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  1. Facile synthesis of BaTiO3 nanotubes and their microwave absorption properties.

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    Zhu, Yao-Feng; Zhang, Li; Natsuki, Toshiaki; Fu, Ya-Qin; Ni, Qing-Qing

    2012-04-01

    Uniform BaTiO(3) nanotubes were synthesized via a simple wet chemical route at low temperature (50 °C). The as-synthesized BaTiO(3) nanotubes were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show that the BaTiO(3) nanotubes formed a cubic phase with an average diameter of ~10 nm and wall thickness of 3 nm at room temperature. The composition of the mixed solvent (ethanol and deionized water) was a key factor in the formation of these nanotubes; we discuss possible synthetic mechanisms. The microwave absorption properties of the BaTiO(3) nanotubes were studied at microwave frequencies between 0.5 and 15 GHz. The minimum reflection loss of the BaTiO(3) nanotubes/paraffin wax composite (BaTiO(3) nanotubes weight fraction = 70%) reached 21.8 dB (~99.99% absorption) at 15 GHz, and the frequency bandwidth less than -10 dB is from 13.3 to 15 GHz. The excellent absorption property of BaTiO(3) nanotubes at high frequency indicates that these nanotubes could be promising microwave-absorbing materials. PMID:22409350

  2. Preparation and characterization of highly crystallized BaTiO3 layer on Ni nanoparticles

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    Hao, Yanan; Wang, Xiaohui; Zhang, Hui; Li, Longtu

    2015-01-01

    A uniform polycrystalline BaTiO3 layer is coated on Ni nanoparticles by an economic and effective one-step sol-precipitation method for future applications in next-generation multilayer ceramic capacitors. Using NaOH to provide strong alkaline conditions, a highly crystallized BaTiO3 layer is obtained with high efficiency. The influence of the BaTiO3 coating amount on the properties of Ni powders is examined. Transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy show that the BaTiO3 layer is continuous and uniform. X-ray photoelectron spectra of the Ba, O states show that a strong bonding was formed between the coating layer and the Ni surfaces. Through this bonding, BaTiO3 can heterogeneously nucleate and crystallize on the Ni surfaces. This polycrystalline BaTiO3 layer is very effective in protecting Ni from oxidation as well as increasing the shrinkage onset temperature of Ni nanoparticles. Moreover, these properties can be further improved by increasing the BaTiO3 coating amount.

  3. Nanostructural evolution of one-dimensional BaTiO3 structures by hydrothermal conversion of vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes

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    Muñoz-Tabares, J. A.; Bejtka, K.; Lamberti, A.; Garino, N.; Bianco, S.; Quaglio, M.; Pirri, C. F.; Chiodoni, A.

    2016-03-01

    The use of TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays as templates for hydrothermal conversion of one-dimensional barium titanate (BaTiO3) structures is considered a promising synthesis approach, even though the formation mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Herein we report a nanostructural study by means of XRD and (HR)TEM of high aspect ratio TiO2-NTs hydrothermally converted into BaTiO3. The nanostructure shows two different and well-defined regions: at the top the conversion involves complete dissolution of NTs and subsequent precipitation of BaTiO3 crystals by homogeneous nucleation, followed by the growth of dendritic structures by aggregation and oriented attachment mechanisms. Instead, at the bottom, the low liquid/solid ratio, due to the limited amount of Ba solution that infiltrates the NTs, leads to the rapid crystallization of such a solution into BaTiO3, thus allowing the NTs to act as a template for the formation of highly oriented one-dimensional nanostructures. The in-depth analysis of the structural transformations that take place during the formation of the rod-like arrays of BaTiO3 could help elucidate the conversion mechanism, thus paving the way for the optimization of the synthesis process in view of new applications in energy harvesting devices, where easy and low temperature processing, controlled composition, morphology and functional properties are required.The use of TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays as templates for hydrothermal conversion of one-dimensional barium titanate (BaTiO3) structures is considered a promising synthesis approach, even though the formation mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Herein we report a nanostructural study by means of XRD and (HR)TEM of high aspect ratio TiO2-NTs hydrothermally converted into BaTiO3. The nanostructure shows two different and well-defined regions: at the top the conversion involves complete dissolution of NTs and subsequent precipitation of BaTiO3 crystals by homogeneous nucleation, followed by the

  4. Effect of oxygen partial pressure and anneal temperature on BaTiO3 thin film crystal structure

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    Zhang, Jing; Sun, De-gui; Fu, Xiuhua; Liu, Dong-mei; Pan, Yong-gang; Yang, Fei

    2015-08-01

    BaTiO3 film is deposited on single crystal MgO substrate with pulsed laser deposition, and its crystal structure and surface roughness are characterized by X-ray diffraction instrument and atomic force microscope. BaTiO3 film crystal quality is analyzed under three different oxygen partial pressure and three different annealing temperatures. The result shows that when the oxygen partial pressure is 15Pa, crystal surface (001) and (002) diffraction peak of BaTiO3 thin films have higher intensity. It indicated that the film has a good c-axis orientation. When the annealing temperature is 800°C, the intensity of diffraction peak is the maximum, and peak shape is sharper. BaTiO3 crystal film is obtained with highly preferred orientation, and film density is improved. Thus the film has less surface roughness and good crystalline state.

  5. Submerged arc discharge technique to explore novel non-carbon nanotubes: Syntheses of nanotubes from ZnO and BaTiO3

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    Sano, Noriaki; Tamon, Hajime

    2014-04-01

    A unique reaction field using arc discharge in water can create novel nanostructures, where an extreme temperature drop is observed in bubbles around a hot arc plasma zone. Here, a Mo anode had a hole at its tip, into which ZnO or BaTiO3 powder was stuffed. The cathode received film products on its surface. It was revealed that BaTiO3 nanotubes were firstly synthesized as novel nanotubes when BaTiO3 powder was stuffed in the anode hole. When ZnO powder was stuffed in the anode hole, narrow ZnO nanotubes were synthesized. The diameter of the ZnO nanotubes synthesized was the smallest ever reported.

  6. Ferroelectric BaTiO3 phase of orthorhombic crystal structure contained in nanoparticles

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    Ram, S.; Jana, A.; Kundu, T. K.

    2007-09-01

    Ferroelectric BaTiO3 phase of a Pnma orthorhombic crystal structure is synthesized from a chemical method using a polymer complex of Ba2+ and Ti4+ with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). After burning out the polymer at temperature as high as 550 °C in air for 2 h results in an average 15 nm crystallite BaTiO3 size, with lattice parameters a =0.6435 nm, b =0.5306 nm, c =0.8854 nm, and density 5.124 g/cm3. The relationship between dielectric constant ɛr and temperature showed a single Curie transition temperature TC=131 °C, with as large a ɛr value as 263 at TC. A low value of dissipation factor tan δ, as small as 0.033 at room temperature (frequency f =1 kHz), with good insulating properties made the sample promising for use in uncooled infrared detectors and thermal imaging applications. The ɛr value is nearly independent of f value up to 100 kHz. A spectrum of sharp EPR signals of g values 2.21 to 1.88 characterizes three major kinds of VBa-, VTi3-, and Ti3+-Vo2+ paramagnetic species present in the imperfections.

  7. Mesoscale flux-closure domain formation in single-crystal BaTiO3.

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    McQuaid, R G P; McGilly, L J; Sharma, P; Gruverman, A; Gregg, J M

    2011-01-01

    Over 60 years ago, Charles Kittel predicted that quadrant domains should spontaneously form in small ferromagnetic platelets. He expected that the direction of magnetization within each quadrant should lie parallel to the platelet surface, minimizing demagnetizing fields,and that magnetic moments should be configured into an overall closed loop, or flux-closure arrangement. Although now a ubiquitous observation in ferromagnets, obvious flux-closure patterns have been somewhat elusive in ferroelectric materials. This is despite the analogous behaviour between these two ferroic subgroups and the recent prediction of dipole closure states by atomistic simulations research. Here we show Piezoresponse Force Microscopy images of mesoscopic dipole closure patterns in free-standing, single-crystal lamellae of BaTiO(3). Formation of these patterns is a dynamical process resulting from system relaxation after the BaTiO(3) has been poled with a uniform electric field. The flux-closure states are composed of shape conserving 90° stripe domains which minimize disclination stresses. PMID:21792183

  8. 90-degree polarization switching in BaTiO3 crystals without domain wall motion

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    Li, Y. W.; Scott, J. F.; Fang, D. N.; Li, F. X.

    2013-12-01

    We report 90° polarization switching in a BaTiO3 crystal without domain wall (DW) motion by prefabricating samples with interlocking domains via compression. During electric re-poling of the depoled and aged crystals, 90° domain nucleation still exists, but 90° DW motion is inhibited by the strong constraints from surrounding domains, leading to DW-free 90° polarization switching. The measured coercive field of 500 V/mm for the DW-free 90° switching is close to the intrinsic values and much larger than that of 80 V/mm via 90° DW motion. Compared to the rather difficult domain-free 180° polarization switching in ultrathin films, 90° DW-free switching is easier.

  9. Lattice dynamics of crystals with tetragonal BaTiO3 structure

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    Freire, J. D.; Katiyar, R. S.

    1988-02-01

    A lattice-dynamical formalism using the rigid-ion model due to Born and Huang is applied to the ferroelectric crystals PbTiO3 and BaTiO3, in the tetragonal phase. The model includes short-range interactions of axially symmetric type between various ions in the primitive cell and long-range Coulomb interactions. The stability conditions are worked out in the manner described by Katiyar and are used to determine several first-order derivative potential constants for the crystals. The number of potential constants was further reduced by considering the variation of radial force constants with the ion-ion distance, as given by the exponential formalism of Born and Mayer. Zone-center phonons and a few of the low-frequency zone-boundary phonons were used for the nonlinear least-squares fitting. In general, we obtained excellent agreement between the calculated and observed frequencies. The resulting parameters showed that the short-range interaction between the nearest titanium and oxygen is approximately 1 order of magnitude stronger than the interactions between the lead and oxygen or between the oxygens. The calculations showed that the lowest transverse-optic mode of E symmetry in PbTiO3 has eigenvectors similar to those predicted by Last, whereas in BaTiO3 the ionic movement in the lowest optic E mode can be approximated by the description of Slater. The phonon dispersion curves for various directions of the wave vector q were computed. These results are in good agreement with the inelastic neutron measurements by Shirane et al. A calculation of the oblique phonons near the zone center is presented and compared with the available experimental data. These calculations show that the long-range Coulomb forces dominate the anisotropic forces in these crystals. A theoretical approach for computing the elastic, dielectric, and piezoelectric properties is presented and the proposed model applied for calculating these constants. The results are compared with the

  10. Acoustic Imaging of Ferroelectric Domains in BaTiO3 Single Crystals Using Atomic Force Microscope

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    Zeng, Huarong; Shimamura, Kiyoshi; Kannan, Chinna Venkadasamy; Villora, Encarnacion G.; Takekawa, Shunji; Kitamura, Kenji; Yin, Qingrui

    2007-01-01

    An “alternating-force-modulated” atomic force microscope (AFM) operating in the acoustic mode, generated by launching acoustic waves on the piezoelectric transducer that is attached to the cantilever, was used to visualize the ferroelectric domains in barium titanate (BaTiO3) single crystals by detecting acoustic vibrations generated by the tip and transmitted through the sample placed beneath it to the transducer. The acoustic signal was found to reflect locally elastic microstructures at low frequencies, while high-frequency acoustic images revealed strip like domain configurations of internal substructures in BaTiO3 single crystals. The underlying acoustic imaging mechanism using the AFM was discussed in terms of the interaction between the excited acoustic wave and ferroelectric domains.

  11. Morphogenesis mechanisms in the solvothermal synthesis of BaTiO3 from titanate nanorods and nanotubes.

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    Bogicevic, Christine; Thorner, Gentien; Karolak, Fabienne; Haghi-Ashtiani, Paul; Kiat, Jean-Michel

    2015-02-28

    A rich variety of single crystalline BaTiO3 (BT) nanostructures have been synthesized by two different routes using titanate nanorods and nanotubes as precursors. Free standing, mixed or agglomerated nanotori, solid or hollow nanospheres and nanocubes were obtained. A careful analysis of the shape evolution of the resulting BT nano-objects obtained with both types of precursors and different parameters (precursor composition and shape, temperature, Ba/Ti molar ratio) allowed an improved understanding of the nanostructure formation. The morphogenesis models at play such as Ostwald ripening and the Kirkendall effect have been identified. Other mechanisms hereafter called the self and merging rebuilding processes and a tentative Turing-reaction-diffusion-model are proposed to explain the formation of these obtained nanoparticles. PMID:25630867

  12. Composites of hybrids BaTiO3/carbon nanotubes/polyvinylidene fluoride with high dielectric properties

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    Fan, Benhui; Bai, Jinbo

    2015-11-01

    High dielectric composites were prepared based on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and hybrids BaTiO3-carbon nanotubes (H-BT-CNTs) with a special structure. The hybrids that BT was a core and CNTs grew outside were fabricated by chemical vapor deposition. Due to the special structure, composite’s dielectric permittivity reached 1777 at 100 Hz and 80 at 1 MHz, while loss tangent maintained as 6 at 100 Hz and 0.56 at 1 MHz, respectively. Moreover, dielectric permittivity and ac conductivity of composite were further enhanced after annealing process at moderate temperature. These improved properties were originated from the reformation of conductive network and BT-CNTs structure inside PVDF matrix.

  13. Morphogenesis mechanisms in the solvothermal synthesis of BaTiO3 from titanate nanorods and nanotubes

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    Bogicevic, Christine; Thorner, Gentien; Karolak, Fabienne; Haghi-Ashtiani, Paul; Kiat, Jean-Michel

    2015-02-01

    A rich variety of single crystalline BaTiO3 (BT) nanostructures have been synthesized by two different routes using titanate nanorods and nanotubes as precursors. Free standing, mixed or agglomerated nanotori, solid or hollow nanospheres and nanocubes were obtained. A careful analysis of the shape evolution of the resulting BT nano-objects obtained with both types of precursors and different parameters (precursor composition and shape, temperature, Ba/Ti molar ratio) allowed an improved understanding of the nanostructure formation. The morphogenesis models at play such as Ostwald ripening and the Kirkendall effect have been identified. Other mechanisms hereafter called the self and merging rebuilding processes and a tentative Turing-reaction-diffusion-model are proposed to explain the formation of these obtained nanoparticles.A rich variety of single crystalline BaTiO3 (BT) nanostructures have been synthesized by two different routes using titanate nanorods and nanotubes as precursors. Free standing, mixed or agglomerated nanotori, solid or hollow nanospheres and nanocubes were obtained. A careful analysis of the shape evolution of the resulting BT nano-objects obtained with both types of precursors and different parameters (precursor composition and shape, temperature, Ba/Ti molar ratio) allowed an improved understanding of the nanostructure formation. The morphogenesis models at play such as Ostwald ripening and the Kirkendall effect have been identified. Other mechanisms hereafter called the self and merging rebuilding processes and a tentative Turing-reaction-diffusion-model are proposed to explain the formation of these obtained nanoparticles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Derivation of the reaction-diffusion-model coefficients. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06266c

  14. In situ observation of reversible domain switching in aged Mn-doped BaTiO3 single crystals

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    Zhang, L. X.; Ren, X.

    2005-05-01

    Very recently, a giant recoverable electrostrain effect has been found in aged Fe-doped BaTiO3 single crystals; this effect is based on a defect-mediated reversible domain-switching mechanism. However, the reversible domain-switching process itself is yet to be directly verified. In the present study, we performed in situ domain observation during electric field cycling for an aged Mn-doped BaTiO3 single crystal and simultaneously measured its polarization (P) -field (E) hysteresis loop. In addition, the electrostrain behavior of the sample was also characterized. Such experimentation made it possible to correlate the mesoscopic domain-switching behavior with the macroscopic properties. It was found that the aged sample shows a remarkable reversible domain switching during electric field cycling; it corresponds very well to a “double” hysteresis loop and a giant recoverable electrostrain effect (with a maximum strain of 0.4%). This provides direct mesoscopic evidence for our reversible domain-switching mechanism. By contrast, an unaged sample shows irreversible domain-switching behavior during electric field cycling; it corresponds to a normal hysteresis loop and a butterfly-type irrecoverable electrostrain behavior. This indicates that the reversible domain switching in the aged sample is related to point-defect migration during aging. We further found that the large recoverable strain is available over a wide frequency range. This is important for the application of this electrostrain effect.

  15. Effect of rhodium doping on the growth and characteristics of BaTiO 3 single crystals grown by step-cooling method

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    Madeswaran, S.; Giridharan, N. V.; Varatharajan, R.; Ravi, G.; Jayavel, R.

    2004-06-01

    Single crystals of Rh-doped BaTiO 3 have been grown by high-temperature solution growth technique. The dopant has significant effect on the growth parameters and crystal properties. Bulk single crystals of dimensions 5×5×4 mm 3 have been grown with optimized growth conditions. Layer growth and vein-like structure patterns, indicative of 2D-nucleation mechanism, have been observed on the grown crystals. The dopant level in the grown crystals was estimated by EDX analysis. The crystals possess tetragonal structure and the tetragonality decreases for higher dopant concentration. Rh doping in BaTiO 3 leads to decrease in dielectric constant and Curie temperature ( Tc) values.

  16. Sheets of Vertically Aligned BaTiO3 Nanotubes Reduce Cell Proliferation but Not Viability of NIH-3T3 Cells

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    Giannini, Marianna; Giannaccini, Martina; Sibillano, Teresa; Giannini, Cinzia; Liu, Dun; Wang, Zhigang; Baù, Andrea; Dente, Luciana; Cuschieri, Alfred; Raffa, Vittoria

    2014-01-01

    All biomaterials initiate a tissue response when implanted in living tissues. Ultimately this reaction causes fibrous encapsulation and hence isolation of the material, leading to failure of the intended therapeutic effect of the implant. There has been extensive bioengineering research aimed at overcoming or delaying the onset of encapsulation. Nanotechnology has the potential to address this problem by virtue of the ability of some nanomaterials to modulate interactions with cells, thereby inducing specific biological responses to implanted foreign materials. To this effect in the present study, we have characterised the growth of fibroblasts on nano-structured sheets constituted by BaTiO3, a material extensively used in biomedical applications. We found that sheets of vertically aligned BaTiO3 nanotubes inhibit cell cycle progression - without impairing cell viability - of NIH-3T3 fibroblast cells. We postulate that the 3D organization of the material surface acts by increasing the availability of adhesion sites, promoting cell attachment and inhibition of cell proliferation. This finding could be of relevance for biomedical applications designed to prevent or minimize fibrous encasement by uncontrolled proliferation of fibroblastic cells with loss of material-tissue interface underpinning long-term function of implants. PMID:25506693

  17. Growth and characterization of high-performance photorefractive BaTiO3 crystals

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    Warde, C.; Garrett, M. H.; Chang, J. Y.; Jenssen, H. P.; Tuller, H. L.

    1991-01-01

    Barium titanate has been used for many nonlinear optical applications primarily because it has high grain and high self-pumped phase conjugate reflectivities. However, barium titanate has had a relatively slow response time, and thus low sensitivity. Therefore, it has not been suited to real-time operations. In this report we will describe the modifications in crystal growth, doping, reduction, and poling that have produced barium titanate crystals with the fastest photorefractive response time reported to date, approximately 21 microseconds with a beam-coupling gain coefficient of 38.7 cm(exp -1) and the highest sensitivity reported to date of 3.44 cm(exp 3)/kJ. The sensitivity of these barium titanate crystals is comparable to or greater than other photorefractive oxides. We will show, for the first time, beam-coupling in barium titanate at video frame rates. We infer from response time measurements that barium titanate has a phonon limited mobility. Also, photorefractive response time measurements as a function of the crystallographic orientation and grating wave vector for our cobalt-doped oxygen reduced crystals indicate that their faster response time arise because of an increase in the free carrier lifetime.

  18. Inhomogeneity issues in the growth of Na 1/2Bi 1/2TiO 3-BaTiO 3 single crystals

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    Bubesh Babu, J.; Madeswaran, G.; He, Ming; Zhang, D. F.; Chen, X. L.; Dhanasekaran, R.

    2008-01-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric single crystals of Na 1/2Bi 1/2TiO 3-BaTiO 3 (NBT-BT) have been grown by flux and zone melting techniques. Growth was carried out by employing two flux systems: (a) Bi 2O 3 and (b) Bi 2O 3 and Na 2CO 3 fluxes. In order to avoid the serious problem of composition variations suffered in flux growth technique, metal strip heated zone melting (MSHZM) technique was employed for the growth of NBT-BT crystals. Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis was carried out for the grown crystals and the composition variations in the crystals obtained from flux and MSHZM techniques were analyzed. Results reveal that the composition variations suffered in the flux-grown crystals have been avoided by adopting the zone melting technique.

  19. Elastic excitations in BaTiO3 single crystals and ceramics: Mobile domain boundaries and polar nanoregions observed by resonant ultrasonic spectroscopy

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    Salje, Ekhard K. H.; Carpenter, Michael A.; Nataf, Guillaume F.; Picht, Gunnar; Webber, Kyle; Weerasinghe, Jeevaka; Lisenkov, S.; Bellaiche, L.

    2013-01-01

    The dynamic properties of elastic domain walls in BaTiO3 were investigated using resonance ultrasonic spectroscopy (RUS). The sequence of phase transitions is characterized by minima in the temperature dependence of RUS resonance frequencies and changes in Q factors (resonance damping). Damping is related to the friction of mobile twin boundaries (90° ferroelectric walls) and distorted polar nanoregions (PNRs) in the cubic phase. Damping is largest in the tetragonal phase of ceramic materials but very low in single crystals. Damping is also small in the low-temperature phases of the ceramic sample and slightly increases with decreasing temperature in the single crystal. The phase angle between the real and imaginary part of the dynamic response function changes drastically in the cubic and tetragonal phases and remains constant in the orthorhombic phase. Other phases show a moderate dependence of the phase angle on temperature showing systematic changes of twin microstructures. Mobile twin boundaries (or sections of twin boundaries such as kinks inside twin walls) contribute strongly to the energy dissipation of the forced oscillation while the reduction in effective modulus due to relaxing twin domains is weak. Single crystals and ceramics show strong precursor softening in the cubic phase related to polar nanoregions (PNRs). The effective modulus decreases when the transition point of the cubic-tetragonal transformation is approached from above. The precursor softening follows temperature dependence very similar to recent results from Brillouin scattering. Between the Burns temperature (≈586 K) and Tc at 405 K, we found a good fit of the squared RUS frequency [˜Δ (C11-C12)] to a Vogel-Fulcher process with an activation energy of ˜0.2 eV. Finally, some first-principles-based effective Hamiltonian computations were carried out in BaTiO3 single domains to explain some of these observations in terms of the dynamics of the soft mode and central mode.

  20. One — dimensional laser beam steering using frequency detuning in two — wave mixing with a BaTiO 3 crystal

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    Dharmsaktu, K. S.; Joseph, Joby; Singh, Kehar

    2000-06-01

    We demonstrate a method of one-dimensional laser beam deflection using frequency detuning in two-wave mixing. Energy exchange between the interfering beams in a photo-refractive BaTiO 3 crystal has been used for deflection of a pump beam into predetermined probe beam directions. A one-dimensional array of several beams is generated from a single probe beam, employing a piezo-mirror and beam splitter combination. Probe beams so produced are detuned by exciting the piezo-mirror with a periodic near-saw-tooth voltage so as to produce running fringes. However, stable holographic gratings are recorded by matching the frequency of the probe beam with that of a pump beam reflected from another vibrating piezo-mirror, thereby controlling the direction of beam deflection.

  1. Preparation of BaTiO3/Cu2O and BaTiO3/Cu2O/Au Complexes: Their Photocatalytic and Antipathogenic Effect.

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    Cho, Sung-Woo; Nam, Dae-Hyun; Kim, Lee-Han; Jung, Dongwoon

    2016-05-01

    BaTiO3/Cu2O and BaTiO3/Cu2O/Au complexes were prepared from CuCl2, HAuCl4 solution, and BaTiO3 by the solution method. BaTiO3 particles were dispersed in a CuCl2 solution, and the BaTiO3/CuO complex was produced through crystallization of CuO onto the BaTiO3 surface by hydrolysis of CuCl2 in the first stage. After the reaction, CuO was reduced to Cu2O by treatment with glucose, thereby yielding the BaTiO3/Cu2O complex. The BaTiO3/Cu2O/Au complex was prepared by treating the BaTiO3/Cu2O particles with HAuCl4. Under visible light, the obtained BaTiO3/Cu2O0/Au complex showed higher photocatalytic activity than the Degussa P-25sample. In addition, the BaTiO3/Cu2O complex showed excellent antipathogenic effect. PMID:27483887

  2. Non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of the BaTiO3-KNbO3-SiO2 glass

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    Yang, H. Y.; Yang, Y. S.; Choi, H. W.

    2015-04-01

    We have investigated the non-isothermal formation kinetics of nanocrystals from the BaTiO3-KNbO3-SiO2 (BKSO) glass at temperatures from room temperature to 800 °C. The thermal characteristics and the structural transformations of the BKSO glass have been studied by means of a differential thermal analysis and X-ray diffraction. The crystallization of BKSO glass is found to accompany a single-step occurrence of a tetragonal Ba3TiNb4O15 nanocrystal structure. During the crystallization, a nanocrystals with a size of ˜40 nm at the initial stage grow with increasing temperature and reach a size of ˜120 nm by the time the crystallization finishes. We use the non-isothermal model of Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov to characterize the kinetics of the crystallization process for the BKSO glass. The Avrami exponent of 3.5 indicates that the crystallization mechanisms is an increasing nucleation rate with diffusion-controlled growth. In the view of applications, providing information on how to control the size of nanograins systematically by simply controlling the annealing temperature of the glass state, as described in this study, should be useful.

  3. Crystallization and electrical characteristics of 0.95 (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.05 BaTiO3 thin films under different annealing temperature and atmosphere.

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    Diao, Chien-Chen; Yang, Cheng-Fu; Lin, Jing-Jenn

    2011-12-01

    0.95 (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3-0.05 BaTiO3 +1 wt% Bi2O3 (NBT-BT3) ceramic is used as target to deposit the NBT-BT3 thin films. The excess 1wt% Bi2O3 is used to compensate the vaporization of Bi2O3 during the sintering and annealing processes. NBT-BT3 thin films are successfully deposited using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputter method and crystallized subsequently using a conventional furnace annealing (CFA) process. The annealed process is conducted in air and in oxygen atmosphere at temperatures ranging from 600-800 degrees C for 60 min. As compared with the as-deposited NBT-BT3 thin films, the CFA-treated process has improved the grain growth and crystallization. We will show that the annealing atmosphere is the more important parameter to influence the grain growth and crystallization of NBT-BT3 thin films than the annealing temperature. The influences of CFA-treated temperature and atmosphere on the electrical characteristics of NBT-BT3 thin films, including the polarization characteristics (Pr, Ps, and Ec values), the capacitance-voltage (C-V) curves, and the leakage current density-electric field (J-E) curves, are also investigated in this study. PMID:22408948

  4. Continuous cross-over from ferroelectric to relaxor state and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3-BaZrO3-CaTiO3 single crystals

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    Benabdallah, F.; Veber, P.; Prakasam, M.; Viraphong, O.; Shimamura, K.; Maglione, M.

    2014-04-01

    Optimal properties like piezoelectricity can be found in polarizable materials for which the structure changes sharply under small composition variations in the vicinity of their morphotropic phase boundary or the triple point in their isobaric temperature-composition phase diagram. In the latter, lead-free (Ba0.850Ca0.150)(Ti0.900Zr0.100)O3 ceramics exhibit outstanding piezoelectric coefficients. For the first time, we report the growth of piezoelectric lead-free single crystals in the BaTiO3-BaZrO3-CaTiO3 pseudo-ternary system. The stoichiometry control in the CaO-BaO-TiO2-ZrO2 solid solution led to single crystals with various compositions ranging from (Ba0.857Ca0.143)(Ti0.928Zr0.072)O3 to (Ba0.953Ca0.047)(Ti0.427Zr0.573)O3. We evidenced a continuous cross-over from a ferroelectric state at high titanium content to a relaxor one on increasing the zirconium content. Such a property tuning is rather seldom observed in lead-free ferroelectrics and confirms what was already reported for ceramics. Single crystal with (Ba0.838Ca0.162)(Ti0.854Zr0.146)O3 composition, which has been grown and oriented along [001] crystallographic direction, displayed electromechanical coefficients d31 and k31 of 93 pC.N-1 and 0.18, respectively, near the room temperature (T = 305 K).

  5. Influencing Factor Investigation on Dynamic Hydrothermal Growth of Gapped Hollow BaTiO3 Nanospheres

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    Gao, Jiabing; Shi, Haiyue; Yang, Jing; Li, Tao; Zhang, Rui; Chen, Deliang

    2015-08-01

    Gapped hollow BaTiO3 nanospheres with an apparent diameter of 93 ± 19 nm (shell thickness of 10-20 nm) were synthesized via a dynamic hydrothermal process using TiO2 sols and Ba2+ ions as the Ti and Ba sources in alkaline aqueous solutions. The phases and morphologies of the BaTiO3 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM, TEM, and Raman spectra. The effects of the hydrothermal temperatures and durations, NaOH concentrations, and Ba/Ti ratios on the formation of gapped hollow BaTiO3 nanospheres were systematically investigated. The optimum conditions for forming gapped hollow BaTiO3 nanospheres are hydrothermal treatment at 180 °C for 10-20 h under a continuous magnetic stirring with NaOH concentrations of about 1 mol/L and molar Ba/Ti ratios of 1.2-1.5. The formation mechanism of the gapped hollow BaTiO3 nanospheres is understood as the combination of the orientated attachment and reversed crystal growth.

  6. Structural properties of composites of polyvinylidene fluoride and mechanically activated BaTiO3 particles

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    Pavlović, V. P.; Pavlović, V. B.; Vlahović, B.; Božanić, D. K.; Pajović, J. D.; Dojčilović, R.; Djoković, V.

    2013-11-01

    Nanocomposites of electroactive ceramics and ferroelectric polymers exploit favorable features of the matrix polymer and the nanostructured filler to produce new functional materials for pressure and IR sensors. In this study, the influence of mechanical activation of barium titanate (BaTiO3) particles on the structural properties of BaTiO3/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanocomposites was investigated. Nanocomposite films were prepared by the solution casting method and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. It was found that mechanically activated fillers promote the formation of a ferroelectric β-phase during crystallization of PVDF.

  7. Excimer laser assisted re-oxidation of BaTiO3 thin films on Ni metal foils

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    Bharadwaja, S. S. N.; Rajashekhar, A.; Ko, S. W.; Qu, W.; Motyka, M.; Podraza, N.; Clark, T.; Randall, C. A.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.

    2016-01-01

    Excimer laser assisted re-oxidation for reduced, crystallized BaTiO3 thin films on Ni-foils was investigated. It was found that the BaTiO3 can be re-oxidized at an oxygen partial pressure of ˜50 mTorr and substrate temperature of 350 °C without forming a NiOx interface layer between the film and base metal foil. The dielectric permittivity of re-oxidized films was >1000 with loss tangent values <2% at 100 Hz, 30 mVrms excitation signal. Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy indicated that BaTiO3 thin films can be re-oxidized to an oxygen stoichiometry close to ˜3 (e.g., stoichiometric). High resolution cross sectional transmission electron microscopy showed no evidence of NiOx formation between the BaTiO3 and the Ni foil upon excimer laser re-oxidation. Spectroscopic ellipsometry studies on laser re-oxidized [001]C and [111]C BaTiO3 single crystals indicate that the re-oxidation of BaTiO3 single crystals is augmented by photo-excitation of the ozone, as well as laser pulse induced temperature and local stress gradients.

  8. Nanoscale BaTiO3 MOSCAP formation for ferroelectric field effect transistor application

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    Ponath, Patrick; Posadas, Agham; Schmidt, Michael; Hurley, Paul; Duffy, Ray; Demkov, Alex

    Titanates are an important class of materials with many interesting functional properties and applications for non-volatile memory, i.e. BaTiO3, which is a promising candidate for the realization of a ferroelectric field-effect transistor. However, the difficulty of chemically etching titanates has hindered their commercial use in device manufacturing so far. Here, we report a technique to circumvent this problem. Using molecular beam epitaxy, we grew compressively strained ferroelectric BaTiO3, within photolithographically defined openings of a sacrificial SiO2 layer on germanium (001) with Pt as a top electrode. Etching away the sacrificial SiO2 can reveal isolated nanoscale gate stacks circumventing the need to etch the titanate thin film. Using X-ray diffraction we find that the BaTiO3 film is tetragonal with the longer c-axis being out of plane, which is a requirement for the ferroelectric field effect transistor. The crystal quality of the BaTiO3 films grown in the openings is confirmed using RHEED and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. Focused ion beam etching of the Pt layer is then used to electrically isolate a Pt/BaTiO3/SrTiO3/Ge stack to perform electrical measurements.

  9. Lead-free BaTiO3 nanowires-based flexible nanocomposite generator

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    Park, Kwi-Il; Bae, Soo Bin; Yang, Seong Ho; Lee, Hyung Ik; Lee, Kisu; Lee, Seung Jun

    2014-07-01

    We have synthesized BaTiO3 nanowires (NWs) via a simple hydrothermal method at low temperature and developed a lead-free, flexible nanocomposite generator (NCG) device by a simple, low-cost, and scalable spin-coating method. The hydrothermally grown BaTiO3 NWs are mixed in a polymer matrix without a toxic dispersion enhancer to produce a piezoelectric nanocomposite (p-NC). During periodical and regular bending and unbending motions, the NCG device fabricated by utilizing a BaTiO3 NWs-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite successfully harvests the output voltage of ~7.0 V and current signals of ~360 nA, which are utilized to drive a liquid crystal display (LCD). We also characterized the instantaneous power (~1.2 μW) of the NCG device by calculating the load voltage and current through the connected external resistance.We have synthesized BaTiO3 nanowires (NWs) via a simple hydrothermal method at low temperature and developed a lead-free, flexible nanocomposite generator (NCG) device by a simple, low-cost, and scalable spin-coating method. The hydrothermally grown BaTiO3 NWs are mixed in a polymer matrix without a toxic dispersion enhancer to produce a piezoelectric nanocomposite (p-NC). During periodical and regular bending and unbending motions, the NCG device fabricated by utilizing a BaTiO3 NWs-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite successfully harvests the output voltage of ~7.0 V and current signals of ~360 nA, which are utilized to drive a liquid crystal display (LCD). We also characterized the instantaneous power (~1.2 μW) of the NCG device by calculating the load voltage and current through the connected external resistance. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: PDF materials involve the linear superposition test results (Fig. S1) and the durability test results (Fig. S2) of BaTiO3 NWs-based NCG device. A video file (Video S1) shows the power up of an LCD screen by the NCG device without any external energy source. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr

  10. Phase composition identification and microstructure of BaTiO3-containing sodium-aluminoborosilicate glass-ceramics

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    Harizanova, Ruzha; Abrashev, Miroslav; Avramova, Ivalina; Vladislavova, Liliya; Bocker, Christian; Tsutsumanova, Gichka; Avdeev, Georgi; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-02-01

    Bulk glasses with a composition 20.1Na2O/23.1BaO/23.0TiO2/7.6B2O3/17.4SiO2/3Al2O3/5.8Fe2O3 containing less than 30 mol% glass-forming oxides are synthesized. Information on the valency of the glass constituents is obtained by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and it is concluded that all species are predominantly present in their oxidized state. Glassy samples are annealed above the glass transition temperature which leads to the crystallization of BaTiO3 for all time-temperature applied schedules. The phase composition of the glass-ceramics is studied by x-ray diffraction and the formation of cubic BaTiO3 is suggested. Temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopy confirms the presence of solely cubic BaTiO3. The microstructures of all annealed samples are similar and consist of globular interconnected particles in which nanosized BaTiO3 crystals grow randomly. The mean size of the spherical formations increases with the increasing annealing time from 200 to 600 nm. Electron microscopy suggests that during the annealing process first phase separation and then crystallization of BaTiO3 occurs.

  11. Preferentially oriented BaTiO3 thin films deposited on silicon with thin intermediate buffer layers

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    2013-01-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3) thin films are prepared by conventional 2-methoxy ethanol-based chemical solution deposition. We report highly c-axis-oriented BaTiO3 thin films grown on silicon substrates, coated with a lanthanum oxynitrate buffer layer of 8.9 nm. The influence of the intermediate buffer layer on the crystallization of BaTiO3 film is investigated. The annealing temperature and buffer layer sintering conditions are optimized to obtain good crystal growth. X-ray diffraction measurements show the growth of highly oriented BaTiO3 thin films having a single perovskite phase with tetragonal geometry. The scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy studies indicate the presence of smooth, crack-free, uniform layers, with densely packed crystal grains on the silicon surface. A BaTiO3 film of 150-nm thickness, deposited on a buffer layer of 7.2 nm, shows a dielectric constant of 270, remnant polarization (2Pr) of 5 μC/cm2, and coercive field (Ec) of 60 kV/cm. PMID:23391429

  12. Microstructure evolution and electrical characterization of Lanthanum doped Barium Titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics

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    Billah, Masum; Ahmed, A.; Rahman, Md. Miftaur; Mahbub, Rubbayat; Gafur, M. A.; Bashar, M. Shahriar

    2016-07-01

    In the current work, we investigated the structural and dielectric properties of Lanthanum oxide (La2O3) doped Barium Titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics and established a correlation between them. Solid state sintering method was used to dope BaTiO3 with 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 mole% La2O3 under different sintering parameters. The raw materials used were La2O3 nano powder of ~80nm grain size and 99.995% purity and BaTiO3 nano powder of 100nm grain size and 99.99% purity. Grain size distribution and morphology of fracture surface of sintered pellets were examined by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope and X-Ray Diffraction analysis was conducted to confirm the formation of desired crystal structure. The research result reveal that grain size and electrical properties of BaTiO3 ceramic significantly enhanced for small amount of doping (up to 0.5 mole% La2O3) and then decreased with increasing doping concentration. Desired grain growth (0.80-1.3 µm) and high densification (<90% theoretical density) were found by proper combination of temperature, sintering parameters and doping concentration. We found the resultant stable value of dielectric constant was 10000-12000 at 100-300 Hz in the temperature range of 30°-50° C for 0.5 mole% La2O3 with corresponding shift of curie temperature around 30° C. So overall this research showed that proper La3+ concentration can control the grain size, increase density, lower curie temperature and hence significantly improve the electrical properties of BaTiO3 ceramics.

  13. The Effect of Polarization on Local Electronic Structure in Ferroelectric Nano-Domains in BaTiO3

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    Morales, Erie; Perez, Carlos; Bonnell, Dawn; MSE Team

    Novel ferroelectric BaTiO3 applications ranging from sensors to nanogenerators require a detailed understanding of atomic interactions at surfaces. Single crystals provide a platform that allows the exploitation of surface physical and chemical properties that can be readily transferred to other ABO3 perovskites. The processes that result in the atomic and electronic structures of surfaces in tandem with polarization of domains are necessary steps towards understanding BaTiO3. Here we treat BaTiO3 surface using sputtering-annealing cycles that yield the (6x1) reconstruction. We demonstrate that it is possible to pole a thin BaTiO3 single crystal in ultra high vacuum using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). We determine that we can prepare BaTiO3 using in-situ annealing that allows us to control the size of poled region to 40nm. We pole in constant-current mode in STM by applying a bias of less than 10 V between tip and sample for 100ms. STM and scanning tunneling spectroscopy characterization allow us to map topography and local density of states, respectively. For a given unique pulse, the poled domains show a fluctuating electronic occupation of conduction bands and shifting of valence band. We will also discuss the effect of polarization on molecular adsorption.

  14. Engineered unique elastic modes at a BaTiO3/2x1-Ge(001) interface

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    Kumah, D. P.; Dogan, M.; Ngai, J. H.; Qiu, D.; Zhang, Z.; Su, D.; Specht, E. D.; Ismail-Beigi, S.; Ahn, C. H.; Walker, F. J.

    2016-03-07

    Here, the strong interaction at an interface between a substrate and thin film leads to epitaxy and provides a means of inducing structural changes in the epitaxial film. These induced material phases often exhibit technologically relevant electronic, magnetic, and functional properties. The 2×1 surface of a Ge(001) substrate applies a unique type of epitaxial constraint on thin films of the perovskite oxide BaTiO3 where a change in bonding and symmetry at the interface leads to a non-bulk-like crystal structure of the BaTiO3. While the complex crystal structure is predicted using first-principles theory, it is further shown that the details ofmore » the structure are a consequence of hidden phases found in the bulk elastic response of the BaTiO3 induced by the symmetry of forces exerted by the germanium substrate.« less

  15. Engineered Unique Elastic Modes at a BaTiO3/(2 ×1 )-Ge (001 ) Interface

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    Kumah, D. P.; Dogan, M.; Ngai, J. H.; Qiu, D.; Zhang, Z.; Su, D.; Specht, E. D.; Ismail-Beigi, S.; Ahn, C. H.; Walker, F. J.

    2016-03-01

    The strong interaction at an interface between a substrate and thin film leads to epitaxy and provides a means of inducing structural changes in the epitaxial film. These induced material phases often exhibit technologically relevant electronic, magnetic, and functional properties. The 2 ×1 surface of a Ge(001) substrate applies a unique type of epitaxial constraint on thin films of the perovskite oxide BaTiO3 where a change in bonding and symmetry at the interface leads to a non-bulk-like crystal structure of the BaTiO3 . While the complex crystal structure is predicted using first-principles theory, it is further shown that the details of the structure are a consequence of hidden phases found in the bulk elastic response of the BaTiO3 induced by the symmetry of forces exerted by the germanium substrate.

  16. Polarization sensitive surface band structure of doped BaTiO3(001).

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    Rault, J E; Dionot, J; Mathieu, C; Feyer, V; Schneider, C M; Geneste, G; Barrett, N

    2013-09-20

    We present a spatial and wave-vector resolved study of the electronic structure of micron sized ferroelectric domains at the surface of a BaTiO(3)(001) single crystal. The n-type doping of the BaTiO(3) is controlled by in situ vacuum and oxygen annealing, providing experimental evidence of a surface paraelectric-ferroelectric transition below a critical doping level. Real space imaging of photoemission threshold, core level and valence band spectra show contrast due to domain polarization. Reciprocal space imaging of the electronic structure using linearly polarized light provides unambiguous evidence for the presence of both in- and out-of-plane polarization with two- and fourfold symmetry, respectively. The results agree well with first principles calculations. PMID:24093301

  17. Stress effect on Raman spectra of Ce-doped BaTiO3 films

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    Chen, M. S.; Shen, Z. X.; Tang, S. H.; Shi, W. S.; Cui, D. F.; Chen, Z. H.

    2000-08-01

    Ce-doped BaTiO3 (BTO:Ce) thin films prepared on MgO (100) substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at oxygen pressure of 1.2×10-3 and 17 Pa have been studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The film deposited at lower oxygen pressure has a larger lattice parameter in the direction normal to the substrate surface, and the film has smaller grains and a smoother surface. The polarized Raman peaks of both as-deposited films show blue shifts and linewidth broadening in comparison to those of the BaTiO3 single crystal. The blue shifts are attributed to tensile stresses in the films. Our results indicate that the grain size increases and the tensile stress relaxes with annealing. We have shown that quantum confinement and oxygen vacancies are not the dominant factors for the observed Raman spectral changes.

  18. Metastable monoclinic and orthorhombic phases and electric field induced irreversible phase transformation at room temperature in the lead-free classical ferroelectric BaTiO3

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    Kalyani, Ajay Kumar; Khatua, Dipak Kumar; Loukya, B.; Datta, Ranjan; Fitch, Andy N.; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Ranjan, Rajeev

    2015-03-01

    For decades it has been a well-known fact that among the few ferroelectric compounds in the perovskite family, namely, BaTiO3, KNbO3, PbTiO3, and Na1 /2Bi1 /2TiO3 , the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3 are considerably higher than the others in polycrystalline form at room temperature. Further, similar to ferroelectric alloys exhibiting morphotropic phase boundary, single crystals of BaTiO3 exhibit anomalously large piezoelectric response when poled away from the direction of spontaneous polarization at room temperature. These anomalous features in BaTiO3 remained unexplained so far from the structural standpoint. In this work, we have used high-resolution synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction, atomic resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, in conjunction with a powder poling technique, to reveal that at 300 K (i) the equilibrium state of BaTiO3 is characterized by coexistence of metastable monoclinic Pm and orthorhombic (Amm2) phases along with the tetragonal phase, and (ii) strong electric field switches the polarization direction from the [001] direction towards the [101] direction. These results suggest that BaTiO3 at room temperature is within an instability regime, and that this instability is the fundamental factor responsible for the anomalous dielectric and piezoelectric properties of BaTiO3 as compared to the other homologous ferroelectric perovskite compounds at room temperature. Pure BaTiO3 at room temperature is therefore more akin to lead-based ferroelectric alloys close to the morphotropic phase boundary where polarization rotation and field induced ferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transformations play a fundamental role in influencing the dielectric and piezoelectric behavior.

  19. Phase evolution in sonochemically synthesized Fe(3+) doped BaTiO3 nanocrystallites: structural, magnetic and ferroelectric characterisation.

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    Dutta, Dimple P; Roy, Mainak; Maiti, Nandita; Tyagi, Avesh K

    2016-04-14

    The properties of nanomaterials are highly dependent on their size, morphology, crystal phase, etc., which in turn depend on the method of synthesis. We report here the electrical and magnetic characterisation of sonochemically synthesized Fe(3+) doped nano BaTiO3 samples. The dopant ion concentration has been optimized and the coexistence of ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity has been observed in the sample. With increase in Fe(3+) doping from 0 to 20 mol%, a gradual phase change from tetragonal to hexagonal occurred in these sonochemically synthesized BaTiO3 nanomaterials. Below 15 mol% Fe concentration the material displays ferroelectric behaviour with the absence of any magnetic ordering, while at an Fe concentration of ∼15 mol% the material exhibits both room temperature ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity. Ferromagnetism as well as relaxor type behaviour has been observed in the BaTiO3:Fe(3+)(20%) sample. We have studied the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric ordering in these sonochemically synthesized Fe(3+) doped BaTiO3 nanomaterials and have tried to correlate the results with their crystal structure and morphology. The origin of ferromagnetism in these materials has been attributed to both intrinsic as well as extrinsic factors. PMID:27003320

  20. Strain-induced magnetic domain wall control by voltage in hybrid piezoelectric BaTiO3 ferrimagnetic TbFe structures

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    Rousseau, Olivier; Weil, Raphael; Rohart, Stanislas; Mougin, Alexandra

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports on the voltage dependence of the magnetization reversal of a thin amorphous ferromagnetic TbFe film grown on a ferroelectric and piezoelectric BaTiO3 single crystal. Magneto-optical measurements, at macroscopic scale or in a microscope, demonstrate how the ferroelectric BaTiO3 polarisation history influences the properties of the perpendicularly magnetized TbFe film. Unpolarised and twinned regions are obtained when the sample is zero voltage cooled whereas flat and saturated regions are obtained when the sample is voltage cooled through the ferroelectric ordering temperature of the BaTiO3 crystal, as supported by atomic force microscopy experiments. The two steps involved in the TbFe magnetization reversal, namely nucleation and propagation of magnetic domain walls, depend on the polarisation history. Nucleation is associated to coupling through strains with the piezoelectric BaTiO3 crystal and propagation to pinning with the ferroelastic surface patterns visible in the BaTiO3 topography. PMID:26987937

  1. Strain-induced magnetic domain wall control by voltage in hybrid piezoelectric BaTiO3 ferrimagnetic TbFe structures.

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    Rousseau, Olivier; Weil, Raphael; Rohart, Stanislas; Mougin, Alexandra

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports on the voltage dependence of the magnetization reversal of a thin amorphous ferromagnetic TbFe film grown on a ferroelectric and piezoelectric BaTiO3 single crystal. Magneto-optical measurements, at macroscopic scale or in a microscope, demonstrate how the ferroelectric BaTiO3 polarisation history influences the properties of the perpendicularly magnetized TbFe film. Unpolarised and twinned regions are obtained when the sample is zero voltage cooled whereas flat and saturated regions are obtained when the sample is voltage cooled through the ferroelectric ordering temperature of the BaTiO3 crystal, as supported by atomic force microscopy experiments. The two steps involved in the TbFe magnetization reversal, namely nucleation and propagation of magnetic domain walls, depend on the polarisation history. Nucleation is associated to coupling through strains with the piezoelectric BaTiO3 crystal and propagation to pinning with the ferroelastic surface patterns visible in the BaTiO3 topography. PMID:26987937

  2. Strain-induced magnetic domain wall control by voltage in hybrid piezoelectric BaTiO3 ferrimagnetic TbFe structures

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    Rousseau, Olivier; Weil, Raphael; Rohart, Stanislas; Mougin, Alexandra

    2016-03-01

    This paper reports on the voltage dependence of the magnetization reversal of a thin amorphous ferromagnetic TbFe film grown on a ferroelectric and piezoelectric BaTiO3 single crystal. Magneto-optical measurements, at macroscopic scale or in a microscope, demonstrate how the ferroelectric BaTiO3 polarisation history influences the properties of the perpendicularly magnetized TbFe film. Unpolarised and twinned regions are obtained when the sample is zero voltage cooled whereas flat and saturated regions are obtained when the sample is voltage cooled through the ferroelectric ordering temperature of the BaTiO3 crystal, as supported by atomic force microscopy experiments. The two steps involved in the TbFe magnetization reversal, namely nucleation and propagation of magnetic domain walls, depend on the polarisation history. Nucleation is associated to coupling through strains with the piezoelectric BaTiO3 crystal and propagation to pinning with the ferroelastic surface patterns visible in the BaTiO3 topography.

  3. Thin film processing of photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schuster, Paul R.; Potember, Richard S.

    1991-01-01

    The principle objectives of this ongoing research involve the preparation and characterization of polycrystalline single-domain thin films of BaTiO3 for photorefractive applications. These films must be continuous, free of cracks, and of high optical quality. The two methods proposed are sputtering and sol-gel related processing.

  4. Giant bulk photovoltaic effect in thin ferroelectric BaTiO3 films

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    Zenkevich, A.; Matveyev, Yu.; Maksimova, K.; Gaynutdinov, R.; Tolstikhina, A.; Fridkin, V.

    2014-10-01

    The voltage generated in a noncentrosymmetric crystal due to the bulk photovoltaic effect (BPE) can greatly exceed the energy gap, however, the light energy conversion efficiency is extremely low. Here we show that the BPE is remarkably enhanced in the case of thin films. The measurements of the BPE in heteroepitaxial single domain ferroelectric BaTiO3 thin films reveal the enhancement of both photoinduced electric field and conversion efficiencies of the BPE by more than 4 orders of magnitude. Besides the fundamental aspect, our results indicate the potential for the use of the BPE in photovoltaic applications.

  5. Ferroelectric-like metallic state in electron doped BaTiO3

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    Fujioka, J.; Doi, A.; Okuyama, D.; Morikawa, D.; Arima, T.; Okada, K. N.; Kaneko, Y.; Fukuda, T.; Uchiyama, H.; Ishikawa, D.; Baron, A. Q. R.; Kato, K.; Takata, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2015-01-01

    We report that a ferroelectric-like metallic state with reduced anisotropy of polarization is created by the doping of conduction electrons into BaTiO3, on the bases of x-ray/electron diffraction and infrared spectroscopic experiments. The crystal structure is heterogeneous in nanometer-scale, as enabled by the reduced polarization anisotropy. The enhanced infrared intensity of soft phonon along with the resistivity reduction suggests the presence of unusual electron-phonon coupling, which may be responsible for the emergent ferroelectric structure compatible with metallic state. PMID:26289749

  6. High Performance Flexible Piezoelectric Nanogenerators based on BaTiO3 Nanofibers in Different Alignment Modes.

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    Yan, Jing; Jeong, Young Gyu

    2016-06-22

    Piezoelectric nanogenerators, harvesting energy from mechanical stimuli in our living environments, hold great promise to power sustainable self-sufficient micro/nanosystems and mobile/portable electronics. BaTiO3 as a lead-free material with high piezoelectric coefficient and dielectric constant has been widely examined to realize nanogenerators, capacitors, sensors, etc. In this study, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based flexible composites including BaTiO3 nanofibers with different alignment modes were manufactured and their piezoelectric performance was examined. For the study, BaTiO3 nanofibers were prepared by an electrospinning technique utilizing a sol-gel precursor and following calcination process, and they were then aligned vertically or horizontally or randomly in PDMS matrix-based nanogenerators. The morphological structures of BaTiO3 nanofibers and their nanogenerators were analyzed by using SEM images. The crystal structures of the nanogenerators before and after poling were characterized by X-ray diffraction. The dielectric and piezoelectric properties of the nanogenerators were investigated as a function of the nanofiber alignment mode. The nanogenerator with BaTiO3 nanofibers aligned vertically in the PDMS matrix sheet achieved high piezoelectric performance of an output power of 0.1841 μW with maximum voltage of 2.67 V and current of 261.40 nA under a low mechanical stress of 0.002 MPa, in addition to a high dielectric constant of 40.23 at 100 Hz. The harvested energy could thus power a commercial LED directly or be stored into capacitors after rectification. PMID:27237223

  7. Single-crystal gallium nitride nanotubes

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    Goldberger, Joshua; He, Rongrui; Zhang, Yanfeng; Lee, Sangkwon; Yan, Haoquan; Choi, Heon-Jin; Yang, Peidong

    2003-04-01

    Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes in 1991 (ref. 1), there have been significant research efforts to synthesize nanometre-scale tubular forms of various solids. The formation of tubular nanostructure generally requires a layered or anisotropic crystal structure. There are reports of nanotubes made from silica, alumina, silicon and metals that do not have a layered crystal structure; they are synthesized by using carbon nanotubes and porous membranes as templates, or by thin-film rolling. These nanotubes, however, are either amorphous, polycrystalline or exist only in ultrahigh vacuum. The growth of single-crystal semiconductor hollow nanotubes would be advantageous in potential nanoscale electronics, optoelectronics and biochemical-sensing applications. Here we report an `epitaxial casting' approach for the synthesis of single-crystal GaN nanotubes with inner diameters of 30-200nm and wall thicknesses of 5-50nm. Hexagonal ZnO nanowires were used as templates for the epitaxial overgrowth of thin GaN layers in a chemical vapour deposition system. The ZnO nanowire templates were subsequently removed by thermal reduction and evaporation, resulting in ordered arrays of GaN nanotubes on the substrates. This templating process should be applicable to many other semiconductor systems.

  8. Nanostructural evolution of one-dimensional BaTiO₃ structures by hydrothermal conversion of vertically aligned TiO₂ nanotubes.

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    Muñoz-Tabares, J A; Bejtka, K; Lamberti, A; Garino, N; Bianco, S; Quaglio, M; Pirri, C F; Chiodoni, A

    2016-03-28

    The use of TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays as templates for hydrothermal conversion of one-dimensional barium titanate (BaTiO3) structures is considered a promising synthesis approach, even though the formation mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Herein we report a nanostructural study by means of XRD and (HR)TEM of high aspect ratio TiO2-NTs hydrothermally converted into BaTiO3. The nanostructure shows two different and well-defined regions: at the top the conversion involves complete dissolution of NTs and subsequent precipitation of BaTiO3 crystals by homogeneous nucleation, followed by the growth of dendritic structures by aggregation and oriented attachment mechanisms. Instead, at the bottom, the low liquid/solid ratio, due to the limited amount of Ba solution that infiltrates the NTs, leads to the rapid crystallization of such a solution into BaTiO3, thus allowing the NTs to act as a template for the formation of highly oriented one-dimensional nanostructures. The in-depth analysis of the structural transformations that take place during the formation of the rod-like arrays of BaTiO3 could help elucidate the conversion mechanism, thus paving the way for the optimization of the synthesis process in view of new applications in energy harvesting devices, where easy and low temperature processing, controlled composition, morphology and functional properties are required. PMID:26955909

  9. Growth of BaTiO3-PVDF composite thick films by using aerosol deposition

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    Cho, Sung Hwan; Yoon, Young Joon

    2016-01-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3)-polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite thick films were grown by using aerosol deposition at room temperature with BaTiO3 and PVDF powders. To produce a uniform composition in ceramic and polymer composite films, which show a substantial difference in specific gravity, we used PVDF-coated BaTiO3 powders as the starting materials. An examination of the microstructure confirmed that the BaTiO3 were well distributed in the PVDF matrix in the form of a 0 - 3 compound. The crystallite size in the BaTiO3-PVDF composite thick films was 5 ˜ 50 times higher than that in pure BaTiO3 thick films. PVDF plays a role in suppressing the fragmentation of BaTiO3 powder during the aerosol deposition process and in controlling the relative permittivity.

  10. Polarisation dependence of Schottky barrier heights at ferroelectric BaTiO3 / RuO2 interfaces: influence of substrate orientation and quality

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    Hubmann, Andreas H.; Li, Shunyi; Zhukov, Sergey; von Seggern, Heinz; Klein, Andreas

    2016-07-01

    In situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to examine the change in Schottky barrier height Δ {Φ\\text{B}} at BaTiO3/RuO2 interfaces upon polarisation reversal for [1 0 0], [1 1 0] and [1 1 1] oriented BaTiO3 single crystals. Compared to previous measurements on BaTiO3/RuO2 interfaces (Chen and Klein 2012 Phys. Rev. B 86 094105), the crystals exhibit a significantly reduced dependence of barrier height on polarisation direction. This is connected to a much higher polarisation of the present cystals, which is comparable to the accepted bulk polarisation of BaTiO3 of 26~μ \\text{C}~\\text{c}{{\\text{m}}-2} and which exhibit the expected dependence on crystal orientation. This indicates a much higher crystal quality in the present experiments, which is also confirmed by a Kolmogorov–Avrami–Ishibashi like polarisation switching dynamics. It is observed that Δ {Φ\\text{B}} is reduced for the [1 1 0] and [1 1 1] orientation and scales with polarisation as long as crystals from the same batch are used. The fact, that a poor polarisation hysteresis behaviour relates to a high polarisation dependence of Schottky barrier height, indicates that the electrode’s ability to screen ferroelectric polarisation charges depends sensitively on crystal and/or interface quality.

  11. Surface reaction characteristics at low temperature synthesis BaTiO 3 particles by barium hydroxide aqueous solution and titanium tetraisopropoxide

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    Zeng, Min

    2011-05-01

    Well-crystallized cubic phase BaTiO 3 particles were prepared by heating the mixture of barium hydroxide aqueous solution and titania derived from the hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) at 328 K, 348 K or 368 K for 24 h. The morphology and size of obtained particles depended on the reaction temperature and the Ba(OH) 2/TTIP molar ratio. By the direct hydrolytic reaction of titanium tetraisopropoxide, the high surface area titania (TiO 2) was obtained. The surface adsorption characteristics of the titania particles had been studied with different electric charges OH - ions or H + ions. The formation mechanism and kinetics of BaTiO 3 were examined by measuring the concentration of [Ba 2+] ions in the solution during the heating process. The experimental results showed that the heterogeneous nucleation of BaTiO 3 occurred on the titania surface, according to the Avrami's equation.

  12. Formation of BaTiO 3 from Citrate Precursor

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    Rajendran, M.; Rao, M. Subba

    1994-12-01

    On thermal decomposition barium bis(citrato)oxotitanate (IV) citrate heptahydrate produces stoichiometric BaTiO3 fine powders at about 650°C. Thermal decomposition of the precursor proceeds through three major stages, viz. (i) dehydration, (ii) decomposition of the citrate to form an oxycarbonate intermediate Ba2Ti2O5CO3, and (iii) decomposition of the intermediate carbonate to form BaTiO3. Spectroscopic and thermoanalytical techniques are presently employed to characterize the precursor and the intermediates isolated at various stages. As-prepared BaTiO3 is a mixture of cubic and tetragonal phases. The primary particle size of the powder is on the order of 100 nm, as revealed by the TEM technique. Calcining the powders above 800°C results in the formation of complete tetragonal phase with improved crystallinity. The resultant powders are sinter active to give dense monophasic ceramic compacts having densities in the range 95-99% of the theoretical value. Depending on the processing conditions, the dielectric constant (εr) varies from 1600 to 3000 at 1 kHz, while the dielectric loss, tan δ, ranges from 0.003 to 0.009 at 300 K.

  13. Nanoparticle-Sintered BaTiO3 Thin Films and Its Orientation Control by Solid Phase Epitaxy

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    Nakasone, Fumi; Kobayashi, Keisuke; Suzuki, Toshimasa; Mizuno, Youichi; Chazono, Hirokazu; Imai, Hiroaki

    2008-11-01

    A novel powder-sintering thin-film process using nanocrystals of sol-gel-derived BaTiO3 without sintering additives yields a highly densified microstructure containing columnar grains at low temperatures of 800 °C. The BaTiO3 thin film fabricated on a (111)-oriented Pt/TiO2/Al2O3 substrate shows high crystallinity and a relatively high dielectric constant of 635 at 10 kHz with a low loss tangent of 0.007. Furthermore, the controllability of the crystallographic orientations of thin films by solid phase epitaxy is demonstrated on the basis of the optimization of surface nucleation and the subsequent grain growth on epitaxially grown platinum electrodes and single-crystal SrTiO3 substrates.

  14. Liquid crystal-carbon nanotubes mixtures

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    Popa-Nita, V.; Kralj, S.

    2010-01-01

    The self-organizing properties of nematic liquid crystals (LCs) can be used to align carbon nanotubes (CNTs) dispersed in them. In the previous paper [P. van der Schoot, V. Popa-Nita, and S. Kralj, J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 4512 (2008)], we have considered the weak anchoring limit of the nematic LC molecules at the nanotube's surface, where the CNT alignment is caused by the anisotropic interfacial tension of the nanotubes in the nematic host fluid. In this paper, we present the theoretical results obtained for strong enough anchoring at the CNT-LC interface for which the nematic ordering around nanotube is apparently distorted. Consequently, relatively strong long-range and anisotropic interactions can emerge within the system. In order to get insight into the impact of LC ordering on the alignment of nanotubes we treat the two mixture components on the same footing and combine Landau-de Gennes free energy for the thermotropic ordering of the liquid crystal and Doi free energy for lyotropic nematic ordering of carbon nanotubes caused by their mutually excluded volume. The phase ordering of the binary mixture is analyzed as a function of the volume fraction of the carbon nanotubes, the strength of coupling, and the temperature. We find that the degree of ordering of the nanorods can be tuned by raising or lowering the temperature or by increasing or decreasing their concentration.

  15. BaTiO3 supercages: unusual oriented nanoparticle aggregation and continuous ordering transition in morphology.

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    Li, Juan; Hietala, Sami; Tian, Xuelin

    2015-01-27

    Here we report the organic-free mesocrystalline superstructured cages of BaTiO3, i.e., the BaTiO3 supercages, which are synthesized by a one-step templateless and additive-free route using molten hydrated salt as the reaction medium. An unusual three-dimensional oriented aggregation of primary BaTiO3 nanoparticles in the medium of high ionic strength, which normally favors random aggregation, is identified to take place at the early stage of the synthesis. The spherical BaTiO3 aggregates further experience a remarkable continuous ordering transition in morphology, consisting of nanoparticle faceting and nanosheet formation steps. This ordering transition in conjunction with Ostwald ripening-induced solid evacuation leads to the formation of unique supercage structure of BaTiO3. Benefiting from their structure, the BaTiO3 supercages exhibit improved microwave absorption property. PMID:25514033

  16. Polarization and lattice strains in epitaxial BaTiO3 films grown by high-pressure sputtering

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    Petraru, A.; Pertsev, N. A.; Kohlstedt, H.; Poppe, U.; Waser, R.; Solbach, A.; Klemradt, U.

    2007-06-01

    High-quality BaTiO3 films with thicknesses ranging from 2.9to175nm were grown epitaxially on SrRuO3-covered (001)-oriented SrTiO3 substrates by high-pressure sputtering. The crystal structure of these films was studied by conventional and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The in-plane and out-of-plane lattice parameters were determined as a function of film thickness by x-ray reciprocal space mapping around the asymmetric (1¯03) Bragg reflection. BaTiO3 films were found to be fully strained by the SrTiO3 substrate up to a thickness of about 30nm. Ferroelectric capacitors were then fabricated by depositing SrRuO3 top electrodes, and the polarization-voltage hysteresis loops were recorded at the frequencies 1-30kHz. The observed thickness effect on the lattice parameters and polarization in BaTiO3 films was analyzed in the light of strain and depolarizing-field effects using the nonlinear thermodynamics theory. The theoretical predictions are in reasonable agreement with the measured thickness dependences, although the maximum experimental values of the spontaneous polarization and the out-of-plane lattice parameter exceed the theoretical estimates (43μC /cm2 vs 35μC/cm2 and 4.166Å vs 4.143Å). Possible origins of the revealed discrepancy between theory and experiment are discussed.

  17. Thin film processing of photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schuster, Paul R.

    1993-01-01

    During the period covered by this report, October 11, 1991 through October 10, 1992, the research has progressed in a number of different areas. The sol-gel technique was initially studied and experimentally evaluated for depositing films of BaTiO3. The difficulties with the precursors and the poor quality of the films deposited lead to the investigation of pulsed laser deposition as an alternative approach. The development of the pulsed laser deposition technique has resulted in continuous improvements to the quality of deposited films of BaTiO3. The initial depositions of BaTiO3 resulted in amorphous films, however, as the pulsed laser deposition technique continued to evolve, films were deposited in the polycrystalline state, then the textured polycrystalline state, and most recently heteroepitaxial films have also been successfully deposited on cubic (100) oriented SrTiO3 substrates. A technique for poling samples at room temperature and in air is also undergoing development with some very preliminary but positive results. The analytical techniques, which include x-ray diffraction, ferroelectric analysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy with x-ray compositional analysis, optical and polarized light microscopy, and surface profilometry have been enhanced to allow for more detailed evaluation of the samples. In the area of optical characterization, a pulsed Nd:YAG laser has been incorporated into the experimental configuration. Now data can also be acquired within various temporal domains resulting in more detailed information on the optical response of the samples and on their photorefractive sensitivity. The recent establishment of collaborative efforts with two departments at Johns Hopkins University and the Army Research Lab at Fort Belvoir has also produced preliminary results using the metallo-organic decomposition technique as an alternative method for thin film processing of BaTiO3. RF and DC sputtering is another film deposition approach that should be initiated in the near future. Other techniques for optical characterization, which may even allow for intragrannular (within single grains) investigations, are also being considered.

  18. Electro-optic and dielectric properties of photorefractive BaTiO3 and KNbO3

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    Zgonik, Marko; Nakagawa, Kiyoshi; Günter, Peter

    1995-08-01

    Recently determined complete sets of materials parameters describing the dielectric, elastic, piezoelectric, elasto-optic, and electro-optic properties of BaTiO3 and KNbO3 crystals at room temperature are used to calculate the effective electro-optic coefficients and dielectric constants required for describing photorefractive phenomena. We show a substantial deviation of the new values from the electro-optic coefficients for homogeneously applied electric fields that were used previously in describing the photorefractive effects. We derive angular dependences of the effective electro-optic coefficients and the effective dielectric constants relevant for grating recording in both crystals and verify them experimentally.

  19. Modified structural and frequency dependent impedance formalism of nanoscale BaTiO3 due to Tb inclusion

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    Borah, Manjit; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2016-05-01

    We report the effect of Tb-doping on the structural and high frequency impedance response of the nanoscale BaTiO3 (BT) systems. While exhibiting a mixed phase crystal structure, the nano-BT systems are found to evolve with edges, and facets. The interplanar spacing of crystal lattice fringes is ~0.25 nm. The Cole-Cole plots, in the impedance formalism, have demonstrated semicircles which are the characteristic feature of grain boundary resistance of several MΩ. A lowering of ac conductivity with doping was believed to be due to the manifestation of oxygen vacancies and vacancy ordering.

  20. Voltage generation from individual BaTiO(3) nanowires under periodic tensile mechanical load.

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    Wang, Zhaoyu; Hu, Jie; Suryavanshi, Abhijit P; Yum, Kyungsuk; Yu, Min-Feng

    2007-10-01

    Direct tensile mechanical loading of an individual single-crystal BaTiO(3) nanowire was realized to reveal the direct piezoelectric effect in the nanowire. Periodic voltage generation from the nanowire was produced by a periodically varying tensile mechanical strain applied with a precision mechanical testing stage. The measured voltage generation from the nanowire was found to be directly proportional to the applied strain rate and was successfully modeled through the consideration of an equivalent circuit for a piezoelectric nanowire under low-frequency operation. The study, besides demonstrating a controlled experimental method for the study of direct piezoelectric effect in nanostructures, implies also the use of such perovskite piezoelectric nanowires for efficient energy-harvesting applications. PMID:17894515

  1. Characterization of LiF/CuO-Codoped BaTiO3 for Embedded Capacitors

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    Lee, Kyoungho

    2015-03-01

    Sintering additives for BaTiO3 were studied in order to facilitate the use of BaTiO3 as a material for embedded decoupling capacitors in high-density multilayered low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) modules for mobile communication systems and three-dimensional (3D) printing modules. Among the studied additives, the CuO/LiF mixture was the most promising sintering additive for cofiring BaTiO3 with a commercial low-permittivity ( ɛ r) LTCC sheet (MLS-22, NEG Co.). The temperature dependence of the dielectric properties of BaTiO3 was successfully controlled by adjusting the CuO/LiF amount and ratio and the sintering temperature. BaTiO3 codoped with 10 wt.% LiF/CuO (1:1 ratio) and sintered at 860°C for 30 min showed 95% sintering density. The room-temperature permittivity ( ɛ r) of LiF/CuO-codoped BaTiO3 was 1620 at 1 MHz, and the temperature coefficient of capacitance satisfied the X5R specification. After cofiring this LiF/CuO-codoped BaTiO3 ceramic with an MLS-22 sheet at 860°C, there was no crack formation at the layer boundary. Also a chemical compatibility test revealed that there were no severe reactions between the LiF/CuO-codoped BaTiO3 and an Ag electrode.

  2. Theoretical Analysis of Oxygen Vacancy Formation in Zr-Doped BaTiO3

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    Umeda, Yuji; Takano, Kosuke; Kojima, Takashi; Kuwabara, Akihide; Moriwake, Hiroki

    2012-09-01

    One of the most serious problems for the development of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is that their electrical resistance decreases under long-term DC voltage. Oxygen vacancy migration in BaTiO3 is thought to be one cause of this deterioration. In this study, to understand this mechanism, quantitative analysis of the oxygen vacancy formation energy [Ef(VO)] in Zr-doped and undoped BaTiO3 was performed. The Ef(VO) of Zr-doped BaTiO3 was higher than that of undoped BaTiO3 because the valence of Ti in undoped BaTiO3 easily changed from +4 to +3 owing to oxygen vacancy formation, compared with that in Zr-doped BaTiO3. We also prepared undoped (BaTiO3) and Zr-doped (BaZr0.05Ti0.95O3) ceramic samples sintered under reducing atmosphere (T = 1573 K pO2 = 10-13 MPa). BaZr0.05Ti0.95O3 remained an insulator, but BaTiO3 showed semiconducting behavior. This experimental result corresponds well to theoretical results of first-principles calculations.

  3. Local structural investigation of Eu3+-doped BaTiO3 nanocrystals

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    Rabuffetti, Federico A.; Culver, Sean P.; Lee, John S.; Brutchey, Richard L.

