluminescence decreases in intensity when the La concentration increases.

  17. Magnetic properties of CuFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 2} nanoparticles surrounded by amorphous SiO{sub 2}

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    Mori, K.; Hachisu, M.; Yamazaki, T.; Ichiyanagi, Y., E-mail: yuko@ynu.ac.jp [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan)

    2015-05-07

    CuFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 2} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) nanoparticles surrounded by amorphous SiO{sub 2} with an average diameter of 30–50 nm were synthesized using a wet chemical method. The annealing temperatures were controlled to yield various sizes of single-phase CuFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 2} nanoparticles. CuFeO{sub 2} bulk crystal is known to have a multiferroic delafossite structure with two Néel temperatures of 11 and 14 K; however, the transition temperature shifted higher as the Cr–ion doping level increased. In addition, the lattice constants decreased in accordance with increased Cr-ion doping, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction measurements. The magnetization curves showed weak ferromagnetic behavior and no coercivity was observed. Hence, frustration in the triangular lattice of the delafossite structure can be released by Cr–ion doping and higher magnetization can be expected. A fine structure analysis through X-ray absorption fine structure measurements was also conducted. It was found that the structure of the Cu ion is similar to that of Cu{sub 2}O, and the c axis of the CuFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 2} should be shortened by the Cr–ion doping.

  18. Facile synthesis, structure elucidation, and magnetic properties of perovskite BaTb{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x}O{sub 3}

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    Farid, Muhammad Asim; Zhang, Hao; Li, Guobao; Liao, Fuhui; Lin, Jianhua [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, 100871, Beijing (China); Yang, Aimei [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Technology, 541004, Guilin (China); Tian, Gengfang; Wu, Meimei [Neutron Scattering Laboratory, Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, 102413, Beijing (China)

    2017-03-17

    A series of perovskite BaTb{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x}O{sub 3} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25) solid solutions were synthesized by a typical solid-state method. Their structures were analyzed by a combination of X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, and selected-area electron diffraction. All of the materials crystalize in the P1 space group [a = 6.0582(1) Aa, b = 6.0473(1) Aa, c = 6.0693(1) Aa, α = 60.00(1) , β = 59.84(1) , γ = 60.06(1) for x = 0.0 at room temperature]. Magnetic measurements revealed that the magnetic-ordering temperature decreases with increasing Bi content in BaTb{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x}O{sub 3}; therefore, the presence of Bi decreases the magnetic interactions of Tb. Furthermore, the magnetic structure for BaTb{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x}O{sub 3} has been fully described in space group P1. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. The magnetic properties of oxide spinel Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5-2x}Al{sub x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} solid solutions

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    Masrour, R., E-mail: rachidmasrour@hotmail.com [Laboratory of Materials, Processes, Environment and Quality, Cady Ayyed University, National School of Applied Sciences, Sidi bouzid, Safi (Morocco); LMPHE, Faculte des Sciences, Universite Mohamed V, Rabat (Morocco); Hamedoun, M. [Institute for Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MaScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Academie Hassan II des Sciences et Techniques, Rabat (Morocco); Benyoussef, A. [LMPHE, Faculte des Sciences, Universite Mohamed V, Rabat (Morocco); Institute for Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MaScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Academie Hassan II des Sciences et Techniques, Rabat (Morocco)

    2012-04-01

    The exchange interactions (J{sub BB} and J{sub AB} are the intra and the inter-sublattice exchange interactions between neighbouring spins, respectively) are obtained by using the general expressions of canting angle and critical temperature obtained by mean field theory of Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5-2x}Al{sub x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4}. The expression of magnetic energy of Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5-2x}Al{sub x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} is obtained for different spin configurations and dilution x. The saturation magnetisation of Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5-2x}Al{sub x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} is obtained with different values of dilution x. The magnetic phase diagram of Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5-2x}Al{sub x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} materials is obtained by high temperature series expansions (HTSEs). The critical exponent associated with the magnetic susceptibility of Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5-2x}Al{sub x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} is deduced.

  20. Hyperfine properties of La(V{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x})O{sub 3} compounds

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    Tupan, L. F. S.; Ivashita, F. F.; Barco, R. [Universidade Estadual de Maringá (Brazil); Hallouche, B. [Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul (Brazil); Paesano, A., E-mail: paesano@wnet.com.br [Universidade Estadual de Maringá (Brazil)

    2017-11-15

    LaV{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} perovskites were synthesized in the vanadium-rich concentration range (i.e., x < 0.5) and characterized structurally and for the hyperfine properties of the iron nuclear probe. The aim of this investigation was to better understand the physical transformations that take place in the undoped compound (LaVO{sub 3}) at low temperatures. For that, X-ray diffraction analysis and, more extensively, {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy were applied. The results revealed that the LaV{sub 1}-xFexO{sub 3} vanadium-rich perovskites are orthorhombic at RT, and their lattice parameters decrease with increasing vanadium concentration. Lowering the temperature, the system becomes magnetic, with the iron moment freezing progressively. The presence of two magnetic subspectral components obtained at the lowest measurement temperatures suggests that the vanadium-rich samples, including LaVO{sub 3}, undergo a phase transition from an orthorhombic to a monoclinic structure at low temperatures.

  1. Optical and magnetic properties of Sn{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 2} dilute magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles

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    Ahmad, Tokeer, E-mail: tahmad3@jmi.ac.in [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India); Khatoon, Sarvari [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India); Coolahan, Kelsey [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 (United States)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Monophasic Mn-doped SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles by solvothermal method for first time. • High surface area with smaller particle size. • Increase in band gap with increasing Mn concentration. • Sn{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0.05 and 0.10) revealed the parasitic ferromagnetism. • Sn{sub 0.85}Mn{sub 0.15}O{sub 2} showed paramagnetic behaviour. - Abstract: Sn{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanoparticles with tetragonal structure have been successfully synthesized by solvothermal method using oxalate precursor route. The oxalate precursors and its corresponding oxides were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric (TG), fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) studies. PXRD studies showed the highly crystalline and monophasic nature of the solid solutions. The shifting of X-ray reflections towards higher angle is attributed to the incorporation of Mn{sup 2+} ions in SnO{sub 2} host lattice. The average particle size was found to be in the range of 5–11 nm. Reflectance measurements showed blue shift in energy band gap which increases with increasing Mn{sup 2+} concentration. Surface area of these nanoparticles (59–388 m{sup 2}/g) was found to be high which increases with increasing the dopant ion concentration. Mn-doped SnO{sub 2} showed distinct magnetic behaviour with different manganese concentration. Sn{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0.05 and 0.10) revealed the parasitic ferromagnetism, however on increasing x = 0.15, sample showed paramagnetic behaviour.

  2. Defect chemistry and high-temperature transport in SrFe{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 3–δ}

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    Merkulov, O.V., E-mail: merkulov@ihim.uran.ru [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, UB RAS, 91 Pervomayskaya Str., 620990 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Samigullin, R.R. [Ural Federal University, 19 Mira Str., 620002 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Markov, A.A.; Leonidov, I.A.; Patrakeev, M.V. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, UB RAS, 91 Pervomayskaya Str., 620990 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2016-11-15

    The electrical conductivity of SrFe{sub 1–x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 3–δ} (x=0.05, 0.10, 017) was measured by a four-probe dc technique in the partial oxygen pressure range of 10{sup –18}–0.5 atm at temperatures between 800 °Ð ÐŽ and 950 °Ð ÐŽ. The oxygen content in these oxides was measured under the same ambient conditions by means of coulometric titration. The thermodynamic analysis of oxygen nonstoichiometry data was carried out to determine the equilibrium constants for defect-formation reactions and to calculate the concentrations of ion and electron charge carriers. The partial contributions of oxygen ions, electrons and holes to charge transport were assessed, and the mobility of respective carriers was evaluated by an integral examination of the electrical conductivity and oxygen nonstoichiometry data. It has been found that the mobility of holes in SrFe{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} varies in the range of ~0.005–0.04 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}, linearly increasing with the oxygen content and decreasing with increased tin concentration. The mobility of electron carriers was shown to be independent of the oxygen content. The average migration energy of an electron was estimated to be ~0.45 eV, with that of a hole being ~0.3 eV. - Highlights: • The conductivity and oxygen nonstoichiometry in SrFe{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} were measured. • Tin substitution was found to affect insignificantly defect formation reactions. • The hole mobility was found to increase linearly with the oxygen content. • The hole mobility was found to be much higher than the electron mobility.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of Sr{sub 2}Ir{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O{sub 4} (M=Ti, Fe, Co) solid solutions

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    Gatimu, Alvin J.; Berthelot, Romain; Muir, Sean; Sleight, Arthur W. [Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 (United States); Subramanian, M.A., E-mail: mas.subramanian@oregonstate.edu [Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 (United States)

    2012-06-15

    The effects of Ti, Fe and Co substitutions for Ir on the structure and on the physical properties of Sr{sub 2}IrO{sub 4} are investigated. A complete solid solution Sr{sub 2}Ir{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 4} is obtained while both Fe and Co doping are relatively limited. In each case however, the c-axis cell parameter and the initial IrO{sub 6} octahedra tilting decreases with substitution. Doping with Ti, Fe and Co results in a decrease of the magnetic susceptibility and in an increase in the paramagnetic effective moment for Co and Fe doped samples and a suppression of the weak ferromagnetic ordering observed for Sr{sub 2}IrO{sub 4}. - Graphical abstract: Solid solutions of Sr{sub 2}Ir{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O{sub 4} (M=Ti, Fe, Co) have been synthesized and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, magnetism and electrical measurements. Changes in the a parameter and decreases in both the c-axis cell parameters and the initial IrO{sub 6} octahedra tilting are found to be correlated. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solid Solutions of Sr{sub 2}Ir{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O{sub 4} (M=Ti, Fe, Co) are synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Sr{sub 2}Ir{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 4} solid solution is complete while those of Fe and Co are relatively limited. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The change in a cell parameter with substitution is much less than that of the c parameter. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Decreased tilting and the smaller size of the M cation contrastingly affect the a parameter. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Doping results in a suppression of the weak ferromagnetic ordering in Sr{sub 2}IrO{sub 4}.

  4. Bioactivity response of Ta{sub 1-x}O{sub x} coatings deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Almeida Alves, C.F., E-mail: cristiana.alves@fisica.uminho.pt [GRF-CFUM, Physics Departament, University of Minho, Campus of Azurem, Guimaraes 4800-058 (Portugal); Cavaleiro, A. [SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, Coimbra 3030-788 (Portugal); Carvalho, S. [GRF-CFUM, Physics Departament, University of Minho, Campus of Azurem, Guimaraes 4800-058 (Portugal); SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, Coimbra 3030-788 (Portugal)

    2016-01-01

    The use of dental implants is sometimes accompanied by failure due to periimplantitis disease and subsequently poor esthetics when soft–hard tissue margin recedes. As a consequence, further research is needed for developing new bioactive surfaces able to enhance the osseous growth. Tantalum (Ta) is a promising material for dental implants since, comparing with titanium (Ti), it is bioactive and has an interesting chemistry which promotes the osseointegration. Another promising approach for implantology is the development of implants with oxidized surfaces since bone progenitor cells interact with the oxide layer forming a diffusion zone due to its ability to bind with calcium which promotes a stronger bond. In the present report Ta-based coatings were deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering onto Ti CP substrates in an Ar + O{sub 2} atmosphere. In order to assess the osteoconductive response of the studied materials, contact angle and in vitro tests of the samples immersed in Simulated Body Fluid (SBF) were performed. Structural results showed that oxide phases where achieved with larger amounts of oxygen (70 at.% O). More compact and smooth coatings were deposited by increasing the oxygen content. The as-deposited Ta coating presented the most hydrophobic character (100°); with increasing oxygen amount contact angles progressively diminished, down to the lowest measured value, 63°. The higher wettability is also accompanied by an increase on the surface energy. Bioactivity tests demonstrated that highest O-content coating, in good agreement with wettability and surface energy values, showed an increased affinity for apatite adhesion, with higher Ca/P ratio formation, when compared to the bare Ti substrates. - Highlights: • Ta{sub 1-x}O{sub x} coatings were deposited by reactive DC magnetron sputtering. • Amorphous oxide phases were achieved with higher oxygen amounts. • Contact angles progressively diminished, with increasing oxygen content. • Ta

  5. Magnetic interactions in HoCr{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.2) investigated by neutron powder diffraction

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    Liu, Xinzhi, E-mail: liuxinzhi1984.cn@163.com [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Hao, Lijie; Ma, Xiaobai [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Wang, Chin-Wei [Neutron Group, National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu 30077, Taiwan (China); Klose, Frank [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Lucas Heights, New South Wales 2234 (Australia); Department of Physics and Materials Science, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong); Liu, Yuntao, E-mail: ytliu@ciae.ac.cn [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Sun, Kai; Li, Yuqing [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Chen, Dongfeng, E-mail: dongfeng@ciae.ac.cn [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China)

    2017-07-01

    Highlights: • The temperature dependent magnetism of HoCr{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.2) were investigated by neutron diffraction. • Cr{sup 3+} moment follows a mean field theory while Ho{sup 3+} follows a spin 1/2 model. • An magneto-elastic strain was observed accompanying with the ordering of Cr{sup 3+}. - Abstract: The temperature dependent magnetism of Fe-doped rare earth orthochromite HoCr{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}(x = 0, 0.2) was investigated by neutron powder diffraction. It is found that the magnetism of Cr(Fe){sup 3+} can be well understood within mean field theory, while the ordering of Ho{sup 3+} was induced by the Cr(Fe){sup 3+} sublattice and can be satisfyingly described by an effective S = 1/2 model. The absences of both the most common G{sub x}F{sub z} configuration of Cr{sup 3+} and the ordering of Ho{sup 3+} caused by Ho-Ho interaction evidence a strong Ho{sup 3+}-Cr{sup 3+} interaction which dominates this system. On the other hand, a remarkable magnetoelastic strain was observed accompanying the Cr(Fe){sup 3+} ordering. An analysis based on the equation of state with a Grüneisen approximation was performed and revealed magnetic origin of this strain.

  6. Synthesis and electrochemical properties of Ni doped spinel LiNi (subx)Mn (sub2-x)O(sub)4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) cathode materials for Li-Ion battery

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    Kebede, MA

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Spherical pristine LiMn(sub2)O(sub 4) and Ni doped LiNixMn(sub2-x)O(sub)4 (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) cathode materials for lithium ion battery with high first cycle discharge capacity and excellent cycle performance were synthesized using...

  7. Solution-combustion synthesized aluminium-doped spinel (LiAl(subx)Mn(sub2-x)O(sub4) as a high-performance lithium-ion battery cathode material

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    Kebede, MA

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available High-performing (LiAl(subx)Mn(sub2-x)O(sub4) (x = 0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.375, and 0.5) spinel cathode materials for lithium-ion battery were developed using a solution combustion method. The as-synthesized cathode materials have spinel cubic structure...

  8. Preparation and characterization of Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}@ZnO{sub 1-α} nanocomposites for enhanced room-temperature NO{sub 2} sensing applications

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    Geng, Xin [College of Mechanical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225127 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225002 (China); Service de Science des Matériaux, Faculté Polytechnique, Université de Mons, Mons 7000 (Belgium); Zhang, Chao, E-mail: zhangc@yzu.edu.cn [College of Mechanical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225127 (China); Luo, Yifan [College of Mechanical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225127 (China); Debliquy, Marc [Service de Science des Matériaux, Faculté Polytechnique, Université de Mons, Mons 7000 (Belgium)

    2017-04-15

    Highlights: • Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}@ZnO{sub 1-(*)α} coatings with rich donor defects were successfully prepared. • Many p-n heterojunctions were formed in the as-sprayed Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}@ZnO{sub 1-α} coatings. • Light absorption of the coatings was extended to whole visible light region. • Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}@ZnO{sub 1-α} coatings showed an excellent response to NO{sub 2} at room temperature. - Abstract: In order to solve the problem that pristine ZnO show little response to NO{sub 2} gas at room temperature, some methods have been used, e.g., introducing narrow-bandgap semiconductors and donor defects into ZnO. In this work, we adopt solution precursor plasma spray to deposit Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}@ZnO{sub 1-α} hybrid coatings. Rapid heating and cooling as well as the reducing atmosphere provided by solution precursor plasma spray (SPPS) produce highly concentrated donor defects such as zinc interstitials and oxygen vacancies. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance confirmed that rich donor defects were present in the SPPS Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}@ZnO{sub 1-α} coatings. Field emission-scanning electron microscopy images exhibited a highly porous nanostructure, and high resolution-transmission electron microscopy showed that there were large amounts of p-n heterojunctions in the nanocomposites. The light absorption of the SPPS Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}@ZnO{sub 1-α} hybrids was extended up to the whole visible light region. With assistance of visible light illumination, the nanocomposites exhibited significant response to NO{sub 2} for concentrations below 1 ppm. A sensing mechanism of the Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}@ZnO{sub 1-α} sensors was proposed.

  9. Synthesis, characterization, kinetic and thermodynamic studies of the dissolution of ThO{sub 2} and of solid solutions Th{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O{sub 2} (M = U, Pu); Synthese, caracterisation et etudes cinetique et thermodynamique de la dissolution de ThO{sub 2} et des solutions solides Th{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O{sub 2} (M = U, Pu)

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    Heisbourg, G

    2003-12-01

    The aim of this work was to understand the mechanisms of dissolution of ThO{sub 2} and of thorium mixed oxides such as Th{sub 1-x}U{sub x}O{sub 2} and Th{sub 1-x}Pu{sub x}O{sub 2} in aqueous, oxygenated or inert media. Several solids have been synthesized by precipitation in oxalic medium: Th{sub 1-x}U{sub x}O{sub 2} (x= 0.11; 0.24; 0.37; 0.53; 0.67; 0.81 and 0.91) and Th{sub 1-x}Pu{sub x}O{sub 2} (x= 0.13; 0.32 and 0.66). They have been characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, XAS, PIXE and EPMA. The sintering conditions of these materials have been studied and optimized in order to obtain sintered samples with a measured density very near the theoretical densities. A kinetic study of the dissolution of ThO{sub 2} and of solid solutions Th{sub 1-x}U{sub x}O{sub 2} has been carried out in several aqueous media (HNO{sub 3}, HCl, H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) in terms of several parameters: protons concentration, temperature, pH, ionic strength, nature of the electrolyte solution and uranium molar ratio for the solid solutions Th{sub 1-x}U{sub x}O{sub 2} in order to determine the kinetic laws of dissolution of the solid solutions having different compositions comparatively to ThO{sub 2}. The leaching tests carried out in natural waters of compositions near those of the deep geologic sites considered for the storage of nuclear wastes have shown that the dissolution of the solids was bound to the complexing effect of the constitutional ions of the water considered. The leaching tests carried out on sintered samples of the same composition have led to the same normalized dissolution velocities. The thermodynamic aspect of the dissolution of the solid solutions Th{sub 1-x}U{sub x}O{sub 2} in nitric medium has been studied at last. (O.M.)

  10. Neutron powder diffraction investigation of magnetic structure and spin reorientation transition of HoFe{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} solid solutions

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    Liu, Xinzhi [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Hao, Lijie, E-mail: haolijie@ciae.ac.cn [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Liu, Yuntao; Ma, Xiaobai; Meng, Siqin; Li, Yuqing; Gao, Jianbo; Guo, Hao; Han, Wenze; Sun, Kai; Wu, Meimei [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Chen, Xiping; Xie, Lei [Institute of Nuclear Physics and Chemistry, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China); Klose, Frank [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Lucas Heights, New South Wales 2234 (Australia); Department of Physics and Materials Science, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China); Chen, Dongfeng, E-mail: dongfeng@ciae.ac.cn [Department of Nuclear Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China)

    2016-11-01

    Orthoferrite solid solution HoFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0, 0.2,…,1.0) was synthesized via solid state reaction methods. The crystal structure, magnetism and spin reorientation properties of this system were investigated by X-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction and magnetic measurements. For compositions of x≤0.6, the system exhibits similar magnetic properties to HoFeO{sub 3}. With increasing Cr-doping, the system adopts a Γ{sub 4}(G{sub x}A{sub y}F{sub z}) magnetic configuration with a decreased Neel temperature from 640 K to 360 K. A Γ{sub 42} spin reorientation of Fe(Cr){sup 3+} was also observed in this system with an increase in transition temperature from 56 K to about 200 K due to competition between the Fe(Cr)–Fe(Cr) and Ho–Fe(Cr) interactions. For the x≥0.8, the system behaves more like HoCrO{sub 3} which adopts a Γ{sub 2}(F{sub x}C{sub y}G{sub z}) configuration with no spin reorientation below the Neel temperature T{sub N}. Throughout the whole substitution range, we found that the saturated moment of Fe(Cr) was less than the ideal value for a free ion, which implies the existence of spin fluctuation in this system. A systematic magnetic structure variation with Cr-substitution is revealed by Rietveld refinement. A phase diagram combining the results of the magnetic measurements and neutron powder diffraction results was obtained. - Highlights: • With Cr-substitution in the HoFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} system, A Γ{sub 42} spin reorientation of Fe(Cr){sup 3+} was observed with an increase in transition temperature from 56 K to about 200 K for x=0−0.6. • The saturated moment of Fe(Cr) position was found to be systematically less than the ideal value of free ion, and thus implies the presence of spin quantum fluctuation. • A composition–temperature phase diagram throughout x=0–1 for HoFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} system was established.

  11. Magnetic and hyperfine interactions in HoFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤1) compounds

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    Kotnana, Ganesh [Magnetic Materials and Device Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Hyderabad 502285 (India); Reddy, V. Raghavendra [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Khandwa Road, Indore 452001 (India); Jammalamadaka, S. Narayana, E-mail: surya@iith.ac.in [Magnetic Materials and Device Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Hyderabad 502285 (India)

    2017-05-01

    We report on the magnetic and Mössbauer properties of polycrystalline HoFe{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤1) compounds. Magnetization data reveals the continuous tailoring of magnetic transition due to weakening of Ho{sup 3+}-Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 3+}-Fe{sup 3+} interactions in the entire temperature range by replacing the Fe{sup 3+} ions with Cr{sup 3+} ions. The observed decrease in Néel temperature (T{sub N}) and increase in spin re-orientation transition temperature (T{sub SR}) with the replacement of Fe{sup 3+} with Cr{sup 3+} is ascribed to the weakening of Fe(Cr)-O-Fe(Cr) antiferromagnetic exchange interaction. In addition, we also attribute such a change in T{sub N} to the enhancement of ferromagnetic interaction of adjacent Cr{sup 3+} moments through t-e hybridization as a result of the structural distortion. The decrease in isomer shift (IS) suggests enhancement of the interaction between nuclear charge with the 3s electrons as a result of decrease in radial part of 3d wave function with Cr addition. In this paper we also discuss about the variation of quadrupole splitting (QS) and hyperfine fields (H{sub hf}) with Cr addition in HoFe{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤1) compounds. - Highlights: • Magnetic and Mössbauer properties of HoFe{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤1) compounds. • T{sub N} changes due to weakening of Ho{sup 3+}-Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 3+}-Fe{sup 3+} interactions with Cr. • The decrease in isomer shift (IS) is due to decrease in radial part of 3d wavefunction. • Octahedral distortion leads to increase in quadrupole splitting.

  12. Photocatalytic degradation of textile azo dye over Ce{sub 1-x}Sn {sub x}O{sub 2} series

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    Borker, Pritam [Department of Chemistry, Goa University, Goa 403 206 (India); Salker, A.V. [Department of Chemistry, Goa University, Goa 403 206 (India)]. E-mail: sal_arun@rediffmail.com

    2006-08-25

    Ce{sub 1-x}Sn {sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 1.0) have been prepared by co-precipitation method and characterized by XRD, FTIR, BET surface area and TG/DSC methods. The solid state studies such as electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and diffuse reflectance measurements have been carried out and are attempted to correlate with the photocatalytic activity of these compositions. Solar radiation induced degradation of the textile diazo dye Naphthol Blue Black (NBB) has been carried out on these semiconductor compositions. The surface adsorbed oxygen plays an important role in scavenging photogenerated electrons thus preventing the recombination between electron and hole, inducing effective photodegradation.

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of Sr{sub 2}Y{sub 1+x}Ir{sub 1-x}O{sub 6} materials

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    Aslan Cansever, Gizem; Geyer, Maximilian; Blum, Christian G.F.; Gass, Sebastian; Corredor, Laura T.; Maljuk, Andrey; Wolter, A.U.B. [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, IFW Dresden (Germany); Manna, Kaustuv [Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden (Germany); Hammerath, Franziska; Wurmehl, Sabine; Buechner, Bernd [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, IFW Dresden (Germany); Institute for Solid State Physics, TU Dresden (Germany)

    2016-07-01

    Ir-based materials have attracted a lot of attention because of the competition between the spin-orbit coupling, Coulomb interaction and crystal field. Sr{sub 2}YIrO{sub 6} double perovskites with Ir{sup +5} (5d{sup 4}) ions are generally considered to have a nonmagnetic ground state (J=0). However, Sr{sub 2}YIrO{sub 6} double perovskites have been reported to exhibit long-range magnetic order at low temperature and the distorted IrO{sub 6} octahedra were discussed to cause the magnetism in this compound [2]. In this study Sr{sub 2}Y{sub 1+x}Ir{sub 1-x}O{sub 6} materials were investigated in relation to structural and magnetic properties with varying Y and Ir concentrations. The samples were prepared by solid-state chemical reaction method. Magnetic susceptibility measurements were performed down to 0.4 K.

  14. Metal-insulator transition in SrTi{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Gu, Man [Department of Physics, University of Virginia, 382 McCormick Rd., Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States); Wolf, Stuart A. [Department of Physics, University of Virginia, 382 McCormick Rd., Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, 395 McCormick Rd., Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States); Lu, Jiwei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, 395 McCormick Rd., Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States)

    2013-11-25

    Epitaxial SrTi{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) thin films were grown on (001)-oriented (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 6}){sub 0.7} (LSAT) substrates using the pulsed electron-beam deposition technique. The transport study revealed a temperature driven metal-insulator transition (MIT) at 95 K for x = 0.67. The films with higher vanadium concentration (x > 0.67) were metallic corresponding to a Fermi liquid system. In the insulating phase (x < 0.67), the resistivity behavior was governed by Mott's variable range hopping mechanism. The possible mechanisms for the induced MIT are discussed, including the effects of electron correlation, lattice distortion, and Anderson localization.

  15. Pressure-induced phase transitions in Zr-rich PbZr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Souza Filho, A.G. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil)]. E-mail: agsf@fisica.ufc.br; Faria, J.L.B.; Freire, P.T.C.; Ayala, A.P.; Sasaki, J.M.; Melo, F.E.A.; Mendes Filho, J. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil); Araujo, E.B. [Departamento de Fisica e Quimica, Universidade Estadual de Sao Paulo, Campus de Ilha Solteira, Ilha Solteira, SP (Brazil); Eiras, J.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2001-08-20

    A Raman study of structural changes in the Zr-rich PbZr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (PZT) system under hydrostatic pressures up to 5.0 GPa is presented. We observe that externally applied pressure induces several phase transitions in PZT ceramics among phases with orthorhombic (A{sub O}), rhombohedral low-temperature (R{sub LT}), and rhombohedral high-temperature (R{sub HT}) symmetries (all found in PZT at ambient pressure and room temperature). Each of the compositions investigated (0.02{<=}x{<=}0.14) exhibits a high-pressure phase with orthorhombic (O{sub I'}) symmetry. We further report a detailed study of the pressure dependence of Raman frequencies to elucidate the phase transitions and to provide a set of pressure coefficients for the high-pressure phases. (author)

  16. Mechanosynthesis and structural characterization of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} (x=0.1–0.35) solid solutions

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    Fabián, Martin, E-mail: fabianm@saske.sk [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 45, 04001 Košice (Slovakia); Antić, Bratislav [“Vinča” Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Girman, Vladimír [Institute of Physics, P. J. Šafárik University, Park Angelinum 9, 04154 Košice (Slovakia); Vučinić-Vasić, Milica [Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg D. Obradovića 6, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia); Kremenović, Aleksandar [Laboratory of Crystallography, Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Belgrade, Djusina 7, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Suzuki, Shigeru [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Katahira 2-1-1, Aoba-ku, 980-8577 Sendai (Japan); Hahn, Horst [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Šepelák, Vladimír [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 45, 04001 Košice (Slovakia)

    2015-10-15

    A series of nanostructured fluorite-type Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} (0≤x≤0.35) solid solutions, prepared via high-energy milling of the CeO{sub 2}/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixtures, are investigated by XRD, HR-TEM, EDS and Raman spectroscopy. For the first time, complementary information on both the long-range and short-range structural features of mechanosynthesized Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ}, obtained by Rietveld analysis of XRD data and Raman spectroscopy, is provided. The lattice parameters of the as-prepared solid solutions decrease with increasing yttrium content. Rietveld refinements of the XRD data reveal increase in microstrains in the host ceria lattice as a consequence of yttrium incorporation. Raman spectra are directly affected by the presence of oxygen vacancies; their existence is evidenced by the presence of vibration modes at ~560 and ~600 cm{sup –1}. The detailed spectroscopic investigations enable us to separate extrinsic and intrinsic origin of oxygen vacancies. It is demonstrated that mechanosynthesis can be successfully employed in the one-step preparation of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} solid solutions. - Graphical abstract: Mechanosynthesis of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} (x=0.1–0.35) solid solutions. - Highlights: • One-step mechanosynthesis of nanoscale Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} (0≤x≤0.35) solid solutions. • Complementary information on the long-range and short-range structural features of mechanosynthesized Ce{sub 1–x}Y{sub x}O{sub 2–δ} is provided. • Structural variations as a response to the yttrium doping. • Separation of extrinsic and intrinsic origin of the induced oxygen vacancies.

  17. Multiferroic properties of nanocrystalline BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.0–0.15) perovskite ceramics

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    Chaudhari, Yogesh [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425001, Maharastra (India); Department of Physics, Shri. Pancham Khemaraj Mahavidyalaya, Sawantwadi 416510, Maharastra (India); Mahajan, Chandrashekhar M. [Department of Engineering Sciences and Humanities (DESH), Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune 411 016, Maharastra (India); Singh, Amrita [Magnetics and Advanced Ceramics Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Jagtap, Prashant [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425001, Maharastra (India); Chatterjee, Ratnamala [Magnetics and Advanced Ceramics Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Bendre, Subhash, E-mail: bendrest@gmail.com [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425001, Maharastra (India)

    2015-12-01

    Ni doped BiFeO{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15) nanocrystalline ceramics were synthesized by the solution combustion method (SCM) to obtain optimal multiferroic properties. The effect of Ni doping on structural, morphological, ferroelectric, magnetic and dielectric properties of BiFeO{sub 3} was studied. The structural investigations by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern confirmed that BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics have rhombhohedral perovskite structure. The ferroelectric hysteresis measurements for BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15) compound at room temperature found to exhibit unsaturated behavior and presents partial reversal of polarization. The magnetic measurements demonstrated an enhancement of ferromagnetic property due to Ni doping in BiFeO{sub 3} when compared with undoped BiFeO{sub 3}. The variation of dielectric constant with temperature in BiFe{sub 0.9}Ni{sub 0.1}O{sub 3} and BiFe{sub 0.85}Ni{sub 0.15}O{sub 3} samples evidenced an apparent dielectric anomaly around 350 °C and 300 °C which corresponds to antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition of (T{sub N}) of BiFeO{sub 3}. The dependence of room temperature dielectric properties on frequency signifies that both dielectric constant (ε) and dielectric loss (tan δ) are the strong function of frequency. The results show that solution combustion method leads to synthesis of an excellent and reproducible BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics. - Highlights: • Synthesis of BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15) multiferroic ceramics. • Solution Combustion Method (SCM). • Ferroelectric and dielectric properties of undoped and Ni doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics. • High temperature synthesis of BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics. • First detailed report about SCM synthesized the BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics.

  18. Structure, nonstoichiometry, sintering and oxygen permeability of perovskite SrCo{sub 1−2x}(Fe,Nb){sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.05, 0.10) oxides

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    Zhang, Jin Na [College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Liaoning University of Petroleum and Chemical Technology, Fushun 113001 (China); State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023 (China); Lu, Hui, E-mail: huilu@dicp.ac.cn [Greenhouse Gas Research Center, Climate Change Technology Research Division, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of); State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023 (China); Gui, Jian Zhou [College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Liaoning University of Petroleum and Chemical Technology, Fushun 113001 (China); Kim, Jong Pyo; Son, Sou Hwan [Greenhouse Gas Research Center, Climate Change Technology Research Division, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jung Hoon, E-mail: pjhoon@kier.re.kr [Greenhouse Gas Research Center, Climate Change Technology Research Division, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-04-20

    Highlights: ► The novel Fe/Nb co-substituted SrCo{sub 1−2x}(Fe,Nb){sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.05, 0.10) oxides were characterized by the XRD, DSC, TG and SEM–EDS. ► The high structural stability of the co-substituted SrCo{sub 1−2x}(Fe,Nb){sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.05, 0.10) oxides. ► The excellent oxygen permeation performance of the co-substituted SrCo{sub 1−2x}(Fe,Nb){sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.10) membrane. -- Abstract: The novel Fe/Nb co-substituted SrCo{sub 1−2x}(Fe,Nb){sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.05, 0.10) oxides have been synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetry (TG), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD and DSC results demonstrate that the structural stability of the Fe/Nb co-substituted samples x = 0.05, 0.10 is improved greatly compared to the sample x = 0.00. The Fe/Nb co-doping in the SrCoO{sub 3−δ} oxide results in the improved structural stability of the SrCo{sub 1−2x}(Fe,Nb){sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.05, 0.10) oxides. The nonstoichiometric and sintering properties were investigated by TG and SEM, and the oxygen permeation fluxes were measured at 800–950 °C for the sample x = 0.10. The improved oxygen permeability of the ceramic SrCo{sub 1−2x}(Fe,Nb){sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.10) membrane compared to the (Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5})(Co{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2})O{sub 3−δ} and SrCo{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2}O{sub 3–δ} membranes, was observed under an air/He oxygen partial pressure gradient at 800–950 °C.

  19. Structural and magnetic investigations of CaBaCo{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 7} solid solutions

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    Turkin, D.I., E-mail: turkin@ihim.uran.ru [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg GSP-145, 620990 (Russian Federation); Bazuev, G.V. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg GSP-145, 620990 (Russian Federation); Korolev, A.V. [Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620041 Ekaterinburg GSP-145, 620999 (Russian Federation)

    2017-01-15

    Solid solutions of CaBaCo{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 7} (x=0, 0.05, 0.2, 1, 2) were synthesized by glycine-nitrate combustion process. Their structural and magnetic properties were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. In the examined range of the solid solutions, their crystal lattice symmetry changes from orthorhombic with space group Pbn2{sub 1} (00.5). The magnetic measurements revealed that even small doping (x=0.05) of the transition metal sublattice noticeably suppresses ferrimagnetism of the parent compound and induces an AF transition at 88 K. An increase in the doping concentration lowers the frustration parameter |θ{sub CW}|/T{sub C} from 17.2 (for x=0.05) to 13.7 (for x=2) and strengthens the antiferromagnetic interactions, which manifests itself in the Curie–Weiss temperature (θ{sub CW}) growth. The samples with x=0.05 and x=0.2 also show an additional magnetic transition at temperatures T{sub g} (55 and 70 K respectively). The temperature irreversibility between the ZFC and FC magnetization curves may suggest the formation of a spin-glass state below that temperature. - Highlights: • CaBaCo{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 7} solid solutions were synthesized by glycine-nitrate process. • At x=1 symmetry became hexagonal instead orthorhombic. • Fe-doping abruptly suppresses ferrimagnetism of CaBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}. • Increase of x is followed by enhancing of antiferromagnetic interactions.

  20. Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of AMn{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 3} compounds with 0{<=}x{<=}0.2

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    Omri, A., E-mail: omriaref@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquee, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, Universite de Sfax, BP 1171, Sfax 3000 (Tunisia); Bejar, M. [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquee, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, Universite de Sfax, BP 1171, Sfax 3000 (Tunisia); Sajieddine, M. [Laboratoire de Physique et Mecanique des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, BP 523, 23000, Beni-Mellal-Universite Sultan Moulay Sliman, Maroc (Morocco); Dhahri, E. [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquee, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, Universite de Sfax, BP 1171, Sfax 3000 (Tunisia); Hlil, E.K. [Institut Neel, CNRS-Universite J. Fourier, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble (France); Es-Souni, M. [University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Materials and Surface Technology, Grenzstrasse 3, Kiel (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of manganites series with the AMn{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 3} (A=La{sub 0.75}Ca{sub 0.08}Sr{sub 0.17} and x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2) composition have been investigated to shed light on Ga-doping influence. Solid-state reaction method was used for preparation. From XRD study, all samples are found single phase and crystallize in the orthorhombic structure with the Pnma space group. The variation of the magnetization M vs. temperature T, under an applied magnetic field of 0.05 T, reveals a ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition for all samples. The experimental results indicate that T{sub C} decreases from 336 to 135 K with increasing Ga substitution. Magnetocaloric effect (MCE) was estimated, in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change (-{Delta}S{sub M}), using the M(T, {mu}{sub 0}H) data and employing the thermodynamic Maxwell equation. The maximum entropy change and Relative Cooling Power (RCP) show non-monotonic behaviors with increasing the concentration of Gallium. In fact, the maximum value of {Delta}S{sub Mmax}of AMn{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 3} for x=0.00 and 0.2 samples is found to be, respectively, 2.87 and 1.17 J/kg/K under an applied magnetic field change of 2 T. For the same applied magnetic field ({mu}{sub 0}H=2 T), the RCP values are found to vary between 97.58 and 89 J/kg.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of the double perovskite BaSrCoFe{sub 1}-{sub x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 5.5} like cathode for solid oxide fuel cells; Sintesis y caracterizacion de la doble perovskita BaSrCoFe{sub 1}-{sub x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 5.5} como catodo para celdas SOFC

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    Alvarado F, J.; Avalos R, L.; Viramontes G, G. [Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Facultad de Ingenieria Electrica, Santiago Tapia 403, Morelia 58030, Michoacan (Mexico); Reyes R, A. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Chihuahua 31109, Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2013-08-01

    Have been synthesized via sol-gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction, electrical conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient, new material composites BaSrCoFe{sub 1{sub x}}Ni{sub x}O{sub 5.5} (double perovskite type) with the addition of Ni in solid solution Ni{sub x} (x = 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.1 and 0.2), as alternative cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells of intermediate temperature (Sofc-It). X-ray diffraction confirmed the formation of the tetragonal structure perovskite phase BaSrCoFe{sub 1}-{sub x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 5.5}, with the presence of small peaks identified in 2{theta} values below 30 degrees as BaCO{sub 3} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The electrical conductivity increases with the temperature between 350-470 degrees C and then decreases due to the loss of oxygen in the net, which causes differences in conductivity. Semiconductor behavior was obtained in all compositions. Thermal expansion coefficient determination, showed a linear dependence inversely proportional to the concentration of Ni. Our results of electrical conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient, reach to the conclusion that the cathodes between 0.1 and 0.2 Ni, have the greatest possibility for application in Sofc-It. (Author)

  2. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Th{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25) nanoparticles

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    Jayakumar, O.D. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Gopalakrishnan, I.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)], E-mail: ikgopal@barc.gov.in; Vinu, A. [Nano-Ionics Materials Group, Fuel Cell Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Asthana, A. [Advanced Electron Microscopy Group, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Tyagi, A.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2008-08-11

    Nanocrystalline (Th{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x})O{sub 2-{delta}} particles with different Fe concentrations (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25) have been prepared by a gel combustion method. Rietveld refinement analyses of X-ray diffraction data revealed the formation of an impurity free cubic type Th{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} structure up to x = 0.20. This observation is further confirmed from the detailed studies conducted on 10 at.% Fe doped ThO{sub 2} using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) imaging and indexing of the selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns. DC magnetization studies as a function field indicate that they are ferromagnetic with Curie temperature (T{sub c}) well above room temperature.

  3. Structural and magnetic studies of tin doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (α-Sn{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles prepared by microwave assisted synthesis

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    Bindu, K.; Nagaraja, H. S., E-mail: hosakoppa@gmail.com [Material Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Srinivasnagar, Mangalore-575 025, Karnataka (India); Chowdhury, P. [Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Surface Engineering Division, National Aerospace Laboratories, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Bangalore-560 017, Karnataka (India); Ajith, K. M. [Computational Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Srinivasnagar, Mangalore-575 025, Karnataka (India)

    2016-05-06

    Hematite (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) doped with tetravalent ions have potential applications in various fields such as gas sensors, memories, energy storage devices because of their electrical and magnetic properties. Microwave assisted synthesis was used to prepare Tin doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} [α-Sn{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 3}]. The structural and morphological studies were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD patterns revealed that α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and α-Sn{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 3} were having rhombohedral structure. The compositional study was done by Energy dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS). The magnetic properties were studied by Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM). Results shows that the prepared samples were found to be antiferromagnetic in nature and the results are discussed in detail.

  4. Exchange interactions and the state of iron atoms in Bi{sub 3}Nb{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 7−δ}

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    Chezhina, N.V., E-mail: chezhina@nc2490.spb.edu [St. Petersburg State University, 7/9 Universitetskaya Nab., 199034 (Russian Federation); Korolev, D.A. [St. Petersburg State University, 7/9 Universitetskaya Nab., 199034 (Russian Federation); Zhuk, N.A. [Syktyvkar State University (Russian Federation); Lutoev, V.P.; Makeev, B.A. [Institute of Geology Komi Scientific Center of Ural branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Syktyvkar (Russian Federation)

    2017-03-15

    On the basis of the results of magnetic susceptibility and ESR studies of the Bi{sub 3}Nb{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 7−δ} solid solutions iron atoms in the solid solutions of cubic modification of bismuth niobate were found to exist as Fe(III) monomers and exchange bound Fe(III)-O-Fe(III) dimers with antiferro- and ferromagnetic type of superexchange. The exchange parameters and the distribution of monomers and dimers in the solid solutions were calculated as a function of paramagnetic atom content. - Graphical abstract: The study of the Bi{sub 3}Nb{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 7−δ} solid solutions showed that the introduction of iron atoms into the structure of Bi{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} stabilizes the cubic structure of bismuth niobate making the phase transition tetragonal ↔ cubic structure irreversible. In the Bi{sub 3}Nb{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 7−δ} solid solutions we observe the formation of dimers with antiferro- and ferromagnetic exchange. Such clusters are partially retained even at the infinite dilution of the solid solution, which testifies for their rigidity. A sufficiently high parameter of ferromagnetic exchange in a dimer (+53 cm{sup −1}) seems to result from iron atoms being located in the vicinity of oxygen vacancy. - Highlights: • The reversible transition cubic – tetragonal modifications in Bi{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} becomes irreversible. • Only cubic modification of Bi{sub 3}Nb{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 7-δ} is stable due to clusters of Fe atoms. • These clusters are sufficiently strong and retained even at the infinite dilution. • The calculations of magnetic susceptibility give the distribution of the clusters and single atoms.

  5. Neutron diffraction analysis and electrochemical performance of spinel Ni(Mn{sub 2−x}Co{sub x})O{sub 4} as anode materials for lithium ion battery

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    Zhao, Hu; Liu, Lei; Hu, Zhongbo [College of Materials Science and Opto-Electronic Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Sun, Limei, E-mail: sunlm@ciae.ac.cn [Department of Nuclear and Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Han, Songbai; Liu, Yuntao; Chen, Dongfeng [Department of Nuclear and Physics, China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing 102413 (China); Liu, Xiangfeng, E-mail: liuxf@ucas.ac.cn [College of Materials Science and Opto-Electronic Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • The reversible capacity and cyclability of Ni(Mn{sub 2−x}Co{sub x})O{sub 4} first increases and then decreases with increasing Co content. • Neutron diffraction and Rielveld refinements are applied to analyze the site occupancies of Mn, Co, O and Ni. • Excessive Co ions in 8a and 16d sites reduce the structure stability leading to poor electrochemical performance. - Abstract: The effects of Co substitution on the structure and electrochemical performances of spinel Ni(Mn{sub 2−x}Co{sub x})O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.5, and 1.0) have been investigated. With the increase of Co content the lattice parameters decrease owing to the smaller ion radius of Co than Mn. The reversible capacity and cyclability of Ni(Mn{sub 2−x}Co{sub x})O{sub 4} first increase and then decrease with the increase of Co content and NiMn{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}O{sub 4} shows the best electrochemical performance in compared to the other two samples. Neutron diffraction and Rielveld refinement are further applied to analyze the site occupancies of the elements of Mn, Co, O and Ni. A certain amount of Co ions substitution are favorable to enhance the electrochemical performance, but excessive Co ions in 8a and 16d sites reduce the stability of host structure which leads to the poor electrochemical performance.

  6. Ferri-magnetic order in Mn induced spinel Co{sub 3−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} (0.1≤x≤1.0) ceramic compositions

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    Meena, P.L., E-mail: plmeena@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (University of Delhi), Shivaji Marg, Karampura, New Delhi 110015 (India); Sreenivas, K. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, North Campus, Delhi 110007 (India); Singh, M.R. [Technical Physics and Prototype Engineering Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400085 (India); Kumar, Ashok; Singh, S.P. [National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Beant College of Engineering and Technology, Gurdaspur, Punjab 143521 (India)

    2016-04-01

    We report structural and magnetic properties of spinel Co{sub 3−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} (x=0.1–1.0) synthesized by solid state reaction technique. Rietveld refinement analysis of X-ray diffraction (XRD) data, revealed the formation of polycrystalline single phase Co{sub 3−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} without any significant structural change in cubic crystal symmetry with Mn substitution, except change in lattice parameter. Temperature dependent magnetization data show changes in magnetic ordering temperature, indicating formation of antiferromagnetic (AFM) and ferrimagnetic (FM) phase at low Mn concentration (x≤0.3) and well-defined FM phase at high Mn concentration (x≥0.5). The isothermal magnetization records established an AFM/FM mixed phase for composition ranging 0.10.5. - Highlights: • Synthesis of single phase polycrystalline Co{sub 3−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} ceramic. • Change in magnetic ordering with varying Mn concentration. • The complex spin distribution is contributing to FM ordering with higher Mn.

  7. Enthalpies of formation of layered LiNi{sub x}Mn{sub x}Co{sub 1-2x}O{sub 2} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) compounds as lithium ion battery cathode materials

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    Masoumi, Maryam; Cupid, Damian M.; Reichmann, Thomas L.; Seifert, Hans J. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany). Inst. for Applied Materials - Applied Materials Physics; Chang, Keke; Music, Denis; Schneider, Jochen M. [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany). Materials Chemistry

    2017-11-15

    Layer-structured mixed transition metal oxides with the formula LiNi{sub x}Mn{sub x}Co{sub 1-2x}O{sub 2} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) are considered as important cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. In an effort to evaluate the relative thermodynamic stabilities of individual compositions in this series, the enthalpies of formation of selected stoichiometries are determined by high temperature oxide melt drop solution calorimetry and verified by ab-initio calculations. The measured and calculated data are in good agreement with each other, and the results show that LiCoO{sub 2}-LiNi{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} solid solution approaches ideal behavior. By increasing x, i.e. by equimolar substitution of Mn{sup 4+} and Ni{sup 2+} for Co{sup 3+}, the enthalpy of formation of LiNi{sub x}Mn{sub x}Co{sub 1-2x}O{sub 2} from the elements becomes more exothermic, implying increased energetic stability. This conclusion is in agreement with the literature results showing improved structural stability and cycling performance of Ni/Mn-rich LiNi{sub x}Mn{sub x}Co{sub 1-2x}O{sub 2} compounds cycled to higher cut-off voltages.

  8. On the role of Fe{sup 3+} ions in Fe{sub x}O{sub y}/C catalysts for hydrogen production from the photodehydrogenation of ethanol

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    Galindo-Hernández, Félix, E-mail: felixgalindo@gmail.com [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.), A.P. 20-364, México City, D.F. 01000 (Mexico); Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo (I.M.P.), Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas Norte 152 Col. San Bartolo Atepehuacan, México City, D.F. 07730 (Mexico); ESIQIE, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Col. Zacatenco, Av. Politécnico s/n, México City, D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Wang, Jin-An; Chen, Lifang [ESIQIE, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Col. Zacatenco, Av. Politécnico s/n, México City, D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Bokhimi, Xim [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.), A.P. 20-364, México City, D.F. 01000 (Mexico); Gómez, Ricardo; Pérez-Larios, Alejandro [Department of Chemistry, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, San Rafael Atlixco 186, A.P. 55-534, México City, D.F. 09340 (Mexico); Nava Entzana, Noel [Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo (I.M.P.), Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas Norte 152 Col. San Bartolo Atepehuacan, México City, D.F. 07730 (Mexico)

    2013-12-15

    Graphical abstract: In Fe{sub x}O{sub y}/C photocatalyts important effect of Fe{sup 3+} ions in the photodehydrogenation of the ethano was noticed. -- Highlights: • Iron oxides supported on carbon are photoactive catalysts. • Photoactivity in dehydrogenation of ethanol depends of the amount of Fe{sup 3+} ions present in the catalysts. • The capacity of UV–vis absorbance by the Fe{sub x}O{sub y}/C catalysts is significantly dependent of the amount of Fe{sup 3+} ions. • A maximum of rate constant, K = 2125 μmol h{sup −1}, was obtained from the sample with 30 wt% Fe. -- Abstract: Fe{sub x}O{sub y}/C photocatalysts at different iron content were prepared by the incipient wet impregnation method and calcined at 773 K. The photocatalysts were characterized by means of nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherms, surface fractal dimension, non-local density functional theory, X-ray diffraction, Rietveld refinement and UV–vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated using the photodehydrogenation of ethanol as a model reaction for the production of hydrogen. The specific surface areas of Fe{sub x}O{sub y}/C substrates, with 15, 20 and 30 wt% iron content, diminished from 638 to 490 m{sup 2}/g, as the iron content increased. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that iron oxides coexist as wustite and magnetite in samples with Fe contents of 15 and 20 wt%; for sample with 30 wt% Fe, wustite, magnetite and hematite phases were observed. The photophysical, textural and structural properties were modified by the hematite phase formed by thermal treatment. The Rietveld refinements denoted changes in occupancy of Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} in Fe{sub x}O{sub y} crystallites. A relationship between the Fe{sup 3+} ions content and the reactivity for the hydrogen production from the photodehydrogenation of ethanol (from 1360 to 2125 μmol h{sup −1}), was evidenced.

  9. Adsorption mechanisms of lithium oxides (Li{sub x}O{sub 2}) on a graphene-based electrode: A density functional theory approach

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    Lee, Ji Hye [Department of Organic Material Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, 2, Busandaehak-ro 63beon gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Sung Gu [Office of Strategic Foresight, Korea Institute of S& T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), 68, Mabang-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-717 (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Hye Sook [Department of Organic Material Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, 2, Busandaehak-ro 63beon gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hyun [Global Core Research Center for Ships and Offshore Plants (GCRC-SOP), Pusan National University, 2 Busandaehak-ro 63beon gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Il Tae, E-mail: itkim@gachon.ac.kr [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Gachon University, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do 461-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Seung Geol, E-mail: seunggeol.lee@pusan.ac.kr [Department of Organic Material Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, 2, Busandaehak-ro 63beon gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • Lithium oxide (Li{sub x}O{sub 2}) adsorption mechanisms onto a graphene-based electrode. • The adsorption energy of LiO{sub 2} on graphene (−0.450 eV). • Li{sub 2}O{sub 2} revealed that the parallel configurations (−0.630 to −0.611 eV) were more stable. • The energy bands in the Li{sub 2}O{sub 2}@graphene system were shifted down. - Abstract: We computationally modeled the adsorptive behavior of O{sub 2}, Li, LiO{sub 2}, and Li{sub 2}O{sub 2} on graphene using density functional theory (DFT) in an effort to understand the mechanisms by which lithium oxides (Li{sub x}O{sub 2}) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) products adsorb onto graphene-based electrodes during lithium–air battery operation. O{sub 2} weakly adsorbed onto graphene with a binding energy of −0.111 to −0.089 eV, whereas Li strongly adsorbed onto graphene with relatively large binding energy of −1.079 to −0.774 eV. The LiO{sub 2} formation energy (−2.453 eV) was much lower than the LiO{sub 2} adsorption energy (−0.450 eV) on graphene, indicating that after Li and O{sub 2} had associated, LiO{sub 2} adsorbed onto the graphene surface. Among the various Li{sub 2}O{sub 2} adsorption configurations, the parallel configurations in which Li{sub 2}O{sub 2} was oriented along the graphene axis (−0.630 to −0.611 eV) were more favorable than the perpendicular configurations (−0.513 to −0.475 eV). Consequently, more charges were transferred from Li to graphene in a parallel orientation.

  10. Characterization of catalysts Rh and Ni/Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} for hydrogen production by ethanol steam reforming; Caracterisation de catalyseurs Rhodium et Nickel/ Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} pour la production d'hydrogene par vaporeformage de l'ethanol

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    Birot, A

    2005-07-01

    This work concerned a study on catalytic behaviour of metallic catalysts (Rh or Ni) supported on earth rare oxides Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} in ethanol steam reforming in order to produce hydrogen. Catalyst 1%Rh/Ce0,50Zr0,50O{sub 2} showed a good activity with a good hydrogen yield. We turned a study onto understanding inter-conversion reaction between H{sub 2}, CO and CO{sub 2} which lead to CH{sub 4} formation. We also studied intrinsic properties of catalysts. We confirmed basic character of catalysts and a good hydrogenation activity. A good activity in CO hydrogenation allowed to evidence a necessity to use a catalyst which is less active in hydrogenation reaction and with a basic character in order to improve hydrogen yield. (author)

  11. Dopant spin states and magnetism of Sn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Punnoose, A., E-mail: apunnoos@boisestate.edu; Dodge, Kelsey; Reddy, K. M.; Franco, Nevil; Chess, Jordan; Eixenberger, Josh [Department of Physics, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho 83725-1570 (United States); Beltrán, J. J. [Department of Physics, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho 83725-1570 (United States); Grupo de Estado Sólido, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No 52-21, Medellín (Colombia); Barrero, C. A. [Grupo de Estado Sólido, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No 52-21, Medellín (Colombia)

    2014-05-07

    This work reports detailed investigations of a series of ∼2.6 nm sized, Sn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} crystallites with x = 0–0.10 using Mossbauer spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR), and magnetometry to determine the oxidation state of Fe dopants and their role in the observed magnetic properties. The magnetic moment per Fe ion μ was the largest ∼6.48 × 10{sup −3} μ{sub B} for the sample with the lowest (0.001%) Fe doping, and it showed a rapid downward trend with increasing Fe doping. Majority of the Fe ions are in 3+ oxidation state occupying octahedral sites. Another significant fraction of Fe dopant ions is in 4+ oxidation state and a still smaller fraction might be existing as Fe{sup 2+} ions, both occupying distorted sites, presumably in the surface regions of the nanocrystals, near oxygen vacancies. These studies also suggest that the observed magnetism is not due to exchange coupling between Fe{sup 3+} spins. A more probable role for the multi-valent Fe ions may be to act as charge reservoirs, leading to charge transfer ferromagnetism.

  12. Mn induced ferromagnetism spin fluctuation enhancement in Sr{sub 2}Ru{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4}

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    Zheng, Long; Cai, Jinzhu; Xie, Qiyun; Lv, Bin [Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Mao, Z.Q. [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 (United States); Wu, X.S., E-mail: xswu@nju.edu.cn [Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2013-09-15

    We establish that Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4} is extremely close to incommensurate spin density wave instability. With increasing Mn content, the RuO{sub 6} octahedron in the unit cell varies. The octahedron of RuO{sub 6} contracts along c-axis for x<0.20, Mn element mainly showing the +3 chemical valence (Mn{sup 3+}), and it expands along c-axis with further increasing Mn content (x>0.20), and Mn element shows the +4 chemical valence (Mn{sup 4+}). Spin-glass-related ferromagnetism enhancement is observed for x>0.20, which indicates the critical ferromagnetic spin fluctuation due to Mn doping in Sr{sub 2}Ru{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4}. - Highlights: • The chemical valence of Mn ions changed from Mn{sup 3+} to Mn{sup 4+} with the increase of Mn content. • Spin-glass-related ferromagnetism enhancement behavior is observed. • The electrical resistivity can be fitted using Mott's variable-range hopping model. • The evolution of octahedron with increase of Mn content is given. • The spin fluctuation effect plays an important role in the magnetic property.

  13. Magnetization reversal and tunable exchange bias in GdCr{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0−0.50)

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    Dash, Bibhuti B.; Ravi, S., E-mail: sravi@iitg.ernet.in

    2017-05-01

    Single phase samples of GdCr{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0−0.50) were prepared and their magnetic properties were studied by measuring temperature and field variations of magnetization. The Neel temperature, T{sub N} is found to decrease from T{sub N}=174 K for x=0 to 91 K for x=0.50. The magnetization reversal persists upto 5 at% of Mn substitution with a magnetic compensation temperature, T{sub comp} of 136 K and 139 K for x=0 and 0.05 respectively. However, spin reorientation induced magnetization reversal emerges for x=0.40 and 0.50 samples around 30 K. Tunable positive and negative exchange bias fields in the range of −1.0 kOe to +1.6 kOe have been observed. The origin of magnetization reversal and exchange bias field is explained in terms of antiparallel alignment of canted ferromagnetic component of Cr{sup 3+} ions and the paramagnetic moments of Gd{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 3+} ions under the influence of negative internal field due to antiferromagnetically ordered Cr{sup 3+} ions. - Highlights: • Magnetization reversal and bipolar switching in Mn substituted GdCrO{sub 3} • Tunable exchange bias field in the range of −1.0 kOe to +1.6 kOe. • Low temperature spin reorientation transition is observed.

  14. Anomalous Hall effect in Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4}: Universal scaling law and electron localization below the Verwey transition

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    Jedrecy, N., E-mail: jedrecy@insp.jussieu.fr; Hamieh, M.; Hebert, C.; Escudier, M.; Becerra, L.; Perriere, J. [Institut des Nano Sciences de Paris, UPMC-Sorbonne Universités, CNRS-UMR7588, 4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France)

    2016-08-15

    We show that the well-established universal scaling σ{sub xy}{sup AHE} ∼ σ{sub xx}{sup 1.6} between anomalous Hall and longitudinal conductivities in the low conductivity regime (σ{sub xx} < 10{sup 4} Ω{sup −1} cm{sup −1}) transforms into the scaling σ{sub xy}{sup AHE} ∼ σ{sub xx}{sup 2} at the onset of strong electron localization. The crossover between the two relations is observed in magnetite-derived Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} thin films where an insulating/hopping regime follows a bad metal/hopping regime below the Verwey transition temperature T{sub v}. Our results demonstrate that electron localization effects come into play in the anomalous Hall effect (AHE) modifying significantly the scaling exponent. In addition, the thermal evolution of the anomalous Hall resistivity suggests the existence of spin polarons whose size would decrease below T{sub v}.

  15. Epitaxial Fe{sub 3-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 4} films from magnetite to ulvöspinel by pulsed laser deposition

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    Droubay, T.C.; Pearce, C.I.; Ilton, E.S.; Engelhard, M.H.; Engelhard, M.H.; Heald, S.M.; Arenholz, E.; Rosso, K.M.

    2011-07-21

    Epitaxial films along the Fe{sub 3-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 4} (titanomagnetite) compositional series from pure end-members magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) to ulvöspinel (Fe{sub 2}TiO{sub 4}) were successfully grown by pulsed laser deposition on MgO(100) substrates. Spectroscopic characterization including high resolution x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and synchrotron-based x-ray absorption and magnetic circular dichroism consistently shows that Ti(IV) substitutes for Fe(III) in the inverse spinel lattice with a proportional increase in lattice Fe(II) concentration. No evidence of Ti interstitials, spinodal decomposition, or secondary phases was found in the bulk of the grown films. At the uppermost few nanometers of the Ti-bearing film surfaces, evidence suggests that Fe(II) is susceptible to facile oxidation, and that an associated lower Fe/Ti ratio in this region is consistent with surface compositional incompleteness or alteration to a titanomaghemite-like composition and structure. The surface of these films nonetheless appear to remain highly ordered and commensurate with the underlying structure despite facile oxidation, a surface condition that is found to be reversible to some extent by heating in low oxygen environments.

  16. Magnetic properties and potential barrier between crystallites model of MgGa{sub 2-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 4} ceramics

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    Ribeiro, V.A. dos S.; Rubinger, R.M.; Oliveira, A.F.; Mendonca, C.S.P.; Silva, M.R. da, E-mail: vanderalkmin@gmail.com, E-mail: rero@unifei.edu.br, E-mail: adhimarflavio@unifei.edu.br, E-mail: sales.claudiney21@gmail.com, E-mail: mrsilva@unifei.edu.br [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), MG (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica e Quimica

    2016-10-15

    The aim of this work was to investigate the magnetic properties and the electrical conductivity temperature dependence associated to the potential barrier between the crystallites model. Gallium and magnesium containing spinel ceramic has low magnetic coercivity and high electrical resistivity. MgGa{sub 2-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 4} samples (x= 0.01, 0.05, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35) were prepared by solid-state method and sintered at 800 °C for 8 h. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of a single phase with compact cubic spinel structure. The magnetic measurements show that the saturation magnetization and remanence of all samples increased with increasing iron concentration. The coercive field decreased up to the concentration x= 0.15, and above x= 0.25 it was observed an increase in the coercive field. Through electrical characterization it was found that the samples presented highly insulating behavior for x= 0.01, and further increase in x above 0.15 gives a semiconductor behavior compatible with the potential barrier between the crystallites model, i.e. fulfills the condition L/2 > L{sub D} (crystallite size L in comparison with the Debye length L{sub D}), and the conduction is limited by potential barriers between the crystallites. (author)

  17. Carrier compensation mechanism in heavily Nb-doped anatase Ti{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 2+{delta}} epitaxial thin films

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    Nogawa, H; Chikamatsu, A; Hirose, Y; Hasegawa, T [Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Nakao, S [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Kumigashira, H; Oshima, M, E-mail: chikamatsu@chem.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2011-09-14

    We investigated the electronic structures of anatase Ti{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 2+{delta}} (TNO) thin films as a function of Nb concentration x using photoemission spectroscopy (PES) measurements to elucidate the origin of the abrupt decrease in carrier activation in heavily Nb-doped regime. The existing intensity ratio of Nb{sup 5+} evaluated from Nb 3d core-level PES spectra maintained a constant value of {approx}0.8 at x = 0.06-0.3, implying that electron carriers generated by Nb doping are compensated by p-type defects. Ti 2p-3d and O1s-2p resonant PES measurements of x = 0.06-0.3 films revealed that the in-gap states positioned {approx}1 eV below the Fermi level (E{sub F}) have a mixed character of Ti 3d and O 2p orbitals, whereas the states at E{sub F} mainly have a Ti 3d nature. We proposed a carrier compensation mechanism that interstitial oxygen atoms strongly combined with surrounding Nb atoms kill conduction electrons in heavily Nb-doped anatase TiO{sub 2}.

  18. Preparation and characterization of sol-gel derived (Th{sub x}Ce{sub 1-x})O{sub 2} microspheres

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    Cetinkaya, Berkan; Tel, Hueseyin [Ege Univ., Izmir (Turkey). Inst. of Nuclear Sciences

    2018-04-01

    (Th{sub x}Ce{sub 1-x})O{sub 2} microspheres (x = 0.50, 0.75 and 0.95) with high homogeneity were prepared via sol-gel technique, starting from the initial chemical materials Th(NO{sub 3}){sub 4} . 5H{sub 2}O and (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}[Ce(NO{sub 3}){sub 6}]. The sols were prepared by addition of ammonia under pH and temperature control. Sols were gelated to spherical form in a gelation system consisting of peristaltic pump, flow regulator, nozzle and a glass column. To obtain crack-free spheres suitable for gelation, source sols neutralization conditions, drop formation and pre-hardening medium were investigated and the optimum conditions were determined. After aging, washing and drying steps, gel microspheres were characterized. For this purpose, thermal behaviors of spheres were investigated with TG/DTA analysis. Dried microspheres at 80 C were calcined at three different temperatures, namely 450 C, 800 C and 1150 C, and crystal parameters were calculated from XRD data. BET specific surface area and BJH porosity analyses were also carried out.

  19. Ferroelectric domains and phase evolution in (Fe:) KTa{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} crystals

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    Zhao, Hongyang; Cai, Kang; Fan, Ziran; Huang, Zhideng [Hubei Key Laboratory of Plasma Chemistry and Advanced Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, 693 Xiongchu Road, Wuhan 430073 (China); Ma, Zhibin, E-mail: mazb@wit.edu.cn [Hubei Key Laboratory of Plasma Chemistry and Advanced Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, 693 Xiongchu Road, Wuhan 430073 (China); Jia, Tingting; Kimura, Hideo [National Institute for Materials Science, Sengen 1-2-1, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Yang, Yuguo [New Materials Research Institute, Shandong Academy of Sciences, No. 19, Keyuan Road, Jinan 250014 (China); Matsumoto, Takao; Tohei, Tetsuya; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi [Institute of Engineering Innovation, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2017-08-15

    Highlights: • Three phase transitions were observed: the R–O, O–T, T–C evolutions. • KTN ferroelectric domain switching is because of the nano-polar-regions. • The domain evolution showed KTN has triangle shape, but Fe: KTN has straight line. - Abstract: The domain structures and phase evolution in mixed ferroelectric (Fe): KTa{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} (KTN) crystals were investigated. Temperature dependent Raman spectra show that Curie temperatures of KTN and Fe: KTN are far below room temperature, but the ferroelectric domain switching was still visualized by scanning probe microscopy at room temperature. These observed domains origin from the nano-regions near the grain boundaries. In addition, the intrinsic domains (triangle for KTN and straight line/stripe for Fe: KTN) could only be observed at low temperature by transmission electron microscopy. Three phase transitions in Fe: KTN crystals were found by Raman spectroscopy and dielectric testing: 175 K for Rhombohedral-to-Orthorhombic (R–O), 210 K for Orthorhombic-to-Tetragonal (O–T) and 250 K for Tetragonal-to-Cubic (T–C), which is consistent with the domain behavior.

  20. Perturbed angular correlation study of {sup 181}Ta-doped PbTi{sub 1-x}Hf{sub x}O{sub 3} compounds

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    Alonso, R.E., E-mail: alonso@fisica.unlp.edu.ar [Instituto de Fisica La Plata, CONICET (Argentina); Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CC-67, CP 1900 La Plata (Argentina); Lopez Garcia, A.R. [Instituto de Fisica La Plata, CONICET (Argentina); Rubia, M.A. de la [Departamento de Electroceramica, Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio (CSIC), Kelsen 5, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Departamento de Fisica Aplicada a las Tecnologias de la Informacion, ETSI Telecomunicacion (UPM), Ciudad Universitaria s/n 28040 Madrid (Spain); De Frutos, J. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada a las Tecnologias de la Informacion, ETSI Telecomunicacion (UPM), Ciudad Universitaria s/n 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-07-01

    In this work, the hyperfine quadrupole interaction at Ta-doped PbTi{sub 1-x}Hf{sub x}O{sub 3} polycrystalline samples is studied for the first time. Powders with x=0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis. Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) analyses were done as a function of temperature, using low concentration {sup 181}Ta nuclei as probes. In the ferroelectric and paraelectric phases of these compounds two sites were occupied by the probes. For each site the quadrupole frequency, asymmetry and relative distribution width parameters were obtained as a function of temperature above and below the Curie temperature (T{sub C}). One of these sites was assigned to the regular Ti-Hf site, while the other one was assigned to some kind of defect. The behavior of the hyperfine parameters as a function of temperature was analyzed in terms of a recent published phase diagram and the presence of disorder below and above T{sub C}. For the three compositions measured, the obtained hyperfine parameters present discontinuities which correspond to the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition. In both phases it was found broad frequency distributed interactions. The disorder in the electronic distribution would be responsible for the broad line width of the hyperfine interaction.

  1. Effect of swift heavy ion irradiation on structural and magnetic properties of GdFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x≤0.2) thin films

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    Kaur, Pawanpreet [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P. 177005 (India); Sharma, K.K., E-mail: kknitham@gmail.com [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P. 177005 (India); Pandit, Rabia [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P. 177005 (India); Choudhary, R.J. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research at Indore, M.P. 452 001 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Material Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P 177005 (India)

    2016-01-15

    The present work reports the effect of Ni doping and 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} ion irradiation on the structural and magnetic properties of GdFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x≤0.2) thin films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) substrate by pulse laser deposition (PLD). From the XRD patterns ‘c-axis’ oriented growth in the pristine films is noticed, whereas after irradiation amorphization in the films is noticed. The atomic force microscopic (AFM) images reveal the increase in surface roughness with doping and irradiation as well. The irreversibility in the zero field cooled and field cooled magnetic curves indicates to the possibility of magnetic disorder in all the pristine as well as irradiated samples. Magnetization has been found to decrease with increasing Ni{sup 3+} ion substitution at room temperature whereas an enhancement in magnetization is noticed after ion irradiation for all the films. The disparity in the magnetic properties of pristine GdFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (0.0≤x≤0.2) orthoferrites thin films can be correlated to the difference in hybridization in transition metal ion and O{sup 2−} ion orbitals. However, presence of strains caused by the columnar defects is responsible for the change in structural, morphological and magnetic properties in the irradiated samples. - Highlights: • ‘c-axis’ oriented GdFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x≤0.2) thin films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} substrate. • Thin films have been irradiated by 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} ions. • Presence of columnar defects have been estimated using SRIM. • Magnetic disorder in all the film samples have been seen at lower temperatures. • Structural and magnetic characteristics altered with doping and ion irradiation.

  2. Tuning of cu doping on phase transition and high-field phase diagram of Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3}

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    Shang, C. [Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Xia, Z.C., E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn [Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Wei, M.; Jin, Z.; Chen, B.R.; Shi, L.R. [Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Ouyang, Z.W. [Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Huang, S.; Xiao, G.L. [Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2016-10-15

    Pulsed high magnetic fields up to 52 T have been used in the systematic investigation of the magnetic properties of manganites Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤0.15). The Cu-doping dependent first-order metamagnetic transitions are observed below the charge ordering temperature, which is ascribed to both Cu-doping and field-induced collapse of the charge ordering with antiferromagnetic phase. Based on the magnetization and electrical transport measurements, a three-dimensional phase diagram with coordinate axis of temperature, magnetic field, and doping level has been obtained, in which the critical fields of the metamagnetic transitions increase with the increase in Cu content and decrease with increasing temperature. The experimental results confirm that Mn-site substitution with Cu destroys the Mn{sup 3+}–O{sup 2−}–Mn{sup 4+} bridges and weakens the double exchange interaction between Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} ions, which shows an obvious tuning effect on the metamagnetic transition under the external magnetic field. - Highlights: • Tuning effect of Cu-doping on the properties of Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3} was studied. • First-order metamagnetic transition was observed under high magnetic fields. • A phase diagram with temperature, magnetic field and doping level was obtained. • Cu-doping weakens the ferromagnetic coupling in Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3}.

  3. Interaction of Ce{sub 1−x}Er{sub x}O{sub 2−y} nanoparticles with SiO{sub 2}-effect of temperature and atmosphere

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    Kepinski, L., E-mail: L.Kepinski@int.pan.wroc.pl; Krajczyk, L.; Mista, W.

    2014-01-15

    Morphology, microstructure and phase evolution of homogeneous, nanocrystalline Ce{sub 1−x}Er{sub x}O{sub 2−x/2} mixed oxide (x=0.3 and 0.5), prepared by microemulsion method, supported on amorphous SiO{sub 2} was studied in oxidizing and reducing atmosphere by XRD, TEM, SEM-EDS and N{sub 2} adsorption. The system is structurally and chemically stable in the oxidizing atmosphere up to 1000 °C, exhibiting only a small increase of the mean crystallite size of the oxide to ∼4 nm. At 1100 °C formation of Er silicate with unusual structure isomorphic with y-Y{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} (yttrialite), stabilized by Ce{sup 4+} ions was observed. In the reducing atmosphere the Ce{sub 1−x}Er{sub x}O{sub 2−x/2} reacted with SiO{sub 2} already at 900 °C, due to high affinity of the reduced Ce{sup 3+} to form a silicate phase. At higher temperature the silicate crystallized into the tetragonal, low temperature A-(Ce{sub 1−x}Er{sub x}){sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} polymorph. Such systems, containing nanocrystalline silicate particles with Er{sup 3+} ions placed in well defined sites embedded in silica matrix, may be interesting as highly efficient active components of optical waveguides amplifiers integrated with Si microelectronics. The nanocrystalline Ce–Er–O/SiO{sub 2} system prepared by the impregnation of the silica with the aqueous solution of nitrates appeared to be chemically inhomogeneous and less stable in both oxidising and reducing atmosphere. - Graphical abstract: Structure evolution of Ce{sub 0.5}Er{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} in air and in H{sub 2}. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Homogeneous 3 nm Ce{sub 1−x}Er{sub x}O{sub 2−y} particles were prepared and uniformly dispersed on SiO{sub 2}. • Er diffusion to SiO{sub 2} determines the stability of the mixed oxide in air to ∼1000 °C. • Spreading of Ce{sub 1−x}Er{sub x}O{sub 2−y} onto SiO{sub 2} occurs in hydrogen at 900 °C. • Nanocrystalline A-(Ce,Er){sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} silicate forms in H

  4. Thorium effect on the oxidation of uranium: Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) investigation on (U{sub 1−x}Th{sub x})O{sub 2} (x = 0 to 1) thin films

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    Cakir, P., E-mail: pelincakir@outlook.com [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, P.O. Box 2340, D-76125, Karlsruhe (Germany); Department of Radiation Science and Technology, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629, JB Delft (Netherlands); Eloirdi, R.; Huber, F. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, P.O. Box 2340, D-76125, Karlsruhe (Germany); Konings, R.J.M. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, P.O. Box 2340, D-76125, Karlsruhe (Germany); Department of Radiation Science and Technology, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629, JB Delft (Netherlands); Gouder, T. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, P.O. Box 2340, D-76125, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2017-01-30

    Highlights: • XRD and XPS data of U{sub x}Th{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} films are in agreement with data obtained on bulk. • Oxygen affinity of thorium is much stronger than uranium. • Oxidation of uranium decreases as a function of thorium in the matrix. • XPS made pre and post CV shows thorium enrichment indicating a protective layer. • Higher initial uranium content is directly proportional to higher oxidation states. - Abstract: Thin films of U{sub 1−x}Th{sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0 to 1) have been deposited via reactive DC sputter technique and characterized by X-ray/Ultra-violet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), X-ray Powder Diffractometer (XRD) and Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) in order to understand the effect of Thorium on the oxidation mechanism. During the deposition, the competition between uranium and thorium for oxidation showed that thorium has a much higher affinity for oxygen. Deposition conditions, time and temperature were also the subject of this study, to look at the homogeneity and the stability of the films. While core level and valence band spectra were not altered by the time of deposition, temperature was affecting the oxidation state of uranium and the valence band due to the mobility increase of oxygen through the film. X-ray diffraction patterns, core level spectra obtained for U{sub 1−x}Th{sub x}O{sub 2} versus the composition showed that lattice parameters follow the Vegard's law and together with the binding energies of U-4f and Th-4f are in good agreement with literature data obtained on bulk compounds. To study the effect of thorium on the oxidation of U{sub 1−x}Th{sub x}O{sub 2} films, we used CV experiments at neutral pH of a NaCl solution in contact with air. The results indicated that thorium has an effect on the uranium oxidation as demonstrated by the decrease of the current of the oxidation peak of uranium. XPS measurements made before and after the CV, showed a relative enrichment of thorium at the extent of uranium at

  5. Study of the effect of different mixed supports on the catalytic activity and the structure of Bi{sub 2}Mo{sub x}W{sub 1-x}O{sub 6} catalysts; Estudio del efecto de diferentes soportes mixtos en la actividad catalitica y las caracteristicas estructurales de catalizadores de Bi{sub 2}Mo{sub x}W{sub 1-x}O{sub 6}

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    Rangel, R.; Cervantes L, J. L.; Espino, J. [Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, Division de Estudios de Posgrado, 58060 Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico); Nunez G, R. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Unidad Merida, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Bartolo P, P. [Universidad de Sonora, Departamento de Matematicas, 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Gomez C, A.; Diaz, G., E-mail: rrangel@umich.mx [UNAM, Instituto de Fisica, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2014-07-01

    A series of Bi{sub 2}Mo{sub x}W{sub 1-x}O{sub 6} catalysts supported on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2}, SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2} and activated carbon were synthesized. The aim was to compare the different supports and calcination temperature of catalysts, studying their efficiency and activation temperature in the CO oxidation reaction. The catalysts active phase, Bi{sub 2}Mo{sub x}W{sub 1-x}O{sub 6} was made by means of chemical precipitation procedure starting from high purity (NH{sub 4}){sub 6}Mo{sub 7}O{sub 24}·4H{sub 2}O, (NH{sub 4}){sub 6}W{sub 12}O{sub 6}·H{sub 2}O, Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·5H{sub 2}O compounds, which afterwards, were supported on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2}, SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2} and activated carbon through impregnation. The catalysts characterization was carried out by means of X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy and surface area determination (Bet method). Regarding the catalytic activity the Bi{sub 2}Mo{sub x}W{sub 1-x}O{sub 6}/carbon activated compound synthesized at 500 grades C was the best catalyst being activated at 125 grades C reaching 90% conversion. It is concludes that was observed an effect of calcination temperature and the support on the different values reached for the catalytic activity. (Author)

  6. Characterization and magnetic properties of SrTi{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} nanoparticles prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Karaphun, Attaphol [Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Hunpratub, Sitchai; Phokha, Sumalin [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Rajabhat Udon Thani University, Udon Thani 41000 (Thailand); Putjuso, Thanin [Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin Wang Klai Kangwon Campus, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 (Thailand); Swatsitang, Ekaphan, E-mail: ekaphan@kku.ac.th [Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand)

    2017-01-01

    SrTi{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanoparticles were prepared by the hydrothermal method. All as-prepared samples were annealed at 800 °C for 3 h in argon to study the annealing effect on their magnetic properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) were used to study the crystalline structure, morphology, oxidation state and magnetic properties of samples. XRD results indicate a cubic perovskite structure of all samples with the impurity phase of SrCO{sub 3} in all as-prepared samples and Ni metal in annealed samples of x=0.10 and 0.15. SEM and TEM images confirmed a cubic shape for all samples with decreasing average particle sizes from 136.8±4.7 to 126.2±6.9 nm for annealed samples upon Ni doping. XANES results revealed the existence of Ni metal in sample of x=0.05 with the oxidation state of +2 for Ni ion in a SrTi{sub 0.95}Ni{sub 0.05}O{sub 3} sample. XPS results indicated the promotion of oxygen vacancies. VSM results revealed a paramagnetic behavior at room temperature of all as-prepared samples. Ni-doped samples exhibited ferromagnetic behavior after annealing in argon with the Curie temperature (T{sub C}) above 380 K for a sample with x=0.05 as shown by field cooling (FC) and zero-field cooling (ZFC) measurements. The room temperature ferromagnetism (RT-FM) of ferromagnetic samples was suggested to be originated from Ni metal and F-center exchange (FCE) mechanism due to the promotion of oxygen vacancies in the perovskite structure.

