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  1. Thermodynamic Assessment of the Bi-Ni and Bi-Ni-X (X = Ag, Cu) Systems

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    Liu, Yuling; Liu, Shuhong; Zhang, Cong; Lu, Xingxu; Chen, Chong; Du, Yong; Živković, Dragana

    2016-02-01

    The Bi-Ni system was reassessed by means of the calculation of phase diagrams (CALPHAD) method by considering the latest published experimental data. To maintain the compatibility in higher-order systems, the excess Gibbs energy of the solution phases was modeled with the Redlich-Kister polynomials, and a three-sublattice model, (Bi)0.3334(Ni,Va)0.3333(Va,Ni)0.3333, was used to describe the intermetallic compound BiNi with NiAs-type crystal structure. Compared with the previous thermodynamic description for the Bi-Ni system, noticeable improvements are achieved in the present work. The current thermodynamic parameters can well reproduce the newly published experimental data on thermodynamic properties. Based on the newly obtained parameters for the Bi-Ni system, as well as the thermodynamic descriptions for the Bi-Ag, Ni-Ag, Bi-Cu, and Ni-Cu systems in literature, a thermodynamic database of the Bi-Ni-Ag and Bi-Ni-Cu ternary systems was established by considering the available experimental data. The calculated phase equilibria in these ternary systems are in satisfactory agreement with experimental observations.

  2. Structures and segregation patterns of Ag-Cu and Ag-Ni nanoalloys adsorbed on MgO(0 0 1).

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    Bochicchio, Davide; Ferrando, Riccardo; Panizon, Emanuele; Rossi, Giulia

    2016-02-17

    Low-energy geometric structures and segregation patterns of Ag-Cu and Ag-Ni nanoparticles adsorbed on MgO(0 0 1) are searched for by global optimisation methods within an atomistic potential model. Sizes betwen 100 and 300 atoms are considered for several compositions. In all cases, Ag segregates to the nanoparticle surface, so that Cu@Ag and Ni@Ag core-shell arrangements are found, with off-centre cores for Ag-rich compositions. The behaviours of Ag-Cu and Ag-Ni differ at the interface with the MgO substrate. For Ag-Cu, some Cu atoms are at the interface even for compositions that are very rich in Ag, where Ag-Ni nanoparticles present an interface completely made of Ag atoms. Ag-Ni and Ag-Cu also differ concerning their geometric structures. With increasing Ag content, in Ag-Cu we find the structural sequence faulted fcc [Formula: see text] icosahedral [Formula: see text] fcc, while in Ag-Ni we find the sequence hcp [Formula: see text] faulted fcc-faulted hcp [Formula: see text] icosahedral [Formula: see text] fcc. PMID:26795034

  3. Structures and segregation patterns of Ag-Cu and Ag-Ni nanoalloys adsorbed on MgO(0 0 1)

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    Bochicchio, Davide; Ferrando, Riccardo; Panizon, Emanuele; Rossi, Giulia

    2016-02-01

    Low-energy geometric structures and segregation patterns of Ag-Cu and Ag-Ni nanoparticles adsorbed on MgO(0 0 1) are searched for by global optimisation methods within an atomistic potential model. Sizes betwen 100 and 300 atoms are considered for several compositions. In all cases, Ag segregates to the nanoparticle surface, so that Cu@Ag and Ni@Ag core-shell arrangements are found, with off-centre cores for Ag-rich compositions. The behaviours of Ag-Cu and Ag-Ni differ at the interface with the MgO substrate. For Ag-Cu, some Cu atoms are at the interface even for compositions that are very rich in Ag, where Ag-Ni nanoparticles present an interface completely made of Ag atoms. Ag-Ni and Ag-Cu also differ concerning their geometric structures. With increasing Ag content, in Ag-Cu we find the structural sequence faulted fcc \\to icosahedral \\to fcc, while in Ag-Ni we find the sequence hcp \\to faulted fcc-faulted hcp \\to icosahedral \\to fcc.

  4. Effects of Minor Ni Doping on Microstructural Variations and Interfacial Reactions in Cu/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu- xNi/Au/Ni Sandwich Structures

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    Yu, Chi-Yang; Lee, Tae-Kyu; Tsai, Michael; Liu, Kuo-Chuan; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2010-12-01

    The effects of Ni doping on microstructural variations and interfacial reactions in Cu/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu- xNi/Au/Ni sandwich structures were investigated. The sandwich structures, i.e., Cu/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/Au/Ni and Cu/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.1Ni/Au/Ni (wt.%), were reflowed and isothermally aged at 150°C for 500 h. The behavior of Ni and Cu migration in the solders before and after aging was investigated using field-emission electron probe microanalysis (FE-EPMA), and the microstructure evolution of the solders with Ni doping was investigated. It was observed that Ni migrated to the board Cu-side, while Cu tended to migrate toward the Ni/Au package side, and two different types of (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds (IMCs), one with 19.8 at.% to 23.4 at.% Ni and the other with 1.3 at.% to 6.4 at.% Ni content, were found. Regarding interfacial reactions, it was identified that the local Ni and Cu concentrations affected the formation of (Cu,Ni)6Sn5. Redistribution of Ni and Cu was correlated with the formation mechanism of interfacial (Cu,Ni)6Sn5.

  5. Deformation-induced nanoscale mixing reactions in Cu/Ni and Ag/Pd multilayers

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    Wang, Z.; Perepezko, J. H.

    2013-11-04

    During the repeated cold rolling of Cu/Ni and Ag/Pd multilayers, a solid solution forms at the interfaces as nanoscale layer structure with a composition that replicates the overall multilayer composition. The interfacial mixing behavior was investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopy. During deformation induced reaction, the intermixing behavior of the Cu/Ni and Ag/Pd multilayers is in contrast to thermally activated diffusion behavior. This distinct behavior can provide new kinetic pathways and offer opportunities for microstructure control that cannot be achieved by thermal processing.

  6. Study of Metal-NH[subscript 3] Interfaces (Metal= Cu, Ni, Ag) Using Potentiostatic Curves

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    Nunes, Nelson; Martins, Angela; Leitao, Ruben Elvas

    2007-01-01

    Experiment is conducted to determine the kinetic parameters of metal-solution interfaces. During the experiment the kinetic parameters for the interfaces Cu-NH[subscript 3], Ag-NH[subscript 3] and Ni-NH[subscript 3] is easily determined.

  7. IMC Growth at the Interface of Sn-2.0Ag-2.5Zn Solder Joints with Cu, Ni, and Ni-W Substrates

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    Liang, Jiaxing; Wang, Haozhe; Hu, Anmin; Li, Ming

    2014-11-01

    Growth of intermetallic compounds (IMC) at the interface of Sn-2.0Ag-2.5Zn solder joints with Cu, Ni, and Ni-W substrates have been investigated. For the Cu substrate, a Cu5Zn8 IMC layer with Ag3Sn particles on top was observed at the interface; this acted as a barrier layer preventing further growth of Cu-Sn IMC. For the Ni substrate, a thin Ni3Sn4 film was observed between the solder and the Ni layer; the thickness of the film increased slowly and steadily with aging. For the Ni-W substrate, a thin Ni3Sn4 film was observed between the solder and Ni-W layer. During the aging process a thin layer of the Ni-W substrate was transformed into a bright layer, and the thickness of bright layer increased with aging.

  8. Cu-Au, Ag-Au, Cu-Ag, and Ni-Au intermetallics: First-principles study of temperature-composition phase diagrams and structures

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    Ozoliņš, V.; Wolverton, C.; Zunger, Alex

    1998-03-01

    The classic metallurgical systems-noble-metal alloys-that have formed the benchmark for various alloy theories are revisited. First-principles fully relaxed general-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (LAPW) total energies of a few ordered structures are used as input to a mixed-space cluster expansion calculation to study the phase stability, thermodynamic properties, and bond lengths in Cu-Au, Ag-Au, Cu-Ag, and Ni-Au alloys. (i) Our theoretical calculations correctly reproduce the tendencies of Ag-Au and Cu-Au to form compounds and Ni-Au and Cu-Ag to phase separate at T=0 K. (ii) Of all possible structures, Cu3Au (L12) and CuAu (L10) are found to be the most stable low-temperature phases of Cu1-xAux with transition temperatures of 530 K and 660 K, respectively, compared to the experimental values 663 K and ~670 K. The significant improvement over previous first-principles studies is attributed to the more accurate treatment of atomic relaxations in the present work. (iii) LAPW formation enthalpies demonstrate that L12, the commonly assumed stable phase of CuAu3, is not the ground state for Au-rich alloys, but rather that ordered (100) superlattices are stabilized. (iv) We extract the nonconfigurational (e.g., vibrational) entropies of formation and obtain large values for the size-mismatched systems: 0.48 kB/atom in Ni0.5Au0.5 (T=1100 K), 0.37 kB/atom in Cu0.141Ag0.859 (T=1052 K), and 0.16 kB/atom in Cu0.5Au0.5 (T=800 K). (v) Using 8 atom/cell special quasirandom structures we study the bond lengths in disordered Cu-Au and Ni-Au alloys and obtain good qualitative agreement with recent extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure measurements.

  9. Solubility and Dissolution Rate of Ni Base Alloy to Molten Ag-Cu-Pd Brazing Filler

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    Ikeshoji, Toshi-Taka; Watanabe, Yuki; Suzumura, Akio; Yamazaki, Takahisa

    During the brazing process of the rocket engine’s nozzle skirt assembly made from Fe-Ni based super alloy pipes with Pd based brazing filler, the erosion corrosion pits were sometimes engraved on those pipes’ surface. The corrosion is considered to be assisted by the dynamic flow of the molten brazing filler. In order to estimate the amount of erosion corrosion and to prevent it, the solubility and the dissolution rate of Ni to the molten Ag-Cu-Pd brazing filler are measured experimentally. The Ni crucible poured with the Ag-Cu-Pd brazing filler was heated up to 1320K and quenched after the various keeping time. The microstructure of the solidified brazing filler part’s cross sections was observed, and the amount of the dissolved Ni was estimated using the image processing technique. The solubility was about 5.53mass%and the initial dissolution rate was 6.28 × 10-3mass%/s. Using these data, more elaborate dynamic flow simulation will be able to conduct.

  10. Accelerated Bonding of Magnesium and Aluminum with a CuNi/Ag/CuNi Sandwich Interlayer by Plasma-Activated Sintering

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    Wang, Yiyu; Rao, Mei; Li, Leijun; Luo, Guoqiang; Shen, Qiang; Zhang, Lianmeng

    2016-02-01

    Plasma-activated sintering (PAS) has been applied, for the first time, to join magnesium and aluminum using a CuNi/Ag/CuNi sandwich structural interlayer. A cleaning effect and high efficient plasma heating mode in PAS have contributed to forming a strong interfacial diffusion bond under low temperature 673 K (400 °C) and short dwell time (0.6 ks). The designed interlayer provides a diffusion barrier effect and an enhanced physical contact between the interfaces. Strong bonding has been achieved without forming the brittle Mg-Al intermetallics.

  11. Mechanical Deformation Behavior of Sn-Ag-Cu Solders with Minor Addition of 0.05 wt.% Ni

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    Hammad, A. E.; El-Taher, A. M.

    2014-11-01

    The aim of the present work is to develop a comparative evaluation of the microstructural and mechanical deformation behavior of Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) solders with the minor addition of 0.05 wt.% Ni. Test results showed that, by adding 0.05Ni element into SAC solders, generated mainly small rod-shaped (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds (IMCs) inside the β-Sn phase. Moreover, increasing the Ag content and adding Ni could result in the change of the shape and size of the IMC precipitate. Hence, a significant improvement is observed in the mechanical properties of SAC solders with increasing Ag content and Ni addition. On the other hand, the tensile results of Ni-doped SAC solders showed that both the yield stress and ultimate tensile strengths decrease with increasing temperature and with decreasing strain rate. This behavior was attributed to the competing effects of work hardening and dynamic recovery processes. The Sn-2.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.05Ni solder displayed the highest mechanical properties due to the formation of hard (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 IMCs. Based on the obtained stress exponents and activation energies, it is suggested that the dominant deformation mechanism in SAC (205)-, SAC (0505)- and SAC (0505)-0.05Ni solders is pipe diffusion, and lattice self-diffusion in SAC (205)-0.05Ni solder. In view of these results, the Sn-2.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.05Ni alloy is a more reliable solder alloy with improved properties compared with other solder alloys tested in the present work.

  12. Containerless electromagnetic levitation melting of Cu-Fe and Ag-Ni alloys

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    Abbaschian, G. J.; Ethridge, E. C.

    1983-01-01

    The feasibility of producing silver or copper alloys containing finely dispersed nickel or iron particles, respectively, by utilizing containerless electromagnetic levitation casting techniques was investigated. A levitation coil was designed to successfully levitate and melt a variety of alloys including Nb-Ge, Cu-Fe, Fe-C, and Ag-Ni. Samples of 70 Cu-30 Fe and 80 Ag-20 Ni (atomic %), prepared by mechanical pressing of the constituent powders, were levitated and heated either to the solid plus liquid range of the alloys or to the fully liquid region. The samples were then solidified by passing helium gas into the bell jar or they were dropped into a quenching oil. The structure of the samples which were heated to the solid plus liquid range consists of uniform distribution of Fe or Ni particle in their respective matrices. A considerable amount of entrapped gas bubbles were contained. Upon heating for longer periods or to higher temperatures, the bubbles coalesced and burst, causing the samples to become fragmented and usually fall out of the coil.

  13. HRLEED study of the roughening transitions in Cu(110), Ni(110) and Ag(110) surfaces

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    Wang, K.; Montano, P.A. |

    1996-12-01

    The authors present the results of High Resolution Low Energy Electron Diffraction (HRLEED) measurements of the thermal roughening transition on Cu(110), Ag(110) and Ni(110) surfaces. They performed careful spot profile intensity measurements as a function of temperature. They observed a proliferation of steps along the (110) and (001) directions. In addition a strong deviation from a Debye model was observed in the scattered intensity of the Bragg reflections. This deviation from the harmonic approximation occurs well below the roughening transition temperature. The behavior of the three metal surfaces is qualitatively similar except for the transition temperatures. Ni shows the highest transition temperature (1,300 K), Cu is intermediate (1,000 K) and Ag has the lowest temperature (730 K). Analyzing the behavior of the (00) reflection intensity, and the evolution of the line shape as a function of the temperature, they found clear evidence of a roughening transition at the (110) surface. A lineshape analysis of the (00) reflection shows the transition from a Lorentzian lineshape to a power law. They also proved, based on the experimental data and a recent theoretical model, that there is a tremendous increase in step density and a decrease in the average terrace size as the temperature increases. They used STM to corroborate the HRLEED results at room temperature. They found excellent agreement.

  14. Hydrazine reduction of metal ions to porous submicro-structures of Ag, Pd, Cu, Ni, and Bi

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    Wang Yue; Shi Yongfang; Chen Yubiao; Wu Liming

    2012-07-15

    Porous submicro-structures of Ag, Pd, Cu, Ni, and Bi with high surface area have been prepared by the reduction of hydrazine in glycerol-ethanol solution at room temperature or 120-180 Degree-Sign C. Phase purity, morphology, and specific surface area have been characterized. The reactions probably undergo three different mechanisms: simple reduction for Ag and Pd, coordination-then-reduction for Cu and Ni, and hydrolysis-then-reduction for Bi. The reductant hydrazine also plays an important role to the formation of the porous submicro-structure. The reaction temperature influences the size of the constituent particles and the overall architecture of the submicro-structure so as to influence the surface area value. The as-prepared porous metals have shown the second largest surface area ever reported, which are smaller than those made by the reduction of NaBH{sub 4}, but larger than those made by hard or soft template methods. - Graphical abstract: Porous submicro-structures of Ag, Pd, Cu, Ni, and Bi with high surface area have been prepared by the reduction of hydrazine in the glycerol-ethanol solution at room temperature or 120-180 Degree-Sign C. The reactions undergo different mechanisms: simple reduction for Ag and Pd, coordination-then-reduction for Cu and Ni, and hydrolysis-then-reduction for Bi. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Syntheses of porous Ag, Pd, Cu, Ni, and Bi with high surface area. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag and Pd undergo simple reduction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cu and Ni undergo coordination-then-reduction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bi undergoes hydrolysis-then-reduction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The as-prepared metals have shown the second largest surface area ever reported.

  15. A study of the vacancy loop formation probability in Ni-Cu and Ag-Pd alloys

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    Smalinskas, K.; Chen, Gengsheng; Haworth, J.; Robertson, I.M.; Kirk, M.A.

    1992-04-01

    The molten-zone model of vacancy loop formation from a displacement cascade predicts that the loop formation probability should scale with the melting temperature. To investigate this possibility the vacancy loop formation probability has been determined in a series of Cu-Ni and Ag-Pd alloys. The irradiations were performed at room temperature with 50 keV Kr+ ions and the resulting damage structure was examined by using transmission electron microscopy. In the Cu-Ni alloy series, the change in loop formation probability with increasing Ni concentration was complex, and at low- and high- nickel concentrations, the defect yield did not change in the predicted manner. The defect yield was higher in the Cu-rich alloys than in the Ni-rich alloys. In the Ag-Pd alloy the change in the loop formation probability followed more closely the change in melting temperature, but no simple relationship was determined.

  16. Shear and Pull Testing of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu Solder with Ti/Ni(V)/Cu Underbump Metallization During Aging

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    Wang, Kai-Jheng; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2009-12-01

    Ti/Ni(V)/Cu underbump metallization (UBM) is widely used in flip-chip technology today. The advantages of Ti/Ni(V)/Cu UBM are a low reaction rate with solder and the lack of a magnetic effect during sputtering. Sn atoms diffuse into the Ni(V) layer to form a Sn-rich phase, the so-called Sn-patch, during reflow and aging. In this study, the relationship between interfacial reaction and mechanical properties of the solder joints with Ti/Ni(V)/Cu UBM was evaluated. Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder was reflowed on sputtered Ti/Ni(V)/Cu UBM, and then the reflowed samples were aged at 125°C and 200°C, respectively. (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 was formed and grew gradually at the interface of the solder joints during aging at 125°C. The Sn-patch replaced the Ni(V) layer, and (Ni,Cu)3Sn4 was thus formed between (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 and the Sn-patch at 200°C. The Sn-patch, composed of Ni and V2Sn3 after reflow, was transformed to V2Sn3 and amorphous Sn during aging. Shear and pull tests were applied to evaluate the solder joints under various heat treatments. The shear force of the solder joints remained at 421 mN, yet the pull force decreased after aging at 125°C. Both the shear and pull forces of the solder joints decreased during aging at 200°C. The effects of aging temperature on the mechanical properties of solder joint were investigated and discussed.

  17. Effect of Ni-Coated Carbon Nanotubes on the Corrosion Behavior of Sn-Ag-Cu Solder

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    Han, Y. D.; Chen, L.; Jing, H. Y.; Nai, S. M. L.; Wei, J.; Xu, L. Y.

    2013-12-01

    In this study, the effect of Ni-coated carbon nanotubes (Ni-CNTs) on the corrosion resistance of 95.8Sn-3.5Ag-0.7Cu (SAC) solder at ambient temperature in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution was investigated using the potentiodynamic polarization method. The corrosion products were analyzed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (S4800), energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The results showed that addition of Ni-CNTs enhanced the corrosion resistance of the SAC solder and that increasing the content of Ni-CNTs made the effect more evident. The mechanism of the corrosion resistance improvement is the formation of a compact corrosion layer of Ni-CNTs that provides an inert physical barrier to the initiation and development of corrosion. Furthermore, in the corrosion microcell produced by the Ni-CNTs dispersed in the SAC solder, the Ni-CNTs act as a third phase (electrode) which contributes to reducing the galvanic corrosion between Sn anode and Ag3Sn cathode. Hence, the corrosion resistance of the composite solders was improved.

  18. Copper-based alloys, crystallographic and crystallochemical parameters of alloys in binary systems Cu-Me (Me=Co, Rh, Ir, Cu, Ag, Au, Ni, Pd, Pt)

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    Porobova, Svetlana; Markova, Tat'jana; Klopotov, Vladimir; Klopotov, Anatoliy; Loskutov, Oleg; Vlasov, Viktor

    2016-01-01

    The article presents the results of the analysis of phase equilibrium of ordered phases in binary systems based on copper Cu- Me (where Me - Co, Rh, Ir, Ag, Au, Ni, Pd, Pt) to find correlations of crystallochemical and crystallographic factors. It is established that the packing index in disordered solid solutions in binary systems based on copper is close to the value of 0.74 against the background of an insignificant deviation of atomic volumes from the Zen's law.

  19. Embedded-atom-method effective-pair-interaction study of the structural and thermodynamic properties of Cu-Ni, Cu-Ag, and Au-Ni solid solutions

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    Asta, M.; Foiles, S.M.

    1996-02-01

    The structural and thermodynamic properties of Cu-Ni, Cu-Ag, and Au-Ni solid solutions have been studied using a computational approach which combines an embedded-atom-method (EAM) description of alloy energetics with a second-order-expansion (SOE) treatment of compositional and displacive disorder. It is discussed in detail how the SOE approach allows the EAM expression for the energy of a substitutional alloy to be cast in the form of a generalized lattice-gas Hamiltonian containing effective pair interactions with arbitrary range. Furthermore, we show how the SOE-EAM method can be combined with either mean-field or Monte Carlo statistical mechanics techniques in order to calculate short-range-order (SRO) parameters, average nearest-neighbor bond lengths, and alloy thermodynamic properties which include contributions from static displacive relaxations and dynamic atomic vibrations. We demonstrate that the contributions to alloy heats of mixing arising from displacive relaxations can be sizeable, and that the neglect of these terms can lead to large overestimations of calculated phase-transition temperatures. The effects of vibrational free-energy contributions on the results of composition-temperature phase diagram calculations are estimated to be relatively small for the phase-separating alloy systems considered in this study. It is shown that within the SOE approach displacive effects can act only to displace the peak in the Fourier-transformed SRO parameter away from Brillouin-zone-boundary special points and towards the origin. Consistent with this result, we show that the unusual SRO observed in diffuse scattering experiments for Au-Ni solid solutions can be understood as arising from a competition between chemical and displacive driving forces which favor ordering and clustering, respectively. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  20. Fabrication of Cu-Ni mixed phase layer using DC electroplating and suppression of Kirkendall voids in Sn-Ag-Cu solder joints

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    Chee, Sang-Soo; Lee, Jong-Hyun

    2014-05-01

    A solderable layer concurrently containing Cu-rich and Ni-rich phases (mixed-phase layer, MPL) was fabricated by direct current electroplating under varying process conditions. Current density was considered as the main parameter to adjust the microstructure and composition of MPL during the electroplating process, and deposit thickness were evaluated as functions of plating time. As a result, it was observed that the coral-like structure that consisted of Cu-rich and Ni-rich phases grew in the thickness direction. The most desirable microstructure was obtained at a relatively low current density of 0.4 mA/cm2. In other words, the surface was the smoothest and defect-free at this current density. The electroplating rate was slightly enhanced with an increase in current density. Investigations of its solid-state reaction properties, including the formation of Kirkendall voids, were also carried out after reflow soldering with Sn-3.0 Ag-0.5 Cu solder balls. In the solid-state aging experiment at 125°C, Kirkendall voids at the normal Sn-3.0 Ag-0.5 Cu solder/Cu interface were easily formed after just 240 h. Meanwhile, the presence of an intermetallic compound (IMC) layer created in the solder/MPL interface indicated a slightly lower growth rate, and no Kirkendall voids were observed in the IMC layer even after 720 h.

  1. On the correlation between phonon spectra and surface segregation features in Ag-Cu-Ni ternary nanoalloys

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    Subbaraman, Ram; Sankaranarayanan, Subramanian K. R. S.

    2011-08-01

    Atomic scale characterization of chemical ordering, compositional distribution and microstructure is of tremendous importance for applications such as catalysis which is primarily dominated by processes occurring at surface and is strongly influenced by the subsurface layers. Phonon spectra obtained from molecular dynamics simulations of single metals as well as their bimetallic and ternary alloy nanoclusters can be used to obtain new insights into the atomic scale distribution in the nanoclusters, their microstructure and dynamical properties. Monte-Carlo (MC) simulations are used to obtain the minimum energy configurations of various Ag-Cu-Ni ternary alloys in which the Ag content is systematically varied from 0 to 50%Ag while keeping the relative composition of Cu and Ni constant. Detailed compositional analyses of the final MC configurations are carried out. The generated microstructure comprised of surface segregated structures in which Ag atoms occupy low coordination sites such as corners, edges and faces. As the Ag content in the ternary alloy is increased, the surface sites get increasingly occupied with the lowest coordination sites being populated first. The Cu and Ni compositions in the interior of the cluster show compositional oscillation. The final alloy microstructure is dictated by the competition between the various entropic and energetic factors. Our analysis of the phonon density of states identifies various surface (low frequency) and bulk (high frequency) modes which is determined by their location in the nanocluster and the local environment. Systematic trends in the observed peak intensities and frequency shifts at the low and high frequency ends of the spectrum for the various alloy compositions are explained on the basis of bond-lengths, local coordination, extent of alloying, and neighboring elemental environment. We find that the characteristic microstructural features observed at the atomic scale are strongly correlated to the vibrational densities of states of the constituent atoms in nanoalloys. Comparisons with experimental investigations are made where possible. Such a characterization method provides a predictive tool for materials which are extremely important for catalytic applications and emerging energy technologies.

  2. Depletion and phase transformation of a submicron Ni(P) film in the early stage of soldering reaction between Sn-Ag-Cu and Au/Pd(P)/Ni(P)/Cu

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    Ho, Cheng-En; Hsieh, Wan-Zhen; Yang, Tsung-Hsun

    2015-01-01

    The early stage of soldering reaction between Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu solder and ultrathin-Ni(P)-type Au/Pd(P)/Ni(P)/Cu pad was investigated by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) in conjunction with field-emission electron probe microanalysis (FEEPMA) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). FE-SEM, FE-EPMA, and HRTEM investigations showed that Ni2SnP and Ni3P were the predominant P-containing intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in the soldering reaction and that their growth behaviors strongly depended on the depletion of Ni(P). The growth of Ni3P dominated over that of Ni2SnP in the early stage of soldering, whereas the Ni3P gradually transformed into Ni2SnP after Ni(P) depletion. This Ni(P)-depletion-induced Ni2SnP growth behavior is different from the reaction mechanisms reported in the literature. Detailed analyses of the microstructural evolution of the IMC during Ni(P) depletion were conducted, and a two-stage reaction mechanism was proposed to rationalize the unique IMC growth behavior.

  3. A study of the vacancy loop formation probability in Ni-Cu and Ag-Pd alloys. [50-keV Kr sup + ions

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    Smalinskas, K.; Chen, Gengsheng; Haworth, J.; Robertson, I.M. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Kirk, M.A. )

    1992-04-01

    The molten-zone model of vacancy loop formation from a displacement cascade predicts that the loop formation probability should scale with the melting temperature. To investigate this possibility the vacancy loop formation probability has been determined in a series of Cu-Ni and Ag-Pd alloys. The irradiations were performed at room temperature with 50 keV Kr+ ions and the resulting damage structure was examined by using transmission electron microscopy. In the Cu-Ni alloy series, the change in loop formation probability with increasing Ni concentration was complex, and at low- and high- nickel concentrations, the defect yield did not change in the predicted manner. The defect yield was higher in the Cu-rich alloys than in the Ni-rich alloys. In the Ag-Pd alloy the change in the loop formation probability followed more closely the change in melting temperature, but no simple relationship was determined.

  4. Electrical characteristics for Sn-Ag-Cu solder bump with Ti/Ni/Cu under-bump metallization after temperature cycling tests

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    Shih, T. I.; Lin, Y. C.; Duh, J. G.; Hsu, Tom

    2006-10-01

    Lead-free solder bumps have been widely used in current flip-chip technology (FCT) due to environmental issues. Solder joints after temperature cycling tests were employed to investigate the interfacial reaction between the Ti/Ni/Cu under-bump metallization and Sn-Ag-Cu solders. The interfacial morphology and quantitative analysis of the intermetallic compounds (IMCs) were obtained by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and field emission electron probe microanalysis (FE-EPMA). Various types of IMCs such as (Cu1-x,Agx)6Sn5, (Cu1-y,Agy)3Sn, and (Ag1-z,Cuz)3Sn were observed. In addition to conventional I-V measurements by a special sample preparation technique, a scanning electron microscope (SEM) internal probing system was introduced to evaluate the electrical characteristics in the IMCs after various test conditions. The electrical data would be correlated to microstructural evolution due to the interfacial reaction between the solder and under-bump metallurgy (UBM). This study demonstrated the successful employment of an internal nanoprobing approach, which would help further understanding of the electrical behavior within an IMC layer in the solder/UBM assembly.

  5. [Cytotoxicity in Vitro of a Noval Ni-free ZrCuFeAlAg Bulk Metallic Glass].

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    Pang, Huifang; Xu, Cong; Qin, Hua; Li, Demin; Li, Peiyuan; Wang, Bo; Zhang, Shujuan; Zhao, Qiu

    2015-04-01

    This paper is to evaluate the biocompatibility and cytotoxicity of a new Ni-free Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG), Zr60.14 Cu22.31 Fe4.85 Al9.7 Ag3, by comparing it with conventional Ti6Al4V alloy. According to ISO 10993-5: 1999 and GB/T 16886.5-1997 standards, Zr60.14 Cu22.31 Fe4.85 Al9.7 Ag3, pure Zr and Ti6Al4V materials were extracted with surface area of sample/volume of medium ratio being 1 cm2/mL and 0.5 cm2/mL, respectively. The viabilities of MG-63 cells (Human osteosarcoma cell line) cultured in the BMG medium extracts for 1, 3 and 5 days were determined by CCK-8 assay. The cellular morphology of MG-63 cells cultured on the surface of samples for 3 days was tested through laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The relative growth rate (RGR) of MG-63 cells cultured in Zr60.14 Cu22.31 Fe4.85 Al9.7 Ag3 and pure Zr were both more than 85%, indicating that the cytotoxicity of BMG was relatively low and met the national biomedical material eligibility standard. There was insignificant difference in the morphology of MG-63 cells cultured in the BMG medium extracts and the control group through LSCM and SEM, which showed the BMG had excellent biological compatibility. The Zr-based bulk metallic glass Zr60.14 Cu22.31 Fe4.85 Al9.7 Ag3 and the conventional Ti6Al4V alloy both had no obvious cytotoxicity to MG-63 cells. These results provided evidence that the new Zr-based bulk metallic glass could be potential replacement material for the orthopedic surgical implant. PMID:26211258

  6. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Sn-0.1Ag-0.7Cu-(Co, Ni, and Nd) Lead-Free Solders

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    Chen, Xu; Zhou, Jian; Xue, Feng; Bai, Jing; Yao, Yao

    2015-02-01

    The influences of minor alloying elements Co, Ni, and Nd on the microstructures and mechanical properties of Sn-0.1Ag-0.7Cu (SAC0107) solder were investigated. The results show that the microstructures of SAC0107 alloy mainly consisted of primary Sn-rich phases and eutectic phases composed of Ag3Sn and Cu6Sn5 phases dispersed in a Sn matrix. With Co or Ni additions, the amount of primary Sn-rich phase reduced and IMCs dispersed more uniformly in the Sn matrix. The elements of Co and Ni were concentrated in (Co x Cu1- x )6Sn5 and (Ni x Cu1- x )6Sn5 intermetallic compounds (IMCs), respectively, and they also entered the IMC layer between solder alloys and Cu substrate during soldering. Shear strength of the joints all increased by adding Co, Ni, and Nd elements. Different from the Co and Nd additions, the addition of the Ni element also markedly improved the tensile strength and elongation of SAC0107 alloys.

  7. The germanides ScTGe (T = Co, Ni, Cu, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Ir, Pt, Au) - Structure and 45Sc solid state NMR spectroscopy

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    Heying, Birgit; Haverkamp, Sandra; Rodewald, Ute Ch; Eckert, Hellmut; Peter, Sebastian C.; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2015-01-01

    The germanides ScTGe (T = Co, Ni, Cu, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Ir, Pt, Au) were obtained in X-ray pure form by arc-melting of the elements. The structures of the members with T = Co, Ni, Cu, Rh, Pd, Ag, Ir, and Pt were refined on the basis of single crystal X-ray diffractometer data. The germanides with T = Cu, Ru, Pd, Ag crystallize with the hexagonal ZrNiAl type structure, space group P 6 bar 2m and those with T = Co, Ni, Rh, Ir, Pt adopt the orthorhombic TiNiSi type. ScAuGe is isotypic with NdPtSb. All germanides exhibit single scandium sites. A simple systematization of the structure type according to the valence electron concentration is not possible. The 45Sc solid state NMR parameters (Knight shifts and nuclear electric quadrupole coupling constants) of those members crystallizing in the TiNiSi structure show systematic trends as a function of valence electron concentration number. Furthermore, within each T-group the Knight shift decreases with increasing atomic number; this correlation also includes previously published results on the isotypic silicide family. The 45Sc quadrupolar interaction tensor components are generally well-reproduced by quantum mechanical electric field gradient calculations using the WIEN2k code.

  8. Adsorption of Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, and Au monomers on NiAl(110) surface: a comparative study from DFT calculations.

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    San-Miguel, Miguel A; Amorim, Edgard P M; da Silva, E Z

    2014-08-01

    First principles calculations based on periodic density functional theory (DFT) have been used to investigate the structural, energetic and electronic properties of different transition metal atoms (Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, and Au) on the NiAl(110) surface at low coverages (0.08 and 0.25 monolayer). All adatoms prefer to adsorb on 4-fold coordinated sites interacting with two Al and two Ni atoms and forming polar and covalent bonds, respectively. The calculated negative work function changes are explained by the effect of positive surface image created after adsorption, which induces the polarization of the negatively charged adsorbates. Consequently, for metals with similar electronegativity as Ni (Ag and Cu), this polarization effect becomes more significant and leads to larger negative work function changes, but the charge transferred is small. PMID:24219765

  9. Deformation Behavior and Microstructure Evolution of the Cu-2Ni-0.5Si-0.15Ag Alloy During Hot Compression

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    Zhang, Yi; Volinsky, Alex A.; Xu, Qian-Qian; Chai, Zhe; Tian, Baohong; Liu, Ping; Tran, Hai T.

    2015-12-01

    Hot deformation behavior of the Cu-2Ni-0.5Si-0.15Ag alloy was investigated by hot compression tests using the Gleeble-1500D thermo-simulator in the 873 K to 1073 K (600 °C to 800 °C) temperatures range with the 0.01 to 5 s-1 strain rate. The flow stress strongly depends on the deformation parameters, including temperature and strain rate. The flow stress decreases with the deformation temperature and increases with the strain rate. The constitutive relationship between the peak stress, the strain rate, and the deformation temperature can be described by the Zener-Hollomon Z parameter in the hyperbolic sine function with the hot deformation activation energy of 316 kJ/mol. The dynamic recrystallization (DRX) is one of the important softening mechanisms of the Cu-2Ni-0.5Si-0.15Ag alloy during hot deformation. The DRX behavior of the Cu-2Ni-0.5Si-0.15Ag alloy is strongly affected by the Z parameter. Lower Z parameter leads to more adequate DRX proceeding.

  10. A Ni-free ZrCuFeAlAg bulk metallic glass with potential for biomedical applications.

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    Liu, Yan; Wang, Yi-Mei; Pang, Hui-Fang; Zhao, Qiu; Liu, Lin

    2013-06-01

    The mechanical properties and biocompatibility of an Ni-free Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG) Zr60.14Cu22.31Fe4.85Al9.7Ag3 were investigated in detail to evaluate its potential as a biomaterial. The BMG was found to have a low Young's modulus of 82±1.9GPa, a high strength of 1720±28MPa and a high fracture toughness of 94±19MPam(1/2), as well as good fatigue strength over 400MPa. The corrosion behavior of the alloy was investigated in simulated body fluid (SBF) by electrochemical measurements, which indicates that the Zr-based BMG has a better corrosion resistance than pure Zr and Ti6Al4V. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis revealed that the passive film formed on the BMG surface is enriched in Al- and Zr-oxides, which could account for the good corrosion resistance of the BMG. On the other hand, metal ion release of the BMG in SBF was determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after the BMG was immersed in SBF at 37°C for 30days, showing a ppb (ngml(-1)) level of metal ion release. The in vitro test via cell culture indicates that the BMG exhibits a cytotoxicity of Grade 0-1, which is as good as Ti6Al4V alloy. Cell adhesion morphological analysis shows that the cells were flattened and well spread out on the surfaces of the BMG, showing that the BMG had good biocompatibility. The combination of good mechanical properties and biocompatibility demonstrates that the Ni-free Zr-based BMG studied in this work is a good candidate for a new type of load-bearing biomedical material. PMID:23429233

  11. Effect of Bath Life of Ni(P) on the Brittle-Fracture Behavior of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/ENIG

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    Seo, Wonil; Kim, Kyoung-Ho; Bang, Jung-Hwan; Kim, Mok-Soon; Yoo, Sehoon

    2014-12-01

    The effect of bath life of Ni(P) on the brittle-fracture behavior of Sn-3.0 wt.%Ag-0.5 wt.%Cu (SAC)/electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG) was evaluated in this study. The bath lives of Ni(P) for the ENIG surface finish in this study were varied from 0 to 3 metal turnover (MTO), which were indirectly indicative of Ni(P) bath life, with "0 MTO" denoting the as-make-up state and "3 MTO" denoting almost waste plating solution. The SAC/ENIG sample when Ni(P) was plated in the 3 MTO bath (3 MTO sample) had thicker (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 and P-rich layers than when Ni(P) was plated in the 0 MTO bath (0 MTO sample). The brittle-fracture behavior of the 0 and 3 MTO samples was evaluated by use of a igh-speed shear (HSS) test with a strain rate of 0.1-2.0 m/s. The shear strength of the 0 MTO sample was higher than that of the 3 MTO sample. The incidence of brittle fracture increased as the bath life of Ni(P) of ENIG (= MTO of Ni(P)) increased. Observation by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed nano-sized voids (or particles) in the Ni-Sn-P layer. As the MTO of the Ni(P) increased, the number of nano-sized voids in the Ni-Sn-P layer of the SAC/ENIG interface increased. The poor brittle-fracture behavior of the 3 MTO sample originated from the weak interface at the thick P-rich layer and from the large nano-sized voids.

  12. Effect of Bath Life of Ni(P) on the Brittle-Fracture Behavior of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/ENIG

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    Seo, Wonil; Kim, Kyoung-Ho; Bang, Jung-Hwan; Kim, Mok-Soon; Yoo, Sehoon

    2014-09-01

    The effect of bath life of Ni(P) on the brittle-fracture behavior of Sn-3.0 wt.%Ag-0.5 wt.%Cu (SAC)/electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG) was evaluated in this study. The bath lives of Ni(P) for the ENIG surface finish in this study were varied from 0 to 3 metal turnover (MTO), which were indirectly indicative of Ni(P) bath life, with "0 MTO" denoting the as-make-up state and "3 MTO" denoting almost waste plating solution. The SAC/ENIG sample when Ni(P) was plated in the 3 MTO bath (3 MTO sample) had thicker (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 and P-rich layers than when Ni(P) was plated in the 0 MTO bath (0 MTO sample). The brittle-fracture behavior of the 0 and 3 MTO samples was evaluated by use of a igh-speed shear (HSS) test with a strain rate of 0.1-2.0 m/s. The shear strength of the 0 MTO sample was higher than that of the 3 MTO sample. The incidence of brittle fracture increased as the bath life of Ni(P) of ENIG (= MTO of Ni(P)) increased. Observation by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed nano-sized voids (or particles) in the Ni-Sn-P layer. As the MTO of the Ni(P) increased, the number of nano-sized voids in the Ni-Sn-P layer of the SAC/ENIG interface increased. The poor brittle-fracture behavior of the 3 MTO sample originated from the weak interface at the thick P-rich layer and from the large nano-sized voids.

  13. Metal (Ag, Cd, Cu, Ni, Tl, and Zn) Binding to Cytosolic Biomolecules in Field-Collected Larvae of the Insect Chaoborus.

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    Rosabal, Maikel; Mounicou, Sandra; Hare, Landis; Campbell, Peter G C

    2016-03-15

    We characterized the biomolecules involved in handling cytosolic metals in larvae of the phantom midge (Chaoborus) collected from five mining-impacted lakes by determining the distribution of Ag, Cd, Cu, Ni, Tl, and Zn among pools of various molecular weights (HMW: high molecular weight, >670-40 kDa; MMW: medium molecular weight, 40-<1.3 kDa; LMW: low molecular weight, <1.3 kDa). Appreciable concentrations of nonessential metals were found in the potentially metal-sensitive HMW (Ag and Ni) and LMW (Tl) pools, whereas the MMW pool, which includes metallothioneins (MTs) and metallothionein-like proteins and peptides (MTLPs), appears to be involved in Ag and Cd detoxification. Higher-resolution fractionation of the heat-stable protein (HSP) fraction revealed further differences in the partitioning of nonessential metals (i.e., Ag = Cd ≠ Ni ≠ Tl). These results provide unprecedented details about the metal-handling strategies employed by a metal-tolerant, freshwater animal in a field situation. PMID:26886407

  14. Multi-stage Ag-Bi-Co-Ni-U and Cu-Bi vein mineralization at Wittichen, Schwarzwald, SW Germany: geological setting, ore mineralogy, and fluid evolution

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    Staude, Sebastian; Werner, Wolfgang; Mordhorst, Teresa; Wemmer, Klaus; Jacob, Dorrit E.; Markl, Gregor

    2012-03-01

    The Wittichen Co-Ag-Bi-U mining area (Schwarzwald ore district, SW Germany) hosts several unconformity-related vein-type mineralizations within Variscan leucogranite and Permian to Triassic redbeds. The multistage mineralization formed at the intersection of two fault systems in the last 250 Ma. A Permo-Triassic ore stage I with minor U-Bi-quartz-fluorite mineralization is followed by a Jurassic to Cretaceous ore stage II with the main Ag and Co mineralization consisting of several generations of gangue minerals that host the sub-stages of U-Bi, Bi-Ag, Ni-As-Bi and Co-As-Bi. Important ore minerals are native elements, Co and Ni arsenides, and pitchblende; sulphides are absent. The Miocene ore stage III comprises barite with the Cu-Bi sulfosalts emplectite, wittichenite and aikinite, and the sulphides anilite and djurleite besides native Bi, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena and tennantite. The mineral-forming fluid system changed from low salinity (<5 wt.% NaCl) at high temperature (around 300°C) in Permian to highly saline (around 25 wt.% NaCl + CaCl2) at lower temperatures (50-150°C) in Triassic to Cretaceous times. Thermodynamic calculations and comparison with similar mineralizations worldwide show that the Mesozoic ore-forming fluid was alkaline with redox conditions above the hematite-magnetite buffer. We suggest that the precipitation mechanism for native elements, pitchblende and arsenides is a decrease in pH during fluid mixing processes. REE patterns in fluorite and the occurrence of Bi in all stages suggest a granitic source of some ore-forming elements, whereas, e.g. Ag, Co and Ni probably have been leached from the redbeds. The greater importance of Cu and isotope data indicates that the Miocene ore stage III is more influenced by fluids from the overlying redbeds and limestones than the earlier mineralization stages.

  15. Mechanical properties of the high-entropy alloy Ag0.5CoCrCuFeNi at temperatures of 4.2-300 K

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    Laktionova, M. A.; Tabchnikova, E. D.; Tang, Z.; Liaw, P. K.

    2013-07-01

    The plastic deformation behavior of the high-entropy alloy Ag0.5CoCrCuFeNi produced in an argon-arc melt is studied for the first time at low temperatures (down to 4.2 K). Lowering the temperature from 300 to 4.2 K leads to an increase in the nominal yield strength from 450 to 750 MPa while the degree of plasticity of the alloy remains on the order of 30% over the entire range. The strain rate sensitivity is measured for deformations ɛ ˜ 2% by strain rate cycling. Assuming thermally activated plasma deformation, the activation volume for movement of dislocations is calculated for ɛ ˜ 2% and is found to vary from 122b3 at 300 K to 35b3 at 30 K, where b is the Burgers vector.

  16. Microstructural Development and Mechanical Properties for Reactive Air Brazing of ZTA to Ni Alloys using Ag-CuO Braze Alloys

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    Prevost, Erica; DeMarco, A.Joseph; MacMichael, Beth; Joshi, Vineet V.; Meier, Alan; Hoffman, John W.; Walker, William J.

    2014-12-01

    Reactive air brazing (RAB) is a potential joining technique to join metal alloys to ceramics for a variety of applications. In the current study, nickel (Ni) alloys were heat treated to form an oxide layer prior to RAB joining to zirconia toughened alumina (ZTA). The Ni alloys evaluated were Nicrofer 6025 HT, Inconel 600, Inconel 693, Haynes 214 and Inconel 601. The ZTA studied had compositions of 0 to 15 wt% zirconia and 0 to 14 wt% glass. Four point-bend tests were performed to evaluate the joint strength of ZTA/ZTA and ZTA/nickel alloys brazed with Ag-2wt% CuO braze alloys. It was determined that the joint strength is not a function of the ZTA composition, but that the strength is a strong function of the chemistry and microstructure of the oxide layer formed on the nickel alloy. It was determined that an increase in the aluminum content of the Ni alloy resulted in an increase of the thickness of alumina in the oxide layer and was directly proportional to the bond strength with the exception of Inconel 601 which exhibited relatively high joint strengths even though it had a relatively low aluminum content.

  17. Structural and magnetic characterization of electrodeposited Ni-Cu/Cu and Fe-Ni-Cu/Cu multilayer

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    Hedayati, Kambiz

    2015-03-01

    In this research, Ni-Cu/Cu and Fe-Ni-Cu/Cu multilayers were electrodeposited on Au/Cr/glass substrate. The XRD pattern of Ni-Cu/Cu multilayer indicates satellite peaks of Ni-Cu and Cu bilayers. The EDX results had shown that the Ni content increased with increasing magnetic layers in both Ni-Cu/Cu and Fe-Ni-Cu/Cu multilayers. The AFM images had shown that increasing the magnetic and nonmagnetic layers leads to increasing surface roughness. The VSM of samples obtained the coercivity by increasing magnetic layer thickness and by decreasing the addition of Fe to Ni-Cu/Cu multilayers.

  18. Application of activated M/ZnO (M?=?Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Ag) in photocatalytic degradation of diazo textile coloring dye.

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    Milenova, K; Avramova, I; Eliyas, A; Blaskov, V; Stambolova, I; Kassabova, Nikoleta

    2014-11-01

    Activated ZnO powder has been prepared by procedures involving first its dissolution in nitric acid, then simultaneous treatment by adding NH4OH and CO2 bubbling leading to precipitation as Zn(OH)CO3 (ZH) and further thermal decomposition of ZH at 400 C. The gas evolution leads to formation of pores and increase in the specific surface area. Chemically activated M/ZnO powders doped with Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, and Ag have been obtained by the impregnation method. The samples have been characterized by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance (DR) UV-Vis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), single point Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) methods. The experiments have shown that metal-doped activated ZnO powders possess higher photocatalytic activities in oxidative discoloration of model contaminant textile coloring dye Reactive Black 5 in slurry reactor compared to that of the pure ZnO. The XRD and XPS data have shown the presence of defects, nonstoichiometricity implying the formation of solid solutions. Copper-doped (1.5 wt%) activated ZnO (Cu(2+) replaces Zn(2+)) is outstanding in its photocatalytic performance in discoloration of the dye due to the higher specific surface area and improved charge carrier separation. PMID:24996938

  19. Giant magnetoresistance in evaporated NiFe/Cu and NiFeCo/Cu multilayers (abstract)

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    Zeltser, A. M.; Smith, Neil

    1996-04-01

    The magnetic and transport properties of electron beam evaporated (Ni83Fe17/Cu)10 and (Ni66Fe16Co18/Cu)10 multilayers (ML) were studied as a function of the Cu spacer and magnetic layer thicknesses (tCu and tNiFe), annealing conditions and Ta buffer layer thickness. The ML were evaporated in a magnetic field at deposition rates ˜ 2 Å/s and background pressure <5×10-8 mbar on Si/SiO2 substrates at Ts=200 °C. These ML exhibited two unique features: (1) ΔR/R and the interlayer coupling did not show oscillatory behavior as a function of tCu; and (2) after magnetic post annealing, ΔR/R increased from <0.3% in the as-deposited state, to up to ˜6% and 7% in Ta/(NiFe/Cu) and (NiFeCo/Cu), respectively. The coupling between the NiFe layers changed from ferromagnetic in the as-deposited state Mr/Ms˜0.9k;20 to essentially antiferromagnetic Mr/Ms<0.2) after appropriate annealing, and the ML became virtually isotropic in-plane. This is quite different from strong oscillatory behavior of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) previously reported in (NiFe/Cu) as-deposited ML made by ion-beam sputtering. After annealing at 300° and 325 °C for 2 h, the ΔR/R became ˜4.5% and ˜6.5% in (NiFe/Cu) and (NiFeCo/Cu) ML, respectively, and remained approximately constant for tCu=20 to 40 Å. The coupling field generally decreased with an increase in Cu and NiFe and after annealing at 300 °C dropped to as low as ˜25 and 45 Oe in (NiFe/Cu) and (NiFeCo/Cu) ML, respectively. The of ΔR/R Ta/(NiFe/Cu) ML increased with the thickness of Ta buffer layer from 30 to 70 Å. The high-angle θ-2θ x-ray scans of (NiFe/Cu) ML showed (111) texture, essentially independent of annealing temperature. The low-angle x-ray diffraction did not reveal roughening of the Cu-NiFe interfaces as a result of annealing. In many respects the GMR behavior of these ML is similar to that reported in sputtered ``discontinuous'' NiFe/Ag. However, in contrast to the latter, the resistivity of NiFe/Cu monotonically increases with annealing temperature. This suggests that lattice interdiffusion is more prominent in the NiFe- system, consistent with a greater equilibrium compared solubility of Cu in the NiFe matrix compared to that of Ag. It is believed that Cu diffusion along the NiFe grain boundaries creates intra-layer magnetic discontinuity in NiFe and promotes inter-layer antiferromagnetic coupling between adjacent NiFe layers, which then gives rise to the observed GMR. Evaporated NiFe/Cu ML showed very small hysteresis and uniform GMR properties throughout the thickness, which makes them good candidates for GMR-DMR heads.