    2014-02-01

    A structural investigation of sub-15 nm xEu:BaTiO3 nanocrystals (x = 0-5 mol%) was conducted to determine the distribution of the Eu3+ ion in the BaTiO3 lattice. Pair distribution function analysis of X-ray total scattering data (PDF), steady-state photoluminescence, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES/EXAFS) were employed to interrogate the crystal structure of the nanocrystals and the local atomic environment of the Eu3+ ion. The solubility limit of the Eu3+ ion in the nanocrystalline BaTiO3 host synthesized via the vapor diffusion sol-gel method was estimated to be ~4 mol%. A contraction of the perovskite unit cell volume was observed upon incorporation of 1 mol% of europium, while an expansion was observed for nominal concentrations between 1 and 3 mol%. The average Eu-O distance and europium coordination number decreased from 2.46 Å and 9.9 to 2.42 Å and 8.6 for europium concentrations of 1 and 5 mol%, respectively. Structural trends were found to be consistent with the substitution of Eu3+ for Ba2+via creation of a Ti4+ vacancy at low europium concentrations (<1 mol%), and with the substitution of Eu3+ for both Ba2+ and Ti4+ at high europium concentrations (1-3 mol%). The significance of accounting for local structural distortions to rationalize the distribution of lanthanide ions in the perovskite host is highlighted.A structural investigation of sub-15 nm xEu:BaTiO3 nanocrystals (x = 0-5 mol%) was conducted to determine the distribution of the Eu3+ ion in the BaTiO3 lattice. Pair distribution function analysis of X-ray total scattering data (PDF), steady-state photoluminescence, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES/EXAFS) were employed to interrogate the crystal structure of the nanocrystals and the local atomic environment of the Eu3+ ion. The solubility limit of the Eu3+ ion in the nanocrystalline BaTiO3 host synthesized via the vapor diffusion sol-gel method was estimated to be ~4 mol%. A contraction of the perovskite unit cell volume was

  4. Dielectric response of polystyrene - BaTiO3 nanocomposites

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    Korotkova, Tatyana N.; Sysoev, Oleg I.; Belov, Pavel A.; Emelianov, Nikita A.; Velyaev, Yury O.; Mandalawi, Wissam M. Al; Korotkov, Leonid N.

    2016-07-01

    The series of composite materials based on polystyrene and non-ferroelectric BaTiO3 nanoparticles ((1-x)PS-xBT, where the volume concentration x = 0-1.0) was prepared. Their dielectric properties were studied within the temperature range 20-160 °C at the frequency of 100 kHz. It is found that an increase in the barium titanate concentration leads to increase of the both dielectric permittivity (ɛ) and dielectric losses (tgδ). The concentration dependence of ɛ can be described by the modified Kerner model. It was found that the glass transition in polystyrene matrix is diffused and its temperature is increased with concentration x.

  5. Effect of oxygen vacancy on the dielectric relaxation of BaTiO3 thin films in a quenched state

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    Yao, Sheng-Hong; Yuan, Jin-Kai; Gonon, Patrice; Bai, Jinbo; Pairis, Sébastien; Sylvestre, Alain

    2012-05-01

    A thermal treatment below the crystallization temperature followed by rapid cooling down was adopted onto as-deposited BaTiO3 (BTO) amorphous films to freeze the microstructure activated at annealed temperature. A large increase of dielectric constant from 19 to 329 was observed at 0.1 Hz for the BTO film annealed at 600 °C for 60 min. Subsequently, three separated dielectric relaxations were exploited as a function of the frequency and temperature. Such dielectric responses were analyzed in terms of the activation energy. The evolution of oxygen vacancy with temperature can be invoked as being responsible for the observed dielectric relaxations.

  6. Multiferroic properties of nanocrystalline BaTiO 3

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    Mangalam, R. V. K.; Ray, Nirat; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Sundaresan, A.; Rao, C. N. R.

    2009-01-01

    Some of the Multiferroics [H. Schmid, Ferroelectrics 162 (1994) 317] form a rare class of materials that exhibit magneto-electric coupling arising from the coexistence of ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity, with potential for many technological applications [J.F. Scott, Nat. Mater. 6 (2007) 256; N.A. Spaldin, M. Fiebig, Science 309 (2005) 391]. Over the last decade, an active research on multiferroics has resulted in the identification of a few routes that lead to multiferroicity in bulk materials [C. Ederer, N.A. Spaldin, Nat. Mater. 3 (2004) 849; D.V. Efremov, J. van den Brink, D.I. Khomskii, Nat. Mater. 3 (2004) 853; N. Hur, S. Park, P.A. Sharma, J.S. Ahn, S. Guha, S.W. Cheong, Nature 429 (2004) 392]. While ferroelectricity in a classic ferroelectric such as BaTiO 3 is expected to diminish with the reducing particle size, [C.H. Ahn, K.M. Rabe, J.M. Triscone, Science 303 (2004) 488; J. Junquera, P. Ghosez, Nature 422 (2003) 506] ferromagnetism cannot occur in its bulk form [N.A. Hill, J. Phys. Chem. B 104 (2000) 6694]. Here, we use a combination of experiment and first-principles simulations to demonstrate that multiferroic nature emerges in intermediate size nanocrystalline BaTiO 3, ferromagnetism arising from the oxygen vacancies at the surface and ferroelectricity from the core. A strong coupling between a surface polar phonon and spin is shown to result in a magnetocapacitance effect observed at room temperature, which can open up possibilities of new electro-magneto-mechanical devices at the nano-scale.

  7. Characterization of hollow BaTiO3 nanofibers and intense visible photoluminescence

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    Woong Lee, Kui; Siva Kumar, Koppala; Heo, Gaeun; Seong, Maeng-Je; Yoon, Jong-Won

    2013-10-01

    BaTiO3 hollow nanofibers were fabricated by electrospinning and then subsequent calcination of as-spun nanofibers with a heating rate of 2.5 °C/min. Scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope (TEM) results indicated that the heating rate had a significant effect on the morphology of the BaTiO3 hollow nanofibers. The X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and TEM results indicate the prepared BaTiO3 hollow nanofibers have tetragonal phases. From the results of the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, in the amorphous BaTiO3 nanofiber, peaks at 457.2 eV for Ti 2p3/2 were also found, which corresponded to the Ti3+ ions. However, in the crystalline BaTiO3 nanofibers, peaks of Ti 2p3/2 showed the Ti4+ ions. Intense visible photoluminescence was observed in the amorphous BaTiO3 nanofiber, which is calcined below a temperature of 500 °C. The observed intense photoluminescence was ascribed to a multiphonon process with localized states within the band gap of the highly disordered states. In the crystalline BaTiO3 hollow fiber, low intensity of photoluminescence showed at the visible region, which is originated from an intrinsic Ba defect.

  8. Absence of low-temperature phase transitions in epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films

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    Tenne, D. A.; Xi, X. X.; Li, Y. L.; Chen, L. Q.; Soukiassian, A.; Zhu, M. H.; James, A. R.; Lettieri, J.; Schlom, D. G.; Tian, W.; Pan, X. Q.

    2004-05-01

    We have studied phase transitions in epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films by Raman spectroscopy. The films are found to remain in a single ferroelectric phase over the temperature range from 5 to 325 K. The low-temperature phase transitions characteristic of bulk BaTiO3 (tetragonal-orthorhombic-rhombohedral) are absent in the films. X-ray diffraction shows that the BaTiO3 films are under tensile strain due to the thermal expansion mismatch with the buffer layer. A phase-field calculation of the phase diagram and domain structures in BaTiO3 thin films predicts, without any priori assumption, that an orthorhombic phase with in-plane polarization is the thermodynamically stable phase for such values of tensile strain and temperature, consistent with the experimental Raman results.

  9. In situ growth BaTiO3 nanocubes and their superlattice from an aqueous process

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    Dang, Feng; Mimura, Kenichi; Kato, Kazumi; Imai, Hiroaki; Wada, Satoshi; Haneda, Hajime; Kuwabara, Makoto

    2012-02-01

    Ordered aggregated BaTiO3 nanocubes with a narrow size distribution were obtained in an aqueous process by using bis(ammonium lactate) titanium dihydroxide (TALH) as Ti source in the presence of oleic acid and tert-butylamine. Kinetics of the formation of BaTiO3 nanocubes indicated that an in situ growth mechanism was dominant and the superlattice of nanocubes formed in situ through the growth of BaTiO3 nanoparticles in Ti-based hydrous gel. The size and morphology of nanocubes were controlled by tuning the concentration and molar ratio of surfactants. A novel growth model dependant on the structure of Ti precursor for the formation and morphology control of BaTiO3 nanocubes and their superlattice was demonstrated.Ordered aggregated BaTiO3 nanocubes with a narrow size distribution were obtained in an aqueous process by using bis(ammonium lactate) titanium dihydroxide (TALH) as Ti source in the presence of oleic acid and tert-butylamine. Kinetics of the formation of BaTiO3 nanocubes indicated that an in situ growth mechanism was dominant and the superlattice of nanocubes formed in situ through the growth of BaTiO3 nanoparticles in Ti-based hydrous gel. The size and morphology of nanocubes were controlled by tuning the concentration and molar ratio of surfactants. A novel growth model dependant on the structure of Ti precursor for the formation and morphology control of BaTiO3 nanocubes and their superlattice was demonstrated. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr11594h

  10. Both High Reliability and Giant Electrocaloric Strength in BaTiO3 Ceramics

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    Bai, Yang; Han, Xi; Zheng, Xiu-Cheng; Qiao, Lijie

    2013-01-01

    BaTiO3 has a giant electrocaloric strength, |ΔT|/|ΔE|, because of a large latent heat and a sharp phase transition. The electrocaloric strength of a new single crystal, as giant as 0.48 K·cm/kV, is twice larger than the previous best result, but it remarkably decreased to 0.18 K·cm/kV after several times of thermal cycles accompanied by alternating electric fields, because the field-induced phase transition and domain switching resulted in numerous defects such as microcracks. The ceramics prepared from nano-sized powders showed a high electrocaloric strength of 0.14 K·cm/kV, comparable to the single crystals experienced electrocaloric cycles, because of its unique microstructure after proper sintering process. Moreover, its properties did not change under the combined effects of thermal cycles and alternating electric fields, i.e. it has both large electrocaloric effect and good reliability, which are desirable for practical applications. PMID:24100662

  11. Probing the Metal-Insulator Transition in BaTiO3 by Electrostatic Doping

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    Raghavan, Santosh; Zhang, Jack Y.; Shoron, Omor F.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2016-07-01

    The metal-to-insulator transition in BaTiO3 is investigated using electrostatic doping, which avoids effects from disorder and strain that would accompany chemical doping. SmTiO3/BaTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures are doped with a constant sheet carrier density of 3 ×1014 cm-2 that is introduced via the polar SmTiO3/BaTiO3 interface. Below a critical BaTiO3 thickness, the structures exhibit metallic behavior with high carrier mobilities at low temperatures, similar to SmTiO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. Above this thickness, data indicate that the BaTiO3 layer becomes ferroelectric. The BaTiO3 lattice parameters increase to a value consistent with a strained, tetragonal unit cell, the structures are insulating below ˜125 K , and the mobility drops by more than an order of magnitude, indicating self-trapping of carriers. The results shed light on the interplay between charge carriers and ferroelectricity.

  12. Rietveld refined structural and room temperature vibrational properties of BaTiO3 doped La0.67Ba0.33MnO3 composites

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    Dar, M. A.; Sheikh, M. W.; Malla, M. S.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    The composites of (1-x) La0.67Ba0.33MnO3 (LBMO) + xBaTiO3 (BTO) (x = 0, 0.25 and 1.0) were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction method. Rietveld refinement was employed to characterize the structural information of the prepared ceramics. The result of the Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder diffraction of La0.67Ba0.33MnO3 and BaTiO3 shows that these compounds crystallize in rhombohedral (R3c) and tetragonal (P4mm), respectively. The structural parameters and the reliability factors for the LBMO-BTO composite ceramics were successfully determined by the Rietveld refinement. At room temperature, Raman active phonon modes predicted by the group theory were observed only in BaTiO3 and composite sample. Pure LBMO does not show any Raman active Phonon mode at room temperature.

  13. On stoichiometry and intermixing at the spinel/perovskite interface in CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 thin films.

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    Tileli, Vasiliki; Duchamp, Martial; Axelsson, Anna-Karin; Valant, Matjaz; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E; Alford, Neil McN

    2015-01-01

    The performance of complex oxide heterostructures depends primarily on the interfacial coupling of the two component structures. This interface character inherently varies with the synthesis method and conditions used since even small composition variations can alter the electronic, ferroelectric, or magnetic functional properties of the system. The focus of this article is placed on the interface character of a pulsed laser deposited CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 thin film. Using a range of state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy methodologies, the roles of substrate morphology, interface stoichiometry, and cation intermixing are determined on the atomic level. The results reveal a surprisingly uneven BaTiO3 substrate surface formed after the film deposition and Fe atom incorporation in the top few monolayers inside the unit cell of the BaTiO3 crystal. Towards the CoFe2O4 side, a disordered region extending several nanometers from the interface was revealed and both Ba and Ti from the substrate were found to diffuse into the spinel layer. The analysis also shows that within this somehow incompatible composite interface, a different phase is formed corresponding to the compound Ba2Fe3Ti5O15, which belongs to the ilmenite crystal structure of FeTiO3 type. The results suggest a chemical activity between these two oxides, which could lead to the synthesis of complex engineered interfaces. PMID:25406863

  14. Ultrafast magneto-optical spectroscopy of BiFeO3-BaTiO3 based structures

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    Magill, Brenden A.; Bishop, Michael; McGill, Stephen A.; Zhou, Yuon; Chopra, Anuj; Maurya, Deepam; Song, Hyun-Cheol; Priya, Shashank; Khodaparast, Giti A.

    2015-09-01

    Ultrafast optical spectroscopy can provide insight into fundamental microscopic interactions, dynamics and the coupling of several degrees of freedom. Pump/ probe studies can reveal the answer to questions like "What are the achievable switching speeds in multiferroics?", "What is the influence of the crystallographic orientation and domain states on the available switching states?", and "What is the effect of the hetrostructure on promoting the coupling between the varying field excitations?". In this presentation, we report on two color (400/800nm) ultrafast pump-probe differential reflectance spectroscopy of BiFeO3-BaTiO3 structures to probe the coupling between optical and acoustic phonons to spin waves. The data presented here is a combination of different transient reflectivity measurements to probe both the carrier and spin dynamics. The (001)-BiFeO3-BaTiO3 thin films were prepared using pulsed laser deposition on vicinal SrTiO3 substrates using La0.70 Sr0.30MnO3 bottom electrodes. Crystal orientation and topography were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. . Our results are important to developing devices on the basis of this material system. This work was supported by the AFOSR through grant FA9550-14-1-0376,NSF-Career Award DMR-0846834, and the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

  15. Structural and morphological transformations of BaTiO3 nanocrystals in thin layers of borate oxide glasses

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    Kedrov, V. V.; Shmyt'ko, I. M.

    2015-02-01

    The influence of thin layers (2-15 μm) of some oxide glass melts on BaTiO3 nanocrystallites has been investigated using X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy. It has been shown that lead borate and sodium borate glass melts bring about the dissolution of BaTiO3 nanocrystallites and the subsequent crystallization in glasses of lead titanate PbTiO3 and sodium titanate Na2TiO3, respectively. It has been found that thin layers of melts of these glasses have a strong orientation effect on crystallites of the PbTiO3 and Na2TiO3 compounds newly synthesized from barium titanate. The orientation effect exerted by these glass layers results in the formation of a pronounced texture of the perovskite crystallites with the texture axes oriented along the [100] and [001] directions parallel to the surface normal of the substrate for lead titanate and the orientation of the planes of the film surface for the sodium titanium oxide.

  16. cc domains with intrinsic screening and absence of closure domains in atomically ordered BaTiO3 in UHV

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    Watanabe, Y.; Kaku, S.; Nakamura, K.

    2010-03-01

    cc domains have been observed in ordinary environments, where extraneous screening hampers rigorous comparison with theories. Indeed, recent theories predict closure domains in the absence of extraneous screening. Therefore, we performed simultaneous topographic, electrostatic and piezoelectric imaging of atomically clean, free surface of BaTiO3 single crystal by AFM operated in ultra high vacuum (UHV).footnotetextS. Kaku et al., J.Kor.Phys.Soc.55,799(2009) BaTiO3 surface retains stoichiometry in UHV because of the absence of volatile elements (Pb, Bi, Li) and low TC The surface cleanness is confirmed by the detection of chemical bonding. Three imaging methods verified the assignment of ac and cc domains, which is consistent with conventional theory and experiments. These ac and cc domains change reversibly by weak electric field of 2kV/cm at RT. In addition, the temperature dependence of the domains agrees with convention theories. These observations prove the absence of dominating control of defects and impurities on the observed domains. The sole deviation is the reduction of the potential difference to 1/30 of the conventional theories. The described intrinsic nature of the domains indicates an intrinsic screening in cc domains, which is consistent with the intrinsic surface carrier layer on ferroelectrics.footnotetextWatanabe et al. PRL86332(2001), PRB57,789(1998)

  17. Properties of polycarbonate containing BaTiO3 nanoparticles

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    Lomax, J. F.; Fontanella, J. J.; Edmondson, C. A.; Wintersgill, M. C.; Wolak, M. A.; Westgate, M. A.; Lomax, E. A.; Lomax, P. Q.; Bogle, X.; Rúa, A.; Greenbaum, S. G.

    2014-03-01

    The real part of the relative permittivity, ɛ', and dielectric loss, tan δ, have been determined at audio frequencies at temperatures from about 5 K to 350 K for nano-composites composed of BaTiO3 nanoparticles and polycarbonate. The room temperature breakdown strength was also measured and thermal analysis, nuclear magnetic resonance and scanning electron microscopy studies were carried out. For some films the nanoparticles were surface-treated (STNP) while for others they were not (UNP). For concentrations of UNP greater than about 3.4 vol. %, ɛ' is much larger than expected on the basis of laws of mixing. On the other hand, ɛ' for materials made using STNP is well-behaved. Correspondingly, increased loss (ɛ″ or tan δ) in the vicinity of room temperature is observed for the materials made from UNP. The anomalously large values of relative permittivity and increased loss are attributed to the presence of large aggregates in the materials made using the UNP. For both UNP-and STNP-based materials, the breakdown strength is found to decrease as nanoparticle concentration increases. The breakdown strength for the materials made using STNP is found to be larger for all concentrations than for those containing UNP despite the presence of large aggregates in some of the STNP-based materials. This shows that breakdown is strongly affected by the nanoparticle surfaces and/or the interface layer. It is also found that the breakdown strength for materials made using UNP increases as particle size increases. Finally, variable temperature and pressure proton nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation measurements were made to assess the effect of nanoparticle inclusion on polymer motion, and the effects were found to be very minor.

  18. Ferroelectricity in (BaTiO3)n/(SrTiO3)m Superlattices Containing as Few as one BaTiO3 Layer (n=1)

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    Schlom, Darrell

    2007-03-01

    The question of how thin a ferroelectric can be and still be ferroelectric has been the source of an intensive research effort over the past decade. Several studies, both theoretical and experimental, have concluded that with appropriate boundary conditions ferroelectricity can exist in superlattices containing BaTiO3 or PbTiO3 layers as thin as one unit cell. In this talk I will show the results of experiment and theory for BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices grown by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) on three different substrates: TiO2-terminated (001) SrTiO3, (110) DyScO3, and (110) GdScO3. With the aid of reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), precise single-monolayer doses of BaO, SrO, and TiO2 were deposited sequentially to create commensurate BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices with a variety of periodicities. The superlattices consist of an n unit-cell-thick slab of BaTiO3 followed by an m unit-cell-thick slab of SrTiO3, which are designated [(BaTiO3)n/(SrTiO3)m]q, where q is the number of times the bilayer is repeated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements exhibit clear superlattice peaks and the narrowest rocking curves ever reported for oxide superlattices. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals nearly atomically abrupt interfaces. UV Raman results show that the BaTiO3 in these [(BaTiO3)n/(SrTiO3)m]q superlattices is tetragonal and the SrTiO3 is polar due to strain. Temperature-dependent UV Raman and XRD reveal the paraelectric-to-ferroelectric transition temperature (TC). Our results* demonstrate (1) that [(BaTiO3)n/(SrTiO3)m]q superlattices containing as few as one strained BaTiO3 layer (n=1) are ferroelectric and (2) the sensitivity of TC to the boundary conditions. Comparisons to ab initio and phase-field modeling of the properties of these [(BaTiO3)n/(SrTiO3)m]q ferroelectric superlattices will be made and the importance of strain demonstrated. In addition to probing finite size effects and the importance of mechanical boundary conditions, these heterostructures may be relevant for novel phonon devices, including mirrors, filters, and cavities for coherent phonon generation and control. * D.A. Tenne, A. Bruchhausen, N.D. Lanzillotti-Kimura, A. Fainstein, R.S. Katiyar, A. Cantarero, A. Soukiassian, V. Vaithyanathan, J.H. Haeni, W. Tian, D.G. Schlom, K.J. Choi, D.M. Kim, C.B. Eom, H.P. Sun, X.Q. Pan, Y.L. Li, L.Q. Chen, Q.X. Jia, S.M. Nakhmanson, K.M. Rabe, and X.X. Xi, ``Probing Nanoscale Ferroelectricity by Ultraviolet Raman Spectroscopy,'' Science 313 (2006) 1614-1616.

  19. Improved ferroelectric, piezoelectric and electrostrictive properties of dense BaTiO3 ceramic

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    Baraskar, Bharat G.; Kakade, S. G.; James, A. R.; Kambale, R. C.; Kolekar, Y. D.

    2016-05-01

    The ferroelectric, piezoelectric and electrostrictive properties of BaTiO3 (BT) dense ceramic synthesized by solid-state reaction were investigated. X-ray diffraction study confirmed tetragonal crystal structure having c/a ~1.0144. The dense microstructure was evidenced from morphological studies with an average grain size ~7.8 µm. Temperature dependent dielectric measurement showed the maximum values of dielectric constant, ɛr = 5617 at Curie temperature, Tc = 125 °C. The saturation and remnant polarization, Psat. = 24.13 µC/cm2 and Pr =10.42 µC/cm2 achieved respectively for the first time with lower coercive field of Ec=2.047 kV/cm. The polarization current density-electric field measurement exhibits the peaking characteristics, confirms the saturation state of polarization for BT. The strain-electric field measurements revealed the "sprout" shape nature instead of typical "butterfly loop". This shows the excellent converse piezoelectric response with remnant strain ~ 0.212% and converse piezoelectric constant d*33 ~376.35 pm/V. The intrinsic electrostrictive coefficient was deduced from the variation of strain with polarization with electrostrictive coefficient Q33~ 0.03493m4/C2.

  20. In situ stress measurements during pulsed laser deposition of BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 atomic layers on Pt(0 0 1)

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    Premper, J.; Sander, D.; Kirschner, J.

    2015-04-01

    We apply the cantilever deflection technique to measure stress in nm thin BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 films during pulsed laser deposition on a Pt(0 0 1) single crystal cantilever substrate. We find a compressive film stress of -4.2 GPa for BaTiO3 on Pt(0 0 1) (misfit = -2.3%), whereas the deposition of SrTiO3 (misfit = +0.4%) induces a tensile stress of +1.5 GPa. The stress measurements are augmented by in situ low energy electron diffraction experiments which indicate an epitaxial order of the films. We apply continuum elasticity to calculate film stress. We conclude that sign and magnitude of the measured stress are due to the epitaxial misfit between film and substrate, which is -2.3% and +0.4% for BaTiO3 and SrTiO3, respectively. We identify that in addition to misfit also the oxygen partial pressure during PLD film growth influences film stress. PLD growth in an oxygen-free environment leads to factor of two increased tensile stress in SrTiO3 on Pt(0 0 1) as compared to growth at pO2 =10-4 mbar. The role of film stoichiometry for film stress is discussed.

  1. Synthesis and Microwave Absorption Properties of BaTiO3-polypyrrole Composite

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    Li, Qiao-ling; Zhang, Cun-rui; Li, Jian-qiang

    2010-10-01

    BaTiO3 powders are prepared by sol-gel method by cotton template. Polypyrrole is prepared by chemical oxidation route in the emulsion polymerization system. Then BaTiO3-polypyrrole composites with different mixture ratios are prepared by as-prepared material. The structure, morphology, and properties of the composites are characterized with Infrared spectrum, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and net-wok analyzer. The complex permittivity and reflection loss of the composites are measured at different microwave frequencies in S-band and C-band (0.03-6 GHz) employing vector network analyzer model PNA 3629D vector. The effect of the mass ratio of BaTiO3 to polypyrrole on the microwave loss properties of the composites is investigated. A possible microwave absorbing mechanism of BaTiO3-polypyrrole composite is proposed. The BaTiO3-polypyrrole composite can find applications in suppression of electromagnetic interference and reduction of radar signature.

  2. Sintering and Microstructure of BaTiO3 Nano Particles Synthesized by Molten Salt Method.

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    Lee, Chang-Hyun; Shin, Hyo-Soon; Yeo, Dong-Hun; Ha, Gook-Hyun; Nahm, Sahn

    2016-05-01

    In order to establish thinner dielectric layers in thick film electronic components such as MLCC (Multilayer ceramic capacitor), BaTiO3 nanoparticles have been utilized. However, studies on the synthesis of nanoparticles smaller than 20 nm, the characteristics of the BaTiO3 powder, and the powder's sintering are lacking. Therefore, this paper aims to synthesize BaTiO3 particles smaller than 20 nm by using the molten salt method and evaluate the microstructure and dielectric properties by varying the sintering temperature from 750 degrees C to 1200 degrees C. Through the molten salt method and by using KOH-KCl mixed salt, 20 nm BaTiO3 powder was synthesized at a low temperature of 150 degrees C. Sintering the pellets formed from the synthesized 20 nm BaTiO3 nano powder led to the observation of an unusual phenomenon where the particles grew to approximate sizes below 850 degrees C where densification progressed. At sintering temperatures above 950 degrees C, particles that expanded into rod shapes were observed and these particles were identified to be unreacted TiO2 based on the results of the EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy) analysis and phase analysis results. PMID:27483905

  3. BaTiO3 and polypropylene nanocomposites for capacitor applications

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    Dong, Daxuan; Tang, Longxiang; Zhu, Lei; Lee, Je; Case Western Reserve University Collaboration; Agiltron, Inc Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    A novel strategy to uniformly disperse 70-nm BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles in a dielectric polypropylene (PP) matrix is developed in order to achieve high dielectric constant and high energy density for capacitor applications. By modifying BaTiO3 surface with a bis-phosphonic acid-terminated polyhedral oligomeric selsisquioxane (POSS), a nanocomposite with BaTiO3@POSS uniformly dispersed in PP matrix was achieved. The nanocomposite film containing a high nanoparticle content of 30 vol.% exhibited a high dielectric constant of 32 and a breakdown voltage of 220 MV/m, but with a high energy loss. Improvement of this nanocomposite by understanding the interfacial polarization is carried out in this work. The dielectric constant difference between BaTiO3 and PP can generate interfacial polarization and subsequent internal conduction in BaTiO3 particles upon bipolar polarization. Reduction of this internal conduction mechanism will significantly reduce the hysteresis loss in polymer nanodielectrics.

  4. On stoichiometry and intermixing at the spinel/perovskite interface in CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 thin films

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    Tileli, Vasiliki; Duchamp, Martial; Axelsson, Anna-Karin; Valant, Matjaz; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.; Alford, Neil Mcn.

    2014-11-01

    The performance of complex oxide heterostructures depends primarily on the interfacial coupling of the two component structures. This interface character inherently varies with the synthesis method and conditions used since even small composition variations can alter the electronic, ferroelectric, or magnetic functional properties of the system. The focus of this article is placed on the interface character of a pulsed laser deposited CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 thin film. Using a range of state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy methodologies, the roles of substrate morphology, interface stoichiometry, and cation intermixing are determined on the atomic level. The results reveal a surprisingly uneven BaTiO3 substrate surface formed after the film deposition and Fe atom incorporation in the top few monolayers inside the unit cell of the BaTiO3 crystal. Towards the CoFe2O4 side, a disordered region extending several nanometers from the interface was revealed and both Ba and Ti from the substrate were found to diffuse into the spinel layer. The analysis also shows that within this somehow incompatible composite interface, a different phase is formed corresponding to the compound Ba2Fe3Ti5O15, which belongs to the ilmenite crystal structure of FeTiO3 type. The results suggest a chemical activity between these two oxides, which could lead to the synthesis of complex engineered interfaces.The performance of complex oxide heterostructures depends primarily on the interfacial coupling of the two component structures. This interface character inherently varies with the synthesis method and conditions used since even small composition variations can alter the electronic, ferroelectric, or magnetic functional properties of the system. The focus of this article is placed on the interface character of a pulsed laser deposited CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 thin film. Using a range of state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy methodologies, the roles of substrate morphology, interface

  5. Photovoltaic properties of ferroelectric BaTiO3 thin films RF sputter deposited on silicon

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    Dharmadhikari, V. S.; Grannemann, W. W.

    1982-01-01

    Ferroelectric thin films of BaTiO3 have been successfully deposited on n-type silicon substrates at temperatures above 500 C by RF sputtering in an O2/Ar atmosphere. Analysis by X-ray diffraction patterns show that films deposited at room temperature are amorphous. At temperatures above 500 C, crystalline BaTiO3 films with a tetragonal structure are obtained. The polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis loops and a broad peak in the dielectric constant versus temperature curve at Curie point indicate that the RF sputtered BaTiO3 films are ferroelectric. An anomalous photovoltaic effect is observed in these thin films which is related to the remanent polarization of the material. The results on open-circuit and short-circuit measurements provide an important basis for a better understanding of the role of photovoltaic field, photovoltaic current, and the pyroelectric properties in photoferroelectric domain switching.

  6. Interfacial reactions and microstructure of BaTiO 3 films prepared using fluoride precursor method

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    Fujihara, Shinobu; Schneller, Theodor; Waser, Rainer

    2004-01-01

    Interfacial reactions of BaF 2 and TiO 2 were investigated in preparing BaTiO 3 thin films using a fluoride precursor method. Trifluoroacetate solutions were prepared from barium acetate, titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP), and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA, CF 3COOH) with additives such as water and acetylacetone. The solutions were deposited on platinized Si wafers by spin-coating, were pyrolysed at 400 °C in air and were finally heated typically at 700 °C in a water vapor atmosphere. The perovskite BaTiO 3 phase was obtained although a small portion of BaF 2 remained unreacted. Thus, the films were characterized as the mixture of BaTiO 3, BaF 2, and amorphous TiO 2. Influence of the solution chemistry on the phase evolution and microstructure was examined in order to discuss the reaction pathway of the perovskite phase.

  7. Experimental and first principle studies on electronic structure of BaTiO3

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    Sagdeo, Archna; Ghosh, Haranath; Chakrabarti, Aparna; Kamal, C.; Ganguli, Tapas; Phase, D. M.; Deb, S. K.

    2014-04-01

    We have carried out photoemission experiments to obtain valence band spectra of various crystallographic symmetries of BaTiO3 system which arise as a function of temperature. We also present results of a detailed first principle study of these symmetries of BaTiO3 using generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation potential. Here we present theoretical results of density of states obtained from DFT based simulations to compare with the experimental valence band spectra. Further, we also perform calculations using post density functional approaches like GGA + U method as well as non-local hybrid exchange-correlation potentials like PBE0, B3LYP, HSE in order to understand the extent of effect of correlation on band gaps of different available crystallographic symmetries (5 in number) of BaTiO3.

  8. BaTiO3-SrTiO3 multilayer thin film electro-optic waveguide modulator

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    Hiltunen, Jussi; Seneviratne, Dilan; Sun, Rong; Stolfi, Michael; Tuller, Harry L.; Lappalainen, Jyrki; Lantto, Vilho

    2006-12-01

    Mach-Zehnder electro-optic waveguide modulators were fabricated based on BaTiO3 (BTO )-SrTiO3 (STO) multilayer thin film stacks grown on single crystal MgO substrates by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the formation of a BTO-STO superlattice with periodicity of 11unit cells. Strip-loaded waveguides were formed by patterning a SixNy film deposited onto the BTO-STO stack while Al electrodes of 3mm length and 13μm separation were fabricated in the vicinity of the active waveguide arm of the Mach-Zehnder modulator. An effective electro-optic coefficient of 73pm/V at 1550nm wavelength was determined for the deposited BTO-STO superlattice by measuring the output intensity as a function of applied electric field.

  9. Experimental study and theoretical prediction of dielectric permittivity in BaTiO3/polyimide nanocomposite films

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    Fan, Ben-Hui; Zha, Jun-Wei; Wang, Dong-Rui; Zhao, Jun; Dang, Zhi-Min

    2012-02-01

    Theoretical models were used to predict dielectric permittivities of the thermosetting polyimide (PI) matrix nanocomposite films loading with BaTiO3 (BT) nanoparticles prepared by the alkoxide route. The observed dielectric permittivities are in good agreement with calculated values using Jayasundere equation and effective medium theory when the interactions of nanoparticle-nanoparticle and nanoparticle-polymer are considered. Additionally, temperature dependence of dielectric permittivity of the BT/PI nanocomposite films at 103 Hz was also studied for both heating from -50 to 150 °C and cooling from 150 to -50 °C. The transformation in crystal phase of BT and changes of free volume in PI were considered to be the main factors influencing the dielectric permittivities of the BT/PI nanocomposite films.

  10. Microstructure defects mediated charge transport in Nb-doped epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films

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    Zhou, Jian; Jing, Xiaosai; Alexe, Marin; Dai, Jiyan; Qin, Minghui; Wu, Sujuan; Zeng, Min; Gao, Jinwei; Lu, Xubing; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-05-01

    Nb-doped BaTiO3 (BNTO) films were deposited on MgO substrates at different substrate temperatures by pulsed laser deposition. The temperature dependence of their resistivity, carrier mobility and carrier concentration were systematically investigated. It reveals that the BNTO films deposited at lower temperature show higher resistivity and lower carrier mobility, and only show semiconductor characteristics at measurement temperatures ranging from 10 to 400 K. There is a metal-semiconductor transition at about 20 K for the films grown at relatively higher temperature. The intrinsic mechanism responsible for the different charge transport behavior was revealed by microstructure studies. Low crystal quality and high density of microstructure defects, observed for BNTO films grown at low temperatures, are, in particular, massively affecting the charge transport behavior of the BNTO films. The mediated charge transport of the microstructure defects is dominated by the thermal excitation process.

  11. Dielectric response of BaZrO3/BaTiO3 superlattice

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    Wang, D.; Jiang, Z.

    2016-06-01

    We use the first-principles-based molecular dynamic approach to simulate dipolar dynamics of BaZrO3/BaTiO3 superlattice, and obtain its dielectric response. The dielectric response is decomposed into its compositional, as well as the in-plane and out-of-plane parts, which are then discussed in the context of chemical ordering of Zr/Ti ions. We reveal that, while the in-plane dielectric response of BaZrO3/BaTiO3 superlattice also shows dispersion over probing frequency, it shall not be categorized as relaxor.

  12. Effect of surface moisture on dielectric behavior of ultrafine BaTiO3 particulates.

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    Mountvala, A. J.

    1971-01-01

    The effects of adsorbed H2O on the dielectric properties of ultrafine BaTiO3 particulates of varying particle size and environmental history were determined. The dielectric behavior depends strongly on surface hydration. No particle size dependence of dielectric constant was found for dehydroxylated surfaces in ultrafine particulate (unsintered) BaTiO3 materials. For equivalent particle sizes, the ac conductivity is sensitive to surface morphology. Reactions with H2O vapor appear to account for the variations in dielectric properties. Surface dehydration was effectively accomplished by washing as-received powders in isopropanol.

  13. Reflectance Profile of BaTiO3 on Multilayer Antireflection Coating Systems

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    Karaomerlioglu, Filiz

    2011-05-01

    Antireflection (AR) coating systems are very important technology for optoelectronic devices. The optical characteristics of the system can be regulated by external electric or thermal field, and designed broadband ultra low reflection coating systems. It is investigated optical properties of multilayer AR coatings based on different ferroelectric materials to reduce reflectance in other studies. In this study, reflectance profile of BaTiO3 on multilayer AR coating systems has been developed in the visible region. It has been used ZnSe and ZrO2 as multilayer AR coatings, and BaTiO3 as the substrate. Fortran program has been simulated on Fresnell equations base.

  14. Optical Study of Liquid Crystal Doped with Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube

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    Gharde, Rita A.; Thakare, Sangeeta Y.

    2014-11-01

    Liquid crystalline materials have been useful for display devices i.e watches, calculators, automobile dashboards, televisions, multi media projectors etc. as well as in electro tunable lasers, optical fibers and lenses. Carbon nanotube is chosen as the main experimental factor in this study as it has been observed that Carbon Nano Tube influence the existing properties of liquid crystal host and with the doping of CNT can enhance1 the properties of LC. The combination of carbon nanotube (CNT) and liquid crystal (LC) materials show considerable interest in the scientific community due to unique physical properties of CNT in liquid crystal. Dispersion of CNTs in LCs can provide us a cheap, simple, versatile and effective means of controlling nanotube orientation on macroscopic scale with no restrictions on nanotube type. LCs have the long range orientational order rendering them to be anisotropic phases. If CNTs can be well dispersed in LC matrix, they will align with their long axes along the LC director to minimize distortions of the LC director field and the free energy. In this paper, we doped liquid crystal (Cholesteryl Nonanoate) by a small amount of multiwall carbon nanotube 0.05% and 0.1% wt. We found that by adding carbon nanotube to liquid crystals the melting point of the mixture is decreased but TNI is increased. It has been also observed that with incereas in concentration of carbon nanotube into liquid crystal shows conciderable effect on LC. The prepared samples were characterized using various techniques to study structural, thermal and optical properties i.e PMS, FPSS, UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR measurements, and DTA.

  15. Densification mechanism of BaTiO3 films on Cu substrates fabricated by aerosol deposition

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    Kim, Hong-Ki; Lee, Seung-Hwan; Lee, Sung-Gap; Lee, Young-Hie

    2015-05-01

    In order to achieve the aerosol deposition (AD) process as a thin film deposition process, the densification mechanism of the AD process was investigated. BaTiO3 films with thicknesses of 0.2, 0.5, and 2 μm on Cu substrates were fabricated using the AD process at room temperature in order to investigate the densification mechanism according to the increased the film thickness; we also investigated the resulting properties, including the microstructure, the electrical properties, and the hardness. As a result, we confirmed that the enhanced hammering effect (which is a densification procedure that works by continuous impaction of ceramic particles onto pre-impacted particles), formed dense BaTiO3 films with greater hardness and decreased leakage current characteristics. Furthermore, we concluded that the BaTiO3 particles, which were sufficiently fractured due to the hammering effect, were important in fabricating the dense BaTiO3 thin films. Therefore, we suggested the two-step deposition method (deposition and etching).[Figure not available: see fulltext.

  16. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Do Kim, Keum; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization – voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization. PMID:26742878

  17. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure.

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization - voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization. PMID:26742878

  18. Mn-Doped BaTiO3 Thin Film Sintered Using Nanocrystals and Its Dielectric Properties

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    Takezawa, Yoko; Kobayashi, Keisuke; Nakasone, Fumi; Suzuki, Toshimasa; Mizuno, Youichi; Imai, Hiroaki

    2009-11-01

    BaTiO3 thin films homogeneously doped with Mn were prepared by a novel powder-sintering thin-film process. Mn-doped BaTiO3 nanocrystals 5-7 nm in diameter were synthesized by a sol-gel method and sintered to form a highly densified microstructure containing columnar grains epitaxially grown on a (111)-oriented Pt/TiO2/Al2O3 substrate at a low temperature of 800 °C. On the basis of the results of various structural analyses, Mn was suggested to act as an acceptor in the perovskite structure of BaTiO3, which was also supported by the experimental finding indicating that the leakage current density was significantly improved compared with that of a nondoped BaTiO3 thin film. Moreover, the dielectric constant of the Mn-doped BaTiO3 thin film, 728 at 10 kHz with a loss tangent of 1.3%, was higher than that of the nondoped BaTiO3 thin film, probably owing to the electrostrictive effect induced by in-plane tensile stress. These results clearly indicate the feasibility of using doped BaTiO3 nanocrystals in the powder-sintering thin-film process for improving dielectric properties.

  19. Structure and Catalytic Activity of Cr-Doped BaTiO3 Nanocatalysts Synthesized by Conventional Oxalate and Microwave Assisted Hydrothermal Methods.

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    Srilakshmi, Chilukoti; Saraf, Rohit; Prashanth, V; Rao, G Mohan; Shivakumara, C

    2016-05-16

    In the present study synthesis of BaTi1-xCrxO3 nanocatalysts (x = 0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.05) by conventional oxalate and microwave assisted hydrothermal synthesis methods was carried out to investigate the effect of synthesis methods on the physicochemical and catalytic properties of nanocatalysts. These catalysts were thoroughly characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), N2 physisortion, and total acidity by pyridine adsorption method. Their catalytic performance was evaluated for the reduction of nitrobenzene using hydrazine hydrate as the hydrogen source. Structural parameters refined by Rietveld analysis using XRD powder data indicate that BaTi1-xCrxO3 conventional catalysts were crystallized in the tetragonal BaTiO3 structure with space group P4mm, and microwave catalysts crystallized in pure cubic BaTiO3 structure with space group Pm3̅m. TEM analysis of the catalysts reveal spherical morphology of the particles, and these are uniformly dispersed in microwave catalysts whereas agglomeration of the particles was observed in conventional catalysts. Particle size of the microwave catalysts is found to be 20-35 nm compared to conventional catalysts (30-48 nm). XPS studies reveal that Cr is present in the 3+ and 6+ mixed valence state in all the catalysts. Microwave synthesized catalysts showed a 4-10-fold increase in surface area and pore volume compared to conventional catalysts. Acidity of the BaTiO3 catalysts improved with Cr dopant in the catalysts, and this could be due to an increase in the number of Lewis acid sites with an increase in Cr content of all the catalysts. Catalytic reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline studies reveals that BaTiO3 synthesized by microwave is very active and showed 99.3% nitrobenzene conversion with 98.2% aniline yield. The presence of Cr in the catalysts facilitates a faster reduction reaction in all the

  20. Large electrostrain and high optical temperature sensitivity in BaTiO3-(Na0.5Ho0.5)TiO3 multifunctional ferroelectric ceramics.

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    Li, Jun; Chai, Xiaona; Wang, Xusheng; Xu, Chao-Nan; Gu, Yihao; Zhao, Haifeng; Yao, Xi

    2016-08-01

    Ferroelectric (1 -x)BaTiO3-x(Na0.5Ho0.5)TiO3 ceramics with ferroelectric and up-conversion luminescent multifunctions were designed and fabricated by a solid state reaction process. Their structure, ferroelectric, piezoelectric, up-conversion photoluminescence and relative optical temperature sensing properties were investigated systematically. Crystal structure analysis and Rietveld refinements based on the powder X-ray diffraction data show that the ceramics crystallized in the tetragonal perovskite space group P4mm at room temperature. Enhanced electrical properties and strong green up-conversion luminescence with thermally coupled green emission bands centered at 523 and 553 nm were observed. For a typical sample x equals 0.05, a large electrostrain of 0.279% was obtained under a 70 kV cm(-1) electric field that is comparable to that of the PZT4. Meanwhile, the excellent optical temperature sensitivity (0.0063 K(-1) at 480 K) is higher than that of Er-doped BaTiO3 nanocrystal materials. The results suggest that the BaTiO3-(Na0.5Ho0.5)TiO3 material should be an attractive material for piezoelectric actuator and temperature sensing device applications. PMID:27244098

  1. Friction imprint effect in mechanically cleaved BaTiO3 (001)

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    Long, Christian J.; Ebeling, Daniel; Solares, Santiago D.; Cannara, Rachel J.

    2014-09-01

    Adsorption, chemisorption, and reconstruction at the surfaces of ferroelectric materials can all contribute toward the pinning of ferroelectric polarization, which is called the electrical imprint effect. Here, we show that the opposite is also true: freshly cleaved, atomically flat surfaces of (001) oriented BaTiO3 exhibit a persistent change in surface chemistry that is driven by ferroelectric polarization. This surface modification is explored using lateral force microscopy (LFM), while the ferroelectric polarization is probed using piezoresponse force microscopy. We find that immediately after cleaving BaTiO3, LFM reveals friction contrast between ferroelectric domains. We also find that this surface modification remains after the ferroelectric domain distribution is modified, resulting in an imprint of the original ferroelectric domain distribution on the sample surface. This friction imprint effect has implications for surface patterning as well as ferroelectric device operation and failure.

  2. Effect of BaTiO3 Nanopowder Concentration on Rheological Behaviour of Ceramic Inkjet Inks

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    Kyrpal, R.; Dulina, I.; Ragulya, A.

    2015-04-01

    The relationship between rheological properties of ceramic inkjet inks based on BaTiO3 nanopowder and solid phase concentration has been investigated. In the ink volume takes place the formation periodic colloidal structures (PCS). The determining factor of structure formation is powder-dispersant ratio. Structural constitution of in the system with the low pigment concentration represented as PCS2, that contains solid particles in deflocculated that stabilized by the presence of adsorption-solvate layers. Dilatant structure formation for such inks explained by constrained conditions of the interaction. Samples with high BaTiO3 concentration have been classified as PKS1. Dilatant properties of the PKS1 resulted in particles rearrangement under the influence of the flow. In the region of some values powder-dispersant ratio take place conversation PKS2 to PKS1 and ink structure transformation from monodisperse to aggregate state.

  3. XMCD studies of thin Co films on BaTiO3

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    Welke, M.; Gräfe, J.; Govind, R. K.; Babu, V. H.; Trautmann, M.; Schindler, K.-M.; Denecke, R.

    2015-08-01

    Different layer thicknesses of cobalt ranging from 2.6 Å (1.5 ML) up to 55 Å (30.5 ML) deposited on ferroelectric BaTiO3 have been studied regarding their magnetic behavior. The layers have been characterized using XMCD spectroscopy at remanent magnetization. After careful data analysis the magnetic moments of the cobalt could be determined using the sum rule formalism. There is a sudden and abrupt onset in magnetism starting at thicknesses of 9 Å (5 ML) of cobalt for measurements at 120 K and of 10 Å (5.5 ML) if measured at room temperature. Initial island growth and subsequent coalescence of Co on BaTiO3 is suggested to explain the sudden onset. In that context, no magnetically dead layers are observed.

  4. Thickness dependent charge transport in ferroelectric BaTiO3 heterojunctions

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    Singh, Pooja; Rout, P. K.; Singh, Manju; Rakshit, R. K.; Dogra, Anjana

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the effect of ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3) film thickness on the charge transport mechanism in pulsed laser deposited epitaxial metal-ferroelectric semiconductor junctions. The current (I)-voltage (V) measurements across the junctions comprising of 20-500 nm thick BaTiO3 and conducting bottom electrode (Nb: SrTiO3 substrate or La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 buffer layer) demonstrate the space charge limited conduction. Further analysis indicates a reduction in the ratio of free to trapped carriers with increasing thickness in spite of decreasing trap density. Such behaviour arises the deepening of the shallow trap levels (<0.65 eV) below conduction band with increasing thickness. Moreover, the observed hysteresis in I-V curves implies a bipolar resistive switching behaviour, which can be explained in terms of charge trapping and de-trapping process.

  5. Crystal orbital study on the double walls made of nanotubes encapsulated inside zigzag carbon nanotubes

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    Zhao, Xin; Qiao, Weiye; Li, Yuliang; Huang, Yuanhe

    2015-01-15

    The structure stabilities and electronic properties are investigated by using ab initio self-consistent-field crystal orbital method based on density functional theory for the one-dimensional (1D) double-wall nanotubes made of n-gon SiO{sub 2} nanotubes encapsulated inside zigzag carbon nanotubes. It is found that formation of the combined systems is energetically favorable when the distance between the two constituents is around the Van der Waals scope. The obtained band structures show that all the combined systems are semiconductors with nonzero energy gaps. The frontier energy bands (the highest occupied band and the lowest unoccupied band) of double-wall nanotubes are mainly derived from the corresponding carbon nanotubes. The mobilities of charge carriers are calculated to be within the range of 10{sup 2}–10{sup 4} cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} for the hybrid double-wall nanotubes. Young’s moduli are also calculated for the combined systems. For the comparison, geometrical and electronic properties of n-gon SiO{sub 2} nanotubes are also calculated and discussed. - Graphical abstract: Structures and band structures of the optimum 1D Double walls nanotubes. The optimized structures are 3-gon SiO2@(15,0), 5-gon SiO2@(17,0), 6-gon SiO2@(18,0) and 7-gon SiO2@(19,0). - Highlights: • The structure and electronic properties of the 1D n-gon SiO{sub 2}@(m,0)s are studied using SCF-CO method. • The encapsulation of 1D n-gon SiO{sub 2} tubes inside zigzag carbon nanotubes can be energetically favorable. • The 1D n-gon SiO{sub 2}@(m,0)s are all semiconductors. • The mobility of charge carriers and Young’s moduli are calculated.

  6. Grain Growth Kinetics of BaTiO3 Nanocrystals During Calcining Process

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    Song, Xiao-lan; He, Xi; Yang, Hai-ping; Qu, Yi-xin; Qiu, Guan-zhou

    2008-06-01

    BaTiO3 nanocrystals were synthesized by sol-gel method using barium acetate (Ba(CH3COO)2) and tetra-butyl titanate (Ti(OC4H9)4) as raw materials. Xerogel precursors and products were characterized by means of thermogravimetric/differential scanning calorimetry (TG/DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The influence of the calcination temperature and duration on the lattice constant, the lattice distortion, and the grain size of BaTiO3 nanocrystals was discussed based on the XRD results. The grain growth kinetics of BaTiO3 nanocrystals during the calcination process were simulated with a conventional grain growth model which only takes into account diffusion, and an isothermal model proposed by Qu and Song, which takes into account both diffusion and surface reactions. Using these models, the pre-exponential factor and the activation energy of the rate constant were estimated. The simulation results indicate that the isothermal model is superior to the conventional one in describing the grain growth process, implying that both diffusion and surface reactions play important roles in the grain growth process.

  7. Comprehensive examination of dopants and defects in BaTiO3 from first principles

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    Sharma, V.; Pilania, G.; Rossetti, G. A., Jr.; Slenes, K.; Ramprasad, R.

    2013-04-01

    An extensive assessment of the physicochemical factors that control the behavior of dopant-related defects in BaTiO3 has been performed using high-throughput first-principles computations. Dopants spanning the Periodic Table—44 in total—including K-As, Rb-Sb, and Cs-Bi were considered, and have allowed us to reveal previously unknown correlations, chemical trends, and the interplay between stability, chemistry, and electrical activity. We quantitatively show that the most important factor that determines dopant stability in BaTiO3 is the dopant ionic size (followed by its oxidation state). Moreover, we are also able to identify definitively dopants that are O vacancy formers and suppressors, and those that would lead to p-type versus n-type conduction. Our results are in agreement with available experimental data (with no violations thus far), and point to an attractive computational route to dopant selection in BaTiO3 as well as in other materials.

  8. Oxygen nonstoichiometry and dielectric evolution of BaTiO3. Part I—improvement of insulation resistance with reoxidation

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    Yang, G. Y.; Dickey, E. C.; Randall, C. A.; Barber, D. E.; Pinceloup, P.; Henderson, M. A.; Hill, R. A.; Beeson, J. J.; Skamser, D. J.

    2004-12-01

    Impedance spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy are used to correlate local electrical properties with the microstructure and microchemistry of BaTiO3 in Ni-electrode multilayer ceramic capacitors. High densities of linear defects and some grains with structural modulations are observed in BaTiO3 grains in the as-cofired capacitors. The modulated structure is formed on {111} planes of the BaTiO3. Both types of structural defects are associated with high concentrations of oxygen vacancies. In particular, the oxygen content in the BaTiO3 grains that are in direct contact with the internal Ni electrodes is less uniform with a systematic decrease in oxygen content towards the electrode. In the capacitors that are reoxidized in a higher oxygen partial pressure at lower temperature, the BaTiO3 grains are almost free of linear defects and structural modulations and the oxygen content is homogeneous throughout the BaTiO3 active layers. A concomitant improvement in the total insulation resistance is observed.

  9. Solid-state synthesis of Bi2O3/BaTiO3 heterostructure: preparation and photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange

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    Ren, Pengrong; Fan, Huiqing; Wang, Xin

    2013-06-01

    In this work, Bi2O3/BaTiO3 heterostructure were prepared through a solid milling and annealing process. It was found that Bi3+ dissolved in the BaTiO3 lattice and the chemical bond was constructed between the interface of Bi2O3 and BaTiO3 after annealing process. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-visible absorption spectra were used to characterize the Bi2O3/BaTiO3 heterostructure. Furthermore, UV-induced catalytic activities of the Bi2O3/BaTiO3 heterostructure was studied by a degradation reaction of methyl orange (MO) dye. The band gap of the Bi2O3/BaTiO3 heterostructure was estimated to be 3.0 eV. Compared with pure Bi2O3 powders, the Bi2O3/BaTiO3 heterostructure had a much higher catalytic activity. An excellent performance of the photocatalytic property of the Bi2O3/BaTiO3 heterostructure is ascribed to high mobility of species and effective separation of photogenerated carriers driven by the photoinduced potential difference generated at the Bi2O3/BaTiO3 junction interface, demonstrating that the Bi2O3/BaTiO3 heterostructure is a promising candidate as a photocatalyst.

  10. Ultrafast Anisotropic Optical Response and Coherent Acoustic Phonon Generation in Polycrystalline BaTiO3 -BiFeO3

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    Magill, B. A.; Khodaparast, G. A.; Gyu Kang, M.; Zhou, Y.; Song, H.-C.; Priya, S.

    Ultrafast optical spectroscopy can provide insight into fundamental microscopic interactions, dynamics and the coupling of several degrees of freedom. Pump/ probe studies can reveal the answer to questions like ``What are the achievable switching speeds in multiferroics?'', ``What is the influence of the crystallographic orientation and domain states on the available switching states?'', and ``What is the effect of the hetrostructure on promoting the coupling between the varying field excitations?''. In this presentation, we report on two color (400/800nm) ultrafast pump-probe differential reflectance spectroscopy of BiFeO3 - BaTiO3 structures. The (001) - BiFeO 3 - BaTiO 3 thin films were prepared using pulsed laser deposition on vicinal SrTiO3 substrates using LSMO bottom electrodes. Crystal orientation and topography were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. The films were found to exhibit perovskite phase and in our study, we introduce the first observation of photoexcited strain waves, with the frequencies in the GHz range. Supported by the AFOSR through Grant FA9550-14-1-0376.

  11. Effects of Microstructure on the Curie Temperature in BaTiO3-Ho2O3-MgO-SiO2 System

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    Nishikawa, Jun; Hagiwara, Tomoya; Kobayashi, Keisuke; Mizuno, Youichi; Kishi, Hiroshi

    2007-10-01

    In response to the demand for multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) with stable capacitance in a wide temperature range, a material with high Curie temperature (Tc) has recently been being developed. In this study, we investigated the effects of microstructure on the Tc for the BaTiO3-Ho2O3-MgO-SiO2 system with various Ho and Si contents. As the Ho/Si ratio increased, the secondary phase (Pyrochlore) increased; further, the tetragonality of the BaTiO3 phase at 125 °C increased, and the Tc shifted toward higher temperatures. A transmission electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (TEM-EDS) analysis revealed that the core-shell structure is the key to understand this Tc shift: a thin shell with a high concentration of Ho was the most promising microstructure for a high-Tc material in this composition system. We discussed the mechanism of the Tc shift from the viewpoints of both microstructure and crystal structure.

  12. Crystalline structures, thermal properties and crystallizing mechanism of polyamide 6 nanotubes in confined space

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    Li, Xiaoru; Peng, Zhi; Yang, Chao; Han, Ping; Song, Guojun; Cong, Longliang

    2016-09-01

    The polyamide 6 (PA6) nanotubes were prepared by infiltrating the anodic aluminum oxide templates with polymer solution. Crystalline regions in the nanotube walls were detected by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) techniques were employed to investigate crystallization, crystal faces and thermodynamics. It was found that the crystals were transformed from α-form in bulk to γ-form in nanotubes. It was made a detailed analysis in this article. Moreover, schematic diagram for the crystallizing mechanism of PA6 nanotubes was given to explain PA6 molecules how to crystallize in the nano-pores.

  13. Composite-hydroxide-mediated approach an effective synthesis route for BaTiO3 functional nanomaterials

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    Khan, Taj Muhammad; Zakria, M.; Shakoor, Rana. I.; Hussain, Shabbir

    2016-04-01

    This paper describes synthesis of the functional BaTiO3 (BT) nanostructures by composite-hydroxide-mediated (CHM) approach. The effect of processing temperature on the nucleation and the optical, structural properties is investigated. The nanostructures prepared at various temperatures (180, 220 and 250 °C) are thermally stable and nucleate in different morphologies, which shows a temperature-dependent mechanism of the CHM approach. The nanostructures are cubic in nature with an average particle size in the range of 97-250 nm. The local crystal structure investigated by Raman spectroscopy reveals a certain degree of tetragonality on atomic scale in the local phase structure. The micrographs of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicate formation of the nanocuboids at 180 and 220 °C with larger particle size. At 250 °C, the product shows ball-like spherical morphology. Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) confirms the existence of Ba, Ti and O elements in the product, which indicates a chemically pure product. Further signature on the formation, purity and chemical bonding is obtained from FT-IR spectroscopy. Based on these experimental results, size, morphology manipulation and possible growth mechanisms are proposed with CHM at low temperature and without surfactant.

  14. Optical Second Harmonic Generation in the BaTiO3 phase of magnetically aligned multiferroic nanofibers

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    Gasperi, Katia

    Multiferroic materials enable the exploration of electrical control of magnetic properties and vice versa. Their increasing interest is especially due to their potential applications in the industry of information storage. Thanks to recent progress in nanotechnology, they have also been found to have many other applications such as transducers and sensors, and they already occupy a unique place in the biomedical field. The objective of this project is to study multiferroic nanofibers made of cobalt ferrite CoFe2O 4 (CFO) and barium titanate BaTiO3 (BTO) with a specific focus in the characterization of the ferroelectric phase. We researched the state of knowledge concerning the size effects on phase transition for nanoparticles and polycrystals BTO. The ferroelectric phase transition of BTO occurs when it changes from a tetragonal (anisotropic) crystal structure to a cubic (isotropic) structure. This change suggests that optical second harmonic generation (SHG) is a good measurement technique for monitoring the phase transition of the BTO half of the nanofibers. We designed and prepared a temperature dependent SHG experiment on magnetically aligned fibers in transmission with the possibility to investigate the polarization dependence of the signal. We also prepared interdigital electrodes on glass for the future study of the fibers in an external electric field.

  15. Magnetic properties of mixed spinel BaTiO3-NiFe2O4 composites

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    Sarkar, Babusona; Dalal, Biswajit; Dev Ashok, Vishal; Chakrabarti, Kaushik; Mitra, Amitava; De, S. K.

    2014-03-01

    Solid solution of nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) and barium titanate (BaTiO3), (100-x)BaTiO3-(x) NiFe2O4 has been prepared by solid state reaction. Compressive strain is developed in NiFe2O4 due to mutual structural interaction across the interface of NiFe2O4 and BaTiO3 phases. Quantitative analysis of X-ray diffraction and X-ray photo electron spectrum suggest mixed spinel structure of NiFe2O4. A systematic study of composition dependence of composite indicates BaTiO3 causes a random distribution of Fe and Ni cations among octahedral and tetrahedral sites during non-equilibrium growth of NiFe2O4. The degree of inversion decreases monotonically from 0.97 to 0.75 with increase of BaTiO3 content. Temperature dependence of magnetization has been analyzed by four sublattice model to describe complex magnetic exchange interactions in mixed spinel phase. Curie temperature and saturation magnetization decrease with increase of BaTiO3 concentration. Enhancement of strain and larger occupancy of Ni2+ at tetrahedral site increase coercivity up to 200 Oe. Magnetostructual coupling induced by BaTiO3 improves coercivity in NiFe2O4. An increase in the demagnetization and homogeneity in magnetization process in NiFe2O4 is observed due to the interaction with diamagnetic BaTiO3.

  16. Conformal BaTiO3 Films with High Piezoelectric Coupling through an Optimized Hydrothermal Synthesis.

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    Zhou, Zhi; Bowland, Christopher C; Patterson, Brendan A; Malakooti, Mohammad H; Sodano, Henry A

    2016-08-24

    Two-dimensional (2D) ferroelectric films have vast applications due to their dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties that meet the requirements of sensors, nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (NVFeRAM) devices, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). However, the small surface area of these 2D ferroelectric films has limited their ability to achieve higher memory storage density in NVFeRAM devices and more sensitive sensors and transducer. Thus, conformally deposited ferroelectric films have been actively studied for these applications in order to create three-dimensional (3D) structures, which lead to a larger surface area. Most of the current methods developed for the conformal deposition of ferroelectric films, such as metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) and plasma-enhanced vapor deposition (PECVD), are limited by high temperatures and unstable and toxic organic precursors. In this paper, an innovative fabrication method for barium titanate (BaTiO3) textured films with 3D architectures is introduced to alleviate these issues. This fabrication method is based on converting conformally grown rutile TiO2 nanowire arrays into BaTiO3 textured films using a simple two-step hydrothermal process which allows for thickness-controlled growth of conformal films on patterned silicon wafers coated with fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO). Moreover, the processing parameters have been optimized to achieve a high piezoelectric coupling coefficient of 100 pm/V. This high piezoelectric response along with high relative dielectric constant (εr = 1600) of the conformally grown textured BaTiO3 films demonstrates their potential application in sensors, NVFeRAM, and MEMS. PMID:27487556

  17. Tuning polarization states and interface properties of BaTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure by metal capping layers

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    Zhou, Jun; Yang, Ming; Shen, Lei; Wu, Qing Yun; Xu, Lei; Feng, Yuan Ping; Rusydi, Andrivo

    2016-04-01

    How to tune two-dimensional electron gas at interface of heterostructures is becoming an important question for both fundamental physics and electronic applications. Here, using density functional theory calculations, we find that the polarization state of BaTiO3 in metal capped BaTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures changes dramatically, depending on the termination of BaTiO3 and the different metal layers (M =Al , Fe, Pt Au). Most interestingly, for Pt on the BaO-terminated BaTiO3/SrTiO3, interface conductivity can be tuned. With a paraelectric state in BaTiO3, Pt_BaTiO 3 /SrTiO3 remains insulating at interface, while when BaTiO3 is ferroelectric, a hole- or electron-conducting BaTiO3/SrTiO3 interface can be realized, depending on its polarization direction in BaTiO3. This conducting interface and the top Pt layer screen the depolarization field, and thus stabilize the ferroelectricity in BaTiO3. Our result provides important clues for the reversibly tunable conductivity at oxide interfaces.

  18. Origins of enhanced electromechanical coupling in ferroelectric BaTiO3

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    Pramanick, Abhijit; Diallo, Souleymane; Delaire, Olivier; Calder, Stuart; Christianson, Andrew; Wang, Xun-Li; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime

    2014-03-01

    The origins of enhanced piezoelectric coupling along non-polar crystallographic directions in ferroelectric BaTiO3 are investigated using in situ neutron spectroscopy. It is observed that an electric field applied away from the equilibrium polarization direction causes a stiffening of the transverse acoustic (TA) phonon branch and consequently increases interaction between the TA and the transverse optic (TO) soft mode for a range of wave vectors extending from the Brillouin zone center. This provides a direct lattice dynamics mechanism for enhanced electromechanical coupling, and could act as a guide for designing improved piezoelectric materials.

  19. The structural properties of BaTiO3: TiO2: PMMA composite films at room temperature

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    Dey, Subhrangsu; Singh, S.; Singh, S. M.; Rajput, Nikhil; Kumar, Neeraj

    2016-05-01

    Present works based on the performance of the composite films of Barium Titanate (BaTiO3) with Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) prepared by simple solution casting technique. Different wt. % compositions of BaTiO3 have been selected to find out the best optimized condition for further investigations. The structural properties have been carried out at room temperature using X-ray crystallography (XRD). The average crystallite size of the BaTiO3 particles in the composite films has been found to be lies in between ˜ 20 -70 nm. It has been found that the peak intensities increase with increasing the wt. % of BaTiO3 in the composite films at room temperature (RT). The XRD analysis revealed that the addition of TiO2 has played a crucial role to enhance the crystalline nature of the composite films at room temperature. Efforts have been made to correlate the results with investigated XRD results of pure BaTiO3 and its composites as observed by other workers at room temperature.

  20. The Structure of BaTiO3 and BaTiO3-YBa2Cu3O7-δ Thin Films Studied by X-Ray Triple-Axis Diffraction

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    Yu, W. X.; Cui, S. F.; Wu, L. S.; Mai, Z. H.; Li, C. L.; Cui, D. F.; Chen, Z. H.

    The structures of BaTiO3 thin films and BaTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ bilayer films grown on SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 substrates, respectively by pulsed laser deposition, have been investigated by X-ray triple-axis diffraction. The orientation, the interface mismatch and strain status, and the in-plane and perpendicular lattice constants of the epilayers have been determined by reciprocal space map analysis. The results show that both the lattice constants and the structural imperfections of the BaTiO3 layers are relevant to the oxygen partial pressure. The a⊥/a‖ increases while the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the rocking curves decreases with the decrease in the partial oxygen pressure.

  1. Emergence of Long-Range Order in BaTiO_{3} from Local Symmetry-Breaking Distortions.

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    Senn, M S; Keen, D A; Lucas, T C A; Hriljac, J A; Goodwin, A L

    2016-05-20

    By using a symmetry motivated basis to evaluate local distortions against pair distribution function data, we show without prior bias, that the off-center Ti displacements in the archetypal ferroelectric BaTiO_{3} are zone centered and rhombohedral-like across its known ferroelectric and paraelectric phases. We construct a simple Monte Carlo model that captures our main experimental findings and demonstrate how the rich crystallographic phase diagram of BaTiO_{3} emerges from correlations of local symmetry-breaking distortions alone. Our results strongly support the order-disorder picture for these phase transitions, but can also be reconciled with the soft-mode theory of BaTiO_{3} that is supported by some spectroscopic techniques. PMID:27258883

  2. Emergence of Long-Range Order in BaTiO3 from Local Symmetry-Breaking Distortions

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    Senn, M. S.; Keen, D. A.; Lucas, T. C. A.; Hriljac, J. A.; Goodwin, A. L.

    2016-05-01

    By using a symmetry motivated basis to evaluate local distortions against pair distribution function data, we show without prior bias, that the off-center Ti displacements in the archetypal ferroelectric BaTiO3 are zone centered and rhombohedral-like across its known ferroelectric and paraelectric phases. We construct a simple Monte Carlo model that captures our main experimental findings and demonstrate how the rich crystallographic phase diagram of BaTiO3 emerges from correlations of local symmetry-breaking distortions alone. Our results strongly support the order-disorder picture for these phase transitions, but can also be reconciled with the soft-mode theory of BaTiO3 that is supported by some spectroscopic techniques.

  3. Influence of nanogold additives on phase formation, microstructure and dielectric properties of perovskite BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Nonkumwong, Jeeranan; Ananta, Supon; Srisombat, Laongnuan

    2015-06-01

    The formation of perovskite phase, microstructure and dielectric properties of nanogold-modified barium titanate (BaTiO3) ceramics was examined as a function of gold nanoparticle contents by employing a combination of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray, Archimedes principle and dielectric measurement techniques. These ceramics were fabricated from a simple mixed-oxide method. The amount of gold nanoparticles was found to be one of the key factors controlling densification, grain growth and dielectric response in BaTiO3 ceramics. It was found that under suitable amount of nanogold addition (4 mol%), highly dense perovskite BaTiO3 ceramics with homogeneous microstructures of refined grains (~0.5-3.1 μm) and excellence dielectric properties can be produced.

  4. Microwave dielectric characterisation of 3D-printed BaTiO3/ABS polymer composites

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    Castles, F.; Isakov, D.; Lui, A.; Lei, Q.; Dancer, C. E. J.; Wang, Y.; Janurudin, J. M.; Speller, S. C.; Grovenor, C. R. M.; Grant, P. S.

    2016-01-01

    3D printing is used extensively in product prototyping and continues to emerge as a viable option for the direct manufacture of final parts. It is known that dielectric materials with relatively high real permittivity—which are required in important technology sectors such as electronics and communications—may be 3D printed using a variety of techniques. Among these, the fused deposition of polymer composites is particularly straightforward but the range of dielectric permittivities available through commercial feedstock materials is limited. Here we report on the fabrication of a series of composites composed of various loadings of BaTiO3 microparticles in the polymer acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which may be used with a commercial desktop 3D printer to produce printed parts containing user-defined regions with high permittivity. The microwave dielectric properties of printed parts with BaTiO3 loadings up to 70 wt% were characterised using a 15 GHz split post dielectric resonator and had real relative permittivities in the range 2.6–8.7 and loss tangents in the range 0.005–0.027. Permittivities were reproducible over the entire process, and matched those of bulk unprinted materials, to within ~1%, suggesting that the technique may be employed as a viable manufacturing process for dielectric composites. PMID:26940381

  5. Memristive behavior in BaTiO 3 thin films integrated with semiconductors

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    Singamaneni, Srinivasa Rao; Prater, John; Narayan, Jay

    BaTiO3 has been studied for emerging non-volatile memory applications. However, most of the previous work has focused on this material when it was deposited on insulting oxide substrates such as SrTiO3. Unfortunately, this substrate is not suitable for CMOS-based microelectronics applications. This motivated us to carry out the present work. We have studied the resistive switching behavior in BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (BTO/LSMO) heterostructures integrated with Si (100) using pulsed laser deposition1,2. I-V measurements were conducted on BTO (500nm)/LSMO (25nm) devices at 200K, with the compliance current of 10mA. Here, Pt was used as a top electrode and LSMO served as bottom electrode. A few important observations are noted: (a) broad hysteresis in forward and reverse voltage sweeps -ideal for memory applications, (b) the ratio of high resistance to low resistance state is ~600 -important for switching devices, (c) the device is stable at least up to 50 cycles. However, we found that hysteretic behavior was collapsed after 36 cycles upon oxygen annealing of the device at 1 atmospheric pressure, 200o C for 1 hour, inferring the important role of oxygen vacancies in the resistive switching behavior of BTO/LSMO device. The comprehensive experimental data will be presented and discussed.1,2.

  6. Interface enhanced functionalities in BaTiO3/CaTiO3 superlattices

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    Wu, Xifan

    2014-03-01

    Interface engineering of oxide thin films has led to the development of many intriguing physical properties and new functionalities, in which the oxygen rotation and tilting take an crucial role. The oxygen octahedral tilt has been considered to be a coherent motion in the oxide thin-films, based on which the tilt is often neglected in the modeling of ABO3 superlattices. However, combined with state-of-art experimental high-resolution electron microscopic image, our first-principles results clearly show that oxygen octahedral tilt should be more appropriately defined by the tilting angles of two individual pyramids. Each pyramid will tilt rather independently as a function of its local chemical environment. Considering the oxygen octahedral rotation at the same time, the new picture of oxygen octahedral tilting will induce a novel interface effect, in which an unstable structure in bulk CaTiO3 will be stabilized at the interface in BaTiO3/CaTiO3 superlattice. This novel interface effect induces large polarizations both in-plane and out-of-plane with a corresponding enhanced piezoelectricity. The above scenario successfully explains the recent experimental discoveries in BaTiO3/CaTiO3 superlattices by H. Lee's and P. Evan's groups respectively.