  7. Magnetic properties of NdMn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3+δ} (0≤x≤0.3) system

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    Mihalik, Matúš, E-mail: matmihalik@saske.sk [Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice (Slovakia); Mihalik, Marián [Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice (Slovakia); Fitta, M.; Bałanda, M. [Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Kraków (Poland); Vavra, M. [Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice (Slovakia); P.J. Šafárik University, Moyzesova 11, 041 54 Košice (Slovakia); Gabáni, S.; Zentková, M. [Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Košice (Slovakia); Briančin, J. [Institute of Geotechnics SAS, Watsonova 45, 043 53 Košice (Slovakia)

    2013-11-15

    We have studied the effect of Fe for Mn substitution on magnetic properties of NdMn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3+δ} compounds. Our heat capacity, AC susceptibility and magnetization measurements revealed that the transition from paramagnetic to magnetically ordered state of the Mn sublattice decreases linearly from T{sub N}=74.9 K to T{sub N}=49 K with doping up to x=0.25. The ordering temperature T{sub 1} of Nd sublattice varies in a non-monotonous way in the temperature range 11–16 K. For x=0.3, the ordering of the Mn/Fe sublattice is residual, while the magnetism in Nd sublattice seems to be intact. The broad maximum in heat capacity C(T) at about 10 K was ascribed by 2-level Schottky contribution (Δ=21(1) K) for x=0, but this description failed for Fe-doped samples. An upturn of C(T) at temperatures below 0.5 K was observed on NdMnO{sub 3} and can be accounted to nuclear contribution. A more detailed study of AC susceptibility performed on samples with x=0.1 and 0.2 revealed a shift of both peaks to higher temperature with increasing frequency. The compensation temperature and a large negative field-cooled magnetization was observed for concentrations x=0.2 and x=0.25. - Highlights: • Fe substitution into NdMnO{sub 3} compound decreases T{sub N} by 10 K for 10% of Fe. • In this compound: Nd and Mn ions both order magnetically. • “Butterfly-type” hysteresis loops in the ordered state.

  8. Structural study of CaMn{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 3} (0.08 ≤ x ≤ 0.12) system by neutron powder diffraction

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    Supelano, G.I., E-mail: ivan.supelano@uptc.edu.co [Grupo Física de Materiales, Escuela de Física, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Tunja (Colombia); Parra Vargas, C.A.; Barón-González, A.J. [Grupo Física de Materiales, Escuela de Física, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Tunja (Colombia); Sarmiento Santos, A. [Grupo Superficies Electroquímica y Corrosión, Escuela de Física, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Tunja (Colombia); Frontera, C. [Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, CSIC, Campus Universitari de Bellaterra, E-08193, Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain)

    2016-08-15

    Neutron powder diffraction experiments and magnetic measurements in polycrystalline CaMn{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.08, 0.10, 0.12) point towards a possible charge and orbital order in this system. The analysis of structural and magnetic data show that the samples present structural phase transformation from Pnma to P2{sub 1}/m space group and the system has a C-type antiferromagnetic configuration at low temperature. A detailed analysis of the bond distances signals a small Jahn-Teller distortion of only one (x = 0.08) or of the two Mn ions (x = 0.10, 0.12). We identify the partially occupied e{sub g} orbitals and this explains the C-type magnetic structure. - Highlights: • CaMn{sub 1−x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.08, 0.10, 0.12) is investigated by neutron powder diffraction. • Analysis of individual Mn-O distances demonstrates the apparition of orbital order. • By symmetry analysis, we find that the low temperature magnetic structure is C-type. • Magnetic interactions foreseen by the orbital order explain the magnetic structure.

  9. Multiferroics BiMn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of various structural, physical, electrical and dielectric parameters

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    Ahmad, Bashir [Institute of Chemical Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan); Raissat, Rabia [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing (China); Mumtaz, Saleem [Institute of Chemical Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan); Ahmad, Zahoor [Department of Chemistry, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore 54890 (Pakistan); Sadiq, Imran [Center for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan); Ashiq, Muhammad Naeem, E-mail: naeembzu@bzu.edu.pk [Institute of Chemical Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan); Najam-ul-Haq, Muhammad [Institute of Chemical Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan)

    2017-07-01

    Graphical abstract: Effect of frequency on the dielectric constant of “BiMn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3}” nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Microemulsion method has been used for the synthesis. • Crystallite size range from 32 to 52 nm. • Electrical resistivity increased from 6 × 10{sup 8} to 8 × 10{sup 9} Ω cm. • The increase in resistivity make these materials for microwave devices. - Abstract: The aluminium substituted bismuth based manganates with nominal composition BiMn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8) were prepared by the simple microemulsion method. The alteration in their structural, electrical and dielectric parameters due to Al substitution has been investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) confirms the formation of single phase orthorhombic with crystallite size ranges from 32 to 52 nm. The morphological features and particle size were determined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The dc electrical resistivity increased from 6 × 10{sup 8} to 8 × 10{sup 9} Ω cm with the increase in substituent concentration. The dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent and dielectric loss factor decreased with the increase in frequency. The increase in electrical resistivity makes the synthesized materials paramount over other materials and can be useful for technological applications in microwave devices.

  10. Optical properties of SrAl{sub 2−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 4−x}N{sub x}:Eu{sup 2+}, Dy{sup 3+} phosphors for AC-LEDs

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    Li, Bowen; Xie, Qidi; Qin, Huanhui [School of Applied Physics and Materials, Wuyi University, Jiangmen, Guangdong 529020 (China); Zhang, Mei, E-mail: zmjenny@163.com [School of Applied Physics and Materials, Wuyi University, Jiangmen, Guangdong 529020 (China); He, Xin; Long, Yongbing [School of Applied Physics and Materials, Wuyi University, Jiangmen, Guangdong 529020 (China); Xing, Lusheng [LED Institute, Wuyi University, Jiangmen, Guangdong 529020 (China)

    2016-09-15

    Series of green emitting SrAl{sub 2−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 4−x}N{sub x}:Eu{sup 2+}, Dy{sup 3+} phosphors have been synthesized via a high temperature solid-state method. The effects of (SiN){sup +} on phase structural, emission and excitation spectra and decay curves were investigated systematically. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that the maximum amount of solubility is about x = 0.10. The emission wavelength can be red-shifted from 509 to 515 nm with increasing (SiN){sup +} concentration. Meanwhile, the average lifetime of samples are shortened from 845.86 to 765.34 ms, which can appropriately compensate for the AC time gap and the emission color of AC-LEDs will be improved. Finally, we use these phosphors and near UV-chips to fabricate LEDs, which show more stable luminescence properties accompanying with the decrease of the luminous efficiency as the (SiN){sup +} content increases. - Highlights: • The incorporation of (SiN){sup +} can shift the emission spectra to a long wavelength. • The color purity of SrAl{sub 2−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 4−x}N{sub x}:Eu{sup 2+}, Dy{sup 3+} phosphor can be improved to 48.65%. • The performance of pc-LEDs confirms (SiN){sup +} can improve the stable of phosphors.

  11. Effect of doping with magnetic 3D-elements on the thermal fluctuations and critical parameters of CaLaBaCu{sub 3-x}(Ni,Co){sub x}O{sub 7-{delta}} superconductors

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    Rojas Sarmiento, M.P.; Landinez Tellez, D.A. [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 14490, Bogota DC (Colombia); Roa-Rojas, J. [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 14490, Bogota DC (Colombia)], E-mail: jroar@unal.edu.co

    2008-07-15

    Systematic measurements on conductivity fluctuation in the CaLaBaCu{sub 3-x}(Ni,Co){sub x}O{sub 7-{delta}} system are reported. Samples with x=0, 0.03, 0.06, 0.09, 0.12, 0.15 and 0.18 were prepared by the standard solid-state reaction recipe. Results of resistivity measurements reveal a linear-like decreasing of the critical temperature T{sub c} with progressive substitution of magnetic elements Ni and Co into the Cu crystallographic sites. From the fluctuation analysis, above and close to T{sub c}, we found the occurrence of three- and two-dimensional Gaussian fluctuation regimes. Closer to T{sub c}, a genuinely critical regime is observed. On the Ginzburg-Landau formalism, from the reduced temperature of the three-dimensional Gaussian region and the mean field critical temperature, we have experimentally obtained the Ginzburg number for the CaLaBaCu{sub 3-x}(Ni,Co){sub x}O{sub 7-{delta}} material. Then, critical magnetic field, critical current density and the jump in the specific heat at the critical temperature are calculated. Critical parameters are strongly affected by the doping with magnetic ions.

  12. A study of magnetoplumbite-type (M-type) cobalt-titanium-substituted barium ferrite, BaCo{sub x}Ti{sub x}Fe{sub 12-2x}O{sub 19} (x = 1-6)

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    Teh, G.B. [Department of Bioscience and Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 53300 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)], E-mail: tehgb@mail.utar.edu.my; Saravanan, N. [Department of Bioscience and Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 53300 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Jefferson, D.A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (United Kingdom)

    2007-10-15

    Cobalt(II)-titanium(IV)-substituted barium ferrite forming the chemical formula of BaCo{sub x}Ti{sub x}Fe{sub 12-2x}O{sub 19} (x = 1-6) have been investigated using X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD), Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The specimen of magnetoplumbite (M-type) Co-Ti-substituted BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} were synthesised via sol-gel method using ethylene glycol as precursor. Significant increase in line broadening of the XRD patterns were observed indicating the decrease of particle sizes due to the Co(II)-Ti(IV) substitution. BaCo{sub 3}Ti{sub 3}Fe{sub 6}O{sub 19} showed the highest coercivity but moderate saturation and remnant magnetisations. HRTEM imaging showed that Co(II)-Ti(IV) substitution in the system of BaCo{sub x}Ti{sub x}Fe{sub 12-2x}O{sub 19} (x = 1-6) produced no drastic change in the structure of the M-type ferrites. Most of the M-types crystals examined by HRTEM displayed a long axis perpendicular to the c-axis of the M-type structure. Disordered crystals showing the intergrowth between Co-Ti-substituted barium ferrite and the spinel-structured iron oxide were detected.

  13. Synthesis and physical properties of the CuFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} (0 ≤ x ≤ 2) solid solution

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    Helaïli, N. [Laboratory of Storage and Valorization of Renewable Energies, Faculty of Chemistry, U.S.T.H.B., BP 32 El-Alia, 16111 Algiers (Algeria); Centre of Research in Physical and Chemical Analysis (CRAPC), BP 248, RP 16004 Algiers (Algeria); Bessekhouad, Y., E-mail: ybessekhouad@yahoo.fr [Laboratory of Storage and Valorization of Renewable Energies, Faculty of Chemistry, U.S.T.H.B., BP 32 El-Alia, 16111 Algiers (Algeria); National Veterinary High School, BP 161-El Harrach, Algiers (Algeria); Bachari, K. [Centre of Research in Physical and Chemical Analysis (CRAPC), BP 248, RP 16004 Algiers (Algeria); Trari, M. [Laboratory of Storage and Valorization of Renewable Energies, Faculty of Chemistry, U.S.T.H.B., BP 32 El-Alia, 16111 Algiers (Algeria)

    2014-12-15

    The CuFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} (0 ≤ x ≤ 2) solid solutions have been prepared by direct solid state reaction and the dependence of optical, electrical and electrochemical properties on the composition has been investigated. All samples exhibited the formation of a unique cubic phase irrespective of the composition with crystallite sizes on the order of 44 nm. Mn is localized in both octahedral and tetrahedral sites, and forms Mn{sup 3+}–O{sup 2−} complexes. The CuFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} system exhibits a p-type conductivity with indirect transition band gaps that decrease from 1.54 to 1.28 eV. Charge transport occurs either between Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} or Mn{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 3+} ions in B-sites according to the x value, and the conduction mechanism is controlled by small polaron hopping with a thermal activation of the mobility (μ), which is in the order of ∼10{sup −5} cm{sup 2} V{sup −1}s{sup −1} and does not depend on x. The conduction bands are particularly affected by the Mn introduction and the potentials can shift by as much as 0.5 eV. Finally, the CuFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} system was used as a bulk electrode in a photoelectrochemical cell and as a microphotoelectrode for H{sub 2}-production. CuFe{sub 1.6}Mn{sub 0.4}O{sub 4} demonstrates the best quantum conversion efficiency in terms of electricity (η = 0.21) and H{sub 2}-production (η{sup ∗} = 1.59). - Highlights: • The CuFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} (0 ≤ x ≤ 2) solid solutions have been prepared by solid state reaction. • CuFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} system exhibits p-type conductivity with indirect transition band gaps. • The charge transport occurs either between Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} or Mn{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 3+} ions in B-sites. • CuFe{sub 1.6}Mn{sub 0.4}O{sub 4} demonstrates the best quantum conversion efficiency {η"∗(H_2) = 1.59}.

  14. Study of structural and transport properties of nanostructured CeO{sub 2}, Ce{sub 1-x}Ru{sub x}O{sub 2} and Ce{sub 1-x}In{sub x}O{sub 2} thin films

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    Rangel, R.; Chavez-Chavez, L. [Division de Estudios de Posgrado, Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Michoacana de S.N.H. (Mexico); Martinez, E. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, S.C. (CIMAV), Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Bartolo-Perez, P. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, CINVESTAV-IPN, Merida, Yucatan (Mexico)

    2012-06-15

    The present work reports for the first time thin films prepared from Ce{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O{sub 2-{delta}} (M = Ru, In) solid solutions for application as gas sensors. The CeO{sub 2}, Ce{sub 0.95}Ru{sub 0.05}O{sub 2} and Ce{sub 0.95}In{sub 0.05}O{sub 2} thin films were prepared by means of the RF sputtering process onto Si (111) substrates. The deposition conditions were carried out at 500 C varying the deposition time. Targets were prepared via sol-gel process starting from C{sub 6}H{sub 9}O{sub 6}In, Ru{sub 3}(CO){sub 12} and Ce(C{sub 2}H{sub 3}O{sub 2}){sub 3} . 1.5H{sub 2}O compounds and using a ceramic method to consolidate them. The samples were characterized by means of XRD, SEM, and AFM. Their thickness was measured using a profilometer. The results herein obtained regarding the microstructure and transport properties indicate that these materials can be used as gas sensors. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Comparison among structural characteristics of Ce{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} nanocatalysts obtained by two methods of distinct synthesis; Comparacao entre as caracteristicas estruturais dos nanocatalisadores Ce{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} obtidos por dois metodos de sintese distintos

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    Neiva, L.S.; Bispo, A.; Santos, P.T.A.; Costa, A.C.F.M.; Gama, L., E-mail: lucianna@dema.ufcg.edu.b [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Mascarenhas, A.J.S. [Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, BA (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2009-07-01

    The objective this work is to synthesize nano catalysts Ce{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} type by the synthesis methods of the combustion reaction and Pechini. The value of the concentration (x) of the element dope (Cu) varies between 0,1 and 0,5 mols. It intends evaluate that form the synthesis method influences in the physical structural characteristics of this material. nano catalysts were characterized by ray- X diffraction. The results showed nano catalysts formation with a formed structure for the most part by the phase CeO{sub 2}, as it was expected, since this is the hostess matrix of the element dope (Cu). Nano catalysts obtained by the method Pechini presents crystallinity larger deg, according with patterns of ray-X. Thus, it was concluded that synthesis employee method the kind in the methodology, as well as the value of the concentration of the element dope has influence on the final structural characteristics of the developed material. (author)

  16. Doping dependent magnetism and exchange bias in CaMn{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 3} manganites

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    Markovich, V., E-mail: markoviv@bgu.ac.il; Gorodetsky, G. [Department of Physics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 84105 Beer-Sheva (Israel); Fita, I. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Aleja Lotnikow 32/46, PL-02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Donetsk Institute for Physics and Technology, National Academy of Sciences, 83114 Donetsk (Ukraine); Wisniewski, A.; Puzniak, R. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Aleja Lotnikow 32/46, PL-02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Mogilyansky, D. [The Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105 (Israel); Naumov, S. V.; Mostovshchikova, E. V.; Telegin, S. V. [Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch of RAS, Kovalevskaya Street 18, Ekaterinburg 620990 (Russian Federation); Jung, G. [Department of Physics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 84105 Beer-Sheva (Israel); Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Aleja Lotnikow 32/46, PL-02-668 Warsaw (Poland)

    2014-09-07

    Magnetic properties of CaMn{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) have been investigated, and the research was focused on the exchange bias (EB) phenomenon in CaMn{sub 0.93}W{sub 0.07}O{sub 3}. Magnetic ground state was found to be dependent on tungsten doping level and the following states were distinguished: (i) G-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) state with a weak ferromagnetic (FM) component at x = 0 and 0.04; (ii) mostly orbitally ordered C-type AFM at x = 0.07 and 0.1. For the studied manganites, spontaneous magnetization increases sharply with increasing doping level reaching M{sub 0} ≈ 9.5 emu/g at T = 10 K for x = 0.04, and then decreases rapidly reaching zero for x = 0.1. Exchange bias effect, manifested by vertical and horizontal shifts in the hysteresis loop for field cooled sample, has been observed in CaMn{sub 0.93}W{sub 0.07}O{sub 3}. Exchange bias field, coercivity, remanence asymmetry, and magnetic coercivity depend strongly on temperature, cooling field, and maximal measuring field. Horizontal and vertical shifts of magnetization loop sharply decrease with increasing temperature and vanish above 70 K, whereas coercivity and magnetic coercivity disappear only above 100 K (temperature of transition to the G-type AFM state). The exchange bias field H{sub EB} increases with increasing cooling field H{sub cool} and goes through a broad maximum at 40 kOe, while the remanence asymmetry increases monotonously in the entire investigated cooling field range, up to 50 kOe. For the compound with x = 0.07, the size of the FM regions ≈2 nm was estimated from the dependence of exchange bias field H{sub EB} upon H{sub cool}. It is suggested that the exchange bias originates from interface exchange coupling between small FM clusters and the G-type AFM phase inside the primary C-type orbitally ordered AFM phase.

  17. Monodisperse Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} nanospheres: Metal-ion-steered size/composition control mechanism, static magnetic and enhanced microwave absorbing properties

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    Jiang, Kedan, E-mail: 17858961652@163.com [College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Liu, Yun, E-mail: liuyun650403@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Pan, Yefei, E-mail: 3083780256@qq.com [College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Wang, Ru, E-mail: 631081137@qq.com [College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Hu, Panbing, E-mail: 1036855954@qq.com [College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); He, Rujia, E-mail: 634185782@qq.com [College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Zhang, Lingli, E-mail: 786510121@qq.com [College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Tong, Guoxiu, E-mail: tonggx@zjnu.cn [College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • A metal-ion-steered solvothermal method for synthesizing Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} nanospheres. • Proposing an in situ-reduction, coordination-precipitation transformation mechanism. • Investigating size- and composition-dependent static magnetic properties. • Investigating size- and composition-dependent microwave absorbing properties. - Abstract: An easy metal-ion-steered solvothermal method was developed for the one-step synthesis of monodisperse, uniform Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} polycrystalline nanospheres with tunable sphere diameter (40–400 nm) and composition (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.245) via changing just Ni{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} molar ratio (γ). With g increased from 0:1 to 2:1, sphere diameter gradually decreased and crystal size exhibited an inversed U-shaped change tendency, followed by increased Ni/Fe atom ratio from 0% to 0.0888%. An in situ-reduction, coordination-precipitation transformation mechanism was proposed to interpret the metal-ion-steered growth. Size- and composition-dependent static magnetic and microwave absorbing properties were systematically investigated. Saturation magnetization declines with g in a Boltzmann model due to the changes of crystal size, sphere diameter, and Ni content. The coercivity reaches a maximum at γ = 0.75:1 because of the critical size of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} single domain (25 nm). Studies on microwave absorption reveal that 150–400 nm Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanospheres mainly obey the quarter-wavelength cancellation model with the single-band absorption; 40–135 nm Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} nanospheres (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.245) obey the one and three quarter-wavelength cancellation model with the multi-band absorption. 150 nm Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanospheres exhibit the optimal EM wave-absorbing property with an absorbing band of 8.94 GHz and the maximum R{sub L} of −50.11 dB.

  18. Magneto-optical properties BaBi{sub x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12−2x}O{sub 19} (0.0≤x≤0.5) hexaferrites

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    Auwal, I.A. [Department of Chemistry, Fatih University, 34500 B.Çekmece, İstanbul (Turkey); Baykal, A., E-mail: hbaykal@fatih.edu.tr [Department of Chemistry, Fatih University, 34500 B.Çekmece, İstanbul (Turkey); Güner, S. [Department of Physics, Fatih University, 34500 B.Çekmece, İstanbul (Turkey); Sertkol, M. [Department of Physics Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey); Sözeri, H. [TUBITAK-UME, National Metrology Institute, P.O. Box 54, 41470 Gebze, Kocaeli (Turkey)

    2016-07-01

    BaBi{sub x}La{sub x}Fe{sub (12−2x)}O{sub 19} (0.0≤x≤0.5) hexaferrites were synthesized by solid state synthesis route and the effects of Bi, La substitutions on structural, magnetic and optical properties were investigated. X-ray powder diffraction, Scanning electron microscopy, Vibrating sample magnetometer, and Percent diffuse reflectance spectroscopy were used to study the physical properties. Room temperature specific magnetization (M–H) curves revealed the ferromagnetic nature of all products. The increasing Bi, La compositions increased the magnetic properties at different magnitudes with respect to undoped BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} sample. The maximum values of remnant specific magnetization (M{sub r}=30.3 emu/g), extrapolated specific saturation magnetization (M{sub s}=62.12 emu/g), and magneton number (n{sub B}=16.27) were recorded from BaBi{sub 0.2}La{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 11.4}O{sub 19} hexaferrite. The average crystallite size varies in a range of (37.35–51.36) nm. The coercive field (H{sub c}) of undoped hexaferrites is 1180 Oe and increased to maximum 2320 Oe belonging to BaBi{sub 0.4}La{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 11.2}O{sub 19}. Magnetic anisotropy was confirmed as uniaxial and calculated effective anisotropy constants (K{sub eff}) are between 4.27×10{sup 5} Ergs/g and 5.05×10{sup 5} Ergs/g. The high magnitudes of magnetocrystalline anisotropy (H{sub a}) above than 16,200 Oe revealed that all samples are magnetically hard materials. The Tauc plots were drawn to extrapolate the direct optical energy band gap (E{sub g}) of hexaferrites. The E{sub g} values decreased from 1.76 eV to 1.47 eV with increasing Bi, La compositions. - Highlights: • BaBi{sub x}La{sub x}Fe{sub (12−2x)}O{sub 19} (0.0≤x≤0.5) hexaferrites were synthesized by solid state synthesis route. • The E{sub g} values decreased from 1.76 eV to 1.47 eV with increasing Bi, La compositions. • BaBi{sub xx}La{sub xx}Fe{sub 12-2x}O{sub 19} hexaferrites good candidate for potential applications

  19. Second order magnetic phase transition and scaling analysis in iron doped manganite La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} compounds

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    Ginting, Dianta [Department of Applied Physics and Institute of Natural Sciences, Kyung Hee University, Yong-in 446-701 (Korea, Republic of); Nanto, Dwi [Physics Education, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta 15412 (Indonesia); Denny, Yus Rama [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Banten 42435 (Indonesia); Tarigan, Kontan [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mercu Buana University, Jakarta-Barat, Jakarta 11650 (Indonesia); Hadi, Syamsul [Department of Mechanical Engineering, State Polytechnic of Malang, East Java 65100 (Indonesia); Ihsan, Mohammad [PSTBM-BATAN, Kawasan Puspiptek Serpong, Tangerang Selatan, Banten 15314 (Indonesia); Institute of Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW 2522 (Australia); Rhyee, Jong-Soo, E-mail: jsrhyee@khu.ac.kr [Department of Applied Physics and Institute of Natural Sciences, Kyung Hee University, Yong-in 446-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-01

    We investigated magnetic properties of La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.09 and 0.11) compounds in terms of isothermal magnetization analysis and scaling behavior with various critical exponents. From the Landau theory of magnetic phase transition, we found that the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition in La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.09 and 0.11) compounds is the type of second order magnetic transition (SOMT), which contrary to the first order magnetic transition (FOMT) for low Fe-doped compounds (x<0.09) in previous reports. When we investigate the critical behavior of the compounds near T=T{sub c} by the modified Arrott plot, Kouvel–Fisher plots, and critical isothermal analysis, the estimated critical exponents β, γ, and δ are in between the theoretically predicted values for three-dimensional Heisenberg and mean-field interaction models. It is noteworthy that the scaling relations are obeyed in terms of renormalization magnetization m=ε{sup −β}M(H,ε) and renormalized field h=|ε|{sup β+γ}H. Temperature-dependent effective exponents β{sub eff} and γ{sub eff} correspond to the ones of disordered ferromagnets. It is shown that the magnetic state of the compounds is not fully described by the conventional localized-spin interaction model because the ferromagnetic interaction has itinerant character by increasing Fe-doping concentration. - Highlights: • The ferromagnetic phase transition is of second order in La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}. • The critical exponents are in between the 3D Heisenberg and mean-field models. • The ferromagnetic interaction becomes more itinerant by Fe-doping.

  20. Synthesis and luminescent properties of Sr{sub 2}Gd{sub 6.8}Eu{sub 1.2}Si{sub 6(1−x)}P{sub 6x}O{sub 26} oxyapatites

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    Ishchenko, A.V., E-mail: a-v-i@mail.ru [Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Zuev, M.G. [Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Vasin, A.A. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Yagodin, V.V.; Viktorov, L.V.; Shulgin, B.V. [Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    The solid solutions Sr{sub 2}Gd{sub 6.8}Eu{sub 1.2}Si{sub 6(1−x)}P{sub 6x}O{sub 26−δ} (where x=0–0.15 and δ is oxygen nonstoichiometry) were synthesized. The structural properties of the crystal lattice of the solid solutions and the peculiarities of Eu{sup 3+} and P{sup 5+} dopants substitution for matrix ions have been considered. The photo-, X-ray and pulsed cathode luminescence properties have been studied. It has been found that substitution of (SiO{sub 4}){sup 4−} by (PO{sub 4}){sup 3−} tetrahedron in Eu{sup 3+}-doped oxyapatites does not bring significant changes to bands structure Eu{sup 3+} in luminescence spectra under different excitation (UV, X-ray, pulse cathode beam). However, the increase of P{sup 5+} concentration in Sr{sub 2}Gd{sub 6.8}Eu{sub 1.2}Si{sub 6(1−x)}P{sub 6x}O{sub 26–δ} compounds leads to a decrease of integral intensity of Eu{sup 3+} luminescence bands due to local environment symmetry modifications and covalency degree changes. Two nonequivalent optical Eu{sup 3+} centers have been found. These compounds are of interest for efficient X-ray phosphors, display devices and LED engineering material creation. - Highlights: • The luminescence properties were studied upon UV, X-ray and pulse cathode beam. • P{sup 5+} doping of Sr{sub 2}Gd{sub 6.8}Eu{sub 1.2}Si{sub 6}O{sub 26} leads to luminescence intensity reduction. • At least two types of optical centers formed by Eu{sup 3+} ions were found. • The structural features of Sr{sub 2}Gd{sub 6.8}Eu{sub 1.2}Si{sub 6(1−x)}P{sub 6x}O{sub 26} were reported. • Partial replacement of Si by P does not change the Sr{sub 2}Gd{sub 6.8}Eu{sub 1.2}Si{sub 6}O{sub 26} structure.

  1. Random spin configurations of Co cations in LaCo{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 < x {<=} 0.20) perovskite oxides: Magnetic and transport properties

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    Lopez, M.L., E-mail: marisal@quim.ucm.es [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica I, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Arillo, M.A.; Alvarez-Serrano, I.; Martin, P.; Rodriguez, E.; Pico, C.; Veiga, M.L. [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica I, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-04-15

    Perovskite-type cobaltites LaCo{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 < x {<=} 0.20) were synthesised by the liquid mix technique and structurally characterised by X-ray diffraction and neutron powder diffraction. This system can be regarded as LaCoO{sub 3}-derived by means of partial substitution of trivalent cobalt ions by Mg{sup 2+}. This doping is accompanied by the stabilization of the correspondent amount of Co{sup 4+} cations as it has been established from ICP, thermogravimetric and neutron diffraction results. The title materials behave as semiconductors up to 800 K. Above this temperature they show a transition to the metallic state. Magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements show weak ferromagnetic interactions at 5 K which has been interpreted taking into account disordered spin configurations for the cobalt cations.

  2. Photoluminescence of Eu{sup 2+}-doped CaMgSi{sub 2x}O{sub 6+2x} (1.00{<=}x{<=}1.20) phosphors in UV-VUV region

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    Zhang Zhiya [Department of Materials Science, School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang Yuhua [Department of Materials Science, School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)], E-mail: wyh@lzu.edu.cn

    2008-03-15

    Alkaline-earth silicate phosphors CaMgSi{sub 2x}O{sub 6+2x}:Eu{sup 2+} (1.00{<=}x{<=}1.20) were prepared by traditional solid-state reaction. The phosphors showed an intense blue emission centered around 453 nm, with both 254 and 147 nm excitations. The host absorption below 200 nm in the excitation spectra consisted of two bands around 160 and 190 nm. The band around 160 nm was ascertained to be associated with the SiO{sub 4}-tetrahedra and MgO{sub 6}-polyhedra, and that around 190 nm was due to the CaO{sub 8}-polyhedra or some impurities. The incorporation of excess Si of less than 15% would not lead to formation of impurities and the results indicated that an appropriate Si excess could improve the Photoluminescence (PL) intensity in both ultraviolet (UV) and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) regions.

  3. Synthesis, electrical and thermal properties of Bi{sub 4}V{sub 2-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 11} (x=0.0 and 0.02) ceramics

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    Sahu, S.; Jangid, S.; Roy, M. [Department of Physics, M. L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur-313002 (Rajasthan) (India); Barbar, S. K. [Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei-10617, Taiwan (China)

    2013-02-05

    Polycrystalline ceramic samples of Bi{sub 4}V{sub 2-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 11} (x=0.0 and 0.02) have been synthesized by standard solid state reaction method. The formation of the compounds has been verified by room temperature (RT) X-ray diffraction. The frequency and temperature dependent dielectric constant of both the compounds have been measured. The dielectric studies indicate that the materials are highly lossy. The dc conductivity of the materials has been measured as a function of temperature from RT to 653K and their activation energies were calculated using Arrhenius relation {sigma} = {sigma}{sub Masculine-Ordinal-Indicator }exp)-Ea/kT). The heat capacity and heat flow of both the compounds were determined as a function of temperature using Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC).

  4. Structural and electrochemical properties of La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}Ga{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}

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    Mori, Kazuhiro [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 590-0494 (Japan)], E-mail: kmori@rri.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Onodera, Yohei [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 590-0494 (Japan); Kiyanagi, Ryoji; Richardson, James W. [Intense Pulsed Neutron Source Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Itoh, Keiji; Sugiyama, Masaaki [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 590-0494 (Japan); Kamiyama, Takashi [Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Fukunaga, Toshiharu [Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 590-0494 (Japan)

    2009-02-21

    Mixed ionic-electronic conductor of Fe doped lanthanum gallate, La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}Ga{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}, has been studied by the dc four-probe method and the neutron powder diffraction. In the electrical conductivity measurement at RT, insulator-metal transition-like phenomenon was observed at around x{approx}0.35; this suggests an existence of the percolation limit for the electronic conductivity. Simultaneously, a bond length between O atoms, l{sub O-O}, in a MO{sub 6} octahedron (M=Ga{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}) drastically expands over x{approx}0.4, according to the result of crystal structure refinement based on the hexagonal phase. Such a drastic expansion in the l{sub O-O} would induce the decrease in the oxygen ionic conductivity.

  5. Synthesis of SrCo {sub x} Ti {sub x} Fe{sub (12-2{sub x})}O{sub 19} through sol-gel auto-ignition and its characterisation

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    Thompson, Simon [Chemistry and Physics, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NS (United Kingdom); Shirtcliffe, Neil J. [Chemistry and Physics, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NS (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: neil.shirtcliffe@ntu.ac.uk; O' Keefe, Eoin S. [QinetiQ, Farnborough, Hampshire (United Kingdom); Appleton, Steve [QinetiQ, Farnborough, Hampshire (United Kingdom); Perry, Carole C. [Chemistry and Physics, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NS (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: carole.perry@ntu.ac.uk

    2005-04-15

    Cobalt-titanium-doped strontium hexaferrites SrCo {sub x} Ti {sub x} Fe{sub (12-2{sub x})}O{sub 19} were synthesised via a sol-gel route using two different complexing agents (ethylene glycol and citric acid). Both routes led to quite pure undoped Sr ferrites, but the citric acid route formed purer doped materials. All synthesised materials consisted of particles smaller than 1 {mu}m, which is the size of a single magnetic domain, and various doping levels were achieved with the final elemental composition being within the bounds of experimental error. The materials synthesised using citric acid were compared with materials synthesised by a solid-state route using ferromagnetic resonance measurements and they were identical within experimental error. Citrate auto-ignition synthesis is more rapid and less prone to contamination than the standard solid-state method and doping levels can be easily varied between runs.

  6. Neutron powder diffraction investigation on the crystal and magnetic structure of (Ho{sub 0.50+x}Ca{sub 0.50-x})(Mn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x})O{sub 3}

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    Martinelli, A; Ferretti, M [SPIN-CNR, Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Castellano, C [Dipartimento di Chimica Strutturale e Stereochimica Inorganica, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Via C Venezian 21, 20133 Milano (Italy); Cimberle, M R; Masini, R [IMEM-CNR, Via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova (Italy); Ritter, C, E-mail: alberto.martinelli@spin.cnr.it [Institute Laue-Langevin, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2011-10-19

    The crystal and magnetic structure of (Ho{sub 0.50+x}Ca{sub 0.50-x})(Mn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x})O{sub 3} (x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03) has been investigated between 5 and 300 K by means of neutron powder diffraction followed by Rietveld refinement and dc magnetic measurements. During cooling an orthorhombic to monoclinic phase transition occurs on account of the charge and orbital ordering taking place in the Mn sub-lattice; at low temperature phase separation takes place and the main monoclinic phase coexists with a secondary orthorhombic phase, whose amount slightly increases with the increase of Cr content. Cr{sup 3+} is not involved in orbital ordering or superexchange interactions. The charge and magnetic ordering are decoupled: the Mn moments order according to a CE-type structure in all samples. (paper)

  7. Studies on charge transport in Al–doped La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} manganites

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    Rathod, Jalshikhaba S. [C.U. Shah Technical Institute of Diploma Studies, C.U. Shah University, Surendranagar 363030 (India); Keshvani, M.J. [B.H. Gardi College of Engineering and Technology, Rajkot 361162 (India); Department of Physics, Saurashtra University, Rajkot 360005 (India); Solanki, P.S.; Pandya, D.D.; Kataria, Bharat; Shah, N.A. [Department of Physics, Saurashtra University, Rajkot 360005 (India); Kuberkar, D.G., E-mail: dgkuberkar@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Saurashtra University, Rajkot 360005 (India)

    2015-12-01

    In this communication, we report the results of the studies on the effect of non-magnetic Al{sup 3+}-doping on structure and properties of La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} (LCMAO) manganites synthesized by conventional solid state reaction (SSR) route. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) data confirms the single phasic nature of the samples without any detectable impurities. All the samples exhibit metal to insulator transition (T{sub P}) which decrease with increase in Al{sup 3+} doping concentration while it increases with applied magnetic field. To understand the nature of charge transport in metallic and insulating regions of resistivity, various models and mechanisms have been used to fit the observed experimental data.

  8. Preparation of nanospinels NiMn{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} using sol-gel method and their applications on removal of azo dye from aqueous solutions

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    Khosravi, Iman [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad 917791436 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yazdanbakhsh, Mohammad, E-mail: myazdan@um.ac.ir [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad 917791436 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Goharshadi, Elaheh K. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad 917791436 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Nano Research, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad 91799 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Youssefi, Abbas [Par -e- Tavous Research Institute, Mashhad 91000 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-11-01

    Highlights: {yields} The nanospinels, NiMn{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 1), prepared by Sol-gel method. {yields} The nanospinels prepared, have been used for removal of approximately 90% of reactive blue 5 within 1 min. {yields} The degradation of RB5 dye, follows merely an adsorption process. - Abstract: In this paper, nanospinels NiMn{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 1) were prepared by sol-gel method in the presence of nitrate-metal-ethylene glycol (EG) polymerized complex. The nanospinels were characterized using thermogravimetry analysis (TGA), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The adsorption of an azo dye, reactive blue 5 (RB5), from water was determined using the prepared nanospinels. The effect of operational parameters such as the initial dye concentration, the concentration of nanospinels, temperature, and pH on the degradation of dye was investigated. The adsorption process follows second-order kinetics and Arrhenius behavior. Two common models, the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms were used to investigate the interaction of dye and nanospinels. The isotherm evaluations revealed that the Freundlich model provides better fit to the experimental data than that of the Langmuir model. The photocatalytic degradation of RB5 at pH 1 under UV irradiation was examined. The results showed that the degradation of RB5 dye follows merely an adsorption process.

  9. Synthesis, magnetic and dielectric characterization of nanocrystalline solid solutions of In{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15)

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    Ahmad, Tokeer, E-mail: tahmad3@jmi.ac.in [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India); Khatoon, Sarvari [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India); Coolahan, Kelsey [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 (United States)

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: Monophasic and crystalline In{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} nanoparticles of size 8–15 nm have been synthesized solvothermally and showed red shift in energy band gap which decreases on increasing Ni{sup 2+} concentration in In{sub 2}O{sub 3} host lattice. - Highlights: • Monophasic Ni-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles by solvothermal method for first time. • Plausible reaction mechanism using thermogravimetric analysis. • High surface area with small particle size obtained. • Solid solutions exhibit paramagnetism with very weak antiferromagnetic interactions. - Abstract: In{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solvothermal method by the thermal decomposition of oxalate precursor at 450 °C for the first time. X-ray diffraction studies showed the formation of highly crystalline and monophasic cubic structure of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} which is attributed to the formation of solid solution. These nanoparticles show good optical transmittance in the visible region. Optical measurements showed an energy band gap which decreases with increasing Ni concentration. The grain size decreases from 15 nm to 8 nm and surface area increases from 90 to 254 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} on increasing the Ni concentration. High dielectric constant and dielectric loss has been obtained which indicates the conducting nature of these solid solutions. Magnetic measurements showed that the samples are strong paramagnetic in nature with very weak antiferromagnetic interactions. No evidence of ferromagnetism is observed for these solid solutions at room temperature.

  10. Optical and magnetic properties of solid solutions of In{sub 2-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} (0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanoparticles

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    Khatoon, Sarvari [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India); Coolahan, Kelsey; Lofland, Samuel E. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 (United States); Ahmad, Tokeer, E-mail: tahmad3@jmi.ac.in [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India)

    2012-12-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Monophasic Mn-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles by solvothermal method for first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Plausible reaction mechanism and kinetics study using thermogravimetric analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Highest surface area obtained so far as compared to the literature report. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Particle size decreases with increasing Mn concentration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High degree of optical transparency ({approx}95%) is observed. - Abstract: Mn-doped indium oxide (In{sub 2-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles (7-12 nm) with x = 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15 have been synthesized by solvothermal method using oxalate precursor route for the first time. Powder X-ray diffraction studies showed the formation of monophasic cubic structure of In{sub 2-x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} solid solutions. X-ray diffraction and UV-visible reflectance studies revealed that Mn{sup 2+} ions are doped into the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} lattice. Reflectance measurements showed red shift in an energy band gap which decreases with an increase in the Mn concentration. Maximum surface area of 768 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} is obtained for In{sub 1.85}Mn{sub 0.15}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. Magnetization measurement revealed that all the samples are paramagnetic in nature with very weak antiferromagnetic interactions.

  11. Structural and magnetic properties of polycrystalline La{sub 0.77}Sr{sub 0.23}Mn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.5) manganites

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    El-Hagary, M. [Physics Department, College of Science, Qassim University, P.O. 6644, 51452 Buryadh (Saudi Arabia); Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, TU Wien, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10, A-1040 Vienna (Austria)], E-mail: magelhagary@yahoo.com; Shoker, Y.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Helwan, Cairo (Egypt); Mohammad, S. [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, TU Wien, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10, A-1040 Vienna (Austria); Moustafa, A.M. [National Research Center, Dokki, Giza (Egypt); El-Aal, A. Abd [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Helwan, Cairo (Egypt); Michor, H.; Reissner, M.; Hilscher, G. [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, TU Wien, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10, A-1040 Vienna (Austria); Ramadan, A.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Helwan, Cairo (Egypt)

    2009-01-22

    The effect of the substitution for Mn with Cu in the polycrystalline La{sub 0.77}Sr{sub 0.23}Mn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.5) manganites upon the structural and magnetic properties has been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and magnetization measurements. The results indicate that replacing Mn by Cu in La{sub 0.77}Sr{sub 0.23}Mn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3} system led to a change in crystal structure at room temperature from rhombohedral phase (R-3c space group) to orthorhombic phase (Pmna space group) at x {>=} 0.3. Paramagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition at Curie temperature, T{sub C}, is observed. It was found that substitution of Cu on the Mn site causes a reduction in T{sub C}. The analysis of the crystallographic data suggested a strong correlation between structural and magnetism, for instance a relationship between a distortion of the MnO{sub 6} octahedron and the reduction in the Curie temperature. At x {>=} 0.3 the spin glass-like behaviour is evidence by a cup in the temperature-dependent magnetization, M(T), curves due to the appearance of antiferromagnetic (AFM) superexchange interaction imposed with ferromagnetic (FM) double exchange (DE) interaction. The variation of the effective magnetic moment, {mu}{sub eff}, upon Cu-doping level at B-site is analyzed in terms of structure phase transition. Magnetization at lower temperatures is less in the doped samples and decreases with increasing the Cu contents. A reduction in the saturated magnetic moments with increasing of the Cu substitution is observed in the concentration range x = 0-0.2.

  12. Catalytic oxidation of n-hexane promoted by Ce{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} catalysts prepared by one-step polymeric precursor method

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    Araújo, Vinícius D., E-mail: dantas@ursa.ifsc.usp.br [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Lima, Maurício M. de [Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales, Universidad de Valencia, E-46071 Valencia (Spain); Fundación General, Universitat de Valencia, Valencia (Spain); Cantarero, Andrés [Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales, Universidad de Valencia, E-46071 Valencia (Spain); Bernardi, Maria I.B. [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Bellido, Jorge D.A. [CAP-Engenharia Química, Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei – UFSJ, São João Del-Rei, MG (Brazil); Assaf, Elisabete M. [Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Balzer, Rosana; Probst, Luiz F.D. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina – UFSC, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC (Brazil); Fajardo, Humberto V. [Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto – UFOP, 35400-000 Ouro Preto, MG (Brazil)

    2013-11-01

    Ceria-supported copper catalysts (Ce{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2}, with x (mol) = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10) were prepared in one step through the polymeric precursor method. The textural properties of the catalysts were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rietveld refinement, N{sub 2}-physisorption (BET surface area), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), UV–visible diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence spectroscopies and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR). In a previous study ceria-supported copper catalysts were found to be efficient in the preferential oxidation of CO. In this study, we extended the catalytic application of Ce{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} systems to n-hexane oxidation and it was verified that the catalysts were highly efficient in the proposed reaction. The best performance (up to 95% conversion) was observed for the catalysts with low copper loads (Ce{sub 0.97}Cu{sub 0.03}O{sub 2} and Ce{sub 0.99}Cu{sub 0.01}O{sub 2}, respectively). The physicochemical characterizations revealed that these behaviors could be attributed to the copper species present in the catalysts and the interaction between CuO and CeO{sub 2}, which vary according to the copper content. - Highlights: • Synthesis of CuO/CeO2 catalysts by the one-step polymeric precursor method. • 95% n-hexane conversion on Ce0.97Cu0.03O2 catalyst. • Redox properties play a key role in the catalytic performance.

  13. Magneto-electric properties and magnetic entropy change in perovskite La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3}

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    Bau, Le Viet, E-mail: levietbau@hdu.edu.vn; An, Nguyen Manh

    2016-12-15

    The ceramic samples of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3}(x=0; 0.05; 0.1; 0.2 and 0.3) were synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction method. Their electric, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties have been investigated. The transition temperature declines and a significant influence on the width of the ferro-paramagnetic phase transition is observed as increasing Ti concentration. Moreover, the sign of spin-glass is expected to exist in the high concentration samples. For fully replacing Ti{sup 4+} for Mn{sup 4+}, the canted spin state is formed. The substitution Ti for Mn increases resistivity quickly and the insulating–metallic transition temperature shifts toward lower temperature. For x>0.1 samples, the insulating state is observed even in ferromagnetic phase. The substitution Ti shifts the CME to room temperature while almost persists the value of entropy change. Although the maximum value of CME reduces slightly, the temperature range happening MCE is expended and then improves the relative cooling power. These properties could be explained in term of DE interaction and phase separation phenomenon. - Highlights: • Electro-magnetic properties and CME of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} have been investigated. • T{sub C} declines and the width of the F-M phase transition is observed as increasing Ti concentration. • For fully replacing Ti{sup 4+} for Mn{sup 4+}, the canted spin state is formed. • The substitution Ti for Mn increases resistivity quickly and T{sub P} shifts toward lower temperature. • The substitution Ti shifts CME to 300 K while almost persists the value of entropy change. • Relative cooling power (RCP) increases with substitution 5% Ti for Mn.

  14. Reversal magnetization dependence with the Cr and Fe oxidation states in YFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤1) perovskites

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    Fabian, F.A., E-mail: fernandafabianro@gmail.com [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Campus Prof. Aloísio Campos, Departamento de Física, 49100−000 São Cristóvão, SE (Brazil); Pedra, P.P. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Campus Prof. Aloísio Campos, Departamento de Física, 49100−000 São Cristóvão, SE (Brazil); Moura, K.O. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin”, 13083−859 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Duque, J.G.S.; Meneses, C.T. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Campus Prof. Alberto Carvalho, Departamento de Física, 49500−000 Itabaiana, SE (Brazil)

    2016-06-15

    In this work, we have carried out a detailed study of the magnetic and structural properties of YFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤1) samples with orthorhombic structure obtained by co-precipitation method. Analysis of X-ray diffraction data using Rietveld refinement show that all samples present an orthorhombic crystal system with space group Pnma. Besides, we have observed a reduction of unit cell volume with increasing of the Cr concentration. SEM images show the formation of grains of micrometer order. X-ray Absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES) measurements show a shift of absorption edge which can be indicate there is (i) different oxidation states to Fe and Cr ions and/or (ii) a changing in the point symmetry of Fe and Cr ions to the compounds. The magnetization measurements indicate a continuous decreasing of the magnetic transition temperature as function of chromium doping. The reversal magnetization effect was observed to concentrations around x=0.5. Besides, the deviation of the Curie–Weiss law and a weak ferromagnetic behavior observed at room temperature in the M vs H curves can be attributed to the strong magnetic interactions between the transition metals with different oxidation states. - Highlights: • YFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤1) samples were synthesized by co-precipitation method. • XRD dates showed a reduction of unit cell volume with addition of Cr. • XANES dates showed difference in the oxidation states to Cr and Fe. • MZFC-MFC indicate a decreasing of the T{sub N} as function of chromium doping. • MFC curve for x=0.5 concentration was observed the reverse magnetization effect.

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

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

    2016-09-15

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

  16. Crystal structure and bonding analysis of (La{sub 0.8}Ca{sub 0.2})(Cr{sub 0.9-x}Co{sub 0.1}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Thenmozhi, N. [NMSSVN College, Madurai (India). PG and Research Dept. of Physics; Saravanan, R. [The Madura College, Madurai (India). Research Centre and Post Graduate Dept. of Physics; Fu, Yen-Pei [National Dong-Hwa Univ., Hualien, Taiwan (China). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    2017-07-01

    In this article, structural properties and bonding behaviours of codoped lanthanum chromites (La{sub 0.8}Ca{sub 0.2})(Cr{sub 0.9-x}Co{sub 0.1}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} (x=0.00, 0.03, and 0.12) were investigated in detail. Polycrystalline chromite samples (La{sub 0.8}Ca{sub 0.2})(Cr{sub 0.9-x}Co{sub 0.1}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} (x=0.00, 0.03, and 0.12) were prepared by a standard solid-state reaction process. The synthesised samples were characterised for their structural, morphological, optical, and magnetic properties using powder XRD, SEM/EDS, UV-Vis, and VSM. XRD data showed that the samples were crystallised into a single phase with orthorhombic structure. Powder profile refinement analysis suggested the reduction in lattice parameters and cell volume with the addition of Cu. The electron density distributions and the bonding features of the prepared samples have been investigated using maximum entropy method (MEM). The mid bond electron density values revealed the enhancement of ionic nature between lanthanum and oxygen ions and a reduction in covalent nature between chromium and oxygen ions. Heterogeneous distribution of particles with different sizes was observed through SEM micrographs. EDS spectra confirms the presence of constituent elements in the prepared samples. Optical band gap values are decreasing with the addition of Cu. Antiferromagnetic ordering was observed from M-H curves obtained at room temperature. The structural and the magnetic properties are correlated.

  17. Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 3}

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    Ho, T.A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 02841 (Korea, Republic of); Lim, S.H., E-mail: sangholim@korea.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 02841 (Korea, Republic of); Tho, P.T.; Phan, T.L. [Department of Physics and Oxide Research Center, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Yongin 17035 (Korea, Republic of); Yu, S.C. [Department of Physics, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28644 (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-03-15

    The magnetic Mn{sup 3+} ions in La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} are partially replaced by nonmagnetic Zn{sup 2+} ions to form La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 3} compounds (x=0.0, 0.06, 0.08, and 0.1), and their magnetic and magnetocaloric properties are investigated. The Curie temperature decreases drastically from 245 to 70 K as x increases from 0 to 0.1. An analysis using the Banerjee's criterion of the experimental results for magnetization as a function of temperature and magnetic field indicates that the first-to-second order magnetic phase transformation occurs at a threshold composition of x=0.06, which is further supported by the universal curves of the normalized entropy change versus reduced temperature. The maximum magnetic entropy change measured at a magnetic field span of 50 kOe, which occurs near the Curie temperature, decreases from 10.30 to 2.15 J/kg K with the increase of x from 0.0 to 0.1. However, the relative cooling power, an important parameter for practical applications, shows a maximum value of 404 J/kg at x=0.08, which is 1.5 times greater than that observed for the undoped sample. - Highlights: • Magnetic and MCE of La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 3} are investigated. • Order of magnetic phase transition is dependent on the Zn doping concentration. • Although the |∆S{sub max}| decreases with increasing x, RCP increase remarkably.

  18. Structural and magnetic properties of Fe{sub 2-x}CoSm{sub x}O{sub 4}-nanoparticles and Fe{sub 2-x}CoSm{sub x}O{sub 4}-PDMS magnetoelastomers as a function of Sm content

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    Ruiz, Mariano M.; Mietta, Jose L.; Soledad Antonel, P. [Instituto de Quimica Fisica de Materiales, Ambiente y Energia (INQUIMAE), Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Analitica y Quimica Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. Cantilo s/n (1428), Buenos Aires (Argentina); Perez, Oscar E. [Departamento de Industrias, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. Cantilo s/n (1428), Buenos Aires (Argentina); Martin Negri, R. [Instituto de Quimica Fisica de Materiales, Ambiente y Energia (INQUIMAE), Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Analitica y Quimica Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. Cantilo s/n (1428), Buenos Aires (Argentina); Jorge, Guillermo, E-mail: gjorge@df.uba.ar [Instituto de Fisica de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. Cantilo s/n (1428), Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, J.M. Gutierrez 1150 (1613), Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2013-02-15

    We have synthesized magnetic Fe{sub 2-x}CoSm{sub x}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (NPs) by means of the coprecipitation method, varying Sm content from x=0 to x=0.5. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy showed agreement between the metal proportion of the obtained nanoparticles and the stoichiometric mixture of cations used for the synthesis. Part of the particles were heated at 800 Degree-Sign C, and both were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope imaging and magnetization measurements. Physical and magnetic properties were analyzed as a function of Sm content, before and after the heating treatment. A phase segregation is found for the calcined nanoparticles with large Sm content. The magnetic remanence, saturation and coercive field were investigated as a function of Sm content for both heated and unheated (as-prepared) particles. Polydimethylsiloxane-NPs magnetoelastomers were prepared and cured under an external uniform magnetic field, obtaining structured anisotropic composites, in which inorganic needles (columnar micrometric structures) oriented in the direction of the magnetic field are formed. Young modulus and remanent magnetic moment were measured and magnetization time relaxation experiments were performed in the directions parallel and perpendicular to the needles in order to determine the magnetic and elastic anisotropy of the composites. The elastic modulus measured parallel to the needles resulted almost twice in magnitude with respect to the perpendicular modulus. The measured magnetic anisotropy of the composites is probably due to the enhanced interparticle interaction within a needle and the freezing of an preferred easy axis distribution among the particles at the curing process. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We study magnetic and physical properties of Sm-substituted Fe{sub 2}CoO{sub 4} nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized by the coprecipitation method. Black

  19. Mössbauer and magnetic studies of Mg{sub 1+2x}Sb{sub x}Fe{sub 2−3x}O{sub 4} spinel ferrites

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    Widatallah, H.M., E-mail: hishammw@squ.edu.om [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, 123 Muscat (Oman); Al-Mamari, F.A.S.; Al-Saqri, N.A.M.; Gismelseed, A.M.; Al-Omari, I.A.; Al-Shahumi, T.M.H. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, 123 Muscat (Oman); Alhaj, A.F. [Department of Physics, Qasim University, Al-Qasim (Saudi Arabia); Abo El Ata, A.M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Tanta (Egypt); Elzain, M.E. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, 123 Muscat (Oman)

    2013-06-15

    Spinel-related Mg{sub 1+2x}Sb{sub x}Fe{sub 2−3x}O{sub 4} samples (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, and 0.30) prepared using the conventional double sintering technique were investigated using {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetic measurements. Mössbauer spectra favor a cationic distribution of the form (Mg{sub δ}Fe{sub 1−δ}){sup A}[Mg{sub 1+2x−δ}Sb{sub x}Fe{sub 1+δ−3x}]{sup B}O{sub 4} among the tetrahedral-A and octahedral-B sites of the spinel structure. The cation distribution parameter (δ) was found to vary with the Sb{sup 5+} concentration (x). The Mössbauer hyperfine magnetic fields at both sites and the Curie temperatures of the ferrites decrease as x increases. This was attributed to gradual weakening in the magnetic exchange interaction as more Fe{sup 3+} ions are substituted by diamagnetic Sb{sup 5+} and Mg{sup 2+} ones. The sample with x = 0.30 exhibits short range magnetic order due to cationic clustering and/or superparamagnetism. The magnetization of all samples was found to be temperature-dependent implying that δ depends on temperature in addition to x. At low temperatures the substituted ferrites (x ≠ 0.0) unexpectedly exhibit higher magnetization values relative to that of the pure ferrite MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. This behavior, while at variance with the Néel's model for ferrimagnetism, is explicable in terms of the spin canting mechanism proposed in the Yafet–Kittel model. - Highlights: ► A Mössbauer and magnetic study of Sb{sup 5+} and Mg{sup 2+} co-substituted ferrites of the composition Mg{sub 1+2x}Sb{sub x}Fe{sub 2−3x}O{sub 4} is reported. ► The cation distribution in Mg{sub 1+2x}Sb{sub x}Fe{sub 2−3x}O{sub 4} is shown to depend on both the Sb{sup 5+} ionic concentration and the temperature. ► The A–B magnetic exchange interaction and Mössbauer hyperfine fields weaken with increasing Sb{sup 5+} and Mg{sup 2+} concentrations. ► The magnetization of the substituted samples with x ≠ 0.00 increases

  20. Effect of Cr substitution on magnetic and magnetic entropy change of La{sub 0.65}Eu{sub 0.05}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0.05≤x≤0.15) rhombohedral nanocrystalline near room temperature

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    Bellouz, R., E-mail: bellouzridha@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Matériaux, Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Monastir,Université de Monastir, 5019 (Tunisia); Oumezzine, M. [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Matériaux, Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Monastir,Université de Monastir, 5019 (Tunisia); Hlil, E.K. [Institut Néel, National Centre for Scientific Research, Université Joseph Fourier, B.P. 166, 38042 Grenoble (France); Dhahri, E. [Laboratoire de Physique appliqué, Département de physique, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, 3018 (Tunisia)

    2015-02-01

    We have studied the effect of Cr substitution on magnetic and magnetocaloric properties in nanocrystalline La{sub 0.65}Eu{sub 0.05}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.05, 0.1 and 0.15). The materials were prepared using the Pechini sol–gel method. All the studied samples were crystallized into a single phase rhombohedral structure with R−3C space group. Magnetic measurements indicate that the ferromagnetic double exchange interaction is weakened with increasing Cr concentration, resulting in a shift in T{sub C} from 338 K to 278 K as x varied between 0.05 and 0.15. Detailed analyzes in the vicinity of the ferromagnetic (FM)–paramagnetic (PM) phase-transition temperature prove the samples undergoing a second-order phase transition. The magnetocaloric effect is calculated from the measurement of initial isothermal magnetization versus magnetic field at various temperatures. The maximum magnetic entropy change |ΔS{sub M}{sup max}| is found to decrease with increasing of Cr content from 4.04 J/Kg K for x=0.05–0.78 J/KgK for x=0.15 upon 5 T applied field change. The relative cooling power (RCP) of La{sub 0.65}Eu{sub 0.05}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} series is nearly 54% of pure Gd, which will be an interesting system for application in room temperature refrigeration. - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline materials La{sub 0.65}Eu{sub 0.05}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} were obtained. • The Cr substitution decreases the T{sub C} from 338 K for x=0.05–278 K for x=0.15. • The relative cooling power of La{sub 0.65}Eu{sub 0.05}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} is nearly 54% of pure Gd. • Arrott plot analyses was applied to study the order of the magnetic transition. • La{sub 0.65}Eu{sub 0.05}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} samples show second order PM–FM transition at T=T{sub C}.

  1. Influence of nickel doping on oxygen-ionic conductivity of the n = 1 Ruddlesden-Popper Phases La{sub 1.85}Ca{sub 0.15}(Cu{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x})O{sub 4−δ} (δ = 0.0905)

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    Midouni, Adnene [Useful Materials Valorization Laboratory, National Centre of Research in Materials Science, Technologic Park of Borj Cedria, B.P. 73, 8027 Soliman (Tunisia); Université de Tunis El Manar, Campus Universitaire Farhat Hached, B.P. No 94- Rommana, 1068 Tunis (Tunisia); Houchati, Mohamed Ikbal, E-mail: ikb_med@yahoo.fr [Useful Materials Valorization Laboratory, National Centre of Research in Materials Science, Technologic Park of Borj Cedria, B.P. 73, 8027 Soliman (Tunisia); Unité de Recherche Catalyse et Matériaux pour l’Environnement et les Procédés URCMEP (UR11ES85), Faculté des Sciences de Gabès/Université de Gabès, Campus Universitaire Cité Erriadh, Gabès 6072 (Tunisia); Othman, Walid Belhaj [Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Minéraux et leurs Applications, CNRSM, Technopole de Borj Cedria, B.P. 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Chniba-Boudjada, Nassira [Laboratoire de Cristallographie, CNRS, 25 Avenue des Martyrs, BP 166, 3804 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Ceretti, Monica; Paulus, Werner [Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux – UMR 5253 – ICG C2M: Chimie et Cristallochimie des Matériaux, Université de Montpellier 2, Case courrier 01504 Place Eugène Bataillon, Bat 15, F-34095 Montpellier cedex 5 (France); and others

    2016-08-15

    The results of the synthesis and characterization of the optimally doped La{sub 1.85}Ca{sub 0.15}(Cu{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x})O{sub 4-δ} solid solution with x = 0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 are reported. The versatility of these La{sub 1.85}Ca{sub 0.15}(Cu{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x})O{sub 4−δ} materials is explained on the basis of structural features and the ability to accommodate oxygen nonstoichiometry. According to powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data, La{sub 1.85}Ca{sub 0.15}(Cu{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x})O{sub 4−δ} adopts the tetragonal structure with oxygen vacancies occurring preferentially at the O{sub ap} sites within the {(La/Ca)O} layers of the perovskite blocks and the oxygen deviation from stoichiometry δ was found to be δ=0.0905(6). The bulk conductivity indicated an Arrhenius-type thermally activated process and oxygen vacancies are the possible ionic charge carriers at T=270 °C. An increase of the conductivity was detected when Ni was introduced. With nickel ratio variation, a strong correlation was observed between the Cu(Ni)-O{sub ap} apical bond length variation and the conductivity variation through controlling the O{sup 2−} ion migration. - Highlights: • We report the synthesis and structure of the La{sub 1.85}Ca{sub 0.15}(Cu{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x})O{sub 4−δ} (0≤x≤0.3; δ=0.0905) compounds. • La{sub 1.85}Ca{sub 0.15}(Cu{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x})O{sub 4−δ} (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.3) doped with Ni{sup 2+} have a higher conductivity than undoped La{sub 1.85}Ca{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4−δ}. • At T=270 °C, sample x=0.3 has the highest conductivity (0.2915 sm{sup −1}).

  2. Effect of Fe substitution on magnetocaloric effect in La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (0.05{<=}x{<=}0.20)

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    Barik, S K; Krishnamoorthi, C [Department of Physics and NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative, 2 Science Drive 3, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542, Singapore. (Singapore); Mahendiran, R [Department of Physics and NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative, 2 Science Drive 3, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542, Singapore. (Singapore)

    2011-04-15

    We have studied the effect of Fe substitution on magnetic and magnetocaloric properties in La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.05, 0.07, 0.10, 0.15, and 0.20) over a wide temperature range (T=10-400 K). It is shown that substitution by Fe gradually decreases the ferromagnetic Curie temperature (T{sub C}) and saturation magnetization up to x=0.15 but a dramatic change occurs for x=0.2. The x=0.2 sample can be considered as a phase separated compound in which both short-range ordered ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases coexist. The magnetic entropy change (-{Delta}S{sub m}) was estimated from isothermal magnetization curves and it decreases with increase of Fe content from 4.4 J kg{sup -1} K{sup -1} at 343 K (x=0.05) to 1.3 J kg{sup -1} K{sup -1} at 105 K (x=0.2), under {Delta}H=5 T. The La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 0.93}Fe{sub 0.07}O{sub 3} sample shows negligible hysteresis loss, operating temperature range over 60 K around room temperature with refrigerant capacity of 225 J kg{sup -1}, and magnetic entropy of 4 J kg{sup -1} K{sup -1} which will be an interesting compound for application in room temperature refrigeration. - Research highlights: > We report magnetocaloric effect in La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0-0.2). > Magnetic entropy change ({Delta}S{sub m}) decreases with increasing x. > A large {Delta}S{sub m} and refrigeration capacity are found around 300 K in x=0.07.

  3. Performance of cubic ZrO{sub 2} doped CeO{sub 2}: First-principles investigation on elastic, electronic and optical properties of Ce{sub 1−x} Zr{sub x}O{sub 2}

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    Tian, Dong [State Key Laboratory of Complex Nonferrous Metal Resources Clean Utilization, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Zeng, Chunhua, E-mail: zchh2009@126.com [State Key Laboratory of Complex Nonferrous Metal Resources Clean Utilization, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Faculty of Science, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Wang, Hua, E-mail: wanghuaheat@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Complex Nonferrous Metal Resources Clean Utilization, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Luo, Hongchun [Faculty of Science, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Cheng, Xianming [State Key Laboratory of Complex Nonferrous Metal Resources Clean Utilization, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Xiang, Chao [College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Yangtze Normal University, Fuling 408100, Chongqing (China); Wei, Yonggang; Li, Kongzhai; Zhu, Xing [State Key Laboratory of Complex Nonferrous Metal Resources Clean Utilization, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China); Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, Yunnan (China)

    2016-06-25

    The structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of Ce{sub 1−x} Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) fluorite type oxides are studied by researchers using the method of density functional theory (DFT) + U method. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameter, cell volume, elastic and optical properties for CeO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2} are all in good agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. It is found that Ce substituted by Zr leads to the formation of the pseudo-cubic fluorite-type structure. With doping concentration × increasing, the lattice parameter, cell volume and the bond length of d{sub Ce−O} and d{sub Zr−O} decrease linearly. It is interesting to find that the hardness of materials increase with Zr concentration increasing. For Ce{sub 0.75} Zr{sub 0.25} O{sub 2}, we also find that its ductility is good. Meanwhile, the range of the conduction band energy in the doped system becomes wider than that in the undoped system. The overlapping band phenomenon occur for all substitutions in Ce{sub 1−x} Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} (from x = 0.25 to x = 0.75), especially for the structure of Ce{sub 0.5} Zr{sub 0.5} O{sub 2} and Ce{sub 0.25} Zr{sub 0.75} O{sub 2}, its second band gaps almost disappear. Based on the dielectric functions obtained, it is shown that the static dielectric constant ε{sub 0} and refractive index n{sub 0} obviously decrease with Zr concentration increasing. After discussing, we know that CeO{sub 2} is suitable as a useful high-refractive index film material in single and multilayered optical coatings, whereas ZrO{sub 2} can be used as gate-dielectric materials in metal-oxide semiconductor (MOS) devices, in metallurgy and as a thermal barrier coating in engines. - Highlights: • Structural, and optical properties of fluorite type oxides are studied; • Ce substituted by Zr leads to formation of pseudo-cubic fluorite-type structure; • Hardness of materials are increased with Zr

  4. Study of the mixed ferrite Basub(x)Tisub(4-2x)Fesub(2x)Osub(8) (x=0.65) with hollandite structure by electrical, magnetic and Moessbauer effect measurements

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    Abbas, Y.; Ahmed, M.A.

    1982-01-01

    Mixed ferrite Basub(x)Tisub(4-2x)Fesub(2x)Osub(8) with hollandite structure has been studies by electrical, magnetic and Moessbauer effect measurements. Electrical measurements show a semiconducting behaviour and a triclinic phase transition at about 455 K. Susceptibility data show that the compound is paramagnetic in the range 80-300 K and can be interpreted in terms of Curie-Weiss behaviour above about 200 K yielding the parameters usub(eff)5.95B.M. and Osub(p)-320 K. The susceptibility curve shows eveidence for an important ferromagnetic component due to the short range interactions preceeding the antiferromagnetic ordering and leads to the conclusion of the existance of spin canting magnetic ordering at Tsub(N)80 K. The values of the chemical shift 0.43mm/sec and quadrupole splitting 0.44mm/sec are typical of high spin Fesup(Fe 3+ ) in distorted octahedral coordination

  5. Magnetic behaviour governed by Co spin transitions in LaCo{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.5) perovskite oxides

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    Alvarez-Serrano, I; Lopez, M L; Pico, C; RodrIguez, E; Veiga, M L [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica I, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Cuello, G J [Institut Max von Laue-Paul Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Jimenez-Lopez, A; RodrIguez-Castellon, E [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, CristalografIa y MineralogIa, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain)], E-mail: marisal@quim.ucm.es

    2008-10-07

    Perovskite-type cobaltites LaCo{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.5) synthesized by the liquid mix technique were characterized by x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, XPS, magnetic susceptibility and magnetization versus magnetic field measurements. Structural symmetry changes from rhombohedral (S.G. R 3-bar c) for 0.05 {<=} x {<=} 0.20 to orthorhombic (S.G. Pbnm) for 0.25 {<=} x {<=} 0.40. The bond distances dependence on the composition, x, has been analysed from x-ray and neutron diffraction data. Both the structural and the spectroscopic (from XPS) results suggest that Ti{sup 4+} substitution implies the stabilization of low-spin Co{sup III} ions and the evolution of magnetic moments in the paramagnetic zone is also coherent with this assumption. For small values of x both FM responses and the absence of saturation in the M versus H curves at 2 K are interpreted in terms of a magnetic frustration. For x > 0.25 the cobalt cations seem to stabilize as Co{sup III} (rather than Co{sup 3+}) coexisting with Co{sup 2+}. In these more substituted perovskites, AFM Co{sup 2+}-O-Co{sup 2+} interactions become predominant, leading to a well established AFM ordering for x = 0.4 and 0.5.

  6. Fabrication of Co{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} materials via sol-gel method and their characterizations

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    Kadam, R.H.; Birajdar, A.P. [Materials Research Laboratory, Srikrishna Mahavidyalaya Gunjoti, Omerga, Osmanabad 413613, Maharashtra (India); Alone, Suresh T. [Department of Physics, RS Art' s, Science and Commerce College, Pathri, Aurangabad, Maharashtra (India); Shirsath, Sagar E., E-mail: shirsathsagar@hotmail.com [Spin Device Technology Center, Department of Information Engineering, Shinshu University, Nagano 380-8553 (Japan)

    2013-02-15

    Co{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} nanoparticles have been designed by the sol-gel auto combustion method, using nitrates of the respective metal ions, and citric acid as the starting materials. The process takes only a few minutes to obtain as-received Cr-substituted Co-Ni ferrite powders. X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrational sample magnetometer (VSM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are utilized in order to study the effect of variation in the Cr{sup 3+} substitution and its impact on particle size, lattice constant, specific surface area, cation distribution and magnetic properties. Lattice parameter, particle size found to decrease with increasing Cr{sup 3+} content, whereas specific surface area showed increasing trend with the Cr{sup 3+} substitution. Cation distribution indicates that the Cr, Co and Ni ions show preference toward octahedral [B] site, whereas Fe occupies both tetrahedral (A) and octahedral [B] sites. Saturation magnetization (M{sub S}) decreased from 65.1 to 40.6 emu/g with the increase in Cr{sup 3+} substitution. However, Coercivity increased from 198 to 365 Oe with the Cr{sup 3+} substitution. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cr{sup 3+} substituted Co--Ni ferrite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Site occupancy of Co--Ni--Cr--Fe ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetization and coercivity shows inverse trend to each other.

  7. Structural characterization and electrochemical behaviour of Li{sub (4−x)/3}Ti{sub (5−2x)/3}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} solid solution with spinel-structure

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    Martín, P., E-mail: pmartinp@quim.ucm.es; López, M.L.; Pico, C.; Veiga, M.L.

    2013-07-15

    A series of new oxides Li{sub (4−x)/3}Ti{sub (5−2x)/3}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.9) have been synthesized by solid state reactions and characterized by thermal analysis and X-ray and neutron diffraction. In all phases, Li{sup +} cations mainly occupy tetrahedral sites and transition metals cations are located on the octahedral ones. These phases show a structural disorder–order transition associated to the proportion of manganese in the samples and to its oxidation state. All these factors have a marked influence on the electrochemical properties and the phase x = 0.1 shows the best characteristics to be used as anode in a solid state battery. - Highlights: • Lithium spinels anodes in batteries. • Influence of Ti/Mn ratio in the electrochemical behaviour. • Li{sub 1.3}Ti{sub 1.6}Mn{sub 0.1}O{sub 4}: a promising zero-strain material. • Influence of disorder–order transitions on the physical properties.

  8. Temperature dependent dielectric and magnetic properties of GdFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) orthoferrites

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    Kaur, Pawanpreet, E-mail: merry2286@gmail.com; Sharma, K. K., E-mail: kknitham@gmail.com; Pandit, Rabia [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Himachal Pradesh, Hamirpur 177005 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Material Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Himachal Pradesh, Hamirpur 177005 (India); Kotnala, R. K.; Shah, Jyoti [National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2014-06-14

    The polycrystalline samples of GdFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3) orthoferrites are synthesized via solid state reaction route. The Rietveld fitted X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of orthorhombic phase with Pbnm space group for all the samples. The dielectric measurements reveal an enhancement in dielectric constant and tangent loss with increase in both temperature as well as Nickel (Ni) substitution. Dielectric studies are also in support with the induction of delocalized charge carriers in the GdFeO{sub 3} matrix with increasing Ni doping. Magnetization versus applied field study shows the non-saturating hysteresis curves suggesting the canted type antiferromagnetic behavior in the considered orthoferrites. Moreover, the observed magnetic behavior is complex and the doping affects the magnitude of magnetization differently at 300 K and 80 K. It has further been noticed that the incorporated Ni{sup 3+} ions enhances the symmetry of the magnetization curves. The as-prepared samples may find their applications in the decoupling capacitors.