  20. Investigation of electrochemical migration on Sn-0.7Cu-0.3Ag-0.03P-0.005Ni solder alloy in HNO3 solution

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    Sarveswaran, C.; Othman, N. K.; Ali, M. Yusuf Tura; Ani, F. Che; Samsudin, Z.

    2015-09-01

    Current issue in lead-free solder in term of its reliability is still under investigation. This high impact research attempts to investigate the electrochemical migration (ECM) on Sn-0.7Cu-0.3Ag-0.03P-0.005Ni solder alloy by Water Drop Test (WDT) in different concentration of HNO3 solution. The concentration of HNO3 solution used in this research was 0.05, 0.10, 0.50 and 1M. Optical Microscope (OM), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDX) were carried out in order to analysis the ECM behavior based on the growth of dendrite formation after WDT. In general, the results demonstrated that dendrite growth is faster in higher concentration compared with low concentration of HNO3. The concentration of HNO3 solution used has a strong correlation with Mean-Time-To-Failure (MTTF). As the concentration of HNO3 increases, the MTTF value decreases. Based on the MTTF results the solder alloy in 1M HNO3 solution is most susceptible to ECM. SnO2 forms as a corrosion by-product in the samples proved by EDX analysis. The solder alloy poses a high reliability risk in microelectronic devices during operation in 1M HNO3 solution.

  1. Partitioning of V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, W, Au, Pb, and Bi between sulfide phases and hydrous basanite melt at upper mantle conditions

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    Li, Yuan; Audétat, Andreas

    2012-11-01

    The partitioning of 15 major to trace metals between monosulfide solid solution (MSS), sulfide liquid (SL) and mafic silicate melt (SM) was determined in piston-cylinder experiments performed at 1175-1300 °C, 1.5-3.0 GPa and oxygen fugacities ranging from 3.1 log units below to 1.0 log units above the quartz-fayalite-magnetite fO2 buffer, which conditions are representative of partial melting in the upper mantle in different tectonic settings. The silicate melt was produced by partial melting of a natural, amphibole-rich mantle source rock, resulting in hydrous (˜5 wt% H2O) basanitic melts similar to low-degree partial melts of metasomatized mantle, whereas the major element composition of the starting sulfide (˜52 wt% Fe; 39 wt% S; 7 wt% Ni; 2 wt% Cu) was similar to the average composition of sulfides in this environment. SL/SM partition coefficients are high (≥100) for Au, Ni, Cu, Ag, Bi, intermediate (1-100) for Co, Pb, Sn, Sb (±As, Mo), and low (≤1) for the remaining elements. MSS/SM partition coefficients are generally lower than SL/SM partition coefficients and are high (≥100) for Ni, Cu, Au, intermediate (1-100) for Co, Ag (±Bi, Mo), and low (≤1) for the remaining elements. Most sulfide-silicate melt partition coefficients vary as a function of fO2, with Mo, Bi, As (±W) varying by a factor >10 over the investigated fO2 range, Sb, Ag, Sn (±V) varying by a factor of 3-10, and Pb, Cu, Ni, Co, Au, Zn, Mn varying by a factor of 3-10. The partitioning data were used to model the behavior of Cu, Au, Ag, and Bi during partial melting of upper mantle and during fractional crystallization of primitive MORB and arc magmas. Sulfide phase relationships and comparison of the modeling results with reported Cu, Au, Ag, and Bi concentrations from MORB and arc magmas suggest that: (i) MSS is the dominant sulfide in the source region of arc magmas, and thus that Au/Cu ratios in the silicate melt and residual sulfides may decrease with increasing degree of partial melting, (ii) both MSS and sulfide liquid are precipitated during fractional crystallization of MORB, and (iii) fractional crystallization of arc magmas is strongly dominated by MSS.

  2. Giant magnetoresistance in evaporated Ni-Fe/Cu and Ni-Fe-Co/Cu multilayers

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    Zeltser, Alexander M.; Smith, Neil

    1996-06-01

    The magnetic and transport properties of electron-beam evaporated (Ni83Fe17/Cu)10 and (Ni66Fe16Co18/Cu)10 multilayers were studied as a function of the Cu spacer, magnetic layer and Ta buffer layer thicknesses, as well as annealing conditions. All multilayers exhibited very small giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect (<0.3%) in the as-deposited state, however, after magnetic post-annealing at 300-325 °C, GMR increased up to 4.5%-7%, depending on the multilayer type. In contrast to sputtered Ni-Fe-(Co)/Cu multilayers, GMR showed no oscillatory behavior as a function of Cu thickness. Similar to that reported in sputtered ``discontinuous'' Ni-Fe/Ag multilayers, it is believed that Cu diffusion along the Ni-Fe-(Co) grain boundaries creates intra-layer magnetic discontinuities in Ni-Fe-(Co) layers which promote inter-layer antiferromagnetic coupling. The evaporated Ni-Fe/Cu multilayers exhibited very low remanence, exceptionally low hysteresis, and quite uniform GMR properties through the thickness of the multilayer. All of these makes them potentially attractive for application to future magnetoresistive reproduce heads for very high areal density magnetic storage systems.

  3. DSPRU Project at NSU: Evolution of Basic, Mantle-crust Granitoid Ore-magmatic Systems Resulting in Pt-Cu-Ni, Cu-Mo-porphiric and Epithermal Au-Ag Ore-bearing Mineralization.

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    Rakhmenkulova, I.; Sharapov, V.; Zhitova, L.

    2006-05-01

    Education and Human Resources are one of the most important priorities of the Russian Government policy nowadays. This work covers the principally new Project of the Ministry for Russian Science and Education: 'Development of Scientific Potential for Russian Universities' (DSPRU). The purposes of the Project are: 1) to involve university students to research in most urgent problems of fundamental science; 2) to enhance the professional development of Russian educators; 3) to interest the most perspective researches in education process at Russian universities; 4) to broaden the educational process involving to the Project foreign students, educators and researchers. All the State Universities in Russia could participate in the Project (with the exception of Moscow State University, whose employees were the Project experts). At Novosibirsk State University (NSU) research teams of 13 Departments applied for the Project. Only 5 Projects turned out to be successful. From the Department of Geology and Geophysics 9 Projects were applied and the only one won: 'Evolution of Basic, Mantle-crust Granitoid Ore-magmatic Systems Resulting in Pt-Cu-Ni, Cu-Mo-porphiric and Epithermal Au-Ag Ore-bearing Mineralization'. The team of the above-mentioned Project includes: - nine university educators - five researchers from the Institutes of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences - four PhD students - eight undergraduate students. The expecting results of the Project are: 1) obtaining new data for natural objects covered by the Project (Siberia, Mongolia, China, South Africa, Morocco); 2) creation of mathematical models of evolution for fluid ore-magmatic systems of various geochemical character and productivity; 3) improving the education process at the Department of Geology and Geophysics of NSU (creation of new courses and publications, professional development of the educators, participation of students and young researchers in scientific conferences). The work was supported by the Ministry for Russian Science and Education, Grant DSP.2.1.1.702.

  4. Effects of temperature, silicate melt composition, and oxygen fugacity on the partitioning of V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, W, Au, Pb, and Bi between sulfide phases and silicate melt

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    Li, Yuan; Audétat, Andreas

    2015-08-01

    In order to assess the role of sulfide in controlling the ore metal budgets and fractionation during magmatic genesis and differentiation, the partition coefficients (D) of V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, W, Au, Pb, and Bi between sulfide liquid (SL), monosulfide solid solution (MSS), and basaltic to rhyolitic melts (SM) were determined at 900-1200 °C, 0.5-1.5 GPa, and oxygen fugacity (fO2) ranging from ∼FMQ-2 to FMQ+3, in a piston-cylinder apparatus. The DSL/SM values range from 0.4 to 2 for V, 0.5 to 3 for Mn, 80 to 580 for Co, 2300 to 18,000 for Ni, 800 to 4600 for Cu, 1 to 11 for Zn, 20 to 180 for As, 4 to 230 for Mo, 450 to 1600 for Ag, 5 to 24 for Sn, 10 to 80 for Sb, 0.03 to 0.16 for W, 2000 to 29,000 for Au, 24 to 170 for Pb, and 830 to 11,000 for Bi; whereas the DMSS/SM values range from 0.04 to 10 for V, 0.5 to 10 for Mn, 70 to 2500 for Co, 650 to 18,000 for Ni, 280 to 42,000 for Cu, 0.1 to 80 for Zn, 0.2 to 30 for As, 1 to 820 for Mo, 20 to 500 for Ag, 0.2 to 220 for Sn, 0.1 to 40 for Sb, 0.01 to 24 for W, 10 to 2000 for Au, 0.03 to 6 for Pb, and 1 to 350 for Bi. Both DMSS/SM and DSL/SM values generally increase with decreasing temperature or decreasing FeOtot content in silicate melt, except for Mo, DMSS/SM and DSL/SM of which show a clear decrease with decreasing temperature. At given temperature and FeOtot content, high oxygen fugacity appears to lead to a significant decrease in DMSS/SM of Au, Bi, Mo, and potentially As. The partitioning data obtained experimentally in this study and previous studies were fitted to an empirical equation that expresses the DMSS/SM and/or DSL/SM of a given element as a function of temperature, oxygen fugacity, and FeOtot content of the silicate melt: log (DSL/SMorDMSS/SM = d + a · 10, 000 / T + b · (ΔFMQ) + c · log (FeOmelt) in which T is temperature in K, FeOmelt denotes wt% FeOtot in silicate melt, and ΔFMQ denotes log fO2 relative to the fayalite-magnetite-quartz (FMQ) oxygen buffer. The application of this equation to natural samples of basaltic to rhyolitic composition yields DMSS/SM and DSL/SM values that agree with the measured values within ±0.5 log units for most of the elements, indicating the validity of the application of this equation to natural systems. Our partitioning data imply that sulfide liquid saturation in low-temperature intermediate to felsic melts causes a strong depletion in Cu, Au, Bi, and potentially Ag in the silicate melt, whereas MSS saturation may cause a depletion in Cu and potentially Au. Other elements including W, Zn, As, Mo, Sn, Sb, and Pb are much less or not affected by the saturation of sulfide liquid or MSS. These results place important constrains on the potential of magmas in forming porphyry-type ore deposits and the origin of the observed variability in metal ratios in porphyry-type ore deposits.

  5. Analytical performance of a lab-made concomitant metal analyzer to generate volatile species of Ag, Au, Cd, Cu, Ni, Sn and Zn using 8-hydroxyquinoline as a reaction media.

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    Villanueva-Alonso, Julia; Peña-Vázquez, Elena; Bermejo-Barrera, Pilar

    2012-10-15

    This study evaluated the main parameters affecting Ag, Au, Cd, Cu, Ni, Sn and Zn vapor generation using a lab-made concomitant metal analyzer (CMA) as a reaction chamber and gas-liquid separator. The modifier used in the reaction media was 8-hydroxyquinoline, and Inductively-Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry was used as detection technique. The performance of the lab-made concomitant analyzer was compared with the performance of a continuous flow gas-liquid separator and of a cyclonic spray chamber. Standards were prepared in acid media and included 1 mg L(-1) of Co as a catalyzer. The optimum concentrations of the reagents in the standards were: 450 mg L(-1) of 8-hydroxyquinoline and 0.4 M nitric acid. The optimum concentration of sodium borohydride to generate the vapors was 2.25% (w/v) (prepared in 0.4% (w/v) NaOH). The volatile species were swept from the CMA to the torch by an argon flow of 0.6 mL min(-1). The use of the CMA led to an improvement of the detection limits for some elements compared to conventional nebulization: 1.1 μg L(-1) for Ag, 7.0 μg L(-1) for Au and 4.3 μg L(-1) for Sn. The limit of detection for Cu was 1.4 μg L(-1) and for Ni 22.5 μg L(-1). The direct mixing of the reagents on the spray chamber was not effective for Cd and Zn; a deviation of the linearity was observed for these elements. PMID:23141310

  6. Direct measurements of irradiation-induced creep in micropillars of amorphous Cu{sub 56}Ti{sub 38}Ag{sub 6}, Zr{sub 52}Ni{sub 48}, Si, and SiO{sub 2}

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    Özerinç, Sezer; Kim, Hoe Joon; Averback, Robert S.; King, William P.

    2015-01-14

    We report in situ measurements of irradiation-induced creep on amorphous (a-) Cu{sub 56}Ti{sub 38}Ag{sub 6}, Zr{sub 52}Ni{sub 48}, Si, and SiO{sub 2}. Micropillars 1 μm in diameter and 2 μm in height were irradiated with ∼2 MeV heavy ions during uniaxial compression at room temperature. The creep measurements were performed using a custom mechanical testing apparatus utilizing a nanopositioner, a silicon beam transducer, and an interferometric laser displacement sensor. We observed Newtonian flow in all tested materials. For a-Cu{sub 56}Ti{sub 38}Ag{sub 6}, a-Zr{sub 52}Ni{sub 48}, a-Si, and Kr{sup +} irradiated a-SiO{sub 2} irradiation-induced fluidities were found to be nearly the same, ≈3 GPa{sup −1} dpa{sup −1}, whereas for Ne{sup +} irradiated a-SiO{sub 2} the fluidity was much higher, 83 GPa{sup −1} dpa{sup −1}. A fluidity of 3 GPa{sup −1} dpa{sup −1} can be explained by point-defect mediated plastic flow induced by nuclear collisions. The fluidity of a-SiO{sub 2} can also be explained by this model when nuclear stopping dominates the energy loss, but when the electronic stopping exceeds 1 keV/nm, stress relaxation in thermal spikes also contributes to the fluidity.

  7. Change in electrical resistivity due to icosahedral phase precipitation in Zr{sub 70}Pd{sub 20}Ni{sub 10} and Zr{sub 65}Al{sub 7.5}Cu{sub 7.5}Ni{sub 10}Ag{sub 10} glasses

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    Haruyama, O.; Miyazawa, T.; Saida, J.; Inoue, A.

    2001-08-06

    The glass-to-icosahedral phase transformation in Zr{sub 70}Pd{sub 20}Ni{sub 10} and Zr{sub 65}Al{sub 7.5}Cu{sub 7.5}Ni{sub 10}Ag{sub 10} glasses was examined by the electrical resistivity measurement performed with a heating rate of 0.67 K/s. The resistivity increased with the promotion of icosahedral precipitation in Zr{sub 70}Pd{sub 20}Ni{sub 10} glass. On the other hand, Zr{sub 65}Al{sub 7.5}Cu{sub 7.5}Ni{sub 10}Ag{sub 10} glass exhibited the decrement of the resistivity according to the evolution of icosahedral phase. The latter was qualitatively explained by the drop of the resistivity of supercooled liquid phase due to the transfer of oxide atoms into the icosahedral phase. Also, the low temperature resistivity experiment showed that the conductivity of glassy and icosahedral phases might obey the weak localization model of conduction electrons. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  8. Optical properties and electronic structures of d- and f-electron metals and alloys, Ag-In, Ni-Cu, AuGa sub 2 , PtGa sub 2 ,. beta. prime -NiAl,. beta. prime -CoAl, CeSn sub 3 , and LaSn sub 3

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    Kim, Kwang Joo.

    1990-10-17

    Optical properties and electronic structures of disordered Ag{sub 1- x}In{sub x}(x = 0.0, 0.04, 0.08, 0.12) and Ni{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x} (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.4) alloys and ordered AuGa{sub 2}, PtGa{sub 2}, {beta}{prime}-NiAl, {beta}{prime}-CoAl, CeSn{sub 3}, and LaSn{sub 3} have been studied. The complex dielectric functions have been determined for Ag{sub 1-x}In{sub x}, Ni{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}, AuGa{sub 2}, and PtGa{sub 2} in the 1.2--5.5 eV region and for CeSn{sub 3} and LaSn{sub 3} in the 1.5--4.5 eV region using spectroscopic ellipsometry. Self-consistent relativistic band calculations using the linearized-augmented-plane-wave method have been performed for AuGa{sub 2}, PtGa{sub 2}, {beta}{prime}-NiAl, {beta}{prime}-CoAl, CeSn{sub 3}, and LaSn{sub 3} to interpret the experimental optical spectra.

  9. Thermoelectric Properties of CuAgSe doped with Co, Cr

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    Czajka, Peter; Yao, Mengliang; Opeil, Cyril

    Thermoelectric materials represent one way that reliable cooling below the boiling point of nitrogen can be realized. Current materials do not exhibit sufficiently high efficiencies at cryogenic temperatures, but significant progress is being made. One material that has generated significant interest recently is CuAgSe. It has been demonstrated (Ishiwata et al., Nature Mater. 2013) that doping CuAgSe with 10% Ni at the Cu sites increases the material's thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) at 100 K from 0.02 to 0.10. This is intriguing not just because of the dramatic effect that the Ni doping produces, but also because CuAgSe is a semimetal and semimetals are not usually able to exhibit the kind of asymmetric carrier activation necessary for strong thermoelectric performance. In order to further investigate the unusual nature of thermoelectricity in CuAgSe and its strong dependence on chemical composition, we have synthesized and measured the thermoelectric properties of a series of CuAgSe samples doped with Co and Cr. Temperature-dependent magnetic and thermoelectric transport properties of CuAgSe as a function of Co and Cr doping will be discussed. This work is supported by the Department of Defense, AFOSR, MURI Program Contract # FA9550-10-1-0533 and the Trustees of Boston College.

  10. K-italic-shell ionization cross sections for Al, Ti, V, Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, and Ag by protons and oxygen ions in the energy range 0. 3--6. 4 MeV

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    Geretschlaeger, M.; Benka, O.

    1986-08-01

    Absolute K-italic-shell ionization cross sections have been measured for thin targets of Al, Ti, and Cu for protons in the energy range 0.3--2.0 MeV and for thin targets of Ti, V, Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, and Ag for oxygen ions in the energy range 1.36--6.4 Mev. The experimental results are compared to the perturbed-stationary-state (PSS) approximation with energy-loss (E), Coulomb (C), and relativistic (R) corrections, i.e., the ECPSSR approximation (Brandt and Lapicki), to the semiclassical approximation (Laegsgaard, Andersen, and Lund), and to a theory for direct Coulomb ionization of the 1s-italicsigma molecular orbital (Montenegro and Sigaud (MS)). The proton results agree within 3% with empirical reference cross sections. Also, the ECPSSR provides best overall agreement for protons. For oxygen ions, ECPSSR and MS predict experimental results satisfactorily for scaled velocities xi> or =0.4. For lower scaled velocities, the experimental cross sections become considerably higher than theoretical predictions for Coulomb ionization. This deviation increases with increasing Z-italic/sub 1//Z/sub 2/; it cannot be explained by electron transfer to the projectile or by ionization due to target recoil atoms.

  11. Synthesis of Cu-Ag@Ag particles using hyperbranched polyester as template

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    Han, Wen-Song

    2015-07-01

    In this manuscript, the third-generation hyperbranched polyester was synthesized with 2, 2-dimethylol propionic acid as AB2 monomer and pentaerythrite as core molecule by using step by step polymerization process at first. Then, the Cu-Ag particles were prepared by co-reduction of silver nitrate and copper nitrate with ascorbic acid in the aqueous solution using hyperbranched polyester as template. Finally, the Cu-Ag@Ag particles were prepared by coating silver on the surface of Cu-Ag particles by reduction of silver nitrate. The synthesized hyperbranched polyester and Cu-Ag@Ag particles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, UV-vis spectra, x-ray diffraction, Laser light scattering, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and SEM. UV-vis spectra results showed that the Cu-Ag@Ag particles had a strong absorption band at around 420 nm. Laser light scattering and SEM studies confirmed that the most frequent particle sizes of Cu-Ag@Ag particles were 1.2 um. TGA results indicated that the Cu-Ag@Ag particles had good thermal stability. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  12. Ni-Cu ion exchange observed for Ni(II)-porphyrins on Cu(111).

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    Doyle, Catherine M; Cunniffe, John P; Krasnikov, Sergey A; Preobrajenski, Alexei B; Li, Zheshen; Sergeeva, Natalia N; Senge, Mathias O; Cafolla, Attilio A

    2014-04-01

    A Ni-Cu ion exchange has been observed for (5,15-dibromo-10,20-diphenylporphyrinato)nickel(II) (NiDBrDPP) and (5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-bromophenyl)porphyrinato)nickel(II) (NiTBrPP) on Cu(111). The ion exchange proceeds at a faster rate for the NiDBrDPP/Cu(111) system compared to NiTBrPP/Cu(111). This is explained in terms of the macrocycle-substrate distance and the distortions that occur when the molecules are deposited on the Cu(111) surface. PMID:24548915

  13. Double dumbbell shaped AgNi alloy by pulsed electrodeposition

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    Dhanapal, K.; Vasumathi, M.; Santhi, Kalavathy; Narayanan, V. Stephen, A.

    2014-01-28

    Silver-Nickel is the well-known thermally immiscible system that makes them quite complex for the formation of alloy. This kind of alloy can be attained from electrodeposition method. In the present work, AgNi alloy was synthesized by pulsed electrodeposition in a single bath two electrode system with the use of anodic alumina membrane. The prepared AgNi alloy and pure Ag were characterized with X-ray Diffraction (XRD) for structural confirmation, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) for morphological, and magnetic properties by Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, respectively. The X-ray Diffraction study shows the formation of cubic structure for pure Ag. SEM analysis reveals the double dumbbell morphology for AgNi alloy and spherically agglomeration for pure silver. Hysteresis behaviour from VSM measurement indicates that the AgNi alloy have good ferro-magnetic properties.

  14. Enhanced Noble Gas Adsorption in Ag@MOF-74Ni

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    Liu, Jian; Strachan, Denis M.; Thallapally, Praveen K.

    2014-01-14

    Various amounts of Ag nanoparticles were successfully deposited in porous MOF-74Ni (or Ni/DOBDC) with an auto-reduction method. An optimized silver-loaded MOF-74Ni was shown to have an improved Xe adsorption capacity (15% more) at STP compared to the MOF without silver nanoparticles. The silver-loaded sample also has a higher Xe/Kr selectivity. These results are explained by the stronger interactions between polarizable Xe molecules and the well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles.

  15. Investigation of electrochemical migration on Sn-0.7Cu-0.3Ag-0.03P-0.005Ni solder alloy in HNO{sub 3} solution

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    Sarveswaran, C.; Othman, N. K.; Ali, M. Yusuf Tura; Ani, F. Che; Samsudin, Z.

    2015-09-25

    Current issue in lead-free solder in term of its reliability is still under investigation. This high impact research attempts to investigate the electrochemical migration (ECM) on Sn-0.7Cu-0.3Ag-0.03P-0.005Ni solder alloy by Water Drop Test (WDT) in different concentration of HNO{sub 3} solution. The concentration of HNO{sub 3} solution used in this research was 0.05, 0.10, 0.50 and 1M. Optical Microscope (OM), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDX) were carried out in order to analysis the ECM behavior based on the growth of dendrite formation after WDT. In general, the results demonstrated that dendrite growth is faster in higher concentration compared with low concentration of HNO{sub 3}. The concentration of HNO{sub 3} solution used has a strong correlation with Mean-Time-To-Failure (MTTF). As the concentration of HNO{sub 3} increases, the MTTF value decreases. Based on the MTTF results the solder alloy in 1M HNO{sub 3} solution is most susceptible to ECM. SnO{sub 2} forms as a corrosion by-product in the samples proved by EDX analysis. The solder alloy poses a high reliability risk in microelectronic devices during operation in 1M HNO{sub 3} solution.

  16. Magnetic interactions in Ni-Cu/Cu superlattice nanowire arrays

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    Robinson, A.; Schwarzacher, W.

    2003-05-01

    The remanent magnetization of Ni-Cu/Cu superlattice nanowires was investigated. Arrays of superlattice nanowires were prepared by template deposition through polycarbonate nanoporous membranes using a single electrolyte bath. The thicknesses of the nickel-rich layers (tNi) and copper layers (tCu) were independently controlled by monitoring the current during deposition. The wire diameter was determined by transmission electron microscopy imaging to be 80 nm. A study of the remanent magnetization at 20 K for a range of values of tNi and tCu reveals the existence of magnetic interactions within each array. It is noted that for an array with tNi of 200 Å, the strength of the interactions decreases with increasing tCu, indicating that the interactions are taking place between nickel layers. However the interaction strength appears to reach a minimum level, beyond which an increase in tCu does not correspond to a decrease in the interaction strength observed. A minimum interaction level is also observed for an array with tNi of 50 Å, for all values of tCu investigated.

  17. Nanoporous Ag prepared from the melt-spun Cu-Ag alloys

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    Li, Guijing; Song, Xiaoping; Sun, Zhanbo; Yang, Shengchun; Ding, Bingjun; Yang, Sen; Yang, Zhimao; Wang, Fei

    2011-07-01

    Nanoporous Ag ribbons with different morphology and porosity were achieved by the electrochemical corrosion of the melt-spun Cu-Ag alloys. The Cu-rich phase in the alloys was removed, resulting in the formation of the nanopores distributed across the whole ribbon. It is found that the structures, morphology and porosity of the nanoporous Ag ribbons were dependent on the microstructures of the parent alloys. The most of ligaments presented a rod-like shape due to the formation of pseudoeutectic microstructure in the melt-spun Cu 55Ag 45 and Cu 70Ag 30 alloys. For nanoporous Ag prepared from Cu 85Ag 15 alloys, the ligaments were camber-like because of the appearance of the divorced microstructures. Especially, a novel bamboo-grove-like structure could be observed at the cross-section of the nanoporous Ag ribbons. The experiment reveals that nanoporous Ag ribbons exhibited excellent enhancement of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect, but a slight difference existed due to the discrepancy of their morphology.

  18. Spectroscopic and electronic structure of the CuIn, AgIn, CuGa and AgGa diatomics

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    Oranges, T.; Musolino, V.; Toscano, M.; Russo, N.

    1990-06-01

    Electronic, geometrical and spectroscopic properties of heteronuclear CuIn, AgIn, CuGa and AgGa diatomics have been investigated employing LCGTO-MP-LSD method. For all the molecules the ground state has been found to be the1Σ one followed by3Π,1Π and3Σ low-lying electronic state respectively. The geometric and electronic parameters are in reasonable agreement with the available experimental data. The chemical bond in the molecules has a single bond character due to the valence bond couplings between the Cu 4 s (or Ag 5 s) and the Ga 4 p (or In 5 p) electrons.

  19. Exchange bias and training effect in Ni/Ag-doped NiO bilayers

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    Yang, P. Y.; Zeng, F.; Pan, F.

    2010-03-01

    A series of polycrystalline Ag-doped Ni 1-xAg xO/Ni bilayers with x up to 0.2 were prepared by magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal that Ag doping significantly reduces the mean NiO grain size and leads to the appearance of Ag nanoparticles on the surface of the Ag-doped NiO films. As x increases, the exchange bias field and coercivity at room temperature decrease as a consequence of the reduced thermal stability of smaller NiO grains and the screening effect resulting from the interfacial Ag nanoparticles. At lower temperatures, a slight enhancement of the exchange bias field is observed in the Ag-doped sample, indicating that the Ag doping increases the uncompensated NiO spin density. In addition, our studies find that the training effect of the Ag-doped sample can be well described by a spin configurational relaxation model, regardless of the presence of Ag nanopartiles at the interface.

  20. Unravelling the composition of the surface layers formed on Cu, Cu-Ni, Cu-Zn and Cu-Ni-Zn in clean and polluted environments

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    Awad, Nasser K.; Ashour, E. A.; Allam, Nageh K.

    2015-08-01

    The performance of copper and copper-based alloys in working environments is controlled by the composition of the layers formed on their surfaces. Herein, we report the detailed structural and compositional analyses of the layers formed on the surface of Cu, Cu-Ni, Cu-Zn and Cu-Ni-Zn upon their use in both NaCl and Na2S-polluted NaCl solutions. In clean NaCl environments, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis revealed that Cu2O is the major compound formed over the surfaces of pure Cu and Cu-Ni, whereas mixed oxides/hydroxides were detected over the surfaces of Cu-Zn (Cu2O and ZnO) and Cu-Ni-Zn alloy (CuO, ZnO, Cu(OH)2 and Ni(OH)2). However, in Na2S- polluted NaCl environments, sulphide compounds (such as Cu2S) were detected on the surfaces of Cu-Ni and Cu-Zn. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the XPS findings, where Cu2O was confirmed in case of Cu and CuO in case of Cu-Ni-Zn in pure NaCl solutions. However, in sulphide-polluted media, compounds such as Cu4(S2)2(CuS)2 were identified in case of Cu-Ni, and CuS in case of Cu-Zn. Further, the morphology of the surface of Cu-Ni-Zn tested in Na2S-polluted NaCl solution looks compact and has a wide band gap (4.47 eV) as revealed from the UV-vis absorption measurements. Therefore, the formation of mixed oxides/hydroxides and/or sulphides on the surface of Cu-Ni-Zn alloy is ultimately responsible for the enhancement of its dissolution resistance.

  1. Melting curve of metals Cu, Ag and Au under pressure

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    Tam, Pham Dinh; Hoc, Nguyen Quang; Tinh, Bui Duc; Tan, Pham Duy

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the dependence of the melting temperature of metals Cu, Ag and Au under pressure in the interval from 0 kbar to 40 kbar is studied by the statistical moment method (SMM). This dependence has the form of near linearity and the calculated slopes of melting curve are 3.9 for Cu, 5.7 for Ag and 6 for Au. These results are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  2. Evidence for enhancement of critical current by intergrain Ag in YBaCuO-Ag ceramics

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    Dwir, B.; Affronte, M.; Pavuna, D.

    1989-07-24

    We report the evidence for enhancement of critical current density /ital J//sub /ital c// by /similar to/50%, which occurs when /similar to/10 wt. % Ag is added to Y/sub 1/Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/minus//delta// ceramics. The maximal /ital J//sub /ital c// (/similar to/700 A/cm/sup 2/ at /ital T/=77 K) appears simultaneously with maximum YBaCuO compactness in the samples. The silver fills the intergranular space (holes) without Cu substitution, and the critical temperature /ital T//sub /ital c// is not reduced from the bulk value (/similar to/91 K). Normal-state resistivity of Ag-YBaCuO samples is decreased by an order of magnitude, and samples exhibit improved contact resistance and resistance to water. While the critical density is improved by adding /similar to/10 wt. % Ag, it decreases at higher Ag concentrations.

  3. Hierarchical heterostructures based on prickly Ni nanowires/Cu2O nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Li, Xiaolin; Ma, Yujie; Yang, Zhi; Xu, Shusheng; Wei, Liangming; Huang, Da; Wang, Tao; Hu, Nantao; Zhang, Yafei

    2016-04-25

    Metal-semiconductor-based photocatalysts show high efficiencies and catalytic activities in the photocatalysis process. Herein, the magnetic and one-dimensional Ni-Cu2O heteronanowires have been fabricated via in situ reduction of pre-adsorbed Cu(2+) on the surface of prickly Ni nanowires in an ethanol solution for photocatalysis application. The resultant Ni-Cu2O heteronanowires show higher photocatalytic ability than pure Cu2O nanoparticles in the degradation of methyl orange. The enhancement of photocatalytic efficiency can be ascribed to the unique one-dimensional nanostructure and the electron sink effect of Ni nanowires in the heterostructure. It is believed that the low-cost metal Ni is an alternative candidate for substituting the costly metals (Au, Ag and Pt) to improve the photocatalytic ability of semiconductor-based photocatalysts. PMID:26786053

  4. Structure of the ophiolite-hosted Outokumpu Cu-Co-Zn-Ni-Ag-Au sulfide ore district revealed by combined 3D modelling and 2D high-resolution seismic reflection data

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    Saalmann, Kerstin; Laine, Eevaliisa

    2015-04-01

    The Outokumpu district within the North Karelia Schist Belt in eastern Finland hosts Cu-Co-Zn-Ni-Ag-Au sulfide deposits which are associated with Palaeoproterozoic ophiolitic metaperidotites that were tectonically interleaved with allochthonous metaturbidites. Extensive metasomatism of the peridotites produced a rim of quartz-carbonate-calc-silicate rocks, grouped as the Outokumpu assemblage (OKA). A tectonic history comprising various phases of folding and shearing followed by several faulting events dismembered the metaperidotites so that ore bodies cannot be easily followed along strike. Future exploration has to expand the search into deeper areas and consequently requires better knowledge of the subsurface geology. In order to unravel the complex structure 3D geologic models of different scales have been built using a variety of information: geological maps, aeromagnetic and gravity maps, digital terrain models, mine cross sections, drill core logs combined with observations from underground mine galleries, structural measurements, and data from seismic survey lines. The latter have been used to detect upper crustal-scale structures and have been reprocessed for our purpose. The models reveal that the ore body has formed during remobilisation of a proto-ore and is closely related to thrust zones that truncate the OKA. Later faults dismembered the ore explaining the variable depth of the different ore bodies along the Outokumpu ore zone. On a larger scale, at least four km-scale thrust sheets separated by major listric shear zones (curved dislocations in the seismic lines) can be recognized, each internally further imbricated by subordinate shear zones containing a number of lens-shape bodies of probably OKA rocks. Thrust stacking was followed by at least 3 stages of faulting that divided the ore belt into fault-bounded blocks with heterogeneous displacements: (i) NW-dipping faults with unresolved kinematics, (ii) reverse faulting along c.50°-60° SE-dipping faults , (iii) SW-NE to SSW-NNE striking faults which may have formed at an earlier stage and have been reactivated. The specific Outokumpu alteration assemblage around metaperidotite bodies combined with shear zones acting as pathways for fluids are the main vectors to mineralization. Seismic reflection data do not provide a simple tool to directly detect the sites of Outokumpu assemblage bodies at depth but they identify strong reflector zones which are characteristic for though not exclusive to the assemblage. Our approach shows that 3D modelling combining surface geology and geophysical data and a good knowledge about the structural evolution substantially improves the interpretation of reflectors and their assignments to rock units of interest. It thus enhances the chances for locating potentially economic bodies at depth and allows delineating target areas for detailed exploration.

  5. Ultraviolet-visible absorption, Raman, vibration spectra of pure silver and Ag-Cu clusters: A density functional theory study

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    Li, Weiyin; Chen, Fuyi

    2014-10-01

    The UV-visible absorption spectra of Agn and Agn-1Cu1 (n=2-8, 13, 20, 32) clusters were investigated in the framework of TD-DFT using LC-ωPBE (ω=0.40) and the Raman and vibration spectra of Agn and Agn-1Cu1 (n=2-8, 13, 20, 32, 55) clusters were calculated by the DFT/GGA/PBE. The UV-visible absorption, Raman, vibration spectra of pure silver and Ag-Cu clusters are related with their sizes, compositions and structures. Blueshifts are obviously observed as following: from Ag2 to Ag3, from Ag4 to Ag13, from Ag20 to Ag32, from Ag1Cu1 to Ag2Cu1, from Ag3Cu1 to Ag4Cu1, from Ag5Cu1 to Ag12Cu1, from Ag19Cu1 to Ag31Cu1, and from Agn to Agn-1Cu1 (n=2-8, 20, 32); redshifts obviously appear as following changes: from Ag3 to Ag4 and from Ag13 to Ag20, from Ag2Cu1 to Ag3Cu1, from Ag4Cu1 to Ag5Cu1, from Ag13Cu1 to Ag19Cu1, and from Ag13 to Ag12Cu1. On the whole, the wavelengths of the maximum Raman peaks of pure Ag and Ag-Cu clusters lower with increasing cluster size; the intensities of the maximum Raman peaks of pure Ag and Ag-Cu clusters are weakly wavy as clusters change from Ag2 to Ag8, from Ag1Cu1 to Ag7Cu1, then, they (except Ag12Cu1) gradually strengthen with increasing cluster size, however, the intensity of Ag12Cu1 is larger than that of Ag19Cu1. The wavenumbers and intensities of the maximum vibration peaks of pure Ag and Ag-Cu clusters fluctuate with increasing cluster size. The calculated vibrational and Raman spectroscopy of pure Ag and Ag-Cu clusters may be helpful in determining sizes and structures of experimental clusters.

  6. EBSD Investigation of Cu-Sn IMC Microstructural Evolution in Cu/Sn-Ag/Cu Microbumps During Isothermal Annealing

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    Wang, S. J.; Hsu, L. H.; Wang, N. K.; Ho, C. E.

    2014-01-01

    The microstructural evolution of Cu/Sn-Ag (~5 μm)/Cu Cu-bump-on-line (CuBOL) joints during isothermal annealing at 180°C was examined using a field-emission scanning electron microscope equipped with an electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) system. Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn were the two key intermetallic compound (IMC) species that appeared in the CuBOL joints. After annealing for 24 h (= t), the solder had completely converted to Cu-Sn IMCs, forming an "IMC" joint with Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu6Sn5/Cu3Sn/Cu structure. EBSD analyses indicated that the preferred orientation of the hexagonal Cu6Sn5 (η) was , while the preferred orientation was (100) for the monoclinic Cu6Sn5 structure (η'). Upon increasing t to 72 h, Cu6Sn5 entirely transformed into Cu3Sn, and the IMC joint became Cu/Cu3Sn/Cu accordingly. Interestingly, the grain size and crystallographic orientation of Cu3Sn displayed location dependence. Detailed EBSD analyses in combination with transmission electron microscopy on Cu3Sn were performed in the present study. This research offers better understanding of crystallographic details, including crystal structure, grain size, and orientation, for Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn in CuBOL joints after various annealing times.

  7. Surface Segregation in Cu-Ni Alloys

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    Good, Brian; Bozzolo, Guillermo; Ferrante, John

    1993-01-01

    Monte Carlo simulation is used to calculate the composition profiles of surface segregation of Cu-Ni alloys. The method of Bozzolo, Ferrante, and Smith is used to compute the energetics of these systems as a function of temperature, crystal face, and bulk concentration. The predictions are compared with other theoretical and experimental results.

  8. Effect of Process and Service Conditions on TLP-Bonded Components with (Ag,Ni-)Sn Interlayer Combinations

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    Lis, Adrian; Leinenbach, Christian

    2015-11-01

    Transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding of Cu substrates was conducted with interlayer systems with the stacking sequences Ag-Sn-Ag (samples A), Ni-Sn-Ni (samples B), and combined Ag-Sn-Ni (samples C). Because of the low mismatch of the coefficients of thermal expansion, characteristics of the TLP process and mechanical and thermal behavior of TLP-bonded samples could be investigated without interference from thermally induced residual stresses. An ideal process temperature of 300°C, at which the number of pores was lowest, was identified for all three layer systems. It was verified experimentally that formation of pores resulted from volume contraction during isothermal solidification of liquid Sn into intermetallic compounds (IMC). Temperature and interlayer-dependent growth characteristics of IMC accounted for the increasing size and number of defects with increasing process temperature and for different defect positions. The shear strength was measured to be 60.4 MPa, 27.4 MPa, and 40.7 MPa for samples A, B, and C, respectively, and ductile fracture features were observed for Ag3Sn IMC compared with the purely brittle behavior of Ni3Sn4 IMC. Excellent thermal stability for all three layer systems was confirmed during long-term annealing at 200°C for up to 1200 h, whereas at 300°C the microstructure was driven toward Ag-Sn solid solution, accompanied by Cu diffusion from the substrate along grain boundaries and Cu3Sn IMC formation (A), and toward Ni-rich IMC phases (B). Combined IMC interlayers (C) tended to be transformed into Ni-based IMC when held at 300°C; intermixing into (Ni,Cu)3Sn was accompanied by pore formation.

  9. Thermomechanical Processing and Roll Bonding of Tri-Layered Cu-Ni-Zn/Cu-Cr/Cu-Ni-Zn Composite

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    Kim, Hobyung; Kang, Gyeong Tae; Hong, Sun Ig

    2016-05-01

    Tri-layered Cu-Ni-Zn/Cu-Cr/Cu-Ni-Zn composite was processed by roll bonding and the effect of thermomechanical processing on the mechanical performance and electrical conductivity was studied. Roll-bonded composite exhibited the brief work hardening and subsequent rapid work softening because of the high stored deformation energy, leading to failure at the plastic strain of 8 to 10 pct. The mechanical instability of as-roll-bonded composites was abated by heat treatment (HT) at 723 K (450 °C) and the extended work hardening with enhanced ductility compared to that of the as-roll-bonded composites was observed after HT. The strength and electrical conductivity of clad composite is dependent on the precipitation strengthening of Cu-Cr and recovery softening of Cu-Ni-Zn during post-roll-bonding HT. The increase of roll-bonding temperature enhances the precipitation kinetics and it takes shorter time to reach maximum hardness in Cu-Cr layer during post-roll-bonding HT. The toughness of as-roll-bonded Cu-Ni-Zn/Cu-Cr/Cu-Ni-Zn clad composite at 773 K (500 °C) [42 MJ/mm3] is greater than those at 723 K (450 °C) [24 MJ/mm3] and 823 K (550 °C) [38 MJ/mm3]. The maximum toughness [100 MJ/mm3] with the electrical conductivity of 68 pct IACS was obtained in the Cu-Ni-Zn/Cu-Cr/Cu-Ni-Zn clad composite roll-bonded at 773 K (500 °C) and subsequently heat-treated at 723 K (450 °C).

  10. Thermomechanical Processing and Roll Bonding of Tri-Layered Cu-Ni-Zn/Cu-Cr/Cu-Ni-Zn Composite

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    Kim, Hobyung; Kang, Gyeong Tae; Hong, Sun Ig

    2016-02-01

    Tri-layered Cu-Ni-Zn/Cu-Cr/Cu-Ni-Zn composite was processed by roll bonding and the effect of thermomechanical processing on the mechanical performance and electrical conductivity was studied. Roll-bonded composite exhibited the brief work hardening and subsequent rapid work softening because of the high stored deformation energy, leading to failure at the plastic strain of 8 to 10 pct. The mechanical instability of as-roll-bonded composites was abated by heat treatment (HT) at 723 K (450 °C) and the extended work hardening with enhanced ductility compared to that of the as-roll-bonded composites was observed after HT. The strength and electrical conductivity of clad composite is dependent on the precipitation strengthening of Cu-Cr and recovery softening of Cu-Ni-Zn during post-roll-bonding HT. The increase of roll-bonding temperature enhances the precipitation kinetics and it takes shorter time to reach maximum hardness in Cu-Cr layer during post-roll-bonding HT. The toughness of as-roll-bonded Cu-Ni-Zn/Cu-Cr/Cu-Ni-Zn clad composite at 773 K (500 °C) [42 MJ/mm3] is greater than those at 723 K (450 °C) [24 MJ/mm3] and 823 K (550 °C) [38 MJ/mm3]. The maximum toughness [100 MJ/mm3] with the electrical conductivity of 68 pct IACS was obtained in the Cu-Ni-Zn/Cu-Cr/Cu-Ni-Zn clad composite roll-bonded at 773 K (500 °C) and subsequently heat-treated at 723 K (450 °C).

  11. Microstructure and Interfacial Reactions During Vacuum Brazing of Stainless Steel to Titanium Using Ag-28 pct Cu Alloy

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    Laik, A.; Shirzadi, A. A.; Sharma, G.; Tewari, R.; Jayakumar, T.; Dey, G. K.

    2015-02-01

    Microstructural evolution and interfacial reactions during vacuum brazing of grade-2 Ti and 304L-type stainless steel (SS) using eutectic alloy Ag-28 wt pct Cu were investigated. A thin Ni-depleted zone of -Fe(Cr, Ni) solid solution formed on the SS-side of the braze zone (BZ). Cu from the braze alloy, in combination with the dissolved Fe and Ti from the base materials, formed a layer of ternary compound , adjacent to Ti in the BZ. In addition, four binary intermetallic compounds, CuTi, CuTi, CuTi and CuTi formed as parallel contiguous layers in the BZ. The unreacted Ag solidified as islands within the layers of CuTi and CuTi. Formation of an amorphous phase at certain locations in the BZ could be revealed. The -Ti(Cu) layer, formed due to diffusion of Cu into Ti-based material, transformed to an -Ti + CuTi eutectoid with lamellar morphology. Tensile test showed that the brazed joints had strength of 112 MPa and failed at the BZ. The possible sequence of events that led to the final microstructure and the mode of failure of these joints were delineated.

  12. DFT study of Cu and Ag clusters inside C60

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    Dhiman, Shobhna; Kumar, Ranjan; Dharamvir, Keya

    2015-11-01

    Using density functional theory an attempt has been made to explore the possibility of trapping Cu and Ag clusters inside C60. We found that a maximum of 9 Cu atoms and 8 Ag atoms can be encapsulated in a C60 molecule without distorting the cage. The parameters like BE/dopant atom, ionization potential, electron affinity, average diameter, HOMO-LUMO gap and potential barrier were calculated for both endohedral fullerenes and comparison was made with C60 molecule. Mulliken charge analysis shows a charge transfer from metal atoms to the cage. Indeed the physical properties of C60 are modified with doping.

  13. Photoemission from Ag, Cu, and CsI

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    Srinivasan-Rao, T.; Fischer, J.; Tsang, T.

    1992-06-01

    Photoemission characteristics of three different cathodes, CsI, Ag film and Cu were investigated. CsI, upon irradiation by 213 nm, 10ps laser pulse yields a quantum efficiency of 4% at O.2[mu]J input energy. The saturation mechanism observed at higher input energies require further investigation. Ag film, upon irradiation by 630 nm, 300 fs laser emit prompt photoelectrons after absorbing 2 photons. There was no evidence of optical damage of the film up to 10[sup 11] W/cm[sup 2]. At low intensities, photoemission from Cu is a simple [nu]-e[sup [minus

  14. Pb-free Sn-Ag-Cu ternary eutectic solder

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    Anderson, Iver E.; Yost, Frederick G.; Smith, John F.; Miller, Chad M.; Terpstra, Robert L.

    1996-06-18

    A Pb-free solder includes a ternary eutectic composition consisting essentially of about 93.6 weight % Sn-about 4.7 weight % Ag-about 1.7 weight % Cu having a eutectic melting temperature of about 217.degree. C. and variants of the ternary composition wherein the relative concentrations of Sn, Ag, and Cu deviate from the ternary eutectic composition to provide a controlled melting temperature range (liquid-solid "mushy" zone) relative to the eutectic melting temperature (e.g. up to 15.degree. C. above the eutectic melting temperature).

  15. Synthesis of Cu core Ag shell nanoparticles using chemical reduction method

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    Chinh Trinh, Dung; Dung Dang, Thi My; Khanh Huynh, Kim; Fribourg-Blanc, Eric; Chien Dang, Mau

    2015-01-01

    A simple chemical reduction method is used to prepare colloidal bimetallic Cu-Ag core-shell (Cu@Ag) nanoparticles. Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) was used as capping agent, and ascorbic acid (C6H8O6) and sodium borohydride (NaBH4) were used as reducing agents. The obtained Cu@Ag nanoparticles were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The influence of [Ag]/[Cu] molar ratios on the formation of Ag coatings on the Cu particles was investigated. From the TEM results we found that the ratio [Ag+]/[Cu2+] = 0.2 is the best for the stability of Cu@Ag nanoparticles with an average size of 22 nm. It is also found out that adding ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) makes the obtained Cu@Ag nanoparticles more stable over time when pure deionized water is used as solvent.

  16. Magnetic anisotropy of epitaxial Cu/Ni/Cu nanolines

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    Lyons, E. S.; O'Handley, R. C.; Ross, C. A.