  7. Oxygen Octahedral Rotations in BaTiO3/CaTiO3 Superlattices

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    Cosgriff, Margaret; Chen, Pice; Corey, Nathaniel; Wu, Xifan; Mehta, Apurva; Tajiri, Hiroo; Lee, Ho Nyung; Evans, Paul

    2013-03-01

    Complex oxide superlattices have a wide range of electronic and magnetic properties, which are affected by the structure of the interfaces between different components of the superlattice. The magnitude, coherence, and electric field response of oxygen displacements in three different BaTiO3/CaTiO3 superlattice compositions are measured using x-ray diffraction. The displacements are greater in compositions with more consecutive CaTiO3 layers. The pattern of layer-by-layer alternating displacements is coherent over less than two superlattice unit cells. The net in-phase rotation of the oxygen octahedra gives rise to an x-ray reflection at (3/2 1/2 1). Density functional theory calculations for a 2(BaTiO3) /4(CaTiO3) composition predict a decrease in displacements of oxygen octahedra between barium and calcium layers when an electric field is applied, causing an intensity increase in this reflection. We found the intensity of this reflection for this composition increases by 1.6% when a 12.5 V pulse is applied, a weaker response than the 11% increase predicted. When a 20 V pulse is applied, the reflection intensity actually decreases by 3%, indicating a more complicated response.

  8. Microwave dielectric characterisation of 3D-printed BaTiO3/ABS polymer composites

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    Castles, F.; Isakov, D.; Lui, A.; Lei, Q.; Dancer, C. E. J.; Wang, Y.; Janurudin, J. M.; Speller, S. C.; Grovenor, C. R. M.; Grant, P. S.

    2016-03-01

    3D printing is used extensively in product prototyping and continues to emerge as a viable option for the direct manufacture of final parts. It is known that dielectric materials with relatively high real permittivity—which are required in important technology sectors such as electronics and communications—may be 3D printed using a variety of techniques. Among these, the fused deposition of polymer composites is particularly straightforward but the range of dielectric permittivities available through commercial feedstock materials is limited. Here we report on the fabrication of a series of composites composed of various loadings of BaTiO3 microparticles in the polymer acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which may be used with a commercial desktop 3D printer to produce printed parts containing user-defined regions with high permittivity. The microwave dielectric properties of printed parts with BaTiO3 loadings up to 70 wt% were characterised using a 15 GHz split post dielectric resonator and had real relative permittivities in the range 2.6–8.7 and loss tangents in the range 0.005–0.027. Permittivities were reproducible over the entire process, and matched those of bulk unprinted materials, to within ~1%, suggesting that the technique may be employed as a viable manufacturing process for dielectric composites.

  9. Microwave dielectric characterisation of 3D-printed BaTiO3/ABS polymer composites.

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    Castles, F; Isakov, D; Lui, A; Lei, Q; Dancer, C E J; Wang, Y; Janurudin, J M; Speller, S C; Grovenor, C R M; Grant, P S

    2016-01-01

    3D printing is used extensively in product prototyping and continues to emerge as a viable option for the direct manufacture of final parts. It is known that dielectric materials with relatively high real permittivity-which are required in important technology sectors such as electronics and communications-may be 3D printed using a variety of techniques. Among these, the fused deposition of polymer composites is particularly straightforward but the range of dielectric permittivities available through commercial feedstock materials is limited. Here we report on the fabrication of a series of composites composed of various loadings of BaTiO3 microparticles in the polymer acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which may be used with a commercial desktop 3D printer to produce printed parts containing user-defined regions with high permittivity. The microwave dielectric properties of printed parts with BaTiO3 loadings up to 70 wt% were characterised using a 15 GHz split post dielectric resonator and had real relative permittivities in the range 2.6-8.7 and loss tangents in the range 0.005-0.027. Permittivities were reproducible over the entire process, and matched those of bulk unprinted materials, to within ~1%, suggesting that the technique may be employed as a viable manufacturing process for dielectric composites. PMID:26940381

  10. Layer by layer growth of BaTiO 3 thin films with extremely smooth surfaces by laser molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wang, H. S.; Ma, K.; Cui, D. F.; Peng, Z. Q.; Zhou, Y. L.; Lu, H. B.; Chen, Z. H.; Li, L.; Yang, G. Z.

    1997-05-01

    Using pure ozone-assisted laser molecular beam epitaxy, we have grown c-axis-oriented single crystal BaTiO 3 thin films on SrTiO 3 substrates at temperatures ( Ts) of 400-750°C and under ambient gas pressures of 5 × 10 -5 to 1 × 10 -1 Pa, respectively. Stripy reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) patterns and regular RHEED intensity oscillations reveal the smooth surface and layer-by-layer epitaxial growth of the films. Scanning electron microscopy analysis shows that the films are free of pinholes, grain boundaries and outgrowths on the surface. In addition, we found a strong dependence of the film lattice constant c on Ts, which might be related to the strain in the film.

  11. Nanostructures of Indium Gallium Nitride Crystals Grown on Carbon Nanotubes

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    Park, Ji-Yeon; Man Song, Keun; Min, Yo-Sep; Choi, Chel-Jong; Seok Kim, Yoon; Lee, Sung-Nam

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructure (NS) InGaN crystals were grown on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The NS-InGaN crystals, grown on a ~5-μm-long CNT/Si template, were estimated to be ~100–270 nm in size. Transmission electron microscope examinations revealed that single-crystalline InGaN NSs were formed with different crystal facets. The observed green (~500 nm) cathodoluminescence (CL) emission was consistent with the surface image of the NS-InGaN crystallites, indicating excellent optical properties of the InGaN NSs on CNTs. Moreover, the CL spectrum of InGaN NSs showed a broad emission band from 490 to 600 nm. Based on these results, we believe that InGaN NSs grown on CNTs could aid in overcoming the green gap in LED technologies. PMID:26568414

  12. Nanostructures of Indium Gallium Nitride Crystals Grown on Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Park, Ji-Yeon; Man Song, Keun; Min, Yo-Sep; Choi, Chel-Jong; Seok Kim, Yoon; Lee, Sung-Nam

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructure (NS) InGaN crystals were grown on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The NS-InGaN crystals, grown on a ~5-μm-long CNT/Si template, were estimated to be ~100-270 nm in size. Transmission electron microscope examinations revealed that single-crystalline InGaN NSs were formed with different crystal facets. The observed green (~500 nm) cathodoluminescence (CL) emission was consistent with the surface image of the NS-InGaN crystallites, indicating excellent optical properties of the InGaN NSs on CNTs. Moreover, the CL spectrum of InGaN NSs showed a broad emission band from 490 to 600 nm. Based on these results, we believe that InGaN NSs grown on CNTs could aid in overcoming the green gap in LED technologies. PMID:26568414

  13. Nanostructures of Indium Gallium Nitride Crystals Grown on Carbon Nanotubes

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    Park, Ji-Yeon; Man Song, Keun; Min, Yo-Sep; Choi, Chel-Jong; Seok Kim, Yoon; Lee, Sung-Nam

    2015-11-01

    Nanostructure (NS) InGaN crystals were grown on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The NS-InGaN crystals, grown on a ~5-μm-long CNT/Si template, were estimated to be ~100-270 nm in size. Transmission electron microscope examinations revealed that single-crystalline InGaN NSs were formed with different crystal facets. The observed green (~500 nm) cathodoluminescence (CL) emission was consistent with the surface image of the NS-InGaN crystallites, indicating excellent optical properties of the InGaN NSs on CNTs. Moreover, the CL spectrum of InGaN NSs showed a broad emission band from 490 to 600 nm. Based on these results, we believe that InGaN NSs grown on CNTs could aid in overcoming the green gap in LED technologies.

  14. Effects of oxygen vacancies and grain sizes on the dielectric response of BaTiO3

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    Choi, Youn-Kyu; Hoshina, Takuya; Takeda, Hiroaki; Teranishi, Takeshi; Tsurumi, Takaaki

    2010-11-01

    The effects of grain size and oxygen vacancies on the dielectric responses of BaTiO3 ceramics were investigated using wideband dielectric spectroscopy. Both dipole and ionic polarizations were enhanced by the reduction in grain size down to 2.5 μm. The annealing in low oxygen partial pressure markedly suppressed the dipole polarization possibly due to the domain-wall clamping by oxygen vacancies. To explain the dielectric response of BaTiO3 ceramics, a complex structure including gradient lattice strain layers (GLSL) were proposed as a model of 90° domain structure.

  15. Formation of secondary phase at grain boundary of flash-sintered BaTiO3.

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    Uehashi, Akinori; Sasaki, Katsuhiro; Tokunaga, Tomoharu; Yoshida, Hidehiro; Yamamoto, Takahisa

    2014-11-01

    Recently, Raj et.al. have developed a very unique sintering technique, called flash-sintering [1]. According to their report, fully densified ZrO2-3mol%Y2O3 ceramic bulks were successfully obtained only at 800°C for 5sec. Considering the conventional sintering condition around 1500°C for a few hours necessary to obtain ZrO2-3mol%Y2O3 ceramic bulks, their sintering technique is very attracting from a viewpoint of sintering temperature, soaking time and further the physical phenomena. The flash-sintering is a technique that green compacts were heating under application of high electric field. When furnace temperature reaches at a critical temperature, the electric current abruptly increases and the compact sinters near full density with a very high shrinkage rate. So far, a few studies about flash-sintering were reported for Y2O3 [2], SrTiO3, MgO-Al2O3. To understand the detail mechanism of flash-sintering, more case studies must be necessary. In this study, we focused BaTiO3 widely used for electro-ceramics, which has not been investigated from a viewpoint of flash-sintering.Green compacts were prepared from BaTiO3 raw powders (0.1-m, 99.9%, SAKAI chemical industry Co. Ltd., Lot. No.1308607) after uniaxially pressed at 100MPa into a rectangular shape with 2x10x30mm(3). The green compacts were suspended into a box type furnace by Pt-wires with Pt-based paste. Then, the furnace temperature was raised at 300°C/h under application of electric field ranged from 25V/cm to 350V/cm with monitoring the specimen current. After sintering, the shrinkages, microstructure of the sintered compacts were investigated.Sintering rates at all electric fields were found to be accelerated by applying electric field in BaTiO3. The appearance of abrupt current increment was confirmed over the application of 75V/cm. For example, a density of green compact reached about 90% relative density of BaTiO3 only at 1020°C for 1min at 100V/cm. However, the final shrinkages were revealed to decrease with an increase in electric fields, which is very different from the case of ZrO2-3mol%Y2O3 and Y2O3 ceramics. This fact means that application of high electric fields does not effectively operate for enhancement of shrinkage rates in the case of BaTiO3. In contrast, only gradual current increment was observed at 25V/cm, which is categorized in field-assisted sintering (FAST) process. The density of the green compact at 25V/cm was more than 95%.To investigate the mechanism of the decrease in a total shrinkage with electric fields, the microstructure of flash-sintered compact was observed. As a result, it was found that discharge occurs during flash-sintering process, indicating that the input power due to high electric fields does not work effectively. A typical example of the microstructure near the discharge area is shown in Fig. 1. Fig. 1 is a TEM bright field image taken from BaTiO3 flash-sintered at 100V/cm. As seen in the image, the formation of a secondary phase along the grain boundary can be clearly seen. Diffractometric and EDS analysis have revealed that the secondary phase is BaTi4O9, one of compounds between BaO and TiO2 system. By discharging, grain boundaries partially melt and a part of Ba vaporizes to form BaTi4O9 with cooling. To investigate flash-sintering behaviors, it was concluded that FAST process play an important role to enhance the shrinklage rate in the case of BaTiO3.jmicro;63/suppl_1/i19/DFU048F1F1DFU048F1Fig. 1.TEM bright field image of a secondary phase and the electron diffraction pattern taken from the secondary phase. PMID:25359812

  16. Magnetic and nonlinear optical properties of BaTiO3 nanoparticles

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    Ramakanth, S.; Hamad, Syed; Venugopal Rao, S.; James Raju, K. C.

    2015-05-01

    In our earlier studies the BaTiO3 samples were processed at higher temperatures like 1000oC and explained the observed magnetism in it. It is found that the charge transfer effects are playing crucial role in explaining the observed ferromagnetism in it. In the present work the samples were processed at lower temperatures like 650oC-800oC. The carrier densities in these particles were estimated to be ˜ 1019-1020/cm3 range. The band gap is in the range of 2.53eV to 3.2eV. It is observed that magnetization increased with band gap narrowing. The higher band gap narrowed particles exhibited increased magnetization with a higher carrier density of 1.23×1020/cm3 near to the Mott critical density. This hint the exchange interactions between the carriers play a dominant role in deciding the magnetic properties of these particles. The increase in charge carrier density in this undoped BaTiO3 is because of oxygen defects only. The oxygen vacancy will introduce electrons in the system and hence more charge carriers means more oxygen defects in the system and increases the exchange interactions between Ti3+, Ti4+, hence high magnetic moment. The coercivity is increased from 23 nm to 31 nm and then decreased again for higher particle size of 54 nm. These particles do not show photoluminescence property and hence it hints the absence of uniformly distributed distorted [TiO5]-[TiO6] clusters formation and charge transfer between them. Whereas these charge transfer effects are vital in explaining the observed magnetism in high temperature processed samples. Thus the variation of magnetic properties like magnetization, coercivity with band gap narrowing, particle size and charge carrier density reveals the super paramagnetic nature of BaTiO3 nanoparticles. The nonlinear optical coefficients extracted from Z-scan studies suggest that these are potential candidates for optical imaging and signal processing applications.

  17. Aligned Carbon Nanotube Thin Films from Liquid Crystal Polyelectrolyte Inks.

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    Tune, Daniel D; Blanch, Adam J; Shearer, Cameron J; Moore, Katherine E; Pfohl, Moritz; Shapter, Joseph G; Flavel, Benjamin S

    2015-11-25

    Single walled carbon nanotube thin films are fabricated by solution shearing from high concentration sodium nanotubide polyelectrolyte inks. The solutions are produced by simple stirring of the nanotubes with elemental sodium in dimethylacetamide, and the nanotubes are thus not subject to any sonication-induced damage. At such elevated concentrations (∼4 mg mL(-1)), the solutions exist in the liquid crystal phase and during deposition this order is transferred to the films, which are well aligned in the direction of shear with a 2D nematic order parameter of ∼0.7 determined by polarized absorption measurements. Compared to similarly formed films made from superacids, the polyelectrolyte films contain smaller bundles and a much narrower distribution of bundle diameters. After p-doping with an organic oxidizer, the films exhibit a very high DC electrical to optical conductivity ratio of σ(DC)/σ(OP) ∼ 35, corresponding to a calculated DC conductivity of over 7000 S cm(-1). When very thin (T550 ∼ 96%), smooth (RMS roughness, R(q) ∼ 2.2 nm), and highly aligned films made via this new route are used as the front electrodes of carbon nanotube-silicon solar cells, the power conversion efficiency is almost an order of magnitude greater than that obtained when using the much rougher (R(q) ∼ 20-30 nm) and less conductive (peak σ(DC)/σ(OP) ∼ 2.5) films formed by common vacuum filtration of the same starting material, and having the same transmittance. PMID:26511159

  18. Enhancement of ferroelectric Curie temperature in BaTiO3 films via strain-induced defect dipole alignment.

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    Damodaran, Anoop R; Breckenfeld, Eric; Chen, Zuhuang; Lee, Sungki; Martin, Lane W

    2014-09-01

    The combination of epitaxial strain and defect engineering facilitates the tuning of the transition temperature of BaTiO3 to >800 °C. Advances in thin-film deposition enable the utilization of both the electric and elastic dipoles of defects to extend the epitaxial strain to new levels, inducing unprecedented functionality and temperature stability in ferroelectrics. PMID:25099557

  19. Rapid-Thermal-Processed BaTiO3 Thin Films Deposited by Liquid-Source Misted Chemical Deposition

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    Horng, Ray-Hua; Wuu, Dong-Sing; Chan, Shih-Hsiung; Chiang, Ming-Chung; Huang, Tiao-Yuan; Sze, Simon

    1998-03-01

    BaTiO3 thin films deposited on the RuO2(250 nm)/Ru(20 nm)/TiN(200 nm)/Ti(20 nm)/(100)Si substrates by liquid-source misted chemical deposition are reported. The rapid thermal processing (RTP) technique was used for post deposition annealing. It was found that the strain was released and grain size increased for BaTiO3 films treated at high RTP temperature or for long RTP time. The interface between BaTiO3 and the bottom electrode was still sharp for the RTP-treated sample at 950°C. The leakage current density decreases as the RTP temperature increases. It can be decreased to 2.09 nA/cm2 under a supply voltage of 1.5 V. The dielectric constant can be increased up to 250 measured at 100 kHz for the sample treated by RTP at 950°C. The improvements in the BaTiO3 characteristics are due to the fact that RTP can enhance the crystallinity, relax the strain, alleviate the impurities in the films and does not result in significant interdiffusion of the materials.

  20. Structural study and ferroelectricity of epitaxial BaTiO3 films on silicon grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Mazet, L.; Bachelet, R.; Louahadj, L.; Albertini, D.; Gautier, B.; Cours, R.; Schamm-Chardon, S.; Saint-Girons, G.; Dubourdieu, C.

    2014-12-01

    Integration of epitaxial complex ferroelectric oxides such as BaTiO3 on semiconductor substrates depends on the ability to finely control their structure and properties, which are strongly correlated. The epitaxial growth of thin BaTiO3 films with high interfacial quality still remains scarcely investigated on semiconductors; a systematic investigation of processing conditions is missing although they determine the cationic composition, the oxygen content, and the microstructure, which, in turn, play a major role on the ferroelectric properties. We report here the study of various relevant deposition parameters in molecular beam epitaxy for the growth of epitaxial tetragonal BaTiO3 thin films on silicon substrates. The films were grown using a 4 nm-thick epitaxial SrTiO3 buffer layer. We show that the tetragonality of the BaTiO3 films, the crystalline domain orientations, and SiO2 interfacial layer regrowth strongly depend on the oxygen partial pressure and temperature during the growth and on the post-deposition anneal. The ferroelectricity of the films, probed using piezoresponse force microscopy, is obtained in controlled temperature and oxygen pressure conditions with a polarization perpendicular to the surface.

  1. Molecular-dynamics simulation of threshold displacement energies in BaTiO3

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    Gonzalez, E.; Abreu, Y.; Cruz, C. M.; Piñera, I.; Leyva, A.

    2015-09-01

    Molecular-dynamics simulations were used to calculate threshold displacement energies for each atom type in BaTiO3 perovskite. A primary knock-on atom with an energy range between 10 and 300 eV in principal crystallographic directions at 300 K was introduced. A statistical approach has been applied calculating displacement probability curves along main crystallographic directions. For each sublattice, the simulation was repeated from different initial conditions to estimate the uncertainty in the threshold displacement energy calculated values. The threshold displacement energies vary considerably with crystallographic direction and sublattice. The weighted average threshold displacement energies are 40 eV for oxygen, 64 eV for barium and 97 eV for titanium atoms. These values are comparable to ab initio calculated and experimentally derived values in perovskites. These results are proposed as threshold displacement energies, ideal for simulation programs that use atomic displacement calculation algorithms.

  2. Stress-induced phase transition in ferroelectric domain walls of BaTiO3

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    Stepkova, V.; Marton, P.; Hlinka, J.

    2012-05-01

    The seminal paper by Zhirnov (1958 Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 35 1175-80) explained why the structure of domain walls in ferroelectrics and ferromagnets is drastically different. Here we show that the antiparallel ferroelectric walls in rhombohedral ferroelectric BaTiO3 can be switched between the Ising-like state (typical for ferroelectrics) and a Bloch-like state (unusual for ferroelectric walls but typical for magnetic ones). Phase-field simulations using a Ginzburg-Landau-Devonshire model suggest that this symmetry-breaking transition can be induced by a compressive epitaxial stress. The strain-tunable chiral properties of these domain walls promise a range of novel phenomena in epitaxial ferroelectric thin films.

  3. Electric dipole sheets in BaTiO3/BaZrO3 superlattices

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    Jiang, Zhijun; Xu, Bin; Li, Fei; Wang, Dawei; Jia, C.-L.

    2015-01-01

    We investigate two-dimensional electric dipole sheets in the superlattice made of BaTiO3 and BaZrO3 using first-principles-based Monte Carlo simulations and density functional calculations. Electric dipole domains and complex patterns are observed and complex dipole structures with various symmetries (e.g., P m a 2 ,C m c m , and P m c 21 ) are further confirmed by density functional calculations, which are found to be almost degenerate in energy with the ferroelectric ground state of the A m m 2 symmetry, therefore strongly resembling magnetic sheets. More complex dipole patterns, including vortices and antivortices, are also observed, which may constitute the intermediate states that overcome the high-energy barrier of different polarization orientations previously predicted by A. I. Lebedev [Phys. Solid State 55, 1198 (2013), 10.1134/S1063783413060218]. We also show that such system possesses large electrostrictive effects that may be technologically important.

  4. Fe modified BaTiO3: Influence of doping on ferroelectric property

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    Mishra, Ashutosh; Bisen, Supriya; Jarabana, Kanaka Mahalakshmi; Mishra, Niyati

    2015-06-01

    We have investigate the ferroelectric property of Fe modified Barium Titanate (BaTiO3) with possible tetragonal structure via solid state route was prepared. Modified sample of BaTi1-xFexO3 (x=0.01, 0.02) were structural characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) using a Bruker D8 Advance XRD instruments, the value of 2θ is in between 20° to 80°. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) using a Bruker, vertex instruments has been performs to obtain Ti-O bonding in the modified sample; the region of wavenumber is from 4000 cm-1 to 400 cm-1. P-E hysteresis loop measurements have been traced for different applied voltage- 100V, 300V and 500V.

  5. Dielectric response of Cu/amorphous BaTiO3/Cu capacitors

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    Gonon, P.; El Kamel, F.

    2007-04-01

    Cu/amorphous BaTiO3/Cu capacitors were tested for their dielectric properties in the 0.1Hz -100kHz range, from room temperature to 350°C. The amorphous barium titanate dielectric layer was deposited by rf sputtering on water-cooled copper electrodes. The room-temperature dielectric constant is around 18 and the dissipation factor is 3×10-3 at 100kHz. When increasing temperature the dielectric response displays an important frequency dispersion with the appearance of a marked loss peak at low frequencies. This dispersion is ascribed to electrode polarization effects, as evidenced by measurements performed on various film thicknesses and by using different electrodes. The electrode polarization phenomenon is discussed using a simple space charge model and is shown to be related to mobile oxygen vacancies.

  6. Magnetic and ferroelectric properties of Zn and Mn co-doped BaTiO3

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    Keshari Das, Sangram; Kumar Roul, Binod

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports an approach to obtaining multiferroic properties in co-doped (Zn:Mn) BaTiO3 near room temperature. Interestingly, an unusual magnetic hysteresis loop is observed in the co-doped compositions in which the central portion of the loop is squeezed. However, in the composition Ba0.9Zn0.1Ti0.9Mn0.1O3, a broad magnetic hysteresis loop is observed. Such a magnetic effect is attributed to the coexistence of antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic exchange interactions in the system. The observation of the above type of magnetic properties is likely to be due to the presence of exchange interactions between Mn ions. A lossy-type of ferroelectric hysteresis loop is also observed in co-doped ceramic compositions near room temperature. Author S. K. Das supported financially by CSIR, New Delhi (Grant No. 09/750 (0005)/2009-EMR-I).

  7. Negative Capacitance in BaTiO3/BiFeO3 Bilayer Capacitors.

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    Hou, Ya-Fei; Li, Wei-Li; Zhang, Tian-Dong; Yu, Yang; Han, Ren-Lu; Fei, Wei-Dong

    2016-08-31

    Negative capacitances provide an approach to reduce heat generations in field-effect transistors during the switch processes, which contributes to further miniaturization of the conventional integrated circuits. Although there are many studies about negative capacitances using ferroelectric materials, the direct observation of stable ferroelectric negative capacitances has rarely been reported. Here, we put forward a dc bias assistant model in bilayer capacitors, where one ferroelectric layer with large dielectric constant and the other ferroelectric layer with small dielectric constant are needed. Negative capacitances can be obtained when external dc bias electric fields are larger than a critical value. Based on the model, BaTiO3/BiFeO3 bilayer capacitors are chosen as study objects, and negative capacitances are observed directly. Additionally, the upward self-polarization effect in the ferroelectric layer reduces the critical electric field, which may provide a method for realizing zero and/or small dc bias assistant negative capacitances. PMID:27502999

  8. Influence of defects on ferroelectric and electrocaloric properties of BaTiO3

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    Grünebohm, Anna; Nishimatsu, Takeshi

    2016-04-01

    We report modifications of the ferroelectric and electrocaloric properties of BaTiO3 by defects. For this purpose, we have combined ab initio based molecular dynamics simulations with a simple model for defects. We find that different kinds of defects modify the ferroelectric transition temperatures and polarization, reduce the thermal hysteresis of the transition, and are no obstacle for a large caloric response. For a locally reduced polarization, the ferroelectric transition temperature and the adiabatic response are slightly reduced. For polar defects, an intriguing picture emerges. The transition temperature is increased by polar defects and the temperature range of the large caloric response is broadened. Even more remarkable, we find an inverse caloric effect in a broad temperature range.

  9. Liquid crystal nanocomposites produced by mixtures of hydrogen bonded achiral liquid crystals and functionalized carbon nanotubes

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    Katranchev, B.; Petrov, M.; Keskinova, E.; Naradikian, H.; Rafailov, P. M.; Dettlaff-Weglikowska, U.; Spassov, T.

    2014-12-01

    The liquid crystalline (LC) nature of alkyloxybenzoic acids is preserved after adding of any mesogenic or non-mesogenic compound through hydrogen bonding. However, this noncovalent interaction provokes a sizable effect on the physical properties as, e. g. melting point and mesomorphic states. In the present work we investigate nanocomposites, prepared by mixture of the eighth homologue of p-n-alkyloxybenzoic acids (8OBA) with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) with the purpose to modify the optical properties of the liquid crystal. We exercise optical control on the LC system by inserting SWCNT specially functionalized by carboxylic groups. Since the liquid crystalline state combines order and mobility at the molecular (nanoscale) level, molecular modification can lead to different macroscopical nanocomposite symmetry. The thermal properties of the functionalized nanocomposite are confirmed by DSC analyses. The mechanism of the interaction between surface-treated nanoparticles (functionalized nanotubes) and the liquid crystal 8OBA bent- dimer molecules is briefly discussed.

  10. Impedance spectroscopy of V2O5-Bi2O3-BaTiO3 glass-ceramics

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    Al-syadi, Aref M.; Yousef, El Sayed; El-Desoky, M. M.; Al-Assiri, M. S.

    2013-12-01

    The glasses within composition as: (80 - x)V2O5/20Bi2O3/xBaTiO3 with x = 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 mol% have been prepared. The glass transition (Tg) increases with increasing BaTiO3 content. Synthesized glasses ceramic containing BaTi4O9, Ba3TiV4O15 nanoparticles of the order of 25-35 nm and 30-46 nm, respectively were estimated using XRD. The dielectric properties over wide ranges of frequencies and temperatures were investigated as a function of BaTiO3 content by impedance spectroscopy measurements. The hopping frequency, ωh, dielectric constant, ɛ', activation energies for the DC conduction, Eσ, the relaxation process, Ec, and stretched exponential parameter β of the glasses samples have been estimated. The, ωh,β, decrease from 51.63 to 0.31 × 106 (s-1), 0.84 to 0.79 with increasing BaTiO3 respectively. Otherwise, the Eσ, increase from 0.279 to 0.306 eV with increasing BaTiO3. The value of dielectric constant equal 9.5·103 for the 2.5BaTiO3/77.5V2O5/20Bi2O3 glasses-ceramic at 330 K for 1 KHz which is ten times larger than that of same glasses composition. Finally the relaxation properties of the investigated glasses are presented in the electric modulus formalism, where the relaxation time and the respective activation energy were determined.

  11. Processing and Characterization of Carbonate-Free BaTiO3 Nanoscale Particles Obtained by a Rapid Ultrasound-Assisted Wet Chemical Approach

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    Ashiri, Rouholah; Moghtada, Abdolmajid; Shahrouzianfar, Ali

    2015-08-01

    This work highlights an innovative one-step synthesis pathway for obtaining tailor-made carbonate-free BaTiO3 nanocrystals at low temperature. The work also tries to characterize the processing of the nanocrystals. Well-defined and stoichiometric BaTiO3 nanocrystals were prepared sonochemically at 323 K (50 °C) in only 45 minutes, which were rather easy to manipulate. The particle size distribution was rather narrow. The results indicated that the size of BaTiO3 nanocrystals can be tailored by changing the reactants concentration. The kinetic of BaTiO3 formation was more rapid for the precursor solutions with higher BaCl2 concentration. The particle size was also very sensitive to the Ba/Ti ratio of the precursor solution and ultrasonication conditions. The as-dried precipitates were generally composed of loose agglomerates resulting from the assembly of several BaTiO3 nanocrystals during drying stage of the preparation. This agglomeration can be potentially used for self-assembling of the obtained BaTiO3 nanocrystals in miniaturization of multilayer ceramic capacitors and for the development of other nano-devices organized by BaTiO3 nanocrystals.

  12. Effects of starting powder and thermal treatment on the aerosol deposited BaTiO3 thin films toward less leakage currents

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    2014-01-01

    To prepare high-density integrated capacitors with low leakage currents, 0.2-μm-thick BaTiO3 thin films were successfully deposited on integrated semiconductor substrates at room temperature by the aerosol deposition (AD) method. In this study, the effects of starting powder size were considered in an effort to remove macroscopic defects. A surface morphology of 25.3 nm and an interface roughness of less than 50 nm were obtained using BT-03B starting powder. The nano-crystalline thin films achieved after deposition were annealed at various temperatures to promote crystallization and densification. Moreover, the influence of rapid thermal annealing process on the surface morphology and crystal growth was evaluated. As the annealing temperature increased from room temperature to 650°C, the root mean square (RMS) roughness decreased from 25.3 to 14.3 nm. However, the surface was transformed into rough performance at 750°C, which agreed well with the surface microstructure trend. Moreover, the crystal growth also reveals the changes in surface morphology via surface energy analysis. PMID:25246860

  13. Some Aspects of the Failure Mechanisms in BaTiO3-Based Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors

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    Liu, David Donhang; Sampson, Michael J.

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this presentation is to gain insight into possible failure mechanisms in BaTiO3-based ceramic capacitors that may be associated with the reliability degradation that accompanies a reduction in dielectric thickness, as reported by Intel Corporation in 2010. The volumetric efficiency (microF/cm3) of a multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) has been shown to not increase limitlessly due to the grain size effect on the dielectric constant of ferroelectric ceramic BaTiO3 material. The reliability of an MLCC has been discussed with respect to its structure. The MLCCs with higher numbers of dielectric layers will pose more challenges for the reliability of dielectric material, which is the case for most base-metal-electrode (BME) capacitors. A number of MLCCs manufactured using both precious-metal-electrode (PME) and BME technology, with 25 V rating and various chip sizes and capacitances, were tested at accelerated stress levels. Most of these MLCCs had a failure behavior with two mixed failure modes: the well-known rapid dielectric wearout, and so-called 'early failures." The two failure modes can be distinguished when the testing data were presented and normalized at use-level using a 2-parameter Weibull plot. The early failures had a slope parameter of Beta >1, indicating that the early failures are not infant mortalities. Early failures are triggered due to external electrical overstress and become dominant as dielectric layer thickness decreases, accompanied by a dramatic reduction in reliability. This indicates that early failures are the main cause of the reliability degradation in MLCCs as dielectric layer thickness decreases. All of the early failures are characterized by an avalanche-like breakdown leakage current. The failures have been attributed to the extrinsic minor construction defects introduced during fabrication of the capacitors. A reliability model including dielectric thickness and extrinsic defect feature size is proposed in this presentation. The model can be used to explain the Intel-reported reliability degradation in MLCCs with respect to the reduction of dielectric thickness. It can also be used to estimate the reliability of a MLCC based on its construction and microstructure parameters such as dielectric thickness, average grain size, and number of dielectric layers. Measures for preventing early failures are also discussed in this document.

  14. Solid state NMR of SiO 2 nanotube coated ammonium tartrate crystal

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    Lim, A. R.; Schueneman, G. T.; Novak, B. M.

    1999-04-01

    Ammonium tartrate crystal and SiO 2 nanotube coated ammonium tartrate crystal were studied by 13C CP/MAS NMR, and the structure of two samples were verified using the 13C NMR spectrum. The spin-lattice relaxation times for the carbons in the rotating frame, T1 ρ, have been measured as a function of temperature. All relaxation times of the carbons in the two materials undergo slow motions, i.e. motions on the slow side of the T1 ρ minimum. From these relaxation times, we determine the activation energy for the ammonium tartrate crystal and SiO 2 nanotube coated ammonium tartrate crystal, respectively. The activation energies for the SiO 2 nanotube coated ammonium tartrate crystal were found to be generally higher than those of ammonium tartrate crystal. We think that the higher activation energy for the hydrocarbon in the SiO 2 nanotube coated ammonium tartrate crystal is because of the bonding between the oxygen in the SiO 2 nanotube and the hydroxyl group of the ammonium tartrate crystal.

  15. Single-crystalline BaTiO3 films grown by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Matsubara, Yuya; Takahashi, Kei S.; Tokura, Yoshinori; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2014-12-01

    Thin BaTiO3 films were grown on GdScO3 (110) substrates by metalorganic gas-source molecular beam epitaxy. Titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) was used as a volatile precursor that provides a wide growth window of the supplied TTIP/Ba ratio for automatic adjustment of the film composition. Within the growth window, compressively strained films can be grown with excellent crystalline quality, whereas films grown outside of the growth window are relaxed with inferior crystallinity. This growth method will provide a way to study the intrinsic properties of ferroelectric BaTiO3 films and their heterostructures by precise control of the stoichiometry, structure, and purity.

  16. Electrical Properties of BaTiO3-Based Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors Sintered with Plasma-Treated Glass Powder

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    Jeong, Dae-Yong; Lee, Soon-il; Lee, Heun-Young; Kim, Min-Kee; Yoon, Jung-Rag

    2013-10-01

    The influence of glass power morphology on the electrical and microstructural properties of BaTiO3-based multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) was investigated to enhance the reliability of MLCCs. For a sintering additive, glass particles of different sizes and shapes were prepared by jet-milling and RF plasma treatment. Plasma treatment decreased the glass particle size and transformed the irregular shape of glass particles into homogeneous spherical shapes. It was found that MLCCs sintered with plasma-treated glass powder have a more homogeneous microstructure, a clear core-shell structure, a more stable capacitance against voltage and temperature changes, and a higher degradation resistance. It is inferred that nanosized spherical glass powder prepared by plasma treatment helps so-called magic dopants such as rare-earth elements to be distributed homogeneously around the BaTiO3 particles.

  17. Structural evidence for enhanced polarization in a commensurate short-period BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattice

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    Tian, W.; Jiang, J. C.; Pan, X. Q.; Haeni, J. H.; Li, Y. L.; Chen, L. Q.; Schlom, D. G.; Neaton, J. B.; Rabe, K. M.; Jia, Q. X.

    2006-08-01

    A short-period (BaTiO3)6/(SrTiO3)5 superlattice was characterized by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The superlattice is epitaxially oriented with the c axes of BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 normal to the (001) surface of the SrTiO3 substrate. Despite the large in-plane lattice mismatch between BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 (˜2.2%), the superlattice interfaces were found to be nearly commensurate. The crystallographic c /a ratio of the superlattice was measured and the results agree quantitatively with first-principles calculations and phase-field modeling. The agreement supports the validity of the enhanced spontaneous polarization predicted for short-period BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices.

  18. Strong flux pinning enhancement in YBa2Cu3O7-x films by embedded BaZrO3 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles

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    Ding, Fa-Zhu; Gu, Hong-Wei; Zhang, Teng; Wang, Hong-Yan; Qu, Fei; Qiu, Qing-Quan; Dai, Shao-Tao; Peng, Xing-Yu

    2013-07-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films with embedded BaZrO3 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles were fabricated by metalorganic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD). Both X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy revealed that these BaZrO3 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles had random orientations and were distributed stochastically in the YBCO matrix. The unique combined microstructure enhances the critical current density (Jc) of the BaZrO3/BaTiO3 doped-YBCO films, while keeping the critical transition temperature (Tc) close to that in the pure YBCO films. These results indicate that BaZrO3 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles provide strong flux pinning in YBCO films.

  19. Symmetry, strain, defects, and the nonlinear optical response of crystalline BaTiO3/silicon

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    Kormondy, Kristy; Abel, Stefan; Popoff, Youri; Sousa, Marilyne; Caimi, Daniele; Siegwart, Heinz; Marchiori, Chiara; Rossell, Marta; Demkov, Alex; Fompeyrine, Jean

    Recent progress has been made towards exploiting the linear electro-optic or Pockels effect in ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BTO) for novel integrated silicon photonics devices. In such structures, the crystalline symmetry and domain structure of BTO determine which electro-optic tensor elements are accessible under application of an external electric field. For epitaxial thin films of BTO on Si (001), the role of defects in strain relaxation can lead to very different crystalline symmetry even for films of identical thickness. Indeed, through geometric phase analysis of high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy images, we map changes of the in-plane and out-of-plane lattice parameters across two 80-nm-thick BTO films. A corresponding 20% difference in the effective electro-optic response was measured by analyzing induced rotation of the polarization of a laser beam (λ = 1550 nm) transmitted through lithographically defined electrodes. Understanding, controlling, and modelling the role of BTO symmetry in nonlinear optics is of fundamental importance for the development of a hybrid BTO/Si photonics platform.. Work supported by the NSF (IRES-1358111), AFOSR (FA9550-12-10494), and European Commission (FP7-ICT-2013-11-619456-SITOGA).

  20. Virus-directed design of a flexible BaTiO3 nanogenerator.

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    Jeong, Chang Kyu; Kim, Insu; Park, Kwi-Il; Oh, Mi Hwa; Paik, Haemin; Hwang, Geon-Tae; No, Kwangsoo; Nam, Yoon Sung; Lee, Keon Jae

    2013-12-23

    Biotemplated synthesis of functional nanomaterials has received increasing attention for applications in energy, catalysis, bioimaging, and other technologies. This approach is justified by the unique abilities of biological systems to guide sophisticated assembly and organization of molecules and materials into distinctive nanoscale morphologies that exhibit physicochemical properties highly desirable for specific purposes. Here, we present a high-performance, flexible nanogenerator using anisotropic BaTiO3 (BTO) nanocrystals synthesized on an M13 viral template through the genetically programmed self-assembly of metal ion precursors. The filamentous viral template realizes the formation of a highly entangled, well-dispersed network of anisotropic BTO nanostructures with high crystallinity and piezoelectricity. Even without the use of additional structural stabilizers, our virus-enabled flexible nanogenerator exhibits a high electrical output up to ∼300 nA and ∼6 V, indicating the importance of nanoscale structures for device performances. This study shows the biotemplating approach as a facile method to design and fabricate nanoscale materials particularly suitable for flexible energy harvesting applications. PMID:24229091

  1. Performance analysis of resistive switching devices based on BaTiO3 thin films

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    Samardzic, Natasa; Kojic, Tijana; Vukmirovic, Jelena; Tripkovic, Djordjije; Bajac, Branimir; Srdic, Vladimir; Stojanovic, Goran

    2016-03-01

    Resitive switching devices, memristors, have recenty attracted much attention due to promising performances and potential applications in the field of logic and memory devices. Here, we present thin film BaTiO3 based memristor fabricated using ink-jet printing technique. Active material is a single layer barium titanate film with thickness of ̴100 nm, sandwitched between metal electodes. Printing parameters were optimized aiming to achieve stable drop flow and uniform printed layer. Current-voltage characteristics show typical memristive behavior with pinched hysteresis loop crossed at the origin, with marked differences between High Resistive State (HRS) and Low Resistive State (LRS). Obtained resistive states are stable during numerous switching processes. The device also shows unipolar switching effect for negative voltage impulses. Variable voltage impulse amplitudes leads to the shifting of the energy levels of electode contacts resulting in changing of the overall current through the device. Structural charcterization have been performed using XRD analysis and SEM micrography. High-temperature current-voltage measurements combined with transport parameter analysis using Hall efect measurement system (HMS 3000) and Impedance Analyzer AC measurements allows deeper insigth into conduction mechanism of ferroelectric memristors.

  2. BaTiO3/PVDF Nanocomposite Film with High Energy Storage Density

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    Wang, Xiaohui

    2016-03-01

    A gradated multilayer BaTiO3/poly(vinylidenefluoride) thin film structure is presented to achieve both a higher breakdown strength and a superior energy-storage capability. Key to the process is the sequential deposition of uniform dispersions of the single component source, which generate a blended PVDF-BTO-PVDF structure prior to full evaporation of solvent, and thermal treatment of the dielectric. The result is like sandwich structure with partial 0-3 character. The central layer designed to provide the high electric displacement, is composed of high volume fraction 6-10 nm BTO nanocrystals produced by a TEG-sol method. The outer layers of the structure are predominantly PVDF, with a significantly lower volume fraction of BTO, taking advantage of the higher dielectric strength for pure PVDF at the electrode-nanocomposite interface. The film is mechanically flexible, and can be removed from the substrate, with total thicknesses in the range 1.2 - 1.5 μm. Parallel plate capacitance devices improved dielectric performances, compared to reported values for BTO-PVDF 0-3 nanocomposites, with a maximal discharged energy density of 19.4J/cm3 and dielectric breakdown strengths of up to 495 kV/mm.

  3. A New Synthesis Strategy For High-Quality Fe / BaTiO3 Multiferroics

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    Chen, X.; Kim, J.; Kim, J. S.; Rojas, G.; Skomski, R.; Bode, M.; Bhattacharya, A.; Santos, T.; Guisinger, N.; Gruverman, A.; Lu, H.; Enders, A.

    2010-03-01

    Ultrathin film BaTiO3/Nb-SrTiO3 (BTO/STO) and Fe/BTO nanostructures were investigated with variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED) under ultrahigh vacuum. BTO films of 8 -- 13 unit cells thickness were grown by ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on STO, and transferred through air into the STM chamber. Atomically flat, clean and unreconstructed films were recovered after annealing them in 1x10-4 mBar oxygen at 970K. Fe nanoclusters were deposited on the BTO by noble gas buffer layer assisted growth, and further studied by LEED and STM. The sharp 1x1 LEED images after cluster deposition show that the clusters are crystalline, suggesting that the interface oxidation is minimal. This synthesis route has thus the potential to fabricate ordered, atomically flat interfaces by suppressing interface mixing and Fe oxidation, which is a significant advantage over MBE deposition of Fe on BTO. The samples obtained are currently used as model system for the study of interface contributions to the magnetoelectric effect in multiferroics.

  4. Non-linear second harmonic generation (SHG) studies of BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices

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    Vlahos, Eftihia; Lee, Che-Hui; Wu, Pingping; Wung Bark, Chung; Jang, Ho Won; Folkman, Chad; Hyub Baek, Seung; Park, J. W.; Biegalski, Mike; Tenne, Dmitri; Schlom, Darrell; Chen, Long-Qing; Eom, Chang-Beom; Gopalan, Venkatraman

    2010-03-01

    Theoretical phase-field simulations predict that certain types of superlattices consisting of alternating (BaTiO3)n/(SrTiO3)n layers have novel vortex domain wall configurations which give rise to exceptionally high polarization tunability combined with negligible polarization hysteresis. Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) was used to probe the phase and transition temperatures of multilayer (BaTiO3)m/(SrTiO3)n superlattices, as a function of epitaxial strain. In addition, in-plane electro-optic measurements were carried out. The experimental results are in excellent agreement both with theoretical predictions, as well as the temperature-strain phase diagram obtained experimentally from UV Raman studies. The ferroelectric, in-plane SHG signal, from the tensile strained SrTiO3 layers reveals an mm2 point group symmetry, whereas the point group symmetry of the compressively strained BaTiO3 layers, was determined to be 4mm.

  5. Chemical and microstructural characterization of rf-sputtered BaTiO3 nano-capacitors with Ni electrodes

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    Reck, James N.; Cortez, Rebecca; Xie, S.; Zhang, Ming; O'Keefe, Matthew; Dogan, Fatih

    2012-05-01

    Chemical and microstructural evaluation techniques have been used to characterize sputter deposited 100-150 nm thick BaTiO3 nano-capacitors with 30 nm thick Ni electrodes fabricated on Si/SiO2 wafers. More than 99% of devices had resistance > 20 MΩ. Electrodes were found to have a roughness, Ra, of about 0.66 ± 0.04 nm, and the BaTiO3 had a Ra value of 1.3 ± 0.12 nm. Characterization of the BaTiO3 film chemistry with X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) showed the films had excess oxygen and Ba:Ti ratios ranging from 0.78 to 1.1, depending on sputtering conditions. X-ray diffraction showed a broad peak between approximately 20° and 35° 2θ, indicating the films were either amorphous or contained grain sizes less than 5 nm. Focused ion beam images confirmed the presence of smooth, conformal films, with no visible signs of macro-defects such as pin-holes, cracks, or pores. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron diffraction patterns confirmed the presence of a nearly amorphous film with limited short range order. No correlation was found between the chemical and microstructural studies with the dielectric permittivity (280-1000), loss (0.02-0.09), and/or resistivity (8.7 × 1010-1.5 × 1012 Ω cm) values.

  6. Large piezoelectric response of BiFeO3/BaTiO3 polycrystalline films induced by the low-symmetry phase.

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    Hou, Y F; Li, W L; Zhang, T D; Wang, W; Cao, W P; Liu, X L; Fei, W D

    2015-05-01

    BaTiO3, BiFeO3 and BiFeO3/BaTiO3 polycrystalline films were prepared by the radio frequency magnetron sputtering on the Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate. The phase structure, converse piezoelectric coefficient and domain structure of BaTiO3, BiFeO3 and BiFeO3/BaTiO3 thin films are characterized by XRD and PFM, respectively. The converse piezoelectric coefficient d33 of BiFeO3/BaTiO3 thin films is 119.5 pm V(-1), which is comparable to that of lead-based piezoelectric films. The large piezoelectric response of BiFeO3/BaTiO3 thin films is ascribed to the low-symmetry T-like phase BiFeO3, because the spontaneous polarization vector of T-like phase (with monoclinic symmetry) BiFeO3 can rotate easily under external field. In addition, the reduced leakage current and major domains with upward polarization are also attributed to the large piezoelectricity. PMID:25866266

  7. Spin-Coating and Characterization of Multiferroic MFe2O4 (M=Co, Ni) / BaTiO3 Bilayers

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    Quandt, Norman; Roth, Robert; Syrowatka, Frank; Steimecke, Matthias; Ebbinghaus, Stefan G.

    2016-01-01

    Bilayer films of MFe2O4 (M=Co, Ni) and BaTiO3 were prepared by spin coating of N,N-dimethylformamide/acetic acid solutions on platinum coated silicon wafers. Five coating steps were applied to get the desired thickness of 150 nm for both the ferrite and perovskite layer. XRD, IR and Raman spectroscopy revealed the formation of phase-pure ferrite spinels and BaTiO3. Smooth surfaces with roughnesses in the order of 3 to 5 nm were found in AFM investigations. Saturation magnetization of 347 emu cm-3 for the CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 and 188 emu cm-3 for the NiFe2O4/BaTiO3 bilayer, respectively were found. For the CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 bilayer a strong magnetic anisotropy was observed with coercivity fields of 5.1 kOe and 3.3 kOe (applied magnetic field perpendicular and parallel to film surface), while for the NiFe2O4/BaTiO3 bilayer this effect is less pronounced. Saturated polarization hysteresis loops prove the presence of ferroelectricity in both systems.

  8. Pseudo Jahn-Teller origin of ferroelectric instability in BaTiO3 type perovskites: The Green's function approach and beyond

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    Polinger, V.; Garcia-Fernandez, P.; Bersuker, I. B.

    2015-01-01

    The local origin of dipolar distortions in ABO3 perovskite crystals is reexamined by means of a novel approach, the Green's function method augmented by DFT computations. The ferroelectric distortions are shown to be induced by the pseudo Jahn-Teller effect (PJTE). The latter involves vibronic hybridization (admixture) of the ground state to same-spin opposite-parity excited electronic bands. Similar to numerous molecular calculations, the PJT approach provides a deeper insight into the nature of chemical bonding in the octahedral cluster [BO6] and, in particular, reveals the local origin of its polar instability. This allows predicting directly which transition ions can create ferroelectricity. In particular, the necessary conditions are established when an ABO3 perovskite crystal with an electronic dn configuration of the complex ion [BO6] can possess both proper ferroelectric and magnetic properties. Distinguished from the variety of cluster approaches to local properties, the Green's function method includes the influence of the local vibronic-coupling perturbation on the whole crystal via the inter-cell interaction responsible for creation of electronic and vibrational bands. Calculated Green's functions combined with the corresponding numeric estimates for the nine electronic bands, their density of states, and the local adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) confirm the eight-minimum form of this surface and feasibility of the PJT origin of the polar instability in BaTiO3. We show also that multicenter long-range dipole-dipole interactions critically depend on the PJTE largely determining the magnitude of the local dipoles. DFT calculations for the bulk crystal and its clusters confirm that the dipolar distortions are of local origin, but become possible only when their influence on (relaxation of) the whole lattice is taken into account. The results are shown to be in full qualitative and semiquantitative agreement with the experimental data for this

  9. Correlation of lattice defects and thermal processing in the crystallization of titania nanotube arrays

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    Hosseinpour, Pegah M.; Yung, Daniel; Panaitescu, Eugen; Heiman, Don; Menon, Latika; Budil, David; Lewis, Laura H.

    2014-12-01

    Titania nanotubes have the potential to be employed in a wide range of energy-related applications such as solar energy-harvesting devices and hydrogen production. As the functionality of titania nanostructures is critically affected by their morphology and crystallinity, it is necessary to understand and control these factors in order to engineer useful materials for green applications. In this study, electrochemically-synthesized titania nanotube arrays were thermally processed in inert and reducing environments to isolate the role of post-synthesis processing conditions on the crystallization behavior, electronic structure and morphology development in titania nanotubes, correlated with the nanotube functionality. Structural and calorimetric studies revealed that as-synthesized amorphous nanotubes crystallize to form the anatase structure in a three-stage process that is facilitated by the creation of structural defects. It is concluded that processing in a reducing gas atmosphere versus in an inert environment provides a larger unit cell volume and a higher concentration of Ti3+ associated with oxygen vacancies, thereby reducing the activation energy of crystallization. Further, post-synthesis annealing in either reducing or inert atmospheres produces pronounced morphological changes, confirming that the nanotube arrays thermally transform into a porous morphology consisting of a fragmented tubular architecture surrounded by a network of connected nanoparticles. This study links explicit data concerning morphology, crystallization and defects, and shows that the annealing gas environment determines the details of the crystal structure, the electronic structure and the morphology of titania nanotubes. These factors, in turn, impact the charge transport and consequently the functionality of these nanotubes as photocatalysts.

  10. Orientational coupling enhancement in a carbon nanotube dispersed liquid crystal.

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    Basu, Rajratan; Iannacchione, Germano S

    2010-05-01

    We present a detailed study of a dilute suspension of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a pentylcyanobiphenyl (5CB) liquid crystal (LC) by probing the dielectric properties as a function of applied ac voltage and frequency. In principle, to minimize the elastic distortion in the nematic matrix, the monodispersed CNTs follow the nematic director without disturbing the director field significantly. A strong anchoring energy due to π-π electron stacking between LC-CNT molecules results in an increase in the dielectric anisotropy for the hybrid system, indicating a significant enhancement in the orientational order parameter. The frequency-dependent dielectric anisotropy for the composite system reveals the intrinsic frequency response of the LC-CNT anchoring mechanism. As a matter of consequence, the extracted value of splay elastic constant suggests that LC-CNT anchoring has an impact on the structural modification of the hybrid LC+CNT system. This strong anchoring energy stabilizes local pseudonematic domains, giving rise to a nonzero dielectric anisotropy in the isotropic phase that also shows an intrinsic frequency response. PMID:20866245

  11. Orientational coupling enhancement in a carbon nanotube dispersed liquid crystal

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    Basu, Rajratan; Iannacchione, Germano S.

    2010-05-01

    We present a detailed study of a dilute suspension of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a pentylcyanobiphenyl (5CB) liquid crystal (LC) by probing the dielectric properties as a function of applied ac voltage and frequency. In principle, to minimize the elastic distortion in the nematic matrix, the monodispersed CNTs follow the nematic director without disturbing the director field significantly. A strong anchoring energy due to π-π electron stacking between LC-CNT molecules results in an increase in the dielectric anisotropy for the hybrid system, indicating a significant enhancement in the orientational order parameter. The frequency-dependent dielectric anisotropy for the composite system reveals the intrinsic frequency response of the LC-CNT anchoring mechanism. As a matter of consequence, the extracted value of splay elastic constant suggests that LC-CNT anchoring has an impact on the structural modification of the hybrid LC+CNT system. This strong anchoring energy stabilizes local pseudonematic domains, giving rise to a nonzero dielectric anisotropy in the isotropic phase that also shows an intrinsic frequency response.

  12. Carbon Nanotube Liquid Crystals: Nematic Droplets and Coarsening Dynamics

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    Behabtu, Natnael; Senyuk, Bohdan; Smalyukh, Ivan; Pasquali, Matteo

    2012-02-01

    On a fundamental basis, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) offer a new model molecule to explore the dynamics and phases of rigid rods and test theories. Their large aspect ratio (100 to 100,000) and persistence length (˜ 100 microns) allow exploring the physics of nematic phases with high Frank elastic constant. Moreover, understanding of CNT liquid crystals is key to their rational processing into ordered materials such as fibers. Here we report the formation of elongated nematic droplets of CNTs in chlorosulfonic acid. In nematic droplets, a continuous transition from a homogeneous to bipolar nematic director field is expected theoretically, as a function of droplet volume; yet, experimental determination of such transition has been elusive. We show that CNT nematic droplets display such transition. We study the coarsening dynamics of positive and negative nematic droplets and observe that two or more droplets merge by matching their nematic director. Merging scenarios that lead to defect formation are not observed. Negative tactoids (isotropic phase in liquid crystalline continuum) merge through attractive forces induced by the nematic director distortion with quadrupolar symmetry.

  13. Growth and electric properties of (100)-oriented Mn-doped (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3 thin film by pulsed laser deposition

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    Jin, Chengchao; Wang, Feifei; Leung, Chung Ming; Tang, Yanxue; Wang, Tao; Yao, Qirong; Shi, Wangzhou

    2014-06-01

    Mn-doped (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3 (BNBMT) thin film with the composition near the morphotropic phase boundary was grown on (La0.6Sr0.4)CoO3-electroded SrTiO3 single-crystal substrate by using pulsed laser deposition method. Ascribed to the crystal structure and lattice similarity, (100)-oriented BNBMT film with pure single-phase perovskite structure was obtained through carefully controlling the growth conditions. Enhanced ferroelectric and dielectric properties were obtained with large remanent polarization P r of ˜21 μC/cm2, coercive field E c of ˜7.4 kV/mm and dielectric constant of ˜750 at 1 kHz. The excellent global electrical properties of the BNBMT film are promising for environmentally friendly ferroelectric devices.

  14. Enhancement of the Electrical Properties in BaTiO3/PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 Ferroelectric Superlattices.

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    He, Bin; Wang, Zhanjie

    2016-03-01

    In this study, BaTiO3/Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (BTO/PZT) ferroelectric superlattices have been grown on the Nb-doped SrTiO3 (NSTO) single-crystal substrate by pulsed laser deposition, and their electrical properties were investigated in detail. The leakage current was reduced significantly in the BTO/PZT superlattices, and the conduction mechanism could be interpreted as the bulk-limited mechanism. In addition, a more symmetric hysteresis loop was observed in the BTO/PZT superlattices compared with the pure PZT and BTO films. The BTO/PZT superlattices with the modulation thickness of 9.8 nm showed remarkably improved dielectric properties with dielectric constant and loss of 684 and 0.02, respectively, measured at the frequency of 10 kHz. Based on these experimental results, it can be considered that the BTO/PZT interfaces play a very important role for the enhanced electrical properties of the BTO/PZT superlattices. PMID:26913563

  15. Shrinkage Behavior and Diffusion in Ni-based Internal Electrodes with Additional Amount and Particle Size of BaTiO3 Additive

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    Kang, Ji-Hun; Joo, Dongwon; Jung, Yeon-Gil; Paik, Ungyu

    2008-02-01

    The effect of additional amount and particle size of BaTiO3 additive on shrinkage behavior and inter-diffusion in Ni-based internal electrodes has been investigated, in order to reduce the large shrinkage mismatch between the internal electrode and the dielectric layer and to control the thermal and/or residual stresses in multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Ni powder of 100-500 nm and two kinds of BaTiO3 powders of 100 and 200 nm were used as matrix and additive, respectively. The Ni and BaTiO3 powders were mixed with volume ratios of 95:5, 90:10, 85:15, respectively, and then cold-isostatic pressed. The shrinkage of starting materials and each composite was measured in a range of 700-1300 °C with 150 °C interval in H2/Ar atmosphere, using ASTM standard method. Diffusion phenomena at interface of Ni/BaTiO3 composites with 85:15 and 90:10 volume ratios were investigated using SEM, EDX, and TEM. The particle size affects the shrinkage behavior in relatively low temperatures below 1000 °C, showing a turning point at that temperature. The final shrinkage of composites is matched with that of bulk BaTiO3 of smaller particle size, independent of additional amount of BaTiO3 additive. A reaction layer of about 1000 nm wide is observed at the interface between the Ni and BaTiO3 powders in the composite of 85:15 volume ratio. The quantitative amount of elemental Ni diffused into the BaTiO3 is about 9.7 mass% in the composite of 90:10 volume ratio, without another phase seen in the Ni.

  16. Effect of BaTiO3 impurity on the NaNO2 structure in (0.9)NaNO2 + (0.1)BaTiO3 composite

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    Naberezhnov, A. A.; Alekseeva, O. A.; Stukova, E. V.; Borisov, S. A.; Simkin, V. G.

    2015-12-01

    The temperature evolution of the crystalline structure of the composite based on the ferroelectric mixture 0.9NaNO2 + 0.1BaTiO3 is analyzed using the neutron diffraction method. It is shown that the values of the order parameter of NaNO2 in the composite in the temperature range 360-430 K is smaller as compared to the bulk substance, which may indicate the coexistence of the ferroelectric and incommensurate phases of sodium nitrite in this interval.

  17. Electrical response of liquid crystal cells doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    García-García, Amanda; Vergaz, Ricardo; Algorri, José Francisco; Quintana, Xabier; Otón, José Manuel

    2015-01-01

    The inclusion of nanoparticles modifies a number of fundamental properties of many materials. Doping of nanoparticles in self-organized materials such as liquid crystals may be of interest for the reciprocal interaction between the matrix and the nanoparticles. Elongated nanoparticles and nanotubes can be aligned and reoriented by the liquid crystal, inducing noticeable changes in their optical and electrical properties. In this work, cells of liquid crystal doped with high aspect ratio multi-walled carbon nanotubes have been prepared, and their characteristic impedance has been studied at different frequencies and excitation voltages. The results demonstrate alterations in the anisotropic conductivity of the samples with the applied electric field, which can be followed by monitoring the impedance evolution with the excitation voltage. Results are consistent with a possible electric contact between the coated substrates of the LC cell caused by the reorientation of the nanotubes. The reversibility of the doped system upon removal of the electric field is quite low. PMID:25821679

  18. The peculiar electrical response of liquid crystal-carbon nanotube systems as seen by impedance spectroscopy

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    García-García, A.; Vergaz, R.; Algorri, J. F.; Geday, M. A.; Otón, J. M.

    2015-09-01

    Conductive nanoparticles, especially elongated ones such as carbon nanotubes, dramatically modify the electrical behavior of liquid crystal cells. These nanoparticles are known to reorient with liquid crystals in electric fields, causing significant variations of conductivity at minute concentrations of tens or hundreds ppm. The above notwithstanding, impedance spectroscopy of doped cells in the frequency range customarily employed by liquid crystal devices, 100 Hz-10 kHz, shows a relatively simple resistor/capacitor response where the components of the cell can be univocally assigned to single components of the electrical equivalent circuit. However, widening the frequency range up to 1 MHz or beyond reveals a complex behavior that cannot be explained with the same simple EEC. Moreover, the system impedance varies with the application of electric fields, their effect remaining after removing the field. Carbon nanotubes are reoriented together with liquid crystal reorientation when applying voltage, but barely reoriented back upon liquid crystal relaxation once the voltage is removed. Results demonstrate a remarkable variation in the impedance of the dielectric blend formed by liquid crystal and carbon nanotubes, the irreversible orientation of the carbon nanotubes and possible permanent contacts between electrodes.

  19. Space charge limited transient currents and oxygen vacancy mobility in amorphous BaTiO3 thin films

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    El Kamel, F.; Gonon, P.; Ortega, L.; Jomni, F.; Yangui, B.

    2006-05-01

    Time-dependent transient currents were studied at elevated temperatures (200-220 °C) in amorphous barium titanate thin film capacitors. Current transients display a peak whose time position varies with applied voltage and temperature. The response is analyzed through space charge limited current transient theories. Extracted drift mobilities are in the 10-11-10-12 cm2 V-1 s-1 range and show an activation energy of 1 eV. The phenomena are associated with oxygen vacancies migration in BaTiO3.

  20. High-density capacitors based on amorphous BaTiO3 layers grown under hydrogen containing atmosphere

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    Gonon, P.; El Kamel, F.

    2007-06-01

    Addition of hydrogen (H2) during the sputter deposition of BaTiO3 amorphous thin films drastically modifies their dielectric properties. Films grown under hydrogen containing atmospheres display large capacitances (several μF /cm2 for 1μm thick films), that are hundred times higher than capacitances measured for films grown without hydrogen. This is explained by the formation of a double-layer capacitor which arises from mobile protons (protonic conduction with an activation energy around 0.3eV). These films could find applications for the elaboration of integrated supercapacitors.

  1. Origins of large enhancement in electromechanical coupling for nonpolar directions in ferroelectric BaTiO3

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    Pramanick, A.; Diallo, S. O.; Delaire, O.; Calder, S.; Christianson, A. D.; Wang, X.-L.; Fernandez-Baca, J. A.

    2013-11-01

    The origins of enhanced piezoelectric coupling along nonpolar crystallographic directions in ferroelectric BaTiO3 are investigated using in situ neutron spectroscopy. It is observed that an electric field applied away from the equilibrium polarization direction causes a stiffening of the transverse acoustic (TA) phonon branch and consequently increases interaction between the TA and the transverse optic soft mode for a range of wave vectors extending from the Brillouin zone center. This provides a direct lattice dynamics mechanism for enhanced electromechanical coupling, and could act as a guide for designing improved piezoelectric materials.

  2. Band gap narrowing in BaTiO3 nanoparticles facilitated by multiple mechanisms

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    Ramakanth, S.; James Raju, K. C.

    2014-05-01

    In the present work, BaTiO3 nanoparticles of four different size ranges were prepared by sol-gel method. The optical band gap of these particles at some size ranges has come down to 2.53 eV from 3.2 eV, resulting in substantial increase in optical absorption by these ferroelectric nanoparticles making them potential candidates for light energy harvesting. XRD results show the presence of higher compressive strain in 23 nm and 54 nm size particles, they exhibit a higher band gap narrowing, whereas tensile strain is observed in 31 nm and 34 nm particles, and they do not show the marginal band gap narrowing. The 23 nm and 54 nm particles also show a coupling of free carriers to phonons by increasing the intensity of LO phonon mode at 715 cm-1. The higher surface charge density is expected in case of enhanced surface optical Raman modes (638 cm-1) contained in 31 and 34 nm size particles. In addition to this, the red shift in an LO mode Raman spectral line at 305 cm-1 with decrease in particle size depicts the presence of phonon confinement in it. The enhanced optical absorption in 23 nm and 54 nm size particles with a narrowed band gap of 3 eV and 2.53 eV is due to exchange correlation interactions between the carriers present in these particles. In 31 nm and 34 nm range particles, the absorption got bleached exhibiting increased band gaps of 3.08 eV and 3.2 eV, respectively. It is due to filling up of conduction band resulting from weakening of exchange correlation interactions between the charge carriers. Hence, it is concluded that the band gap narrowing in the nanoparticles of average size 23 nm/54 nm is a consequence of multiple effects like strain, electron-phonon interaction, and exchange correlation interactions between the carriers which is subdued in some other size ranges like 31 nm/34 nm.

  3. Study of the electronic structure and half-metallicity of CaMnO3/BaTiO3 superlattice

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    Wang, Kai; Jiang, Wei; Chen, Jun-Nan; Huang, Jian-Qi

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, the electronic structure, magnetic properties and half-metallicity of the CaMnO3/BaTiO3 superlattice are investigated by employing the first-principle calculation based on density functional theory within the GGA or GGA + U exchange-correlation functional. The CaMnO3/BaTiO3 superlattice is constructed by the cubic CaMnO3 and the tetragonal ferroelectric BaTiO3 growing alternately along (0 0 1) direction. The cubic CaMnO3 presents a robust half-metallicity and a metastable ferromagnetic phase. Its magnetic moment is an integral number of 3.000 μB per unit cell. However, the CaMnO3/BaTiO3 superlattice has a stable ferromagnetic phase, for which the magnetic moment is 12.000 μB per unit cell. It also retains the robust half-metallicity which mainly results from the strong hybridization between Mn and O atoms. The results show that the constructed CaMnO3/BaTiO3 superlattice exhibits superior magnetoelectric properties. It may provide a theoretical reference for the design and preparation of new multiferroic materials.

  4. Enhanced hydrogen storage properties of the 2LiBH4-MgH2 composite with BaTiO3 as an additive.

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    Wang, Jiasheng; Han, Shumin; Wang, Zhibin; Ke, Dandan; Liu, Jingjing; Ma, Mingzhen

    2016-04-19

    The 2LiBH4-MgH2 + 20 wt% BaTiO3 composite was prepared by ball-milling LiBH4, MgH2 and BaTiO3, and the effect of BaTiO3 on the hydrogen storage properties of the composite was investigated. TG-DSC results show that the onset dehydrogenation temperature of the composite is 299 °C, which is 124 °C lower than that of 2LiBH4-MgH2, and the dehydrogenation amount of the composite increases from 6.86 wt% to 7.48 wt% at 500 °C. Kinetic tests show that the dehydrogenation amount of 2LiBH4-MgH2 + 20 wt% BaTiO3 reaches 1.5 wt% within 400 seconds, almost 10 times that of 2LiBH4-MgH2. BaTiO3 reacts with LiBH4 during the dehydrogenation of the composite and generates BaB6 and TiO2. BaB6 is beneficial to lower the stability of LiBH4, while TiO2 has a catalytic effect in improving the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation kinetics of the reaction between Mg and LiBH4. PMID:26990634

  5. Ultrafast Room-Temperature Crystallization of TiO2 Nanotubes Exploiting Water-Vapor Treatment

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    Lamberti, Andrea; Chiodoni, Angelica; Shahzad, Nadia; Bianco, Stefano; Quaglio, Marzia; Pirri, Candido F.

    2015-01-01

    In this manuscript a near-room temperature crystallization process of anodic nanotubes from amorphous TiO2 to anatase phase with a fast 30 minutes treatment is reported for the first time. This method involves the exposure of as-grown TiO2 nanotubes to water vapor flow in ambient atmosphere. The water vapor-crystallized samples are deeply investigated in order to gain a whole understanding of their structural, physical and chemical properties. The photocatalytic activity of the converted material is tested by dye degradation experiment and the obtained performance confirms the highly promising properties of this low-temperature processed material. PMID:25589038

  6. Controlled Confinement of Half-metallic 2D Electron Gas in BaTiO3/Ba2FeReO6/BaTiO3 Heterostructures: A First-principles Study

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    Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri; Baidya, Santu; Waghmare, Umesh; Paramekanti, Arun

    Using density functional theory calculations, we establish that the half-metallicity of bulk Ba2FeReO6 survives down i to 1 nm thickness in BaTiO3/Ba2FeReO6/BaTiO3 heterostructures grown along the (001) and (111) directions. The confinement of the two-dimensional (2D) electron gas in this quantum well structure arises from the suppressed hybridization between Re/Fe d states and unoccupied Ti d states, and it is further strengthened by polar fields for the (111) direction. This mechanism, distinct from the polar catastrophe, leads to an order of magnitude stronger confinement of the 2D electron gas than that at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. We further show low-energy bands of (111) heterostructure display nontrivial topological character. Our work opens up the possibility of realizing ultra-thin spintronic devices. Journal Ref: Phys. Rev. B 92, 161106(R) (2015) S.B. and T.S.D thank Department of Science and Technology, India for the support through Thematic Unit of Excellence. AP was supported by NSERC (Canada).

  7. Nanotube liquid crystal elastomers: photomechanical response and flexible energy conversion of layered polymer composites

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    Fan, Xiaoming; King, Benjamin C.; Loomis, James; Campo, Eva M.; Hegseth, John; Cohn, Robert W.; Terentjev, Eugene; Panchapakesan, Balaji

    2014-09-01

    Elastomeric composites based on nanotube liquid crystals (LCs) that preserve the internal orientation of nanotubes could lead to anisotropic physical properties and flexible energy conversion. Using a simple vacuum filtration technique of fabricating nanotube LC films and utilizing a transfer process to poly (dimethyl) siloxane wherein the LC arrangement is preserved, here we demonstrate unique and reversible photomechanical response of this layered composite to excitation by near infra-red (NIR) light at ultra-low nanotube mass fractions. On excitation by NIR photons, with application of small or large pre-strains, significant expansion or contraction of the sample occurs, respectively, that is continuously reversible and three orders of magnitude larger than in pristine polymer. Schlieren textures were noted in these LC composites confirming long range macroscopic nematic order of nanotubes within the composites. Order parameters of LC films ranged from Soptical = 0.51-0.58 from dichroic measurements. Film concentrations, elastic modulus and photomechanical stress were all seen to be related to the nematic order parameter. For the same nanotube concentration, the photomechanical stress was almost three times larger for the self-assembled LC nanotube actuator compared to actuator based on randomly oriented carbon nanotubes. Investigation into the kinetics of photomechanical actuation showed variation in stretching exponent β with pre-strains, concentration and orientation of nanotubes. Maximum photomechanical stress of ˜0.5 MPa W-1 and energy conversion of ˜0.0045% was achieved for these layered composites. The combination of properties, namely, optical anisotropy, reversible mechanical response to NIR excitation and flexible energy conversion all in one system accompanied with low cost makes nanotube LC elastomers important for soft photochromic actuation, energy conversion and photo-origami applications.

  8. AES study on the chemical composition of ferroelectric BaTiO3 thin films RF sputter-deposited on silicon

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    Dharmadhikari, V. S.; Grannemann, W. W.

    1983-01-01

    AES depth profiling data are presented for thin films of BaTiO3 deposited on silicon by RF sputtering. By profiling the sputtered BaTiO3/silicon structures, it was possible to study the chemical composition and the interface characteristics of thin films deposited on silicon at different substrate temperatures. All the films showed that external surface layers were present, up to a few tens of angstroms thick, the chemical composition of which differed from that of the main layer. The main layer had stable composition, whereas the intermediate film-substrate interface consisted of reduced TiO(2-x) oxides. The thickness of this intermediate layer was a function of substrate temperature. All the films showed an excess of barium at the interface. These results are important in the context of ferroelectric phenomena observed in BaTiO3 thin films.