  9. Chemical pressure induced change in multiferroicity of Bi{sub 1+2x}Gd{sub 2x/2}Fe{sub 1−2x}O{sub 3} bulk ceramics

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    Pradhan, S.K. [Institute of Materials Science, Bhubaneswar 751013 Odisha (India); Center for Materials Research, Norfolk State University, Norfolk (United States); Sahu, D.R., E-mail: diptirs@yahoo.com [Institute of Materials Science, Bhubaneswar 751013 Odisha (India); Department of Natural and Applied Science, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek (Namibia); Rout, P.P.; Das, S.K. [Institute of Materials Science, Bhubaneswar 751013 Odisha (India); Pradhan, A.K. [Center for Materials Research, Norfolk State University, Norfolk (United States); Srinivasu, V.V. [Department of Physics, University of South Africa (South Africa); Roul, B.K., E-mail: ims@iopb.res.in [Institute of Materials Science, Bhubaneswar 751013 Odisha (India)

    2017-04-01

    We have optimized Gd ion substitution in BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) and observed prominently change in structural, electrical and magnetic behavior of Bi{sub 1+2x}Gd{sub 2x/2}Fe{sub 1−2x}O{sub 3} ceramics synthesized through slow step sintering schedule. It is observed that with the increase in concentration of Gd (x=0.1), original structure of BFO is transformed from rhombohedral R3c space group to orthorhombic Pn21a space group. Surprisingly, unit cell volume is drastically contracted (35% for x=0.2) and the sintered specimen showed enhanced room temperature ferromagnetic behavior although the original BFO is normally G-type antiferromagnetic in nature at 643 K. It is expected that intrinsic chemical pressure within the bulk body built by the substitution of Gd in presence of excess bismuth greatly supported through unidirectional movement of electrical dipole moment with in each individual domain as a result of which suppression of leakage current with enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric hysteresis is observed.

  10. Transesterification of palm oil on K{sub y}Mg{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Zn{sub 1} {sub +} {sub x}O{sub 3} catalyst: Effect of Mg-Zn interaction

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    Olutoye, M.A.; Hameed, B.H. [School of Chemical Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia)

    2010-06-15

    The Mg-Zn interaction effect of K{sub y}Mg{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Zn{sub 1} {sub +} {sub x}O{sub 3} heterogeneous type catalyst and its performance on transesterification of palm oil have been studied using the response surface methodology and the factorial design of experiments. The catalyst was synthesized using the co-precipitation method and the activity was assessed by transesterification of palm oil into fatty acid methyl esters. The ratio of the Mg/Zn metal interaction, temperature and time of calcination were found to have positive influence on the conversion of palm oil to fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) with the effect of metal to metal ratio and temperature of calcination being more significant. The catalytic activity was found to decrease at higher calcination temperature and the catalyst type K{sub 2}Mg{sub 0.34}Zn{sub 1.66}O{sub 3} with Mg/Zn ratio of 4.81 gave FAME content of 73% at a catalyst loading of 1.404 wt.% of oil with molar ratio of methanol to oil being 6:1 at temperature of 150 C in 6 h. A regression model was obtained to predict conversions to methyl esters as a function of metal interaction ratio, temperature of calcination and time. The observed activity of the synthesized catalyst was due to its synergetic structure and composition. (author)

  11. TiN{sub x}O{sub y}/TiN dielectric contrasts obtained by ion implantation of O{sub 2}{sup +}; structural, optical and electrical properties

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    Punzon Quijorna, E; Torres Costa, V; Climent, A; Manso Silvan, M [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada. Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Agullo-Rueda, F; Herrero Fernandez, P [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Rossi, F [Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Center, 21020 Ispra (Vatican City State, Holy See) (Italy)

    2011-06-15

    The properties of TiN can be gradually transformed by O{sub 2}{sup +} implantations in the 10-40 keV range and fluences in the 5 x 10{sup 13}-5 x 10{sup 16} cm{sup -2} range. The resulting structure consists of shallow TiN{sub x}O{sub y}(TiNO)/TiN contrasts with increased resistivity on the top layer. In fact, oxygen actively replaces nitrogen in the implanted TiN region as illustrated by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. N substitutions and vacancies in the lattice induce structural distortions and strain generation as illustrated by x-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The influence of these modifications in the optical and electrical properties was characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry and four probe resistivity measurements. The proposed process, especially at the lower energy, is liable to help in the creation of electrical/photonic structures based in shallow TiNO/TiN electric/dielectric contrasts.

  12. Magnetic property and Mössbauer analysis of SrSn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Nomura, Kiyoshi, E-mail: dqf10204@nifty.com [Tokyo University of Science, Photocatalysis International Research Center (Japan); Suzuki, Shigeyo; Koike, Yuya [Meiji University, Department of Science and Engineering (Japan); Li, Hongling [The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering (Japan); Okazawa, Atsushi [The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Japan); Kojima, Norimichi [Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute (Japan)

    2016-12-15

    The dilute magnetic properties of SrSn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.01 − 0.15) prepared by sol-gel and thermal decomposition methods were investigated by {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectrometry, magnetometry, and X-ray diffractometry. It was found that SrSnO{sub 3} doped with 2–8 % Fe show weak ferromagnetism although only paramagnetic doublets are observed in {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra at room temperature (RT), whereas SrSnO{sub 3} doped with 10–15 % Fe show relatively strong ferromagnetism, and the sextets are additionally observed in the {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra at RT. The weak ferromagnetism by doping 2–8 % Fe is considered to be caused by the induced magnetic defects, and the ferromagnetism by doping 10–15 % Fe are considered mainly due to the magnetic coupling between dilute Fe {sup 3+} partially substituted at Sn {sup 4+} sites in the orthorhombic structure of SrSnO{sub 3−δ} accompanying the oxygen deficiencies. It is further remarkable that poor crystalline 8 % Fe doped SrSnO{sub 3−δ} obtained by annealing at 600 {sup ∘}C shows relatively high saturation magnetization and low coercivity.

  13. Intensely emitting CdTe nanocrystals retained initial photoluminescence efficiency in sol-gel derived Si{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} glass

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    Yang, P.; Murase, N. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Photonics Research Institute, Osaka (Japan)

    2007-10-15

    Emitting CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) were embedded in pure glass matrices (Si{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2}, x{<=}0.15) using a controlled sol-gel method, where the pre-hydrolyzed condition, the molar ratio of Zr/Si, the gelation time, the pH, and the amount of alcohol were judiciously optimized considering the surface condition of the NCs and the mechanism of the glass formation. As a result, the prepared glass phosphor exhibited high photoluminescence efficiencies (40% for green and 60% for red when Zr/Si was 5-10%) by retaining their initial values as in CdTe colloidal solution. To our knowledge, these values are the highest among those ever obtained for any solid matrices containing NCs. Because of the existence of Zr, the prepared glasses exhibit much better resistance against the ambient atmosphere, heat-treatment, and boiling water compared with pure silica glass (x=0) or the glass prepared from our other methods using a silane coupling agent. Thus, the obtained glass is promising for applications such as optical devices. (orig.)

  14. Magnetic and Moessbauer study of Mg{sub 0.9}Mn{sub 0.1}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} ferrites

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    Elzain, M., E-mail: elzain@squ.edu.om; Widatallah, H.; Gismelseed, A.; Bouziane, K.; Yousif, A.; Al Rawas, A.; Al-Omari, I.; Sellai, A. [Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Physics, College of Science (Oman)

    2006-02-15

    The ferrites Mg{sub 0.9}Mn{sub 0.1}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (0x0.9) were prepared using the conventional double sintering method. The XRD showed that the samples maintain a single spinel cubic phase. The Moessbauer measurements were carried out at room and liquid nitrogen temperatures. From the area ratios of the A and B sites, it was found that the Fe cation population of the A and B sites decreases in proportion to Cr concentration. The contact hyperfine fields at the A and B sites were found to decrease with increasing Cr contents. This was found to be in approximate agreement with the results of magnetization measurement. The distributions of Mg and Mn cations versus Cr concentration were also determined using the Moessbauer and magnetization results. The Curie temperatures were determined and found to agree with the reported values. As the Cr contents increases the relative magnetization, was found to increase at low temperatures and decreases at higher temperatures.

  15. Electrical conductivity and oxygen sensing behavior of SrZr{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} (x = 0–0.2) ceramics

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    Misra, Sunasira, E-mail: misra.sunasir@gmail.com

    2017-04-01

    SrZr{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15 and 0.2) ceramics were prepared by solid state reaction method. Phase characterization and lattice parameter evaluation were done by X-ray diffraction studies. Relative concentrations of iron in various oxidation states in these compositions were estimated using Mössbauer spectroscopy. Electrical conductivities of these bulk samples were measured in various ambient and temperatures using AC Impedance spectroscopy. SrZr{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-δ} and SrZr{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2}O{sub 3-δ} have been found to exhibit significant change in electrical conductivity values between 100 and 21% O{sub 2} at around 673 K with considerable influence on conductivity towards the presence of moisture. The details of these results are discussed in this paper. - Highlights: • Phase elucidation as a function of iron substitution in SrZrO{sub 3} for oxygen sensor. • Relative concentrations of iron in various oxidation states is estimated by Mössbauer spectroscopy. • Oxygen partial pressure dependence electrical conductivity measurement for oxygen sensor.

  16. Preparation of high magneto-optical performance and crystalline quality Ce{sub 1}Gd{sub 2}Fe{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} films on CLNGG substrate crystal

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    Fu, Qiu-ping; Zheng, Ze-yuan; Lin, Nan-xi; Liu, Xiao-feng; Hong, Can-huang; Hu, Xiao-lin, E-mail: linamethyst@fzu.edu.cn; Zhuang, Nai-feng; Chen, Jian-zhong, E-mail: j.z.chen@fzu.edu.cn

    2016-11-01

    Thin films of Ce{sub 1}Gd{sub 2}Fe{sub 5−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12} (Ce,Ga:GIG) were prepared on Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} (GGG) and Ca{sub 2.90}Li{sub 0.30}Nb{sub 1.93}Ga{sub 2.76}O{sub 12} (CLNGG) substrates by using radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique. The phase, grain orientation, surface morphology, transmittance, magnetism and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) properties of films were analyzed. And the effects of lattice mismatch and non-magnetic Ga{sup 3+}-doping were discussed. The results show that the films with higher crystallized quality and lower stress can be obtained by growing on CLNGG than on GGG. Moreover, the coercive force, magnetization, magneto-optical effect intensity and orientation of film can be effectively regulated by adjusting Ga{sup 3+}-doped concentration. - Highlights: • With excellent magneto-optical performance, Ce,Ga:GIG film has a good application prospect. • Ce,Ga:GIG film with high quality were prepared on CLNGG by RF magnetron sputtering. • Crystalline quality and morphology of films are intently related to the substrate. • Ga{sup 3+} doping obviously affect on magnetism and magneto-optical property of Ce:GIG film.

  17. The impact of copper in LaNi{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3} perovskite-like structures used as catalyst precursors for dry reforming of methane

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    Vlach, K.; Hoang, D.L.; Armbruster, U.; Martin, A. [Leibniz-Institut fuer Katalyse e.V. an der Universitaet Rostock (Germany)

    2013-11-01

    This work deals with the synthesis of perovskite-like catalyst precursors (LaNi{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3} with x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1). These precursors were used to catalyse the dry reforming of methane (DRM) reaction carried out at 973 K, CH{sub 4}/CO{sub 2} = 1 and a GHSV = 18,000 ml/g/h. The precursors were transformed during the course of the reaction to give Ni-Cu/La{sub 2}O{sub 3} solids. We found out that the activity increases with raising Ni content but small Cu admixture suppresses the coke formation substantially. XRD and TEM measurements showed that the transformation led to the formation of small metallic Ni and/or Cu particles. In addition also alloying can be observed. The best catalytic system with respect to activity and suppressed carbon deposition was Ni{sub 0.8}-Cu{sub 0.2}/La{sub 2}O{sub 3} (X{sub CH4} = 61%, X{sub CO2} = 67%). (orig.)

  18. Structural stability of (Pu{sub 1-x}Am{sub x})O{sub 2} (x=0.2;0.5;0.8) obtained by oxalate co-conversion

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    Jankowiak, A.; Donnet, L. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, CEA/DEN/VRH/DTEC/SDTC/LEMA, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Ceze cedex (France); Maillard, C. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, CEA/DEN/VRH/DRCP/SE2A/LEHA, 30207 Bagnols-sur-Ceze cedex (France)

    2008-07-01

    The EUROTRANS project investigates the transmutation of transuranium elements in dedicated reactors (ADS, FR). The study includes various subject areas: neutronics, physical properties, coolant type (sodium, lead, bismuth, helium), etc, and experimental work concerning the fabrication of minor actinide compounds for thermo-physical properties determination. For this program, the CEA was responsible for synthesizing three Pu{sub 1-x}Am{sub x}O{sub 2} compounds with various Am and Pu content (x = 0.2, 0.5, 0.8). The selected synthesis route for the mixed Am and Pu oxide powder consists in actinides oxalates co-conversion. The purpose of the study was to determine by XRD the crystal structure and the lattice parameters change as a function of the time for each co-converted mixed oxides. After one year of experiment, although the lattice parameters significantly expanded, the compounds remained monophasic. The observations showed that the initial expansion rate and the a{sub max} stage value vary according to the Pu and Am content. (authors)

  19. Study of CeO{sub x}, PrO{sub x}, and Ce{sub x}Pr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2-{delta}} films on Si(111) by means of high-energetic X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; Untersuchung von CeO{sub x}-, PrO{sub x}- und Ce{sub x}Pr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2-{delta}}- Filmen auf Si (111) mittels hochenergetischer Roentgen-Photoelektronenspektroskopie

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    Allahgholi, Aschkan

    2013-03-15

    The intention of this work is to shed light on two much discussed topics in the study of rare earth oxides (REO) by hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES): (i) Due to the complex spectral shape of the Ce3d region, there have been many discussions on proper approaches to determine the concentration of Ce{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 4+} species in CeO{sub x} over the last decades. (ii) Recently, the true electron structure of rare earth oxides gained new attention, since ab initio calculations showed the necessity of considering additional inter atomic charge transfer to Ce5d levels. Using HAXPES and resonant HAXPES, the question of the true electronic structure of rare earth oxides is approached from the experimental side. As a third topic, the obtained results for cerium oxide and praseodymium oxide are applied in order to investigate the plasma oxidized mixed oxide Ce{sub x}Pr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2-{delta}} grown on Si(111) during thermal reduction. (orig.)

  20. Electrical properties and phase transition of Ba(Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}){sub 1−x}(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}){sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Kruea-In, C. [Faculty of Science and Technology, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University (Thailand); Rujijanagul, G., E-mail: rujijanagul@yahoo.com [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University (Thailand)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Properties of of Ba(Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}){sub 1−x}(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}){sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics were investigated. • Small amount of dopant produced a large change in dielectric and phase transition. • A phase diagram of Ba(Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}){sub 1−x}(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}){sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics was proposed. • Dielectric tunability increased with increasing x concentration. - Abstract: In this work, properties of Ba(Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}){sub 1−x}(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}){sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics with 0.00≤ x ≤0.07 were investigated. The ceramics were fabricated by a solid state reaction technique. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that all samples exhibited single phase perovskite. Examination of the dielectric spectra revealed that the Fe and Ta additives promoted a diffuse phase transition, and the two phase transition temperatures, as observed in the dielectric curve of pure Ba(Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95})O{sub 3}, merged into a single phase transition temperature for higher x concentrations. The transformation was confirmed by ferroelectric measurements. In addition, the doped ceramics exhibited high relative dielectric tunability, especially for higher x concentration samples.

  1. Investigation of structural and electrochemical properties of LaSrCo{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 4} (0≤x≤0.20) as potential cathode materials in intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Junkai; Zhou, Jun, E-mail: zhoujun@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Fan, Weiwei; Wang, Wendong; Wu, Kai; Cheng, Yonghong

    2017-03-15

    The structural and electrochemical properties of the layered perovskite oxides LaSrCo{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 4} (0≤x≤0.20) were investigated to study the effects of substituting Sb for Co for application as cathode materials in intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The results of crystal structure analyses show the maximum content of Sb in LaSrCo{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 4} to be 0.05 as a pure single phase. XPS shows that Co and Sb in LaSrCo{sub 0.95}Sb{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} may possess mixed-oxidation states. The electrical conductivity increased greatly after Sb substitution. An improvement in the cathode polarization (R{sub p}) values is observed from the Sb-doped sample with respect to the undoped samples. For example, R{sub p} of LaSrCo{sub 0.95}Sb{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} on LSGM was observed to be 0.16 Ω cm{sup 2} at 800 °C in air. The main rate-limiting step for LaSrCo{sub 0.95}Sb{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} cathode is charge transfer of oxygen atoms. These results indicate that Sb can be incorporated into LaSrCo{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 4} based materials and can have a beneficial effect on the performance, making them potentially suitable for use as cathode materials in IT-SOFCs. - Graphical abstract: The oxygen partial pressure dependence of polarization resistances for a new layered perovskite cathode LaSrCo{sub 0.95}Sb{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} at various temperatures was measured. - Highlights: • The maximum content of Sb was 0.05 mol in LaSrCo{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 4}. • The maximum electrical conductivity is 194 S cm{sup −1}for LaSrCo{sub 0.95}Sb{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} at 800 °C. • A rate-limiting process of charge transfer presented.

  2. Structural, magneto-optical properties and cation distribution of SrBi{sub x}La{sub x}Y{sub x}Fe{sub 12−3x}O{sub 19} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.33) hexaferrites

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    Auwal, I.A. [Department of Chemistry, Fatih University, 34500 B. Çekmece, İstanbul (Turkey); Güngüneş, H. [Department of Physics, Hitit University, 19030 Çevre Yolu Bulvarı, Çorum (Turkey); Güner, S. [Department of Physics, Fatih University, 34500 B. Çekmece, İstanbul (Turkey); Shirsath, Sagar E. [Spin Device Technology Center, Faculty of Engineering, Shinshu University, 380-8553 Nagano (Japan); Sertkol, M. [Department of Physics Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 34469 Maslak (Turkey); Baykal, A., E-mail: hbaykal@fatih.edu.tr [Department of Chemistry, Fatih University, 34500 B. Çekmece, İstanbul (Turkey)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • SrBi{sub x}La{sub x}Y{sub x}Fe{sub 12−3x}O{sub 19} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.33) hexaferrites have been prepared by sol-gel autocombustion. • XRD patterns show that SrBi{sub x}La{sub x}Y{sub x}Fe{sub 12−3x}O{sub 19} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.33) hexaferrites exhibit hexagonal structure. • The intrinsic coercivity (H{sub ci}) above 15000 Oe reveals that all samples are magnetically hard materials. - Abstract: SrBi{sub x}La{sub x}Y{sub x}Fe{sub 12−3x}O{sub 19} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.33) hexaferrites were produced via sol-gel auto combustion. XRD patterns show that all the samples are single-phase M-type strontium hexaferrite (SrM). The magnetic hysteresis (σ-H) loops revealed the ferromagnetic nature of nanoparticles (NPs). The coercive field decreases from 4740 Oe to 2720 Oe with increasing ion content. In particular, SrBi{sub x}La{sub x}Y{sub x}Fe{sub 12−3x}O{sub 19} NPs with x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2 have suitable magnetic characteristics (σ{sub s} = 62.03–64.72 emu/g and H{sub c} = 3105–4740 Oe) for magnetic recording. The intrinsic coercivity (H{sub ci}) above 15000 Oe reveals that all samples are magnetically hard materials. Tauc plots were used to specify the direct optical energy band gap (E{sub g}) of NPs. The E{sub g} values are between 1.76 eV and 1.85 eV. {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy data, the variation in line width, isomer shift, quadrupole splitting, relative area and hyperfine magnetic field values on Bi{sup 3+} La{sup 3+} and Y{sup 3+} substitutions have been determined.

  3. Dysprosium doping induced shape and magnetic anisotropy of Fe{sub 3−x}Dy{sub x}O{sub 4} (x=0.01–0.1) nanoparticles

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    Jain, Richa [School of Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068 (India); Department of Physics, ARSD college, University of Delhi, New Delhi 110021 (India); Luthra, Vandna [Department of Physics, Gargi College, Siri Fort Road, New Delhi 110049 (India); Gokhale, Shubha, E-mail: sgokhale@ignou.ac.in [School of Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068 (India)

    2016-09-15

    The effect of dysprosium doping on evolution of structural and magnetic properties of magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles is reported. A standard route of co-precipitation was used for the synthesis of undoped and doped magnetite nanoparticles Fe{sub 3−x}Dy{sub x}O{sub 4} (x=0.0–0.1). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) shows formation of round shaped particles with diameter in the range of 8–14 nm for undoped sample. On doping beyond x=0.01, the formation of rod like structures is initiated along with the round shaped particles. The number of rods is found to increase with increasing doping concentration. Magnetic characterization using Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) revealed doping dependent magnetic properties which can be correlated with the crystallite size as determined from X-ray diffraction (XRD). Enhancement in the saturation magnetization in the initial stages of doping can be explained on the basis of incorporation of Dy{sup 3+} ions in the inverse spinel structure at the octahedral site in place of Fe{sup 3+} ions. Subsequent decrease in saturation magnetization observed beyond x=0.03 could be attributed to precipitation of excess Dy in form of dysprosium ferrite phase. - Highlights: • Report on formation of nanorods in magnetite prompted by Dy doping. • Observation of anisotropic magnetic behaviour emanating from the shape anisotropy. • Evidence of Dy{sup 3+} ions occupying octahedral site in place of Fe{sup 3+} ions. • Nanorods envisaged to be useful as catalysts and in biomedical applications.

  4. Structural stability and oxygen permeability of BaCo{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} ceramic membranes for air separation

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    Wu, Chengzhang, E-mail: wucz@shu.edu.cn [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Modern Metallurgy and Materials Processing, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Gai, Yongqian; Zhou, Jianfang; Tang, Xia; Zhang, Yunwen; Ding, Weizhong [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Modern Metallurgy and Materials Processing, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Sun, Chenghua [School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800 (Australia)

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • BCNx membranes with high oxygen permeation flux were prepared. • Oxygen permeability of BCNx membranes is stable at 900 °C. • Phase transition is governed by oxygen partial pressure and temperature. • Degradation mechanism of BCNx membrane is suggested. - Abstract: BaCo{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (BCNx, x = 0.1–0.2) membranes were synthesized through conventional solid-phase reactions. The introduction of niobium facilitates the formation of the cubic perovskite structure and decreases oxygen nonstoichiometry. BCNx membranes possess higher oxygen permeation flux compared with BaCo{sub 0.7}Fe{sub 0.2}Nb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} membrane at the same condition. A stable permeation flux as high as 2.61 ml cm{sup −2} min{sup −1} is obtained through BaCo{sub 0.9}Nb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3−δ} membrane at 900 °C under the Air/He gradient. Long-time permeation study shows that the oxygen fluxes of BCNx membranes are stable at 900 °C but degrade slowly with time at 850 °C. XRD and TG–DSC results indicate that the degradation behavior occured at 850 °C is due to the phase transition from the cubic perovskite to monoclinic or orthorhombic structure, which is governed by the oxygen partial pressure and temperature. The oxidation of cobalt ion is considered to be the nature for the phase transition, which makes the tolerance factor increasing and results in structural destabilization.

  5. Structural, magnetic and optical properties of a dilute magnetic semiconductor based on Ce{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2} thin film grown on LaAlO{sub 3}

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    Mahmoud, Waleed E., E-mail: w_e_mahmoud@yahoo.com [King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Suez Canal University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Ismailia (Egypt); Al-Ghamdi, A.A. [King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Al-Agel, F.A. [Hail University, College of Science, Department of Physics, Hail (Saudi Arabia); Al-Arfaj, E. [Umm Alqura University, Department of Physics, Makkah (Saudi Arabia); Qassim University, College of Science, Physics Department, Buraidah 5145 (Saudi Arabia); Shokr, F.S. [King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Science & Arts, Department of Physics, Rabigh (Saudi Arabia); Al-Gahtany, S.A. [King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Science for Girls, Department of Physics, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Alshahrie, Ahmed [King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Jalled, Ouissem [King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Laboratory of Applied Mineral Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University Tunis ElManar, Faculty of Sciences, Campus 2092, Tunis (Tunisia); Bronstein, L.M. [King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Texas State University-San Marcos, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 601 University Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666 (United States); Beall, Gary W. [King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Indiana University, Department of Chemistry, Bloomington, IN 47405 (United States)

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Co doped CeO{sub 2} was grown on LaAlO{sub 3} (0 0 1) via a modified sol–gel spin-coating technique. • The concentration of the Co ions was varied from 1 to 15 at.%. • The incorporation of 5 at.% of Mn ions was found to provide formation of exceptionally magnetic moment. • This amount demonstrated a giant magnetic moment of 1.09 μ{sub B}/Co. • This amount reduced the optical band gap and enhanced the optical performance. - Abstract: The enhancement of the room temperature ferromagnetism and optical properties of the dilute magnetic metal oxides is a crucial clue to construct spin-based optoelectronic devices. In this work, Ce{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2} (0.01 ≤ x ≤0.15) thin films were prepared via ethylene glycol modified sol–gel spin coating technique on the LaAlO{sub 3} (0 0 1) substrate to enhance their room temperature ferromagnetism and optical properties. The structures, magnetic and optical properties of the prepared films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, SQUID magnetometer, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV–vis spectrophotometer. The results demonstrated that a single phase cubic structure was formed, implying the substitution of Co ions into the Ce ions sites. The prepared films showed room temperature ferromagnetism with saturation magnetic moment of 1.09 μ{sub B}/Co was achieved for 5 at.% Co-doped CeO{sub 2}. This film exhibited high optical transparency of 85% and low optical band energy gap of 3.39 eV. The improved magnetic and optical properties are argued to the increase of the density of the oxygen vacancies into the cerium oxide crystal structure due to the incorporation of Co ions.

  6. Room temperature magneto-electric coupling in La-Zn doped Ba{sub 1-x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 19} (x = 0.0-0.4) hexaferrite

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    Kumar, Pawan; Gaur, Anurag [National Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, Kurukshetra (India)

    2017-12-15

    Barium hexaferrite powder samples with substitution of La{sup +3} at Ba{sup +2} and Zn{sup +2} at Fe{sup +3} site, according to the series formula Ba{sub 1-x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 19} (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) have been prepared by the co-precipitation method. These samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, Polarization versus electric field loop tracer and vibrating sample magnetometer techniques. XRD patterns and Rietveld refinement indicate the single-phase formation of the magneto-plumbite barium hexaferrite for all the samples. Significant changes in dielectric properties are obtained by the different doping concentration of La and Zn. Ferroelectric loop for all the samples shows the lossy ferroelectric behaviour. Large spontaneous polarization is observed for x = 0.2 sample at room temperature. With increasing La and Zn doping content, the value of saturation magnetization and retentivity increases, and reaches a maximum value of 40.0 emu/gm and 24.0 emu/gm, respectively, for x = 0.2 sample and then decreases. To confirm the magneto-electric coupling, the second-order magneto-electric coupling coefficient β is measured through the dynamic method with the maximum value of ∝ 1.69 x 10{sup -6} mV/cm.Oe{sup 2} for x = 0.2 sample at room temperature. The observations of room temperature magneto-electric coupling in these samples are useful for evolution of new multifunctional devices. (orig.)

  7. Preparation of Sr{sub 2}(MgMo){sub 1-x}Ru{sub x}O{sub 6} ceramics for use in a solid oxide fuel cell anode

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    Bezerra, Matheus Eiji Ohno; Florio, Daniel Zanetti de [Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC), SP (Brazil); Fonseca, Fabio Coral, E-mail: matheus.eiji@aluno.ufabc.edu.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2016-07-01

    Full text: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells are the most efficient devices known for the direct conversion of fuels into electric energy. Such devices have advanced steadily and are already available for specific applications such as portable power and residential stationary generation. The main objective of this work is the development of anodes for SOFC operating directly with renewable fuels, without the addition of water and using strategic fuels such as ethanol and natural gas. Specifically, a family of mixed ionic-electronic compounds has been investigated: the double perovskites with compositions Sr{sub 2}(MgMo){sub 1-x}Ru{sub x}O{sub 6} with x = 0; 1; 2; 5; 10 e 20 at.%. This material has been synthesized by polymeric precursor method. The resins were prepared by combining stoichiometric amounts of the starting solutions. The resulting solution was heated treated under magnetic stirring. The thermal decomposition of the polymeric resin was studied by means of simultaneous thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry up to 1500 °C with heating and cooling rates of 10 °/min in Ar. The thermal decomposition result shows mass loss up to, approximately, 900 °C. However X-ray diffraction analyses of the powder heat treated at 900 °C and 1200 °C presents a considerable content of an undesiderate phase (SrMoO{sub 4}). According to the literature for similar compounds a thermal treatment under reduction conditions could be necessary to obtain the double perovskites single phase. After this treatment the material will be characterized regarding its electrical properties. The expected results will contribute to advance both the understanding of the mixed ionic electronic ceramics and the SOFC technology using renewable fuels. (author)

  8. Synthesis and characterization of Zn-doped LiCo{sub 0.3}Ni{sub 0.4-x}Mn{sub 0.3}Zn{sub x}O{sub 2} cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Chen Yuhong [Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Hebei Chemical and Pharmaceutical Vocational Technology College, Shijiazhuang 050026 (China)], E-mail: chyh76@163.com; Chen Ruizhen [Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Hebei Chemical and Pharmaceutical Vocational Technology College, Shijiazhuang 050026 (China); Tang Zhiyuan [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wang Liang [Library of Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiazhuang 050018 (China)

    2009-05-12

    Zn-doped LiCo{sub 0.3}Ni{sub 0.4-x}Mn{sub 0.3}Zn{sub x}O{sub 2} cathode materials were synthesized via co-precipitation method. The structure, electrochemical performance and thermal stability were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), charge/discharge cycling, cyclic voltammograms (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopies (EIS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). LiCo{sub 0.3}Ni{sub 0.4-x}Mn{sub 0.3}Zn{sub x}O{sub 2} had stable layered structure with a-NaFeO{sub 2} type with x up to 0.05. The compounds of x = 0.02 showed the best discharge capacity and cycle performance which was related to the most stable structure and Zn-doping prevented structural transformations during the topotactic reactions. Meanwhile, Zn-doping improved the high rate discharge capability and thermal stability.

  9. Cobalt-free perovskite Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (PSFC) as a cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Moura, Caroline G., E-mail: caroline.materiais@gmail.com [Materials Science and Engineering Postgraduate Program, UFRN, 59078-970, Natal (Brazil); Grilo, João Paulo de F. [Materials Science and Engineering Postgraduate Program, UFRN, 59078-970, Natal (Brazil); Macedo, Daniel A., E-mail: damaced@gmail.com [Materials Science and Engineering Postgraduate Program, UFPB, 58051-900, João Pessoa (Brazil); Cesário, Moisés R.; Fagg, Duncan Paul [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, 3810-193, Aveiro (Portugal); Nascimento, Rubens M. [Materials Science and Engineering Postgraduate Program, UFRN, 59078-970, Natal (Brazil)

    2016-09-01

    PSFC (Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3−δ}) is a new perovskite-type oxide that has gained considerable attention as cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs), due to its high mixed ionic-electronic conductivity below 800 °C. In this work, PSFC (Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3−δ}, x = 0.2 and 0.4) powders were synthesized by the citrate method and structurally characterized by X-ray diffractometry. Screen-printed cathodes were sintered at 1050 °C and electrochemically characterized by impedance spectroscopy at 600–800 °C in pure oxygen. The area specific resistances (ASR) of the Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.8}Cu{sub 0.2}O{sub 3−δ} material are shown to be competitive with typical values reported for cobalt-based cathodes in the measured temperature range, while, importantly, offering a significantly lower activation energy, 0.62 eV. The thermal expansion coefficients of these Co-free cathodes are in the range of 13–15 × 10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}, in a temperature range 200–650 °C, demonstrating a good thermal compatibility with gadolinia doped ceria (CGO) electrolytes. - Highlights: • Cobalt-free Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (PSFC) cathodes successfully prepared by the citrate method. • PSFC cathodes are thermally compatible with CGO electrolytes. • Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.8}Cu{sub 0.2}O{sub 3−δ} presents competitive area specific resistances of low activation energy, 0.62 eV.

  10. Rh promoted La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}(Fe{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}){sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} perovskite catalysts: Characterization and catalytic performance for methane partial oxidation to synthesis gas

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    Palcheva, R., E-mail: radost@ic.bas.bg [InGAP Centre for Research-based Innovation, SMN, University of Oslo, PO Box 1033, Blindern, Oslo 0315 Norway (Norway); Olsbye, U.; Palcut, M. [InGAP Centre for Research-based Innovation, SMN, University of Oslo, PO Box 1033, Blindern, Oslo 0315 Norway (Norway); Rauwel, P. [Department of Physics, SMN, University of Oslo, PO Box B 1048 Blindern, Oslo 0316 (Norway); Tyuliev, G.; Velinov, N. [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, G. Bonchev Str., Bldg. 11, Sofia 1113 (Bulgaria); Fjellvåg, H.H. [InGAP Centre for Research-based Innovation, SMN, University of Oslo, PO Box 1033, Blindern, Oslo 0315 Norway (Norway)

    2015-12-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Perovskites type-oxide La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}(Fe{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}){sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} (x = 0.1, 0.25, 0.4) prepared by the sol–gel citrate method. • Bulk and surface analysis to determine catalysts composition evolution. • Anaerobic catalytic partial oxidation of methane to syngas at 600 °C in a pulse apparatus over Rh promoted perovskites. • The catalysts showed high stability and selectivity. - Abstract: Synthesis gas production via selective oxidation of methane at 600 °C in a pulse reaction over La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}(Fe{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}){sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} (x = 0.1, 0.25, 0.4) perovskite-supported rhodium catalysts, was investigated. The perovskite oxides were prepared by sol–gel citrate method and characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Moessbauer Spectroscopy (MS), Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR-H{sub 2}), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM). According to XRD analysis, the synthesized samples were a single perovskite phase. The perovskite structure of Ga substituted samples remained stable after TPR-H{sub 2}, as confirmed by XRD. Data of MS identified Fe{sup 3+} ions in two distinctive coordination environments, and Fe{sup 4+} ions. The Rh{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin overlayer was detected by the HRTEM for the Rh impregnated perovskite oxides. During the interaction of methane with oxidized perovskite-supported Rh (0.5 wt.%) catalysts, besides CO, H{sub 2}, and surface carbon, CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O were formed. The Rh perovskite catalyst with x = 0.25 gallium exhibits the highest catalytic activity of 83% at 600 °C. The CO selectivity was affected by the reducibility of La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}(Fe{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}){sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} perovskite materials.

  11. Structural phase transitions in Bi[sub 2]V[sub 1[minus]x]Ge[sub x]O[sub 5. 5[minus]x/2] (x = 0. 2, 0. 4, and 0. 6) single crystals: X-ray crystallographic study

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    Sooryanarayana, K.; Guru Row, T.N.; Varma, K.B.R. (Indian Inst. of Science, Bangalore (India))

    1999-02-01

    Single crystals of Bi[sub 2]V[sub 1[minus]x]Ge[sub x]O[sub 5.5[minus]x/2] (x = 0.2, 0.4, and 0.6) were grown by slow cooling of melts. Bismuth vanadate transforms from an orthorhombic to a tetragonal structure and subsequently to an orthorhombic system when the Ge[sup 4+] concentration was varied from x = 0.2 to x = 0.6. All of these compositions crystallized in polar space groups (Aba2, F4mm, and Fmm2 for x = 0.2, 0.4, and 0.6, respectively). The structures were fully determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies.

  12. Substrate-induced dielectric polarization in thin films of lead-free (Sr{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Mn{sub 2-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 6-δ} perovskites grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Álvarez-Serrano, I., E-mail: ias@ucm.es [Dpto. Química Inorgánica I, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Ruiz de Larramendi, I. [Dpto. Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, 48080 Bilbao (Spain); López, M.L.; Veiga, M.L. [Dpto. Química Inorgánica I, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2017-03-31

    Highlights: • Highly oriented SrBiMn{sub 2-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 6} thin films are successfully fabricated by PLD. • Thicknesses between 80 and 900 nm depending on x, substrate-type and chamber pressure. • Compositional A-segregation controlled by the STO substrate orientation. • Dielectric response analyzed under impedance and modulus formalisms. • Relaxor phenomena obtained related to NPRs formation and compositional scenario. - Abstract: Thin films of SrBiMn{sub 2-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 6-δ} have been fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition on SrTiO{sub 3} [100] and [111] substrates. Their texture, width, homogeneity and morphology are evaluated by means of XRD, SEM, XPS, whereas complex impedance spectroscopy is employed to analyze their electrical response. The thickness values range between 80 and 900 nm depending on the experimental conditions. The epitaxial growing could be interpreted in terms of two contributions of microstructural origin: a matrix part and some polycrystalline surface formations (hemi-spheres). Texture studies suggest a fiber-type orientated morphology coherently with the Scanning Electron Microscopy images. XPS analyses indicate a segregation regarding A-sublattice cations, which features depend on the substrate orientation. This segregation could be connected to the development of nanopolar regions. Impedance data show the electrical polarization in the samples to be enhanced compared to bulk response of corresponding powdered samples. A relaxor behavior which fits a Vogel-Fulcher law is obtained for x = 0.50 whereas an almost frequency-independent relaxor ferroelectric behavior is registered for the thinnest film of x = 0.25 composition grown on SrTiO{sub 3} [111] substrate. The influence of compositional and structural aspects in the obtained dielectric response is analyzed.

  13. Bi{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 1.5+x} (x=0.0625, 0.12) fast ion conductors: Structures, stability and oxide ion migration pathways

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    Tate, Matthew L. [Department of Chemistry, Durham University, Science Site, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights 2234, NSW (Australia); Hack, Jennifer [Department of Chemistry, Durham University, Science Site, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble (France); Kuang, Xiaojun [Department of Chemistry, Durham University, Science Site, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); McIntyre, Garry J. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights 2234, NSW (Australia); Withers, Ray L. [Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT (Australia); Johnson, Mark R. [Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble (France); Radosavljevic Evans, Ivana, E-mail: ivana.radosavljevic@durham.ac.uk [Department of Chemistry, Durham University, Science Site, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights 2234, NSW (Australia)

    2015-05-15

    A combined experimental and computational study of Bi{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 1.5+x} (x=0.0625 and 0.12) has been carried out using laboratory X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction, impedance measurements and ab-initio molecular dynamics. We demonstrate that Bi{sub 0.9375}Nb{sub 0.0625}O{sub 1.5625}, previously reported to adopt a cubic fluorite-type superstructure, can form two different polymorphs depending on the synthetic method: a metastable cubic phase is produced by quenching; while slower cooling yields a stable material with a tetragonal √2×√2×1 superstructure, which undergoes a reversible phase transition into the cubic form at ~680 °C on subsequent reheating. Neutron diffraction reveals that the tetragonal superstructure arises mainly from ordering in the oxygen sublattice, with Bi and Nb remaining disordered, although structured diffuse scattering observed in the electron diffraction patterns suggests a degree of short-range ordering. Both materials are oxide ion conductors. On thermal cycling, Bi{sub 0.88}Nb{sub 0.12}O{sub 1.62} exhibits a decrease in conductivity of approximately an order of magnitude due to partial transformation into the tetragonal phase, but still exhibits conductivity comparable to yttria-stabilised zirconia (YSZ). Ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations performed on Bi{sub 0.9375}Nb{sub 0.0625}O{sub 1.5625} show that oxide ion diffusion occurs by O{sup 2−} jumps between edge- and corner-sharing OM{sub 4} groups (M=Bi, Nb) via tetrahedral □M{sub 4} and octahedral □M{sub 6} vacancies. - Graphical abstract: Oxide ion migration in tetragonal Bi{sub 0.9375}Nb{sub 0.0625}O{sub 1.5625} occurs by O{sup 2−} jumps between edge- and corner-sharing OM{sub 4} groups (M=Bi, Nb) via tetrahedral M{sub 4} and octahedral M{sub 6} vacancies. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 0.9375}Nb{sub 0.0625}O{sub 1.5625} adopts a tetragonal √2×√2×1 fluorite superstructure. • Superstructure is due to ordering in the O-sublattice, with Bi

  14. Structural evolution of Ba{sub 8}Ti{sub 3}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 24} from BaTiO{sub 3} using a series of Ba(Ti{sub 1−5x}Nb{sub 4x})O{sub 3} solid solutions

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    Barrientos Hernández, F.R., E-mail: frbh68@hotmail.com [Academic Area of Earth Sciences and Materials, Autonomous University of Hidalgo State, Road Pachuca-Tulancingo km 4.5, Mineral de la Reforma zip code 42184, Hidalgo (Mexico); Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, ESIQIE, National Polytechnic Institute, UPALM, Zacatenco, Mexico City, zip code 07738 (Mexico); Lira Hernández, I.A. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, ESIQIE, National Polytechnic Institute, UPALM, Zacatenco, Mexico City, zip code 07738 (Mexico); Industrial Engineering Department, Technological Institute of Pachuca, Road México-Pachuca km. 87.5, Pachuca de Soto zip code 42080, Hidalgo (Mexico); Gómez Yáñez, C. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, ESIQIE, National Polytechnic Institute, UPALM, Zacatenco, Mexico City, zip code 07738 (Mexico); Arenas Flores, A. [Academic Area of Earth Sciences and Materials, Autonomous University of Hidalgo State, Road Pachuca-Tulancingo km 4.5, Mineral de la Reforma zip code 42184, Hidalgo (Mexico); Cabrera Sierra, R. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, ESIQIE, National Polytechnic Institute, UPALM, Zacatenco, Mexico City, zip code 07738 (Mexico); Pérez Labra, M. [Academic Area of Earth Sciences and Materials, Autonomous University of Hidalgo State, Road Pachuca-Tulancingo km 4.5, Mineral de la Reforma zip code 42184, Hidalgo (Mexico)

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • The evolution phase Ba{sub 8}Ti{sub 3}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 24} was obtained through the mechanism Ba(Ti{sub 1-5x}Nb{sub 4x})O{sub 3}. • Addition of niobium can accelerate grain growth of BaTiO{sub 3} ceramics. • Ba{sub 8}Ti{sub 3}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 24} presents a dielectric loss of 0.0035 and permittivity value of 54.6. • Electrical measurements showed that Nb{sup 5+} content drops Curie temperature. • Samples with x ⩾ 0.0625 shows an insulating behavior. -- Abstract: In this work, the structural evolution of hexagonal phase Ba{sub 8}Ti{sub 3}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 24} by adding Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} to perovskite structure of BaTiO{sub 3} was investigated. The compositions Ba(Ti{sub 1-5x}Nb{sub 4x})O{sub 3} ceramics, with 0.00025 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.125 were prepared by the conventional solid state route in air atmosphere, the powders precursors, BaTiO{sub 3}, BaCO{sub 3} and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, were mixed in stoichiometric proportions and ground in a ball mill using alumina balls and acetone. The mixed powders were calcined at temperatures up to 1500 °C. The phase transformation of Ba{sub 8}Ti{sub 3}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 24} from BaTiO{sub 3} was studied by DRX, Raman spectroscopy, SEM, electrical measurements (relative permittivity and P–E hysteresis loops); Rietveld’s refinement was used to structurally characterize the samples. For the devices obtained capacitance was measured at 1 kHz; with these values we calculated the relative permittivity. The samples show typical P–E hysteresis loops at room temperature accompanied by saturation polarization (Ps) and remnant polarization (Pr). The DRX and Rietveld’s refinement results show x ⩽ 0.01 has a ferroelectric behavior. When the doped level is increased x ⩾ 0.02, a peak displacement is observed, this is due to the phase transformation of tetragonal to cubic into the unit cell. Finally, with x = 0.125 the crystal structure transforms to the characteristic hexagonal phase Ba{sub 8}Ti{sub 3}Nb{sub 4}O{sub 24} which

  15. Microstructural and magnetic studies on BaMg{sub x}Zn{sub x}X{sub 2x}Fe{sub 12−4x}O{sub 19} (X=Zr,Ce,Sn) prepared via mechanical activation method to act as a microwave absorber in X-band

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    Afghahi, Seyyed Salman Seyyed [Department of Engineering, Imam Hossein University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jafarian, Mojtaba, E-mail: m.jafarian@iau-shahrood.ac.ir [Department of Material Engineering, South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Atassi, Yomen [Department of Applied Physics, Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic)

    2016-05-15

    In this study, doped barium hexaferrite with the composition of BaMg{sub x}Zn{sub x}X{sub 2x}Fe{sub 12−4x}O{sub 19} (where x= 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9 and X= Zr, Ce, Sn) was prepared via mechanical activation. X-ray diffractometer (XRD), FTIR spectrophotometer, Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and vector network analyzer (VNA) were used to analyze its phases, structure, electromagnetic and microwave absorption properties respectively. Based on the results, single phase barium hexaferrite was obtained in all cases after milling the mixed powders for 20 h plus calcination at 1000 °C for 5 h. Morphology of the particles in all of the doped samples was completely hexagonal shape and they had an appropriate distribution. It was found that the sample of BaMg{sub 0.9}Zn{sub 0.9}Zr{sub 1.8}Fe{sub 8.4}O{sub 19} with saturation magnetization and coercive force of 37.3 emu/g and 94 Oe respectively possessed the maximum reflection loss of −19.3 dB at 12.3 GHz with 1.7 GHz bandwidth. - Highlights: • The mechanical activation method was used to prepare: BaMg{sub x}Zn{sub x}X{sub 2x}Fe{sub 12−4x}O{sub 19}(X=Zr, Ce, and Sn) with values of xequal to 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9. • Morphology of the particles in all of the doped samples was completely hexagonal shape and they had an appropriate distribution. • BaMg{sub 0.9}Zn{sub 0.9}Zr{sub 1.8}Fe{sub 8.4}O{sub 19} possesses the maximum reflection loss of −19.3 dB at 12.3 GHz with 1.7 GHz bandwidth.

  16. Improvement of photoluminescence properties and thermal stability of Y{sub 2.9}Ce{sub 0.1}Al{sub 5−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 12} phosphors with Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} addition

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    Zhang, Fangfang [College of Electronic Information and Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Song, Kaixin, E-mail: kxsong@hdu.edu.cn [College of Electronic Information and Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Jiang, Jun [Ningbo Institute of Materials Technologies and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Wu, Song; Zheng, Peng [College of Electronic Information and Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Huang, Qingming [Instrument Analysis and Testing Center, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Xu, Junming; Qin, Huibin [College of Electronic Information and Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Y{sub 2.9}Ce{sub 0.1}Al{sub 5−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 12} phosphors were prepared by solid-state reaction in reduced air ambience. • Si{sup 4+} could be incorporated into the host lattice of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} through partial occupation of the Al{sup 3+} sites. • Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} addition can improve photoluminescence efficiency and thermal stability of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Ce. - Abstract: A series of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} doping Y{sub 2.9}Ce{sub 0.1}Al{sub 5−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 12−3x/2}N{sub 4x/3} phosphors were prepared by solid-state reaction in 95%N{sub 2}–5%H{sub 2} reduced air ambience. The XRD characteristics plus Rietveld refinement results shows that the as-sintered powders are unique crystal phase with the same crystal structure of Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (PDF No. 79-1891). The N element was not detected by the analysis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS). The photoluminescence spectra (PL and PLE) tests show that the exciting and emitting intensity of PLE and PL gradually increase due to the increase of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} concentration. Meanwhile, the phosphorescence decay times are prolonged from 45 ns (x = 0) to 78 ns (x = 0.3), under the monitor of 530 nm wavelength. The thermoluminescence tests (TL) confirm the thermal stability of as-phosphors with Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} addition is much better than that of the pristine Y{sub 2.9}Ce{sub 0.1}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} phosphors.

  17. Nanopowders Y{sub 1−y}Nd{sub y}V{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} with y=0 and 1; x=0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5 synthesized by a sol–gel process. Relationship between morphological characteristics and optical properties

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    Alcaraz, L. [Departamento de Química Inorgánica I, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Isasi, J., E-mail: isasi@quim.ucm.es [Departamento de Química Inorgánica I, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Caballero, A.C. [Departamento de Electrocerámica, Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio (CSIC), Kelsen, 5, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Izquierdo, J.G.; Bañares, L. [Departamento de Química Física I and Centro de Láseres Ultrarrápidos, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-05-15

    Y{sub 1−y}Nd{sub y}V{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} nanopowders with y=0 and 0.1; x=0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5, have been synthetized by a sol–gel process followed by heating in an oxygen flow. This second treatment was done only in the case of samples containing chromium. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The structural analysis revealed that when chromium was inserted at vanadium-sites in Y{sub 0.9}Nd{sub 0.1}VO{sub 4}, the host retained the tetragonal symmetry corresponding to a zircon-type structure, attributed to the space group I4{sub 1}/amd. In addition, a loss of crystallinity was observed when chromium substitutes vanadium into the Y{sub 0.9}Nd{sub 0.1}VO{sub 4} host. The morphological studies revealed agglomerates of spherical particles whose size is increased with the Cr content and confirmed the composition of all synthetized samples. FTIR spectra of these samples exhibit a broadening and a slight shift of the bands around 830 cm{sup −1} towards higher values of frequency when the chromium content increases. The effect of vanadium substitution by chromium on the optical properties was also evaluated by UV–vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies. The broad UV band absorption is due to the presence of Cr{sup 5+}. A decrease of PL emission is found when chromium substitutes vanadium in the YVO{sub 4} host. - Highlights: • Nanophosphors Y{sub 1−y}Nd{sub y}V{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} with y=0, 0.1 and x=0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5 have been synthesized. • Structural analysis reveals structural distortions associated to chromium insertion. • Morphological studies confirm the nanocristalline size and the stoichiometry of synthesized samples. • Chromium insertion causes a decrease of the PL emission intensity.

  18. Structural characterization and electron density distribution studies of (La{sub 0.8}Ca{sub 0.2})(Cr{sub 0.9−x}Co{sub 0.1}Mn{sub x})O{sub 3}

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    Saravanan, R. [Research Centre and Post Graduate Department of physics, The Madura College, Madurai 625011 (India); Thenmozhi, N., E-mail: thenmozhi.n6@gmail.com [PG and Research Department of Physics, NMSSVN College, Nagamalai, Madurai 625019 (India); Fu, Yen-Pei [Department of materials Science and Engineering, National Dong-Hwa University, Shou-Feng, Hualien 974, Taiwan (China)

    2016-07-15

    The doped lanthanum chromite (La{sub 0.8}Ca{sub 0.2})(Cr{sub 0.9−x}Co{sub 0.1}Mn{sub x})O{sub 3} (x=0.03, 0.06, 0.09 and 0.12) were synthesized by solid state reaction technique. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction for structural and charge density analysis. XRD data show that the grown samples are orthorhombic in structure with single phase. The spatial charge density distribution in the unit cell for the synthesized samples has been studied using maximum entropy method. Further, the samples were analyzed by UV–visible spectrometry for optical properties and scanning electron microscopy for surface morphology. From the optical data, it was found that the direct band gap of the samples range from 2.27 to 2.46 eV. The samples were also investigated by vibrating sample magnetometry for magnetic properties. From VSM data, it is inferred that all the samples in this series are found to be predominantly antiferromagnetic in nature. Since the doped lanthanum chromites have good mechanical properties and electrical conductivity at high temperature, these materials are used in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).

  19. Critical parameters near the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition in La{sub 0.7}A{sub 0.3}(Mn{sub 1-x}b{sub x})O{sub 3} (A=Sr; B=Ti and Al; x=0.0 and 0.05) compounds

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    Khiem, N.V. [Hongduc University, 307 Lelai Street, Thanhhoa City (Viet Nam)], E-mail: nvkhiem2002@yahoo.com; Phong, P.T. [Institute of Materials Science, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Bau, L.V. [Hongduc University, 307 Lelai Street, Thanhhoa City (Viet Nam); Nam, D.N.H.; Hong, L.V.; Phuc, N.X. [Institute of Materials Science, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi (Viet Nam)

    2009-07-15

    The critical parameters provide important information concerning the interaction mechanisms near the paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic transition. In this paper, we present a thorough study for the critical behavior of La{sub 0.7}A{sub 0.3}(Mn{sub 1-x}B{sub x})O{sub 3} (A=Sr; B=Ti and Al; x=0.0 and 0.05) polycrystalline samples near ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition temperature by analyzing isothermal magnetization data. We have analyzed our dc-magnetization data near the transition temperature with the help of the modified Arrot plot, Kouvel-Fisher method. We have determined the critical temperature T{sub C} and the critical parameters {beta}, {gamma} and {delta}. With the values of T{sub C}, {beta} and {gamma}, we plot Mx(1-T/T{sub C}){sup -{beta}} vs. Hx(1-T/T{sub C}){sup -{gamma}}. All the data collapse on one of the two curves. This suggests that the data below and above T{sub C} obey scaling, following a single equation of state. Critical parameters for x=0 and x{sub Ti}=0.05 samples are between those predicted for a 3D-Heisenberg model and mean-field theory and for x{sub Al}=0.05 samples the values obtained for the critical parameters are close to those predicted by the mean-field theory.

  20. AC and DC electrical conductivity, dielectric and magnetic properties of Co{sub 0.65}Zn{sub 0.35}Fe{sub 2-x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0, 0.1 and 0.2) ferrites

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    Pradhan, A.K.; Saha, S. [Vidyasagar University, Department of Physics and Techno Physics, Midnapore, West Bengal (India); Nath, T.K. [Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Department of Physics, Kharagpur, West Bengal (India)

    2017-11-15

    Cobalt-Zinc ferrites are an important material for designing multiferroic composite. The Mo (4d-transition metal) doped Cobalt-Zinc ferrites are synthesized using ceramic (solid-state reaction) method. Investigation of detailed ac and dc electrical conductivity, dielectric and magnetic properties of Co{sub 0.65}Zn{sub 0.35}Fe{sub 2-x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0, 0.1 and 0.2) spinel ferrites have been reported here. The recorded XRD pattern confirms the formation of inverse spinel structure of the material. The dielectric dispersion has been studied in detail and the existence of non-Debye type relaxation behavior has been confirmed. The dielectric tangent loss is found to be very small at high frequency. The ac conductivity follows the correlated barrier hopping like model. Also the conduction process can be best explained on the basis of Verwey-de Boer mechanism. Magnetic phase transition of the material is estimated from magnetization vs. temperature plots. (orig.)

  1. Structure and dielectric properties of (Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}){sub 1-x}Na{sub x}(Ti{sub 0.9}Sn{sub 0.1}){sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Ghoudi, Hanen; Khirouni, Kamel [Universite de Gabes, Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux et des Nanomateriaux Appliquee a l' Environnement (La Phy MNE), Faculte des Sciences de Gabes, Gabes (Tunisia); Chkoundali, Souad [Universite de Sfax, Laboratoire des Materiaux Multifonctionnels et Applications (LaMMA), Faculte des Sciences de Sfax (FSS), Sfax (Tunisia); Aydi, Abdelhedi [Universite de Gabes, Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux et des Nanomateriaux Appliquee a l' Environnement (La Phy MNE), Faculte des Sciences de Gabes, Gabes (Tunisia); Universite de Sfax, Laboratoire des Materiaux Multifonctionnels et Applications (LaMMA), Faculte des Sciences de Sfax (FSS), Sfax (Tunisia)

    2017-11-15

    (Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}){sub 1-x}Na{sub x}(Ti{sub 0.9}Sn{sub 0.1}){sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics with compositions x = 0.6, 0.7, 0.8 and 0.9 were synthesized using the solid-state reaction method. These ceramics were examined by X-ray diffraction and dielectric measurements over a broad temperature and frequency ranges. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed a single-perovskite phase crystallized in a cubic structure, for x < 0.8, and in tetragonal, for x ≥ 0.8, with Pm3m and P4mm spaces groups, respectively. Two types of behaviors, classical ferroelectric or relaxor, were observed depending on the x composition. It is noted that temperatures T{sub C} (the Curie temperature) or T{sub m} (the temperature of maximum permittivity) rise when x increases and the relaxor character grows more significantly when x composition decreases. To analyze the dielectric relaxation degree of relaxor, various models were considered. It was proven that an exponential function could well describe the temperature dependence of the static dielectric constant and relaxation time. (orig.)

  2. Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of vanadium-doped manganites La{sub 0.65}Ca{sub 0.35}Mn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.5)

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    Marzouki-Ajmi, A., E-mail: espoir12.08.85@gmail.com [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Centre de Recherche en Numériques de Sfax, B.P 275, 3029 Sfax (Tunisia); Mansouri, M. [Center for Functionalized Magnetic Materials, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, 236041 Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Cheikhrouhou-Koubaa, W. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Centre de Recherche en Numériques de Sfax, B.P 275, 3029 Sfax (Tunisia); Koubaa, M. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Cheikhrouhou, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Centre de Recherche en Numériques de Sfax, B.P 275, 3029 Sfax (Tunisia)

    2017-07-01

    Highlights: • Our samples were prepared using solid state reaction method. • All samples crystallized in orthorhombic structure with Pbnm space group. • Presence of secondary phase LaVO{sub 4} in V-doped samples. • Our samples exhibit PM-FM transition at Curie temperature. • The Curie temperature decreases with V-doping (262 K for x = 0 to 206 K for x = 0.5). • The Magnetic transition was found to be of second order. - Abstract: Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of polycrystalline La{sub 0.65}Ca{sub 0.35}Mn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3} have been investigated. Our samples were prepared using the solid state reaction method at high temperatures. X-ray diffraction analysis show that all samples crystallized in the orthorhombic structure with Pbnm space group with presence of LaVO{sub 4} as secondary phase. The SEM micrographs reveal micrometric grains with bimodal size distribution. Magnetic Measurements indicate that our samples exhibit a PM–FM transition, with a Curie temperature (T{sub C}) decreasing from 262 K for x = 0 to 208 K for x = 0.5; in addition to the presence of the Griffiths phase in the paramagnetic region. Using the isothermal magnetization versus magnetic applied field, we have deduced that the occured magnetic transition is of second order. Moreover, we have calculated the magnetic entropy change, which reaches 5.25 J/kg K for La{sub 0.65}Ca{sub 0.35}Mn{sub 0.5}V{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} compound under 5T. This value is associated to a relative cooling power (RCP) of 207 J/kg.

  3. Magnetism and superconductivity in Ru{sub 1-x}Sr{sub 2}RECu{sub 2+x}O{sub 8-d} (RE=Gd, Eu) and RuSr{sub 2}Gd{sub 1-y}Ce{sub y}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} compounds

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    Klamut, P.W. [Dept. of Physics, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb, IL (United States)]|[Inst. of Low Temperature and Structure Research of Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw (Poland); Dabrowski, B.; Mini, S.M.; Kolesnik, S.; Maxwell, M.; Mais, J. [Dept. of Physics, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb, IL (United States); Shengelaya, A.; Keller, H. [Physik-Inst., Univ. Zuerich, Zuerich (Switzerland); Khazanov, R. [Physik-Inst., Univ. Zuerich, Zuerich (Switzerland)]|[Lab. for Muon-Spin Spectroscopy, Paul Scherrer Inst., Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Savic, I. [Physik-Inst., Univ. Zuerich, Zuerich (Switzerland)]|[Faculty of Physics, Univ. of Belgrade, Belgrade (Yugoslavia); Sulkowski, C.; Wlosewicz, D.; Matusiak, M. [Inst. of Low Temperature and Structure Research of Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw (Poland); Wisniewski, A.; Puzniak, R.; Fita, I. [Inst. of Physics of Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland)

    2002-07-01

    We discuss the properties of new superconducting compositions of ruthenocuprates Ru{sub 1-x}Sr{sub 2}RECu{sub 2+x}O{sub 8-d} (RE=Gd, Eu) that were synthesized at 600 atm. of oxygen at 1080 C. By changing ratio between the Ru and Cu, the temperature of superconducting transition (T{sub C}) raises up to T{sub C}{sup max} = 72 K for x=0.3, 0.4. The hole doping achieved along the series increases with Cu{yields}Ru substitution. For x {ne} 0, T{sub C} can be subsequently tuned between T{sub C}{sup max} and 0 K by changing oxygen content in the compounds. The magnetic characteristics of the RE=Gd and Eu based compounds are interpreted as indicative of constrained dimensionality of the superconducting phase. Muon spin rotation experiments reveal the presence of the magnetic transitions at low temperatures (T{sub m}=14-2 K for x=0.1-0.4) that can originate in the response of Ru/Cu sublattice. RuSr{sub 2}Gd{sub 1-y}Ce{sub 1-y}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (0 {<=} y {<=} 0.1) compounds show the simultaneous increase of T{sub N} and decrease of T{sub C} with y. The effect should be explained by the electron doping that occurs with Ce{yields}Gd substitution. Properties of these two series allow us to propose phase diagram for 1212-type ruthenocuprates that links their properties to the hole doping achieved in the systems. Non-superconducting single-phase RuSr{sub 2}GdCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} and RuSr{sub 2}EuCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} are reported and discussed in the context of the properties of substituted compounds. (orig.)

  4. Enhancement of magnetoresistance and ferromagnetic coupling in the complex perovskites CaCu{sub 3}(Mn{sub 4−x}Al{sub x})O{sub 12} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, and 0.6): A neutron diffraction study

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    Ben Hassine, R.; Cherif, W. [Faculty of Sciences, Sfax University, Sfax, B.P. 1171-3000 (Tunisia); Sánchez-Benítez, J. [Departamento de Química Física I, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Mompean, F. J.; Alonso, J. A., E-mail: ja.alonso@icmm.csic.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Fernández-Díaz, M. T. [Institut Laue-Langevin, B.P. 156, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Elhalouani, F. [National School of Engineers, Sfax University, Sfax, B.P. W 3038 (Tunisia)

    2015-09-14

    New compounds of the series CaCu{sub 3}(Mn{sub 4−x}Al{sub x})O{sub 12} have been prepared under high pressure conditions (2 GPa), in the presence of KClO{sub 4} as oxidizing agent to stabilize Mn{sup 3+,4+} mixed valence. The polycrystalline samples have been characterized by x-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction (NPD), magnetic, and magnetotransport measurements. All the samples are cubic, space group Im-3. These oxides adopt a superstructure of ABO{sub 3} perovskite given by the long-range 1:3 ordering of Ca{sup 2+} and Cu{sup 2+} ions at the A sublattice. The NPD study for x = 0.4 shows that Al{sup 3+} ions are statistically distributed at the octahedral positions, being the (Mn,Al)O{sub 6} octahedra strongly tilted, with superexchange (Mn,Al)-O-(Mn,Al) angles of 142.1°. Also, neutron data clearly show that some Mn{sup 3+} ions (0.65(2) per formula) are located together with Cu{sup 2+} at the square-planar 6b positions. Regarding the magnetic properties, all the compounds present a spontaneous increase of the magnetization below T{sub C}, typical of ferro-or ferrimagnetic materials, with T{sub C} decreasing upon Al introduction. The magnetic structure determined from low-temperature NPD data unveils a ferromagnetic coupling between (Cu{sup 2+}, Mn{sup 3+}){sub 6b} spins and Mn{sub 8c} spins at octahedral positions; this is in contrast with the ferrimagnetic structure observed for RCu{sub 3}Mn{sub 4}O{sub 12} and CaCu{sub 3}Mn{sub 4}O{sub 12}, where an AFM coupling is observed between both magnetic sublattices. Interestingly, an enhancement of the magnetoresistance effect is observed for x = 0.2, well beyond that found for the parent compound. This effect, in materials subtly doped with non-magnetic elements at the Mn positions, may be of interest for applications.

  5. Spin canting observation and cation distribution in CoFe{sub 2−x}In{sub x}O{sub 4} (0.0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1.0) ferrites through low temperature–high field Mössbauer spectral study

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    Pandit, Rabia, E-mail: rabiabest@gmail.com [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (H.P) 177 005 (India); Sharma, K.K.; Kaur, Pawanpreet [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (H.P) 177 005 (India); Reddy, V.R. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Khandwa Road, Indore 4520 17 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Material Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (H.P) 177 005 (India); Shah, Jyoti [National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi 110 012 (India)

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • Rietveld refinement of CoIn{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4} samples confirm single phase spinel structure. • The in-field Mössbauer study reveals canted spin structures in CoIn{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4} ferrites. • In-field Mössbauer study is in line with magnetization measurements. • Cation distribution matches well with experimental integrated intensity ratios. • Shifting of resonance peaks to high frequencies is useful for industrial purposes. - Abstract: In the present work, In{sup 3+} substituted cobalt ferrites (CoFe{sub 2−x}In{sub x}O{sub 4}, x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) have been synthesized via solid-state reaction technique. The Rietveld fitted X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure with space group Fd3{sup ¯}m for all the samples, with additional slight traces of secondary phase for x = 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0 samples. The low temperature (5 K)–high field Mössbauer (5T) spectra are analyzed in detail for probing the magnetic properties of Fe based In{sup 3+} substituted cobalt ferrites. The canted spin structures associated with Fe{sup 3+} ions both at A- and B-sites in the presence of external magnetic field of 5T have been noticed in all the samples. A fair agreement is obtained between the experimental integrated intensity ratios of {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra at A- and B-sites and those calculated on the basis of cation distribution. The effect of In{sup 3+} substitution on various Mössbauer parameters viz hyperfine field distribution, isomer shift, quadrupole splitting and the line width has also been noticed. The magnetization measurements performed at low temperature also reveal the canted spin structures in all the samples. The variations in initial permeability over a wide range of frequency (125 kHz–30 MHz) at 300 K have also been recorded. The initial permeability study reveals the occurrence of resonance phenomenon at very high frequencies which widens the area

  6. Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.2}Sr{sub 0.1}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} compounds with x = 0, 0.05 and 0.1

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    Dhahri, Ah., E-mail: dhahri.ahmad@outlook.fr [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, BP 1171, Université de Sfax, 3000 (Tunisia); Jemmali, M. [Laboratoire des Sciences des Matériaux et de l’Environnement, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, BP 1171, Université de Sfax, 3000 (Tunisia); Taibi, K. [Département SDM, FGMGP/USTHB, 16311 (Algeria); Dhahri, E. [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, BP 1171, Université de Sfax, 3000 (Tunisia); Hlil, E.K. [Institut Néel, CNRS et Université J. Fourier, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble (France)

    2015-01-05

    Highlights: • The samples crystallize in the rhombohedral structure with the R3{sup ¯}c space group. • Enhancement of T{sub C} for the rhombohedral samples. • The relative cooling power increases with Cr-doping. • All samples exhibit a large magnetocaloric effect. • High values of the magnetoresistance in all samples. - Abstract: Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.1}Ca{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} compounds with x = 0, 0.05 and 0.1 have been investigated to shed light on Cr-doping influence. X-ray diffraction studies show that all samples crystallize in the rhombohedral symmetry with R3{sup ¯}c space group. Rietveld refinement structure shows that the insertion of Cr in Mn network modifies the structural parameters such as the volume, Mn–O–Mn angles and the Mn–O bond length. The substitution of Mn by Cr decreases the 2p-3d hybridization between O and Mn ions, reduces the bandwidth and increases the electron–phonon coupling. The investigation of magnetic and magnetocaloric properties reveals that the samples exhibit a paramagnetic(PM)–ferromagnetic (FM) transition with decreasing Curie temperature (T{sub C}) from 294 K to 255 K when Cr doping level increases. The magnetic entropy change (ΔS{sub M}{sup max}) also decreases from 6.20 J kg{sup −1} K{sup −1} for x = 0 to3.80 J kg{sup −1} K{sup −1} for x = 0.1, while the relative cooling power (RCP) increases from 234.5 to 240 J kg{sup −1}, respectively, under a magnetic field of 5 T. These outcomes suggest that Mn-site Cr doping inhibits the enhancement of the magnetocaloric effect in some perovskite manganites. This is explained by the weakening of the ferromagnetic double-exchange interaction between Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} ions.

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

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

    2012-11-01

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

  8. Enhanced relative cooling power of Fe-doped La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.22}Ba{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} perovskites: Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties

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    Ben Hassine, R.; Cherif, W. [Sfax University, Faculty of Sciences, B. P. 1171, 3000 (Tunisia); Alonso, J.A., E-mail: ja.alonso@icmm.csic.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Mompean, F. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Fernández-Díaz, M.T. [Institut Laue-Langevin, B.P. 156, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Elhalouani, F. [Sfax University, National School of Engineers, B. P. W 3038 (Tunisia)

    2015-11-15

    We present the structural and magnetic properties of a novel series of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.22}Ba{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) perovskites prepared by the sol–gel method. These oxides were characterized by x-ray (XRD), neutron powder diffraction (NDP) at room temperature and magnetization measurements versus temperature and various applied magnetic fields. The NPD data, very sensitive to the octahedral tilting, show a crystallographic phase transition from an orthorhombic structure (Pnma) for x = 0 to a rhombohedral structure (R-3c) for Fe-doped samples. Magnetic data show that x = 0 and x = 0.1 perovskites exhibit a paramagnetic–ferromagnetic transition at low temperature, while for 0.2 ≤ x ≤ 0.3 a strong divergence between ZFC and FC curves suggest the presence of antagonistic antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic interactions. The magnetic entropy change (|ΔSmax|) takes values of 2.46 J kg{sup −1} K{sup −1}, 2.43 J kg{sup −1} K{sup −1} and 0.91 J kg{sup −1} for x = 0, x = 0.1 and 0.2, respectively at 5 T. The relative cooling power (RCP) amounts 169 J Kg{sup −1}, 241 J Kg{sup −1} and 70 J Kg{sup −1} at 5 T for x = 0, 0.1, 0.2 respectively. These values are compared favorably with those of some others reported manganites, making La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.22}Ba{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 0.1}O{sub 3} a promising candidate for magnetic refrigeration. - Graphical abstract: The title perovskites present a crystallographic phase transition from an orthorhombic structure (Pnma) for x = 0 to a rhombohedral structure (R-3c) for Fe-doped samples, as shown in a neutron study. Magnetic data show that x = 0 and x = 0.1 perovskites exhibit sharp paramagnetic–ferromagnetic transitions. The relative cooling power (RCP) is as high as 241 J Kg{sup −1} for x = 0.1, being a promising candidate for magnetic refrigeration. - Highlights: • Novel Fe-doped manganite oxides prepared by a sol–gel procedure. • Neutron diffraction shows

  9. Magnetic Composite Thin Films of Fe{sub x}O{sub y} Nanoparticles and Photocrosslinked Dextran Hydrogels

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    Brunsen, Annette, E-mail: brunsen@mpip-mainz.mpg.de [Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Department of Chemistry, Technical University Darmstadt, Petersenstr. 22, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Utech, Stefanie, E-mail: utech@uni-mainz.de [Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Jakob-Welder-Weg 11, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (IMM), Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20, 55129 Mainz, German (Germany); Maskos, Michael, E-mail: maskos@uni-mainz.de [Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH (IMM), Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20, 55129 Mainz, German (Germany); Knoll, Wolfgang, E-mail: Wolfgang.Knoll@ait.ac.at [Austrian Institute of Technology, Tech Gate Vienna, Donau-City-Str. 1, 1220 Wien (Austria); Jonas, Ulrich, E-mail: jonas@mpip-mainz.mpg.de [Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz (Germany) and Macromolecular Chemistry, Department Chemistry - Biology, University of Siegen, Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2, 57076 Siegen (Germany) and Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas - FORTH, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Bio-Organic Materials Chemistry Laboratory - BOMCLab, Nikolaou Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton, 71110 Heraklion, Crete (Greece)

    2012-04-15

    Magnetic hydrogel composites are promising candidates for a broad field of applications from medicine to mechanical engineering. Here, surface-attached composite films of magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) and a polymeric hydrogel (HG) were prepared from magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and a carboxymethylated dextran with photoreactive benzophenone substituents. A blend of the MNP and the dextran polymer was prepared by mixing in solution, and after spin-coating and drying the blend film was converted into a stable MNP-HG composite by photocrosslinking through irradiation with UV light. The bulk composite material shows strong mobility in a magnetic field, imparted by the MNPs. By utilizing a surface layer of a photoreactive adhesion promoter on the substrates, the MNP-HG films were covalently immobilized during photocrosslinking. The high stability of the composite was documented by rinsing experiments with UV-Vis spectroscopy, while surface plasmon resonance and optical waveguide mode spectroscopy was employed to investigate the swelling behavior in dependence of the nanoparticle concentration, the particle type, and salt concentration. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer blending of iron oxide nanoparticles with photocrosslinkable carboxymethyldextran. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer UV irradiation of blend yields surface-attached, magnetic hydrogel films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer film characterization by surface plasmon resonance/optical waveguide spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer swelling decreases with increasing nanoparticle content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer swelling decreases with increasing NaCl salt concentration in the aqueous medium.

  10. Application of Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} catalysts for the synthesis of diethyl carbonate from ethanol and carbon dioxide

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    Prymak, I.; Kalevaru, V.N.; Kollmorgen, P.; Wohlrab, S. [Leibniz-Institut fuer Katalyse e.V. an der Universitaet Rostock (Germany); Martin, A.

    2013-11-01

    The direct synthesis of diethyl carbonate (DEC) from ethanol and CO{sub 2} is indeed an attractive approach from both academic and commercial points of view. In the present study, we report on the synthesis, characterization and catalytic evaluation of Ce-Zr-O solids with varying Ce/Zr ratios. The catalysts were prepared by citrate complexation method, and characterized by various techniques such as N{sub 2} adsorption (BET-SA), XRD, H{sub 2}-TPR, NH{sub 3}-TPD etc. The catalytic performance of these catalysts was evaluated towards the synthesis of DEC from ethanol and CO{sub 2} under suitable reaction conditions. According to thermodynamic data, the reaction is favorable at low reaction temperatures and high reaction pressures. Thus, the catalytic experiments were carried out in a continuous mode using a plug-flow reactor that was operated up to 200 bar and ca. 200 C. The effect of the reaction temperature (30-180 C) and pressure (80-180 bar) on the yield of DEC was investigated. Among various catalysts tested, Ce-Zr-O catalyst with 80 mol% Ce content has exhibited a relatively better performance compared to all other Ce-Zr-O catalysts. DEC yield increased with increasing reaction temperature up to 140 C. The highest yield of DEC obtained from the best case was 0.7 % at 140 C and at 140 bars. Further increase in temperature to 180 C caused a decrease in the DEC formation due to thermodynamic reasons as mentioned above. The ceria proportion has shown a considerable influence on the BET surface areas and thereby catalytic activity as well. The results revealed that the redox properties as well as acidity characteristics of the solids are strongly influenced by the content of Ce in the catalysts, which in turn showed a clear impact on the catalytic performance. (orig.)