    2004-06-01

    Continuous nickel films grown pseudoepitaxially between copper layers have been shown to have strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy due to large magnetoelastic and interface magnetocrystalline anisotropy energies. These Cu/Ni/Cu films with tNi=6.9 nm have been patterned into lines approximately 200 nm wide using interferometric lithography and ion milling. Torque magnetometer measurements show the anisotropy of the nanolines to be significantly different from that of the continuous films. The magnetoelastic anisotropy (favoring perpendicular magnetization) decreases in the patterned films due to strain relaxation at the line edges. Although the anisotropy change for this line width is most likely due to shape anisotropy, we anticipate observation of magnetoelastic anisotropy due to strain relief at the edges of the lines at narrower line widths in future work.

  17. Microstructure and properties of Cu-Ti-Ni alloys

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    Liu, Jia; Wang, Xian-hui; Guo, Ting-ting; Zou, Jun-tao; Yang, Xiao-hong

    2015-11-01

    The effects of Ni addition and aging treatments on the microstructure and properties of a Cu-3Ti alloy were investigated. The microstructure and precipitation phases were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy; the hardness, electrical conductivity, and elastic modulus of the resulting alloys were also tested. The results show that Ni addition increases the electrical conductivity and elastic modulus, but decreases the hardness of the aged Cu-3Ti alloy. Within the range of the experimentally investigated parameters, the optimal two-stage aging treatment for the Cu-3Ti-1Ni and Cu-3Ti-5Ni alloy was 300°C for 2 h and 450°C for 7 h. The hardness, electrical conductivity, and elastic modulus of the Cu-3Ti-1Ni alloy were HV 205, 18.2% IACS, and 146 GPa, respectively, whereas the hardness, electrical conductivity, and elastic modulus of the Cu-3Ti-5Ni alloy were HV 187, 31.32% IACS, and 147 GPa, respectively. Microstructural analyses revealed that β'-Ni3Ti and β'-Cu4Ti precipitate from the Cu matrix during aging of the Cu-3Ti-5Ni alloy and that some residual NiTi phase remains. The increased electrical conductivity is ascribed to the formation of NiTi, β'-Ni3Ti, and β'-Cu4Ti phases.

  18. Ag3Sn plate formation in the solidification of near-ternary eutectic Sn-Ag-Cu

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    Kang, Sung K.; Shih, Da-Yuan; Donald, Ny.; Henderson, W.; Gosselin, Timothy; Sarkhel, Amit; Charles Goldsmith, Ny.; Puttlitz, Karl J.; Choi, Won Kyoung

    2003-06-01

    Near-ternary eutectic Sn-Ag-Cu alloys are leading lead-free candidate solders for various applications. These alloys yield three phases upon solidification: β-Sn,Ag3Sn, and Cu6Sn5. Large, plate-like, pro-eutectic Ag3Sn structures can grow rapidly within the liquid phase, potentially adversely affecting the mechanical behavior and reducing the fatigue life of solder joints. This article reports on the formation of such plates in Sn-Ag-Cu solder balls and joints and demonstrates how large Ag3Sn plate formation can be minimized.

  19. Enhancement of ferromagnetism by Ag doping in Ni-Mn-In-Ag Heusler alloys

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    Pandey, Sudip; Quetz, Abdiel; Aryal, Anil; Dubenko, Igor; Mazumdar, Dipanjan; Stadler, Shane; Ali, Naushad

    The effect of Ag on the structural, magnetocaloric, and thermomagnetic properties of Ni50Mn35In15-xAgx (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, and 1) Heusler alloys was studied. The magnitude of the magnetization change at martensitic transition temperature (TM) decreases with increasing Ag concentration A smaller magnetic entropy changes (ΔSM) for the alloys with higher Ag concentration is observed. A shift of TM by about 25 K to a higher temperature was detected for P = 6.6 kbar with respect to ambient pressure. Large drop of resistivity is observed with the increase of Ag concentration. The magnetoresistance is dramatically suppressed with increasing Ag concentration due to the weakening of the antiferromagnetic interactions in the martensitic phase. The experimental results demonstrate that Ag substitution in Ni50Mn35In15-xAgx Heusler alloys suppresses the AFM interactions and enhances the FM interactions in the alloys. The possible mechanisms responsible for the observed behavior are discussed. Acknowledgement: This work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Material Science Division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-06ER46291 and DE-FG02-13ER46946).

  20. Perpendicularly magnetized spin filtering Cu/Ni multilayers

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    Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Wada, Eiji; Itoh, Mitsuru; Taniyama, Tomoyasu

    2014-01-20

    Spin filtering at perpendicular magnetized Cu/Ni multilayer/GaAs(001) interfaces is demonstrated at remanence using optical spin orientation method. [Cu(9 nm)/Ni(t{sub Ni} nm)]{sub n} multilayers are found to show a crossover from the in-plane to out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy at the Cu/Ni bilayer repetition n = 4 and the Ni layer thickness t{sub Ni} = 3. For a perpendicularly magnetized Cu/Ni multilayer/n-GaAs(001) interface, circular polarization dependent photocurrent shows a clear hysteretic behavior under optical spin orientation conditions as a function of magnetic field out-of-plane while the bias dependence exhibits a substantial peak at a forward bias, verifying that Cu/Ni multilayers work as an efficient spin filter in the remanent state.

  1. Perpendicularly magnetized spin filtering Cu/Ni multilayers

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    Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Wada, Eiji; Itoh, Mitsuru; Taniyama, Tomoyasu

    2014-01-01

    Spin filtering at perpendicular magnetized Cu/Ni multilayer/GaAs(001) interfaces is demonstrated at remanence using optical spin orientation method. [Cu(9 nm)/Ni(tNi nm)]n multilayers are found to show a crossover from the in-plane to out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy at the Cu/Ni bilayer repetition n = 4 and the Ni layer thickness tNi = 3. For a perpendicularly magnetized Cu/Ni multilayer/n-GaAs(001) interface, circular polarization dependent photocurrent shows a clear hysteretic behavior under optical spin orientation conditions as a function of magnetic field out-of-plane while the bias dependence exhibits a substantial peak at a forward bias, verifying that Cu/Ni multilayers work as an efficient spin filter in the remanent state.

  2. NiAg catalysts prepared by reduction of Ni2+ ions in aqueous hydrazine II. Support effect.

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    Bettahar, M M; Wojcieszak, R; Monteverdi, S

    2009-04-15

    A series of bimetallic NiAg (Ni + Ag = 1% wt) catalysts supported on amorphous silica was synthesized via chemical reduction using hydrazine as the reducing agent at 353 K. Catalysts were prepared via impregnation or precipitation technique. It was found that the reduction of the Ni(2+) ions occurred only in the presence of silver, otherwise a stable blue [Ni(N(2)H(4))(3)](2+) complex was formed. Comparisons with similar NiAg catalysts supported on crystallized silica as prepared in our previous work indicated that the Ni(2+) ions weakly interacted with acidic crystallized silica on which they were readily reduced. For both supports, the combination of silver and nickel gave rise to a synergistic effect due to the existence of NiAg groupings. The surface and catalytic properties of the metal particles formed depended on the Ni:Ag ratio, method of preparation, and acidity of the support. PMID:19185877

  3. Ag@Ni core-shell nanowire network for robust transparent electrodes against oxidation and sulfurization.

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    Eom, Hyeonjin; Lee, Jaemin; Pichitpajongkit, Aekachan; Amjadi, Morteza; Jeong, Jun-Ho; Lee, Eungsug; Lee, Jung-Yong; Park, Inkyu

    2014-10-29

    Silver nanowire (Ag NW) based transparent electrodes are inherently unstable to moist and chemically reactive environment. A remarkable stability improvement of the Ag NW network film against oxidizing and sulfurizing environment by local electrodeposition of Ni along Ag NWs is reported. The optical transmittance and electrical resistance of the Ni deposited Ag NW network film can be easily controlled by adjusting the morphology and thickness of the Ni shell layer. The electrical conductivity of the Ag NW network film is increased by the Ni coating via welding between Ag NWs as well as additional conductive area for the electron transport by electrodeposited Ni layer. Moreover, the chemical resistance of Ag NWs against oxidation and sulfurization can be dramatically enhanced by the Ni shell layer electrodeposited along the Ag NWs, which provides the physical barrier against chemical reaction and diffusion as well as the cathodic protection from galvanic corrosion. PMID:24961495

  4. Unusual site preference of Cu in Ni2-based Heusler alloys Ni2CuSb and Ni2CuSn

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    Liu, Bohua; Luo, Hongzhi; Xin, Yuepeng; Zhang, Yujie; Meng, Fanbin; Liu, Heyan; Liu, Enke; Wang, Wenhong; Wu, Guangheng

    2015-11-01

    The site preference of Cu does not follow the usual valence electrons rule in Ni2-based Heusler alloys Ni2CuSn and Ni2CuSb. The phase stabilities of three possible structures, namely L21, XA and L21B, have been compared. Among them L21 has the lowest total energy and is preferable, while L21B has the highest energy. The energy differences between L21 and the other two structures are quite large. The high phase stability of the L21 structure is mainly related to the strong hybridization between the d states of Cu, Ni and the low N(EF). Single phase, highly-ordered Ni2CuSn and Ni2CuSb samples have been prepared experimentally. The XRD patterns suggest that Ni2CuSn and Ni2CuSb do crystallize in the L21 structure, agreeing with the theoretical prediction. Finally, both of them have a paramagnetic ground state.

  5. Facile Preparation of Ag/NiO Composite Nanosheets and Their Antibacterial Activity

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    Shi, Cui-E.; Pan, Lu; Wang, Cheng-Run; He, Yi; Wu, Yong-Feng; Xue, Sai-Sai

    2016-01-01

    Sheet-like precursors of NiO and Ag/NiO with different Ag contents were synthesized by a facile and easily controlled hydrothermal method. The NiO and Ag/NiO composite nanosheets were prepared by calcination of the corresponding precursors at 400°C for 3 h. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The antibacterial activity of NiO and Ag/NiO composites to several gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria was examined. Results showed that NiO nanosheets hardly exhibited antibacterial activity; however, Ag/NiO composites displayed higher activity even with low Ag content.

  6. Simultaneous and selective preconcentration of trace Cu and Ag by one-step displacement cloud point extraction for FAAS determination.

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    Gao, Ying; Wu, Peng; Li, Wei; Xuan, Yuelan; Hou, Xiandeng

    2010-04-15

    A simple, rapid and selective one-step displacement cloud point extraction (D-CPE) procedure was developed for the simultaneous preconcentration of trace Cu and Ag followed by flame atomic absorption spectrometric (FAAS) measurement. In this proposed procedure, Ni-DDTC complex instead of DDTC was used to achieve one-step extraction. Since the stability of Cu-DDTC and Ag-DDTC is higher than that of Ni-DDTC, simultaneous preconcentration of Cu and Ag can be achieved in a single step. Up to 15,000 mg L(-1) Co(2+), 10,000 mg L(-1) Zn(2+), 5000 mg L(-1) Cd(2+) and 5000 mg L(-1) Al(3+) did not cause significant interferences for the determination of 50 microg L(-1) Cu by FAAS, while 8000 mg L(-1) Zn(2+), 4000 mg L(-1) Co(2+), 4000 mg L(-1) Cd(2+) and 5000 mg L(-1) Al(3+) had no distinct effect on the determination of 80 microg L(-1) Ag. The limits of detection (LODs) of 0.5 microg L(-1) for Cu and 1.0 microg L(-1) for Ag, respectively, were obtained by FAAS detection. The accuracy of the proposed method is validated by analyzing certified reference materials (GBW 07405, GBW 07311 and GBW 07260) with satisfactory results. Furthermore, the one-step D-CPE was also applied for the preconcentration/separation of Cu and Ag in high-purity salts and artificial seawater, followed by FAAS or inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) determination. PMID:20188966

  7. Microstructure of Cu-Ag Uniform Nanoparticulate Films on Polyurethane 3D Catheters: Surface Properties.

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    Rtimi, Sami; Sanjines, Rosendo; Pulgarin, Cesar; Kiwi, John

    2016-01-13

    The preparation, characterization, and antibacterial testing of Cu-Ag sputtered polyurethane (PU) catheters are addressed in this study. PU catheters with different atomic ratios Cu:Ag have been sputtered and led to different optical properties as followed by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and the surface redox properties were also different for different Cu-Ag ratios as observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface atomic percentage concentration of the oxidized/reduced C-species originating from bacterial cultures before and after bacterial inactivation were determined on the Cu-Ag PU catheters. The crystallographic properties were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD-diffractogram showed the presence of Cu2O (111), Cu (200), CuO (020), and Ag (111) indicating that Cu nanoparticles present a more crystalline character compared to Ag nanoparticles. Increasing the percentage of Ag in the Cu-Ag films, bigger Ag-particle agglomerates were detected by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) microanalysis confirming the results obtained by AFM. The bacterial inactivation kinetics of the sputtered Cu-Ag films on PU catheters was investigated in detail. Quasi-instantaneous bacterial inactivation kinetics was induced by the sputtered films on PU catheters after optimization of the Cu-Ag film thickness. PMID:26700113

  8. Solid-liquid reactions: The effect of Cu content on Sn-Ag-Cu interconnects

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    Lu, Henry Y.; Balkan, Haluk; Simon, K. Y.

    2005-06-01

    The impact of copper content on the Sn-Ag-y%Cu (Ag=constant=3.5; y=0.0, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0) interconnects was investigated in this study. The copper content and solid-liquid (S-L) reactions were used as inputs, and the outputs were the interfacial microstructure evolution and joint macro-performance. Surface microetching microscopy, cross-section microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray analysis, shear test, and differential scanning calorimetry were used in the studies. It was discovered that as-soldered Sn-Ag-y%Cu interconnects could have different interfacial microstructures depending on copper content; no Ag3Sn plates were observed for any alloy groups. After the S-L reactions, Ag3Sn plates occurred for all groups. The magnitude of the Ag3Sn plate growth depended on copper content. This and other effects of copper content on Sn-Ag-Cu interconnects are discussed in this article.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of Ni/Ag nanocomposite for surface enhanced Raman scattering measurement

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    Manoj, K.; Gayathri, S.; Jayabal, P.; Ramakrishnan, V.

    2015-06-01

    Ni nanoflowers were successfully synthesized by wet chemical method using hydrazine hydrate as reducing agent. Ni/Ag nanocomposite was prepared by simple redox-transmetalation reaction by using the synthesized Ni nanoflowers and silver nitrate as precursors. The x-ray diffraction pattern revealed the formation of face centered cubic crystal structured Ni nanostructure and Ni/Ag nanocomposite. Scanning electron micrograph was used to study the surface morphology of Ni nanoflowers and Ni/Ag nanocomposite. The energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry analysis showed the purity of the prepared samples. The synthesized Ni/Ag nanocomposite was made into film and used as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for probing the SERS signal of methylene blue molecule. The Ni/Ag nanocomposite showed significantly stronger Raman signal than the bare glass substrate.

  10. Au-Ag-Cu nano-alloys: tailoring of permittivity.

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    Hashimoto, Yoshikazu; Seniutinas, Gediminas; Balčytis, Armandas; Juodkazis, Saulius; Nishijima, Yoshiaki

    2016-01-01

    Precious metal alloys enables new possibilities to tailor materials for specific optical functions. Here we present a systematic study of the effects of a nanoscale alloying on the permittivity of Au-Ag-Cu metals at 38 different atomic mixing ratios. The permittivity was measured and analyzed numerically by applying the Drude model. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the face centered cubic lattice of the alloys. Both, optical spectra and XRD results point towards an equivalent composition-dependent electron scattering behavior. Correlation between the fundamental structural parameters of alloys and the resulting optical properties is elucidated. Plasmonic properties of the Au-Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles were investigated by numerical simulations. Guidelines for designing plasmonic response of nano- structures and their patterns are presented from the material science perspective. PMID:27118459

  11. Photoemission from Ag, Cu, and CsI

    SciTech Connect

    Srinivasan-Rao, T.; Fischer, J.; Tsang, T.

    1992-06-01

    Photoemission characteristics of three different cathodes, CsI, Ag film and Cu were investigated. CsI, upon irradiation by 213 nm, 10ps laser pulse yields a quantum efficiency of 4% at O.2{mu}J input energy. The saturation mechanism observed at higher input energies require further investigation. Ag film, upon irradiation by 630 nm, 300 fs laser emit prompt photoelectrons after absorbing 2 photons. There was no evidence of optical damage of the film up to 10{sup 11} W/cm{sup 2}. At low intensities, photoemission from Cu is a simple {nu}-e{sup {minus}} interaction, the nonlinearity of the process depending strongly on trace impurities. At higher intensities, there appears to be a change in the emission mechanism.

  12. Au-Ag-Cu nano-alloys: tailoring of permittivity

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    Hashimoto, Yoshikazu; Seniutinas, Gediminas; Balčytis, Armandas; Juodkazis, Saulius; Nishijima, Yoshiaki

    2016-01-01

    Precious metal alloys enables new possibilities to tailor materials for specific optical functions. Here we present a systematic study of the effects of a nanoscale alloying on the permittivity of Au-Ag-Cu metals at 38 different atomic mixing ratios. The permittivity was measured and analyzed numerically by applying the Drude model. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the face centered cubic lattice of the alloys. Both, optical spectra and XRD results point towards an equivalent composition-dependent electron scattering behavior. Correlation between the fundamental structural parameters of alloys and the resulting optical properties is elucidated. Plasmonic properties of the Au-Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles were investigated by numerical simulations. Guidelines for designing plasmonic response of nano- structures and their patterns are presented from the material science perspective. PMID:27118459

  13. Recrystallization of Cu-poor CuInS{sub 2} assisted by metallic Cu or Ag

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    Rodriguez-Alvarez, Humberto; Mainz, Roland; Marsen, Bjoern; Schock, Hans-Werner

    2010-04-15

    We monitor the recrystallization of Cu-poor CuInS{sub 2} thin films assisted by pure Cu or pure Ag by means of real-time synchrotron-based polychromatic X-ray diffraction. In both cases a new microstructure is formed accompanied by an increase in grain size. In the case of Cu, the onset temperature of the thin-film recrystallization is higher than 370 deg. C. In the case of Ag, the thin-film recrystallization comes to an end at 270 deg. C. The Ag-assisted recrystallization occurs in the presence of the body-centered cubic beta-Ag{sub 2}S phase. We find that domain growth and diffusion of silver into the film occur simultaneously. - Graphical abstract Keywords: Recrystallization; Thin-film solar cells; Energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction: In-situ monitoring by means of energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction of the thin-film recrystallization of Cu-poor CuInS{sub 2} assisted by metallic Ag.

  14. Ag/AgBr/Co-Ni-NO3 layered double hydroxide nanocomposites with highly adsorptive and photocatalytic properties.

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    Fan, Hai; Zhu, Jianying; Sun, Jianchao; Zhang, Shenxiang; Ai, Shiyun

    2013-02-11

    A facile anion-exchange precipitation method was used to synthesize bifunctional Ag/AgBr/Co-Ni-NO(3) layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanocomposites by adding AgNO(3) solution to a suspension of Co-Ni-Br LDH. The Ag/AgBr nanoparticles were highly dispersed on the sheets of Co-Ni-NO(3) LDH. The prepared nanocomposites were used to adsorb and photocatalytically degrade organic pollutants from water. Without light illumination, the nanocomposites quickly adsorbed methyl orange, and the adsorptive capacity, which can reach 230?mg?g(-1), is much higher than those of Co-Ni-Br LDH, Ag/AgBr, and activated carbon. The photocatalytic activities of the nanocomposites for the removal of dyes and phenol are higher than those of Co-Ni-Br LDH and Ag/AgBr. The proposed method can be applied to prepare other LDH/silver salt composites. The high absorptive capacity and good photocatalytic activity of such nanostructures could have wide applications in wastewater treatment. PMID:23280603

  15. Solubility and partitioning behavior of Au, Cu, Ag and reduced S in magmas

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    Zajacz, Zoltán; Candela, Philip A.; Piccoli, Philip M.; Sanchez-Valle, Carmen; Wälle, Markus

    2013-07-01

    Experiments have been conducted at 200 MPa, 800-1030 °C, and fO2 0.8 log units below the Ni-NiO buffer to determine the solubility of Au, Cu and Ag in silicate melts and pyrrhotite. The metal activities were imposed by using Au965Ag020Cu015 alloy capsules. Sulfur-free and sulfur-bearing systems were studied with otherwise identical melt compositions to assess the relative effect of S on the solubility of these metals. The data show that the major element composition of the silicate melt only moderately affects the solubility of Au, Ag and Cu between basalt and dacite, yielding solubilities identical within 50% relative. In comparison, solubilities in the rhyolite melts are lower by a factor of 1.5-2.5 for Cu and higher by up to a factor of 5 for Ag, depending on the aluminum saturation index of the melt. The solubilitiy of Ag significantly increases with increasing peraluminousity above an aluminum saturation index of 1. The effect of melt composition is significant on the solubility of Au in S-bearing melts, in part due to its effect on the sulfur concentration at sulfide saturation. The effect of S is the most pronounced in peralkaline rhyolites and mafic melts, and minimal in peraluminous rhyolites. The solubilities of all three metals significantly decrease with decreasing temperature. The concentration of sulfur in the melt at sulfide saturation and its volatile/melt partition coefficient are primarily determined by the FeO activity in the melt and the activity coefficients of dissolved FeS species, which appear to correlate with the degree of melt polymerization. The volatile/melt partition coefficient of reduced S increases from 79 ± 4 (1σ) to 635 ± 80 as the melt composition changes from basalt to slightly peraluminous rhyolite, and from 225 ± 13 to 776 ± 148 as the aluminium saturation index increases from 0.7 to 1.1 in rhyolites. At 1000 °C, pyrrhotite/silicate melt partition coefficients for Cu increase from 540 ± 30 (1σ) to 1140 ± 110 from basalt to dacite, whereas the partition coefficients for Ag are nearly constant at 50 ± 10. The partition coefficients of Au increase from 180 ± 20 to 900 ± 210 from basalt to dacite. Pyrrhotite/rhyolite melt partition coefficients for Cu, Ag and Au increase by about an order of magnitude as temperature drops from 1000 °C to 800 °C. At typical S concentrations for arc magmas (500-2000 μg/g), the budget of Ag in the magma will not be controlled by pyrrhotite, whereas primary control on the Au and Cu budget by pyrrhotite may only be relevant in intermediate to felsic magmas.

  16. MD simulation of nanoindentation on (001) and (111) surfaces of Ag-Ni multilayers

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    Zhao, Yinbo; Peng, Xianghe; Fu, Tao; Sun, Rong; Feng, Chao; Wang, Zhongchang

    2015-11-01

    We perform MD simulations of the nanoindentation on (001) and (111) surfaces of Ag-Ni multilayers with different modulation periods, and find that both the hardness and maximum force increase with the increase of modulation period, in agreement with the inverse Hall-Petch relation. A prismatic partial dislocation loop is observed in the Ni(111)/Ag(111) sample when the modulation period is relatively large. We also find that misfit dislocation network shows a square shape for the Ni(111)/Ag(111) interface, while a triangle shape for the Ni(001)/Ag(001) interface. The pyramidal defect zones are also observed in Ni(001)/Ag(001) sample, while the intersecting stacking faults are observed in Ni(111)/Ag(111) sample after dislocation traversing interface. The results offer insights into the nanoindentation behaviors in metallic multilayers, which should be important for clarifying strengthening mechanism in many other multilayers.

  17. [Synthesis of Cu2O-Ag-AgBr/MA visible photocatalyst and its performance in degradation of 2-chlorophenol].

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    Wang, Ran; Zhou, Xue-feng; Hu, Xue-xiang; Hu, Chun

    2014-09-01

    Cu2O-Ag-AgBr/MA plasmon photocatalyst was prepared by the co-deposition of Cu2O and Ag-AgBr nanoparticles on mesoporous alumina (MA). The samples were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) ,X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectra (UV-vis DRS). The results showed that both Ag+ and Ag0 existed on the surface. The photocatalytic activity of the samples prepared were evaluated by degradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) under visible light (λ >420 nm) irradiation. The results showed that the catalyst had high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of 2-CP. Meanwhile, the doping of Cu2O nanoparticles significantly inhibited the release of silver ions during the photocatalytic reaction, which improved the photostability of the catalyst. Analyses on the effects of various scavengers showed that h+ , O2- and OH radicals were the primary active species. PMID:25518659

  18. Ferrocene-Functionalized Cu(I)/Ag(I) Dithiocarbamate Clusters.

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    Kishore, Pilli V V N; Liao, Jian-Hong; Hou, Hsing-Nan; Lin, Yan-Ru; Liu, C W

    2016-04-01

    A series of compounds, namely, [Cu8(μ4-H){S2CNMeCH2Fc}6](PF6) (1), [Cu7(μ4-H) {S2CN(i)PrCH2Fc}6] (2), [Cu3{S2CN(Bz) (CH2Fc)}2(dppf)2](PF6) (3), and [Ag2{S2CNMe(CH2Fc)}2(PPh3)2] (4) (dppf = 1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene), supported by multiferrocene assemblies, were synthesized. All the compounds were characterized by (1)H NMR, Fourier transform infrared, elemental analysis, and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry techniques. Single-crystal X-ray structural analysis revealed that 1 is a monocationic octanuclear Cu(I) cluster and that 2 is a neutral heptanuclear Cu(I) cluster with tetracapped tetrahedral (1) and tricapped tetrahedral (2) geometries entrapped with an interstitial hydride, anchored by six ferrocene units at the periphery of the core. Compounds 3 and 4 comprise trimetallic Cu(I) and dimetallic Ag(I) cores enfolded by four and two ferrocene moieties. Interestingly both chelating and bridging modes of binding are observed for dppf ligand in 3. Further the formation and isolation of polyhydrido copper clusters [Cu28H15{S2CN(i)PrCH2Fc}12](PF6) (5) and [Cu28H15{S2CN(n)Bu2}12](PF6) (7), stabilized by bulky ferrocenyl and n-butyl dithiocarbamate ligands, was demonstrated. They are readily identified by (2)H NMR studies on their deuterium analogues, [Cu28D15{S2CN(i)PrCH2Fc}12](PF6) (6) and [Cu28D15{S2CN(n)Bu2}12](PF6) (8). Though the structure details as well as spectroscopic characterizations of 5 are yet to be investigated, the compound 7 is fully characterized by variety of spectroscopy including single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The cyclic voltammetry studies for compounds 1, 2, and 4 display irreversible redox peaks for Fe(2+)/Fe(3+) couple wherein the reduction peaks are not well-resolved due to some adsorption of the complex onto the electrode surface. PMID:27010989

  19. Corrosion of Ti-STS dissimilar joints brazed by a Ag interlayer and Ag-Cu-(Pd) alloy fillers

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    Lee, M. K.; Park, J. J.; Lee, G. J.; Lee, J. G.; Kim, D. W.; Lim, C. H.; Rhee, C. K.; Lee, Y. B.; Lee, J. K.; Hong, S. J.

    2011-02-01

    Corrosion behavior of dissimilar brazed joints between titanium Gr. 2 (Ti) and S31254 stainless steel (STS) was investigated. For the study, a Ag interlayer and two Ag-base eutectic alloys, 72Ag-28Cu and 66.2Ag-25.8Cu-8Pd (wt.%), were introduced as a diffusion control layer and fillers, respectively, between the base materials. The joints commonly had a layered structure of Ti(base)/TiAg/Ag solid solution/STS(base), but the one brazed by the Ag-Cu-Pd filler was slightly alloyed with the noble Pd elements over the Ag-rich solid solution region. A series of corrosion test experiments in a sea water revealed that a corrosion of TiAg layer and a stress-induced cracking at the TiAg/Ag solid solution interface were dominant due to a galvanic attack, but notably the Ti-STS dissimilar joint's resistance to corrosion was significantly improved by alloying the Pd in the joint. The corrosion behavior of such dissimilar metal joints was discussed based on galvanic corrosion effect.

  20. EPR of Superionic Phase Transition in Cu-STABILIZED Nanocrystalline ?-AgI

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    Mohan, D. Bharathi; Sunandana, C. S.

    EPR probed the zincblende (?) to cubic (?) AgI structural phase transition in AgI through two intrinsic paramagnetic centers: an Ag2+ based hole center (signal "A") and an Ag0 based conduction electron center (signal "B") associated with AgI nanocrystallites. A sudden drop in intensity (IPP), , and ?HPP was observed at 423 K for pure AgI nanocrystals. Cu in AgI increases the thermal stability of the cation sublattice from 423 K (undoped AgI) to 453 K (Ag0.75Cu0.25I) through the strengthened Ag-I bond. A sudden jump in the reciprocal susceptibility observed at well above the phase transition reflects the local bonding configuration in the ?-AgI structure.

  1. Microstructure development in Al-Cu-Ag-Mg quaternary alloy

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    Zhou, Bin; Froyen, L.

    2012-01-01

    The solidification behaviour of multi-component and multi-phase systems has been largely investigated in binary and ternary alloys. In the present study, a quaternary model system is proposed based on the well known Al-Cu-Ag and Al-Cu-Mg ternary eutectic alloys. The quaternary eutectic composition and temperature were determined by EDS (Energy Dispersive Spectrometry) and DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) analysis, respectively. The microstructure was then characterised by SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope). In the DSC experiments, two types of quaternary eutectics were determined according to their phase composition. For each type of eutectic, various microstructures were observed, which result in different eutectic compositions. Only one of the determined eutectic compositions was further studied by the controlled growth technique in a vertical Bridgeman type furnace. In the initial part of the directionally solidified sample, competing growth between two-phase dendrites and three-phase eutectics was obtained, which was later transformed to competing growth between three-phase and four-phase eutectics. Moreover, silver enrichment was measured at the solidification front, which is possibly caused by Ag sedimentation due to gravity and Ag rejection from dendritic and three-phase eutectic growth, and its accumulation at the solidification front.

  2. Origin of novel diffusions of Cu and Ag in semiconductors: the case of CdTe.

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    Ma, Jie; Wei, Su-Huai

    2013-06-01

    It is well known in experimental studies that Cu is usually a fast diffuser in semiconductors. In some semiconductors (e.g., CdTe), Ag is also a fast diffuser. The diffusion plays an important role in many applications when Cu (Ag) is employed to tune the semiconductor's electrical or optical properties. However, the origin of why Cu (Ag) shows different diffusion behavior compared to group-IA elements is still unclear. Using first-principles method, we compare the diffusion behaviors between Cu (Ag) and group-IA elements in CdTe, and find that the novel diffusion is due to the strong coupling between Cu (Ag) d levels and unoccupied host s levels. This coupling alters the stable doping site, diffusion pathway, and diffusion energy curve from those of group-IA elements, which have no active d levels, thus making the Cu (Ag) diffusion faster in many semiconductors. PMID:25167513

  3. Interplay between structural symmetry and magnetism in Ag-Cu

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    Yen, Tsung-Wen; Lai, S. K.

    2016-01-01

    We present first-principles theoretical calculations of the magnetic properties of bimetallic clusters Ag-Cu. The calculations proceeded by combining a previously developed state-of-the-art optimization algorithm (P.J. Hsu, S.K. Lai, J. Chem. Phys. 124 (2006) 0447110) with an empirical potential and applied this numerical scheme to determine first the lowest energy structures of pure clusters Ag38 and Cu38, and also their different atomic compositions AgnCu38-n for n=1,2,…,37. Then, we carried out the Kohn-Sham spin unrestricted density functional theory calculations on the optimized atomic structures obtained in the preceding step. Given the minimized structures from the first step as input configurations, the results of these re-optimized structures by full density functional theory calculations yield more refined electronic and atomic structures. A thorough comparison of the structural differences between these two sets of atomic geometries, one from using an empirical potential in which the electronic degrees of freedom were included approximately and another from subsequent minimization using the spin unrestricted density functional theory, sheds light on how the electronic charges disperse near atoms in clusters AgnCu38-n, and hence the distributions of electronic spin and charge densities at re-optimized sites of the cluster. These data of the electronic dispersion and the ionic configuration give clue to the mystery of the unexpected net magnetic moments which were found in some of the clusters AgnCu38-n at n=1-4, 24 as well as the two pure clusters. Possible origins for this unanticipated magnetism were explained in the context of the point group theory in much the same idea as the Clemenger-Nilsson model applied to simple metal clusters except that we draw particular attention to the atomic topologies and stress the bearing that they have on valence electrons in inducing them to disperse and occupy different molecular orbital energy levels.

  4. Spin pumping and inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect in NiFe/Ag/Bi and NiFe/Ag/Sb

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    Zhang, Wei Jungfleisch, Matthias B.; Jiang, Wanjun; Pearson, John E.; Hoffmann, Axel

    2015-05-07

    The Rashba effect is an interaction between the spin and the momentum of electrons induced by the spin-orbit coupling in surface or interface states. We measured the inverse Rashba-Edelstein effect via spin pumping in Ag/Bi and Ag/Sb interfaces. The spin current is injected from the ferromagnetic resonance of a NiFe layer towards the Rashba interfaces, where it is further converted into a charge current. Using spin pumping theory, we quantify the conversion parameter of spin to charge current to be 0.11 ± 0.02 nm for Ag/Bi and a factor of ten smaller for Ag/Sb. The relative strength of the effect is in agreement with spectroscopic measurements and first principles calculations. We also vary the interlayer materials to study the voltage output in relation to the change of the effective spin mixing conductance. The spin pumping experiment offers a straight-forward approach of using spin current as an efficient probe for detecting interface Rashba splitting.

  5. Effects of PCB Pad Metal Finishes on the Cu-Pillar/Sn-Ag Micro Bump Joint Reliability of Chip-on-Board (COB) Assembly

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    Kim, Youngsoon; Lee, Seyong; Shin, Ji-won; Paik, Kyung-Wook

    2016-06-01

    While solder bumps have been used as the bump structure to form the interconnection during the last few decades, the continuing scaling down of devices has led to a change in the bump structure to Cu-pillar/Sn-Ag micro-bumps. Cu-pillar/Sn-Ag micro-bump interconnections differ from conventional solder bump interconnections in terms of their assembly processing and reliability. A thermo-compression bonding method with pre-applied b-stage non-conductive films has been adopted to form solder joints between Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bumps and printed circuit board vehicles, using various pad metal finishes. As a result, various interfacial inter-metallic compounds (IMCs) reactions and stress concentrations occur at the Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bumps joints. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the influence of pad metal finishes on the structural reliability of fine pitch Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bumps flip chip packaging. In this study, four different pad surface finishes (Thin Ni ENEPIG, OSP, ENEPIG, ENIG) were evaluated in terms of their interconnection reliability by thermal cycle (T/C) test up to 2000 cycles at temperatures ranging from -55°C to 125°C and high-temperature storage test up to 1000 h at 150°C. The contact resistances of the Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bump showed significant differences after the T/C reliability test in the following order: thin Ni ENEPIG > OSP > ENEPIG where the thin Ni ENEPIG pad metal finish provided the best Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bump interconnection in terms of bump joint reliability. Various IMCs formed between the bump joint areas can account for the main failure mechanism.

  6. Effects of PCB Pad Metal Finishes on the Cu-Pillar/Sn-Ag Micro Bump Joint Reliability of Chip-on-Board (COB) Assembly

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    Kim, Youngsoon; Lee, Seyong; Shin, Ji-won; Paik, Kyung-Wook

    2016-03-01

    While solder bumps have been used as the bump structure to form the interconnection during the last few decades, the continuing scaling down of devices has led to a change in the bump structure to Cu-pillar/Sn-Ag micro-bumps. Cu-pillar/Sn-Ag micro-bump interconnections differ from conventional solder bump interconnections in terms of their assembly processing and reliability. A thermo-compression bonding method with pre-applied b-stage non-conductive films has been adopted to form solder joints between Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bumps and printed circuit board vehicles, using various pad metal finishes. As a result, various interfacial inter-metallic compounds (IMCs) reactions and stress concentrations occur at the Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bumps joints. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the influence of pad metal finishes on the structural reliability of fine pitch Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bumps flip chip packaging. In this study, four different pad surface finishes (Thin Ni ENEPIG, OSP, ENEPIG, ENIG) were evaluated in terms of their interconnection reliability by thermal cycle (T/C) test up to 2000 cycles at temperatures ranging from -55°C to 125°C and high-temperature storage test up to 1000 h at 150°C. The contact resistances of the Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bump showed significant differences after the T/C reliability test in the following order: thin Ni ENEPIG > OSP > ENEPIG where the thin Ni ENEPIG pad metal finish provided the best Cu pillar/Sn-Ag micro bump interconnection in terms of bump joint reliability. Various IMCs formed between the bump joint areas can account for the main failure mechanism.

  7. High thermally stable Ni/Ag(Al) alloy contacts on p-GaN

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    Chou, C. H.; Lin, C. L.; Chuang, Y. C.; Bor, H. Y.; Liu, C. Y.

    2007-01-08

    Ag agglomeration was found to occur at Ni/Ag to p-GaN contacts after annealing at 500 degree sign C. This Ag agglomeration led to the poor thermal stability showed by the Ni/Ag contacts in relation to the reflectivity and electrical properties. However, after alloying with 10 at. % Al by e-gun deposition, the Ni/Ag(Al) p-GaN contacts were found to effectively retard Ag agglomeration thereby greatly enhancing the thermal stability. Based on the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, the authors believe that the key for the retardation of Ag agglomeration was the formation of ternary Al-Ni-O layer at p-GaN interface.

  8. High thermally stable Ni /Ag(Al) alloy contacts on p-GaN

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    Chou, C. H.; Lin, C. L.; Chuang, Y. C.; Bor, H. Y.; Liu, C. Y.

    2007-01-01

    Ag agglomeration was found to occur at Ni /Ag to p-GaN contacts after annealing at 500°C. This Ag agglomeration led to the poor thermal stability showed by the Ni /Ag contacts in relation to the reflectivity and electrical properties. However, after alloying with 10at.% Al by e-gun deposition, the Ni /Ag(Al) p-GaN contacts were found to effectively retard Ag agglomeration thereby greatly enhancing the thermal stability. Based on the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, the authors believe that the key for the retardation of Ag agglomeration was the formation of ternary Al-Ni-O layer at p-GaN interface.

  9. Characterization and device performance of (AgCu)(InGa)Se2 absorber layers

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    Hanket, Gregory; Boyle, Jonathan H.; Shafarman, William N.

    2009-06-08

    The study of (AgCu)(InGa)Se2 absorber layers is of interest in that Ag-chalcopyrites exhibit both wider bandgaps and lower melting points than their Cu counterparts. (AgCu)(InGa)Se2 absorber layers were deposited over the composition range 0 < Ag/(Ag+Cu) < 1 and 0.3 < Ga/(In+Ga) < 1.0 using a variety of elemental co-evaporation processes. Films were found to be singlephase over the entire composition range, in contrast to prior studies. Devices with Ga content 0.3 < Ga/(In+Ga) <0.5 tolerated Ag incorporation up to Ag/(Ag+Cu) = 0.5 without appreciable performance loss. Ag-containing films with Ga/(In+Ga) = 0.8 showed improved device characteristics over Cu-only control samples, in particular a 30-40% increase in short-circuit current. An absorber layer with composition Ag/(Ag+Cu) = 0.75 and Ga/(In+Ga) = 0.8 yielded a device with VOC = 890 mV, JSC = 20.5mA/cm2, fill factor = 71.3%, and η = 13.0%.

  10. Variation of the magnetic moment and strain in epitaxial Cu/Ni/Cu sandwiches

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    Lee, Jaeyong; Lauhoff, G.; Hope, S.; Daboo, C.; Bland, J. A. C.; Schill, J. Ph.; van der Laan, G.; Penfold, J.

    1997-04-01

    We have studied the variation of the strain and the magnetic moment in epitaxial fct Ni(001) film structures using a combination of reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. A 30 Cu/Ni step-wedge (30, 60, 90, and 150 )/600 Cu buffer/Si(001) structure has been used to study the Ni thickness-dependent strain and magnetic moment. A decreased magnetic moment with decreasing Ni thickness is observed. A 30 Cu/50 Ni/step-wedged (600, 1000, 1500, and 2000 ) Cu buffer/Si(001) was used to vary the degree of strain as determined by in situ RHEED measurements in the same Ni film by varying the Cu buffer layer thickness. Our study shows a possible correlation between the magnetic moment and strain.

  11. Effect of nano-patterning on anisotropy of Cu/Ni/Cu nanolines

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    Lyons, E. S.; O'Handley, Robert C.; Ross, C. A.

    2006-04-01

    Cu/Ni/Cu films grown epitaxially on Si have shown perpendicular magnetic anisotropy over a wide range of Ni thicknesses. Using interferometric lithography and ion milling, epitaxial and polycrystalline Cu/Ni/Cu films were patterned into large area arrays of parallel lines with widths of 100 and 200 nm. The effect of patterning on the anisotropy of Cu/Ni/Cu with tNi=6.9 and 20.6 nm was determined from M-H loops measured by vibrating sample magnetometry. The nanolines show significantly reduced tendency toward perpendicular magnetization and increased energy favoring magnetization across the linewidth. These results are interpreted in terms of magnetoelastic energy changes due to relaxation of misfit strain upon patterning and shape anisotropy.

  12. A novel multifunctional NiTi/Ag hierarchical composite

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    Hao, Shijie; Cui, Lishan; Jiang, Jiang; Guo, Fangmin; Xiao, Xianghui; Jiang, Daqiang; Yu, Cun; Chen, Zonghai; Zhou, Hua; Wang, Yandong; Liu, YuZi; Brown, Dennis E.; Ren, Yang

    2014-01-01

    Creating multifunctional materials is an eternal goal of mankind. As the properties of monolithic materials are necessary limited, one route to extending them is to create a composite by combining contrasting materials. The potential of this approach is neatly illustrated by the formation of nature materials where contrasting components are combined in sophisticated hierarchical designs. In this study, inspired by the hierarchical structure of the tendon, we fabricated a novel composite by subtly combining two contrasting components: NiTi shape-memory alloy and Ag. The composite exhibits simultaneously exceptional mechanical properties of high strength, good superelasticity and high mechanical damping, and remarkable functional properties of high electric conductivity, high visibility under fluoroscopy and excellent thermal-driven ability. All of these result from the effective-synergy between the NiTi and Ag components, and place the composite in a unique position in the properties chart of all known structural-functional materials providing new opportunities for innovative electrical, mechanical and biomedical applications. Furthermore, this work may open new avenues for designing and fabricating advanced multifunctional materials by subtly combining contrasting multi-components. PMID:24919945

  13. A novel multifunctional NiTi/Ag hierarchical composite

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    Hao, Shijie; Cui, Lishan; Jiang, Jiang; Guo, Fangmin; Xiao, Xianghui; Jiang, Daqiang; Yu, Cun; Chen, Zonghai; Zhou, Hua; Wang, Yandong; Liu, Yuzi; Brown, Dennis E.; Ren, Yang

    2014-06-01

    Creating multifunctional materials is an eternal goal of mankind. As the properties of monolithic materials are necessary limited, one route to extending them is to create a composite by combining contrasting materials. The potential of this approach is neatly illustrated by the formation of nature materials where contrasting components are combined in sophisticated hierarchical designs. In this study, inspired by the hierarchical structure of the tendon, we fabricated a novel composite by subtly combining two contrasting components: NiTi shape-memory alloy and Ag. The composite exhibits simultaneously exceptional mechanical properties of high strength, good superelasticity and high mechanical damping, and remarkable functional properties of high electric conductivity, high visibility under fluoroscopy and excellent thermal-driven ability. All of these result from the effective-synergy between the NiTi and Ag components, and place the composite in a unique position in the properties chart of all known structural-functional materials providing new opportunities for innovative electrical, mechanical and biomedical applications. Furthermore, this work may open new avenues for designing and fabricating advanced multifunctional materials by subtly combining contrasting multi-components.

  14. A novel multifunctional NiTi/Ag hierarchical composite.

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    Hao, Shijie; Cui, Lishan; Jiang, Jiang; Guo, Fangmin; Xiao, Xianghui; Jiang, Daqiang; Yu, Cun; Chen, Zonghai; Zhou, Hua; Wang, Yandong; Liu, YuZi; Brown, Dennis E; Ren, Yang

    2014-01-01

    Creating multifunctional materials is an eternal goal of mankind. As the properties of monolithic materials are necessary limited, one route to extending them is to create a composite by combining contrasting materials. The potential of this approach is neatly illustrated by the formation of nature materials where contrasting components are combined in sophisticated hierarchical designs. In this study, inspired by the hierarchical structure of the tendon, we fabricated a novel composite by subtly combining two contrasting components: NiTi shape-memory alloy and Ag. The composite exhibits simultaneously exceptional mechanical properties of high strength, good superelasticity and high mechanical damping, and remarkable functional properties of high electric conductivity, high visibility under fluoroscopy and excellent thermal-driven ability. All of these result from the effective-synergy between the NiTi and Ag components, and place the composite in a unique position in the properties chart of all known structural-functional materials providing new opportunities for innovative electrical, mechanical and biomedical applications. Furthermore, this work may open new avenues for designing and fabricating advanced multifunctional materials by subtly combining contrasting multi-components. PMID:24919945

  15. Ferromagnetic (Ni) nanoparticles-CuTl-1223 superconductor composites

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    Qasim, Irfan; Waqee-ur-Rehman, M.; Mumtaz, M.; Hussain, Ghulam; Nadeem, K.; Shehzad, Khurram

    2016-04-01

    (Ni)x/CuTl-1223 (x=0, 0.25, 0.75, and 1.0 wt%) nanoparticles-superconductor composites were synthesized by the addition of ferromagnetic nickel (Ni) nanoparticles in appropriate ratio to Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ (CuTl-1223) superconducting matrix. Structural, morphological, compositional and superconducting transport properties of these composites were studied by different experimental techniques. It was observed that the addition of Ni nanoparticles had not altered the crystal structure of host CuTl-1223 phase, which is somehow an evidence of the occupancy of these nanoparticles at the grain-boundaries. Suppression of superconducting properties was attributed to pair-breaking due to spin scattering across these ferromagnetic Ni nanoparticles. The enhanced magnetization of ferromagnetic Ni nanoparticles at reduced temperatures plays a significant role to reduce the diamagnetism of (Ni)x/CuTl-1223 composites. Fluctuation induced conductivity (FIC) analysis of resistivity versus temperature data has explained very well the effects of Ni nanoparticles on superconductivity of CuTl-1223 phase.

  16. Structural, electronic and optical properties of 7-atom Ag-Cu nanoclusters from density functional theory

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    Li, Weiyin; Chen, Fuyi

    2014-04-01

    The structures and electronic properties of 7-atom silver and copper bimetallic clusters are systematically investigated by density functional theory (DFT) in the theoretical frame of the generalised gradient approximation (GGA) exchange-correlation functional. Optical absorption, Raman spectra, as well as vibrational spectra are calculated by DFT/GGA and semi-core pseudopotentials. The lowest-energy stable motifs are primarily related to the quantity of Cu-Cu bonds and Ag-Cu bonds. The Ag5Cu2 2-I with D 5 h symmetry cluster is the lowest energy cluster in the family of the 7-atom Ag-Cu nanoclusters, but has the lowest electronic stability. The Ag5Cu2 2-I, Ag4Cu3 3-I and Ag3Cu4 4-I clusters with mixed motifs indicate that silver and copper may be miscible on the nanoscale but not in bulk. Overall, with increasing Cu atoms, for the lowest energy nanoclusters, blue-shift of the maximum absorption peaks presents in the UV-Vis wavelength range, the intensities of the maximum peak of the Raman spectra weaken, the Cu atom(s) introduced make the vibrational spectra complex, and the intensities of the vibrational spectra strengthen. The calculated vibrational and Raman spectroscopy of 7-atom Ag-Cu clusters may be helpful in determining the size and structure of the experimental cluster.