  9. Structural evolution across the insulator-metal transition in oxygen-deficient BaTiO3-δ studied using neutron total scattering and Rietveld analysis

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    Jeong, I.-K.; Lee, Seunghun; Jeong, Se-Young; Won, C. J.; Hur, N.; Llobet, A.

    2011-08-29

    Oxygen-deficient BaTiO3-δ exhibits an insulator-metal transition with increasing δ. We performed neutron total scattering measurements to study structural evolution across an insulator-metal transition in BaTiO3-δ. Despite its significant impact on resistivity, slight oxygen reduction (δ=0.09) caused only a small disturbance on the local doublet splitting of Ti-O bond. This finding implies that local polarization is well preserved under marginal electric conduction. In the highly oxygen-deficient metallic state (δ=0.25), however, doublet splitting of the Ti-O bond became smeared. The smearing of the local Ti-O doublet is complemented with long-range structural analysis and demonstrates that the metallic conduction in the highly oxygen-reducedmore » BaTiO3-δ is due to the appearance of nonferroelectric cubic lattice.« less

  10. Electrical and reliability characteristics of Mn-doped nano BaTiO3-based ceramics for ultrathin multilayer ceramic capacitor application

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    Gong, Huiling; Wang, Xiaohui; Zhang, Shaopeng; Tian, Zhibin; Li, Longtu

    2012-12-01

    Nano BaTiO3-based dielectric ceramics were prepared by chemical coating approach, which are promising for ultrathin multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) applications. The doping effects of Mn element on the microstructures and dielectric properties of the ceramics were investigated. The degradation test and impedance spectroscopy were employed to study the resistance degradation and the conduction mechanism of Mn-doped nano-BaTiO3 ceramic samples. It has been found that the reliability characteristics greatly depended on the Mn-doped content. Moreover, the BaTiO3 ceramic with grain size in nanoscale is more sensitive to the Mn-doped content than that in sub-micron scale. The addition of 0.3 mol. % Mn is beneficial for improving the reliability of the nano BaTiO3-based ceramics, which is an important parameter for MLCC applications. However, further increasing the addition amount will deteriorate the performance of the ceramic samples.

  11. Resistive switching properties of epitaxial BaTiO(3-δ) thin films tuned by after-growth oxygen cooling pressure.

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    Heo, Yooun; Kan, Daisuke; Shimakawa, Yuichi; Seidel, Jan

    2016-01-01

    BaTiO3-δ, i.e. oxygen-deficient barium titanate (BaTiO3), thin films grown on GdScO3(110) substrates with SrRuO3 conductive electrodes by pulsed laser deposition are studied by X-ray diffraction and conductive AFM to characterize their structure and nanoscale electronic properties. Bias- and time-dependent resistive switching measurements reveal a strong dependence on the oxygen vacancy concentration, which can be tuned by after-growth oxygen cooling conditions of thin films. The results indicate that the resistive switching properties of BaTiO3-δ can be enhanced by controlling oxygen deficiency and provide new insight for potential non-volatile resistive random-access memory (RRAM) applications. PMID:26603263

  12. Controlled extrinsic magnetoelectric coupling in BaTiO3/Ni nanocomposites: Effect of compaction pressure on interfacial anisotropy

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    Brosseau, C.; Castel, V.; Potel, M.

    2010-07-01

    The dynamical control of the dielectric response in magnetoelectric (ME) nanocomposites (NCs) renders an entire additional degree of freedom to the functionality of miniaturized magnetoelectronics and spintronics devices. In composite materials, the ME effect is realized by using the concept of product properties. Through the investigation of the microwave properties of a series of BaTiO3/Ni NCs fabricated by compaction of nanopowders, we present experimental evidence that the compaction (uniaxial) pressure in the range 33-230 MPa affects significantly the ME features. The Ni loading was varied from zero (BaTiO3 only) to 63 vol %. Our findings revealed that the ME coupling coefficient exhibits a large enhancement for specific values of the Ni volume fraction and compaction pressure. The coupling effects in the NCs were studied by looking at the relationships among the crystallite orientation and the magnetic properties. The magnetization curves for different directions of the applied magnetic field cannot be superimposed. We suggest that the average magnetization measurements on these NCs under compressive stress are dominated by strain anisotropy rather than magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Overall, these observations are considered to be evidence of stress-induced microstructural changes under pressure which strongly affect the elastic interaction between the magnetostrictive and piezoelectric phases in these NCs. These results have a potential technological impact for designing precise tunable ME NCs for microwave devices such as tunable phase shifters, resonators, and delay lines.

  13. Enhanced piezoelectricity in plastically deformed nearly amorphous Bi12TiO20-BaTiO3 nanocomposites

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    Yu, Dan; Zhao, Minglei; Wang, Chunlei; Wang, Lihai; Su, Wenbin; Gai, Zhigang; Wang, Chunming; Li, Jichao; Zhang, Jialiang

    2016-07-01

    Bulk Bi12TiO20-BaTiO3 (BTO-BT) nanocomposites are fabricated through the high-temperature interfacial reaction between nanometer-sized BaTiO3 particles and melting Bi12TiO20. Although the obtained BTO-BT nanocomposites are nearly amorphous and display very weak ferroelectricity, they exhibit relatively strong piezoelectricity without undergoing the electrical poling process. The volume fraction of crystalline Bi12TiO20 is reduced to less than 10%, and the piezoelectric constant d33 is enhanced to 13 pC/N. Only the presence of the macroscopic polar amorphous phases can explain this unusual thermal stable piezoelectricity. Combining the results from X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and thermal annealing, it can be confirmed that the formation of macroscopic polar amorphous phases is closely related to the inhomogeneous plastic deformation of the amorphous Bi12TiO20 during the sintering process. These results highlight the key role of plastically deformed amorphous Bi12TiO20 in the Bi12TiO20-based polar composites, and the temperature gradient driven coupling between the plastic strain gradient and polarization in amorphous phases is the main poling mechanism for this special type of bulk polar material.

  14. Magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 composite nanofibers via electrospinning

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    Fu, Bi; Lu, Ruie; Gao, Kun; Yang, Yaodong; Wang, Yaping

    2015-07-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in Pb-based multiferroic composites has been widely investigated due to the excellent piezoelectric property of lead zirconate titanate (PZT). In this letter, we report a strategy to create a hybrid Pb-free ferroelectric and ferromagnetic material and detect its ME coupling at the nanoscale. Hybrid Pb-free multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 (BTO-CFO) composite nanofibers (NFs) were generated by sol-gel electrospinning. The perovskite structure of BTO and the spinel structure of CFO nanograins were homogenously distributed in the composite NFs and verified by bright-field transmission electron microscopy observations along the perovskite [111] zone axis. Multiferroicity was confirmed by amplitude-voltage butterfly curves and magnetic hysteresis loops. ME coupling was observed in terms of a singularity on a dM/dT curve at the ferroelectric Curie temperature (TC) of BaTiO3. The lateral ME coefficient was investigated by the evolution of the piezoresponse under an external magnetic field of 1000 Oe and was estimated to be α31 =0.78× 104 \\text{mV cm}-1 \\text{Oe}-1 . These findings could enable the creation of nanoscale Pb-free multiferroic composite devices.

  15. Facile synthesis of submicron BaTiO 3 crystallites by a liquid-solid reaction method

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    Zhang, Yong Cai; Wang, Gen Lin; Li, Kun Wei; Zhang, Ming; Hu, Xiao Ya; Wang, Hao

    2006-05-01

    Uniform, submicron BaTiO 3 crystallites in tetragonal structure were synthesized by a novel low-temperature liquid-solid reaction method mainly via two simple steps: firstly, BaO 2·H 2O 2 submicron particles of about 130-450 nm were precipitated from the reaction of BaCl 2 and H 2O 2 in a slightly alkaline (pH 8) aqueous solution under the ambient condition; secondly, tetragonal phase BaTiO 3 submicrocrystals with the size in the range of 180 to 400 nm could be produced by subjecting the as-prepared BaO 2·H 2O 2 and commercial TiO 2 submicron particles to thermal treatment in air at 700 °C for 10 h. The as-obtained products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy.

  16. Strain-induced insulator–metal transition in ferroelectric BaTiO3 (001) surface: First-principles study

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    Lin, Yang; Chang-An, Wang; Cong, Liu; Ming-Hui, Qin; Xu-Bing, Lu; Xing-Sen, Gao; Min, Zeng; Jun-Ming, Liu

    2016-07-01

    The electronic properties of TiO2-terminated BaTiO3 (001) surface subjected to biaxial strain have been studied using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The Ti ions are always inward shifted either at compressive or tension strains, while the inward shift of the Ba ions occurs only for high compressive strain, implying an enhanced electric dipole moment in the case of high compressive strain. In particular, an insulator–metal transition is predicted at a compressive biaxial strain of 0.0475. These changes present a very interesting possibility for engineering the electronic properties of ferroelectric BaTiO3 (001) surface. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 1574091, 51272078, and 51431006), the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province of China (Grant No. 2015A030313375), the Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province of China (Grant No. 2015B090927006), and the Program for International Innovation Cooperation Platform of Guangzhou City, China (Grant No. 2014J4500016).

  17. Yellow-orange upconversion emission in Eu3+-Yb3+ codoped BaTiO3 phosphor

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    Kumari, Astha; Rai, Vineet Kumar; Kumar, Kaushal

    2014-06-01

    The Eu3+-Yb3+ codoped BaTiO3 phosphor is prepared via co-precipitation method and its upconversion emission is studied by 980 nm diode laser excitation. The X-ray diffraction pattern of the prepared sample showed the tetragonal BaTiO3 phase. The co-doped phosphor showed sharp upconversion emission bands peaking at ∼592, ∼614, ∼ 654, ∼704 and ∼796 nm due to the 5D0 → 7F1, 5D0 → 7F2, 5D0 → 7F3, 5D0 → 7F4 and 5D0 → 7F6 transitions, respectively of Eu3+ ions. The sharp band at 489 nm is assigned to the 2F5/2 → 2F7/2 transition of Yb3+ ion while the broad band around 505 nm is assigned to the defect states present in the sample. Based on the available experimental data, the process involved in the UC emissions has been explored and elaborated.

  18. Influence of tetragonal platelets on the dielectric permittivity of 0.964 Na1 /2Bi1 /2TiO3-0.036 BaTiO3

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    Pforr, Florian; Major, Márton; Donner, Wolfgang; Stuhr, Uwe; Roessli, Bertrand

    2016-07-01

    We study the temperature-dependent evolution of the octahedral tilt order in a lead-free relaxor ferroelectric and its impact on the ferroelectric properties. Using diffuse neutron scattering on a 0.964 Na1 /2Bi1 /2TiO3-0.036 BaTiO3 single crystal, we suggest a model for the temperature-dependent nanostructure of this perovskite that features chemically pinned tetragonal platelets embedded in the rhombohedral matrix, often separated by a cubic intermediate phase. Our results show a clear correlation between the squared thickness of the tetragonal platelets and the dielectric permittivity. This is interpreted as a sign for increased polarizability of the strained and distorted lattice at the center of the tetragonal platelets.

  19. Enhanced piezoelectric properties of BaZrO3-substituted 0.67BiFeO3-0.33BaTiO3 lead-free ceramics

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    Park, J. S.; Lee, M. H.; Kim, D. J.; Kim, M.-H.; Song, T. K.; Kim, S. W.; Kim, W.-J.; Kumar, S.

    2015-04-01

    Lead-free ceramics with compositions of (1- x)[0.67Bi1.05FeO3-0.33BaTiO3]- xBaZrO3 ( x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, and 0.05) [BF-BT-BZ x] have been prepared through a conventional solid-state reaction method. The effects of BZ substitution on the crystal structural, microstructural, piezoelectric, and electrical properties of the ceramics were investigated. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that all ceramics were formed with a mixed structure of rhombohedral and tetragonal perovskite phases. For x = 0.03, good ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties were observed: 2 P r = 43 μC/cm2 and 2 E c = 61 kV/cm. The static- and dynamic-piezoelectric constants were observed to be 52 pC/N and 330 pm/V, respectively.

  20. Three-dimensional phases-connectivity and strong magnetoelectric response of self-assembled feather-like CoFe 2O 4-BaTiO 3 nanostructures

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    Deng, Yu; Zhou, Jianxin; Wu, Di; Du, Yulei; Zhang, Mingsheng; Wang, Dunhui; Yu, Huiqiang; Tang, Shaolong; Du, Youwei

    2010-08-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) (CoFe 2O 4) 0.3-(BaTiO 3) 0.7 (CFO-BTO) nanostructures have been synthesized by a combinative using of hydrothermal reaction and polymer-assisted deposition. The feather-like nanostructures have an average diameter of 250 nm and lengths up to 5 μm, with the single-crystal CFO nanopillars embedded in the BTO matrix. The CFO-BTO nanostructures exhibit good ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties, as well as a large ME coefficient of 51.8 mV/cm Oe. A model has been proposed to explain the three-dimensional phases-connectivity of the nanostructures. And it is suggested that the novel type of phases-connectivity greatly promote the ME response.

  1. Relation between electrical properties of aerosol-deposited BaTiO3 thin films and their mechanical hardness measured by nano-indentation

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    2012-01-01

    To achieve a high capacitance density for embedded decoupling capacitor applications, the aerosol deposition (AD) process was applied as a thin film deposition process. BaTiO3 films were fabricated on Cu substrates by the AD process at room temperature, and the film thickness was reduced to confirm the limit of the critical minimum thickness for dielectric properties. As a result, the BaTiO3 thin films that were less than 1-μm thick showed unstable electric properties owing to their high leakage currents. Therefore, to overcome this problem, the causes of the high leakage currents were investigated. In this study, it was confirmed that by comparing BaTiO3 thin films on Cu substrates with those on stainless steels (SUS) substrates, macroscopic defects and rough interfaces between films and substrates influence the leakage currents. Moreover, based on the deposition mechanism of the AD process, it was considered that the BaTiO3 thin films on Cu substrates with thicknesses of less than 1 μm are formed with chinks and weak particle-to-particle bonding, giving rise to leakage currents. In order to confirm the relation between the above-mentioned surface morphologies and the dielectric behavior, the hardness of BaTiO3 films on Cu and SUS substrates was investigated by nano-indentation. Consequently, we proposed that the chinks and weak particle-to-particle bonding in the BaTiO3 thin films with thicknesses of less than 0.5 μm on Cu substrates could be the main cause of the high leakage currents. PMID:22616759

  2. Liquid crystal cells with built-in CdSe nanotubes for chromogenic smart emission devices.

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    Lin, Tsung Ju; Chen, Chin-Chang; Cheng, Soofin; Chen, Yang Fang

    2008-01-21

    A simple and general approach for controlling optical anisotropy of nanostructured semiconductors is reported. Our design involves the fabrication of liquid crystal devices with built-in semiconductor nanotubes. Quite interestingly, it is found that semiconductor nanotubes can be well aligned along the orientation of liquid crystals molecules automatically, resulting in a very large emission anisotropy with the degree of polarization up to 72%. This intriguing result manifests a way to obtain well aligned semiconductor nanotubes and the emission anisotropy can be easily manipulated by an external bias. The ability to well control the emission anisotropy should open up new opportunities for nanostructured semiconductors, including optical filters, polarized light emitting diodes, flat panel displays, and many other chromogenic smart devices. PMID:18542142

  3. Optomechanical and crystallization phenomena visualized with 4D electron microscopy: interfacial carbon nanotubes on silicon nitride.

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    Flannigan, David J; Zewail, Ahmed H

    2010-05-12

    With ultrafast electron microscopy (UEM), we report observation of the nanoscopic crystallization of amorphous silicon nitride, and the ultrashort optomechanical motion of the crystalline silicon nitride at the interface of an adhering carbon nanotube network. The in situ static crystallization of the silicon nitride occurs only in the presence of an adhering nanotube network, thus indicating their mediating role in reaching temperatures close to 1000 degrees C when exposed to a train of laser pulses. Under such condition, 4D visualization of the optomechanical motion of the specimen was followed by quantifying the change in diffraction contrast of crystalline silicon nitride, to which the nanotube network is bonded. The direction of the motion was established from a tilt series correlating the change in displacement with both the tilt angle and the response time. Correlation of nanoscopic motion with the picosecond atomic-scale dynamics suggests that electronic processes initiated in the nanotubes are responsible for the initial ultrafast optomechanical motion. The time scales accessible to UEM are 12 orders of magnitude shorter than those traditionally used to study the optomechanical motion of carbon nanotube networks, thus allowing for distinctions between the different electronic and thermal mechanisms to be made. PMID:20377202

  4. Mode sequence, frequency change of nonsoft phonons, and LO-TO splitting in strained tetragonal BaTiO3

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    Raeliarijaona, Aldo; Fu, Huaxiang

    2015-09-01

    Ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy revealed the existence of an unusual large-frequency shift occurring to a nonsoft mode of E (TO4 ) when BaTiO3 is strained to a SrTiO3 substrate [D. Tenne et al., Science 313, 1614 (2006), 10.1126/science.1130306]. It raised two interesting questions: (i) whether there are other nonsoft modes that possess similar or even larger strain-induced frequency shifts and (ii) how the mode sequence is altered by these shifts in frequency. Note that mode sequence is also pivotal in correctly indexing and assigning the spectroscopy peaks observed in all Raman experiments. By mapping out the evolutions of individual phonon modes as a function of strain using first-principles density functional perturbation calculations, we determine the mode sequence and strain-induced phonon frequency shifts in prototypical BaTiO3. Our study reveals that the mode sequence is drastically different when BaTiO3 is strained to SrTiO3 compared to that in the unstrained structure, caused by multiple mode crossings. Furthermore, we predict that three other nonsoft modes, A1(TO2), E (LO4 ), and A1(TO3), display even larger strain-induced frequency shifts than E (TO4 ). The strain responses of individual modes are found to be highly mode specific, and a mechanism that regulates the magnitude of the frequency shift is provided. As another key outcome of this study, we tackle a long-standing problem of LO-TO splitting in ferroelectrics. A rigorous definition for the LO-TO splitting is formulated, which allows this critical quantity to be calculated quantitatively. The definition immediately reveals a new finding; that is, a large LO-TO splitting not only exists for E (LO4 ), which is previously known and originates from a soft mode, it also occurs for a nonsoft A1(LO3) mode. The LO-TO splitting is shown to decrease drastically with compressive strain, and this decrease cannot be explained by the Born effective charges and high-frequency dielectric constants.

  5. Structure and Crystallization Behavior of Nylong 66/Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites at Low Carbon Nanotube Contents

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    Li,L.; Li, C.; Ni, C.; Rong, L.; Hsiao, B.

    2007-01-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were modified with poly(hexamethylene adipamide) (also known as Nylon 66) via a controlled polymer solution crystallization method. A 'nanohybrid shish kebab' (NHSK) structure was found wherein the MWNT resembled the shish while Nylon 66 lamellar crystals formed the kebabs. These Nylon 66-functionalized MWNTs were used as precursors to prepare polymer/MWNT nanocomposites. Excellent dispersion was revealed by optical and electron microscopies. Nitric acid etching of the nanocomposites showed that MWNT formed a robust network in Nylon 66. Non-isothermal DSC results showed multiple melting peaks, which can be attributed to lamellar thickness changes upon heating. The crystallite sizes L{sub 100} and L{sup 010} of Nylon 66, determined by WAXD, decreased with increasing MWNT contents. Isothermal DSC results showed that crystallization kinetics increased first and then decreased with increasing MWNT contents in Nylon 66. This study showed that the effect of MWNTs on Nylon 66 crystallization is twofold: MWNTs provide heterogeneous nucleation sites for Nylon 66 crystallization while the tube network structure hinders large crystal growth.

  6. Multi walled carbon nanotubes as sorbent for removal of crystal violet.

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Bhanjana, Gaurav; Dilbaghi, Neeraj; Umar, Ahmad

    2014-09-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) possess high surface active site to volume ratio as well as controlled pore size distribution that make them high profile material with an exceptional sorption capability and high sorption efficiency compared to conventional adsorbents. In the present paper, multi walled carbon nanotubes were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method and were further used for the removal of dye crystal violet. Microscopic and spectroscopic techniques were used for characterization. The systematic assessments of the pH and effect of adsorbent on different concentrations of dye with respect to contact time were examined. Langmuir and Temkin models were used to describe the isotherm studies. PMID:25924370

  7. Effects of A-site nonstoichiometry on oxide ion conduction in 0.94Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Prasertpalichat, Sasiporn; Schmidt, Whitney; Cann, David P.

    2016-06-01

    Lead free 0.94(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 ceramics were prepared by conventional solid-state mixed oxide route with the A-site stoichiometry modified to incorporate donor-doping (through Bi-excess) and acceptor-doping (through Na-excess). Both stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric ceramics exhibited a single perovskite phase with pseudo-cubic symmetry. A significant improvement in the dielectric properties was observed in Bi-excess compositions and a deterioration in the dielectric properties was observed in Na-excess compositions. Impedance spectroscopy was utilized to analyze the effects of A-site nonstoichiometry on conduction mechanisms. Compositions with Bi-excess resulted in an electrically homogeneous microstructure with an increase in resistivity by ˜3-4 orders of magnitude and an associated activation energy of 1.57eV which was close to half of the optical bandgap. In contrast, an electrically heterogeneous microstructure was observed in both the stoichiometric and Na-excess compositions. In addition, the Na-excess compositions exhibited low resistivities (ρ˜103Ω-cm) with characteristic peaks in the impedance data comparable to the recent observations of oxide ion conduction in (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3. Long term annealing studies were also conducted at 800∘C to identify changes in crystal structure and electrical properties. The results of this study demonstrates that the dielectric and electrical properties of 0.94(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 ceramics are very sensitive to Bi/Na stoichiometry.

  8. Self-scanning of a dye laser due to feedback from a BaTiO(3) phase-conjugate reflector.

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    Whitten, W B; Ramsey, J M

    1984-02-01

    Feedback from a self-pumped BaTiO(3) phase-conjugate reflector into an untuned cw dye laser produces substantial line narrowing (4-6 GHz) and generates a recurrent wavelength sweep from the rhodamine 6G peak at 618 nm to as far as 644 nm. PMID:19718230

  9. Structural and dielectric properties of laser ablated BaTiO3 films deposited over electrophoretically dispersed CoFe2O4 grains

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    Barbosa, J. G.; Gomes, I. T.; Pereira, M. R.; Moura, C.; Mendes, J. A.; Almeida, B. G.

    2014-10-01

    Thin film nanocomposites with mixed connectivity, composed by CoFe2O4 grains, deposited by electrophoresis on Si|Pt substrates, and subsequently covered by a laser ablation deposited BaTiO3 layer were prepared with different cobalt ferrite concentrations. Their structure presented a combination of BaTiO3, with its tetragonal and the orthorhombic phases coexisting at room temperature, and CoFe2O4 with the cubic spinel structure. The cobalt ferrite nanograins were under in-plane tensile stress, while the BaTiO3 phase was under in-plane compressive stress. The dielectric measurements showed that as the barium titanate grain size decreased, its ferroelectric Curie temperature shifted to lower temperatures relative to the bulk. This grain size dependent TC shift was associated and modeled by a core-shell structure of BaTiO3 grains in the films, with a tetragonal core and cubic shell. Additionally, a diffuse tetragonal-orthorhombic phase transition was observed and, in agreement with Raman spectroscopy results, associated to the coexistence of barium titanate orthorhombic and tetragonal phases in the room temperature region. This led to the formation of polar nanoclusters with random polarization orientations, which induced a frustrated phase transition between the tetragonal and orthorhombic phases of barium titanate in the films.

  10. Piezoelectric and Dielectric Properties of Multilayered BaTiO3/(Ba,Ca)TiO3/CaTiO3 Thin Films.

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    Zhu, Xiao Na; Gao, Ting Ting; Xu, Xing; Liang, Wei Zheng; Lin, Yuan; Chen, Chonglin; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2016-08-31

    Highly oriented multilayered BaTiO3-(Ba,Ca)TiO3-CaTiO3 thin films were fabricated on Nb-doped (001) SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The configurations of multilayered BaTiO3-(Ba,Ca)TiO3-CaTiO3 thin films are designed with the thickness ratio of 1:1:1 and 2:1:1 and total thickness ∼300 nm. Microstructural characterization by X-ray diffraction indicates that the as-deposited thin films are highly c-axis oriented and large in-plane strain is determined in BaTiO3 and CaTiO3 layers. Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) studies reveal an intense in-plane polarization component, whereas the out-of-plane shows inferior phase contrast. The optimized combination is found to be the BaTiO3-(Ba0.85Ca0.15)TiO3-CaTiO3 structure with combination ratio 2:1:1, which displays the largest domain switching amplitude under DC electric field, the largest room-temperature dielectric constant ∼646, a small dielectric loss of 0.03, and the largest dielectric tunability of ∼50% at 400 kV/cm. These results suggest that the enhanced dielectric and tunability performance are greatly associated with the large in-plane polarization component and domain switching. PMID:27514235

  11. Structural and ferroelectric properties of BaTiO 3/YBa 2Cu 3O 7 heterostructures prepared by laser molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wang, H. S.; Liu, Y. W.; Ma, K.; Peng, Z. Q.; Cui, D. F.; Lu, H. B.; Zhou, Y. L.; Chen, Z. H.; Li, L.; Yang, G. Z.

    1997-08-01

    Heteroepitaxial BaTiO 3(BTO)/YBa 2Cu 3O 7(YBCO) thin films were grown on (100) SrTiO 3(STO) substrates by ozone assistant laser molecular beam epitaxy (L sbnd MBE). The results show that by using this technique, high quality ferroelectric/superconductor heterostructures with high crystalline quality and desirable device performance can be obtained.

  12. Influence of temperature on the dielectric nonlinearity of BaTiO3-based multi-layer ceramic capacitors

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    Yoon, Seok-Hyun; Kim, Mi-Yang

    2016-06-01

    Temperature dependence of the dielectric nonlinearity was investigated for the BaTiO3 multilayer ceramic capacitor. The decrease in temperature caused a significant increase in the degree of dielectric nonlinearity. The Preisach analysis shows that such effect corresponds to a decrease in reversible and a significant increase in irreversible domain wall contribution to polarization. The magnitude of spontaneous polarization (PS) was increased with decreasing temperature. It can be associated with phase transition from pseudo-cubic to monoclinic and its resultant change in the polar direction, which was observed through transmission electron microscopy. These results demonstrate that the increase in PS with the decrease in temperature inhibits domain wall motion in low driving field as it is anticipated to increase the degree of intergranular constraints during domain wall motion. But it results in a more steep increase in the dielectric constants beyond the threshold field where domain wall motion can occur.

  13. Multiferroic properties of microwave sintered BaTiO3-SrFe12O19 composites

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    Katlakunta, Sadhana; Raju, Pantagani; Meena, Sher Singh; Srinath, Sanyadanam; Sandhya, Reddigari; Kuruva, Praveena; Murthy, Sarabu Ramana

    2014-09-01

    The composites of xSrFe12O19-(1-x) BaTiO3 where x=0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9 and 1were prepared by Sol-gel method and consequently densified at 1100 °C/90 min using microwave sintering method. The phase formation and diphase microstructure of the composite samples was examined by X-ray diffraction and field emission electron microscope (FESEM), respectively. The effects of constituent phase variation on the ferroelectric, dielectric and magnetic properties were examined. It was observed that with a decrease of x, the Curie temperature shifted towards low temperature side.

  14. Chemistry and structure of BaTiO3 ultra-thin films grown by different O2 plasma power

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    Wang, J. L.; Leroy, J.; Niu, G.; Saint-Girons, G.; Gautier, B.; Vilquin, B.; Barrett, N.

    2014-01-01

    We present a study of the chemical and atomic properties of 5 nm TiO2-terminated BaTiO3 (0 0 1) epitaxial films on Nb-doped SrTiO3, as a function of the atomic oxygen plasma power for film growth. Lower plasma power produces non-stoichiometric films with oxygen vacancies and Ti3+ ions. The larger Ti3+ ion radius and the in-plane clamping gives rise to an increase in the out-of-plane lattice parameter. XPS measures the Ti3+ concentration and the concomitant increase in dissociative water uptake in the film, giving rise to on-top OH- adsorption on surface Ti, proton adsorption on surface oxygen, and a near surface Ba-OH environment.

  15. Influence of interfacial coherency on ferroelectric switching of superlattice BaTiO3/SrTiO3

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    Wu, Pingping; Ma, Xingqiao; Li, Yulan; Eom, C.B.; Schlom, Darrell G.; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Chen, Long-Qing

    2015-04-11

    Switching behavior of (BaTiO3)8/ (SrTiO3)4 heterostructure superlattice grown on SrTiO3 substrate was studied by employing the phase field method. To investigate the constraint effect of the substrate on switching, three types of superlattice/substrate interface mechanical relaxation conditions were considered, i.e. the fully ommensurate, partially relaxed and fully relaxed. Our simulation results demonstrated that the hysteresis loops under the three types of constraints were very different. The interfacial coherency affects dramatically the coercivity and remanence of the superlattice films. The mechanism of the hysteresis loop varying with interfacial coherency was analyzed by the ferroelectric domain configuration and its evolution during the switching process. The hysteresis loop of fully relaxed superlattice shows application potential on ferroelectric energy storage materials.

  16. Effects of MgO Doping on DC Bias Aging Behavior of Mn-Doped BaTiO3

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    Hahn, Dong Woo; Hong, Jeong Oh; Han, Young Ho

    2008-07-01

    The capacitance aging of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) based on BaTiO3 dielectrics under DC electric fields has been studied. At a DC field of 1 V/µm, the capacitance of MLCC specimens decreased immediately in a very short period (<10 s, the first stage) and then decreased continuously with time (the second stage). Substitution of Mn ions markedly increased the slope of aging curves in the second stage. MgO doping significantly decreased the second stage aging rate of Mn-doped specimens. This aging rate decreased in the second stage with increasing MgO content. This may be due to the existence of a stable defect complex (MgTi''-VO••) inhibiting domain wall motion. MgO-doped specimens showed a small decrease in capacitance in the first stage, which may be due to small grain size and low dielectric permittivity.

  17. Effect of Vanadium Addition on Reliability and Microstructure of BaTiO3-Based Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors

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    Natsui, Hidesada; Shibahara, Takeshi; Yonezawa, Yu; Kido, Osamu

    2012-09-01

    The vanadium distribution in multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), sintered under a reducing atmosphere, was investigated using scanning transmission electron microscopy-electron energy loss spectroscopy (STEM-EELS), and insulation resistance degradation was analyzed using impedance spectroscopy in highly accelerated lifetime tests to clarify the effects of vanadium on both the electrical properties and microstructure of MLCCs. Vanadium mitigated insulation resistance degradation and increased the reliability of MLCCs. Moreover, vanadium content increased and insulation resistance at the ceramic/electrode interface decreased slowly. This change in dynamics directly resulted in an improved lifetime of MLCCs. The results of STEM-EELS analysis showed that vanadium distributed along the grain boundary and grain boundary junction, but substituted into BaTiO3 at the ceramic/electrode interface. Therefore, it is considered that vanadium substitution at the ceramic/electrode interface improves the reliability of MLCCs.

  18. Dielectric Properties of Rare-Earth-Oxide-Doped BaTiO3 Ceramics Fired in Reducing Atmosphere

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    Okino, Yoshikazu; Shizuno, Hisamitsu; Kusumi, Shinya; Kishi, Hiroshi

    1994-09-01

    In order to gain an understanding of highly reliable electrical characteristics for the Ho-doped multilayer ceramic capacitors with Ni electrodes, dielectric properties of various rare-earth-oxide-doped BaTiO3 ceramics were studied. The smaller ionic radius rare-earth-oxide (Dy, Ho, Er)-doped samples showed lower resistivity in reducing atmosphere, but higher resistivity in oxidizing atmosphere at the cooling stage, compared with the larger-ion (La, Sm, Gd)-doped samples. Multilayer ceramic capacitors with Ni electrodes using the smaller-ion-doped materials showed smaller aging rate and longer lifetime. We developed Ni-electrode MLCs with X7R specification as 1 µ F in the 2125 type.

  19. Ferroelectric polarization and resistive switching characteristics of ion beam assisted sputter deposited BaTiO3 thin films

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    Silva, J. P. B.; Kamakshi, Koppole; Sekhar, K. C.; Moreira, J. Agostinho; Almeida, A.; Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, 150 nm thick polycrystalline BaTiO3 (BTO) films were deposited on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrate by ion beam assisted sputter deposition technique. The bias voltage dependent resistive switching (RS) and ferroelectric polarization characteristics of Au/BTO/Pt devices are investigated. The devices display the stable bipolar RS characteristics without an initial electroforming process. Fittings to current-voltage (I-V) curves suggest that low and high resistance states are governed, respectively, by filamentary model and trap controlled space charge limited conduction mechanism, where the oxygen vacancies act as traps. Presence of oxygen vacancies is evidenced from the photoluminescence spectrum. The devices also display P-V loops with remnant polarization (Pr) of 5.7 μC/cm2 and a coercive electric field (Ec) of 173.0 kV/cm. The coupling between the ferroelectric polarization and RS effect in BTO films is demonstrated.

  20. Nanoprobe studies: Electrical transport in carbon nanotubes and crystal structure of aluminum nitride surfaces

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    Biswas, Sujit Kumar

    Nanoprobes are an extraordinary set of experimental tools that allow fabrication, manipulation, and measurement in nano-scale systems. The primary use of a nanoprobe for imaging tiny objects is supplemented by powerful electrical techniques, namely scanning surface potential microscopy and current sensing atomic force microscopy. They allow us to measure potential, and current in carbon nanotube circuits. Nanoprobes are superior to conventional two- or four-probe measurements because they can provide spatial information of local electronic properties. This makes them highly attractive in studying junctions and contacts with carbon nanotubes. We have studied single-walled carbon nanotube circuits, forming junctions to other nanotubes. The experimental results indicate that these junctions act like potential barriers of about 50 meV that can confine electrons with an effective mass of 0.003 me , within nanotube channels of length 0.5 mum lying in-between two such potential barriers. This leads to quantization of the channel, forming a resonant tunneling structure. We have also found that single-walled nanotubes have phase coherence lengths of the order of 1 mum. This leads to situations where the electron interference effects at scattering centers need to be considered. We have seen direct evidence of this, in the non-linear resistance increase within nanotubes with few defects. Ambipolar transistor behavior was measured in a p-type single-walled nanotube circuit that showed electron injection across the Schottky junction at high positive bias. We have also studied multi-walled carbon nanotube circuits using scanning potential microscopy, and found that a back gate potential can vary the resistance of the channel. Vertical nanotube arrays, suitable for interconnects, were also measured. These hollow multi-walled nanotube channels were about 45 nm in diameter, and 50 mum in length, fabricated in an anodized alumina template. We found that these structures could

  1. Mechanism of high dielectric performance of polymer composites induced by BaTiO3-supporting Ag hybrid fillers

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    Fang, Fang; Yang, Wenhu; Yu, Shuhui; Luo, Suibin; Sun, Rong

    2014-03-01

    BaTiO3-supporting Ag hybrid particles (BT-Ag) with varied fraction of Ag were synthesized by reducing silver nitrate in the glycol solution containing BaTiO3 (BT) suspensions. The Ag nano particles with a size of about 20 nm were discretely grown on the surface of the BT. The dielectric performance of the composites containing the BT-Ag as fillers in the matrix of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) was investigated. The relative permittivity (ɛr) of the BT-Ag/PVDF composites increased prominently with the increase of BT-Ag loading amount, and the typical conductive path of the conductor/polymer system was not observed even with a high loading of BT-Ag. The ɛr at 100 Hz for the three BT-(0.31, 0.49, 0.61)Ag/PVDF composites at room temperature were 283, 350, and 783, respectively. The ɛr of the composites was enhanced by more than 3 times compared with that of the composite containing untreated BT nanoparticles at frequencies over 1 kHz and the loss tangent (tan δ) was less than 0.1 which should be attributed to the low conductivity of the composites. Theoretical calculations based on the effective medium percolation theory model and series-parallel model suggested that the enhanced permittivity of BT-Ag/PVDF composites should arise from the ultrahigh permittivity of BT-Ag fillers, which was over 104 and associated with the content of Ag deposited on the surface of BT.

  2. Exploring the alignment of carbon nanotubes dispersed in a liquid crystal matrix using coplanar electrodes

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    Volpati, D.; Massey, M. K.; Kotsialos, A.; Qaiser, F.; Pearson, C.; Tiburzi, G.; Zeze, D. A.; Petty, M. C.; Johnson, D. W.; Coleman, K. S.

    2015-03-28

    We report on the use of a liquid crystalline host medium to align single-walled carbon nanotubes in an electric field using an in-plane electrode configuration. Electron microscopy reveals that the nanotubes orient in the field with a resulting increase in the DC conductivity in the field direction. Current versus voltage measurements on the composite show a nonlinear behavior, which was modelled by using single-carrier space-charge injection. The possibility of manipulating the conductivity pathways in the same sample by applying the electrical field in different (in-plane) directions has also been demonstrated. Raman spectroscopy indicates that there is an interaction between the nanotubes and the host liquid crystal molecules that goes beyond that of simple physical mixing.

  3. Ferroelectric polarization reversal in single crystals

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    Stadler, Henry L.

    1992-01-01

    Research on the reversal of polarization in ferroelectric crystals is reviewed. Particular attention is given to observation methods for polarization reversal, BaTiO3 polarization reversal, crystal thickness dependence of polarization reversal, and domain wall movement during polarization reversal in TGS.

  4. Reorientation of single-wall carbon nanotubes in negative anisotropy liquid crystals by an electric field

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    García-García, Amanda; Vergaz, Ricardo; Algorri, José F; Zito, Gianluigi; Cacace, Teresa; Marino, Antigone; Otón, José M

    2016-01-01

    Summary Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) are anisotropic nanoparticles that can cause modifications in the electrical and electro-optical properties of liquid crystals. The control of the SWCNT concentration, distribution and reorientation in such self-organized fluids allows for the possibility of tuning the liquid crystal properties. The alignment and reorientation of CNTs are studied in a system where the liquid crystal orientation effect has been isolated. Complementary studies including Raman spectroscopy, microscopic inspection and impedance studies were carried out. The results reveal an ordered reorientation of the CNTs induced by an electric field, which does not alter the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules. Moreover, impedance spectroscopy suggests a nonnegligible anchoring force between the CNTs and the liquid crystal molecules. PMID:27547599

  5. Reorientation of single-wall carbon nanotubes in negative anisotropy liquid crystals by an electric field.

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    García-García, Amanda; Vergaz, Ricardo; Algorri, José F; Zito, Gianluigi; Cacace, Teresa; Marino, Antigone; Otón, José M; Geday, Morten A

    2016-01-01

    Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) are anisotropic nanoparticles that can cause modifications in the electrical and electro-optical properties of liquid crystals. The control of the SWCNT concentration, distribution and reorientation in such self-organized fluids allows for the possibility of tuning the liquid crystal properties. The alignment and reorientation of CNTs are studied in a system where the liquid crystal orientation effect has been isolated. Complementary studies including Raman spectroscopy, microscopic inspection and impedance studies were carried out. The results reveal an ordered reorientation of the CNTs induced by an electric field, which does not alter the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules. Moreover, impedance spectroscopy suggests a nonnegligible anchoring force between the CNTs and the liquid crystal molecules. PMID:27547599

  6. Electric field effects in nematic liquid crystals doped with carbon nanotubes

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    Cîrtoaje, Cristina; Petrescu, Emil; Moţoc, Cornelia

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this paper was to investigate electric field induced effects in mixtures of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) with positive electric anisotropies (MCL 6601 Merck) with carbon nanotubes (MWCNT from Aldrich). In planar alignment, the current-electric field dependence and the current-temperature dependence were explained by assuming a Poole-Frenkel effect (i.e. a tunnelling mechanism) and good agreement with the experimental data was obtained. Within this high field range it resulted that in planar aligned NLC-CNTs mixture the conductivity decreases when the temperature was increased. In homeotropic aligned mixture, the conduction mechanism is similar to the one occurring in a semiconductor: the conductivity increases when increasing temperature. This happens because in thin liquid crystal cells there is a possibility to realize an inner contact between nanotubes and electrodes so the mixture behaves like a semiconductor.

  7. Crystallization and recrystallization behavior study on biopolymer composites with polymer grafted halloysite nanotubes

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    Hsieh, Ya-Ting; Kojio, Ken; Takahara, Atsushi

    We study the crystallization and recrystallization behavior of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) in PLA/halloysite composites. Specifically, we are interested in finding the additional effect of interface properties variation in composites except for enhancing filler dispersion. Halloysite nanotubes are grafted with polymer to create different surface properties at their surface. These polymer grafted halloysite nanotubes are then spread into PLA via solvent mixing. Using differential scanning calorimeter, we track and analyze the influence of halloysite surface properties on the crystallization and recrystallization behavior of PLA composites under several conditions. We also present investigations of polarizing optical microscopy, in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements. The investigations provide insight into interface effect on PLA composites. The synchrotron WAXD measurements were performed on BL02B2 beamline at Spring-8 with the approval of the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Institute (JASRI) (Proposal No. 2015B1541).

  8. Vacuum filtration based formation of liquid crystal films of semiconducting carbon nanotubes and high performance transistor devices

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    King, Benjamin; Panchapakesan, Balaji

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, we report ultra-thin liquid crystal films of semiconducting carbon nanotubes using a simple vacuum filtration process. Vacuum filtration of nanotubes in aqueous surfactant solution formed nematic domains on the filter membrane surface and exhibited local ordering. A 2D fast Fourier transform was used to calculate the order parameters from scanning electron microscopy images. The order parameter was observed to be sensitive to the filtration time demonstrating different regions of transformation namely nucleation of nematic domains, nanotube accumulation and large domain growth.Transmittance versus sheet resistance measurements of such films resulted in optical to dc conductivity of σ opt/σ dc = 9.01 indicative of purely semiconducting nanotube liquid crystal network.Thin films of nanotube liquid crystals with order parameters ranging from S = 0.1-0.5 were patterned into conducting channels of transistor devices which showed high I on/I off ratios from 10-19 800 and electron mobility values μ e = 0.3-78.8 cm2 (V-s)-1, hole mobility values μ h = 0.4-287 cm2 (V-s)-1. High I on/I off ratios were observed at low order parameters and film mass. A Schottky barrier transistor model is consistent with the observed transistor characteristics. Electron and hole mobilities were seen to increase with order parameters and carbon nanotube mass fractions. A fundamental tradeoff between decreasing on/off ratio and increasing mobility with increasing nanotube film mass and order parameter is therefore concluded. Increase in order parameters of nanotubes liquid crystals improved the electronic transport properties as witnessed by the increase in σ dc/σ opt values on macroscopic films and high mobilities in microscopic transistors. Liquid crystal networks of semiconducting nanotubes as demonstrated here are simple to fabricate, transparent, scalable and could find wide ranging device applications.

  9. Giant persistent photoconductivity in BaTiO3/TiO2 heterostructures

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    Plodinec, Milivoj; Šantić, Ana; Zavašnik, Janez; Čeh, Miran; Gajović, Andreja

    2014-10-01

    The persistent photoconductivity (PPC) effect in nanotube arrays of barium titanate and TiO2 (BTO/TiO2NT) was studied at room temperature under daylight illumination. The BTO/TiO2NT heterostructures exhibited a giant PPC effect that was six orders of magnitude higher than the dark conductivity, followed by a slow relaxation for 3 h. The PPC in this material was explained by the existence of defects at the surfaces and the interfaces of the investigated heterostructures. The sample was prepared using a two-step synthesis: the anodization of a Ti-foil and a subsequent hydrothermal synthesis. The structural and electrical characteristics were studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy, field-emission-gun scanning electron microscopy, and impedance spectroscopy.

  10. Orientation control of liquid crystals using carbon-nanotube-magnetic particle hybrid materials.

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    Jeong, Hyeon Su; Youn, Sang Cheon; Kim, Yun Ho; Jung, Hee-Tae

    2013-06-28

    We have developed a simple yet versatile method for aligning liquid crystals (LCs) by using magnetic-field oriented single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) that were modified with magnetic particles. A high degree of homeotropic/planar LC alignment was achieved by SWNTs being exposed to a very low strength magnetic field, combined with strong π-π interactions between the biphenyl group in the LCs and the wall of the SWNTs. PMID:23676827

  11. Electrical response of liquid crystal cells doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    García-García, Amanda; Vergaz, Ricardo; Algorri, José Francisco; Quintana, Xabier

    2015-01-01

    Summary The inclusion of nanoparticles modifies a number of fundamental properties of many materials. Doping of nanoparticles in self-organized materials such as liquid crystals may be of interest for the reciprocal interaction between the matrix and the nanoparticles. Elongated nanoparticles and nanotubes can be aligned and reoriented by the liquid crystal, inducing noticeable changes in their optical and electrical properties. In this work, cells of liquid crystal doped with high aspect ratio multi-walled carbon nanotubes have been prepared, and their characteristic impedance has been studied at different frequencies and excitation voltages. The results demonstrate alterations in the anisotropic conductivity of the samples with the applied electric field, which can be followed by monitoring the impedance evolution with the excitation voltage. Results are consistent with a possible electric contact between the coated substrates of the LC cell caused by the reorientation of the nanotubes. The reversibility of the doped system upon removal of the electric field is quite low. PMID:25821679

  12. Ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity in Fe doped BaTiO3

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    Deka, Bipul; Ravi, S.; Perumal, A.; Pamu, D.

    2014-09-01

    We report the investigation of crystal structure, magnetic and dielectric properties of BaTi1-xFexO3 samples for x=0.0-0.3. The parent compound is found to crystallize in tetragonal structure while Fe doped samples are found to crystallize in the mixture of tetragonal and hexagonal phases but they are free from any impurity phase. Room temperature ferromagnetism with the transition temperature (Tc) of 462 K was observed for x=0.3 sample. Fe doped samples exhibit ferroelectric transition with transition temperature (TcF) in the range of 390 K for x=0.0-312 K for x=0.2. The dielectric constant, ε‧ is found to decrease with the increase in doping concentrations.

  13. Weak ferromagnetism in the ferroelectric BiFeO3-ReFeO3-BaTiO3 solid solutions (Re=Dy,La)

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    Kim, Jeong Seog; Cheon, Chae Il; Lee, Chang Hee; Jang, Pyung Woo

    2004-07-01

    The binary and ternary solid solutions, BiFeO3-BaTiO3, BiFeO3-ReFeO3-BaTiO3 (Re=Dy,Pr,La), and BiFeO3-BaFeO2.5-BaTiO3 have been explored for attaining ferromagnetic ferroelectrics in bulk ceramics and understanding the effect of rare earth orthoferrites ReFeO3 on the spontaneous magnetization. The coexistence of ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity has been observed over the composition range of 0.2⩽x⩽0.4 in the (1-x)BiFeO3-xBaTiO3 at room temperature. The introduction of DyFeO3 and LaFeO3 expands the composition range of the coexistence. The most superior ferromagnetic ferroelectrics obtained in this study are the 0.65BiFeO3-0.025DyFeO3-0.325BaTiO3 (Pr=5 μC/cm2,Mr=0.1 emu/g), 0.4875BiFeO3-0.025DyFeO3-0.4875BaTiO3 (Pr=7 μC/cm2,Mr=0.06 emu/g), and 0.475BiFeO3-0.05LaFeO3-0.475BaTiO3 (Pr=3.2 μC/cm2,Mr=0.2 emu/g). The spontaneous magnetization strongly depends on both the type and amount of the substitution components, DyFeO3, LaFeO3, PrFeO3, and BaFeO2.5 rather than the degree of G-type antiferromagnetic ordering. The origin of the spontaneous magnetization has been discussed in terms of antiferromagnetic ordering and charge carrier mediation.

  14. Influence of calcium carbonate and carbon nanotubes on the crystallization kinetics of polypropylene at high supercooling

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    Schawe, Jürgen E. K.

    2016-03-01

    Polymer fillers have been classified as active or inactive regarding their nucleation performance. Whereas an active filler significantly accelerates the crystallization process, an inactive filler has a significantly reduced influence on the crystallization kinetics. The majority of the studies of the filler influence on the crystallization process are performed at relatively low supercooling or at low cooling rates. In this paper, we use the Fast Scanning DSC to study the crystallization process of differently filled polypropylene (PP) in the temperature range between 120 °C and 0 °C. The inactive filler calcium carbonate reduces the crystallization rate of the α-phase at low supercooling (above 80 °C). Between 45 °C and 80 °C, calcium carbonate significantly accelerates the α-phase crystallization of PP. The mesophase crystallization is not affected by this filler. As an example of active filler, carbon nanotubes are used. Even with small filler content the α-phase crystallization of PP is significantly accelerated. Also in this case the mesophase crystallization is not significantly affected.

  15. Nanoconfinement induced crystal orientation and large piezoelectric coefficient in vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) nanotube array

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    Liew, Weng Heng; Mirshekarloo, Meysam Sharifzadeh; Chen, Shuting; Yao, Kui; Tay, Francis Eng Hock

    2015-01-01

    Vertically aligned piezoelectric P(VDF-TrFE) nanotube array comprising nanotubes embedded in anodized alumina membrane matrix without entanglement has been fabricated. It is found that the crystallographic polar axes of the P(VDF-TrFE) nanotubes are oriented along the nanotubes long axes. Such a desired crystal orientation is due to the kinetic selection mechanism for lamellae growth confined in the nanopores. The preferred crystal orientation in nanotubes leads to huge piezoelectric coefficients of the P(VDF-TrFE). The piezoelectric strain and voltage coefficients of P(VDF-TrFE) nanotube array are observed to be 1.97 and 3.40 times of those for conventional spin coated film. Such a significant performance enhancement is attributed to the well-controlled polarization orientation, the elimination of the substrate constraint, and the low dielectric constant of the nanotube array. The P(VDF-TrFE) nanotube array exhibiting the unique structure and outstanding piezoelectric performance is promising for wide applications, including various electrical devices and electromechanical sensors and transducers. PMID:25966301

  16. Nanoconfinement induced crystal orientation and large piezoelectric coefficient in vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) nanotube array.

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    Liew, Weng Heng; Mirshekarloo, Meysam Sharifzadeh; Chen, Shuting; Yao, Kui; Tay, Francis Eng Hock

    2015-01-01

    Vertically aligned piezoelectric P(VDF-TrFE) nanotube array comprising nanotubes embedded in anodized alumina membrane matrix without entanglement has been fabricated. It is found that the crystallographic polar axes of the P(VDF-TrFE) nanotubes are oriented along the nanotubes long axes. Such a desired crystal orientation is due to the kinetic selection mechanism for lamellae growth confined in the nanopores. The preferred crystal orientation in nanotubes leads to huge piezoelectric coefficients of the P(VDF-TrFE). The piezoelectric strain and voltage coefficients of P(VDF-TrFE) nanotube array are observed to be 1.97 and 3.40 times of those for conventional spin coated film. Such a significant performance enhancement is attributed to the well-controlled polarization orientation, the elimination of the substrate constraint, and the low dielectric constant of the nanotube array. The P(VDF-TrFE) nanotube array exhibiting the unique structure and outstanding piezoelectric performance is promising for wide applications, including various electrical devices and electromechanical sensors and transducers. PMID:25966301

  17. Electron-Phonon Couplings of the Interfacial Mode in FeSe Thin Films on SrTiO3 and BaTiO3

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    Wang, Yan; Berlijn, Tom; Rademaker, Louk; Johnston, Steve

    Monolayers FeSe on SrTiO3 or BaTiO3 substrates possess highest superconducting transition temperatures in Fe-based superconductors with Tc ~ 70 K measured by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and other experiments. Furthermore, the high Tc's concur with exact replica bands in ARPES spectra. A forward scattering mechanism with small momentum transfer through the electron-phonon interaction has been proposed to explain the high Tc's and the replica bands. We apply ab initio techniques to study such coupling in monolayer and bilayer FeSe thin films on SrTiO3, BaTiO3, and oxygen-vacant SrTiO3 substrates. Our results confirm the forward scattering nature of electron-phonon coupling of the oxygen polar mode whose energy coincides with the off-set energy of the replica bands.

  18. Oxygen-induced surface reconstruction of SrRuO3 and its effect on the BaTiO3 interface.

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    Shin, Junsoo; Borisevich, Albina Y; Meunier, Vincent; Zhou, Jing; Plummer, E Ward; Kalinin, Sergei V; Baddorf, Arthur P

    2010-07-27

    Atomically engineered oxide multilayers and superlattices display unique properties responsive to the electronic and atomic structures of the interfaces. We have followed the growth of ferroelectric BaTiO3 on SrRuO3 electrode with in situ atomic scale analysis of the surface structure at each stage. An oxygen-induced surface reconstruction of SrRuO3 leads to formation of SrO rows spaced at twice the bulk periodicity. This reconstruction modifies the structure of the first BaTiO3 layers grown subsequently, including intermixing observed with cross-section spectroscopy. These observations reveal that this common oxide interface is much more interesting than previously reported and provide a paradigm for oxygen engineering of oxide structure at an interface. PMID:20575506

  19. Structure and magnetic properties of the composite of Co1.75Fe1.25O4 and BaTiO3

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    Kazhugasalamoorthy, S.; Bhowmik, R. N.

    2015-06-01

    We report the structure and magnetic properties of a composite consisting of magnetic Co1.75Fe1.25O4 and ferroelectric BaTiO3. The composite material was prepared by heating the mixture at 1000 °C. XRD pattern of the composite confirms the presence of cubic (CoFe2O4) and tetragonal (BaTiO3) phases and a minor impurity phase of BaCO3. Line scan in the energy dispersive analysis of X-ray spectrum indicated the separation of the ferrite particles about 15-23 µm in the composite. The composite material became magnetically soft in comparison to the Co-ferrite and shows scope for tailoring ferromagnetic parameters at room temperature.

  20. Fabrication of BaTiO3-Based Dielectrics for Ultrathin-Layer Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor Application by a Modified Coating Approach

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    Tian, Zhibin; Wang, Xiaohui; Zhang, Yichi; Song, Tae-Ho; Hur, Kang Heon; Li, Longtu

    2011-02-01

    The development of multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) with base metal electrode (BME) requires precise controlling of the microstructure in a very thin dielectric layer (<1 µm). In this paper, a modified coating approach for high coverage of BaTiO3 powder for further MLCC application has been developed. The well dispersed and coated BaTiO3 powders are prepared and the relative mechanism has been discussed. Furthermore, the ultrafine grained X7R dielectric ceramics were produced by both conventional mixing and modified coating methods. Compared with the conventional mixing method, the ceramics prepared by the coating approach exhibited better TCC (the temperature coefficient of capacitance) performance, with dielectric constant over 2000 and grain size below 150 nm. In addition, it is found through the coating method the content of additives can be reduced to a relatively smaller amount than that required in conventional mixing method.

  1. Nanotube

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2007-09-13

    This is a source code to calculate the current-voltage characteristics, the charge distribution and the electrostatic potential in carbon nanotube devices. The code utilizes the non-equilibrium Green's function method, implemented in a tight-binding scheme, to calculate the charge distribution and the energy-dependent transmission function, from which the current or the conductance are obtained. The electrostatic potential is obtained by solving Poisson's equation on a grid with boundary conditions on the electrodes, and at other interfaces.more » Self-consistency between the charge and the electrostatic potential is achieved using a linear mixing method. Different versions of the code allow the modeling of different types of nanotube devices: Version 1.0: Modeling of carbon nanotube electronic devices with cylindrical symmetry Version 1.1: Modeling of planar carbon nanotube electronic devices Version 1.2: Modeling of photocurrent in carbon nanotube devices« less

  2. Misfit strain-misfit strain diagram of epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films: Thermodynamic calculations and phase-field simulations

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    Sheng, G.; Zhang, J. X.; Li, Y. L.; Choudhury, S.; Jia, Q. X.; Liu, Z. K.; Chen, L. Q.

    2008-12-01

    The effect of anisotropic strains on the phase transitions and domains structures of BaTiO3 thin films was studied using both thermodynamic calculations and phase-field simulations. The misfit strain-misfit strain domain stability diagrams were predicted. The similarity and significant differences between the diagrams from thermodynamic calculations assuming single domains and from phase-field simulations were analyzed. Typical domain structures as a result of anisotropic misfit strains are presented.

  3. NIR to blue light upconversion in Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped BaTiO3 tellurite glass

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    Kumari, Astha; Rai, Vineet Kumar

    2015-05-01

    Upconversion is an interesting optical property, generally shown by rare-earth doped materials. This unusual optical behavior shown by these rare-earths doped materials are due to their peculiar atomic configuration and electronic transitions. Here, the Tm3+-Yb3+ codoped BaTiO3 glass with TeO2 as former has been prepared by conventional melt and quench technique and the upconversion property has been investigated with the help of near infrared (NIR) to Visible UC study. The generation of the visible UC bands around ˜ 476 nm, ˜ 653 nm, ˜ 702 nm and one NIR UC band at ˜795 nm are assigned due to the 1G4→ 3H6, 1G4→ 3F4, 3F2→ 3H6 and 3H4→ 3H6 transitions respectively. The generations of these upconversion bands have been discussed in detail with the help of energy level diagram. The colour coordinates corresponding to the prepared material have been shown with the help of CIE chromaticity diagram. These glasses can be very appropriately used in the fabrication of solid state laser and as NIR to blue light upconverter.

  4. Hybrid chitosan-Pluronic F-127 films with BaTiO3:Co nanoparticles: Synthesis and properties

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    Fuentes, S.; Dubo, J.; Barraza, N.; González, R.; Veloso, E.

    2015-03-01

    In this study, magnetic BaTiO3:Co (BT:Co) nanoparticles prepared using a combined sol-gel-hydrothermal technique were dispersed in a chitosan/Pluronic F-127 solution (QO/Pl) to obtain a nanocomposite hybrid films. Nanoparticles and hybrid films were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and alternating gradient magnetometry (AGM). Experimental results indicated that the BT:Co nanoparticles were encapsulated in the QO/Pl hybrid films and that the magnetic properties of the QO/Pl/BT:Co nanocomposites are similar to the naked BT:Co nanoparticles. Results indicate that Co doping produces an enhancement in the ferromagnetic behavior of the BT nanoparticle. The coating restricts this enhancement only to low-fields, leaving the diamagnetic behavior of BT at high-fields. Magnetically stable sizes (PSD) were obtained at 3% Co doping for both naked nanoparticles and hybrid films. These show an increased magnetic memory capacity and a softer magnetic hardness with respect to non-doped BT nanoparticles.

  5. Relating Electronic and Geometric Structure of Atomic Layer Deposited BaTiO3 to its Electrical Properties

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    Atomic layer deposition allows the fabrication of BaTiO3 (BTO) ultrathin films with tunable dielectric properties, which is a promising material for electronic and optical technology. Industrial applicability necessitates a better understanding of their atomic structure and corresponding properties. Through the use of element-specific X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis, O K-edge of BTO as a function of cation composition and underlying substrate (RuO2 and SiO2) is revealed. By employing density functional theory and multiple scattering simulations, we analyze the distortions in BTO’s bonding environment captured by the XANES spectra. The spectral weight shifts to lower energy with increasing Ti content and provides an atomic scale (microscopic) explanation for the increase in leakage current density. Differences in film morphologies in the first few layers near substrate–film interfaces reveal BTO’s homogeneous growth on RuO2 and its distorted growth on SiO2. This work links structural changes to BTO thin-film properties and provides insight necessary for optimizing future BTO and other ternary metal oxide-based thin-film devices. PMID:27009677

  6. Temperature-dependent high energy-resolution EELS of ferroelectric and paraelectric BaTiO3 phases

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    Bugnet, Matthieu; Radtke, Guillaume; Woo, Steffi Y.; Zhu, Guo-zhen; Botton, Gianluigi A.

    2016-01-01

    Probing the ferroelectricity at the nanometer scale is of particular interest for a wide range of applications. In this Rapid Communication, the structural distortion of BaTiO3 (BTO) is studied in its ferroelectric (rhombohedral and tetragonal), and paraelectric phases from the O K near edge structures in electron energy loss spectroscopy. Modifications of the electronic structure are detected in the lowest energy fine structure (FS) of the O K edge in the ferroelectric phases, and are interpreted by core-hole valence-electron screening geometry. For the paraelectric phase, the lowest energy FS of the O K edge is comparable to the one obtained at room temperature, which is inconsistent with an expected cubic structure. The variations observed in the O K near edge structures, such as a broader and more asymmetric lowest energy FS at low temperature, suggest that the magnitude of the Ti+4 off-centering along <111 > increases in lower-temperature phases. These findings demonstrate the sensitivity of the O K near edge structures to the structural distortions of BTO polymorphs, and form a basis for further investigations on defective or strained BTO at the nanoscale.

  7. Relating Electronic and Geometric Structure of Atomic Layer Deposited BaTiO3 to its Electrical Properties.

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    Torgersen, Jan; Acharya, Shinjita; Dadlani, Anup Lal; Petousis, Ioannis; Kim, Yongmin; Trejo, Orlando; Nordlund, Dennis; Prinz, Fritz B

    2016-04-21

    Atomic layer deposition allows the fabrication of BaTiO3 (BTO) ultrathin films with tunable dielectric properties, which is a promising material for electronic and optical technology. Industrial applicability necessitates a better understanding of their atomic structure and corresponding properties. Through the use of element-specific X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis, O K-edge of BTO as a function of cation composition and underlying substrate (RuO2 and SiO2) is revealed. By employing density functional theory and multiple scattering simulations, we analyze the distortions in BTO's bonding environment captured by the XANES spectra. The spectral weight shifts to lower energy with increasing Ti content and provides an atomic scale (microscopic) explanation for the increase in leakage current density. Differences in film morphologies in the first few layers near substrate-film interfaces reveal BTO's homogeneous growth on RuO2 and its distorted growth on SiO2. This work links structural changes to BTO thin-film properties and provides insight necessary for optimizing future BTO and other ternary metal oxide-based thin-film devices. PMID:27009677

  8. Grain-growth effect on dielectric nonlinearity of BaTiO3-based multi-layer ceramic capacitors

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    Yoon, Seok-Hyun; Kim, Mi-Yang; Nam, Chan-Hee; Seo, Jung-Wook; Wi, Sung-Kwon; Hur, Kang-Heon

    2015-08-01

    A significant difference in dielectric nonlinearity was contrasted between fine- and coarse-grained BaTiO3-based multilayer ceramic capacitors. Grain growth resulted in a decrease in dielectric constant in low field but a steep increase with increase in alternating current field, which can be associated with a decrease in reversible and a significant increase in irreversible domain wall contribution from Preisach analysis. Fine-grained specimens showed almost cubic structure despite ferroelectric domain contrasts, which is anticipated to significantly reduce strain incompatibility during domain wall motion, and clean domain boundaries with no lattice defects. However, coarse-grained specimens with high aspect ratio of the tetragonal lattice should accompany lattice distortion with increased intergranular constraints during domain wall motion, and many lattice defects were observed near domain boundaries. These results demonstrate experimentally the presence of weak pinning centers in coarse-grained specimens, which inhibit domain wall motion in low alternating current fields. Long-range motion occurs beyond the threshold field and results in an abrupt increase in dielectric constant.

  9. Field-induced domain switching in BaTiO3-based multilayer ceramic capacitors observed by polarized Raman spectroscopy

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    Gao, Haigen; Yue, Zhenxing; Xi, Xiaoqing; Li, Longtu

    2012-11-01

    Polarized Raman spectroscopy was employed to observe field-induced domain switching in BaTiO3-based multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Un-polarized Raman intensities of vibration modes A1(TO2,TO3) are decreased with increasing the external field from 0 MV/m to 5 MV/m, which is caused by the decrease of c-domain volumes. This phenomenon can be visualized from the simulated image gained from the mapping results in cross polarization. It shows that the c-domains are switched to the direction of electric field (3.75 MV/m). We also found that the load to imprint Vickers indentation on the polished MLCCs surface can drive the domains out of the plane parallel to internal electrodes into in-plane textures. Meanwhile, the in-plane domains in the investigated area are switched to form a uniform orientation by the local introduced compressive stress. Due to the existence of cracks, the domains near cracks will re-orient and align with the direction of the relative tensile stress, resulting in a different orientation.

  10. Junction size dependence of ferroelectric properties in e-beam patterned BaTiO3 ferroelectric tunnel junctions

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    Singh, A. V.; Althammer, M.; Rott, K.; Reiss, G.; Gupta, A.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the switching characteristics in BaTiO3-based ferroelectric tunnel junctions patterned in a capacitive geometry with circular Ru top electrode with diameters ranging from ˜430 to 2300 nm. Two different patterning schemes, viz., lift-off and ion-milling, have been employed to examine the variations in the ferroelectric polarization, switching, and tunnel electro-resistance resulting from differences in the pattering processes. The values of polarization switching field are measured and compared for junctions of different diameter in the samples fabricated using both patterning schemes. We do not find any specific dependence of polarization switching bias on the size of junctions in both sample stacks. The junctions in the ion-milled sample show up to three orders of resistance change by polarization switching and the polarization retention is found to improve with increasing junction diameter. However, similar switching is absent in the lift-off sample, highlighting the effect of patterning scheme on the polarization retention.

  11. Time-Dependent Negative Capacitance Effects in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayers.

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Moon, Taehwan; Kwon, Young Jae; An, Cheol Hyun; Kim, Han Joon; Kim, Keum Do; Lee, Young Hwan; Hyun, Seung Dam; Park, Min Hyuk; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-07-13

    The negative capacitance (NC) effects in ferroelectric materials have emerged as the possible solution to low-power transistor devices and high-charge-density capacitors. Although the steep switching characteristic (subthreshold swing < sub-60 mV/dec) has been demonstrated in various devices combining the conventional transistors with ferroelectric gates, the actual applications of the NC effects are still some way off owing to the inherent hysteresis problem. This work reinterpreted the hysteretic properties of the NC effects within the time domain and demonstrated that capacitance (charge) boosting could be achieved without the hysteresis from the Al2O3/BaTiO3 bilayer capacitors through short-pulse charging. This work revealed that the hysteresis phenomenon in NC devices originated from the dielectric leakage of the dielectric layer. The suppression of charge injection via the dielectric leakage, which usually takes time, inhibits complete ferroelectric polarization switching during a short pulse time. It was demonstrated that a nonhysteretic NC effect can be achieved only within certain limited time and voltage ranges, but that these are sufficient for critical device applications. PMID:27231754

  12. Relating electronic and geometric structure of atomic layer deposited BaTiO3 to its electrical properties

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    Torgersen, Jan; Acharya, Shinjita; Dadlani, Anup Lal; Petousis, Ioannis; Kim, Yongmin; Trejo, Orlando; Nordlund, Dennis; Prinz, Fritz B.

    2016-03-24

    Atomic layer deposition allows the fabrication of BaTiO3 (BTO) ultrathin films with tunable dielectric properties, which is a promising material for electronic and optical technology. Industrial applicability necessitates a better understanding of their atomic structure and corresponding properties. Through the use of element-specific X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analysis, O K-edge of BTO as a function of cation composition and underlying substrate (RuO2 and SiO2) is revealed. By employing density functional theory and multiple scattering simulations, we analyze the distortions in BTO’s bonding environment captured by the XANES spectra. The spectral weight shifts to lower energy with increasing Timore » content and provides an atomic scale (microscopic) explanation for the increase in leakage current density. Differences in film morphologies in the first few layers near substrate–film interfaces reveal BTO’s homogeneous growth on RuO2 and its distorted growth on SiO2. As a result, this work links structural changes to BTO thin-film properties and provides insight necessary for optimizing future BTO and other ternary metal oxide-based thin-film devices.« less

  13. Fabrication of single-crystal silicon nanotubes with sub-10 nm walls using cryogenic inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching

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    Li, Zhiqin; Chen, Yiqin; Zhu, Xupeng; Zheng, Mengjie; Dong, Fengliang; Chen, Peipei; Xu, Lihua; Chu, Weiguo; Duan, Huigao

    2016-09-01

    Single-crystal silicon nanostructures have attracted much attention in recent years due in part to their unique optical properties. In this work, we demonstrate direct fabrication of single-crystal silicon nanotubes with sub-10 nm walls which show low reflectivity. The fabrication was based on a cryogenic inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching process using high-resolution hydrogen silsesquioxane nanostructures as the hard mask. Two main etching parameters including substrate low-frequency power and SF6/O2 flow rate ratio were investigated to determine the etching mechanism in the process. With optimized etching parameters, high-aspect-ratio silicon nanotubes with smooth and vertical sub-10 nm walls were fabricated. Compared to commonly-used antireflection silicon nanopillars with the same feature size, the densely packed silicon nanotubes possessed a lower reflectivity, implying possible potential applications of silicon nanotubes in photovoltaics.

  14. Atomic Displacements at a Σ3(111) Grain Boundary in BaTiO_3: A First-principles Determination

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    Zhao, Y. J.; Geng, W. T.; Kim, Miyoung; Freeman, A. J.; Delley, B.

    2000-03-01

    BaTiO3 based ceramics are extensively used in the production of many electroceramic components such as capacitors and positive temperature coefficient thermistors. The electrical properties are known to be grain boundary(GB) phenomena and related to their atomic structure near the grain boundary(K. Hayashi, et al., J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 79), 1669(1996). Jia and Thust(C.L. Jia and A. Thust, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82), 5052 (1999) observed an expansion of the Ti-Ti spacing across the Σ3(111) GB in cubic BaTiO3 by use of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy along with an exit plane wave analysis. We employed the first-principles band structure DMol3 total energy/atomic force method( B. Delley, J. Chem. Phys. 92), 508(1990) within LDA to investigate the atomic and electronic structures at a Σ3(111) GB in cubic BaTiO_3. Full relaxation of the atomic structure was determined according to the calculated atomic forces. Our first-principles calculations indicate an expansion of the nearest Ti-Ti spacing across the GB plane and a contraction of the nearest BaO-BaO spacing, in good agreement with experiment. The origin of the atomic displacements were then explained with an electronic structure analysis.

  15. Local manifestations of a static magnetoelectric effect in nanostructured BaTiO3-BaFe12O9 composite multiferroics

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    Trivedi, Harsh; Shvartsman, Vladimir V.; Lupascu, Doru C.; Medeiros, Marco S. A.; Pullar, Robert C.; Kholkin, Andrei L.; Zelenovskiy, Pavel; Sosnovskikh, Andrey; Shur, Vladimir Ya.

    2015-02-01

    A study on magnetoelectric phenomena in the barium titanate-barium hexaferrite (BaTiO3-BaFe12O19) composite system, using high resolution techniques including switching spectroscopy piezoresponse force microscopy (SSPFM) and spatially resolved confocal Raman microscopy (CRM), is presented. It is found that both the local piezoelectric coefficient and polarization switching parameters change on the application of an external magnetic field. The latter effect is rationalized by the influence of magnetostrictive stress on the domain dynamics. Processing of the Raman spectral data using principal component analysis (PCA) and self-modelling curve resolution (SMCR) allowed us to achieve high resolution phase distribution maps along with separation of average and localized spectral components. A significant effect of the magnetic field on the Raman spectra of the BaTiO3 phase has been revealed. The observed changes are comparable with the classical pressure dependent studies on BaTiO3, confirming the strain mediated character of the magnetoelectric coupling in the studied composites.

  16. Phase diagram in strained epitaxial BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices studied by ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy

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    Tenne, Dmitri; Schmidt, J. D.; Turner, P.; Soukiassian, A.; Schlom, D. G.; Nakhmanson, S.; Xi, X. X.; Li, Y. L.; Chen, L. Q.; Bernhagen, M.; Reiche, P.; Uecker, R.; Katiyar, R.