  11. Solubility studies, thermodynamics and electrical conductivity in the Th{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}O{sub 2} system

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    Subasri, R.; Mallika, C.; Mathews, T.; Sastry, V.S.; Sreedharan, O.M. E-mail: oms@igcar.ernet.in

    2003-02-01

    A polymeric gel combustion method was employed for the lower temperature synthesis of 1, 2, 3, 5, 7.5, 10 and 15 mol.% SrO doped ThO{sub 2} solid solutions. After final sintering of these samples at 1573 K in Ar, the solubility limit was found to be 1 mol.%, giving rise to a composition-independent value of (559.84{+-}0.02) pm (at 300 K) for the CaF{sub 2}-type unit cell. AC impedance measurements carried out on discs of 1, 2, 3 and 5 mol.% SrO in ThO{sub 2} discs in flowing Ar, yielded values of 116, 115, 128 and 96 kJ/mol, respectively as the activation energies for the bulk ionic conductivity. The thermodynamic activities of SrO in the 1, 2 and 3 mol.% solid solutions were measured using [SrO]{sub ThO{sub 2}},SrF{sub 2},O{sub 2},Pt as the test electrodes and SrZrO{sub 3},ZrO{sub 2},SrF{sub 2},O{sub 2},Pt as the reference with sintered SrF{sub 2} as the electrolyte over the range of approximately 650-800 K. The activity values differed marginally from each other, but were indicative of the combined (and not free) state of SrO. Hence, only a limiting value of a{sub SrO} for the just saturated (mole fraction of SrO=0.01) thoria solid solution could be derived as log a{sub SrO}=0.36-4602/T (K)

  12. Influence of Ti{sup 4+} on the magnetic state of CaRu{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3}

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    Zorkovska, A. [Centre of Low Temperature Physics of the Faculty of Science UPJS and Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, 04154 Kosice (Slovakia)]. E-mail: anna.zorkovska@upjs.sk; Baran, A. [Centre of Low Temperature Physics of the Faculty of Science UPJS and Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, 04154 Kosice (Slovakia); Bradaric, I. [' Vinca' Institute of Nuclear Sciences, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro); Savic, I. [Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro); Sebek, J. [Institute of Physics AS CR, 18221 Prague (Czech Republic); Santava, E. [Institute of Physics AS CR, 18221 Prague (Czech Republic); Svoboda, P. [Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, DES, 12116 Prague (Czech Republic); Marincev, D. [Department of Physics, Military Academy, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro); Kohout, S. [Physik Inst. der Universitaet Zuerich, CH 80-57 Zurich (Switzerland); Keller, H. [Physik Inst. der Universitaet Zuerich, CH 80-57 Zurich (Switzerland); Feher, A. [Centre of Low Temperature Physics of the Faculty of Science UPJS and Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, 04154 Kosice (Slovakia)

    2007-09-15

    In order to shed more light on the character of magnetic correlations at low temperatures in CaRuO{sub 3}, the delicate effect of substituting nonmagnetic Ti{sup 4+} for Ru{sup 4+} in low concentrations (0.5-15%) has been investigated by magnetization, AC-susceptibility and specific heat measurements. Despite the clear features in magnetic measurement data at 34K no specific heat anomaly has been observed, nevertheless, two temperature regions with different magnetic characters have been identified. In pure CaRuO{sub 3} significant low-temperature upturn of C/T is visible below 15K. This feature is suppressed by Ti substitution.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  14. Synthesis, magnetization and photocatalytic activity of LaFeO{sub 3} and LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5-x}O{sub 3-{delta}}

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    Wei, Zhi-Xian, E-mail: zx_wei@126.com [Beijing Institute of Protective Materials and Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Department of Chemistry, Science Institute, North University of China, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030051 (China); Wang, Yan [Department of Chemistry, Chengde Teachers College for Nationalities, Chengde, Hebei 067000 (China); Liu, Ji-Ping, E-mail: liujp@bit.edu.cn [Beijing Institute of Protective Materials and Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Xiao, Cai-Mei; Zeng, Wei-Wei [Department of Chemistry, Science Institute, North University of China, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030051 (China)

    2012-10-15

    Perovskite LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} and LaFeO{sub 3} were synthesized by stearic acid solution combustion method. The obtained powders were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), XPS techniques and UV-vis absorption spectra techniques. The magnetic properties of the LaFeO{sub 3} and LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} were measured, and they were also evaluated for their photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under the sunlight irradiation. The experimental results show that the catalytic activities of the LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} were much higher than those of LaFeO{sub 3} due to its higher oxygen vacancies, variable valency Mn ions and the strong absorption in visible light. The optimum conditions for photocatalytic degradation MO using LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} were achieved. The ferromagnetism of the LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} could be caused by the Mn{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+}double exchange interaction, Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 3+} superexchange interactions as well as the defective state in LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}}. The LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} is applicable to the magnetic separation process for its lower coercivity (Hc) and remanent magnetization (Mr), and it can be reusable and maintain relatively high activity. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} is a bifunctional photocatalyst. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The origin of the ferromagnetism of the LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} is discussed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} shows much higher photocatalytic activity than that of LaFeO{sub 3.} Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaFe{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3-{delta}} can be recycled by an external magnetic field and redispersed again.

  15. Microwave-assisted optimization of the manganese redox states for enhanced capacity and capacity retention of LiAl(subx)Mn(sub2-x)O(sub4) (x = 0 and 0.3) spinel materials

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    Nkosi, FP

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available -assisted optimization of the manganese redox states for enhanced capacity and capacity retention of LiAlxMn2-xO4 (x = 0 and 0.3) spinel materials Funeka P. Nkosi1,2, Charl J. Jafta2, Mesfin Kebede2, Lukas le Roux2, Mkhulu K. Mathe2, and Kenneth I. Ozoemena,1... polypropylene-based membrane separator soaked in non-aqueous electrolyte. A 1 M LiPF6 in EC/DC/DMC in 1:1:1 volume ratio solution was used as the electrolyte. LiPF6 in EC-DMC-DEC has increased ion mobility and high ionic conductivity compared to a commercial...

  16. Novel phenomenon of magnetism and superconductivity in Fe-doped superconductor Bi{sub 4-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 4}S{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1)

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    Li, Qing [Shanghai University, Department of Physics, Shanghai (China); Shanghai University, Materials Genome Institute, Shanghai (China); Wang, Difei; Yu, Chuan; Yin, Xunqing; Kang, Jian; Cheng, Cheng; Deng, Dongmei; Jing, Chao [Shanghai University, Department of Physics, Shanghai (China); Feng, Zhenjie; Cao, Shixun; Zhang, Jincang [Shanghai University, Department of Physics, Shanghai (China); Shanghai University, Materials Genome Institute, Shanghai (China); Shanghai Key Laboratory of High Temperature Superconductors, Shanghai (China); Chu, Hao [California Institute of Technology, Department of Applied Physics, Pasadena, CA (United States); Li, Xiaolong [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Shanghai (China)

    2017-06-15

    We report the effects of Fe doping on the BiS{sub 2}-based superconductor Bi{sub 4}O{sub 4}S{sub 3}. It has been found that the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub C}{sup onset}) is slightly enhanced by Fe doping. The magnetic susceptibility results reveal the coexistence of superconductivity and long-range ferrimagnetism in these samples. A new magnetic transition temperature T{sub V} (Verwey transition) from the M-T curves at ∝112 K is observed. The isothermal magnetization curves (M-H) indicate a weak ferrimagnetism, which is probably due to the antiparallel ordering of Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} magnetic moments. The coexistence of superconductivity and ferro/ferrimagnetism makes bismuth oxysulfide superconductor a platform for understanding superconductivity from a new perspective. (orig.)

  17. Deposition and characterization of pulsed direct current magnetron sputtered Al{sub 95.5}Cr{sub 2.5}Si{sub 2} (N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) thin films

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    Najafi, H., E-mail: hossein.najafi@epfl.c [Institut de Physique de la Matiere Condensee (IPMC), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015, Lausanne (Switzerland); Shetty, A.; Karimi, A. [Institut de Physique de la Matiere Condensee (IPMC), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015, Lausanne (Switzerland); Morstein, M. [Platit AG, Advanced Coating Systems, CH-2545 Selzach (Switzerland)

    2010-10-29

    Aluminum rich oxynitride thin films were prepared using pulsed direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering from an Al{sub 95.5}Cr{sub 2.5}Si{sub 2} (at.%) target. Two series of films were deposited at 400 {sup o}C and 650 {sup o}C by changing the O{sub 2}/(O{sub 2} + N{sub 2}) ratio in the reactive gas from 0% (pure nitrides) to 100% (pure oxides). The films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nanoindentation. The results showed the existence of three different regions of microstructure and properties with respect to the oxygen concentration. For the samples deposited at 650 {sup o}C in the nitrogen rich region (O{sub 2}/(O{sub 2} + N{sub 2}) {<=} 0.08), the formation of the h-AlN (002) and Al-N bond were confirmed by XRD and XPS measurements. The hardness of the films was around 30 GPa. In the intermediate region (0.08 {<=} O{sub 2}/(O{sub 2} + N{sub 2}) {<=} 0.24), the presence of an amorphous structure and the shifting of the binding energies to lower values corresponding to non-stoichiometric compounds were observed and the hardness decreased to 12 GPa. The lowering of mechanical properties was attributed to the transition of the clean target to the reacted target under non-steady state deposition conditions. In the oxygen rich region (0.24 {<=} (O{sub 2}/(O{sub 2} + N{sub 2}) {<=} 1), the existence of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-(113), {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-(116) and Al-O bonds confirmed the domination of this phase in this region of deposition and the hardness increased again to 30-35 GPa. Films deposited at 400 {sup o}C showed the same behavior except in the oxygen rich region, where hardness remains low at about 12-14 GPa.

  18. Magnesium doped gallium phosphonates Ga{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}[H{sub 3+x}(O{sub 3}PCH{sub 2}){sub 3}N] (x = 0, 0.20) and the influence on proton conductivity

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    Homburg, Thomas; Reinsch, Helge; Stock, Norbert [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany); Tschense, Carsten B.L.; Senker, Juergen [Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry III, University of Bayreuth (Germany); Wolkersdoerfer, Konrad; Wark, Michael [Institut fuer Chemie, Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg (Germany); Toebbens, Daniel; Zander, Stefan [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie GmbH, Berlin (Germany)

    2018-02-01

    In our contribution to the development of new proton conductive coordination polymers (CPs) we focus on the impact of a partial replacement of Ga{sup 3+} by Mg{sup 2+}. This approach should come along with the introduction of additional protons due to charge balances. In a first step we have synthesized an isostructural compound to the literature known compound AlH{sub 3}P3N [H{sub 6}P3N = nitrilotris(methylene)triphosphonic acid], where Al{sup 3+} is replaced by Ga{sup 3+}, since all attempts to incorporate Mg{sup 2+} ions directly into AlH{sub 3}P3N were not successful. The relative amount of Mg{sup 2+} and Ga{sup 3+} was established by EDX analysis. Rietveld refinement of the synchrotron data located the Ga{sup 3+} and Mg{sup 2+} ions on a split position, proving the disordered incorporation of the Mg{sup 2+} ions. Solid-state NMR spectroscopy confirms a disordered protonation of the phosphonate groups as well and shows that all amine groups are protonated. In order to investigate the effect on the proton conductivity the compounds Ga[H{sub 3}(O{sub 3}PCH{sub 2}){sub 3}N], denoted GaH{sub 3}P3N as well as Ga{sub 0.80}Mg{sub 0.20}[H{sub 3.20}(O{sub 3}PCH{sub 2}){sub 3}N], denoted GaMgH{sub 3.20}P3N, were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Arrhenius behavior in the investigated temperature range (70-130 C) was found for both compounds (activation energies of E{sub a} = 0.15 eV for GaH{sub 3}P3N and 0.17 eV for GaMgH{sub 3.20}P3N). The GaMgH{sub 3.20}P3N sample shows a reduced proton mobility (σ = 1.2 x 10{sup -4} S.cm{sup -1}) of about one order of magnitude in comparison to GaH{sub 3}P3N (σ = 1.0 x 10{sup -3} S.cm{sup -1}). (copyright 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Ordered perovskites with cationic vacancies. 11. System Ba/sub 2/Gd/sub 2/3/vacant/sub 1/3/U/sub 1-x/W/sub x/O/sub 6/

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    Wischert, W; Oelkrug, D; Schittenhelm, H J; Kemmler-Sack, S [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Lehrstuhl fuer Anorganische Chemie 2

    1982-12-01

    The cation deficient polymorphic perovskites Ba/sub 2/Gd/sub 2/3/vacant/sub 1/3/UO/sub 6/ and Ba/sub 2/Gd/sub 2/3/vacant/sub 1/3/WO/sub 6/ form a continuous series of mixed crystals, which crystallize over a wide range (x = 0.1 up to 0.99) in a cubic 1:1 ordered perovskite lattice. According to the investigations of the vibrational spectra, the diffuse reflectance spectra, and the photoluminescence - opposite to isostructural perovskites wihout vacancies - different species of UO/sub 6/ and WO/sub 6/ octahedra are present. Numerous differences in properties - e.g. an orange emission colour in comparison with a green one by absence of vacancies - are based upon that.

  20. Structural transformation and multiferroic properties of single-phase Bi{sub 0.89}Tb{sub 0.11}Fe{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Dong, Guohua; Tan, Guoqiang, E-mail: tan3114@163.com; Luo, Yangyang; Liu, Wenlong; Ren, Huijun; Xia, Ao

    2014-01-30

    Pure BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) and Tb, Mn co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BTFMO) thin films were deposited on SnO{sub 2}: F (FTO)/glass substrates using a chemical solution deposition method. Detailed investigations were made on the influence of (Tb, Mn) co-doping on the structure change and the electric properties of the BFO films. With the co-doping of Tb and Mn, the structural transformation from rhombohedral R3c to triclinic P1 is confirmed through XRD, Rietveld refinement and Raman analysis. XPS analysis clarifies that (Tb, Mn) co-doping avails to decrease oxygen vacancy concentration, showing less Fe{sup 2+} ions in the co-doped BTFMO thin films than that of the pure BFO thin film. Among the co-doped thin films, the BTFM{sub 1}O film shows the highly enhanced ferroelectric properties with a giant remnant polarization value (2P{sub r} = 180.3 μC/cm{sup 2}). The structural transformation, the well-distributed fine grains and the reduction of leakage current favor enhanced ferroelectric property of (Tb, Mn) co-doped BFO films. It is also found that the BTFM{sub 1}O film shows the enhanced ferromagnetism with the saturated magnetization (M{sub s} = 2.5 emu/cm{sup 3}) as a result of the collapse of space modulated spin structure by the structure transformation.

  1. Nd{sup 3+}-substituted (Zr{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x})O{sub 2} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) system: Synthesis, structural and thermophysical investigations

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    Nandi, Chiranjit [Radiometallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, HBNI, Mumbai 400085 (India); Grover, V., E-mail: Vinita@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, HBNI, Mumbai 400085 (India); Sahu, M. [Radioanalytical Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Krishnan, K. [Fuel Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Guleria, A. [Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Kaity, Santu; Prakash, Amrit [Radiometallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, HBNI, Mumbai 400085 (India); Tyagi, A.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, HBNI, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2016-10-15

    In order to mimic co-loading of Pu and Am in zirconia, Nd{sub 0.20}[Zr{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}]{sub 0.80}O{sub 1.90} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) system was synthesized and thoroughly characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The entire system was found to be single-phasic fluorite-type and most interesting result is stabilization of multi-phasic ceria-zirconia system in a single-phasic system by substituting Nd{sup 3+}. Raman spectroscopy revealed entirely different nature of defects prevalent in the solid solutions possessing F-type structure across the composition range. The heat capacity of representative compositions was measured by heat flux-type differential scanning calorimeter. Specific heat capacity of the solid solutions was found to increase with decreasing CeO{sub 2} content. Different thermodynamic functions such as enthalpy increment, entropy and Gibbs energy functions were determined using heat capacity values. The lattice thermal expansion (298–1273 K) behaviour of the few selected compositions revealed a gradual increase in thermal expansion coefficient with increasing CeO{sub 2} content. - Highlights: • Single-phasic fluorite-type solid solution obtained across the composition range. • Multi-phasic CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} system converted into single-phasic by Nd{sup 3+} substitution. • Different local structures and defects in Ce-rich and Zr-rich regions. • Lattice thermal expansion coefficient increases with increasing CeO{sub 2} content. • Thermal expansion behaviour is a manifestation of decreasing melting point.

  2. Study on adsorption of O{sub 2} on LaFe{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 1 0) surface by density function theory calculation

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    Liu, Xing, E-mail: liuxing0108@mail.sdu.edu.cn [Civil Engineer Department, Qingdao Technological University (Linyi), Easter Outer Ring Road 1, Linyi, 273400 (China); Cheng, Bin [Civil Engineer Department, Qingdao Technological University (Linyi), Easter Outer Ring Road 1, Linyi, 273400 (China); Hu, Jifan; Qin, Hongwei [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Material, Department of Physics, Shandong University, Hongjialou 5, Jinan, 250100 (China)

    2012-09-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg-doping can change the electronic properties of LaFeO{sub 3} (0 1 0) surface by decreasing the band gap. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The position and content of Mg-doping can both affect the ability to adsorb O{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The strong hybridization between O{sub 2} p and Fe d orbital is the origin of binding mechanism. - Abstract: The adsorption of O{sub 2} on the clean and Mg doped LaFeO{sub 3} (0 1 0) surface has been investigated using the density functional theory (DFT) method. Calculation results show that Mg-doping can change the electronic properties of LaFeO{sub 3} (0 1 0) surface by decreasing the band gap. When Mg ions were not on the first layer of the surface, with increasing Mg content the adsorption of O{sub 2} was enhanced. When Mg ions were on the first layer, the adsorption of O{sub 2} was weakened with the increase of Mg content. The analysis results of the DOS indicated that the Mg ion and adsorbed O{sub 2} had no strong hybridization, and the bonding mechanism was originated from the strong hybridization between the O p and Fe d orbital. Referring to all the calculation results, it was found that except for the increase of stability of oxygen adsorption, the Mg doping could not improve the sensitivity to O{sub 2}.

  3. Magnetic and photoluminescence properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-SiO{sub 2}-YP{sub 1-x}V{sub x}O{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} nanocomposites

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    Shi Jianhui; Liu Deming; Tong Lizhu; Yang Xuwei [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); Yang Hua, E-mail: huayang86@sina.com [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China)

    2011-10-20

    Highlights: > Bifunctional Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-SiO{sub 2}-YP{sub 0.1}V{sub 0.9}O{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} nanocomposite was fabricated by a sol-gel method. > The structure, luminescent and magnetic properties were characterized of the nanocomposites. > It is shown that the nanocomposite with a core-shell structure has excellent fluorescent and magnetic properties. > The effects of the magnetic field on the luminescence properties of nanocomposite were discussed. - Abstract: In this paper, we report on the bifunctional Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-SiO{sub 2}-YP{sub 0.1}V{sub 0.9}O{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} nanocomposites were prepared by the solvothermal method and sol-gel method. The structure, photoluminescence (PL) and magnetic properties of the nanocomposites were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, PL excitation and emission spectra and vibration sample magnetometry. It is shown that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-SiO{sub 2}-YP{sub 0.1}V{sub 0.9}O{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} nanocomposites with a core-shell structure present excellent fluorescent and magnetic properties. Additionally, the effects of the magnetic field on the luminescence properties of nanocomposites were discussed.

  4. Structural properties of CaTi{sub 1-x}(Nb{sub 2/3}Li{sub 2/3}){sub x}O{sub 3-d}elta (CNLTO) and CaTi{sub 1-x}(Nb{sub 1/2}Ln{sub 1/2}){sub x}O{sub 3} (Ln=Fe (CNFTO), Bi (CNBTO)), modified dielectric ceramics for microwave applications

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    Costa, R.C.S. [Laboratorio de Telecomunicacoes e Ciencia e Engenharia dos Materiais (LOCEM), Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Caixa Postal 6030, CEP 60455-760, Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil); Departamento de Engenharia de Teleinformatica, CP 6007, Universidade Federal do Ceara, CEP 60455-760, Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil); Bruno Costa, A.D.S. [Departamento de Engenharia de Teleinformatica, CP 6007, Universidade Federal do Ceara, CEP 60455-760, Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil); Freire, F.N.A.; Santos, M.R.P.; Almeida, J.S.; Sohn, R.S.T.M. [Laboratorio de Telecomunicacoes e Ciencia e Engenharia dos Materiais (LOCEM), Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Caixa Postal 6030, CEP 60455-760, Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil); Sasaki, J.M. [Laboratorio de Raios-X, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Caixa Postal 6030, CEP 60455-760, Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil); Sombra, A.S.B., E-mail: sombra@fisica.ufc.b [Laboratorio de Telecomunicacoes e Ciencia e Engenharia dos Materiais (LOCEM), Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Caixa Postal 6030, CEP 60455-760, Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil)

    2009-05-01

    This paper presents an investigation of the structural characteristics of Nb{sub 1/2}Bi{sub 1/2} (CNBTO), Nb{sub 1/2}Fe{sub 1/2} (CNFTO) and Nb{sub 2/3}Li{sub 1/3} (CNLTO) substitution into the B-site of calcium titanate ceramics. The modified CaTiO{sub 3} (CTO) ceramics were prepared by the conventional solid-state method. The compounds were investigated, by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). The X-ray analysis shows that all samples have an orthorhombic structure. The refinement analysis of all samples were also performed and discussed in this paper. For all studied samples, a Raman mode at 805 cm{sup -1} was detected and its intensity increases as the substitution increases. The dielectric permittivity and loss at microwave frequencies (MW) were investigated. The CNLTO phase, present the highest dielectric constant (k=35.8) at 3.9 GHz with loss (tg alpha=7x10{sup -3}). The lowest value of k=25.7 (f=4.8 GHz) and tg alpha=3x10{sup -3}, was obtained for the CNFTO phase. These measurements confirm the possible use of such material for microwave devices like dielectric resonator antennas.

  5. Tree age dependence and within-canopy variation of leaf gas exchange and antioxidative defence in Fagus sylvatica under experimental free-air ozone exposure

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    Herbinger, K. [Institut fuer Pflanzenwissenschaften, Universitaet Graz, Schubertstrasse 51, A-8010 Graz (Austria)]. E-mail: karin.herbinger@uni-graz.at; Then, Ch. [Bundesamt und Forschungszentrum fuer Wald, Abteilung Forstpflanzenphysiologie, Rennweg 1, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)]|[Lehrstuhl fuer Oekophysiologie der Pflanzen, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Life Sciences Center Weihenstephan, Am Hochanger 13, D-85354 Freising (Germany); Loew, M.; Koch, N. [Lehrstuhl fuer Oekophysiologie der Pflanzen, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Life Sciences Center Weihenstephan, Am Hochanger 13, D-85354 Freising (Germany); Haberer, K.; Alexous, M. [Institut fuer Forstbotanik und Baumphysiologie, Universitaet Freiburg, Georges-Koehler-Allee 053/054, D-79085 Freiburg (Germany); Remele, K. [Institut fuer Pflanzenwissenschaften, Universitaet Graz, Schubertstrasse 51, A-8010 Graz (Austria); Heerdt, C. [Lehrstuhl fuer Bioklimatologie und Immissionsforschung, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Hochanger 13, D-85354 Freising (Germany); Grill, D. [Institut fuer Pflanzenwissenschaften, Universitaet Graz, Schubertstrasse 51, A-8010 Graz (Austria); Rennenberg, H. [Institut fuer Forstbotanik und Baumphysiologie, Universitaet Freiburg, Georges-Koehler-Allee 053/054, D-79085 Freiburg (Germany); Haeberle, K.-H.; Matyssek, R. [Lehrstuhl fuer Oekophysiologie der Pflanzen, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Life Sciences Center Weihenstephan, Am Hochanger 13, D-85354 Freising (Germany); Tausz, M. [Institut fuer Pflanzenwissenschaften, Universitaet Graz, Schubertstrasse 51, A-8010 Graz (Austria)]|[[School of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne, Water Street, Creswick, Vic. 3363 (Australia); Wieser, G. [Bundesamt und Forschungszentrum fuer Wald, Abteilung Forstpflanzenphysiologie, Rennweg 1, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)

    2005-10-15

    We characterized leaf gas exchange and antioxidative defence of two-year-old seedlings and 60-year-old trees of Fagus sylvatica exposed to ambient (1xO{sub 3}) or two-fold ambient (2xO{sub 3}) O{sub 3} concentrations (maximum of 150 ppb) in a free-air canopy exposure system throughout the growing season. Decline in photosynthesis from sun-exposed to shaded conditions was more pronounced in adult than juvenile trees. Seedling leaves and leaves in the sun-exposed canopy had higher stomatal conductance and higher internal CO{sub 2} concentrations relative to leaves of adult trees and leaves in shaded conditions. There was a weak overall depression of photosynthesis in the 2xO{sub 3} variants across age classes and canopy positions. Pigment and tocopherol concentrations of leaves were significantly affected by canopy position and tree age, whereas differences between 1xO{sub 3} and 2xO{sub 3} regimes were not observed. Glutathione concentrations were significantly increased under 2xO{sub 3} across both age classes and canopy levels. Seedlings differed from adult trees in relevant physiological and biochemical traits in ozone response. The water-soluble antioxidative systems responded most sensitively to 2xO{sub 3} without regard of tree age or canopy position. - Ozone effects on leaf gas exchange and antioxidative systems of beech across tree age and canopy level were investigated in a free air exposure system.

  6. Lattice contraction and lattice deformation of UO{sub 2} and ThO{sub 2} doped with Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Baena, Angela [Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Institute for Nuclear Materials Science, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); KU Leuven, Department of Chemistry, Celestijnenlaan 200F, P.O. Box 2404, B-3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Cardinaels, Thomas; Govers, Kevin; Pakarinen, Janne [Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Institute for Nuclear Materials Science, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); Binnemans, Koen [KU Leuven, Department of Chemistry, Celestijnenlaan 200F, P.O. Box 2404, B-3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Verwerft, Marc, E-mail: marc.verwerft@sckcen.be [Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Institute for Nuclear Materials Science, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium)

    2015-12-15

    The lattice deformations in two doped fluorite systems, (U{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2.00} and (Th{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2−x/2}, have been reassessed by precise X-ray and electron diffraction investigations and the results were interpreted using the Bond Valence Sum (BVS) approach. For the (U{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2.00} system, the experimental findings and theoretical assessment confirm earlier work: the lattice keeps its fluorite structure with a unit cell parameter that contracts linearly with dopant concentration. The lattice contraction in the (Th{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2−x/2} system has for the first time been analyzed up to the solubility limit. Similar as for (U{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2.00}, the (Th{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2−x/2} solid solution contracts linearly as a function of dopant concentration but additionally, it develops a superstructure which is closely related to the parent fluorite structure. An excess anion bixbyite trial model is proposed to describe this superstructure. - Highlights: • Lattice deformations of (U{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2.00} & (Th{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2−x/2} are not identical. • (U{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2.00} retains its fluorite structure. • (Th{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2−x/2} forms an excess-anion bixbyite structure. • (U{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2.00} and (Th{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2−x/2} contractions were evaluated with high precision.

  7. Influence of Mg{sup 2+} doping on the structure and electrochemical performances of layered LiNi{sub 0.6}Co{sub 0.2-x}Mn{sub 0.2}Mg{sub x}O{sub 2} cathode materials

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    Huang, Zhenjun; Wang, Zhixing, E-mail: zxwang.csu@hotmail.com; Guo, Huajun; Li, Xinhai

    2016-06-25

    Introducing the Mg ion into host lattice is applied to improving the electrochemical performance of LiNi{sub 0.6}Co{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.2}O{sub 2}. The effect of Mg substitution for Co on the structure, morphology, electrochemical properties and Li{sup +} diffusion coefficients are investigated in details. Rietveld refinement results reveal that Mg is incorporated into the bulk lattice, which results in reduced cation mixing and expand c-lattice parameter. All Mg-doped sample exhibit better cycle and rate performances, although the Mg substitution for Co led to decreasing a part of capacity. The Li diffusion coefficients obtained by galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT) are increased with increases of Mg content. - Highlights: • Mg-doped sample exhibits better electrochemical performance. • The change of crystal structure by Mg doping are studied. • The Mg doping improves the lithium ion diffusion coefficient.

  8. Electrochromic Ni–Fe oxide thin films synthesized by an atmospheric pressure plasma jet for flexible electrochromic application

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    Lin, Yun-Sen, E-mail: yslin@fcu.edu.tw; Chuang, Pei-Ying; Shie, Ping-Shiun

    2014-11-03

    Flexible-electrochromic organo-nickel-iron oxide (NiFe{sub x}O{sub y}C{sub z}) films deposited onto flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET)/indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates using atmospheric-pressure plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition with an atmospheric pressure plasma jet under various flow rates of oxygen gases are investigated. Precursors [nickelocence, Ni(C{sub 5}H{sub 5}){sub 2}] and [ferrocence, Fe(C{sub 5}H{sub 5}){sub 2}] vapors are carried by argon gas, mixed by oxygen gas and injected into air plasma torch for a rapid synthesis of NiFe{sub x}O{sub y}C{sub z} films by a short duration of the substrate, 32 s, in the plasmas. Uniform light modulation on PET/ITO/NiFe{sub x}O{sub y}C{sub z} is produced while the moving PET/ITO substrate is exposed to plasma torch at room temperature (∼ 23 °C) and atmospheric pressure. Light modulation with up to a 43.2% transmittance variation at a wavelength of 708 nm even after 200 cycles of Li{sup +} intercalation and de-intercalation in a 1 M LiClO{sub 4}-propylene carbonate electrolyte is accomplished. - Highlights: • Rapid deposition of electrochromic organo-nickel–iron oxide (NiFe{sub x}O{sub y}C{sub z}) films • Enhanced electrochromic performance of NiFe{sub x}O{sub y}C{sub z} films by oxygen gas addition • Uniform light modulation on NiFe{sub x}O{sub y}C{sub z} films produced by air plasma jet • Porous surfaces allow reversible Li{sup +} intercalation and deintercalation.

  9. Semiconductor-metal transition in CaMO3-CaTiO2 (M-Ru,Ir) systems

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    Lazarev, V.B.; Shaplygin, I.S.

    1982-01-01

    Properties of CaRusub(x)Tisub(1-x)Osub(3) and CaIsub(2x)Tisub(1-x)Osub(3) solid solutions were studied in the whole range of concentrations by the methods of X-ray diffraction, electric conductivity and magnetic susceptibility. It was ascertained that the transition of semiconductor-metal type proceeded in the both families of solid solutions at x approximately 0.77 and 0.85 respectively and was accompanied by the change of structural type of solid solutions

  10. In Situ XRD Studies of ZnO/GaN Mixtures at High Pressure and High Temperature: Synthesis of Zn-Rich (Ga1-xZnx)(N1-xOx) Photocatalysts

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    Rodriguez, J.A.; Chen, H.; Wang, L.; Bai, J.; Hanson, J.C.; Warren, J.B.; Muckerman, J.T.; Fujita, E.

    2010-02-04

    The high-pressure, high-temperature conditions for the synthesis of Zn-rich (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions from mixtures of ZnO/GaN were explored using synchrotron-based in situ time-resolved X-ray diffraction (XRD). Following a new synthetic path, (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions with a Zn content up to 75% were prepared for the first time. The structures of the (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions were characterized by XRD and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) analyses and were in excellent agreement with the predictions of density functional calculations. These materials adopt a wurtzite crystal structure with metal-N or metal-O bond distances in the range of 1.95-1.98 {angstrom}. Although the (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions seem to be stable over the full range of compositions, no ideal solid solution formation was observed. In all cases, the lattice parameters were larger than those of ideal solid solutions. The variation of the lattice parameter c showed an upward double bowing curve, as was predicted by theoretical calculations. Also, no ideal behavior was observed in the electronic properties of the (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions. X-ray absorption spectra at the Zn and Ga K-edges of the (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) systems showed significant electronic perturbations with respect to ZnO and GaN. The synthesized (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solution with a Zn content of 50% displayed the ability to absorb visible light well above 500 nm. This material has a great potential for splitting water under visible light irradiation. The availability of (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions with a high Zn content opens the door to fully explore the application of these materials in photocatalysis.

  11. In Situ XRD Studies of ZnO/GaN Mixtures at High Pressure and High Temperature: Synthesis of Zn-Rich (Ga1-xZnx)(N1-xOx) Photocatalysts

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    Chen, H.; Wang, L; Bai, J; Hanson, J; Warren, J; Muckerman, J; Fujita, E; Rodriguez, J

    2010-01-01

    The high-pressure, high-temperature conditions for the synthesis of Zn-rich (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions from mixtures of ZnO/GaN were explored using synchrotron-based in situ time-resolved X-ray diffraction (XRD). Following a new synthetic path, (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions with a Zn content up to {approx}75% were prepared for the first time. The structures of the (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions were characterized by XRD and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) analyses and were in excellent agreement with the predictions of density functional calculations. These materials adopt a wurtzite crystal structure with metal-N or metal-O bond distances in the range of 1.95-1.98 {angstrom}. Although the (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions seem to be stable over the full range of compositions, no ideal solid solution formation was observed. In all cases, the lattice parameters were larger than those of ideal solid solutions. The variation of the lattice parameter c showed an upward double bowing curve, as was predicted by theoretical calculations. Also, no ideal behavior was observed in the electronic properties of the (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions. X-ray absorption spectra at the Zn and Ga K-edges of the (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) systems showed significant electronic perturbations with respect to ZnO and GaN. The synthesized (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solution with a Zn content of 50% displayed the ability to absorb visible light well above 500 nm. This material has a great potential for splitting water under visible light irradiation. The availability of (Ga{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x})(N{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) solid solutions with a high Zn content opens the door to fully explore the application of these materials in photocatalysis.

  12. Landau-Ginzburg description of anomalous properties of novel room temperature multiferroics Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}){sub x}(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}){sub 1-x}O{sub 3} and Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}){sub x}(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}){sub 1−x}O{sub 3}

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    Glinchuk, Maya D.; Eliseev, Eugene A. [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Krjijanovskogo 3, 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine); Morozovska, Anna N., E-mail: anna.n.morozovska@gmail.com [Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 46, pr. Nauky, 03028 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2016-01-14

    Landau-Ginzburg thermodynamic formalism is used for the description of the anomalous ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and magnetoelectric properties of Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Ta{sub 1/2}){sub x}(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}){sub 1−x}O{sub 3} and Pb(Fe{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}){sub x}(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}){sub 1−x}O{sub 3} micro-ceramics. We calculated temperature, composition, and external field dependences of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and antiferromagnetic phases transition temperatures, remanent polarization, magnetization, hysteresis loops, dielectric permittivity, and magnetoelectric coupling. Special attention was paid to the comparison of developed theory with experiments. It appeared possible to describe adequately main experimental results including a reasonable agreement between the shape of calculated and measured hysteresis loops and remnant polarization. Since Landau-Ginzburg thermodynamic formalism appertains to single domain properties of a ferroic, we did not aim to describe quantitatively the coercive field under the presence of realistic poly-domain switching. Information about linear and nonlinear magnetoelectric coupling coefficients was extracted from the experimental data. From the fitting of experimental data with theoretical formula, we obtained the composition dependence of Curie-Weiss constant that is known to be inversely proportional to harmonic (linear) dielectric stiffness, as well as the strong nonlinear dependence of anharmonic parameters in free energy. Keeping in mind the essential influence of these parameters on multiferroic properties, the obtained results open the way to govern practically all the material properties with the help of suitable composition choice. A forecast of the strong enough influence of antiferrodistortive order parameter on the transition temperatures and so on the phase diagrams and properties of multiferroics are made on the basis of the developed theory.

  13. Magnetic study of interatomic interactions, synthesis, structural and mass spectroscopy investigations of lanthanum gallate doped with cobalt and magnesium

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    Korolev, D.A., E-mail: chemdim@mail.ru; Chezhina, N.V.; Lopatin, S.I.

    2015-03-05

    Highlights: • Single phase LaCo{sub x}Ga{sub 1−1.2x}Mg{sub 0.2x}O{sub 3} and LaCo{sub x}Ga{sub 1−1.5x}Mg{sub 0.5x}O{sub 3} solutions were obtained. • Two crystalline modifications of solid solutions were found by Rietveld method. • Ferromagnetic clusters including Co, Mg and accompanying oxygen vacancies are found. • Magnetic behavior of clusters is of superparamagnetic type. - Abstract: For the first time by X-ray method two phases of the solid solutions LaCo{sub x}Ga{sub 1−1.2x}Mg{sub 0.2x}O{sub 3−δ} and LaCo{sub x}Ga{sub 1−1.5x}Mg{sub 0.5x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.01–0.10) with different structure were found – rhombohedral and orthorhombic phases. On the basis of the data on evaporation of the components a synthetic procedure was advanced allowing the losses of cobalt to be minimized. The study of magnetic characteristics of obtained solid solutions showed the formation of high nuclearity clusters containing cobalt atoms, and also magnesium and associated vacancies even in diluted solid solutions. Clusters are characterized by a competition between ferro- and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions, whereas the long order exchange is antiferromagnetic.

  14. Mechanical properties of ultra-thin HfO{sub 2} films studied by nano scratches tests

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    Fu, Wei-En; Chang, Yong-Qing [Center for Measurement Standards, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Room 216, Building 8, 321, Kuang Fu Road Sec. 2, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Chang, Chia-Wei; Yao, Chih-Kai [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Liao, Jiunn-Der, E-mail: jdliao@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2013-02-01

    10-nm-thick atomic layer deposited HfO{sub 2} films were characterized in terms of wear resistance and indentation hardness to investigate the thermal annealing induced impacts on mechanical properties. The wear resistance of ultra-thin films at low loads was characterized using nano-scratch tests with an atomic force microscope. The depth of the nano-scratches decreases with increasing annealing temperature, indicating that the hardness of the annealed films increases with the annealing temperatures. Surface nanoindentation was also performed to confirm the nanoscratch test results. The hardness variation of the annealed films is due to the generation of HfSi{sub x}O{sub y} induced by the thermal annealing. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements proved that the hardness of formed HfSi{sub x}O{sub y} with increasing annealing temperatures. The existence of HfSi{sub x}O{sub y} broadens the interface, and causes the increase of the interfacial layer thickness. As a result, the surface hardness increases with the increasing HfSi{sub x}O{sub y} induced by the thermal annealing. - Highlights: ► Mechanical properties of HfO{sub 2} films were assessed by nano-scratch and indentation. ► Scratch depth of HfO{sub 2} films decreased with the increase of annealing temperatures. ► Nano-hardness of HfO{sub 2} films increased with the increase of annealing temperatures.

  15. Solution-combustion synthesized nickel-substituted spinel cathode materials (LiNixMn2-xO4; 0≤x≤0.2) for lithium ion battery: enhancing energy storage, capacity retention, and lithium ion transport

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    Kebede, MA

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Spherically shaped Ni-substituted LiNi(subx)Mn(sub2-x)O(sub4) (x=0, 0.1, 0.2) spinel cathode materials for lithium ion battery with high first cycle discharge capacity and remarkable cycling performance were synthesized using the solution...

  16. Characterization of gadolinium oxide thin films with CF{sub 4} plasma treatment for resistive switching memory applications

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    Wang, Jer-Chyi, E-mail: jcwang@mail.cgu.edu.tw [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang Gung University, 259 Wen-Hwa 1st Road, Kwei-Shan 333, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Ye, Yu-Ren [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang Gung University, 259 Wen-Hwa 1st Road, Kwei-Shan 333, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Lai, Chao-Sung, E-mail: cslai@mail.cgu.edu.tw [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang Gung University, 259 Wen-Hwa 1st Road, Kwei-Shan 333, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Lin, Chih-Ting [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang Gung University, 259 Wen-Hwa 1st Road, Kwei-Shan 333, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Lu, Hsin-Chun [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Kwei-Shan 333, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan (China); Wu, Chih-I [Graduated Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Wang, Po-Sheng [Graduated Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)

    2013-07-01

    The effect of the CF{sub 4} plasma treatment on the gadolinium oxide (Gd{sub x}O{sub y}) thin films for the resistive random access memory (RRAM) applications was investigated. The material properties of the fluorine incorporated Gd{sub x}O{sub y} films were analyzed by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV–VIS). Further, the set and reset voltages of the Pt/Gd{sub x}O{sub y}/W RRAM devices with the CF{sub 4} plasma treatment were effectively reduced to −1.15 and 2.1 V respectively owing to the low Schottky barrier height. The formation of Gd-F bonds can prevent the oxygen atoms from out-diffusing through Pt grain boundaries into the atmosphere, leading to the superior retention characteristics for over 10{sup 4} s. The CF{sub 4} plasma treated Gd{sub x}O{sub y} RRAMs can sustain a resistance ratio of 10{sup 2} for more than 800 times stable set/reset cycling, suitable for future low-voltage and high-performance nonvolatile memory operation.

  17. Gas barrier properties of titanium oxynitride films deposited on polyethylene terephthalate substrates by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Lin, M.-C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National ChungHsin University, 250, Kuo-Kung Road, 40227 Taichung, Taiwan (China); Chang, L.-S. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National ChungHsin University, 250, Kuo-Kung Road, 40227 Taichung, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: lschang@dragon.nchu.edu.tw; Lin, H.C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1, Roosevelt Road, Sec. 4, 106 Taipei, Taiwan (China)

    2008-03-30

    Titanium oxynitride (TiN{sub x}O{sub y}) films were deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates by means of a reactive radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering system in which the power density and substrate bias were the varied parameters. Experimental results show that the deposited TiN{sub x}O{sub y} films exhibited an amorphous or a columnar structure with fine crystalline dependent on power density. The deposition rate increases significantly in conjunction as the power density increases from 2 W/cm{sup 2} to 7 W/cm{sup 2}. The maximum deposition rate occurs, as the substrate bias is -40 V at a certain power densities chosen in this study. The film's roughness slightly decreases with increasing substrate bias. The TiN{sub x}O{sub y} films deposited at power densities above 4 W/cm{sup 2} show a steady Ti:N:O ratio of about 1:1:0.8. The water vapor and oxygen transmission rates of the TiN{sub x}O{sub y} films reach values as low as 0.98 g/m{sup 2}-day-atm and 0.60 cm{sup 3}/m{sup 2}-day-atm which are about 6 and 47 times lower than those of the uncoated PET substrate, respectively. These transmission rates are comparable to those of DLC, carbon-based and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} barrier films. Therefore, TiN{sub x}O{sub y} films are potential candidates to be used as a gas permeation barrier for PET substrate.

  18. Synthesis of sub-5 nm Co-doped SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles and their structural, microstructural, optical and photocatalytic properties

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    Entradas, T.; Cabrita, J.F. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CQB, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Dalui, S. [Department of Physics and ICEMS, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Nunes, M.R. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CQB, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Monteiro, O.C., E-mail: ocmonteiro@fc.ul.pt [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CQB, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Silvestre, A.J., E-mail: asilvestre@deq.isel.ipl.pt [Department of Physics and ICEMS, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa – ISEL, R. Conselheiro Emídio Navarro 1, 1959-007 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2014-10-15

    A swift chemical route to synthesize Co-doped SnO{sub 2} nanopowders is described. Pure and highly stable Sn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) crystalline nanoparticles were synthesized, with mean grain sizes <5 nm and the dopant element homogeneously distributed in the SnO{sub 2} matrix. The UV–visible diffuse reflectance spectra of the Sn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} samples reveal red shifts, the optical bandgap energies decreasing with increasing Co concentration. The samples' Urbach energies were calculated and correlated with their bandgap energies. The photocatalytic activity of the Sn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} samples was investigated for the 4-hydroxylbenzoic acid (4-HBA) degradation process. A complete photodegradation of a 10 ppm 4-HBA solution was achieved using 0.02% (w/w) of Sn{sub 0.95}Co{sub 0.05}O{sub 2−δ} nanoparticles in 60 min of irradiation. - Highlights: • Synthesis of homogeneous sub-5 nm Sn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) nanoparticles. • Samples' optical bandgap energies decrease with increasing Co concentration. • Samples' Urbach energies are calculated and correlated with their bandgap energies. • Sn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} powders are photocatalysts for 4-hydroxylbenzoic acid degradation. • The best 4-HBA photocatalyst is the sample with composition Sn{sub 0.95}Co{sub 0.05}O{sub 2−δ}.

  19. Sputtered titanium oxynitride coatings for endosseous applications: Physical and chemical evaluation and first bioactivity assays

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    Banakh, Oksana, E-mail: oksana.banakh@he-arc.ch [Institute of Applied Microtechnologies, Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie (HES-SO), Eplatures-Grise 17, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Moussa, Mira, E-mail: mira.moussa@unige.ch [Laboratory of Biomaterials, University of Geneva, 19, rue Barthelemy Menn, CH-1205 Geneva (Switzerland); Matthey, Joel, E-mail: joel.matthey@he-arc.ch [Institute of Applied Microtechnologies, Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie (HES-SO), Eplatures-Grise 17, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Pontearso, Alessandro, E-mail: alessandro.pontearso@he-arc.ch [Institute of Applied Microtechnologies, Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie (HES-SO), Eplatures-Grise 17, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Cattani-Lorente, Maria, E-mail: maria.cattani-lorente@unige.ch [Laboratory of Biomaterials, University of Geneva, 19, rue Barthelemy Menn, CH-1205 Geneva (Switzerland); Sanjines, Rosendo, E-mail: rosendo.sanjines@epfl.ch [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, Station 3, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Fontana, Pierre, E-mail: Pierre.Fontana@hcuge.ch [Haemostasis laboratory, Geneva University Hospital, Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4, CH-1205 Geneva (Switzerland); Wiskott, Anselm, E-mail: anselm.wiskott@unige.ch [Laboratory of Biomaterials, University of Geneva, 19, rue Barthelemy Menn, CH-1205 Geneva (Switzerland); Durual, Stephane, E-mail: stephane.durual@unige.ch [Laboratory of Biomaterials, University of Geneva, 19, rue Barthelemy Menn, CH-1205 Geneva (Switzerland)

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • Titanium oxynitride coatings (TiN{sub x}O{sub y}) with chemical composition ranging from TiN to TiO{sub 2} were deposited by magnetron sputtering from a metallic Ti target using a mixture of O{sub 2} + N{sub 2}. • The coatings structure as well as physical, chemical and mechanical properties progressively changes as a function of oxygen content in the TiN{sub x}O{sub y.} • All TiN{sub x}O{sub y} coatings show a significantly higher level of bioactivity as compared to bare Ti substrates (1.2 to 1.4 fold increase in cell proliferation). Despite variations in surface chemistry, topography and surface tension observed on films as a function of chemical composition, no significant differences in the films’ biological activity were observed after 3 days of testing. - Abstract: Titanium oxynitride coatings (TiN{sub x}O{sub y}) are considered a promising material for applications in dental implantology due to their high corrosion resistance, their biocompatibility and their superior hardness. Using the sputtering technique, TiN{sub x}O{sub y} films with variable chemical compositions can be deposited. These films may then be set to a desired value by varying the process parameters, that is, the oxygen and nitrogen gas flows. To improve the control of the sputtering process with two reactive gases and to achieve a variable and controllable coating composition, the plasma characteristics were monitored in-situ by optical emission spectroscopy. TiN{sub x}O{sub y} films were deposited onto commercially pure (ASTM 67) microroughened titanium plates by reactive magnetron sputtering. The nitrogen gas flow was kept constant while the oxygen gas flow was adjusted for each deposition run to obtain films with different oxygen and nitrogen contents. The physical and chemical properties of the deposited films were analyzed as a function of oxygen content in the titanium oxynitride. The potential application of the coatings in dental implantology was assessed by

  20. On the genesis of the uraniferous deposits I; Consideraciones sobre la genesis de los yacimientos uraniferos. I.

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    Mingarro, E

    1964-07-01

    The main problems of the genesis of uranium deposits as hydro thermals are objectively considered here under three aspects: uranium source transport and deposition. The transport of uranium can be effected under a tetravalent form, or as complex ions of hexavalent uranium: as uranyl ion (UO{sub 2}){sup 2}+ or under complex carbonic or sulfuric forms, such as UO{sub 2}(XO{sub n}){sub 2}{sup 2}- or UO{sub 2}(XO{sub n}){sub 3}{sup 4}-. These three ways of transport correspond to the three basic geochemical para genesis of uranium: uranium-titanium, uranium-cobalt, uranium. Deposition is currently made by reduction and in some way is no dependent of mineralogical association. (Author) 61 refs.

  1. Tunable band gap in epitaxial ferroelectric Ho(Mn,Ga)O{sub 3} films

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    Lee, Daesu; Noh, Tae Won, E-mail: twnoh@snu.ac.kr [Center for Correlated Electron Systems, Institute for Basic Science, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Woo Seok [Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-09

    Ferroelectrics have recently attracted attention as a new class of materials for use in optical and photovoltaic devices. We studied the electronic properties in epitaxially stabilized ferroelectric hexagonal Ho(Mn{sub 1−x}Ga{sub x})O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.33, 0.67, and 1) thin films. Our films exhibited systematic changes in electronic structures, such as bandgap and optical transitions, according to the Ga concentration. In particular, the bandgap increased systematically from 1.4 to 3.2 eV, including the visible light region, with increasing Ga concentration from x = 0 to 1. These systematic changes, attributed to lattice parameter variations in epitaxial Ho(Mn{sub 1−x}Ga{sub x})O{sub 3} films, should prove useful for the design of optoelectronic devices based on ferroelectrics.

  2. Urea-functionalized crystalline capsules for recognition and separation of tetrahedral oxoanions

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    Custelcean, Radu [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Chemical Sciences Division

    2012-12-21

    We reviewed the persistent ability of tripodal TREN-based tris-urea receptors (TREN = tris(2-aminoethyl)amine) to self-assemble with a variety of oxoanions into dimeric capsules upon crystallization. The capsule crystallization allows for charge-, shape-, and size-selective encapsulation of tetrahedral XO>4n-anions (n = 2,3), and provides an effective way to separate these anions from competitive aqueous environments.

  3. Characterization of transparent superconductivity Fe-doped CuCrO{sub 2} delafossite oxide

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    Taddee, Chutirat [Materials Science and Nanotechnology Program, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Kamwanna, Teerasak, E-mail: teekam@kku.ac.th [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center (INRC), Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center (INRC), Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand)

    2016-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Effect of Fe substitution on the physical properties in CuCrO{sub 2} is studied. • The substitution of Cr{sup 3+} by Fe{sup 3+} produces a mixed effect on the magnetic properties. • CuCr{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} delafossite oxides show transparent superconductivity. - Abstract: Delafossite CuCr{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) semiconductors were synthesized using a self-combustion urea nitrate process. The effects of Fe concentration on its microstructural, optical, magnetic, and electrical properties were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results revealed the delafossite structure in all the samples. The lattice spacing of CuCr{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} slightly increased with increasing substitution of Fe at the Cr sites. The optical properties measured at room temperature using UV–visible spectroscopy showed a weak absorbability in the visible light and near IR regions. The corresponding direct optical band gap was about 3.61 eV, exhibiting transparency in the visible region. The magnetic hysteresis loop measurements showed that the Fe-doped CuCrO{sub 2} samples exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. This indicated that the substitution of Fe{sup 3+} for Cr{sup 3+} produced a mixed effect on the magnetic properties of CuCrO{sub 2} delafossite oxide. The temperature dependent resistivity measurements clearly revealed the presence of superconductivity in the CuCr{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 2} with a superconducting transition up to 118 K.

  4. New ternary oxides with rhenium(4) of the perovskite structure

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    Jezowska-Trzebiatowska, B; Nowakowski, T; Mrozinski, J [Wroclaw Univ. (Poland)

    1978-01-01

    A series of ternary oxides described by general formula CaIrsub(x)Resub(1-x)O/sub 3/, where x 0.25; 0.33; 0.66; 0.75, has been obtained. The X-ray investigations have shown, that these compounds have a distorted perovskite structure. The proximal coordination sphere of Re/sup 4 +/ and Ir/sup 4 +/ ions constituted by an octahedron of oxide ions was confirmed by the IR spectra.

  5. Catalytic decomposition of nitrogen dioxide over various metal oxides

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    Shimokawabe, M; Ohi, A; Takezawa, N [Dept. of Chemical Process Engineering, Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan)

    1992-06-30

    The catalytic decomposition of nitrogen oxide (NO2) was investigated over 18 metal oxides (Al2O3, SiO2, ZrO2, SnO2, TiO2, V2O5, Cr2O3, MnO2, Fe2O3, Co3O4, NiO, CuO, ZnO, MgO, CaO, La2O3, CeO2, and Nd2O3). The relationship between the specific rates of metal oxides (Me{sub x}O{sub y}) (Me{sub x}O{sub y-1} + 1/2O{sub 2} {yields} Me{sub x}O{sub y}) shows a V-shaped curve with a minimum at -{Delta}H around 700 kJ/mol. This suggests that the mechanism dealt with in this article switches at -{Delta}H = 700 kJ/mol. 1 fig., 1 tab., 20 refs.

  6. Temperature effects on the growth and electrical properties of Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} films on Ge substrates

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    Ji, T.; Nie, T.X.; Cui, J. [State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Fang, Z.B. [Department of Physics, Shaoxing University, Shaoxing 312000 (China); Yang, X.J.; Fan, Y.L.; Zhong, Z.Y. [State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Jiang, Z.M., E-mail: zmjiang@fudan.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)

    2012-02-01

    Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were grown on Ge (001) substrates at different temperatures by molecular beam epitaxy using metallic Er and molecular oxygen sources with otherwise identical conditions. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to characterize the microstructures and compositions of the films. The film deposited at room temperature is found to be composed of an Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer and an ErGe{sub x}O{sub y} interface layer with a thickness of 5.5 nm; the film grown at 300 Degree-Sign C has a mixed structure of Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ErGe{sub x}O{sub y} and the thickness was found to be reduced to 2.2 nm; the film grown at 450 Degree-Sign C becomes much rougher with voids formed underneath the film, having a mixed structure of three compounds of Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}, GeO and ErGe{sub x}O{sub y}. The growth mechanisms of the films at different temperatures are suggested. Current images obtained by tunneling atomic force microscopy show that the film grown at 450 Degree-Sign C has much more leaky spots than those grown at RT and 300 Degree-Sign C, which may arise from the formation of volatile GeO in the film.

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

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

    2010-08-15

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

  8. Study of fluorine doped (Nb,Ir)O{sub 2} solid solution electro-catalyst powders for proton exchange membrane based oxygen evolution reaction

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    Kadakia, Karan Sandeep [Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Jampani, Prashanth H., E-mail: pjampani@pitt.edu [Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Velikokhatnyi, Oleg I.; Datta, Moni Kanchan [Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Center for Complex Engineered Multifunctional Materials, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Patel, Prasad [Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Chung, Sung Jae [Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Park, Sung Kyoo [Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Poston, James A.; Manivannan, Ayyakkannu [US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV 26507 (United States); Kumta, Prashant N. [Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Center for Complex Engineered Multifunctional Materials, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (United States)

    2016-10-15

    Graphical abstract: High surface area (∼300 m{sup 2}/g) nanostructured powders of nominal composition (Nb{sub 1−x}Ir{sub x})O{sub 2} and (Nb{sub 1−x}Ir{sub x})O{sub 2}:10F have been synthesized and tested as oxygen evolution electro-catalysts for PEM based water electrolysis using a simple two-step chemical synthesis procedure. Superior electrochemical activity was demonstrated by fluorine doped compositions of (Nb{sub 1−x}Ir{sub x})O{sub 2} with an optimal composition (Nb{sub 0.75}Ir{sub 0.25})O{sub 2}:10F (x = 0.25) demonstrating on-par performance with commercial hydrated IrO{sub 2} and nanostructured in-house chemically synthesized IrO{sub 2}. Using first principles calculations, the electronic structure modification resulting in ∼75 at.% reduction (experimentally observed) in noble metal content without loss in catalytic performance and stability has been established. - Highlights: • (Nb{sub 1−x}Ir{sub x})O{sub 2}:10F nanopowder electrocatalysts have been wet chemically synthesized. • (Nb{sub 0.75}Ir{sub 0.25})O{sub 2}:10F exhibits superior electrochemical activity than pure IrO{sub 2}. • Stability of the (Nb,Ir)O{sub 2}:10F nanomaterials is comparable to pure (Nb,Ir)O{sub 2}. • High surface area F doped (Nb,Ir)O{sub 2} are promising OER anode electro-catalysts. - Abstract: High surface area (∼300 m{sup 2}/g) nanostructured powders of (Nb{sub 1−x}Ir{sub x})O{sub 2} and (Nb{sub 1−x}Ir{sub x})O{sub 2}:10F (∼100 m{sup 2}/g) have been examined as promising oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electro-catalysts for proton exchange membrane (PEM) based water electrolysis. Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and 10 wt.% F doped Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} powders were prepared by a low temperature sol-gel process which were then converted to solid solution (Nb,Ir)O{sub 2} and 10 wt.% F doped (Nb,Ir)O{sub 2} [(NbIr)O{sub 2}:10F] electro-catalysts by soaking in IrCl{sub 4} followed by heat treatment in air. Electro-catalyst powders of optimal composition (Nb{sub 0.75}Ir

  9. Improved structure stability, optical and magnetic properties of Ca and Ti co-substituted BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Vijay; Singh, Satyendra, E-mail: satyambd@gmail.com

    2016-11-15

    Graphical abstract: (a) UV–vis absorption spectra and (b) Tauc’s plots to determine the band gap of the Bi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} nanoparticles for x = 0 (S1), 0.05 (S2), 0.10 (S3), 0.15 (S4), 0.20 (S5) and 0.25 (S6), respectively (c) Variation of band gap with x for Bi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. Display Omitted - Highlights: • First report on synthesis of Bi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3}, nanoparticles (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25). • Ca and Ti co-substitutions control the formation of secondary phases and improved the stability of perovskite phase. • Strong absorption of visible light with a small optical band gap (1.77–2.26 eV). • Improved M{sub r} and H{sub c} due to the release of the latent magnetization locked within the toroidal spin structure. • May be useful for data storage, spintronics and optoelectronics. - Abstract: We report the optical and magnetic properties of single-crystalline Ca and Ti co-substituted bismuth ferrite, Bi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3}, nanoparticles, synthesized by a facile sol–gel methodology in the compositional range wherein 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations show that all samples possess a rhombohedrally distorted perovskite structure with space group R3c. Ca and Ti co-substitution controls the formation of secondary phases and improved the stability of perovskite phase of BiFeO{sub 3}. The average particle size was estimated by Williamson Hall plot, confirmed by TEM, and found to be about 59, 50, 46, 41, 40 and 38 nm of Bi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} for x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25, respectively. The UV–vis absorption study reveal the strong absorption of visible light with a small optical band gap (1.77–2.25 eV) for 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25 indicates a possibility of utilizing for photocatalytic activities. The magnetic study at room

  10. Effect of Cu{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+} substitution at the Mn site in (La{sub 0.63}Ca{sub 0.37})MnO{sub 3}: A neutron powder diffraction investigation

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    Martinelli, A., E-mail: alberto.martinelli@spin.cnr.it [CNR-SPIN, C.so Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Ferretti, M. [CNR-SPIN, C.so Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Castellano, C. [Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Chimica Strutturale e Stereochimica Inorganica, Via G. Venezian 21, 20133 Milano (Italy); Cimberle, M.R. [IMEM-CNR, Via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova (Italy); Ritter, C. [Institute Laue—Langevin, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2013-04-15

    The crystal and magnetic structures of the (La{sub 0.63}Ca{sub 0.37})(Mn{sub 1−x}TM{sub x})O{sub 3} compounds (x=0.00, 0.03, 0.08; TM=Cu{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+}) were investigated between 5 K and 300 K by means of dc magnetic measurements and neutron powder diffraction analysis followed by Rietveld refinement. Both substituting cations lead to a reduction of the long range ferromagnetic ordering temperature; ferromagnetism is strongly suppressed in the 8% Cu-substituted sample, where long- and short-range FM magnetic orders coexist together with short-range A-type AFM order. This particular feature can be related to the Jahn–Teller character of Cu{sup 2+}, absent in Ni{sup 2+}, and suggests the occurrence of a quantum critical point in the (La{sub 0.63}Ca{sub 0.37})(Mn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} system. - Graphical abstract: Rietveld refinement plot of (La{sub 0.63}Ca{sub 0.37})(Mn{sub 0.92}Cu{sub 0.08})O{sub 3} showing in the inset the coexistence of broad A-type AFM peaks with FM ones. Highlights: ► (La{sub 0.63}Ca{sub 0.37})MnO{sub 3} was substituted with Ni and Cu. ► Neutron powder diffraction and Rietveld refinement were carried out. ► A quantum critical point possibly occurs in the (La{sub 0.63}Ca{sub 0.37})(Mn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x})O{sub 3} system.

  11. Effect of Mg{sup 2+} and Ti{sup 4+} dopants on the structural, magnetic and high-frequency ferromagnetic properties of barium hexaferrite

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    Shams, Mohammad H. [Department of Physics, University of Isfahan, Hezar Jarib Street, Isfahan 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rozatian, Amir S.H., E-mail: a.s.h.rozatian@phys.ui.ac.ir [Department of Physics, University of Isfahan, Hezar Jarib Street, Isfahan 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yousefi, Mohammad H. [Department of Physics, University of Isfahan, Hezar Jarib Street, Isfahan 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Valíček, Jan [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Mining and Geology, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, 17. Listopadu 15, 70833 Ostrava-Poruba (Czech Republic); Šepelák, Vladimir [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 45, 04001 Košice (Slovakia)

    2016-02-01

    The doped barium hexaferrite, BaFe{sub 12−x}(Mg{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}){sub x}O{sub 19} with 1≤x≤5, is synthesized by a solid state ceramic method. Its crystalline structure, morphology, as well as static and dynamic magnetic properties are investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), vibrating sample magnetometry, and vector network analysis, respectively. The cation distribution of Mg{sup 2+} and Ti{sup 4+} in the hexagonal structure of BaFe{sub 12−x}(Mg{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}){sub x}O{sub 19} is investigated by {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. The effect of Mg{sup 2+} and Ti{sup 4+} dopants on static and high-frequency magnetic properties of the ferrite is studied. - Highlights: • The BaFe{sub 12−x}(MgTi){sub 0.5x}O{sub 19} (x =1– 5) are synthesized by a solid state reaction method. • The Mg{sup 2+} and Ti{sup 4+} dopants take positions 12k for x=1 and 4f{sub 1} and 4f{sub 2} for x=5. • The coercivity and magnetization are decreased with an increase in Mg–Ti content. • The ferromagnetic resonance frequency is decreased with increase of x. • The FMR is shifted to lower frequencies due to the reduction of the anisotropy field.

  12. On the effect of heterovalent substitutions in ruthenocuprates

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    Klamut, P.W.; Dabrowski, B.; Mini, S.M.; Maxwell, M.; Mais, J.; Felner, I.; Asaf, U.; Ritter, F.; Shengelaya, A.; Khasanov, R.; Savic, I.M.; Keller, H.; Wisniewski, A.; Puzniak, R.; Fita, I.M.; Sulkowski, C.; Matusiak, M

    2003-05-01

    We discuss the properties of superconducting derivatives of the RuSr{sub 2}GdCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (1212-type) ruthenocuprate, for which heterovalent doping has been achieved through partial substitution of Cu ions into the RuO{sub 2} planes (Ru{sub 1-x}Sr{sub 2}GdCu{sub 2+x}O{sub 8-{delta}}, 0{<=}x{<=}0.75, T{sub c}{sup max}=72 K for x=0.3-0.4) and Ce ions into the Gd sites (RuSr{sub 2}Gd{sub 1-y}Ce{sub y}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8}, 0{<=}y{<=}0.1). The measurements of XANES, thermopower, and magnetization under external pressure reveal an underdoped character of all compounds. Muon spin rotation experiments indicate the presence of magnetic order at low temperatures (T{sub m}=14-2 K for x=0.1-0.4). Properties of these two series lead us to the qualitative phase diagram for differently doped 1212-type ruthenocuprates. The difference in temperature of magnetic ordering found for superconducting and non-superconducting RuSr{sub 2}GdCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} is discussed in the context of the properties of substituted compounds. The high pressure oxygen conditions required for synthesis of Ru{sub 1-x}Sr{sub 2}RECu{sub 2+x}O{sub 8-{delta}}, have been extended to synthesis of a Ru{sub 1-x}Sr{sub 2}Eu{sub 2-y}Ce{sub y}Cu{sub 2+x}O{sub 10-{delta}} series. The Cu {yields} Ru doping achieved in these phases is found to decrease the temperature for magnetic ordering as well the volume fraction of the magnetic phase.

  13. Structure of spinel at high temperature using in-situ XANES study at the Al and Mg K-edge

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    Ligny, D de [Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, LPCML, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Neuville, D R [Physique des Mineraux et Magmas, Geochimie-Cosmochimie, CNRS-IPGP, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France); Flank, A-M; Lagarde, P, E-mail: deligny@pcml.univ-lyon1.f [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L' Orme des Merisiers, Saint Aubin, 91192 France (France)

    2009-11-15

    We present structural information obtained on spinel at high temperature (298-2400 K) using in situ XANES at the Mg and Al K-edge. Spinel, {sup [4]}(Al{sub x},Mg{sub 1-x}){sup [6]}(Al{sub 2-x},Mg{sub x})O{sub 4}, with increasing temperature, show a substitution of Mg by Al and Al by Mg in their respective sites. This substitution corresponds to an inversion of the Mg and Al sites. Furthermore, both experiments at the Al and Mg K-edges are in good agreement with XANES calculation made using FDMNES code.

  14. Structural, dielectric and magnetic studies of Ba and Nb codoped BiFeO{sub 3} multiferroics

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    Jangra, Sandhaya, E-mail: sndh17@gmail.com; Sanghi, Sujata; Agarwal, Ashish; Kaswan, Kavita; Rangi, Manisha; Singh, Ompal [Department of Applied Physics, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana-125001 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Polycrystalline materials with composition Bi{sub 0.8}Ba{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} (x= 0.07, 0.10) were prepared via solid state reaction method. Preliminary analysis of structure was performed by XRD technique and confirmed formation of single phase crystalline materials. Rietveld refinement reveled that these materials have rhombohedral phase with R3c space group. Dielectric constant increased with temperature and Nb concentration. Ba and Nb co-doping suppress the spiral spin structure and produce net magnetization.

  15. Method for increasing the activity of fuel cell electrodes containing tungsten carbide. Verfahren zur Steigerung der Aktivitaet von Brennstoffelektroden, die Wolframcarbid enthalten

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    Binder, H.; Koehling, A.; Kuhn, W.; Lindner, W.; Sandstede, G.

    1977-10-13

    An increase in the activity of electrodes containing tungsten carbide for a low-temperature fuel cell with sulfuric acid as electrolyte can be achieved, if one operates the electrodes for a few hours (5-20 h) in the presence of hydrogen and a means of reduction (formaldehyde, hydrazene) in a voltage range of between +500 and +800 mV (relative to the H/sub 2/ electrode). A corrosion resistant layer is formed, which is assumed to have the composition WC/sub X/O/sub y/H/sub z/.

  16. Postirradiation examination of capsule GF-4

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    Kovacs, W.J.; Sedlak, B.J.

    1980-10-01

    The GF-4 capsule test was irradiated in the SILOE reactor at Grenoble, France between April 8, 1975 and July 26, 1976. High-enriched uranium (HEU) UC 2 and weak acid resin (WAR) UC/sub x/O/sub y/ fissile and ThO 2 fertile particles were tested. Postirradiation examination of cured-in-place fuel rods showed no fuel rod/graphite element interaction. In addition, all rods exhibited adequate structural integrity. Irradiation-induced dimensional changes for rods containing all TRISO-coated fuel were consistent with model predictions; however, rods containing BISO-coated fuel exhibited greater volumetric contractions than predicted

  17. Effect of cobalt doping on crystallinity, stability, magnetic and optical properties of magnetic iron oxide nano-particles

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    Anjum, Safia, E-mail: safia_anjum@hotmail.com [Department of Physics, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore (Pakistan); Tufail, Rabia [Department of Physics, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore (Pakistan); Rashid, Khalid [PCSIR Laboratories Lahore (Pakistan); Zia, Rehana [Department of Physics, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore (Pakistan); Riaz, S. [Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan)

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • The stability of Co{sub x}Fe{sub (2-x)}O{sub 3} nanoparticles enhances. • Energy losses increases. • Anisotropy of NP is high. - Abstract: This paper is dedicated to investigate the effect of Co{sup 2+} ions in magnetite Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles with stoichiometric formula Co{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} where (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15) prepared by co-precipitation method. The structural, thermal, morphological, magnetic and optical properties of magnetite and Co{sup 2+} doped magnetite nanoparticles have been carried out using X-ray Diffractometer, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Themogravimetric Analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) and UV–Vis Spectrometer (UV–Vis) respectively. Structural analysis verified the formation of single phase inverse spinel cubic structure with decrease in lattice parameters due to increase in cobalt content. FTIR analysis confirms the single phase of Co{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with the major band at 887 cm{sup −1}, which might be due to the stretching vibrations of metal-oxide bond. The DSC results corroborate the finding of an increase in the maghemite to hematite phase transition temperature with increase in Co{sup 2+} content. The decrease in enthalpy with increase in Co{sup 2+} concentration attributed to the fact that the degree of conversion from maghemite to hematite decrease which shows that the stability increases with increasing Co{sup 2+} content in B-site of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} structure. SEM analysis demonstrated the formation of spherical shaped nanoparticles with least agglomeration. The magnetic measurements enlighten that the coercivity and anisotropy of Co{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} nanoparticles are significantly increased. From UV–Vis analysis it is revealed that band gap energy increases with decreasing particle size. This result has a great interest for magnetic fluid hyperthermia application (MPH).

  18. Effects of Ni{sup 3+} substitution on structural and temperature dependent dielectrical properties of NdFeO{sub 3}

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    Kaur, Pawanpreet, E-mail: merry2286@gmail.com; Pandit, Rabia, E-mail: merry2286@gmail.com; Sharma, K. K., E-mail: merry2286@gmail.com [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Hamirpur-177005, Himachal Pradesh (India); Kumar, Ravi [Beant College of Engineering and Technology Gurdaspur-143521, Punjab (India)

    2014-04-24

    The polycrystalline samples of NdFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.0, 0.2) were prepared by solid state reaction route, the single phase of powdered samples were ensured by Rietveld refinement of their X-ray diffraction (XRD) data. We have also studied the variation of dielectric constant (ε′), tangent loss (tan δ) and AC conductivity (σ{sub ac}) as a function of frequency and temperature for both the compositions. It is noticed that both the increase in temperature and Ni{sup 3+} ion substitution results in enhancement of dielectric constant, tangent loss and AC conductivity.

  19. Partial oxidation of 2-propanol on perovskites

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    Sumathi, R.; Viswanathan, B.; Varadarajan, T.K. [Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras (India). Dept. of Chemistry

    1998-12-31

    Partial oxidation of 2-propanol was carried out on AB{sub 1-x}B`{sub x}O{sub 3} (A=Ba, B=Pb, Ce, Ti; B`=Bi, Sb and Cu) type perovskite oxides. Acetone was the major product observed on all the catalysts. All the catalysts underwent partial reduction during the reaction depending on the composition of the reactant, nature of the B site cation and the extent of substitution at B site. The catalytic activity has been correlated with the reducibility of the perovskite oxides determined from Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR) studies. (orig.)

  20. Cerium neodymium oxide solid solution synthesis as a potential analogue for substoichiometric AmO{sub 2} for radioisotope power systems

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    Watkinson, E.J., E-mail: ejw36@le.ac.uk [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Ambrosi, R.M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Williams, H.R. [Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Sarsfield, M.J. [National Nuclear Laboratory, Central Laboratory, Sellafield, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PG (United Kingdom); Stephenson, K. [European Space Agency, ESTEC TEC-EP, Keplerlaan 1, Noordwijk, 2201AZ (Netherlands); Weston, D.P. [Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Marsh, N.; Haidon, C. [Department of Geology, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH (United Kingdom)

    2017-04-01

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is sponsoring a research programme on the development of americium oxides for radioisotope generators and heater units. Cubic AmO{sub 2-(x/2)} with an O/Am ratio between 1.65 and 1.75 is a potentially suitable compound for pellet sintering. C-type (Ia-3) Ce{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 2-(x/2)} oxides with 0.5 < x < 0.7 could be used as a surrogate for some Ia-3 AmO{sub 2-(x/2)}. A new Ce{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 2-(x/2)} production process has been investigated where a nominally selected x value of 0.6 was targeted: Ce and Nd nitrates and oxalic acid were added drop-wise into a vessel, where they continuously reacted to create oxalate precipitates. The effect of temperature (25 °C, 60 °C) of the reactants (mixed at 250 revolutions per minute) on oxalate particle shape and size were investigated. Oxalates were calcined at 900 °C to produce oxide particles. Oxalate particle properties were characterised as these are expected to influence oxides particle properties and fuel pellet sintering. - Highlights: •A European radioisotope power systems fuel option is AmO{sub 2-(x/2)} i.e. AmO{sub 1.65} to AmO{sub 1.75} that stays cubic with temperature. •Superstructure (Ia-3) Ce{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 2-(x/2)} is proposed as a surrogate for some Ia-3 AmO{sub 2-(x/2)} phases. •Continuously precipitated oxalates were calcined to oxides. An x of 0.6 was targeted by the nitrate feeds’ molar ratio. •Powder X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy confirmed Ia-3 Ce{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 2-(x/2)}. Samples had Nd/[Ce+Nd] ratios or x of 0.62. •Oxalate particles precipitated at 60 °C had larger modal sizes than those at 25 °C. Lath/plate-like particles were made.

  1. Effect of Cu-Cr co-substitution on magnetic properties of nanocrystalline magnesium ferrite

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    Iqbal, Muhammad Javed, E-mail: mjiqauchem@yahoo.com [Surface and Solid State Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Ahmad, Zahoor [Surface and Solid State Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Melikhov, Yevgen [Wolfson Centre for Magnetics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF24 3AA (United Kingdom); Nlebedim, Ikenna Cajetan [Ames Laboratory of US Department of Energy, Ames, IA 50011 (United States)

    2012-03-15

    This study deals with the temperature and composition dependence of magnetization and magnetic anisotropy of Cu{sup 2+}-Cr{sup 3+} co-substituted magnesium ferrite, Mg{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (x=0.0-0.5). The synthesized materials are characterized using thermo gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence, Moessbauer spectrometer, superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer and vibrating sample magnetometer. The M-H loops measured up to 50 kOe at 300, 200 and 100 K, revealed narrow hysteresis curves with a coercive field and saturation magnetization varying for different compositions. The high field regimes of these loops are modeled using the Law of Approach to saturation to extract anisotropy information and saturation magnetization. Both the saturation magnetization and the anisotropy constant are observed to increase with the decrease in temperature while decrease with the Cu-Cr co-substituents for all the samples. Explanation of the observed behavior is proposed in terms of the preference of the co-substituent ions of Cu{sup 2+} and Cr{sup 3+} and their predominant choice to substitute into the octahedral sites of the cubic spinel lattice. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} was synthesized by novel PEG assisted microemulsion method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Present paper dealt with magnetic properties of Mg{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XRD patterns revealed tetragonal distorted cubic structure of Mg{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mossbauer spectroscopy confirmed that Cu-Cr occupy octahedral sites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High field regime of M-H loops was modeled using Law of Approach to saturation.

  2. Effect of magnetic ion Ni doping for Cu in the CuO{sub 2} plane on electronic structure and superconductivity on Y123 cuprate

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    Cao Shixun; Li Pinglin; Cao Guixin; Zhang Jincang

    2003-05-15

    The YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 7-{delta}} with x=0-0.4 have been studied using positron annihilation technique. The changes of positron annihilation parameters with the Ni substitution concentration x are given. From the change of electronic density n{sub e} and T{sub c}, it would prove that the localized carriers (electron and hole) in Cu-O chain and CuO{sub 2} planes have enormous influence on superconductivity by affecting charge transfer between the reservoir layer and CuO{sub 2} planes.