  17. Interfacial Reactions in the Ni/Sn- xZn/Cu Sandwich Couples

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    Yen, Yee-Wen; Lin, Chung-Yung; Lai, Mei-Ting; Chen, Wan-Ching

    2016-01-01

    The interfacial reactions in Ni/Sn- xZn/Cu sandwich couples which were reflowed at 270°C for 1 h and then aged at 160°C for 1-1000 h were investigated. When the 1000- μm-thick Sn-Zn alloy reacted with Ni and Cu in this couple, the results indicated that the (Ni, Cu)3Sn4, (Ni, Cu)5Zn21, and Ni5Zn21 phases were formed at Sn-1Zn/Ni, Sn-5Zn/Ni, and Sn-9Zn/Ni interfaces for 1 h reflowing, respectively. After 1000 h aging, each intermetallic compound (IMC) was converted to (Cu, Ni, Zn)6Sn5, (Ni, Cu, Sn)5Zn21/Ni5Zn21, and Ni5Zn21 (two layers) phases in the related couples. On the Cu side, the Cu6Sn5 phase in the Sn-1Zn/Cu interface and the Cu5Zn8 phase in the Sn-5Zn/Cu and Sn-9Zn/Cu interfaces were observed when the couple was reflowed at 270°C for 1 h. After 100 h aging, the (Cu, Ni, Zn)6Sn5, Cu5Zn8/(Cu, Zn)6Sn5, and Cu5Zn8 phases were formed at the Sn-1Zn/Cu, Sn-5Zn/Cu and Sn-9Zn/Cu interfaces. When the Sn-Zn alloy thickness was decreased to 500 μm, the (Cu, Ni, Zn)6Sn5 phase at the Sn-1Zn/Ni interface and the (Ni, Cu, Sn)5Zn21 phase at the Sn-5Zn/Ni and Sn-9Zn/Ni interfaces were observed after 1 h reflowing. When the couple was aged at 160°C for 1000 h, each IMC was converted to (Cu, Ni, Zn)6Sn5 and Cu5Zn8/(Cu, Ni, Sn)Zn/Ni5Zn21 phases at the Sn-1Zn/Ni and Sn-(5, 9)Zn/Ni interfaces. (Cu, Ni, Zn)6Sn5 and Cu5Zn8 were, respectively, formed at the Sn-1Zn/Cu and Sn-(5, 9)Zn/Cu interfaces for 1 h reflowing. After 100 h aging, the IMCs were converted to (Cu, Ni, Zn)6Sn5 and Cu5Zn8/(Cu, Zn)6Sn5 phases. This current study reveals that the IMC formation in Ni/(Sn- xZn)/Cu sandwich couples are very sensitive to the Zn concentration and thickness in Sn- xZn alloys.

  18. Evidence for a strain-induced variation of the magnetic moment in epitaxial Cu/Ni/Cu/Si(100) structures

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    Lee, Jaeyong; Lauhoff, G.; Tselepi, M.; Hope, S.; Rosenbusch, P.; Bland, J. A. C.; Dautrr, H. A.; van der Laan, G.; Schilland, J. Ph.; Matthew, J. A. D.

    1997-06-01

    We have studied the magnetic moment and in-plane strain in epitaxial Cu/Ni/Cu/Si(100) structures by varying both the Ni and Cu buffer layer thickness. We find a sharp reduction in magnetic moment with increasing Ni lattice strain. Our structural and temperature-dependent studies exclude interdiffusion, interface roughness, and a decreased Curie temperature as possible causes of the reduced moment, but reveal a strong correlation between the strain and magnetic moment in Cu/Ni/Cu structures.

  19. High-durable AgNi nanomesh film for a transparent conducting electrode.

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    Kim, Han-Jung; Lee, Su-Han; Lee, Jihye; Lee, Eung-Sug; Choi, Jun-Hyuk; Jung, Jun-Ho; Jung, Joo-Yun; Choi, Dae-Geun

    2014-09-24

    Uniform metal nanomesh structures are promising candidates that may replace of indium-tin oxide (ITO) in transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs). However, the durability of the uniform metal mesh has not yet been studied. For this reason, a comparative analysis of the durability of TCEs based on pure Ag and AgNi nanomesh, which are fabricated by using simple transfer printing, is performed. The AgNi nanomesh shows high long-term stability to oxidation, heat, and chemicals compared with that of pure Ag nanomesh. This is because of nickel in the AgNi nanomesh. Furthermore, the AgNi nanomesh shows strong adhesion to a transparent substrate and good stability after repeated bending. PMID:24840606

  20. Controlled growth of Cu-Ni nanowires and nanospheres for enhanced microwave absorption properties.

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    Wang, Xiaoxia; Dong, Lifeng; Zhang, Baoqin; Yu, Mingxun; Liu, Jingquan

    2016-03-29

    Copper is a good dielectric loss material but has low stability, whereas nickel is a good magnetic loss material and is corrosion resistant but with low conductivity, therefore Cu-Ni hybrid nanostructures have synergistic advantages as microwave absorption (MA) materials. Different Cu/Ni molar ratios of bimetallic nanowires (Cu13@Ni7, Cu5@Ni5 and Cu7@Ni13) and nanospheres (Cu13@Ni7, Cu5@Ni5 and Cu1@Ni3) have been successfully synthesized via facile reduction of hydrazine under similar reaction conditions, and the morphology can be easily tuned by varying the feed ratio or the complexing agent. Apart from the concentrations of Cu(2+) and Ni(2+), the reduction parameters are similar for all samples to confirm the effects of the Cu/Ni molar ratio and morphology on MA properties. Ni is incorporated into the Cu-Ni nanomaterials as a shell over the Cu core at low temperature, as proved by XRD, SEM, TEM and XPS. Through the complex relative permittivity and permeability, reflection loss was evaluated, which revealed that the MA capacity greatly depended on the Cu/Ni molar ratio and morphology. For Cu@Ni nanowires, as the molar ratio of Ni shell increased the MA properties decreased accordingly. However, for Cu@Ni nanospheres, the opposite trend was found, that is, as the molar ratio of the Ni shell increased the MA properties increased. PMID:26890585

  1. Controlled growth of Cu-Ni nanowires and nanospheres for enhanced microwave absorption properties

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    Wang, Xiaoxia; Dong, Lifeng; Zhang, Baoqin; Yu, Mingxun; Liu, Jingquan

    2016-03-01

    Copper is a good dielectric loss material but has low stability, whereas nickel is a good magnetic loss material and is corrosion resistant but with low conductivity, therefore Cu-Ni hybrid nanostructures have synergistic advantages as microwave absorption (MA) materials. Different Cu/Ni molar ratios of bimetallic nanowires (Cu13@Ni7, Cu5@Ni5 and Cu7@Ni13) and nanospheres (Cu13@Ni7, Cu5@Ni5 and Cu1@Ni3) have been successfully synthesized via facile reduction of hydrazine under similar reaction conditions, and the morphology can be easily tuned by varying the feed ratio or the complexing agent. Apart from the concentrations of Cu2+ and Ni2+, the reduction parameters are similar for all samples to confirm the effects of the Cu/Ni molar ratio and morphology on MA properties. Ni is incorporated into the Cu-Ni nanomaterials as a shell over the Cu core at low temperature, as proved by XRD, SEM, TEM and XPS. Through the complex relative permittivity and permeability, reflection loss was evaluated, which revealed that the MA capacity greatly depended on the Cu/Ni molar ratio and morphology. For Cu@Ni nanowires, as the molar ratio of Ni shell increased the MA properties decreased accordingly. However, for Cu@Ni nanospheres, the opposite trend was found, that is, as the molar ratio of the Ni shell increased the MA properties increased.

  2. Large magnetocaloric effect, moment, and coercivity enhancement after coating Ni nanoparticles with Ag.

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    Srinath, Sanyadanam; Poddar, Pankaj; Das, Raja; Sidhaye, Deepti; Prasad, Bhagavatula Lakshmi Vara; Gass, James; Srikanth, Hariharan

    2014-06-01

    We observe a large magnetocaloric effect in monodisperse Ni and Ni(core)Ag(shell) nanoparticles in the superparamagnetic region. The organically passivated Ni nanospheres show a large magnetic entropy change of 0.9 J kg(-1)  K for a 3 T magnetic field change. In comparison to the surfactant-coated Ni nanoparticles, the Ni(core)Ag(shell) nanoparticles show an enhanced coercivity, magnetization, and magnetocaloric effect (1.3 kg K for a 3 T magnetic field change). The coercivity at 10 K increases from 360 Oe for Ni nanoparticles to nearly 610 Oe for Ni(core)Ag(shell) particles. This large enhancement is attributed to the enhanced inter-particle interaction, which is mediated by the metallic shell, over the relatively weaker dipolar interaction in the surfactant-coated Ni nanoparticles, and to modification of the surface spin structure. PMID:24615843

  3. Structure of Cu in Au/Cu/Ag(001) Multilayer Thin Films

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    Sahiner, M. Alper; Crozier, E. Daryl; Jiang, De-Tong

    1998-03-01

    Glancing-incidence XAS results for 8ML of Cu film epitaxially grown on a Ag(001) surface and covered with 10ML of Au are presented. The EXAFS results indicate that the structure of the 8ML of Cu is body-centered tetragonal (BCT) with a c/a ratio of 1.076.(D. T. Jiang, E. D. Crozier, and B. Heinrich, Phys. Rev. B 44) 6401 (1991) XANES simulations using FEFF6.1 multiple scattering analysis code of Cu-BCT with suggested c/a ratio from the EXAFS analysis, are able to reconstruct the exact energy splittings for the near-edge features up to 35 eV. The structure of the Cu layers is important in the context of the magnetic behaviour of Fe/Cu/Fe trilayers on Ag(001).(B. Heinrich et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 64) 673 (1990) (A. Fert and P. Bruno in Ultrathin Magnetic Structures II) edited by B. Heinrich and J. A. C. Bland (Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1994)

  4. Study on synthesis of ultrafine Cu-Ag core-shell powders with high electrical conductivity

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    Peng, Yu-hsien; Yang, Chih-hao; Chen, Kuan-ting; Popuri, Srinivasa R.; Lee, Ching-Hwa; Tang, Bo-Shin

    2012-12-01

    Cu-Ag composite powders with high electrical conductivity were synthesized by electroless plating of silver sulfate, copper powders with eco-friendly sodium citrate as reducing agent, dispersant and chelating agent in an aqueous system. The influences of sodium citrate/Ag ratio on Ag coatings of Cu powders were investigated. Ag was formed a dense coating on the surface of Cu powders at a molar ratio of sodium citrate/Ag = 0.07/1. SEM showed an uniformity of Ag coatings on Cu powders. SEM-EDX also revealed that Cu cores were covered by Ag shells on the whole. The surface composition analysis by XPS indicated that without Cu or Ag atoms in the surface were oxidized. The resistivity measurements of Cu-Ag paste shows that they have closer resistivity as the pure silver paste's after 250 °C for 30 min heat-treatment (2.55 × 10-4 Ω cm) and 350 °C for 30 min heat-treatment (1.425 × 10-4 Ω cm).

  5. Comparison of the early stages of condensation of Cu and Ag on Mo/100/ with Cu and Ag on W/100/

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    Soria, F.; Poppa, H.

    1980-01-01

    The adsorption and condensation of Cu and Ag, up to several monolayers in thickness, onto Mo(100) has been observed at pressures below 2 times 10 to the -10th torr in a study that used combined LEED, Auger, TDS (Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy), and work function measurements in a single experimental setup. The results show that Cu behaves similarly on Mo(100) and W(100) substrates, while some differences are found for Ag adsorption.

  6. Diffusion behavior of Cu in Cu/electroless Ni and Cu/electroless Ni/Sn-37Pb solder joints in flip chip technology

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    Hsu, Yu-Ching; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2006-12-01

    For Cu pads used as under bump metallization (UBM) in flip chip technology, the diffusion behavior of Cu in the metallization layer is an important issue. In this study, isothermal interdiffusion experiments were performed at 240°C for different times with solid-solid and liquid-solid diffusion couples assembled in Cu/electroless-Ni (Ni-10 wt.% P) and Cu/electroless Ni (Ni-10 wt.% P)/ Sn-37Pb joints. The diffusion structure and concentration profiles were examined by scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis. The interdiffusion fluxes of Cu, Ni and P were calculated from the concentration profiles with the aid of Matano plane evaluation. The values of JCu, JNi, and JP decreased with increasing annealing time. The average effective interdiffusion coefficients on the order of 10-14 cm2/s were also evaluated within the diffusion zone. The amounts of Cu dissolved in the intermetallic compounds (IMCs) Ni3Sn4 and Ni3P that precipitate after annealing the Cu/electroless Ni/Sn-37Pb joints were about 0.25 at.% and 0.5 at.%, respectively. For the short period of annealing, it appears that the presence of electroless Ni (EN) with the Sn-Pb soldering reaction assisted the diffusion of Cu through the EN layer.

  7. Novel electrochemi-/photo-luminescence of Ag3Cu5 heterometallic alkynyl clusters.

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    Jiang, Yi; Guo, Wen-Jing; Kong, De-Xian; Wang, Yong-Tao; Wang, Jin-Yun; Wei, Qiao-Hua

    2015-03-01

    Two windmill-like Ag3Cu5 alkynyl clusters were synthesized and characterized. They display novel PL and ECL properties, which could be modified by changing the substituent on the alkynyl ligands. According to the study of electrochemical behaviours, ECL behaviours and ECL emission spectra of the Ag3Cu5 clusters, a possible ECL mechanism was proposed. PMID:25641344

  8. Morphology and electrochemical behavior of Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams.

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    Chung, Kwok-Hung; Hsiao, Li-Yin; Lin, Yu-Sheng; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2008-05-01

    The aim of this study was to introduce Ag-Cu phase nanopowder as an additive to improve the corrosion behavior of dental amalgams. A novel Ag-Cu nanopowder was synthesized by the precipitation method. An amalgam alloy powder (World-Cap) was added and mixed with 5 wt.% and 10 wt.% of Ag-Cu nanopowders, respectively, to form experimental amalgam alloy powders. The original alloy powder was used as a control. Alloy powders were examined using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy and electron probe microanalysis. Amalgam disk specimens of metallurgically prepared were tested in 0.9% NaCl solution using electrochemical methods. The changes in the corrosion potential and anodic polarization characteristics were determined. Corrosion potential data were analyzed statistically (n=3, analysis of variance, Tukey's test, p<0.05). The diameters of lamellar structure Ag-Cu nanoparticles were measured to be approximately 30 nm. The composition of the Ag-Cu nanoparticles determined by TEM-energy-dispersive spectroscopy was 56.28 at.% Ag-43.72 at.% Cu. A light-shaded phase was found mixing with dark Cu-Sn reaction particles in the reaction zones of Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams. The Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams exhibited zero current potentials more positive than the control (p<0.05) and no current peak was observed at -325mV that related to Ag-Hg phase and Cu6Sn5 phase in anodic polarization curves. The results indicated that the corrosion resistance of high-copper single-composition amalgam could be improved by Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doping. PMID:18321799

  9. Electromigration of composite Sn-Ag-Cu solder bumps

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    Sharma, Ashutosh; Xu, Di Erick; Chow, Jasper; Mayer, Michael; Sohn, Heung-Rak; Jung, Jae Pil

    2015-11-01

    This study investigates the electromigration (EM) behavior of lead free Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) solder alloys that were reinforced with different types of nanoparticles [Copper-coated carbon nanotubes (Cu/CNT), La2O3, Graphene, SiC, and ZrO2]. The composite solders were bumped on a Cu substrate at 220°C, and the resistance of the bumped solders was measured using a four wire setup. Current aging was carried out for 4 hours at a temperature of 160°C, and an increase in resistance was noted during this time. Of all the composite solders that were studied, La2O3 and SiC reinforced SAC solders exhibited the smallest resistances after current aging. However, the rate of change in the resistance at room temperature was lower for the SiC-reinforced SAC solder. The SAC and Graphene reinforced SAC solder bumps completely failed within 15 - 20 min of these tests. The SiC nanoparticles were reported to possibly entrap the SAC atoms better than other nanoparticles with a lower rate of EM. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  10. Synthesis of 3D Printable Cu-Ag Core-Shell Materials: Kinetics of CuO Film Removal

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    Hong, Seongik; Kim, Namsoo

    2015-03-01

    In this research, Cu-Ag core-shell particles were synthesized as a functional and 3D printable material. Using the solid-liquid method, Cu-Ag core-shell particles were simply synthesized, and different particle sizes of 100 nm and 2 ?m were used to confirm the size effect in the synthesis and reaction control of the Cu-Ag core-shell particles. In addition, highly viscous Cu-Ag core-shell particle paste was also prepared, and its electrical conductivity was measured. As a result, the reaction rate in the case of the 2 ?m Cu particles was controlled by film diffusion, whereas for the 100 nm Cu particles, the reaction rate was controlled by CuO film produced before reacting with Ag ions in solution, and limited by chemical reaction control. Through the solid-liquid method, dendrite-shaped Cu-Ag core-shell particles were formed. Also, the electrical conductivity increased with increasing sintering temperature and core-shell particle concentration.

  11. Nucleation rates of Sn in undercooled Sn-Ag-Cu flip-chip solder joints

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    Arfaei, B.; Benedict, M.; Cotts, E. J.

    2013-11-01

    The nucleation of Sn from the melt in commercial SnAgCu flip chip solder joints was monitored at a number of different temperatures. Nucleation rates were estimated from measurements of nucleation times for 440 solder balls after one reflow and were found to be well epitomized by the expression I = 2 × 109 exp[(-1.6 × 105)/(T × (ΔT)2)] m-3 s-1, as per classical nucleation theory. After an additional reflow, the nucleation rates of the same 440 samples were observed to increase to I = 2 × 109 exp[(-8.9 × 104)/(T × (ΔT)2)] m-3 s-1. Thus it was shown that the expressions of classical nucleation theory well characterize nucleation kinetics for this system. These changes in nucleation kinetics were correlated with continued dissolution of Al and Ni in to the SnAgCu melt. Such increases in nucleation rates meant increases in the average solidification temperatures of the solder balls after reflow. Variations in the Sn grain morphology of the solder joints were correlated with these changes in solidification temperature, with larger Sn grains (beach ball Sn grain morphology) observed at higher solidification temperatures.

  12. Stripe-to-bubble transition of magnetic domains at the spin reorientation of (Fe/Ni)/Cu/Ni/Cu(001)

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    Wu, J.; Choi, J.; Won, C.; Wu, Y. Z.; Scholl, A.; Doran, A.; Hwang, Chanyong; Qiu, Z.

    2010-06-09

    Magnetic domain evolution at the spin reorientation transition (SRT) of (Fe/Ni)/Cu/Ni/Cu(001) is investigated using photoemission electron microscopy. While the (Fe/Ni) layer exhibits the SRT, the interlayer coupling of the perpendicularly magnetized Ni layer to the (Fe/Ni) layer serves as a virtual perpendicular magnetic field exerted on the (Fe/Ni) layer. We find that the perpendicular virtual magnetic field breaks the up-down symmetry of the (Fe/Ni) stripe domains to induce a net magnetization in the normal direction of the film. Moreover, as the virtual magnetic field increases to exceed a critical field, the stripe domain phase evolves into a bubble domain phase. Although the critical field depends on the Fe film thickness, we show that the area fraction of the minority domain exhibits a universal value that determines the stripe-to-bubble phase transition.

  13. Physical Characterization of Cu-Ni-P Thin Films aiming at Cu/Cu-Ni-P Thermocouples

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    Tomachevski, F.; Sparvoli, M.; dos Santos Filho, S. G.

    2015-03-01

    Cu-Ni-P thin films have a high-thermoelectric power, which allows the fabrication of very sensitive heat-flux sensors based on planar technology. In this work, (100) silicon surfaces were pre-activated in a diluted hydrofluoric acid solution containing PdCl2. Following, Cu-Ni-P thin films were chemically deposited using an alkaline chemical bath containing 15 g/l NiSO4.6H2O; 0.2 g/l CuSO4.5H2O; 15 g/l Na2HPO2.H2O and 60 g/l Na3C6H5O7.2H2O at temperature of 80 °C where NH4OH was added until pH was 8.0. It was noteworthy that the stoichiometric percentages of Ni and Cu vary substantially for immersion times in the range of 1 to 3 min and they become almost stable at 50% and 35%, respectively, when the immersion time is higher than 3 min. In addition, the percentage of P remains almost constant around 1718 % for all the immersion times studied. On the other hand, the sheet resistance also varies substantially for immersion times in the range of 1 to 3 min. Based on the surface morphology, smaller grains with size in the range of 0.02 to 0.1 μm are initially grown on the silicon surface and exposed regions of silicon without deposits are also observed for immersion times in the range of 1 to 3min. Therefore, the discontinuities and non uniformities of the films are promoting, respectively, the observed behaviours of sheet resistance and stoichiometry.

  14. Evidence for improvement of critical current by Ag in YBaCuO-Ag thick films

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    Dwir, B.; Kellett, B.; Mieville, L.; Pavuna, D.

    1991-04-01

    The evidence is reported for enhancement of critical current density J(c) in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thick films with the addition of Ag, which is correlated with improvements in structural properties. An improvement of 50 percent in J(c) (up to about 500 A/sq cm at T = 4.2 K) was obtained in films made from YBCO + 60 wt pct Ag powder, fabricated by the spin-on technique on (100) SrTiO3, which is correlated with improvements in structure. The resulting films are 10 microns thick, uniform, partially textured, and show good adherence. The critical temperature Tc is improved by the addition of Ag, and a reduction in the density of microcracks and in the amount of secondary phases in the sintered films was observed. Normal-state resistivity is reduced by almost three orders of magnitude, making these films potentially useful for electronic applications in interconnects and novel hybrid circuits.

  15. Evidence for improvement of critical current by Ag in YBaCuO-Ag thick films

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    Dwir, B.; Kellett, B.; Mieville, L.; Pavuna, D. )

    1991-04-15

    The evidence is reported for enhancement of critical current density {ital J}{sub {ital c}} in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} thick films with the addition of Ag, which is correlated with improvements in structural properties. An improvement of 50% in {ital J}{sub {ital c}} (up to {similar to}500 A/cm{sup 2} at {ital T}=4.2 K) was obtained in films made from YBCO+60wt % Ag powder, fabricated by the spin-on technique on (100) SrTiO{sub 3}, which is correlated with improvements in structure. The resulting films are 10 {mu}m thick, uniform, partially textured, and show good adherence. The critical temperature {ital T}{sub {ital c}} is improved by the addition of Ag, and a reduction in the density of microcracks and in the amount of secondary phases in the sintered films was observed. Normal-state resistivity is reduced by almost three orders of magnitude, making these films potentially useful for electronic applications in interconnects and novel hybrid circuits.

  16. Dependence of alloying and island composition on terrace width: Growth of Cu on Ag(100)

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    Beichert, Agnes; Zaum, Christopher; Morgenstern, Karina

    2015-07-01

    The growth of Cu on Ag(100) is investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. Exchange diffusion of Cu deposited onto Ag(100) leads to small pure Cu islands and larger islands consisting of a CuAg alloy in room temperature growth. The ratio of the different types of islands depends on terrace widths up to 100 nm. This surprisingly long-range dependence is correlated to the density of the surface alloy. We thus reveal that the exchange diffusion barrier is influenced by terrace widths far beyond quantum size confinement.

  17. Single step synthesis and optical limiting properties of Ni-Ag and Fe-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Sridharan, Kishore; Endo, Tamio; Cho, Sang-Geun; Kim, Jongryoul; Park, Tae Joo; Philip, Reji

    2013-03-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles have several applications in biology and medicine, and recently, their use for optical applications is gaining substantial attention. In this paper we report a single step solution based synthesis of Ni-Ag and Fe-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles using hydrazine hydrate as the reducing agent. Structural, plasmonic, and nonlinear optical properties of the prepared nanoparticles are investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and Z-scan. UV-Vis absorption studies reveal surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption at 400 nm which exhibits a small red shift with particle size due to scattering. XRD, EDS, HRTEM and SPR absorption confirm the presence of Ni-Ag and Fe-Ag nanoparticles. Nonlinear optical studies are carried out using the open aperture Z-scan technique employing 5 ns as well as 100 fs laser pulses. The nonlinearity is found to have contributions from absorption saturation, two-photon absorption, excited state absorption and induced thermal scattering of light. The effective nonlinear absorption in Ni-Ag and Fe-Ag nanoparticles is found to be higher than that of pristine Ag nanoparticles. The potential of these materials for optical limiting and photonic applications is discussed.

  18. Effect of Reflow Time on Wetting Behavior, Microstructure Evolution, and Joint Strength of Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu Solder on Bare and Nickel-Coated Copper Substrates

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    Sona, Mrunali; Prabhu, K. Narayan

    2016-04-01

    The effect of reflow time on wetting behavior of Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu lead-free solder on bare and nickel-coated copper substrates has been investigated. The solder alloy was reflowed at 270°C for various reflow times of 10 s, 100 s, 300 s, and 500 s. On bare copper substrate, the intermetallic compound (IMC) thickness increased with increase in reflow time, whereas on Ni-coated Cu substrate, the IMC thickness increased up to 300 s followed by a drop for solder alloy reflowed for 500 s. The spreading behavior of the solder alloy was categorized into capillary, gravity (diffusion), and viscous zones. Gravity zone was obtained from 3.8 ± 0.43 s to 38.97 ± 3.38 s and from 5.99 ± 0.5 s to 77.82 ± 8.84 s for the Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu/Cu and Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu/Ni/Cu system, respectively. Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy was also reflowed for the period corresponding to the end of the gravity zone (40 s and 80 s on bare and Ni-coated Cu, respectively). The joint strength was maximum at reflow time of 40 s and 80 s for the Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu/Cu and Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu/Ni/Cu system, respectively. The dynamic contact angle at the end of the gravity (diffusion) zone (θ gz) was found to be a better parameter compared with the stabilized contact angle (θ f) to assess the effect of the wettability of the liquid solder on the microstructure and joint strength. The present investigation reveals the significance of the gravity zone in assessment of optimum reflow time for lead-free solder alloys.

  19. Determination of Anand parameters for SnAgCuCe solder

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    Zhang, Liang; Xue, Songbai; Gao, Lili; Zeng, Guang; Sheng, Zhong; Chen, Yan; Yu, Shenglin

    2009-10-01

    A unified viscoplastic constitutive model, Anand equations, was used to represent the inelastic deformation behavior for Sn3.8Ag0.7Cu/Sn3.8Ag0.7 Cu0.03Ce solders in surface mount technology. The Anand parameters of the constitutive equations for the SnAgCu and SnAgCuCe solders were determined from separated constitutive relations and experimental results. Non-linear least-squares fitting was selected to determine the model constants. Comparisons were then made with experimental measurements of the stress-inelastic strain curves: excellent agreement was found. The model accurately predicted the overall trend of steady-state stress-strain behavior of SnAgCu and SnAgCuCe solders for the temperature ranges from -55 to 125 °C and for the strain rate range from 1% s-1 to 0.01% s-1. It is concluded that the Anand model can be applied to represent the inelastic deformation behavior of solders at high homologous temperatures and can be recommended for finite element simulation of the stress-strain response of lead-free soldered joints. Based on the Anand model, the investigations of thermo-mechanical behavior of SnAgCu and SnAgCuCe soldered joints in fine pitch quad flat package by the finite element code have been done under thermal cyclic loading, and it is found that the reliability of the SnAgCuCe soldered joints is better than that of the SnAgCu soldered joints.

  20. Fabrication of Cu-Ag core-shell bimetallic superfine powders by eco-friendly reagents and structures characterization

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    Zhao Jun; Zhang Dongming; Zhao Jie

    2011-09-15

    Superfine bimetallic Cu-Ag core-shell powders were synthesized by reduction of copper sulfate pentahydrate and silver nitrate with eco-friendly ascorbic acid as a reducing agent and cyclodextrins as a protective agent in an aqueous system. The influence of Ag/Cu ratio on coatings was investigated. Ag was homogeneously distributed on the surface of Cu particles at a mole ratio of Ag/Cu=1. FE-SEM showed an uniformity of Ag coatings on Cu particles. Antioxidation of Cu particles was improved by increasing Ag/Cu ratio. TEM-EDX and UV-vis spectra also revealed that Cu cores were covered by Ag nanoshells on the whole. The surface composition analysis by XPS indicated that only small parts of Cu atoms in the surface were oxidized. It was noted that the hindrance of cyclodextrins chemisorbed on particles plays an important role in forming high quality and good dispersity Cu-Ag (Cu-Ag) core-shell powders. - Graphical abstract: Mechanism of fabricating Cu-Ag particles with good dispersibility using {beta}-CDs as a protective agent was studied because of its special structure. Highlights: > Green supramolecular {beta}-CD used as a protective agent and ascorbic acid(Vc) as a reducing agent to fabricate Cu-Ag powders. > Particles are monodisperse and the diameter is close to nanoscale(100-150 nm). > Resistance of Cu particles to oxidation was higher. > Formation mechanism explained.

  1. Enhanced low temperature thermoelectric performance of Ag-doped BiCuSeO

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    Tan, S. G.; Lei, Hechang; Shao, D. F.; Lv, H. Y.; Lu, W. J.; Huang, Y. N.; Liu, Y.; Yuan, B.; Zu, L.; Kan, X. C.; Song, W. H.; Sun, Y. P.

    2014-08-01

    We investigated the physical properties of the silver doped layered oxyselenides BiCu1-xAgxSeO (x = 0-0.4), which crystallize in an unusual intergrowth structure with [Cu2Se2]2- and [Bi2O2]2+ layers. The total thermal conductivity is decreased because the heavier Ag doping in BiCuSeO lattice decreased the lattice thermal conductivity. The undoped BiCuSeO exhibits a semiconducting behavior, and the Ag-doped BiCuSeO performs much improved electrical conductivity. Although Ag-doping causes a decreasing Seebeck coefficient, the significant increase of the electrical conductivity compensates the moderate decrease of the Seebeck coefficient, which leads to the strongly improved power factor values. Finally, the figure of merit is improved and reaches a maximum ˜0.07 at 300 K for the sample BiCu0.7Ag0.3SeO.

  2. Oxygen reduction reaction on Cu-doped Ag cluster for fuel-cell cathode.

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    Ma, Wenqiang; Chen, Fuyi; Zhang, Nan; Wu, Xiaoqiang

    2014-10-01

    The development of fuel cells as clean-energy technologies is largely limited by the prohibitive cost of the noble-metal catalysts needed for catalyzing the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells. A fundamental understanding of catalyst design principle that links material structures to the catalytic activity can accelerate the search for highly active and abundant bimetallic catalysts to replace platinum. Here, we present a first-principles study of ORR on Ag12Cu cluster in alkaline environment. The adsorptions of O2, OOH, and OH on Cu-doped Ag13 are stronger than on Ag13. The d-band centers of adsorption sites show the Cu-doping makes d-electrons transferred to higher energy state, and improves O2 dissociation. ORR processes on Ag12Cu and Ag13 indicate Cu-doping can strongly promote ORR, and ORR process can be better preformed on Ag12Cu than on Ag13. For four-electron transfer, the effective reversible potential is 0.401 V/RHE on Ag12Cu in alkaline medium. PMID:25227449

  3. Tensile Properties of Electrodeposited Nanocrystalline Ni-Cu Alloys

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    Dai, P. Q.; Zhang, C.; Wen, J. C.; Rao, H. C.; Wang, Q. T.

    2016-02-01

    Nanocrystalline Ni-Cu alloys with a Cu content of 6, 10, 19, and 32 wt.% were prepared by pulse electrodeposition. The microstructure and tensile properties of the nanocrystalline Ni-Cu alloys were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and tensile testing. The x-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the structure of the nanocrystalline Ni-Cu alloys is a face-centered cubic, single-phase solid solution with an average grain size of 18 to 24 nm, and that the average grain size decreased with increasing Cu content. The ultimate tensile strength (~1265 to 1640 MPa) and elongation to failure (~5.8 to 8.9%) of the Ni-Cu alloys increased with increasing Cu content. The increase in tensile strength results from the solid solution and fine-grain strengthening. Elemental Cu addition results in a decrease in stacking fault energy, an increase in work hardening rate, a delay in plasticity instability, and consequently, a higher plasticity.

  4. Electroslag surfacing of steel shafting with Ni alloy 625 and 70Cu-30Ni strip

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    Devletian, J.H.; Gao, Y.P.; Wood, W.E.

    1996-12-31

    A comprehensive study of electroslag surfacing (ESS) of steel with Ni Alloy 625 and 70Cu-30Ni strip electrodes was conducted to establish the feasibility of replacing forged bearing sleeves on propulsion shafting with integral weld surfacing. The base material was MIL-S-23284, Class 1 steel in the form of 41--66 cm (16--26 in.) diameter shafting and 76 mm (3 in.) thick flat plate. All ESS was carried out at a heat input level of approximately 5.9kJ/mm (150 kJ/in.) using 30 x 0.5 mm (1.2 x 0.02 in.) strip electrodes. Assessments of mechanical properties and microstructure of Ni Alloy 625 surfacing and 70Cu-30Ni surfacing were conducted to establish the structure-property relationships in these complex alloy systems. In addition, a solidification cracking test was developed to determine the relative cracking susceptibilities of these strip surfacing alloys. Although the Ni Alloy 625 surfacing contained small islands of interdendritic MC type carbides and Laves phase, the mechanical properties of this surfacing were satisfactory. The 70Cu-30Ni surfacing required a buttering layer of 30Cu-70Ni or pure Ni to prevent solidification cracking. The inherent ductility-dip sensitivity of 70Cu-30Ni surfacing was overcome by the development of a suitable ESS procedure.

  5. Anodic vacuum arc developed nanocrystalline Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni thin film thermocouples

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    Mukherjee, S. K.; Sinha, M. K.; Pathak, B.; Rout, S. K.; Barhai, P. K.

    2009-12-01

    This paper deals with the development of nanocrystalline Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni thin film thermocouples (TFTCs) by using ion-assisted anodic vacuum arc deposition technique. The crystallographic structure and surface morphology of individual layer films have been studied by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance, and thermoelectric power of as deposited and annealed films have been measured. The observed departure of these transport parameters from their respective bulk values can be understood in terms of intrinsic scattering due to enhanced crystallite boundaries. From the measured values of thermoelectric power and the corresponding temperature coefficient of resistance of annealed Cu, Ni, and Fe films, the calculated values of log derivative of the mean free path of conduction electrons at the Fermi surface with respect to energy (U) are found to be -0.51, 3.22, and -8.39, respectively. The thermoelectric response of annealed Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs has been studied up to a maximum temperature difference of 300 deg. C. Reproducibility of TFTCs has been examined in terms of the standard deviation in thermoelectric response of 16 test samples for each pair. Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs agree well with their wire thermocouple equivalents. The thermoelectric power values of Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs at 300 deg. C are found to be 0.0178 and 0.0279 mV/ deg. C, respectively.

  6. Cellular Energy Allocation to Assess the Impact of Nanomaterials on Soil Invertebrates (Enchytraeids): The Effect of Cu and Ag

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    Gomes, Susana I. L.; Scott-Fordsmand, Janeck J.; Amorim, Mónica J. B.

    2015-01-01

    The effects of several copper (Cu) and silver (Ag) nanomaterials were assessed using the cellular energy allocation (CEA), a methodology used to evaluate the energetic status and which relates with organisms’ overall condition and response to toxic stress. Enchytraeus crypticus (Oligochatea), was exposed to the reproduction effect concentrations EC20/50 of several Cu and Ag materials (CuNO3, Cu-Field, Cu-Nwires and Cu-NPs; AgNO3, Ag NM300K, Ag-NPs Non-coated and Ag-NPs PVP-coated) for 7 days (0-3-7d). The parameters measured were the total energy reserves available (protein, carbohydrate and lipid budgets) and the energy consumption (Ec) integrated to obtain the CEA. Results showed that these parameters allowed a clear discrimination between Cu and Ag, but less clearly within each of the various materials. For Cu there was an increase in Ec and protein budget, while for Ag a decrease was observed. The results corroborate known mechanisms, e.g., with Cu causing an increase in metabolic rate whereas Ag induces mitochondrial damage. The various Cu forms seem to activate different mechanisms with size and shape (e.g., Cu-NPs versus Cu-Nwires), causing clearly different effects. For Ag, results are in line with a slower oxidation rate of Ag-NMs in comparison with Ag-salt and hence delayed effects. PMID:26086707

  7. Resistance switching properties of planner Ag/Li:NiO/Ag structures induced by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Joshi, U. S.; Trivedi, S. J.; Bhavsar, K. H.; Trivedi, U. N.; Khan, S. A.; Avasthi, D. K.

    2009-04-01

    We report on the resistance switching induced by swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation in lithium doped nanostructured NiO thin films grown on MgO (100) substrates by chemical solution deposition. Hysteresis in current-voltage curves were observed for the Ag/Li:NiO/Ag planner structures irradiated with 100 MeV Ag{sup +14} ions, whereas pristine samples showed only linear I-V characteristics. No preferential oxygen loss from the film surface has been detected in on-line elastic recoil detection analysis. This suggests that change in the defect density created by SHI irradiation that may contribute to the metallic filaments play a major role as compared to the interfacial oxygen vacancies in resistance switching of NiO.

  8. Size effect model on kinetics of interfacial reaction between Sn-xAg-yCu solders and Cu substrate

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    Huang, M. L.; Yang, F.

    2014-11-01

    The downsizing of solder balls results in larger interfacial intermetallic compound (IMC) grains and less Cu substrate consumption in lead-free soldering on Cu substrates. This size effect on the interfacial reaction is experimentally demonstrated and theoretically analyzed using Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu and Sn-3.5Ag solder balls. The interfacial reaction between the Sn-xAg-yCu solders and Cu substrates is a dynamic response to a combination of effects of interfacial IMC growth, Cu substrate consumption and composition variation in the interface zone. A concentration gradient controlled (CGC) kinetics model is proposed to explain the combined effects. The concentration gradient of Cu at the interface, which is a function of solder volume, initial Cu concentration and reaction time, is the root cause of the size effect. We found that a larger Cu concentration gradient results in smaller Cu6Sn5 grains and more consumption of Cu substrate. According to our model, the growth kinetics of interfacial Cu6Sn5 obeys a t1/3 law when the molten solder has approached the solution saturation, and will be slower otherwise due to the interfering dissolution mechanism. The size effect introduced in this model is supported by a good agreement between theoretical and experimental results. Finally, the scope of application of this model is discussed.

  9. Modified Ni-Cu catalysts for ethanol steam reforming

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    Dan, M.; Mihet, M.; Almasan, V.; Borodi, G.; Katona, G.; Muresan, L.; Lazar, M. D.

    2013-11-01

    Three Ni-Cu catalysts, having different Cu content, supported on ?-alumina were synthesized by wet co-impregnation method, characterized and tested in the ethanol steam reforming (ESR) reaction. The catalysts were characterized for determination of: total surface area and porosity (N2 adsorption - desorption using BET and Dollimer Heal methods), Ni surface area (hydrogen chemisorption), crystallinity and Ni crystallites size (X-Ray Diffraction), type of catalytic active centers (Hydrogen Temperature Programmed Reduction). Total surface area and Ni crystallites size are not significantly influenced by the addition of Cu, while Ni surface area is drastically diminished by increasing of Cu concentration. Steam reforming experiments were performed at atmospheric pressure, temperature range 150-350C, and ethanol - water molar ration of 1 at 30, using Ar as carrier gas. Ethanol conversion and hydrogen production increase by the addition of Cu. At 350C there is a direct connection between hydrogen production and Cu concentration. Catalysts deactivation in 24h time on stream was studied by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) on used catalysts. Coke deposition was observed at all studied temperatures; at 150C amorphous carbon was evidenced, while at 350C crystalline, filamentous carbon is formed.

  10. Modified Ni-Cu catalysts for ethanol steam reforming

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    Dan, M.; Mihet, M.; Almasan, V.; Borodi, G.; Katona, G.; Muresan, L.; Lazar, M. D.

    2013-11-13

    Three Ni-Cu catalysts, having different Cu content, supported on γ-alumina were synthesized by wet co-impregnation method, characterized and tested in the ethanol steam reforming (ESR) reaction. The catalysts were characterized for determination of: total surface area and porosity (N{sub 2} adsorption - desorption using BET and Dollimer Heal methods), Ni surface area (hydrogen chemisorption), crystallinity and Ni crystallites size (X-Ray Diffraction), type of catalytic active centers (Hydrogen Temperature Programmed Reduction). Total surface area and Ni crystallites size are not significantly influenced by the addition of Cu, while Ni surface area is drastically diminished by increasing of Cu concentration. Steam reforming experiments were performed at atmospheric pressure, temperature range 150-350°C, and ethanol - water molar ration of 1 at 30, using Ar as carrier gas. Ethanol conversion and hydrogen production increase by the addition of Cu. At 350°C there is a direct connection between hydrogen production and Cu concentration. Catalysts deactivation in 24h time on stream was studied by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) on used catalysts. Coke deposition was observed at all studied temperatures; at 150°C amorphous carbon was evidenced, while at 350°C crystalline, filamentous carbon is formed.

  11. Accumulation of Ag and Cu in Amanita strobiliformis and characterization of its Cu and Ag uptake transporter genes AsCTR2 and AsCTR3.

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    Beneš, Vojtěch; Hložková, Kateřina; Matěnová, Michaela; Borovička, Jan; Kotrba, Pavel

    2016-04-01

    Macrofungi can accumulate in their sporocarps remarkably high concentrations of Cu and Ag. We have previously demonstrated that the non-essential Ag is in the ectomycorrhizal, Ag-hyperaccumulating Amanita strobiliformis sequestered by 3.4-kDa metallothioneins (MTs) produced as AsMT1a, 1b and 1c isoforms. Here, we describe two populations of wild-grown A. strobiliformis sporocarps, which showed certain correlation between the concentrations of accumulated Ag (284 ± 64 and 67 ± 15 mg kg(-1)) and Cu (76 ± 13 and 30 ± 12 mg kg(-1)), suggesting that an overlap may exist in the cell biology of Ag and Cu in this species. Metal speciation analysis revealed that the intracellular Cu in the sporocarps of both populations was, like Ag, associated with the 3.4-kDa MTs. A search of A. strobiliformis transcriptome for sequences encoding proteins of the Cu transporter (CTR) family identified four AsCTR cDNAs, which were, like AsMT1s, confirmed in both populations. The predicted AsCTR proteins showed homology to vacuolar (AsCTR1 and AsCTR4) and plasma membrane (AsCTR2 and AsCTR3) CTRs. Heterologous expression of AsCTR2, AsCTR3 and their translational fusions with green fluorescent protein (GFP) in Cu uptake-deficient S. cerevisiae indicated that both AsCTRs are functional Cu and Ag uptake transporters: recombinant genes complemented growth defects and increased Cu and Ag uptake rates in yeasts and the GFP-tagged protein localized to the cell periphery. Site directed mutagenesis revealed the importance of the conserved-among-CTRs M-X3-M motif for the AsCTR2- and AsCTR3-mediated transport of both Cu and Ag. These results provide the first evidence that fungal CTRs can recognize Ag for transport. PMID:26862109

  12. Phase-dependent corrosion of titanium-to-stainless steel joints brazed by Ag-Cu eutectic alloy filler and Ag interlayer

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    Lee, M. K.; Park, J. J.; Lee, J. G.; Rhee, C. K.

    2013-08-01

    The electrochemical corrosion properties of Ti-STS dissimilar joints brazed by a 72Ag-28Cu alloy filler and an Ag interlayer were studied in a 3.5% NaCl solution using potentiodynamic polarization and ac impedance spectroscopy. For a joint with a layered structure of Ti(base)/TiAg/Ag solid solution/Ag-Cu eutectic/STS(base), galvanic corrosion mostly occurred in the TiAg phase with a severe material loss, indicating that the TiAg layer acted as an anode in the galvanic couple in the layered joint. The Ag-rich solid solution layer was also corroded to a certain extent, but the corrosion in this layer was dominated by the selective pitting corrosion of the eutectic Cu-rich phase. With an increase in the brazing temperature, the Cu-rich phases disappeared owing to the enhanced isothermal solidification effect, leading to an improvement of the corrosion resistance.

  13. Plasmon-enhanced photocatalytic properties of nano Ag@AgBr on single-crystalline octahedral Cu2O (1 1 1) microcrystals composite photocatalyst

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    Liu, Li; Lin, Shuanglong; Hu, Jinshan; Liang, Yinghua; Cui, Wenquan

    2015-03-01

    A new composite photocatalyst Ag@AgBr/Cu2O was prepared by loading Ag@AgBr on (1 1 1) facts of octahedral Cu2O substrate via a facile precipitation in situ photoreduction method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis), nitrogen sorption and the photoelectrochemical measurements. The results show that Ag@AgBr nanoparticles are well-dispersed on Cu2O nanoparticles with narrow size distributions and controllable sizes from 10 to 30 nm. TEM results of the as-synthesized Ag@AgBr/Cu2O nanocomposite revealed that Ag@AgBr nanoparticles were attached to the surface of octahedral Cu2O. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) was carried out to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of Ag@AgBr/Cu2O under visible-light irradiation. The Ag@AgBr/Cu2O composite showed stronger visible light absorption capacity and higher photocatalytic activity than pure Cu2O. The Ag@AgBr (15 wt.%)/Cu2O sample presented the best photocatalytic activity, degrading 93.28% MB after irradiation for 90 min, due to their high surface area (18.499 m2 g-1), the Crystal effect of Cu2O and surface plasmon resonance of Ag NPs. Meanwhile, phenol was degraded to further prove the degradation ability of Ag@AgBr/Cu2O. In addition, the quenching effect was examined in the photocatalytic reaction process of MB. Active h+, Br0 and the resulting rad O2- played the major roles for the dye degradation, while rad OH was verified to be insignificant. Based on the experimental results, a photocatalytic mechanism for organics degradation over Ag@AgBr/Cu2O photocatalysts was proposed. The electronic interactions were systematically studied and confirmed by the photoelectrochemical measurements.

  14. LEEM study of nucleation, growth, and decay of Ag nanowires on Cu(110)

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    Senevirathne, Indrajith; Bussmann, Ezra; Kellogg, Gary; Kurtz, Richard; Sprunger, Phillip

    2007-03-01

    Low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) has been used to study the nucleation, growth, and ripening of Ag nanowires on Cu(110). Previous STM and LEED studies of Ag on the Cu(110) surface have shown that for a Ag coverage of below 0.3 ML, Ag forms a surface alloy, followed by the formation of a 2D Ag(111) flat superstructure through dealloying at one monolayer. For Ag coverages above 1.3 ML , nanowires of Ag(110), with widths/heights of 12 nm / 2nm, grow along the [110] crystallographic direction with highly anisotropic aspect ratios. LEEM reveals that Ag initially alloys at Cu/Ag step edges producing a distortion of the steps. Upon deposition above 1 ML, nucleation of Ag nanowires was observed across terraces, however nucleation still occurred at defect and step edges. LEEM showed that the nanowires grow to micron lengths and have highly anisotropic aspect ratios. Annealing above 573K resulted in rapid Oswald ripening of nanowires to Ag clusters of several micron dimensions. Quantitative details of the growth and decay mechanisms will be discussed. Sandia Corporation is a Lockheed Martin Company, for the US DOE's NNSA under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. Work was supported CINT-U2006A123 and NSF-DMR-0504654.

  15. Differential Responsivity of the Organic-Inorganic Ag/n-GaAs/p-CuPc/Ag Photoelectric Sensor

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    Karimov, Kh. S.; Qazi, I.; Fedorov, M. I.; Moiz, S. A.; Khan, T. A.; Senin, H. B.

    2007-05-01

    A thin film of copper phthalocynanine (CuPc) as p-type semiconductor was deposited by vacuum evaporation on an n-type GaAs single-crystal semiconductor substrate. Then semitransparent Ag thin film having gradient of thickness was deposited on CuPc film by thermal evaporation in vacuum to fabricate Ag/n-GaAs/p-CuPc/Ag sensor. Due to gradient of thickness, 6% and 10% of the incident light can be transmitted through the silver film in the edge and in the center of the sample respectively. Open circuit voltage and short circuit current were measured by exposing only a small area of the sensor to light i.e. in differential mode of operation. It was observed that open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current depends on position of the exposed area of the sensor to light. In differential mode of operation the open-circuit voltage and short circuit current versus intensity of illumination showed less non linearity as compared to integral mode of operation. On the basis of experimental data, an equivalent circuit of the sensor was designed and its computer simulation was carried out. The simulated data matched reasonably with the experimental curves. It was found that in differential mode of operation the Ag/n-GaAs/p-CuPc/Ag sensor's output voltage and current depends on the position of light beam probe. Due to this the sensor may be used as a photoelectric displacement transducer.

  16. ROTMOKE study of step-induced magnetic anisotropy in vicinal Cu/Py/Ni/Cu(001)

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    Deng, J. X.; Ma, Song; Tan, A.; Li, J.; Zhang, Z. D.; Hwang, C.; Qiu, Z. Q.

    2015-03-01

    Py/Ni films were epitaxially grown on a 6o vicinal Cu(001) substrate with steps parallel to the [110] axis. The addition of Py film increases the Ni film spin reorientation transition (SRT) thickness to permit a study of the step-induced in-plane magnetic anisotropy in a wider Ni thickness range. Rotation MOKE (ROTMOKE) was applied to determine the step-induced magnetic anisotropy in the vicinal Cu/Py/Ni/Cu(001) as a function of both the Py and Ni film thicknesses. We found that the atomic steps from the vicinal Cu(001) induce an in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy that favors both Py and Ni magnetizations perpendicular to the steps. In addition, thickness-dependent ROTMOKE measurement allows a separation of the Py and Ni volume-type step-induced magnetic anisotropies. We show that Ni films exhibit different step-induced magnetic anisotropies below and above ~ 5-6ML Ni thickness. visiting scholar at University of California at Berkeley.