    2009-03-01

    Strain effect on phase transitions in nanoscale BaTiO3/SrTiO3 ferroelectric superlattices (SLs) has been studied by ultraviolet (UV) Raman scattering. A series of coherently strained (BaTiO3)8/(SrTiO3)4 SLs have been grown by molecular beam epitaxiy on rare earth scandate (GdScO3, DyScO3, SmScO3, NdScO3) and SrTiO3 substrates. This allowed a systematic strain variation in the SLs. UV Raman data allowed the determination of the ferroelectric phase transition temperature (Tc) and indicated the presence of different ferroelectric phases with out-of-plane and in-plane components of polarization in SLs, depending on strain and temperature. Experimental Raman results are supported by first-principles calculations of structural instabilities in BaTiO3/SrTiO3 SLs and thermodynamic phase-field modeling of phase diagrams and ferroelectric polarization as a function of temperature and strain.

  17. Direct observation of oxygen-vacancy-enhanced polarization in a SrTiO3-buffered ferroelectric BaTiO3 film on GaAs

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    Qiao, Q.; Zhang, Y.; Contreras-Guerrero, Rocio; Droopad, Ravi; Pantelides, S. T.; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Ogut, Serdar; Klie, Robert F.

    2015-11-16

    The integration of functional oxide thin-films on compound semiconductors can lead to a class of reconfigurable spin-based optoelectronic devices if defect-free, fully reversible active layers are stabilized. However, previous first-principles calculations predicted that SrTiO3 thin filmsgrown on Si exhibit pinned ferroelectric behavior that is not switchable, due to the presence of interfacial vacancies. Meanwhile, piezoresponse force microscopy measurements have demonstrated ferroelectricity in BaTiO3 grown on semiconductor substrates. The presence of interfacial oxygen vacancies in such complex-oxide/semiconductor systems remains unexplored, and their effect on ferroelectricity is controversial. We also use a combination of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and first-principles densitymore » functional theory modeling to examine the role of interfacial oxygen vacancies on the ferroelectricpolarization of a BaTiO3 thin filmgrown on GaAs. Moreover, we demonstrate that interfacial oxygen vacancies enhance the polar discontinuity (and thus the single domain, out-of-plane polarization pinning in BaTiO3), and propose that the presence of surface charge screening allows the formation of switchable domains.« less

  18. Direct observation of oxygen-vacancy-enhanced polarization in a SrTiO3-buffered ferroelectric BaTiO3 film on GaAs

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    Qiao, Qiao; Zhang, Yuyang; Contreras-Guerrero, Rocio; Droopad, Ravi; Pantelides, Sokrates T.; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Ogut, Serdar; Klie, Robert F.

    2015-11-01

    The integration of functional oxide thin-films on compound semiconductors can lead to a class of reconfigurable spin-based optoelectronic devices if defect-free, fully reversible active layers are stabilized. However, previous first-principles calculations predicted that SrTiO3 thin films grown on Si exhibit pinned ferroelectric behavior that is not switchable, due to the presence of interfacial vacancies. Meanwhile, piezoresponse force microscopy measurements have demonstrated ferroelectricity in BaTiO3 grown on semiconductor substrates. The presence of interfacial oxygen vacancies in such complex-oxide/semiconductor systems remains unexplored, and their effect on ferroelectricity is controversial. Here, we use a combination of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and first-principles density functional theory modeling to examine the role of interfacial oxygen vacancies on the ferroelectric polarization of a BaTiO3 thin film grown on GaAs. We demonstrate that interfacial oxygen vacancies enhance the polar discontinuity (and thus the single domain, out-of-plane polarization pinning in BaTiO3), and propose that the presence of surface charge screening allows the formation of switchable domains.

  19. Vertical Interface Induced Dielectric Relaxation in Nanocomposite (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x Thin Films

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    Li, Weiwei; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Le; Gu, Junxing; Chen, Aiping; Zhao, Run; Liang, Yan; Guo, Haizhong; Tang, Rujun; Wang, Chunchang; Jin, Kuijuan; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Hao

    2015-01-01

    Vertical interfaces in vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films have been approved to be an effective method to manipulate functionalities. However, several challenges with regard to the understanding on the physical process underlying the manipulation still remain. In this work, because of the ordered interfaces and large interfacial area, heteroepitaxial (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x thin films have been fabricated and used as a model system to investigate the relationship between vertical interfaces and dielectric properties. Due to a relatively large strain generated at the interfaces, vertical interfaces between BaTiO3 and Sm2O3 are revealed to become the sinks to attract oxygen vacancies. The movement of oxygen vacancies is confined at the interfaces and hampered by the misfit dislocations, which contributed to a relaxation behavior in (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x thin films. This work represents an approach to further understand that how interfaces influence on dielectric properties in oxide thin films. PMID:26061829

  20. Vertical Interface Induced Dielectric Relaxation in Nanocomposite (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x Thin Films.

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    Li, Weiwei; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Le; Gu, Junxing; Chen, Aiping; Zhao, Run; Liang, Yan; Guo, Haizhong; Tang, Rujun; Wang, Chunchang; Jin, Kuijuan; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Hao

    2015-01-01

    Vertical interfaces in vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films have been approved to be an effective method to manipulate functionalities. However, several challenges with regard to the understanding on the physical process underlying the manipulation still remain. In this work, because of the ordered interfaces and large interfacial area, heteroepitaxial (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x thin films have been fabricated and used as a model system to investigate the relationship between vertical interfaces and dielectric properties. Due to a relatively large strain generated at the interfaces, vertical interfaces between BaTiO3 and Sm2O3 are revealed to become the sinks to attract oxygen vacancies. The movement of oxygen vacancies is confined at the interfaces and hampered by the misfit dislocations, which contributed to a relaxation behavior in (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x thin films. This work represents an approach to further understand that how interfaces influence on dielectric properties in oxide thin films. PMID:26061829

  1. Local manifestations of a static magnetoelectric effect in nanostructured BaTiO3-BaFe12O9 composite multiferroics.

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    Trivedi, Harsh; Shvartsman, Vladimir V; Lupascu, Doru C; Medeiros, Marco S A; Pullar, Robert C; Kholkin, Andrei L; Zelenovskiy, Pavel; Sosnovskikh, Andrey; Shur, Vladimir Ya

    2015-03-14

    A study on magnetoelectric phenomena in the barium titanate-barium hexaferrite (BaTiO3-BaFe12O19) composite system, using high resolution techniques including switching spectroscopy piezoresponse force microscopy (SSPFM) and spatially resolved confocal Raman microscopy (CRM), is presented. It is found that both the local piezoelectric coefficient and polarization switching parameters change on the application of an external magnetic field. The latter effect is rationalized by the influence of magnetostrictive stress on the domain dynamics. Processing of the Raman spectral data using principal component analysis (PCA) and self-modelling curve resolution (SMCR) allowed us to achieve high resolution phase distribution maps along with separation of average and localized spectral components. A significant effect of the magnetic field on the Raman spectra of the BaTiO3 phase has been revealed. The observed changes are comparable with the classical pressure dependent studies on BaTiO3, confirming the strain mediated character of the magnetoelectric coupling in the studied composites. PMID:25683862

  2. Vertical Interface Induced Dielectric Relaxation in Nanocomposite (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x Thin Films

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    Li, Weiwei; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Le; Gu, Junxing; Chen, Aiping; Zhao, Run; Liang, Yan; Guo, Haizhong; Tang, Rujun; Wang, Chunchang; Jin, Kuijuan; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Hao

    2015-06-01

    Vertical interfaces in vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films have been approved to be an effective method to manipulate functionalities. However, several challenges with regard to the understanding on the physical process underlying the manipulation still remain. In this work, because of the ordered interfaces and large interfacial area, heteroepitaxial (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x thin films have been fabricated and used as a model system to investigate the relationship between vertical interfaces and dielectric properties. Due to a relatively large strain generated at the interfaces, vertical interfaces between BaTiO3 and Sm2O3 are revealed to become the sinks to attract oxygen vacancies. The movement of oxygen vacancies is confined at the interfaces and hampered by the misfit dislocations, which contributed to a relaxation behavior in (BaTiO3)1-x:(Sm2O3)x thin films. This work represents an approach to further understand that how interfaces influence on dielectric properties in oxide thin films.

  3. Electric in-plane polarization in multiferroic CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 nanocomposite tuned by magnetic fields

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    Schmitz-Antoniak, Carolin; Schmitz, Detlef; Borisov, Pavel; de Groot, Frank M. F.; Stienen, Sven; Warland, Anne; Krumme, Bernhard; Feyerherm, Ralf; Dudzik, Esther; Kleemann, Wolfgang; Wende, Heiko

    2013-06-01

    Ferrimagnetic CoFe2O4 nanopillars embedded in a ferroelectric BaTiO3 matrix are an example for a two-phase magnetoelectrically coupled system. They operate at room temperature and are free of any resource-critical rare-earth element, which makes them interesting for potential applications. Prior studies succeeded in showing strain-mediated coupling between the two subsystems. In particular, the electric properties can be tuned by magnetic fields and the magnetic properties by electric fields. Here we take the analysis of the coupling to a new level utilizing soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy and its associated linear dichroism. We demonstrate that an in-plane magnetic field breaks the tetragonal symmetry of the (1,3)-type CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 structures and discuss it in terms of off-diagonal magnetostrictive-piezoelectric coupling. This coupling creates staggered in-plane components of the electric polarization, which are stable even at magnetic remanence due to hysteretic behaviour of structural changes in the BaTiO3 matrix. The competing mechanisms of clamping and relaxation effects are discussed in detail.

  4. Effect of oxygen content on the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of laser-deposited BaTiO3 thin films

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    Li, C. L.; Chen, Z. H.; Zhou, Y. L.; Cui, D. F.

    2001-06-01

    BaTiO3 thin films were epitaxially grown on SrTiO3 (001) and LaNiO3/SrTiO3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition under different oxygen pressures. The oxygen content in the BaTiO3 films was determined using modified Rutherford backscattering. The structural characteristics of the films were analysed by x-ray diffraction θ/2θ scan, ϕ scan, and symmetric and asymmetric ω scans. The dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the films were measured by an impedance analyser and by a Sawyer-Tower circuit, respectively. It was found that the atomic ratio of O/Ba and Ti/Ba in the BaTiO3 films increases with oxygen pressure. The films fabricated in the intermediate oxygen pressure range of 2 to 10 Pa show the c-axis oriented tetragonal structure with a stoichiometry close to the ideal value. These films exhibit a relatively large dielectric constant, small dielectric loss and good ferroelectricity with a symmetric hysteresis loop. For growth at low oxygen pressure i.e. 0.1 Pa, the film with tetragonal c-axis orientation shows significant degradation in its dielectric properties. For a higher deposition oxygen pressure of 20 Pa, the film has tetragonal a-axis orientation and shows no ferroelectricity but has the largest dielectric constant.

  5. Organized composites of Carbon Nanotubes and Lyotropic Liquid Crystals at very low Surfactant Concentration

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    Scalia, Giusy; Jo, Hyeran; Park, Ji Hyun; Lagerwall, Jan

    The difficulties in dispersing and organizing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be efficiently tackled using surfactant-based lyotropic liquid crystals, combining high nanotube loading with long-range order. A problem with surfactants is, however, that their residues negatively affect CNT device performance. Here we show aligned CNT-lyotropic composites at reduced surfactant concentration. By combining cat- and anionic surfactants a lyotropic nematic phase forms at just 8% surfactant concentration, and CNTs can be well dispersed and aligned in it. The CNTs themselves were first dispersed below the Krafft temperature of the surfactant used for their stabilization, minimizing also its concentration. The composites exhibit very interesting properties with strong sensitivity to the surfactant ratios. They were investigated by Polarized Optical Microscopy and Polarized Raman spectroscopy, and also the electrical properties were studied

  6. Carbon-nanotube electron-beam (C-beam) crystallization technique for silicon TFTs

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    Lee, Su Woong; Kang, Jung Su; Park, Kyu Chang

    2016-02-01

    We introduced a carbon-nanotube (CNT) electron beam (C-beam) for thin film crystallization and thin film transistor (TFT) applications. As a source of electron emission, a CNT emitter which had been grown on a silicon wafer with a resist-assisted patterning (RAP) process was used. By using the C-beam exposure, we successfully crystallized a silicon thin film that had nano-sized crystalline grains. The distribution of crystalline grain size was about 10 ˜ 30 nm. This nanocrystalline silicon thin film definitely had three crystalline directions which are (111), (220) and (311), respectively. The silicon TFTs crystallized by using a C-beam exposure showed a field effect mobility of 20 cm2/Vs and an on/off ratio of more than 107. The C-beam exposure can modify the bonding network of amorphous silicon with its proper energy.

  7. Nanocrystalline BaTiO3 powder via ambient conditions sol process (Prop.2001-071)

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    Payzant, E Andrew; Wang, X.; Hu, Michael Z.; Blom, Douglas Allen

    2005-01-01

    Nanocrystalline BaTiO{sub 3} particles have been prepared by ambient condition sol (ACS) process starting from soluble precursors of barium and titanium yielding a mixed oxide/hydroxide gel. The gel was peptized and crystallized in water under a refluxing condition. Higher initial pH and Ba/Ti ratio led to smaller crystallite sizes of BaTiO{sub 3} powders. Organic mineralizer, tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH), can adsorb on the BaTiO{sub 3} nuclei and inhibited further growth of the particles. Adding a polymer during BaTiO{sub 3} synthesis led to a smaller particle size and increased redispersibility of the particles in water.

  8. Impact of BaTiO(3) nanoparticles on pretransitional effects in liquid crystalline dodecylcyanobiphenyl.

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    Rzoska, S J; Starzonek, S; Drozd-Rzoska, A; Czupryński, K; Chmiel, K; Gaura, G; Michulec, A; Szczypek, B; Walas, W

    2016-02-01

    The pretransitional behavior of dodecylcyanobiphenyl (12CB) (isotropic-smectic-A-solid mesomorphism) with d=50nmBaTiO(3) nanoparticles (NPs) linked to the cubic phase was monitored via temperature studies of dielectric constant. Tests were carried out in the isotropic, liquid crystal mesomorphic, and solid phases. For each phase transition the same value of the critical exponent α∼0.5 was obtained, including nanocolloids. All phase transitions show the weakly discontinuous nature. The temperature metric of the discontinuity ΔT notably decreases when adding nanoparticles. The addition of nanoparticles first decreases the dielectric constant by approximately 50% in comparison with pure 12CB, but already for a concentration ∼x=0.4% NP an increase over 50% takes place. It is notable that for the latter concentration unique hallmarks of the pretransitional effect emerge also for the solid-mesophase transition. All these indicate the important impact of nanoparticles on multimolecular mesoscale fluctuations. PMID:26986276

  9. Biodegradable poly(butylene succinate)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes nanocomposite at low carbon nanotubes loading: morphology, crystallization and mechanical property.

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    Song, Liang; Qiu, Zhaobin

    2010-02-01

    Biodegradable nanocomposite based on poly(butylene succinate) (PBSU) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) was prepared by solution blending method at 1 wt% MWNTs loading. Scanning electron microscopic observation illustrates a homogeneous distribution of MWNTs in the PBSU matrix. Differential scanning calorimetry, optical microscopy, and wide angle X-ray diffraction were used to study the nonisothermal crystallization, isothermal crystallization kinetics, spherulitic morphology, and crystal structure of neat PBSU and its nanocomposite. The presence of MWNTs enhances the crystallization of PBSU in the nanocomposite due to the heterogeneous nucleation effect while the crystallization mechanism and crystal structure of PBSU do not change. Moreover, the incorporation of a small quantity of MWNTs has improved significantly the mechanical property of PBSU in the nanocomposite compared with that of neat PBSU. PMID:20352743

  10. Polarized absorption spectra of (2,2) carbon nanotubes aligned in channels of an AEL crystal

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    Chen, Yanping; Zhai, Jianpang; Li, Irene Ling; Ruan, Shuangchen; Tang, Zikang

    2015-11-01

    We report polarized absorption spectra for the (2,2) tubes arrayed in the one-dimensional channels of an AlPO4-11 (AEL) single crystal. Strong polarization dependence is observed indicating a preferential optical dipole along the axis of carbon nanotubes. By correlating with the absorption spectra and First-principles local density function (LDA) calculation, the absorption peak at 2.95 eV is uniquely assigned to semiconducting type (2,2) tubes, and peaks at 2.67 and 2.40 eV are corresponding to metallic type (2,2) tubes.

  11. Nematic liquid crystal reorientation around multi-walled carbon nanotubes mapped via Raman microscopy.

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    Cacace, T; García-García, A; Zito, G; Tkachenko, V; Rusciano, G; Geday, M A; Otón, J M; Marino, A; Sasso, A

    2016-07-11

    We have studied the formation of topological defects in liquid crystal (LC) matrices induced by multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and external electric fields. The defects are ascribable to a distortion of the LC molecular director in proximity of the MWCNT surface. The system is analyzed macroscopically using spectroscopic variable angle ellipsometry. Concurrently, confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy is used to study the system state at the microscale. This allows to acquire a three-dimensional, spatially-resolved map of the topological defect, determining scale length variations and orientation topography of the LC molecules around the MWCNT. PMID:27410863

  12. Structural Polymorphism of Mn-Doped BaTiO3

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    Dang, N. T.; Kozlenko, D. P.; Phan, T. L.; Kichanov, S. E.; Dang, N. V.; Thanh, T. D.; Khiem, L. H.; Jabarov, S. H.; Tran, T. A.; Vo, D. B.; Savenko, B. N.

    2016-05-01

    The crystal structure of BaTi1- x Mn x O3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) has been determined by means of neutron powder diffraction. Upon Mn doping, the BaTi1- x Mn x O3 system undergoes structural transformations from a polar tetragonal structure with space group P4mm to a non-polar 6H-type hexagonal structure with space group P6 3 /mmc at x > 0.01, and then to a non-polar 12R-type rhombohedral structure with space group R- 3m at x > 0.12. For the ferroelectric tetragonal phase, Mn doping leads to a reduction of the spontaneous polarization and the Curie temperature. In the 6H structure, Ti atoms display a strong preference for the corner-sharing octahedral sites, whereas both Ti and Mn randomly occupy the octahedral sites in the face-sharing dimers. In the 12R-structure, Ti atoms also have a strong preference for the corner-sharing octahedral sites, whereas Mn atoms occupy the octahedral sites at the centers of the face-sharing octahedral trimers. Both Ti and Mn atoms are distributed over the octahedral sites at the borders of the trimers. The absence of long-range magnetic order in the 6H-type and 12R-type phases was observed, which is due to the presence of the non-magnetic Ti ions at the centers of the corner-sharing octahedra connecting the face-sharing dimers (6H-type) and trimers (12R-type), breaking the magnetic interaction between the dimers/trimers and isolating them from each other.

  13. Multiferroic approach for Cr,Mn,Fe,Co,Ni,Cu substituted BaTiO3 nanoparticles

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    Verma, Kuldeep Chand; Kotnala, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic magnetoelectric (ME) at room temperature is significant for new design nano-scale spintronic devices. We have given a comparative study to report multiferroicity in BaTM0.01Ti0.99O3 [TM = Cr,Mn,Fe,Co,Ni,Cu (1 mol% each) substituted BaTiO3 (BTO)] nanoparticles. The TM ions influenced both nano-size and lattice distortion of Ti–O6 octahedra to the BTO. X ray diffraction study indicates that the dopant TM could influence lattice constants, distortion, tetragonal splitting of diffraction peaks (002/200) as well as peak shifting of diffraction angle in the BTO lattice. This can induce lattice strain which responsible to oxygen defects formation to mediate ferromagnetism. Also, the lattice strain effect could responsible to reduce the depolarization field of ferroelectricity and provide piezoelectric and magnetostrictive strains to enhance ME coupling. The size of BTO nanoparticles is varied in 13–51 nm with TM doping. The room temperature magnetic measurement indicates antiferromagnetic exchange interactions in BTO lattice with TM ions. The zero-field cooling and field cooling magnetic measurement at 500 Oe indicates antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition. It also confirms that the substitution of Cr, Fe and Co into BTO could induce strong antiferromagnetic behavior. However, the substitutions of Mn, Ni and Cu have weak antiferromagnetic character. The temperature dependent dielectric measurements indicates polarization enhancement that influenced with both nano-size as well TM ions and exhibits ferroelectric phase transition with relaxor-like characteristics. Dynamic ME coupling is investigated, and the longitudinal ME voltage coefficient, α ME is equivalent to linear ME coupling coefficient, α (={\\varepsilon }{{o}}{\\varepsilon }{{r}}{α }{{ME}}) is also calculated.

  14. Comprehensive dielectric performance of bismuth acceptor doped BaTiO3 based nanocrystal thin film capacitors

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    Liu, SY; Zhang, HN; Sviridov, L; Huang, LM; Liu, XH; Samson, J; Akins, D; Li, J; O'Brien, S

    2012-11-07

    We present a novel approach to preparing bismuth acceptor doped barium titanate nanocrystal formulations that can be deposited in conjunction with polymers in order to prepare a thin film nanocomposite dielectric that exhibits desirable capacitor characteristics. Exploring the limits of dielectric function in nanocomposites is an important avenue of materials research, while paying strict attention to the overall device quality, namely permittivity, loss and equivalent series resistance (ESR). Pushing capacitor function to higher frequencies, a desirable goal from an electrical engineering point of view, presents a new set of challenges in terms of minimizing interfacial, space charge and polarization effects within the dielectric. We show the ability to synthesize BaTi0.96Bi0.04O3 or BaTi0.97Bi0.03O3 depending on nominal molar concentrations of bismuth at the onset. The low temperature solvothermal route allows for substitution at the titanium site (strongly supported by Rietveld and Raman analysis). Characterization is performed by XRD with Rietveld refinement, Raman Spectroscopy, SEM and HRTEM. A mechanism is proposed for bismuth acceptor substitution, based on the chemical reaction of the alkoxy-metal precursors involving nucleophilic addition. Dielectric analysis of the nanocrystal thin films is performed by preparing nanocrystal/PVP 2-2 nanocomposites (no annealing) and comparing BaTi0.96Bi0.04O3 and BaTi0.97Bi0.03O3 with undoped BaTiO3. Improvements of up to 25% in capacitance (permittivity) are observed, with lower loss and dramatically improved ESR, all to very high frequency ranges (>10 MHz).

  15. Mechanochromic photonic-crystal fibers based on continuous sheets of aligned carbon nanotubes.

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    Sun, Xuemei; Zhang, Jing; Lu, Xin; Fang, Xin; Peng, Huisheng

    2015-03-16

    A new family of mechanochromic photonic-crystal fibers exhibits tunable structural colors under stretching. This novel mechanochromic fiber is prepared by depositing polymer microspheres onto a continuous aligned-carbon-nanotube sheet that has been wound on an elastic poly(dimethylsiloxane) fiber, followed by further embedding in poly(dimethylsiloxane). The color of the fiber can be tuned by varying the size and the center-to-center distance of the polymer spheres. It further experiences reversible and rapid multicolor changes during the stretch and release processes, for example, between red, green, and blue. Both the high sensitivity and stability were maintained after 1000 deformation cycles. These elastic photonic-crystal fibers were woven into patterns and smart fabrics for various display and sensing applications. PMID:25728690

  16. Dramatic influence of Dy3+ doping on strain and domain structure in lead-free piezoelectric 0.935(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-0.065BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Li, C. Q.; Yao, Q. R.; Zhang, J. Z.; Hu, Z. G.; Wang, F. F.; Liu, A. Y.; Shi, W. Z.; Chu, J. H.

    2015-12-01

    An electric-field induced giant strain response and doping level dependent domain structural variations have been studied in the dysprosium (Dy3+)-modified 0.935(Na1/2Bi1/2)TiO3-0.065BaTiO3(xDy : NBBT) ceramics with the doping levels of 0%, 0.5%, 1%, and 2%. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy analyses not only demonstrates the change in ionic configurations induced by Dy3+ doping, but also shows the local crystal symmetry for x ≥ 0.5% doping levels to deviate from the idealized cubic structure. Piezoresponse force microscopy measurement exhibits the presence of an intermediate phase with orthorhombic symmetry at the critical Dy3+ doping level of 2%. Moreover, at this doping level, a giant recoverable nonlinear strain of ˜0.44% can be observed with high normalized strain (Smax/Emax) of 728 pm/V. At the same applied field, the strain exhibits a 175% increase than that of NBBT ceramic. Such a large strain stems from the varying coherence lengths of polar nanoregions (PNRs) and an unusual reversible 90° domain switching caused by the symmetry conforming property of point defects, where the restoring force is provided by unswitchable defects. The mechanism reveals a new possibility to achieve large electric-field strain effect for a wide range of ferroelectric systems, which can lead to applications in novel "on-off" actuators.

  17. Surface modified BaTiO3 nanoparticles as the matrix for phospholipids and as extracting probes for LLME of hydrophobic proteins in Escherichia coli by MALDI-MS.

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    Kailasa, Suresh Kumar; Wu, Hui-Fen

    2013-09-30

    In this paper, we report the dual function of 12-hydroxy octadecanoic acid (HOA)-modified barium titanate nanoparticles (BaTiO3 NPs) as the matrix for phospholipids (PLs) and as hydrophobic affinity probes for liquid-liquid microextraction (LLME) of hydrophobic proteins in Escherichia coli prior to their identification by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). FT-IR, SEM and TEM were used for the characterization of the HOA-modified BaTiO3 NPs. The surface modified BaTiO3 NPs acted as multifunctional probes (as extracting probes and as the matrix) for the analysis of PLs by MALDI-MS. Compared to 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (2,5-DHB), the HOA-modified BaTiO3 NPs provided good PLs mass spectra with similar or improved signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio, which demonstrated the potentiality of HOA-modified BaTiO3 NPs as a PLs purpose matrix. This method was found to be linear in concentration ranges of 1.0-5.0 μM and 1.0-10.0 μM for L-A-phosphatidyl-l-serine (PS) and L-A-phsophatidic acid sodium (PA) with correlation coefficient (R(2)) values from 0.9905 to 0.9987. The detection limits were 0.20-0.35 μM and 0.25-0.40 μM for PS and PA, respectively. We also demonstrated the HOA-modified BaTiO3 NPs as extracting and as preconcentrating probes for the LLME of hydrophobic proteins in E. coli prior to their identification by MALDI-MS. Thus, the surface modified BaTiO3 NPs-assisted LLME coupled with MALDI-MS provides a simple methodology for the efficient extraction and determination of hydrophobic molecules in biological samples. PMID:23953472

  18. Magnetic properties of BaTiO3 and BaTi1-xMxO3 (M=Co, Fe) nanocrystals by hydrothermal method

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    Yang, Lihong; Qiu, Hongmei; Pan, Liqing; Guo, Zhengang; Xu, Mei; Yin, Jinhua; Zhao, Xuedan

    2014-01-01

    BaTiO3 and BaTi1-xMxO3 (M=Co, Fe) nanocrystals were prepared by hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that all of the samples were of single-phase with tetragonal perovskite structure. The BaTiO3 prepared exhibited weak ferromagnetism rather than diamagnetism, probably due to the oxygen vacancies at the surface. Paramagnetism was observed for all BaTi1-xCoxO3 samples with 0.05≤x≤0.25. The Curie-Weiss fit revealed the paramagnetic moment per Co ion were 4.09 μB, 4.12 μB, and 4.36 μB for x=0.15, 0.20, and 0.25 respectively. Room temperature hysteresis loops of the Fe-doped BaTiO3 samples were observed at the doping level x between 0.2 and 0.5. The saturation magnetization firstly increased with increasing Fe content, but gradually decreased. The divergence was observed in the temperature dependence of the field cooling (FC) and zero-FC (ZFC) magnetization curves, indicating a spin-glass behavior arising from micromagnetic state, i.e. the mixing of ferromagnetic, and antiferromagnetic phases. The observed ferromagnetism may originate from the coupling between the secondary-nearest Fe ions and the antiferromagnetism may be due to the coupling between the nearest Fe ions. The ferromagnetic coupling competes with the antiferromagnetic coupling. Therefore, the ferromagnetic properties are predominant when the Fe doping level are at a certain range.

  19. Influence of excess Ba concentration on the dielectric nonlinearity in Mn and V-doped BaTiO3 multi layer ceramic capacitors

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    Yoon, Seok-Hyun; Kim, Sun-Jung; Kim, Sang-Hyuk; Kim, Doo-Young

    2013-12-01

    The effect of excess Ba concentration on the dielectric nonlinearity was investigated in Mn and V-doped BaTiO3 multi layer ceramic capacitors (MLCC) under the same grain size condition, which was described by the Preisach model utilizing the first order reversal curve (FORC) distribution. The high-field dielectric constant and its ac field dependence dramatically changed increasing to a maximum and then decreasing with the increase of Ba concentration. The saturation polarization which scales to the magnitude of spontaneous polarization also showed similar behavior. These results indicate that the dependence of the dielectric constant on the Ba concentration is associated with the variation of both domain wall contribution and the magnitude of the spontaneous polarization, which could be correlated with the same dependence on the Ba concentration of the reversible FORC distribution at zero bias and the irreversible FORC distribution near origin. In the corresponding bulk specimens of the dielectrics of MLCC, almost the same amount of the Ba2TiSi2O8 second phases were detected irrespective of Ba concentration, which shows that the excess Ba incorporate into BaTiO3. Thus, low and high Ba concentration corresponds to Ba-deficient and Ba-rich or Ti-deficient BaTiO3, respectively, which results in a small spontaneous polarization and low domain wall density. The intermediate Ba concentration for the maximum dielectric constant is supposed to be near stoichiometric condition in the ABO3 structure corresponding to large spontaneous polarization and high domain wall density. The excess Ba concentration and its resultant A/B stoichiometry is a crucial factor controlling dielectric properties.

  20. The study of crystallization and interfacial morphology in polymer/carbon nanotube composites

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    Minus, Marilyn Lillith

    This study illustrates the ability of SWNT to nucleate and template polymer crystallization and orientation, and produce materials with improved properties and unique polymer morphologies. This research work focuses primarily on the physical interaction between single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) and the flexible polymer system polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Polymer crystallization in the near vicinity of SWNT (interphase) has been studied to understand the capability of SWNT in influence polymer morphology in bulk films and fibers. Fibrillar crystallization was achieved by shearing PVA/SWNT dispersions and resulted in the formation of oriented PVA/SWNT fibers or ribbons, while PVA solutions produce unoriented fibers. PVA single crystals were grown in PVA solutions as well as PVA/SWNT dispersions over a period of several months at room temperature (25°C). PVA single crystal growth in PVA/SWNT dispersions is templated by SWNT, and these crystals show the presence of new morphologies for PVA. PVA single crystals of differing morphology were also grown at elevated temperatures, and show morphology dependant electron beam irradiation resistance. Gel-spinning was used to produce PVA, and PVA/SWNT fibers where, PVA crystallization in the bulk fiber was observed. With 1 wt% SWNT loading in PVA, the fiber tensile strength increased from 1.6 GPa for the control PVA to 2.6 GPa for PVA/SWNT. Analysis of this data suggests stress of up to ˜120 GPa on the SWNT. This is the highest reported stress on the SWNT to date and confirm excellent reinforcement and load transfer of SWNT in the PVA matrix. Raman spectroscopy data show high SWNT alignment in the fiber where the I0*/I90* ratio is measured to be 106. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) is used to characterize polymer morphology near the polymer-SWNT interface for PVA/SWNT fibers. HR-TEM studies of Polymer/CNT composites show distinct morphological differences at the polymer-SWNT interface/interphase for

  1. Dipole spring ferroelectrics in superlattice SrTiO3/BaTiO3 thin films exhibiting constricted hysteresis loops

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    Wu, Pingping; Ma, Xingqiao; Li, Yulan; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Chen , L.Q.

    2012-03-01

    Ferroelectric superlattice heterostructures have recently been explored for potential applications in electronic devices. In this letter we employed the phase-field approach to simulate the domain structure and switching of a (BaTiO3)8/(SrTiO3)3 superlattice film constrained by a GdScO3 substrate. A constricted ferroelectric hysteresis loop was observed with a high saturation polarization but a small coercive field. The shape of the hysteresis loop is understood by analyzing the ferroelectric polarization distributions during switching. It is demonstrated that the constricted loop show a similar mechanism to the exchange coupling effect in magnetic multilayers.

  2. Defect mechanisms in high resistivity BaTiO3-Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 ceramics

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    Raengthon, Natthaphon; DeRose, Victoria J.; Brennecka, Geoffrey L.; Cann, David P.

    2012-09-01

    The defect mechanisms that underpin the high energy density dielectric 0.8BaTiO3-0.2Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 were investigated. Characterization of the nominally stoichiometric composition revealed the presence of a Ti3+-related defect center, which is correlated with lower resistivities and an electrically heterogeneous microstructure. In compositions with 2 mol. % Ba-deficiency, a barium vacancy-oxygen vacancy pair (VBa-VO), acted as an electron-trapping site. This defect was responsible for a significant change in the transport behavior with a high resistivity and an electrically homogeneous microstructure.

  3. Monolithic integration of room-temperature multifunctional BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 epitaxial heterostructures on Si(001).

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    Scigaj, Mateusz; Dix, Nico; Gázquez, Jaume; Varela, María; Fina, Ignasi; Domingo, Neus; Herranz, Gervasi; Skumryev, Vassil; Fontcuberta, Josep; Sánchez, Florencio

    2016-01-01

    The multifunctional (ferromagnetic and ferroelectric) response at room temperature that is elusive in single phase multiferroic materials can be achieved in a proper combination of ferroelectric perovskites and ferrimagnetic spinel oxides in horizontal heterostructures. In this work, lead-free CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 bilayers are integrated with Si(001) using LaNiO3/CeO2/YSZ as a tri-layer buffer. They present structural and functional properties close to those achieved on perovskite substrates: the bilayers are fully epitaxial with extremely flat surface, and exhibit robust ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity at room temperature. PMID:27550543

  4. Monolithic integration of room-temperature multifunctional BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 epitaxial heterostructures on Si(001)

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    Scigaj, Mateusz; Dix, Nico; Gázquez, Jaume; Varela, María; Fina, Ignasi; Domingo, Neus; Herranz, Gervasi; Skumryev, Vassil; Fontcuberta, Josep; Sánchez, Florencio

    2016-01-01

    The multifunctional (ferromagnetic and ferroelectric) response at room temperature that is elusive in single phase multiferroic materials can be achieved in a proper combination of ferroelectric perovskites and ferrimagnetic spinel oxides in horizontal heterostructures. In this work, lead-free CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 bilayers are integrated with Si(001) using LaNiO3/CeO2/YSZ as a tri-layer buffer. They present structural and functional properties close to those achieved on perovskite substrates: the bilayers are fully epitaxial with extremely flat surface, and exhibit robust ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity at room temperature. PMID:27550543

  5. Microstructure, Growth Mechanism, Magnetoelectricity, and Raman Scattering of Featherlike CoFe2O4-BaTiO3 Nanostructures

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    Deng, Yu; Zhou, Jianxin; Wu, Di; Yu, Huiqiang; Du, Youwei

    2012-11-01

    Featherlike (CoFe2O4)0.3-(BaTiO3)0.7 (CFO-BTO) nanostructures were synthesized by a hydrothermal reaction and polymer-assisted deposition. With CFO nanopillars embedded in the BTO matrix, the nanostructures show an average diameter of 250 nm and lengths of up to 5 µm. The microstructure and growth mechanism of the nanostructures were investigated. A large magnetoelectric (ME) coefficient of 51.8 mV cm-1 Oe-1 at room temperature and a strong phonon abnormality between 110 and 140 °C are discussed.

  6. Crystal orbital studies on the 1D silic-diyne nanoribbons and nanotubes.

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    Zhu, Ying; Bai, Hongcun; Huang, Yuanhe

    2016-02-01

    This work presents crystal orbital studies on novel one-dimensional (1D) nanoscale materials derived from a Si-diyne sheet, based on the density functional theory. The two-dimensional (2D) Si-diyne layer is observed to be carbo-merized silicene, with a similar structure to graphdiyne. The 2D Si-diyne and its 1D ribbons and tubes, of different size and chirality, have been addressed systematically. The low dimensional Si-diyne materials studied exhibit relatively high stability, according to phonon-frequency calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. With comparable diameters, the Si-diyne tubes have lower strain energies than silicene and silicon carbide nanotubes. The Si-diyne layer and its 1D derivatives are all semiconductors, regardless of the size and chirality of the strips and tubes. In addition, the band gaps of the 1D Si-diyne nanoribbons and nanotubes with different chirality, always monotonically decrease as their sizes increases. A quantitative relationship between the band gap and the size of the ribbons and tubes was obtained. The mobility of charge carriers for the 1D Si-diyne structures was also investigated. It was found that both hole and electron mobility of the ribbons and tubes exhibit linear increase with increasing size. The electrons have greater mobility than the holes for each strip and tube. In addition, the mechanical properties of the Si-diyne nanostructures were also investigated by calculation of the Young's modulus and the Poisson's ratio. PMID:26744378

  7. Dielectric and electro-optic measurements of nematic liquid crystals doped with carbon nanotubes

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    Peterson, Matthew; Georgiev, Georgi; Atherton, Timothy; Cebe, Peggy

    We studied the effects of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the dielectric and electro-optic properties of nematic 5CB liquid crystals (LCs). Samples containing 0.01%, 0.10% and 1.00% CNTs by weight were prepared. Anti- parallel rubbed cells with a nominal thickness of 10 μm were prepared using indium tin oxide coated glass cells and a polyimide alignment layer. The capacitance and dissipation factor were measured using an Agilent 4284A precision LCR meter. From these measurements, the complex dielectric permittivity was determined as a function of frequency. Analysis of the low frequency regime (f <1000 Hz) indicates that 5CB samples containing CNTs have a higher conductance than neat samples. The Fréedericksz transition critical voltage was noted by a sharp increase in capacitance after an initial plateau. Numerical simulations of CNT-facilitated switching show that polarization induced on the nanotubes from capacitive effects can significantly reduce the critical voltage in DC electric fields, in agreement with experimental results. Measurements of the critical voltage over a range of frequencies will also be presented. Research was supported by the National Science Foundation, DMR1206010.

  8. Synthesis of flower-like BaTiO3/Fe3O4 hierarchically structured particles and their electrorheological and magnetic properties.

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    Wang, Baoxiang; Yin, Yichao; Liu, Chenjie; Yu, Shoushan; Chen, Kezheng

    2013-07-21

    Flower-like BaTiO3/Fe3O4 hierarchically structured particles composed of nano-scale structures on micro-scale materials were synthesized by a simple solvothermal approach and characterized by the means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), magnetic testing and rotary viscometer. The influences on the morphology and structure of solvothermal times, type and amount of surfactant, EG : H2O ratio, etc. were studied. Magnetic testing results show that the samples have strong magnetism and they exhibit superparamagnetic behavior, as evidenced by no coercivity and the remanence at room temperature, due to their very small sizes, observed on the M-H loop. The saturation magnetization (M(s)) value can achieve 18.3 emu g(-1). The electrorheological (ER) effect was investigated using a suspension of the flower-like BaTiO3/Fe3O4 hierarchically structured particles dispersed in silicone oil. We can observe a slight shear-thinning behavior of shear viscosity at a low shear rate region even at zero applied electric field and a Newtonian fluid behavior at high shear rate regions. PMID:23714846

  9. Overcoming the Fundamental Barrier Thickness Limits of Ferroelectric Tunnel Junctions through BaTiO3/SrTiO3 Composite Barriers.

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    Wang, Lingfei; Cho, Myung Rae; Shin, Yeong Jae; Kim, Jeong Rae; Das, Saikat; Yoon, Jong-Gul; Chung, Jin-Seok; Noh, Tae Won

    2016-06-01

    Ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs) have attracted increasing research interest as a promising candidate for nonvolatile memories. Recently, significant enhancements of tunneling electroresistance (TER) have been realized through modifications of electrode materials. However, direct control of the FTJ performance through modifying the tunneling barrier has not been adequately explored. Here, adding a new direction to FTJ research, we fabricated FTJs with BaTiO3 single barriers (SB-FTJs) and BaTiO3/SrTiO3 composite barriers (CB-FTJs) and reported a systematic study of FTJ performances by varying the barrier thicknesses and compositions. For the SB-FTJs, the TER is limited by pronounced leakage current for ultrathin barriers and extremely small tunneling current for thick barriers. For the CB-FTJs, the extra SrTiO3 barrier provides an additional degree of freedom to modulate the barrier potential and tunneling behavior. The resultant high tunability can be utilized to overcome the barrier thickness limits and enhance the overall CB-FTJ performances beyond those of SB-FTJ. Our results reveal a new paradigm to manipulate the FTJs through designing multilayer tunneling barriers with hybrid functionalities. PMID:27195918

  10. Magnetic and electrical properties on possible room temperature hybrid multiferroic BaTiO3/La2/3Sr1/3MnO3

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    Ordoñez, John Edward; Gómez, María Elena; Lopera Muñoz, Wilson; Prieto, Pedro Antonio; Thin Film Group Team; Center of Excellence on Novel Materials-CENM, Cali, Colombia Team

    2015-03-01

    We addressed to deposit the ferromagnetic phase of the La1-xSrxMnO3 and the ferroelectric BaTiO3 for possible hybrid multiferroic heterostructure. We have optimized the growth parameters for depositing BaTiO3(BTO) / La2/3Ca1/3MnO3(LCMO) / (001) SrTiO3 by sputtering RF and DC, respectively, in pure oxygen atmosphere and a substrate temperature of 830°C. Keeping fixed the magnetic layer thickness (tLSMO = 40 nm) and varying the thickness of the ferroelectric layer (tBTO = 20, 40, 80, 100 nm). We want to point out the influence of the thicknesses ratio (tBTO/tLSMO) on electrical and magnetic properties. From x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, we found the bragg peaks for LSMO maintain its position but BTO peak shift to lower Bragg angle indicating a strained BTO film. Magnetization and polarization measurements indicate a possible multiferroic behavior in the bilayers. Hysteresis loop measurements of bilayers show ferromagnetic behavior. Authors thank Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón, Zaragoza, Spain. Work partially supported by COLCIENCIAS-UNIVALLE Project 110656933104 Contract No. 2013-0002, CI 7917 and CI 7978.

  11. Incorporation of Zn(2+) ions into BaTiO3:Er(3+)/Yb(3+) nanophosphor: an effective way to enhance upconversion, defect luminescence and temperature sensing.

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    Mahata, Manoj Kumar; Koppe, Tristan; Mondal, Tanusree; Brüsewitz, Christoph; Kumar, Kaushal; Kumar Rai, Vineet; Hofsäss, Hans; Vetter, Ulrich

    2015-08-28

    Ferroelectric BaTiO3 became a multifunctional material via doping of lanthanide ions (0.3 mol% Er(3+)/3.0 mol% Yb(3+)) and subsequently upconversion luminescence was enhanced by incorporation of Zn(2+) ions. Upconversion luminescence of BaTiO3:Er(3+)/Yb(3+) perovskite nanophosphor has been studied using 800 and 980 nm laser excitations. The emission dynamics is studied with respect to its dependence on input power and external temperature including lifetime. Based on time-resolved spectroscopy, it is inferred that two types of Er(3+) sites are present in the barium titanate lattice. The first one is a short lived component (minor species) present at 6-coordinated Ti-sites of low symmetry while the second one is a long lived component (major species), present at 12-coordinated Ba-sites with high symmetry. The influence of the introduction of Zn(2+) ions on the lifetime of (4)S3/2 and (4)F9/2 levels of Er(3+) ions is also investigated. Enhanced temperature sensing performance (120 K to 505 K) of the material is observed using the fluorescence intensity ratio technique, employing the emission from the thermally coupled, (2)H11/2 and (4)S3/2 energy levels of Er(3+) ions. The defect luminescence of the material is also found to increase upon Zn-doping. PMID:26206553

  12. Two-step electrical percolation in nematic liquid crystals filled with multiwalled carbon nanotubes

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    Tomylko, Serhiy; Yaroshchuk, Oleg; Lebovka, Nikolai

    2015-07-01

    Percolation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in liquid crystals (LCs) opens the way for a unique class of anisotropic hybrid materials with a complex dielectric constant widely controlled by CNT concentration. Percolation in such systems is commonly described as a one-step process starting at a very low loading of CNTs. In the present study the two-step percolation was observed in the samples of thickness 250 μ m obtained by pressing the suspension between two substrates. The first threshold concentration, Cnp1˜10-4 wt.%, was sensitive to temperature and phase state of LC, while the second one, Cnp2˜10-1 wt.%, remained practically unchanged in the temperature tests. The two-stage nature of percolation was explained on a base of mean-field theory assuming core-shell structure of CNTs.

  13. Structure and electrical properties of 0.80 Na0.5 Bi0.5 TiO3-0.16 K0.5 Bi0.5 TiO3-0.04 BaTiO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Aravinth, K.; Muneeswaran, M.; Babu, G. Anandha; Giridharan, N. V.; Ramasamy, P.

    2016-05-01

    Lead free pervoskite 0.80 Na0.5 Bi0.5 TiO3-0.16 K0.5 Bi0.5 TiO3-0.04 BaTiO3 (NKBBT) ceramics were fabricated via conventional solid state processing technique sintered at 1200 °C and their crystal structures and electrical properties were systematically studied. Structure of the prepared NKBBT ceramics was confirmed by Powder X-ray diffraction analysis. The dependence of dielectric constant on temperature for various frequencies (100 Hz-100 KHz) has been determined. The diffuse transition is observed in the variation of dielectric constant and it provides evidence for the relaxor characteristics. The ferroelectric response of the NKBBT ceramics with different frequency was studied. Polarisation electric field hysteresis loops revealed that the remnant polarization is 6.88 µC/cm2 and coercive electric field is 66.42 kV/cm.

  14. Catalytic action of gold and copper crystals in the growth of carbon nanotubes.

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    Tyagi, Pawan K; Janowska, Izabela; Cretu, Ovidu; Pham-Huu, Cuong; Banhart, Florian

    2011-04-01

    Multi-wall carbon nanotubes are grown in a chemical vapor deposition process by using bulk gold and copper substrates as catalysts. Nanotube growth starts from a nanometer-sized roughness on the metal surfaces and occurs in a mechanism where the catalyst particle is either at the tip (Au) or root (Cu) of the growing nanotube. Whereas Au leads to nanotubes with good structural perfection, nanotubes grown from Cu show a higher density of defects. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy shows the bonding between Au and carbon at the metal-nanotube interface whereas no bonds between Cu and carbon occur. Highly mobile Au or Cu atoms adsorb at the growing edge of a carbon nanotube from where diffusion along the nanotube wall can lead to the formation of Au or Cu nanowires inside the central hollow of carbon nanotubes. PMID:21776744

  15. The evaluation of the impact of titania nanotube covers morphology and crystal phase on their biological properties.

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    Lewandowska, Żaneta; Piszczek, Piotr; Radtke, Aleksandra; Jędrzejewski, Tomasz; Kozak, Wiesław; Sadowska, Beata

    2015-04-01

    The highly ordered titanium dioxide nanotube coatings were produced under various electrochemical conditions on the surface of titanium foil. The anodization voltage changes proved to be a main factor which directly affects the nanotube morphology, structure, and wettability. Moreover we have noticed a significant dependence between the size and crystallinity of TiO2 layers and the adhesion/proliferation of fibroblasts and antimicrobial properties. Cellular functionality were investigated for up to 3 days in culture using a cell viability assay and scanning electron microscopy. In general, results of our studies revealed that fibroblasts adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation on the titania nanotube coatings is clearly higher than on the surface of the pure titanium foil. The formation of crystallic islands in the nanotubes structure induced a significant acceleration in the growth rate of fibroblasts cells by as much as ~200 %. Additionally, some types of TiO2 layers revealed the ability to the reduce of the staphylococcal aggregates/biofilm formation. The nanotube coatings formed during the anodization process using the voltage 4 V proved to be the stronger S. aureus aggregates/biofilm inhibitor in comparison to the uncovered titanium substrate. That accelerated eukaryotic cell growth and anti-biofilm activity is believed to be advantageous for faster cure of dental and orthopaedic patients, and also for a variety of biomedical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The highly ordered titanium dioxide nanotube coatings were produced under various electrochemical conditions on the surface of titanium foil. The anodization voltage changes proved to be a main factor which directly affects the nanotube morphology, structure, and wettability. Moreover we have noticed a significant dependence between the size and crystallinity of TiO2 layers and the adhesion/proliferation of fibroblasts and antimicrobial properties. PMID:25791457

  16. Phases and properties of nanocomposites of hydrogen-bonded liquid crystals and carbon nanotubes.

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    Petrov, M; Katranchev, B; Rafailov, P M; Naradikian, H; Dettlaff-Weglikowska, U; Keskinova, E; Spassov, T

    2013-10-01

    We investigated a series of nanocomposites, built of the hydrogen-bonded liquid crystal (LC) p-n-heptyloxybenzoic acid (7OBA) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) by optical microtexture analysis and other complementary methods. The surface orientation strength of the LC cell and the bulk interaction of the dimeric LC molecules with the SWCNTs turn out to mainly govern the type (symmetry), thermal stability, and chirality of the LC states induced in these nanocomposites. As a result, a cascade of phase transitions and phases not typical for pristine 7OBA were observed and additionally confirmed by temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. The most effective SWCNT concentrations in the LC matrix, ensuring both the necessary conformability between these materials and induction of liquid crystal phases with unique optical and electro-optical properties, were found to be in the range of 0.01-0.007 wt%. Reversal of smectic phases into reentrant nematic states as well as induction of chirality in all LC phases were observed in the SWCNT-7OBA nanocomposite, even though pure 7OBA is typically achiral. However, our most intriguing result is the detection below the reentrant nematic of a triclinic smectic-C(G) phase, which is chiral and biaxial, and exhibits bulk ferroelectricity. PMID:24229197

  17. Encapsulation of Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals in multiwall carbon nanotubes.

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    Yahya, Noorhana; Akhtar, Majid Niaz; Koziol, Krzysztof

    2012-10-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles in the hollow region of carbon nanotubes have attraction due to their changing physical electrical and magnetic properties. Nickel zinc ferrite plays an important role in many applications due to its superior magnetic properties. Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals were encapsulated in multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The magnetic nano crystals were prepared using a sol-gel self combustion method at the sintering temperature of 750 degrees C and were characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM and VSM. Initial permeability, Q-factor and relative loss factor were measured by impedance vector network analyzer. XRD patterns were used for the phase identification. FESEM images show morphology and dimensions of the grains of Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals and Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals in MWCNTs. TEM images were used to investigate single crystal and encapsulation of Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals in the MWCNTs. VSM results confirmed super paramagnetic behaviour of encapsulated Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals. It was also attributed that encapsulated Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals in MWCNTs showed a higher initial permeability (51.608), Q-factor (67.069), and low loss factor (0.0002) as compared to Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals. The new encapsulated Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 single crystals in the MWCNTs may have potential applications in electronic and medical industries. PMID:23421187

  18. Crystal orbital studies on the 1D silic-diyne nanoribbons and nanotubes

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    Zhu, Ying; Bai, Hongcun; Huang, Yuanhe

    2016-02-01

    This work presents crystal orbital studies on novel one-dimensional (1D) nanoscale materials derived from a Si-diyne sheet, based on the density functional theory. The two-dimensional (2D) Si-diyne layer is observed to be carbo-merized silicene, with a similar structure to graphdiyne. The 2D Si-diyne and its 1D ribbons and tubes, of different size and chirality, have been addressed systematically. The low dimensional Si-diyne materials studied exhibit relatively high stability, according to phonon-frequency calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. With comparable diameters, the Si-diyne tubes have lower strain energies than silicene and silicon carbide nanotubes. The Si-diyne layer and its 1D derivatives are all semiconductors, regardless of the size and chirality of the strips and tubes. In addition, the band gaps of the 1D Si-diyne nanoribbons and nanotubes with different chirality, always monotonically decrease as their sizes increases. A quantitative relationship between the band gap and the size of the ribbons and tubes was obtained. The mobility of charge carriers for the 1D Si-diyne structures was also investigated. It was found that both hole and electron mobility of the ribbons and tubes exhibit linear increase with increasing size. The electrons have greater mobility than the holes for each strip and tube. In addition, the mechanical properties of the Si-diyne nanostructures were also investigated by calculation of the Young’s modulus and the Poisson’s ratio.

  19. Anomalous water molecules and mechanistic effects of water nanotube clusters confined to molecular porous crystals.

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    Tadokoro, Makoto; Ohhara, Takashi; Ohhata, Yuhki; Suda, Takaaki; Miyasato, Yuji; Yamada, Takeshi; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Tanaka, Ichiro; Kurihara, Kazuo; Oguni, Masaharu; Nakasuji, Kazuhiro; Yamamuro, Osamu; Ryota, Kuroki

    2010-02-18

    The movement of water molecules in the limited space present within nanoscale regions, which is different from the molecular motion of bulk water, is significantly affected by strong interfacial interactions with the surrounding outer walls. Hence, most of the water molecules that are confined to nanochannel spaces having widths less than ca. 2 nm can generally be classified together as "structural water". Since the motions of such water molecules are limited by interfacial interactions with the outer wall, the nature of structural water, which is strongly influenced by the interactions, will have different characteristics from normal water. For our investigations on the characteristics of structural water, we have developed a nanoporous crystal with a diameter of ca. 1.6 nm; it was constructed from 1-D hydrophilic channels by self-organization of the designed molecules. A tubelike three-layered water cluster, called a water nanotube (WNT), is formed in each internal channel space and is regulated by H-bonds with the outer wall. The WNT undergoes a glass transition (T(g) = 107 K) and behaves as a liquid; it freezes at 234 K and changes into an icelike nanotube cluster. In this study, the structure of the WNT is investigated through neutron structure analysis, and it is observed to stabilize by a mechanistic anchor effect of structural water. Furthermore, from neutron-scattering experiments, it is seen that a few water molecules around the center of the WNT move approximately with the same diffusion constant as those in bulk water; however, the residence time and average jump length are longer, despite the restrictions imposed by the H-bonding with structural water. The behavior of mobile water within a WNT is investigated; this can be used to elucidate the mechanism for the effect of structural water on vital functions on the cell surface. PMID:20102158

  20. Reduced energy loss in poly(vinylidene fluoride) nanocomposites by filling with a small loading of core-shell structured BaTiO3/SiO2 nanofibers

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    Liu, Shaohui; Xue, Shuangxi; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2015-07-01

    Homogeneous ceramic-polymer nanocomposites consisting of core-shell structured BaTiO3/SiO2 nanofibers and a p oly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer matrix have been prepared. The correlation between the energy discharged density and interfacial polarization is studied in PVDF nanocomposites by the measurements of the discharge performance and impedance spectroscopy. According to the results of dielectric constant, breakdown strength, and complex impedance analysis, coating SiO2 layers on the surface of BaTiO3 nanofibers can block the movement of charge carriers through the nanocomposites by playing a shielding role on the charge-rich inter layer, which resulted in weak Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars interfacial polarization and thus reduces the energy loss and improved the energy discharged density of the nanocomposites. The energy discharged density in the nanocomposite with 2.5 vol. % BaTiO3/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers is 6.28 J/cm3 at 3.3 MV/cm, which is over 11.94% higher than that of nanocomposite with BaTiO3 nanofibers at the same electric field.

  1. Phase separation enhanced magneto-electric coupling in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 ultra-thin films

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    Alberca, A.; Munuera, C.; Azpeitia, J.; Kirby, B.; Nemes, N. M.; Perez-Muñoz, A. M.; Tornos, J.; Mompean, F. J.; Leon, C.; Santamaria, J.; Garcia-Hernandez, M.

    2015-01-01

    We study the origin of the magnetoelectric coupling in manganite films on ferroelectric substrates. We find large magnetoelectric coupling in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 ultra-thin films in experiments based on the converse magnetoelectric effect. The magnetization changes by around 30–40% upon applying electric fields on the order of 1 kV/cm to the BaTiO3 substrate, corresponding to magnetoelectric coupling constants on the order of α = (2–5)·10−7 s/m. Magnetic anisotropy is also affected by the electric field induced strain, resulting in a considerable reduction of coercive fields. We compare the magnetoelectric effect in pre-poled and unpoled BaTiO3 substrates. Polarized neutron reflectometry reveals a two-layer behavior with a depressed magnetic layer of around 30 Å at the interface. Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) shows a granular magnetic structure of the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3. The magnetic granularity of the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 film and the robust magnetoelastic coupling at the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 interface are at the origin of the large magnetoelectric coupling, which is enhanced by phase separation in the manganite. PMID:26648002

  2. Comparative ab initio calculations of SrTiO3/BaTiO3 and SrZrO3/PbZrO3 (0 0 1) heterostructures

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    Piskunov, Sergei; Eglitis, Roberts I.

    2016-05-01

    Using a B3PW hybrid exchange-correlation functional within the density functional theory (DFT) we calculated from the first principles the electronic structure of BaTiO3/SrTiO3 and PbZrO3/SrZrO3 (0 0 1) interfaces. The optical band gap of both BaTiO3/SrTiO3 and PbZrO3/SrZrO3 (0 0 1) interfaces depends mostly from BaO or TiO2 and SrO or ZrO2 termination of the upper layer, respectively. Based on the results of our calculations we predict increase of the Ti-O and Zr-O chemical bond covalency near the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 and SrZrO3/PbZrO3 (0 0 1) interfaces as compared to the BaTiO3 and PbZrO3 bulk.

  3. Phase separation enhanced magneto-electric coupling in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 ultra-thin films.

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    Alberca, A; Munuera, C; Azpeitia, J; Kirby, B; Nemes, N M; Perez-Muñoz, A M; Tornos, J; Mompean, F J; Leon, C; Santamaria, J; Garcia-Hernandez, M

    2015-01-01

    We study the origin of the magnetoelectric coupling in manganite films on ferroelectric substrates. We find large magnetoelectric coupling in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 ultra-thin films in experiments based on the converse magnetoelectric effect. The magnetization changes by around 30-40% upon applying electric fields on the order of 1 kV/cm to the BaTiO3 substrate, corresponding to magnetoelectric coupling constants on the order of α = (2-5) · 10(-7) s/m. Magnetic anisotropy is also affected by the electric field induced strain, resulting in a considerable reduction of coercive fields. We compare the magnetoelectric effect in pre-poled and unpoled BaTiO3 substrates. Polarized neutron reflectometry reveals a two-layer behavior with a depressed magnetic layer of around 30 Å at the interface. Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) shows a granular magnetic structure of the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3. The magnetic granularity of the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 film and the robust magnetoelastic coupling at the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 interface are at the origin of the large magnetoelectric coupling, which is enhanced by phase separation in the manganite. PMID:26648002

  4. Enhanced dielectric properties of three-phase-percolative composites based on thermoplastic-ceramic matrix (BaTiO3 + PVDF) and ZnO radial nanostructures.

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    Wang, Guangsheng

    2010-05-01

    Three-phase-percolative composites with ZnO radial nanoclusters (R-ZnO) and BaTiO(3) (BT) nanoparticles embedded into polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) were prepared by using a simple blending and hot-molding technique. The BT + PVDF composite with a volume fraction of 30 vol % BT particles were employed as a thermoplastic-ceramic matrix. Compared with the two-phase-percolative composites of R-ZnO/PVDF, the three-phase-percolative (R-ZnO/(BT + PVDF)) composites showed enhanced dielectric constant and decreased dielectric loss. The percolation theory was used to explain the experimental results. The increased percolation threshold was studied in detail, and the thermal stability was also investigated. PMID:20415481

  5. High-rate performance of ferroelectric BaTiO3-coated LiCoO2 for Li-ion batteries

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    Teranishi, Takashi; Yoshikawa, Yumi; Sakuma, Ryo; Hashimoto, Hideki; Hayashi, Hidetaka; Kishimoto, Akira; Fujii, Tatsuo

    2014-10-01

    The high charge-discharge rate characteristics of composite cathodes consisting of ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT)-coated LiCoO2 (LC), synthesized via a simple sol-gel route, were evaluated, and the rate showed stepwise increases to as high as 5C. The LC-BT composite cathode annealed at 600 °C, LC-BT-600, notably retained high capacities, i.e., 122 mAh/g at 30 cycles, 5C and 99 mAh/g at 60 cycles, 5C. These capacities corresponded to 83% and 67% of the initial values and were as high as 158% and 245% of the capacities of bare LC over the same cycles, respectively. The ferroelectricity of the coated BT contributed to the improvement in high-rate performance.

  6. Induced Ti magnetization at La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and BaTiO3 interfaces

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    Liu, Yaohua; Tornos, J.; te Velthuis, S. G. E.; Freeland, J. W.; Zhou, H.; Steadman, P.; Bencok, P.; Leon, C.; Santamaria, J.

    2016-04-01

    In artificial multiferroics hybrids consisting of ferromagnetic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) and ferroelectric BaTiO3 epitaxial layers, net Ti moments are found from polarized resonant soft x-ray reflectivity and absorption. Moreover, the Ti dichroic reflectivity follows the Mn signal during the magnetization reversal, indicating exchange coupling between the Ti and Mn ions. But, the Ti dichroic reflectivity shows stronger temperature dependence than the Mn dichroic signal. Besides a reduced ferromagnetic exchange coupling in the interfacial LSMO layer, this may also be attributed to a weak Ti-Mn exchange coupling that is insufficient to overcome the thermal energy at elevated temperatures.

  7. Critical interparticle distance for the remarkably enhanced dielectric constant of BaTiO3-Ag hybrids filled polyvinylidene fluoride composites

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    Luo, Suibin; Yu, Shuhui; Fang, Fang; Lai, Maobai; Sun, Rong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2014-06-01

    Discrete nano Ag-deposited BaTiO3 (BT-Ag) hybrids with varied Ag content were synthesized, and the hybrids filled polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composites were prepared. The effect of Ag content on the dielectric properties of the composites were analyzed based on the diffused electrical double layer theory. Results showed that with a higher Ag content in BT-Ag hybrids, the dielectric constant of BT-Ag/PVDF composites increases fast with the filler loading, while the dielectric loss and conductivity showed a suppressed and moderate increase. The dielectric constant of BT-0.61Ag/PVDF (61 wt. % of Ag in BT-Ag hybrid) composites reached 613, with the dielectric loss of 0.29 at 1 kHz. It was deduced that remarkably enhanced dielectric constant appeared when the interparticle distance decreased to a critical value of about 20 nm.

  8. Dipole spring ferroelectrics in superlattice SrTiO3/BaTiO3 thin films exhibiting constricted hysteresis loops

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    Wu, Pingping; Ma, Xingqiao; Li, Yulan; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Chen , L.Q.

    2012-03-01

    Ferroelectric superlattice heterostructures have recently been explored for potential applications in electronic devices. In this letter we employed the phase-field approach to simulate the domain structure and switching of a (BaTiO3)8/(SrTiO3)3 superlattice film constrained by a GdScO3 substrate. A constricted ferroelectric hysteresis loop was observed with a high saturation polarization but a small coercive field. The shape of the hysteresis loop is understood by analyzing the ferroelectric polarization distributions during switching. It is demonstrated that the multilayers stack behave as dipole spring ferroelectric, named in analogy to exchange spring magnets in magnetic multilayers that show similar loops.

  9. Thermally stimulated depolarization current analysis for the dielectric aging of Mn and V-codoped BaTiO3 multi layer ceramic capacitor

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    Yoon, Seok-Hyun; Park, Jae-Sung; Kim, Sang-Hyuk; Kim, Doo-Young

    2013-07-01

    Dielectric aging of Mn and V-codoped BaTiO3 was investigated. The increase of V concentration had little influence on aging, whereas that of Mn increased it. Thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) of low Mn concentration specimen showed one peak, whereas Mn-increased specimen showed two peaks. The first and second peak is supposed to be caused by the phase transition of the undoped core region and the defect dipole of Mn such as MnTi″-VO•• or MnTi'-VO••, respectively. High TSDC associated with the defect dipole of Mn and significant aging rate experimentally demonstrates that the dielectric aging is controlled by the defect dipole.

  10. Induced Ti magnetization at La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and BaTiO3 interfaces

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    Liu, Yaohua; Tornos, J.; te Velthuis, S. G. E.; Freeland, J. W.; Zhou, H.; Steadman, P.; Bencok, P.; Leon, C.; Santamaria, J.

    2016-04-01

    In artificial multiferroics hybrids consisting of ferromagnetic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) and ferroelectric BaTiO3 epitaxial layers, net Ti moments are found from polarized resonant soft x-ray reflectivity and absorption. The Ti dichroic reflectivity follows the Mn signal during the magnetization reversal, indicating exchange coupling between the Ti and Mn ions. However, the Ti dichroic reflectivity shows stronger temperature dependence than the Mn dichroic signal. Besides a reduced ferromagnetic exchange coupling in the interfacial LSMO layer, this may also be attributed to a weak Ti-Mn exchange coupling that is insufficient to overcome the thermal energy at elevated temperatures.

  11. Effect of solution combusted TiO2 nanopowder within commercial BaTiO3 dielectric layer on the photoelectric properties for AC powder electroluminescence devices.

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    Park, Sung; Choi, Gil Rak; Kim, Youn Cheol; Lee, Jae Chun; Lee, Ju Hyeon

    2013-05-01

    A unique synthesis method was developed, which is called solution combustion method (SCM). TiO2 nanopowder was synthesized by this method. This SCM TiO2 nanopowder (-35 nm) was added to the dielectric layer of AC powder electroluminescence (EL) device. The dielectric layer was made of commercial BaTiO3 powder (-1.2 microm) and binding polymer. 0, 5, 10 and 15 wt% of SCM TiO2 nanopowder was added to the dielectric layer during fabrication of AC powder EL device respectively. Dielectric constant of these four kinds of dielectric layers was measured. The brightness and current density of AC powder EL device were also measured. When 10 wt% of SCM TiO2 nanopowder was added, dielectric constant and brightness were increased by 30% and 101% respectively. Furthermore, the current density was decreased by 71%. This means that the brightness was double and the power consumption was one third. PMID:23858874

  12. Effects of sintering temperature on the electric properties of Mn-modified BiFeO3-BaTiO3 bulk ceramics

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    Kim, D. J.; Lee, M. H.; Park, J. S.; Kim, M.-H.; Song, T. K.; Kim, W.-J.; Jang, K. W.; Kim, S. S.; Do, D.

    2015-04-01

    Mn-modified 0.67Bi1.05FeO3-0.33BaTiO3 ceramics were prepared via a solid-state reaction process by using a quenching method after a sintering process at various temperatures. We obtained ceramics with improved electric properties within a narrow sintering temperature range. At the optimized sintering temperature of 990 °C, improved ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties were observed in the 1-mol% Mn-modified ceramic. The small-field and the large-field piezoelectric constants ( d 33 and d 33*) were 135 pC/N and 250 pm/V, respectively, and the leakage current density was about 2.4 × 10-7 A/cm2. The remnant polarization ( P r ) and the coercive field ( E c ) were 29 μC/cm2 and 28 kV/cm, respectively.

  13. Interplay between size, composition, and phase transition of nanocrystalline Cr(3+)-doped BaTiO3 as a path to multiferroism in perovskite-type oxides.

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    Ju, Ling; Sabergharesou, Tahereh; Stamplecoskie, Kevin G; Hegde, Manu; Wang, Ting; Combe, Nicole A; Wu, Hongyu; Radovanovic, Pavle V

    2012-01-18

    Multiferroics, materials that exhibit coupling between spontaneous magnetic and electric dipole ordering, have significant potential for high-density memory storage and the design of complex multistate memory elements. In this work, we have demonstrated the solvent-controlled synthesis of Cr(3+)-doped BaTiO(3) nanocrystals and investigated the effects of size and doping concentration on their structure and phase transformation using X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The magnetic properties of these nanocrystals were studied by magnetic susceptibility, magnetic circular dichroism (MCD), and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements. We observed that a decrease in nanocrystal size and an increase in doping concentration favor the stabilization of the paraelectric cubic phase, although the ferroelectric tetragonal phase is partly retained even in ca. 7 nm nanocrystals having the doping concentration of ca. 5%. The chromium(III) doping was determined to be a dominant factor for destabilization of the tetragonal phase. A combination of magnetic and magneto-optical measurements revealed that nanocrystalline films prepared from as-synthesized paramagnetic Cr(3+)-doped BaTiO(3) nanocrystals exhibit robust ferromagnetic ordering (up to ca. 2 μ(B)/Cr(3+)), similarly to magnetically doped transparent conducting oxides. The observed ferromagnetism increases with decreasing constituent nanocrystal size because of an enhancement in the interfacial defect concentration with increasing surface-to-volume ratio. Element-specific XMCD spectra measured by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) confirmed with high spatial resolution that magnetic ordering arises from Cr(3+) dopant exchange interactions. The results of this work suggest an approach to the design and preparation of multiferroic perovskite materials that retain the ferroelectric phase and exhibit long-range magnetic ordering by using doped colloidal nanocrystals with optimized composition and size as functional building blocks. PMID:22239686

  14. Structure-Curie temperature relationships in BaTiO3-based ferroelectric perovskites: Anomalous behavior of (Ba ,Cd )TiO3 from DFT, statistical inference, and experiments

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    Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Xue, Dezhen; Lookman, Turab

    2016-04-01

    One of the key impediments to the development of BaTiO3-based materials as candidates to replace toxic-Pb-based solid solutions is their relatively low ferroelectric Curie temperature (TC). Among many potential routes that are available to modify TC, ionic substitutions at the Ba and Ti sites remain the most common approach. Here, we perform density functional theory (DFT) calculations on a series of A TiO3 and Ba B O3 perovskites, where A =Ba , Ca, Sr, Pb, Cd, Sn, and Mg and B =Ti , Zr, Hf, and Sn. Our objective is to study the relative role of A and B cations in impacting the TC of the tetragonal (P 4 m m ) and rhombohedral (R 3 m ) ferroelectric phases in BaTiO3-based solid solutions, respectively. Using symmetry-mode analysis, we obtain a quantitative description of the relative contributions of various divalent (A ) and tetravalent (B ) cations to the ferroelectric distortions. Our results show that Ca, Pb, Cd, Sn, and Mg have large mode amplitudes for ferroelectric distortion in the tetragonal phase relative to Ba, whereas Sr suppresses the distortions. On the other hand, Zr, Hf, and Sn tetravalent cations severely suppress the ferroelectric distortion in the rhombohedral phase relative to Ti. In addition to symmetry modes, our calculated unit-cell volume also agrees with the experimental trends. We subsequently utilize the symmetry modes and unit-cell volumes as features within a machine learning approach to learn TC via an inference model and uncover trends that provide insights into the design of new high-TCBaTiO3 -based ferroelectrics. The inference model predicts CdTiO3-BaTiO3 solid solutions to have a higher TC and, therefore, we experimentally synthesized these solid solutions and measured their TC. Although the calculated mode strength for CdTiO3 in the tetragonal phase is even larger than that for PbTiO3, the TC of CdTiO3-BaTiO3 solid solutions in the tetragonal phase does not show any appreciable enhancement. Thus, CdTiO3-BaTiO3 does not follow the inference model, which is based on established data and trends for A TiO3 . Rather, our experimental phase diagram for CdTiO3-BaTiO3 suggests that it behaves markedly differently from any other BaTiO3-based systems studied so far.