  3. Synthesis, thermal and electrical properties of Al-doped Bi{sub 4}V{sub 1.8}Cu{sub 0.2}O{sub 10.7}

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    Essalim, R.; Ammar, A.; Tanouti, B. [Laboratoire des Sciences des Matériaux Inorganiques et leurs Applications (LASMIA), Equipe Matériaux à Faible Dimensionnalité(EMAFAD), Faculté des Sciences, Semlalia, Av. My Abdellah, B.P. 2390 Marrakech (Morocco); Mauvy, F., E-mail: fabrice.mauvy@cnrs.fr [Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux (ICMCB) CNRS UPR 9048, Université de Bordeaux, 87, Av. Dr A. Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac (France)

    2016-08-15

    Partial substitution of copper with aluminum in Bi{sub 4}V{sub 1.8}Cu{sub 0.2}O{sub 10.7} has led to the Bi{sub 4}V{sub 1.8}Cu{sub 0.2−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 10.7+x/2} solid solution. X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis have shown that the compounds with x=0.05 and x=0.10 are tetragonal with γ′ form of Bi{sub 4}V{sub 2}O{sub 11}, while the compound with x=0.15 is of β polymorph. The effect of Al{sup 3+} doping on electrical conductivity has been studied using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy. The electrical conductivity of doped samples along with the amount of Al{sup 3+} has been studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in the temperature range 250–700 °C. The slope changes observed in the Arrhenius plots agree with the microstructural transitions occurring in these compounds. The highest ionic conductivity values are obtained for the sample with x=0.05. - Graphical abstract: Arrhenius plots of the electrical conductivity of the of Bi{sub 4}V{sub 1.8}Cu{sub 0.2−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 10.7+x/2} compounds. Display Omitted.

  4. Influence of various parameters on the elaboration of superconducting oxides. Influence de divers parametres sur la synthese d'oxydes supraconducteurs

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    Remy, F; Monnereau, O; Vacquier, G; Sorbier, J P; Fournel, A [Aix-Marseille-1 Univ., 13 - Marseille (FR); Mokrani, R [Aix-Marseille-3 Univ., 13 - Marseille (FR)

    1989-01-01

    Several oxides able to give rise to a high T{sub c} superconductivity have been studied. Samples were prepared in both series: La(Ba{sub 2-x}La{sub x}) Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+y} and YBa{sub 2} (Cu{sub 3-x}Ag{sub x})O{sub 7-y}. The evolution of the resistance versus the composition has been studied on sintered samples. The results assess the importance of the experimental conditions of the synthesis. In the system La(Ba{sub 2-x}La{sub x})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+y} our results complete the work of Segre et al. and precise composition at which the superconductivity transition disappear for the profit of the semiconductive behaviour. The samples YBa{sub 2}(Cu{sub 3-x}Ag{sub x})O{sub 7-y} has for x = 0 electrical properties very dependent of the thermal treatment. Some characteristic data are shown. The partial substitution of Cu by Ag for x {ge} 1 enables to keep the superconducting behaviour.

  5. Effect of the doping on the energy of direct and indirect optical gap of KSr{sub 2}Nb{sub 5}O{sub 15} nanopowders; Estudo da influencia da dopagem na energia de gap direto e indireto de nanopos de KSr{sub 2}Nb{sub 5}O{sub 15}

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    Lanfredi, S.; Silva, G.D.; Genova, D.H.M.; Bellucci, F.S.; Constantino, C.J.L.; Nobre, M.A.L., E-mail: silvania@fct.unesp.b [Universidade Estadual Paulista (LaCCeF/DFQB/UNESP), Presidente Prudente, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica, Quimica e Biologia. Lab. de Compositos e Ceramicas Funcionais

    2009-07-01

    Lead-free ferroelectric oxides with tetragonal tungsten bronze TTB type structure have exhibited several applications in recent piezoelectric/dielectric technologies. In TTB niobates, the cationic specie and its distribution exhibit strong influence on the electrical and optical proprieties. Solid solution development from transition-metals cations doping occurs on the niobium site allowing an intrinsic-ferro electricity modulation. In this work, the effect of the concentration of nickel cations on the semiconductor properties of KSr{sub 2}Nb{sub 5}O{sub 15} nanoparticles was investigated by invisible spectroscopy via gap energy determination. Single phase and nanocrystalline powders of KSr{sub 2}NixNb{sub 5}-xO{sub 15}-{sigma} with x = 0.75 and 1 was prepared by high energy ball milling. Powders were characterized by x-ray diffraction. Increase in temperature of calcination leads to decreasing of the gap energy. The influence of concentration of Ni{sup 3+} in the semiconductor character of KSr{sub 2}NixNb{sub 5}-xO{sub 15}-{sigma} is discussed based on the thermal evolution of structural parameters. (author)

  6. Characterization of the oleic acid/iron oxide nanoparticle interface by magnetic resonance

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    Masur, S., E-mail: sabrina.masur@uni-due.de; Zingsem, B.; Marzi, T.; Meckenstock, R.; Farle, M.

    2016-10-01

    The synthesis of colloidal nanoparticles involves surfactant molecules, which bind to the particle surface and stabilize nanoparticles against aggregation. In many cases these protecting shells also can be used for further functionalization. In this study, we investigated monodisperse single crystalline iron oxide core/shell nanoparticles (Fe{sub x}O{sub y}-NPs) in situ covered with an oleic acid layer which showed two electron spin resonance (ESR) signals. The nanoparticles with the ligands attached were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ferro- and paramagnetic resonance (FMR, EPR). Infrared spectroscopy confirmed the presence of the functional groups and revealed that the oleic acid (OA) is chemisorbed as a carboxylate on the iron oxide and is coordinated symmetrically to the oxide atoms. We show that the EPR signal of the OA ligand molecule can be used as a local probe to determine the temperature changes at the surface of the nanoparticle. - Highlights: • Monodisperse single crystalline iron oxide core/shell nanoparticles (Fe{sub x}O{sub y}-NPs) in situ covered with an oleic acid layer two electron spin resonance (ESR) signals. • We show that the EPR signal of the OA ligand molecule can be used as a local probe to determine the temperature changes at the surface of the nanoparticle.

  7. Synthesis route and structural properties of nanoferrites

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    Zaharieva, Katerina; Cherkezova-Zheleva, Zara; Kunev, Boris; Shopska, Maya; Mitov, Ivan [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2013-07-01

    The nano dimensional magnesium ferrite materials Mg{sub 0.25}Fe{sub 2.75}O{sub 4} , Mg{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} with different stoichiometry were prepared by co-precipitation procedure using MgCl{sub 2} •6H{sub 2}O, FeCl{sub 2} •4H{sub 2}O and FeCl{sub 3} •6H{sub 2}O and NaOH as precipitant. The physicochemical methods - X-ray diffraction analysis, Moessbauer spectroscopy and FTIR spectroscopy were performed to investigate the structural properties of obtained nano size magnesium ferrite type samples. The registered experimental data were determined the presence of spinel ferrites and additional precursor phases as iron oxihydroxides and double layered hydroxides in ferrite materials MgxFe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} (x=0.5;1). In the case of magnesium ferrite sample Mg{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} (x=0.25) the existence of non-stoichiometric spinel ferrite and intermediate phase - iron oxihydroxides were observed only. Key words: magnesium ferrites, co-precipitation, physicochemical methods.

  8. Effect of yttrium doping on the dielectric properties of CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} thin film produced by chemical solution deposition

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    Saji, Viswanathan S., E-mail: vssaji@chosun.ac.k [Chosun University, College of Dentistry and 2nd Stage of Brain Korea 21 for College of Dentistry, Gwangju-501-759 (Korea, Republic of); Choe, Han Cheol [Chosun University, College of Dentistry and 2nd Stage of Brain Korea 21 for College of Dentistry, Gwangju-501-759 (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-05-29

    Pure and yttrium substituted CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4-x}Y{sub x}O{sub 12-x/} {sub 2} (x = 0, 0.02, 0.1) thin films were prepared on boron doped silica substrate employing chemical solution deposition, spin coating and rapid thermal annealing. The phase and microstructure of the sintered films were examined using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Dielectric properties of the films were measured at room temperature using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Highly ordered polycrystalline CCTO thin film with bimodal grain size distribution was achieved at a sintering temperature of 800 {sup o}C. Yttrium doping was found to have beneficial effects on the dielectric properties of CCTO thin film. Dielectric parameters obtained for a CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4-x}Y{sub x}O{sub 12-x} {sub /2} (x = 0.02) film at 1 KHz were k {approx} 2700 and tan {delta} {approx} 0.07.

  9. Electrochemical degradation of diuron in chloride medium using DSA Registered-Sign based anodes

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    Pipi, Angelo R. F.; Aquino Neto, Sidney; Andrade, Adalgisa R. de, E-mail: ardandra@ffclrp.usp.br [Departamento de Quimica, Faculdade de Filosofia Ciencias e Letras de Ribeirao Preto, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto-SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-15

    This work presents a study of the electrochemical degradation of the herbicide diuron using Ti/Ru{sub x}Ti{sub (1-x)}O{sub 2} and Ti/Ir{sub x}Ti{sub (1-x)}O{sub 2} (x 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7) anodes. The investigation of the degradation was conducted in the presence and in the absence of chloride. The study of the herbicide removal as a function of the current density in the absence of chloride yielded 41 and 49% COD (chemical oxygen demand) removals and 10 and 14% TOC (total organic carbon) removal at 100 mA cm{sup -2}, respectively. By keeping the electrolysis time constant (4 h), Ti/Ru{sub 0.7}Ti{sub 0.3}O{sub 2} anode composition was determined as the most active for removal of diuron and its byproduct. The maximum removal value achieved after 4 h was 58%. Addition of chloride doubled the removal ratio, and 100% COD removal was obtained for Ti/Ru{sub 0.3}Ti{sub 0.7}O{sub 2} . High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis confirmed the total removal of the herbicide in chloride medium and indicated the formation of byproducts. The generated byproducts presented as function of the applied current density and the anode composition. Ir-based anodes promoted milder oxidation and furnished more byproducts in aqueous medium. (author)

  10. Improved flux-pinning properties of REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} films by low-level Co doping

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    Wang, Wentao; Pu, Minghua; Wang, Weiwei; Lei, Ming [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity R and D Centre (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Erhuanlu Beiyiduan 111, 610031 Chengdu (China); Cheng, Cuihua [Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2052 NSW, Sydney (Australia); Zhao, Yong [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity R and D Centre (SRDC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Erhuanlu Beiyiduan 111, 610031 Chengdu (China); Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2052 NSW, Sydney (Australia)

    2011-09-15

    Biaxially textured REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 7-z} (RE = Gd,Y) films were prepared on (00l) LaAlO{sub 3} substrate using self-developed fluorine-free chemical solution deposition (CSD) approach. The in-field J{sub c} values are significantly improved for REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 7-z} films through low-level Co doping. Co-doped GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} film shows the highest J{sub c} values at higher temperatures and fields, whereas the J{sub c} values of Co-doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-z} film surpass that of other films at lower temperatures and fields. In addition, the volume pinning force densities of films with Co doping have been distinctly enhanced in the applied fields, indicating improved flux-pinning properties. The possible reasons are discussed in detail. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Microstructure and chemical analysis of Hf-based high-k dielectric layers in metal-insulator-metal capacitors

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    Thangadurai, P. [Department of Materials Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Mikhelashvili, V.; Eisenstein, G. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Kaplan, W.D., E-mail: kaplan@tx.technion.ac.i [Department of Materials Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel)

    2010-05-31

    The microstructure and chemistry of the high-k gate dielectric significantly influences the performance of metal-insulator-metal (MIM) and metal-oxide-semiconductor devices. In particular, the local structure, chemistry, and inter-layer mixing are important phenomena to be understood. In the present study, high resolution and analytical transmission electron microscopy are combined to study the local structure, morphology, and chemistry in MIM capacitors containing a Hf-based high-k dielectric. The gate dielectric, bottom and gate electrodes were deposited on p-type Si(100) wafers by electron beam evaporation. Four chemically distinguishable sub-layers were identified within the dielectric stack. One is an unintentionally formed 4.0 nm thick interfacial layer of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} at the interface between the Ta electrode and the dielectric. The other three layers are based on HfN{sub x}O{sub y} and HfTiO{sub y}, and intermixing between the nearby sub-layers including deposited SiO{sub 2}. Hf-rich clusters were found in the HfN{sub x}O{sub y} layer adjacent to the Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} layer.

  12. Effect of Fe substitution on multiferroic hexagonal YMnO{sub 3}

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    Zaghrioui, M., E-mail: zaghrioui@univ-tours.f [Laboratoire d' electrodynamique des materiaux avances, UMR CNRS 6157 - CEA Universite F. Rabelais-IUT de Blois, 3 place Jean Jaures, C. S. 2903, 41029 Blois Cedex - France (France); Greneche, J.M. [Laboratoire de Physique de l' Etat Condense, UMR CNRS 6087, Universite du Maine, Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085 Le Mans (France); Autret-Lambert, C.; Gervais, M. [Laboratoire d' electrodynamique des materiaux avances, UMR CNRS 6157 - CEA Universite F. Rabelais-IUT de Blois, 3 place Jean Jaures, C. S. 2903, 41029 Blois Cedex (France)

    2011-03-15

    Polycrystalline YMn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.02-0.20) powders were synthesized by means of modified citrate method. Powder X-ray diffraction gives evidence that all the samples are single phase and exhibit hexagonal structure with P6{sub 3}cm space group as observed for YMnO{sub 3}. The solubility limit of Fe was determined as about 6 wt.%. Cell parameter values were found to increase with Fe content, since Fe{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 3+} have the same ionic radii. This can be attributed to the increase of the tilting of MnO{sub 5} bipyramid and the buckling of Y atoms. In addition, {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectrometry provides evidence of two Fe{sup 3+} sites attributed to two different nearest atomic neighbours. Magnetic properties reveal a paramagnetic-to-antiferromagnetic transition, a possible increase of the magnetic anisotropy, and a competition between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interactions. - Research highlights: The increase of the tilting of MnO{sub 5} bipyramid and the buckling of Y atoms leads to the increase of cell parameter in YMn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}. {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectrometry provides evidence of two Fe{sup 3+} sites.

  13. Crystal structure, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of aluminum-doped La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} perovskites

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    Elhamza, Amal; Dhahri, J. [Universite de Monastir, Laboratoire de la Matiere Condensee et des Nanosciences, Monastir (Tunisia); Rhouma, F.I.H. [Centre de Recherche des Sciences et Technologies de l' Energie, Laboratoire de Photovoltaique de Semi-Conducteurs et de Nanostructures, Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Hlil, E.K. [CNRS-Universite Joseph Fourier, Institut Neel, Grenoble (France)

    2017-05-15

    In this paper, we report on the structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of a series of nanocrystallines La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) which were prepared by the sol-gel method. The X-ray powder diffraction showed that all our synthesized samples were of a single phase and have crystallized in the hexagonal symmetry with R anti 3c space group. Magnetic measurements showed that the sample exhibits a ferromagnetic-to-paramagnetic phase transition at a Curie temperature close to 206 K. The maximum value of the magnetic entropy change vertical stroke ΔS{sub M}{sup max} vertical stroke was found to be 1.09 J kg{sup -1} K{sup -1} for an applied magnetic field of 5T. At this value of magnetic field, the relative cooling power was 141 J kg{sup -1}. Our result on magnetocaloric properties suggests that La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} nanopowder with (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) is attractive as a potential refrigerant for high-temperature magnetic refrigeration. (orig.)

  14. Anatase phase stability and doping concentration dependent refractivity in codoped transparent conducting TiO{sub 2} films

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    Chen, T L [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Furubayashi, Y [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Hirose, Y [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Hitosugi, T [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Shimada, T [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Hasegawa, T [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan)

    2007-10-07

    Nb{sub 0.06}Sn{sub x}Ti{sub 0.94-x}O{sub 2} (x {<=} 0.3) thin films were grown by a pulsed-laser deposition method with varying Sn concentration. Through a combinatorial technique, we find that Sn concentration can reach a maximum of about x = 0.3 while maintaining the stable anatase phase and epitaxy. A doping concentration dependence of the refractivity is revealed, in which refractivity reduction at a wavelength of {lambda} = 500 nm is estimated to be 12.4% for Nb{sub 0.06}Sn{sub 0.3} Ti{sub 0.64}O{sub 2} thin film. Sn doping induced band-gap blue shift can be contributed to the mixing of extended Sn 5s orbitals with the conduction band of TiO{sub 2}. Low resistivity on the order of 10{sup -4} {omega} cm at room temperature and high internal transmittance of more than 95% in the visible light region are exhibited for Nb{sub 0.06}Sn{sub x} Ti{sub 0.94-x}O{sub 2} thin films (x {<=} 0.2). Optical and transport analyses demonstrate that doping Sn into Nb{sub 0.06} Ti{sub 0.94}O{sub 2} can reduce the refractivity while maintaining low resistivity and high transparency.

  15. Plasma synthesis of rare earth doped integrated optical waveguides

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    Raoux, S.; Anders, S.; Yu, K.M.; Brown, I.G. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States); Ivanov, I.C. [Charles Evans & Associates, Redwood City, CA (United States)

    1995-03-01

    We describe a novel means for the production of optically active planar waveguides. The makes use of a low energy plasma deposition. Cathodic-arc-produced metal plasmas the metallic components of the films and gases are added to form compound films. Here we discuss the synthesis of Al{sub 2{minus}x}ER{sub x}O{sub 3} thin films. The erbium concentration (x) can vary from 0 to 100% and the thickness of the film can be from Angstroms to microns. In such material, at high active center concentration (x=l% to 20%), erbium ions give rise to room temperature 1.53{mu}m emission which has minimum loss in silica-based optical fibers. With this technique, multilayer integrated planar waveguide structures can be grown, such as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2{minus}x}Er{sub x}O{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si, for example.

  16. Investigation of structural and magnetic properties of Zr-Co doped nickel ferrite nanomaterials

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    Ali, Rajjab [Department of Chemistry, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Khan, Muhammad Azhar, E-mail: azhar.khan@iub.edu.pk [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Manzoor, Alina [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Department of Physics, Government College University, Faisalabad 38000 (Pakistan); Shahid, Muhammad [Department of Chemistry, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Haider, Sajjad [Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Malik, Abdul Sattar [Department of Electrical Engineering, University College of Engineering and Technology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 Pakistan (Pakistan); Sher, Muhammad [Department of Chemistry, University of Sargodha, Sargodha 40100 (Pakistan); Shakir, Imran [Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) Center, College of Engineering, King Saud University, PO-BOX 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); FarooqWarsi, Muhammad, E-mail: farooq.warsi@iub.edu.pk [Department of Chemistry, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan)

    2017-05-01

    Nano-sized Zr-Co doped nickel ferrites with nominal composition, NiZr{sub x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2-2x}O{sub 4} (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) were synthesized using the micro-emulsion route. The structural elucidation of the synthesized materials was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The XRD analysis confirmed face centered cubic (FCC) structure of all compositions of NiZr{sub x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2-2x}O{sub 4} nanocrystallites. Crystallite size was calculated by Scherrer's formula found in the range 10–15 nm. The variation in lattice parameter as determined by XRD data agreed with size variation of host (Fe{sup 3+}) and guest (Zr{sup 4+} and Co{sup 2+}) cations. FTIR spectra of doped NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibited the typical octahedral bands at 528.4 cm{sup −1} which is the characteristic feature of spinel structure of spinel ferrites. The characterized spinel NiZr{sub x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2-2x}O{sub 4} nano-ferrites were evaluated for their potential applications by magnetic hysteresis loops and dielectric measurements. The value of saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) decreased from 47.9 to 13.09 emu/g up to x=0.8 with ups and downs fluctuations in between x=0.0 to x=0.8. The high values of Ms of some compositions predicted the potential applications in high density perpendicular recording media and microwave devices. The frequency dependent behavior of permittivity (ε') is recorded and discussed with the help of hopping mechanism of both holes and electrons. The dielectric and magnetic data of NiZr{sub x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2-2x}O{sub 4} nano-ferrites suggested the potential applications of these ferrite nanoparticles in high frequency and magnetic data storage devices fabrication. - Graphical abstract: Zr-Co doped nickel nano-ferrites were prepared via micro-emulsion method. The crystallite size calculated by scherrer's formula lie in the range 10–15 nm. The saturation magnetization decreases from 47

  17. Polymorphism and properties of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} doped with pentavalent antimony

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    Kharitonova, E.P.; Belov, D.A. [M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Gagor, A.B.; Pietraszko, A.P. [W. Trzebiatowski Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Okólna 2, 50-950 Wrocław (Poland); Alekseeva, O.A. [Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky pr. 59, 119333 Moscow (Russian Federation); Voronkova, V.I., E-mail: voronk@polly.phys.msu.ru [M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-04-05

    Highlights: • The limit of Bi{sub 2}W{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 6−y} solid solutions is at x = 0.05. • Bi{sub 2}W{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 6−y} does not fully transform into high-temperature monoclinic phase. • Sb{sup 5+} has a weak effect on the temperatures of the ferroelectric transitions. • γ→γ{sup ‴} transition near 650 °C was observed as strong permittivity peak at 0.01–8 Hz. • The conductivity of Bi{sub 2}W{sub 0.96}Sb{sub 0.04}O{sub 6−y} at 800 °C reaches 0.02 S/cm. -- Abstract: Antimony-containing solid solutions isostructural with bismuth tungstate, Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, have been prepared in air as polycrystalline samples by solid-state reactions and as single crystals by unseeded flux growth. The antimony in the solid solutions is in a pentavalent state and substitutes for tungsten in the structure of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The Bi{sub 2}W{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 6−y} solid solutions have been shown to exist in the composition range 0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.05. We have examined the effect of Sb{sup 5+} doping on the polymorphism and properties of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. In contrast to undoped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, antimony-substituted bismuth tungstate does not completely transform into its high-temperature, monoclinic phase at 960 °C and remains two-phase up to temperatures approaching its melting point. Antimony substitution for tungsten has a weak effect on the temperatures of the ferroelectric phase transitions. Heterovalent substitution of Sb{sup 5+} for W{sup 6+} is accompanied by the formation of extra oxygen vacancies and an increase in the electrical conductivity of the solid solutions by one to two orders of magnitude relative to undoped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}.

  18. Crystal chemical characterization of mullite-type aluminum borate compounds

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    Hoffmann, K., E-mail: Kristin.Hoffmann@uni-bremen.de [Kristallographie, FB05, Klagenfurter Straße / GEO, Universität Bremen, D-28359 Bremen (Germany); Institut für Anorganische Chemie und Kristallographie, FB02, Leobener Straße / NW2, Universität Bremen, D-28359 Bremen (Germany); Hooper, T.J.N. [Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Zhao, H.; Kolb, U. [Institut für Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie, Jakob-Welder-WegJakob-Welder-Weg 11, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Murshed, M.M. [Institut für Anorganische Chemie und Kristallographie, FB02, Leobener Straße / NW2, Universität Bremen, D-28359 Bremen (Germany); MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes, Bibliothekstraße 1, Universität Bremen, D-28359 Bremen (Germany); Fischer, M.; Lührs, H. [Kristallographie, FB05, Klagenfurter Straße / GEO, Universität Bremen, D-28359 Bremen (Germany); MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes, Bibliothekstraße 1, Universität Bremen, D-28359 Bremen (Germany); Nénert, G. [Institut Laue-Langevin, 6 Rue Jules Horowitz, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Kudějová, P.; Senyshyn, A. [Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstr. 1, D-85748 Garching (Germany); and others

    2017-03-15

    Al-rich aluminum borates were prepared by different synthesis routes using various Al/B ratios, characterized by diffraction methods, spectroscopy and prompt gamma activation analysis. The {sup 11}B NMR data show a small amount of BO{sub 4} species in all samples. The chemical analysis indicates a trend in the Al/B ratio instead of a fixed composition. Both methods indicate a solid solution Al{sub 5−x}B{sub 1+x}O{sub 9} where Al is substituted by B in the range of 1–3%. The structure of B-rich Al{sub 4}B{sub 2}O{sub 9} (C2/m, a=1488 pm, b=553 pm, c=1502 pm, ß=90.6°), was re-investigated by electron diffraction methods, showing that structural details vary within a crystallite. In most of the domains the atoms are orderly distributed, showing no signal for the postulated channel oxygen atom O5. The absence of O5 is supported by density functional theory calculations. Other domains show a probable disordered configuration of O5 and O10, indicated by diffuse scattering along the b direction. - Graphical abstract: Projections of three-dimensional electron diffraction space of Al{sub 4}B{sub 2}O{sub 9} along the main directions. - Highlights: • The crystal structure of Al{sub 4}B{sub 2}O{sub 9} was re-evaluated. • Structural details vary among different crystals and inside Al{sub 4}B{sub 2}O{sub 9} crystallites. • Diffuse scattering indicate a probable disordered configuration of O5 and O10. • A solid solution series for Al{sub 5−x}B{sub x}O{sub 9} is indicated by PGAA and NMR spectroscopy. • The presence of BO{sub 4} groups is confirmed by {sup 11}B MAS NMR spectroscopy for Al{sub 5−x}B{sub 1+x}O{sub 9}.

  19. Synthesis of V-doped TiO{sub 2} films by chemical bath deposition and the effect of post-annealing on their properties

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    Shopova-Gospodinova, Denitsa [Institut fuer Materialwissenschaft, Universitaet Stuttgart, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Jeurgens, Lars P.H.; Welzel, Udo [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Intelligente Systeme (formerly MPI for Metals Research), Department Mittemeijer, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Bauermann, Luciana Pitta; Hoffmann, Rudolf C. [Institut fuer Materialwissenschaft, Universitaet Stuttgart, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Bill, Joachim, E-mail: mwishopova@imw.uni-stuttgart.de [Institut fuer Materialwissenschaft, Universitaet Stuttgart, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    Amorphous composite films, composed of a Ti{sub 1-x}V{sub x}O{sub 2} solid-solution phase and a V{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase, were produced by chemical bath deposition and subsequently air-annealed at various temperatures up to 550 Degree-Sign C. The microstructure and chemical composition of the as-prepared and annealed films were investigated by a combinatorial experimental approach using Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometry was applied to determine the optical band gap of the as-prepared and annealed films. It followed that the incorporation of vanadium in the as-deposited films reduces the optical band gap of TiO{sub 2} from about 3.8 eV to 3.2 eV. Annealing of the films up to 350 Degree-Sign C leads to slight increase of band gap, as attributed to a reduction of the defect density in the initially amorphous oxide films due to the gradual development of long-range order and a concurrent reduction of the V{sup 4+}-dopant concentration in the Ti{sub 1-x}V{sub x}O{sub 2} solid-solution phase. The films crystallized upon annealing in air at 550 Degree-Sign C, which resulted in drastic changes of the phase constitution, optical absorbance and surface morphology. Due to the lower solubility of V{sup 4+} in crystalline TiO{sub 2}, V{sup 4+} segregates out of the crystallizing Ti{sub 1-x}V{sub x}O{sub 2} solid-solution phase, forming crystalline V{sub 2}O{sub 5} at the film surface. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Incorporation of vanadium in TiO2 thin film reduces its optical band gap. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Amorphous V-doped TiO2 and TiO2-V2O5 composite films were air-annealed up to 550 Masculine-Ordinal-Indicator C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Annealing of the films up to 350 Degree-Sign C leads to slight increase of the band gap.

  20. Down-conversion phosphors as noble-metal-free co-catalyst in ZnO for efficient visible light photocatalysis

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    Chu, Haipeng [Institute of Coordination Bond Metrology and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Liu, Xinjuan, E-mail: lxj669635@126.com [Institute of Coordination Bond Metrology and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Liu, Jiaqing [Engineering Research Center for Nanophotonics & Advanced Instrument, Ministry of Education, Department of Physics, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062 (China); Lei, Wenyan [Institute of Coordination Bond Metrology and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Li, Jinliang [Engineering Research Center for Nanophotonics & Advanced Instrument, Ministry of Education, Department of Physics, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062 (China); Wu, Tianyang [Institute of Coordination Bond Metrology and Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Li, Ping [Shanghai Nanotechnology Promotion Center, Shanghai 200237 (China); Li, Huili; Pan, Likun [Engineering Research Center for Nanophotonics & Advanced Instrument, Ministry of Education, Department of Physics, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Graphical abstract: ZnO-Lu{sub 3}(Al,Si){sub 5}(O,N){sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} hybrid photocatalysts were synthesized via a fast microwave-assisted approach for visible light photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutions with a high degradation rate of 91%. - Highlights: • ZnO-Lu{sub 3}(Al,Si){sub 5}(O,N){sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} were synthesized via a facile microwave-assisted method. • Lu{sub 3}(Al,Si){sub 5}(O,N){sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} acts as co-catalyst to facilitates the self-sensitized degradation of MB. • ZnO-Lu{sub 3}(Al,Si){sub 5}(O,N){sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} exhibited enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity. • A high MB degradation rate of 91% was achieved under visible light irradiation. - Abstract: Exploring novel visible light responsive photocatalysts is one of greatly significant issues from the viewpoint of using solar energy. Here we report the yellow-orange emitting α-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-doped Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} (Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5-x}Si{sub x}O{sub 12-x}N{sub x}:Ce{sup 3+}) phosphors as a noble-metal-free co-catalyst for enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of ZnO. The results show that ZnO-Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5-x}Si{sub x}O{sub 12-x}N{sub x}:Ce{sup 3+} hybrid photocatalysts using a fast microwave-assisted approach exhibits a 91% methylene blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation at 240 min, which evidence the synergistic effect of ZnO and Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5-x}Si{sub x}O{sub 12-x}N{sub x}:Ce{sup 3+} that suppress the rate of charge recombination and increase the self-sensitized degradation of MB. ZnO-down conversion phosphors can be envisaged as potential candidate in environmental engineering and solar energy applications.

  1. The influence of nitrogen and oxygen additions on the thermal characteristics of aluminium-based thin films

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    Borges, J., E-mail: joelborges@fisica.uminho.pt [Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Department of Control Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Technická 2, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Macedo, F. [Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Couto, F.M. [Physics Sciences Laboratory, Norte Fluminense State University, 28013-602 Campos–RJ (Brazil); Rodrigues, M.S.; Lopes, C. [Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Instituto Pedro Nunes, Laboratório de Ensaios, Desgaste e Materiais, Rua Pedro Nunes, 3030-199 Coimbra (Portugal); Pedrosa, P. [Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal); Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia, Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal); Polcar, T. [Department of Control Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Technická 2, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Engineering Materials & nCATS, FEE, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ, Southampton (United Kingdom); Marques, L.; Vaz, F. [Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal)

    2015-08-01

    The ternary aluminium oxynitride (AlN{sub x}O{sub y}) system offers the possibility to obtain a wide range of properties by tailoring the ratio between pure Al, AlN{sub x} and AlO{sub y} and therefore opening a significant number of possible applications. In this work the thermal behaviour of AlN{sub x}O{sub y} thin films was analysed by modulated infrared radiometry (MIRR), taking as reference the binary AlO{sub y} and AlN{sub x} systems. MIRR is a non-contact and non-destructive thermal wave measurement technique based on the excitation, propagation and detection of temperature oscillations of very small amplitudes. The intended change of the partial pressure of the reactive gas (N{sub 2} and/or O{sub 2}) influenced the target condition and hence the deposition characteristics which, altogether, affected the composition and microstructure of the films. Based on the MIRR measurements and their qualitative and quantitative interpretation, some correlations between the thermal transport properties of the films and their chemical/physical properties have been found. Furthermore, the potential of such technique applied in this oxynitride system, which present a wide range of different physical responses, is also discussed. The experimental results obtained are consistent with those reported in previous works and show a high potential to fulfil the demands needed for the possible applications of the systems studied. They are clearly indicative of an adequate thermal response if this particular thin film system is aimed to be applied in small sensor devices or in electrodes for biosignal acquisition, such as those for electroencephalography or electromyography as it is the case of the main research area that is being developed in the group. - Highlights: • AlN{sub x}, AlO{sub y} and AlN{sub x}O{sub y} films were deposited by magnetron sputtering. • Discharge characteristics were compared between systems. • Different x and y coefficients were obtained.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of Co-doped lanthanum nickelate perovskites for solid oxide fuel cell cathode material

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    Chavez G, L.; Hinojosa R, M. [Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza, 66450 Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Medina L, B.; Ringuede, A.; Cassir, M. [Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, CNRS-Chimie ParisTech, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Vannier, R. N., E-mail: leonardo.chavezgr@uanl.edu.mx [Unite de Catalyse et de Chimie du Solide, UMR 8181 CNRS, 59655, Villeneuve d Ascq Cedex (France)

    2017-11-01

    In the perovskite structures widely investigated and used as solid oxide fuel cells cathodes, oxygen reduction is mainly limited to the triple phase boundary (TPB), where oxygen (air), electrode and electrolyte are in contact. It is possible via the sol-gel modified Pechini method to: 1) control the material grain size, which can increase TPBs, 2) produce a homogenous material and 3) obtain a cathode material in a faster way compared with the solid state route. LaNi{sub x}Co{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.3, 0.5, 0.7) were synthesized by the modified Pechini method. The perovskite phase formation began at 350 degrees Celsius and the presence of pure LaNi{sub 0.7}Co{sub 0.3}O{sub 3}, LaNi{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} and LaNi{sub 0.3}Co{sub 0.7}O{sub 3} structures was evidenced by high temperature X-ray diffraction (Ht-XRD) measurements. Scanning electron microscopy (Sem) micrographs showed that the microstructure evolves with the amount of cobalt from a coalesced to an open structure. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) on symmetrical cells LaNi{sub x}Co{sub 1-x}O{sub 3}/YSZ (Yttria-stabilized zirconia)/LaNi{sub x}Co{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} showed that the highest ASR (area specific resistance) is obtained with x = 0.3, whereas ASR values are similar for x = 0.5 and 0.7 at temperatures higher than 600 degrees Celsius. At temperatures lower than 600 degrees Celsius, ASR is the lowest for LaNi{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}, showing that this composition with intermediate porosity appears as a good choice for and intermediate-temperature solid oxid fuel cell. (Author)

  3. Synthesis of magnetic biochar from pine sawdust via oxidative hydrolysis of FeCl{sub 2} for the removal sulfamethoxazole from aqueous solution

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    Reguyal, Febelyn [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand); Sarmah, Ajit K., E-mail: a.sarmah@auckland.ac.nz [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand); Gao, Wei [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand)

    2017-01-05

    Highlights: • Synthesis of strongly magnetic biochar via oxidative hydrolysis of FeCl{sub 2}. • Saturation magnetisation of magnetic pine sawdust biochar (MPSB) is 47.8 A m{sup 2}/kg. • Single-phase iron oxide (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles formed on the surface of biochar. • Adsorption behaviour and regeneration were investigated. • Sorption of sulfamethoxazole onto MPSB could be due to hydrophobic interaction. - Abstract: Magnetisation of carbonaceous adsorbent using iron oxide (Fe{sub x}O{sub y}) has potential to decrease the recovery cost of spent adsorbent because it could be separated magnetically. However, formation of various phases of Fe{sub x}O{sub y} and iron hydroxide (Fe{sub x}(OH){sub y}) during synthesis particularly the non-magnetic phases are difficult to control and could significantly reduce the magnetic saturation of the adsorbent. Hence, formation of the most magnetic Fe{sub x}O{sub y}, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4,} on biochar via oxidative hydrolysis of FeCl{sub 2} under alkaline media was performed to synthesise magnetic adsorbent using pine sawdust biochar (magnetic pine sawdust biochar: MPSB). The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles on the surface of biochar contributed to high saturation magnetisation of MPSB, 47.8 A m{sup 2}/kg, enabling it to be separated from aqueous solution using a magnet. MPSB were examined physically and chemically using various techniques. Sorbent-stability, parametric, kinetics, isotherm, thermodynamic and sorbent-regeneration studies were performed to comprehend the potential of MPSB as adsorbent to remove an emerging contaminant, sulfamethoxazole (SMX) from aqueous solution. Results showed that MPSB was stable within solution pH 4–9. Adsorption of SMX onto MPSB was favourable at low pH, fast and best described by Redlich-Peterson model. Adsorption was exothermic with physisorption possibly due to hydrophobic interaction and spent adsorbent could be regenerated by organic solvents.

  4. First hydrothermal synthesis of Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}Br and its photocatalytic properties for molecular oxygen activation and RhB degradation

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    Su, Yurong; Ding, Chenghua; Dang, Yuanlin [College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); Wang, Hui [CAS Key Laboratory of Nuclear Radiation and Nuclear Energy Techniques, and Multidisciplinary Initiative Center, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Ye, Liqun, E-mail: yeliquny@163.com [College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); Jin, Xiaoli [College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); Xie, Haiquan, E-mail: Xie-hq@163.com [College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); Liu, Chao [College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China)

    2015-08-15

    Graphical abstract: Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}Br was firstly synthesized by via hydromel method and showed good photocatalytic properties for molecular oxygen activation and RhB degradation. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}Br, a new Bi{sub x}O{sub y}X{sub z} semiconductor photocatalyst was firstly synthesized by via hydromel method. • As-synthesized Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}Br can effectively activate molecular oxygen under UV–vis light irradiation. • The appearance of Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}Br photocatalysis enriched the Bi-O-X photocatalysts. - Abstract: Comparing with BiOX (X = Cl, Br, I), Bi{sub x}O{sub y}X{sub z} as the newest bismuth-based photocatalysts have more appropriate conduction band position. And so, they can be used to active molecular oxygen. In this paper, Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}Br, a new Bi{sub x}O{sub y}X{sub z} semiconductor photocatalyst was firstly synthesized by via hydromel method. It was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–visible diffused reflectance spectra (DRS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and the corresponding selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern. It can be found that the crystal structure and morphology are same with Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}I. The size of a single rod is about 2 μm in width and 50 μm in length. As-synthesized Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}Br can effectively activate molecular oxygen to generate superoxide radical (O{sub 2}{sup •} {sup −}) and hydroxyl radical (• OH) under UV–vis light irradiation. And it also showed high photocatalytic activity than BiOBr for the degradation of dyes. Thus, it can be seen, the appearance of Bi{sub 5}O{sub 7}Br photocatalysis enriched the bismuth-rich strategy of Bi-O-X photocatalysts.

  5. Influence of Ni-Cr substitution on the magnetic and electric properties of magnesium ferrite nanomaterials

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    Iqbal, Muhammad Javed, E-mail: mjiqauchem@yahoo.com [Surface and Solid State Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Ahmad, Zahoor [Surface and Solid State Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Meydan, Turgut [Wolfson Centre for Magnetics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF24 3AA (United Kingdom); Nlebedim, Ikenna Cajetan [Ames Laboratory of US Department of Energy, Ames, IA 50011 (United States)

    2012-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Variation of saturation magnetization (M{sub S}) and magnetocrystalline anisotropy coefficient (K{sub 1}) with Ni-Cr content for Mg{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0-0.5). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} are synthesized by novel PEG assisted microemulsion method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High field regime of M-H loops are modeled using Law of Approach to saturation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A considerable increase in the value of M{sub S} from 148 kA/m to 206 kA/m is achieved Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {rho}{sup RT} enhanced to the order of 10{sup 9} {Omega}cm at potential operational range around 300 K. -- Abstract: The effect of variation of composition on the structural, morphological, magnetic and electric properties of Mg{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0-0.5) nanocrystallites is presented. The samples were prepared by novel polyethylene glycol (PEG) assisted microemulsion method with average crystallite size of 15-47 nm. The microstructure, chemical, and phase analyses of the samples were studied by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Compositional variation greatly affected the magnetic and structural properties. The high-field regimes of the magnetic loops are modelled using the Law of Approach (LOA) to saturation in order to extract information about their anisotropy and the saturation magnetization. Thermal demagnetization measurements are carried out using VSM and significant enhancement of the Curie temperature from 681 K to 832 K has been achieved by substitution of different contents of Ni-Cr. The dc-electrical resistivity ({rho}{sup RT}) at potential operational range around 300 K is increased from 7.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 8} to 4.85 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 9} {Omega}cm with the increase in Ni-Cr contents

  6. Moessbauer study of iron-cobalt-rhodium spinels

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    Spencer, C D; Smith, P A; Karnes, C M; Shepard, W A [Ithaca Coll., NY (USA). Dept. of Physics

    1980-01-01

    Moessbauer source and absorber studies have been carried out on the spinel system CoFesub(x)Rhsub(2-x)O/sub 4/ for x 0.005, 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, 1.2 and 1.5. For 0.005 =< x =< 1.2, the cation distribution is normal with Co/sup 2 +/ on A sites. At x = 1.5, the distribution is nearly inverse. In the cases x = 0.005 and 0.3, iron on the B sites does not produce a quadrupole doublet indicating that the B sites are cubic which is contrary to the usual case in spinels.

  7. Structural and cyclic volta metric investigations on BIPBVOX solid electrolyte synthesized by ethylene glycol–citric acid sol–gel route

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    Naqvi, Faria K.; Beg, Saba, E-mail: profsababeg@gmail.com [Solid-State Chemistry Lab, Physical Chemistry Division, Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, 202002 INDIA (India); Al-Areqi, Niyazi A. S. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Science, Taiz University, Taiz, Republic of Yemen (Yemen)

    2016-05-06

    Samples of BIPBVOX.x (Bi{sub 2}V{sub 1–x}Pb{sub x}O{sub 5.5–x/2}) in the composition range 0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.20 were prepared by ethylene glycol– citric acid sol–gel synthesis route. Structural investigations were carried out by X–ray diffraction, DTA. The highly conducting γ′– phase was effectively stabilized at room temperature for compositions with x ≥ 0.17. Cyclic voltammetric measurements showed reversible redox reactions of vanadium and irreversible redox reaction of Bi{sup 3+} in the BIPBVOX system during the first cathodic and anodic sweep. However, a higher stability against the reduction of Bi{sup 3+} to metallic bismuth was seen for x=0.20.

  8. Synthesis of ceramic powder of TiO{sub 2} doped with Zr by the Pechini Method applied in ceramic membranes for water treatment; Sintese de pos ceramicos de TiO{sub 2} dopado com Zr obtido pelo Metodo Pechini aplicados em membranas ceramicas para tramento de agua

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    Farias, R.F.V.; Fernandes, M.S.M.; Silva, R.S.; Franca, K.B.; Lira, H.L.; Bonifacio, M.A.R., E-mail: raissavenuto@gmail.com, E-mail: maniza-f@hotmail.com, E-mail: raquel.ssb@hotmail.com, E-mail: kepler@labdes.ufcg.edu.br, E-mail: helio.lira@ufcg.edu.br, E-mail: m_aparecidaribeiro@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil)

    2016-07-01

    This paper describes the synthesis of ceramic powder of TiO2 doped with Zr by the polymeric precursor method, also known as Pechini method applied in ceramic membranes for water treatment. Three compositions were synthesized according to the molar ratio Ti{sub x}-1Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 moles), calcined at 700° C/1h. The samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and microbiological analysis. The presence of the doping element was not decisive in the average size of crystallite, which ranged from 5.5 to 11.3 nm. The SEM images showed clusters with uniform surface and granular aspect, it is still possible to see a clearly porous structure formed by clusters of uniform size for all samples. The microbiological analyses of powders have revealed that they have bactericidal properties. (author)

  9. Session 4: Combinatorial research of methane catalytic decomposition on supported nitride catalysts for CO-free hydrogen

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    Jianghan, Shen; Hua, Wang; Zhongmin, Liu; Hongchao, Liu [Natural Gas Utilization and Applied Catalysis Lab., Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian P. R. (China)

    2004-07-01

    CO-free Hydrogen production is needed for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMs) because CO strongly poisons the anode-electrocatalysts. Methane directly catalytic decomposition is an attractive way to produce CO-free hydrogen for the large abundance of methane and its high H/C ratio. It is more effective to employ high-throughput screening (HTS) technology in heterogeneous catalysis. In this paper, a combinatorial multi-stream reaction system with online multi-stream mass spectrometer screening (MSMSS) detection technique was applied to study the decomposition of methane over supported MoN{sub x}O{sub y} catalysts (supports = Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, SiO{sub 2}, SBA-15, ZSM-5,13X, and NaY), which is a catalyst system seldom reported recently. (authors)

  10. Tunable ferrites as environmentally friendly materials for energy-efficient processes

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    Alvarez-Serrano, Inmaculada; Arillo, Maria Angeles; Lopez, Maria Luisa; Veiga, Maria Luisa; Pico, Carlos [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

    2011-11-23

    Novel materials and methods of synthesis in the field of energy conversion and economy are reported. The main goal is to prepare and characterize Li{sub (4-x)}Mn{sub (5-2x)}Fe{sub 3x}O{sub 12} compounds. These compounds crystallize in a spinel-type structure, AB{sub 2}O{sub 4}, in which the cationic location in the A and B sublattices drives the potential application of these materials in two current prominent research fields: magnetic refrigeration and lithium batteries. This solid solution is revealed as a tunable system that nicely permits a specific response to be highlighted, depending on the composition and particle size: the magnetocaloric effect or active electrochemical behavior. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. The role of Sr doping on structure and microstructural properties of LaFeO{sub 3}

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    Jain, Pranat, E-mail: pranatjain@gmail.com; Srivastava, Sanjay, E-mail: s.srivastava.msme@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal-4620003 (India); Gupta, Nitish, E-mail: nitish.nidhi75@gmail.com [Department of App. Chemistry, Shri G.S. Institute of Technology and Science, 23 Park Road Indore 452003 (India)

    2016-05-06

    The doping of Strontium in LaFeO{sub 3} and its influence on the structural and microstructure properties were studied thoroughly. A few sets of Sr doping in La{sub (1-x)}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3}, where x=0.00, 0.02, and 0.06 were made through the solution combustion synthesis method using urea as fuel. X-ray diffraction was applied to get information about the structure and purity. The Rietveld refinement on X-ray diffraction peaks have been done, in order to calculate various structural parameters. The morphology of La{sub (1-x)}Sr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} nanoscale particles has been confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) technique. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) signals demonstrated the antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition (T{sub N}). The FTIR spectra was provided the information about various vibration modes in samples.

  12. Synthesis and optical properties of Pr and Ti doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Singh, Vikash, E-mail: vikash.singh@abes.ac.in [Department of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida (U.P.), India-201307 (India); Applied Science and Humanities, ABES EC, Ghaziabad (U.P), India-201009 (India); Sharma, Subhash; Dwivedi, R. K. [Department of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida (U.P.), India-201307 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Bi{sub 1-x}Pr{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics with x = 0.00, 0.10 and 0.20 were synthesized by solid state reaction method. Rietveld fitting of diffraction data reveals structural transition from rhombohedral phase (R{sub 3C}) for x ≤ 0.10 to orthorhombic phase (P{sub nma}) for x = 0.20. FTIR spectra exhibit broad absorption bands, which may be due to the overlapping of Fe-O and Bi-O vibrations in these ceramics. UV-visible spectroscopy results show strong absorption of light in the spectral range of 400-600 nm, indicating optical band gap in the visible region for these samples.

  13. Effects of In{sub 3+} substitution on structural properties, cation distribution and Mössbauer spectra of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite

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    Kumar, Ravi, E-mail: ranade65@gmail.com [Centre for Material Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology Hamirpur (H.P.)-177005 (India); Pandit, Rabia; Sharma, K. K.; Kaur, Pawanpreet [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Hamirpur (H.P.)-177005 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The use of non-destructive, high resolution technique namely Mössbauer spectroscopy is discussed in detail for the investigation of structural and magnetic properties of Fe based indium substituted cobalt ferrites. The polycrystalline samples of CoFe{sub 2−x}In{sub x}O{sub 4} (x = 0.2, 0.6) were prepared by double sintering solid state reaction method. To ensure a single phase formation of the as prepared samples the X-ray diffraction (XRD) data of the powdered samples was Rietveld refined using Fd3m space group. An excellent agreement is obtained between the integrated intensity ratios of 57 Fe spectra at A- and B-sites and those calculated on the basis of cation distribution the cation distribution obtained data analysis. The results of Mössbauer spectra and cation distribution are also correlated well with magnetization versus applied field (M-H) study.

  14. Study of the R-(Zr,W)-(O,N) (R = Y, Nd, Sm, Gd, Yb) oxynitride system

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    Tessier, Franck, E-mail: Franck.Tessier@univ-rennes1.fr [UMR CNRS 6226 ' Sciences Chimiques de Rennes' , equipe ' Verres et Ceramiques' , Universite de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes cedex (France); Maillard, Pascal [UMR CNRS 6226 ' Sciences Chimiques de Rennes' , equipe ' Verres et Ceramiques' , Universite de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes cedex (France); Orhan, Emmanuelle [Laboratoire Science des Procedes Ceramiques et Traitements de Surface, UMR CNRS 6638, Universite de Limoges, 123 Avenue Albert Thomas, 87060 Limoges cedex (France); Chevire, Francois [UMR CNRS 6226 ' Sciences Chimiques de Rennes' , equipe ' Verres et Ceramiques' , Universite de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes cedex (France)

    2010-02-15

    The replacement of tantalum by the couple Zr/W within the RTa-O-N systems (R = Y, Nd, Sm, Gd, Yb), enables the preparation of novel oxide and oxynitride phases in the R-Zr-W-O-N system. R{sub 2}Zr{sub 2-x}W{sub x}O{sub 7+x} oxides exhibit the fluorite-type (x < 0.9) and scheelite (x {approx} 1) structures. Corresponding oxynitride compositions are of the fluorite-type and show different colors, for example in the case of ytterbium: pale yellow (x = 0.2 or 0.25), green (x = 0.5-0.8) and brown for the tungsten-rich samples (x = 0.9, 1). Photocatalytic activity measurements have been performed to investigate the overall water splitting behavior of these colored phases.

  15. Giant enhancement in the ferroelectric field effect using a polarization gradient

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    Gu, Zongquan [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States); Islam, Mohammad A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States); Department of Physics, State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, New York 13126 (United States); Spanier, Jonathan E., E-mail: spanier@drexel.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States); Department of Physics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States)

    2015-10-19

    Coupling of switchable ferroelectric polarization with the carrier transport in an adjacent semiconductor enables a robust, non-volatile manipulation of the conductance in a host of low-dimensional systems, including the two-dimensional electron liquid that forms at the LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO)-SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) interface. However, strength of the gate-channel coupling is relatively weak, limited in part by the electrostatic potential difference across a ferroelectric gate. Here, through application of phenomenological Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory and self-consistent Poisson-Schrödinger model calculations, we show how compositional grading of PbZr{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} ferroelectric gates enables a more than twenty-five-fold increase in the LAO/STO channel conductance on/off ratios. Incorporation of polarization gradients in ferroelectric gates can enable breakthrough performance of ferroelectric non-volatile memories.

  16. Super ionic conductive glass

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    Susman, S.; Volin, K.J.

    Described is an ionically conducting glass for use as a solid electrolyte in a power or secondary cell containing an alkali metal-containing anode and a cathode separated by an alkali metal ion conducting glass having an ionic transference number of unity and the general formula: A/sub 1 + x/D/sub 2-x/3/Si/sub x/P/sub 3 - x/O/sub 12 - 2x/3/, wherein A is a network modifier for the glass and is an alkali metal of the anode, D is an intermediate for the glass and is selected from the class consisting of Zr, Ti, Ge, Al, Sb, Be, and Zn and X is in the range of from 2.25 to 3.0. Of the alkali metals, Na and Li are preferred and of the intermediate, Zr, Ti and Ge are preferred.

  17. Porosity and biocompatibility study of ceramic implants based on ZrO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Litvinova, Larisa, E-mail: larisalitvinova@yandex.ru, E-mail: vshupletsova@mail.ru, E-mail: leitsin@mail.ru; Shupletsova, Valeria, E-mail: larisalitvinova@yandex.ru, E-mail: vshupletsova@mail.ru, E-mail: leitsin@mail.ru; Leitsin, Vladimir, E-mail: larisalitvinova@yandex.ru, E-mail: vshupletsova@mail.ru, E-mail: leitsin@mail.ru [Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Vasyliev, Roman, E-mail: rvasiliev@ukr.net, E-mail: zoubov77@yahoo.com; Zubov, Dmitry, E-mail: rvasiliev@ukr.net, E-mail: zoubov77@yahoo.com [State Institute of Genetic and Regenerative Medicine, National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev (Ukraine); Buyakov, Ales, E-mail: kulkov@ms.tsc.ru, E-mail: kulkov@ms.tsc.ru; Kulkov, Sergey, E-mail: kulkov@ms.tsc.ru, E-mail: kulkov@ms.tsc.ru [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation)

    2014-11-14

    The work studies ZrO{sub 2}(Me{sub x}O{sub y})-based porous ceramics produced from the powders consisting of hollow spherical particles. It was shown that the structure is represented by a cellular framework with bimodal porosity consisting of sphere-like large pores and pores that were not filled with the powder particles during the compaction. For such ceramics, the increase of pore volume is accompanied by the increased strain in an elastic area. It was also shown that the porous ZrO{sub 2} ceramics had no acute or chronic cytotoxicity. At the same time, ceramics possess the following osteoconductive properties: adhesion support, spreading, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of MSCs.

  18. Piezoelectric coefficients of multilayer Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} thin films

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    Muensit, S. [Prince of Songkla University, Department of Physics, Songkhla (Thailand); NANOTEC Center of Excellence at Prince of Songkhla University, Songkhla (Thailand); Sukwisut, P.; Khaenamkeaw, P. [Prince of Songkla University, Department of Physics, Songkhla (Thailand); Lang, S.B. [Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Chemical Engineering, Beer Sheva (Israel)

    2008-08-15

    Sol-gel techniques were used to prepare thin films of Pb(Zr{sub x},Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} (PZT) with three different Zr/Ti ratios and a graded PZT film with three different compositional layers. A Michelson interferometer was used to measure the thickness strains due to an applied ac electric field. Effective d{sub 33} piezoelectric strain coefficients were computed from the experimental data. Interfacial pinning caused these coefficients to differ from the true ones. They were corrected for the pinning using both an analytical model and finite-element analysis. The corrected coefficients of the PZT(52/48) sample were in excellent agreement with values of bulk materials. The coefficients of the multilayer sample were very low, probably due to insufficient poling or domain switching. (orig.)

  19. Mixed valent noble metal perovskites Ba/sub 3/B/sup 3 +/Pt/sub x/Ru/sub 2-x//sup 4. 5+/O/sub 9/

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    Moessner, B; Kemmler-Sack, S; Ehmann, A [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Lehrstuhl fuer Anorganische Chemie 2

    1982-04-01

    In perovskites of type Ba/sub 3/B/sup 3 +/Pt/sub x/Ru/sub 2-x//sup 4.5+/O/sub 9/ the ruthenium can be substituted by platinum up to x = 1. The compounds crystallize in a 1:2 ordered hexagonal BaTiO/sub 3/ structure (sequence (hcc)/sub 2/) with face connected Pt/sub x/Ru/sub 2-x/O/sub 9/ double octahedra. Intensity calculations on powder data of Ba/sub 3/YPt/sub 1/2/Ru/sub 3/2/O/sub 9/ (space group P6/sub 3//mmc) gave a refined, intensity related R' value of 8.6%. The vibrational spectroscopic and catalytic properties are reported.

  20. Ferrites Ni{sub 0,5}Zn{sub 0,5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} doped with samarium: structural analysis, morphological and electromagnetic; Ferritas Ni{sub 0,5}Zn{sub 0,5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} dopada com samario: analise estrutural, morfologica e eletromagnetica

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    Costa, A.C.F.M.; Diniz, A.P., E-mail: anacristina@dema.ufcg.edu.br [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academinca de Engenharia de Materiais; Viana, K.M.S. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, PE (Brazil). Escola de Ciencias e Tecnologia; Cornejo, D.R. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica; Kiminami, R.H.G.A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    This paper proposes to investigate the sintering at 1200 deg C/2h of Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2-x}Sm{sub x}O{sub 4} ferrite doped with 0.05; 0.075 e 0.1 mol of Sm synthesized by combustion reaction to evaluate the performance materials as absorbers of electromagnetic radiation. The influence of the concentration of samarium on the structure, morphology and electromagnetic properties of ferrites was studied. The resulting samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), magnetic measurements and reflectivity measurements in the frequency range between 8-12 GHz. The results showed that increasing the concentration of samarium caused a decrease in particle size of the samples, encouraging, therefore, to obtain materials with better values of magnetization and reflectivity, allowing for use as absorbers in narrow-band frequency between 9-10 GHz. (author)

  1. A DRIFTS study of the partial oxidation of ethanol on Rh catalysts; Estudo da oxidacao parcial do etanol em catalisadores de Rh por DRIFTS

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    Oliveira, Raquel Lima; Passos, Fabio Barboza, E-mail: fbpassos@vm.uff.br [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Quimica e de Petroleo

    2013-09-01

    The partial oxidation of ethanol on {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CeO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2} and Ce{sub x}Zr{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} supported rhodium catalysts was investigated by Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS). The catalysts were characterized by temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) and cyclohexane dehydrogenation. DRIFTS studies on the partial oxidation of ethanol showed that ethanol is adsorbed dissociatively, through O-H bond breaking, with the formation of ethoxy species, followed by successive dehydrogenation to acetaldehyde and acetyl species. Further oxidation to acetate and carbonate species lead to the formation of CO, CH{sub 4} and H{sub 2} by decomposition. The presence of CeO{sub 2} in the catalysts favored the oxidation steps due to its oxygen storage capacity. (author)

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of Co substituted Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4}

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    Patil, R.P., E-mail: raj_rbm_raj@yahoo.co.in [Department of Chemistry, M.H. Shinde Mahavidyalaya, Tisangi 416206, MH (India); Patil, S.B. [Department of Physics, Krantisinh Nana Patil College Walwa, Sangli 416313, MH (India); Jadhav, B.V. [Department of Chemistry, Changu Kana Thakur Arts, Commerce and Science College, New Panvel 400035, MH (India); Delekar, S.D.; Hankare, P.P. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, MH (India)

    2016-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 4} (2.5≥x≥0) system was prepared by sol–gel route. Formation of single phase cubic spinel structure for all the compositions was confirmed from their X-ray diffraction studies. These ferrite samples existed as homogenous and uniform grains as observed from Scanning Electron Microscopy technique. The magnetic studies indicated that, the ferrimagnetic behavior decreases with Cobalt substitution. In general, the substitution of cobalt plays an important role in changing the structural and magnetic properties of these ferrites. - Highlights: • Novel Co doped Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} system. • Sol–gel method synthesized Co–Lithium ferrites. • Single Phase Cubic spinel structure. • Homogenous and uniform grain size of samples. • Ferrimagnetic behavior for all the samples.

  3. Theoretical study on phase coexistence in ferroelectric solid solutions near the tricritical point

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    Lu, Xiaoyan, E-mail: luxy@hit.edu.cn, E-mail: dzk@psu.edu; Li, Hui [Key Lab of Structures Dynamic Behavior and Control of the Ministry of Education, School of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zheng, Limei [Condensed Matter Science and Technology Institute, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Cao, Wenwu [Condensed Matter Science and Technology Institute, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Department of Mathematics and Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States)

    2015-04-07

    Phase coexistence in ferroelectric solid solutions near the tricritical point has been theoretically analyzed by using the Landau-Devonshire theory. Results revealed that different phases having similar potential wells could coexist in a narrow composition range near the tricritical point in the classical Pb(Zr{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x})O{sub 3} system. The potential barrier between potential wells increases with the decrease of temperature. Coexisting phases or different domains of the same phase can produce adaptive strains to maintain atomic coherency at the interfaces or domain walls. Such compatibility strains have influence on the energy potential as well as the stability of relative phases, leading to the appearance of energetically unfavorable monoclinic phases. Those competing and coexisting phases also construct an easy phase transition path with small energy barrier in between, so that very small stimuli can produce large response in compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary, especially near the tricritical point.

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

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

    2017-09-15

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

  5. Al{sup 3+} doped V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanostructure: Synthesis and structural, morphological and optical characterization

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    Venkatesan, A. [Department of Physics, Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai - 600 123, India and Department of Physics, Presidency College, Chennai - 600 005 (India); Chandar, N. Krishna; Jayavel, R. [Centre for Nanoscience and Technology, Anna University, Chennai - 600 025 (India); Kumar, M. Krishna; Kumar, R. Mohan [Department of Physics, Presidency College, Chennai - 600 005 (India); Arjunan, S. [Department of Physics, R.M.K. Engineering College, Chennai - 601 206 (India)

    2013-02-05

    Al{sub x}V{sub 2-x}O{sub 5}(x = 0,2mol%) nanorods were synthesized at room temperature by facile surfactant free non-aqueous route. The phase pure orthorhombic structure and nanorods-like morphology have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and High resolution scanning electron microscopy. EDXS spectrum confirms the purity and presence of Al into V{sub 2}O{sub 5} lattice. Optical absorption from DRS UV-Vis spectra showed the band gap broadening due to quantum confinement effect. The results ensure that the dopant cation (Al{sup 3+}) successfully intercalated with the host cation (V{sup 5+}) and the products are promising for electrochromic and catalytic applications.

  6. Physico-chemical characterisations and catalytic performance of Ni-based catalyst systems for dry reforming of methane

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    Vlach, K.; Hoang, D.L.; Schneider, M.; Pohl, M.M.; Armbruster, U.; Martin, A. [Rostock Univ. (Germany). Leibniz-Institut fuer Katalyse e.V.

    2012-07-01

    In this study, ternary perovskite type oxides LaNi{sub x}Cu{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1) were synthesized using NaOH and diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (H{sub 5}DTPA). The catalysts resulting from perovskite precursors exhibit catalytic activities for CO{sub 2} reforming of CH{sub 4} at 700 C that increase with a higher Ni content. Characterization methods showed that the activation led to formation of small metallic Ni/Cu particles. Methane and carbon dioxide conversions varied from 20 to 65% for CH{sub 4} and 3 to 58% for CO{sub 2}. Selectivities from 46 to 93% for CO and from 4 to 64% for H{sub 2} were obtained. (orig.)

  7. Synthesis and characterization of polycrystalline brownmillerite cobalt doped Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Dhankhar, Suchita; Baskar, K.; Singh, Shubra, E-mail: shubra6@gmail.com [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai-600 025 (India); Bhalerao, Gopal [UGC-DAE CSR Kalpakkam node, Kalpakkam-603104 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Brownmillerite compounds with general formula A{sub 2}BB’O{sub 5} (BB’ = Mn, Al, Fe, Co) have attracted attention in wide range of applications such as in solid oxide fuel cell, oxygen separation membrane and photocatalysis. Brownmillerite compounds have unique structure with alternate layers of BO{sub 6} octahedral layers and BO{sub 4} tetrahedral layers. Presence of dopants like Co in place of Fe increases oxygen vacancies. In the present work we have synthesized polycrystalline Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 5} (x = 0.01, 0.03) by citrate combustion route. The as prepared samples were characterized by XRD using PANalytical X’Pert System, DRS (Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy) and SEM (Scanning electron microscopy).

  8. Nickel coating electroplated characterization with and without carbon nanotubes; Caracterizacao de niquel eletrodepositado na presenca de nanotubos de carbono

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    Lopes, A C; Banczek, E P; Cunha, M T; Rodrigues, P R.P. [Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste, Guarapuava, PR (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Costa, I [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Terada, M [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EPUSP), SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica. Dept. de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    The metals have great application, but when their properties are not suitable they should be improved through treatments to increase corrosion resistance, mechanical and wear. The metals electrodeposition such as nickel is one of treatment options. This study aims the development a nickel coating with and without (CNT), obtained by electrodeposition on aluminum alloy AA6061. The nickel electrodeposition was performed with cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. Open circuit potential and anodic polarization curves were carried out samples characterization. The microstructure and the chemical composition of the M{sub x}O{sub z} coating were studied using the scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersion spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicated that the nickel coating improve the corrosion resistance of aluminum in the presence of CNT. (author)

  9. Structural characterization of the CeO{sub 2}/Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixed system by synchrotron X-ray diffraction

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    Artini, Cristina, E-mail: c.artini@ge.ieni.cnr.it [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita degli Studi di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Costa, Giorgio A., E-mail: costa@chimica.unige.it [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita degli Studi di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); CNR-SPIN Genova, Corso Perrone 24, 16152 Genova (Italy); Pani, Marcella, E-mail: marcella@chimica.unige.it [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita degli Studi di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Lausi, Andrea, E-mail: andrea.lausi@elettra.trieste.it [Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., ss 14, km 163, 5, 34149 Basovizza, Trieste (Italy); Plaisier, Jasper, E-mail: jasper.plaisier@elettra.trieste.it [Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., ss 14, km 163, 5, 34149 Basovizza, Trieste (Italy)

    2012-06-15

    The structural determination of the CeO{sub 2}/Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixed system is a non-trivial problem because of the close resemblance between the ionic sizes of Ce{sup 4+} and Gd{sup 3+} and between the crystal structures of CeO{sub 2} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. (Ce{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2-x/2} powder samples with x ranging between 0 and 1 have been synthesized by coprecipitation of mixed oxalates and subsequent thermal decomposition in air at 1200 Degree-Sign C followed by slow cooling. Synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction data were collected and refined by the Rietveld method. Lattice parameters do not follow Vegard's law and no peak splitting has been observed for any composition, meaning that no biphasic regions exist over the whole compositional range. The same hybrid structural model - a proper mixture of the structures of the two pure oxides - was used for the refinements, allowing to account for the data observed. - graphical abstract: Substituting Ce{sup 4+} by Gd{sup 3+}, a gradual transition from the F structure (typical of CeO{sub 2}) to the C structure (typical of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) takes place. The lattice parameters do not follow Vegard's law. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A structural study of Ce-Gd mixed oxides has been performed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In (Ce{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x})O{sub 2-x/2} a solid solution forms for 0{<=}x{<=}0.3. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For x>0.3 a gradual transition from the C to the F structure is observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lattice parameters do not follow Vegard's law.

  10. Capsule HRB-15B postirradiation examination report

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    Ketterer, J.W.; Bullock, R.E.

    1981-06-01

    Capsule HRB-15B design tested 184 thin graphite trays containing unbonded fuel particles to peak exposures of 6.6 x 10 25 n/m 2 (E > 29 fJ)/sub HTGR/ fast fluence, approx. 27% fissions per initial metal atom (FIMA) fissile burnup, and 6% FIMA fertile burnup at nominal time-averaged temperatures of 815 to 915 0 C. The capsule tested a variety of low-enriched uranium (approx. 19.5% U-235) fissile particle types, including UC 2 , UC/sub x/O/sub y/, UO 2 , zirconium-buffered UO 2 (referred to in this report as UO 2 /sup *), and 1:1(Th,U)O 2 with both TRISO and silicon-BISO coatings. All fertile particles were ThO 2 with BISO, silicon-BISO, or TRISO coatings. The findings indicated that all TRISO particles retained virtually all of their fission product inventories, except small quantities of silver, at these irradiation temperatures, while some of the silicon-BISO particles released significant amounts of both silver and cesium. No kernel migration, pressure vessel, or outer pyrolytic carbon (OPyC) failures were observed in the fuel particles, which had total diameters of 2 /sup */ particles exhibited no detrimental irradiation effects, but they contained pure carbon precipitates in the kernels after irradiation which were not observed in the undoped UO 2 particles. Postirradiation examination revealed no differences in the irradiation performance of three UC/sub x/O/sub y/ kernel types with varying oxygen/uranium ratios

  11. Surface chemistry and corrosion behavior of Inconel 625 and 718 in subcritical, supercritical, and ultrasupercritical water

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    Rodriguez, David; Merwin, Augustus; Karmiol, Zachary; Chidambaram, Dev, E-mail: dcc@unr.edu

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • Mixtures of oxides containing Ni, Fe, Cr and Nb formed on the surface. • Short term exposure tests observed breakdown of native film. • Formation of a Fe rich oxide layer on Inconel 718 prevents mass loss. - Abstract: Corrosion behavior of Inconel 625 and 718 in subcritical, supercritical and ultrasupercritical water was studied as a function of temperature and time. The change in the chemistry of the as-received surface film on Inconel 625 and 718 after exposure to subcritical water at 325 °C and supercritical water at 425 °C and 527.5 °C for 2 h was studied. After exposure to 325 °C subcritical water, the CrO{sub 4}{sup 2−} based film formed; however minor quantities of NiFe{sub x}Cr{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} spinel compounds were observed. The oxide film formed on both alloys when exposed to supercritical water at 425 °C consisted of NiFe{sub x}Cr{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} spinel. The surface films on both alloys were identified as NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} when exposed to supercritical water at 527.5 °C. To characterize the fully developed oxide layer, studies were conducted at test solution temperatures of 527.5 and 600 °C. Samples were exposed to these temperatures for 24, 96, and 200 h. Surface chemistry was analyzed using X-ray diffraction, as well as Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. Inconel 718 exhibited greater mass gain than Inconel 625 for all temperatures and exposure times. The differences in corrosion behavior of the two alloys are attributed to the lower content of chromium and increased iron content of Inconel 718 as compared to Inconel 625.

  12. Effect of vanadium doping on structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}

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    Mansouri, M., E-mail: mansourimoufida23@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Omrani, H. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Cheikhrouhou-Koubaa, W. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Multimédia et Traitement Numérique des Données, BP 275, Sakiet Ezzit, 3021 Sfax (Tunisia); Koubaa, M. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Madouri, A. [Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructure, LPN-CNRS, Route de Nozay, 91460 Marcoussis (France); Cheikhrouhou, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Sfax University, B.P. 1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia)

    2016-03-01

    We report the effect of vanadium doping on structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.05; 0.1). Our samples were elaborated using the conventional solid state reaction method at high temperatures. X-Ray powder diffraction at room temperature indicates that our samples crystallize in the orthorhombic structure with Pbnm space group. Magnetic measurements reveal a paramagnetic-ferromagnetic transition with decreasing temperature. Magnetocaloric studies show that the maximum of the magnetic entropy change and the relative cooling power (RCP) are found to be 2.42 J Kg{sup −1} K{sup −1} and 162.75 J Kg{sup −1} for x=0.05 and 3.12 J Kg{sup −1} K{sup −1} and 221.31 J Kg{sup −1} for x=0.1 under a field change of 5 T. - Highlights: • The La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3}(x=0.05 and x=0.1) compounds were synthesized using conventional solid state reaction method. • T{sub C} increases with V content from 187 K for x=0.05 to 263 K for x=0.1 • Large magnetocaloric effect is reported based on second order phase transition. • Noticeable |∆S{sub M}| at 5 T field makes the system useful for magnetic refrigeration.

  13. Density functional study of structural and catalytic properties of free and supported metal nano cluster; Dichtefunktionalstudie der strukturellen und katalytischen Eigenschaften freier und getraegerter Metallnanocluster

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    Huber, B.

    2007-04-11

    The structural and catalytic properties of metal clusters were determined in the framework of density functional theory. The first part of this work investigates the electronic and geometrical structure of sodium clusters with up to 309 atoms. The ground-state structures of the clusters are determined and the corresponding electronic density of states is compared to experimental photoelectron spectras. The excellent agreement to the experimental results indicates that the correct growth motive of the sodium clusters was found. Small clusters from Na{sup -}{sub 20} to Na{sup -}{sub 42} prefer pentagonal and icosahedral structures with anti-Mackay overlayers, while clusters larger than Na{sup -}{sub 50} prefer icosahedral structures with Mackay overlayers. Clusters between the closed-shell Mackay Clusters often exhibit a twist deformation with respect to the regular Mackay positions. The second part of this work investigates the catalytic properties of free and supported palladium clusters. For both cases the oxidation of small Pd{sub N} clusters (N {<=} 9) was studied. It turned out that MgO supported Pd-clusters dissociate oxygen with a significant lower reaction energy than free clusters or supported systems with particles consisting of several thousands of atoms. The reaction with oxygen transforms the non-crystalline Pd-clusters into crystalline Pd{sub x}O{sub y} nano-oxide clusters that are in epitaxy with the underlying support. Simulations of the CO oxidation on the Pd{sub x}O{sub y} cluster predict a low-temperature reaction mechanism. By calculating the electronic density of states and CO stretch frequencies, different ways of verifying the results experimentally are discussed. (orig.)

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

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

    2013-02-25

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

  15. Structural and magnetic properties of conventional and microwave treated Ni-Zr doped barium strontium hexaferrite

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    Kanagesan, S., E-mail: kanagu1980@gmail.com [Center for Materials Science and Nano Devices, Department of Physics, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamil Nadu (India); Jesurani, S. [Center for Materials Science and Nano Devices, Department of Physics, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamil Nadu (India); Department of Physics, Jeyaraj Annapackium College for Women, Periyakulam 625601, Tamil Nadu (India); Velmurugan, R. [Center for Materials Science and Nano Devices, Department of Physics, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamil Nadu (India); Prabu, S. [Department of Chemistry, S.K.P. Engineering College, Anna University of Technology Chennai, Thiruvannamalai 606 611, Tamil Nadu (India); Kalaivani, T. [Center for Materials Science and Nano Devices, Department of Physics, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Saturation magnetization increases whereas the coercivity decreases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The transition from hard phase to soft phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Therefore, it is used for high-density magnetic recording applications. -- Abstract: M-type hexaferrites of component B{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 12-2x}Ni{sub x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 19} were investigated. The XRD patterns show single phase of the magnetoplumbite barium strontium ferrite and no other phases were present. Significant increase in line broadening of the XRD patterns was observed indicating a decrease of grain size. The samples exhibit well defined crystallization; all of them are hexagonal platelet grains. As the substitution level increased x = 0.2-0.8 mol%, the grains are agglomerated and the average diameter increased. The H{sub c} decreases remarkably with increasing Ni and Zr ions content. It was found that the particle size could be effectively decreased and coercivity H{sub c} could easily be controlled by varying the concentration (x) without significantly decreasing saturation magnetization. In particular, Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 12-2x}Ni{sub x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 19} with x = 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 mol% has suitable magnetic characteristics with particle size small enough for high-density magnetic recording applications.

  16. Lithium ceramics: sol-gel preparation and tritium release; Ceramiques lithiees: elaboration sol-gel et relachement du tritium

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    Renoult, O

    1994-04-01

    Ceramics based on lithium aluminate (LiA1O{sub 2}), lithium zirconate (Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) and lithium titanate (Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}) are candidates as tritium breeder blanket materials for forthcoming nuclear fusion reactors. Lithium silico-aluminate Li{sub 4+x}A1{sub 4-3x}Si{sub 2x}O{sub 8} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0,25) powders were synthetized from alkoxyde-hydroxyde sol-gel route. By direct sintering at 850-1100 deg C (without prior calcination), ceramics with controlled stoichiometry and homogenous microstructure were obtained. We have also prepared, using a comparable method, Li{sub 2}Zr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, x = 0,1 et x = 1) materials. All these ceramics, with different microstructures and compositions, have been tested in out-of-reactor experiments. Concerning lithium aluminate microporous ceramics, the silicon substitution leads to a significant improvement of the tritrium release. Classical models taking into account independent surface mechanisms are not able to describe correctly the observed tritium release kinetics. We show, using a simple model, that the release kinetics is in fact limited by an intergranular diffusion followed by a desorption. The delay in tritium release, which occurs when the ceramic compacity increases, is explained in terms of an enhancement of the ionic T{sup +} diffusion path length. The energy required for desorption includes a leading term independent of hydrogen contained in the sweep gas. This term is attributed to the limiting recombination step of T{sup +} in molecular species HTO. For similar microstructures, the facility of tritium release for the different studied materials is explained by three properties: the crystal structure of the ceramic, the acidity of oxides and finally the presence of electronic non-stoichiometric defects. (author). 89 refs., 50 figs., 2 tabs., 1 annexe.