  17. Les minéralisations Cu_(Ni_Bi_U_Au_Ag) d'Ifri (district du Haut Seksaoua, Maroc) : apport de l'étude texturale au débat syngenèse versus épigenèseThe Cu_(Ni_Bi_U_Au_Ag) mineralization of Ifri ('Haut Seksaoua' district, Morocco): contribution of a textural study to the discussion syngenetic versus epigenetic

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    Barbanson, Luc; Chauvet, Alain; Gaouzi, Aziz; Badra, Lakhifi; Mechiche, Mohamed; Touray, Jean Claude; Oukarou, Saı̈d

    2003-11-01

    The Cu ore of Ifri is a chalcopyrite stockwork hosted by Cambrian formations and was until now interpreted as a syngenetic massive sulphide deposit. Textural studies highlight two generations of pyrite early (Py I) and late (Py II) with respect to the regional deformation. The chalcopyrite stockwork overprinted Py II, outlining the epigenetic nature of the Cu mineralization. Regarding the origin of Cu-depositing fluids, the presence in the stockwork paragenesis of an U, W, Sn association and preliminary Pb/Pb dating of a brannerite belonging to this association suggest a contribution of the Tichka granite. To cite this article: L. Barbanson et al., C. R. Geoscience 335 (2003).

  18. Supercoducting property of Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys

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    Okai, D.; Motoyama, G.; Kimura, H.; Inoue, A.

    The superconducting property of Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX alloys prepared by arc melting and liquid quenching methods was investigated by magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystalline alloys with X = 0∼25 at.% prepared by arc melting method exhibited superconductivity with maximum Tc,on of 10.1 K. The alloys (X = 10∼23 at.%) with crystalline particles embedded in an amorphous structure, which were fabricated by melt spinning method, showed superconductivity with Tc,on of less than 4.0 K. The superconducting property of the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys was attributed to superconducting phases of Zr2Cu, Zr2Ni, Zr65Al10Nb25 and Zr-Nb contained in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys. The melt-spun Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX (X = 10∼20 at.%) alloys exhibited glass transition at 718∼743 K and were found to be superconducting metallic glasses.

  19. Electrical and electrochemical migration characteristics of Ag/Cu nanopaste patterns.

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    Koh, Minkwan; Kim, Kwang-Seok; Park, Bum-Geun; Jung, Kwang-Ho; Lee, Caroline S; Choa, Yong-Ho; Jeong, Myung Yung; Jung, Seung-Boo

    2014-12-01

    Since direct printing technology has developed intensively, low-cost fabrication and reliability have become critical challenges for mass production of printed electronic devices. The silver/copper (Ag/Cu) nanopaste was manufactured by Ag nanopaste mixed with different proportions of Cu nanoparticles ranging from 0 to 5 vol.% in order to investigate the influences of Cu content on the electrical properties and electrochemical migration (ECM) characteristics. The patterns were constructed on a glass wafer via screen printing with the Ag/Cu nanopaste. They were then annealed through debinding for 30 min in air followed by sintering for 30 min in a hydrogen atmosphere at various temperatures (150, 200, 250, and 300 degrees C). The electrical resistivity of printed patterns that were sintered at 150 degrees C grew with increases in the percentage of Cu content in the Ag/Cu nanopaste, while printed patterns that were sintered at 300 degrees C show similar electrical resistivity values of around 2-3 ?? cm regardless of Cu content. The ECM characteristics of the printed patterns were evaluated by performing a water drop test. The printed patterns that were sintered at higher temperatures showed longer ECM times. At 300 degrees C, the ECM time was considerably lengthened when the Cu content was over 2 vol.%, and the 5 vol.% Cu pattern showed the longest ECM time of 305 s, which was around 1.65 times that of the Ag pattern. PMID:25970981

  20. Transient liquid-phase bonding in the NiAl/Cu/Ni system -- A microstructural investigation

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    Gale, W.F.; Guan, Y.

    1996-11-01

    A transmission electron microscopy based investigation of microstructural development in NiAl-Ni transient liquid bonding, using commercial purity copper interlayers, is presented in this article. The article considers the mechanisms of isothermal solidification in NiAl/Cu/Ni joints and the influence of copper diffusion from the joint centerline on the microstructures of the adjacent NiAl and Ni substrates. Changes in the microstructure of the bond centerline due to entry of aluminum (from the NiAl substrate) and Ni (from both the NiAl and the Ni substrates) are discussed. Transfer of aluminum from the NiAl substrate to the Ni substrate is also examined. The precipitation of both L1{sub 2} type {gamma}{prime} and B2 type {beta} phases at the joint centerline is investigated. Precipitation of {gamma}{prime} within both the NiAl and Ni substrates is considered. The formation of Al type {gamma} phases in the NiAl substrate is also examined.

  1. Effects of the crystallographic orientation of Sn on the electromigration of Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu/Cu ball joints

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    Lee, Kiju; Kim, Keun-Soo; Tsukada, Yutaka; Suganuma, Katsuaki; Yamanaka, Kimihiro; Kuritani, Soichi; Ueshima, Minoru

    2011-11-17

    Electromigration behavior and fast circuit failure with respect to crystallographic orientation of Sn grains were examined. The test vehicle was Cu/Sn-3.0 wt% Ag-0.5 wt% Cu/Cu ball joints, and the applied current density was 15 kA/cm2 at 160 °C. The experimental results indicate that most of the solder bumps show different microstructural changes with respect to the crystallographic orientation of Sn grains. Fast failure of the bump occurred due to the dissolution of the Cu circuit on the cathode side caused by the fast interstitial diffusion of Cu atoms along the c-axis of the Sn grains when the c-axis was parallel to the electron flow. Slight microstructural changes were observed when the c-axis was perpendicular to the electron flow. In addition, Cu6Sn5 intermetallic compound (IMC) was formed along the direction of the c-axis of the Sn grains instead of the direction of electron flow in all solder ball joints.

  2. Integrated logic gate for fluorescence turn-on detection of histidine and cysteine based on Ag/Au bimetallic nanoclusters-Cu²⁺ ensemble.

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    Sun, Jian; Yang, Fan; Zhao, Dan; Chen, Chuanxia; Yang, Xiurong

    2015-04-01

    By means of employing 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA) as a reducing agent and protecting ligand, we present straightforward one-pot preparation of fluorescent Ag/Au bimetallic nanoclusters (namely AgAuNCs@11-MUA) from AgNO3 and HAuCl4 in alkaline aqueous solution at room temperature. It is found that the fluorescence of AgAuNCs@11-MUA has been selectively quenched by Cu(2+) ions, and the nonfluorescence off-state of the as-prepared AgAuNCs@11-MUA-Cu(2+) ensemble can be effectively switched on upon the addition of histidine and cysteine. By incorporating Ni(2+) ions and N-ethylmaleimide, this phenomenon is further exploited as an integrated logic gate and a specific fluorescence turn-on assay for selectively and sensitively sensing histidine and cysteine has been designed and established based on the original noncovalent AgAuNCs@11-MUA-Cu(2+) ensemble. Under the optimal conditions, histidine and cysteine can be detected in the concentration ranges of 0.25-9 and 0.25-7 μM; besides, the detection limits are found to be 87 and 111 nM (S/N = 3), respectively. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the proposed AgAuNCs@11-MUA-based fluorescent assay can be successfully utilized for biological fluids sample analysis. PMID:25761537

  3. Cu-Ag core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced oxidation stability for printed electronics

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    Lee, Changsoo; Kim, Na Rae; Koo, Jahyun; Jong Lee, Yung; Lee, Hyuck Mo

    2015-11-01

    In this work, we synthesized uniform Cu-Ag core-shell nanoparticles using a facile two-step process that consists of thermal decomposition and galvanic displacement methods. The core-shell structure of these nanoparticles was confirmed through characterization using transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Furthermore, we investigated the oxidation stability of the Cu-Ag core-shell nanoparticles in detail. Both qualitative and quantitative x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses confirm that the Cu-Ag core-shell nanoparticles have considerably higher oxidation stability than Cu nanoparticles. Finally, we formulated a conductive ink using the synthesized nanoparticles and coated it onto glass substrates. Following the sintering process, we compared the resistivity of the Cu-Ag core-shell nanoparticles with that of the Cu nanoparticles. The results of this study clearly show that the Cu-Ag core-shell nanoparticles can potentially be used as an alternative to Ag nanoparticles because of their superior oxidation stability and electrical properties.

  4. Sulfur isotope and trace element systematics of zoned pyrite crystals from the El Indio Au-Cu-Ag deposit, Chile

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    Tanner, Dominique; Henley, Richard W.; Mavrogenes, John A.; Holden, Peter

    2016-04-01

    We present a comparative study between early, massive pyrite preceding (Cu-Ag) sulfosalt mineralization in high-temperature feeder zones (`early pyrite') and late pyrite that formed during silicic alteration associated with Au deposition (`late pyrite') at the El Indio high-sulfidation Au-Ag-Cu deposit, Chile. We use coupled in situ sulfur isotope and trace element analyses to chronologically assess geochemical variations across growth zones in these pyrite crystals. Early pyrite that formed in high-temperature feeder zones shows intricate oscillatory zonation of Cu, with individual laminae containing up to 1.15 wt% Cu and trace Co, As, Bi, Ni, Zn, Se, Ag, Sb, Te, Au, Pb and Bi. Late pyrite formed after (Cu-Ag) sulfosalt mineralization. It contains up to 1.14 wt% As with trace Cu, Zn, Pb, V, Mn, Co, Ni, Ge, Se, Ag, Sb, Te, Pb and Bi, as well as colloform Cu-rich growth bands containing vugs toward the outer edges of some crystals. Plotting the trace element data in chronological order (i.e., from core to rim) revealed that Co and Ni were the only elements to consistently co-vary across growth zones. Other trace elements were coupled in specific growth zones, but did not consistently co-vary across any individual crystal. The δ34S of early pyrite crystals in high-temperature feeder zones range from -3.19 to 1.88 ‰ (±0.5 ‰), consistent with sublimation directly from a high-temperature magmatic vapor phase. Late pyrite crystals are distinctly more enriched in δ34S than early pyrite (δ34S = 0.05-4.77 ‰, ±0.5 ‰), as a consequence of deposition from a liquid phase at lower temperatures. It is unclear whether the late pyrite was deposited from a small volume of liquid condensate, or a larger volume of hydrothermal fluid. Both types of pyrite exhibit intracrystalline δ34S variation, with a range of up to 3.31 ‰ recorded in an early pyrite crystal and up to 4.48 ‰ in a late pyrite crystal. Variations in δ34Spyrite at El Indio did not correspond with changes in trace element geochemistry. The lack of correlation between trace elements and δ34S, as well as the abundance of microscale mineral inclusions and vugs in El Indio pyrite indicate that the trace element content of pyrite at El Indio is largely controlled by nanoscale, syn-depositional mineral inclusions. Co and Ni were the only elements partitioned within the crystal structure of pyrite. Cu-rich oscillatory zones in early pyrite likely formed by nanoscale inclusions of Cu-rich sulfosalts or chalcopyrite, evidence of deposition from a fluid cyclically saturated in ore metals. This process may be restricted to polymetallic high-sulfidation-like deposits.

  5. Sol-gel auto-combustion synthesis of totally immiscible NiAg alloy

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    Jiang, Yuwen; Yang, Shaoguang; Hua, Zhenghe; Gong, Jiangfeng; Zhao, Xiaoning

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemically synthesized immiscible NiAg alloy nanoparticles without protecting matrix. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A chemical method providing both a nonequilibrium thermal process and a good mixing of precursors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Observation of extinction planes in NiAg alloy. -- Abstract: Immiscible crystalline NiAg alloy was successfully synthesized by the newly developed sol-gel auto-combustion method. The structure and composition were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). All evidence supports that homogeneous NiAg alloy with FCC structure was synthesized. The differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry (DTA-TG) measurement shows that the alloy has a good thermal stability until 315 Degree-Sign C. Unusually some extinction planes are observed in the XRD pattern and HRTEM images. The random distribution of atoms and the large difference between Ni and Ag atom form factors should be regarded as the main reasons for the observation of the extinction planes. The quenching like nonequilibrium thermal process in the combustion is taken as the key factor in the synthesis of immiscible alloy. And the addition of ethylene glycol in the precursors is found to benefit the formation of NiAg alloy.

  6. Characterization of Cu3P phase in Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu0.5P/Cu solder joints

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    Chen, Jian-xun; Zhao, Xing-ke; Zou, Xu-chen; Huang, Ji-hua; Hu, Hai-chun; Luo, Hai-lian

    2014-01-01

    This article reports the effects of phosphorus addition on the melting behavior, microstructure, and mechanical properties of Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder. The melting behavior of the solder alloys was determined by differential scanning calorimetry. The interfacial microstructure and phase composition of solder/Cu joints were studied by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometry. Thermodynamics of Cu-P phase formation at the interface between Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu0.5P solder and the Cu substrate was characterized. The results indicate that P addition into Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder can change the microstructure and cause the appearance of rod-like Cu3P phase which is distributed randomly in the solder bulk. The Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu0.5P joint shows a mixture of ductile and brittle fracture after shear testing. Meanwhile, the solidus temperature of Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder is slightly enhanced with P addition.

  7. Prediction of Phase Formation in Nanoscale Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Alloy

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    Wu, Min; Lv, Bailin

    2016-01-01

    In a dynamic nonequilibrium process, the effective heat of formation allows the heat of formation to be calculated as a function of concentrations of the reacting atoms. In this work, we used the effective heat of formation rule to predict the formation and size of compound phases in a nanoscale Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solder. We calculated the formation enthalpy and effective formation enthalpy of compounds in the Sn-Ag, Sn-Cu, and Ag-Cu systems by using the Miedema model and effective heat of formation. Our results show that, considering the surface effect of the nanoparticle, the effective heat of formation rule successfully predicts the phase formation and sizes of Ag3Sn and Cu6Sn5 compounds, which agrees well with experimental data.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on ternary NiO/CuO/polyaniline nanocomposite.

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    Ghanbari, Kh; Babaei, Z

    2016-04-01

    Novel nickel and copper oxide nanoparticle modified polyaniline (PANI) nanofibers (NiO/CuO/PANI) were fabricated and used as a non-enzymatic sensor for detecting glucose. PANI nanofibers were prepared through electrodeposition, whereas nickel and copper oxide nanoparticles were deposited on PANI nanofibers by electrodeposition and electrochemical oxidation in situ. The morphology and structure of NiO/CuO/PANI nanocomposites were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR). The as-prepared NiO/CuO/PANI electrode was employed for non-enzymatic glucose detection in alkaline electrolyte and showed better electrocatalytic activity compared with the PANI, CuO/PANI, and NiO/PANI electrodes. Consequently, an amperometric electrode of glucose was achieved under 0.6 V versus Ag/AgCl with a wide linear range from 20 to 2500 μM (R(2) = 0.9978) and a low detection limit of 2.0 μM (signal/noise [S/N] = 3). This electrode can effectively analyze glucose concentration in human serum samples, avoiding interference, and is a promising non-enzymatic glucose sensor due to its low overpotential, high sensitivity, good selectivity and stability, fast response, and low cost. PMID:26778527

  9. Micromagnetic behavior of electrodeposited Ni/Cu multilayer nanowires

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    Chen, M.; Searson, P. C.; Chien, C. L.

    2003-05-01

    Ni/Cu multilayer nanowires have been fabricated by electrodeposition into 6 μm thick nanoporous polycarbonate templates with pore sizes from 30 to 100 nm. The aspect ratio of the magnetic segments was varied from 0.02 (disk shaped) to 50 (rod shaped) with 10-250 Ni/Cu bilayers. The M-H curves show that the magnetic response can be classified in terms of three micromagnetic states depending on the diameter and aspect ratio of the nickel segments. Further, we show that the magnetic behavior is dependent on the thickness of the nonmagnetic layer due to the dipolar interactions between the ferromagnetic segments.

  10. Cu-Ni nanoparticle-decorated graphene based photodetector.

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    Kumar, Anil; Husale, Sudhir; Srivastava, A K; Dutta, P K; Dhar, Ajay

    2014-07-21

    We report a simple and straight forward approach for the synthesis of Cu-Ni graphene hybrid nano-composites. These nano-composites have been characterized using AFM, XRD, FTIR spectroscopy and HRTEM. The characterization data clearly shows uniform decoration of Cu-Ni nanoparticles on graphene layers. A thin film of these nano-composites was found to exhibit unique electrical and photoresponse properties, which may be attributed to photothermoelectric and photovoltaic effects. The photocurrent measurements indicate superior light absorption and long lifetime of this device. PMID:24926960

  11. High-performance NiO/Ag/NiO transparent electrodes for flexible organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Xue, Zhichao; Liu, Xingyuan; Zhang, Nan; Chen, Hong; Zheng, Xuanming; Wang, Haiyu; Guo, Xiaoyang

    2014-09-24

    Transparent electrodes with a dielectric-metal-dielectric (DMD) structure can be implemented in a simple manufacturing process and have good optical and electrical properties. In this study, nickel oxide (NiO) is introduced into the DMD structure as a more appropriate dielectric material that has a high conduction band for electron blocking and a low valence band for efficient hole transport. The indium-free NiO/Ag/NiO (NAN) transparent electrode exhibits an adjustable high transmittance of ∼82% combined with a low sheet resistance of ∼7.6 Ω·s·q(-1) and a work function of 5.3 eV after UVO treatment. The NAN electrode shows excellent surface morphology and good thermal, humidity, and environmental stabilities. Only a small change in sheet resistance can be found after NAN electrode is preserved in air for 1 year. The power conversion efficiencies of organic photovoltaic cells with NAN electrodes deposited on glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates are 6.07 and 5.55%, respectively, which are competitive with those of indium tin oxide (ITO)-based devices. Good photoelectric properties, the low-cost material, and the room-temperature deposition process imply that NAN electrode is a striking candidate for low-cost and flexible transparent electrode for efficient flexible optoelectronic devices. PMID:25148532

  12. A highly sensitive non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on bimetallic Cu-Ag superstructures.

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    Li, Hua; Guo, Chun-Yan; Xu, Cai-Ling

    2015-01-15

    Bimetallic Cu-Ag superstructures were successfully fabricated for the first time by using the natural leaves as reducing agent through a facile one-step hydrothermal process. Morphology, structure and composition of the Cu-Ag superstructures were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), respectively. The results reveal that the Cu-Ag superstructure is bimetallic nanocomposite constructed by nanoparticles with low Ag content and shows a rough surface and porous flexural algae-like microstructure. By using a three-dimensional nickel foam as the scaffold, a novel non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on Cu-Ag nanocomposites has been fabricated and applied to non-enzymatic glucose detection. The as-prepared Cu-Ag nanocomposites based glucose sensor displays distinctly enhanced electrocatalytic activity compared to those obtained with pure Cu nanomaterials prepared with a similar procedure, revealing a synergistic effect of the matrix Cu and the doped Ag. Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicate that the Cu-Ag superstructures based glucose sensor displays a fascinating sensitivity up to 7745.7 μA mM(-1) cm(-2), outstanding detection limit of 0.08 μM and fast amperometric response (<2 s) for glucose detection. Furthermore, the sensor also exhibits significant selectivity, excellent stability and reproducibility, as well as attractive feasibility for real sample analysis. Because of its excellent electrochemical performance, low cost and easy preparation, this novel electrode material is a promising candidate in the development of non-enzymatic glucose sensor. PMID:25113052

  13. Local structure of disordered Au-Cu and Au-Ag alloys

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    Frenkel, A. I.; Machavariani, V. Sh.; Rubshtein, A.; Rosenberg, Yu.; Voronel, A.; Stern, E. A.

    2000-10-01

    X-ray-absorption fine structure (XAFS) and x-ray-diffraction (XRD) measurements of disordered alloys AuxCu1-x and Au0.5Ag0.5 prepared by melt spinning were performed. In the Au0.5Ag0.5 alloy, no significant local deviations of the atoms from the average fcc lattice were detected while in AuxCu1-x alloys, significant deviations of atoms from the average fcc lattice were found. Mean-square vibrations of the Cu-Cu distances revealed by the XAFS in AuxCu1-x alloys indicate the weakening of contact between Cu atoms in the dilute limit. Our computer simulation for AuxCu1-x clusters of 105 atoms reproduces the main features of both the XAFS and XRD data.

  14. Structural and permeation kinetic correlations in PdCuAg membranes.

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    Zhao, Lingfang; Goldbach, Andreas; Bao, Chun; Xu, Hengyong

    2014-12-24

    Addition of Ag is a promising way to enhance the H2 permeability of sulfur-tolerant PdCu membranes for cleanup of coal-derived hydrogen. We investigated a series of PdCuAg membranes with at least 70 atom % Pd to elucidate the interdependence between alloy structure and H2 permeability. Membranes were prepared via sequential electroless plating of Pd, Ag, and Cu onto ceramic microfiltration membranes and subsequent alloying at elevated temperatures. Alloy formation was complicated by a wide miscibility gap in the PdCuAg phase diagram at the practically feasible operation temperatures. X-ray diffraction showed that the lattice constants of the fully alloyed ternary alloys obey Vegard's law closely. In general, H2 permeation rates increased with increasing Ag and decreasing Cu content of the membranes in the investigated temperature range. Detailed examination of the permeation kinetics revealed compensation between activation energy and pre-exponential factor of the corresponding H2 permeation laws. The origin of this effect is discussed. Further analysis showed that the activation energy for H2 permeation decreases overall with increasing lattice constant of the ternary alloy. The combination of these correlations results in a structure-function relationship that will facilitate rational design of PdCuAg membranes. PMID:25496043

  15. Formation of high reflective Ni/Ag/Ti/Au contact on p-GaN

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    Jiang, Fang; Cai, Li-E.; Zhang, Jiang-Yong; Zhang, Bao-Ping

    2010-07-01

    A metallization scheme of Ni/Ag/Ti/Au has been developed for obtaining high reflective contacts on p-type GaN. In order to find optimal conditions to get a high reflectivity, we studied samples with various Ni thicknesses, annealing temperatures and annealing times. By annealing at 500 °C for 5 min in an O 2 ambient, a reflectivity as high as 94% was obtained from Ni/Ag/Ti/Au (1/120/120/50 nm). The effects of Ti layers on the suppression of Ag agglomeration were investigated by using Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). From AES depth profiles, it is clear that Ti acts as a diffusion barrier to prevent Au atoms from diffusing into the Ag layer, which is important in the formation of high reflectivity.

  16. Effect of Synthesis Techniques on Crystallization and Optical Properties of Ag-Cu Bimetallic Nanoparticles

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    Xiong, Ziye; Qin, Fen; Huang, Po-Shun; Nettleship, Ian; Lee, Jung-Kun

    2016-01-01

    Silver (Ag)-copper (Cu) bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the reduction of silver nitrate and copper (II) acetate monohydrate using ethylene glycol in a microwave (MW) heating system with controlled reaction times ranging from 5 min to 30 min. The molar ratio Ag/Cu was varied from 1:1 to 1:3. The effect of reaction conditions on the bimetallic NPs structures and compositions were characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The average particle size was approximately 150 nm. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag-Cu bimetallic NPs was investigated by monitoring the SPR band peak behavior via UV/Vis spectrophotometry. The resonance peak positions and peak widths varied due to the different structures of the bimetallic NPs created under the synthesis conditions. In the MW heating method, the reduction of Cu was increased and Cu was inhomogeneously deposited over the Ag cores. As the composition of Cu becoming higher in the Ag-Cu bimetallic NPs, the absorption between 400 nm to 600 nm was greatly enhanced.

  17. Effect of Synthesis Techniques on Crystallization and Optical Properties of Ag-Cu Bimetallic Nanoparticles

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    Xiong, Ziye; Qin, Fen; Huang, Po-Shun; Nettleship, Ian; Lee, Jung-Kun

    2016-04-01

    Silver (Ag)-copper (Cu) bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the reduction of silver nitrate and copper (II) acetate monohydrate using ethylene glycol in a microwave (MW) heating system with controlled reaction times ranging from 5 min to 30 min. The molar ratio Ag/Cu was varied from 1:1 to 1:3. The effect of reaction conditions on the bimetallic NPs structures and compositions were characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The average particle size was approximately 150 nm. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag-Cu bimetallic NPs was investigated by monitoring the SPR band peak behavior via UV/Vis spectrophotometry. The resonance peak positions and peak widths varied due to the different structures of the bimetallic NPs created under the synthesis conditions. In the MW heating method, the reduction of Cu was increased and Cu was inhomogeneously deposited over the Ag cores. As the composition of Cu becoming higher in the Ag-Cu bimetallic NPs, the absorption between 400 nm to 600 nm was greatly enhanced.

  18. Synthesis and anti-bacterial activity of Cu, Ag and Cu-Ag alloy nanoparticles: A green approach

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    Valodkar, Mayur; Modi, Shefaly; Pal, Angshuman; Thakore, Sonal

    2011-03-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Synthesis of novel nanosized copper-silver alloys of different compositions. {yields} Completely green approach for synthesis of water soluble bimetallic nanoparticle. {yields} Interesting anti-bacterial activity of as synthesized metal and alloy nanoparticle. -- Abstract: Metallic and bimetallic nanoparticles of copper and silver in various proportions were prepared by microwave assisted chemical reduction in aqueous medium using the biopolymer, starch as a stabilizing agent. Ascorbic acid was used as the reducing agent. The silver and copper nanoparticles exhibited surface plasmon absorption resonance maxima (SPR) at 416 and 584 nm, respectively; while SPR for the Cu-Ag alloys appeared in between depending on the alloy composition. The SPR maxima for bimetallic nanoparticles changes linearly with increasing copper content in the alloy. Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) showed monodispersed particles in the range of 20 {+-} 5 nm size. Both silver and copper nanoparticles exhibited emission band at 485 and 645 nm, respectively. The starch-stabilized nanoparticles exhibited interesting antibacterial activity with both gram positive and gram negative bacteria at micromolar concentrations.

  19. Fabrication of Cu-Ag core-shell bimetallic superfine powders by eco-friendly reagents and structures characterization

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    Zhao, Jun; Zhang, Dongming; Zhao, Jie

    2011-09-01

    Superfine bimetallic Cu-Ag core-shell powders were synthesized by reduction of copper sulfate pentahydrate and silver nitrate with eco-friendly ascorbic acid as a reducing agent and cyclodextrins as a protective agent in an aqueous system. The influence of Ag/Cu ratio on coatings was investigated. Ag was homogeneously distributed on the surface of Cu particles at a mole ratio of Ag/Cu=1. FE-SEM showed an uniformity of Ag coatings on Cu particles. Antioxidation of Cu particles was improved by increasing Ag/Cu ratio. TEM-EDX and UV-vis spectra also revealed that Cu cores were covered by Ag nanoshells on the whole. The surface composition analysis by XPS indicated that only small parts of Cu atoms in the surface were oxidized. It was noted that the hindrance of cyclodextrins chemisorbed on particles plays an important role in forming high quality and good dispersity Cu-Ag (Cu@Ag) core-shell powders.

  20. Controllable synthesis of Cu-Ni core-shell nanoparticles and nanowires with tunable magnetic properties.

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    Guo, Huizhang; Jin, Jiarui; Chen, Yuanzhi; Liu, Xiang; Zeng, Deqian; Wang, Laisen; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2016-05-25

    Cu seeds were used to direct the epitaxial growth of Ni shell to form Cu-Ni core-shell cubes, tetrahexahedrons and nanowires. The controllable epitaxial growth of Ni shells on Cu cores provided selectively exposed surfaces and morphologies as well as tunable magnetic properties. PMID:27147395

  1. Atmospheric Corrosion of Ag and Cu with Ozone, UV and NaCl

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    Lin, Huang

    Ag and Cu are both used for electronics and are susceptible to atmospheric corrosion. They are also good corrosivity monitors used to evaluate aggressiveness of the environment. Unfortunately, laboratory exposure testing does not always represent field environments very well. Discrepancies between lab and field exposure tests are not uncommon. For example, Ag does not corrode in salt spray exposure during ASTM B117 test, while it corrodes everywhere outdoor. This suggests that new laboratory exposure test for Ag needs to be designed and studied. A full factorial experiment was carried out with three factors: ozone, UV intensity and relative humidity (RH). NaCl was loaded by fast evaporation of NaCl/ethanol solution before exposure. After exposure, corrosion products were identified by XRD and quantified by galvanostatic reduction technique. For lab exposure samples, AgCl was identified as the only corrosion product in high RH (87%) environments, while Ag2O and AgO formed as well during exposures at low RH. This result derived a qualitative prediction on corrosion behavior of Ag in field. It predicts that less stable silver compounds such as oxide and sulfate are possible corrosion products in field even silver chloride is the dominant corrosion product forming in field. This prediction was confirmed by analysis of field exposed Ag samples. By quantification of corrosion products, it is determined that UV has two contravening effects on atmospheric corrosion of Ag: photolysis of ozone to generate stronger oxidizing species such as atomic O and photodecomposition of Ag corrosion products by UV radiation. Following its success in Ag corrosion research, the environment of UV, ozone and NaCl was extended to study Cu corrosion. It is determined that UV alone can double Cu corrosion rate by generation of electron-hole pairs in n-type cuprous oxide. It is also found that ozone alone is not as aggressive on Ag as on Cu because protection of naturally formed cuprous oxide. With the addition of NaCl, corrosion rate of Cu increases dramatically because of the breakdown of the naturally formed cuprous oxide by NaCl. To mimic corrosion behavior of metals in real field, a new environment chamber that generated constant deposition of NaCl was invented. With this novel environment chamber, the kinetics of Cu corrosion with constant deposition of NaCl in synthetic air with high and low CO2 and UV was studied. Cu2O and Cu2(OH)3Cl were both dominant corrosion products after exposure. 0.1 M Na2CO3 instead of 0.1M KCl was used as supporting electrolyte for reduction of Cu2O and Cu2(OH)3Cl, because it can clearly differentiate reduction of Cu2O and Cu2(OH)3Cl. With quantification of Cu2O and Cu2(OH)3Cl respectively, it is found UV has strong effect on formation of Cu2O but little on Cu2(OH)3Cl. It is also determined that localized corrosion of Cu dominates at the beginning of Cu corrosion and then uniform corrosion takes over.

  2. Cu-Ni nanoparticle-decorated graphene based photodetector

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    Kumar, Anil; Husale, Sudhir; Srivastava, A. K.; Dutta, P. K.; Dhar, Ajay

    2014-06-01

    We report a simple and straight forward approach for the synthesis of Cu-Ni graphene hybrid nano-composites. These nano-composites have been characterized using AFM, XRD, FTIR spectroscopy and HRTEM. The characterization data clearly shows uniform decoration of Cu-Ni nanoparticles on graphene layers. A thin film of these nano-composites was found to exhibit unique electrical and photoresponse properties, which may be attributed to photothermoelectric and photovoltaic effects. The photocurrent measurements indicate superior light absorption and long lifetime of this device.We report a simple and straight forward approach for the synthesis of Cu-Ni graphene hybrid nano-composites. These nano-composites have been characterized using AFM, XRD, FTIR spectroscopy and HRTEM. The characterization data clearly shows uniform decoration of Cu-Ni nanoparticles on graphene layers. A thin film of these nano-composites was found to exhibit unique electrical and photoresponse properties, which may be attributed to photothermoelectric and photovoltaic effects. The photocurrent measurements indicate superior light absorption and long lifetime of this device. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr00916a

  3. Investigation on the Microstructure, Interfacial IMC Layer, and Mechanical Properties of Cu/Sn-0.7Cu-xNi/Cu Solder Joints

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    Yang, Li; Ge, Jinguo; Zhang, Yaocheng; Dai, Jun; Liu, Haixiang; Xiang, Jicen

    2016-04-01

    Sn-0.7Cu-xNi composite solder has been fabricated via mechanical mixing of different weight percentages of Ni particles with Sn-0.7Cu solder paste, and the effect of the Ni concentration on the microstructure, wettability, and tensile properties of Cu/Sn-0.7Cu-xNi/Cu solder joints investigated. The results show that refined dot-shaped particles of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) are uniformly dispersed in a primary β-Sn matrix in the Cu/Sn-0.7Cu-(0.05-0.1)Ni/Cu solder joints. The interfacial IMC layer thickness increased slightly when adding Ni content to 0.05 wt.%, then rapidly when further increasing the Ni concentration to 0.4 wt.%. Excellent wettability with bright appearance was obtained for the Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Ni solder due to diminished interfacial tension. The tensile properties improved after adding Ni content to 0.05 wt.% due to the presence of the refined dot-like IMC particles, in agreement with theoretical predictions based on the combination of dispersion and grain-refinement strengthening mechanisms. Refined microstructure and enhanced mechanical properties were obtained for the Cu/Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Ni/Cu solder joint.

  4. Energetics of the formation of CuAg coreshell nanoparticles

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    Chandross, Michael

    2014-10-06

    Our work presents molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations aimed at developing an understanding of the formation of coreshell CuAg nanoparticles. The effects of surface and interfacial energies were considered and used to form a phenomenological model that calculates the energy gained upon the formation of a coreshell structure from two previously distinct, non-interacting nanoparticles. In most cases, the coreshell structure was found to be energetically favored. Specifically, the difference in energy as a function of the radii of the individual Cu and Ag particles was examined, with the assumption that a coreshell structure forms. In general, it was foundmorethat the energetic gain from forming such a structure increased with increasing size of the initial Ag particle. This result was interpreted as a result of the reduction in surface energy. Moreover, for two separate particles, both Cu and Ag contribute to the surface energy; however, for a coreshell structure, the only contribution to the surface energy is from the Ag shell and the Cu contribution is changed to a CuAg interfacial energy, which is always smaller.less

  5. Growth and characterization of graphene on CuNi substrates

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    Tyagi, Parul

    Graphene is a single layer of sp2 bonded carbon atoms that crystallizes in the honeycomb structure. Because of its true two-dimensional structure, it has very unique electrical properties, including a very high carrier mobility that is symmetric for holes and electrons. To realize these unique properties, it is important to develop a method for growing graphene films with uniform thickness and low defect density. One of the most popular methods of growth is by chemical vapor deposition on Cu substrates, because it is self-limited. However many applications require the growth of graphene films that are more than one atomic layer thick. In this research project, the growth of graphene on CuNi substrates has been studied. The presence of Ni in the alloy results in an increase in the catalytic activity of the surface. This results in lower deposition pressures than for pure Cu and also increases the carbon solubility, which allows the growth of films that are more than one atomic layer thick. Two types of substrates were used for the growth of the graphene films: CuNi foils with an alloy composition of 90:10 and 70:30 Cu-Ni by weight and a CuNi(111) single crystal with a composition of 90:10 by weight. For the 70:30 substrates, it was very difficult to control the graphene thickness. On the other hand, the controlled growth of graphene films that were more than one layer thick was achieved on the 90:10 substrates. The growth morphology and the crystal structure of graphene grown on the CuNi(111) surface was determined by performing these studies in an ultra-high vacuum chamber to achieve very high purity conditions. The low energy electron diffraction analysis of the graphene films showed that the graphene films always nucleated in more than one rotational orientation with respect to the substrate. The growth was achieved at temperatures as low as 500 °C, which is much lower in temperature than for Cu substrates. Scanning electron microscopy analysis of the graphene overlayer grown at 900 °C showed that the formation of graphene proceeds by a layer plus island (Stranski-Krastanov) growth mode.

  6. Cathodic peeling damage of Cu6Sn5 phase in Cu/SnAg3.0Cu0.5/Cu bridge interconnections under current stressing

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    Zhang, Z. H.; Cao, H. J.; Li, M. Y.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Z. Q.

    2014-08-01

    The cathodic interfacial damage behavior that has been attributed to electromigration is serious but has often been confused with thermomigration damage in solder interconnections. In this paper, after the effects of the non-uniform temperature distribution of Cu/SnAg3.0Cu0.5/Cu bridge joints are decoupled from the effects of the current stress, the microstructural evolution of the cathodic Cu6Sn5 phase is investigated under an average current density of 7.12 × 107 A.m-2 for 0-350 h. The results show that the interfacial Cu6Sn5 peels rather than dissolving completely at the cathode, because of both adhesion degradation at the Cu6Sn5/Cu interface and sustained cathodic stresses. This unrecorded peeling behavior will contribute to the rapid formation of interfacial voids and will thus dramatically increase the risk of interfacial failure. Fortunately, by restricting the intergranular diffusion and enhancing the bond strengths between adjacent Cu6Sn5 grains, an aging pre-treatment of the solder joints is found to be an effective way to slow down the Cu6Sn5 peeling process and achieve robust solder interconnections.

  7. Ni doping on Cu surfaces: Reduced copper resistivity

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    Zheng, P. Y.; Deng, R. P.; Gall, D.

    2014-09-29

    The resistivity of 9.3-nm-thick epitaxial and polycrystalline Cu is reduced by 11%–13% when coated with 0.75 nm Ni. Sequential in situ and ex situ transport measurements show that this is due to electron surface scattering which exhibits a specularity p = 0.7 for the Cu-vacuum interface that transitions to completely diffuse (p = 0) when exposed to air. In contrast, Ni-coated surfaces exhibit partial specularity with p = 0.3 in vacuum and p = 0.15 in air, as Cu{sub 2}O formation is suppressed, leading to a smaller surface potential perturbation and a lower density of localized surface states, yielding less diffuse electron scattering.

  8. Kinetic trapping through coalescence and the formation of patterned Ag-Cu nanoparticles

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    Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Kioseoglou, Joseph; Galea, Antony; Vernieres, Jerome; Benelmekki, Maria; Diaz, Rosa E.; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2016-05-01

    In recent years, due to its inherent flexibility, magnetron-sputtering has been widely used to synthesise bi-metallic nanoparticles (NPs) via subsequent inert-gas cooling and gas-phase condensation of the sputtered atomic vapour. Utilising two separate sputter targets allows for good control over composition. Simultaneously, it involves fast kinetics and non-equilibrium processes, which can trap the nascent NPs into metastable configurations. In this study, we observed such configurations in immiscible, bi-metallic Ag-Cu NPs by scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), and noticed a marked difference in the shape of NPs belonging to Ag- and Cu-rich samples. We explained the formation of Janus or Ag@Cu core/shell metastable structures on the grounds of in-flight mixed NP coalescence. We utilised molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) computer simulations to demonstrate that such configurations cannot occur as a result of nanoalloy segregation. Instead, sintering at relatively low temperatures can give rise to metastable structures, which eventually can be stabilised by subsequent quenching. Furthermore, we compared the heteroepitaxial diffusivities along various surfaces of both Ag and Cu NPs, and emphasised the differences between the sintering mechanisms of Ag- and Cu-rich NP compositions: small Cu NPs deform as coherent objects on large Ag NPs, whereas small Ag NPs dissolve into large Cu NPs, with their atoms diffusing along specific directions. Taking advantage of this observation, we propose controlled NP coalescence as a method to engineer mixed NPs of a unique, patterned core@partial-shell structure, which we refer to as a ``glass-float'' (ukidama) structure.In recent years, due to its inherent flexibility, magnetron-sputtering has been widely used to synthesise bi-metallic nanoparticles (NPs) via subsequent inert-gas cooling and gas-phase condensation of the sputtered atomic vapour. Utilising two separate sputter targets allows for good control over composition. Simultaneously, it involves fast kinetics and non-equilibrium processes, which can trap the nascent NPs into metastable configurations. In this study, we observed such configurations in immiscible, bi-metallic Ag-Cu NPs by scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), and noticed a marked difference in the shape of NPs belonging to Ag- and Cu-rich samples. We explained the formation of Janus or Ag@Cu core/shell metastable structures on the grounds of in-flight mixed NP coalescence. We utilised molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) computer simulations to demonstrate that such configurations cannot occur as a result of nanoalloy segregation. Instead, sintering at relatively low temperatures can give rise to metastable structures, which eventually can be stabilised by subsequent quenching. Furthermore, we compared the heteroepitaxial diffusivities along various surfaces of both Ag and Cu NPs, and emphasised the differences between the sintering mechanisms of Ag- and Cu-rich NP compositions: small Cu NPs deform as coherent objects on large Ag NPs, whereas small Ag NPs dissolve into large Cu NPs, with their atoms diffusing along specific directions. Taking advantage of this observation, we propose controlled NP coalescence as a method to engineer mixed NPs of a unique, patterned core@partial-shell structure, which we refer to as a ``glass-float'' (ukidama) structure. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08256k

  9. Alloy Catalyst in a Reactive Environment: The Example of Ag-Cu Particles for Ethylene Epoxidation

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    Piccinin, Simone; Zafeiratos, Spiros; Stampfl, Catherine; Hansen, Thomas W.; Haevecker, Michael; Teschner, Detre; Girgsdies, Frank; Knop-Gericke, Axel; Schloegl, Robert; Scheffler, Matthias; Bukhtiyarov, Valerii I.

    2010-01-22

    Combining first-principles calculations and in situ photoelectron spectroscopy, we show how the composition and structure of the surface of an alloy catalyst is affected by the temperature and pressure of the reagents. The Ag-Cu alloy, recently proposed as an improved catalyst for ethylene epoxidation, forms a thin Cu-O surface oxide, while a Ag-Cu surface alloy is found not to be stable. Several possible surface structures are identified, among which the catalyst surface is likely to dynamically evolve under reaction conditions.

  10. Ag- and Cu-doped multifunctional bioactive nanostructured TiCaPCON films

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    Shtansky, D. V.; Batenina, I. V.; Kiryukhantsev-Korneev, Ph. V.; Sheveyko, A. N.; Kuptsov, K. A.; Zhitnyak, I. Y.; Anisimova, N. Yu.; Gloushankova, N. A.

    2013-11-01

    A key property of multicomponent bioactive nanostructured Ti(C,N)-based films doped with Ca, P, and O (TiCaPCON) that can be improved further is their antibacterial effect that should be achieved without compromising the implant bioactivity and biocompatibility. The present work is focused on the study of structure, chemical, mechanical, tribological, and biological properties of Ag- and Cu-doped TiCaPCON films. The films with Ag (0.4-4 at.%) and Cu (13 at.%) contents were obtained by simultaneous sputtering of a TiC0.5-Ca3(PO4)2 target and either an Ag or a Cu target. The film structure was studied using X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and Raman-shift and IR spectroscopy. The films were characterized in terms of their hardness, elastic modulus, dynamic impact resistance, friction coefficient and wear rate (both in air and normal saline), surface wettability, electrochemical behavior and Ag or Cu ion release in normal saline. Particular attention was paid to the influence of inorganic bactericides (Ag and Cu ions) on the bactericidal activity against unicellular yeast fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae and gram-positive bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, as well as on the attachment, spreading, actin cytoskeleton organization, focal adhesions, and early stages of osteoblastic cell differentiation. The obtained results show that the Ag-doped films are more suitable for the protection of metallic surfaces against bacterial infection compared with their Cu-doped counterpart. In particular, an excellent combination of mechanical, tribological, and biological properties makes Ag-doped TiCaPCON film with 1.2 at.% of Ag very attractive material for bioengineering and modification of load-bearing metal implant surfaces.

  11. Corrosion Behavior of Pb-Free Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu- XNi Solder Alloys in 3.5% NaCl Solution

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    Mohanty, Udit Surya; Lin, Kwang-Lung

    2013-04-01

    Potentiodynamic polarization techniques were employed in the present study to investigate the corrosion behavior of Pb-free Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu- XNi solder alloys in 3.5% NaCl solution. Polarization studies indicated that an increase in Ni content from 0.05 wt.% to 1 wt.% in the solder alloy shifted the corrosion potential ( E corr) towards more negative values and increased the linear polarization resistance. Increased addition of Ni to 1 wt.% resulted in significant increase in the concentration of both Sn and Ni oxides on the outer surface. Secondary-ion mass spectrometry and Auger depth profile analysis revealed that oxides of tin contributed primarily towards the formation of the passive film on the surface of the solder alloys containing 0.05 wt.% and 1 wt.% Ni. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) established the formation of a Sn whisker near the passive region of the solder alloy obtained from the polarization curves. The formation of Sn whiskers was due to the buildup of compressive stress generated by the increase in the volume of the oxides of Sn and Ni formed on the outer surface. The presence of Cl- was responsible for the breakdown of the passive film, and significant pitting corrosion in the form of distinct pits was noticed in Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu-0.5Ni solder alloy after the polarization experiment.

  12. Kinetic trapping through coalescence and the formation of patterned Ag-Cu nanoparticles.

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    Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Kioseoglou, Joseph; Galea, Antony; Vernieres, Jerome; Benelmekki, Maria; Diaz, Rosa E; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2016-05-14

    In recent years, due to its inherent flexibility, magnetron-sputtering has been widely used to synthesise bi-metallic nanoparticles (NPs) via subsequent inert-gas cooling and gas-phase condensation of the sputtered atomic vapour. Utilising two separate sputter targets allows for good control over composition. Simultaneously, it involves fast kinetics and non-equilibrium processes, which can trap the nascent NPs into metastable configurations. In this study, we observed such configurations in immiscible, bi-metallic Ag-Cu NPs by scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), and noticed a marked difference in the shape of NPs belonging to Ag- and Cu-rich samples. We explained the formation of Janus or Ag@Cu core/shell metastable structures on the grounds of in-flight mixed NP coalescence. We utilised molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) computer simulations to demonstrate that such configurations cannot occur as a result of nanoalloy segregation. Instead, sintering at relatively low temperatures can give rise to metastable structures, which eventually can be stabilised by subsequent quenching. Furthermore, we compared the heteroepitaxial diffusivities along various surfaces of both Ag and Cu NPs, and emphasised the differences between the sintering mechanisms of Ag- and Cu-rich NP compositions: small Cu NPs deform as coherent objects on large Ag NPs, whereas small Ag NPs dissolve into large Cu NPs, with their atoms diffusing along specific directions. Taking advantage of this observation, we propose controlled NP coalescence as a method to engineer mixed NPs of a unique, patterned core@partial-shell structure, which we refer to as a "glass-float" (ukidama) structure. PMID:27119383

  13. Study of Ni-Ag/SiO2 catalysts prepared by reduction in aqueous hydrazine.

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    Wojcieszak, R; Monteverdi, S; Ghanbaja, J; Bettahar, M M

    2008-01-01

    We have studied bimetallic Ni-Ag (Ni + Ag = 1 wt%) catalysts supported on crystallized silica and prepared by aqueous chemical reduction with hydrazine at 353 K. Two protocols of reduction were used. Prepared catalysts were characterized by means of XRD, TEM, STEM, H2 chemisorption and H2-TPD. Their catalytic activity was studied in the gas-phase hydrogenation of benzene. The most important feature of the results obtained is the synergistic effect between Ni and Ag which led to improvement of dispersion and reactivity of nickel in the presence silver for precipitated catalysts. Silver is inactive in the test-reaction. Precipitated bimetallic catalysts give rise to total conversion from 373 K, a temperature at which conversion hardly reaches 30% for the impregnated catalysts. Dispersion and activity pass through a maximum of monotonically decrease with precipitated and impregnated catalysts, respectively. Deactivation was observed for bimetallic catalysts, particularly with precipitated samples. These results could be explained by the mechanism of metal reduction in the hydrazine media. As a result, various Ni-Ag species formed where Ni and Ag phases were separated clusters or interacted as heteroatomic groupings on the carrier surface. These grouping would be responsible of the high performances of the precipitated catalysts. PMID:17927996

  14. BRAZING OF POROUS ALUMINA TO MONOLITHIC ALUMINA WITH Ag-CuO and Ag-V2O5 ALLOYS

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    Lamb, M. C.; Camardello, Sam J.; Meier, Alan; Weil, K. Scott; Hardy, John S.

    2005-01-31

    The feasibility of joining porous alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) bodies to monolithic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} using Ag-CuO and Ag-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} alloys via reactive air brazing (RAB) was examined for a nanoporous filter application. Brazing for these systems is complicated by the conflicting requirements of satisfactory wetting to fill the braze gap, while minimizing the infiltration of the porous body. By varying the firing time, temperature, and initial powder size, porous bodies with a range of pore microstructures were fabricated. The wettability was evaluated via sessile drop testing on monolithic substrates and porous body infiltration. Porous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/monolithic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} brazed samples were fabricated, and the microstructures were evaluated. Both systems exhibited satisfactory wetting for brazing, but two unique types of brazing behavior were observed. In the Ag-CuO system, the braze alloy infiltrated a short distance into the porous body. For these systems, the microstructures indicated satisfactory filling of the brazed gap and a sound joint regardless of the processing conditions. The Ag-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} alloys brazed joints exhibited a strong dependence on the amount of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} available. For Ag-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} alloys with large V{sub 2}O{sub 5} additions, the braze alloy aggressively infiltrated the porous body and significantly depleted the Ag from the braze region resulting in poor bonding and large gaps within the joint. With small additions of V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, the Ag infiltrated the porous body until the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} was exhausted and the Ag remaining at the braze interlayer bonded with the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Based on these results, the Ag-CuO alloys have the best potential for brazing porous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} to monolithic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  15. Distribution of Ag in Cu-sulfides in Kupferschiefer deposit, SW Poland

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    Kozub, Gabriela A.