  15. Nanophotonics of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes: Two-dimensional photonic crystals and optical dipole antennas

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    Wang, Yang

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and related nanostructures represent a novel class of condensed matters with intriguing properties due to their unique atomic structures and nanoscale morphologies. It is of particular interest to examine the interaction behavior and mechanism between the free electron gas within carbon nanotubes and the external electromagnetic wave, which may greatly facilitate the understanding of the physics of nanophotonics at the fundamental level. This dissertation is committed to investigate the optical responses of arrays of vertically aligned CNTs in different configurations, based on their fabrication by Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) and other techniques involved therein. The mechanisms of the photonic results are categorized into inter-CNT and intra-CNT contributions through data analysis on periodic and random CNT arrays, which then give rise to practical applications in photonic crystals and optical antennas. The growth and fabrication procedure of vertically aligned CNTs with optimized morphology and well-defined arrangement is first elaborated in this dissertation, owing to the tremendous difficulties encountered and efforts paid during the sample fabrication and optimization process, and the dominant effect of sample quality on the final results at the optical characterization stage. To fabricate periodic CNT arrays, a microsphere self-assembly technique is first adopted for catalyst patterning and a parametric study is carried out systematically for CNT growth by PECVD method. For random CNT arrays, the growth conditions are also modified so that small diameter CNTs can be grown and an IC industry-compatible procedure can be developed for practical application purposes. The inter-scatterer optical responses are studied by using hexagonal lattices of vertically aligned CNTs with various lattice constants and CNT morphologies. The diffraction patterns of theses CNT arrays are recorded and compared to theoretical

  16. Hierarchical Polymer-Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Mesostructures by Crystallization-Driven Self-Assembly.

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    Jia, Lin; Petretic, Amy; Molev, Gregory; Guerin, Gerald; Manners, Ian; Winnik, Mitchell A

    2015-11-24

    Multistep crystallization-driven self-assembly has great potential to enable the construction of sophisticated hybrid mesostructures. During the assembly procedure, each step modifies the properties of the overall structure. Here, we demonstrate the flexibility and efficiency of this approach by preparing polymer-carbon nanotube (CNT) hybrid mesostructures. We started by growing polyferrocenyldimethylsilane (PFS) homopolymer crystals onto multiwalled CNTs. This first step facilitated the redispersion of the coated CNTs in both polar (2-propanol) and nonpolar (decane) solvents. In the second step of hybrid construction, a unimer solution of a PFS block copolymer was added into the PFS-CNT solution. The PFS coating on the CNT initiated the growth of elongated micelles, resulting in structures that resembled hairy caterpillars. PFS-b-P2VP (P2VP = poly-2-vinylpyridine) micelles were grown from the surface of PFS-CNT hybrids in 2-propanol, and PFS-b-PI (PI = polyisoprene) micelles were grown from these hybrids in decane. These micelles, by transmission electron microscopy were seen to have an unusual wavy kinked structure, very different from the uniform smooth structures normally formed by both block copolymers. For hybrids with PFS-b-PI micelles, cross-linking of the micelle coronas locked the whole structure in place and allowed us to use the partial oxidation of PFS components to grow metal nanoparticles in the core of these micelles. We finally investigated the influence of the corona-forming block used to grow the micelles on the wettability of films made from these mesostructures. Films formed with CNT hybrids grafted with PFS-b-PI micelles were superhydrophobic (contact angle, 152°). In contrast, the surface of the films was much more hydrophilic (contact angle, 54°) when they were prepared from CNT hybrids grafted with PFS-b-P2VP micelles. PMID:26418346

  17. Single-walled carbon nanotubes in strong acids: controlling solubility and the liquid crystal phase.

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    Pasquali, Matteo

    2006-03-01

    Single Walled Nanotubes (SWNTs have remarkable electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. Neat, well-aligned SWNT fibers and sheets could be the ultimate building blocks of strong, ultra-light multifunctional materials for aerospace applications, and could yield electromechanical actuators and sensors with unprecedented performance. After the achievement of scalable production of SWNTs, the difficulty of processing pristine SWNTs by liquid-phase methods has been the single most important roadblock to manufacturing macroscopic materials composed solely of SWNTs. Here we show that SWNTs dissolve at high concentration in acids; the SWNTs are stabilized because acids protonate their sidewalls, balancing wall-wall van der Waals forces. Acid strength controls the phase behaviour. At low concentration, SWNTs in acids dissolve as individual tubes which behave as Brownian rods. At higher concentration, SWNTs form a highly unusual nematic liquid phase consisting of spaghetti-like self assembled supermolecular strands of mobile, solvated tubes in equilibrium with a dilute isotropic phase. At even higher concentration, the spaghetti strands self-assemble into a polydomain nematic liquid crystal, where the domains are entangled with each other. Under anhydrous condition, the liquid crystalline phase can be processed into continuous highly aligned fibers of pure SWNTs without the aid of surfactants or polymers. By using a new fluorescent staining technique, we measure the rotational diffusivity and persistence length of SWNTs suspended in water with the aid of surfactants, and show that SWNTs behave as Brownian rods.

  18. Optical transmission of nematic liquid crystal 5CB doped by single-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Lisetski, L N; Fedoryako, A P; Samoilov, A N; Minenko, S S; Soskin, M S; Lebovka, N I

    2014-08-01

    Comparative studies of optical transmission of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), dispersed in nematic liquid crystal matrix 5CB, were carried out. The data evidence violations of Beer-Lambert-Bouguer (BLB) law both in cell thickness and concentration dependencies. The most striking is the fact that optical transmission dependencies for SWCNTs and MWCNTs were quite different in the nematic phase, but they were practically indistinguishable in the isotropic phase. Monte Carlo simulations of the impact of aggregation on direct transmission and violation of BLB law were also done. The results were discussed accounting for the tortuous shape of CNTs, their physical properties and aggregation, as well as strong impact of perturbations of the nematic 5CB structure inside coils and in the vicinity of CNT aggregates. PMID:25106504

  19. Ultralow mode-volume photonic crystal nanobeam cavities for high-efficiency coupling to individual carbon nanotube emitters

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    Miura, R.; Imamura, S.; Ohta, R.; Ishii, A.; Liu, X.; Shimada, T.; Iwamoto, S.; Arakawa, Y.; Kato, Y. K.

    2014-11-01

    The unique emission properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes are attractive for achieving increased functionality in integrated photonics. In addition to being room-temperature telecom-band emitters that can be directly grown on silicon, they are ideal for coupling to nanoscale photonic structures. Here we report on high-efficiency coupling of individual air-suspended carbon nanotubes to silicon photonic crystal nanobeam cavities. Photoluminescence images of dielectric- and air-mode cavities reflect their distinctly different mode profiles and show that fields in the air are important for coupling. We find that the air-mode cavities couple more efficiently, and estimated spontaneous emission coupling factors reach a value as high as 0.85. Our results demonstrate advantages of ultralow mode-volumes in air-mode cavities for coupling to low-dimensional nanoscale emitters.

  20. Ultralow mode-volume photonic crystal nanobeam cavities for high-efficiency coupling to individual carbon nanotube emitters

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    Miura, R.; Imamura, S.; Ohta, R.; Ishii, A.; Liu, X.; Shimada, T.; Iwamoto, S.; Arakawa, Y.; Kato, Y. K.

    2014-01-01

    The unique emission properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes are attractive for achieving increased functionality in integrated photonics. In addition to being room-temperature telecom-band emitters that can be directly grown on silicon, they are ideal for coupling to nanoscale photonic structures. Here we report on high-efficiency coupling of individual air-suspended carbon nanotubes to silicon photonic crystal nanobeam cavities. Photoluminescence images of dielectric- and air-mode cavities reflect their distinctly different mode profiles and show that fields in the air are important for coupling. We find that the air-mode cavities couple more efficiently, and estimated spontaneous emission coupling factors reach a value as high as 0.85. Our results demonstrate advantages of ultralow mode-volumes in air-mode cavities for coupling to low-dimensional nanoscale emitters. PMID:25420679

  1. Hydrophilic Modification of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube for Building Photonic Crystals with Enhanced Color Visibility and Mechanical Strength.

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    Li, Feihu; Tang, Bingtao; Xiu, Jinghai; Zhang, Shufen

    2016-01-01

    Low color visibility and poor mechanical strength of polystyrene (PS) photonic crystal films have been the main shortcomings for the potential applications in paints or displays. This paper presents a simple method to fabricate PS/MWCNTs (multi-walled carbon nanotubes) composite photonic crystal films with enhanced color visibility and mechanical strength. First, MWCNTs was modified through radical addition reaction by aniline 2,5-double sulfonic acid diazonium salt to generate hydrophilic surface and good water dispersity. Then the MWCNTs dispersion was blended with PS emulsion to form homogeneous PS/MWCNTs emulsion mixtures and fabricate composite films through thermal-assisted method. The obtained films exhibit high color visibility under natural light and improved mechanical strength owing to the light-adsorption property and crosslinking effect of MWCNTs. The utilization of MWCNTs in improving the properties of photonic crystals is significant for various applications, such as in paints and displays. PMID:27136514

  2. Interactions of carbon nanotubes in a nematic liquid crystal. I. Theory

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    Galerne, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Elongated and rodlike objects such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are studied when immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. Their interaction energy in a uniform nematic field depends on their orientation relative to the director n , and its minimum determines if they stabilize parallel or perpendicular to n . Using free energy calculations, we deduce the orientation at equilibrium that they choose in a uniform director field n or when they are in contact with a splay-bend disclination line. Naturally, the CNT orientations also depend on the anchoring conditions at their surface. Essentially, three types of anchorings are considered, planar, homeotropic, and Janus anchorings in the cases of weak and strong anchoring strengths. In the presence of a splay-bend disclination line, they are attracted toward it and ultimately, they get out of the colloidal dispersion to stick on it. Their orientation relative to the line is found to be parallel or perpendicular to it, again depending on the anchoring conditions. When a sufficient number of particles are deposited on a disclination line, we finally obtain a micro- or nanonecklace in the shape of a thin thread or of a bottle brush, according to the CNTs being oriented parallel or perpendicular to the disclination line, respectively. The system exhibits a rich versatility even if up to now the weak anchorings appear to be difficult to control. As discussed in the associated experimental paper, these necklaces could be a step toward interesting applications for realizing nanowires self-connected in three dimensions to predesignated electrodes. This method could provide a way to increase the number of transistors that may be connected together on a small volume.

  3. Isothermal Crystallization of Poly(L-lactide) Induced by Graphene Nanosheets and Carbon Nanotubes: A Comparative Study

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    Xu, J.; Chen, T; Yang, C; Li, Z; Mao, Y; Zeng, B; Hsiao, B

    2010-01-01

    Low-dimensional nanoparticles have a strong ability to induce the crystallization of polymer matrices. One-dimensional carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and two-dimensional graphene nanosheets (GNSs), both of which are both carbon-based nanoparticles, provide a good opportunity to investigate the effects of differently dimensional nanoparticles on the crystallization behavior of a polymer. For this purpose, respective nanocomposites of CNTs and GNSs with poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) as matrix were prepared by solution coagulation. Time-resolved Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and synchrotron wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) were performed to probe chain conformational changes and to determine the crystallization kinetics during the isothermal crystallization of the PLLA nanocomposites and neat PLLA, especially in the early stages. Both CNTs and GNSs could serve as nucleating agents in accelerating the crystallization kinetics of PLLA; however, the ability of CNTs to induce crystallization was stronger than that of GNSs. On increasing the content of CNTs from 0.05 to 0.1 wt %, the induction period was shortened and the crystallization rate was enhanced, but the reverse situation was found for GNSs nanocomposites. In the case of neat PLLA, -CH{sub 3} interchain interactions preceded -(COC + CH{sub 3}) interchain interactions during the crystallization. Conversely, in the CNTs and GNSs nanocomposites, the conformational ordering began with -(COC + CH{sub 3}) interchain interactions, which resulted directly in a reduced induction period. Interchain interactions of this type could be explained in terms of surface-induced conformational order (SICO). Finally, the effect of the dimensionality of the nanoparticles on the crystallization behavior of PLLA is discussed.

  4. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Re-entrant-like relaxor behaviour in the new 0.99BaTiO3 0.01AgNbO3 solid solution

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    Lei, Chao; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2008-06-01

    A new solid solution of 0.99BaTiO3-0.01AgNbO3 was prepared by a solid state reaction. Its structural, dielectric and ferroelectric properties were investigated. Besides the three phase transitions associated with pure BaTiO3, the dielectric permittivity shows an additional peak around 100 °C. This peak exhibits a dielectric relaxation satisfying the Vogel-Fulcher law, indicating typical relaxor behaviour. The relaxor state occurs after the paraelectric to ferroelectric phase transition upon cooling, i.e., inside the ferroelectric phase, indicating a re-entrant-like phenomenon. This unusual phase transition sequence has never been reported in canonical lead-based ferroelectrics. Moreover, the relaxor state arises from a tetragonal phase rather than from a cubic phase as observed in conventional complex perovskite relaxors.

  5. Piezoelectric properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3-BaTiO3 lead-free ceramics prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Men, Tian-Lu; Yao, Fang-Zhou; Zhu, Zhi-Xiang; Wang, Ke; Li, Jing-Feng

    2016-07-01

    (K,Na)NbO3 (KNN)-based lead-free piezoceramics have been the spotlight in search for practically viable candidates to replace the hazardous but dominating lead-containing counterparts. In this work, BaTiO3 (BT) modified KNN ceramics were fabricated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) and the influence of BT content as well as sintering temperature on the phase structure, microstructure, and electrical properties were investigated. It was found that the 0.96(Na0.5K0.5)NbO3-0.04BaTiO3 (BT4) ceramics sintered at 1000∘C have the optimal performance. Additionally, in-depth analysis of the electrical hysteresis revealed that the internal bias field originating from accumulation of space charges at grain boundaries is responsible for the asymmetry in the hysteresis loops.

  6. Magnetic properties of BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin films integrated on Si(100)

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    Singamaneni, Srinivasa Rao; Fan, Wu; Prater, J. T.; Narayan, J.

    2014-12-01

    Two-phase multiferroic heterostructures composed of room-temperature ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BTO) and ferromagnetic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) epitaxial thin films were grown on technologically important substrate Si (100). Bilayers of BTO/LSMO thin films display ferromagnetic Curie transition temperatures of ˜350 K, close to the bulk value, which are independent of BTO films thickness in the range of 25-100 nm. Discontinuous magnetization jumps associated with BTO structural transitions were suppressed in M(T) curves, probably due to substrate clamping effect. Interestingly, at cryogenic temperatures, the BTO/LSMO structure with BTO layer thickness of 100 nm shows almost 2-fold higher magnetic coercive field, 3-fold reduction in saturation magnetization, and improved squareness compared to the sample without BTO. We believe that the strong in-plane spin pinning of the ferromagnetic layer induced by BTO layer at BTO/LSMO interface could cause such changes in magnetic properties. This work forms a significant step forward in the integration of two-phase multiferroic heterostructures for CMOS applications.

  7. Visible light absorption in La, Cr co-doped SrTiO3 and BaTiO3 for ferroelectric photovoltaics

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    Comes, Ryan; McBriarty, Martin; Ong, Phuong-Vu; Heald, Steve; Carroll, Gerard; Gamelin, Daniel; Freedy, Keren; Smolin, Sergey; Baxter, Jason; Kaspar, Tiffany; Bowden, Mark; Sushko, Peter; Chambers, Scott

    Ferroelectric materials offer intriguing possibilities as photovoltaic materials, as their built-in electric field is ideal for separation of optically-excited electron-hole pairs without the need for a p-n junction. However, the majority of ferroelectrics suffer from a wide optical band gap outside the visible range. By co-doping La and Cr into epitaxial SrTiO3 and BaTiO3 (SLTCO/BLTCO) thin films, we show that absorption in the visible light regime can be achieved with a band gap of ~2.3 eV while preserving ideal stoichiometry. Through x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, photoconductivity and ultrafast pump-probe transient reflectance measurements, we show that visible light excitation of Cr 3d valence electrons into the Ti 3d conduction band produces optical carriers. Using piezoresponse force microscopy and polarized x-ray absorption fine structure measurements, we measure the ferroelectric polarization of the doped BLTCO films. These results are compared to density functional theory models to understand the optical and structural properties of the materials.

  8. Multiferroic Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4-BaTiO3 nanostructures: Magnetoelectric coupling, dielectric, and fluorescence

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    Verma, Kuldeep Chand; Singh, Sukhdeep; Tripathi, S. K.; Kotnala, R. K.

    2014-09-01

    Multiferroic nanostructures of Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4-BaTiO3 (NZF/BT) have been prepared by two synthesis routes, i.e., chemical combustion (CNZF/BT) and hydrothermal (HNZF/BT). The synthesis of CNZF/BT results in nanoparticles of average size 4 nm at 500 °C annealing. However, the synthesis of HNZF/BT with hydrolysis temperature 180 °C/48 h shows nanowires of diameter 3 nm and length >150 nm. A growth mechanism in the fabrication of nanoparticles and wires is given. X-ray diffraction is used to identify the crystalline phase. The transmission electron microscopy shows the dimensions of NZF/BT nanostructures. The ferromagnetism, ferroelectricity, and magnetoelectric coupling show more enhancements in HNZF/BT nanowires than CNZF/BT nanoparticles. The observed polarization depends upon shape of nanostructures, tetragonal phase, and epitaxial strain. The tension induced by the surface curvature of nanowire counteracts the near-surface depolarizing effect and meanwhile leads to unusual enhancement of polarization. The ferromagnetism depends upon superficial spin canting, spin pinning of nanocomposite, and oxygen vacancy clusters. The magnetoelectric coefficient as the function of applied dc magnetizing field under ac magnetic field 5 Oe and frequency 1093 Hz is measured. The nanodimensions of NZF/BT are observed dielectric constant up to 120 MHz. The optical activity of NZF/BT nanostructures is shown by Fluorescence spectra.

  9. Electric Field and Structural Phase Transition Induced Magnetization Effects in BaTiO3 -FeRh Heterostructures Probed using Polarized Neutron Reflectometry

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    Bennett, Steven; Ward, Thomas; Biegalski, Michael; Wong, Tony; Liu, Zhiqi; Ambaye, Haile; Glavic, Artur

    2015-03-01

    The ability to change the magnetic state of a material with an electric field opens up a plethora of possible devices in spintronics and memory applications. A strong candidate material for such a control is FeRh, whose magneto-structural phase transition from antiferromagnetic (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) at T ~350K, has shown to be controllably changed by an electric field when grown on ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BTO). It has been suggested that this shift is largely due to the -0.47% in plane compressive strain induced by the piezoelectric BTO. Here we show a sharp repeatable change in magnetization as the system is heated/cooled through the tetragonal to orthorhombic (280-290K) and orthorhombic to rhombohedral (180-205K) crystalline phase transitions of BTO. To further characterize the effect polarized neutron reflectometry (PNR) was used to evolve the depth profile of magnetization in FeRh within the temperature vicinity of these transitions with and without the application of electric field. This work was carried out at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) supported by the Scientific User Facilities Divisions, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, DOE.

  10. Phase Structure, Piezoelectric and Multiferroic Properties of SmCoO3-Modified BiFeO3-BaTiO3 Lead-Free Ceramics

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    Jiang, Na; Tian, Mijie; Luo, Lingling; Zheng, Qiaoji; Shi, Dongliang; Lam, Kwok Ho; Xu, Chenggang; Lin, Dunmin

    2016-01-01

    (0.75- x)BiFeO3-0.25BaTiO3- xSmCoO3 + 1 mol.% MnO2 lead-free multiferroic ceramics were synthesized by a conventional ceramic fabrication technique. The effects of SmCoO3 on phase structure, piezoelectricity and multiferroicity of the ceramics were studied. All the ceramics can be well sintered at a low sintering temperature of 960°C. The crystalline structure of the ceramics is transformed from rhombohedral to tetragonal symmetry with increasing the amount of SmCoO3. A morphotropic phase boundary of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases is formed at x = 0.01-0.04. A small amount of SmCoO3 is shown to improve the ferroelectric, piezoelectric and magnetoelectric properties of the ceramics. For the ceramics with x = 0.01-0.03, enhanced resistivity ( R ˜ 1.2 × 109 Ω cm to 2.1 × 109 Ω cm), piezoelectricity ( d 33 ˜ 65 pC/N to 106 pC/N) and ferroelectricity ( P r ˜ 6.38 μC/cm2 to 22.89 μC/cm2) are obtained. The ferromagnetism of the materials is greatly enhanced by the doping of SmCoO3 such that a very high magnetoelectric coefficient of ˜742 mV/(cm Oe) is obtained at x = 0.01, suggesting a promising potential in multiferroic devices.

  11. In situ impedance analysis on BaTiO3-LiCoO2 composite cathodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Teranishi, Takashi; Yoshikawa, Yumi; Sakuma, Ryo; Okamura, Hirokazu; Hayashi, Hidetaka; Kishimoto, Akira; Takeda, Yasuo

    2015-10-01

    In situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was undertaken to investigate the contribution of a ferroelectric artificial solid electrolyte interface (SEI) to the enhancement of the rate capability of lithium ion batteries. Resistance elements, consisting of the cell reactions, the resistance of the electrolyte, Rsol, that of the Li metal anode reaction, RLi, and the charge transfer resistance, Rct, were measured. A small ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT) load, ˜1 mol %, notably reduced Rct and Rsol compared with bare LiCoO2 (LC), indicating that loaded ferroelectric BT SEIs effectively promote Li inter/deintercalation into and from the active material, LC, and restrict cobalt ion dissolution into the electrolyte liquid. Lower Rct and Rsol resulted in a significantly higher capacity retention ratio at a 10 C rate compared with the initial cycle for small BT load, ˜1 mol %. The capacity retention dropped rapidly, accompanied by a slight increase in Rct for larger BT loads, 5 and 15 mol %, which may be attributed to the thicker BT layer and the existence of the impurity phase, BaCO3. These results imply that the ferroelectric SEI affected the kinetics of mobile Li ions at the cathode-electrolyte interface, significantly enhancing the rate capability.

  12. Metastable antiparallel polarization configurations in BaTiO3/PbZr0.2Ti0.8O3 epitaxial bilayer

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    Salev, Pavel; Grigoriev, Alexei

    A combination of LGD and semiconductor theories predicts the electrostatic screening of a large polarization mismatch between BaTiO3 (BTO) and Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) ferroelectric layers. The source of this screening is in an increased concentration of interfacial free charge carriers due to the strong bending of electronic bands inside the layers. The enhanced concentration of free charges at the interface can allow for independent polarization reversal in each ferroelectric layer suggesting possible antiparallel polarization configurations in BTO/PZT bilayer. We confirmed these theoretical predictions of layer-by-layer switching by demonstrating double polarization switching in epitaxial BTO/PZT thin films. The layer-by-layer switching leads to formation of head-to-head (H-H) and tail-to-tail (T-T) polarization configurations, which have an enhanced dielectric permittivity when compared to parallel polarization domain configurations. While both H-H and T-T states are unstable at a zero electric field, we found that antiparallel polarization configurations can be stabilized by applying a small bias. Our findings provide a pathway to engineer new multilayer systems with switchable multistate polarizations and dielectric responses.

  13. Effect of combined external uniaxial stress and dc bias on the dielectric property of BaTiO3-based dielectrics in multilayer ceramic capacitor: thermodynamics and experiments

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    Yang, Gang; Yue, Zhenxing; Sun, Tieyu; Gou, Huanlin; Li, Longtu

    2008-02-01

    The dielectric properties of (Nb, Y)-doped BaTiO3 in a multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) under combined external uniaxial compressive stress and dc bias field were investigated at room temperature by using a modified Ginsburg-Landau-Devonshire thermodynamic theory and the dielectric measurement. It is found that although dc bias decreases the dielectric properties dominantly, the influence of the external uniaixial compressive stress should not be neglected. When applied along a direction perpendicular to the internal electrode layer in the MLCC, the external uniaixal compressive stress will strengthen the negative effect of dc bias. In contrast, the external uniaxial compressive stress along a direction parallel to the internal electrode layer in the MLCC will increase the dielectric permittivity under dc bias field, i.e. improve the ɛ-V response of the MLCC. Furthermore, although there is a difference between the calculated permittivity and the measured permittivity, the effects of the combined external uniaxial compressive stress and dc bias field on the dielectric permittivity described through two approaches are in good agreement.

  14. Difference between compositional and grain size effect on the dielectric nonlinearity of Mn and V-doped BaTiO3 multilayer ceramic capacitors

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    Yoon, Seok-Hyun; Park, Jae-Sung; Kim, Chang-Hoon; Kim, Doo-Young

    2014-06-01

    The difference between compositional and grain size effect on the dielectric nonlinearity was contrasted in Mn and V-doped BaTiO3 multilayer ceramic capacitors utilizing the first order reversal curve (FORC) distribution based on the Preisach model. The high field dielectric constants can be increased either by the adjustment of additive composition, that is, Ba concentration maintaining the same grain size, or by increasing its size. The former compositional effect caused an enhanced dielectric constant in both low and high field region, which can be associated with the increase in the saturation polarization, the reversible and the irreversible FORC distributions near zero bias. The latter grain growth effect, on the other hand, resulted in a decrease of the dielectric constants in the low field but a steep ac field dependence of them, which can be correlated with a decrease of the reversible FORC distribution and a significant increase of the irreversible FORC distribution near origin. These results show that the compositional effect is caused by the increase of the magnitude of the spontaneous polarization and the domain wall density, whereas the grain size effect is caused by the increase in the size of the domain and its wall, which increases the probability of domain pinning by weakly pinning centers but enables its long range motion beyond the threshold field.

  15. Improved Dielectric Properties and Energy Storage Density of Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) Nanocomposite with Hydantoin Epoxy Resin Coated BaTiO3.

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    Luo, Hang; Zhang, Dou; Jiang, Chao; Yuan, Xi; Chen, Chao; Zhou, Kechao

    2015-04-22

    Energy storage materials are urgently demanded in modern electric power supply and renewable energy systems. The introduction of inorganic fillers to polymer matrix represents a promising avenue for the development of high energy density storage materials, which combines the high dielectric constant of inorganic fillers with supernal dielectric strength of polymer matrix. However, agglomeration and phase separation of inorganic fillers in the polymer matrix remain the key barriers to promoting the practical applications of the composites for energy storage. Here, we developed a low-cost and environmentally friendly route to modifying BaTiO3 (BT) nanoparticles by a kind of water-soluble hydantoin epoxy resin. The modified BT nanoparticles exhibited homogeneous dispersion in the ferroelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (P(VDF-HFP)) matrix and strong interfacial adhesion with the polymer matrix. The dielectric constants of the nanocomposites increased significantly with the increase of the coated BT loading, while the dielectric loss of the nanocomposites was still as low as that of the pure P(VDF-HFP). The energy storage density of the nanocomposites was largely enhanced with the coated BT loading at the same electric field. The nanocomposite with 20 vol % BT exhibited an estimated maximum energy density of 8.13 J cm(-3), which was much higher than that of pure P(VDF-HFP) and other dielectric polymers. The findings of this research could provide a feasible approach to produce high energy density materials for practical application in energy storage. PMID:25822911

  16. Substrate clamping effect onto magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 core-shell nanofibers via coaxial electrospinning

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    Fu, Bi; Lu, Ruie; Gao, Kun; Yang, Yaodong; Wang, Yaping

    2015-10-01

    We report large lateral magnetoelectric (ME) coupling coefficients α 31 of 1.2×104 \\text{mV} \\text{cm}-1 \\text{Oe}-1 and 3.5× 104 \\text{mV} \\text{cm}-1 \\text{Oe}-1 in substrate bonded and free-standing multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 (BTO-CFO) core-shell nanofibers (NFs) with and without substrate clamping effect, respectively. The BTO-CFO core-shell NFs were synthesised by a sol-gel coaxial electrospinning technique, and their ME coupling was directly observed by demonstrating the evolution of piezoelectric coefficient (d 33), ferroelectric domain, and phase contrast induced by an external magnetic field. These impressed α 31 coefficients originated from the nanoconfinement of the interphase elastic interaction between the ferromagnetic core fiber and the ferroelectric shell interlayer, as well as the strain transformation at the one-dimensional (1D) fiber boundary. This means that the decreasing substrate clamping effect results in an enhanced ME coupling in multiferroic NFs, which is similar to that of thin films. These findings make people understand the substrate clamping effect and enable nanoscale ME device applications.

  17. Novel magnetoelectric ceramic composites by control of the interface reactions in Fe2O3@BaTiO3 core-shell structures

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    Curecheriu, Lavinia; Postolache, Petronel; Buscaglia, Maria Teresa; Buscaglia, Vincenzo; Ianculescu, Adelina; Mitoseriu, Liliana

    2014-08-01

    In the present work, composite ceramics of ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT) with magnetic αFe2O3 were prepared from powders synthesized by two different methods: (a) core-shell powders of Fe2O3@BT and (b) Fe2O3-BT composites from mixed powders with the same composition. The M(H) loops at room temperature show a "wasp-waisted" character, with multiple components, determined as result of the formation of magnetic phases with contrasting coercivities (hard BaFe12O19 and soft Ba12Ti28Fe15O84 phases) in different ratios, as indicated by the magnetic first-order-reversal curves analysis. The core-shell composite ceramics generally showed slightly improved dielectric properties and smaller conductivity. The high field properties of composite ceramics show a strong nonlinearity in both cases, together with a reduction of zero field permittivity, making from these composites possible tunable materials interesting for applications. Their multifunctional character is enhanced by the presence of a complex magnetic character with soft/hard components.

  18. Correlation between I (current)-V (voltage) characteristics and thermally stimulated depolarization current of Mn-doped BaTiO3 multilayer ceramic capacitor

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    Yoon, Seok-Hyun; Kim, Sang-Hyuk; Kim, Doo-Young

    2013-08-01

    I (Current)-V (voltage) characteristics of Mn-doped BaTiO3 multilayer ceramic capacitor were investigated. The increase of Mn concentration reduced the slope of current increase with increasing dc field and enhanced the dc field to the abrupt increase of current and thereby breakdown. Ohmic, Schottky, and Poole-Frenkel type conduction was successively observed with the increase of dc field in all specimens. The region of Child's law did not appear before breakdown, which suggests space charge limited (SCL) conduction with field enhanced trap barrier lowering. A peak of thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) beyond 300 °C associated with trapped space charges appeared, which increased by the increase of Mn concentration. In addition, the peak intensity increased to a maximum value and then decreased again with increasing polarization dc field in TSDC measurement. Its activation energies were around 1.9 eV for all specimens, which is very close to the energy level for the ionization of Mn3+/Mn2+. These results experimentally demonstrate the role of the variable valence acceptor Mn as trapping center for injected charges, and the occurrence of field enhanced trap charge release, and therefore, the conduction mechanism can be described by the SCL model incorporating the Poole-Frenkel effect.

  19. First-principles-based calculation of the electrocaloric effect in BaTiO3: A comparison of direct and indirect methods

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    Marathe, Madhura; Grünebohm, Anna; Nishimatsu, Takeshi; Entel, Peter; Ederer, Claude

    2016-02-01

    We use molecular dynamics simulations for a first-principles-based effective Hamiltonian to calculate two important quantities characterizing the electrocaloric effect in BaTiO3, the adiabatic temperature change Δ T and the isothermal entropy change Δ S , for different electric field strengths. We compare direct and indirect methods to obtain Δ T and Δ S , and we confirm that both methods indeed lead to an identical result provided that the system does not actually undergo a first order phase transition. We also show that a large electrocaloric response is obtained for electric fields beyond the critical field strength for the first order phase transition. Furthermore, our work fills several gaps regarding the application of the first-principles-based effective Hamiltonian approach, which represents a very attractive and powerful method for the quantitative prediction of electrocaloric properties. In particular, we consider the full temperature and field dependence of the calculated specific heat for the indirect calculation of Δ T , and we discuss the importance of maintaining thermal equilibrium during the field ramping when calculating Δ T using the direct method within a molecular dynamics approach.

  20. Temperature- and Frequency-Dependent Dielectric Properties of Sol-Gel-Derived BaTiO3-NaNbO3 Solid Solutions

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    Kwon, Do-Kyun; Goh, Yumin; Son, Dongsu; Kim, Baek-Hyun; Bae, Hyunjeong; Perini, Steve; Lanagan, Michael

    2016-01-01

    A sol-gel-derived powder synthesis method has been used to prepare BaTiO3-NaNbO3 (BT-NN) solid-solution ceramic samples with various compositions. Fine and homogeneous complex perovskite ceramics were obtained at lower processing temperatures than used in conventional solid-state processing. The ferroelectric and relaxor ferroelectric properties of the sol-gel-synthesized (1 - x)BaTiO3- xNaNbO3 [(1 - x)BT- xNN] ceramics in the wide composition range of 0 < x ≤ 0.7 were extensively studied. Structural and dielectric characterization results revealed that a low level of NN addition ( x = 0.04) to BT is sufficient to cause a continuous relaxor-to-ferroelectric transition, and the relaxor behavior was consistently observed at compositions with high NN content up to x = 0.7. A number of relaxor parameters including the Curie temperature, Burns temperature, freezing temperature, γ, diffuseness parameter ( δ), and activation energy were determined from the temperature and frequency dependency of the real part of the dielectric permittivity for various BT-NN compositions using the Curie-Weiss law and Vögel-Fulcher relationship. The systematic changes of these parameters with respect to composition indicate that a continuous crossover between BT-based relaxor and NN-based relaxor occurs at a composition near x = 0.4.

  1. Study on Occupation Behavior of Y2O3 in X8R Nonreducible BaTiO3-Based Dielectric Ceramics

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    Yao, Guofeng; Wang, Xiaohui; Li, Longtu

    2011-12-01

    The effects of Y2O3 on BaTiO3-MgO-MnO2-CaZrO3 nonreducible ceramics were investigated. Specimens with Y2O3 contents ranging from 1.0 to 2.5 mol % were prepared via the solid state method. The Curie temperature (Tc) and the electrical properties were closely related to the occupation behavior of yttrium, which is known as an amphoteric element. Tc increased almost linearly as a function of Y2O3 content when the doping content was low. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) indicated a typical “core-shell” structure. The lattice parameters corresponding to the grain cores and the shells were determined by X-ray diffractometry (XRD) separately. The relief of the internal stresses arising from the lattice mismatch was responsible for the Tc shift. The specimens doped by a high level of Y2O3 can fulfill the EIA X8R specification with a high dielectric constant (ɛRT > 2400) and a low dielectric loss (tan δ< 1.1%). A high insulation resistivity and a slow degradation rate were obtained when a sufficient amount of Y2O3 was incorporated, which were attributed to the substitution of Ti4+ and the formation of a donor-acceptor complex.

  2. Growth of single-crystal {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} nanorods on multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Chen Yong; Liu Chenguang; Liu Chang; Lu Gaoqing; Cheng Huiming

    2007-11-06

    Single-crystal {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} nanorods were grown on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} aqueous solution. The morphology and microstructure of the composites were examined by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffractometry and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The results show that {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} single-crystal nanorods with a mean diameter of 15 nm were densely grown on the surface of MWNTs. Those MWNTs/MnO{sub 2} composites were used as an electrode material for supercapacitors, and it was found that the supercapacitor performance using MWNTs/MnO{sub 2} composites was improved largely compared to that using pure MWNTs and {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} nanorod mechanically mixed with MWNTs.

  3. Polarization study on solid core photonic crystal fibers partially sedimented with polyethylene micro-spheres and carbon nanotubes

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    Pérez-Chimal, R. Janette; Mata-Chávez, Ruth I.; Estudillo-Ayala, J. M.; Vargas-Rodríguez, E.; Alvarado-Méndez, E.; Rojas-Laguna, R.

    2010-10-01

    We present an experimental study of light polarization on solid core microstructured optical fibers type (Large Mode Area) LMA-16, LMA-20 and LMA-25. These fibers were partially filled with one micron diameter polyethylene spheres or carbon nanotubes diluted in distilled H2O by capillarity. Polarization characterization was realized on these Photonic Crystal fibers with air filled holes and partially particle filled holes using a He-Ne 633nm central wavelength laser at 10mW. The achieved results were compared using graphical data of every test collected at different exposition dates where the fiber was exposed to particle sedimentation. Results depicted that short time sedimentation of these particles does not change the light polarization leaving from the fiber except for the phase of the beam. On the other hand, longer time particle exposition visibly changes the light phase measured at the end of the photonic crystal fiber with repeatable results.

  4. Influence of Ga-concentration on the electrical and magnetic properties of magnetoelectric CoGaxFe2–xO4/BaTiO3 composite

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    Ni, Yan; Zhang, Zhen; Nlebedim, Cajetan I.; Jiles, David C.

    2015-03-20

    Multiferroic materials exhibit magnetoelectric (ME) coupling and promise new device applications including magnetic sensors, generators, and filters. An effective method for developing ME materials with enhanced ME effect is achieved by the coupling through the interfacial strain between piezoelectric and magnetostrictive materials. In this study, the electrical and magnetic properties of Ga doped magnetoelectric CoGaxFe2–xO4/BaTiO3 composite are studied systematically. It is found that Ga doping improves the sensitivity of magnetoelastic response and stabilizes the magnetic phase of the composites. More importantly, Ga doping reduces the electrical conductivity of composite, as well as the dielectric loss. An enhancement of the electrostrainmore » with doping Ga is also observed. Quantitative estimation indicates that magnetoelectric coupling is enhanced for Ga-doped CoGaxFe2–xO4/BaTiO3 composites. As a result, the present work is beneficial to the practical application of composite CoFe2O4/BaTiO3-based multiferroic materials.« less

  5. Chemical synthesis of nanocrystalline BaTiO3 and Ba1-xSrxTi1-yZryO3 [(i) x = 0.03, y = 0 (ii) x = 0, y = 0.03 ] ceramics

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    Das, R. N.; Pramanik, P.

    2004-03-01

    Nanocrystalline BaTiO3 powders were prepared via a chemical process. This process involved the addition of aqueous barium nitrate, titanyl nitrate, triethanolamine (TEA) and sucrose to produce a homogeneous complex solution. After the complete evaporation of homogenous solution, the Ba-Ti-TEA-sucrose complex decomposed and produced black, fluffy precursor materials. The precursor materials on calcinations to 700 °C for 2 h produced nanocrystalline BaTiO3 with the corresponding average x-ray and TEM particle size {\\sim } 20 nm. BaTiO3 powders modified with SrTiO3 [Ba1-xSrxTi1-yZryO3 (x = 0.03, y = 0)] and BaZrO3 [Ba1-xSrxTi1-yZryO3 (x = 0, y = 0.03)] were also prepared using this route and investigated through x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray analysis.

  6. Interactions of carbon nanotubes in a nematic liquid crystal. II. Experiment

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    Agha, Hakam; Galerne, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Multiwall carbon nanotube (CNT) colloids with different anchoring conditions are dispersed in pentyl-cyanobiphenyl (5CB), a thermotropic liquid crystal (LC) that exhibits a room-temperature nematic phase. The experiments make use of CNTs treated for strong planar, homeotropic, or Janus anchorings. Observations with a polarizing microscope show that the CNTs placed in a uniform nematic field stabilize parallel or perpendicular to n depending on their anchoring conditions. In the presence of a splay-bend disclination line, they are first attracted toward it and ultimately, they get trapped on it. Their orientation relative to the line is then found to be parallel or perpendicular to it, again depending on the anchoring conditions. When a sufficient number of particles are deposited on a disclination line, they form a micro- or nanonecklace in the shape of a thin thread or of a bottle brush, with the CNTs being oriented parallel or perpendicular to the disclination line according to the anchoring treatment. The system exhibits a rich versatility, even if until now the weak anchorings appear to be difficult to control. In a next step, the necklaces may be glued by means of pyrrole electropolymerization. In this manner, we realize a true materialization of the disclination lines, and we obtain nanowires capable of conducting the electricity in the place of the initial disclinations that just worked as templates. The advantage of the method is that it finally provides nanowires that are automatically connected to predesignated three-dimensional (3D) electrodes. Such a 3D nanowiring could have important applications, as it could allow one to develop electronic circuits in the third dimension. They could thus help with increasing the transistor density per surface unit, although downsizing of integrated circuits will soon be limited to atomic sizes or so. In other words, the predicted limitation to Moore's law could be avoided. For the moment, the nanowires that we obtain

  7. One-dimensional SnF{sub 2} single crystals in the inner channels of single-wall carbon nanotubes: I. Preparation and basic characterization

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    Zakalyukin, R. M. Demyanets, L. N.; Kiselev, N. A.; Kumskov, A. S.; Kislov, M. B.; Krestinin, A. V.; Hutchison, J. L.

    2010-05-15

    One-dimensional (1D) SnF{sub 2} single crystals have been obtained by crystallization from melt in the inner channels of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). SWCNTs with an inner diameter of 1.02-1.4 nm, synthesized by electric-arc discharge and chemically purified, were used for incorporation. The synthesized 1D SnF{sub 2} single crystal-SWCNT composites are basically characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive analysis, electron microscopy, and chemical analysis. The characteristic motifs of tin cation distribution in the SWCNT inner channel confirm the formation of SnF{sub 2} single crystals.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of anatase TiO{sub 2} nanotubes with controllable crystal size by a simple MWCNT template method

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    Kim, Ju Hyung; Zhang, Xiao Hui; Kim, Jae Deuk; Park, Hoon Mo; Lee, Sang Bok; Yi, Jin Woo; Jung, Seung Il

    2012-12-15

    Highly crystalline phase-pure anatase TiO{sub 2} nanotubes were produced by performing a simple calcinations process in air of the TiO{sub 2} coated MWCNTs composite material prepared by an in situ sol-gel method. A homogeneous thin coating layer of TiO{sub 2} on the surface of MWCNTs is firstly obtained. Calcination in ambient air at appropriate temperatures is performed to transform phase of TiO{sub 2} into anatase and remove MWCNTs simultaneously, resulting in pure anatase TiO{sub 2} nanotubes. Both end tips of the nanotubes are observed to be closed, probably due to covering up MWCNTs with TiO{sub 2} particles. The crystallization of anatase phase was formed upon 350 Degree-Sign C, and MWCNTs are completely oxidized between 500 and 650 Degree-Sign C, leaving anatase TiO{sub 2} nanotubes with an average crystal size increasing from about 8 to 24 nm as the temperature rises. Moreover, the tubular structure was found to collapse after calcinations at 700 Degree-Sign C. - Graphical abstract: TGA analysis and TEM images of the samples after calcinations in air at different temperatures: (a) before calcinations, (b) 350 Degree-Sign C, (c) 500 Degree-Sign C, and (d) 650 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Highly crystalline and stable phase-pure anatase TiO{sub 2} nanotubes were produced by a simply MWCNT template method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A homogeneous thin coating layer of TiO{sub 2} on the surface of MWCNTs could be obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Small crystal size of anatase is formed at lower temperatures and higher temperatures cause significant increase of crystal size from 8 to 24 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Convex closed tip structure of TiO{sub 2} nanotubes is formed owing to the good coating of TiO{sub 2}.

  9. The road towards the ferroelectric-FET - Carrier density modulation by ferroelectric switching in BaTiO3/Ge

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    Ponath, Patrick; Fredrickson, Kurt; Posadas, Agham; Ren, Yuan; Wu, Xiaoyu; Vasudevan, Rama; Okatan, Baris; Jesse, Stephen; Aoki, Toshihiro; McCartney, Martha; Smith, David; Kalinin, Sergei; Lai, Keji; Demkov, Alex; Ponath, Fredrickson, Posadas, Demkov Team; Ren, Wu, Lai Collaboration; Vasudevan, Okatan, Jesse, Kalinin Collaboration; Aoki, McCartney, Smith Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Germanium, with its higher hole and electron mobility is a potential candidate to replace silicon as a channel material in a field effect transistor in the future. The ferroelectric high-k dielectric barium titanate (BTO) can be integrated on germanium (001) due to the small lattice mismatch between BTO and Ge and could therefore be a potential candidate for a ferroelectric memory. We report the epitaxial growth of BTO on a germanium (001) substrate with a thin STO buffer layer, which imposes compressive strain on BTO and causes it to be out of plane polarized. The BTO film crystallizes as-deposited which is monitored by RHEED. XRD measurements of the BTO film indicate an out-of-plane ferroelectric polarization which can be confirmed by piezoresponse force microscopy. Using microwave impedance microscopy we could show that we can effectively modulate the charge in germanium; this charge modulation constitutes the field effect, which is an important step towards the development of a ferroelectric-FET.

  10. Signal processing in photoacoustic detection of phase transitions by means of the autospectra correlation-based method: Evaluation with ceramic BaTiO3

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    Mejía-Uriarte, E. V.; Navarrete, M.; Villagrán-Muniz, M.

    2004-09-01

    This work describes a simple numerical procedure which, when applied to digitally recorded photoacoustic (PA) signals, allows the construction of thermal profiles (rS,drS/dT) to determine: the transition order, the phase transition temperature (Tc), and the phase transformation temperature range (ΔT), on samples, which undergo low-high transitions. During continuous heating of the sample, the ultrasonic signal was generated using a pulsed laser beam incident on a surface and detected on the opposite surface of the sample using a long quartz bar attached to a piezoelectric sensor. The thermal profile, rS, is built from a sequence of the ordinary correlation coefficients ri associated with an interval of temperature. The ri coefficients are calculated from amplitude spectra pairs. The amplitude spectra are obtained via fast Fourier transforms from original PA records. This procedure is applied on samples of bulk ceramic BaTiO3 to obtain their thermal behavior. The PA signal and temperature sample were registered every 0.2°. The samples were heated from room temperature to 137 °C at a rate of 0.1 °C min-1. The thermal profile rS shows the entire thermal history including the structural phase transition from tetragonal to cubic (T-C), which appears as a jump on the graph within an uncertainty of 2%. The drS/dT profile shows that the T-C phase transformation occurs over a range of temperatures. The results are in agreement with those reported in the literature.

  11. The influence of Mn on the grain-boundary potential barrier characteristics of donor-doped BaTiO3 ceramics

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    Illingsworth, J.; Al-Allak, H. M.; Brinkman, A. W.; Woods, J.

    1990-02-01

    Two compositions of BaTiO3 positive temperature coefficient of resistance ceramics, prepared identically except for the fact that a small addition of Mn (0.04 at. %) was made to one of them, were studied. The samples were sintered simultaneously in air at 1400 °C for 1 h and then annealed at 1200 ° for 5 h, using a muffle furnace. Room-temperature dielectric measurements in the audio- and radio-frequency ranges confirmed that Mn has a negligible effect on the bulk resistance. Arrhenius plots of resistivity vs 1/[Tɛ'm(T)] were found to give straight lines for Tc

  12. Vortices of polarization in BaTiO3 core-shell nanoceramics: Calculations based on ab initio derived Hamiltonian versus Landau theory

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    Anoufa, M.; Kiat, J. M.; Kornev, I.; Bogicevic, C.

    2013-10-01

    In this paper, we want to emphasize the fact that many experimental properties of ceramics can be explained by the existence of a core-shell structure of the grains, particularly at small sizes. In this framework, we have studied BaTiO3 (BT) ceramics constituted of core-shell nanoparticles, nanowires, or nanoplanes by using ab initio derived effective Hamiltonian calculations whose application range is for large values of shell thickness and low values of shell permittivity. Many differences and new features compared to the situation of nanodots are induced by the core-shell structure. For instance, phase sequences are different; there is also a coexistence of vortices found by Naumov, Bellaiche, and Fu [I. I. Naumov, L. Bellaiche, and H. Fu, Nature (London)10.1038/nature03107 432, 737 (2004)] in the case of isolated dots with a homogeneous polarization, a transition from cubic paraelectric phase towards nonpolar rhombohedral phase, anomalies in dielectric permittivity associated with the onset of toroidal moments, etc. Afterwards, we compare these results with those obtained by the Landau theory of core-shell ceramics we have recently published. However, the ab initio calculations fail to capture the physics at small shell thickness and/or high shell permittivity, whereas the Landau theory fails to predict the peculiar properties of the phases in which vortices exist. Therefore, in a tentative way to build a global theory, we have constructed a Landau potential using both the polarization and the toroidal moment as competing order parameters, which allows us to propose a phase diagram, whatever the thickness and permittivity of the shell are.

  13. Lead- and alkali-metal-free BaTiO3-Bi(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3-BiFeO3 solid-solution thin films with high dielectric constant prepared on Si substrates by solution-based method

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    Kimura, Junichi; Mohamed-Tahar, Chentir; Shimizu, Takao; Uchida, Hiroshi; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2014-09-01

    Lead- and alkali-metal-free BaTiO3-Bi(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3-BiFeO3 solid-solution thin films were prepared on (111)cSrRuO3/(111)Pt/TiO2/SiO2/(100)Si substrates by chemical solution deposition (CSD) and their crystal structure and dielectric properties were investigated. The lattice spacing as a function of z/(x + z) in xBaTiO3-0.1Bi(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3-zBiFeO3 indicated the existence of phase boundaries (pseudocubic/rhombohedral) in the range of z/(x + z) = 0.33-0.56, where the relatively high relative dielectric constant, ɛr, of above 800 was obtained. On the other hand, dielectric loss, tan δ, of below 0.2 was confirmed in the range z/(x + z) = 0-0.87, which rapidly increased toward z/(x + z) = 1.0. The relatively high ɛr values of these films deposited on Si substrates by a solution-based process suggest that they can be used as alternative to Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, KNbO3, and (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-based films.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of novel composite membranes composed of photonic crystals and TiO2 nanotube array films

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    Tang, Junjie; Zhu, Huili; Wang, Aijun; Chen, Sheng-Li; Yuan, Yao

    2016-05-01

    Novel composite membranes composed of photonic crystals (PCs) and TiO2 nanotube array (TNA) films have been fabricated by combining the room temperature floating self-assembly (RTFSA) method, recently developed by our research group, and the liquid-phase deposition technique. By applying this combined procedure, polystyrene (PS) opal PC/TNA and TiO2 inverse opal PC/TNA composite membranes were prepared. Scanning electron microscopy and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy analyses showed that the membrane samples possessed very high crystalline quality. Notably, the ordered packing of the PS microspheres from the top to the bottom of the opal PC film was not affected by the surface roughness of the porous TNA substrate. This is attributed to the self-assembly mechanism of the colloidal particles, which produces a three-dimensional ordered structure in the RTFSA method. Herein, the crystallization of the colloidal particles occurred at the surface of the colloidal suspension, and the crystal growth proceeded downward from the surface of the suspension to the substrate.

  15. Amorphization and Directional Crystallization of Metals Confined in Carbon Nanotubes Investigated by in Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy.

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    Tang, Dai-Ming; Ren, Cui-Lan; Lv, Ruitao; Yu, Wan-Jing; Hou, Peng-Xiang; Wang, Ming-Sheng; Wei, Xianlong; Xu, Zhi; Kawamoto, Naoyuki; Bando, Yoshio; Mitome, Masanori; Liu, Chang; Cheng, Hui-Ming; Golberg, Dmitri

    2015-08-12

    The hollow core of a carbon nanotube (CNT) provides a unique opportunity to explore the physics, chemistry, biology, and metallurgy of different materials confined in such nanospace. Here, we investigate the nonequilibrium metallurgical processes taking place inside CNTs by in situ transmission electron microscopy using CNTs as nanoscale resistively heated crucibles having encapsulated metal nanowires/crystals in their channels. Because of nanometer size of the system and intimate contact between the CNTs and confined metals, an efficient heat transfer and high cooling rates (∼10(13) K/s) were achieved as a result of a flash bias pulse followed by system natural quenching, leading to the formation of disordered amorphous-like structures in iron, cobalt, and gold. An intermediate state between crystalline and amorphous phases was discovered, revealing a memory effect of local short-to-medium range order during these phase transitions. Furthermore, subsequent directional crystallization of an amorphous iron nanowire formed by this method was realized under controlled Joule heating. High-density crystalline defects were generated during crystallization due to a confinement effect from the CNT and severe plastic deformation involved. PMID:26114583

  16. Single-step synthesis of well-crystallized and pure barium titanate nanoparticles in supercritical fluids

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    Reverón, Helen; Aymonier, Cyril; Loppinet-Serani, Anne; Elissalde, Catherine; Maglione, Mario; Cansell, François

    2005-08-01

    Single-step synthesis of ultra-fine barium titanate powder with a crystallinity as high as 90% and without barium carbonate contamination has been successfully performed under supercritical conditions using a continuous-flow reactor in the temperature range 150-380 °C at 16 MPa. To synthesize this bimetallic oxide, alkoxides, ethanol and water were used. The influence of the synthesis parameters on the BaTiO3 powder characteristics was investigated. The results show that the water to alkoxide precursor ratio, the reactor temperature and the Ba:Ti molar ratio of alkoxide precursor play a major role in the crystallization of pure and well-crystallized BaTiO3 nanoparticles. The continuous mode of operation without post-treatments for powder washing, drying or crystallization increase the industrial interest.

  17. Electric field induced lattice strain in pseudocubic Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3-modified BaTiO3-BiFeO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Fujii, Ichiro; Iizuka, Ryo; Nakahira, Yuki; Sunada, Yuya; Ueno, Shintaro; Nakashima, Kouichi; Magome, Eisuke; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro; Wada, Satoshi

    2016-04-01

    Contributions to the piezoelectric response in pseudocubic 0.3BaTiO3-0.1Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3-0.6BiFeO3 ceramics were investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction under electric fields. All of the lattice strain determined from the 110, 111, and 200 pseudocubic diffraction peaks showed similar lattice strain hysteresis that was comparable to the bulk butterfly-like strain curve. It was suggested that the hysteresis of the lattice strain and the lack of anisotropy were related to the complex domain structure and the phase boundary composition.

  18. An integral equation and simulation study of hydrogen inclusions in a molecular crystal of short-capped nanotubes.

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    Lomba, Enrique; Bores, Cecilia; Notario, Rafael; Sánchez-Gil, V

    2016-09-01

    In this work we have assessed the ability of a recently proposed three-dimensional integral equation approach to describe the explicit spatial distribution of molecular hydrogen confined in a crystal formed by short-capped nanotubes of C50 H10. To that aim we have resorted to extensive molecular simulation calculations whose results have been compared with our three-dimensional integral equation approximation. We have first tested the ability of a single C50 H10 nanocage for the encapsulation of H2 by means of molecular dynamics simulations, in particular using targeted molecular dynamics to estimate the binding Gibbs energy of a host hydrogen molecule inside the nanocage. Then, we have investigated the adsorption isotherm of the nanocage crystal using grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations in order to evaluate the maximum load of molecular hydrogen. For a packing close to the maximum load explicit hydrogen density maps and density profiles have been determined using molecular dynamics simulations and the three-dimensional Ornstein-Zernike equation with a hypernetted chain closure. In these conditions of extremely tight confinement the theoretical approach has shown to be able to reproduce the three-dimensional structure of the adsorbed fluid with accuracy down to the finest details. PMID:27367179

  19. Aperiodic TiO2 Nanotube Photonic Crystal: Full-Visible-Spectrum Solar Light Harvesting in Photovoltaic Devices

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    Guo, Min; Xie, Keyu; Wang, Yu; Zhou, Limin; Huang, Haitao

    2014-01-01

    Bandgap engineering of a photonic crystal is highly desirable for photon management in photonic sensors and devices. Aperiodic photonic crystals (APCs) can provide unprecedented opportunities for much more versatile photon management, due to increased degrees of freedom in the design and the unique properties brought about by the aperiodic structures as compared to their periodic counterparts. However, many efforts still remain on conceptual approaches, practical achievements in APCs are rarely reported due to the difficulties in fabrication. Here, we report a simple but highly controllable current-pulse anodization process to design and fabricate TiO2 nanotube APCs. By coupling an APC into the photoanode of a dye-sensitized solar cell, we demonstrate the concept of using APC to achieve nearly full-visible-spectrum light harvesting, as evidenced by both experimental and simulated results. It is anticipated that this work will lead to more fruitful practical applications of APCs in high-efficiency photovoltaics, sensors and optoelectronic devices. PMID:25245854

  20. An integral equation and simulation study of hydrogen inclusions in a molecular crystal of short-capped nanotubes

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    Lomba, Enrique; Bores, Cecilia; Notario, Rafael; Sánchez-Gil, V.

    2016-09-01

    In this work we have assessed the ability of a recently proposed three-dimensional integral equation approach to describe the explicit spatial distribution of molecular hydrogen confined in a crystal formed by short-capped nanotubes of C50 H10. To that aim we have resorted to extensive molecular simulation calculations whose results have been compared with our three-dimensional integral equation approximation. We have first tested the ability of a single C50 H10 nanocage for the encapsulation of H2 by means of molecular dynamics simulations, in particular using targeted molecular dynamics to estimate the binding Gibbs energy of a host hydrogen molecule inside the nanocage. Then, we have investigated the adsorption isotherm of the nanocage crystal using grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations in order to evaluate the maximum load of molecular hydrogen. For a packing close to the maximum load explicit hydrogen density maps and density profiles have been determined using molecular dynamics simulations and the three-dimensional Ornstein–Zernike equation with a hypernetted chain closure. In these conditions of extremely tight confinement the theoretical approach has shown to be able to reproduce the three-dimensional structure of the adsorbed fluid with accuracy down to the finest details.

  1. Structural, dielectric and ferroelectric studies of (x) Mg0.25Cu0.25Zn0.5Fe2O4 + (1-x) BaTiO3 magnetoelectric nano-composites

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    Khader, S. Abdul; Muneeswaran, M.; Giridharan, N. V.; Sankarappa, T.

    2016-05-01

    The Particulate nano-composites of ferrite and ferroelectric phases having the general formula (x) Mg0.25Cu0.25Zn0.5Fe2O4 + (1-x) BaTiO3 (x=15%, 30% and 45%) were synthesized by sintering mixtures of highly ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT) and highly magneto-strictive magnetic component Mg0.25Cu0.25Zn0.5Fe2O4(MCZF). The presence of constituent phases of ferrite, ferroelectric and their composites were probed and confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. Surface morphology of the samples has been investigated using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM). The variation of dielectric constant and dissipation factor as a function of frequency from 100 Hz to 1 MHz at room temperature were carried out using a Hioki LCR Hi-Tester. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss were found to decrease rapidly in the low frequency region and became almost constant in the high frequency region. The electrical conductivity deduced from the measured dielectric data has been thoroughly analyzed and found that the conduction mechanism in these composites is in conformity with small polaron hopping model. The ferroelectric properties of synthesized magneto-electric nano-composites were measured using P-E loop tracer.

  2. Octonary resistance states in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 multiferroic tunnel junctions

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    Yue -Wei Yin; Tao, Jing; Huang, Wei -Chuan; Liu, Yu -Kuai; Yang, Sheng -Wei; Dong, Si -Ning; Zhu, Yi -Mei; Li, Qi; Li, Xiao -Guang

    2015-10-06

    General drawbacks of current electronic/spintronic devices are high power consumption and low density storage. A multiferroic tunnel junction (MFTJ), employing a ferroelectric barrier layer sandwiched between two ferromagnetic layers, presents four resistance states in a single device and therefore provides an alternative way to achieve high density memories. Here, an MFTJ device with eight nonvolatile resistance states by further integrating the design of noncollinear magnetization alignments between the ferromagnetic layers is demonstrated. Through the angle-resolved tunneling magnetoresistance investigations on La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 junctions, it is found that, besides collinear parallel/antiparallel magnetic configurations, the MFTJ shows at least two other stable noncollinear (45°more » and 90°) magnetic configurations. As a result, combining the tunneling electroresistance effect caused by the ferroelectricity reversal of the BaTiO3 barrier, an octonary memory device is obtained, representing potential applications in high density nonvolatile storage in the future.« less

  3. Magnetoelectric coupling and phase transition in BiFeO3 and (BiFeO3)0.95(BaTiO3)0.05 ceramics

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    Wang, T.-H.; Tu, C.-S.; Chen, H.-Y.; Ding, Y.; Lin, T. C.; Yao, Y.-D.; Schmidt, V. H.; Wu, K.-T.

    2011-02-01

    In situ high-resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction reveals a local minimum in rhombohedral distortion angle αR (associated with an inflection in the lattice constant aR) near 400 and 350 °C in BiFeO3 (BFO) and (BiFeO3)0.95(BaTiO3)0.05 (BFO-5%BT), respectively. It suggests a coupling between ferroelectric and magnetic parameters near the antiferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition, which is responsible for the broad frequency-dependent dielectric maxima. A rhombohedral (R)-orthorhombic (O)-cubic (C) transition sequence takes place near 820 and 850 °C in BFO upon heating. BFO-5%BT exhibits a R-C transition near 830 °C. The BaTiO3 substitution can enhance dielectric and ferromagnetic responses and reduce electric leakage. The dielectric loss of BFO-5%BT remains less than 0.04 below 150 °C.

  4. Structural and dielectric properties of BaTiO3-Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 thin films fabricated by chemical solution deposition

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    Moki, Shota; Kimura, Junichi; Kaneko, Noriyuki; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Uchida, Hiroshi

    2014-09-01

    Thin films of the BaTiO3-Bi(Mg1/2Ti1/2)O3 (BT-BMT) solid-solution system were fabricated with the aim of achieving a stable temperature coefficient of capacitance (TCC) favorable for high-temperature electronics. A single perovskite phase with pseudocubic symmetry was obtained for the films fabricated by chemical solution deposition on (111)Pt/TiO2/(100)Si substrates in the composition range of x = 0-0.80 for (1 - x)BT-xBMT. BMT added to the BaTiO3-based films enhanced the crystallinity of the perovskite phase and resulted in saturated P-E hysteresis behavior with remanent polarization of up to 13 µC/cm2. BMT addition led to gradual dielectric relaxation, which also resulted in stable TCC behavior with a relative dielectric constant of approximately 400 in the temperature range of RT - 400 °C, especially for the BT-BMT films with x = 0.20-0.40.

  5. Functional properties of BaTiO3-Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 magnetoelectric ceramics prepared from powders with core-shell structure

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    Curecheriu, L. P.; Buscaglia, M. T.; Buscaglia, V.; Mitoseriu, L.; Postolache, P.; Ianculescu, A.; Nanni, P.

    2010-05-01

    In the present work, diphasic ceramic composites with core-shell nanostructures formed by Ni0.50Zn0.50Fe2O4 core and BaTiO3 shell were investigated. Their properties were compared with those of composites prepared by coprecipitation. The core-shell structure was confirmed by microstructural powder analysis. Homogeneous microstructures with a good phase mixing and percolated dielectric phase by the magnetic one were obtained from coprecipitated powders. Less homogeneous microstructures resulted in ceramics produced from the powder prepared by core-shell method, with isolated small ferrite grains besides large ferrite aggregates embedded into the BaTiO3 matrix. Both the ferroelectric and magnetic phases preserve their basic properties in bulk composite form. However, important differences in the dielectric relaxation and conduction mechanisms were found as result of the microstructural difference. Extrinsic contributions play important roles in modifying the electric properties in both ceramics, causing space charge effect, Maxwell-Wagner relaxations and hopping conductivity, mainly due to the ferrite low resistivity phase. The conductivity and dielectric modulus spectra analysis allowed to identify different polaron contributions associated with the microstructural differences. It results that by using the core-shell method, improved dielectric properties and limited hopping contributions can be realized.

  6. Structural, dielectric and magnetic studies of (x) Ni0.7Co0.1Cu0.2Fe2O4 + (1-x) BaTiO3 magnetoelectric composites

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    Khader, S. Abdul; Parveez, Asiya; Giridharan, N. V.; Sankarappa, T.

    2016-05-01

    The Magneto-electric composites (x) Ni0.7Co0.1Cu0.2Fe2O4 + (1-x) BaTiO3 (x=10%, 20% and 30%) were synthesized by sintering mixtures of highly ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT) and highly magneto-strictive component Ni0.7Co0.1Cu0.2Fe2O4 (NCCF). The presences of constituent phases in magneto-electric composites were probed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. The peaks observed in the XRD spectrum indicated spinel cubic structure for NCCF ferrite phase and tetragonal perovskite structure for BT and, both spinel and pervoskite structures for synthesized ME composites. Surface morphology of the samples has been investigated using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM). Frequency and composition dependent dielectric properties of synthesized composites were measured from 100 Hz to 1 MHz at room temperature using Hioki LCR Hi-TESTER. The dielectric dispersion is observed at lower frequencies for the synthesized ME composites. The hysteresis behavior was studied to understand the magnetic ordering in the synthesized composites using a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM). It is observed that the values of saturation magnetization increases along with the ferrite content.

  7. The Effects of Strain and Vacancies on the Electric and Vibrational Properties of Ferroelectric BaTiO3 from First-principles

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    Raeliarijaona, Aldo

    The studies of ferroelectricity (FE) are of technological significance because of the multitude of applicable properties that ferroelectric materials exhibit. The mastery, and control of these properties necessitate the knowledge of the fundamental physics governing these insulating materials. In this dissertation I present the results of first-principles investigations of the behavior of the fundamental ferroelectric properties under strain, and in the presence of vacancies. In the first part I introduce the important FE properties, their common behavior, and their numerous valuable applications. Following this background on FEs, a review of theoretical methods is presented with topics such as: Density Functional Theory (DFT), Pseudopotential method, Berry Phase Calculation and Density Functional Perturbation Theory (DFPT). Further, new theoretical approaches are introduced in this dissertation to enable the study of polarization for charged system. In this work I report behaviors of polarization in rhombohedral (R3m) BaTiO3 (BTO) that do not conform with intuition, or the current state of known behavior of epitaxially strained BTO. These studies reveal a polarization that increases with tensile strain, instead of compressive strain, and a polarization that is anticorrelated with an elongation of the out-of-plane axis. Additionally, the studies indicate strain-driven phase transitions to R3c and Cm upon application of moderate epitaxial compressive (eta=-1.75%) and small tensile strain (eta=+0.375%), respectively. A simple physical explanation, which can be extended to FE materials of the same symmetry, is also provided for this unusual FE behavior. I also report the studies on the evolution of phonon modes of vibration under strain in tetragonal (P4mm) BTO, revealing that careful analyses are necessary in the assignment of vibration modes in strained system due to different mode ordering between unstrained and strained systems. The splitting between Longitudinal Optical and Transverse Optical vibration mode is rigorously defined in this work, and shown to depend on mode mixing. The evolution of important quantities such as dielectric constant is also presented in this work. Finally, the results of investigations on the influence of vacancies on ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties will be presented in this dissertation. First, the studies of vacancy formation energy are highlighted, which shows the type and charge character of the vacancy that are most likely to occur under any given growth conditions. Afterward, I present the effect of vacancies on polarization and polarization switching in tetragonal BTO, demonstrating the relevance of polarization change in charged polar system, and proposing a method of calculating the polarization and an new polarization-switching pathway in FE BTO in the presence of charged vacancies. Then, I reveal the possibility of vacancy-induced ferromagnetism in BTO, and the microscopic origin of this ferromagnetism.

  8. Crystallization kinetics and morphology studies of biodegradable poly(butylene succinate-co-butylene adipate)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes nanocomposites.

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    Qiu, Zhaobin; Zhu, Siyu; Yang, Wantai

    2009-08-01

    Biodegradable poly(butylene succinate-co-butylene adipate) (PBSA)/carboxyl-functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (f-MWNTs) nanocomposites were prepared through solution casting method with different f-MWNTs contents ranging from 0.5 to 2 wt%. Scanning electron microscopic observations reveal a fine dispersion of f-MWNTs throughout the PBSA matrix. Effect of f-MWNTs on the crystallization behavior of PBSA was investigated in detail via various techniques and different crystallization conditions including nonisothermal crystallization at different cooling rates and isothermal crystallization at different crystallization temperatures in this work. For both nonisothermal and isothermal melt crystallization, the addition of f-MWNTs enhances the crystallization of PBSA apparently due to their heterogeneous nucleation effect. However, the crystal structure of PBSA does not change in the nanocomposites. Moreover, an attempt was made to study the effect of the presence of f-MWNTs and their contents on the nucleation activity and crystallizability of PBSA in the nanocomposites quantitatively. PMID:19928174

  9. Influence of hybrid fibrils of 2,5-bis(2-benzoxazolyl) thiophene and halloysite nanotubes on the crystallization behaviour of polypropylene

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    Liu, Mingxian; Guo, Baochun; Du, Mingliang; Zou, Quanliang; Jia, Demin

    2009-04-01

    2,5-bis(2-benzoxazolyl) thiophene (BBT) included polypropylene (PP)/halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) composites showed substantially increased mechanical properties and this was attributed to the changed crystallinity of the PP matrix by BBT (Liu et al 2007 Nanotechnology 18 455703). This paper intends to give a detailed study on the influence of BBT hybrid fibrils on the crystallization of the PP matrix by using the observations of polarized optical microscopy (POM) and scanning electron microscopy, together with the comparisons of the activation energy of crystallization. The POM results show that PP crystals could epitaxially grow on the BBT and hybrid fibril substrates, indicating the nucleating ability of BBT. Oriented PP ribbon-like crystals with a thickness of 200 nm around BBT fibrils are observed. The formation of this unique crystal morphology is attributed to the epitaxial crystallization under the shearing orientation effect. A new transition peak well above the glass transition of PP is observed, which is attributed to the glass transition of the confined amorphous PP in the ribbon-like crystal layers around the fibrils. The fold-surface free energy of the BBT included composites is substantially decreased, suggesting facilitated crystallization in the presence of hybrid fibrils.

  10. Super-fast switching of twisted nematic liquid crystals with a single-wall-carbon-nanotube-doped alignment layer

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    Liu, Yang; Lim, Young Jin; Kundu, Sudarshan; Lee, Seung Hee; Lee, Gi-Dong

    2015-03-01

    The application of a single-wall carbon-nanotube (SWCNT) and polyimide (PI) composite thin film on an indium tin-oxide (ITO) glass substrate, working as the command surface in a twisted nematic liquid crystal display (LCD), is described. SWCNTs were chopped and oxidized in a strong acid medium to make them more miscible in a polyimide solution. A film of this newly-developed PISWCNT composite was rubbed to determine the director direction for the LC molecules. The newlyfabricated command surface was examined using a laser beam profiler and atomic force microscopy. Sizes of shortened SWCNTs were characterized by using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Finally, small-sized test panels were fabricated from this composite-coated ITO glass, and their electro-optic performances were measured. Although the operating voltage to switch a cell was increased by around 41%, the switching speed was improved remarkably. The rise time of the test cells was found to be improved by around 10.12% and the decay time by around 29.77%. Thus, an overall improvement of around 16.12% in the total switching time was achieved. The change in the surface morphology of the newly-developed composite materials was found to be one of the factors responsible for the faster switching of the device. Detailed discussions are given in this report to explain the faster switching of the newly-developed twisted nematic liquid crystal display (TN-LCD). The device can be useful for practical applications.

  11. Novel chemical-vapor deposition technique for the synthesis of high-quality single-crystal nanowires and nanotubes

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    He, Maoqi; Mohammad, S. Noor

    2006-02-01

    The strength and versatility of a chemical-vapor deposition technique for thin, long, uniform, single-crystal, good-quality nanowire growth, without the use of template, have been described. Remarkably, while the full width at half maximum of a high-quality GaN thin film is 4 meV, that of a GaN whisker is 9 meV, which confirms high quality of the grown whiskers and nanowires. The versatility of the method is reflected by its ability to produce II-VI and III-V binary, ternary, and even, for the first time, quaternary nanowires in a controlled manner. The same versatility enables the realization of both cubic and hexagonal phases of nanowires and nanotubes. Chemical-vapor deposition technique generally makes use of highly poisonous arsine and phosphine for the synthesis of As- and P-based films. The present one is free from this shortcoming; it can produce As- and P-based nanowires without the use of these poisonous gases. A notable feature of the method is that properties of nanowires thus synthesized depend strongly on their shape, size, and geometry, and that certain growth conditions can only lead to such shapes and sizes.