  17. Photooxidation of different organic dyes (RB, MO, TB, and BG) using Fe(III)-doped TiO{sub 2} nanophotocatalyst prepared by novel chemical method

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    Ghorai, Tanmay K. [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Department of Chemistry, Bajkul Milani Mahavidyalaya, Kismat Bajkul, Purba Medinipur 721655 (India)], E-mail: tanmay_ghorai@yahoo.co.in; Biswas, Soumya K. [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Pramanik, Panchanan [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India)], E-mail: pramanik@chem.iitkgp.ernet.in

    2008-09-15

    The nano-structured Fe(III)-doped TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts with anatase phase have been developed for the oxidation of non-biodegradable different organic dyes like methyl orange (MO), rhodamine B (RB), thymol blue (TB) and bromocresol green (BG) using UV-Hg-lamp. The different compositions of Fe{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} (x = 0.005, 0.01, 0.05, and 0.1) nanocatalysts synthesized by chemical method (CM), have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra, specific surface area (BET), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) analysis, XPS, ESR and zeta potential. From XRD analysis, the results indicate that all the compositions of Fe(III) doped in TiO{sub 2} catalysts gives only anatase phase not rutile phase. For complete degradation of all the solutions of the dyes (MO, RB, TB, and BG), the composition with x = 0.005 is more photoactive compared all other compositions of Fe{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}, and degussa P25. The decolorization rate of different dyes decreases as Fe(III) concentration in TiO{sub 2} increases. The energy band gap of Fe(III)-doped TiO{sub 2} is found to be 2.38 eV. The oxidation state of iron has been found to be 3+ from XPS and ESR show that Fe{sup 3+} is in low spin state.

  18. Structural and light up-conversion luminescence properties of Er{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+}-W{sup 6+} substituted Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12}

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    Bokolia, Renuka, E-mail: renuka1274@gmail.com; Chauhan, Lalita; Sreenivas, K. [Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India); Rai, Vineet K. [Laser & Spectroscopy Laboratory, Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad 826 004, Jharkhand (India)

    2016-05-23

    The structural and light up-conversion (UC) luminescence properties of W{sup 6+} substituted Bi{sub 3.79}Er{sub 0.03}Yb{sub 0.18}Ti{sub 3-x}W{sub x}O{sub 12} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.10) ceramics prepared by solid state reaction method have been investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms the formation of single phase material with orthorhombic structure. A decrease in the lattice parameters and unit cell volume is observed with increasing W content. Strong UC luminescence at 527, 548 and 662 nm is seen under an excitation of 980 nm for an optimum W content (x = 0.06) and is attributed to the transitions {sup 2}H{sub 11/2} →{sup 4}I{sub 15/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2} →{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} and {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} →{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} respectively. The improved UC luminescence is ascribed to the reduced defects such as oxygen vacancies and change in the crystal field around Er{sup 3+} ions due to B-site (Ti{sup 4+}) substitution with W{sup 6+} ions. Enhanced UC emission is observed for an optimum content of w{sup 6+} in the prepared composition Bi{sub 3.79}Er{sub 0.03}Yb{sub 0.18}Ti{sub 3-x}W{sub x}O{sub 12} for x = 0.06.

  19. High temperature dissolution of chromium substituted nickel ferrite in nitrilotriacetic acid medium

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    Sathyaseelan, V.S.; Chandramohan, P.; Velmurugan, S., E-mail: svelu@igcar.gov.in

    2016-12-01

    High temperature (HT) dissolution of chromium substituted nickel ferrite was carried out with relevance to the decontamination of nuclear reactors by way of chemical dissolution of contaminated corrosion product oxides present on stainless steel coolant circuit surfaces. Chromium substituted nickel ferrites of composition, NiFe{sub (2−x)}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} (x ≤ 1), was synthetically prepared and characterized. HT dissolution of these oxides was carried out in nitrilotriacetic acid medium at 160 °C. Dissolution was remarkably increased at 160 °C when compared to at 85 °C in a reducing decontamination formulation. Complete dissolution could be achieved for the oxides with chromium content 0 and 0.2. Increasing the chromium content brought about a marked reduction in the dissolution rate. About 40 fold decrease in rate of dissolution was observed when chromium was increased from 0 to 1. The rate of dissolution was not very significantly reduced in the presence of N{sub 2}H{sub 4}. Dissolution of oxide was found to be stoichiometric. - Highlights: • Dissolution of NiFe{sub (2−x)}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} was remarkably increased at 160 °C in NTA medium. • The dissolution was significantly decreasing with the increase in Cr content in the oxide. • Dissolution rate is dependent on the lability of metal-oxo bonds. • The rate of dissolution was not significantly reduced in the presence of N{sub 2}H{sub 4.} • NTA at high temperature is effective for decontamination of stainless steel surfaces.

  20. Characterization of VPO ammoxidation catalysts by in situ methods

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    Martin, A.; Luecke, B.; Brueckner, A.; Steinike, U. [Institut fuer Angewandte Chemie Berlin-Adlershof e.V., Berlin (Germany); Brzezinka, K.W. [Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung (BAM), Berlin (Germany); Meisel, M. [Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Chemie

    1998-12-31

    In-situ methods are well known as powerful tools in studying catalyst formation processes, their solid state properties under working conditions and the interaction with the feed, intermediates and products to reveal reaction mechanisms. This paper gives a short overview on results of intense studies using in-situ techniques to reveal VPO catalyst generation processes, interaction of educts, intermediates and products with VPO catalyst surfaces and mechanistic insights. Catalytic data of the ammoxidation of toluene on different VPOs complete these findings. The precursor-catalyst transformation processes were preferently investigated by in-situ XRD, in-situ Raman and in-situ ESR spectroscopy. The interaction of aromatic molecules and intermediates, resp., and VPO solid surfaces was followed by in-situ ESR and in-situ FTIR spectroscopy. Mechanistic information was mainly obtained using in-situ FTIR spectroscopy and the temporal-analysis-of-products (TAP) technique. Catalytic studies were carried out in a fixed-bed microreactor on pure (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}(VO){sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 2}, generated [(NH{sub 4}){sub 2}(VO{sub 3})(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 2}+V{sub x}O{sub y}] catalysts, having different V{sub x}O{sub y} proportions by use of VOHPO{sub 4} x 1/2H{sub 2}O (V/P=1) and recently studied (VO){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} x 7 H{sub 2}O (V/P=1.5) precursors; the well-known (VO){sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} was used for comparison. (orig.)

  1. Ratio dependence of the visible light photocatalytic efficiency for Zn{sub 2}Ti{sub 0.9}Cr{sub y}Fe{sub [0.1-y]}O{sub 4}: Cr/Fe (0.02 < y < 0.08) photocatalyst synthesized by using a solid state reaction method

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    Borse, P. H. [International Advanced Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials, Hyderabad (India); Cho, C. R. [Pusan National University, Miryang (Korea, Republic of); Lim, K. T. [Pukyong National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Y. J.; Bae, J. S.; Jeong, E. D.; Kim, H. G. [Korea Basic Science Institute, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-07-15

    We synthesized four different photocatalyst systems of Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4}, Zn{sub 2}Ti{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 4}, Zn{sub 2}Ti{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} (0 {<=} x < 0.8) and Zn{sub 2}Ti{sub 0.9}Cr{sub y}Fe{sub [0.1]-y}O{sub 4} (0.02 < y < 0.08) by using a solid state reaction method. For the first time, the UV-active photocatalyst Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} was converted to a visible light active material by controlled doping/co-doping with Cr and Fe metal-ions at Ti substitutional sites, and investigated the structural, optical and photocatalytic water decomposition properties of that materials. The co-doping induces strong absorption bands (at {lambda} {approx} 480 nm and {lambda} {approx} 620 nm) within the Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} band gap. The optimum system of Zn{sub 2}Ti{sub 0.9}Cr{sub 0.05}Fe{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} yielded maximum H{sub 2} generation. In contrast to the visible light inactivity of Fe- and Cr-doped Zn{sub 2}TiO{sub 4}, the H{sub 2} production from co-doped samples under visible light irradiation increased till the optimum 'y' value. Consequently, here exists an optimal co-dopant concentration for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen production under visible light ({lambda} {>=} 420 nm).

  2. Structural and magnetic properties correlated with cation distribution of Mo-substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Heiba, Z.K. [Faculty of Science, Taif University, P.O. Box: 888, Al-Haweiah, Taif (Saudi Arabia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt); Mostafa, Nasser Y., E-mail: nmost69@yahoo.com [Faculty of Science, Taif University, P.O. Box: 888, Al-Haweiah, Taif (Saudi Arabia); Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia 41522 (Egypt); Abd-Elkader, Omar H. [Department of Zoology, Science College, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Electron Microscope and Thin Films Department, National Research Center (NRC), El-Behooth Street, Dokki, Cairo 12622 (Egypt)

    2014-11-15

    Mo-substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles; CoFe{sub 2−2x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4} (0.0≤x≤0.3) were prepared by a one-step solution combustion synthesis technique. The reactants were metal nitrates and glycine as a fuel. The samples were characterized using an X-ray diffraction (XRD), a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). XRD analysis revealed a pure single phase of cubic spinel ferrites for all samples with x up to 0.3. The lattice parameter decreases with Mo{sup 6+} substitution linearly up to x=0.15, then nonlinearly for x≥0.2. Rietveld analysis and saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) revealed that Mo{sup 6+} replaced Fe{sup 3+} in the tetrahedral A-sites up to x=0.15, then it replaced Fe{sup 3+} in both A-sites and B-sites for x≥0.2. The saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) increases with increasing Mo{sup 6+} substitution up to x=0.15 then decreases. The crystallite size decreased while the microstrain increased with increasing Mo{sup 6+} substitution. Inserting Mo{sup 6+} produces large residents of defects and cation vacancies. - Highlights: • Nano-sized Mo-substituted cobalt ferrite CoFe{sub 2−2x}Mo{sub x}O{sub 4} (0.0≤x≤0.3) were prepared by solution combustion. • The change in M{sub s} with increasing Mo-substitution was investigated. • The cations distributions of ferrites were obtained from Rietveld analysis. • Inserting Mo{sup 6+} produces large residents of defects and cation vacancies.

  3. Temperature and composition dependence of magnetic properties of cobalt-chromium co-substituted magnesium ferrite nanomaterials

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    Iqbal, Muhammad Javed, E-mail: mjiqauchem@yahoo.com [Surface and Solid State Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Ahmad, Zahoor [Surface and Solid State Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan); Meydan, Turgut; Melikhov, Yevgen [Wolfson Center for Magnetics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF24 3AA (United Kingdom)

    2012-11-15

    The temperature and composition dependence of magnetic properties of Co-Cr co-substituted magnesium ferrite, Mg{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (x=0.0-0.5), prepared by novel polyethylene glycol assisted microemulsion method, are studied. The synthesized materials are characterized by the Moessbauer spectrometer and standard magnetic measurements. Major hysteresis loops are measured up to the magnetic field of 50 kOe at 300, 200 and 100 K. The high field regimes of these loops are modeled using the Law of Approach to saturation to determine the first-order cubic anisotropy coefficient and saturation magnetization. Both the saturation magnetization and the anisotropy coefficient are observed to increase with the decrease in temperature for all Co-Cr co-substitution levels. Also, both the saturation magnetization and the anisotropy coefficient achieved maximum value at x=0.3 and x=0.2, respectively. Explanation of the observed behavior is proposed in terms of the site occupancy of the co-substituent, Co{sup 2+} and Cr{sup 3+} in the cubic spinel lattice. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}Cr{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} are synthesized by novel PEG assisted microemulsion method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co-Cr occupied octahedral site confirmed by the Moessbauer analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High field regime of M-H loops are modeled using the Law of Approach to saturation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The values of M{sub S}, M{sub r}, H{sub C} and K{sub 1} are found to increase with decreasing temperature.

  4. Multiferroic properties of microwave sintered PbFe{sub 12−x}O{sub 19−δ}

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    Prathap, S. [Ceramic Composite Laboratory, Centre for Crystal Growth, SAS, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamil Nadu (India); Madhuri, W., E-mail: madhuriw12@gmail.com [Ceramic Composite Laboratory, Centre for Crystal Growth, SAS, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamil Nadu (India); IFW, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany)

    2017-05-15

    The effect of iron deficiency on the structural, electrical, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of nano PbFe{sub 12-x}O{sub 19-δ} (where x=0.0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.0) hexaferrites prepared by sol-gel auto combustion and processed by microwaves are investigated. X-ray analysis confirms single phase magneto-plumbite phase formation. The surface morphology is studied from Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope. Further, optical properties are investigated using Fourier Transform Infrared spectra and UV–visible spectra. AC electrical conductivity is estimated as a function of temperature and frequency in the range of room temperature (RT) to 500 °C and 100 Hz to 5MHz. AC electrical conduction analysis shows that conduction is mainly due to small polaron hopping mechanism. The variation of polarization with applied electric field exhibits hysteresis loop confirming the ferroelectric nature. The initial permeability studies with varying temperature reveals that the Curie transition temperature for the present series is around 400 °C. Variation of initial permeability with frequency ranging from 100 to 5 MHz shows a constant value (except for x=0.0) opening avenues for high frequency applications. - Highlights: • The nanoPbFe{sub 12-x}O{sub 19-δ} (x=0.0, -1.0) are prepared by sol-gel auto combustion and microwave heated. • The grain size is found to be varying between 40 nm and 80nm and crystallite size 11–45 nm. • The optical band gaps are found to be varying between 1.52 and 1.89 eV. • The highest saturation polarization (P{sub s}) of all the PMF is found to be ≈75 μC/cm{sup 2}.

  5. Low temperature transport anomaly in Cr substituted (La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33})MnO{sub 3} manganites

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    Tank, Tejas M., E-mail: tejas.physics2020@gmail.com [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal-462 026 (India); Shelke, Vilas [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal-462 026 (India); Das, Sarmistha; Rana, D.S. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Scientific Education and Research, Bhopal-462 023 (India); Thaker, C.M. [M.V.M. Science and Home Science College, Rajkot-360 005 (India); Samatham, S.S.; Ganesan, V. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Khandwa Road, Indore-452 001 (India); Sanyal, S.P. [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal-462 026 (India)

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • The effect of Cr substitution at the Mn-site of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} has been studied. • Electrical and magnetic behaviors correlate with various theoretical models. • First time the low temperature transport anomaly has been explained in terms of e-e scattering phenomenon. • This study shows that FM interaction among Cr{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 3+} is like to the traditional Mn{sup 3+}-O{sup 2−}-Mn{sup 4+} process. - Abstract: The structural, electrical, and magnetic properties of La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.10) manganites have been studied by substitution of antiferromagnetic trivalent Cr ion at Mn-site. Systematic efforts have been carried out to understand the electrical resistivity behavior in the ferromagnetic metallic and paramagnetic semi-conducting phases of Cr substituted La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} manganites. Polycrystalline samples show a resistivity minimum at a temperature (T{sub min}) of <40 K in the ferromagnetic metallic phase. T{sub min} shifts to higher temperatures on application of magnetic fields. The appearance of this resistivity minimum was analyzed by fittings the data according to the model that considers e-e scattering caused by enhanced Coulombic interactions. The electrical resistivity data has been best fitted in the metallic and semiconducting regime using various models. Present results suggest that intrinsic magnetic inhomogeneity like Cr{sup 3+} ions in these strongly electron-correlated manganite systems is originating due to the existence of the ferromagnetic interactions.

  6. Surface/structure functionalization of copper-based catalysts by metal-support and/or metal–metal interactions

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    Konsolakis, Michalis, E-mail: mkonsol@science.tuc.gr [School of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, GR-73100 Chania, Crete (Greece); Ioakeimidis, Zisis [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, Bakola and Sialvera, GR-50100 Kozani (Greece)

    2014-11-30

    Highlights: • The surface chemistry of Cu-based catalysts is adjusted by metal-support or metal–metal interactions. • Three series of catalysts, i.e., Cu/REOs, Cu/Ce{sub 1−x}Sm{sub x}O{sub δ} and Cu–Co/CeO{sub 2} were prepared. • The local structure of Cu sites is remarkably affected by support or active phase modification. • Useful insights toward the fundamental understanding of Cu-catalyzed reactions are provided. - Abstract: Cu-based catalysts have recently attracted great attention both in catalysis and electro-catalysis fields due to their excellent catalytic performance and low cost. Given that their performance is determined, to a great extent, by Cu sites local environment, considerable efforts have been devoted on the strategic modifications of the electronic and structural properties of Cu sites. In this regard, the feasibility of tuning the local structure of Cu entities by means of metal-support or metal–metal interactions is investigated. More specifically, the physicochemical properties of Cu entities are modified by employing: (i) different oxides (CeO{sub 2}, La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}), or (ii) ceria-based mixed oxides (Ce{sub 1−x}Sm{sub x}O{sub δ}) as supporting carriers, and (iii) a second metal (Cobalt) adjacent to Cu (bimetallic Cu–Co/CeO{sub 2}). A characterization study, involving BET, XRD, TPR, and XPS, reveal that significant modifications on structural, redox and electronic properties of Cu sites can be induced by adopting either different oxide carriers or bimetallic complexes. Fundamental insights into the tuning of Cu local environment by metal-support or metal–metal interactions are provided, paving the way for real-life industrial applications.

  7. Structural evolution of the double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} (B' = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) upon reduction: Magnetic behavior of the uranium cations

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    Pinacca, R.M., E-mail: rmp@unsl.edu.ar [Area de Quimica General e Inorganica ' Dr. Gabino F. Puelles' , Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Quimica, Bioquimica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina); Viola, M.C.; Pedregosa, J.C. [Area de Quimica General e Inorganica ' Dr. Gabino F. Puelles' , Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Quimica, Bioquimica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina); Carbonio, R.E. [INFIQC (CONICET), Departamento de Fisicoquimica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, X5000HUA Cordoba (Argentina); Lope, M.J. Martinez; Alonso, J.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, C.S.I.C., Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Evolution of the double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} upon reduction were studied by XRPD. {yields} Orthorhombic (Pnma) disordered perovskites SrB'{sub 0.5-x}U{sub 0.5+x}O{sub 3} were obtained at 900 {sup o}C. {yields} U{sup 5+/4+} and Zn{sup 2+} cations are distributed at random over the octahedral positions. {yields} AFM ordering for the perovskite with B' = Zn appears below 30 K. -- Abstract: We describe the preparation of five perovskite oxides obtained upon reduction of Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} (B' = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) with H{sub 2}/N{sub 2} (5%/95%) at 900 {sup o}C during 8 h, and their structural characterization by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). During the reduction process there is a partial segregation of the elemental metal when B' = Co, Ni, Fe, and the corresponding B'O oxide when B' = Mn, Zn. Whereas the parent, oxygen stoichiometric double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} are long-range ordered concerning B' and U cations. The crystal structures of the reduced phases, SrB'{sub 0.5-x}U{sub 0.5+x}O{sub 3} with 0.37 < x < 0.27, correspond to simple, disordered perovskites; they are orthorhombic, space group Pnma (No. 62), with a full cationic disorder at the B site. Magnetic measurements performed on the phase with B' = Zn, indicate uncompensated antiferromagnetic ordering of the U{sup 5+}/U{sup 4+} sublattice below 30 K.

  8. Influence of divalent metal on the decomposition products of hydrotalcite-like ternary systems M{sup II}-Al-Cr (M{sup II} = Zn, Cd)

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    Perez, M.R.; Crespo, I.; Ulibarri, M.A.; Barriga, C. [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica e Ingenieria Quimica, Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba (Spain); Rives, V. [GIR-QUESCAT, Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca (Spain); Fernandez, J.M., E-mail: um1feroj@uco.es [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica e Ingenieria Quimica, Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba (Spain)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LDHs M{sup II}-Al-Cr (M = Zn, Cd) with Cr in the layer or interlayer have been prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LDHs Zn-Al or Zn-Cr decompose by heating forming ZnO and ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} or ZnO and ZnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LDHs Zn-Al-Cr give rise to the formation of ZnO and the mixed spinel ZnAl{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LDH Cd-Al-Cr shows the formation of CdO, CdCr{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 4}, and (Al, Cr){sub 2}O{sub 3} mixed oxide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Calcination of the CdAl-CrO{sub 4} give rise to (Al, Cr){sub 2}O{sub 3} as the majority phase. - Abstract: Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) containing M{sup II}, Al{sup III}, and Cr{sup III} in the brucite-like layers (M = Cd, Zn) with different starting Al/Cr molar ratios and nitrate/carbonate as the interlayer anion have been prepared following the coprecipitation method at a constant pH: Zn{sup II}-Al{sup III}-Cr{sup III}-CO{sub 3}{sup 2-} at pH = 10, and Cd{sup II}-Al{sup III}-Cr{sup III}-NO{sub 3}{sup -} at pH = 8. Two additional M{sup II},Al{sup III}-LDH samples (M = Cd, Zn) with chromate ions (CrO{sub 4}{sup 2-}) in the interlayer have been prepared by ionic exchange at pH = 9 and 8, respectively, starting from M{sup II}-Al{sup III}-NO{sub 3}{sup -}. The samples have been characterised by absorption atomic spectrometry, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), FT-IR spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Their thermal stability has been assessed by DTA-TG and mass spectrometric analysis of the evolved gases. The PXRD patterns of the solids calcined at 800 Degree-Sign C show diffraction lines corresponding to ZnO and ZnAl{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} for the Zn-containing samples, and diffraction lines attributed to CdO and CdCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} and (Al,Cr){sub 2}O{sub 3} for the Cd-containing ones. Additionally a minority oxide, Cd{sub 2}CrO{sub 5}, is observed to Cd{sup II}-Al{sup III

  9. Enhanced magnetic and ferroelectric properties in scandium doped nano Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}

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    Dutta, Dimple P., E-mail: dimpled@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Sudakar, C.; Mocherla, Pavana S.V. [Department of Physics, IIT Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Mandal, Balaji P.; Jayakumar, Onnatu D. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Tyagi, Avesh K., E-mail: aktyagi@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2012-08-15

    In this study we report the synthesis of undoped and Sc{sup 3+} doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} nanoparticles using sonochemical technique. X-ray diffraction reveals that all samples are single phase with no impurities detected. EDS analysis was done to confirm the extent of Sc{sup 3+} doping in the samples. The size and morphology of the nanoparticles have been analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} nanoparticles show a weak ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature, which is quite different from the linear M-H relationship reported for bulk Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}. A magnetization of 0.144 {mu}B/f.u. is obtained at 300 K, which is mainly attributed to the uncompensated moments at the disordered particle surface resulting from the reduced coordination of the surface spins, arising due to lattice strain or oxygen deficiency. Addition of Sc{sup 3+} dopant in varying concentrations in these Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} nanoparticles, improves their magnetic as well as ferroelectric properties. The leakage current is considerably reduced and electric polarization increases significantly in case of Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4(1-x)}Sc{sub x}O{sub 9} (x = 0.1) nanoparticles. Thus it can be inferred that Sc{sup 3+} doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} nanoparticles shows promise as good multiferroic materials. -- Graphical abstract: Undoped and Sc{sup 3+} doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} nanoparticles have been synthesized using sonochemical technique. The bi-functionalities of Sc{sup 3+} doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} nanoparticles have been demonstrated. The Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4(1-x)}Sc{sub x}O{sub 9} (x = 0.1) nanoparticles showed enhanced magnetic and ferroelectric properties with considerably less lossy characteristics compared to the bulk Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase pure Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} nanostructures synthesized using a facile

  10. Magnetic interactions in praseodymium ruthenate Pr{sub 3}RuO{sub 7} with fluorite-related structure

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    Inabayashi, Masaki; Doi, Yoshihiro; Wakeshima, Makoto; Hinatsu, Yukio, E-mail: hinatsu@sci.hokudai.ac.jp

    2017-06-15

    Solid solutions Pr{sub 3}(Ru{sub 1-x}Ta{sub x})O{sub 7} (0≤x≤1.0) and (Pr{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}){sub 3}RuO{sub 7} (0≤x≤0.7) were obtained as a single phase compound. They crystallize in an orthorhombic superstructure derived from that of the cubic fluorite with space group Cmcm. The results of the Rietveld analysis for X-ray diffraction profiles of Pr{sub 3}(Ru{sub 1-x}Ta{sub x})O{sub 7} showed that Ru and Ta atoms are randomly situated at the six-coordinate 4b site. For (Pr{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}){sub 3}RuO{sub 7}, with increasing the concentration of Y ions (x value), the smaller Y ions occupy selectively the seven-coordinate 8g site rather than the eight-coordinate 4a site. Through magnetic susceptibility measurements for Pr{sub 3}(Ru{sub 1-x}Ta{sub x})O{sub 7}, the antiferromagnetic transition temperatures decrease linearly with increasing x value, and at x=0.75 no magnetic ordering was found down to 1.8 K, indicating the magnetic interaction is not one-dimensional, but three-dimensional. On the other hand, the antiferromagnetic transition temperature for (Pr{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}){sub 3}RuO{sub 7} decreases with increasing x value, but above x≥0.50 it becomes constant (~12 K). This result indicates that Pr{sup 3+} ions at the seven-coordinate site greatly contribute to the antiferromagnetic interactions observed in (Pr{sub 1-x}Y{sub x}){sub 3}RuO{sub 7}. Density functional calculations of Pr{sub 3}RuO{sub 7} demonstrate that the electronic structure gives insulating character and that oxygen 2p orbitals hybridize strongly with Ru 4d orbitals in the valence band (VB). Near the top of VB, the Pr 4 f orbitals at the seven-coordinated site also show a weak hybridization with the O(1) 2p orbitals. The Ru-O(1)-Pr superexchange pathway take part in three-dimensional magnetic interaction and play an important role in an enhancement of long-range magnetic ordering. - Graphical abstract: The spin densities and the spin polarization of Pr{sub 3}RuO{sub 7} are shown

  11. Mechanochemically assisted solid-state and citric acid complex syntheses of Cu-doped sodium cobaltite ceramics

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    Pršić, S., E-mail: sanjaprsic@imsi.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade (Serbia); Savić, S.M., E-mail: slavicas@imsi.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade (Serbia); Branković, Z., E-mail: zorica.brankovic@imsi.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade (Serbia); Vrtnik, S., E-mail: stane.vrtnik@ijs.si [Institute Jožef Stefan, Condensed Matter Physics, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Dapčević, A., E-mail: hadzi-tonic@tmf.bg.ac.rs [Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11120 Belgrade (Serbia); Branković, G., E-mail: goran.brankovic@imsi.bg.ac.rs [Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Sodium cobaltite was synthesized by mechanochemically assisted solid-state reaction and citric acid complex (CAC) method. • We investigated effect of Cu-doping in NaCo{sub 2−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05). • ICP analysis showed that the controlling of the samples composition is easier by the CAC method. • The Seebeck coefficient in Cu-doped samples was higher compared to the undoped one. • The highest figure of merit was observed in the sample with the lowest Cu concentration. - Abstract: In the last decade, the sodium cobaltite ceramic became a promising candidate for potential thermoelectric applications, because of its large thermopower and low resistivity. In this work, polycrystalline samples of NaCo{sub 2−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) were prepared using mechanochemically assisted solid-state reaction method (MASSR) and the citric acid complex method (CAC). Bulk samples were prepared by pressing into disc-shaped pellets and subsequently subjected to a thermal treatment at 880 °C in inert argon atmosphere. Changes in structural and microstructural characteristics of the samples, caused by the substitution of Cu for Co, were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis showed that the compositions of the final products correspond to γ-NaCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} and confirmed that desired compound was obtained in both syntheses procedures. The advantages and disadvantages of these two syntheses procedures have been observed and discussed: the CAC method enabled obtaining samples with higher density and fine microstructure compared to the MASSR method, thus better thermoelectric properties. The Cu{sup 2+} substitution led to the increase in Seebeck coefficient in both synthesis routes. The highest figure of merit of 0.022 at 300 K was observed for the sample doped with 1 mol% Cu, obtained by

  12. Lu{sub 3}(Al,Si){sub 5}(O,N){sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} phosphors with broad emission band and high thermal stability for white LEDs

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    Liu, Jiaqing; Wang, Xiaojun; Xuan, Tongtong; Wang, Chunbo; Li, Huili, E-mail: hlli@phy.ecnu.edu.cn; Sun, Zhuo

    2015-02-15

    A yellow-orange emitting Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 12−x}N{sub x}:Ce{sup 3+} phosphor with excellent color rendering, high luminescent efficiency and high thermal stability was reported in this paper. It was synthesized by a conventional solid-state reaction method. The effect of Si{sup 4+}–N{sup 3−} incorporation on the optical properties of Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}:Ce{sup 3+} phosphor was investigated and compared to YAG:Ce{sup 3+} with the same compositions. Similarly, the addition of α-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} leads to a distinct redshift and broadening of photoluminescent spectrum, which is assigned to the increased covalency and crystal field strength caused by N{sup 3−}. Nevertheless, an excellent thermal stability and a higher integrated intensity presented by α-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-doped LuAG:Ce{sup 3+} are distinctive. Further, the emission intensity can be greatly enhanced by adding NaF flux. Finally, the white LED flat lamp with a CRI as high as 83 and a luminous efficiency of 85 lm/W is successfully realized by using a single LuAG-based oxynitride phosphor combined with a blue LED chip, which is completely feasible for general indoor illuminations to replace the traditional fluorescent or incandescent lamps. - Highlights: • Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-doped LuAG:Ce{sup 3+} oxynitride phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. • The effect of Si{sup 4+}–N{sup 3−} incorporation on the optical properties was investigated. • The addition of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} leads to an obvious redshift of the emission spectra. • Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5−x}Si{sub x}O{sub 12−x}N{sub x}:Ce{sup 3+} shows an excellent thermal stability and a higher intensity. • A warm white LED with CRI=83 is achieved by a single oxynitride phosphor.

  13. Chemical bonding and magnetic properties of gadolinium (Gd) substituted cobalt ferrite

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    Puli, Venkata Sreenivas, E-mail: vspuli@utep.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Adireddy, Shiva [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 (United States); Ramana, C.V. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States)

    2015-09-25

    Graphical abstract: Room temperature Raman spectra of CoFe{sub 2−x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 4} (CFGO, x = 0.0–0.3) compounds as a function of wavenumber (cm{sup −1}). - Highlights: • Gd substituted ferrites were synthesized under controlled concentration. • Gd ion induced lattice dynamical changes are significant. • Enhanced magnetization is observed upon Gd-incorporation in cobalt ferrite. • A correlation between lattice dynamics and magnetic properties is established. - Abstract: Polycrystalline gadolinium (Gd) substituted cobalt ferrites (CoFe{sub 2−x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 4}; x = 0–0.3, referred to CFGO) ceramics have been synthesized by solid state reaction method. Chemical bonding, crystal structure and magnetic properties of CFGO compounds have been evaluated as a function of Gd-content. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopic analyses confirmed the formation of inverse spinel cubic structure. However, a secondary ortho-ferrite phase (GdFeO{sub 3}) nucleates for higher values of Gd-content. A considerable increase in the saturation magnetization has been observed upon the initial substitution of Gd (x = 0.1). The saturation magnetization drastically decreases at higher Gd content (x ⩾ 0.3). No contribution from ortho-ferrite GdFeO{sub 3} phase is noted to the magnetic properties. The increase in the magnetic saturation magnetization is attributed to the higher magnetic moment of Gd{sup 3+} (4f{sup 7}) residing in octahedral sites is higher when compared to that of Fe{sup 3+} (3d{sup 5}) and as well due to the migration of Co{sup 2+} (3d{sup 7}) ions from the octahedral to the tetrahedral sites with a magnetic moment aligned anti-parallel to those of rare earth (RE{sup 3+}) ions in the spinel lattice. Increase in coercivity with increase in Gd{sup 3+} is content is attributed to magnetic anisotropy in the ceramics.

  14. Black and green pigments based on chromium-cobalt spinels

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    Eliziario, Sayonara A., E-mail: sayonaraea@iq.unesp.br [Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica, UNESP - Univ Estadual Paulista, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Andrade, Jeferson M. de [Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Lima, Severino J.G. [Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, CT, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Paskocimas, Carlos A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, CT, Natal, RN (Brazil); Soledade, Luiz E.B. [Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Hammer, P.; Longo, E. [Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica, UNESP - Univ Estadual Paulista, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Souza, Antonio G.; Santos, Ieda M.G. [Departamento de Quimica, CCEN, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Campus I, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil)

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: {yields} Co(Co{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x})O{sub 4} powders with different chromium concentrations (x = 0, 0.25 and 1) were prepared by the polymeric precursor method. {yields} Co(CoCr)O{sub 4} and Co(Co{sub 1.75}Cr{sub 0.25})O{sub 4} displayed a dark color and CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} was green. {yields} The colors were related to the different oxidation states of Cr and Co. {yields} Cobalt enrichment result in an increasing presence of Co(III) and a decrease amount of Cr(VI). - Abstract: Chromium and cobalt oxides are widely used in the manufacture of industrial pigments. In this work, the Co(Co{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x})O{sub 4} powders with different chromium concentrations (x = 0, 0.25 and 1) were synthesized by the polymeric precursor method, heat treatment between 600 and 1000 deg. C. These powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, colorimetry, UV-vis absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. Even with the addition of chromium, the XRD patterns revealed that all powders crystallize in a single spinel cubic structure. The spinels with higher cobalt amount, Co(CoCr)O{sub 4} and Co(Co{sub 1.75}Cr{sub 0.25})O{sub 4}, displayed a dark color, without the Co{sup 3+} reduction observed in Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} between 900 and 950 deg. C. The spinel with higher chromium amount, CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4}, was green. The colors were directly related to the occupation of tetrahedral and octahedral sites by the chromophores, as well as to the different oxidation states of chromium and cobalt. The different optical band gap values estimated from UV-vis spectra suggested the existence of intermediary energy levels within the band gap. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed an increasing presence of Co(III) and a decreasing amount of Cr(VI) with cobalt enrichment.

  15. Effect of Nb doping on electrochemical properties of LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2} at high cutoff voltage for lithium-ion battery

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    Wu, Jiefan [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China); Liu, Hongguang, E-mail: hongguangliu_01@163.com [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China); CNOOC Tianjin Chemical Research & Design Institute, Tianjin 300131 (China); Ye, Xuehai; Xia, Jiping; Lu, Yang; Lin, Chaowang; Yu, Xiaowei [CNOOC Tianjin Chemical Research & Design Institute, Tianjin 300131 (China)

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • Nb substituted LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0–0.03) was prepared by sol–gel method. • 2% Nb-substituted sample showed better cycle performance at high cutoff voltage. • Ex situ analysis was used to show the structure changes of Nb-doped samples. - Abstract: Nb doped cathode materials with the formula LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 2} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03) have been prepared successfully by sol–gel method. The effect of Nb substitution on the crystal structure and electrochemical properties of LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2} were studied systematically by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and various electrochemical measurements. The results showed Nb substitution played an important role in the good cycling performance of LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2}. Charge/discharge tests revealed that LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3–0.02}Nb{sub 0.02}O{sub 2} showed a capacity retention of 94.1% at 1 C after 50 cycles in a high cutoff voltage range (3.0–4.6 V), while discharge capacity of LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2} remains only 89.4% of that at 1 C. Ex-situ XRD analysis and EIS analysis indicated that the improved electrochemical properties of Nb-doped sample result from the more stable structure and lower resistance during the electrochemical cycling.

  16. Effect of substitution of Fe for Mn on the structural, magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect of LaNdSrCaMnO{sub 3}

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    Dhahri, Ja. [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Materials, Faculty of Sciences of Monastir, University of Monastir (Tunisia); Dhahri, A., E-mail: abdessalem_dhahri@yahoo.fr [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Materials, Faculty of Sciences of Monastir, University of Monastir (Tunisia); Center for Scientific Research, Department of Physics, Al-Qunfudah University College, Umm Al-Qura University (Saudi Arabia); Oummezzine, M. [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Materials, Faculty of Sciences of Monastir, University of Monastir (Tunisia); Hlil, E.K. [Institut Ne´el, CNRS–Université J. Fourier, BP166, 38042 Grenoble (France)

    2015-03-15

    We have studied the structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La{sub 0.6}Nd{sub 0.1}Sr{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.15}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (LNSCMFe{sub x}) perovskite samples. The samples were synthesized using the solid-state reaction at high temperature and were analyzed by XRD data based on the Rietveld refinement technique. LNSCMFe{sub x} samples crystallized in orthorhombic symmetry with Pnma space group. Besides, the curves of magnetization reveals that all samples exhibit a magnetic transition from the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic phase at the Curie temperature T{sub C}, which decreases from 327 K to 296 K with the increase of the Fe doping level from x=0 to x=0.1. The thermal evolution of magnetization in the ferromagnetic phase at low temperature varies as T{sup 3/2} in accordance with Bloch's law. The magnitude of the isothermal magnetic entropy, (−ΔS{sub M}{sup max}), at the FM Curie temperature increases from 3.79 J/kg K for x=0 composition to 5.8 J/kg K for x=0.1, under a magnetic field of 5 T. For an applied magnetic field of 5 T, the relative cooling power (RCP) values are found to vary between 173.66 and 231.76 J/kg. These results suggest that these materials could be used as an active magnetic refrigerant around room temperature. - Highlights: • La{sub 0.6}Nd{sub 0.1}Sr{sub 0.15}Ca{sub 0.15}Mn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} samples were prepared using solid-state reaction. • The manganite phase crystallizes in an orthorhombic (Pnma) structure. • The samples exhibit a second order PM–FM phase transition at T{sub C}. • LNSCMFe{sub 0.05} and LNSCMFe{sub 0.1} are potential candidates for room-temperature magnetic refrigeration.

  17. Effect of chromium concentration on the structural, magnetic and electrical properties of praseodymium-calcium manganite

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    Bettaibi, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux et des Nanomatériaux appliquée à l' Environnement, Faculté des Sciences de Gabès cité Erriadh, Université de Gabès, 6079 Gabès (Tunisia); M' nassri, R., E-mail: rafik_mnassri@yahoo.fr [Higher Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology of Kasserine, Kairouan University, B.P. 471, 1200 Kasserine (Tunisia); Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux, Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Monastir, Université de Monastir, 5019 Monastir (Tunisia); Selmi, A. [Laboratory of Physics of Materials, Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, Sfax University, B.P.1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Rahmouni, H. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux et des Nanomatériaux appliquée à l' Environnement, Faculté des Sciences de Gabès cité Erriadh, Université de Gabès, 6079 Gabès (Tunisia); Chniba-Boudjada, N. [Institut NEEL, B.P.166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Faculté des Sciences de Gabès cité Erriadh, Université de Gabès, 6079 Gabès (Tunisia); and others

    2015-11-25

    The influence of Cr doping on magnetic, magnetocaloric and electrical properties in a polycrystalline sample of Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} is investigated. Structural studies show that our samples are single phase. The magnetization shows that the Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics exhibit a paramagnetic–ferromagnetic transition with a large magnetic entropy change. The relative cooling power (RCP) values are comparable to those of other manganite. DC conductance G{sub DC} measurements show that all samples are characterized by a semiconductor behavior. It is found that G{sub DC} decreases by two decades when increasing chromium concentrations. For the parent compound, dc-conductance is characterized by the appearance of a saturation region at a specific temperature (T{sub sat} = 200 K). For the doped compound, T{sub sat} go beyond room temperature. Conduction mechanism is found to be dominated by the small polaron hopping (SPH) process at high temperature and by variable range hopping one (VRH) at low temperature. AC conductance study confirms that the conductivity is governed by hopping process and obeys to the Jonscher universal power law. The exponent ‘n’ variation with temperature is in good agreement with Mott theory. Its variation as a function of chromium content indicates that the material turns from metallic to semi-insulating behavior when chromium composition increases. Impedance analysis proves the presence of electrical relaxation phenomenon in the material and confirms that grain boundaries played a main role in the conduction process. - Highlights: • Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} manganites phases crystallize in an orthorhombic (Pnma) structure. • Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}Mn{sub 0.95}Cr{sub 0.05}O{sub 3} has the highest relative cooling power. • DC conductivity measurement indicates that samples have a semiconductor character. • Conduction mechanism is well described by hopping

  18. The effect of lanthanum boride on the sintering, sintered microstructure and mechanical properties of titanium and titanium alloys

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    Yang, Y.F. [RMIT University, Centre for Additive Manufacturing, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne VIC 3001 (Australia); Luo, S.D. [The University of Queensland, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, Brisbane, QLD 4072 (Australia); Qian, M., E-mail: ma.qian@rmit.edu.au [RMIT University, Centre for Additive Manufacturing, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne VIC 3001 (Australia)

    2014-11-17

    An addition of ≤0.5 wt% lanthanum boride (LaB{sub 6}) to powder metallurgy commercially pure Ti (CP-Ti), Ti–6Al–4V and Ti–10V–2Fe–3Al (all in wt%) resulted in improved sintered density, substantial microstructural refinement, and noticeably increased tensile elongation. The addition of LaB{sub 6} led to scavenging of both oxygen (O) and chlorine (Cl) from the titanium powder during sintering, evidenced by the formation of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and LaCl{sub x}O{sub y}. The pinning effect of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, LaCl{sub x}O{sub y} and TiB inhibited prior-β grain growth and resulted in subsequent smaller α-laths. The formation of nearly equiaxed α-Ti phase is partially attributed to the nucleation effect of α-Ti on TiB. The improved sintered density was caused by B from LaB{sub 6} rather than La, while excessive formation of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiB with an addition of >0.5 wt% LaB{sub 6} resulted in a noticeable decrease in sintered density. The improved tensile elongation with an addition of ≤0.5 wt% LaB{sub 6} was mainly attributed to the scavenging of oxygen by LaB{sub 6}, partially assisted by the improved sintered density. However, an addition of >0.5 wt% LaB{sub 6} led to the formation of large La{sub 2}O{sub 3} aggregates and more brittle TiB whiskers and therefore decreased tensile elongation. Balanced scavenging of O is thus important. The optimal addition of LaB{sub 6} was 0.5 wt% but this may change depending on the powder size of the LaB{sub 6} to be used.

  19. Subsolidus phase relationships of the {beta}-sialon solid solution in the oxygen-rich part of the Nd-Si-Al-O-N system

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    Kaiser, A.; Telle, R. [Rheinisch Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Inst. fuer Gesteinshuettenkunde; Herrmann, M.; Richter, H.J.; Hermel, W. [Fraunhofer Inst. Keramische Technologien und Sinterwerkstoffe, Dresden (Germany)

    2001-10-01

    The subsolidus phase relationships in the Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} system and in the Si{sub 6-z}Al{sub z}O{sub z}N{sub 8-z} (0 {<=} z {<=} 4)-''Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:AlN''-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2}-range of the Nd-Si-Al-O-N system have been determined. 50 three- and four-phase equilibria were established in this phase region. The phase equilibria define the regions of stable coexistence between {beta}-sialon Si{sub 6-z}Al{sub z}O{sub z}N{sub 8-z} (0 {<=} z {<=} 4) and oxide or oxynitride compounds, which are potential grain boundary phases for silicon nitride ceramics. {beta}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} coexists with N-melilite (Nd{sub 2}Si{sub 3-x}Al{sub x}N{sub 4-x} (0 {<=} x {<=} 1)), N-{alpha}-wollastonite NdSi{sub 2}ON, a nitrogen-rich (Al, N)-apatite solid solution and Nd{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}. Between 0 {<=} z {<=} 0.8 {beta}-sialon (Si{sub 6-z}Al{sub z}O{sub z}N{sub 8-z}) is compatible with N-melilite (Nd{sub 2}Si{sub 3-x}Al{sub x}N{sub 4-x} (x = 1)), an (Al,N)-apatite of intermediate composition and Nd{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The equilibrium phases between z = 0.8 to z = 4 are NdAlO{sub 3} and the U-phase (Nd{sub 3}Si{sub 3-x}Al{sub 3+x}O{sub 12+x}N{sub 2-x}) as well as NdAl{sub 11+x}O{sub 18}N{sub x} (x = 1) and corundum at the Al-rich terminal composition (z = 4). (orig.)

  20. Magnetic, dielectric and microwave absorption properties of rare earth doped Ni–Co and Ni–Co–Zn spinel ferrites

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    Stergiou, Charalampos, E-mail: stergiou@cperi.certh.gr

    2017-03-15

    In this article we analyze the electromagnetic properties of rare earth substituted Ni–Co and Ni–Co–Zn cubic ferrites in the microwave band, along with their performance as microwave absorbing materials. Ceramic samples with compositions Ni{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2−x}R{sub x}O{sub 4} and Ni{sub 0.25}Co{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.25}Fe{sub 2−x}R{sub x}O{sub 4} (R=Y and La, x=0, 0.02), fabricated with the solid state reaction method, were characterized with regard to the complex permeability μ*(f) and permittivity ε*(f) up to 20 GHz. The rare earth substitutions basically affect the microwave μ*(f) spectra and the dynamic magnetization mechanisms of domain wall motion and magnetization rotation. Key parameters for this effect are the reduced magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the created crystal inhomogeneities. Moreover, permittivity is increased with the Y and La content, due to the enhancement of the dielectric orientation polarization. Regarding the electromagnetic wave attenuation, the prepared ferrites exhibit narrowband return losses (RL) by virtue of the cancellation of multiple reflections, when their thickness equals an odd multiple of quarter-wavelength. Interestingly, the zero-reflection conditions are satisfied in the vicinity of the ferromagnetic resonance. As the rare earth doping shifts this mechanism to lower frequencies, loss peaks with RL>46 dB occur at 4.1 GHz and 5 GHz for Y and La-doped Ni–Co–Zn spinels, whereas peaks with RL>40 dB appear at 18 GHz and 19 GHz for Y and La-doped Ni–Co spinels, respectively. The presented experimental findings underline the potential of cubic ferrites with high Co concentration in the suppression of electromagnetic reflections well above the 1 GHz region. - Highlights: • Due to cation distribution, magnetic anisotropy drops in Y and La doped samples. • Microwave permeability spectra shift to lower frequencies with rare earth doping. • Permittivity is increased due to crystal modifications

  1. Piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of lead-free niobium-rich potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals

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    Li, Jun, E-mail: lijuna@hit.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Li, Yang [Department of chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhou, Zhongxiang [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar S. [Multifunctional Electronic Materials and Device Research Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio 78249 (United States)

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Lead-free K{sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} single crystals were grown using the top-seeded melt growth method. • The piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of as-grown crystals were systematically investigated. • The piezoelectric properties are very attractive, e.g. for x = 0.60 composition, k{sub t} ≈ 70%, k{sub 31} ≈ 70%, k{sub 33} ≈ 77%, d{sub 31} ≈ 230 pC/N, d{sub 33} ≈ 600 pC/N. • The coercive fields of P–E hysteresis loops are quite small, about or less than 1 kV/mm. - Abstract: Lead-free potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals with the composition of K{sub 0.95}Li{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} (abbreviated as KLTN, x = 0.51, 0.60, 0.69, 0.78) were grown using the top-seeded melt growth method. Their piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties in as-grown crystals have been systematically investigated. The phase transitions and Curie temperatures were determined from dielectric and pyroelectric measurements. Piezoelectric coefficients and electromechanical coupling factors in thickness mode, length-extensional mode and longitudinal mode were obtained. The piezoelectric properties are very attractive, e.g. for x = 0.60 composition, k{sub t} ≈ 70%, k{sub 31} ≈ 70%, k{sub 33} ≈ 77%, d{sub 31} ≈ 230 pC/N, d{sub 33} ≈ 600 pC/N are comparable to the lead-based PZT composition. The polarization versus electric field hysteresis loops show saturated shapes. In short, lead-free niobium-rich KLTN system possesses comparable properties to those in important lead-based piezoelectric material nowadays.

  2. Project 'Colored solar collectors' - Annual report 2005

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    Schueler, A.; Chambrier, E. De; Roecker, Ch.; Scartezzini, J. -L.

    2005-12-15

    The architectural integration of thermal solar collectors into buildings is often limited by their black color, and the visibility of tubes and corrugations of the absorber sheets. A certain freedom in color choice would be desirable, but the colored appearance should not cause excessive performance degradation. Multilayered thin film interference filters on the collector glazing can produce a colored reflection, hiding the corrugated metal sheet, while transmitting the non-reflected radiation entirely to the absorber. These interference filters are designed and optimized by numerical simulation and shall be manufactured by the sol-gel dip-coating process. The proposed colored glazed solar collectors will be ideally suited for architectural integration into buildings, e.g. as solar active glass facades. The availability of thin film materials with a refractive index lower than that of silicon favors a higher solar transmission at a given value of visible reflectance. The feasibility of the sol-gel deposition of such low refractive index materials has been demonstrated. For the development of nanostructured materials, analytical methods such as electron microscopy are extremely helpful. Important techniques of substrate pretreatment, sample cleaving, polishing, mounting, and microscope handling have been acquired. First measurements yield images of nanostructures produced by the sol-gel dip-coating process. Nanocomposite Ti{sub x}Si{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} thin films provide a large range of refractive indices. Aiming a high efficiency of the colored reflection, Ti{sub x}Si{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} based multilayered coatings have been designed and subsequently prepared by sol-gel dip-coating. The energy efficiency M = R{sub VIS}/(100%-T{sub sol}) of the obtained colored reflection amounts up to 2.4. For a convincing demonstration sufficiently large samples of high quality are imperatively needed. An infrastructure for the handling of A4 sized samples has been established

  3. Effects of La{sup 3+}-Zn{sup 2+} doping on the structure, magnetic, electrical, and dielectric properties of low temperature sintered Sr-hexaferrites

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    Peng, Long, E-mail: penglong@cuit.edu.cn [Sichuan Province Key Laboratory of Information Materials and Devices Application, College of Optoelectronic Technology, Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu 610225 (China); Li, Lezhong; Zhong, Xiaoxi [Sichuan Province Key Laboratory of Information Materials and Devices Application, College of Optoelectronic Technology, Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu 610225 (China); Hu, Yuebin [Chengdu Industrial Vocational and Technical College, Chengdu 610213 (China); Chen, Sanming [Sichuan Province Key Laboratory of Information Materials and Devices Application, College of Optoelectronic Technology, Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu 610225 (China)

    2017-04-15

    The Sr{sub 1-x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 19} (x=0–0.3) hexaferrites with Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive were prepared by microwave sintering method at low sintering temperatures, and their crystal structure, microstructure, magnetic, electrical, and dielectric properties were studied. The results show that the pure M-type phase is obtained for the ferrites with x≤0.2. With x further increasing to 0.3, the multiphase structure is inevitably formed, where the LaFeO{sub 3} phase coexists with the M-type phase. In the single phase region, the varied magnetic, electrical, and dielectric properties with La{sup 3+}-Zn{sup 2+} doping amount are well explained by the occupancy effects of La{sup 3+} and Zn{sup 2+} in magnetoplumbite structure. It is suggested that the Zn{sup 2+} ions replace the Fe{sup 3+} ions at 4f{sub 1} site with x≤0.15, but the substitution of Zn{sup 2+} for Fe{sup 3+} occurs at 2b site preferentially when the La{sup 3+}-Zn{sup 2+} doping amount exceeds 0.15. - Highlights: • The low temperature sintered Sr{sub 1-x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 19} (x=0–0.3) hexaferrites are successfully prepared. • The La{sup 3+}-Zn{sup 2+} ions partially substitute the Sr{sup 2+}-Fe{sup 3+} ions in a doping region of x≤0.2. • Effects of La{sup 3+}-Zn{sup 2+} doping on the magnetic, electrical and polarization properties are revealed. • The substitution of Zn{sup 2+} for Fe{sup 3+} occurs at 4f{sub 1} site and 2b site before and after x=0.15, respectively.

  4. Structural, morphological and magnetic properties variation of nickel-manganese ferrites with lithium substitution

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    Momin, A.A., E-mail: abdulla.al.momin@gmail.com; Parvin, Roksana; Akther Hossain, A.K.M.

    2017-02-01

    Mixed ferrites with nominal chemical compositions Li{sub x}Ni{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.8−2x}Fe{sub 2+x}O{sub 4} ranging from x=0 to 0.4 in the steps of 0.1 have been prepared by the auto combustion technique. The X-ray diffraction patterns consist of major cubic spinel Li{sub x}Ni{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 0.8−2x}Fe{sub 2+x}O{sub 4} phase with minor impurity phases (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MnO) and with Li substitution phase purity has increased, such that for x=0.4 pure phase spinel structure has been obtained. The lattice parameter has decreased with the increase in Li content obeying Vegard’s law. Both the bulk density and theoretical density have decreased with Li content and with sintering temperature (T{sub s}) up to 1300 °C ρ{sub B} has increased and beyond that it has decreased. Morphological studies have performed by a high resolution optical microscope and observed that average grain size noticeably dependent on Li substitution. The initial permeability (μ{sub i}′′) has found to decrease with Li substitution. The Curie temperature (T{sub C}) has determined from the temperature dependent μ{sub i}′′ and found to increases with Li content. From the room temperature magnetization measurement, it has observed that all samples are in ferrimagnetic state at room temperature. The number of Bohr magneton has been obtained from the observed saturation magnetization. Dielectric constant, dielectric loss tangent, ac conductivity and complex impedance are studied in the frequency range 20 Hz–10 MHz. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant in lower frequencies indicates a usual dielectric dispersion due to the Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization. Dielectric loss tangent shows similar behavior like dielectric constant. The complex impedance analysis has been used to study the effect of grain and grain boundary on the electrical properties and with Li content both grain and grain boundary resistance show an increasing trend. The ac conductivity shows

  5. Interactions of NO{sub 2} at ambient temperature with cerium-zirconium mixed oxides supported on SBA-15

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    Levasseur, Benoit; Ebrahim, Amani M. [The City College of New York and The Graduate School of CUNY 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031 (United States); Burress, Jacob [NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Bandosz, Teresa J., E-mail: tbandosz@ccny.cuny.edu [The City College of New York and The Graduate School of CUNY 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031 (United States)

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ce{sub 1-y}Zr{sub y}O{sub 2-x} mixed oxides were highly dispersed in mesoporous silica SBA-15. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A strong increase in the NO{sub 2} adsorption capacity was observed on composites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The insertion of Zr{sup 4+} in ceria fluorite structure promotes the reduction of Ce{sup 4+} into Ce{sup 3+}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ce{sup 3+} and -OH groups were found to be the main active centers for NO{sub x} retention. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structure remains quite stable after exposure to NO{sub 2} in ambient conditions. - Abstract: New silica-based composites were obtained using a slow precipitation of mixed oxide Ce{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} on the surface of mesoporous silica, SBA-15. The samples were tested as NO{sub 2} adsorbents in dynamic conditions at room temperature. The surface of the initial and exhausted materials was characterized using N{sub 2} sorption, XRD, TEM, potentiometric titration, and thermal analysis before and after exposure to NO{sub 2}. In comparison with unsupported Ce{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} mixed oxides, a significant increase in the NO{sub 2} adsorption capacity was observed. This is due to the high dispersion of active oxide phase on the surface of SBA-15. A linear trend was found between the NO{sub 2} adsorption capacity and the amount of Zr(OH){sub 4} added to the structure. Introduction of Zr{sup 4+} cations to ceria contributes to an increase in the amount of Ce{sup 3+}, which is the active center for the NO{sub 2} adsorption, and to an increase in the density of -OH groups. These groups are found to be involved in the retention of both NO{sub 2} and NO on the surface. After exposure to NO{sub 2}, an acidification of the surface caused by the oxidation of the cerium as well as the formation of nitrite and nitrates took place. The structure of the composites appears not to be affected by reactive adsorption of NO{sub 2}.

  6. Project 'Colored solar collectors' - Annual report 2005

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    Schueler, A.; Chambrier, E. De; Roecker, Ch.; Scartezzini, J.-L.

    2005-12-15

    The architectural integration of thermal solar collectors into buildings is often limited by their black color, and the visibility of tubes and corrugations of the absorber sheets. A certain freedom in color choice would be desirable, but the colored appearance should not cause excessive performance degradation. Multilayered thin film interference filters on the collector glazing can produce a colored reflection, hiding the corrugated metal sheet, while transmitting the non-reflected radiation entirely to the absorber. These interference filters are designed and optimized by numerical simulation and shall be manufactured by the sol-gel dip-coating process. The proposed colored glazed solar collectors will be ideally suited for architectural integration into buildings, e.g. as solar active glass facades. The availability of thin film materials with a refractive index lower than that of silicon favors a higher solar transmission at a given value of visible reflectance. The feasibility of the sol-gel deposition of such low refractive index materials has been demonstrated. For the development of nanostructured materials, analytical methods such as electron microscopy are extremely helpful. Important techniques of substrate pretreatment, sample cleaving, polishing, mounting, and microscope handling have been acquired. First measurements yield images of nanostructures produced by the sol-gel dip-coating process. Nanocomposite Ti{sub x}Si{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} thin films provide a large range of refractive indices. Aiming a high efficiency of the colored reflection, Ti{sub x}Si{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} based multilayered coatings have been designed and subsequently prepared by sol-gel dip-coating. The energy efficiency M = R{sub VIS}/(100%-T{sub sol}) of the obtained colored reflection amounts up to 2.4. For a convincing demonstration sufficiently large samples of high quality are imperatively needed. An infrastructure for the handling of A4 sized samples has been established

  7. Thorough XPS analyses on overlithiated manganese spinel cycled around the 3V plateau

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    Grissa, R. [IPREM ECP − UMR CNRS 5254, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Hélioparc Pau-Pyrénées, 2 Avenue du Président Angot, 64053 Pau Cedex 9 (France); Martinez, H., E-mail: herve.martinez@univ-pau.fr [IPREM ECP − UMR CNRS 5254, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Hélioparc Pau-Pyrénées, 2 Avenue du Président Angot, 64053 Pau Cedex 9 (France); Cotte, S.; Galipaud, J.; Pecquenard, B. [CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, ICMCB–UPR 9048 and Bordeaux INP, 87 Avenue du Dr. Schweitzer, F-33600 Pessac (France); Cras, F.Le [CEA LETI, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble (France); Université Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble (France)

    2017-07-31

    Highlights: • Mn2p XPS spectra of Li{sub 1+x}Mn{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (0 < x < 0.25) fitted with reference samples. • XPS Mn mean oxidation states agrees with XRD structural study. • Li{sub 1.2}Mn{sub 1.8}O{sub 4} thin films cycled versus lithium arounds 3 V in liquid electrolyte. • Electrochemical results (over 20 cycles) related to Mn oxidation states evolution. • Irreversible capacity explained on the basis of XPS by active material delamination. - Abstract: Lithium-rich spinel Li{sub 1.2}Mn{sub 1.8}O{sub 4} thin film electrodes operated at 3 V/Li{sup +}/Li are studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), mainly on the basis of the evolution of the Mn2p XPS peak during the electrode cycling. The analysis of this core peak has long been debated in literature given its complex character. Based on manganese oxide references, MnO (Mn{sup 2+}), Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}(Mn{sup 3+}) and Li{sub 2}MnO{sub 3}(Mn{sup 4+}), we propose a deconvolution method to identify each Mn oxidation state. This method is then used for the deconvolution of Mn2p XPS peaks of bulk lithium-rich spinels Li{sub 1+x}Mn{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.25) for validation before proceeding to the study of cycled Li{sub 1.2}Mn{sub 1.8}O{sub 4} thin film electrodes. Electrochemical measurements exhibit significant capacity loss during the first cycle. Based on XPS analyses, this phenomenon could be explained by mechanical breakup of parts of the electrode. A stable behavior during subsequent cycles is then observed. The presence of Mn{sup 2+} species (XPS) at the most top surface of the electrode and the significant polarization observed during the discharge illustrate the kinetical limitation of the two-phase reaction, despite the reduced thickness of the electrode material.

  8. Remarkable Strontium B-Site Occupancy in FerroelectricPb(Zr1-xTix)O3 Solid Solutions Doped with Cryolite-Type StrontiumNiobate

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    Feltz, A.; Schmidt-Winkel, P.; Schossman, M.; Booth, C.H.; Albering, J.

    2007-04-26

    New high-performance ferroelectric materials based on Pb(Zr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x})O{sub 3} (PZT) that are doped with cryolite-type strontium niobate (SNO, Sr{sub 4}(Sr{sub 2-2y/3}Nb{sub 2+2y/3})O{sub 11+y}V{sub 0,1-y} with 0 {le} y {le} 1), hence denoted PZT:SNO, and their microscopic structure are described. The combination of exceptional piezoelectric properties, i.e. a piezoelectric strain constant of d{sub 33} {approx} 760 pm/V, with excellent stability and degradation resistance makes ferroelectric PZT:SNO solid solutions very attractive for use in novel and innovative piezoelectric actuator and transducer applications. Extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) analyses of PZT:SNO samples revealed that {approx}10 % of the Sr cations occupy the nominal B-sites of the perovskite-type PZT host lattice. This result was supported by EXAFS analyses of both a canonical SrTiO{sub 3} perovskite and two SNO model and reference compounds. Fit models that do not account for Sr cations on B-sites were ruled out. A clear Sr-Pb peak in Fourier transformed EXAFS data visually confirmed this structural model. The generation of temporary oxygen vacancies and the intricate defect chemistry induced by SNO-doping of PZT are crucial for the exceptional materials properties exhibited by PZT:SNO materials.

  9. Structural and luminescence effects of Ga co-doping on Ce-doped yttrium aluminate based phosphors

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    Ayvacikli, M. [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, Muradiye, Manisa (Turkey); Canimoglu, A. [Nigde University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Physics Department, Nigde (Turkey); Muresan, L.E., E-mail: laura_muresan2003@yahoo.com [Babes Bolyai University, Raluca Ripan Institute for Research in Chemistry, Fantanele 30, 400294 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Barbu Tudoran, L. [Babes Bolyai University, Electronic Microscopy Centre, Clinicilor 37, 400006 Cluj Napoca (Romania); Garcia Guinea, J. [Museo Nacional Ciencias Naturales, Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Karabulut, Y. [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, Muradiye, Manisa (Turkey); Jorge, A. [Museo Nacional Ciencias Naturales, Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Karali, T. [Ege University, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, 35100 Bornova, İzmir (Turkey); Can, N., E-mail: cannurdogan@yahoo.com [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, Muradiye, Manisa (Turkey); Jazan University, Physics Department, P.O. Box 114, 45142 Jazan (Saudi Arabia)

    2016-05-05

    Herein, we primarily focus on luminescence spectrum measurements of various types of green emitting yttrium aluminate phosphors modified with gallium (Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5-x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 12}) synthesised by solid state reaction. The luminescent emission of samples depends on sample temperature and excitation radiation such as incident X-ray, electron and laser beam. Here, we measured radioluminescence (RL), cathodoluminescence (CL), photoluminescence (PL) along with XRD in order to clarify relationship between lattice defects and the spectral luminescence emissions. The RL and CL spectra of YAG:Ce exhibit an emission band ranging from 300 to 450 nm related to Y{sub Al} antisite defects. The broad emission band of garnet phosphors is shifted from 526 nm to 498 nm with increasing of Ga{sup 3+} content, while full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the band tends to be greater than the width of unmodified YAG:Ce garnet. Deconvolution of the spectrum reveals that three emission bands centred at 139, 234 and 294 °C occur in aluminate host garnets. - Highlights: • We present preparation of YAG:Ce{sup 3+}, Ga{sup 3+} phosphors by a solid state reaction method. • The shape and size of phosphor particles were investigated. • The luminescence properties were studied by different excitation sources.

  10. Molecular geometries and relative stabilities of titanium oxide and gold-titanium oxide clusters

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    Hudson, Rohan J.; Falcinella, Alexander; Metha, Gregory F., E-mail: greg.metha@adelaide.edu.au

    2016-09-30

    Titanium oxide and gold-titanium oxide clusters of stoichiometry M{sub x}O{sub y} (M{sub x} = Ti{sub 3}, Ti{sub 4} & AuTi{sub 3}; y = 0 − (2x + 2)) have been investigated using density functional theory. Geometries of determined global energy minimum structures are reported and other isomers predicted up to 0.5 eV higher in energy. The Ti{sub 3}O{sub n} geometries build upon a triangular Ti{sub 3} motif, while Ti{sub 4}O{sub n} stoichiometries template upon a pseudo-tetrahedral Ti{sub 4} structure. Addition of a gold atom to the Ti{sub 3}O{sub n} series does not significantly alter the cluster geometry, with the gold atom preferentially binding to titanium atoms over oxygen atoms. Adiabatic ionization energies, electron affinities and HOMO/LUMO energies increase in magnitude with increasing oxygenation. The HOMO-LUMO energy gaps reach the bulk anatase band gap energy at stoichiometry (Au)Ti{sub m}O{sub 2m−1}, and increase above this upon further oxygen addition. The most stable structural moieties are found to be a cage-like, C{sub 3v} symmetric Ti{sub 4}O{sub 6/7} geometry and a Ti{sub 3}O{sub 6} structure with an η{sup 3}-bound oxygen atom.

  11. Effect of Zn-doping on the structural and optical properties of BaTiO{sub 3} thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Fasasi, A.Y. [Centre for Energy Research and Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State (Nigeria); Nano-Sciences Laboratories, Materials Research Group, iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation, P. O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa)], E-mail: ayfasasi@yahoo.co.uk; Maaza, M. [Nano-Sciences Laboratories, Materials Research Group, iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation, P. O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa); Rohwer, E.G. [Laser Research Institute, Department of Physics, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (South Africa); Knoessen, D. [Department of Physics, University of Western Cape, Private Bag X1001, Belville (South Africa); Theron, Ch. [Nano-Sciences Laboratories, Materials Research Group, iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation, P. O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa); Leitch, A. [Department of Physics, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Buttner, U. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape (South Africa)

    2008-07-31

    Thin films of zinc oxide doped barium titanate (BaZn{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 3}) have been prepared by pulsed laser ablation using different targets having zinc composition varying between x = 1 to 5 wt.% at a step of 1 wt.% on corning glass microscope slide and silicon substrates. X-ray diffraction analyses showed films to be of tetragonal phase with an average grain size of 20 nm and c/a ratio of 1.08 indicating lattice expansion due to ZnO incorporation. Atomic force microscopy studies of the prepared thin films indicated smooth surfaces with average roughness of 1.84 and 4.6 nm for as-deposited and sintered specimens respectively. Scanning electron microscopy showed films to be smooth and uniform. UV-Visible as well as Fourier Transform Infrared transmission measurements showed a transmission of more than 80% in the visible and 5-20% in the near infrared. The transmittance is strongly affected by annealing. There is a dependence of band gap energy on film thickness as well as on the amount of ZnO added. High ZnO dopant level led to an increase in the band gap.

  12. Optical refractive index and static permittivity of mixed Zr-Si oxide thin films prepared by ion beam induced CVD

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    Ferrer, F.J. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Av. Thomas A. Edison, 7, 41092 Sevilla (Spain)], E-mail: fjferrer@us.es; Frutos, F. [E.T.S. de Ingenieria Informatica, Avda. Reina Mercedes, s/n, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Garcia-Lopez, J. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Av. Thomas A. Edison, 7, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Gonzalez-Elipe, A.R.; Yubero, F. [Insituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, c/ Americo vespucio, no. 49, 41092 Sevilla (Spain)

    2007-12-03

    Mixed oxides Zr{sub x}Si{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} (0 < x < 1) thin films have been prepared at room temperature by decomposition of (CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}O){sub 3}SiH and Zr[OC(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}]{sub 4} volatile precursors induced by mixtures of O{sub 2}{sup +} and Ar{sup +} ions. The films were flat and amorphous independently of the Si/Zr ratio and did not present phase segregation of the pure single oxides (SiO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2}). A 10-23 at.% of H and 1-5 at.% of C atoms remained incorporated in the films depending on the mixture ratio of the Si and Zr precursors and the composition of the bombarding gas used during the deposition process. These impurities are mainly forming hydroxyl and carboxylic groups. Optical refractive index and static permittivity of the films were determined by reflection NIR-Vis spectroscopy and C-V electrical characterization, respectively. It is found that the refractive index increases non-linearly from 1.45 to 2.10 as the Zr content in the thin films increases. The static permittivity also increases non-linearly from {approx} 4 for pure SiO{sub 2} to {approx} 15 for pure ZrO{sub 2}. Optical and electrical characteristics of the films are justified by their impurity content and the available theories.

  13. Site occupancy and magnetic properties of Al-substituted M-type strontium hexaferrite

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    Dixit, Vivek; Nandadasa, Chandani N.; Kim, Seong-Gon, E-mail: kimsg@ccs.msstate.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 (United States); Center for Computational Sciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 (United States); Kim, Sungho [Center for Computational Sciences, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 (United States); Park, Jihoon; Hong, Yang-Ki [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and MINT Center, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487 (United States); Liyanage, Laalitha S. I. [Department of Physics, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 76203 (United States); Moitra, Amitava [Thematic Unit of Excellence on Computational Materials Science, S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Sector-III, Block-JD, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700098 (India)

    2015-06-28

    We use first-principles total-energy calculations based on density functional theory to study the site occupancy and magnetic properties of Al-substituted M-type strontium hexaferrite SrFe{sub 12−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 19} with x = 0.5 and x = 1.0. We find that the non-magnetic Al{sup 3+} ions preferentially replace Fe{sup 3+} ions at two of the majority spin sites, 2a and 12k, eliminating their positive contribution to the total magnetization causing the saturation magnetization M{sub s} to be reduced as Al concentration x is increased. Our formation probability analysis further provides the explanation for increased magnetic anisotropy field when the fraction of Al is increased. Although Al{sup 3+} ions preferentially occupy the 2a sites at a low temperature, the occupation probability of the 12k site increases with the rise of the temperature. At a typical annealing temperature (>700 °C) Al{sup 3+} ions are much more likely to occupy the 12k site than the 2a site. Although this causes the magnetocrystalline anisotropy K{sub 1} to be reduced slightly, the reduction in M{sub s} is much more significant. Their combined effect causes the anisotropy field H{sub a} to increase as the fraction of Al is increased, consistent with recent experimental measurements.

  14. Influence of Co{sup 2+} on the structural and magnetic properties of substituted magnetites obtained by the coprecipitation method

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    Velásquez, A. A., E-mail: avelas26@eafit.edu.edu.co [Universidad EAFIT, Grupo de Electromagnetismo Aplicado (Colombia); Urquijo, J. P. [Universidad de Antioquia, Grupo de Estado Sólido, Instituto de Física (Colombia)

    2015-06-15

    In this paper we report the effect of divalent cobalt on the structural and magnetic properties of substituted magnetites, Fe {sub 3−x}Co {sub x}O{sub 4}, with γ=Co {sup 2+}/Fe = 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 % wt, synthesized by the coprecipitation method. The samples were characterized by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, room temperature Mössbauer Spectroscopy and Vibrating Sample Magnetometry. The effect of Co {sup 2+} was found to depend strongly of the concentration employed in the synthesis process. For γ≤15 % the Co {sup 2+} promotes the formation of particles more crystalline and with higher saturation magnetization, remanence and coercivity than those obtained in absence of this cation. A sequential increasing of the lattice parameter is observed, as well as a reduction in the hyperfine magnetic field of the Fe {sup 2.5+}sub spectrum, while the hyperfine magnetic field of the Fe {sup 3+}sub spectrum keeps almost constant. For γ=20 % and 30 % the crystallinity of the samples decreases, particle size distribution effects are evidenced and the saturation magnetization decreases drastically. The results suggest that for low Co {sup 2+} contents the substitution of Fe {sup 3+}by Co {sup 2+} at octahedral sites of the inverse spinel system is the dominant effect, while for the highest concentrations used the substitution of Fe {sup 2+} by Co {sup 2+} and the increasing of the particle size distribution are the dominant effects.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Cu{sup 2+} substituted magnetite

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    Morales, A. L. [Universidad de Antioquia, Grupo de Estado Solido, Instituto de Fisica (Colombia); Velasquez, A. A., E-mail: avelas26@eafit.edu.co [Universidad EAFIT, Grupo de Electromagnetismo Aplicado (Colombia); Urquijo, J. P. [Universidad de Antioquia, Grupo de Estado Solido, Instituto de Fisica (Colombia); Baggio, E. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (Brazil)

    2011-11-15

    Samples of magnetite, both pure and doped with divalent copper, Fe{sub 3 - x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4}, with x = 0, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.20 atm.%, were synthesized hydrothermally. The samples were characterized by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Moessbauer Spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and SQUID magnetometry. The analyses made by the above techniques showed that as the Cu{sup 2+} concentration increases, a simultaneous reduction in the magnetic and structural parameters takes place, namely: magnetic hyperfine interactions at octahedral sites, particle size and lattice constant. Degradation in the particles morphology as well as a distribution of their size were also observed. Our study points two important effects of Cu{sup 2+} in magnetite, the first one is its incorporation within the structure, replacing Fe{sup 2+} ions and decreasing both the magnetic hyperfine interactions at octahedral sites and the bulk magnetization, the second one is the contraction of the crystalline lattice of magnetite, because incorporation of Cu{sup 2+} within the structure, generation of vacancies or both simultaneous effects.

  16. Tunability, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties of Ba{sub (1−x)}Ca{sub x}Ti{sub (1−y)}Zr{sub y}O{sub 3} ferroelectric thin films

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    Daumont, C. J. M., E-mail: christophe.daumont@univ-tours.fr; Le Mouellic, E.; Negulescu, B.; Wolfman, J. [Laboratoire GREMAN, UMR7347 CNRS, Faculté de Sciences et Techniques, Université François Rabelais, 37200 Tours (France); Simon, Q.; Payan, S.; Maglione, M. [Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux, ICMCB-CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, 33608 Pessac Cedex (France); Gardes, P.; Poveda, P. [STMicroelectronics, 10 rue Thalès de Milet, 37071 Tours Cedex (France)

    2016-03-07

    Tunable ferroelectric capacitors, which exhibit a decrease of the dielectric permittivity (ϵ) under electric field, are widely used in electronics for RF tunable applications (e.g., antenna impedance matching). Current devices use barium strontium titanate as the tunable dielectric, and the need for performance enhancement of the tunable element is the key for device improvement. We report here on libraries of Ba{sub 0.97}Ca{sub 0.03}Ti{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3} thin films (0 ≤ x ≤ 27%) with a thickness of about 130 nm deposited on IrO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates using combinatorial pulsed laser deposition allowing for gradients of composition on one sample. A total of 600 capacitors on a single sample were characterized in order to statistically investigate the dielectric properties. We show that the tunabilty is maximum at intermediate compositions, reaching values up to 60% for an electric field of about 400 kV cm{sup −1}. We attribute the high tunability in the intermediate compositions to the paraelectric-ferroelectric phase transition, which is brought down to room temperature by the addition of Zr. In addition, the piezoelectric coefficient is found to be decreasing with increasing Zr content.

  17. Effect of sintering temperature on magnetization and Mössbauer parameters of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Chandra, Grish, E-mail: grishphysics@gmail.com [Department of Physics, DSB Campus Kumaun University, Nainital 263002, Uttarakhand (India); Srivastava, R.C. [Department of Physics, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand (India); Reddy, V.R. [UGC-DAE CSR, Khandwa Road, DAVV Campus, Indore 452017, Madhya Pradesh (India); Agrawal, H.M. [Department of Physics, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand (India)

    2017-04-01

    Nanoparticles of cobalt ferrite of different particle size were prepared using sol-gel method. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and Mössbauer spectroscopy techniques were employed for characterization of nanoparticles for structural and magnetic properties. The particle size and saturation magnetization increase with the increase of sintering temperature. The saturation magnetization increases from 53 to 85 emu/g as the sintering temperature increases from 300 to 900 °C. The remanence increases while the coercivity decreases slightly with the increase of sintering temperature. Mössbauer spectra show the ferrimagnetic nature of all the samples and the cation distribution strictly depends on the sintering temperature. The stoichiometry of the cobalt ferrite formed was estimated to be (Co{sup 2+}{sub x}Fe{sup 3+}{sub 1−x})[Co{sup 2+}{sub 1−x}Fe{sup 3+}{sub 1+x}]O{sub 4}, based on our Mössbauer analysis. The inverse spinel structure gradually transforms towards the normal spinel structure as the sintering temperature increases. - Highlights: • After 500 °C sintering the cobalt ferrite shows complete crystallization. • An inversion sintering temperature between 900 °C and 1200 °C is proposed where the Fe{sup +3} again starts migration from B site to A site. • Sintering temperature is one of the prime factors which effect the magnetization and cation distribution between two sites A and B.