    2014-05-01

    The Cu-Ag Kupferschiefer deposit located at the Fore-Sudetic Monocline (SW Poland) is a world class deposit of stratabound type. The Cu-Ag mineralization in the deposit occurs in the Permian sedimentary rocks (Rotliegend and Zechstein) in three lithological types of ore: the dolomite, the black shale and the sandstone. Silver, next to copper, is the most important element in the Kupferschiefer deposit (Salamon 1979; Piestrzyński 2007; Pieczonka 2011). Although occurrence of the Ag-minerals such as native silver, silver amalgams, stromeyerite, jalpaite and mckinstryite, silver is mainly present in the deposit due to isomorphic substitutions in Cu-minerals such as chalcocite, bornite, tennantite, covellite and chalcopyrite. The aim of the study was to define distribution of silver in Cu-minerals and correlate occurrence of Ag-enriched Cu-sulfides with native silver and silver amalgams. Identification of minerals and textural observation were performed using field emission scanning electron microscope. Analyzes of chemical composition of Cu-sulfides were performed utilizing electron microprobe. Silver concentration in Cu sulfides ranges from 0.1 to 10.4 wt.% in chalcocite, 0.2-15.8 wt.% in bornite, 0.1-2.9 wt.% in tennantite, 0.05-0.3 wt.% in chalcopyrite and ca. 0.4 wt.% in covellite. In general, distribution of silver in Cu-minerals is irregular, as indicated by high variations of Ag concentration in each mineral. Content of Ag in Cu-sulphides, in samples where native silver and silver amalgams are not found, is lower than in samples, where native silver and silver amalgams are noted. The chemical analyzes of Ag-bearing Cu-minerals indicate decrease of Cu content in minerals with high Ag concentration. In such case, decrease of Fe content is also noted in bornite. Lack of micro-inclusions of the native silver or silver amalgams in the Cu-minerals indicates that presence of Ag is mainly related to the isomorphic substitutions. This is in agreement with previous reports on high Ag content reaching 49 wt.% Ag in bornite and 1.8 wt.% Ag in chalcocite occurring due to Ag substitution in Cu-minerals without modification of their crystallographic structure (Salamon 1979; Banaś et al 2007; Kucha 2007; Piestrzyński 2007, Pieczonka 2011). Acknowledgements. This work was supported by the National Science Centre research grant (No 2011/03/N/ST10/04619). References: Kucha H and Mayer W (2007) Geochemistry. [In:] Piestrzyński A (Ed) Monografia KGHM Polska Miedź SA., pp 197-207 (In Polish) Pieczonka J (2011) Factors controlling distribution of ore minerals within copper deposit, Fore-Sudetic Monocline, SW Poland. 195 pp (In Polish) Piestrzyński A (2007) Ore minerals. [In:] Piestrzyński A (Ed) Monografia KGHM Polska Miedź SA., pp 167-197 (in Polish) Salamon W (1979) Occurrence of the Ag and Mo in the Zechstein sediments of the Fore-Sudetic Monocline. Prace Mineralogiczne, PAN 62, pp 1-52 (In Polish)

  16. Luminescent Ag i-Cu i heterometallic hexa-, octa-, and hexadecanuclear alkynyl complexes.

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    Wei, Qiao-Hua; Yin, Gang-Qiang; Zhang, Li-Yi; Shi, Lin-Xi; Mao, Zong-Wan; Chen, Zhong-Ning

    2004-05-31

    A series of Ag(I)-Cu(I) heteronuclear alkynyl complexes were prepared by reaction of polymeric (MCCC(6)H(4)R-4)(n)() (M = Cu(I) or Ag(I); R = H, CH(3), OCH(3), NO(2), COCH(3)) with [M'(2)(mu-Ph(2)PXPPh(2))(2)(MeCN)(2)](ClO(4))(2) (M' = Ag(I) or Cu(I); X = NH or CH(2)). Heterohexanuclear complexes [Ag(4)Cu(2)(mu-Ph(2)PNHPPh(2))(4)(CCC(6)H(4)R-4)(4)](ClO(4))(2) (R = H, 1; CH(3), 2) were afforded when X = NH, and heterooctanuclear complexes [Ag(6)Cu(2)(micro-Ph(2)PCH(2)PPh(2))(3)(CCC(6)H(4)R-4)(6)(MeCN)](ClO(4))(2) (R = H, 3; CH(3), 4; OCH(3), 5; NO(2), 6) were isolated when X = CH(2). Self-assembly reaction between (MCCC(6)H(4)COCH(3)-4)(n) and [M'(2)(mu-Ph(2)PCH(2)PPh(2))(2)(MeCN)(2)](ClO(4))(2), however, gave heterohexadecanuclear complex [Ag(6)Cu(2)(micro-Ph(2)PCH(2)PPh(2))(3)(CCC(6)H(4)COCH(3)-4)(6)](2)(ClO(4))(4) (7). The heterohexanuclear complexes 1 and 2 show a bicapped cubic skeleton (Ag(4)Cu(2)C(4)) consisting of four Ag(I) and two Cu(I) atoms and four acetylide C donors. The heterooctanuclear complexes 3-6 exhibit a waterwheel-like structure that can be regarded as two Ag(3)Cu(CCC(6)H(5))(3) components put together by three bridging Ph(2)PCH(2)PPh(2) ligands. The heterohexadecanuclear complex 7 can be viewed as a dimer of heterooctanuclear complex [Ag(6)Cu(2)(micro-Ph(2)PCH(2)PPh(2))(3)(CCC(6)H(4)COCH(3)-4)(6)](ClO(4))(2) through the silver and acetyl oxygen (Ag-O = 2.534 (4) A) linkage between two waterwheel-like Ag(6)Cu(2) units. All of the complexes show intense luminescence in the solid states and in fluid solutions. The microsecond scale of lifetimes in the solid state at 298 K reveals that the emission is phosphorescent in nature. The emissive state in compounds 1-5 is likely derived from a (3)LMCT (CCC(6)H(4)R-4 --> Ag(4)Cu(2) or Ag(6)Cu(2)) transition, mixed with a metal cluster-centered (d --> s) excited state. The lowest lying excited state in compounds 6 and 7 containing electron-deficient 4-nitrophenylacetylide and 4-acetylphenylacetylide, respectively, however, is likely dominated by an intraligand (3)[pi --> pi] character. PMID:15154812

  17. Control of Surface Segregation in Bimetallic NiCr Nanoalloys Immersed in Ag Matrix

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    Bohra, Murtaza; Singh, Vidyadhar; Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Toulkeridou, Evropi; Diaz, Rosa E.; Bobo, Jean-François; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2016-01-01

    Cr-surface segregation is a main roadblock encumbering many magneto-biomedical applications of bimetallic M-Cr nanoalloys (where M = Fe, Co and Ni). To overcome this problem, we developed Ni95Cr5:Ag nanocomposite as a model system, consisting of non-interacting Ni95Cr5 nanoalloys (5 ± 1 nm) immersed in non-magnetic Ag matrix by controlled simultaneous co-sputtering of Ni95Cr5 and Ag. We employed Curie temperature (TC) as an indicator of phase purity check of these nanocomposites, which is estimated to be around the bulk Ni95Cr5 value of 320 K. This confirms prevention of Cr-segregation and also entails effective control of surface oxidation. Compared to Cr-segregated Ni95Cr5 nanoalloy films and nanoclusters, we did not observe any unwanted magnetic effects such as presence Cr-antiferromagnetic transition, large non-saturation, exchange bias behavior (if any) or uncompensated higher TC values. These nanocomposites films also lose their unique magnetic properties only at elevated temperatures beyond application requirements (≥800 K), either by showing Ni-type behavior or by a complete conversion into Ni/Cr-oxides in vacuum and air environment, respectively.

  18. Control of Surface Segregation in Bimetallic NiCr Nanoalloys Immersed in Ag Matrix.

    PubMed

    Bohra, Murtaza; Singh, Vidyadhar; Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Toulkeridou, Evropi; Diaz, Rosa E; Bobo, Jean-François; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2016-01-01

    Cr-surface segregation is a main roadblock encumbering many magneto-biomedical applications of bimetallic M-Cr nanoalloys (where M = Fe, Co and Ni). To overcome this problem, we developed Ni95Cr5:Ag nanocomposite as a model system, consisting of non-interacting Ni95Cr5 nanoalloys (5 ± 1 nm) immersed in non-magnetic Ag matrix by controlled simultaneous co-sputtering of Ni95Cr5 and Ag. We employed Curie temperature (TC) as an indicator of phase purity check of these nanocomposites, which is estimated to be around the bulk Ni95Cr5 value of 320 K. This confirms prevention of Cr-segregation and also entails effective control of surface oxidation. Compared to Cr-segregated Ni95Cr5 nanoalloy films and nanoclusters, we did not observe any unwanted magnetic effects such as presence Cr-antiferromagnetic transition, large non-saturation, exchange bias behavior (if any) or uncompensated higher TC values. These nanocomposites films also lose their unique magnetic properties only at elevated temperatures beyond application requirements (≥800 K), either by showing Ni-type behavior or by a complete conversion into Ni/Cr-oxides in vacuum and air environment, respectively. PMID:26750659

  19. Control of Surface Segregation in Bimetallic NiCr Nanoalloys Immersed in Ag Matrix

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    Bohra, Murtaza; Singh, Vidyadhar; Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Toulkeridou, Evropi; Diaz, Rosa E.; Bobo, Jean-François; Sowwan, Mukhles

    2016-01-01

    Cr-surface segregation is a main roadblock encumbering many magneto-biomedical applications of bimetallic M-Cr nanoalloys (where M = Fe, Co and Ni). To overcome this problem, we developed Ni95Cr5:Ag nanocomposite as a model system, consisting of non-interacting Ni95Cr5 nanoalloys (5 ± 1 nm) immersed in non-magnetic Ag matrix by controlled simultaneous co-sputtering of Ni95Cr5 and Ag. We employed Curie temperature (TC) as an indicator of phase purity check of these nanocomposites, which is estimated to be around the bulk Ni95Cr5 value of 320 K. This confirms prevention of Cr-segregation and also entails effective control of surface oxidation. Compared to Cr-segregated Ni95Cr5 nanoalloy films and nanoclusters, we did not observe any unwanted magnetic effects such as presence Cr-antiferromagnetic transition, large non-saturation, exchange bias behavior (if any) or uncompensated higher TC values. These nanocomposites films also lose their unique magnetic properties only at elevated temperatures beyond application requirements (≥800 K), either by showing Ni-type behavior or by a complete conversion into Ni/Cr-oxides in vacuum and air environment, respectively. PMID:26750659

  20. Increasing foliar Zn:Ni or Cu:Ni concentration ratios increase severity of nickel deficiency symptoms

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    The influence of essential micronutrients on the endogenous bioavailability of Ni is unknown. This study examines the linkage between Ni deficiency and endogenous foliar concentration of Ni, Zn, and Cu. It was hypothesized that expression of morphological symptoms of Ni deficiency by pecan [Carya i...

  1. (Ag,Cu)-Ta-O ternaries as high-temperature solid-lubricant coatings.

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    Gao, Hongyu; Otero-de-la-Roza, Alberto; Gu, Jingjing; Stone, D'Arcy; Aouadi, Samir M; Johnson, Erin R; Martini, Ashlie

    2015-07-22

    Ternary oxides have gained increasing attention due to their potential use as solid lubricants at elevated temperatures. In this work, the tribological properties of three ternary oxides-AgTaO3, CuTaO3, and CuTa2O6-were studied using a combination of density-functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with newly developed empirical potential parameters, and experimental measurements (AgTaO3 and CuTa2O6 only). Our results show that the MD-predicted friction force follows the trend AgTaO3 < CuTaO3 < CuTa2O6, which is consistent with the experimentally measured coefficients of friction. The wear performance from both MD and experiment exhibits the opposite trend, with CuTa2O6 providing the best resistance to wear. The sliding mechanisms are investigated using experimental characterization of the film composition after sliding, quantification of Ag or Cu cluster formation at the interface during the evolution of the film in MD, and DFT energy barriers for atom migration on the material surface. All our observations are consistent with the hypothesis that the formation of metal (or metal oxide) clusters on the surface are responsible for the friction and wear behavior of these materials. PMID:26106877

  2. Study of tribological behavior of Cu-MoS2 and Ag-MoS2 nanocomposite lubricants.

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    An, V; Anisimov, E; Druzyanova, V; Burtsev, N; Shulepov, I; Khaskelberg, M

    2016-01-01

    Tribological behavior of Cu-MoS2 and Ag-MoS2 nanocomposite lubricant was studied. Cu nanoparticles produced by electrical explosion of copper wires and Ag nanoparticles prepared by electrospark erosion were employed as metal cladding modifiers of MoS2 nanolamellar particles. The tribological tests showed Cu-MoS2 and Ag-MoS2 nanocomposite lubricants changed the friction coefficient of the initial grease and essentially improved its wear resistance. PMID:26837277

  3. Ag-nanoparticles-decorated NiO-nanoflakes grafted Ni-nanorod arrays stuck out of porous AAO as effective SERS substrates.

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    Zhou, Qitao; Meng, Guowen; Huang, Qing; Zhu, Chuhong; Tang, Haibin; Qian, Yiwu; Chen, Bin; Chen, Bensong

    2014-02-28

    NiO-nanoflakes (NiO-NFs) grafted Ni-nanorod (Ni-NR) arrays stuck out of the porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template are achieved by a combinatorial process of AAO-confined electrodeposition of Ni-NRs, selectively etching part of the AAO template to expose the Ni-NRs, wet-etching the exposed Ni-NRs in ammonia to obtain Ni(OH)2-NFs grafted onto the cone-shaped Ni-NRs, and annealing to transform Ni(OH)2-NFs in situ into NiO-NFs. By top-view sputtering, Ag-nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are decorated on each NiO-NFs grafted Ni-NR (denoted as NiO-NFs@Ni-NR). The resultant Ag-NPs-decorated NiO-NFs@Ni-NR (denoted as Ag-NPs@NiO-NFs@Ni-NR) arrays exhibit not only strong surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity but also reproducible SERS-signals over the whole array. It is demonstrated that the strong SERS-activity is mainly ascribed to the high density of sub-10 nm gaps (hot spots) between the neighboring Ag-NPs, the semiconducting NiO-NFs induced chemical enhancement effect, and the lightning rod effect of the cone-shaped Ni-NRs. The three-level hierarchical nanostructure arrays stuck out of the AAO template can be utilized to probe polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, a kind of global environmental hazard) with a concentration as low as 5 × 10(-6) M, showing promising potential in SERS-based rapid detection of organic environmental pollutants. PMID:24419246

  4. Precipitation in 9Ni-12Cr-2Cu maraging steels

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    Stiller, K.; Haettestrand, M.; Danoix, F.

    1998-11-02

    Two maraging steels with the compositions 9Ni-12Cr-2Cu-4Mo (wt%) and 9Ni-12Cr-2Cu and with small additions of Al and Ti were investigated using atom probe field ion microscopy. Tomographic atom probe investigations were performed to clarify the spatial distribution of elements in and close to the precipitates. Materials heat treated at 475 C for 5, 25 min, 1, 2, 4 and 400 h were analyzed. Precipitates in the Mo-rich material were observed already after 5 min of aging, while in the material without MO, precipitation started later. In both materials precipitation begins with the formation of Cu-rich particles which work as nucleation sites for a Ni-rich phase of type Ni{sub 3}(Ti,Al). A Mo-rich phase was detected in the Mo-rich steel after 2 h of aging. The distribution of alloying elements in the precipitates, their role in the precipitation process, and the mechanism of hardening in the two materials are discussed.

  5. Energetics of the formation of Cu-Ag core–shell nanoparticles

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    Chandross, Michael

    2014-10-06

    Our work presents molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations aimed at developing an understanding of the formation of core–shell Cu-Ag nanoparticles. The effects of surface and interfacial energies were considered and used to form a phenomenological model that calculates the energy gained upon the formation of a core–shell structure from two previously distinct, non-interacting nanoparticles. In most cases, the core–shell structure was found to be energetically favored. Specifically, the difference in energy as a function of the radii of the individual Cu and Ag particles was examined, with the assumption that a core–shell structure forms. In general, it was found that the energetic gain from forming such a structure increased with increasing size of the initial Ag particle. This result was interpreted as a result of the reduction in surface energy. Moreover, for two separate particles, both Cu and Ag contribute to the surface energy; however, for a core–shell structure, the only contribution to the surface energy is from the Ag shell and the Cu contribution is changed to a Cu–Ag interfacial energy, which is always smaller.

  6. Energetics of the formation of Cu-Ag core–shell nanoparticles

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    Chandross, Michael

    2014-10-06

    Our work presents molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations aimed at developing an understanding of the formation of core–shell Cu-Ag nanoparticles. The effects of surface and interfacial energies were considered and used to form a phenomenological model that calculates the energy gained upon the formation of a core–shell structure from two previously distinct, non-interacting nanoparticles. In most cases, the core–shell structure was found to be energetically favored. Specifically, the difference in energy as a function of the radii of the individual Cu and Ag particles was examined, with the assumption that a core–shell structure forms. In general, it was foundmore » that the energetic gain from forming such a structure increased with increasing size of the initial Ag particle. This result was interpreted as a result of the reduction in surface energy. Moreover, for two separate particles, both Cu and Ag contribute to the surface energy; however, for a core–shell structure, the only contribution to the surface energy is from the Ag shell and the Cu contribution is changed to a Cu–Ag interfacial energy, which is always smaller.« less

  7. Different interdiffusion characteristics between {Ag}/{YBa2Cu3O7-x} and {Al}/{YBa2Cu3O7-x} contact interfaces

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    Kang Jinfeng; Chen Xin; Wang Youxiang; Han Ruqi; Xiong Guangcheng; Lian Guijun; Li Jie; Wu Sicheng

    1995-04-01

    The differences between the interdiffusion characteristics of {Ag}/{YBa2Cu3O7-x} and {Al}/{YBa2Cu3O7-x} contact interfaces have been revealed by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The different electrical properties of {Ag}/{YBa2Cu3O7-x} and YBa 2Cu 3O 7-x films after high temperature treatment are well understood by the SIMS results.

  8. Controlled synthesis of Ni/CuOx/Ni nanowires by electrochemical deposition with self-compliance bipolar resistive switching.

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    Park, Kyuhyun; Lee, Jang-Sik

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate synthesis of Ni/CuOx/Ni nanowires (NWs) by electrochemical deposition on anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. AAO with pore diameter of ~70 nm and pore length of ~50 μm was used as the template for synthesis of NWs. After deposition of Au as the seed layer, NWs with a structure of Ni/CuOx/Ni were grown with a length of ~12 μm. The lengths of 1(st) Ni, CuOx, and 2(nd) Ni were ~4.5 μm, ~3 μm, and ~4.5 μm, respectively. The Ni/CuOx/Ni device exhibits bipolar resistive switching behavior with self-compliance characteristics. Due to the spatial restriction of the current path in NW the Ni/CuOx/Ni NW devices are thought to exhibit self-compliance behaviour. Ni/CuOx/Ni NWs showed bipolar resistive changes possibly due to conducting filaments that are induced by oxygen vacancies. The reliability of the devices was confirmed by data retention measurement. The NW-based resistive switching memory has applications in highly scalable memory devices and neuromorphic devices. PMID:26975330

  9. Controlled synthesis of Ni/CuOx/Ni nanowires by electrochemical deposition with self-compliance bipolar resistive switching

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    Park, Kyuhyun; Lee, Jang-Sik

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate synthesis of Ni/CuOx/Ni nanowires (NWs) by electrochemical deposition on anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. AAO with pore diameter of ~70 nm and pore length of ~50 μm was used as the template for synthesis of NWs. After deposition of Au as the seed layer, NWs with a structure of Ni/CuOx/Ni were grown with a length of ~12 μm. The lengths of 1st Ni, CuOx, and 2nd Ni were ~4.5 μm, ~3 μm, and ~4.5 μm, respectively. The Ni/CuOx/Ni device exhibits bipolar resistive switching behavior with self-compliance characteristics. Due to the spatial restriction of the current path in NW the Ni/CuOx/Ni NW devices are thought to exhibit self-compliance behaviour. Ni/CuOx/Ni NWs showed bipolar resistive changes possibly due to conducting filaments that are induced by oxygen vacancies. The reliability of the devices was confirmed by data retention measurement. The NW-based resistive switching memory has applications in highly scalable memory devices and neuromorphic devices.

  10. Controlled synthesis of Ni/CuOx/Ni nanowires by electrochemical deposition with self-compliance bipolar resistive switching

    PubMed Central

    Park, Kyuhyun; Lee, Jang-Sik

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate synthesis of Ni/CuOx/Ni nanowires (NWs) by electrochemical deposition on anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. AAO with pore diameter of ~70 nm and pore length of ~50 μm was used as the template for synthesis of NWs. After deposition of Au as the seed layer, NWs with a structure of Ni/CuOx/Ni were grown with a length of ~12 μm. The lengths of 1st Ni, CuOx, and 2nd Ni were ~4.5 μm, ~3 μm, and ~4.5 μm, respectively. The Ni/CuOx/Ni device exhibits bipolar resistive switching behavior with self-compliance characteristics. Due to the spatial restriction of the current path in NW the Ni/CuOx/Ni NW devices are thought to exhibit self-compliance behaviour. Ni/CuOx/Ni NWs showed bipolar resistive changes possibly due to conducting filaments that are induced by oxygen vacancies. The reliability of the devices was confirmed by data retention measurement. The NW-based resistive switching memory has applications in highly scalable memory devices and neuromorphic devices. PMID:26975330

  11. Preparation, optical and non-linear optical power limiting properties of Cu, CuNi nanowires

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    Udayabhaskar, R.; Karthikeyan, B.; Ollakkan, Muhamed Shafi

    2014-01-06

    Metallic nanowires show excellent Plasmon absorption which is tunable based on its aspect ratio and alloying nature. We prepared Cu and CuNi metallic nanowires and studied its optical and nonlinear optical behavior. Optical properties of nanowires are theoretically explained using Gans theory. Nonlinear optical behavior is studied using a single beam open aperture z-scan method with the use of 5 ns Nd: YAG laser. Optical limiting is found to arise from two-photon absorption.

  12. Preparation, optical and non-linear optical power limiting properties of Cu, CuNi nanowires

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    Udayabhaskar, R.; Ollakkan, Muhamed Shafi; Karthikeyan, B.

    2014-01-01

    Metallic nanowires show excellent Plasmon absorption which is tunable based on its aspect ratio and alloying nature. We prepared Cu and CuNi metallic nanowires and studied its optical and nonlinear optical behavior. Optical properties of nanowires are theoretically explained using Gans theory. Nonlinear optical behavior is studied using a single beam open aperture z-scan method with the use of 5 ns Nd: YAG laser. Optical limiting is found to arise from two-photon absorption.

  13. Interactions of oxygen and ethylenewith submonolayer Ag filmssupported on Ni(111)

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    Rettew, Robert; Meyer, Axel; Senanayake, Sanjaya D; Chen, Tsung-Liang; Petersburg, Cole; Flege, J. Ingo; Falta, Jens; Alamgir, Faisal

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the oxidation of, and the reaction of ethylene with, Ni(111) with and without sub-monolayer Ag adlayers as a function of temperature. The addition of Ag to Ni(111) is shown to enhance the activity towards the ethylene epoxidation reaction, and increase the temperature at which ethylene oxide is stable on the surface. We present a systematic study of the formation of chemisorbed oxygen on the Ag Ni(111) surfaces and correlate the presence and absence of O1 and O2 surface species with the reactivity towards ethylene. By characterizing the samples with low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we have identified specific growth of silver on step-edge sites and successfully increased the temperature at which the produced ethylene oxide remains stable, a trait which is desirable for catalysis.

  14. Interactions of Oxygen and Ethylene with Submonolayer Ag Films Supported on Ni(111)

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    R Rettew; A Meyer; S Senanayake; T Chen; C Petersburg; J Flege; J Falta; F Alamgir

    2011-12-31

    We investigate the oxidation of, and the reaction of ethylene with, Ni(111) with and without sub-monolayer Ag adlayers as a function of temperature. The addition of Ag to Ni(111) is shown to enhance the activity towards the ethylene epoxidation reaction, and increase the temperature at which ethylene oxide is stable on the surface. We present a systematic study of the formation of chemisorbed oxygen on the Ag-Ni(111) surfaces and correlate the presence and absence of O{sup 1-} and O{sup 2-} surface species with the reactivity towards ethylene. By characterizing the samples with low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we have identified specific growth of silver on step-edge sites and successfully increased the temperature at which the produced ethylene oxide remains stable, a trait which is desirable for catalysis.

  15. Interactions of Oxygen and Ethylene with Submonolayer Ag Films Supported on Ni(111)

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    Alamgir, F.M.; Senanayake, S.; Rettew, R.E.; Meyer, A.; Chen, T.-L.; Petersburg, C.; Flege, J.I.; Falta, J.

    2011-06-01

    We investigate the oxidation of, and the reaction of ethylene with, Ni(111) with and without sub-monolayer Ag adlayers as a function of temperature. The addition of Ag to Ni(111) is shown to enhance the activity towards the ethylene epoxidation reaction, and increase the temperature at which ethylene oxide is stable on the surface. We present a systematic study of the formation of chemisorbed oxygen on the Ag-Ni(111) surfaces and correlate the presence and absence of O{sup 1-} and O{sup 2-} surface species with the reactivity towards ethylene. By characterizing the samples with low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we have identified specific growth of silver on step-edge sites and successfully increased the temperature at which the produced ethylene oxide remains stable, a trait which is desirable for catalysis.

  16. In vitro cytotoxicity of Ag-Pd-Cu-based casting alloys.

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    Niemi, L; Hensten-Pettersen, A

    1985-01-01

    The cytotoxicity and its correlation to alloy composition, structure, corrosion, as well as galvanic coupling was studied with 12 Ag-Pd-Cu-type alloys, one conventional type III gold alloy and pure Ag, Cu, and Pd. The agar overlay cell culture technique was used. Single phase binary CuPd alloys were only slightly cytotoxic below a Cu content of 30 wt%. The tested multiphase alloys were all toxic, but no correlation between toxicity and Cu content could be observed. Solid solution annealing increased the cytotoxicity of a multiphase alloy. Exposure of a single phase alloy to an artificial saliva for 1 week prior to the test decreased its cytotoxicity significantly. Galvanic coupling of the alloys through an outer copper wire decreased their cytotoxicity. PMID:4066728

  17. Nano PtCu binary and PtCuAg ternary alloy catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Zhou, Yanmei; Zhang, Dongming

    2015-03-01

    In order to decrease the cost and enhance the performance of the cathode catalyst for PEMFC, carbon supported PtCu and PtCuAg alloys with differential Ag content are synthesized by a borohydride chemical reduction. The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity are tested by cyclic voltammetry (CV)and linear sweep voltammograms (LSV) in 0.5 M H2SO4. By comparison with the ORR activities of PtCu/C and a series of PtCuAg/C catalysts with differential metal atomic ratios of Pt:Cu:Ag, the PtCuAg/C catalyst with the atomic ratio on 3:10:1 (marked as PtCuAg/C(3:10:1)) shows the best catalytic activity. For the 200th cycles, the limited current reaches to 3.85 mA cm-2 for PtCuAg/C(3:10:1) with Pt-loading of 9.29 μgPt cm-2. The CV curves of the PtCuAg/C catalysts show one more pair of redox peaks of Ag compared with PtCu/C catalyst, which is much different from Pt-M alloy catalysts reported in other literature. The TEM and XRD as well as XPS results indicate that the enhanced ORR activity is the result of the smaller particle size, the crystal distortion and the more exposure of Pt atoms with the introduction of Ag for PtCuAg/C(3:10:1) catalyst.

  18. Microstructure and Grain Orientation Evolution in Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu Solder Interconnects Under Electrical Current Stressing

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    Chen, Hongtao; Hang, Chunjin; Fu, Xing; Li, Mingyu

    2015-10-01

    In situ observation was performed on cross-sections of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder interconnects to track the evolution of microstructure and grain orientation under electrical current stressing. Cross-sections of Cu/Ni-Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu-Ni/Cu sandwich-structured solder interconnects were prepared by the standard metallographic method and subjected to electrical current stressing for different times. The electron backscatter diffraction technique was adopted to characterize the grain orientation and structure of the solder interconnects. The results show that metallization dissolution and intermetallic compound (IMC) migration have close relationships with the grain orientation and structure of the solder interconnects. Ni metallization dissolution at the cathode interface and IMC migration in the solder bulk can be accelerated when the c-axis of the grain is parallel to the electron flow direction, while no observable change was found when the c-axis of the grain was perpendicular to the electron flow direction. IMC can migrate along or be blocked at the grain boundary, depending on the misorientation between the current flow direction and grain boundary.

  19. Ni spin switching induced by magnetic frustration in FeMn/Ni/Cu(001)

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    Wu, J.; Choi, J.; Scholl, A.; Doran, A.; Arenholz, E.; Hwang, Chanyong; Qiu, Z. Q.

    2009-03-08

    Epitaxially grown FeMn/Ni/Cu(001) films are investigated by Photoemission Electron Microscopy and Magneto-Optic Kerr Effect. We find that as the FeMn overlayer changes from paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic state, it could switch the ferromagnetic Ni spin direction from out-of-plane to in-plane direction of the film. This phenomenon reveals a new mechanism of creating magnetic anisotropy and is attributed to the out-of-plane spin frustration at the FeMn-Ni interface.

  20. Investigation of thermal, mechanical and magnetic behaviors of the Cu-11%Al alloy with Ag and Mn additions

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    Silva, R.A.G.; Paganotti, A.; Gama, S.; Adorno, A.T.; Carvalho, T.M.; Santos, C.M.A.

    2013-01-15

    The investigation of thermal, mechanical and magnetic behaviors of the Cu-11%Al, Cu-11%Al-3%Ag, Cu-11%Al-10%Mn and Cu-11%Al-10%Mn-3%Ag alloys was made using microhardness measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy and magnetic moment change with applied field measurement. The results indicated that the Mn addition changes the phase stability range, the microhardness values and makes undetectable the eutectoid reaction in annealed Cu-11%Al and Cu-11%Al-3%Ag alloys while the presence of Ag does not modify the phase transformation sequence neither microhardness values of the annealed Cu-11%Al and Cu-11%Al-10%Mn alloys, but it increases the magnetic moment of this latter at about 2.7 times and decreases the rates of eutectoid and peritectoid reactions of the former. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microstructure of Cu-Al alloy is modified in the Ag presence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ({alpha} + {gamma}) phase is stabilized down to room temperature when Ag is added to Cu-Al alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag-rich phase modifies the magnetic characteristics of Cu-Al-Mn alloy.

  1. Breakdown of magnetism in sub-nanometric Ni clusters embedded in Ag.

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    García-Prieto, A; Arteche, A; Aguilera-Granja, F; Torres, M B; Orue, I; Alonso, J; Barquín, L Fernández; Fernández-Gubieda, M L

    2015-11-13

    Downsizing to the nanoscale has opened up a spectrum of new magnetic phenomena yet to be discovered. In this context, we investigate the magnetic properties of Ni clusters embedded in a metallic Ag matrix. Unlike in Ni free-standing clusters, where the magnetic moment increases towards the atomic value when decreasing the cluster size, we show, by tuning the Ni cluster size down to the sub-nanoscale, that there is a size limit below which the clusters become non-magnetic when embedded in Ag. To this end, we have fabricated by DC-sputtering a system composed of sub-nanometer sized and non interacting Ni clusters embedded into a Ag matrix. A thorough experimental characterization by means of structural techniques (x-ray diffraction, x-ray absorption spectroscopy) and DC-magnetization confirms that the cluster size is in the sub-nanometric range and shows that the magnetization of the system is dramatically reduced, reaching only 38% of the bulk value. The experimental system has been reproduced by density functional theory calculations on Ni m clusters (m = 1-6, 10 and 13) embedded in Ag. The combination of the experimental and theoretical analysis points out that there is a breakdown of magnetism occurring below a cluster size of six atoms. According to our results, the loss of magnetic moment is not due to Ag-Ni hybridization but to charge transfer between the Ni sp and d orbitals, and the reduced magnetization observed experimentally is explained on the basis of the presence of a narrow cluster size-distribution where magnetic and non-magnetic clusters coexist. PMID:26487422

  2. Breakdown of magnetism in sub-nanometric Ni clusters embedded in Ag

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    García-Prieto, A.; Arteche, A.; Aguilera-Granja, F.; Torres, M. B.; Orue, I.; Alonso, J.; Fernández Barquín, L.; Fernández-Gubieda, M. L.

    2015-11-01

    Downsizing to the nanoscale has opened up a spectrum of new magnetic phenomena yet to be discovered. In this context, we investigate the magnetic properties of Ni clusters embedded in a metallic Ag matrix. Unlike in Ni free-standing clusters, where the magnetic moment increases towards the atomic value when decreasing the cluster size, we show, by tuning the Ni cluster size down to the sub-nanoscale, that there is a size limit below which the clusters become non-magnetic when embedded in Ag. To this end, we have fabricated by DC-sputtering a system composed of sub-nanometer sized and non interacting Ni clusters embedded into a Ag matrix. A thorough experimental characterization by means of structural techniques (x-ray diffraction, x-ray absorption spectroscopy) and DC-magnetization confirms that the cluster size is in the sub-nanometric range and shows that the magnetization of the system is dramatically reduced, reaching only 38% of the bulk value. The experimental system has been reproduced by density functional theory calculations on Ni m clusters (m = 1-6, 10 and 13) embedded in Ag. The combination of the experimental and theoretical analysis points out that there is a breakdown of magnetism occurring below a cluster size of six atoms. According to our results, the loss of magnetic moment is not due to Ag-Ni hybridization but to charge transfer between the Ni sp and d orbitals, and the reduced magnetization observed experimentally is explained on the basis of the presence of a narrow cluster size-distribution where magnetic and non-magnetic clusters coexist.

  3. Concentration dependence of thermodynamic, transport and surface properties in Ag-Cu liquid alloys

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    Jha, I. S.; Koirala, I.; Singh, B. P.; Adhikari, D.

    2014-09-01

    Thermodynamic, transport and surface properties of Ag-Cu liquid alloys have been investigated on the basis of a simple statistical model. The free energy of mixing, heat of mixing and entropy of mixing have been computed to understand the thermodynamic properties of Ag-Cu alloys in liquid state at 1,423 K. The concentration-concentration fluctuations in the long wavelength limit and the chemical short range order parameter have been determined to comprehend the microscopic and structural information of the alloy. The viscosity and surface tension of the alloy have been evaluated to analyze the transport and surface properties. The theoretical analysis reveals that the energy parameter is temperature dependent, and that Ag-Cu liquid alloy is a weakly interacting-phase separating system.

  4. Hydrogen evolution reaction measurements of dealloyed porous NiCu

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    2013-01-01

    Porous metals are of interest for their high surface area and potential for enhanced catalytic behavior. Electrodeposited NiCu thin films with a range of compositions were electrochemically dealloyed to selectively remove the Cu component. The film structure, composition, and reactivity of these samples were characterized both before and after the dealloying step using scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and electrochemical measurements. The catalytic behavior of the dealloyed porous Ni samples towards the hydrogen evolution reaction was measured and compared to that of the as-deposited samples. The dealloyed samples were generally more reactive than their as-deposited counterparts at low overpotentials, making the dealloying procedure a promising area of exploration for improved hydrogen evolution catalysts. PMID:24341569

  5. Intermixing in Cu/Ni multilayers induced by cold rolling

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    Wang, Z.; Perepezko, J. H.; Larson, D.; Reinhard, D.

    2015-04-28

    Repeated cold rolling was performed on multilayers of Cu60/Ni40 and Cu40/Ni60 foil arrays to study the details of driven atomic scale interfacial mixing. With increasing deformation, there is a significant layer refinement down to the nm level that leads to the formation of a solid solution phase from the elemental end members. Intriguingly, the composition of the solid solution is revealed by an oscillation in the composition profile across the multilayers, which is different from the smoothly varying profile due to thermally activated diffusion. During the reaction, Cu mixed into Ni preferentially compared to Ni mixing into Cu, which is also in contrast to the thermal diffusion behavior. This is confirmed by observations from X-ray diffraction, electron energy loss spectrum and atom probe tomography. The diffusion coefficient induced by cold rolling is estimated as 1.7 × 10{sup −17} m{sup 2}/s, which cannot be attributed to any thermal effect. The effective temperature due to the deformation induced mixing is estimated as 1093 K and an intrinsic diffusivity d{sub b}, which quantifies the tendency towards equilibrium in the absence of thermal diffusion, is estimated as 6.38 × 10{sup −18} m{sup 2}/s. The fraction of the solid solution phase formed is illustrated by examining the layer thickness distribution and is described by using an error function representation. The evolution of mixing in the solid solution phase is described by a simplified sinusoid model, in which the amplitude decays with increased deformation level. The promoted diffusion coefficient could be related to the effective temperature concept, but the establishment of an oscillation in the composition profile is a characteristic behavior that develops due to deformation.

  6. Intermixing in Cu/Ni multilayers induced by cold rolling

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    Wang, Z.; Perepezko, J. H.; Larson, D.; Reinhard, D.

    2015-04-01

    Repeated cold rolling was performed on multilayers of Cu60/Ni40 and Cu40/Ni60 foil arrays to study the details of driven atomic scale interfacial mixing. With increasing deformation, there is a significant layer refinement down to the nm level that leads to the formation of a solid solution phase from the elemental end members. Intriguingly, the composition of the solid solution is revealed by an oscillation in the composition profile across the multilayers, which is different from the smoothly varying profile due to thermally activated diffusion. During the reaction, Cu mixed into Ni preferentially compared to Ni mixing into Cu, which is also in contrast to the thermal diffusion behavior. This is confirmed by observations from X-ray diffraction, electron energy loss spectrum and atom probe tomography. The diffusion coefficient induced by cold rolling is estimated as 1.7 × 10-17 m2/s, which cannot be attributed to any thermal effect. The effective temperature due to the deformation induced mixing is estimated as 1093 K and an intrinsic diffusivity db, which quantifies the tendency towards equilibrium in the absence of thermal diffusion, is estimated as 6.38 × 10-18 m2/s. The fraction of the solid solution phase formed is illustrated by examining the layer thickness distribution and is described by using an error function representation. The evolution of mixing in the solid solution phase is described by a simplified sinusoid model, in which the amplitude decays with increased deformation level. The promoted diffusion coefficient could be related to the effective temperature concept, but the establishment of an oscillation in the composition profile is a characteristic behavior that develops due to deformation.

  7. Co-deposited thin films of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ-Ag

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    Moshfegh, A. Z.; Wang, Y. Q.; Sun, Y. Y.; Mesarwi, A.; Hor, P. H.; Ignatiev, A.

    1993-12-01

    The fabrication of high-temperature superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ-Ag thin films has been investigated using a high-pressure Ag coevaporation-DC sputtering technique. Various analytical techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), and Tc measurement have been utilized for characterization of the films. Highly reproducible c-oriented (00 l) films have been prepared in-situ at a relatively low growth temperature (≃670°C) by this technique. The transition temperatures Tc gradually decreased with added Ag from 90 K (0 at.% Ag) to 72 K (22.3 at.% Ag) for the films deposited on MgO (100) substrates. X-ray diffraction indicated that the Ag is in the metallic state as a separate phase with respect to the YBCO and that the c-lattice parameter of the grown films remained unchanged with Ag addition. Surface morphology of the YBCO-Ag films exhibited a particulate-type structure with the grain size increasing as the Ag content increased. The temperature coefficient of the normalized resistance, d R( T)/ R(280 K)/d T, was also noticed to decrease for the Ag- containing samples as compared to Ag-free YBCO films. AES depth profiling identified Ag residing mainly at the YBCO/MgO interface. The effect of Ag addition to the films has been described by a particle growth model.

  8. NiZnCu ferrite applied for LTCC microinductor

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    Guzdek, P.; Kulawik, J.; Zaraska, K.; Bieńkowski, A.

    2010-10-01

    This paper describes the fabrication of thin magnetic layers for an LTCC planar-type inductor with a 0.11 mm thickness. The thin ferrite layers were fabricated by tape casting method. Synthesis conditions and X-ray analysis (300 K) of the Ni 0.3Zn 0.62Cu 0.08Fe 2O 4 ferrite are presented. A pure cubic, Fd 3 m crystal structure was observed for the Ni 0.3Zn 0.62Cu 0.08Fe 2O 4 ferrite. The complex impedance and dielectric permittivity of Ni 0.3Zn 0.62Cu 0.08Fe 2O 4 ferrite were determined as a function of temperature (from -55 to 170 °C) and frequency (from 10 Hz to 2 MHz). Dc resistivity was measured in a temperature range from -55 to 170 °C. Magnetization and magnetic hysteresis were measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) in an applied magnetic field up to 60 kOe. The inductance and quality factor were measured in a frequency range 0.1-120 MHz. With the help of finite elements method (FEM) simulation it is possible to calculate the elements electrical parameters and optimize the design. This paper presents a magnetic field modelling of an inductor structure.

  9. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in CeCu6 -xTx (T =Ag ,Pd )

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    Poudel, L.; de la Cruz, C.; Payzant, E. A.; May, A. F.; Koehler, M.; Garlea, V. O.; Taylor, A. E.; Parker, D. S.; Cao, H. B.; McGuire, M. A.; Tian, W.; Matsuda, M.; Jeen, H.; Lee, H. N.; Hong, T.; Calder, S.; Zhou, H. D.; Lumsden, M. D.; Keppens, V.; Mandrus, D.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-12-01

    The structural and the magnetic properties of CeCu6 -xAgx (0 ≤x ≤0.85 ) and CeCu6 -xPdx (0 ≤x ≤0.4 ) have been studied using neutron diffraction, resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS), x-ray diffraction measurements, and first principles calculations. The structural and magnetic phase diagrams of CeCu6 -xAgx and CeCu6 -xPdx as a function of Ag/Pd composition are reported. The end member, CeCu6, undergoes a structural phase transition from an orthorhombic (P n m a ) to a monoclinic (P 21/c ) phase at 240 K. In CeCu6 -xAgx , the structural phase transition temperature (Ts) decreases linearly with Ag concentration and extrapolates to zero at xS ≈0.1 . The structural transition in CeCu6 -xPdx remains unperturbed with Pd substitution within the range of our study. The lattice constant b slightly decreases with Ag/Pd doping, whereas a and c increase with an overall increase in the unit cell volume. Both systems, CeCu6 -xAgx and CeCu6 -xPdx , exhibit a magnetic quantum critical point (QCP), at x ≈0.2 and x ≈0.05 , respectively. Near the QCP, long range antiferromagnetic ordering takes place at an incommensurate wave vector (δ10 δ2), where δ1˜0.62 ,δ2˜0.25 ,x =0.125 for CeCu6 -xPdx and δ1˜0.64 ,δ2˜0.3 ,x =0.3 for CeCu6 -xAgx . The magnetic structure consists of an amplitude modulation of the Ce moments which are aligned along the c axis of the orthorhombic unit cell.

  10. Thermophysical Properties of Sn-Ag-Cu Based Pb-Free Solders

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    Kim, Sok Won; Lee, Jaeran; Jeon, Bo-Min; Jung, Eun; Lee, Sang Hyun; Kang, Kweon Ho; Lim, Kwon Taek

    2009-06-01

    Lead-tin (Pb-Sn) alloys are the dominant solders used for electronic packaging because of their low cost and superior properties required for interconnecting electronic components. However, increasing environmental and health concerns over the toxicity of lead, combined with global legislation to limit the use of Pb in manufactured products, have led to extensive research and development studies of lead-free solders. The Sn-Ag-Cu ternary eutectic alloy is considered to be one of the promising alternatives. Except for thermal properties, much research on several properties of Sn-Ag-Cu alloy has been performed. In this study, five Sn-xAg-0.5Cu alloys with variations of Ag content x of 1.0 mass%, 2.5 mass%, 3.0 mass%, 3.5 mass%, and 4.0 mass% were prepared, and their thermal diffusivity and specific heat were measured from room temperature to 150 °C, and the thermal conductivity was calculated using the measured thermal diffusivity, specific heat, and density values. Also, the linear thermal expansion was measured from room temperature to 170 °C. The results show that Sn-3.5Ag-0.5Cu is the best candidate because it has a maximum thermal conductivity and a low thermal expansion, which are the ideal conditions to be a proper packaging alloy for effective cooling and thermostability.

  11. Structural and optical properties of Cu-, Ag, and Al-doped zinc oxide nanorods

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    Kim, Kyung Ho; Jin, Zhuguang; Abe, Yoshio; Kawamura, Midori

    2014-11-01

    We investigated structural and optical properties of Cu-, Ag-, and Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods grown on ZnO seed layers. Cu-doped ZnO (ZnO:Cu) nanorods showed increased length and improved crystallinity, compared to undoped ZnO nanorods, where the average transmittance in the visible region is lower than that of ZnO nanorods. Meanwhile, the Ag incorporation led to quite opposite behaviors: decreased length and crystallinity of nanorods. It was also found that Ag-doped ZnO (ZnO:Ag) nanorods exhibited high transparency. The incorporation of Al dopant led to a marked morphological variation, with randomly oriented microrods grown on the surface of the ZnO seed layer, instead of nanorods. Al-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al) microrods exhibited excellent transparency over the visible region. The present results thus show that incorporation of Cu, Ag, and Al dopants has a critical effect on structural and optical properties of ZnO nanorods.

  12. Interface stress development in the Cu/Ag nanostructured multilayered film during the tensile deformation

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    Su, R.; Nie, Z. H.; Zhang, Q. H.; Li, X. J.; Li, L. E-mail: ydwang@mail.neu.edu.cn; Zhou, X. T.; Wang, Y. D. E-mail: ydwang@mail.neu.edu.cn; Wu, Y. D.; Hui, X. D.; Wang, M. G.

    2014-12-01

    Cu/Ag nanostructured multilayered films (NMFs) with different stacking sequences were investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction during the tensile deformations for interface stress study. The lattice strains were carefully traced and the stress partition, which usually occurs in the multiphase bulk metallic materials during plastic deformations, was first quantitatively analyzed in the NMFs here. The interface stress of the Cu/Ag NMFs was carefully analyzed during the tensile deformation and the results revealed that the interface stress was along the loading direction and exhibited three-stage evolution. This tensile interface stress has a detrimental effect on the deformation, leading to the early fracture of the NMFs.

  13. Magnetoelastic stress in Cu/Ni/Cu/Si(100) epitaxial thin films

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    Ciria, M.; Arnaudas, J. I.; Del Moral, A.; O'Handley, R. C.

    2004-08-01

    The magnetoelastic (ME) stresses for a series of Cu/Ni(tNi)/Cu/Si(001) epitaxial films are reported. The direct measurement of the stresses in the (001) plane allows determination of the irreducible ME stress Beffγ,2 that accounts for the breaking of the in-plane square symmetry. Beffγ,2 has been determined as a function of the applied magnetic field (±15kOe) and the temperature (300-10K) for tNi ranging from 5 to 15nm . The temperature dependence of Beffγ,2 is proportional to the square power of the reduced magnetization and the 0K value increases with the internal stress. These experimental observations are explained considering the tetragonal distortion of the nickel caused by the epitaxial strain that the copper lattice introduces in the nickel layers.

  14. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and structural properties of NiCu/Cu multilayers

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    Ruotolo, A.; Bell, C.; Leung, C. W.; Blamire, M. G.

    2004-07-01

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) was studied at low temperature (T=30 K) in dc-magnetron sputtered Ni60Cu40/Cu multilayers. PMA has been observed in many multilayer structures for ferromagnetic layer thicknesses less than a certain thickness t⊥. In general cases t⊥ is less than a few nanometers, making such structures unsuitable for low-cost fabrication techniques. Our results show a strong perpendicular easy direction of magnetization for NiCu layer thickness between 4.2 nm and 34 nm. The thickness t⊥ at which the multilayers change the preferential orientation from perpendicular to in-plane is estimated to be 55 nm. Structural studies show that the low magnetostatic energy density is likely to be the main reason for the large t⊥ value obtained in this system.

  15. Electronic structure and magnetism of CuNi coherent modulated structures

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    Jarlborg, T.; Freeman, A.J.

    1981-03-01

    The electronic structure and magnetism of coherent modulated structures of CuNi for varying numbers of Cu and Ni layers modulated along (111) and (100) directions has been determined theoretically by means of self-consistent spin polarized LMTO energy band studies and compared with experiment and with theoretical results separately obtained for bulk fcc and tetragonally distorted Ni metal. The magnetic moments in the Ni layers in CuNi are found to be reduced relative to that of fcc Ni indicating that the enhanced magnetism deduced from earlier ferromagnetic resonance observations must arise from other sources. These predictions have been confirmed recently by direct magnetization and neutron magnetic scattering studies.