  12. Ultrasensitive Detection of Cymbidium Mosaic Potexvirus Using a Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube-Functionalized Quartz Crystal Microbalance

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    Chen, Yu-Shiun; Hung, Yao-Ching; Chiou, Jin-Chern; Wang, Hui-Liang; Huang, Hung-Shu; Huang, Li-Chia; Huang, Guewha Steven

    2010-10-01

    We have developed an ultrasensitive, convenient, real-time platform for detecting Cymbidium mosaic potexvirus (CymMV) based on single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT)-functionalized quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensors. Functionalization was achieved by coating the QCM electrode with SWNTs, followed by 1,1'-carbonyldiimidazole-activated Tween 20 (CDI-Tween 20) modification and conjugation of antibodies. Sensitivity was enhanced from 2.18 to 11.5 Hz ng-1 when 0.1 µg mL-1 CymMV was applied. The low limit of detection of SWNT-functionalized QCM sensors was improved from 2.08 to 0.502 ng. The SWNT-functionalized QCM sensor was successfully used to quantify the amount of CymMV contained in infected orchid leaves. Compared to enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), SWNT-functionalized QCM sensors are fast, economical, and ultra-sensitive, with comparable sensitivities. The current study demonstrates the application of QCM sensors as a convenient platform to detect and quantify CymMV.

  13. Hybrid nanoparticle architecture for cellular uptake and bioimaging: direct crystallization of a polymer immobilized with magnetic nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes

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    Depan, D.; Misra, R. D. K.

    2012-09-01

    We describe here the success of an innovative approach of direct immobilization of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) onto carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The approach involved functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles and consequent covalent linkage to a copolymer (PE-b-PEG). Next, the immobilized magnetic nanoparticles on the copolymer were directly crystallized on the long axis of CNTs, where the interfacial adhesion comes from electrostatic and van der Waals interaction. The intracellular trafficking of a hybrid nanoparticle system [(PE-b-PEG)-MNP-CNT-FITC] in HeLa cells was monitored using a fluorescent marker, FITC, conjugated to the nanoparticle system. The distribution of the nanoparticle system inside cells was studied by fluorescence microscopy in a time and dose dependent manner, and it was observed that the nanoparticles are located in the cytoplasm and no apparent cell death was observed at the concentration studied. Also, the effect of an externally applied magnetic field on actin cytoskeleton, cell morphology and intracellular uptake of iron was studied. The approach described here is promising for simultaneous imaging and monitoring intracellular uptake.

  14. In situ and fast detection of single-walled carbon nanotubes by using DNA mediated aggregation method and quartz crystal microbalance

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    Jang, Kuewhan; Park, Jinsung; Lee, Sangmyung; You, Juneseok; Park, Chanho; Lee, Jaeryung; Park, Woonghwi; Yun, Jinsu; Ahn, Sanghyun; Na, Sungsoo

    2015-07-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted great interest from scientific interest to industrial areas. Due to the toxicity effect of CNTs, assessment methods for CNTs are one of the noticeable issues. In this work, we report the in situ and fast detection of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) by using a quartz crystal microbalance. The detection is based on DNA hybridization between the DNA on a quartz electrode and the DNA of aggregated SWCNTs. It is shown that our detection tool is capable of the in situ and fast detection of 5 min with the limit of detection (LOD) of 10 ng ml-1 in distilled water. Furthermore, our detection tool is able to detect SWCNTs in a real practical sample of tap water with the LOD of 100 ng ml-1. Our work sheds light on a direct monitoring tool that could detect and assess the toxicity of SWCNTs in a real environment.

  15. The electrocaloric effect and thermal stability of 0.94(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 modified by WO3

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    Wang, Ju; Li, Qiang; Ma, Yuan; Liu, Guocai; Zhao, Yuwei; Fan, Huiqing

    2016-05-01

    The solid-state reaction method is used to prepare the 0.94(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 modified by WO3 lead-free ceramic. The unpoled (Bi0.5Na0.5)0.94Ba0.06Ti1-(3/2) x W x O3 with pseudo-cubic structure undergoes transition from ferroelectric to relaxor ferroelectric that happens in the T d. The maximum reversible temperature change |Δ T| = 0.8 K occurs at the room temperature due to the decline of temperature. In addition, |Δ T| = 0.15 K at the (Bi0.5Na0.5)0.94Ba0.06Ti1-(3/2) x W x O3 with x = 0.75 mol% exhibits good thermal stability at the temperature range of 303-413 K.

  16. Quenching-induced circumvention of integrated aging effect of relaxor lead lanthanum zirconate titanate and (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-BaTiO3

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    Zang, Jiadong; Jo, Wook; Rödel, Jürgen

    2013-01-01

    The effect of quenching on the dielectric properties of ceramic Pb0.92La0.08(Zr0.65Ti0.35)0.98O3 (PLZT 8/65/35) and (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-6 mol. %BaTiO3 (BNT-6BT) was investigated after annealing at a wide range of temperatures. The dielectric permittivity showed that the magnitude and shape profile of the permittivity were significantly affected by the quenching process in comparison to furnace-cooled specimens. We propose that the changes originate from a circumvention of integrated aging that takes place during cooling process. A comparison between PLZT 8/65/35 and BNT-6BT allowed us to conclude that two different types of polar nanoregions exist in BNT-6BT and the transition between them peaks at around 300 °C.

  17. Direct observation of the symmetry breaking of the nanometer-scale local structure in the paraelectric cubic phase of BaTiO3 using convergent-beam electron diffraction

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    Tsuda, Kenji; Tanaka, Michiyoshi

    2016-07-01

    Nanometer-scale local structures of the cubic phase of barium titanate (BaTiO3) are investigated by convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED) using a nanometer-size electron probe. Breaking of the cubic symmetry has been discovered in the nanometer-scale areas of the cubic phase. This indicates the existence of local polarization clusters as a precursor of the phase transition. Symmetry-breaking index maps for the fourfold rotation symmetry are given at different temperatures with the combined use of scanning transmission electron microscopy and CBED methods (STEM-CBED). A spatially hierarchical structure of the cubic phase is proposed, which may explain different local symmetries reported using different experimental probes.

  18. Nanoscale phase quantification in lead-free (Bi1 /2Na1 /2) TiO3-BaTiO3 relaxor ferroelectrics by means of 23Na NMR

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    Groszewicz, Pedro B.; Breitzke, Hergen; Dittmer, Robert; Sapper, Eva; Jo, Wook; Buntkowsky, Gerd; Rödel, Jürgen

    2014-12-01

    We address the unsolved question on the structure of relaxor ferroelectrics at the atomic level by characterizing lead-free piezoceramic solid solutions (100 -x ) (Bi1 /2Na1 /2) TiO3-x BaTiO3 (BNT -x BT ) (for x =1 ,4 ,6 , and 15). Based on the relative intensity between spectral components in quadrupolar perturbed 23Na nuclear magnetic resonance, we present direct evidence of the coexistence of cubic and polar local symmetries in these relaxor ferroelectrics. In addition, we demonstrate how the cubic phase vanishes whenever a ferroelectric state is induced, either by field cooling or changing the dopant amount, supporting the relation between this cubic phase and the relaxor state.

  19. Enhanced ferroelectric and piezoelectric response in Mn-doped Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 lead-free film by pulsed laser deposition

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    Jin, Chengchao; Wang, Feifei; Leung, Chung Ming; Yao, Qirong; Tang, Yanxue; Wang, Tao; Shi, Wangzhou

    2013-10-01

    Mn-doped Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 thin film with the composition around the morphotropic phase boundary was grown on Pt-electrodized Si substrate by pulsed laser deposition. Highly (1 0 0)-oriented film with pure perovskite structure was obtained through carefully controlling the growth conditions. Well-defined ferroelectric P-E loop was obtained with the average remnant polarization Pr and coercive field Ec of ∼11.3 μC/cm2 and ∼6.5 kV/mm, respectively. Polycrystalline structures and multidomain states were revealed by piezoresponse force microscopy and large local strain response was obtained with the normalized strain Smax/Emax up to 92 pm/V. The excellent global electrical properties make it quite promising in environmental-friendly ferroelectric and piezoelectric devices.

  20. Microstructural influence on the broadband dielectric properties of BaTiO3-Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 core-shell composites: Experiment and modeling

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    Sakanas, A.; Grigalaitis, R.; Banys, J.; Curecheriu, L.; Mitoseriu, L.; Buscaglia, V.

    2015-11-01

    Dielectric measurements of core-shell BaTiO3-Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferroelectric-ferrimagnetic composites, sintered at two temperatures (1050 °C and 1150 °C), were performed in a broadband frequency range of 10 Hz-1 THz at various temperatures of 100-500 K. The comparison of temperature dependences reveals a drastic change of permittivity as a function of sintering temperature, as a result of modifications induced on the microstructural parameters as grain size and density. Effective medium approach was used in order to better describe processes associated with the constituent composite phases. Complex specific resistivity coupled with Maxwell-Wagner-Hashin-Shtrikman model allowed to associate lower frequency processes with grain boundary effects. We concluded that the main factor influencing the electrical properties of core-shell composites is the structure and interfaces, instead of the constituent materials themselves.

  1. Unification of the negative electrocaloric effect in Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-BaTiO3 solid solutions by Ba1/2Sr1/2TiO3 doping

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    Uddin, Sarir; Zheng, Guang-Ping; Iqbal, Yaseen; Ubic, Rick; Yang, Junhe

    2013-12-01

    The microscopic mechanisms of the negative electrocaloric effect (ECE) of the single-phase (1-x)(0.94Bi1/2Na1/2TiO3-0.06BaTiO3)-xBa1/2Sr1/2TiO3 (BNT-BT-BST) perovskite solid solutions fabricated via the sol-gel technique are explored in this study. Dielectric and mechanical relaxation analyses are employed to investigate the ferroelectric and structural transitions of the samples. The electrocaloric properties of the samples were measured by thermodynamics Maxwell relations. The difference between the depolarization temperature (Td) and the maximum dielectric constant temperature (Tm) was found to decrease with increasing BST content. Doping with BST stabilized the ferroelectric phase along with unifying the EC temperature changes (ΔT) to only negative values. The origin of the uniform negative ECE of BNT-BT-BST is discussed.

  2. Effects of site substitutions and concentration on the structural, optical and visible photoluminescence properties of Er doped BaTiO3 thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Maneeshya, L. V.; Thomas, P. V.; Joy, K.

    2015-08-01

    The structural, optical and visible photoluminescence of the Erbium (Er) doped BaTiO3 (BT:Er) thin films were studied in terms of Er3+ substitutions for Ba and Ti sites with different Er3+ doping concentrations (0, 1, 3 and 5 wt%). X-ray diffraction pattern of BT:Er films with different Er3+ concentration showed tetragonal phase with preferred orientation along (1 0 1) plane. The lattice constant of BT:Er film of 1 wt% Er3+ shrank and then expanded for higher concentration. This indicates that Er3+ ions are completely incorporated into the host lattice by substituting for Ba2+ sites for 1 wt% Er3+ and then Ti4+ sites for higher Er3+ concentration in the BaTiO3 host. The crystallite size decreased for 1 wt% and then increased for higher Er (3 and 5 wt%) concentrations. The Scanning electron microscopy images revealed well patterned arrangement of larger spherical grains with neck formation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirmed the presence of barium, titanium, erbium and oxygen in BT:Er films. An average transmittance >80% in visible region were observed for all the films. Optical band gap energy of BT:Er films were found to vary with increase in Er3+ concentration. The high refractive index >2 of these films can be used in optical application and anti-reflection coatings. Photoluminescence spectra of the films exhibited an increase in the emission intensity up to 3 wt% of Er3+ and then a decrease, due to self quenching. The improved optical properties of BT:Er films makes suitable for optical applications.

  3. Ceramic synthesis of 0.08BiGaO3–0.90BaTiO3–0.02LiNbO3 under high pressure and high temperature

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    Hui, Jin; Yong, Li; Mou-Sheng, Song; Lin, Chen; Xiao-Peng, Jia; Hong-An, Ma

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, the preparation of 0.08BiGaO3-0.90BaTiO3-0.02LiNbO3 is investigated at pressure 3.8 GPa and temperature 1100–1200 °C. Experimental results indicate that not only is the sintered rate more effective, but also the sintered temperature is lower under high pressure and high temperature than those of under normal pressure. It is thought that the adscititious pressure plays the key role in this process, which is discussed in detail. The composition and the structure of the as-prepared samples are recorded by XRD patterns. The result shows that the phases of BaTiO3, BaBiO2.77, and Ba2Bi4Ti5O18 with piezoelectric ceramic performance generate in the sintered samples. Furthermore, the surface morphology characteristics of the typical samples are also investigated using a scanning electron microscope. It indicates that the grain size and surface structure of the samples are closely related to the sintering temperature and sintering time. It is hoped that this study can provide a new train of thought for the preparation of lead-free piezoelectric ceramics with excellent performance. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51172089), the Natural Science Foundation of Education Department of Guizhou Province, China (Grant Nos. KY [2013]183 and LH [2015]7232), and the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Tongren University, China (Grant No. DS1302).

  4. Self-formation of highly aligned metallic, semiconducting and single chiral single-walled carbon nanotubes assemblies via a crystal template method

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    Kawai, Hideki; Hasegawa, Kai; Yanagi, Kazuhiro; Oyane, Ayako; Naitoh, Yasuhisa

    2014-09-01

    The fabrication of an aligned array of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with a single chiral state has been a significant challenge for SWCNT applications as well as for basic science research. Here, we developed a simple, unique technique to produce assemblies in which metallic, semiconducting, and single chiral state SWCNTs were densely and highly aligned. We utilized a crystal of surfactant as a template on which mono-dispersed SWCNTs in solution self-assembled. Micro-Raman measurements and scanning electron microscopy measurements clearly showed that the SWCNTs were highly and densely aligned parallel to the crystal axis, indicating that approximately 70% of the SWCNTs were within 7° of being parallel. Moreover, the assemblies exhibited good field effect transistor characteristics with an on/off ratio of 1.3 × 10{sup 5}.

  5. One-dimensional SnF{sub 2} single crystals in the inner channels of single-wall carbon nanotubes: II. Structure and nanocomposite construction modeling

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    Zakalyukin, R. M. Demyanets, L. N.; Kiselev, N. A.

    2010-07-15

    A structural model of the nanocomposite consisting of one-dimensional (1D) {alpha}-SnF{sub 2} single crystals and single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is proposed. The main cationic motif is revealed in the structure of monoclinic modification: two-layer packing of tin cations along the [283] direction. Four theoretical structural projections of a 1D crystal on the plane parallel to the [283] direction are determined and described. A fragment of the {alpha}-SnF{sub 2} structure in an SWCNT (with a channel diameter of 1.02 nm) is calculated. High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) images are modeled. These images correspond to the actually observed HREM patterns.

  6. Self-pumped phase conjugation and four-wave mixing in 0- and 45-deg-cut n-type BaTiO3:Co

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    Garrett, M. H.; Chang, J. Y.; Jenssen, H. P.; Warde, C.

    1993-01-01

    Relatively fast self-pumped phase-conjugate and four-wave-mixing rise times are reported in n-type cobalt-doped barium titanate. With the crystal oriented in a 45-deg cut as compared with the same crystal in a 0-deg cut we find a factor of 3 decrease in the 0-90-percent rise time to 800 ms with 25-mW input power at 514.5 nm. Also, the self-pumped phase-conjugate reflectivity increases from 20 to 40 percent. We deduce that the phase conjugation is from internally seeded stimulated photorefractive backscattering. The four-wave-mixing rise time of the 45-deg-cut crystal is 4 ms with a reflectivity of 48 percent when the pumping beams are derived from self-pumped phase conjugation that has an input power of 25 mW.

  7. Local structural origins of the distinct electronic properties of Nb-substituted SrTiO3 and BaTiO3

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    Proffen, Thomas E; Page, Katharine L; Kolodiazhnyi, Taras; Cheetham, Anthony K; Seshadri, R

    2008-01-01

    Relating the minute details of crystal and defect structures to the properties of transition metal oxides is a central preoccupation in condensed matter science. Aiding in these efforts have been the many significant advances in high resolution and high momentum transfer neutron diffraction, which today provide unprecedented precision in describing the location of atoms in functional materials.

  8. Broadband Tunable, Polarization-Selective and Directional Emission of (6,5) Carbon Nanotubes Coupled to Plasmonic Crystals.

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    Zakharko, Yuriy; Graf, Arko; Schießl, Stefan P; Hähnlein, Bernd; Pezoldt, Jörg; Gather, Malte C; Zaumseil, Jana

    2016-05-11

    We demonstrate broadband tunability of light emission from dense (6,5) single-walled carbon nanotube thin films via efficient coupling to periodic arrays of gold nanodisks that support surface lattice resonances (SLRs). We thus eliminate the need to select single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with different chiralities to obtain narrow linewidth emission at specific near-infrared wavelengths. Emission from these hybrid films is spectrally narrow (20-40 meV) yet broadly tunable (∼1000-1500 nm) and highly directional (divergence <1.5°). In addition, SLR scattering renders the emission highly polarized, even though the SWNTs are randomly distributed. Numerical simulations are applied to correlate the increased local electric fields around the nanodisks with the observed enhancement of directional emission. The ability to control the emission properties of a single type of near-infrared emitting SWNTs over a wide range of wavelengths will enable application of carbon nanotubes in multifunctional photonic devices. PMID:27105249

  9. Broadband Tunable, Polarization-Selective and Directional Emission of (6,5) Carbon Nanotubes Coupled to Plasmonic Crystals

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate broadband tunability of light emission from dense (6,5) single-walled carbon nanotube thin films via efficient coupling to periodic arrays of gold nanodisks that support surface lattice resonances (SLRs). We thus eliminate the need to select single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with different chiralities to obtain narrow linewidth emission at specific near-infrared wavelengths. Emission from these hybrid films is spectrally narrow (20–40 meV) yet broadly tunable (∼1000–1500 nm) and highly directional (divergence <1.5°). In addition, SLR scattering renders the emission highly polarized, even though the SWNTs are randomly distributed. Numerical simulations are applied to correlate the increased local electric fields around the nanodisks with the observed enhancement of directional emission. The ability to control the emission properties of a single type of near-infrared emitting SWNTs over a wide range of wavelengths will enable application of carbon nanotubes in multifunctional photonic devices. PMID:27105249

  10. Effect of grain boundary layer strain on the magnetic and transport properties of (100- x) La 0.7Ca 0.3MnO 3/( x) BaTiO 3 composites showing enhanced magnetoresistance

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    Bose, Esa; Taran, S.; Karmakar, S.; Chaudhuri, B. K.; Pal, S.; Sun, C. P.; Yang, H. D.

    2007-07-01

    A ferromagnetic/ferroelectric composite system, viz. (100- x)La 0.7Ca 0.3 MnO 3 [LCMO]/( x) BaTiO 3 [BTO] (with x=0.0%, 1.0%, 5.0%, 7.5%, 10.0% and 15.0%, in wt%) has been synthesized and the temperature-dependent DC magnetization M( T), resistivity ρ( T), magnetoresistance (MR), and thermoelectric power S( T) have been studied. Both metal-insulator transition temperature ( TMI) and the corresponding Curie temperature ( TC) decrease whereas peak resistivity at TMI increases as x is enhanced from 0.0% to 10.0%. For x>10.0%, this trend of variation is reversed. A maximum three-fold increase of magnetoresistance (MR) is observed (for sample with x=10.0%) due to the addition of ferroelectric (non-magnetic) perovskite BTO (compared to the mother compound LCMO). Interestingly, thermoelectric power S( T) shows a pronounced depression (dip) near the magnetic transition region for the composite samples. The above results have been analyzed considering strain induced by the LCMO/BTO grain boundary layer (BL).

  11. Dielectric and impedance spectroscopic studies of 0.8BaTiO3-0.2Bi0.5K0.5TiO3 lead-free ceramics

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    Ramesh, M. N. V.; Ramesh, K. V.

    2015-06-01

    0.8BaTiO3-0.2Bi0.5K0.5TiO3 (BT-BKT20) lead-free ceramics were prepared by conventional solid state reaction method followed by high energy ball milling. The formation of a single phase tetragonal structure in the material was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. Frequency and temperature-dependent dielectric studies show relaxor behavior in the BT-BKT20 which was found to obey modified Curie-Weiss law with degree of diffuseness 1.573. Complex impedance and electric modulus spectroscopy studies reveal temperature-dependent relaxation process in the material. The Cole-Cole plots were measured at high temperatures at which grain effect was observed. Impedance and electric modulus spectroscopy studies show non-Debye kind of conductivity relaxation process in the present material. Activation energies were calculated from impedance and electric modulus spectroscopy and the values of activation energy indicated that the conduction is ionic in nature. AC and DC conductivity have been measured and studied at different temperatures.

  12. Effect of Cooling Rate on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.2BaTiO3 Composite Solder

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    Yang, Li; Ge, Jinguo; Liu, Haixiang; Xu, Liufeng; Bo, Anbing

    2015-11-01

    The microstructure, interfacial intermetallic compound (IMC) layer, microhardness, tensile properties, and fracture surfaces of Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.2BaTiO3 composite solder were explored under three different cooling conditions (water-, air-, and furnace-cooled) during solidification. The average grain size was refined and the volume fraction of primary β-Sn dendrites increased with increasing cooling rate. The thickness of the IMC layer increased as the cooling rate was decreased, and the morphology also transformed from scallop shaped, for a rapid cooling rate, to irregular shaped for slower cooling; a Cu3Sn IMC layer was detected between the Cu6Sn5 IMC and copper substrate under the furnace-cooled condition, but not in water- or air-cooled specimens. The mechanical properties, including the microhardness and tensile properties, improved with rapid solidification due to the combined effects of grain refinement and a secondary strengthening mechanism. Fracture surfaces after tensile tests showed that the amount of dimples decreased and a cleavage-like pattern increased as the cooling rate was decreased from the water-cooled to furnace-cooled condition, so the fracture process transformed from ductile to mixed-mode fracture. A refined microstructure and excellent mechanical properties were obtained for the rapidly cooled sample.

  13. Thermal, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of 0.925BaTiO3-0.075Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3 ceramic

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    Suchanicz, J.; Nogas-Ćwikiel, E.; Sitko, D.; Handke, B.; Jelen, P.; Klimczyk, P.

    2015-08-01

    New low-lead content 0.925BaTiO3-0.075PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3 (0.925BT-0.075PZN) ceramic was fabricated by the spark-plasma-sintering method. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the obtained specimen possesses a pure perovskite structure. The microstructure investigation indicated a dense ceramic structure with 95% relative density determined by the Archimedes method. Composition undergoes a sequence of phase transitions as pure barium titanate (BT). Dielectric study revealed that the electric permittivity decreases at its maximum and the phase transition shifts to a higher temperature after lead zinc niobate doping of BT. Besides, the dielectric dispersion and polarization increases and decreases, respectively. Obtained results were discussed in term of the difference between ionic size and its mass and local elastic and electric fields. The results show that investigated ceramic is one of the promising low-lead materials for electronic applications.

  14. Multilayer ceramic capacitors based on relaxor BaTiO3-Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 for temperature stable and high energy density capacitor applications

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    Kumar, Nitish; Ionin, Aleksey; Ansell, Troy; Kwon, Seongtae; Hackenberger, Wesley; Cann, David

    2015-06-01

    The need for miniaturization without compromising cost and performance continues to motivate research in advanced capacitor devices. In this report, multilayer ceramic capacitors based on relaxor BaTiO3-Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 (BT-BZT) were fabricated and characterized. In bulk ceramic embodiments, BT-BZT has been shown to exhibit relative permittivities greater than 1000, high resistivities (ρ > 1 GΩ-cm at 300 °C), and negligible saturation up to fields as high as 150 kV/cm. Multilayer capacitor embodiments were fabricated and found to exhibit similar dielectric and resistivity properties. The energy density for the multilayer ceramics reached values of ˜2.8 J/cm3 at room temperature at an applied electric field of ˜330 kV/cm. This represents a significant improvement compared to commercially available multilayer capacitors. The dielectric properties were also found to be stable over a wide range of temperatures with a temperature coefficient of approximately -2000 ppm/K measured from 50 to 350 °C, an important criteria for high temperature applications. Finally, the compatibility of inexpensive Ag-Pd electrodes with these ceramics was also demonstrated, which can have implications on minimizing the device cost.

  15. Phase diagram and electrostrictive properties of Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-K0.5Na0.5NbO3 ceramics

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    Zhang, Shan-Tao; Yan, Feng; Yang, Bin; Cao, Wenwu

    2010-09-01

    Phase diagram of Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-K0.5Na0.5NbO3 ternary system has been analyzed and (0.94-x)BNT-0.06BT-xKNN (0.15≤x≤0.30) ceramics have been prepared and investigated. Pseudocubic structures were confirmed by x-ray diffractions and its preliminary Rietveld refinements. P-E, S-E, and S-P2 profiles (where P, E, and S denote polarization, electric field, and strain, respectively) indicate electrostrictive behavior of all ceramics. The compositions with x =0.20 and 0.25 show pure electrostrictive characteristics. The dissipation energy, electrostrictive strain, and electrostrictive coefficient have been determined and compared with other lead-free and lead-containing electrostrictors. The electrostrictive coefficient can reach as high as 0.026 m4/C2, about 1.5 times of the value of traditional Pb-based electrostrictors.

  16. Enhanced electrostricitive properties and thermal endurance of textured (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3-(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics

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    Hao, Jigong; Ye, Chenggen; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2013-08-01

    Textured 0.92(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3-0.02(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (BNT-BT-KNN) ceramics have been produced by tape casting with pure-phase (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3 templates. Through the approach of texture construction, enhanced electrostrictive response was obtained with an electrostrictive coefficient Q33 (˜0.024 m4/C2 at 60 kV/cm) and good thermostability comparable with that of traditional Pb-based electrostrictors. Even at an electric-field as low as 35 kV/cm or at a temperature as high as 180 °C, samples still possess a large electrostrictive response with Q33 > 0.022 m4/C2, suggesting it is very promising for practical applications as a lead-free electrostrictive material owning to its wide usage range. Moreover, reducing the applied electric-filed or increasing temperature can both induce the predominant to pure electrostriction transition due to the little contributions of electrostriction strain from ferroelectric domain switching. Our work may provide a new recipe for designing high-performance BNT-based lead-free electrostrictive materials by means of texture construction.

  17. Effect of misfit strain on multiferroic and magnetoelectric properties of epitaxial La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 bilayer

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    Li, T. X.; Zhang, M.; Yu, F. J.; Hu, Z.; Li, K. S.; Yu, D. B.; Yan, H.

    2012-02-01

    La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 (LSMO/BTO) bilayer films were grown on (0 0 1) oriented SrTiO3 (STO), LaAlO3 (LAO) and (LaAlO3)0.3(SrAl0.5Ta0.5O3)0.7 (LSAT) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The bilayer deposited on the LSAT substrate presented the best ferromagnetic properties due to the smallest lattice mismatch between LSAT and LSMO. However, the best ferroelectric properties and strongest magnetoelectric (ME) effect existed in the bilayer on the STO substrate due to the minimal compressive strain in the BTO film. All these showed similar frequency-dependent ME behaviour from 0.1 to 100 kHz, and the largest value of ME voltage coefficient (αE) was obtained on the STO substrate. The values of αE were around 263 mV cm-1 Oe-1, 202 mV cm-1 Oe-1 and 169 mV cm-1 Oe-1 at 1 kHz on STO, LSAT and LAO substrates, respectively, which were at least one order of magnitude higher than previously reported values for similar composites and were ascribed mainly to the rather low dielectric constant of the BTO film.

  18. Large enhancement of magnetic anisotropy and laser induced resistive switching effect in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 films due to strain from BaTiO3 substrates

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    Kalappattil, V.; Das, R.; Srikanth, H.; Phan, M. H.; Moya, X.

    Multifunctional oxide materials are interesting for their fundamental physical properties and technological applications. Epitaxial films of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) on BaTiO3 (BTO) show intriguing properties such as a giant magnetoelectric effect due to strain from BTO substrate. The LSMO film shows sharp jumps in magnetization M(T) and resistance R(T) at first-order structural phase transitions of BTO (TR-O 200K and TO-T 270 K) due to strain coupling from BTO. A temperature evolution of effective in-plane anisotropy field (HK) measured using the radio-frequency transverse susceptibility (TS) shows a sharp increase in HK around TR-O, which vanishes around TO-T.The in-plane magnetic anisotropy plays an important role in changing the magnetic and resistive states around TO-T. A switchable laser-induced resistive change of up to 300 %, which is about 10 times greater than those of conventional oxide systems, has been achieved in LSMO films using a 0.5 W violet laser just below the TO-T.The repeatability and stability of the laser-induced resistive switching effect reveal potential applications of LSMO/BTO heterostructures in developing new type of temperature sensors and memory devices. Work at USF supported by ARO Grant No. W911NF-15-1-0626.

  19. Visible Light-Induced Photocatalytic and Antibacterial Activity of Li-Doped Bi0.5Na0.45K0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Kushwaha, H. S.; Halder, Aditi; Jain, D.; Vaish, Rahul

    2015-11-01

    The visible light-active ferroelectric photocatalyst Bi0.5Na0.45Li0.05K0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 (BNKLBT) was synthesized by a solid-state method and its photocatalytic, photoelectrochemical, and antibacterial properties were investigated. In a chronoamperometric study the current density under visible light was 30 μA/cm2, which is three times more than that observed under dark conditions. The compound's visible light photocatalytic activity was investigated for degradation of an organic dye (methyl orange) and an estrogenic pollutant (estriol).The kinetic rate constants calculated for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange and estriol were 0.007 and 0.056 min-1, respectively. High photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical activity was a result of effective separation of photo-generated charge carriers, because of the ferroelectric nature of the catalyst. The effect of different charge-trapping agents on photocatalytic degradation was studied to investigate the effect of active species and the degradation pathway. Antimicrobial activity was investigated for Escherichia coli and Aspergillus flavus. The anti-bacterial action of BNKLBT was compared with that of the commercial antibiotic kanamycin (k30).

  20. Temperature dependence of Zr and Ti K-edge XANES spectra for para- and ferro-electric perovskite-type PbZrO3, PbTiO3 and BaTiO3

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    Yoshiasa, A.; Nakatani, T.; Hiratoko, T.; Tobase, T.; Nakatsuka, A.; Okube, M.; Arima, H.; Sugiyama, K.

    2016-05-01

    Zr and Ti K-edge XANES spectra of PbZrO3, PbTiO3 and BaTiO3 perovskite-type compounds were measured in the temperature range from 10K to 850K. Quantitative comparisons for the near-edge spectra were performed in a wide temperature range using the absorption intensity invariant point (AIIP) standardization. Clear temperature dependence for pre-edge shoulder is identified by the calculating the temperature difference of the XANES spectrum intensity. Decrease of pre-edge shoulder and peak intensity is observed only in the para- and ferro-electric phases and draw curves, not straight lines. The gradients for shoulder and pre-edge peak intensity are rich in a variety. The decrease in absorption of pre-edge peak and shoulder is speculated due to the shift from the off-centre position of the Zr atom with respect to the oxygen octahedron to center position. The Zr ion in the PbZrO3 para-electric phase has same temperature behaviors of Ti ions in the ferroelectric perovskite.

  1. Enhanced efficiencies in thin and semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar cells under low photon flux conditions using TiO2 nanotube photonic crystal

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    Xie, Keyu; Guo, Min; Liu, Xiaolin; Huang, Haitao

    2015-10-01

    The photovoltaic output of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are greatly dependent on the amount of absorbed photons, which is limited by the thickness of active layer of DSSCs and the illumination conditions. To improve the cell performance under low irradiance condition, a photoanode was designed by attaching a TiO2 nanotube photonic crystal (NTPC) onto the thin TiO2 nanoparticle (NP) layer for applications in thin and semi-transparent DSSCs. It is found that the introduction of the TiO2 NTPC significantly increases the light harvesting and hence the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the respective DSSCs. The TiO2 NTPC provides multi-functionalities, such as Bragg reflection, light scatting and additional light harvesting from its nanotube structure, leading to more significant light harvesting enhancement in these thin and semi-transparent DSSCs. Compared with the single-layer TiO2 NP based reference DSSCs, the above-mentioned synergic effects in a cell incoporated with a ∼2.3-μm-thick TiO2 NTPC yield PCE enhancements up to 99.1% and 130%, under 1 and 0.5 Sun conditions, respectively. Meanwhile, an obvious compensation effect of TiO2 NTPC to reduce the output power drop of these cells under tilted incient light is also demonstrated. The work will boost the practical applications of PC in irradiance sensitive devices.

  2. Research on the effect of crystal structures on W-TiO{sub 2} nanotube array photoelectrodes by theoretical and experimental methods

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    Xin, Yanjun; Wang, Yicheng; Ma, Dong; Liu, Huiling; Cheng, Wei

    2013-08-28

    W-doped/undoped TiO{sub 2} nanotube array (TNAs) photoelectrodes with different nanostructures were successfully fabricated using the anodization method. Their morphology and characteristics were studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), and ultra violet/visible light diffuse reflectance spectra (UV/vis/DRS). Their electronic structure and optical properties were studied by means of first-principle. Photocatalytic (PC) performance of W-TNAs photoelectrodes with different crystal structures was evaluated using the decomposition rates of Rhodamine B (Rh.B) under xenon light illumination. The results demonstrated that W substituting Ti broadened the width of conduction band (CB) and valence band (VB) of anatase and rutile TiO{sub 2}, reduced the band gap of rutile TiO{sub 2} and even caused its red-shift. W incorporated into TNAs photoelectrodes extended light absorption threshold and enhanced its utilization of solar light and PC activity, particularly, the PC performance of W-TNAs photoelectrodes with mixed crystal and rutile crystal structure.

  3. Influence of non-covalent modification of multiwalled carbon nanotubes on the crystallization behaviour of binary blends of polypropylene and polyamide 6.

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    Mukhopadhyay, Nabaneeta; Panwar, Ajay S; Kumar, Gulshan; Samajdar, I; Bhattacharyya, Arup R

    2015-02-14

    Blends of polypropylene (PP) and polyamide 6 (PA6) with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were prepared using different processing strategies in a twin-screw micro-compounder. The effect of MWNTs on the crystallization behaviour of the PP phase and the PA6 phase of the blend has been investigated through non-isothermal crystallization studies by differential scanning calorimetric analysis. Furthermore, the effect of the addition of the compatibilizer (PP-g-MA) and the modification of MWNTs (m-MWNTs) with a non-covalent organic modifier (Li-salt of 6 amino hexanoic acid, Li-AHA) has also been studied in context to the crystallization behaviour of the PP and PA6 phase in the blend. The crystallization studies have indicated a significant increase in bulk crystallization temperature of the PP phase in the blend in the presence of MWNTs. Moreover, the formation of 'trans-lamellar crystalline' structure consisting of PA6 'trans-crystalline lamellae' on MWNTs surface was facilitated in the case of blends prepared via 'protocol 2' as compared to the corresponding blends prepared via 'protocol 1'. Wide angle X-ray diffraction analysis has showed the existence of a β-polymorph of the PP phase due to incorporation of the PA6 phase in the blend. Addition of MWNTs in the blends has facilitated further β-crystalline structure formation of the PP phase. In the presence of m-MWNTs, a higher β-fraction was observed in the PP phase as compared to the blend with pristine MWNTs. Addition of PP-g-MA has suppressed the β-phase formation in the PP phase in the blend. X-ray bulk texture analysis revealed that incorporation of PA6 as well as pristine/modified MWNTs has influenced the extent of orientation of the PP chains towards specific crystalline planes in various blend compositions of PP and PA6. PMID:25574831

  4. Improvement of the relaxation time and the order parameter of nematic liquid crystal using a hybrid alignment mixture of carbon nanotube and polyimide

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    Lee, Hyojin; Yang, Seungbin; Lee, Ji-Hoon; Soo Park, Young

    2014-05-01

    We examined the electrooptical properties of a nematic liquid crystal (LC) sample whose substrates were coated with a mixture of carbon nanotube (CNT) and polyimide (PI). The relaxation time of the sample coated with 1.5 wt. % CNT mixture was about 35% reduced compared to the pure polyimide sample. The elastic constant and the order parameter of the CNT-mixture sample were increased and the fast relaxation of LC could be approximated to the mean-field theory. We found the CNT-mixed polyimide formed more smooth surface than the pure PI from atomic force microscopy images, indicating the increased order parameter is related to the smooth surface topology of the CNT-polyimide mixture.

  5. Improvement of the relaxation time and the order parameter of nematic liquid crystal using a hybrid alignment mixture of carbon nanotube and polyimide

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    Lee, Hyojin; Yang, Seungbin; Lee, Ji-Hoon; Soo Park, Young

    2014-05-12

    We examined the electrooptical properties of a nematic liquid crystal (LC) sample whose substrates were coated with a mixture of carbon nanotube (CNT) and polyimide (PI). The relaxation time of the sample coated with 1.5 wt. % CNT mixture was about 35% reduced compared to the pure polyimide sample. The elastic constant and the order parameter of the CNT-mixture sample were increased and the fast relaxation of LC could be approximated to the mean-field theory. We found the CNT-mixed polyimide formed more smooth surface than the pure PI from atomic force microscopy images, indicating the increased order parameter is related to the smooth surface topology of the CNT-polyimide mixture.

  6. Carbon nanotubes on a substrate

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    Gao, Yufei [Kennewick, WA; Liu, Jun [West Richland, WA

    2002-03-26

    The present invention includes carbon nanotubes whose hollow cores are 100% filled with conductive filler. The carbon nanotubes are in uniform arrays on a conductive substrate and are well-aligned and can be densely packed. The uniformity of the carbon nanotube arrays is indicated by the uniform length and diameter of the carbon nanotubes, both which vary from nanotube to nanotube on a given array by no more than about 5%. The alignment of the carbon nanotubes is indicated by the perpendicular growth of the nanotubes from the substrates which is achieved in part by the simultaneous growth of the conductive filler within the hollow core of the nanotube and the densely packed growth of the nanotubes. The present invention provides a densely packed carbon nanotube growth where each nanotube is in contact with at least one nearest-neighbor nanotube. The substrate is a conductive substrate coated with a growth catalyst, and the conductive filler can be single crystals of carbide formed by a solid state reaction between the substrate material and the growth catalyst. The present invention further provides a method for making the filled carbon nanotubes on the conductive substrates. The method includes the steps of depositing a growth catalyst onto the conductive substrate as a prepared substrate, creating a vacuum within a vessel which contains the prepared substrate, flowing H2/inert (e.g. Ar) gas within the vessel to increase and maintain the pressure within the vessel, increasing the temperature of the prepared substrate, and changing the H2/Ar gas to ethylene gas such that the ethylene gas flows within the vessel. Additionally, varying the density and separation of the catalyst particles on the conductive substrate can be used to control the diameter of the nanotubes.

  7. Magnetic nanotubes

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    Matsui, Hiroshi; Matsunaga, Tadashi

    2010-11-16

    A magnetic nanotube includes bacterial magnetic nanocrystals contacted onto a nanotube which absorbs the nanocrystals. The nanocrystals are contacted on at least one surface of the nanotube. A method of fabricating a magnetic nanotube includes synthesizing the bacterial magnetic nanocrystals, which have an outer layer of proteins. A nanotube provided is capable of absorbing the nanocrystals and contacting the nanotube with the nanocrystals. The nanotube is preferably a peptide bolaamphiphile. A nanotube solution and a nanocrystal solution including a buffer and a concentration of nanocrystals are mixed. The concentration of nanocrystals is optimized, resulting in a nanocrystal to nanotube ratio for which bacterial magnetic nanocrystals are immobilized on at least one surface of the nanotubes. The ratio controls whether the nanocrystals bind only to the interior or to the exterior surfaces of the nanotubes. Uses include cell manipulation and separation, biological assay, enzyme recovery, and biosensors.

  8. Strongly enhanced flux pinning in the YBa2Cu3O7 -x films with the co-doping of BaTiO3 nanorod and Y2O3 nanoparticles at 65 K

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    Wang, Hong-Yan; Ding, Fa-Zhu; Gu, Hong-Wei; Zhang, Teng

    2015-09-01

    YBa2Cu3O7 - x (YBCO) films with co-doping BaTiO3 (BTO) and Y2O3 nanostructures were prepared by metal organic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD). The properties of the BTO/Y2O3 co-doped YBCO films with different excess yttrium have been systematically studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The optimized content of yttrium excess in the BTO/Y2O3 co-doped YBCO films is 10 mol.%, and the critical current density is as high as ˜17 mA/cm2 (self-field, 65 K) by the magnetic signal. In addition, the Y2Cu2O5 was formed when the content of yttrium excess increases to 24 mol.%, which may result in the deterioration of the superconducting properties and the microstructure. The unique combination of the different types of nanostructures of BTO and Y2O3 in the doped YBCO films, compared with the pure YBCO films and BTO doped YBCO films, enhances the critical current density (JC) not only at the self-magnetic field, but also in the applied magnetic field. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51272250), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CBA00105), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2014AA032702), and the Natural Science Foundation of Beijing, China (Grant No. 2152035).

  9. Supercritical-assistant liquid crystal template approach to synthesize mesoporous titania/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites with high visible-light driven photocatalytic performance

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    Liu, Chen; Li, Youji Xu, Peng; Li, Ming; Huo, Pingxiang

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: We investigate the influence of mesoporous titania content upon the visible-light driven photocatalytic performance of MPT/MWCNTs in phenol degradation. - Highlights: • MPT/MWCNTs were fabricated by liquid-crystal template in supercritical CO{sub 2}. • MPT/MWCNTs show high visible-light driven photoactivity for phenol degradation. • MPT/MWCNTs also show high reusable photoactivity under visible irradiation. • MPT content can control visible-light driven photoactivity of MPT/MWCNTs. • MPT is not easily broken away from from MPT/MWCNT composites. - Abstract: Mesoporous titania (MPT) was deposited onto multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by deposition of titanium sol containing liquid-crystal template with assistant of supercritical CO{sub 2}. The products were characterized with various analytical techniques to determine their structural, morphological, optical absorption and photocatalytic properties. The results indicate that in photocatalytic degradation of phenol under visible light, the mixtures or composites of MPT and MWCNT show the high efficiency because of synergies between absorbing visible light, releasing electrons and facilitating transfer of charge carriers of MWCNTs and providing activated centers of MPT. Because of the mutual constraint between MPT and MWCNTs on the photocatalytic efficiency, the optimal loading of MPT in MPT/MWCNT-3 for phenol degradation is 48%. Because the intimate contact between MWCNTs and MPT is more beneficial to electron transformation, photoactivity of mixture is lower than that of composites with high reusable performance. The optimum conditions of phenol degradation were obtained.

  10. Giant soft-memory in liquid crystal-nanocomposites

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    Kempaiah, Ravindra; Liu, Yijing; Nie, Zhihong; Basu, Rajratan

    Here, we report a novel way of introducing giant, non-volatile soft-memory in a nanocomposite comprising of amphiphilic polymer functionalized barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticles and isotropic phase of 5CB liquid crystal. Doping of pure ferroelectric NPs in isotropic phase of 5CB creates nanoscopic domains of highly ordered regions as 5CB molecules arrange themselves around the NPs and we call these regions, pseudonematic domains.Here, mesogens can electromechanically rotate the BaTiO3 NPs within the domain, along the direction of applied electric field. These domains are spatially and thermodynamically locked-in and retain their directional orientation and net polarization even after the applied electric field is switched off. We call this net remnant polarization or hysteresis, `soft memory'. When NPs are functionalized with amphiphilic block copolymers, self-assembly of mesogens occurs at the interface of polymer tethers and nanoparticles via combination of non-covalent coupling and π- π stacking interaction and this results in multi-fold enhancement in the volume of pseudonematic domains and subsequent increase in the soft memory. This work provides new insight into understanding the interaction of nanoparticles, polymers and liquid crystal and potentially lead to the creation of nanoelectrocmehanical (NEMS) storage device using functionalized nanoparticles.

  11. Towards TiO2 nanotubes modified by WO3 species: influence of ex situ crystallization of precursor on the photocatalytic activities of WO3/TiO2 composites

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    Sun, Hui; Dong, Bohua; Su, Ge; Gao, Rongjie; Liu, Wei; Song, Liang; Cao, Lixin

    2015-09-01

    TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) crystallized at different temperatures were loaded with WO3 hydrate through the reaction between (NH4)6W7O24·6H2O and an aqueous solution of HCl. The photocatalytic activities of nanocomposites firstly increase and then decrease as a function of the crystallized temperature of the TNT precursor. The structural, morphologic and optical properties of WO3/TiO2 nanocomposites were also investigated in this study. The samples, initially anatase titania (573 K-773 K), presented phase transition to rutile titania at 873 K. With the crystallized temperature increasing, an evolution of samples morphology changing from nanotube-like structure to nanorod-like structure was observed. Meanwhile, the absorption edge of samples exhibited a red shift, and correspondingly their band gap decreased. Consistent with x-ray diffraction diffractograms, the existence of rutile titania as an impurity in the precursor TNT, crystallized at higher than 873 K, depressed photocatalytic activity evidently. As a result, the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO) increased with the samples crystallinity firstly, and then reduced due to the appearance of rutile titania. In our experimental conditions, the optimal photocatalytic activity was achieved for the sample crystalized at 773 K. Its degradation rate could reach 98.76% after 90 min UV light irradiation.

  12. Liquid phase sintering of 20Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O 3-80BaTiO3 dielectrics with bismuth-zinc-borate and bismuth borosilicate glasses

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    Shahin, David I.

    Dielectrics in the Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3-BaTiO 3 system (specifically 20BZT-80BT, in mol%) are promising candidates for high energy density capacitor applications due to broad temperature-dependent dielectric constant maxima and a relatively field-independent permittivity. Bulk samples require sintering temperatures of greater than 1180°C to reach useful densities. Due to incompatibility of Bi with low-pO2 processing, BZT-BT-based multilayer capacitors must utilize noble metal electrodes that resist oxidation during sintering. Sintering temperatures must be reduced to allow use of less expensive electrode materials (Cu, etc.). This work studies the reduced temperature sintering behavior and dielectric properties of BZT-BT sintered with 30Bi2O3-30ZnO-40B 2O3 and 50Bi2O3-25B2O 3-25SiO2 (mol%) liquid phase formers. Dielectrics sintered with 1v% borate additions and 5v% additions of either the borate or borosilicate achieved relative densities greater than 95% after sintering at 1000°C for four hours. All compositions retained the relaxor behavior exhibited by pure 20BZT-80BT. Increased borate additions led to greater dielectric constant reductions, while increased borosilicate additions yielded no clear trend in the dielectric constant reduction. Energy densities were estimated between 0.3-0.5 J/cm3; smaller glass additions typically led to larger energy densities. Dielectrics sintered with 1v% borate additions are of interest due to their high relative densities (approx. 96%) and energy densities of approximately 0.5 J/cm3 under 100kV/cm electric fields. Studies of BZT-BT/glass interfaces revealed the formation of crystalline interfacial layers less than 10 microns thick. The borate formed a bismuth titanate phase (likely Bi4Ti3O12) during heating to 700°C, whereas the borosilicate formed a barium silicate phase (likely BaSiO3) during processing to 800°C. Similar phases are expected to be present in the liquid phase sintered dielectrics and likely affect the BZT-BT sintering and dielectric behavior.

  13. A vapor response mechanism study of surface-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes coated chemiresistors and quartz crystal microbalance sensor arrays.

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    Lu, Hung-Ling; Lu, Chia-Jung; Tian, Wei-Cheng; Sheen, Horn-Jiunn

    2015-01-01

    This paper compares the selectivity and discusses the response mechanisms of various surface-modified, single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT)-coated sensor arrays for the detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Two types of sensor platforms, chemiresistor and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), were used to probe the resistance changes and absorption masses during vapor sensing. Four sensing materials were used in this comparison study: pristine, acidified, esterified, and surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS)-coated SWCNTs. SWCNT-coated QCMs reached the response equilibrium faster than the chemiresistors did, which revealed a delay diffusion behavior at the inter-tube junction. In addition, the calibration lines for QCMs were all linear, but the chemiresistors showed curvature calibration lines which indicated less effectiveness of swelling at high concentrations. While the sorption of vapor molecules caused an increase in the resistance for most SWCNTs due to the swelling, the acidified SWCNTs showed no responses to nonpolar vapors and a negative response to hydrogen bond acceptors. This discovery provided insight into the inter-tube interlocks and conductivity modulation of acidified SWCNTs via a hydrogen bond. The results in this study provide a stepping-stone for further understanding of the mechanisms behind the vapor selectivity of surface-modified SWCNT sensor arrays. PMID:25281128

  14. Multi-wavelength Q-switched Erbium-doped fiber laser with photonic crystal fiber and multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Cheak Tiu, Zian; Ahmad, Fauzan; Tan, Sin Jin; Zarei, Arman; Ahmad, Harith; Wadi Harun, Sulaiman

    2014-08-01

    A simple multi-wavelength passively Q-switched Erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) is demonstrated using low-cost multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)-based saturable absorber, which is prepared using polyvinyl alcohol as a host polymer. The multi-wavelength operation is achieved based on non-linear polarization rotation effect by incorporating 50 m long photonic crystal fiber in the ring cavity. The EDFL produces a stable multi-wavelength comb spectrum for more than 14 lines with a fixed spacing of 0.48 nm. The laser also demonstrates a stable pulse train with the repetition rate increasing from 14.9 to 25.4 kHz as the pump power increases from the threshold power of 69.0 mW to the maximum pump power of 133.8 mW. The minimum pulse width of 4.4 μs was obtained at the maximum pump power of 133.8 mW while the highest energy of 0.74 nJ was obtained at the pump power of 69.0 mW.

  15. Horizontal carbon nanotube alignment.

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    Cole, Matthew T; Cientanni, Vito; Milne, William I

    2016-09-21

    The production of horizontally aligned carbon nanotubes offers a rapid means of realizing a myriad of self-assembled near-atom-scale technologies - from novel photonic crystals to nanoscale transistors. The ability to reproducibly align anisotropic nanostructures has huge technological value. Here we review the present state-of-the-art in horizontal carbon nanotube alignment. For both in and ex situ approaches, we quantitatively assess the reported linear packing densities alongside the degree of alignment possible for each of these core methodologies. PMID:27546174

  16. Improved Process for Fabricating Carbon Nanotube Probes

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    Stevens, R.; Nguyen, C.; Cassell, A.; Delzeit, L.; Meyyappan, M.; Han, Jie

    2003-01-01

    An improved process has been developed for the efficient fabrication of carbon nanotube probes for use in atomic-force microscopes (AFMs) and nanomanipulators. Relative to prior nanotube tip production processes, this process offers advantages in alignment of the nanotube on the cantilever and stability of the nanotube's attachment. A procedure has also been developed at Ames that effectively sharpens the multiwalled nanotube, which improves the resolution of the multiwalled nanotube probes and, combined with the greater stability of multiwalled nanotube probes, increases the effective resolution of these probes, making them comparable in resolution to single-walled carbon nanotube probes. The robust attachment derived from this improved fabrication method and the natural strength and resiliency of the nanotube itself produces an AFM probe with an extremely long imaging lifetime. In a longevity test, a nanotube tip imaged a silicon nitride surface for 15 hours without measurable loss of resolution. In contrast, the resolution of conventional silicon probes noticeably begins to degrade within minutes. These carbon nanotube probes have many possible applications in the semiconductor industry, particularly as devices are approaching the nanometer scale and new atomic layer deposition techniques necessitate a higher resolution characterization technique. Previously at Ames, the use of nanotube probes has been demonstrated for imaging photoresist patterns with high aspect ratio. In addition, these tips have been used to analyze Mars simulant dust grains, extremophile protein crystals, and DNA structure.

  17. A living cell quartz crystal microbalance biosensor for continuous monitoring of cytotoxic responses of macrophages to single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    2011-01-01

    Background Numerous engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) exist and new ENMs are being developed. A challenge to nanotoxicology and environmental health and safety is evaluating toxicity of ENMs before they become widely utilized. Cellular assays remain the predominant test platform yet these methods are limited by using discrete time endpoints and reliance on organic dyes, vulnerable to interference from ENMs. Label-free, continuous, rapid response systems with biologically meaningful endpoints are needed. We have developed a device to detect and monitor in real time responses of living cells to ENMs. The device, a living cell quartz crystal microbalance biosensor (QCMB), uses macrophages adherent to a quartz crystal. The communal response of macrophages to treatments is monitored continuously as changes in crystal oscillation frequency (Δf). We report the ability of this QCMB to distinguish benign from toxic exposures and reveal unique kinetic information about cellular responses to varying doses of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). Results We analyzed macrophage responses to additions of Zymosan A, polystyrene beads (PBs) (benign substances) or SWCNT (3-150 μg/ml) in the QCMB over 18 hrs. In parallel, toxicity was monitored over 24/48 hrs using conventional viability assays and histological stains to detect apoptosis. In the QCMB, a stable unchanging oscillation frequency occurred when cells alone, Zymosan A alone, PBs alone or SWCNTs without cells at the highest dose alone were used. With living cells in the QCMB, when Zymosan A, PBs or SWCNTs were added, a significant decrease in frequency occurred from 1-6 hrs. For SWCNTs, this Δf was dose-dependent. From 6-18 hrs, benign substances or low dose SWCNT (3-30 μg/ml) treatments showed a reversal of the decrease of oscillation frequency, returning to or exceeding pre-treatment levels. Cell recovery was confirmed in conventional assays. The lag time to see the Δf reversal in QCMB plots was linearly SWCNT

  18. A theory of triple hysteresis in ferroelectric crystals

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    Weng, George J.

    2009-10-01

    In the vicinity of the transition temperature between two ferroelectric states, a ferroelectric crystal could exhibit a triple hysteresis under an ac field. For a BaTiO3 with the "c-plate" configuration slightly below this temperature, the middle loop is caused by the 0°→180° domain switch in the orthorhombic phase, whereas the upper and lower loops are the result of orthorhombic-to-tetragonal phase transition, and vice versa. In this article we first develop a micromechanics-based thermodynamic model to determine the thermodynamic driving force for phase transition and for domain switch as a function of electric field and temperature, and in the latter case, further supplement it with a kinetic equation and a homogenization scheme. The dependence of dielectric constant of the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases on temperature and electric field are also established. The developed theory is then applied to calculate the triple hysteresis loops of BaTiO3 at several levels of temperature. The calculated results for the triple loops, and for the variation of dielectric constant, are found to be in full accord with the test data of Huibregtse and Young [Phys. Rev. 103, 1705 (1956)].

  19. Epitaxial Approaches to Carbon Nanotube Organization

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    Ismach, Ariel

    Carbon nanotubes have unique electronic, mechanical, optical and thermal properties, which make them ideal candidates as building blocks in nano-electronic and electromechanical systems. However, their organization into well-defined geometries and arrays on surfaces remains a critical challenge for their integration into functional nanosystems. In my PhD, we developed a new approach for the organization of carbon nanotubes directed by crystal surfaces. The principle relies on the guided growth of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) by atomic features presented on anisotropic substrates. We identified three different modes of surface-directed growth (or 'nanotube epitaxy'), in which the growth of carbon nanotubes is directed by crystal substrates: We first observed the nanotube unidirectional growth along atomic steps ('ledge-directed epitaxy') and nanofacets ('graphoepitaxy') on the surface of miscut C-plane sapphire and quartz. The orientation along crystallographic directions ('lattice-directed epitaxy') was subsequently observed by other groups on different crystals. We have proposed a "wake growth" mechanism for the nanotube alignment along atomic steps and nanofacets. In this mechanism, the catalyst nanoparticle slides along the step or facet, leaving the nanotube behind as a wake. In addition, we showed that the combination of surface-directed growth with external forces, such as electric-field and gas flow, can lead to the simultaneous formation of complex nanotube structures, such as grids and serpentines. The "wake growth" model, which explained the growth of aligned nanotubes, could not explain the formation of nanotube serpentines. For the latter, we proposed a "falling spaghetti" mechanism, in which the nanotube first grows by a free-standing process, aligned in the direction of the gas flow, then followed by absorption on the stepped surface in an oscillatory manner, due to the competition between the drag force caused by the gas flow on the suspended

  20. High Piezoelectric Response in (Li0.5Sm0.5)2+-Modified 0.93Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 Near the Nonergodic-Ergodic Relaxor Transition

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    Xu, Jiwen; Li, Qinglin; Zhou, Changrong; Zeng, Weidong; Xiao, Jianrong; Ma, Jiafeng; Yuan, Changlai; Chen, Guohua; Rao, Guanghui; Li, Xuqiong

    2016-06-01

    The (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3 system is a promising Pb-free piezoelectric material to substitute for environmentally undesirable Pb-based ferroelectrics. However, understanding the origin of its high piezoelectric response is a fundamental issue that has remained unclear for decades. Here, complex ions (Li0.5Sm0.5)2+ were introduced to dictate the stability of the electrically-induced ferroelectric state in 0.93(Bi0.5Na0.5)1- x (Li0.5Sm0.5) x TiO3-0.07BaTiO3 relaxor ceramics. The applied electric field induces a phase transition from a non-ergodic state to a ferroelectric state as well as the realignment of ferroelectric domains. The non-ergodic relaxor state with x = 0-0.02 is accompanied by relatively high piezoelectric activity and the strongest piezoelectricity is observed near the crossover from the nonergodic to the ergodic state. The stable␣ferroelectric state cannot survive after the removal of the application electric field for the high doping level due to the enhancement of the random field, which is responsible for the rapid decrease of piezoelectric properties for x > 0.02 compositions.

  1. Interfacial Ion Intermixing Effect on Four-Resistance States in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 Multiferroic Tunnel Junctions.

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    Huang, Weichuan; Lin, Yue; Yin, Yuewei; Feng, Lei; Zhang, Dalong; Zhao, Wenbo; Li, Qi; Li, Xiaoguang

    2016-04-27

    A multiferroic tunnel junction (MFTJ), employing a ferroelectric barrier layer sandwiched between two ferromagnetic layers, presents at least four resistance states in a single memory cell and therefore opens an avenue for the development of the next generation of high-density nonvolatile memory devices. Here, using the all-perovskite-oxide La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 as a model MFTJ system, we demonstrate asymmetrical Mn-Ti sublattice intermixing at the La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/BaTiO3 interfaces by direct local measurements of the structure and valence, which reveals the relationship between ferroelectric polarization directions and four-resistance states, and the low temperature anomalous tunneling behavior in the MFTJ. These findings emphasize the crucial role of the interfaces in MFTJs and are quite important for understanding the electric transport of MFTJs as well as designing high-density multistates storage devices. PMID:27055530

  2. Nanotube junctions

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    Crespi, Vincent Henry; Cohen, Marvin Lou; Louie, Steven Gwon; Zettl, Alexander Karlwalte

    2004-12-28

    The present invention comprises a new nanoscale metal-semiconductor, semiconductor-semiconductor, or metal-metal junction, designed by introducing topological or chemical defects in the atomic structure of the nanotube. Nanotubes comprising adjacent sections having differing electrical properties are described. These nanotubes can be constructed from combinations of carbon, boron, nitrogen and other elements. The nanotube can be designed having different indices on either side of a junction point in a continuous tube so that the electrical properties on either side of the junction vary in a useful fashion. For example, the inventive nanotube may be electrically conducting on one side of a junction and semiconducting on the other side. An example of a semiconductor-metal junction is a Schottky barrier. Alternatively, the nanotube may exhibit different semiconductor properties on either side of the junction. Nanotubes containing heterojunctions, Schottky barriers, and metal-metal junctions are useful for microcircuitry.

  3. Nanotube junctions

    DOEpatents

    Crespi, Vincent Henry; Cohen, Marvin Lou; Louie, Steven Gwon Sheng; Zettl, Alexander Karlwalter

    2003-01-01

    The present invention comprises a new nanoscale metal-semiconductor, semiconductor-semiconductor, or metal-metal junction, designed by introducing topological or chemical defects in the atomic structure of the nanotube. Nanotubes comprising adjacent sections having differing electrical properties are described. These nanotubes can be constructed from combinations of carbon, boron, nitrogen and other elements. The nanotube can be designed having different indices on either side of a junction point in a continuous tube so that the electrical properties on either side of the junction vary in a useful fashion. For example, the inventive nanotube may be electrically conducting on one side of a junction and semiconducting on the other side. An example of a semiconductor-metal junction is a Schottky barrier. Alternatively, the nanotube may exhibit different semiconductor properties on either side of the junction. Nanotubes containing heterojunctions, Schottky barriers, and metal-metal junctions are useful for microcircuitry.

  4. Eigen-like hydrated protons traveling with a local distortion through the water nanotube in new molecular porous crystals {[MIII(H2bim)3](TMA).20H2O}n (M = Co, Rh, Ru)

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    Matsui, Hiroshi; Tadokoro, Makoto

    2012-10-01

    In molecular porous crystals {[MIII(H2bim)3](TMA).20H2O}n (M = Co, Rh, Ru), the structural property of confined water network and the dynamics of mobile hydrated protons have been examined by the measurement of infrared spectrum and microwave conductivity. The water network undergoes first order phase transition from the ice nanotube (INT) to the water nanotube (WNT) around 200 K, while the infrared spectral features for these states are almost equivalent. Consequently, the water molecules in WNT dynamically fluctuate in the vicinity of the regulated position in INT with maintaining the O-O distance. The additional band observed around 2200 cm-1 reveals the emergence of an Eigen-like protonic hydrate, around which the O-O distance locally shrinks to ˜2.56 Å. The microwave conductivity exhibiting activation-type behavior, isotope effect and anisotropy indicates that the water nanotube is a quasi one-dimensional high proton conductor. Together with the neutron experimental results, we have clarified that the proton and protonic hole are generated by the self-dissociation in some water molecules just hydrated to the carboxylate oxygen atom of trimesic acid. The Eigen-like hydrated proton and protonic hole contribute to the intrinsic proton conduction accompanying local distortions. The carrier density dominated by the intrinsic ionic equilibrium is not large, whereas the actual mobility, which is higher than 1 × 10-2 (cm2/Vs), yields the present high proton conductivity.

  5. Field emission and growth of fullerene nanotubes

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    Rinzler, A.G.; Hafner, J.H.; Nilolaev, P.; Colbert, D.T.; Smalley, R.E.

    1994-11-01

    Efforts to control the growth of individual carbon nanotubes from nanotube seed crystals have led to a characterization of their field-induced electron emission behavior. The application of a bias voltage in the growth apparatus was motivated by the prolific formation of nanotubes in the carbon are growth method, in which the electric field appears to play a central role. The authors report here the ability to achieve various tube tip configurations by the controlled application of voltage, heat and chemicals to an individual nanotube, and that these states are well characterized by the emission currents they induce.

  6. Silicon/Carbon Nanotube/BaTiO₃ Nanocomposite Anode: Evidence for Enhanced Lithium-Ion Mobility Induced by the Local Piezoelectric Potential.

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    Lee, Byoung-Sun; Yoon, Jihyun; Jung, Changhoon; Kim, Dong Young; Jeon, Seung-Yeol; Kim, Ki-Hong; Park, Jun-Ho; Park, Hosang; Lee, Kang Hee; Kang, Yoon-Sok; Park, Jin-Hwan; Jung, Heechul; Yu, Woong-Ryeol; Doo, Seok-Gwang

    2016-02-23

    We report on the synergetic effects of silicon (Si) and BaTiO3 (BTO) for applications as the anode of Li-ion batteries. The large expansion of Si during lithiation was exploited as an energy source via piezoelectric BTO nanoparticles. Si and BTO nanoparticles were dispersed in a matrix consisting of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using a high-energy ball-milling process. The mechanical stress resulting from the expansion of Si was transferred via the CNT matrix to the BTO, which can be poled, so that a piezoelectric potential is generated. We found that this local piezoelectric potential can improve the electrochemical performance of the Si/CNT/BTO nanocomposite anodes. Experimental measurements and simulation results support the increased mobility of Li-ions due to the local piezoelectric potential. PMID:26815662

  7. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 piezoelectric materials

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Wang, Yaojin; Yan, Yongke; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, Dwight; Priya, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    We synthesized grain-oriented lead-free piezoelectric materials in (K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (KBT-BT-NBT) system with high degree of texturing along the [001]c (c-cubic) crystallographic orientation. We demonstrate giant field induced strain (~0.48%) with an ultra-low hysteresis along with enhanced piezoelectric response (d33 ~ 190pC/N) and high temperature stability (~160°C). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) results demonstrate smaller size highly ordered domain structure in grain-oriented specimen relative to the conventional polycrystalline ceramics. The grain oriented specimens exhibited a high degree of non-180° domain switching, in comparison to the randomly axed ones. These results indicate the effective solution to the lead-free piezoelectric materials. PMID:25716551

  8. Heteroporphyrin nanotubes and composites

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    Shelnutt, John A.; Medforth, Craig J.; Wang, Zhongchun

    2007-05-29

    Heteroporphyrin nanotubes, metal nanostructures, and metal/porphyrin-nanotube composite nanostructures formed using the nanotubes as photocatalysts and structural templates, and the methods for forming the nanotubes and composites.

  9. Heteroporphyrin nanotubes and composites

    DOEpatents

    Shelnutt, John A.; Medforth, Craig J.; Wang, Zhongchun

    2006-11-07

    Heteroporphyrin nanotubes, metal nanostructures, and metal/porphyrin-nanotube composite nanostructures formed using the nanotubes as photocatalysts and structural templates, and the methods for forming the nanotubes and composites.

  10. Liquid crystal self-assembly of halloysite nanotubes in ionic liquids: a novel soft nanocomposite ionogel electrolyte with high anisotropic ionic conductivity and thermal stability

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    Zhao, Ningning; Liu, Yulin; Zhao, Xiaomeng; Song, Hongzan

    2016-01-01

    We report a novel class of liquid crystalline (LC) nanohybrid ionogels fabricated via self-assembly of natural halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) in ionic liquids (ILs). The obtained ionogels are very stable and nonvolatile and show LC phases over a wide temperature range. Remarkably, the nanocomposite ionogels exhibit high anisotropic ionic conductivity after shear, and their room temperature ionic conductivity can reach 3.8 × 10-3 S cm-1 for aligned nanotubes perpendicular to the electrode even when the HNTs content increases to 40 wt%, which is 380 times higher than that obtained for aligned nanotubes parallel to the electrode, which is 1.0 × 10-5 S cm-1. Crucially, the obtained LC nanocomposite ionogels have very high thermal stability, which can sustain 400 °C thermal treatment. The findings will promote the development of novel nanocomposite ionogel electrolytes with faster ion transport and larger anisotropic conductivity.We report a novel class of liquid crystalline (LC) nanohybrid ionogels fabricated via self-assembly of natural halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) in ionic liquids (ILs). The obtained ionogels are very stable and nonvolatile and show LC phases over a wide temperature range. Remarkably, the nanocomposite ionogels exhibit high anisotropic ionic conductivity after shear, and their room temperature ionic conductivity can reach 3.8 × 10-3 S cm-1 for aligned nanotubes perpendicular to the electrode even when the HNTs content increases to 40 wt%, which is 380 times higher than that obtained for aligned nanotubes parallel to the electrode, which is 1.0 × 10-5 S cm-1. Crucially, the obtained LC nanocomposite ionogels have very high thermal stability, which can sustain 400 °C thermal treatment. The findings will promote the development of novel nanocomposite ionogel electrolytes with faster ion transport and larger anisotropic conductivity. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06888f

  11. Mechanical properties of hybrid polymer nanotube systems

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    Coleman, Jonathan N.; Cadek, Martin; Dalton, Alan B.; Munoz, Edgar; Razal, Joselito; Baughman, Ray H.; Blau, Werner J.

    2003-04-01

    In this work, mechanical properties of hybrid materials fabricated from nanotubes and commercially available polymers were investigated. It was found that, by adding various concentrations of arc discharge multiwall nanotubes, both Young"s modulus and hardness increased by factors of 1.8 and 1.6 at 1wt% in PVA and 2.8 and 2.0 at 8wt% in PVK, in reasonable agreement with the Halpin-Tsai theory. Furthermore, the presence of the nanotubes was found to nucleate crystallization of the PVA. This crystal growth is thought to enhance matrix-nanotube stress transfer. In addition, microscopy studies suggest extremely strong interfacial bonding in the PVA-based composite. This is manifested by the fracture of the polymer rather that the polymer-nanotube interface. The dependence of the polymer nanotube interfacial interaction on host polymer was studied by intercalating various polymers (PVA, PVP and PS) into single wall nanotube buckypaper. Even for short soak times, significant polymer intercalation into existing free volume was observed. Depending on the polymer and the level of intercalation tensile tests on intercalated sheets showed that the Young"s modulus, strength and toughness increased by factors of 3, 9 and 28, respectively. This indicates that the intercalated polymer enhances load transmission between nanotubes due the significant stress transfer. The level of stress transfer was observed to scale with polymer hydrophobicity as expected.

  12. Hexagonal photonic crystal waveguide based on barium titanate thin films

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    Li, Jianheng; Liu, Zhifu; Wessels, Bruce W.; Tu, Yongming; Ho, Seng-Tiong; Joshi-Imre, Alexandra; Ocola, Leonidas E.

    2011-03-01

    The simulation, fabrication and measurement of nonlinear photonic crystals (PhCs) with hexagonal symmetry in epitaxial BaTiO3 were investigated. The optical transmission properties of a PhC were simulated by a 2-D finite-difference time domain (FDTD) method. A complete bandgap exists for both the TE and TM optical modes. The fabricated PhC has a well-defined stop band over the spectral region of 1525 to 1575 nm. A microcavity structure was also fabricated by incorporation of a line defect in the PhC. Transmission of the microcavity structure over the spectral region from 1456 to 1584nm shows a well-defined 5 nm wide window at 1495nm. Simulations indicate that the phase velocity matched PhC microcavity device of 0.5 mm long can potentially serve as modulator with a 3 dB bandwidth of 4 THz.

  13. Tailoring crystallinity and configuration of silica nanotubes by electron irradiation

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    Taguchi, Tomitsugu; Yamaguchi, Kenji

    2015-05-01

    SiO2 nanotubes show potential in applications such as nanoscale electronic and optical devices, bioseparation, biocatalysis, and nanomedicine. As-grown SiO2 nanotubes in the previous studies always have an amorphous wall, and here we demonstrate the successful synthesis of single-crystal nanotubes for the first time by the heat treatment of SiC nanotubes at 1300 °C for 10 h under low-vacuum conditions. According to TEM observations, the single-crystal SiO2 was α-cristobalite. We also demonstrate that single-crystal SiO2 nanotubes can be transformed into amorphous SiO2 nanotubes by electron beam irradiation. Moreover, we synthesized a crystalline/amorphous SiO2 composite nanotube, in which crystalline and amorphous SiO2 coexisted in different localized regions. In addition, for biomedical applications such as drug delivery systems, controlling the configuration of the open end, the diameter, and capsulation of SiO2 nanotubes is crucial. We can also obturate, capsulate, and cut a SiO2 nanotube, as well as modify the inner diameter of the nanotube at a specific, nanometer-sized region using the focused electron beam irradiation technique.

  14. Silicon Carbide Nanotube Synthesized

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    Lienhard, Michael A.; Larkin, David J.

    2003-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have generated a great deal of scientific and commercial interest because of the countless envisioned applications that stem from their extraordinary materials properties. Included among these properties are high mechanical strength (tensile and modulus), high thermal conductivity, and electrical properties that make different forms of single-walled CNTs either conducting or semiconducting, and therefore, suitable for making ultraminiature, high-performance CNT-based electronics, sensors, and actuators. Among the limitations for CNTs is their inability to survive in high-temperature, harsh-environment applications. Silicon carbon nanotubes (SiCNTs) are being developed for their superior material properties under such conditions. For example, SiC is stable in regards to oxidation in air to temperatures exceeding 1000 C, whereas carbon-based materials are limited to 600 C. The high-temperature stability of SiCNTs is envisioned to enable high-temperature, harsh-environment nanofiber- and nanotube-reinforced ceramics. In addition, single-crystal SiC-based semiconductors are being developed for hightemperature, high-power electronics, and by analogy to CNTs with silicon semiconductors, SiCNTs with single-crystal SiC-based semiconductors may allow high-temperature harsh-environment nanoelectronics, nanosensors, and nanoactuators to be realized. Another challenge in CNT development is the difficulty of chemically modifying the tube walls, which are composed of chemically stable graphene sheets. The chemical substitution of the CNTs walls will be necessary for nanotube self-assembly and biological- and chemical-sensing applications. SiCNTs are expected to have a different multiple-bilayer wall structure, allowing the surface Si atoms to be functionalized readily with molecules that will allow SiCNTs to undergo self-assembly and be compatible with a variety of materials (for biotechnology applications and high-performance fiber-reinforced ceramics).