  18. Impedance spectroscopy and structural properties of the perovskite-like Sn(Ba,Sr)O{sub 3} stagnate

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    Cuervo Farfan, J. [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 5997, Bogota DC (Colombia); Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Manuela Beltran, Bogota DC (Colombia); Olaya, J.J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica y Mecatronica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota DC (Colombia); Vera Lopez, E. [Grupo de Superficies, Electroquimica y Corrosion, Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia, Tunja (Colombia); Landinez Tellez, D.A. [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 5997, Bogota DC (Colombia); Roa-Rojas, J., E-mail: jroar@unal.edu.co [Grupo de Fisica de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, AA 5997, Bogota DC (Colombia)

    2012-08-15

    An exhaustive study of structural, electrical and transport properties on the perovskite stagnate Sn(Ba,Sr)O{sub 3} was performed. Samples of SnBa{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}O{sub 3} with 0{<=}x{<=}1.00 were prepared by the solid state reaction method. The crystallographic structure was studied by X-ray diffraction experiments and Rietveld refinement using the GSAS code. Results reveal the material synthesized in a cubic structure (space group Pm3-bar m, no. 221) for 0{<=}x{<=}0.50 and in an orthorhombic (space group Pnma, no. 62) for x>0.50. The approximate grain size was found from experiments' Scanning Electron Microscopy. The electric response was studied by the Impedance Spectroscopy technique from 10.0 mHz up to 0,10 MHz. Electric polarization measurements for SnSrO{sub 3} and SnBaO{sub 3} were determined through curves of polarization as a function of applied electric field, which reveal the ferroelectric character of the material. From the saturation polarization the dielectric constants of materials were calculated.

  19. Antimony doped barium strontium ferrite perovskites as novel cathodes for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Ling, Yihan, E-mail: lyhyy@mail.ustc.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, 221116 (China); Lu, Xiaoyong [China Anhui Key Laboratory of Low Temperature Co-fired Materials, Department of Chemistry, Huainan Normal University, Huainan, Anhui, 232001 (China); Niu, Jinan; Chen, Hui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, 221116 (China); Ding, Yanzhi [China Anhui Key Laboratory of Low Temperature Co-fired Materials, Department of Chemistry, Huainan Normal University, Huainan, Anhui, 232001 (China); Ou, Xuemei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, 221116 (China); Zhao, Ling [Department of Material Science and Chemistry, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, 430074 (China)

    2016-05-05

    Antimony was doped to barium strontium ferrite to produce ferrite-based perovskites with a composition of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1) as novel cathode materials for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The perovskite properties including oxygen nonstoichiometry (δ), mean valence of B-site, tolerance factors, thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) and electrical conductivity (σ) are explored as a function of antimony content. By defect chemistry analysis, the TECs decrease since the variable oxygen vacancy concentration is decreased by Sb doping, and σ decreases with x due to the reduced charge concentration of Fe{sup 4+} content. Consequently, the electrochemical performance was substantially improved and the interfacial polarization resistance was reduced from 0.213 to 0.120 Ωcm{sup 2} at 700 °C with Sb doping. The perovskite with x = 1.0 is suggested as the most promising composition as SOFC cathode material. - Highlights: • Antimony is doped to barium strontium ferrite to produce novel cathodes. • δ, TECs and σ are evaluated as a function of antimony content. • The electrochemical performance is substantially improved with antimony doping.

  20. Effect of doping of vanadium ions on crystal structure, dielectric and magnetic properties of Bi{sub 0.8}Ba{sub 0.2}FeO{sub 3} multiferroic

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    Godara, Priyanka; Agarwal, Ashish; Ahlawat, Neetu; Sanghi, Sujata, E-mail: sutkash@yahoo.com; Kaswan, Kavita

    2016-05-15

    Synthesis of Bi{sub 0.8}Ba{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3} multiferroics (with x=0.0, 0.02 and 0.04 having code V0, V2 and V4, respectively) have been done by solid-state reaction technique. The structural, magnetic and electrical characterization of the prepared ceramics have been carried out using X-ray diffraction, Vibrating sample magnetometry and impedance spectroscopy, respectively. Rietveld refinement studies show that all samples have rhombohedral structure (R3c). The observed lattice distortion is due to the difference in the ionic radii of parent ions and doped ions. Sizeable M–H hysteresis loops revealed the transformation of antiferromagnetic BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) into ferromagnetic with Ba and V addition. The highest values of coercive field ~4.5 kOe and saturation magnetization ~1.14 emu/g are observed for V0 and V2 samples, respectively. The dielectric properties were improved with the co-doping as compared with the pure BFO compound due to structural distortion and decrease of oxygen vacancies by addition of higher valence V{sup 5+} cation. - Highlights: • Refinement has been done by hexagonal representation of R3c space group. • Magnetic properties are affected by the distortion in Fe–O octahedral. • Dielectric properties have improved on co-doping.

  1. Development of materials resistant to metal dusting degradation.

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    Natesan, K.; Zeng, Z.

    2006-04-24

    Metal dusting corrosion has been a serious problem in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, such as reforming and syngas production systems. This form of deterioration has led to worldwide material loss for 50 years. For the past three years, we have studied the mechanism of metal dusting for Fe- and Ni-base alloys. In this report, we present a correlation between the weight loss and depth of pits that form in Ni-base alloys. Nickel-base alloys were also tested at 1 and 14.8 atm (210 psi), in a high carbon activity environment. Higher system pressure was found to accelerate corrosion in most Ni-base alloys. To reduce testing time, a pre-pitting method was developed. Mechanical scratches on the alloy surface led to fast metal dusting corrosion. We have also developed preliminary data on the performance of weldments of several Ni-base alloys in a metal dusting environment. Finally, Alloy 800 tubes and plates used in a reformer plant were examined by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and Raman spectroscopy. The oxide scale on the surface of the Alloy 800 primarily consists of Fe{sub 1+x}Cr{sub 2-X}O{sub 4} spinel phase with high Fe content. Carbon can diffuse through this oxide scale. It was discovered that the growth of metal dusting pits could be stopped by means of a slightly oxidized alloy surface. This leads to a new way to solve metal dusting problem.

  2. Mechanisms of aging and fatigue in ferroelectrics

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    Genenko, Yuri A. [Sonderforschungsbereich 595, Institut für Materialwissenschaft, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Str. 2, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Glaum, Julia [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia); Hoffmann, Michael J. [Institut für keramische Werkstoffe, Haid-und-Neu Str. 7, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Albe, Karsten, E-mail: albe@mm.tu-darmstadt.de [Sonderforschungsbereich 595, Institut für Materialwissenschaft, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Str. 2, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Experiments on aging and fatigue of bulk ferroelectrics are thoroughly reviewed. • Lead-based PZT and lead-free BNT–BT and KNN materials are covered. • Various fatigue regimes and factors are classified. • Defect associate formation and alignment are analyzed by density functional theory. • Emerging of internal bias field is studied within drift-diffusion approach. - Abstract: A comprehensive review of aging and fatigue phenomena in bulk polycrystalline ferroelectrics is presented. Three material classes are covered, namely the most widely used Pb[Zr{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}]O{sub 3} (PZT) ceramics and lead-free materials, including those based on bismuth sodium titanate Bi{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3} (BNT) and alkali niobate [K{sub x}Na{sub 1−x}]NbO{sub 3} (KNN). Aging is studied in poled and unpoled states both experimentally and theoretically. The variety of different loading regimes for fatigue includes DC electric field, unipolar, sesquipolar and bipolar cycling and all these differently combined with mechanical loading at different frequencies and temperatures. The role of device geometries and electrode materials is addressed and models describing charge migration and defect dipole re-orientation are discussed in the context of recent experimental studies.

  3. Grain boundary defect compensation in Ti-doped BaFe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Sun, Xiaojun; Deng, Jianming; Liu, Saisai; Yan, Tianxiang; Fang, Liang; Liu, Laijun [Guilin University of Technology, Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Materials and New Processing Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Guangxi Universities Key Laboratory of Non-ferrous Metal Oxide Electronic Functional Materials and Devices, Guilin (China); Peng, Biaolin [Guangxi University, School of Physical Science and Technology and Guangxi Key Laboratory for Relativistic Astrophysics, Nanning (China); Jia, Wenhao [Shanghai Getong Enterprise Co., Ltd., Shanghai (China); Mei, Zaoming [Henan LiHeng Building Materials Co., Ltd., Zhengzhou (China); Su, Hongbo [Henan Province Product Quality Supervision and Inspection Center, Zhengzhou (China)

    2016-09-15

    Giant dielectric ceramics Ba(Nb{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5-x}Ti{sub x})O{sub 3} (BNFT) have been fabricated by a conventional solid-state reaction. According to X-ray diffraction analysis, the crystal structure of these ceramics can be described by the cubic centrosymmetric with Pm-3m space group. The real part (ε') of dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss (tan δ) of the BNFT ceramics was measured in a frequency range from 40 Hz to 100 MHz at room temperature. The (ε') of all these samples displays a high value (∝6500) and a small frequency-dependence from 1 kHz to 1 MHz. We have established a link between conductivity activation energy and defect compensation at grain boundaries. The Ti{sup 4+}-doped Ba(Nb{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} as a donor makes a great influence on the grain boundary behavior, which restricts the migration of oxygen vacancy and depresses dielectric loss factor for Ba(Nb{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} ceramics. (orig.)

  4. Electronic excitation-induced structural, optical, and magnetic properties of Ni-doped HoFeO{sub 3} thin films

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    Habib, Zubida [National Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Srinagar (India); National Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, Srinagar (India); Ikram, Mohd; Mir, Sajad A. [National Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, Srinagar (India); Sultan, Khalid [Central University of Kashmir, Department of Physics, Srinagar (India); Abida [Govt Degree College for Women, Department of Physics, Anantnag, Kashmir (India); Majid, Kowsar [National Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Srinagar (India); Asokan, K. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi (India)

    2017-06-15

    Present study investigates the electronic excitation-induced modifications in the structural, optical, and magnetic properties of Ni-doped HoFeO{sub 3} thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates. Electronic excitations were induced by 200 MeV Ag{sup 12+} ion beam. These thin films were then characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-Vis spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements. X-ray diffraction analysis confirms that the crystallite growth occurs in the preferred (111) orientation with orthorhombic structure. The XRD results also show that the crystallite size decreases with ion irradiation. AFM results after irradiation show significant changes in the surface roughness and morphology of these films. The optical parameters measured from absorption measurements reveal reduction in the band gap with Ni doping and enhancement of band gap after irradiation. The magnetization vs field measurement at 75 K shows enhancement in saturation magnetization after irradiation for HoFe{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.1 and 0.3) films compared to HoFeO{sub 3} film. Present study shows electronic excitation induces significant changes in the physical properties of these films. (orig.)

  5. Stabilized γ-BIMNVOX solid electrolyte: Ethylene glycol–citrate sol–gel synthesis, microwave-assisted calcination, and structural and electrical characterization

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    Al-Areqi, Niyazi A.S., E-mail: niyazi.alareqi@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Science, Taiz University, Taiz, Republic of Yemen (Yemen); Beg, Saba [Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Al-Alas, Ahlam [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Science, Taiz University, Taiz, Republic of Yemen (Yemen); Hafeez, Shehla [Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India)

    2013-12-25

    Highlights: •γ-BIMNVOX was synthesized by ethylene glycol–citrate sol–gel route. •γ-BIMNVOX crystallizes by 25-min microwave-assisted calcination. •Smaller particle sizes for microwave calcined BIMNVOX samples. •Best oxide-ion performance for microwave calcined BIMNVOX samples. -- Abstract: Samples of γ-BIMNVOX (Bi{sub 2}V{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 5.5−x/2}; 0.13 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.20) system were synthesized by an ethylene glycol–citrate sol–gel route. The resulting xerogels were then calcined by the microwave heating using a modified domestic microwave oven operated at 2.45 GHz. Microwave-assisted calcination samples in comparison with other conventionally calcined samples were characterized in terms of phase crystallization, stabilization and particle size using simultaneous thermogravimetric–differential thermal analysis (TG–DTA), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The AC impedance spectroscopy was employed for electrical characterization. It was found that the microwave-assisted calcination route successfully produces better crystalline stabilized γ-BIMNVOX samples with appreciably small average particle sizes after only 25 min of microwave heating. The electrical properties of microwave calcined γ-BIMNVOX system make it an advanced low-temperature solid electrolyte suitable for use in oxide-ion based electrochemical applications.

  6. Morphological and structural analysis of ferrite NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} doped with chromium; Analise estrutural e morfologica de ferrita NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} dopada com cromo

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    Costa, A.C.F., E-mail: anacristina@dema.ufcg.edu.br [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Engenharia de Materiais; Viana, K.M.S. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal (Brazil). Escola de Ciencias e Tecnologia; Miola, E.J.; Antonio, S.G.; Kiminami, R.H.G.A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), SP (Brazil); Paiva-Santos, C.O. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Araraquara, SP (Brazil). Departamento de Fisico-Quimica

    2011-07-01

    This paper reports on the effect of the substitution of Fe{sup 3+} for Cr{sup 3+} ions in the spinel lattice of the powders was investigated. Nickel ferrite powders with a NiFe{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} nominal composition (x = 0.0; 0.5; 1.0 and 1.5 mol of the chromium) were synthesized by combustion reaction using urea as fuel. The powders resulting were characterized by XRD, nitrogen adsorption by BET, SEM and Mössbauer spectroscopy ({sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra). The results show that the substitution of the Fe{sup 3+} for Cr{sup 3+} ions increased the crystalline degree of the phase, reduced the superficial area and consequently increased the particle size. The Mössbauer spectra of the samples also confirm the distribution of the particles size by the magnetic properties. Analyze of the spectra Mössbauer gives an estimate of the superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic particles behavior in each sample for several chromium concentrations. (author)

  7. More active and sulfur resistant bimetallic Pd-Ni catalysts

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    Betti, Carolina; Carrara, Nicolás; Badano, Juan; Lederhos, Cecilia; Vera, Carlos; Quiroga, Mónica, E-mail: mquiroga@fiq.unl.edu.ar [Instituto de Investigaciones en Catálisis y Petroquímica, INCAPE (FIQ-UNL, CONICET), Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2018-02-15

    The influence of the kind of metal precursor and the sequence of impregnation on the properties of Pd-Ni catalysts was evaluated during the test reaction of selective hydrogenation of styrene to ethylbenzene by means of physicochemical characterization. The focus was put on the final hydrogenating activity and the resistance to deactivation by sulfide compounds (thiophene). The used techniques of characterization were ICP, XPS, XDR, TPR, CO chemisorption and TEM. XPS results indicated the presence of different Pd species: Pd{sup δ-}, Pd{sup 0} and Pd{sup δ+}. In the case of the Ni containing catalysts, Ni{sup 0} and NiO species were also detected. These palladium and nickel species would be responsible of the variation of activity and sulfur resistance of the catalysts. NiClPd catalysts had a higher resistance to deactivation by sulfur poisoning. This was associated to a higher concentration of Pd{sup η+}Cl{sub x}O{sub y} species that would prevent the adsorption of thiophene by both steric and electronic effects. It could also be due to the lower concentration of Pd{sup 0} and Ni{sup 0} on these catalysts, as compared to those shown by the PdNiCl catalysts. Both the Pd{sup 0} and Ni{sup 0} species are more prone to poisoning because of their higher electronic availability. (author)

  8. Effect of (Nd, Ni) co-doped on the multiferroic and photocatalytic properties of BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Vanga, Pradeep Reddy [Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli 620 015 (India); Mangalaraja, R.V. [Department of Materials Engineering, University of Concepcion, Concepcion (Chile); Ashok, M., E-mail: ashokm@nitt.edu [Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli 620 015 (India)

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Sol–gel synthesis. • Saturation magnetization and ferroelectricity increases in Ni co-doped samples. • Conduction mechanism is different in Nd doped and (Nd, Ni) co-doped samples. • Samples show good photocatalytic activity in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. - Abstract: Bi{sub 0.95}Nd{sub 0.05}Fe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03 and 0.05) samples are synthesized by solgel method. The phase and crystal structure of the samples are confirmed by X-ray diffraction studies, Rietveld refinement is performed to calculate the structural parameters. The reflectance spectra show bands in UV and visible region and the optical band gap is calculated using Kulbeka–Munk function. The magnetization and leakage current density are strongly influenced by doping. Different conduction mechanisms are observed in Nd doped and Ni co-doped samples. All the samples exhibit ferroelectric nature at various frequencies. Photocatalytic activities of the samples are determined by the degradation of methylene blue dye in the presence of visible light and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} which shows samples are good photo-Fenton like catalyst.

  9. A novel zincum-doped perovskite-type ceramic membrane for oxygen separation

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    Chen Xinzhi; Liu Hongfei; Wei Yanying [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, No. 381 Wushan Road, 510640 Guangzhou (China); Caro Juergen [Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, Callinstr. 3-3A D-30179 Hannover (Germany); Wang Haihui, E-mail: hhwang@scut.edu.c [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, No. 381 Wushan Road, 510640 Guangzhou (China)

    2009-09-18

    Zincum-doped ceramic membrane materials based on BaCo{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 0.4}Zn{sub x}Zr{sub (0.2-x)}O{sub 3-delta} with 0 <= x <= 0.2 were synthesized by combining citric acid and ethylene-diamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA) complexing method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that the BaCo{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.2}O{sub 3-delta} ceramic oxide exhibits a pure cubic perovskite structure. Oxygen temperature-programmed desorption (O{sub 2}-TPD) profile indicates that BaCo{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.2}O{sub 3-delta} possesses a good phase reversibility. An oxygen permeation flux of 0.65 ml/min cm{sup 2} was obtained at 950 deg. C and a single activation energy of 67 kJ/mol was observed for the oxygen permeation in the temperature range of 600-950 deg. C. No decline was found during more than 100 h oxygen permeation.

  10. Interactions between lanthanum gallate based solid electrolyte and ceria

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    Hrovat, M.; Ahmad-Khanlou, A.; Samardzija, Z.; Holc, J.

    1999-10-01

    Possible interactions between La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}Ga{sub 0.8}Mg{sub 0.2}O{sub 2.85} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped CeO{sub 2} (solid electrolyte and anode binding materials, respectively, for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)) at 1,300 C were studied with diffusion couples and fired powder mixtures. The SrLaGa{sub 3}O{sub 7} compound was detected and its formation was attributed to the diffusion of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} from La{sub 0.9}Sr{sub 0.1}Ga{sub 0.8}Mg{sub 0.2}O{sub 2.85} into Ce{sub 1{minus}x}La{sub x}O{sub 2{minus}x/2} solid solution. As the resistivity of SrLaGa{sub 3}O{sub 7} is rather high, around 1 M{center_dot}ohm at 800 C, its presence in the solid electrolyte/anode interface could significantly increase the internal resistivity of an SOFC.

  11. Influence of Ti addition on the room temperature ferromagnetism of tin oxide (SnO{sub 2}) nanocrystal

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    Sakthiraj, K.; Balachandrakumar, K., E-mail: dkbaldr@gmail.com

    2015-12-01

    Nano-crystalline Sn{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 2} (x=0.00, 0.02, 0.05 and 0.07) particles were synthesized by the sol–gel method without any surfactant and dispersant material. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows the formation of the tetragonal rutile phase structure for the undoped SnO{sub 2} nanoparticle and Ti doping does not alter the structure of undoped tin oxide. Due to quantum confinement effect, a larger optical band gap for as-synthesized materials was found. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) result demonstrates the undoped and 2% Ti doped SnO{sub 2} samples exhibit perfect room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) but 5% and 7% of Ti doped samples show a weak ferromagnetism with diamagnetic contribution. The ferromagnetic property of the material was initiated with the help of oxygen vacancy. The amount of oxygen vacancy present in the samples were identified from the photoluminescence spectra and the value of oxygen vacancy decreased with increasing Ti concentration. - Highlights: • Pure Ti doped and undoped SnO{sub 2} nanocrystal were prepared using sol–gel method. • Oxygen vacancy induced RTFM was observed in SnO{sub 2} nanostructures. • Higher amount of ferromagnetism was detected in pristine SnO{sub 2} nanocrystal. • Ferromagnetic property was decreased with increasing Ti concentration. • Redshift of energy band gap was noted with increasing Ti content.

  12. A theoretical study of stability and vacancy replenishing of MoO{sub 3}(0 1 0) surfaces in oxygen atmosphere

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    Lei, Yan-Hua; Chen, Zhao-Xu, E-mail: zxchen@nju.edu.cn

    2016-01-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Under normal experimental conditions perfect surface of MoO{sub 3}(0 1 0) is favorable. • Line defects along asymmetric oxygen direction in lean oxygen condition are favored. • Vacancy replenishing occurs on vacancies formed by terminal and asymmetrical oxygen. - Abstract: Oxygen vacancies on transition metal oxide surfaces are catalytically very important. The stability, shape and replenishing process of the vacancies are critical to understanding reactions happening on the surfaces. In this paper we investigate the stability of various defective MoO{sub 3}(0 1 0) surfaces and examine the influence of environmental oxygen on the stability as well as the active sites for the replenishing process. Our calculations reveal that the line oxygen defect along a (asymmetric oxygen) direction is thermodynamically most favorable at higher defect concentration whereas point defect surfaces are unfavorable. Under normal experimental conditions the perfect surface dominates the MoO{sub 3}(0 1 0). We show that for stoichiometric surfaces of any oxides (A{sub x}O{sub y}) the formation energy per vacancy controls the favorable defect shape (line or point defects). Calculations indicate that O{sub 2} can dissociate readily on the surfaces that double vacancies share one Mo atom. The replenishing process of the oxygen vacancies through O{sub 2} dissociation most likely occurs on the double-vacancy containing one terminal and one asymmetrical oxygen vacancies.

  13. Nanotechnology as a way to overcome the rapid J{sub c} fall with HTS film thickness

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    Svetchnikov, V L; Flis, V S; Kalenyuk, A A; Kasatkin, A L; Rebikov, A I; Moskaliuk, V O; Pan, V M; Tretiatchenko, C G, E-mail: pan@imp.kiev.u [Institute for Metal Physics, 36 Vernadsky Blvd, Kiev 03142 (Ukraine)

    2010-06-01

    We have carried out a comprehensive study of a relation between the nanostructure and electromagnetic properties of the films prepared by pulse laser deposition on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates using YBCO targets with BaZrO{sub 3} additives. HREM studies revealed that depending on the deposition conditions BZO can precipitate as nanorods normal to the substrate or as BaYZr{sub x}O{sub y} nano-pancakes. BZO nanorods are formed at lower laser power and higher substrate temperature. Their lattice is rotated by 3-4{sup 0} to provide matching with matrix without dislocations. In a contrary, the nano-pancakes are surrounded with a great number of dislocations. Mechanisms of the nanostructure formation have been analyzed. Embedding of a proper kind of nanoparticles into HTS films leads not only to a certain increase of the critical current density J{sub c} but to a substantial weakening of its field and thickness dependences compared with pure YBCO films. Negative curvature of I-V-curves (in double-log scale) for YBCO (BZO) films is an evidence of strong pinning on extended defects, such as nanorods and threading dislocations, and/or collective vortex pinning.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of lead zirconate titanate powders obtained by the oxidant peroxo method

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    Camargo, Emerson R. [LIEC-Laboratorio Interdisciplinar de Eletroquimica e Ceramica, Department of Chemistry, UFSCar-Federal University of Sao Carlos, Rod. Washington Luis km 235, CP 676, Sao Carlos SP, 13565-905 (Brazil)], E-mail: camargo@ufscar.br; Leite, Edson R. [LIEC-Laboratorio Interdisciplinar de Eletroquimica e Ceramica, Department of Chemistry, UFSCar-Federal University of Sao Carlos, Rod. Washington Luis km 235, CP 676, Sao Carlos SP, 13565-905 (Brazil)], E-mail: derl@power.ufscar.br; Longo, Elson [Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry Institute of Araraquara, UNESP, Sao Paulo State University Rua Francisco Degni, CP 355 Araraquara SP, 14801-907 Brazil (Brazil)], E-mail: elson@iq.unesp.br

    2009-02-05

    Lead zirconate titanate (PbZr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3}) was synthesized by the 'oxidant peroxo method (OPM)' with 'x' between 0.25 and 0.50. Titanium metal was dissolved into a hydrogen peroxide/ammonia aqueous solution, followed by the addition of lead and zirconium nitrate solution. The amorphous precipitated precursor obtained was crystallized by heat treatment between 400 and 1000 deg. C. Images of transmission microscopy showed spherical particles with average diameter between 20 and 60 nm, and the presence of necks between particles treated at 700 deg. C. All of the unpressed powders were characterized by X-ray diffractometry and FT-Raman spectroscopy. Powder samples with 'x' up to 0.35 showed rhombohedral structure when treated at temperatures higher than 500 deg. C, and tetragonal structure when 'x' was higher than 0.40. Analysis of XRD and Raman spectroscopy of the precursor powders showed amorphous-like structures, however powders treated at 400 deg. C showed a structure identified as an intermediate pyrochlore phase, independently of the Zr and Ti mole ratio.

  15. Structural and magnetic properties of a mechanochemically activated Ti-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} solid mixture

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    Cristobal, A.A. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales (INTEMA), CONICET-UNMdP, J.B. Justo 4302 - B7608FDQ, Mar del Plata (Argentina); Ramos, C.P. [Centro Atomico Constituyentes (CAC), CNEA, Av. Gral. Paz 1499 (1650), San Martin (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Bercoff, P.G. [Facultad de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica (FaMAF), Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Medina Allende s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, (5000) Cordoba (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Conconi, S.; Aglietti, E.F. [Centro de Tecnologia de Recursos Minerales y Ceramica (CETMIC), CONICET - CIC, Camino, P. Centenario y 506 - B1897ZCA, M.B. Gonnet (Argentina); Botta, P.M., E-mail: pbotta@fi.mdp.edu.ar [Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales (INTEMA), CONICET-UNMdP, J.B. Justo 4302 - B7608FDQ, Mar del Plata (Argentina); Lopez, J.M. Porto [Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales (INTEMA), CONICET-UNMdP, J.B. Justo 4302 - B7608FDQ, Mar del Plata (Argentina)

    2010-12-15

    The mechanochemical effects on the reactivity and properties of a titanium/hematite powder mixture with molar ratio of 1/2 are investigated. Crystalline-phase structure, composition, hyperfine and magnetic behaviors were analyzed as a function of activation time by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Moessbauer spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry. The results showed that at relatively short activation times metallic Ti reduces part of the ferric ions, yielding a complex product formed mainly by a mix of two solid solutions Fe{sub 3-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 4} (titanomagnetites), both with very different x values (0 < x < 1). Also metallic iron and superparamagnetic hematite particles were detected by Moessbauer spectroscopy. As the mechanical treatment extends the composition of the reactive mixture changes, prevailing in the end the solid solution with higher x value. In contrast, when these activated samples are thermally treated the fraction of the solid solution which is richer in Ti diminishes. This fact produces a significant variation of the saturation magnetization of the obtained material.

  16. Effects of La-Zn substituent and calcination temperature on the microstructure and magnetic properties of Sr-ferrites

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    Li, Xiangcheng; Zhao, Zhang; Zhu, Boquan [Wuhan Univ. of Science and Technology (China). State Key Lab. of Refractories and Metallurgy

    2015-01-15

    In this study, La-Zn-substituted SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} ferrites were synthesized using the traditional ceramic process. The by-products of iron oxide scales from a steel plant were used as the main raw materials. The influence of the La-Zn substituent and the calcination temperature on the microstructure and magnetic properties of Sr{sub 1-x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}Zn{sub x}O{sub 19} ferrites was investigated. The results showed that with the increase in the x value, the crystalline lattice constant of the a- and c-axes and the cell volume decreased. There was no α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase in the ferrites when the value of x was 0.3. The corresponding saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) and remnant magnetization (M{sub r}) values were, respectively, about 65 emu g{sup -1} and 39.5 emu g{sup -1}. Both values of M{sub s} and M{sub r} rise to the maximum value. When the calcination temperature was reduced from 1200 C to 1150 C, the average particle size decreased from 0.9 μm to 0.7 μm and M{sub s} remained at 65 emu g{sup -1}. However, the coercivity increased from 2690 Oe to 3100 Oe.

  17. Eu{sup 3+} activated GaN thin films grown on sapphire by pulsed laser deposition

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    Perea-Lopez, Nestor; Tao, Jonathan H. [Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); McKittrick, Joanna [Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Talbot, Jan B. [Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Department of Nanoengineering, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Raukas, M.; Laski, J.; Mishra, K.C. [OSRAM SYLVANIA Central Research, Beverly, MA 01915-1068 (United States); Hirata, Gustavo [CCMC-UNAM, Km. 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, C. P. 22800 Ensenada Baja California (Mexico)

    2008-07-01

    By means of pulsed laser deposition, polycrystalline thin films of GaN doped with Eu{sup 3+} were grown on sapphire. The PLD target was formed in three steps. First, stoichiometric amounts of Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} were dissolved in nitric acid, which produces Ga{sub (1-x)}Eu{sub x} (NO{sub 3}){sub 3}. Next, the nitrates were oxidized in a tubular furnace with O{sub 2} flow forming Ga{sub 2(1-x)}Eu{sub 2x}O{sub 3}. Finally, the oxide powder was flushed with anhydrous ammonia to produce the desired nitride product: Ga{sub (1-x)}Eu{sub x}N. Film growth was done in a stainless steel vacuum chamber partially filled with N{sub 2} (400 mTorr). For the deposit, the 3{sup rd} harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser ({lambda}=355 nm) was focused on the surface of the target. After deposition, annealing in NH{sub 3} was required to produce films with pure GaN hexagonal phase. The luminescence of the film was characterized by photo- and cathodoluminescence. In addition, the chemical and structural properties were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  18. Electrical characteristics of GdTiO{sub 3} gate dielectric for amorphous InGaZnO thin-film transistors

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    Her, Jim-Long [Division of Natural Science, Center for General Education, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China); Pan, Tung-Ming, E-mail: tmpan@mail.cgu.edu.tw [Department of Electronics Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China); Liu, Jiang-Hung; Wang, Hong-Jun; Chen, Ching-Hung [Department of Electronics Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China); Koyama, Keiichi [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)

    2014-10-31

    In this article, we studied the structural properties and electrical characteristics of GdTiO{sub 3} gate dielectric for amorphous indium–gallium–zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) applications. The a-IGZO TFT device featuring the GdTiO{sub 3} gate dielectric exhibited better electrical characteristics, including a small threshold voltage of 0.14 V, a large field-effect mobility of 32.3 cm{sup 2}/V-s, a high I{sub on}/I{sub off} current ratio of 4.2 × 10{sup 8}, and a low subthreshold swing of 213 mV/decade. Furthermore, the electrical instability of GdTiO{sub 3} a-IGZO TFTs was investigated under both positive gate-bias stress (PGBS) and negative gate-bias stress (NGBS) conditions. The electron charge trapping in the gate dielectric dominates the PGBS degradation, while the oxygen vacancies control the NGBS degradation. - Highlights: • Indium–gallium–zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) • Structural and electrical properties of the GdTiO{sub 3} film were studied. • a-IGZO TFT featuring GdTi{sub x}O{sub y} dielectric exhibited better electrical characteristics. • TFT instability investigated under positive and negative gate-bias stress conditions.

  19. EEL spectroscopic tomography: Towards a new dimension in nanomaterials analysis

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    Yedra, Lluis, E-mail: llyedra@el.ub.es [Laboratory of Electron Nanoscopies (LENS)-MIND/IN2UB, Dept. d' Electronica, Universitat de Barcelona, c/ Marti Franques 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); CCiT, Scientific and Technological Centers, Universitat de Barcelona, C/Lluis Sole i Sabaris 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Eljarrat, Alberto [Laboratory of Electron Nanoscopies (LENS)-MIND/IN2UB, Dept. d' Electronica, Universitat de Barcelona, c/ Marti Franques 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Arenal, Raul [Laboratorio de Microscopias Avanzadas (LMA), Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA), Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Fundacion ARAID, E-50004 Zaragoza (Spain); Pellicer, Eva; Cabo, Moises [Departament de Fisica, Facultat de Ciencies, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Lopez-Ortega, Alberto; Estrader, Marta [CIN2(CIN-CSIC) and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, Campus de la UAB, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Sort, Jordi [Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Departament de Fisica, Facultat de Ciencies, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Baro, Maria Dolors [Departament de Fisica, Facultat de Ciencies, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); and others

    2012-11-15

    Electron tomography is a widely spread technique for recovering the three dimensional (3D) shape of nanostructured materials. Using a spectroscopic signal to achieve a reconstruction adds a fourth chemical dimension to the 3D structure. Up to date, energy filtering of the images in the transmission electron microscope (EFTEM) is the usual spectroscopic method even if most of the information in the spectrum is lost. Unlike EFTEM tomography, the use of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) spectrum images (SI) for tomographic reconstruction retains all chemical information, and the possibilities of this new approach still remain to be fully exploited. In this article we prove the feasibility of EEL spectroscopic tomography at low voltages (80 kV) and short acquisition times from data acquired using an aberration corrected instrument and data treatment by Multivariate Analysis (MVA), applied to Fe{sub x}Co{sub (3-x)}O{sub 4}@Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} mesoporous materials. This approach provides a new scope into materials; the recovery of full EELS signal in 3D. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer EELS-SI tomography was performed at low voltage and low acquisition times. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MVA has been applied for noise reduction and information extraction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tomographic reconstruction has been achieved for chemical information. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Elemental distribution extraction in 3D has been proved.

  20. Effects of Gd substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of strontium hexaferrites

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    Litsardakis, G. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124 (Greece)]. E-mail: Lits@eng.auth.gr; Manolakis, I. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124 (Greece); Serletis, C. [Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124 (Greece); Efthimiadis, K.G. [Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124 (Greece)

    2007-09-15

    The effect of Gd substitution in M-type strontium hexaferrites has been examined in two series of samples, (Sr{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x})O.5.25Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Sr{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}Fe{sub 12-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 19}, both prepared by the ceramic method, where x=0-0.40. The samples have been characterized by XRD, VSM and SEM-EDAX techniques. All substituted samples present primarily the hexaferrite structure. Sample (Sr{sub 0.95}Gd{sub x0.05})O.5.25Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} is single phase. Formation of impurity phases is affected by stoichiometry and presence of Co. In Sr-Gd samples, coercivity showed a maximum value of 305kA/m (3.8kOe) for x=0.20, while remanence and saturation magnetization did not decrease. Coercivity and magnetization in the Sr-Gd-Co series decreased steadily with substitution degree.

  1. Dielectric properties of Ti{sup 4+} substituted BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} nanoparticles

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    Ghoneim, A.I., E-mail: mona_ghoneim@yahoo.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, 31527 Tanta (Egypt); Amer, M.A.; Meaz, T.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, 31527 Tanta (Egypt); Attalah, S.S. [Reactor and Neutron Physics Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, Cairo (Egypt)

    2017-02-15

    Series of nanocrystalline BaTi{sub x}Fe{sub 12-(4/3)x}O{sub 19} hexagonal ferrites, 0≤x≤1, was prepared using the chemical co-precipitation method. As-prepared samples were heated at 1200 °C for 20 h and slowly cooled to room temperature (RT). XRD studies proved that the samples have single phase M-type hexagonal nanostructure, where their grain size lies in the range of 42.4 – 61.3 nm. Their dielectric properties were studied against temperature (T) and frequency (F). DC conductivity showed increase against T, whereas AC conductivity showed increase with increasing both T and F. This proved the semiconducting behavior of the samples. Activation energies were found to lie in the range of 0.054–0.169 eV for temperature range of RT ~373 K and of 0.114–0.274 eV for higher temperatures up to 473 K. Variation of the dielectric constant and AC conductivity against F revealed dispersion in all these hexagonal nanostructures, which was assigned to Maxwell–Wagner type of interfacial polarization. Variation of the dielectric loss tangent against F showed a relaxation spectrum for all samples, whereas the dielectric constant and loss tangent showed an increasing trend against T. The relative magnetic permeability μ{sub r} showed an increasing trend with temperature.

  2. Tritium release in Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} and Li{sub 4.2}Si{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 4} ceramics

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    Zhao, Linjie, E-mail: zhaolinjie1989@163.com; Long, Xinggui, E-mail: xingguil@caep.cn; Peng, Shuming, E-mail: pengshuming@caep.cn; Chen, Xiaojun; Xiao, Chengjian; Ran, Guangming; Li, Jiamao

    2016-12-15

    Li{sub 4+x}Si{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}O{sub 4} solid solution materials, which were designed as the advanced tritium breeders, were obtained by indirect solid state reactions. The behaviors of tritium release from Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} and Li{sub 4.2}Si{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 4} powders were investigated by temperature programmed desorption. The tritium release curves show different characteristics for the Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} and Li{sub 4.2}Si{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 4} ceramics. The main tritium release peak in the Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} and Li{sub 4.2}Si{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 4} powders is at approximately 600 °C after a high dose irradiation. Moreover, the temperature of the tritium release from Li{sub 4.2}Si{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.2}O{sub 4} was lower than that of the release from Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}. This suggests a possible advantage to using the solid solutions as the advanced tritium breeding materials.

  3. 3d-metal doping (Fe,Co,Ni,Zn) of the high T/sub c/ perovskite YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-y/

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    Tarascon, J.M.; Barboux, P.; Greene, L.H.; Hull, G.W.; Bagley, B.G.

    1988-01-01

    The structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of the mixed compounds YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3-x/M/sub x/O/sub 7-y/ (M = Ni, Zn, Fe and Co) are reported. Values of y, determined by titration, are found to be dependent on the nature and amount of the doping. The range of solubility is greater for the Fe and Co compounds (chi = 1) than for those with Ni or Zn (chi = 0.3). The undoped material is orthorhombic and remains orthorhombic after substitution for Cu by Ni or Zn, whereas a tetragonal phase is observed when Fe, Co are substituted for Cu. DC resistance and AC susceptibility measurements show that T/sub c/ is depressed from 90K (chi = 0) to 45K (chi = 0.2) for both the Ni and Zn doped compounds and T/sub c/ is destroyed in the Fe and Co doped compounds when chi reaches 0.4. The authors suggest that a valance of 2 be assigned to the Ni and Zn and 3 to the Fe and Co ions

  4. Fe-substituted (La,Sr)TiO{sub 3} as potential electrodes for symmetrical fuel cells (SFCs)

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    Canales-Vazquez, Jesus [Renewable Energy Research Institute, University of Castilla la Mancha, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC, 01893 Bellaterra (Spain); Ruiz-Morales, Juan Carlos; Marrero-Lopez, David; Pena-Martinez, Juan; Nunez, Pedro [Dpto. Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, Avda. Francisco Sanchez s/n, 38200 Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain); Gomez-Romero, Pedro [Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC, 01893 Bellaterra (Spain)

    2007-09-27

    In the work presented herein, the potential use of La{sub 4}Sr{sub 8}Ti{sub 12-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 38-{delta}} (LSTF) materials as electrodes for a new concept of solid oxide fuel cells, symmetrical fuel cells (SFCs), is considered. Such fuel cells use simultaneously the same material as anode and cathode, which notably simplifies the assembly and further maintenance of the cells. Therefore, we search for materials showing high conductivity in a wide range of oxygen partial pressures in addition to certain degree of catalytic activity for the oxidation of the fuel and reduction of the oxidant, respectively. The preliminary electrochemical experiments performed reveal that the overall conductivity increases notably upon Fe substitution, being the main contribution electronic n-type. The fuel cell tests indicate that LSTF composites with YSZ and CeO{sub 2} perform reasonably well under H{sub 2} conditions, although the performance in methane is rather modest and require further optimisation. (author)

  5. The effect of air pollution and other environmental stressors on leaf fluctuating asymmetry and specific leaf area of Salix alba L

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    Wuytack, Tatiana, E-mail: tatiana.wuytack@ua.ac.be [Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Wuyts, Karen, E-mail: karen.wuyts@ugent.be [Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Laboratory of Forestry, Department of Forest and Water Management, Ghent University, Geraardsbergsesteenweg 267, B-9090 Gontrode (Melle) (Belgium); Van Dongen, Stefan, E-mail: stefan.vandongen@ua.ac.be [Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Baeten, Lander, E-mail: lander.baeten@ugent.be [Laboratory of Forestry, Department of Forest and Water Management, Ghent University, Geraardsbergsesteenweg 267, B-9090 Gontrode (Melle) (Belgium); Kardel, Fatemeh, E-mail: fatemeh.kardel@ua.ac.be [Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Verheyen, Kris, E-mail: kris.verheyen@ugent.be [Laboratory of Forestry, Department of Forest and Water Management, Ghent University, Geraardsbergsesteenweg 267, B-9090 Gontrode, Melle (Belgium); Samson, Roeland, E-mail: roeland.samson@ua.ac.be [Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium)

    2011-10-15

    We aimed at evaluating the effect of low-level air pollution on leaf area fluctuating asymmetry (FAA) and specific leaf area (SLA) of Salix alba L., taking into account other environmental factors. Cuttings were grown in standardized conditions in the near vicinity of air quality measuring stations in Belgium. Variability of SLA and FAA between measuring stations explained 83% and 7.26%, respectively, of the total variability. FAA was not influenced by air pollution or environmental factors such as shading, herbivory, air temperature and humidity. SLA was increased by an increase in shadow, while NO{sub x} and O{sub 3} concentrations had only a marginal influence. The influence of SO{sub 2} concentration was negligible. Although our data analysis suggests a relationship between SLA and NO{sub x}/O{sub 3} concentration, the absence of a straightforward relationship between FAA and SLA and air pollution still questions the usefulness of these bio-indicators for monitoring air pollution. - Highlights: > Leaf characteristics of white willow as possible bio-indicators for air quality. > Fluctuating asymmetry is not a good bio-indicator for monitoring the air quality. > Shadow increases specific leaf area. > NO{sub x} and O{sub 3} change specific leaf area of white willow. - Specific leaf area of S. alba increased with increasing shade and, in less extent, with increasing NO{sub x} and decreasing O{sub 3} concentration, while leaf asymmetry did not respond to air pollution

  6. Ultrawide band gap amorphous oxide semiconductor, Ga–Zn–O

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    Kim, Junghwan, E-mail: JH.KIM@lucid.msl.titech.ac.jp [Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox R3-4, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan); Miyokawa, Norihiko; Sekiya, Takumi; Ide, Keisuke [Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox R3-4, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan); Toda, Yoshitake [Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox SE-6, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan); Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Hosono, Hideo; Kamiya, Toshio [Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox R3-4, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan); Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox SE-6, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan)

    2016-09-01

    We fabricated amorphous oxide semiconductor films, a-(Ga{sub 1–x}Zn{sub x})O{sub y}, at room temperature on glass, which have widely tunable band gaps (E{sub g}) ranging from 3.47–4.12 eV. The highest electron Hall mobility ~ 7 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} was obtained for E{sub g} = ~ 3.8 eV. Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy revealed that the increase in E{sub g} with increasing the Ga content comes mostly from the deepening of the valence band maximum level while the conduction band minimum level remains almost unchanged. These characteristics are explained by their electronic structures. As these films can be fabricated at room temperature on plastic, this achievement extends the applications of flexible electronics to opto-electronic integrated circuits associated with deep ultraviolet region. - Highlights: • Incorporation of H/H{sub 2}O stabilizes the amorphous phase. • Ultrawide band gap (~ 3.8 eV) amorphous oxide semiconductor was fabricated. • The increase in band gap comes mostly from the deepening of the valence band maximum level. • Donor level is more likely aligned to the valence band maximum level.

  7. Properties of ceria doped with gadolinia via microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis; Propriedades de ceria dopada com gadolinia via sintese hidrotermal assistida por micro-ondas

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    Carregosa, J.D.C.; Oliveira, R.M.P.B. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Sao Cristovao, SE (Brazil); Macedo, D.A. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Nascimento, R.M., E-mail: jdcovello@hotmail.com [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2016-07-01

    The solid solution of CeO{sub 2} doped with Gd{sup 3+} (CGO) is a promising candidate for electrolyte in Solid Oxide Full Cells (SOFCs) operating in intermediate and low temperatures. The reduction of the working temperature of these energy conversion devices is the great technological challenge to its marketing. In this work, nanocrystalline powders of Ce{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2-x/2} with x=0, x=0.1 e x=0.2 were obtained via microwave-hydrothermal synthesis at low temperature and times of synthesis (10 and 20 min at 120° C). The powders were analyzed by TG-DTA, DRX and dilatometry. The results showed characteristic peaks of the cubic fluorite-type structure, referring to the cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}), without the presence of secondary peaks. It was also observed that the samples processed at levels of 10 and 20 minutes showed distinct behaviors in contrast to the concentrations of Gd{sup 3+}. (author)

  8. Effect of iron doping on the magnetic properties of TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Han, T.-C. [Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: taichun_han@yahoo.com.tw; Lin, Jauyn Grace [Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China) and Center for Nanostorage Research, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: jglin@ccms.ntu.edu.tw

    2007-03-15

    We synthesized a series of TbFe{sub x}Mn{sub 2-x}O{sub 5} (0{<=}x{<=}0.2) samples and studied the effect of the Fe-doping on their magnetic properties. X-ray diffraction patterns indicate a pure orthorhombic structure with space group Pbam for all the samples. Based on the data of temperature- and field-dependent magnetization, M(T) and M(H) curves, it is found that the magnetic moment enhances with increase in the Fe-content in TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}. With increase in the Fe-content from 0 to 0.2, the magnetic moment increases progressively from 0.014 to 0.030 {mu} {sub Bohr} p.f.u. at room temperature (RT). Particularly for the TbFe{sub 0.2}Mn{sub 1.8}O{sub 5} sample, a current-voltage curve displays a nonlinear behavior at RT. If a strong coupling between magnetic moment and electric polarization exists, the Fe-doped sample may have a higher polarization/ferroelectric effect, which should be a great advantage for the future application of the spintronics devices.

  9. Structural, magnetic and transport properties of Pb{sub 2}Cr{sub 1+x}Mo{sub 1−x}O{sub 6} (−1≤x≤1/3)

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    Zhao, H.F. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Cao, L.P. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Song, Y.J. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Feng, S.M.; Shen, X. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Ni, X.D. [School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Yao, Y.; Wang, Y.G. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Wang, R.M. [School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Jin, C.Q. [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Yu, R.C., E-mail: rcyu@aphy.iphy.ac.cn [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); School of Physical Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2017-02-15

    Pb{sub 2}Cr{sub 1+x}Mo{sub 1-x}O{sub 6} (−1≤x≤1/3) samples were synthesized via a high pressure and high temperature route. X-ray diffraction results suggest the samples crystallize in a disordered double perovskite structure (Pm-3m). X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results confirm the presence of Mo{sup 4+} for x=−1 and Mo{sup 6+} for x=1/3. The measured magnetic and electrical properties exhibit systematic change with increasing x. - Highlights: • A series of Pb{sub 2}Cr{sub 1+x}Mo{sub 1−x}O{sub 6} samples were synthesized under high pressure. • Magnetic and electrical properties of the series samples were investigated. • Valence states of Cr and Mo were determined through the analyses of XRD and XPS results. • Ground state of PbMoO{sub 3} were determined through the transport study and first-principles calculations.

  10. Development of NZP ceramic based {open_quotes}cast-in-place{close_quotes} diesel engine port liners

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    Nagaswaran, R.; Limaye, S.Y.

    1996-02-01

    BSX (Ba{sub 1+x}Zr{sub 4}P{sub 6-2x}Si{sub 2x}O{sub 24}) and CSX (Ca{sub l-x}Sr{sub x}Zr{sub 4}P{sub 6}O{sub 24}) type NZP ceramics were fabricated and characterized for: (i) thermal properties viz., thermal conductivity, thermal expansion, thermal stability and thermal shock resistance; (ii) mechanical properties viz., flexure strength and elastic modulus; and (iii) microstructures. Results of these tests and analysis indicated that the BS-25 (x=0.25 in BSX) and CS-50 (x=0.50 in CSX) ceramics had the most desirable properties for casting metal with ceramic in place. Finite element analysis (FEA) of metal casting (with ceramic in place) was conducted to analyze thermomechanical stresses generated and determine material property requirements. Actual metal casting trials were also conducted to verify the results of finite element analysis. In initial trials, the ceramic cracked because of the large thermal expansion mismatch (hoop) stresses (predicted by FEA also). A process for introduction of a compliant layer between the metal and ceramic to alleviate such destructive stresses was developed. The compliant layer was successful in preventing cracking of either the ceramic or the metal. In addition to these achievements, pressure slip casting and gel-casting processes for fabrication of NZP components; and acoustic emission and ultrasonics-based NDE techniques for detection of microcracks and internal flaws, respectively, were successfully developed.

  11. The significant role of the rare earth ions on the elastic and thermodynamic parameters of LiCoDy- and ZnCoCe-ferrites

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    Bishay, Samiha T. [Physics Department, Faculty of Girls for Science, Art and Education Ain Shams University, Asma Fahmi Street, Heliopolis, Cairo (Egypt)]. E-mail: dr_samiha@hotmail.com

    2006-06-15

    Two types of rare earth ferrites [Li{sub 0.6}Co{sub 0.1}Dy{sub x}Fe{sub 2.3-x}O{sub 4}; 0.0=

  12. Properties of TiO{sub 2}-based transparent conducting oxides

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    Hitosugi, Taro [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), 213-0012 Kawasaki (Japan); Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR), Tohoku University, 980-8577 Sendai (Japan); Yamada, Naoomi; Nakao, Shoichiro [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), 213-0012 Kawasaki (Japan); Hirose, Yasushi; Hasegawa, Tetsuya [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), 213-0012 Kawasaki (Japan); Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo, 113-0033 Tokyo (Japan)

    2010-07-15

    The development and properties of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2})-based transparent conducting oxides (TCO), which exhibit properties comparable to those of In{sub 2-x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 3} (ITO), are reviewed in this article. An epitaxial thin film of anatase Ti{sub 0.94}Nb{sub 0.06}O{sub 2} exhibited a resistivity ({rho}) of 2.3 x 10{sup -4}{omega} cm and internal transmittance of {proportional_to}95% in the visible light region. Furthermore, we prepared polycrystalline films with {rho} of 6.4 x 10{sup -4}{omega} cm at room temperature on glass substrates by using sputtering. We focus on characteristics unique to TiO{sub 2}-based TCO, such as a high refractive index, high transmittance in infrared, and high stability in reducing atmospheres. Possible applications of TiO{sub 2}-based TCOs, as well as the mechanism of the transparent conducting properties found in this d-electron-based TCO, are discussed in this review. Photograph showing TiO{sub 2}-based TCO on a transparent plastic film. Note that the film appears greenish due to interference in the film originating from its high refractive index. This high refractive index is one of the unique characteristics of TiO{sub 2}-based TCO. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  13. Fabrication of highly conductive Ta-doped SnO{sub 2} polycrystalline films on glass using seed-layer technique by pulse laser deposition

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    Nakao, Shoichiro, E-mail: tg-s-nakao@newkast.or.j [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Yamada, Naoomi [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Hitosugi, Taro [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Hirose, Yasushi; Shimada, Toshihiro; Hasegawa, Tetsuya [Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), Kawasaki 213-0012 (Japan); Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2010-03-31

    We discuss the fabrication of highly conductive Ta-doped SnO{sub 2} (Sn{sub 1-x}Ta{sub x}O{sub 2}; TTO) thin films on glass by pulse laser deposition. On the basis of the comparison of X-ray diffraction patterns and resistivity ({rho}) values between epitaxial films and polycrystalline films deposited on bare glass, we proposed the use of seed-layers for improving the conductivity of the TTO polycrystalline films. We investigated the use of rutile TiO{sub 2} and NbO{sub 2} as seed-layers; these are isostructural materials of SnO{sub 2,} which are expected to promote epitaxial-like growth of the TTO films. The films prepared on the 10-nm-thick seed-layers exhibited preferential growth of the TTO (110) plane. The TTO film with x = 0.05 on rutile TiO{sub 2} exhibited {rho} = 3.5 x 10{sup -4} {Omega} cm, which is similar to those of the epitaxial films grown on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001).

  14. Gd{sup 3+} doped Mn-Zn soft ferrite nanoparticles: Superparamagnetism and its correlation with other physical properties

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    Thakur, Prashant; Sharma, Rohit; Sharma, Vineet; Barman, P.B. [Department of Physics & Materials Science, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Solan, Himachal Pradesh 173234 (India); Kumar, Manoj [Department of Physics & Materials Science, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida 201307 (India); Barman, Dipto [Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Solan, Himachap Pradesh 173234 (India); Katyal, S.C. [Department of Physics & Materials Science, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida 201307 (India); Sharma, Pankaj, E-mail: pankaj.sharma@juit.ac.in [Department of Physics & Materials Science, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Solan, Himachal Pradesh 173234 (India)

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • Superparamagnetic nanoparticles of Gd doped Mn-Zn spinel ferrites synthesized by co-precipitation. • XRD and FTIR studies justify the formation of cubical spinel structure. • Maximum saturation magnetization and magnetic moment at x = 0.025. • PL spectra shows blue shift for x = 0.025, 0.075 and may be attributed to quantum confinement. - Abstract: Superparamagnetic nanoparticles are very important in biomedicine due to their various applications like drug delivery, gene delivery in the body and also used for hyperthermia. In the present work, superparamagnetic nanoparticles of Mn{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Gd{sub x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.025, 0.050, 0.075, 0.1) ferrites have been prepared by co-precipitation method. Thorough characterizations (XRD, FTIR, FE-SEM, EDS, VSM and fluorescence spectroscopy) have proved the formation of cubical spinel superparamagnetic nanoparticles of soft ferrites. A cation distribution has been proposed for the determination of various important theoretical parameters for these samples. With the addition of Gd{sup 3+} nanoparticles have shown the superparamagnetism at room temperature confirmed by VSM analysis. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra shows a blue shift (for x = 0.025, 0.075) which may be due to quantum confinement.

  15. Electrical and dielectric properties of lithium manganate nanomaterials doped with rare-earth elements

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    Iqbal, Muhammad Javed; Ahmad, Zahoor [Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320 (Pakistan)

    2008-05-01

    Substituted LiR{sub x}Mn{sub 2} {sub -} {sub x}O{sub 4} (R = La{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 3+}{sub ,} Pr{sup 3+} and x = 0.00 - 0.20) nanoparticles are prepared by the sol-gel method and the consequent changes in their lattice structure, dielectric and electrical parameters are determined by XRD, ED-XRF, SEM, LCR meter bridge and dc electrical resistivity measurements. Diffraction data show that the samples are single-phase spinel materials with crystallites sizes between 21 and 38 nm. The lattice parameter, cell volume and X-ray density are found to be affected by doping the Li-manganate with the rare-earth elements. The ED-XRF analysis confirms the stoichiometric composition of the synthesized samples and SEM reveals their morphology. Calculated values of the dielectric constant ({epsilon}) and the dielectric loss (tan {delta}) decrease with the frequency of the applied field. This is attributed to Maxwell-Wagner polarization. Replacement of manganese by the rare-earth elements results in an improvement in the structural stability of the material, which is considered to be useful for enhancement of the cycleability of the compounds when used in lithium rechargeable batteries, and increases significantly the values of {epsilon} and tan {delta} (except for Ce). Lithium manganate nanomaterials with high {epsilon} and low tan {delta} may be attractive for application in memory storage devices. (author)

  16. Measurement of gas/water uptake coefficients for trace gases active in the marine environment. [Annual report

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    Davidovits, P. [Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill, MA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Worsnop, D.W.; Zahniser, M.S.; Kolb, C.E. [Aerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, MA (United States). Center for Chemical and Environmental Physics

    1992-02-01

    Ocean produced reduced sulfur compounds including dimethylsulfide (DMS), hydrogen sulfide (H{sub 2}S), carbon disulfide (CS{sub 2}), methyl mercaptan (CH{sub 3}CH) and carbonyl sulfide (OCS) deliver a sulfur burden to the atmosphere which is roughly equal to sulfur oxides produced by fossil fuel combustion. These species and their oxidation products dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), dimethyl sulfone (DMSO{sub 2}) and methane sulfonic acid (MSA) dominate aerosol and CCN production in clean marine air. Furthermore, oxidation of reduced sulfur species will be strongly influenced by NO{sub x}/O{sub 3} chemistry in marine atmospheres. The multiphase chemical processes for these species must be understood in order to study the evolving role of combustion produced sulfur oxides over the oceans. We have measured the chemical and physical parameters affecting the uptake of reduced sulfur compounds, their oxidation products, ozone, and nitrogen oxides by the ocean`s surface, and marine clouds, fogs, and aerosols. These parameters include: gas/surface mass accommodation coefficients; physical and chemically modified (effective) Henry`s law constants; and surface and liquid phase reaction constants. These parameters are critical to understanding both the interaction of gaseous trace species with cloud and fog droplets and the deposition of trace gaseous species to dew covered, fresh water and marine surfaces.

  17. Measurement of gas/water uptake coefficients for trace gases active in the marine environment

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    Davidovits, P. (Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill, MA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry); Worsnop, D.W.; Zahniser, M.S.; Kolb, C.E. (Aerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, MA (United States). Center for Chemical and Environmental Physics)

    1992-02-01

    Ocean produced reduced sulfur compounds including dimethylsulfide (DMS), hydrogen sulfide (H{sub 2}S), carbon disulfide (CS{sub 2}), methyl mercaptan (CH{sub 3}CH) and carbonyl sulfide (OCS) deliver a sulfur burden to the atmosphere which is roughly equal to sulfur oxides produced by fossil fuel combustion. These species and their oxidation products dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), dimethyl sulfone (DMSO{sub 2}) and methane sulfonic acid (MSA) dominate aerosol and CCN production in clean marine air. Furthermore, oxidation of reduced sulfur species will be strongly influenced by NO{sub x}/O{sub 3} chemistry in marine atmospheres. The multiphase chemical processes for these species must be understood in order to study the evolving role of combustion produced sulfur oxides over the oceans. We have measured the chemical and physical parameters affecting the uptake of reduced sulfur compounds, their oxidation products, ozone, and nitrogen oxides by the ocean's surface, and marine clouds, fogs, and aerosols. These parameters include: gas/surface mass accommodation coefficients; physical and chemically modified (effective) Henry's law constants; and surface and liquid phase reaction constants. These parameters are critical to understanding both the interaction of gaseous trace species with cloud and fog droplets and the deposition of trace gaseous species to dew covered, fresh water and marine surfaces.

  18. Al and PEG effect on structural and physicochemical properties of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Mostaghni, Fatemeh; Abed, Yasaman, E-mail: mostaghnif@yahoo.com [Payam Noor University (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2017-05-15

    In this work, pure and Alumina doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles CoFe{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 4} (for x = 0.44) have been synthesized by the sol gel method. The influence of alumina doping on the morphological and mechanical properties of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nano-particles were investigated by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld analysis. XRD analysis confirmed that the single phase formation of pure nano particles with the expected cubic inverse spinel structure with Fd3m space group and without any impurity phase. Alumina doping were led to a decrease in the crystallite size, lattice parameter, elastic constants and magnitude of moduli. It is explained on the basis of the replacement of Fe ions with half-filled d-shell (3d{sup 5}) and larger radius by Al{sup 3+} ions with a completely filled shell (2p{sup 6}) and smaller radius. (author)

  19. Structural and microstructural analysis of the U-Gd-O system using X-Ray diffraction data

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    Darin, Gaspar; Imakuma, Kengo; Martinez, Luis G.; Turrrilas, Xabier M.; Ichikawa, Rodrigo U.; Silva, André S.B.; Durazzo, Michelangelo; Riella, Humberto G.; Urano, Elita, E-mail: gaspardarin@gmail.com, E-mail: kimakuma@ipen.br, E-mail: lgallego@ipen.br, E-mail: ichikawa@usp.br, E-mail: andre.santos.silva@ipen.br, E-mail: mdurazzo@ipen.br, E-mail: riella@enq.ufsc.br, E-mail: elitaucf@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Combustíveis Nuclear; Institute of Material Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) Barcelona (Spain)

    2017-11-01

    Gadolinium is one of the best neutron absorber materials and its usage can be considered as a burnable poison for Light Water Reactors (LWR) and as a sacrificial material in Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR). Most of the experiments in the literature focus on nuclear fuel with up to 12 wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Recently, the phase diagram and melting point has been investigated for high contents of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the U-Gd-O system, that means a solid solution of the composition (U{sub 1-x}, Gd{sub x})O{sub 2} for 0

  20. Positron annihilation in calcium-doped barium titanate

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    Li, L.T.; Zhang, X.W.; Smyth, D.M.

    1987-01-01

    The Positron Annihilation Technique (PAT) has been used to study lattice defects in CaO-doped BaTiO/sub 3/ having the general composition BaTi/sub 1-x/Ca/sub x/O/sub 3-x/, with x = 0, 0.005, 0.010, 0.015, and 0.020. The long lifetime, tau/sub 2/, and the mean lifetime, tau/sub m/, of the positrons were both found to increase with increasing Ca content, x, up to x = 0.015-0.020. This is in good agreement wit the solubility limit for Ca on Ti-sites in BaTiO/sub 3/ found by others from measurements of the equilibrium electrical conductivity, and by other investigators from x-ray diffraction studies. In these studies, it was shown that for compositions with (Ba+Ca)/Ti > 1, Ca can be forced to occupy Ti-sites up to 1.5-2%, where it acts as a doubly-charged acceptor center that is compensated by oxygen vacancies. It is suggested that the oxygen vacancies represent places where the annihilation of positrons is delayed because of the low local electron density. These results indicate that the PAT can be a useful tool for the characterization of the defect structure of complex oxides

  1. Experimental-statistical method for investigation of multicomponent yttrium garnet systems

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    Kojouharoff, V.; Ionchey, H.

    1986-01-01

    In the present work, some problems are discussed arising in the construction and study of a mathematical model describing the synthesis of multicomponent yttrium garnets with predetermined microwave parameters. To construct the model, the following formula was used for Ca-V YIG substituted with In and Cr: Y/sub 3-2x/Ca/sub 2x/Fe/sub 5-(x+y+z)/In/sub y/Cr/sub z/V/sub x/O/sub 12/. For this purpose, ferrogarnets were synthesized differing in x, y, and z with their values chosen so as to obtain real roots of a set of equations of the type Y/sub k/ = ΣB/sub i/X/sub i/ + ΣB/sub ij/X/sub i/X/sub j/ + ΣB/sub ijk/X/sub i/X/sub j/X/sub k/, where Y/sub k/ are the ferrogarnet microwave properties. The graphical presentation of these solutions as triple diagrams is a very convenient way of obtaining ferrogarnets with predetermined microwave characteristics. The possibility is created of mathematically predicting and determining the influence of the different components on the yttrium ferrogarnet parameters as a function of their concentration

  2. Structure and bulk modulus of Ln-doped UO{sub 2} (Ln = La, Nd) at high pressure

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    Rittman, Dylan R., E-mail: drittman@stanford.edu [Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Park, Sulgiye; Tracy, Cameron L. [Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Zhang, Lei [Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory and NEAT ORU, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Palomares, Raul I.; Lang, Maik [Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Navrotsky, Alexandra [Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory and NEAT ORU, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Mao, Wendy L. [Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States); Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (United States); Ewing, Rodney C. [Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States)

    2017-07-15

    The structure of lanthanide-doped uranium dioxide, Ln{sub x}U{sub 1-x}O{sub 2-0.5x+y} (Ln = La, Nd), was investigated at pressures up to ∼50–55 GPa. Samples were synthesized with different lanthanides at different concentrations (x ∼ 0.2 and 0.5), and all were slightly hyperstoichiometric (y ∼ 0.25–0.4). In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction was used to investigate their high-pressure phase behavior and determine their bulk moduli. All samples underwent a fluorite-to-cotunnite phase transformation with increasing pressure. The pressure of the phase transformation increased with increasing hyperstoichiometry, which is consistent with results from previous computational simulations. Bulk moduli are inversely proportional to both the ionic radius of the lanthanide and its concentration, as quantified using a weighted cationic radius ratio. This trend was found to be consistent with the behavior of other elastic properties measured for Ln-doped UO{sub 2}, such as Young's modulus. - Highlights: •Ln-doped UO{sub 2} transforms from fluorite to cotunnite at high pressure. •Transition pressure increases with increasing hyperstoichiometry. •Bulk modulus decreases with increasing Ln-dopant radius and concentration.

  3. Zirconium-cerin solid solutions: thermodynamic model and thermal stability at high temperature; Solutions solides de zirconium dans la cerine: modele thermodynamique et stabilite thermique a haute temperature

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    Janvier, C.

    1998-04-02

    The oxides-gaseous dioxygen equilibria and the textural thermal stability of six zirconium-cerin solutions Ce{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} (0

  4. Influence of illumination and decay of electrical resistance of ITO nanoscale layers

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    Somogyi, K. [MicroVacuum Ltd., Kerekgyarto u.: 10, H-1147 Budapest (Hungary)], E-mail: karoly.somogyi@microvacuum.com; Erdelyi, K.; Szendro, I. [MicroVacuum Ltd., Kerekgyarto u.: 10, H-1147 Budapest (Hungary)

    2008-09-30

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) is known as a transparent oxide with n-type electrical conductivity. However, the as grown ITO layers have high resistivity and the transparency is also limited. In this work, thin ITO layers were deposited by evaporation and then underwent a post-growth annealing. Annealing leads to a low electrical resistivity and to an enhanced transparency. Annealed samples show n-type conductivity. In this work, ITO layers of typically 10 nm thicknesses were deposited onto Si{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 2} covered glass substrates and then annealed. First the conductivity was evaluated after the annealing. The rough, quick estimation was performed by simple two point direct resistance measurement, and then van der Pauw configuration and collinear four-point probe method were applied. The light sensitivity and storage time dependent stability were studied. It is demonstrated that the resistance decreases due to illumination, though only in a small extent. The measure and speed of the decrease depend on the wavelength of the light and the process is very slow (up to hours). The recovery of the starting resistance is also a slow process.

  5. Pinning in high performance MgB{sub 2} thin films and bulks: Role of Mg-B-O nano-scale inhomogeneities

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    Prikhna, Tatiana, E-mail: prikhna@mail.ru [Institute for Superhard Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine , 2, Avtozavodskaya Str. , Kiev 07074 (Ukraine); Shapovalov, Andrey [Institute for Superhard Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine , 2, Avtozavodskaya Str. , Kiev 07074 (Ukraine); Eisterer, Michael [Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Vienna (Austria); Shaternik, Vladimir [G.V. Kurdyumov Institute for Metal Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 36 Academician Vernadsky blvd., Kiev, 03680 (Ukraine); Goldacker, Wilfried [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein (Germany); Weber, Harald W. [Atominstitut, Vienna University of Technology, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Vienna (Austria); Moshchil, Viktor; Kozyrev, Artem; Sverdun, Vladimir [Institute for Superhard Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine , 2, Avtozavodskaya Str. , Kiev 07074 (Ukraine); Boutko, Viktor [Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering named after O.O. Galkin of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, R. Luxemburg str.72, Donetsk-114, 83114 (Ukraine); Grechnev, Gennadiy [B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 47, Prospekt Nauky, Kharkiv 61103 (Ukraine); Gusev, Alexandr [Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering named after O.O. Galkin of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, R. Luxemburg str.72, Donetsk-114, 83114 (Ukraine); Kovylaev, Valeriy; Shaternik, Anton [Institute for Superhard Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine , 2, Avtozavodskaya Str. , Kiev 07074 (Ukraine)

    2017-02-15

    Highlights: • Pinning in MgB{sub 2} depends on the Mg-B-O nano-scaled inhomogeneities. • Finer oxygen-enriched inhomogeneities is the reason of the higher J{sub c} in MgB{sub 2} thin films as compared to bulk. • The results of DOS calculations for MgB{sub 2-x}O{sub x} compounds demonstrate that they have metal-like behavior. • Ordered oxygen distribution in MgB{sub 2} (in pairs or zigzags) reduces binding energy. - Abstract: The comparison of nano-crystalline MgB{sub 2} oxygen-containing thin film (140 nm) and highly dense bulk materials showed that the critical current density, J{sub c}, depends on the distribution of Mg-B-O nano-scale inhomogeneities. It has been shown that MgB{sub 2} bulks with high J{sub c} in low (∼10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} in 0-1 T at 10 K) and medium magnetic fields contain MgB{sub 0.6-0.8}O{sub 0.8-0.9} nano-inclusions, where δT{sub c} or a combined δT{sub c} (dominant) / δ{sub l} pinning mechanism prevails, while in bulk MgB{sub 2} with high J{sub c} in high magnetic fields (B{sub irr}(18.5 K) = 15 T, B{sub c2}(0 K) = 42.1 T) MgB{sub 1.2-2.7}O{sub 1.8-2.5} nano-layers are present and δ{sub l} pinning prevails. The structure of oxygen-containing films with high J{sub c} in low and high magnetic fields (J{sub c} (0 T) = 1.8 × 10{sup 7} A/cm{sup 2} and J{sub c} (5 T) = 2 × 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} at 10 K) contains very fine oxygen-enriched Mg-B-O inhomogeneities and δ{sub l} pinning is realized. The results of DOS calculations in MgB{sub 2-x}O{sub x} cells for x = 0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1 demonstrate that all compounds are conductors with metal-like behaviour. In the case of ordered oxygen substitution for boron the binding energy, E{sub b}, does not increase sufficiently as compared with that for MgB{sub 2}, while when oxygen atoms form zigzag chains the calculated E{sub b} is even lower (E{sub b} = −1.15712 Ry).