  16. Hysteresis Effects in Ag-Doped Superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Altinkok, Atilgan; Kilic, Kivilcim; Kilic, Atilla; Olutas, Murat; Yetis, Hakan

    2009-03-01

    Time and hysteresis effects have been studied by magneto-voltage (V-H curves) measurements in Ag doped sample of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO/Ag) as functions of transport current (I), sweep rate of external magnetic field (dH/dt) and temperature. Ag was added in the amount of 3% of nominal composition of Cu in YBCO. It was observed that the dissipation in V-H curves does not change as dH/dt increases. This suggests that Ag doping destroys the weak-link structure along inter-grain boundaries and thus the vortices can find enough time to move in the sample irrespective of varying of external H. .The hysteresis effects in V-H curves ride on a background voltage at the temperatures near the Tc. In one hand, the background voltage of V-H curves decreases by taking low values as the temperature decreases, in the other hand, the hysteresis effects become more significant. It was observed that the evolution of V-H curves depends also on the magnitude of transport current. The increase in I causes a considerable enhancement in background voltage in V-H curves. Similar measurements were repeated for YBCO sample without Ag for a comparison. Experimental observations between YBCO/Ag and YBCO establish that adding of Ag into the superconducting matrix causes the formation of easy metallic flow paths for vortices and thus easy distribution of vortices along grain boundaries.

  17. Ag-Cu-Ni (Silver-Copper-Nickel)

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    Materials Science International Team MSIT

    This document is part of Subvolume C3 'Non-Ferrous Metal Systems. Part 3: Selected Soldering and Brazing Systems' of Volume 11 'Ternary Alloy Systems - Phase Diagrams, Crystallographic and Thermodynamic Data critically evaluated by MSIT®' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group IV 'Physical Chemistry'. It provides data of the ternary system Silver-Copper-Nickel.

  18. Tribological properties of self-lubricating NiAl/Mo-based composites containing AgVO{sub 3} nanowires

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    Liu, Eryong; Gao, Yimin; Bai, Yaping; Yi, Gewen; Wang, Wenzhen; Zeng, Zhixiang; Jia, Junhong

    2014-11-15

    Silver vanadate (AgVO{sub 3}) nanowires were synthesized by hydrothermal method and self-lubricating NiAl/Mo-AgVO{sub 3} composites were fabricated by powder metallurgy technique. The composition and microstructure of NiAl/Mo-based composites were characterized and the tribological properties were investigated from room temperature to 900 °C. The results showed that NiAl/Mo-based composites were consisted of nanocrystalline B2 ordered NiAl matrix, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Mo{sub 2}C, metallic Ag and vanadium oxide phase. The appearance of metallic Ag and vanadium oxide phase can be attributed to the decomposition of AgVO{sub 3} during sintering. Wear testing results confirmed that NiAl/Mo-based composites have excellent tribological properties over a wide temperature range. For example, the friction coefficient and wear rate of NiAl/Mo-based composites containing AgVO{sub 3} were significantly lower than the composites containing only metallic Mo or AgVO{sub 3} lubricant when the temperature is above 300 °C, which can be attributed to the synergistic lubricating action of metallic Mo and AgVO{sub 3} lubricants. Furthermore, Raman results indicated that the composition on the worn surface of NiAl-based composites was self-adjusted after wear testing at different temperatures. For example, Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} lubricants were responsible for the improvement of tribological properties at 500 °C, AgVO{sub 3}, Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4} and molybdate for 700 °C, and AgVO{sub 3} and molybdate for 900 °C of NiAl-based composites with the addition of metallic Mo and AgVO{sub 3}. - Highlights: • NiAl/Mo-AgVO{sub 3} nanocomposites were prepared by mechanical alloying and sintering. • AgVO{sub 3} decomposed to metallic Ag and vanadium oxide during the sintering process. • NiAl/Mo-AgVO{sub 3} exhibited superior tribological properties at a board temperature range. • Phase composition on the worn surface was varied with temperatures. • Self-adjusted action was responsible for the improvement of tribological properties.

  19. Giant magnetoresistance studies in evaporated Ni-Fe/Cu and Ni-Fe-Co/Cu multilayers (abstract)

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    Haftek, E.; Zeltser, A. M.; Smith, Neil

    1997-04-01

    Room temperature giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and magnetic properties of (Ni-Fe/Cu)n and (Ni-Fe-Co/Cu)n multilayers were investigated. Alternating layers of Ni-Fe-(Co) and Cu were electron-beam evaporated in a computer-controlled high-vacuum system at base pressure of ⩽4×10-8 Torr and deposition rates of ⩽2 Å/s. To complement and expand our previous investigation,1 GMR properties were additionally studied here as a function of cobalt content of Ni-Fe-Co films, the number (n) of bilayers, deposition temperature, and type of buffer layer. The Co content was varied from 7 to 17 at. %, and the number of bilayers ranged from n=8 to 20. No significant GMR was observed in the as-deposited multilayers. To produce tangible GMR, these multilayers were annealed between 300 and 360 °C for 2 h in a 150 Oe magnetic field in an argon atmosphere. The GMR effect (ΔR/R) was essentially independent of copper spacer thickness, which varied between 25 and 30 Å. For Co containing multilayers the highest ΔR/R=7.6% was obtained for 17 at. % Co deposited at 100 °C. The ΔR/R in all Ni-Fe-Co/Cu multilayers was sensitive to the deposition temperature, and R-H loops always showed significant hysteresis independent of the type of buffer layer. For application of these materials to very high density reproduce heads,2 the best results were obtained for (27 Å NiFe/25 Å Cu)14-18 multilayers deposited at 160 °C on 70 Å Ta buffer layer. For example, n=17 multilayers annealed at 350 °C exhibited ΔR/R=7.5%, half-width at half-maximum of ˜50 Oe, essentially no anisotropy, and virtually zero hysteresis (Fig. 1). Frequency dependent permeability measurements showed constant permeability between 10 and 200 MHz. Low- and high-angle x-ray diffraction as well as atomic force microscopy were used to investigate the effect of different geometries of multilayers on structure and roughness and to correlate them with GMR properties.

  20. Insights Into Oxygen Adsorption on Ag-Cu Nanocluster as an Oxidation Catalyst by Ab Initio Atomistic Thermodynamics.

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    Liu, Hongbo; Carbajal-De La Torre, G; Espinosa-Medina, M A

    2015-02-01

    To understand the catalytic activity of Ag-Cu cluster as catalyst of ethylene oxidation, bare Ag and Cu and Ag core/Cu12 shell and Cu core/Ag12 shell are built and optimized by density functional theory calculations incorporating the effect of the atmospheric environment. Consequently different oxygen adsorption sites on the cluster are considered: top site of the shell atoms, bridge site of the shell atoms and hollow site of the shell atoms. For each adsorption site, a few coverages are considered, both oxygen-rich condition and oxygen-poor condition. The phase diagrams of oxygen and 13-atom Ag-Cu clusters are finally determined. The pressure-temperature phase diagrams are determined for the oxygen and 13-atom Ag-Cu clusters, which reveal important insights into this system and its catalytic properties. The phase diagrams of oxygen and 13-atom Ag-Cu clusters are finally determined. The results predict the most stable phase: structure and adsorption of oxygen at certain temperature and certain pressure. Under oxygen-poor condition, the cluster structures are most likely to be changed. This information must be helpful to understand the catalytic process of Ag-Cu cluster as catalyst of ethylene oxidation. PMID:26353639

  1. Global optimization and oxygen dissociation on polyicosahedral Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster for alkaline fuel cells

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    Zhang, N.; Chen, F. Y.; Wu, X.Q.

    2015-01-01

    The structure of 38 atoms Ag-Cu cluster is studied by using a combination of a genetic algorithm global optimization technique and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. It is demonstrated that the truncated octahedral (TO) Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster is less stable than the polyicosahedral (pIh) Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster from the atomistic models and the DFT calculation shows an agreeable result, so the newfound pIh Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster is further investigated for potential application for O2 dissociation in oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The activation energy barrier for the O2 dissociation on pIh Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster is 0.715 eV, where the d-band center is −3.395 eV and the density of states at the Fermi energy level is maximal for the favorable absorption site, indicating that the catalytic activity is attributed to a maximal charge transfer between an oxygen molecule and the pIh Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster. This work revises the earlier idea that Ag32Cu6 core-shell nanoparticles are not suitable as ORR catalysts and confirms that Ag-Cu nanoalloy is a potential candidate to substitute noble Pt-based catalyst in alkaline fuel cells. PMID:26148904

  2. Global optimization and oxygen dissociation on polyicosahedral Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster for alkaline fuel cells

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    Zhang, N.; Chen, F. Y.; Wu, X. Q.

    2015-07-01

    The structure of 38 atoms Ag-Cu cluster is studied by using a combination of a genetic algorithm global optimization technique and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. It is demonstrated that the truncated octahedral (TO) Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster is less stable than the polyicosahedral (pIh) Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster from the atomistic models and the DFT calculation shows an agreeable result, so the newfound pIh Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster is further investigated for potential application for O2 dissociation in oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The activation energy barrier for the O2 dissociation on pIh Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster is 0.715 eV, where the d-band center is -3.395 eV and the density of states at the Fermi energy level is maximal for the favorable absorption site, indicating that the catalytic activity is attributed to a maximal charge transfer between an oxygen molecule and the pIh Ag32Cu6 core-shell cluster. This work revises the earlier idea that Ag32Cu6 core-shell nanoparticles are not suitable as ORR catalysts and confirms that Ag-Cu nanoalloy is a potential candidate to substitute noble Pt-based catalyst in alkaline fuel cells.

  3. Effectiveness of the use of Ag, Cu and PAA to disinfect municipal wastewater.

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    Luna-Pabello, V M; Miranda Ríos, M; Jiménez, B; Orta de Velasquez, M T

    2009-02-01

    The WHO defines Category A wastewater as one which does not contain more than 1000 FCU 100 ml(-1) of faecal coliforms (FC) and less than 1 helminth egg (HE) per litre. The objectives of this work were to determine: 1) the disinfectant capacity of different concentrations of silver (Ag), silver-copper (Ag-Cu) and silver-copper-peracetic acid (Ag-Cu-PAA) when added to samples of raw wastewater (RW), with a contact time of 60 minutes; 2) the optimal concentration and contact time required by the better performing disinfectant, determined from the previous stage, to obtain Category A RW; 3) the effect of the selected disinfectant when applied to RW, the effluent of activated sludge (ASE) and the effluent of sand filters (FE) for 10, 30 and 60 min duration. The Ag:Cu:PAA ratio of 0.6:6.0:100.0 mg l(-1), showed the best disinfectant capability to produce Category A wastewater. The ratio of 0.1:1.0:20.0 mg l(-1) of Ag:Cu:PAA and a contact time of 10 minutes are the optimal values to produce Category A wastewater in RW. For RW and ASE, the optimal ratios and times for Ag:Cu:PAA were: 1.2:12.0:90.0 mg l(-1) at 60 min and 0.1:1.0:20.0 for 10 min, respectively. The FE samples showed concentrations of FC and HE below the standards of the WHO; therefore, their disinfection is not necessary. PMID:19278154

  4. Sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions by fluorescent Ag nanoclusters synthesized via a hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Jing; Ren, Xiangling; Meng, Xianwei; Fang, Zheng; Tang, Fangqiong

    2013-09-01

    An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg2+) or copper (Cu2+) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg2+ or Cu2+ ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu2+, Hg2+ was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu2+ with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a reusable detection method for Cu2+. Furthermore, the different quenching phenomena caused by the two metals ions such as changes in visible colour, shifts of UV absorbance peaks and changes in size of Ag NCs make it easy to distinguish between them. Therefore the easily synthesized fluorescent Ag NCs may have great potential as Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions sensors.An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg2+) or copper (Cu2+) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg2+ or Cu2+ ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu2+, Hg2+ was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu2+ with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a reusable detection method for Cu2+. Furthermore, the different quenching phenomena caused by the two metals ions such as changes in visible colour, shifts of UV absorbance peaks and changes in size of Ag NCs make it easy to distinguish between them. Therefore the easily synthesized fluorescent Ag NCs may have great potential as Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions sensors. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr03329e

  5. Lattice distortion of NiZnCu ferrite co-fired with silver

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    Kawano, K.; Kusumi, S.; Kishi, H.; Fujii, A.; Mori, Y.

    2007-03-01

    In this study, the lattice distortion in the NiZnCu ferrite co-fired with silver (Ag) was evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) using the synchrotron radiation source. The simplified multilayer chip inductor (MLCI) with ˜1.3 mm of width, ˜1.98 mm of length and ˜0.54 mm of height was fabricated by a conventional multilayering technique. Synchrotron experiments were carried out at BL10XU beam line in the SPring-8. It was found that the lattice constant of the ferrite varied depending on place and the value closer to the sample centre (closer to the internal Ag conductor) was larger than one from the edge. The ferrite co-fired at higher temperature also shows larger lattice constant than one at lower temperature. This result is an evidence to show that the lattice of the ferrite has been distorted through the co-firing with Ag and it is enhanced by the higher sintering temperature.

  6. Effect of Heat Treatment Temperature on the Spectral Properties of Cu-Ni Coating.

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    Liu, Xiao-zhen; Shen, Qin-weii; Liu, Xiao-zhou; Chen, Jie; Zhu, Liang-wei; Qi, Jie

    2015-04-01

    Cu-Ni coatings were prepared on the surface of nickel by electrodeposition method, and Cu-Ni coatings were heat-treated in 25-900 °C. Heat-treated Cu-Ni coatings were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques, respectively. Effects of heat treatment temperature on the spectral properties of Cu-Ni coatings were studied. The surface of Cu-Ni coating is composed of the nodules. The nodules of Cu-Ni coating surface become smaller with the increase in heat treatment temperature in 25-600 °C. The nodules of Cu-Ni coating surface become smaller and the dividing line between the nodules becomes more blurred with the increase in heat treatment temperature in 600-900 °C. The contents of copper in Cu-Ni coating decrease from 82.52 at % to 78.30 at % with the increase in heat treatment temperature in the range of 25-900 °C; the contents of nickel in Cu-Ni coating increase from 17.48 at % to 21.70 at % with the increase in heat treatment temperature in the range of 25-900 °C. The crystal structure of Cu-Ni coating is Cu0:8lNi0.19 cubic crystal structure. The crystal structure of the CuO0.81Ni0.19 becomes more complete with the increase in heat treatment temperature in 25- 300 °C. Part of crystal structure of the Cu0.81AlNi0.19 can turn Cu0.8lNi0.19 cubic crystal structure into Cu3.8Ni cubic crystal structure, and is advantageous to Cu3.8Ni (311) and Cu0.81Ni0.19 (311) growth with the increase in heat treatment temperature in 600-900 °C. PMID:26197608

  7. Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity of NiFe2O4/PAMA/Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite

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    Allafchian, Alireza; Jalali, Seyed Amir Hossein; Bahramian, Hamid; Ahmadvand, Hossein

    2016-04-01

    We have described a facile fabrication of silver deposited on the TiO2, Poly Acrylonitrile Co Maleic Anhydride (PAMA) polymer and nickel ferrite composite (NiFe2O4/PAMA/Ag-TiO2) through a three-step procedure. A pre-synthesized NiFe2O4 was first coated with PAMA polymer and then Ag-TiO2 was deposited on the surface of PAMA polymer shell. After the characterization of this three-component composite by various techniques, such as FTIR, XRD, FESEM, BET, TEM and VSM, it was impregnated in standard antibiotic discs. The antibacterial activity of NiFe2O4/PAMA/Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite was investigated against some gram positive and gram negative bacteria by employing disc diffusion assay and then compared with that of naked NiFe2O4, NiFe2O4/Ag, AgNPs and NiFe2O4/PAMA. The results demonstrated that the AgNPs, when embedded in TiO2 and combined with NiFe2O4/PAMA, became an excellent antibacterial agent. The NiFe2O4/PAMA/Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite could be readily separated from water solution after the disinfection process by applying an external magnetic field.

  8. Microwave-absorbing characteristics of epoxy resin composites containing nanoparticles of NiZn- and NiCuZn-ferrites

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    Aphesteguy, J. C.; Damiani, Abel; DiGiovanni, Dalmas; Jacobo, S. E.

    2009-10-01

    NiZn- and NiCuZn-ferrite nanoparticles (50-70 nm) with the chemical formula Ni 0.5 Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4 (NiZn) and Ni 0.35Cu 0.15Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4 (NiCuZn) were synthesized by a combustion synthesis method. The nanocrystallite of these materials was characterized by structural and magnetic methods. Saturation magnetization increases from 83 emu/g (NiZn) to 91 emu/g (NiCuZn). Magnetic permeability and dielectric permittivity were measured on sintered samples (pellets and toroids) in the frequency range of 1 MHz-1.8 GHz. Reflection losses ( RL) for both samples were calculated from complex permeability and permittivity. Cu substitution in NiZn-ferrite enhances permeability and RL. In order to explore microwave-absorbing properties in X-band, magnetic nanoparticles were mixed with an epoxy resin to be converted into a microwave-absorbing composite and microwave behaviors of both materials were studied using a microwave vector network analyzer from 7.5 to 13.5 GHz. Cu substitution diminishes absorption intensity in the range 11.5-12.5 GHz.

  9. X-ray diffraction study of thermal parameters of Pd, Pd-Ag and Pd-Ag-Cu alloys as hydrogen purification membrane materials

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    Pati, Subhasis; Jat, Ram Avtar; Mukerjee, S. K.; Parida, S. C.

    2016-03-01

    High temperature X-ray diffraction measurements were carried out for pure palladium and palladium-rich alloys of compositions Pd0.77Ag0.23 and Pd0.77Ag0.10Cu0.13 in the temperature range of 298-1023 K at an interval of 50 K. The lattice parameters, coefficient of thermal expansion and X-ray Debye temperature of these materials were calculated as a function of temperature from the XRD data. The lattice parameter of Pd0.77Ag0.23 alloy was found to be higher than that of palladium, whereas the lattice parameter of Pd0.77Ag0.10Cu0.13 was found to be lower than that of palladium in the temperature range of investigation. Further, the lattice parameters of both the palladium alloys show negative deviation from Vegard's law and the deviation was found to increase with increase in temperature. The average value of coefficient of linear thermal expansion was found to follow the trend: αT (Pd)>αT (Pd0.77Ag0.23)>αT (Pd0.77Ag0.10Cu0.13). The X-ray Debye temperatures of Pd0.77Ag0.23 and Pd0.77Ag0.10Cu0.13 alloys were calculated and found to be 225±10 and 165±10 K, respectively.

  10. 3D Epitaxy of Graphene nanostructures in the Matrix of Ag, Al and Cu

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    Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes; Isaacs, Romaine; Wuttig, Manfred; Lemieux, Melburne; Hu, Liangbing; Iftekhar, Jaim; Rashkeev, Sergey; Kukla, Maija; Rabin, Oded; Mansour, Azzam

    2015-03-01

    Graphene nanostructures in the form ribbons were embedded in the lattice of metals such as Ag, Cu, and Al in concentrations up to 36.4 at.%, 21.8 at% and 10.5 at.%, respectively. These materials are called covetics. Raman scattering from Ag and Al covetics indicate variations in the intensity of peaks at ~ 1,300 cm-1 and 1,600 cm-1 with position on the sample. These peaks are associated with the D (defects) and G (graphite E2g mode) peaks of graphitic carbon with sp2 bonding and reveal various degrees of imperfections in the graphene layers. First principles calculations of the dynamic matrix of Ag and Al covetics show bonding between C and the metal. EELS mapping of the C-K edge and high resolution lattice images show that the graphene-like regions form ribbons with epitaxial orientation with the metal lattice of Ag and Al. The temperature dependences of the resistivites of Ag and Cu covetics are similar to those of the pure metals with only slight increase in resistivity. Films of Cu covetic deposited by e-beam evaporation and PLD show higher transmittance and resistance to oxidation than pure metal films of the same thickness indicating that copper covetic films can be used for transparent electrodes. Funded by DARPA/ARL Grant No. W911NF-13-1-0058, and ONR Award No N000141410042.

  11. Dealloying NiCo and NiCoCu Alloy Thin Films Using Linear Sweep Voltammetry

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    Peecher, Benjamin; Hampton, Jennifer

    When electrodeposited into thin films, metals have well-known electrochemical potentials at which they will be removed from the film. These potential differences can be utilized to re-oxidize only certain metals in an alloy, altering the film's structure and composition. Here we discuss NiCo and NiCoCu thin films' response to linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) as a means of electrochemical dealloying. For each of four different metal ratios, films were dealloyed to various potentials in order to gain insight into the evolution of the film over the course of the LSV. Capacitance, topography, and composition were examined for each sample before and after linear sweep voltammetry was performed. For NiCo films with high percentages of Ni, dealloying resulted in almost no change in composition, but did result in an increased capacitance, with greater increases occurring at higher LSV potentials. Dealloying also resulted in the appearance of large (100-1000 nm) pores on the surface of the film. For NiCoCu films with high percentages of Ni, Cu was almost completely removed from the film at LSV potentials greater than 500 mV. The LSV first removed larger copper-rich dendrites from the film's surface before creating numerous nano-pores, resulting in a net increase in area. This work is supported by an Award to Hope College from the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program, the Hope College Department of Physics Frissel Research Fund, and the National Science Foundation under Grants RUI-DMR-1104725 and MRI-CHE-0959282.

  12. Hardening behavior after high-temperature solution treatment of Ag-20Pd-12Au-xCu alloys with different Cu contents for dental prosthetic restorations.

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    Kim, Yonghwan; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Hieda, Junko; Nakai, Masaaki; Cho, Ken; Fukui, Hisao

    2014-07-01

    Ag-Pd-Au-Cu alloys have been used widely for dental prosthetic applications. Significant enhancement of the mechanical properties of the Ag-20Pd-12Au-14.5Cu alloy as a result of the precipitation of the β' phase through high-temperature solution treatment (ST), which is different from conventional aging treatment in these alloys, has been reported. The relationship between the unique hardening behavior and precipitation of the β' phase in Ag-20Pd-12Au-xCu alloys (x=6.5, 13, 14.5, 17, and 20mass%) subjected to the high-temperature ST at 1123K for 3.6ks was investigated in this study. Unique hardening behavior after the high-temperature ST also occurs in Ag-20Pd-12Au-xCu alloys (x=13, 17, and 20) with precipitation of the β' phase. However, hardening is not observed and the β' phase does not precipitate in the Ag-20Pd-12Au-6.5Cu alloy after the same ST. The tensile strength and 0.2% proof stress also increase in Ag-20Pd-12Au-xCu alloys (x=13, 14.5, 17, and 20) after the high-temperature ST. In addition, these values after the high-temperature ST increase with increasing Cu content in Ag-20Pd-12Au-xCu alloys (x=14.5, 17, and 20). The formation process of the β' phase can be explained in terms of diffusion of Ag and Cu atoms and precipitation of the β' phase. Clarification of the relationship between hardening and precipitation of the β' phase via high-temperature ST is expected to help the development of more effective heat treatments for hardening in Ag-20Pd-12Au-xCu alloys. PMID:24769914

  13. Potential energy curves for the ground and low-lying excited states of CuAg

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    Alizadeh, Davood; Shayesteh, Alireza E-mail: ashayesteh@ut.ac.ir; Jamshidi, Zahra E-mail: ashayesteh@ut.ac.ir

    2014-10-21

    The ground and low-lying excited states of heteronuclear diatomic CuAg are examined by multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) method. Relativistic effects were treated and probed in two steps. Scalar terms were considered using the spin-free DKH Hamiltonian as a priori and spin-orbit coupling was calculated perturbatively via the spin-orbit terms of the Breit-Pauli Hamiltonian based on MRCI wavefunctions. Potential energy curves of the spin-free states and their corresponding Ω components correlating with the separated atom limits {sup 2}S(Cu) + {sup 2}S(Ag) and {sup 2}D(Cu) + {sup 2}S(Ag) are obtained. The results are in fine agreement with the experimental measurements and tentative conclusions for the ion-pair B0{sup +} state are confirmed by our theoretical calculations. Illustrative results are presented to reveal the relative importance and magnitude of the scalar and spin-orbit effects on the spectroscopic properties of this molecule. Time dependent density functional theory calculations, using the LDA, BLYP, B3LYP, and SAOP functionals have been carried out for CuAg and the accuracy of TD-DFT has been compared with ab initio results.

  14. Effects of Li content on precipitation in Al-Cu-(Li)-Mg-Ag-Zr alloys

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    Huang, B.P.; Zheng, Z.Q.

    1998-01-06

    Although much attention has been paid to Al-Cu-Li-Mg-Ag-Zr alloys, there are sparse reports about the influence of Li on precipitation in these alloys. The aim of the present study is to determine the effects of Li on modifying precipitation in a baseline aluminum alloy 2195 and the accompanying variants with 0--1.6 wt.% Li.

  15. Microstructure, Melting and Wetting Properties of Pd-Ag-CuO Air Braze on Alumina

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    Darsell, Jens T.; Hardy, John S.; Kim, Jin Yong Y.; Weil, K. Scott

    2005-03-19

    A reactive air brazing (RAB) technique utilizing silver-copper oxide (Ag-CuO) alloys has previously been developed for joining ceramics components used in high temperature devices ranging from oxygen separation membranes, gas turbines and combustion engines. The application of the Ag-CuO system as a brazing material is limited by its solidus and liquidus temperatures, which are known to be in the range of 935 C and 967 C. Some joined ceramic components may be used in devices, which require further processing steps, or may be used in applications, that exceed these temperatures. It has been found that the addition of palladium to the silver copper oxide system will increase solidus and liquidus temperatures of the resulting alloy. In our work, we are studying the effects of palladium addition on the wetting properties of Ag-CuO braze system on alumina. Quality of brazing is evaluated through microstructural analysis and bending strength of brazed joints created with alumina. The presentation will include processing, and characterization of Ag-CuO brazed system with and without palladium addition on alumina.

  16. THE TWO-DIMENSIONAL VALENCE ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF A MONOLYAER OF Ag ON Cu(00l)

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    Tobin, J.G.; Robey, S.W.; Shirley, D.A.

    1985-05-01

    The metal overlayer system c(10x2)Ag/Cu(001) was studied at coverages near one monolayer with angle-resolved photoemission. The observed spectroscopic features indicate a two-dimensional d-band electronic structure that can be interpreted using a model with planar, hexagonal symmetry in which crystal field effects dominate over spin-orbit effects.

  17. Single naphthalene and anthracene molecular junctions using Ag and Cu electrodes in ultra high vacuum

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    Fujii, Shintaro; Kaneko, Satoshi; Chenyang, Liu; Kiguchi, Manabu

    2015-11-01

    We present a charge transport study on single naphthalene and anthracene molecular junctions wired into Ag and Cu electrodes using mechanically controllable break junction technique at 100 K under ultra-high vacuum condition. In particular we focus on effect of metal-π interaction on the formation probability of the molecular junctions. We found that the single molecular junctions of the acene molecules (e.g. naphthalene and anthracene) exhibit highly conductive character below 0.2 G0 (G0 = 2e2/h). The acene molecular junctions displayed formation probability of ca. 20% for Ag system and >40% for Cu system. The high formation probability of the molecular junctions with respect to benzene/Au junctions can be qualitatively explained by size effect, in which larger molecules of the naphthalene and anthracene can effectively bridge the gap between metal electrodes compared with small molecule such as benzene. The acene/Cu junctions displayed higher formation probability than the acene/Ag junctions. This result demonstrated that not only the size effect but the degree of the metal-π interaction have to be taken into account to quantitatively evaluate the formation probability of the molecular junctions for Ag and Cu system.

  18. Investigation of the ternary phase diagram of mechanically alloyed FeCuAg

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    Cohen, N. S.; Ahlswede, E.; Wicks, J. D.; Pankhurst, Q. A.

    1997-04-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of mechanically alloyed Fe - Cu - Ag at room temperature have been investigated using 0953-8984/9/15/016/img1 Mössbauer spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. The elements are naturally immiscible, but through prolonged and energetic ball milling (70 hours at 600 rpm) one can make metastable alloys, the structure of which depends on the elemental composition. In the binary Cu - Ag and Fe - Cu systems, crystalline single-phase solid solutions result, whereas in Fe - Ag the alloying is limited, with the product a mixture of elemental particles. In the ternary system it is possible to produce copper- and silver-rich single-phase fcc alloys, but not the equivalent bcc iron-based structure. As the proportions of the three elements become more equal, the resulting structure becomes highly disordered or amorphous. The composition range of this amorphous phase is different to that observed in sputtered Fe - Cu - Ag systems.

  19. Cryogenic treatment induced hardening of Cu45Zr45Ag7Al3 bulk metallic glass

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    Zhang, L. K.; Chen, Z. H.; Chen, D.; Zheng, Q.

    2014-01-01

    Little is known about the mechanical properties of bulk metallic glassy alloys (BMGs) after cryogenic treatment (CT). Cu45Zr45Ag7Al3 BMGs were treated in cryogenic temperatures for four chosen holding times. Compared with the as-cast sample, the compressive fracture strength of this BMG increased with increasing CT time. Furthermore, the CT changes the fracture mode from the ductile to the brittle. And CT brought about the precipitation of the AlCu2Zr and Cu5Zr phases which were accompanying with the morphology modification and contributed to the mechanical properties improvement of this BMG.

  20. Evolution of the Intermetallic Compounds in Ni/Sn-2.5Ag/Ni Microbumps for Three-Dimensional Integrated Circuits

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    Hsu, H. H.; Huang, Y. T.; Huang, S. Y.; Chang, T. C.; Wu, Albert T.

    2015-10-01

    Ni/Sn-2.5Ag/Ni samples were used to simulate the microbumps in three-dimensional (3D) packaging. The annealed test was adopted to observe the microstructure of intermetallic compound formation at 100°C, 125°C, and 150°C up to 1000 h. In the Ni/Sn-2.5Ag/Ni, predominant phases of layer-type Ni3Sn4 and Ag3Sn particles could be seen under the thermal treatment. The formation of Ni3Sn4 followed a parabolic rate law at each aging temperature. Due to the limited solder volume, the remaining solder of the microbump was completely exhausted after long-time annealing at 150°C. The activation energy for Ni3Sn4 formation in the Ni/Sn-2.5Ag/Ni microbump was 171.8 kJ/mol. Furthermore, the consumption of the Ni under bump metallization (UBM) was estimated based on the mass balance of Ni atoms during the interfacial reaction.

  1. Microstructure evolution during annealing of an SPD- processed supersaturated Cu - 3 at.% Ag alloy

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    Gubicza, J.; Hegedüs, Z.; Lábár, J. L.; Subramanya Sarma, V.; Kauffmann, A.; Freudenberger, J.

    2014-08-01

    Supersaturated Cu - 3 at.% Ag alloy was processed by rolling at liquid nitrogen temperature and subsequent annealing at 623 K up to 20 min. It was found that after annealing, an inhomogeneous solute atom distribution developed, since the Ag particles with small size and/or large specific interfacial energy were dissolved due to the Gibbs-Thomson effect. In the region where the solute concentration increased, a high dislocation density was retained in the Cu matrix even after annealing, while in the region where the Ag solute content did not increase, the dislocation density decreased by more than one order of magnitude. Therefore, in the cryorolled and annealed samples, heterogeneous microstructures were developed where both the dislocation density and the solute concentration varied considerably.

  2. Reduction of Ordering Temperature in Substituted FePtM (M = Ni,Cu) Nanoparticles Formed by Chemical Synthesis

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    Wang, Hongli; Weller, Dieter; Simopoulos, T.

    2005-03-01

    FePt and CoPt-type nanoparticles made by chemical synthesis have recently become promising candidates for ultra-high density magnetic recording media [1]. However, at high annealing temperatures, the particles sinter together and array formation is lost. Recent studies [2] have reported reduced transformation temperatures with the addition of Ag and Au in the FePt nanoparticles. In this study, we used M = Ni, Cu substitution to reduce the transformation temperature. The as-made FePtNi and FePtCu have the disordered fcc structure with zero coercivity at room temperature. After annealing at temperatures in the range of 300-600 ^oC, the particles become fct with a coercivity of 4 kOe in FePtCu at 400 ^oC and 6 kOe in FePtNi at 500 ^oC. The high coercivity obtained at the lower annealing temperature suggests a lower transformation temperature in both alloys. Preliminary DSC studies showed a reduced transformation temperature in the Ni substituted samples. The structural transformations that occur after annealing and their effects on magnetic properties are currently being investigated by HREM and Mssbausser spectroscopy. References [1] S. Sun, et al. Science, 287, 1989-1992 (2000) [2] S. Kang, et al., IEEE T MAGN, 39, 5, 2753 (2003)

  3. Abundances of Ag and Cu in mantle peridotites and the implications for the behavior of chalcophile elements in the mantle

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    Wang, Zaicong; Becker, Harry

    2015-07-01

    Silver abundances in mantle peridotites and the behavior of Ag during high temperature mantle processes have received little attention and, as a consequence, the abundance of Ag in the bulk silicate Earth (BSE) has been poorly constrained. In order to better understand the processes that fractionate Ag and other chalcophile elements in the mantle, abundances of Ag and Cu in mantle peridotites from different geological settings (n = 68) have been obtained by isotope dilution ICP-MS methods. In peridotite tectonites and in a few suites of peridotite xenoliths which display evidence for variable extents of melt depletion and refertilization by silicate melts, Ag and Cu abundances show positive correlations with moderately incompatible elements such as S, Se, Te and Au. The mean Cu/Ag in fertile peridotites (3500 ± 1200, 1s, n = 38) is indistinguishable from the mean Cu/Ag of mid ocean ridge basalts (MORB, 3600 ± 400, 1s, n = 338) and MORB sulfide droplets. The constant mean Cu/Ag ratios indicate similar behavior of Ag and Cu during partial melting of the mantle, refertilization and magmatic fractionation, and thus should be representative of the Earth's upper mantle. The systematic fractionation of Cu, Ag, Au, S, Se and Te in peridotites and basalts is consistent with sulfide melt-silicate melt partitioning with apparent partition coefficients of platinum group elements (PGE) > Au ⩾ Te > CuAg > Se ⩾ S. Because of the effects of secondary processes, the abundances of chalcophile elements, notably S, Se, but also Cu and the PGE in many peridotite xenoliths are variable and lower than in peridotite massifs. Refertilization of peridotite may change abundances of chalcophile and lithophile elements in peridotite massifs, however, this seems to mostly occur in a systematic way. Correlations with lithophile and chalcophile elements and the overlapping mean Cu/Ag ratios of peridotites and ocean ridge basalts are used to constrain abundances of Ag and Cu in the BSE at 9 ± 3 (1s) ng/g and 30 ± 6 μg/g (1s), respectively. The very different extent of depletion of Ag and Cu in the BSE cannot be explained by low pressure-temperature core formation if currently available metal-silicate partitioning data are applied.

  4. Growth Behavior of Intermetallic Compounds in Cu/Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu Solder Joints with Different Rates of Cooling

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    Yang, Linmei; Zhang, Z. F.

    2015-01-01

    The growth behavior of intermetallic compounds (IMC) in Cu/Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder joints, including the interfacial Cu6Sn5 layer and Ag3Sn, and Cu6Sn5 in the solder, were investigated when different cooling methods—quenched water, cooling in air, and cooling in a furnace after reflow—were used. For the solder joint quenched in water, no obvious Cu6Sn5 or Ag3Sn was detected in the solder, and the thickness of interfacial Cu6Sn5 layer was slightly thinner than that of the joint cooled in air. On the basis of results from scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectrometry, a mechanism is proposed for growth of IMC in Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder during solidification. The rate of cooling has a substantial effect on the morphology and size of Ag3Sn, which evolved into large plate-like shapes when the joint was cooled slowly in a furnace. However, the morphology of Ag3Sn was branch-like or particle-like when the joint was cooled in air. This is attributed to re-growth of Ag3Sn grains via substantial atomic diffusion during the high-temperature stage of furnace cooling.

  5. Graphene as a diffusion barrier for isomorphous systems: Cu-Ni system

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    Roy, Apurba; Punith Kumar, M. K.; Srivastava, Chandan

    2016-02-01

    Electrochemical exfoliation technique using the pyrophosphate anion derived from tetra sodium pyrophosphate was employed to produce graphene. As-synthesized graphene was then drop dried over a cold rolled Cu sheet. Ni coating was then electrodeposited over bare Cu and graphene-Cu substrates. Both substrates were then isothermally annealed at 800 °C for 3 h. WDS analysis showed substantial atomic diffusion in annealed Ni-Cu sample. Cu-graphene-Ni sample, on the other hand, showed negligible diffusion illustrating the diffusion barrier property of the graphene coating.

  6. Rapid direct conversion of Cu(2-x)Se to CuAgSe nanoplatelets via ion exchange reactions at room temperature.

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    Moroz, N A; Olvera, A; Willis, G M; Poudeu, P F P

    2015-06-01

    The use of template nanostructures for the creation of photovoltaic and thermoelectric semiconductors is becoming a quickly expanding synthesis strategy. In this work we report a simple two-step process enabling the formation of ternary CuAgSe nanoplatelets with a great degree of control over the composition and shape. Starting with hexagonal nanoplatelets of cubic Cu2-xSe, ternary CuAgSe nanoplatelets were generated through a rapid ion exchange reaction at 300 K using AgNO3 solution. The Cu2-xSe nanoplatelet template and the final CuAgSe nanoplatelets were analyzed by electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that both the low temperature pseudotetragonal and the high temperature cubic forms of CuAgSe phase were created while maintaining the morphology of the Cu2-xSe nanoplatelet template. Thermal and electronic transport measurements of hot-pressed pellets of the synthesized CuAgSe nanoplatelets showed a drastic reduction in the thermal conductivity and a sharp transition from n-type (S = -45 μV K(-1)) to p-type (S = +200 μV K(-1)) semiconducting behavior upon heating above the structural transition from the low temperature orthorhombic to the high temperature super-ionic cubic phase. This simple reaction process utilizing a template nanostructure matrix represents an energy efficient, cost-efficient, and versatile strategy to create interesting materials with lower defect density and superior thermoelectric performance. PMID:25965176

  7. Enhanced thermomechanical functionality of a laser processed hybrid NiTi-NiTiCu shape memory alloy

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    Daly, M.; Pequegnat, A.; Zhou, Y.; Khan, M. I.

    2012-04-01

    The exciting thermomechanical behavior of NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) has sparked significant research effort seeking to exploit their exotic properties. The performance capabilities of conventional NiTi offerings are limited, however, by current fabrication technologies. In this study, a high power density laser source was implemented to locally alloy Cu into a conventional NiTi material. The effects of laser processing created a localized NiTiCu ternary material domain which possessed a set of unique thermomechanical properties. The combined active responses of the laser processed hybrid NiTi-NiTiCu SMA represent an enhanced material functionality, which permits a multi-stage thermomechanical recovery and allows for unprecedented novel applications to be realized.

  8. Cu-Ni-Fe anodes having improved microstructure

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    Bergsma, S. Craig; Brown, Craig W.

    2004-04-20

    A method of producing aluminum in a low temperature electrolytic cell containing alumina dissolved in an electrolyte. The method comprises the steps of providing a molten electrolyte having alumina dissolved therein in an electrolytic cell containing the electrolyte. A non-consumable anode and cathode is disposed in the electrolyte, the anode comprised of Cu--Ni--Fe alloys having single metallurgical phase. Electric current is passed from the anode, through the electrolyte to the cathode thereby depositing aluminum on the cathode, and molten aluminum is collected from the cathode.

  9. Magnetic Properties of Evaporated Ni Thin Films: Effect of Substrates, Thickness, and Cu Underlayer

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    Hemmous, M.; Layadi, A.; Kerkache, L.; Tiercelin, N.; Preobrazhensky, V.; Pernod, P.

    2015-09-01

    Ni thin films have been deposited by thermal evaporation onto glass, Si, Cu, mica, and Al2O3 substrates with and without a Cu underlayer. The Ni thicknesses, t, are in the 4 to 163 nm range. The Cu underlayer has also been evaporated with a Cu thickness equal to 27, 52, and 90 nm. The effects of substrate, Ni thickness, and the Cu underlayer on the magnetic properties of Ni are investigated. Magnetic properties were inferred from the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) set-up. The substrates induce not only different coercive field H C values but also the origins of the H C values are different. The squareness S depends on substrate and t and seems to be relatively large in Ni/glass and Ni/Cu, and small in Ni/Si and Ni/mica. The Cu underlayer leads to an overall increase of H C and the saturation H sat and to a decrease in the remnant magnetization; the increase in H sat may be related to a stress-induced anisotropy in Ni/Cu/substrates.

  10. Strain and magnetic anisotropy of epitaxial Ni/Cu(001) nanostructures

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    Lee, S. G.; Shin, S. W.; Jang, J. W.; Hwang, H. M.; Jang, H. K.; Lee, J.; Lee, J. H.; Song, J. H.; Choi, J.-Y.; Lee, H. S.

    2006-04-01

    The magnetic anisotropy of isolated epitaxial Ni/Cu(001) nanostructure on Si(001) has been studied together with structural characterization. The strain of the Ni nanostructure is released such that the perpendicular strain of nanostructure with tNi=10 nm decreases to -0.48% from -1.17% of film with the same thickness. Because of this, strain becomes the main factor in determining magnetic anisotropy of Ni/Cu nanostructure in the investigated Ni thickness range (tNi=4.5-10 nm).

  11. Spin-state transition in antiferromagnetic Ni0.4Mn0.6 films in Ni/NiMn/Ni trilayers on Cu(001)

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    Hagelschuer, T.; Shokr, Y. A.; Kuch, W.

    2016-02-01

    The influence of the antiferromagnetic (AFM) spin structure of epitaxial Ni0.4Mn0.6 films on the magnetic properties of adjacent out-of-plane-magnetized ferromagnetic (FM) Ni layers in Ni/Ni0.4Mn0.6/Ni trilayers on Cu(001) is investigated by magneto-optical Kerr-effect experiments. An AFM interlayer coupling between the two FM layers, which emerges below the AFM ordering temperature for an odd number of atomic layers of the antiferromagnet, suddenly disappears at a lower, AFM-thickness-dependent transition temperature. For even numbers of atomic layers of the antiferromagnet, a maximum of the coercivity is observed at a corresponding temperature. This result is interpreted as a transition of the AFM spin structure of the Ni0.4Mn0.6 layer that strongly affects the interlayer exchange coupling of the two FM layers by direct exchange through the AFM layer.

  12. Low temperature growth of graphene on Cu-Ni alloy nanofibers for stable, flexible electrodes

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    Liu, Zheng-Dong; Yin, Zong-You; Du, Ze-Hui; Yang, Yang; Zhu, Min-Min; Xie, Ling-Hai; Huang, Wei

    2014-04-01

    Here, we report a facile approach to grow graphene on Cu-Ni alloy NFs at a temperature as low as 450-500 °C, in which solid polystyrene (PS) carbon source and two-temperature-zone furnace were used to prepare graphene. The graphene coated Cu-Ni (designated as G-coated Cu-Ni) NFs were fully characterized by Raman spectra, XPS, FESEM and TEM. The G-coated Cu-Ni NFs exhibited excellent anti-oxidation, anti-corrosion and flexibility properties. The anti-corrosion of G-coated Cu-Ni NFs was examined through cyclic voltammetry measurements by using sea water as the electrolyte solution. Finally, using crossed arrays of G-coated Cu-Ni NF composite electrode thin films (sheet resistance is ~10 Ω sq-1) as the flexible electrode, an alternating current (AC) electroluminescent (EL) device with a configuration of G-coated Cu-Ni/active layer (ZnS : Cu phosphor)/dielectric layer (BaTiO3)/front electrode (CNT) has been fabricated. Under an AC voltage of 200 V and frequency of 1300 Hz, the ACEL device emitted blue light at 496 nm with a brightness of 103 cd m-2.Here, we report a facile approach to grow graphene on Cu-Ni alloy NFs at a temperature as low as 450-500 °C, in which solid polystyrene (PS) carbon source and two-temperature-zone furnace were used to prepare graphene. The graphene coated Cu-Ni (designated as G-coated Cu-Ni) NFs were fully characterized by Raman spectra, XPS, FESEM and TEM. The G-coated Cu-Ni NFs exhibited excellent anti-oxidation, anti-corrosion and flexibility properties. The anti-corrosion of G-coated Cu-Ni NFs was examined through cyclic voltammetry measurements by using sea water as the electrolyte solution. Finally, using crossed arrays of G-coated Cu-Ni NF composite electrode thin films (sheet resistance is ~10 Ω sq-1) as the flexible electrode, an alternating current (AC) electroluminescent (EL) device with a configuration of G-coated Cu-Ni/active layer (ZnS : Cu phosphor)/dielectric layer (BaTiO3)/front electrode (CNT) has been fabricated. Under an AC voltage of 200 V and frequency of 1300 Hz, the ACEL device emitted blue light at 496 nm with a brightness of 103 cd m-2. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr06246e

  13. Comparison between Ag (I) and Ni (II) removal from synthetic nuclear power plant coolant water by iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Salmani, Mohammad Hossein; Ehrampoush, Mohammad Hassan; Aboueian-Jahromi, Mohaddeseh; Askarishahi, Mohsen

    2013-01-01

    The impact of effective parameters such as iron oxide nanoparticles dosage, contact time and solution pH was optimized for removal of Ag(I) and Ni(II) in the nuclear cooling system and the best conditions were compared. Nearly complete removal (97%) of Ni(II) and Ag(I) were obtained at adsorbent dosage of 40 and 20 g/L, respectively. Experiments showed that 4 hours was a good choice as optimum contact time for two ions removal. The effective parameter was pH, so that maximum removal efficiency was obtained for Ag(I) in acidic pH=3 and for Ni(II) in basic pH=10. It seems that removal of Ag(I) was controlled by adsorption-reduction mechanism, but Ni(II) could place only adsorption. Langmuir and Freundlich model was more suitable for nickel and silver removal by this adsorbent, respectively. Ag(I) and Ni(II) removal efficiency trend by this adsorbent is similar at periods but different in the concentrations, pHs and equilibrium model. The obtained results were very promising, as both Ag(I) and Ni(II) were effectively removed from synthetic wastewater and there was a possibility to remove Ag(I) very fast. Hence, the idea of using nanoparticles for application of metal ions removal from wastewaters seems to be very efficient and quite promising. PMID:24499654

  14. Comparison between Ag (I) and Ni (II) removal from synthetic nuclear power plant coolant water by iron oxide nanoparticles

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    2013-01-01

    The impact of effective parameters such as iron oxide nanoparticles dosage, contact time and solution pH was optimized for removal of Ag(I) and Ni(II) in the nuclear cooling system and the best conditions were compared. Nearly complete removal (97%) of Ni(II) and Ag(I) were obtained at adsorbent dosage of 40 and 20 g/L, respectively. Experiments showed that 4 hours was a good choice as optimum contact time for two ions removal. The effective parameter was pH, so that maximum removal efficiency was obtained for Ag(I) in acidic pH=3 and for Ni(II) in basic pH=10. It seems that removal of Ag(I) was controlled by adsorption-reduction mechanism, but Ni(II) could place only adsorption. Langmuir and Freundlich model was more suitable for nickel and silver removal by this adsorbent, respectively. Ag(I) and Ni(II) removal efficiency trend by this adsorbent is similar at periods but different in the concentrations, pHs and equilibrium model. The obtained results were very promising, as both Ag(I) and Ni(II) were effectively removed from synthetic wastewater and there was a possibility to remove Ag(I) very fast. Hence, the idea of using nanoparticles for application of metal ions removal from wastewaters seems to be very efficient and quite promising. PMID:24499654

  15. Evaluation of the amalgamation reaction of experimental Ag-Sn-Cu alloys containing Pd using a mercury plating technique.

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    Koike, Marie; Ferracane, Jack L; Fujii, Hiroyuki; Okabe, Toru

    2003-09-01

    A mercury plating technique was used to determine the phases forming on experimental Ag-Sn-Cu alloy powders (with and without Pd) exposed to electrolytically deposited mercury. Four series of alloy powders were made: a) 1.5% Pd with 10-14% Cu (CU series); b) 1.0% Pd with 10-14% Cu (1PD series); c) 1.5% Pd with different ratios of Ag3Sn (gamma) to Ag4Sn (beta) with 12% Cu (AGSN series); and d) 9-13% Cu with no Pd (NOPD series). Each powder was pressed on a freshly prepared amalgam specimen made from the same powder and metallographically polished until cross sections appeared; mercury was electroplated on the alloy particles. Alloy powders, amalgams and electroplated specimens were examined using XRD and SEM/EDS. XRD confirmed the presence of gamma2 in amalgams made from alloys with Cu < 13% or with Ag3Sn/Ag4Sn > 0.8. Specimens with moderately plated Hg showed gamma1 (Ag2Hg3) polyhedra and eta' Cu6Sn5, but not gamma2. This method effectively identifies alloys prone to forming gamma2. PMID:14628723

  16. Giant magnetic coercivity in CaCu5-type SmNi3TSi (T=Mn-Cu) solid solutions

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    Yao, Jinlei; Yan, Xu; Morozkin, A. V.