  15. Tunneling Nanotubes

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    Lou, Emil; Fujisawa, Sho; Barlas, Afsar; Romin, Yevgeniy; Manova-Todorova, Katia; Moore, Malcolm A.S.; Subramanian, Subbaya

    2012-01-01

    Tunneling nanotubes are actin-based cytoplasmic extensions that function as intercellular channels in a wide variety of cell types.There is a renewed and keen interest in the examination of modes of intercellular communication in cells of all types, especially in the field of cancer biology. Tunneling nanotubes –which in the literature have also been referred to as “membrane nanotubes,” “’intercellular’ or ‘epithelial’ bridges,” or “cytoplasmic extensions” – are under active investigation for their role in facilitating direct intercellular communication. These structures have not, until recently, been scrutinized as a unique and previously unrecognized form of direct cell-to-cell transmission of cellular cargo in the context of human cancer. Our recent study of tunneling nanotubes in human malignant pleural mesothelioma and lung adenocarcinomas demonstrated efficient transfer of cellular contents, including proteins, Golgi vesicles, and mitochondria, between cells derived from several well-established cancer cell lines. Further, we provided effective demonstration that such nanotubes can form between primary malignant cells from human patients. For the first time, we also demonstrated the in vivo relevance of these structures in humans, having effectively imaged nanotubes in intact solid tumors from patients. Here we provide further analysis and discussion on our findings, and offer a prospective ‘road map’ for studying tunneling nanotubes in the context of human cancer. We hope that further understanding of the mechanisms, methods of transfer, and particularly the role of nanotubes in tumor-stromal cross-talk will lead to identification of new selective targets for cancer therapeutics. PMID:23060969

  16. Nanotube cathodes.

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    Overmyer, Donald L.; Lockner, Thomas Ramsbeck; Siegal, Michael P.; Miller, Paul Albert

    2006-11-01

    Carbon nanotubes have shown promise for applications in many diverse areas of technology. In this report we describe our efforts to develop high-current cathodes from a variety of nanotubes deposited under a variety of conditions. Our goal was to develop a one-inch-diameter cathode capable of emitting 10 amperes of electron current for one second with an applied potential of 50 kV. This combination of current and pulse duration significantly exceeds previously reported nanotube-cathode performance. This project was planned for two years duration. In the first year, we tested the electron-emission characteristics of nanotube arrays fabricated under a variety of conditions. In the second year, we planned to select the best processing conditions, to fabricate larger cathode samples, and to test them on a high-power relativistic electron beam generator. In the first year, much effort was made to control nanotube arrays in terms of nanotube diameter and average spacing apart. When the project began, we believed that nanotubes approximately 10 nm in diameter would yield sufficient electron emission properties, based on the work of others in the field. Therefore, much of our focus was placed on measured field emission from such nanotubes grown on a variety of metallized surfaces and with varying average spacing between individual nanotubes. We easily reproduced the field emission properties typically measured by others from multi-wall carbon nanotube arrays. Interestingly, we did this without having the helpful vertical alignment to enhance emission; our nanotubes were randomly oriented. The good emission was most likely possible due to the improved crystallinity, and therefore, electrical conductivity, of our nanotubes compared to those in the literature. However, toward the end of the project, we learned that while these 10-nm-diameter CNTs had superior crystalline structure to the work of others studying field emission from multi-wall CNT arrays, these nanotubes still

  17. A novel cost effective fabrication technique for highly preferential oriented TiO2 nanotubes.

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    K, Aijo John; Naduvath, Johns; Mallick, Sudhanshu; Shripathi, Thoudinja; Thankamoniamma, Manju; Philip, Rachel Reena

    2015-12-28

    Single crystal like TiO(2) nanotubes with preferential orientation along the [001] direction, parallel to the growth direction of nanotubes, that offer ease of charge transport much higher than reported so far, are fabricated using a cost effective two step technique. The success of this method to grow the nanotubes with the anomalous intense [001] preferential orientation is attributed to the zinc assisted minimization of the (001) surface energy. The single crystal like TiO(2) nanotubes show superior performance as supercapacitor electrodes compared to the normal polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanotubes. PMID:26602105

  18. Defect-Free Carbon Nanotube Coils.

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    Shadmi, Nitzan; Kremen, Anna; Frenkel, Yiftach; Lapin, Zachary J; Machado, Leonardo D; Legoas, Sergio B; Bitton, Ora; Rechav, Katya; Popovitz-Biro, Ronit; Galvão, Douglas S; Jorio, Ado; Novotny, Lukas; Kalisky, Beena; Joselevich, Ernesto

    2016-04-13

    Carbon nanotubes are promising building blocks for various nanoelectronic components. A highly desirable geometry for such applications is a coil. However, coiled nanotube structures reported so far were inherently defective or had no free ends accessible for contacting. Here we demonstrate the spontaneous self-coiling of single-wall carbon nanotubes into defect-free coils of up to more than 70 turns with identical diameter and chirality, and free ends. We characterize the structure, formation mechanism, and electrical properties of these coils by different microscopies, molecular dynamics simulations, Raman spectroscopy, and electrical and magnetic measurements. The coils are highly conductive, as expected for defect-free carbon nanotubes, but adjacent nanotube segments in the coil are more highly coupled than in regular bundles of single-wall carbon nanotubes, owing to their perfect crystal momentum matching, which enables tunneling between the turns. Although this behavior does not yet enable the performance of these nanotube coils as inductive devices, it does point a clear path for their realization. Hence, this study represents a major step toward the production of many different nanotube coil devices, including inductors, electromagnets, transformers, and dynamos. PMID:26708150

  19. Sacrificial template method of fabricating a nanotube

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    Yang, Peidong; He, Rongrui; Goldberger, Joshua; Fan, Rong; Wu, Yi-Ying; Li, Deyu; Majumdar, Arun

    2007-05-01

    Methods of fabricating uniform nanotubes are described in which nanotubes were synthesized as sheaths over nanowire templates, such as using a chemical vapor deposition process. For example, single-crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires are utilized as templates over which gallium nitride (GaN) is epitaxially grown. The ZnO templates are then removed, such as by thermal reduction and evaporation. The completed single-crystalline GaN nanotubes preferably have inner diameters ranging from 30 nm to 200 nm, and wall thicknesses between 5 and 50 nm. Transmission electron microscopy studies show that the resultant nanotubes are single-crystalline with a wurtzite structure, and are oriented along the <001> direction. The present invention exemplifies single-crystalline nanotubes of materials with a non-layered crystal structure. Similar "epitaxial-casting" approaches could be used to produce arrays and single-crystalline nanotubes of other solid materials and semiconductors. Furthermore, the fabrication of multi-sheath nanotubes are described as well as nanotubes having multiple longitudinal segments.

  20. Towards lysozyme nanotube and 3D hybrid self-assembly

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    Lara, Cecile; Handschin, Stephan; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-07-01

    We report lysozyme self-assembly into nanotubes, under the effect of hydrolysis at pH 2 and 90 °C. We resolve the final steps of the fibrillation pathway, entailing the closure of multi-stranded helical ribbons into nanotubes, and we provide evidence of β-sheet arrangement within the nanotubes, demonstrating amyloid-like aggregation. Addition of chloroauric acid to the self-assembled structures can lead to generation of either gold single crystal nanoplatelets or gold nanoparticles (when a reducing agent is added) decorating the nanotube and ribbon surfaces. The crystal-based organic-inorganic hybrids further assemble into 3D ``sandwiched'' structures.We report lysozyme self-assembly into nanotubes, under the effect of hydrolysis at pH 2 and 90 °C. We resolve the final steps of the fibrillation pathway, entailing the closure of multi-stranded helical ribbons into nanotubes, and we provide evidence of β-sheet arrangement within the nanotubes, demonstrating amyloid-like aggregation. Addition of chloroauric acid to the self-assembled structures can lead to generation of either gold single crystal nanoplatelets or gold nanoparticles (when a reducing agent is added) decorating the nanotube and ribbon surfaces. The crystal-based organic-inorganic hybrids further assemble into 3D ``sandwiched'' structures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Materials and methods, further images and FTIR data. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr02194g

  1. Roping and wrapping carbon nanotubes

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    Ausman, Kevin D.; O'Connell, Michael J.; Boul, Peter; Ericson, Lars M.; Casavant, Michael J.; Walters, Deron A.; Huffman, Chad; Saini, Rajesh; Wang, Yuhuang; Haroz, Erik; Billups, Edward W.; Smalley, Richard E.

    2001-11-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes can be dispersed into solvents by ultrasonication to the point that primarily individual tubes, cut to a few hundred nanometers in length, are present. However, when such dispersions are filtered to a thick mat, or paper, only tangles of uniform, seemingly endless ropes are observed. The factors contributing to this "roping" phenomenon, akin to aggregation or crystallization, will be discussed. We have developed methods for generating "super-ropes" more than twenty times the diameter of those formed by filtration, involving the extraction of nanotube material from an oleum dispersion. Nanotubes have been solubilized in water, largely individually, by non-covalently wrapping them with linear polymers. The general thermodynamic drive for this wrapping involves the polymer disrupting both the hydrophobic interface with water and the smooth tube-tube interaction in aggregates. The nanotubes can be recovered from their polymeric wrapping by changing their solvent system. This solubilization process opens the door to solution chemistry on pristine nanotubes, as well as their introduction into biologically relevant systems.

  2. Method of making carbon nanotubes on a substrate

    DOEpatents

    Gao, Yufei; Liu, Jun

    2006-03-14

    The present invention includes carbon nanotubes whose hollow cores are 100% filled with conductive filler. The carbon nanotubes are in uniform arrays on a conductive substrate and are well-aligned and can be densely packed. The uniformity of the carbon nanotube arrays is indicated by the uniform length and diameter of the carbon nanotubes, both which vary from nanotube to nanotube on a given array by no more than about 5%. The alignment of the carbon nanotubes is indicated by the perpendicular growth of the nanotubes from the substrates which is achieved in part by the simultaneous growth of the conductive filler within the hollow core of the nanotube and the densely packed growth of the nanotubes. The present invention provides a densely packed carbon nanotube growth where each nanotube is in contact with at least one nearest-neighbor nanotube. The substrate is a conductive substrate coated with a growth catalyst, and the conductive filler can be single crystals of carbide formed by a solid state reaction between the substrate material and the growth catalyst. The present invention further provides a method for making the filled carbon nanotubes on the conductive substrates. The method includes the steps of depositing a growth catalyst onto the conductive substrate as a prepared substrate, creating a vacuum within a vessel which contains the prepared substrate, flowing H2/inert (e.g. Ar) gas within the vessel to increase and maintain the pressure within the vessel, increasing the temperature of the prepared substrate, and changing the H2/Ar gas to ethylene gas such that the ethylene gas flows within the vessel. Additionally, varying the density and separation of the catalyst particles on the conductive substrate can be used to control the diameter of the nanotubes.

  3. Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Deposition on Model Environmental Surfaces

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    Deposition of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) on model environmental surfaces was investigated using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). Deposition behaviors of MWNTs on positively and negatively charged surfaces were in good agreement with Der...

  4. Nanotube phonon waveguide

    DOEpatents

    Chang, Chih-Wei; Zettl, Alexander K.

    2013-10-29

    Disclosed are methods and devices in which certain types of nanotubes (e.g., carbon nanotubes and boron nitride nanotubes conduct heat with high efficiency and are therefore useful in electronic-type devices.

  5. Nanorods and nanotubes: Synthesis, manipulation and properties

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    Wong, Eric Warren

    Nanorods and nanotubes represent idealized structures for investigating phenomena associated with reduced dimensionality and are potential building blocks for nanostructured materials. Understanding their synthesis as well as physical properties is crucial if they are to form the basis for future devices. The synthesis of carbide nanotubes and nanorods is described. Also presented is a general method that combines micropatterning techniques with scanning force microscopy (SFM) to probe individual quasi-one-dimensional materials. Polycrystalline TiC and NbC nanorods, with 20-30 nm diameters and lengths exceeding 1 mum, were synthesized by reacting gaseous Ti-I or Nb-I at 550-1100sp°C with carbon nanotubes which served as structural templates. Template growth from nanotubes appears general since polycrystalline BCsb{x} and amorphous Fesb3C nanorods were produced from Bsb2Osb2 and FeClsb3, respectively. However, reaction of Si-I precursors with nanotubes or graphite above 1050sp°C resulted in single crystal SiC nanorods, with 1-20 nm diameters and 1-20 mum lengths, that grew catalytically from MoSisb2 nanoparticles by a vapor-solid mechanism. Above 1200sp°C, single crystal TiC nanorods grew from nanotubes and Ti-I or TiO by an undetermined mechanism. To probe electrical transport in carbon nanotubes, a method was devised where a static gold contact was lithographically formed with one end of a nanotube while a second dynamic contact was made by a conducting SFM probe. The conducting SFM tip can simultaneously map the topography and conductance of the nanotube. The transport properties of a series of structurally distinct nanotubes were studied and shown to sensitively depend on their structure, the presence of defects causing dramatic increases in resistivity. The mechanics of SiC nanorods and carbon nanotubes were studied using an analogous technique. An SFM tip was used to measure the forces required to bend nanobeams. The SiC nanorods had elastic moduli in close

  6. Effect of the Yb3+ Concentration in Up-Conversion and Electrical Properties of Ho3+/Yb3+ Co-doped (0.94Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3) Ceramics

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    Liu, Qian; Li, Yanxia; Li, Jun; Chai, Xiaona; Zhao, Haifeng; Wang, Xusheng; Yao, Xi

    2016-07-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped 0.94Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 (NBT-BT:Ho3+/Yb3+) ceramics were synthesized by solid-state reaction and characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), luminescent, dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric measurements. The XRD diffraction data showed that all the ceramics were single phase with a perovskite structure. Bright green up-conversion (UC) emission bands (545 nm) and weak red UC emission bands (660 nm) corresponded to the transitions from (5F4, 5S2) → 5I8 and 4I5 → 5I8, respectively. Furthermore, optimized UC emission intensity was observed in the NBT-BT:0.005Ho3+/0.03Yb3+ samples. The thermal behavior of UC emission in the ceramics was also investigated and the maximum sensitivity based on fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) technology was approximately 0.0042 K-1 at 100 K. Moreover, relatively good dielectric properties ( ɛ = 4475) and ferroelectric properties ( P r = 32 μ/cm2 and E c = 37 kV) were obtained in NBT-BT:0.005Ho3+/0.005Yb3+. As a multi-functional material, NBT-BT:Ho3+/Yb3+ ceramics may be useful in electro-optical devices.

  7. Ferroelectric control of spin injection in La0.7 Sr0.3 MnO3 /BaTiO3 /La0.5 Ca0.5 MnO3 /La0.7 Sr0.3 MnO3 multiferroic tunnel junctions with a bilayer barrier

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    Yin, Yuewei; Miao, L. D.; Du, R. Z.; Li, Q.

    2015-03-01

    Using a ferroelectric (FE) barrier with ferromagnetic electrodes has become a promising method for controlling spin injection by purely electrical means, which is an important challenge in spintronics. Recently, we have designed a La0.7Sr0.3MnO3(LSMO) /BaTiO3(BTO) /La0.5Ca0.5MnO3(LCMO) /LSMO tunnel junctions in which the reversal of FE polarization of BTO will magnetoelectrically lead to a FM metallic - antiferromagnetic insulating phase transition in LCMO and result in an enhanced tunneling electroresistance (TER). Using the bilayer barrier, we observed that the spin injection can be controlled by barrier polarization reversal as shown in the change of tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR). The temperature evolution of tunnel electromagnetoresistance (TEMR) (percentage ratio between the TMR values for the two polarization states), which is directly proportional to the change of tunnel-current spin polarization, was studied and larger TEMR was obtained with increasing temperature. Meanwhile, TEMR increases with TER effect for samples with different LCMO insertion thicknesses, suggesting a controllable strong electric control of tunnel-current spin polarization using a designed structure with proper interfaces.

  8. Properties of (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3-(Bi0.5Na0.5)(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3 Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics and Its Application to Ultrasonic Cleaner

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    Tou, Tonshaku; Hamaguti, Yuki; Maida, Yuichi; Yamamori, Haruo; Takahashi, Kazutoshi; Terashima, Yoshimitsu

    2009-07-01

    The lead-free piezoelectric ceramics 0.82(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.15BaTiO3-0.03(Bi0.5Na0.5)(Mn1/3Nb2/3)O3 (abbreviated as BNT-BT-BNMN) was prepared by a conventional process of ceramic engineering. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD) analysis showed that all compositions could form a single perovskite phase. The ceramics showed excellent piezoelectric properties with a coupling factor kt=41%, a mechanical quality factor Qm=500, a piezoelectric constant d33=110 pC/N, a relative permittivity ɛ33T/ɛ0=520, a dissipation factor tan δ=0.66%, a Curie point Tc=260 °C, and a density ρ=5.5 g/cm3. The physical properties of the ceramics were superior to those of hard Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT). The high-power characteristics of the ceramics were superior to those of hard PZT. A cylinder sample of lead-free ceramics was used to fabricate a bolt-clamped Langevin transducer (BLT) for application in the ultrasonic cleaner. The vibration velocity of BLT using the ceramics was higher than that of hard PZT under the same input power. The cleaning effect of an ultrasonic cleaner using the BLTs was very high and sufficiently good for commercial application.

  9. Effect of Nb-donor and Fe-acceptor dopants in (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-BaTiO3-(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 lead-free piezoceramics

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    Jo, Wook; Erdem, Emre; Eichel, Rüdiger-A.; Glaum, Julia; Granzow, Torsten; Damjanovic, Dragan; Rödel, Jürgen

    2010-07-01

    The role of Fe as an acceptor and Nb as a donor in [0.94-x](Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3-x (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (100xKNN) (x=0.02 and 0.03) lead-free piezoceramics was investigated. X-ray diffraction analyses show that all the profiles are best-fitted with a cubic symmetry where Fe doping tends to induce a lattice expansion, while Nb doping does the opposite. The strain and polarization characteristics are enhanced and suppressed by the acceptor and donor dopants, respectively. The improvement in the electrical properties with acceptor doping is accompanied by the stabilization of a ferroelectric order. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic analysis suggests that the stabilization of the ferroelectric order by the Fe dopant originates from the formation of (FeTi'-VO••)• defect dipoles.

  10. Effect of the Yb3+ Concentration in Up-Conversion and Electrical Properties of Ho3+/Yb3+ Co-doped (0.94Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3) Ceramics

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    Liu, Qian; Li, Yanxia; Li, Jun; Chai, Xiaona; Zhao, Haifeng; Wang, Xusheng; Yao, Xi

    2016-04-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped 0.94Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3 (NBT-BT:Ho3+/Yb3+) ceramics were synthesized by solid-state reaction and characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), luminescent, dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric measurements. The XRD diffraction data showed that all the ceramics were single phase with a perovskite structure. Bright green up-conversion (UC) emission bands (545 nm) and weak red UC emission bands (660 nm) corresponded to the transitions from (5F4, 5S2) → 5I8 and 4I5 → 5I8, respectively. Furthermore, optimized UC emission intensity was observed in the NBT-BT:0.005Ho3+/0.03Yb3+ samples. The thermal behavior of UC emission in the ceramics was also investigated and the maximum sensitivity based on fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) technology was approximately 0.0042 K-1 at 100 K. Moreover, relatively good dielectric properties (ɛ = 4475) and ferroelectric properties (P r = 32 μ/cm2 and E c = 37 kV) were obtained in NBT-BT:0.005Ho3+/0.005Yb3+. As a multi-functional material, NBT-BT:Ho3+/Yb3+ ceramics may be useful in electro-optical devices.

  11. Nanotube News

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    Journal of College Science Teaching, 2005

    2005-01-01

    Smaller, faster computers, bullet-proof t-shirts, and itty-bitty robots--such are the promises of nanotechnology and the cylinder-shaped collection of carbon molecules known as nanotubes. But for these exciting ideas to become realities, scientists must understand how these miracle molecules perform under all sorts of conditions. This brief…

  12. Optical properties of titanium dioxide nanotube arrays

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    Abdelmoula, Mohamed; Sokoloff, Jeffrey; Lu, Wen-Tao; Menon, Latika; Close, Thomas; Richter, Christiaan

    2014-01-07

    We present experimental measurements and a theoretical analysis of the near UV to NIR optical properties of free standing titania nanotube arrays. An improved understanding of the optical physics of this type of nanostructure is important to several next generation solar energy conversion technologies. We measured the transmission, reflection, and absorption of the electromagnetic spectrum from 300 nm to 1000 nm (UV to NIR) of titania nanotube arrays. We measured the total, specular, and diffuse reflection and transmission using both single point detection and an integrating sphere spectrometer. We find that the transmission, but not the reflection, of light (UV to NIR) through the nanotube array is well-explained by classic geometric optics using an effective medium model taking into account the conical geometry of the nanotubes. For wavelengths shorter than ∼500 nm, we find the surprising result that the reflection coefficient for light incident on the open side of the nanotube array is greater than the reflection coefficient for light incident on the closed “floor” of the nanotube array. We consider theoretical models based on the eikonal approximation, photonic crystal band theory, and a statistical treatment of scattering to explain the observed data. We attribute the fact that light with wavelengths shorter than 500 nm is more highly reflected from the open than the closed tube side as being due to disorder scattering inside the nanotube array.

  13. Structure of Periodic Crystals and Quasicrystals in Ultrathin Films of Ba-Ti-O

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    Cockayne, Eric; Mihalkovič, Marek; Henley, Christopher L.

    2016-01-01

    We model the remarkable thin-film Ba-Ti-O structures formed by heat treatment of an initial perovskite BaTiO3 thin film on a Pt(111) surface. All structures contain a rumpled Ti-O network with all Ti threefold coordinated with O, and with Ba occupying the larger. mainly Ti7O7, pores. The quasicrystal structue is a simple decoration of three types of tiles: square, triangle and 30° rhombus, with edge lengths 6.85 Å, joined edge-to-edge in a quasicrystalline pattern; observed periodic crystals in ultrathin film Ba-Ti-O are built from these and other tiles. Simulated STM images reproduce the patterns seen experimentally, and identify the bright protrusions as Ba atoms. The models are consistent with all experimental observations. PMID:26998528

  14. Graphite Polyhedral Crystals

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    Gogotsi, Yury; Libera, Joseph A.; Kalashnikov, Nikolay; Yoshimura, Masahiro

    2000-10-01

    Polyhedral nano- and microstructures with shapes of faceted needles, rods, rings, barrels, and double-tipped pyramids, which we call graphite polyhedral crystals (GPCs), have been discovered. They were found in pores of glassy carbon. They have nanotube cores and graphite faces, and they can exhibit unusual sevenfold, ninefold, or more complex axial symmetry. Although some are giant radially extended nanotubes, Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy suggest GPCs have a degree of perfection higher than in multiwall nanotubes of similar size. The crystals are up to 1 micrometer in cross section and 5 micrometers in length, and they can probably be grown in much larger sizes. Preliminary results suggest a high electrical conductivity, strength, and chemical stability of GPC.

  15. A novel cost effective fabrication technique for highly preferential oriented TiO2 nanotubes

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    John K, Aijo; Naduvath, Johns; Mallick, Sudhanshu; Shripathi, Thoudinja; Thankamoniamma, Manju; Philip, Rachel Reena

    2015-12-01

    Single crystal like TiO2 nanotubes with preferential orientation along the [001] direction, parallel to the growth direction of nanotubes, that offer ease of charge transport much higher than reported so far, are fabricated using a cost effective two step technique. The success of this method to grow the nanotubes with the anomalous intense [001] preferential orientation is attributed to the zinc assisted minimization of the (001) surface energy. The single crystal like TiO2 nanotubes show superior performance as supercapacitor electrodes compared to the normal polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanotubes.Single crystal like TiO2 nanotubes with preferential orientation along the [001] direction, parallel to the growth direction of nanotubes, that offer ease of charge transport much higher than reported so far, are fabricated using a cost effective two step technique. The success of this method to grow the nanotubes with the anomalous intense [001] preferential orientation is attributed to the zinc assisted minimization of the (001) surface energy. The single crystal like TiO2 nanotubes show superior performance as supercapacitor electrodes compared to the normal polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanotubes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06328k

  16. Carbon nanotube composite materials

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    O'Bryan, Gregory; Skinner, Jack L; Vance, Andrew; Yang, Elaine Lai; Zifer, Thomas

    2015-03-24

    A material consisting essentially of a vinyl thermoplastic polymer, un-functionalized carbon nanotubes and hydroxylated carbon nanotubes dissolved in a solvent. Un-functionalized carbon nanotube concentrations up to 30 wt % and hydroxylated carbon nanotube concentrations up to 40 wt % can be used with even small concentrations of each (less than 2 wt %) useful in producing enhanced conductivity properties of formed thin films.

  17. Manifestations of electron interactions in photogalvanic effect in chiral nanotubes

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    Matthews, Raphael; Agam, Oded; Andreev, Anton; Spivak, Boris

    2012-05-01

    Carbon nanotubes provide one of the most accessible experimental realizations of one-dimensional electron systems. In the experimentally relevant regime of low doping, the Luttinger liquid formed by electrons may be approximated by a Wigner crystal. The crystal-like electronic order suggests that nanotubes exhibit effects similar to the Mössbauer effect where the momentum of an emitted photon is absorbed by the whole crystal. We show that the circular photovoltaic effect in chiral nanotubes is of the same nature. We obtain the frequency dependence of the photovoltage and characterize its singularities in a broad frequency range where the electron correlations are essential. Our predictions provide a basis for using the photogalvanic effect as a new experimental probe of electron correlations in nanotubes.

  18. Synthesis of single-crystal α-MnO2 nanotubes-loaded Ag@C core-shell matrix and their application for electrochemical sensing of nonenzymatic hydrogen peroxide.

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    Zhang, Sai; Zheng, Jianbin

    2016-10-01

    A nonenzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensor was fabricated by combing the crystal α-MnO2 nanotubes and Ag@C core-shell matrix with their own superior characteristics. The morphology, size and electrochemical of the sensing interface materials and the relationship between the electrical catalytic properties and sensor response performance were also studied, established a new method for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The structure and morphology of hollow tubular-like MnO2 and MnO2-Ag@C film were characterized by scanning electron micrograph (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction. The electrochemical properties of the sensor were explored by cyclic voltammetry and amperometry. The investigation showed that the MnO2-Ag@C at the sensor exhibited a high electrocatalytic activity towards electroreduction of hydrogen peroxide; and under the optimal conditions, the linear ranges of hydrogen peroxide were 0.5μM to 5.7mM with a low detection limit of 0.17μM (S/N=3) and high sensitivity of 127.2μAmM(-1)cm(-2). Compared with other nonenzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensor, the fabricated sensor own lower detection limit, demonstrating that MnO2-Ag@C nanocomposite film will be a new promising platform for the construction of hydrogen peroxide sensors. PMID:27474303

  19. Surface chemical functionalized single-walled carbon nanotube with anchored phenol structures: Physical and chemical characterization

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    Bae, Jong Hyun; Shanmugharaj, A. M.; Noh, Woo Hyun; Choi, Won Seok; Ryu, Sung Hun

    2007-02-01

    Surface functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotube was carried out by introducing ylides groups containing anchored phenol structures. The functionalized nanotube is characterized using elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, Raman spectroscopy and zeta potential measurements. Elemental and FT-IR analysis reveal the successful functionalization of azomethine ylides. Raman spectroscopic studies corroborates that the surface functionalization does not affect the basic crystal domain size of the nanotubes. Functionalized carbon nanotubes exhibit higher zeta potential values showing its higher dispersant ability in water and acetone solvent in comparison to pure carbon nanotube.

  20. Electric fields can control the transport of water in carbon nanotubes

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    Ritos, Konstantinos; Borg, Matthew K.; Mottram, Nigel J.

    2016-01-01

    The properties of water confined inside nanotubes are of considerable scientific and technological interest. We use molecular dynamics to investigate the structure and average orientation of water flowing within a carbon nanotube. We find that water exhibits biaxial paranematic liquid crystal ordering both within the nanotube and close to its ends. This preferred molecular ordering is enhanced when an axial electric field is applied, affecting the water flow rate through the nanotube. A spatially patterned electric field can minimize nanotube entrance effects and significantly increase the flow rate. PMID:26712640

  1. EDITORIAL: Focus on Carbon Nanotubes

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    2003-09-01

    .4 nm single-walled carbon nanotubes templated in the channels of AlPO4-5 single crystals Z K T

  2. Gallium-assisted growth of flute-like MgO nanotubes, Ga2O3-filled MgO nanotubes, and MgO/Ga2O3 co-axial nanotubes.

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    Jie, Jiansheng; Wu, Chunyan; Yu, Yongqiang; Wang, Li; Hu, Zhizhong

    2009-02-18

    Flute-like MgO nanotubes were successfully synthesized via a simple thermal evaporation method by using Mg(3)N(2) and Ga(2)O(3) as the source materials. The nanotubes are single-crystal cubic MgO, and have [100] orientation. In contrast to conventional nanotubes with intact walls, the flute-like MgO nanotubes possess a unique porous structure. On the nanotubes there are series of holes aligned along the nanotube length with approximate equidistance. Ga(2)O(3)-filled MgO nanotubes and MgO/Ga(2)O(3) co-axial nanotubes were also found in the product. Further investigation confirms that the inner beta-Ga(2)O(3) has an epitaxial growth relation with the outer MgO nanotube due to their perfect lattice matching. A gallium-assisted growth mechanism was proposed to interpret the growth of the flute-like MgO nanotubes. The thermal expansion and evaporation of the filled liquid gallium in MgO nanotubes are likely responsible for the formation of the hole structures on the side walls. PMID:19417423

  3. Peculiarities of electro-optic properties of the ferroelectric particles-liquid crystal colloids

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    Ibragimov, T. D.; Imamaliyev, A. R.; Bayramov, G. M.

    2016-04-01

    Influence of ferroelectric barium titanate particles on electro-optic properties of the liquid crystal (LC) 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) with positive dielectric anisotropy and the LC mixture (H37) consisting of 4-methoxybezylidene-4'-butylaniline and 4-ethoxybezylidene-4'-butylaniline with negative dielectric anisotropy was investigated. It was shown that a presence of particles (1 wt%) in 5CB and H37 decreased the clearing temperature from 35.2 °C to 32.4°C and from 61.2°C to 60.1°C, respectively. The threshold voltage of the Freedericksz effect became 0.3 V for the BaTiO3-5CB colloid while the beginning of this effect for the pure 5CB was observed at 2.1 V. The threshold voltage of the Freedericksz effect increased from 2.8 V to up 3.1 V at additive of particles in H37. A rise time of the BaTiO3-5CB colloid improved while a decay time worsened in comparison with the pure 5CB at all applied voltages. The inverse trends were observed for the H37 matrix, namely, a rise time worsened and a decay time improved. Among other things, the pecularities of Williams' domain formation (WDF) were also investigated in the colloid based on the H37 matrix. It was established that the WDF voltage decreased, a rise time increased and a decay time decreased in comparison with the pure H37. Experimental results are explained by appearance of local electric fields near the polarized ferroelectric particles at application of external electric field and an existence of the additional obstacles (particles) for movement of ions.

  4. Janus Composite Nanotubes.

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    Chen, Ying; Liu, Zhen; Qu, Xiaozhong; Liang, Fuxin; Yang, Zhenzhong

    2016-06-21

    We propose a facile method to achieve paramagnetic Janus nanotubes with two compositions compartmentalized onto the interior and exterior surfaces, respectively. A sulfonated polydivinylbenzene (PDVB) nanotube is prepared by simple sulfonation of the exterior surface of a PDVB nanotube. Silica@FeOOH dual layers are sequentially grown onto the sulfonated PDVB nanotube surface. The composite nanotubes become paramagnetic after calcination and can be broken into shorter pieces under vigorous ultrasonication. After selective modification of the interior and exterior surfaces of the paramagnetic nanotubes, the nanotube shell becomes Janus in wettability. Desired hydrophobic species can be selectively captured inside the cavity. The paramagnetic Janus composite nanotubes can align into parallel chains under a magnetic field, which is self-disassembled upon removal of the magnetic field. PMID:27124877

  5. Plumbing carbon nanotubes

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    Jin, Chuanhong; Suenaga, Kazu; Iijima, Sumio

    2008-01-01

    Since their discovery, the possibility of connecting carbon nanotubes together like water pipes has been an intriguing prospect for these hollow nanostructures. The serial joining of carbon nanotubes in a controlled manner offers a promising approach for the bottom-up engineering of nanotube structures-from simply increasing their aspect ratio to making integrated carbon nanotube devices. To date, however, there have been few reports of the joining of two different carbon nanotubes. Here we demonstrate that a Joule heating process, and associated electro-migration effects, can be used to connect two carbon nanotubes that have the same (or similar) diameters. More generally, with the assistance of a tungsten metal particle, this technique can be used to seamlessly join any two carbon nanotubes-regardless of their diameters-to form new nanotube structures.

  6. Carbon nanotube nanoelectrode arrays

    DOEpatents

    Ren, Zhifeng; Lin, Yuehe; Yantasee, Wassana; Liu, Guodong; Lu, Fang; Tu, Yi

    2008-11-18

    The present invention relates to microelectode arrays (MEAs), and more particularly to carbon nanotube nanoelectrode arrays (CNT-NEAs) for chemical and biological sensing, and methods of use. A nanoelectrode array includes a carbon nanotube material comprising an array of substantially linear carbon nanotubes each having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the carbon nanotubes are attached to a catalyst substrate material so as to form the array with a pre-determined site density, wherein the carbon nanotubes are aligned with respect to one another within the array; an electrically insulating layer on the surface of the carbon nanotube material, whereby the distal end of the carbon nanotubes extend beyond the electrically insulating layer; a second adhesive electrically insulating layer on the surface of the electrically insulating layer, whereby the distal end of the carbon nanotubes extend beyond the second adhesive electrically insulating layer; and a metal wire attached to the catalyst substrate material.

  7. Self-organized highly ordered TiO{sub 2} nanotubes in organic aqueous system

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    Wan Jun; Yan Xia; Ding Junjie; Wang Meng; Hu Kongcheng

    2009-12-15

    A simple method to achieve self-organized, freestanding TiO{sub 2} nanotube array was constructed, free of corrosive etching process which was traditionally employed to separate TiO{sub 2} nanotubes from the metallic Ti substrate. The TiO{sub 2} nanotube arrays were constructed through potentiostatic anodization of Ti foil in aqueous electrolyte containing NH{sub 4}F and ethylene glycol. The nanotubes in the array were of 45 {mu}m lengths and 100 nm average pore diameters. The effect of NH{sub 4}F concentration on the length of the self-organized nanotube arrays was investigated. Electrochemical and spectroscopic measurements showed that the as-prepared nanotubes possessed large surface areas, good uniformity, and were ready for enzyme immobilization. The as-prepared nanotube arrays were amorphous, but crystallized with annealing at elevated temperatures, as demonstrated by X-ray diffraction (XRD).

  8. Tuning of dielectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric properties of 0.715Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.065BaTiO3-0.22SrTiO3 ceramic by internal clamping

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    Patel, Satyanarayan; Chauhan, Aditya; Kundu, Swarup; Madhar, Niyaz Ahamad; Ilahi, Bouraoui; Vaish, Rahul; Varma, K. B. R.

    2015-08-01

    This study systematically investigates the phenomenon of internal clamping in ferroelectric materials through the formation of glass-ceramic composites. Lead-free 0.715Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.065BaTiO3-0.22SrTiO3 (BNT-BT-ST) bulk ferroelectric ceramic was selected for the course of investigation. 3BaO - 3TiO2 - B2O3 (BTBO) glass was then incorporated systematically to create sintered samples containing 0%, 2%, 4% and 6% glass (by weight). Upon glass induction features like remnant polarization, saturation polarization, hysteresis losses and coercive field could be varied as a function of glass content. Such effects were observed to benefit derived applications like enhanced energy storage density ˜174 kJ/m3 to ˜203 kJ/m3 and pyroelectric coefficient 5.7x10-4 Cm-2K-1 to 6.8x10-4 Cm-2K-1 by incorporation of 4% glass. Additionally, BNT-BT-ST depolarization temperature decreased from 457K to 431K by addition of 4% glass content. Glass incorporation could systematically increases diffuse phase transition and relaxor behavior temperature range from 70 K to 81K and 20K to 34 K, respectively when 6% and 4% glass content is added which indicates addition of glass provides better temperature stability. The most promising feature was observed to be that of dielectric response tuning. It can be also used to control (to an extent) the dielectric behavior of the host ceramic. Dielectric permittivity and losses decreased from 1278 to 705 and 0.109 to 0.107 for 6% glass, at room temperature. However this reduction in dielectric constant and loss increases pyroelectric figures of merit (FOMs) for high voltage responsivity (Fv) high detectivity (Fd) and energy harvesting (Fe) from 0.018 to 0.037 m2C-1, 5.89 to 8.85 μPa-1/2 and 28.71 to 61.55 Jm-3K-2, respectively for 4% added ceramic-glass at room temperature. Such findings can have huge implications in the field of tailoring ferroelectric response for application specific requirements.

  9. Nanocrystalline cobalt oxides for carbon nanotube growth

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    Guo, Kun; Jayatissa, Ahalapitiya H.; Jayasuriya, Ambalangodage C.

    2007-09-01

    Thin Films of nanocrystalline cobalt oxide were formed by sol-gel method. Structure, optical properties and surface properties of these films were investigated by numerous characterization techniques. These films were successfully fabricated on glass substrates below 500°C. . Micropatterns of cobalt oxide thin films were also fabricated on glass and silicon substrates by employing a lift-off method. Crystal size of these nanocrystalline cobalt films could be successfully controllable by varying the amount of cobalt precursors and number of layers. These films were used as the seeding layers for carbon nanotube growth in a CVD process By changing the concentration of monomer precursors in the solgel coating solutions, different size nanoclusters hence different size carbon nanotubes could be synthesized in CVD process. This method can be used for controlled growth of carbon nanotubes for many different applications. In this paper, detail of these experimental results will be presented.

  10. Analog switching in the nanocolloids of ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Kumar, Pradeep; Kishore, Avinash; Sinha, Aloka

    2016-06-01

    Nanoparticle (NP) dispersion in liquid crystals (LCs) results in significant changes in the physical properties of the existing LC mixtures. Two ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs), 5 F6T and 6 F6T , have been studied for analog switching. The 5 F6T sample is doped with titanium dioxide (T i O2) NPs of two different concentrations of the same average particle size and another FLC 6 F6T is systematically doped with barium titanate (B a T i O3) NPs of two different average particle sizes at the same concentration. The frequency and temperature dependence of the coercive voltage of FLC nanocolloids has been studied. The V-shaped switching was observed in the case of nano-doped FLCs. The value of inversion frequency for the 5 F6T +1.0 wt.% TiO2 doped sample is 30 Hz while it is 24 Hz for the 6 F6T +0.5 wt.% BaTiO3 (particle size 5-10 nm) doped sample. The conductivity measurements show that the conductivity of doped samples is higher than the conductivity of their parental FLCs and can be considered the main reason for the V-shaped switching in the FLC nanocolloids, which was initially absent in their parental FLCs.

  11. Structure of boron nitride nanotubes

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    Buranova, Yu. S. Kulnitskiy, B. A.; Perezhogin, I. A.; Blank, V. D.

    2015-01-15

    The crystallographic structure of boron nitride nanotubes has been investigated. Various defects that may arise during nanotube synthesis are revealed by electron microscopy. Nanotubes with different numbers of walls and different diameters are modeled by molecular dynamics methods. Structural features of single-wall nanotubes are demonstrated. The causes of certain defects in multiwall nanotubes are indicated.

  12. Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of nanotube nucleation

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    Artyukhov, Vasilii I.; Yakobson, Boris I.

    A key problem that advanced carbon nanotube applications face is the difficulty of producing pure single-helicity samples. As the elementary processes of nanotube growth are difficult to observe in situ, theoretical understanding of the process is especially important. Direct molecular dynamics simulations offer limited insight due to computational intractability of space- and time-scales involved. We formulated a theory that explains a class of helicity-selective growth experiments, based on classical nucleation theory and crystal growth kinetics.1 However, a general theory of nanotube growth must also include fast irreversible growth beyond the classical near-equilibrium assumption. Here we construct a coarse-grained model allowing us to rigorously investigate the statistical mechanics of nanotube nucleation and trace how helicity emerges from the global nucleation trajectory ensemble. Importantly, our model can handle the whole range of conditions from perfect reversibility driven by energetics to perfect irreversibility driven by configurational entropy of nanotube caps and edges. Our theory generalizes earlier models in a large advance towards ultimate understanding of helicity-selective synthesis. 1 V.I. Artyukhov, E.S. Penev, and B.I. Yakobson, Nat. Commun. 5, 4892 (2014)

  13. High frequency nanotube oscillator

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    Peng, Haibing; Zettl, Alexander K.

    2012-02-21

    A tunable nanostructure such as a nanotube is used to make an electromechanical oscillator. The mechanically oscillating nanotube can be provided with inertial clamps in the form of metal beads. The metal beads serve to clamp the nanotube so that the fundamental resonance frequency is in the microwave range, i.e., greater than at least 1 GHz, and up to 4 GHz and beyond. An electric current can be run through the nanotube to cause the metal beads to move along the nanotube and changing the length of the intervening nanotube segments. The oscillator can operate at ambient temperature and in air without significant loss of resonance quality. The nanotube is can be fabricated in a semiconductor style process and the device can be provided with source, drain, and gate electrodes, which may be connected to appropriate circuitry for driving and measuring the oscillation. Novel driving and measuring circuits are also disclosed.

  14. Thermal Conductivity of GaN Nanotubes Simulated by Nonequilibrium Molecular Dynamics

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    Wang, Zhiguo; Gao, Fei; Crocombette, J.-P.; Zu, Xiaotao; Yang, Li; Weber, William J.

    2007-04-15

    Thermal conductivity of GaN nanotubes along the tube axis is investigated over the temperature range of 600K-2300K using homogeneous nonequilibrium molecular dynamics. In general, the thermal conductivity of nanotubes is smaller than that for the bulk GaN single crystal. The thermal conductivity is also found to decrease with temperature and increase with increasing wall thickness of the nanotubes. The change of phonon spectrum and surface inelastic scattering may account for the reduction of thermal conductivity in the nanotubes, while thermal softening and high frequency phonon interactions at high temperatures may provide an explanation for its decrease with increasing temperature.

  15. Fabrication of one-dimensional Ag/multiwalled carbon nanotube nano-composite

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Composite made of multiwalled carbon nanotubes coated with silver was fabricated by an electroless deposition process. The thickness of silver layer is about 40 to 60 nm, characterized as nano-crystalline with (111) crystal orientation along the nanotube's axial direction. The characterization of silver/carbon nanotube [Ag/CNT] nanowire has shown the large current carrying capability, and the electric conductivity is similar to the pure silver nanowires that Ag/CNT would be promising as building blocks for integrated circuits. PACS: 81.05.uj, carbon nanotubes, carbon-based materials, diamond/nanocarbon composites. PMID:22444640

  16. Working Toward Nanotube Composites

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    Arepalli, Sivaram; Nikolaev, Pavel; Gorelik, Olga; Hadjiev, Victor G.; Scott, Carl D.; Files, Bradley S.

    2001-01-01

    One of the most attractive applications of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) is found in the area of structural materials. Nanotubes have a unique combination of high strength, modulus, and elongation to failure, and therefore have potential to significantly enhance the mechanical properties of today's composites. This is especially attractive for the aerospace industry looking for any chance to save weight. This is why NASA has chosen to tackle this difficult application of SWNT. Nanotube properties differ significantly from that of conventional carbon fibers, and a whole new set of problems, including adhesion and dispersion in the adhesive polymer matrix, must be resolved in order to engineer superior composite materials. From recent work on a variety of applications it is obvious that the wide range of research in nanotubes will lead to advances in physics, chemistry, and engineering. However, the possibility of ultralightweight structures is what causes dreamers to really get excited. One of the important issues in composite engineering is aspect ratio of the fibers, since it affects load transfer in composites. Nanotube length was a gray area for years, since they are formed in bundles, making it impossible to monitor individual nanotube length. Even though bundles are observed to be tens and hundreds of microns long, they can be built of relatively short tubes weakly bound by Van der Waals forces. Nanotube length can be affected by subsequent purification and ultrasound processing, which has been necessary in order to disperse nanotubes and introduce them into a polymer matrix. Some calculations show that nanotubes with 10(exp 5) aspect ratio may be necessary to achieve good load transfer. We show here that nanotubes produced in our laser system are as much as tens of microns long and get cut into lengths of hundreds of nanometers during ultrasound processing. Nanotube length was measured by AFM on pristine nanotube specimens as well, as after sonication

  17. One-dimensional carbon nanotube@barium titanate@polyaniline multiheterostructures for microwave absorbing application.

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    Ni, Qing-Qing; Zhu, Yao-Feng; Yu, Lu-Jun; Fu, Ya-Qin

    2015-01-01

    Multiple-phase nanocomposites filled with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been developed for their significant potential in microwave attenuation. The introduction of other phases onto the CNTs to achieve CNT-based heterostructures has been proposed to obtain absorbing materials with enhanced microwave absorption properties and broadband frequency due to their different loss mechanisms. The existence of polyaniline (PANI) as a coating with controllable electrical conductivity can lead to well-matched impedance. In this work, a one-dimensional CNT@BaTiO3@PANI heterostructure composite was fabricated. The fabrication processes involved coating of an acid-modified CNT with BaTiO3 (CNT@BaTiO3) through a sol-gel technique followed by combustion and the formation of CNT@BaTiO3@PANI nanohybrids by in situ polymerization of an aniline monomer in the presence of CNT@BaTiO3, using ammonium persulfate as an oxidant and HCl as a dopant. The as-synthesized CNT@BaTiO3@PANI composites with heterostructures were confirmed by various morphological and structural characterization techniques, as well as conductivity and microwave absorption properties. The measured electromagnetic parameters showed that the CNT@BaTiO3@PANI composites exhibited excellent microwave absorption properties. The minimum reflection loss of the CNT@BaTiO3@PANI composites with 20 wt % loadings in paraffin wax reached -28.9 dB (approximately 99.87% absorption) at 10.7 GHz with a thickness of 3 mm, and a frequency bandwidth less than -20 dB was achieved from 10 to 15 GHz. This work demonstrated that the CNT@BaTiO3@PANI heterostructure composite can be potentially useful in electromagnetic stealth materials, sensors, and electronic devices. PMID:25977651

  18. One-dimensional carbon nanotube@barium titanate@polyaniline multiheterostructures for microwave absorbing application

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    Ni, Qing-Qing; Zhu, Yao-Feng; Yu, Lu-Jun; Fu, Ya-Qin

    2015-04-01

    Multiple-phase nanocomposites filled with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been developed for their significant potential in microwave attenuation. The introduction of other phases onto the CNTs to achieve CNT-based heterostructures has been proposed to obtain absorbing materials with enhanced microwave absorption properties and broadband frequency due to their different loss mechanisms. The existence of polyaniline (PANI) as a coating with controllable electrical conductivity can lead to well-matched impedance. In this work, a one-dimensional CNT@BaTiO3@PANI heterostructure composite was fabricated. The fabrication processes involved coating of an acid-modified CNT with BaTiO3 (CNT@BaTiO3) through a sol-gel technique followed by combustion and the formation of CNT@BaTiO3@PANI nanohybrids by in situ polymerization of an aniline monomer in the presence of CNT@BaTiO3, using ammonium persulfate as an oxidant and HCl as a dopant. The as-synthesized CNT@BaTiO3@PANI composites with heterostructures were confirmed by various morphological and structural characterization techniques, as well as conductivity and microwave absorption properties. The measured electromagnetic parameters showed that the CNT@BaTiO3@PANI composites exhibited excellent microwave absorption properties. The minimum reflection loss of the CNT@BaTiO3@PANI composites with 20 wt % loadings in paraffin wax reached -28.9 dB (approximately 99.87% absorption) at 10.7 GHz with a thickness of 3 mm, and a frequency bandwidth less than -20 dB was achieved from 10 to 15 GHz. This work demonstrated that the CNT@BaTiO3@PANI heterostructure composite can be potentially useful in electromagnetic stealth materials, sensors, and electronic devices.

  19. Applications of Carbon Nanotubes

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    Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Zhou, Otto Z.

    Carbon nanotubes have attracted the fancy of many scientists worldwide. The small dimensions, strength and the remarkable physical properties of these structures make them a very unique material with a whole range of promising applications. In this review we describe some of the important materials science applications of carbon nanotubes. Specifically we discuss the electronic and electrochemical applications of nanotubes, nanotubes as mechanical reinforcements in high performance composites, nanotube-based field emitters, and their use as nanoprobes in metrology and biological and chemical investigations, and as templates for the creation of other nanostructures. Electronic properties and device applications of nanotubes are treated elsewhere in the book. The challenges that ensue in realizing some of these applications are also discussed from the point of view of manufacturing, processing, and cost considerations.

  20. Structure and stability of SnS2-based single- and multi-wall nanotubes

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    Bandura, Andrei V.; Evarestov, Robert A.

    2015-11-01

    Hybrid density functional method PBE0 which mixes the 75% Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof and 25% Hartree-Fock exchange functional has been applied for investigation of the electronic and atomic structures of nanotubes obtained by rolling up of hexagonal layers of tin disulfide. Calculations have been performed on the basis of the localized atomic functions by means of the CRYSTAL09 computer code. The calculated strain energy of SnS2 single-wall nanotubes approximately obeys the R- 2 law (R is nanotube radius) of the classical elasticity theory. The SnS2 nanotube electronic band structures yield a semiconducting behavior. Band gap of single-wall nanotubes decreases linearly with R- 1. The dispersion force correction is found to be important for prediction of the multi-wall nanotube stability. The distance and interaction energy between the single-wall components of the double-wall nanotubes are proved to be close to the distance and interaction energy between layers in the bulk crystal. Analysis of the relaxed nanotube shape using the offered method demonstrates a small but noticeable deviation from completely cylindrical cross-section of the external walls in the armchair-like double- and triple-walled nanotubes.

  1. Scalability of carbon-nanotube-based thin film transistors for flexible electronic devices manufactured using an all roll-to-roll gravure printing system

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    Koo, Hyunmo; Lee, Wookyu; Choi, Younchang; Sun, Junfeng; Bak, Jina; Noh, Jinsoo; Subramanian, Vivek; Azuma, Yasuo; Majima, Yutaka; Cho, Gyoujin

    2015-01-01

    To demonstrate that roll-to-roll (R2R) gravure printing is a suitable advanced manufacturing method for flexible thin film transistor (TFT)-based electronic circuits, three different nanomaterial-based inks (silver nanoparticles, BaTiO3 nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)) were selected and optimized to enable the realization of fully printed SWNT-based TFTs (SWNT-TFTs) on 150-m-long rolls of 0.25-m-wide poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET). SWNT-TFTs with 5 different channel lengths, namely, 30, 80, 130, 180, and 230 μm, were fabricated using a printing speed of 8 m/min. These SWNT-TFTs were characterized, and the obtained electrical parameters were related to major mechanical factors such as web tension, registration accuracy, impression roll pressure and printing speed to determine whether these mechanical factors were the sources of the observed device-to-device variations. By utilizing the electrical parameters from the SWNT-TFTs, a Monte Carlo simulation for a 1-bit adder circuit, as a reference, was conducted to demonstrate that functional circuits with reasonable complexity can indeed be manufactured using R2R gravure printing. The simulation results suggest that circuits with complexity, similar to the full adder circuit, can be printed with a 76% circuit yield if threshold voltage (Vth) variations of less than 30% can be maintained. PMID:26411839

  2. Scalability of carbon-nanotube-based thin film transistors for flexible electronic devices manufactured using an all roll-to-roll gravure printing system

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    Koo, Hyunmo; Lee, Wookyu; Choi, Younchang; Sun, Junfeng; Bak, Jina; Noh, Jinsoo; Subramanian, Vivek; Azuma, Yasuo; Majima, Yutaka; Cho, Gyoujin

    2015-09-01

    To demonstrate that roll-to-roll (R2R) gravure printing is a suitable advanced manufacturing method for flexible thin film transistor (TFT)-based electronic circuits, three different nanomaterial-based inks (silver nanoparticles, BaTiO3 nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)) were selected and optimized to enable the realization of fully printed SWNT-based TFTs (SWNT-TFTs) on 150-m-long rolls of 0.25-m-wide poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET). SWNT-TFTs with 5 different channel lengths, namely, 30, 80, 130, 180, and 230 μm, were fabricated using a printing speed of 8 m/min. These SWNT-TFTs were characterized, and the obtained electrical parameters were related to major mechanical factors such as web tension, registration accuracy, impression roll pressure and printing speed to determine whether these mechanical factors were the sources of the observed device-to-device variations. By utilizing the electrical parameters from the SWNT-TFTs, a Monte Carlo simulation for a 1-bit adder circuit, as a reference, was conducted to demonstrate that functional circuits with reasonable complexity can indeed be manufactured using R2R gravure printing. The simulation results suggest that circuits with complexity, similar to the full adder circuit, can be printed with a 76% circuit yield if threshold voltage (Vth) variations of less than 30% can be maintained.

  3. Scalability of carbon-nanotube-based thin film transistors for flexible electronic devices manufactured using an all roll-to-roll gravure printing system.

    PubMed

    Koo, Hyunmo; Lee, Wookyu; Choi, Younchang; Sun, Junfeng; Bak, Jina; Noh, Jinsoo; Subramanian, Vivek; Azuma, Yasuo; Majima, Yutaka; Cho, Gyoujin

    2015-01-01

    To demonstrate that roll-to-roll (R2R) gravure printing is a suitable advanced manufacturing method for flexible thin film transistor (TFT)-based electronic circuits, three different nanomaterial-based inks (silver nanoparticles, BaTiO3 nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)) were selected and optimized to enable the realization of fully printed SWNT-based TFTs (SWNT-TFTs) on 150-m-long rolls of 0.25-m-wide poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET). SWNT-TFTs with 5 different channel lengths, namely, 30, 80, 130, 180, and 230 μm, were fabricated using a printing speed of 8 m/min. These SWNT-TFTs were characterized, and the obtained electrical parameters were related to major mechanical factors such as web tension, registration accuracy, impression roll pressure and printing speed to determine whether these mechanical factors were the sources of the observed device-to-device variations. By utilizing the electrical parameters from the SWNT-TFTs, a Monte Carlo simulation for a 1-bit adder circuit, as a reference, was conducted to demonstrate that functional circuits with reasonable complexity can indeed be manufactured using R2R gravure printing. The simulation results suggest that circuits with complexity, similar to the full adder circuit, can be printed with a 76% circuit yield if threshold voltage (Vth) variations of less than 30% can be maintained. PMID:26411839

  4. Reinforced Carbon Nanotubes.

    DOEpatents

    Ren, Zhifen; Wen, Jian Guo; Lao, Jing Y.; Li, Wenzhi

    2005-06-28

    The present invention relates generally to reinforced carbon nanotubes, and more particularly to reinforced carbon nanotubes having a plurality of microparticulate carbide or oxide materials formed substantially on the surface of such reinforced carbon nanotubes composite materials. In particular, the present invention provides reinforced carbon nanotubes (CNTs) having a plurality of boron carbide nanolumps formed substantially on a surface of the reinforced CNTs that provide a reinforcing effect on CNTs, enabling their use as effective reinforcing fillers for matrix materials to give high-strength composites. The present invention also provides methods for producing such carbide reinforced CNTs.

  5. Gallium nitride nanotube lasers

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    Li, Changyi; Liu, Sheng; Hurtado, Antonio; Wright, Jeremy Benjamin; Xu, Huiwen; Luk, Ting Shan; Figiel, Jeffrey J.; Brener, Igal; Brueck, Steven R. J.; Wang, George T.

    2015-01-01

    Lasing is demonstrated from gallium nitride nanotubes fabricated using a two-step top-down technique. By optically pumping, we observed characteristics of lasing: a clear threshold, a narrow spectral, and guided emission from the nanotubes. In addition, annular lasing emission from the GaN nanotube is also observed, indicating that cross-sectional shape control can be employed to manipulate the properties of nanolasers. The nanotube lasers could be of interest for optical nanofluidic applications or application benefitting from a hollow beam shape.

  6. Temperature dependence of Young's modulus of titanium dioxide (TIO2) nanotubes: Molecular mechanics modeling

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    Lukyanov, S. I.; Bandura, A. V.; Evarestov, R. A.

    2015-12-01

    Temperature dependence of the Young's modulus of cylindrical single-wall nanotubes with zigzag and armchair chiralities and consolidated-wall nanotubes has been studied by the molecular mechanics method with the use of the atom-atom potential. The nanotubes have been obtained by rolling up of crystal layers (111) of TiO2 with fluorite structure. Calculations have been performed for isothermal conditions on the basis of calculating the Helmholtz free energy of the system. The dependence of the Helmholtz free energy of nanotubes on the period has been calculated in the quasi-harmonic approximation as a result of calculation of phonon frequencies. It has been shown that the temperature dependence of the stiffness of nanotubes is determined by their chirality, and some nanotubes exibit anomalous behavior of both the Young's modulus and the period of unit cell with variation in temperature.

  7. Carbon nanotubes as high-pressure cylinders and nanoextruders.

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    Sun, L; Banhart, F; Krasheninnikov, A V; Rodríguez-Manzo, J A; Terrones, M; Ajayan, P M

    2006-05-26

    Closed-shell carbon nanostructures, such as carbon onions, have been shown to act as self-contracting high-pressure cells under electron irradiation. We report that controlled irradiation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes can cause large pressure buildup within the nanotube cores that can plastically deform, extrude, and break solid materials that are encapsulated inside the core. We further showed by atomistic simulations that the internal pressure inside nanotubes can reach values higher than 40 gigapascals. Nanotubes can thus be used as robust nanoscale jigs for extruding and deforming hard nanomaterials and for modifying their properties, as well as templates for the study of individual nanometer-sized crystals under high pressure. PMID:16728637

  8. Adaptive Materials from Carbon Nanotube - Polyurethane Nanocomposites

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    Powers, Daniel; Koerner, Hilmar

    2005-04-01

    Adaptive materials undergo large-scale shape or property change in response to an external stimulus such as stress, temperature, light, or pH. Technological uses range from durable, shape recovery eye-glass frames, to temperature sensitive switches, to the generation of stress to induced mechanical motion. Here in, we demonstrate that the uniform dispersion of 1-5vol% of carbon nanotubes in a thermoplastic elastomer yields nanocomposites that can store and subsequently release, through remote means, up to 50% more recovery stress than the pristine resin. The anisotropic nanotubes increase the rubbery modulus by a factor of 2 to 5 (for 1-5vol%) and improve shape fixity by enhancing strain-induced crystallization. Non-radiative decay of infrared photons absorbed by the nanotubes raises the internal temperature, melting the polymer crystallites (which act as physical cross-links that secure the deformed shape) and remotely triggering the release of the stored strain energy. Comparable effects occur for electrically-induced actuation associated with Joule heating of the matrix when a current is passed through the conductive percolative network of the nanotubes within the resin.

  9. Carbon nanotube macroelectronics

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    Zhang, Jialu

    In this dissertation, I discuss the application of carbon nanotubes in macroelectronis. Due to the extraordinary electrical properties such as high intrinsic carrier mobility and current-carrying capacity, single wall carbon nanotubes are very desirable for thin-film transistor (TFT) applications such as flat panel display, transparent electronics, as well as flexible and stretchable electronics. Compared with other popular channel material for TFTs, namely amorphous silicon, polycrystalline silicon and organic materials, nanotube thin-films have the advantages of low-temperature processing compatibility, transparency, and flexibility, as well as high device performance. In order to demonstrate scalable, practical carbon nanotube macroelectroncis, I have developed a platform to fabricate high-density, uniform separated nanotube based thin-film transistors. In addition, many other essential analysis as well as technology components, such as nanotube film density control, purity and diameter dependent semiconducting nanotube electrical performance study, air-stable n-type transistor fabrication, and CMOS integration platform have also been demonstrated. On the basis of the above achievement, I have further demonstrated various kinds of applications including AMOLED display electronics, PMOS and CMOS logic circuits, flexible and transparent electronics. The dissertation is structured as follows. First, chapter 1 gives a brief introduction to the electronic properties of carbon nanotubes, which serves as the background knowledge for the following chapters. In chapter 2, I will present our approach of fabricating wafer-scale uniform semiconducting carbon nanotube thin-film transistors and demonstrate their application in display electronics and logic circuits. Following that, more detailed information about carbon nanotube thin-film transistor based active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays is discussed in chapter 3. And in chapter 4, a technology to

  10. Fluidic nanotubes and devices

    DOEpatents

    Yang, Peidong; He, Rongrui; Goldberger, Joshua; Fan, Rong; Wu, Yiying; Li, Deyu; Majumdar, Arun

    2008-04-08

    Fluidic nanotube devices are described in which a hydrophilic, non-carbon nanotube, has its ends fluidly coupled to reservoirs. Source and drain contacts are connected to opposing ends of the nanotube, or within each reservoir near the opening of the nanotube. The passage of molecular species can be sensed by measuring current flow (source-drain, ionic, or combination). The tube interior can be functionalized by joining binding molecules so that different molecular species can be sensed by detecting current changes. The nanotube may be a semiconductor, wherein a tubular transistor is formed. A gate electrode can be attached between source and drain to control current flow and ionic flow. By way of example an electrophoretic array embodiment is described, integrating MEMs switches. A variety of applications are described, such as: nanopores, nanocapillary devices, nanoelectrophoretic, DNA sequence detectors, immunosensors, thermoelectric devices, photonic devices, nanoscale fluidic bioseparators, imaging devices, and so forth.

  11. Fluidic nanotubes and devices

    DOEpatents

    Yang, Peidong; He, Rongrui; Goldberger, Joshua; Fan, Rong; Wu, Yiying; Li, Deyu; Majumdar, Arun

    2010-01-10

    Fluidic nanotube devices are described in which a hydrophilic, non-carbon nanotube, has its ends fluidly coupled to reservoirs. Source and drain contacts are connected to opposing ends of the nanotube, or within each reservoir near the opening of the nanotube. The passage of molecular species can be sensed by measuring current flow (source-drain, ionic, or combination). The tube interior can be functionalized by joining binding molecules so that different molecular species can be sensed by detecting current changes. The nanotube may be a semiconductor, wherein a tubular transistor is formed. A gate electrode can be attached between source and drain to control current flow and ionic flow. By way of example an electrophoretic array embodiment is described, integrating MEMs switches. A variety of applications are described, such as: nanopores, nanocapillary devices, nanoelectrophoretic, DNA sequence detectors, immunosensors, thermoelectric devices, photonic devices, nanoscale fluidic bioseparators, imaging devices, and so forth.

  12. Vanadium pentoxide nanotubes by eelectrospinning

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    Lala, Neeta L.; Jose, R.; Yusoff, M. M.

    2012-11-01

    Nanofibers of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) were synthesized by electrospinning a polymeric solution containing vanadium ion and with subsequent sintering. Conventionally, electrospun TNFs were produced by using a co-axial spinneret; however, TNFs in the present study were obtained by manipulating the concentration ratio of the precursor solution, distance, humidity and flow rate during electrospinning using a single spinneret and sintering with time and temperature change. On the basis of this hypothesis, nanofibers could be altered from elongated 1-D nanofibers to nanowires, nanotubes, spheres and flakes respectively. The surface morphology, structure, roughness and the crystal structure were analyzed using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The current work has demonstrated a case study for energy storage where V2O5 nanotubes when tested shows the capacitance of 190 Fg-1 in 2M KCl electrolyte indicating an example for the energy storage which may be applicable for other electrochemical devices such as Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen storage etc.

  13. Young's moduli and Poisson's ratios of curvilinear anisotropic hexagonal and rhombohedral nanotubes. Nanotubes-auxetics

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    Goldstein, R. V.; Gorodtsov, V. A.; Lisovenko, D. S.

    2013-09-01

    The study of materials with unusual mechanical properties has attracts a lot of attention in view of new possibilities for their application. One of these properties is negative Poisson's ratio which is commonly found in crystalline materials (materials with linear anisotropy). However, until now the capabilities of negative Poisson's ratios in tubular crystals (materials with curvilinear anisotropy), e.g., in today's popular nanotubes, have not been studied.

  14. Carbon Nanotube Solar Cells

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    Klinger, Colin; Patel, Yogeshwari; Postma, Henk W. Ch.

    2012-01-01

    We present proof-of-concept all-carbon solar cells. They are made of a photoactive side of predominantly semiconducting nanotubes for photoconversion and a counter electrode made of a natural mixture of carbon nanotubes or graphite, connected by a liquid electrolyte through a redox reaction. The cells do not require rare source materials such as In or Pt, nor high-grade semiconductor processing equipment, do not rely on dye for photoconversion and therefore do not bleach, and are easy to fabricate using a spray-paint technique. We observe that cells with a lower concentration of carbon nanotubes on the active semiconducting electrode perform better than cells with a higher concentration of nanotubes. This effect is contrary to the expectation that a larger number of nanotubes would lead to more photoconversion and therefore more power generation. We attribute this to the presence of metallic nanotubes that provide a short for photo-excited electrons, bypassing the load. We demonstrate optimization strategies that improve cell efficiency by orders of magnitude. Once it is possible to make semiconducting-only carbon nanotube films, that may provide the greatest efficiency improvement. PMID:22655070

  15. Titania nanotube arrays as interfaces for neural prostheses

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    Sorkin, Jonathan A.; Hughes, Stephen; Soares, Paulo; Popat, Ketul C.

    2015-01-01

    Neural prostheses have become ever more acceptable treatments for many different types of neurological damage and disease. Here we investigate the use of two different morphologies of titania nanotube arrays as interfaces to advance the longevity and effectiveness of these prostheses. The nanotube arrays were characterized for their nanotopography, crystallinity, conductivity, wettability, surface mechanical properties and adsorption of key proteins: fibrinogen, albumin and laminin. The loosely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using a diethylene glycol based electrolyte, contained a higher presence of the anatase crystal phase and were subsequently more conductive. These arrays yielded surfaces with higher wettability and lower modulus than the densely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using water based electrolyte. Further the adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of the C17.2 neural stem cell line was investigated on the nanotube arrays. The proliferation ratio of the cells as well as the level of neuronal differentiation was seen to increase on the loosely packed arrays. The results indicate that loosely packed nanotube arrays similar to the ones produced here with a DEG based electrolyte, may provide a favorable template for growth and maintenance of C17.2 neural stem cell line. PMID:25687003

  16. Nanotube composite carbon fibers

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    Andrews, R.; Jacques, D.; Rao, A. M.; Rantell, T.; Derbyshire, F.; Chen, Y.; Chen, J.; Haddon, R. C.

    1999-08-01

    Single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were dispersed in isotropic petroleum pitch matrices to form nanotube composite carbon fibers with enhanced mechanical and electrical properties. We find that the tensile strength, modulus, and electrical conductivity of a pitch composite fiber with 5 wt % loading of purified SWNTs are enhanced by ˜90%, ˜150%, and 340% respectively, as compared to the corresponding values in unmodified isotropic pitch fibers. These results serve to highlight the potential that exits for developing a spectrum of material properties through the selection of the matrix, nanotube dispersion, alignment, and interfacial bonding.

  17. Nanotube resonator devices

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    Jensen, Kenneth J; Zettl, Alexander K; Weldon, Jeffrey A

    2014-05-06

    A fully-functional radio receiver fabricated from a single nanotube is being disclosed. Simultaneously, a single nanotube can perform the functions of all major components of a radio: antenna, tunable band-pass filter, amplifier, and demodulator. A DC voltage source, as supplied by a battery, can power the radio. Using carrier waves in the commercially relevant 40-400 MHz range and both frequency and amplitude modulation techniques, successful music and voice reception has been demonstrated. Also disclosed are a radio transmitter and a mass sensor using a nanotube resonator device.

  18. Tunable multiwalled nanotube resonator

    DOEpatents

    Zettl, Alex K.; Jensen, Kenneth J.; Girit, Caglar; Mickelson, William E.; Grossman, Jeffrey C.

    2011-03-29

    A tunable nanoscale resonator has potential applications in precise mass, force, position, and frequency measurement. One embodiment of this device consists of a specially prepared multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWNT) suspended between a metal electrode and a mobile, piezoelectrically controlled contact. By harnessing a unique telescoping ability of MWNTs, one may controllably slide an inner nanotube core from its outer nanotube casing, effectively changing its length and thereby changing the tuning of its resonance frequency. Resonant energy transfer may be used with a nanoresonator to detect molecules at a specific target oscillation frequency, without the use of a chemical label, to provide label-free chemical species detection.

  19. Tunable multiwalled nanotube resonator

    DOEpatents

    Jensen, Kenneth J; Girit, Caglar O; Mickelson, William E; Zettl, Alexander K; Grossman, Jeffrey C

    2013-11-05

    A tunable nanoscale resonator has potential applications in precise mass, force, position, and frequency measurement. One embodiment of this device consists of a specially prepared multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWNT) suspended between a metal electrode and a mobile, piezoelectrically controlled contact. By harnessing a unique telescoping ability of MWNTs, one may controllably slide an inner nanotube core from its outer nanotube casing, effectively changing its length and thereby changing the tuning of its resonance frequency. Resonant energy transfer may be used with a nanoresonator to detect molecules at a specific target oscillation frequency, without the use of a chemical label, to provide label-free chemical species detection.

  20. Non-equilibrium Dynamics of DNA Nanotubes

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    Hariadi, Rizal Fajar

    Can the fundamental processes that underlie molecular biology be understood and simulated by DNA nanotechnology? The early development of DNA nanotechnology by Ned Seeman was driven by the desire to find a solution to the protein crystallization problem. Much of the later development of the field was also driven by envisioned applications in computing and nanofabrication. While the DNA nanotechnology community has assembled a versatile tool kit with which DNA nanostructures of considerable complexity can be assembled, the application of this tool kit to other areas of science and technology is still in its infancy. This dissertation reports on the construction of non-equilibrium DNA nanotube dynamic to probe molecular processes in the areas of hydrodynamics and cytoskeletal behavior. As the first example, we used DNA nanotubes as a molecular probe for elongational flow measurement in different micro-scale flow settings. The hydrodynamic flow in the vicinity of simple geometrical objects, such as a rigid DNA nanotube, is amenable to rigorous theoretical investigation. We measured the distribution of elongational flows produced in progressively more complex settings, ranging from the vicinity of an orifice in a microfluidic chamber to within a bursting bubble of Pacific ocean water. This information can be used to constrain theories on the origin of life in which replication involves a hydrodynamically driven fission process, such as the coacervate fission proposed by Oparin. A second theme of this dissertation is the bottom-up construction of a de novo artificial cytoskeleton with DNA nanotubes. The work reported here encompasses structural, locomotion, and control aspects of non-equilibrium cytoskeletal behavior. We first measured the kinetic parameters of DNA nanotube assembly and tested the accuracy of the existing polymerization models in the literature. Toward recapitulation of non-equilibrium cytoskeletal dynamics, we coupled the polymerization of DNA