  6. OPTIMIZATION OF THE CATHODE LONG-TERM STABILITY IN MOLTEN CARBONATE FUEL CELLS: EXPERIMENTAL STUDY AND MATHEMATICAL MODELING

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    Hector Colonmer; Prabhu Ganesan; Nalini Subramanian; Dr. Bala Haran; Dr. Ralph E. White; Dr. Branko N. Popov

    2002-09-01

    This project focused on addressing the two main problems associated with state of art Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells, namely loss of cathode active material and stainless steel current collector deterioration due to corrosion. We followed a dual approach where in the first case we developed novel materials to replace the cathode and current collector currently used in molten carbonate fuel cells. In the second case we improved the performance of conventional cathode and current collectors through surface modification. States of art NiO cathode in MCFC undergo dissolution in the cathode melt thereby limiting the lifetime of the cell. To prevent this we deposited cobalt using an electroless deposition process. We also coated perovskite (La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}CoO{sub 3}) in NiO thorough a sol-gel process. The electrochemical oxidation behavior of Co and perovskites coated electrodes is similar to that of the bare NiO cathode. Co and perovskite coatings on the surface decrease the dissolution of Ni into the melt and thereby stabilize the cathode. Both, cobalt and provskites coated nickel oxide, show a higher polarization compared to that of nickel oxide, which could be due to the reduced surface area. Cobalt substituted lithium nickel oxide (LiNi{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}O{sub 2}) and lithium cobalt oxide were also studied. LiNi{sub x}Co{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} was synthesized by solid-state reaction procedure using lithium nitrate, nickel hydroxide and cobalt oxalate precursor. LiNi{sub x}Co{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} showed smaller dissolution of nickel than state of art nickel oxide cathode. The performance was comparable to that of nickel oxide. The corrosion of the current collector in the cathode side was also studied. The corrosion characteristics of both SS304 and SS304 coated with Co-Ni alloy were studied. This study confirms that surface modification of SS304 leads to the formation of complex scales with better barrier properties and better electronic conductivity at 650 C. A three

  7. Study of the catalytic activity of mixed non-stoichiometric uranium-thorium oxides in carbon monoxide oxidation; Etude de l'activite catalytique des oxydes mixtes d'uranium et de thorium non stoechiometriques dans l'oxydation du monoxyde de carbone

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    Brau, G [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1969-06-01

    The aim of this work has been to study the catalytic properties of non-stoichiometric uranium-thorium oxides having the general formula U{sub x}Th{sub 1-x}O{sub 2+y}, for the oxidation of carbon monoxide. The preparation of pure, homogeneous, isotropic solids having good structural stability and a surface area as high as possible calls for a strict control of the conditions of preparation of these oxides right from the preparation of 'mother salts': the mixed oxalates U{sub x}Th{sub 1-x}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}, 2H{sub 2}O. A study has been made of their physico-chemical properties (overall and surface chemical constitution, texture, structure, electrical conductivity), as well as of their adsorption properties with respect to gaseous species occurring in the catalytic reaction. This analysis has made it possible to put forward a reaction mechanism based on successive oxidations and reductions of the active surface by the reactants. A study of the reactions kinetics has confirmed the existence of this oxidation-reduction mechanism which only occurs for oxides having a uranium content of above 0.0014. The carbon dioxide produced by the reaction acts as an inhibitor by blocking the sites on which carbon monoxide can be adsorbed. These non-stoichiometric mixed oxides are a particularly clear example of catalysis by oxygen exchange between the solid and the gas phase. (author) [French] Ce travail a pour but l'etude des proprietes catalytiques des oxydes mixtes d'uranium et de thorium non stoechiometriques de formule generale U{sub x}Th{sub 1-x}O{sub 2+y} dans l'oxydation du monoxyde de carbone. L'obtention de solides purs, homogenes, isotropes, de bonne stabilite structurale et d'aire specifique aussi elevee que possible, exige de controler rigoureusement les conditions de preparation de ces oxydes des l'elaboration de leurs 'ascendants': les oxalates mixtes U{sub x}Th{sub 1-x}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}, 2H{sub 2}O. Leurs proprietes physico-chimiques (composition

  8. Contribution to the study of the (U,Pu)C,N system; Contribution a l'etude du systeme (U,Pu)C,N

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    Lorenzelli, R [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1968-07-01

    The reactions of UC, PuC, (U,Pu)C, UC{sub 2} and U(C{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) with nitrogen at moderate temperatures (room temperature to 400 C) are described. The influence of the uptake of nitrogen by the powders necessary to sinter the carbides upon the nature of the final product has been investigated; it has been shown that the sintered carbides are hyper-stoichiometric. The reactions of carbon with UN, PuN and (U,Pu)N has also been studied. Under vacuum, carbon reacts on the nitrides at temperatures as low as 1100 C; nitrogen is replaced by carbon and the final product is a carbonitride. The reaction is: MN + x C {yields} MN{sub 1-x}C{sub x} + x/2N{sub 2}. The reaction is limited and the carbonitrides have a fixed composition in presence of M{sub 2}C{sub 3} or MC{sub 2}; hence it is impossible to produce pure MC using the reaction. The ternary diagram U-C-N, Pu-C-N and (U,Pu)C-N have been drawn. They show clearly that it is possible to obtain single phase carbonitrides in a wide domain of compositions. (author) [French] On decrit les reactions avec l'azote de UC, PuC,(U,Pu)C,UC{sub 2} et U(C{sub 1-x}O{sub x}), par action directe de l'azote a temperature moderee (de l'ambiante a 450 C). On a etudie l'influence de la contamination par l'azote des poudres de carbures necessaires au frittage sur la nature des produits frittes; on a montre que les carbures frittes obtenus sont hyperstoechiometriques. On a etudie parallelement les reactions du carbone avec UN, PuN et (U,Pu)N. Sous vide le carbone reagit sur les nitrures des 1100 C: le carbone se substitue a l'azote; l'azote libere est elimine et le produit final est un carbonitrure. La reaction s'ecrit: MN + x C {yields} MN{sub 1-x}C{sub x} + x/2N{sub 2}. La reaction est limitee et les carbonitrures obtenus ont une composition limite fixe en presence des carbures superieurs M{sub 2}C{sub 3} et MC{sub 2}; il est donc impossible d'obtenir MC pur par cette reaction. Les diagrammes d'equilibre U-C-N, Pu-C-N et (U,Pu) C-N, ont

  9. Novel High Temperature Materials for In-Situ Sensing Devices

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    Florian Solzbacher; Anil Virkar; Loren Rieth; Srinivasan Kannan; Xiaoxin Chen; Hannwelm Steinebach

    2009-12-31

    The overriding goal of this project was to develop gas sensor materials and systems compatible with operation at temperatures from 500 to 700 C. Gas sensors operating at these temperatures would be compatible with placement in fossil-energy exhaust streams close to the combustion chamber, and therefore have advantages for process regulation, and feedback for emissions controls. The three thrusts of our work included investigating thin film gas sensor materials based on metal oxide materials and electroceramic materials, and also development of microhotplate devices to support the gas sensing films. The metal oxide materials NiO, In{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} were investigated for their sensitivity to H{sub 2}, NO{sub x}, and CO{sub 2}, respectively, at high temperatures (T > 500 C), where the sensing properties of these materials have received little attention. New ground was broken in achieving excellent gas sensor responses (>10) for temperatures up to 600 C for NiO and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} materials. The gas sensitivity of these materials was decreasing as temperatures increased above 500 C, which indicates that achieving strong sensitivities with these materials at very high temperatures (T {ge} 650 C) will be a further challenge. The sensitivity, selectivity, stability, and reliability of these materials were investigated across a wide range of deposition conditions, temperatures, film thickness, as using surface active promoter materials. We also proposed to study the electroceramic materials BaZr{sub (1-x)}Y{sub x}O{sub (3-x/2)} and BaCe{sub (2-x)}Ca{sub x}S{sub (4-x/2)} for their ability to detect H{sub 2}O and H{sub 2}S, respectively. This report focuses on the properties and gas sensing characteristics of BaZr{sub (1-x)}Y{sub x}O{sub (3-x/2)} (Y-doped BaZrO{sub 3}), as significant difficulties were encounter in generating BaCe{sub (2-x)}Ca{sub x}S{sub (4-x/2)} sensors. Significant new results were achieved for Y-doped BaZrO{sub 3}, including

  10. Contribution to the study of the (U,Pu)C,N system; Contribution a l'etude du systeme (U,Pu)C,N

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    Lorenzelli, R. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1968-07-01

    The reactions of UC, PuC, (U,Pu)C, UC{sub 2} and U(C{sub 1-x}O{sub x}) with nitrogen at moderate temperatures (room temperature to 400 C) are described. The influence of the uptake of nitrogen by the powders necessary to sinter the carbides upon the nature of the final product has been investigated; it has been shown that the sintered carbides are hyper-stoichiometric. The reactions of carbon with UN, PuN and (U,Pu)N has also been studied. Under vacuum, carbon reacts on the nitrides at temperatures as low as 1100 C; nitrogen is replaced by carbon and the final product is a carbonitride. The reaction is: MN + x C {yields} MN{sub 1-x}C{sub x} + x/2N{sub 2}. The reaction is limited and the carbonitrides have a fixed composition in presence of M{sub 2}C{sub 3} or MC{sub 2}; hence it is impossible to produce pure MC using the reaction. The ternary diagram U-C-N, Pu-C-N and (U,Pu)C-N have been drawn. They show clearly that it is possible to obtain single phase carbonitrides in a wide domain of compositions. (author) [French] On decrit les reactions avec l'azote de UC, PuC,(U,Pu)C,UC{sub 2} et U(C{sub 1-x}O{sub x}), par action directe de l'azote a temperature moderee (de l'ambiante a 450 C). On a etudie l'influence de la contamination par l'azote des poudres de carbures necessaires au frittage sur la nature des produits frittes; on a montre que les carbures frittes obtenus sont hyperstoechiometriques. On a etudie parallelement les reactions du carbone avec UN, PuN et (U,Pu)N. Sous vide le carbone reagit sur les nitrures des 1100 C: le carbone se substitue a l'azote; l'azote libere est elimine et le produit final est un carbonitrure. La reaction s'ecrit: MN + x C {yields} MN{sub 1-x}C{sub x} + x/2N{sub 2}. La reaction est limitee et les carbonitrures obtenus ont une composition limite fixe en presence des carbures superieurs M{sub 2}C{sub 3} et MC{sub 2}; il est donc impossible d'obtenir MC pur par cette reaction. Les diagrammes

  11. Phase relations and Gibbs energies of spinel phases and solid solutions in the system Mg-Rh-O

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    Jacob, K.T., E-mail: katob@materials.iisc.ernet.in [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012 (India); Prusty, Debadutta [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012 (India); Kale, G.M. [Institute for Materials Research, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT (United Kingdom)

    2012-02-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Refinement of phase diagram for the system Mg-Rh-O and thermodynamic data for spinel compounds MgRh{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Mg{sub 2}RhO{sub 4} is presented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A solid-state electrochemical cell is used for thermodynamic measurement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An advanced design of the solid-state electrochemical cell incorporating buffer electrodes is deployed to minimize polarization of working electrode. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Regular solution model for the spinel solid solution MgRh{sub 2}O{sub 4} - Mg{sub 2}RhO{sub 4} based on ideal mixing of cations on the octahedral site is proposed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Factors responsible for stabilization of tetravalent rhodium in spinel compounds are identified. - Abstract: Pure stoichiometric MgRh{sub 2}O{sub 4} could not be prepared by solid state reaction from an equimolar mixture of MgO and Rh{sub 2}O{sub 3} in air. The spinel phase formed always contained excess of Mg and traces of Rh or Rh{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The spinel phase can be considered as a solid solution of Mg{sub 2}RhO{sub 4} in MgRh{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The compositions of the spinel solid solution in equilibrium with different phases in the ternary system Mg-Rh-O were determined by electron probe microanalysis. The oxygen potential established by the equilibrium between Rh + MgO + Mg{sub 1+x}Rh{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} was measured as a function of temperature using a solid-state cell incorporating yttria-stabilized zirconia as an electrolyte and pure oxygen at 0.1 MPa as the reference electrode. To avoid polarization of the working electrode during the measurements, an improved design of the cell with a buffer electrode was used. The standard Gibbs energies of formation of MgRh{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Mg{sub 2}RhO{sub 4} were deduced from the measured electromotive force (e.m.f.) by invoking a model for the spinel solid solution. The parameters of the model were optimized using the measured

  12. Oxygen-storage behavior and local structure in Ti-substituted YMnO{sub 3}

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    Levin, I., E-mail: igor.levin@nist.gov [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Krayzman, V.; Vanderah, T.A. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Tomczyk, M. [Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Wu, H. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Tucker, M.G. [Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Playford, H.Y. [ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxford (United Kingdom); Woicik, J.C.; Dennis, C.L. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Vilarinho, P.M. [Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal)

    2017-02-15

    Hexagonal manganates RMnO{sub 3} (R=Y, Ho, Dy) have been recently shown to exhibit oxygen-storage capacities promising for three-way catalysts, air-separation, and related technologies. Here, we demonstrate that Ti substitution for Mn can be used to chemically tune the oxygen-breathing properties of these materials towards practical applications. Specifically, Y(Mn{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x})O{sub 3} solid solutions exhibit facile oxygen absorption/desorption via reversible Ti{sup 3+}↔Ti{sup 4+} and Mn{sup 3+}↔Mn{sup 4+} reactions already in ambient air at ≈400 °C and ≈250 °C, respectively. On cooling, the oxidation of both cations is accompanied by oxygen uptake yielding a formula YMn{sup 3+}{sub 1−x-y}Mn{sup 4+}{sub y}Ti{sup 4+}{sub x}O{sub 3+δ}. The presence of Ti promotes the oxidation of Mn{sup 3+} to Mn{sup 4+}, which is almost negligible for YMnO{sub 3} in air, thereby increasing the uptake of oxygen beyond that required for a given Ti{sup 4+} concentration. The reversibility of the redox reactions is limited by sluggish kinetics; however, the oxidation process continues, if slowly, even at room temperature. The extra oxygen atoms are accommodated by the large interstices within a triangular lattice formed by the [MnO{sub 5}] trigonal bipyramids. According to bond distances from Rietveld refinements using the neutron diffraction data, the YMnO{sub 3} structure features under-bonded Mn and even more severely under-bonded oxygen atoms that form the trigonal bases of the [MnO{sub 5}] bipyramids. The tensile bond strain around the 5-fold coordinated Mn site and the strong preference of Ti{sup 4+}(and Mn{sup 4+}) for higher coordination numbers likely provide driving forces for the oxidation reaction. Reverse Monte Carlo refinements of the local atomic displacements using neutron total scattering revealed how the excess oxygen atoms are accommodated in the structure by correlated local displacements of the host atoms. Large displacements of the under

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

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

    2015-04-15

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

  14. Studies of electrical transport properties of Sr{sub 2}Fe(Mo, V)O{sub 6} compound

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    Chattopadhyay, B.; Poddar, A.; Das, S.; Majumder, C.; Ranganathan, R

    2004-03-10

    Systematic study of X-ray, electrical resistivity ({rho}) and thermoelectric power (TEP, S) on polycrystalline Sr{sub 2}FeMo{sub 1-x}V{sub x}O{sub 6} (x=0-0.5) samples have been performed over a wide temperature range (20-900 K). From the analysis of the resistivity data we find that the temperature dependence of {rho} of the undoped Sr{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6} (x=0) sample is similar to that of metallic sample. For the doped samples (x{ne}0) {rho} scales well with T{sup 2} nature only in the high temperature region and the analysis suggests that the electron-electron scattering plays a major role governing the conduction mechanism. At the low temperature semiconducting region {rho}(T) data starts deviation from the T{sup 2} variation and can be explained considering three-dimensional variable range hopping (VRH) processes implying weak localization of the charge carriers. For all the samples with x>0 thermoelectric power (S) measurement reveals almost linear temperature dependencies similar to metallic samples. For x=0 sample the linear variation of S(T) is observed only in the temperature interval (170 K

  15. Giant strain with low cycling degradation in Ta-doped [Bi{sub 1/2}(Na{sub 0.8}K{sub 0.2}){sub 1/2}]TiO{sub 3} lead-free ceramics

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    Liu, Xiaoming; Tan, Xiaoli, E-mail: xtan@iastate.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)

    2016-07-21

    Non-textured polycrystalline [Bi{sub 1/2}(Na{sub 0.8}K{sub 0.2}){sub 1/2}](Ti{sub 1−x}Ta{sub x})O{sub 3} ceramics are fabricated and their microstructures and electrical properties are characterized. Transmission electron microscopy reveals the coexistence of the rhombohedral R3c and tetragonal P4bm phases in the form of nanometer-sized domains in [Bi{sub 1/2}(Na{sub 0.8}K{sub 0.2}){sub 1/2}]TiO{sub 3} with low Ta concentration. When the composition is x = 0.015, the electrostrain is found to be highly asymmetric under bipolar fields of ±50 kV/cm. A very large value of 0.62% is observed in this ceramic, corresponding to a large-signal piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33}* of 1240 pm/V (1120 pm/V under unipolar loading). These values are greater than most previously reported lead-free polycrystalline ceramics and can even be compared with some lead-free piezoelectric single crystals. Additionally, this ceramic displays low cycling degradation; its electrostrain remains above 0.55% even after undergoing 10 000 cycles of ±50 kV/cm bipolar fields at 2 Hz. Therefore, Ta-doped [Bi{sub 1/2}(Na{sub 0.8}K{sub 0.2}){sub 1/2}]TiO{sub 3} ceramics show great potential for large displacement devices.

  16. Effect of Sn doping on the room temperature magnetodielectric properties of yttrium iron garnet

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    Zhang, Zhizhi; Chen, Fu; Li, Junnan; Feng, Zekun; Nie, Yan, E-mail: nieyan@hust.edu.cn [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China)

    2015-10-21

    The structures, magnetic properties, permittivity spectra, and magnetodielectric (MD) effects of polycrystalline Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5−x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 12} compounds prepared by solid state reactions were systematically investigated. The substitution of Sn{sup 4+} leads to lattice expansion and the donation of excess electrons in ceramics, which affects the concentration of Fe{sup 2+}, space charge, and electric dipole. As a result, as the amount of Sn dopant increases, so does saturation magnetization and permittivity in the low frequency band. The MD coefficient ([ε{sub r}(H) − ε{sub r}(0)]/ε{sub r}(0)) of lightly doped samples (x ≤ 0.05) is negative in the entire frequency band, reaching −2.3% at 350 MHz and 0.6 T for Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 4.95}Sn{sub 0.05}O{sub 12} ceramics. The MD coefficient of heavily doped samples (x > 0.05) is positive in the low frequency band, reaching 0.83% at 10 MHz and 0.6 T for Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 4.925}Sn{sub 0.075}O{sub 12} ceramics, and then decreasing with the increasing frequency, gradually becoming negative in the high frequency band. A detailed explanation is provided based on the origin of permittivity. This study provides a new methodology according to which the MD materials may be designed in order to satisfy the requirements of engineering applications.

  17. Negative magnetization induced by Mn doping in YCrO{sub 3}

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    Li, C.L. [School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Huang, S. [Institute of Materials Physics, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Li, X.X.; Zhu, C.M.; Zerihun, G.; Yin, C.Y. [School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Lu, C.L., E-mail: cllu@hust.edu.cn [School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yuan, S.L., E-mail: yuansl@hust.edu.cn [School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • Negative magnetization is firstly observed in Mn doped YCrO{sub 3} ceramics. • The phenomenon is originated from the antiferromagnetic coupling of three different interactions. • The increase of magnetization for samples is attributed to the ferromagnetic exchange interaction between Cr{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 3+}. - Abstract: A series of ceramic samples YCr{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} (0.15 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.4) with orthorhombic phase were prepared by a modified Pechini method, the structure and magnetic properties were studied in details. Our experiments revealed remarkable negative magnetization induced by the competition among multiple exchange interactions. The negative magnetization is result from the antiferromagnetic coupling of weak ferromagnetic moments of Mn{sup 3+}–Mn{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+}–Cr{sup 3+} with that of Cr{sup 3+}–Mn{sup 3+} interactions. And the strength of the magnetization is closely related to the temperature, magnetic field and the value of x. Below the compensation temperature, the absolute of negative magnetization firstly increases and then decreases with the increase of x, which is correlated with the weakening of Cr{sup 3+}–Cr{sup 3+} interaction and the enhancement of Mn{sup 3+}–Mn{sup 3+} interaction. The increase of magnetization obtained from the hysteresis loops is attributed to the ferromagnetic exchange interaction between Cr{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 3+}. Moreover, the magnetic switching by only changing the magnetic field strength and both normal and inverse magnetocaloric effects were demonstrated.

  18. Structure of Na(Al/sub 1,5/As/sub 0,5/)(As/sub 2/O/sub 7/)/sub 2/

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    Driss, A.; Jouini, T.

    1989-03-15

    M/sub r/=624.60, triclinic, Panti 1, a=7.727 (4), b=7.118 (2), c=4.839 (2) A, ..cap alpha..=104.43 (3), ..beta..=93.71 (3), ..gamma..=90.07 (4)/sup 0/, V=257.2 A/sup 3/, Z=1, D/sub m/ (in bromobenzene)=4.02, D/sub x/=4.03 Mg m/sup -3/, lambda(AgK..cap alpha..)=0.5608 A, ..mu..=8.23 mm/sup -1/, F(000)=291, final R=0.038 and wR=0.038 for 1102 independent reflections. This structure provides the first example of the partial replacement of aluminium by arsenic giving rise to mixed X(1)O/sub 6/ and X(2)O/sub 6/ octahedra containing different amounts of Al/sup III/ and As/sup V/. The preferential distribution and the X-O bond lengths are discussed in terms of the substitution ratios. The title compound is shown not to be a solid solution by deducing from the invariance of the powder patterns obtained from various mixtures that the tie lines converge to a single point on the corresponding phase diagram. This structure may be decomposed into layers of XO/sub 6/ octahedra sharing oxygen corners with As/sub 2/O/sub 7/ groups. Successive layers are linked together by two opposite oxygen atoms of X(2)O/sub 6/ forming X(2)-O-As bonds. The result is a three-dimensional framework having tunnels running along the c direction; these tunnels are occupied by sodium ions which are slightly off-centred in order to be surrounded by six oxygen atoms. Isomorphous replacement of arsenic by phosphorus in this salt is possible.

  19. Water-Gas Shift and CO Methanation Reactions over Ni-CeO2(111) Catalysts

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    S Senanayake; J Evans; S Agnoli; L Barrio; T Chen; J Hrbek; J Rodriguez

    2011-12-31

    X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies were used to study the interaction of Ni atoms with CeO{sub 2}(111) surfaces. Upon adsorption on CeO{sub 2}(111) at 300 K, nickel remains in a metallic state. Heating to elevated temperatures (500-800 K) leads to partial reduction of the ceria substrate with the formation of Ni{sup 2+} species that exists as NiO and/or Ce{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 2-y}. Interactions of nickel with the oxide substrate significantly reduce the density of occupied Ni 3d states near the Fermi level. The results of core-level photoemission and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure point to weakly bound CO species on CeO{sub 2}(111) which are clearly distinguishable from the formation of chemisorbed carbonates. In the presence of Ni, a stronger interaction is observed with chemisorption of CO on the admetal. When the Ni is in contact with Ce{sup +3} cations, CO dissociates on the surface at 300 K forming NiC{sub x} compounds that may be involved in the formation of CH{sub 4} at higher temperatures. At medium and large Ni coverages (>0.3 ML), the Ni/CeO{sub 2}(111) surfaces are able to catalyze the production of methane from CO and H{sub 2}, with an activity slightly higher than that of Ni(100) or Ni(111). On the other hand, at small coverages of Ni (<0.3 ML), the Ni/CeO{sub 2}(111) surfaces exhibit a very low activity for CO methanation but are very good catalysts for the water-gas shift reaction.

  20. High temperature magnetic properties of Co(FeY){sub 2}O{sub 4} synthesized by combustion reaction

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    Alves, Thiago Eduardo Pereira, E-mail: thiago.ifgo@gmail.com [Instituto Federal de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia de Goias (IFGO), Goiania (Brazil); Franco Junior, Adolfo [Universidade Federal de Goias (UFG), Goiania (Brazil)

    2016-07-01

    Full text: Cobalt ferrite is widely studied due to its interesting magnetic behavior at room temperature. However, many technical applications require temperatures that are above that. Thus, it is necessary to understand how some magnetic properties, such as saturation magnetization (Ms), remanent magnetization (Mr), and coercivity (Hc), may behave at high temperatures [1]. Among several methods to synthesize cobalt ferrites, combustion reaction method is intensively used because it is inexpensive, fast and has good control on the stoichiometry. This method is based on the chemistry of propellants and explosives [2]. Therefore, we have prepared a series of nanoparticles of CoFe{sub (2-x)}Y{sub x}O{sub 4}, with x ranging from 0.00 to 0.04, by combustion reaction method. The crystal structure and morphology were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) using Rietveld refinement and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. Nanocrystalline particles structures in the typical phase of spinel were observed on diffractograms. Micrographies showed high crystalline powders for the particles and particles size within nanoscale range. The magnetic properties were measured by vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) in broad range of temperature (300-850K). Saturation magnetization (Ms) decreases with Y doping increase, while Hc increases, being about 1.8 higher than the undoped sample. Furthermore, Curie temperature increases with Y doping increase. These magnetic properties were discussed in terms of the particle interactions induced by the thermal fluctuations, cation distribution, and ions exchange between yttrium and cobalt atoms in A-B sites in the cubic structure [3]. References: [1] A. Franco, Jr. and F. C. e Silva, Applied Physics Letters 96, 172505, (2010). 525 [2] S.R. Jain, et al, Combustion and flame 40, 71-79, (1981). [3] A. Franco Jr. et al. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 680, 198-205, (2016). (author)

  1. Uranium dispersion in the coating of weak-acid-resin-deprived HTGR fuel microspheres

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    Weber, G.W.; Beatty, R.L.; Tennery, V.J.; Lackey, W.J. Jr.

    1976-02-01

    The current reference HTGR recycle fuel particle is a UO 2 /UC 2 kernel with a Triso coating comprising a low-density pyrocarbon (PyC) buffer, a high-density PyC inner LTI coating, SiC, and a high-density PyC outer LTI. The kernel is fabricated from a weak-acid ion exchange resin (WAR). Microradiographic examination of coated WAR particles has demonstrated that considerable U can be transferred from the kernel to the buffer coating during fabrication. Investigation of causes of fuel dispersion has indicated several different factors that contribute to fuel redistribution if not properly controlled. The presence of a nonequilibrium UC/sub 1-x/O/sub x/ (0 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 0.3) phase had no significant effect on initiating fuel dispersion. Gross exposure of the completed fuel kernel to ambient atmosphere or to water vapor at room temperature produced very minimal levels of dispersion. Exposure of the fuel to perchloroethylene during buffer and inner LTI deposition produced massive redistribution. Fuel redistribution observed in Triso-coated particles results from permeation of the inner LTI by HCl during SiC deposition. As the decomposition of CH 3 Cl 3 Si is used to deposit SiC, chlorine is readily available during this process. The permeability of the inner LTI coating has a marked effect on the extent of this mode of fuel dispersion. LTI permeability was determined by chlorine leaching studies to be a strong function of density, coating gas dilution, and coating temperature but relatively unaffected by application of a seal coat, variations in coating thickness, and annealing at 1800 0 C. Mechanical attrition of the kernels during processing was identified as a potential source of U-bearing fines that may be incorporated into the coating in some circumstances

  2. Thermal evolution of exchange interactions in lightly doped barium hexaferrites

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    Trukhanov, S.V., E-mail: truhanov@ifttp.bas-net.by [National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Leninsky Prospekt, 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); SSPA “Scientific and practical materials research centre of NAS of Belarus”, P. Brovki Str., 19, 220072 Minsk, Belorussia (Belarus); Trukhanov, A.V. [National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Leninsky Prospekt, 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); SSPA “Scientific and practical materials research centre of NAS of Belarus”, P. Brovki Str., 19, 220072 Minsk, Belorussia (Belarus); Kostishyn, V.G.; Panina, L.V. [National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Leninsky Prospekt, 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); Turchenko, V.A. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Joliot-Curie Str., 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Donetsk Institute of Physics and Technology named after A.A. Galkin of the NAS of Ukraine, 72 R.Luxemburg Str., 83114 Donetsk (Ukraine); Kazakevich, I.S. [SSPA “Scientific and practical materials research centre of NAS of Belarus”, P. Brovki Str., 19, 220072 Minsk, Belorussia (Belarus); Trukhanov, An.V. [National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Leninsky Prospekt, 4, 119049 Moscow (Russian Federation); SSPA “Scientific and practical materials research centre of NAS of Belarus”, P. Brovki Str., 19, 220072 Minsk, Belorussia (Belarus); Trukhanova, E.L.; Natarov, V.O. [SSPA “Scientific and practical materials research centre of NAS of Belarus”, P. Brovki Str., 19, 220072 Minsk, Belorussia (Belarus); Balagurov, A.M. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Joliot-Curie Str., 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation)

    2017-03-15

    The lightly doped BaFe{sub 12−x}D{sub x}O{sub 19} (D=Al{sup 3+}, In{sup 3+}; x=0.1 and 0.3) polycrystalline hexaferrite samples have been investigated by powder neutron diffractometry as well as by vibration sample magnetometry in a wide temperature range from 4 K up to 740 K and in magnetic field up to 14 T to establish the nature of Fe{sup 3+}(Al{sup 3+}, In{sup 3+}) – O{sup 2-} - Fe{sup 3+}(Al{sup 3+}, In{sup 3+}) indirect exchange interactions. The crystal structure features such as the ionic coordinates and lattice parameters have been defined and Rietveld refined. The Invar effect has been observed in low temperature range below 150 K. It was explained by the thermal oscillation anharmonicity of ions. It is established that the ferrimagnet-paramagnet phase transition is a standard second-order one. From the macroscopic magnetization measurement the Curie temperature and ordered magnetic moment per nominal iron ion are obtained. From the microscopic diffraction measurement the magnetic moments at all the nonequivalent ionic positions and total magnetic moment per iron ion have been obtained at different temperatures down to 4 K. The light diamagnetic doping mechanism and magnetic structure model are proposed. The effect of light diamagnetic doping on nature of Fe{sup 3+}(Al{sup 3+}, In{sup 3+}) – O{sup 2-} - Fe{sup 3+}(Al{sup 3+}, In{sup 3+}) indirect exchange interactions with temperature increase is discussed. - Highlights: • Crystal structure for lightly doped barium hexaferrites was investigated. • Atomic coordinates and lattice parameters were Rietveld refined. • Magnetic properties for lightly doped barium hexaferrites was investigated. • Magnetic structure for lightly doped barium hexaferrites was investigated. • Magnetic moments at different position and total moment per iron ion were defined.

  3. Structural, spectral, dielectric and magnetic properties of Tb–Dy doped Li-Ni nano-ferrites synthesized via micro-emulsion route

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    Junaid, Muhammad, E-mail: junaid.malik95@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Khan, Muhammad Azhar, E-mail: azhar.khan@iub.edu.pk [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Iqbal, F. [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan); Murtaza, Ghulam [Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics, Government College University, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Akhtar, Majid Niaz; Ahmad, Mukhtar [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Shakir, Imran [Deanship of scientific research, College of Engineering, King Saud University, PO Box 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Warsi, Muhammad Farooq [Department of Chemistry, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63100 (Pakistan)

    2016-12-01

    Terbium (Tb) and dysprosium (Dy) doped lithium-nickel nano-sized ferrites (Li{sub 0.2}Ni{sub 0.8}Tb{sub 0.5x}Dy{sub 0.5x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4} where x=0.00−0.08) were prepared by micro-emulsion technique. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed the single phase cubic spinel structure. The lattice constant was increased due to larger ionic radii of Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} cations. The crystallite size was found in the range 30–42 nm. The FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) spectra revealed two significant absorption bands (~400–600 cm{sup −1}) which indicate the formation of cubic spinel structure. The peaking behavior of dielectric parameters was observed beyond 1.5 GHz. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss were found to decrease by the increase of Tb–Dy contents and frequency. The doping of Tb and Dy in Li–Ni ferrites led to increase the coercive field (120–156 Oe). The smaller magnetic and dielectric parameters suggested the possible utility of these nano-materials in switching and microwave devices applications. - Highlights: • Li{sub 0.2}Ni{sub 0.8}Tb{sub 0.5x}Dy{sub 0.5x}Fe{sub 2-x}O{sub 4} ferrites were synthesized by micro-emulsion route. • Tb and Dy addition improves coercivity while decreased saturation magnetization. • These nanomaterials can be useful in microwave and switching devices applications.

  4. Extreme Spectroscopy: In situ nuclear materials behavior from optical data

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    Guimbretiere, G.; Canizares, A.; Raimboux, N.; Omnee, R.; Duval, F.; Ammar, M.R.; Simon, P. [CNRS - UPR3079 CEMHTI, Universite d' Orleans, 45071Orleans cedex 2 (France); Desgranges, L.; Mohun, R. [CEA, DEN, DEC, F-13108 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance (France); Jegou, C.; Magnin, M. [CEA/DTCD/SECM/LMPA, Marcoule 30207 Bagnols Sur Ceze (France); Clavier, N.; Dacheux, N. [ICSM-UMR5257 CEA/CNRS/UM2/ENSCM, Marcoule, BP17171, 30207 Bagnols sur Ceze (France)

    2015-07-01

    In the nuclear industry, materials are regularly exposed to high temperature or/and irradiation and a better knowledge and understanding of their behavior under such extreme conditions is a key-point for improvements and further developments. Nowadays, Raman spectroscopy begins to be well known as a promising technique in the post mortem and remote characterization of nuclear materials exposed to extreme conditions. On this topic, at ANIMMA 2013 conference, we have presented some results about its implementation in the study of model or real nuclear fuel. However, the strength of Raman spectroscopy as in situ characterization tool is mainly its ability to be implemented remotely through optical fibers. Aware of this, implementation of other optical techniques can be considered in order to gain information not only on the structural dynamics of materials but also on the electronic charge carrier populations. In this paper, we propose to present our last advances in Raman characterization of nuclear materials and enlarge to the in situ use of complementary optical spectroscopies. Emphasis will be made on the information that can be gained to the behavior of the model fuel depleted UO{sub 2} under extreme conditions of high temperature and ionic irradiation: - In Situ Raman identification of the radiolysis alteration products of UO{sub 2} in contact with water under ionic irradiation. - In Situ Raman recording of the damaged dynamic of UO{sub 2} under inert atmosphere. - In Situ Raman and photo-luminescence study of virgin and damaged UO2 at high temperature. - In Situ study of electronic charge carriers' behavior in U{sub x}Th{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} solid solutions by mean of Iono- and Thermo- luminescence under and post- ionic irradiation. (authors)

  5. Hydrotreating and hydrocracking of Athabasca bitumen derived heavy gas oils using NiMo catalyst supported on titania modified alumina

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    Ferdous, D.; Bakhshi, N.N.; Dalai, A.K.; Adjaye, J. [Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon, SK (Canada). Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratories]|[Syncrude Canada Ltd., Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2006-07-01

    Different NiMo catalysts supported on titania modified Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} were synthesized and characterized in an effort to study the hydrodenitrigenation (HDN) and hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of different gas oils derived from Athabasca bitumen. The Al{sub x}O{sub 3} supports were modified by incorporating up to 9 wt per cent titanium (Ti). All modified supports as well as fresh and spent catalysts were characterized by BET surface area, pore volume and pore diameter, XRD, TPR, TPD and SEM. A trickle-bed reactor using 3 different gas oils from the Athabasca bitumen was used to test the initial activity of these catalysts. The 3 oils were light gas oil (LGO), heavy gas oil (HGO) and blended gas oil having 50 per cent LGO and 50 per cent HGO. The study showed that nitrogen conversion increased for all the gas oils when Ti was incorporated into the alumina. With an increase in Ti concentrations from 0 to 6 wt per cent, nitrogen conversion increased from 57-69.5 wt per cent, 75-80.2 wt per cent, 83-91.5 wt per cent and for LGO, HGO and blended, respectively. Nearly 86 wt per cent sulphur conversion was obtained for all Ti concentrations for LGO, while HGO and blended sulphur conversions were in the range of 96-97 wt per cent. Detailed hydrotreating and hydrocracking of HGO was then performed using the 6 wt per cent Ti modified catalyst because it achieved the maximum nitrogen conversion. This paper also presented the temperature, pressure and liquid hourly space velocity for this catalyst along with the maximum nitrogen and sulphur conversions. Results were compared with those of commercial catalysts. tabs., figs.

  6. Cation distribution controlled dielectric, electrical and magnetic behavior of In{sup 3+} substituted cobalt ferrites synthesized via solid-state reaction technique

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    Pandit, Rabia, E-mail: rabiabest@gmail.com [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P 177 005 (India); Sharma, K.K., E-mail: kk.gautam@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P 177 005 (India); Kaur, Pawanpreet [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P 177 005 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Material Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P 177 005 (India)

    2014-12-15

    We report the structural, cation distribution, dielectric, electrical and magnetic properties of CoFe{sub 2−x}In{sub x}O{sub 4} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6) ferrites. Rietveld fitted X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirm the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure with Fd3m space group for all the samples. The comprehensive analysis of XRD based cation distribution has been performed to see the effect of In{sup 3+} ions substitution on various structural parameters such as site ionic radii, edge and bond lengths, interionic distances etc. The dielectric constant and tangent loss have been studied as a function of temperature and frequency. The dielectric data presented in electric modulus form reveals the presence of non-Debye relaxation behavior in considered ferrites. Both the AC and DC conductivities as a function of temperature are found to decrease with increasing In{sup 3+} content. The power law behavior of AC-conductivity indicates a strong correlation among electrons in these systems. The isothermal magnetization versus applied field curves with high field slope and significant coercivity suggest that studied materials are highly anisotropic with canted spin structures and exhibit ferrimagnetic behavior at 300 K. Magnetization gets enhanced up to 40% of In{sup 3+} substitution. The observed low dielectric losses and high resistivity can find their application in power transformers at high frequencies. - Highlights: • Rietveld refinement of CoIn{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4} samples shows single phase cubic spinel structure. • Cation distribution matches well with experimental integrated intensity ratios. • Strength of magnetic interactions is found to increase with increasing In{sup 3+} substitution. • The present systems are highly correlated. • These material are promising candidate for power transformers at high frequencies.

  7. Far-infrared spectroscopic study of CeO{sub 2} nanocrystals

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    Popović, Z. V., E-mail: zoran.popovic@ipb.ac.rs; Grujić-Brojčin, M.; Paunović, N. [University of Belgrade, Center for Solid State Physics and New Materials, Institute of Physics (Serbia); Radonjić, M. M. [University of Belgrade, Scientific Computing Laboratory, Institute of Physics Belgrade (Serbia); Araújo, V. D.; Bernardi, M. I. B. [Universidade de São Paulo-USP, Instituto de Fisica (Brazil); Lima, M. M. de; Cantarero, A. [Universidad de Valencia, Instituto de Ciencia de Los Materiales (Spain)

    2015-01-15

    We present the far-infrared reflectivity spectra of 5 nm-sized pure and copper-doped Ce{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2−y} (x = 0; 0.01 and 0.10) nanocrystals measured at room temperature in the 50–650 cm{sup −1} spectral range. Reflectivity spectra were analyzed using the factorized form of the dielectric function, which includes the phonon and the free carriers contribution. Four oscillators with TO energies of approximately 135, 280, 370, and 490 cm{sup −1} were included in the fitting procedure. These oscillators represent local maxima of the CeO{sub 2} phonon density of states, which is also calculated using the density functional theory. The lowest energy oscillator represents TA(L)/TA(X) phonon states, which become infrared-active E{sub u} modes at the L and X points of the Brillouin zone (BZ). The second oscillator originates from TO(Γ) phonon states. The oscillator at ∼400 cm{sup −1} originates from Raman mode phonon states, which at the L point of BZ also becomes infrared-active E{sub u} mode. The last oscillator describes phonons with dominantly LO(Γ) infrared mode character. The appearance of phonon density of states related oscillators, instead of single F{sub 2u}infrared-active mode in the far-infrared reflectivity spectra, is a consequence of the nanosized dimension of the CeO{sub 2} particles. The best fit spectra are obtained using the generalized Bruggeman model for inhomogeneous media, which takes into account the nanocrystal volume fraction and the pore shape.

  8. Preparation of PZT thin films on YBCO electrodes by KrF excimer laser ablation technique

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    Kurogi, H; Yamagata, Y; Ebihara, K [Kumamoto Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Electr. Eng. and Comput. Sci.; Inoue, N [Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc., Suizenji, 1-6-36, Kumamoto 862 (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    Pb(Zr{sub X}Ti{sub 1-X})O{sub 3} (PZT) films have excellent ferroelectric, optical, piezoelectric, and pyroelectric properties. We prepared PZT thin films by the excimer laser ablation technique. A pulsed KrF excimer laser (Lambda Physik LPX305icc, pulse duration of 25 ns, {lambda}=248 nm, 850 mJ Max.) was used to ablate the bulk targets. We investigated the influence of bottom electrode materials on the characteristics of the PZT thin films prepared on Pt and YBCO underlayers. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed that the PZT films prepared with a laser fluence of 2 Jcm{sup -2} on YBCO/MgO(100) substrate at a wide temperature range of 550-680 C have a perovskite (001) structure. At the same laser fluence, the PZT films prepared on Pt/MgO(100) substrate have a perovskite (001) structure only at 650 C. The polarization-electric field (P-E) characteristics and fatigue properties of PZT thin films were measured by the Sawyer-Tower circuit. The remnant polarization and coercive field have been found to be P{sub r}=15 {mu}C cm{sup -2}, 30 {mu}C cm{sup -2} and E{sub c}=200 kV cm{sup -1}, 100 kV cm{sup -1} for Au/PZT/Pt/MgO and Au/PZT/YBCO/MgO correspondingly. The remnant polarization of Au/PZT/YBCO/MgO thin film was reduced to one-half after about 10{sup 8} cycles of switching. (orig.) 7 refs.

  9. Influence of synthesis route on morphology and electrical properties of LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3}

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    Bevilacqua, M.; Montini, T.; Tavagnacco, C.; Vicario, G.; Fornasiero, P.; Graziani, M. [Chemistry Department and Centre of Excellence for Nanostructured Materials, University of Trieste and INSTM (Italy)

    2006-11-15

    Recently LaNi{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} materials have been suggested as good candidates for cathodes for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. The electrical conductivity and the morphology of LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} samples have been studied as a function of preparation route and calcination temperature. The conductivity, mainly electronic, strongly depends on the densification of the material, which is influenced by the preparation procedure. DFT calculations indicate that the conduction bands of LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} are mainly made up of Fe and Ni 3d states and that there is a small bandwidth (2.3 eV) around the Fermi level. Moreover, a small polaron mechanism for the electronic conduction in this material is suggested by the simulations. Three different preparation methods have been investigated: the glycine-nitrate process, the gel-citrate complexation route and the coprecipitation route. The glycine-nitrate synthesis produces non-homogenous LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} materials. Good specific conductivity is obtained only after high temperature treatments that homogenise and sinter the material. The gel-citrate complexation route leads to homogenous LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} samples, which however are resistant to sinterization/densification. Finally, homogenous LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} is obtained with coprecipitation synthesis. This synthesis is particularly promising since the morphology of the obtained precipitate favours the sinterization at low temperatures. These temperatures are low enough to prevent the undesirable reaction with ZrO{sub 2}-based electrolyte. (author)

  10. Formation and destruction of nitrogen oxides at elevated pressures with mixed fuels; Typenoksidimuodostus ja tuhoaminen paineistetuissa olosuhteissa ja ongelmapolttoaineilla

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    Aho, M.; Haemaelaeinen, J.; Paakkinen, K.; Rantanen, J. [VTT Energy, Jyvaeskylae (Finland)

    1997-10-01

    Destruction of NO with NH{sub 3} (Thermal DeNO{sub x}) and formation of nitrogen oxides (especially NO{sub 2}) from fuel nitrogen were studied at elevated pressure (up to 15 bar) with a pressurized entrained flow reactor (PEFR) at conditions simulating freeboard area of pressurized fluidized bed boiler. Effect of HCl on the oxidation of CO was studied at atmospheric pressure. These results give information about emission formation during combustion of chlorine-containing wastes. N{sub x}O{sub y} formation from fuel mixtures will be studied with a new fluidized bed reactor (FBR) in 1997. Thermal DeNox-experiments were performed at p= 2-15 bar, T= 700-950 deg C. Concentrations of NO, N{sub 2}O, NO{sub 2} and NH{sub 3} were measured at different residence times (0.2-2s). After the experiments with the bare NH{sub 3}/NO mixture, the effects of two additional gases (N{sub 2}O and CO) were measured. A new reaction tube made of quartz was employed to prevent catalytic destruction of NH{sub 3}. Formation of NO{sub 2} was studied with eleven solid fuels. The first experiments were carried out at 12 bar, O{sub 2}=20-19 %, PO{sub 2}=2.4 bar and the additional ones at p=8 bar, O{sub 2}=4-5 % => PO{sub 2}=0.4 bar at 800- 900 deg C. PCA analysis was used for finding dependency between fuel properties and the convention of fuel-N to NO{sub 2}

  11. Magnetic transition in double perovskite systems

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    Navarro, O., E-mail: navarro@servidor.unam.m [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 70-360, 04510 Mexico DF (Mexico); Aguilar, B. [Laboratorio Interinstitucional de Magnetismo Natural, Instituto de Geofisica, Sede Michoacan, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Morelia (Mexico); Avignon, M. [Institut Neel, CNRS and Universite Joseph Fourier, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2010-05-15

    The search for materials having complete spin polarization and high Curie temperature have received a lot of attention in view of spintronics applications, especially the ferromagnetic (F) Sr{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6}, because of its fairly high Curie temperature (T{sub C}= 450 K), half-metallic character, large magnetoresistance and potential applications. On the other hand, Sr{sub 2}FeWO{sub 6} is insulating and antiferromagnetic (AF) with T{sub N}=37K. With a double exchange type model it has been shown that F-AF transition can be driven by super-exchange interactions with increasing Fe-M (M=Mo, W) charge transfer energy. So, the charge transfer energy is expected to be larger in FeW than in FeMo compounds. Using a tight-binding model with the renormalized perturbation expansion technique, we determine the density of states for the AF phase and the electronic energy difference for the F- and AF-phases as a function of the Fe-M charge transfer energy. The F-AF transition in the ordered system Sr{sub 2}FeMo{sub x}W{sub 1-x}O{sub 6} occurs for xapprox0.3, in good agreement with the experimental value. We also studied the effect of the diagonal disorder in the variation of the number of conduction electrons on Fe and M sites. Finally, the behavior of the Curie temperature as a function of the Mo/W concentration is determined.

  12. A study on the superconducting properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 9-x}Nb{sub x}O{sup y} thin films

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    Srinivas, S.; Bhatnagar, A.K. [Univ. of Hyderabad (India); Pinto, R. [Solid State Electronics Group, Bombay (India)] [and others

    1994-12-31

    Effect of niobium substitution at the copper site in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 9}O{sub 7-x} was studied in thin film form. The films were deposited by laser ablation technique using the targets of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Nb{sub x}O{sub y} where x = 0.0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.0 under identical deposition conditions on SrTiO{sub 9} <100> substrates. Films were characterized by XRD, resistivity, I-V and J{sub c} measurements. Films made from x = 0.025 and 0.05 concentrations of Nb substituted targets showed relatively improved superconducting properties compared to that of undoped films. The best 7 realized for x = 0.025 Nb concentration was 1.8 x 10{sup {sigma}} A/cm{sup 2} and for 0.05 Nb concentration it was 3.2x10{sup {sigma}} A/cm{sup 2} at 77K. However, degradation of the superconducting properties, with the increase of x {ge} 0.1 Nb concentration and drastic suppression and complete loss of superconductivity was noticed for x {ge} 0.4. The growth of impurity phase YBa{sub 2}NbO{sub 6} for x = 0.1 and above of Nb concentration was noticed from XRD patterns. However, the site occupancy of Nb could not be confirmed from these studies.

  13. Characterization and temperature controlling property of TiAlN coatings deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Chen, J.T. [School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang, J. [School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); National Key Laboratory of Surface Engineering, Lanzhou Institute of Physics, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Zhang, F.; Zhang, G.A.; Fan, X.Y.; Wu, Z.G. [School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Yan, P.X. [School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute Chemical and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)], E-mail: pxyan@lzu.edu.cn

    2009-03-20

    Titanium aluminum nitride (TiAlN) ternary coating is a potential material which is expected to be applied on satellite for thermal controlling. In order to investigate thermal controlling property, TiAlN coatings were deposited on Si wafers with different N{sub 2} and Ar flux ratio by reactive magnetron co-sputtering. The structure, morphology, chemical composition and optical reflectance are investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), atom force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and spectrophotometer, respectively. The orientation of the coatings depends on the N{sub 2}/Ar flux ratio. The coatings deposited with N{sub 2}/Ar ratio of 10, 30 and 60% show the cubic-TiN [2 2 0] preferred orientation and the coating deposited with N{sub 2}/Ar ratio of 100% exhibits the phase of hexagonal-AlN and cubic-TiN. The surface of the coatings becomes more compact and smoother with the N{sub 2}/Ar ratios increase. XPS spectrum indicates that the oxides (TiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), oxynitride (TiN{sub x}O{sub y}) and nitrides (TiN and AlN{sub x}) appear at the surface of the coatings. Ignoring internal power, the optimum equilibrium temperature of TiAlN coatings is 18 deg. C and the equilibrium temperature after heat-treated has slight change, which provides the prospective application on thermal controlling.

  14. In situ x-ray diffraction study of crystal structure of Pd during hydrogen isotope loading by solid-state electrolysis at moderate temperatures 250−300 °C

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    Fukada, Yoshiki, E-mail: yoshiki_fukada@mail.toyota.co.jp [Toyota Motor Corporation, 1200 Mishuku, Susono-shi, Shizuoka-ken, 410-1193 (Japan); Hioki, Tatsumi; Motohiro, Tomoyoshi [Toyota Central R& D Labs.,Inc, 41-1, Yokomichi, Nagakute, Aichi, 480-1192 (Japan); Green Mobility Collaborative Research Center & Graduate School of Engineering Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8603 (Japan); Ohshima, Shigeki [Toyota Central R& D Labs.,Inc, 41-1, Yokomichi, Nagakute, Aichi, 480-1192 (Japan)

    2015-10-25

    Hydrogen isotopes and metal interaction with respect to Pd under high hydrogen isotope potential at moderate temperature region around 300 °C was studied. A dry electrolysis technique using BaZr{sub 1−x} Y{sub x}O{sub 3} solid state electrolyte was developed to generate high hydrogen isotope potential. Hydrogen or deuterium was loaded into a 200 nm thick Pd cathode. The cathode is deposited on SiO{sub 2} substrate and covered with the solid state electrolyte and a Pd anode layer. Time resolved in situ monochromatic x-ray diffraction measurement was performed during the electrolysis. Two phase states of the Pd cathodes with large and small lattice parameters were observed during the electrolysis. Numerous sub-micron scale voids in the Pd cathode and dendrite-like Pd precipitates in the solid state electrolyte were found from the recovered samples. Hydrogen induced super-abundant-vacancy may take role in those phenomena. The observed two phase states may be attributed to phase separation into vacancy-rich and vacancy-poor states. The voids formed in the Pd cathodes seem to be products of vacancy coalescence. Isotope effects were also observed. The deuterium loaded samples showed more rapid phase changes and more formation of voids than the hydrogen doped samples. - Highlights: • High amount hydrogen loading into Pd by all solid-state electrolysis was performed. • Two phase states with large and small lattice parameters were observed. • Lattice contractions were observed suggesting formations of super-abundant-vacancy. • The absence of mechanical pressure might stimulate the formation of the vacancy. • Sub-micron void formations were found in the Pd from recovered samples.

  15. Synthesis and chemistry of the new Y-Based and Bi-Based high temperature superconducting perovskites

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    Tarascon, J.M.; Barboux, P.; Miceli, P.F.; Bagley, B.G.; Greene, L.H.; Hull, G.W.; Giroud, M.

    1988-12-01

    Chemical synstesis of the new high T{sub c} oxides using solid state reactions or solution techniques is shown. A solution process which allows the preparation of both homogeneous and dense ceramics and of superconducting thick films has been developed for the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} system. Physical measurements performed on homogeneous YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3-x}Co{sub x}O{sub y} samples have shown that the Co substitution, associated with an uptake of oxygen, takes place on the Cu-O chains and that T{sub c} is depressed, leading ultimately to antiferromagnetic insulators whose magnetic structures are shown. Three phases of general formula Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub n-1}Cu{sub n}O{sub y} with n = 1,2 and 3 have been isolated in the Bi system and characterized for their structural and physical properties. These phases crystallize in the same pseudotetragonal unit cell differing one from the next by the stacking sequence along the c-axis, with the main feature being the presence of a sheared Bi-O double layer. The T{sub c}s of the n = 1,2 and 3 phases are 10 K, 85 K and 110 K respectively, but because of phase intergrowth, these values depend upon sample processing, making chemical substitutions within the Bi system quite complex as is discussed. Finally, we succeeded in making superconducting thick films (having zero resistance around 100 K) of the Bi-based and T1-based matrials via the decomposition of aqueous-glycerol solutions containing the salts of the elements.

  16. X-ray and neutron scattering on disordered nanosize clusters: a case study of lead-zirconate-titanate solid solutions

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    Frantti, Johannes; Fujioka, Yukari [Finnish Research and Engineering, Helsinki (Finland)

    2015-04-01

    Defects and frequently used defect models of solids are reviewed. Signatures for identifying the disorder from x-ray and neutron scattering data are given. To give illustrative examples how technologically important defects contribute to x-ray and neutron scattering numerical method able to treat non-periodical solids possessing several simultaneous defect types is given for simulating scattering in nanosize disordered clusters. The approach takes particle size, shape, and defects into account and isolates element specific signals. As a case study a statistical approximation model for lead-zirconate titanate [Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3}, PZT] is introduced. PZT is a material possessing several defect types, including substitutional, displacement and surface defects. Spatial composition variation is taken into account by introducing a model in which the edge lengths of each cell depend on the distribution of Zr and Ti ions in the cluster. Spatially varying edge lengths and angles is referred to as microstrain. The model is applied to compute the scattering from ellipsoid shaped PZT clusters and to simulate the structural changes as a function of average composition. Two-phase co-existence range, the so called morphotropic phase boundary composition is given correctly. The composition at which the rhombohedral and tetragonal cells are equally abundant was x ∼ 0.51. Selected x-ray and neutron Bragg reflection intensities and line shapes were simulated. Examples of the effect of size and shape of the scattering clusters on diffraction patterns are given and the particle dimensions, computed through Scherrer equation, are compared with the exact cluster dimensions. Scattering from two types of 180 domains in spherical particles, one type assigned to Ti-rich PZT and the second to the MPB and Zr-rich PZT, is computed. We show how the method can be used for modelling polarization reversal. (copyright 2015 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  17. Misfit strain-film thickness phase diagrams and related electromechanical properties of epitaxial ultra-thin lead zirconate titanate films

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    Qiu, Q.Y.; Mahjoub, R. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Alpay, S.P. [Materials Science and Engineering Program and Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States); Nagarajan, V., E-mail: nagarajan@unsw.edu.au [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia)

    2010-02-15

    The phase stability of ultra-thin (0 0 1) oriented ferroelectric PbZr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (PZT) epitaxial thin films as a function of the film composition, film thickness, and the misfit strain is analyzed using a non-linear Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire thermodynamic model taking into account the electrical and mechanical boundary conditions. The theoretical formalism incorporates the role of the depolarization field as well as the possibility of the relaxation of in-plane strains via the formation of microstructural features such as misfit dislocations at the growth temperature and ferroelastic polydomain patterns below the paraelectric-ferroelectric phase transformation temperature. Film thickness-misfit strain phase diagrams are developed for PZT films with four different compositions (x = 1, 0.9, 0.8 and 0.7) as a function of the film thickness. The results show that the so-called rotational r-phase appears in a very narrow range of misfit strain and thickness of the film. Furthermore, the in-plane and out-of-plane dielectric permittivities {epsilon}{sub 11} and {epsilon}{sub 33}, as well as the out-of-plane piezoelectric coefficients d{sub 33} for the PZT thin films, are computed as a function of misfit strain, taking into account substrate-induced clamping. The model reveals that previously predicted ultrahigh piezoelectric coefficients due to misfit-strain-induced phase transitions are practically achievable only in an extremely narrow range of film thickness, composition and misfit strain parameter space. We also show that the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of epitaxial ferroelectric films can be tailored through strain engineering and microstructural optimization.

  18. Site occupancy and magnetic study of Al{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} co-substituted Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}

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    Bouziane, K. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, PC 123, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (Oman)], E-mail: bouzi@squ.edu.om; Yousif, A.; Widatallah, H.M. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, PC 123, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (Oman); Amighian, J. [Department of Physics, University of Isfahan, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2008-10-15

    Single-phased polycrystalline Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5-2x}Al{sub x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 12} garnet samples (x=0, 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6) have been prepared by the conventional ceramic technique. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction patterns of the samples shows them to crystallize in the Ia3d space group and the corresponding lattice constant to decrease with increasing Al{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} contents (x). Moessbauer results indicate that Cr{sup 3+} substitutes for Fe{sup 3+} at the octahedral sites whilst Al{sup 3+} essentially replaces Fe{sup 3+} at the tetrahedral sites. This result indicates that co-doping of Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} does not affect the preferential site occupancy for separate individual substitution of either Cr{sup 3+} or Al{sup 3+}. The magnetization measurements reveal that the Curie temperature (T{sub c}) monotonically decreases with increasing x while the magnetic moment per unit formula decreases up to x=0.4 and then slightly increases for x=0.6. This reflects a progressive weakening of the ferrimagnetic exchange interaction between the Fe{sup 3+} ions at octahedral and tetrahedral sites due to co-substitution. The magnetic moment was calculated using the cations distribution inferred from the Moessbauer data and the collinear ferrimagnetic model, and was found to agree reasonably with the experimentally measured value. The phenomenological amplitude crossover, characterized by the temperature T*, has also been observed in the doped YIG and briefly discussed.

  19. Cooperative research in coal liquefaction. Final report, May 1, 1991--April 30, 1992

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    Huffman, G.P. [ed.

    1996-03-01

    Extensive research continued on catalysts based on novel anion-treated (mainly sulfated) oxides and oxyhydroxides of iron [Fe{sub x}O{sub y}/SO{sub 4}]. In addition, sulfated oxides of tin as well as molybdenum promoted iron oxides were used. Incorporation of small amounts of sulfate, molybdate, or tungstate anions by wet precipitation/impregnation methods was found to increase the surface acidic character of iron oxides; more importantly, it reduced the grain sizes significantly with corresponding increases in specific surface areas. These anion-treated iron and tin oxides were more active for direct coal liquefaction and coal-heavy oil coprocessing than their untreated counterparts. With these catalyst systems, higher conversion levels are obtained as compared to the soluble precursors of iron and molybdenum at the same catalyst metalloading (3500 ppm iron and 50 ppm molybdenum with respect to coal). Sulfated iron oxides and oxyhydroxides were equally active as coal liquefaction catalysts. The sulfate, molybdate, and tungstate anions were found to have similar promotional effects on the properties and activities of iron oxides. One step in the synthesis of anion-treated iron and tin oxides is precipitation as hydroxides using either urea or ammonium hydroxide. The catalysts prepared using urea as a precipitation agent were more reproducible than those using ammonium, hydroxide in terms of activities and properties. These catalysts/catalyst precursors were characterized by several techniques to determine their physical (size and structure related) and chemical (acidity) properties. Sulfated and molybdated iron oxides were found to have grain sizes as small as 10-20 nm. An attempt was made to correlate the physicochemical properties of these catalysts with their activity for coal liquefaction.

  20. Manganese ferrite prepared using reverse micelle process: Structural and magnetic properties characterization

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    Hashim, Mohd, E-mail: md.hashim09@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Shirsath, Sagar E. [Spin Device Technology Centre, Department of Engineering, Shinshu University, Nagano 380-8553 (Japan); Meena, S.S. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Mane, M.L. [Department of Physics, S.G.R.G. Shinde Mahavidyalaya, Paranda 413502, MS (India); Kumar, Shalendra [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changwon National University, Changwon, Gyeongnam 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Bhatt, Pramod [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Material Science Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, HP (India); Prasad, N.K.; Alla, S.K. [Deptartment of Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005 (India); Shah, Jyoti; Kotnala, R.K. [National Physical Laboratory (CSIR), Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Mohammed, K.A. [Department of Mathematics & Physics Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nizwa, Nizwa (Oman); Şentürk, Erdoğan [Department of Physics, Sakarya University, Esentepe, 54187 Sakarya (Turkey); Alimuddin [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India)

    2015-09-05

    Highlights: • Preparation of Mn{sup 3+} substituted MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite by Reverse microemulsion process. • Characterization by XRD, SEM, VSM, Mössbauer spectroscopy and dielectric measurements techniques. • Magnetic properties of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} enhanced after Mn{sup 3+} substitution. • The dielectric constant and ac conductivity increased with Mn{sup 3+} substitution. - Abstract: Reverse microemulsion process was employed to prepare of nanocrystalline Mn{sup 3+} substituted MnFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} ferrites. The structural, magnetic and dielectric properties were studied for different concentrations of Mn{sup 3+}. The structural and microstructural properties were analyzed using X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy techniques. The phase identification of the materials was studied by Rietveld refined XRD patterns which reveals single phase with cubic symmetry for the samples. The lattice parameters were ranged in between 8.369 and 8.379 Å and do not show any significant change with the substitution of Mn{sup 3+}. The average particles size was found to be around 11 ± 3 nm. Magnetization results obtained from the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) confirm that the substitution of Mn{sup 3+} in MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite caused an increase in the saturation magnetization and coercivity. The dependence of Mössbauer parameters on Mn{sup 3+} substitution has been analyzed. Magnetic behavior of the samples were also studied at field cooled (FC) and zero field cooled (ZFC) mode. The dependence of Mössbauer parameters on Mn{sup 3+} substitution was also analyzed. All the magnetic characterization shows that Mn{sup 3+} substitution enhance the magnetic behavior of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles.

  1. Optical and magnetooptical properties of terbium–scandium–aluminum and terbium-containing (gallates and aluminates) garnets

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    Valiev, Uygun V. [Faculty of Physics, National University of Uzbekistan, Vuzgorodok, Tashkent 100174 (Uzbekistan); Gruber, John B. [Department of Physics, San Jose State University, retired, San Jose, CA 95192 (United States); Burdick, Gary W. [Department of Physics, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI 49104 (United States); Ivanov, Igor’ A. [Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119333 (Russian Federation); Fu, Dejun, E-mail: djfu@whu.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, 430072 Wuhan (China); Pelenovich, Vasiliy O. [School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, 430072 Wuhan (China); Juraeva, Nafisa I. [Faculty of Physics, National University of Uzbekistan, Vuzgorodok, Tashkent 100174 (Uzbekistan)

    2016-08-15

    Comparative measurements of the Faraday rotation in Tb{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} (TGG) and Tb{sub 3}Sc{sub 2–x}Al{sub 3+x}O{sub 12} (TSAG) garnets shows the values of the Verdet constant for TSAG are about 25% higher than that of TGG in the wavelength range 400–700 nm at the temperatures T=95 and 300 K. The increase of the Verdet constant is explained by increase of the “paramagnetic” frequency factor caused by the shift of the resonance frequency of the first allowed 4f→5d transition to the area of the lower frequencies in UV. The shift and observed strong broadening of the UV absorption bands in TSAG are explained by significant modification of the crystalline environment of the Tb{sup 3+} ion in this garnet. A comparison of the data of the C/D ratio in TSAG with the value of the magnetic moment of the Tb{sup 3+} ground state in Tb{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (TAG) determined from magnetic measurements, showed an acceptable agreement for these parameters measured by fundamentally different methods. Measurements of the visible emission spectra reveal a strong influence of some disordering of the crystal field (CF) in TSAG in comparison with the terbium–aluminum garnet spectra. Magnetooptical effects of the intensity change of the luminescence lines in TSAG is caused by modification of the electronic structure of the {sup 5}D{sub 4} and {sup 7}F{sub 5} multiplets by Sc{sup 3+} ions in the lattice, leading to a local symmetry reduction of the Tb{sup 3+} ion in TSAG.

  2. The effects of cerium doping on the size, morphology, and optical properties of α-hematite nanoparticles for ultraviolet filtration

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    Cardillo, Dean [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, AIIM Facility, University of Wollongong Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); Konstantinov, Konstantin, E-mail: konstan@uow.edu.au [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, AIIM Facility, University of Wollongong Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); Devers, Thierry [Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée, Institut de Physique, site de Chartres, Université d’Orléans (France)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: • Possible application of cerium-doped α-hematite as ultraviolet filter. • Nanoparticles obtained through co-precipitation technique using various cerium doping levels followed by annealing. • Comprehensive materials characterisation utilizing XRD, DSC/TGA, STEM, UV–vis spectroscopy. • Increasing cerium content reduces particle sizing and alters morphology. • Solubility of cerium in hematite seen between 5 and 10% doping, 10% cerium doping greatly enhances attenuation in ultraviolet region and increases optical bandgap. - Abstract: Metal oxide nanoparticles have potential use in energy storage, electrode materials, as catalysts and in the emerging field of nanomedicine. Being able to accurately tailor the desirable properties of these nanoceramic materials, such as particle size, morphology and optical bandgap (E{sub g}) is integral in the feasibility of their use. In this study we investigate the altering of both the structure and physical properties through the doping of hematite (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanocrystals with cerium at a range of concentrations, synthesised using a one-pot co-precipitation method. This extremely simple synthesis followed by thermal treatment results in stable Fe{sub 2−x}Ce{sub x}O{sub y} nanoceramics resulting from the burning of any unreacted precursors and transformation of goethite-cerium doped nanoparticle intermediate. The inclusion of Ce into the crystal lattice of these α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles causes a significantly large reduction in mean crystalline size and alteration in particle morphology with increasing cerium content. Finally we report an increase optical semiconductor bandgap, along with a substantial increase in the ultraviolet attenuation found for a 10% Ce-doping concentration which shows the potential application of cerium-doped hematite nanocrystals to be used as a pigmented ultraviolet filter for cosmetic products.

  3. Fabrication of lanthanum-doped thorium dioxide by high-energy ball milling and spark plasma sintering

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    Scott, Spencer M.; Yao, Tiankai [Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180 (United States); Lu, Fengyuan [Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States); Xin, Guoqing; Zhu, Weiguang [Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180 (United States); Lian, Jie, E-mail: lianj@rpi.edu [Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180 (United States)

    2017-03-15

    Abstract: High-energy ball milling was used to synthesize Th{sub 1-x}La{sub x}O{sub 2-0.5x} (x = 0.09, 0.23) solid solutions, as well as improve the sinterability of ThO{sub 2} powders. Dense La-doped ThO{sub 2} pellets with theoretical density above 94% were consolidated by spark plasma sintering at temperatures above 1400 °C for 20 min, and the densification behavior and the non-equilibrium effects on phase and structure were investigated. A lattice contraction of the SPS-densified pellets occurred with increasing ball milling duration, and a secondary phase with increased La-content was observed in La-doped pellets. A dependence on the La-content and sintering duration for the onset of localized phase segregation has been proposed. The effects of high-energy ball milling, La-content, and phase formation on the thermal diffusivity were also studied for La-doped ThO{sub 2} pellets by laser flash measurement. Increasing La-content and high energy ball milling time decreases thermal diffusivity; while the sintering peak temperature and holding time beyond 1600 °C dramatically altered the temperature dependence of the thermal diffusivity beyond 600 °C. - Highlights: • Lanthanum incorporation into ThO{sub 2} by high energy ball milling and rapid consolidation by spark plasma sintering. • Elucidation of phase behavior of the La-doped ThO{sub 2} and the contributions of La incorporation and SPS sintering conditions. • Investigation of the effects of La incorporation and high energy ball milling on the thermal behavior of La-doped ThO{sub 2}.

  4. Sandia solidification process: a broad range aqueous waste solidification method

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    Lynch, R.W.; Dosch, R.G.; Kenna, B.T.; Johnstone, J.K.; Nowak, E.J.

    1976-01-01

    New ion-exchange materials of the hydrous oxide type were developed for solidifying aqueous radioactive wastes. These materials have the general formula M[M'/sub x/O/sub y/H/sub z/]/sub n/, where M is an exchangeable cation of charge +n and M' may be Ti; Nb; Zr, or Ta. Affinities for polyvalent cations were found to be very high and ion-exchange capacities large (e.g., 4.0--4.5 meq/g for NaTi 2 O 5 H depending on moisture content). The effectiveness of the exchangers for solidifying high-level waste resulting from reprocessing light-water reactor fuel was demonstrated in small-scale tests. Used in conjunction with anion exchange resin, these materials reduced test solution radioactivity from approximately 0.2 Ci/ml to as low as approximately 2 nCi/ml. The residual radioactivity was almost exclusively due to 106 Ru and total α-activity was only a few pCi/ml. Alternative methods of consolidating the solidified waste were evaluated using nonradioactive simulants. Best results were obtained by pressure-sintering which yielded essentially fully dense ceramics, e.g., titanate/titania ceramics with bulk density as high as 4.7 g/cm 3 , waste oxide content as high as 1.2 g/cm 3 , and leach resistance comparable to good borosilicate glass. Based on the above results, a baseline process for solidifying high-level waste was defined and approximate economic analyses indicated costs were not prohibitive. Additional tests have demonstrated that, if desired, operating conditions could be modified to allow recovery of radiocesium (and perhaps other isotopes) during solidification of the remaining constituents of high-level waste. Preliminary tests have also shown that these materials offer promise for treating tank-stored neutralized wastes

  5. Influence of niobium substitution on structural and opto-electrical properties of BNKT piezoelectric ceramics

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    Chauhan, Vidhi [Electroceramics Research Group, Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi (India); Ghosh, S.K., E-mail: saritghosh@gmail.com [Electroceramics Research Group, Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi (India); Hussain, Ali [School of Advanced Materials Engineering, Changwon National University, Gyeong-Nam, 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Rout, S.K., E-mail: skrout@bitmesra.ac.in [Electroceramics Research Group, Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi (India)

    2016-07-25

    Lead free niobium modified piezoelectric ceramics Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.25}K{sub 0.25}Nb{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} (BNKT) (x = 0.0, 0.015 and 0.025) compositions along with their structural and opto-electrical properties are investigated. At room temperature Rietveld refinement analysis on x-ray diffraction data revealed the evidence of tetragonal (P4mm) + cubic (Pm3m) mixed phases at 0.015Nb-BNKT composition and at higher niobium concentration it moves towards cubic phase. Presence of local disorder controls the Raman active vibrational modes along with excitation and emission spectra in these materials. The temperature dependence dielectric constant is investigated in the frequency range of 1 kHz–100 kHz. The broadening of dielectric peak and frequency dependence behavior indicated a relaxor property in these materials. Induced A-site vacancies and coexistence of tetragonal-pseudocubic phases lower the depolarization temperature (T{sub d}) with niobium concentration. The structural mix phases have been correlated with the piezoelectric coefficients and the composition x = 0.015 depicts the better piezoelectric properties amongst the studied compositions which is endorsed to the mixed symmetry of tetragonal and cubic phases. - Highlights: • Coexistence of polar and non-polar phases in Nb doped BNKT materials. • Structural instability and lattice disorder controls the opto-electrical properties. • Broadening and shifting of dielectric peaks highlighted the relaxor behavior. • High value of ferroelectric and piezoelectric coefficients at x = 0.015 composition.

  6. Microstructure and magnetic properties of Zr-Mn substituted M-type SrLa hexaferrites

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    Yang, Yujie; Wang, Fanhou; Shao, Juxiang; Huang, Duohui [Yibin University, Computational Physics Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Yibin (China); Batoo, Khalid Mujasam [King Saud University, King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    2017-09-15

    In this study, we have synthesized the M-type SrLa hexaferrites with nominal compositions of Sr{sub 0.75}La{sub 0.25}Fe{sub 12.0-2x}(ZrMn){sub x}O{sub 19} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.75) by the solid-state method techniques. The phase compositions of the samples were confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. X-ray diffraction analysis exhibits that all the synthesized M-type hexaferrite magnetic powders are in single magetoplumbite structure and no impurity phase is observed, and with the increase of ZrMn content (x), (107) and (114) peaks are broadened and the 2 θ values of (107) and (114) peaks shift towards lower angles. It is observed that lattice constants (c and a) increase with increasing ZrMn content (x) from 0.00 to 0.75. The morphology of the M-type hexaferrites was characterized by a field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). FE-SEM images show that the M-type hexaferrite have formed hexagonal structures. Magnetization properties were measured at room temperature using a physical property measurement system-vibrating sample magnetometer. The saturation magnetization (M{sub s}), remanent magnetization (M{sub r}) and coercivity (H{sub c}) are calculated from magnetic hysteresis loops. M{sub s}, M{sub r} and M{sub r}/M{sub s} ratio first increase with increasing ZrMn content (x) from 0.00 to 0.15, and then decrease when ZrMn content (x) ≥0.15. H{sub c} decreases with the increase of ZrMn content (x) from 0.00 to 0.75. (orig.)

  7. Partial substitution of manganese with cerium in SrMnO{sub 3} nano-perovskite catalyst. Effect of the modification on the catalytic combustion of dilute acetone

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    Rezlescu, Nicolae, E-mail: nicolae.rezlescu@gmail.com [National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, Iasi (Romania); Rezlescu, Elena; Popa, Paul Dorin; Doroftei, Corneliu [National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, Iasi (Romania); Ignat, Maria [“Al. I. Cuza” University, Faculty of Chemistry, Iasi (Romania)

    2016-10-01

    Ultrafine SrMn{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 02) perovskites were prepared by self-combustion method and heat treatment at 1000 °C for 4 h. The structure and surface properties were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), EDX spectroscopy, and BET analysis. The catalyst properties of the perovskite nanopowders were tested in the catalytic combustion of dilute acetone at atmospheric pressure. The results revealed that the partial substitution of Mn by Ce ions (x = 0.2) in perovskite structure of SrMnO{sub 3} had significantly improved catalytic activity of the perovskite. The SrMn{sub 0.8}Ce{sub 0,2}O{sub 3} perovskite composition can be a good candidate for catalytic combustion of low concentration acetone (1–2‰ in air) at low temperatures. The acetone conversion over this catalyst exceeds 90% at 200 °C, whereas over SrMnO{sub 3} it is only 50%. Compared with SrMnO{sub 3}, T{sub 50} is decreased by 75 °C and T{sub 90} is decreased by 70 °C. The enhancement of the catalytic activity at a Ce doping of 0.2 may be ascribed to smaller crystallite sizes, larger specific surface area and the presence of Ce and Mn cations with variable valence in the perovskite structure. - Highlights: • A non-conventional method was used to make nanostructured perovskite samples. • XRD study confirms perovskite structure and nanosize of crystallites. • EDX analyses confirm homogeneity and purity of the samples. • The catalytic testing was carried out in the flameless combustion of dilute acetone. • SrMn{sub 0.8}Ce{sub 0.2}O{sub 3} perovskite can be a promising catalyst for acetone combustion at low temperature.

  8. Mössbauer spectral studies of Ti{sup 4+} substituted nickel ferrite

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    Kale, C.M., E-mail: cmk1973@rediffmail.com [Department of Physics, Indraraj Art, Commerce, and Science College, Sillod, Aurangabad (India); Bardapurkar, P.P. [S.N. Arts, D.J. Malpani Commerce and B.N. Sarda Science College, Sangamner (India); Shukla, S.J. [Department of Physics, P.G. Research Centre, Deogiri College, Aurangabad (India); Jadhav, K.M. [Department of Physics, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431001, M.S. (India)

    2013-04-15

    Polycrystalline ferrites with general formula Ni{sub 1+x}Ti{sub x}Fe{sub 2−2x}O{sub 4}, where 0.0≤x≤0.7 were prepared through double sintering ceramic technique using A.R. grade oxides of respective ions. The phase purity of all the samples was checked by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The X-ray diffraction pattern shows all reflections belonging to cubic spinel structure. No extra peak other than cubic spinel was observed in the X-ray diffraction pattern. Using XRD data, the lattice constant was calculated for all the compositions. The lattice constant decreases linearly with Ti{sup 4+} substitutions and obeys Vegard's law. The magnetic properties (saturation magnetization, magneton number, coercivity) were investigated using pulse field hysteresis loop technique at room temperature. The values of coercivity decreases with Ti{sup 4+} content increases. The saturation magnetization and magneton number both significantly decreases with increase in Ti{sup 4+} substitution. Mössbauer spectra of all the samples exhibit sextet. The Mössbauer parameters obtained from Mössbauer spectrum revealed the influence of titanium substitution. -- Highlights: ► XRD synthesis of Ti{sup 4+} substituted spinel structure. ► Non-magnetic Ti{sup 4+} substitution is much effective on magnetic properties. ► Mössbauer spectrum at room temperature influence on hyperfine field for both (A) and [B] sites. ► Zeeman pattern with small isomer shift exhibits small hyperfine field.

  9. Changes in local surface structure and Sr depletion in Fe-implanted SrTiO{sub 3} (001)

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    Lobacheva, O., E-mail: olobache@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B7 (Canada); Yiu, Y.M. [Department of Chemistry, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B7 (Canada); Chen, N. [Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X4 (Canada); Sham, T.K.; Goncharova, L.V. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B7 (Canada); Department of Chemistry, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B7 (Canada)

    2017-01-30

    Highlights: • Fe ion implantation of SrTiO{sub 3} and post-implantation results in formation of Sr{sub 1-y}Ti{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x+y}O{sub 3-δ} phase. • In Sr{sub 1-y}Ti{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x+y}O{sub 3-δ} phase, Fe assumes Fe{sup 3+} oxidation state in the bulk and Fe{sup 2+} oxidation state in the near surface area. • FEFF9 calculations indicate that Fe ions can substitute both Ti and Sr sites. • Formation of Sr{sub 1-y}Ti{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x+y}O{sub 3-δ} phase is accompanied by Sr depletion in the near surface region. - Abstract: Local surface structure of single crystal strontium titanate SrTiO{sub 3} (001) samples implanted with Fe in the range of concentrations between 2 × 10{sup 14} to 2 × 10{sup 16} Fe/cm{sup 2} at 30 keV has been investigated. In order to facilitate Fe substitution (doping), implanted samples were annealed in oxygen at 350 °C. Sr depletion was observed from the near-surface layers impacted by the ion-implantation process, as revealed by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES), and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Hydrocarbon contaminations on the surface may contribute to the mechanisms of Sr depletion, which have important implications for Sr(Ti{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x})O{sub 3-δ} materials in gas sensing applications.

  10. Workplace performance of a loose-fitting powered air purifying respirator during nanoparticle synthesis

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    Koivisto, Antti J., E-mail: jok@nrcwe.dk [National Research Centre for the Working Environment (Denmark); Aromaa, Mikko [Tampere University of Technology, Department of Physics (Finland); Koponen, Ismo K. [National Research Centre for the Working Environment (Denmark); Fransman, Wouter [TNO (Netherlands); Jensen, Keld A. [National Research Centre for the Working Environment (Denmark); Mäkelä, Jyrki M. [Tampere University of Technology, Department of Physics (Finland); Hämeri, Kaarle J. [University of Helsinki, Department of Physics (Finland)

    2015-04-15

    Nanoparticle (particles with diameter ≤100 nm) exposure is recognized as a potentially harmful size fraction for pulmonary particle exposure. During nanoparticle synthesis, the number concentrations in the process room may exceed 10 × 10{sup 6} cm{sup −3}. During such conditions, it is essential that the occupants in the room wear highly reliable high-performance respirators to prevent inhalation exposure. Here we have studied the in-use program protection factor (PPF) of loose-fitting powered air purifying respirators, while workers were coating components with TiO{sub 2} or Cu{sub x}O{sub y} nanoparticles under a hood using a liquid flame spray process. The PPF was measured using condensation particle counters, an electrical low pressure impactor, and diffusion chargers. The room particle concentrations varied from 4 × 10{sup 6} to 40 × 10{sup 6} cm{sup −3}, and the count median aerodynamic diameter ranged from 32 to 180 nm. Concentrations inside the respirator varied from 0.7 to 7.2 cm{sup −3}. However, on average, tidal breathing was assumed to increase the respirator concentration by 2.3 cm{sup −3}. The derived PPF exceeded 1.1 × 10{sup 6}, which is more than 40 × 10{sup 3} times the respirator assigned protection factor. We were unable to measure clear differences in the PPF of respirators with old and new filters, among two male and one female user, or assess most penetrating particle size. This study shows that the loose-fitting powered air purifying respirator provides very efficient protection against nanoparticle inhalation exposure if used properly.

  11. Structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline stannic substituted cobalt ferrite

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    Abbas, Y.M., E-mail: ymabbas@live.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia (Egypt); Mansour, S.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia (Egypt); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, King AbdulAziz University, Rabegh (Saudi Arabia); Ibrahim, M.H. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia (Egypt); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, King AbdulAziz University (Saudi Arabia); Ali, Shehab. E., E-mail: shehab_ali@science.suez.edu.eg [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia (Egypt)

    2012-09-15

    The structural and magnetic properties of the spinel ferrite system Co{sub 1+x}Fe{sub 2-2x}Sn{sub x}O{sub 4} (x=0.0-1.0) have been studied. Samples in the series were prepared by the ceramic technique. The structural and microstructural evolutions of the nanophase have been studied using X-ray powder diffraction and the Rietveld method. The refinement result showed that the type of the cationic distribution over the tetrahedral and octahedral sites in the nanocrystalline lattice is partially an inverse spinel. Far infrared absorption spectra show two significant absorption bands, around 600 cm{sup -1} and 425 cm{sup -1}, which are respectively attributed to tetrahedral (A) and octahedral [B] vibrations of the spinel. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was used to study surface morphology. SEM images reveal particles in the nanosize