    2015-12-01

    The effects of transition metal substitution for Ni on the magnetic properties of the CaCu5-type SmNi3TSi (T=Mn, Fe, Co, Cu) solid solutions have been investigated. SmNi3MnSi, SmNi3FeSi, SmNi3CoSi and SmNi3CuSi show ferromagnetic ordering at 125 K, 190 K, 46 K and 12 K and field induced transitions at 65 K, 110 K, 30 K and 6 K, respectively. The magnetocaloric effects of SmNi3TSi (T=Mn, Fe, Co, Cu) were calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change (ΔSm). The magnetic entropy ΔSm reaches value of -1.1 J/kg K at 130 K for SmNi3MnSi, -0.4 J/kg K at 180 K for SmNi3FeSi, -0.37 J/kg K at 45 K for SmNi3CoSi and -0.5 J/kg K at 12 K for SmNi3CuSi in field change of 0-50 kOe around the ferromagnetic ordering temperature. They show positive ΔSm of +2.4 J/kg K at 30 K for SmNi3MnSi, -2.6 J/kg K at 65 K for SmNi3FeSi, +0.73 J/kg K at 15 K for SmNi3CoSi and -0.5 J/kg K at 6 K for SmNi3CuSi in field change of 0-50 kOe around the metamagnetic-like transition temperature. Below the field induced transition temperature, SmNi3TSi (T=Mn, Fe, Co, Cu) exhibits giant magnetic coercivity of 80 kOe at 20 K for SmNi3MnSi, 87 kOe at 40 K for SmNi3FeSi, 27 kOe at 20 K for SmNi3CoSi and 54 kOe at 5 K for SmNi3CuSi. Below the field induced transition temperature, SmNi3TSi (T=Mn, Fe, Co, Cu) exhibits giant magnetic coercivity of 80 kOe at 20 K for SmNi3MnSi, 87 kOe at 40 K for SmNi3FeSi, 27 kOe at 20 K for SmNi3CoSi and 54 kOe at 5 K for SmNi3CuSi.

  17. Active Brazing of C/C Composite to Copper by AgCuTi Filler Metal

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    Zhang, Kexiang; Xia, Lihong; Zhang, Fuqin; He, Lianlong

    2016-03-01

    Brazing between the carbon-fiber-reinforced carbon composite (C/C composite) and copper has gained increasing interest because of its important application in thermal management systems in nuclear fusion reactors and in the aerospace industry. In order to examine the "interfacial shape effect" on the mechanical properties of the joint, straight and conical interfacial configurations were designed and machined on the surface of C/C composites before joining to copper using an Ag-68.8Cu-4.5Ti (wt pct) alloy. The microstructure and interfacial microchemistry of C/C composite/AgCuTi/Cu brazed joints were comprehensively investigated by using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that the joint region of both straight and conical joints can be described as a bilayer. Reaction products of Cu3Ti3O and γ-TiO were formed near the copper side in a conical interface joint, while no reaction products were found in the straight case. The effect of Ag on the interfacial reaction was discussed, and the formation mechanism of the joints during brazing was proposed. On the basis of the detailed microstructure presented, the mechanical performance of the brazed joints was discussed in terms of reaction and morphology across the joint.

  18. Active Brazing of C/C Composite to Copper by AgCuTi Filler Metal

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    Zhang, Kexiang; Xia, Lihong; Zhang, Fuqin; He, Lianlong

    2016-05-01

    Brazing between the carbon-fiber-reinforced carbon composite (C/C composite) and copper has gained increasing interest because of its important application in thermal management systems in nuclear fusion reactors and in the aerospace industry. In order to examine the "interfacial shape effect" on the mechanical properties of the joint, straight and conical interfacial configurations were designed and machined on the surface of C/C composites before joining to copper using an Ag-68.8Cu-4.5Ti (wt pct) alloy. The microstructure and interfacial microchemistry of C/C composite/AgCuTi/Cu brazed joints were comprehensively investigated by using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that the joint region of both straight and conical joints can be described as a bilayer. Reaction products of Cu3Ti3O and γ-TiO were formed near the copper side in a conical interface joint, while no reaction products were found in the straight case. The effect of Ag on the interfacial reaction was discussed, and the formation mechanism of the joints during brazing was proposed. On the basis of the detailed microstructure presented, the mechanical performance of the brazed joints was discussed in terms of reaction and morphology across the joint.

  19. Copper-silver bimetallic system on natural clinoptilolite: thermal reduction of Cu2+ and Ag+ exchanged.

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    Rodrguez-Iznaga, Inocente; Petranovskii, Vitalii; Castilln-Barraza, Felipe; Concepcin-Rosabal, Beatriz

    2011-06-01

    Copper-silver bimetallic system supported on natural clinoptilolite from Tasajeras deposit (Cuba) was studied. Bimetallic samples were prepared by simultaneous ion exchange, and reduced in a wide temperature range in a hydrogen flow. The main goal of the work was analysis of the mutual influence of both metals on their reduction process and the properties of the resultant particles. Analysis was done by combined use of XRD and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The reduction of Cu2+ and Ag+ cations shows existence of notable inter-influence between both cations during this process. The Cu2+ reduction is favored by the presence of Ag+, which should be related with the synergetic influence of silver cations and/or clusters formed on the first stages of reduction on Cu(2+)-framework interaction, facilitating the Cu2+ reduction even at low temperature (25 and 50 degrees C). The aggregation of the reduced highly dispersed species both for copper and silver is limited in this bimetallic system. The introduction of Ag+ as the second cation in the copper-exchanged zeolites favors the copper reduction at lower temperatures (25 and 50 degrees C), and appears to be the efficient tool for the control of the size of the resultant reduced nanoparticles (it means their dispersion). PMID:21770222

  20. Surface electronic structure of polar NiO thin film grown on Ag(111)

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    Das, Jayanta; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.

    2015-06-01

    The growth and structure of NiO thin films on top of Ag(111) substrate were studied where the formation of faceted surface was confirmed by Low Energy Electron Diffraction. The electronic structure of polar NiO(111) surface has been probed using photoemission techniques. The core energy levels and the valence band electronic structure were excited by x-ray and ultraviolet photons respectively. The modifications in physical structure and valence band electronic structure of the film under vacuum annealing have also been enlightened.

  1. Adaptive composites with embedded NiTiCu wires

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    Balta-Neumann, J. Antonio; Michaud, Veronique J.; Parlinska, Magdelena; Gotthardt, Rolf; Manson, Jan-Anders E.

    2001-07-01

    Adaptive composites have been produced by embedding prestrained shape memory alloy (SMA) wires into an epoxy matrix, reinforced with aramid fibers. These materials demonstrate attractive effects such as shape change or a shift in the vibration frequency upon activation. When heated above their transformation temperature, the wires' strain recovery is confined, and recovery stresses are generated. As a result, if the wires are placed along the neutral axis of a composite beam, a shift in resonance vibration frequency can be observed. To optimize the design of such composites, the matrix - SMA wire interfacial shear strength has been analyzed with the pull out testing technique. It is shown that the nature of the wire surface influences the interfacial shear strength, and that satisfactory results are obtained for SMA wires with a thin oxide layer. Composite samples consisting of two different types of pre- strained NiTiCu wires embedded in either pure epoxy matrix or Kevlar-epoxy matrix were produced. The recovery force and vibration response of composites were measured in a clamped-clamped configuration, to assess the effect of wire type and volume fraction. The results are highly reproducible in all cases with a narrow hysteresis loop, which makes NiTiCu wires good candidates for adaptive composites. The recovery forces increase with the volume fraction of the embedded wires, are higher when the wires are embedded in a low CTE matrix and, at a given temperature, are higher when the wire transformation temperature is lower.

  2. Effect of NiO spin orientation on the magnetic anisotropy of the Fe film in epitaxially grown Fe/NiO/Ag(001) and Fe/NiO/MgO(001)

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    Kim, W.; Jin, E.; Wu, J.; Park, J.; Arenholz, E.; Scholl, A.; Hwang, C.; Qiu, Z.

    2010-02-10

    Single crystalline Fe/NiO bilayers were epitaxially grown on Ag(001) and on MgO(001), and investigated by Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), Magneto-Optic Kerr Effect (MOKE), and X-ray Magnetic Linear Dichroism (XMLD). We find that while the Fe film has an in-plane magnetization in both Fe/NiO/Ag(001) and Fe/NiO/MgO(001) systems, the NiO spin orientation changes from in-plane direction in Fe/NiO/Ag(001) to out-of-plane direction in Fe/NiO/MgO(001). These two different NiO spin orientations generate remarkable different effects that the NiO induced magnetic anisotropy in the Fe film is much greater in Fe/NiO/Ag(001) than in Fe/NiO/MgO(001). XMLD measurement shows that the much greater magnetic anisotropy in Fe/NiO/Ag(001) is due to a 90{sup o}-coupling between the in-plane NiO spins and the in-plane Fe spins.

  3. Fundamental studies of high-temperature corrosion reactions. Sixth annual progress report. [Cu-6% Ni

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    Rapp, R.A.

    1981-02-01

    Research was conducted on the sulfidation of pure Mo by sulfur gases at 700 to 950/sup 0/C and on the in-situ oxidation of metals and alloys in the hot-stage SEM. Results on the in-situ oxidation of Cu, Ni, Fe, and Cu-6% Ni up to 930/sup 0/C are reported in detail. 21 figures.

  4. Agglomeration in core-shell structure of CuAg nanoparticles synthesized by the laser ablation of Cu target in aqueous solutions

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    Petrović, S.; Salatić, B.; Milovanović, D.; Lazović, V.; Živković, Lj; Trtica, M.; Jelenković, B.

    2015-02-01

    Metallic copper Cu and bimetallic copper-silver CuAg nanoparticles (NPs) are generated by the ablation of copper bulk target in water and aqueous Ag colloidal solution, respectively. The experiments were performed using nanosecond Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm. The generated NPs are characterized by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscopy. The conducted investigations can be summarized as follows: (i) CuAg NPs colloidal solution possess the absorption in UV-vis spectral region, which can be attributed to the Cu-component; (ii) the primary bimetallic CuAg NPs have near uniform dimensions with diameter of about 15 nm, and as a rule, they are grouped into larger agglomerates without defined morphology; (iii) the obtained Cu NPs have mainly spherical form with average diameters up to 20 nm. Both types of NPs show a tendency towards the formation of large agglomerates with different morphology. Bimetallic NPs show the plasmon resonance in the vicinity of 640 nm with a good coincidence with formation of the colloidal solution of pure Cu NPs. The results also demonstrate that the core-shell structure (Ag-rich core/Cu-rich shell) is important for the formation of the bimetallic NPs, also agreeing very well with theory.

  5. Evaluation of the microstructure of Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg Weldalite (tm) alloys, part 4

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    Pickens, Joseph R.; Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Gayle, Frank W.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy designed to have ultrahigh strength and to serve in aerospace applications. The alloy displays significantly higher strength than competitive alloys in both naturally aged and artificially aged tempers. The strengthening phases in such tempers have been identified to, in part, explain the mechanical properties attained. In general, the alloy is strengthened by delta prime Al3Li and Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in the naturally aged tempers. In artificially aged tempers in slightly underaged conditions, strengthening is provided by several phases including GP zones, theta prime Al2Cu, S prime Al2CuMg, T(sub 1) Al2CuLi, and possibly a new phase. In the peak strength artificially aged tempers, T(sub 1) is the predominant strengthening phase.

  6. Performance of ethanol electro-oxidation on Ni Cu alloy nanowires through composition modulation

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    Tian, Xi-ke; Zhao, Xiao-yu; Zhang, Li-de; Yang, Chao; Pi, Zhen-bang; Zhang, Su-xin

    2008-05-01

    To reduce the cost of the catalyst for direct ethanol fuel cells and improve its catalytic activity, highly ordered Ni-Cu alloy nanowire arrays have been fabricated successfully by differential pulse current electro-deposition into the pores of a porous anodic alumina membrane (AAMs). The energy dispersion spectrum, scanning and transmission electron microscopy were utilized to characterize the composition and morphology of the Ni-Cu alloy nanowire arrays. The results reveal that the nanowires in the array are uniform, well isolated and parallel to each other. The catalytic activity of the nanowire electrode arrays for ethanol oxidation was tested and the binary alloy nanowire array possesses good catalytic activity for the electro-oxidation of ethanol. The performance of ethanol electro-oxidation was controlled by varying the Cu content in the Ni-Cu alloy and the Ni-Cu alloy nanowire electrode shows much better stability than the pure Ni one.

  7. Performance of ethanol electro-oxidation on Ni-Cu alloy nanowires through composition modulation.

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    Tian, Xi-Ke; Zhao, Xiao-Yu; Zhang, Li-de; Yang, Chao; Pi, Zhen-Bang; Zhang, Su-Xin

    2008-05-28

    To reduce the cost of the catalyst for direct ethanol fuel cells and improve its catalytic activity, highly ordered Ni-Cu alloy nanowire arrays have been fabricated successfully by differential pulse current electro-deposition into the pores of a porous anodic alumina membrane (AAMs). The energy dispersion spectrum, scanning and transmission electron microscopy were utilized to characterize the composition and morphology of the Ni-Cu alloy nanowire arrays. The results reveal that the nanowires in the array are uniform, well isolated and parallel to each other. The catalytic activity of the nanowire electrode arrays for ethanol oxidation was tested and the binary alloy nanowire array possesses good catalytic activity for the electro-oxidation of ethanol. The performance of ethanol electro-oxidation was controlled by varying the Cu content in the Ni-Cu alloy and the Ni-Cu alloy nanowire electrode shows much better stability than the pure Ni one. PMID:21730590

  8. Impacts of Pristine and Transformed Ag and Cu Engineered Nanomaterials on Surficial Sediment Microbial Communities Appear Short-Lived.

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    Moore, Joe D; Stegemeier, John P; Bibby, Kyle; Marinakos, Stella M; Lowry, Gregory V; Gregory, Kelvin B

    2016-03-01

    Laboratory-based studies have shown that many soluble metal and metal oxide engineered nanomaterials (ENM) exert strong toxic effects on microorganisms. However, laboratory-based studies lack the complexity of natural systems and often use "as manufactured" ENMs rather than more environmentally relevant transformed ENMs, leaving open the question of whether natural ligands and seasonal variation will mitigate ENM impacts. Because ENMs will accumulate in subaquatic sediments, we examined the effects of pristine and transformed Ag and Cu ENMs on surficial sediment microbial communities in simulated freshwater wetlands. Five identical mesocosms were dosed through the water column with either Ag(0), Ag2S, CuO or CuS ENMs (nominal sizes of 4.67 ± 1.4, 18.1 ± 3.2, 31.1 ± 12, and 12.4 ± 4.1, respectively) or Cu(2+). Microbial communities were examined at 0, 7, 30, 90, 180, and 300 d using qPCR and high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Results suggest differential short-term impacts of Ag(0) and Ag2S, similarities between CuO and CuS, and differences between Cu ENMs and Cu(2+). PICRUSt-predicted metagenomes displayed differential effects of Ag treatments on photosynthesis and of Cu treatments on methane metabolism. By 300 d, all metrics pointed to reconvergence of ENM-dosed mesocosm microbial community structure and composition, suggesting that the long-term microbial community impacts from a pulse of Ag or Cu ENMs are limited. PMID:26841726

  9. Spectroscopic observation of photo-induced metastable linkage isomers of coinage metal (Cu, Ag, Au) sulfur dioxide complexes.

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    Liu, Xing; Wang, Xuefeng; Xu, Bing; Andrews, Lester

    2014-02-14

    Coinage metal atom (Cu, Ag, Au) reactions with SO2 were investigated by matrix isolation infrared absorption spectroscopy and density functional theory electronic structure calculations. Both mononuclear complexes M(η(1)-SO2) (M = Ag, Au) and M(η(2)-O2S) (M = Ag, Cu) were observed during condensation in solid argon or neon. Interestingly, the silver containing mononuclear complexes are interconvertible; that is, visible light induces the isomerization of Ag(η(1)-SO2) to Ag(η(2)-O2S) and vice versa on annealing. However, there is no evidence of similar interconvertibility for the Cu(η(2)-O2S) and Au(η(1)-SO2) molecules. These different behaviors are discussed within the bonding considerations for all of the obtained products. PMID:24382425

  10. Nanostructured YbAgCu4 for potentially cryogenic thermoelectric cooling.

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    Koirala, Machhindra; Wang, Hui; Pokharel, Mani; Lan, Yucheng; Guo, Chuanfei; Opeil, Cyril; Ren, Zhifeng

    2014-09-10

    We have studied the thermoelectric properties of nanostructured YbAgCu4 materials. A high power factor of ∼131 μW cm(-1) K(-2) has been obtained at 22 K for nanostructured samples prepared by ball milling the arc melted ingot into nanopowder and hot pressing the nanopowder. The implementation of nanostructuring method decreased the thermal conductivity at 42 K by 30-50% through boundary scattering comparing with the previously reported value of polycrystalline YbAgCu4. A peak dimensionless thermoelectric figure-of-merit, ZT, of 0.11 has been achieved at 42 K, which may find potential applications for cryogenic cooling below 77 K. The nanostructuring approach can be extended to other heavy Fermion materials to achieve high power factor and low thermal conductivity and ultimately higher ZT. PMID:25079115

  11. Possible Mesozoic age of Ellenville Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) deposit, Shawangunk Mountains, New York

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    Friedman, J.D.; Conrad, J.E.; McKee, E.H.; Mutschler, F.E.; Zartman, R.E.

    1994-01-01

    Ore textures, epithermal open-space filling of Permian structures of the Alleghanian orogeny, and largely postorogenic mineralization of the Ellenville, New York, composite Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) vein system, provide permissive evidence for post-Permian mineralization. Isochron ages determined by 40Ar/39Ar laser-fusion techniques for K-bearing liquid inclusions in main-stage quartz from the Ellenville deposit additionally suggest a Mesozoic time of mineralization, associated with extensional formation of the Newark basin. The best 40Ar/39Ar total-fusion age range is 165 ?? 30 to 193 ?? 35 Ma. The Mesozoic 40Ar/39Ar age agrees with that of many other dated northern Appalachian Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) deposits with near-matching lead isotope ratios, and adds new evidence of Jurassic tectonism and mineralization as an overprint to Late Paleozoic tectonism at least as far north as Ellenville (lat. 41??43???N). ?? 1994 Springer-Verlag.

  12. Possible Mesozoic age of Ellenville Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) deposit, Shawangunk Mountains, New York

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    Friedman, J. D.; Conrad, J. E.; McKee, E. H.; Mutschler, F. E.; Zartman, R. E.

    1994-12-01

    Ore textures, epithermal open-space filling of Permian structures of the Alleghanian orogeny, and largely postorogenic mineralization of the Ellenville, New York, composite Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) vein system, provide permissive evidence for post-Permian mineralization. Isochron ages determined by 40Ar/39Ar laser-fusion techniques for K-bearing liquid inclusions in main-stage quartz from the Ellenville deposit additionally suggest a Mesozoic time of mineralization, associated with extensional formation of the Newark basin. The best 40Ar/39Ar total-fusion age range is 165 ± 30 to 193 ± 35 Ma. The Mesozoic 40Ar/39Ar age agrees with that of many other dated northern Appalachian Zn-Pb-Cu(Ag) deposits with near-matching lead isotope ratios, and adds new evidence of Jurassic tectonism and mineralization as an overprint to Late Paleozoic tectonism at least as far north as Ellenville (lat. 41°43'N).

  13. SANS evidence of magnetic correlations among nanoparticles in granular Fe22Cu14Ag64

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    Fernndez Barqun, L.; Garca Caldern, R.; Pankhurst, Q. A.; Mathon, M. H.

    2007-03-01

    Mechanically alloyed Fe22Cu14Ag64 comprising Fe(Cu) nanoparticles of 4.6 nm embedded in a Ag matrix has been produced in large quantities to study the in-field and zero field small-angle neutron scattering. The magnetic intensity has been obtained using the in-field anisotropic contours and suggests the presence of magnetically coupled ferromagnetic nanoparticles. The results show the existence of magnetic correlations which can be described by a model of Percus-Yevick spheres and a log-normal distribution of particle sizes, in which two contributions are included. There exists a clear evidence of magnetic correlations at large scale provoked by interparticle interactions. These are expected to be mainly of dipolar origin.

  14. Local magnetism in the nanoscale granular alloy Fe13Cu10Ag77

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    Caldern, R. Garca; Fernndez Barqun, L.; Marcano, N.; Kalvius, G. M.; Wagner, F. E.; Hartmann, O.; Wppling, R.; Pankhurst, Q. A.

    2006-03-01

    Temperature-dependent zero-, longitudinal- and transverse-field ?SR spectra have been recorded in nanometric Fe13Cu10Ag77 obtained by mechanical alloying. The alloy comprises Fe(Cu) nanoparticles (5 nm) in a Ag matrix formed by 16 nm particles, as deduced from the Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction pattern. The muon depolarization can be described by a Dynamical Lorentzian Kubo-Toyabe function. This is in agreement with a high degree of interparticle dipolar interactions, giving rise to a cluster spin glass-like behavior below 100 K. The intra particle interactions are also probed by the ?SR, and influence the thermal variation of the static width.

  15. High resolution electron microscopy study of a high Cu variant of Weldalite (tm) 049 and a high strength Al-Cu-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Herring, R. A.; Gayle, Frank W.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy that is strengthened in artificially aged tempers primarily by very thin plate-like precipitates lying on the set of (111) matrix planes. This precipitate might be expected to be the T(sub 1) phase, Al2CuLi, which has been observed in Al-Cu-Li alloys. However, in several ways this precipitate is similar to the omega phase which also appears as the set of (111) planes plates and is found in Al-Cu-Ag-Mg alloys. The study was undertaken to identify the set of (111) planes precipitate or precipitates in Weldalite (trademark) 049 in the T8 (stretched and artificially aged) temper, and to determine whether T(sub 1), omega, or some other phase is primarily responsible for the high strength (i.e., 700 MPa tensile strength) in this Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy.

  16. Microstructure-property relationships in Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg Weldalite (tm) alloys, part 2

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    Langan, T. J.; Pickens, J. R.

    1991-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of the ultrahigh strength Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy, Weldalite (tm) 049, were studied. Specifically, the microstructural features along with tensile strength, weldability, Young's modulus and fracture toughness were studied for Weldalite (tm) 049 type alloys with Li contents ranging from 1.3 to 1.9 wt. pct. The tensile properties of Weldalite 049 and Weldalite 049 reinforced with TiB2 particles fabricated using the XD (tm) process were also evaluated at cryogenic, room, and elevated temperatures. In addition, an experimental alloy, similar in composition to Weldalite 049 but without the Ag+Mg, was fabricated. The microstructure of this alloy was compared with that of Weldalite 049 in the T6 condition to assess the effect of Ag+Mg on nucleation of strengthening phases in the absence of cold work.

  17. Size and alloying induced shift in core and valence bands of Pd-Ag and Pd-Cu nanoparticles

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    Sengar, Saurabh K.; Mehta, B. R.; Govind

    2014-03-28

    In this report, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies have been carried out on Pd, Ag, Cu, Pd-Ag, and Pd-Cu nanoparticles having identical sizes corresponding to mobility equivalent diameters of 60, 40, and 20 nm. The nanoparticles were prepared by the gas phase synthesis method. The effect of size on valence and core levels in metal and alloy nanoparticles has been studied by comparing the values to those with the 60 nm nanoparticles. The effect of alloying has been investigated by comparing the valence and core level binding energies of Pd-Cu and Pd-Ag alloy nanoparticles with the corresponding values for Pd, Ag, and Cu nanoparticles of identical sizes. These effects have been explained in terms of size induced lattice contractions, alloying induced charge transfer, and hybridization effects. The observation of alloying and size induced binding energy shifts in bimetallic nanoparticles is important from the point of view of hydrogen reactivity.

  18. Ag-Cu nanoalloyed film as a high-performance cathode electrocatalytic material for zinc-air battery

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    Lei, Yimin; Chen, Fuyi; Jin, Yachao; Liu, Zongwen

    2015-04-01

    A novel Ag50Cu50 film electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The electrocatalyst actually is Ag-Cu alloyed nanoparticles embedded in amorphous Cu film, based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterization. The rotating disk electrode (RDE) measurements provide evidence that the ORR proceed via a four-electron pathway on the electrocatalysts in alkaline solution. And it is much more efficient than pure Ag catalyst. The catalytic layer has maximum power density of 67 mW cm-2 and an acceptable cell voltage at 0.863 V when current densities increased up to 100 mA cm-2 in the Ag50Cu50-based primary zinc-air battery. The resulting rechargeable zinc-air battery exhibits low charge-discharge voltage polarization of 1.1 V at 20 mAcm-2 and high durability over 100 cycles in natural air.

  19. Efficient enhancement of hydrogen production by Ag/Cu2O/ZnO tandem triple-junction photoelectrochemical cell

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    Liu, Ying; Ren, Feng; Shen, Shaohua; Fu, Yanming; Chen, Chao; Liu, Chang; Xing, Zhuo; Liu, Dan; Xiao, Xiangheng; Wu, Wei; Zheng, Xudong; Liu, Yichao; Jiang, Changzhong

    2015-03-01

    Highly efficient semiconductor photoelectrodes for solar hydrogen production through photocatalytic water splitting are a promising and challenge solution to solve the energy problems. In this work, Ag/Cu2O/ZnO tandem triple-junction photoelectrode was designed and prepared. An increase of 11 times of photocurrent is achieved in the Ag/Cu2O/ZnO photoelectrode comparing to that of the Cu2O film. The high performance of the Ag/Cu2O/ZnO film is due to the optimized design of the tandem triple-junction structure, where the localized surface Plasmon resonance of Ag and the hetero-junctions efficiently absorb solar energy, produce, and separate electron-hole pairs in the photocathode.

  20. Characterization of Binary Ag-Cu Ion Mixtures in Zeolites: Their Reduction Products and Stability to Air Oxidation

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    Fiddy, Steven; Petranovskii, Vitalii; Ogden, Steve; Iznaga, Inocente Rodriguez

    2007-02-02

    A series of Ag+-Cu2+ binary mixtures with different Ag/Cu ratios were supported on mordenite with different Si/Al ratios and were subsequently reduced under hydrogen in the temperature range 323K - 473K. Ag and Cu K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) was conducted on these systems in-situ to monitor the reduction species formed and the kinetics of their reduction. In-situ XANES clearly demonstrates that the formation of silver particles is severely impeded by the addition of copper and that the copper is converted from Cu(II) to Cu(I) during reduction and completely reverts back to Cu(II) during cooling. There are no indications at any stage of the formation of bimetallic Ag-Cu clusters. Interestingly, the Ag/Cu ratio appears to have no influence of the reduction kinetics and reduction products formed with only the highest Si/Al ratio (MR = 128) investigated during this study having an influence on the reduction and stability to air oxidation.

  1. Characterization of Binary Ag-Cu Ion Mixtures in Zeolites: Their Reduction Products and Stability to Air Oxidation

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    Fiddy, Steven; Petranovskii, Vitalii; Ogden, Steve; Iznaga, Inocente Rodrguez

    2007-02-01

    A series of Ag+-Cu2+ binary mixtures with different Ag/Cu ratios were supported on mordenite with different Si/Al ratios and were subsequently reduced under hydrogen in the temperature range 323K - 473K. Ag and Cu K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) was conducted on these systems in-situ to monitor the reduction species formed and the kinetics of their reduction. In-situ XANES clearly demonstrates that the formation of silver particles is severely impeded by the addition of copper and that the copper is converted from Cu(II) to Cu(I) during reduction and completely reverts back to Cu(II) during cooling. There are no indications at any stage of the formation of bimetallic Ag-Cu clusters. Interestingly, the Ag/Cu ratio appears to have no influence of the reduction kinetics and reduction products formed with only the highest Si/Al ratio (MR = 128) investigated during this study having an influence on the reduction and stability to air oxidation.

  2. Growth and ordering of Ni(II) diphenylporphyrin monolayers on Ag(111) and Ag/Si(111) studied by STM and LEED.

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    Murphy, B E; Krasnikov, S A; Cafolla, A A; Sergeeva, N N; Vinogradov, N A; Beggan, J P; Lübben, O; Senge, M O; Shvets, I V

    2012-02-01

    The room temperature self-assembly and ordering of (5,15-diphenylporphyrinato)nickel(II) (NiDPP) on the Ag(111) and Ag/Si(111)-(√3 × √3)R30° surfaces have been investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. The self-assembled structures and lattice parameters of the NiDPP monolayer are shown to be extremely dependent on the reactivity of the substrate, and probable molecular binding sites are proposed. The NiDPP overlayer on Ag(111) grows from the substrate step edges, which results in a single-domain structure. This close-packed structure has an oblique unit cell and consists of molecular rows. The molecules in adjacent rows are rotated by approximately 17° with respect to each other. In turn, the NiDPP molecules form three equivalent domains on the Ag/Si(111)-(√3 × √3)R30° surface, which follow the three-fold symmetry of the substrate. The molecules adopt one of three equivalent orientations on the surface, acting as nucleation sites for these domains, due to the stronger molecule-substrate interaction compared to the case of the Ag(111). The results are explained in terms of the substrate reactivity and the lattice mismatch between the substrate and the molecular overlayer. PMID:22223550

  3. Nearly constant electrical resistance over large temperature range in Cu3NMx (M = Cu, Ag, Au) compounds.

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    Lu, Nianpeng; Ji, Ailing; Cao, Zexian

    2013-01-01

    Electrical resistance is a material property that usually varies enormously with temperature. Constant electrical resistivity over large temperature range has been rarely measured in a single solid. Here we report the growth of Cu3NMx (M = Cu, Ag, Au) compound films by magnetron sputtering, aiming at obtaining single solids of nearly constant electrical resistance in some temperature ranges. The increasing interstitial doping of cubic Cu3N lattice by extra metal atoms induces the semiconductor-to-metal transition in all the three systems. Nearly constant electrical resistance over 200 K, from room temperature downward, was measured in some semimetallic Cu3NMx samples, resulting from opposite temperature dependence of carrier density and carrier mobility, as revealed by Hall measurement. Cu3NAgx samples have the best performance with regard to the range of both temperature and doping level wherein a nearly constant electrical resistance can be realized. This work can inspire the search of other materials of such a quality. PMID:24169599

  4. Nearly Constant Electrical Resistance over Large Temperature Range in Cu3NMx (M = Cu, Ag, Au) Compounds

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    Lu, Nianpeng; Ji, Ailing; Cao, Zexian

    2013-01-01

    Electrical resistance is a material property that usually varies enormously with temperature. Constant electrical resistivity over large temperature range has been rarely measured in a single solid. Here we report the growth of Cu3NMx (M = Cu, Ag, Au) compound films by magnetron sputtering, aiming at obtaining single solids of nearly constant electrical resistance in some temperature ranges. The increasing interstitial doping of cubic Cu3N lattice by extra metal atoms induces the semiconductor-to-metal transition in all the three systems. Nearly constant electrical resistance over 200 K, from room temperature downward, was measured in some semimetallic Cu3NMx samples, resulting from opposite temperature dependence of carrier density and carrier mobility, as revealed by Hall measurement. Cu3NAgx samples have the best performance with regard to the range of both temperature and doping level wherein a nearly constant electrical resistance can be realized. This work can inspire the search of other materials of such a quality. PMID:24169599

  5. Ag-Pd-Cu alloy inserted transparent indium tin oxide electrodes for organic solar cells

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    Kim, Hyo-Joong; Seo, Ki-Won; Kim, Han-Ki; Noh, Yong-Jin; Na, Seok-In

    2014-09-01

    The authors report on the characteristics of Ag-Pd-Cu (APC) alloy-inserted indium tin oxide (ITO) films sputtered on a glass substrate at room temperature for application as transparent anodes in organic solar cells (OSCs). The effect of the APC interlayer thickness on the electrical, optical, structural, and morphological properties of the ITO/APC/ITO multilayer were investigated and compared to those of ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer electrodes. At the optimized APC thickness of 8 nm, the ITO/APC/ITO multilayer exhibited a resistivity of 8.55 × 10{sup −5} Ω cm, an optical transmittance of 82.63%, and a figure-of-merit value of 13.54 × 10{sup −3} Ω{sup −1}, comparable to those of the ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer. Unlike the ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer, agglomeration of the metal interlayer was effectively relieved with APC interlayer due to existence of Pd and Cu elements in the thin region of the APC interlayer. The OSCs fabricated on the ITO/APC/ITO multilayer showed higher power conversion efficiency than that of OSCs prepared on the ITO/Ag/ITO multilayer below 10 nm due to the flatness of the APC layer. The improved performance of the OSCs with ITO/APC/ITO multilayer electrodes indicates that the APC alloy interlayer prevents the agglomeration of the Ag-based metal interlayer and can decrease the thickness of the metal interlayer in the oxide-metal-oxide multilayer of high-performance OSCs.

  6. Low temperature growth of graphene on Cu-Ni alloy nanofibers for stable, flexible electrodes.

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    Liu, Zheng-Dong; Yin, Zong-You; Du, Ze-Hui; Yang, Yang; Zhu, Min-Min; Xie, Ling-Hai; Huang, Wei

    2014-05-21

    Here, we report a facile approach to grow graphene on Cu-Ni alloy NFs at a temperature as low as 450-500 °C, in which solid polystyrene (PS) carbon source and two-temperature-zone furnace were used to prepare graphene. The graphene coated Cu-Ni (designated as G-coated Cu-Ni) NFs were fully characterized by Raman spectra, XPS, FESEM and TEM. The G-coated Cu-Ni NFs exhibited excellent anti-oxidation, anti-corrosion and flexibility properties. The anti-corrosion of G-coated Cu-Ni NFs was examined through cyclic voltammetry measurements by using sea water as the electrolyte solution. Finally, using crossed arrays of G-coated Cu-Ni NF composite electrode thin films (sheet resistance is ∼10 Ω sq(-1)) as the flexible electrode, an alternating current (AC) electroluminescent (EL) device with a configuration of G-coated Cu-Ni/active layer (ZnS : Cu phosphor)/dielectric layer (BaTiO3)/front electrode (CNT) has been fabricated. Under an AC voltage of 200 V and frequency of 1300 Hz, the ACEL device emitted blue light at 496 nm with a brightness of 103 cd m(-2). PMID:24733262

  7. Electromigration induced Kirkendall void growth in Sn-3.5Ag/Cu solder joints

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    Jung, Yong; Yu, Jin

    2014-02-28

    Effects of electric current flow on the Kirkendall void formation at solder joints were investigated using Sn-3.5Ag/Cu joints specially designed to have localized nucleation of Kirkendall voids at the Cu{sub 3}Sn/Cu interface. Under the current density of 1 × 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2}, kinetics of Kirkendall void growth and intermetallic compound thickening were affected by the electromigration (EM), and both showed the polarity effect. Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} showed a strong susceptibility to the polarity effect, while Cu{sub 3}Sn did not. The electromigration force induced additional tensile (or compressive) stress at the cathode (or anode), which accelerated (or decelerated) the void growth. From the measurements of the fraction of void at the Cu{sub 3}Sn/Cu interface on SEM micrographs and analysis of the kinetics of void growth, the magnitude of the local stress induced by EM was estimated to be 9 MPa at the anode and −7 MPa at the cathode.

  8. Hydrothermal ethanol conversion on Ag, Cu, Au/TiO2

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    Mai, Do Tkhyui; Mikhalenko, I. I.; Pylinina, A. I.

    2014-10-01

    The effect UV irradiation and silver, copper, and gold ions (M z+) supported on titania (anatase) have on the activity of M/TiO2 samples in ethanol conversion at 150-400C is examined. After UV irradiation, the yields of acetaldehyde and ethylene increase for TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 samples, while the activity of Cu2+/TiO2 decreases. The activation energy of ethanol dehydration declines in the order TiO2 > Au3+ > Cu2+ > Ag+ and correlates linearly with a reduction in the radius of M z+ in crystal. The number of acidic sites on a M/TiO2 surface titrated via pyridine adsorption grows upon the introduction of M. Unlike Cu2+/TiO2, these sites are not activated after the irradiation of TiO2, Ag+/TiO2, and Au3+/TiO2. According to IR spectral data on adsorbed pyridine, all samples contain Lewis and Brnsted acidic sites.

  9. Combinatorial development of antibacterial Zr-Cu-Al-Ag thin film metallic glasses.

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    Liu, Yanhui; Padmanabhan, Jagannath; Cheung, Bettina; Liu, Jingbei; Chen, Zheng; Scanley, B Ellen; Wesolowski, Donna; Pressley, Mariyah; Broadbridge, Christine C; Altman, Sidney; Schwarz, Udo D; Kyriakides, Themis R; Schroers, Jan

    2016-01-01

    Metallic alloys are normally composed of multiple constituent elements in order to achieve integration of a plurality of properties required in technological applications. However, conventional alloy development paradigm, by sequential trial-and-error approach, requires completely unrelated strategies to optimize compositions out of a vast phase space, making alloy development time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we challenge the conventional paradigm by proposing a combinatorial strategy that enables parallel screening of a multitude of alloys. Utilizing a typical metallic glass forming alloy system Zr-Cu-Al-Ag as an example, we demonstrate how glass formation and antibacterial activity, two unrelated properties, can be simultaneously characterized and the optimal composition can be efficiently identified. We found that in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ag alloy system fully glassy phase can be obtained in a wide compositional range by co-sputtering, and antibacterial activity is strongly dependent on alloy compositions. Our results indicate that antibacterial activity is sensitive to Cu and Ag while essentially remains unchanged within a wide range of Zr and Al. The proposed strategy not only facilitates development of high-performing alloys, but also provides a tool to unveil the composition dependence of properties in a highly parallel fashion, which helps the development of new materials by design. PMID:27230692

  10. Effect of Surplus Phase on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties in Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloys with High Cu/Mg Ratio

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    Xu, Xiaofeng; Zhao, Yuguang; Wang, Xudong; Zhang, Ming; Ning, Yuheng

    2015-11-01

    In order to examine the effect of surplus phase on the microstructure and mechanical properties, different compositions with high Cu/Mg ratio of the T6-temper extruded Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys were studied in this investigation. The results show that the Al-5.6Cu-0.56Mg-0.4Ag alloy obtains superior mechanical properties at room temperature, while the yield strength of Al-6.3Cu-0.48Mg-0.4Ag alloy is 378 MPa at 200 °C, which is 200 MPa higher than that of Al-5.6Cu-0.56Mg-0.4Ag alloy. Although the excessive Cu content causes the slight strength loss and elongation decrease in the Al-6.3Cu-0.48Mg-0.4Ag alloy at room temperature, the surplus phases and recrystallized microstructure will play an effective role in strengthening the alloy at elevated temperature.

  11. Cu-Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles incorporated silica films using a new three-layer deposition technique.

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    Pal, Sudipto; Bysakh, Sandip; De, Goutam

    2010-02-01

    Formation of Au-Ag-Cu ternary alloy nanoparticles (NPs) is difficult mainly because the system Cu/Ag is immiscible. We present a new synthetic technique to generate such ternary alloy NPs in silica film matrix employing a three-layer (3L) coating design. In this methodology three successive coating layers were deposited on silica glass substrates from separately prepared Cu-, Au- and Ag-ion incorporated inorganic-organic hybrid silica sols by dipping method. The Au layer is kept in the middle because it is miscible with both the Ag and Cu. The 3L film assembly was subjected to UV- and heat-treatment at 450-750 degrees C in H2-N2 atmosphere. UV-treatment generates small Au and Ag NPs in the respective layers and Cu remains as Cu2+; subsequent heat-treatment in H2-N2 induces the formation of ternary alloy NPs by the interlayer diffusion of nanometals. The final heat-treated film (750 degrees C/H2-N2) shows single and sharp plasmon band centered at 480 nm in the UV-visible spectrum indicating the formation of alloy (solid solution) NPs. GIXRD study shows one set of diffraction peaks which are shifted towards higher angle with respect to the Au or Ag diffraction peaks. FESEM, GIXRD, HRTEM, and SAED analyses reveal that the alloy has a composition close to (Au + Ag)0.88Cu0.12. The EDS analyses using the nano probe attached with TEM confirm the presence of Au, Ag and Cu in all the alloy NPs. PMID:20352717

  12. Surface phonons of NiO(001) ultrathin films grown pseudomorphically on Ag(001)

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    Kostov, K. L.; Polzin, S.; Schumann, F. O.; Widdra, W.

    2016-01-01

    For an ultrathin NiO(001) film of 4 monolayer (ML) thickness grown on Ag(001), the vibrational properties have been determined by high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). For the well-ordered pseudomorphically grown film, nine phonon modes have been identified and their dispersions have been revealed along the ΓbarΧbar high-symmetry direction. The comparison with phonon data for a 25 ML thick NiO(001) film shows that the NiO(001) phonon properties are already fully developed at 4 ML. Significant differences are found for the surface-localized phonon S6 which has an increased dispersion for the ultrathin film. The dipole-active Fuchs-Kliewer phonon-polariton exhibits a narrower lineshape than the mode found for a single-crystal surface, which might hint to a reduced antiferromagnetic coupling in the ultrathin film.

  13. Template-grown NiFe/Cu/NiFe nanowires for spin transfer devices.

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    Piraux, Luc; Renard, Krystel; Guillemet, Raphael; Matéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Matéfi-Tempfli, Maria; Antohe, Vlad Andrei; Fusil, Stéphane; Bouzehouane, Karim; Cros, Vincent

    2007-09-01

    We have developed a new reliable method combining template synthesis and nanolithography-based contacting technique to elaborate current perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance spin valve nanowires, which are very promising for the exploration of electrical spin transfer phenomena. The method allows the electrical connection of one single nanowire in a large assembly of wires embedded in anodic porous alumina supported on Si substrate with diameters and periodicities to be controllable to a large extent. Both magnetic excitations and switching phenomena driven by a spin-polarized current were clearly demonstrated in our electrodeposited NiFe/Cu/ NiFe trilayer nanowires. This novel approach promises to be of strong interest for subsequent fabrication of phase-locked arrays of spin transfer nano-oscillators with increased output power for microwave applications. PMID:17715984

  14. Sulfuration resistance of five experimental Ag-Pd-Au-Cu alloys with low Pd content of 10 or 12%.

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    Saitoh, Setsuo; Araki, Yoshima; Taira, Masayuki

    2006-06-01

    Commercial Ag-based alloy (46Ag-20Pd-12Au-20Cu alloy) is widely used in Japan as a casting alloy. As opposed to the commercial composition, we prepared five experimental Ag-based alloys with reduced Pd content of 10 or 12%, increased Au content of 20 to 30%, and reduced Cu content of 12 to 20%. We then evaluated their sulfuration resistance by analyzing cast specimen surfaces dipped in 0.1% Na2S solution with SEM/EPMA, TF-XRD, and XPS. It became evident that all alloys were susceptible to sulfuration in the segregated Ag-rich Pd-poor phases. The degree and speed of sulfuration, however, differed among the six alloys examined. In particular, one experimental alloy (46Ag-10Pd-30Au-12Cu) possessed a sulfuration resistance equal or superior to that of commercial Ag-based alloy, while the other four experimental alloys were inferior in sulfuration resistance. Based on the results of this study, we concluded that our newly developed 46Ag-10Pd-30Au-12Cu alloy could be employed as a new sulfuration-resistant Ag-based casting alloy--which is especially useful if the price of Pd is skyrocketing again. PMID:16916236

  15. Nucleation and Growth of Cu-Al Intermetallics in Al-Modified Sn-Cu and Sn-Ag-Cu Lead-Free Solder Alloys

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    Reeve, Kathlene N.; Anderson, Iver E.; Handwerker, Carol A.

    2015-03-01

    Lead-free solder alloys Sn-Cu (SC) and Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) are widely used by the microelectronics industry, but enhanced control of the microstructure is needed to improve solder performance. For such control, nucleation and stability of Cu-Al intermetallic compound (IMC) solidification catalysts were investigated by variation of the Cu (0.7-3.0 wt.%) and Al (0.0-0.4 wt.%) content of SC + Al and SAC + Al alloys, and of SAC + Al ball-grid array (BGA) solder joints. All of the Al-modified alloys produced Cu-Al IMC particles with different morphologies and phases (occasionally non-equilibrium phases). A trend of increasing Cu-Al IMC volume fraction with increasing Al content was established. Because of solidification of non-equilibrium phases in wire alloy structures, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments revealed delayed, non-equilibrium melting at high temperatures related to quenched-in Cu-Al phases; a final liquidus of 960-1200°C was recorded. During cooling from 1200°C, the DSC samples had the solidification behavior expected from thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. Solidification of the ternary alloys commenced with formation of ternary β and Cu-Al δ phases at 450-550°C; this was followed by β-Sn, and, finally, Cu6Sn5 and Cu-Al γ1. Because of the presence of the retained, high-temperature phases in the alloys, particle size and volume fraction of the room temperature Cu-Al IMC phases were observed to increase when the alloy casting temperature was reduced from 1200°C to 800°C, even though both temperatures are above the calculated liquidus temperature of the alloys. Preliminary electron backscatter diffraction results seemed to show Sn grain refinement in the SAC + Al BGA alloy.

  16. Structural evolution of Ag-Cu nano-alloys confined between AlN nano-layers upon fast heating.

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    Janczak-Rusch, J; Chiodi, M; Cancellieri, C; Moszner, F; Hauert, R; Pigozzi, G; Jeurgens, L P H

    2015-11-14

    The structural evolution of a Ag-Cu/AlN nano-multilayer (NML), as prepared by magnetron-sputtering on a ?-Al2O3 substrate, was monitored during fast heating by real-time in situ XRD analysis (at the synchrotron), as well as by ex situ microstructural analysis using SEM, XPS and in-house XRD. The as-deposited NML is constituted of alternating nano-layers (thickness ? 10 nm) of a chemically inert AlN barrier and a eutectic Ag-Cu(40at%) nano-alloy. The nano-alloy in the as-deposited state is composed of a fcc matrix of Ag nano-grains (?6 nm), which are supersaturated by Cu, and some smaller embedded Cu rich nano-grains (?4 nm). Heating up to 265 C activates segregation of Cu out of the supersaturated Ag nano-grains phase, thus initiating phase separation. At T > 265 C, the phase-separated Cu metal partially migrates to the top NML surface, thereby relaxing thermally-accumulated compressive stresses in the confined alloy nano-layers and facilitating grain coarsening of (still confined) phase-separated nano-crystallites. Further heating and annealing up to 420 C results in complete phase separation, forming extended Ag and Cu domains with well-defined coherent Ag/AlN interfaces. The observed outflow of Cu well below the eutectic melting point of the bulk Ag-Cu alloy might provide new pathways for designing low-temperature nano-structured brazing materials. PMID:25914094

  17. Activation energy and excess conductivity analysis of (Ag)x/CuTl-1223 nano-superconductor composites

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    Hussain, Ghulam; Jabbar, Abdul; Qasim, Irfan; Mumtaz, M.; Nadeem, K.; Zubair, M.; Abbas, S. Qamar; Khurram, A. A.

    2014-09-01

    Silver (Ag) nanoparticles were added into (Cu0.5Tl0.5)Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ (CuTl-1223) high Tc superconducting matrix to get (Ag)x/CuTl-1223, x = 0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, and 4 wt. %, nano-superconductor composites. The activation energy {U (eV)} and zero resistivity critical temperature {Tc (0)} were increased with increasing contents of Ag nanoparticles in (CuTl-1223) phase up to x = 2.0 wt. %. The increase of activation energy is most probably due to interaction of carriers with the metallic Ag nanoparticles present at grain boundaries of the host CuTl-1223 superconducting matrix. The systematic increase in Tc (0) and gradual decrease in normal state resistivity {ρ300 K (Ω cm)} may be due to improved inter-grains coupling by filling up the voids and pores with the inclusion of metallic Ag nanoparticles at the grain-boundaries. There are two possible mechanisms associated with the inclusion of Ag nanoparticles, one is the formation of non-superconducting regions causing the increase of activation energy and other (dominating) is the improved inter-grains connectivity promoting Tc (0). The microscopic parameters (i.e., zero temperature coherence length along c-axis {ξc (0)}, inter-layer coupling (J), inter-grain coupling (α), etc.) deduced from the fluctuation induced conductivity analysis reasonably explained the experimental findings.

  18. Characterization of Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloy RX226-T8 Plate

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    Lach, Cynthia L.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2003-01-01

    Aluminum-copper-magnesium-silver (Al-Cu-Mg-Ag) alloys that were developed for thermal stability also offer attractive ambient temperature strength-toughness combinations, and therefore, can be considered for a broad range of airframe structural applications. The current study evaluated Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy RX226-T8 in plate gages and compared performance with sheet gage alloys of similar composition. Uniaxial tensile properties, plane strain initiation fracture toughness, and plane stress tearing resistance of RX226-T8 were examined at ambient temperature as a function of orientation and thickness location in the plate. Properties were measured near the surface and at the mid-plane of the plate. Tensile strengths were essentially isotropic, with variations in yield and ultimate tensile strengths of less than 2% as a function of orientation and through-thickness location. However, ductility varied by more than 15% with orientation. Fracture toughness was generally higher at the mid-plane and greater for the L-T orientation, although the differences were small near the surface of the plate. Metallurgical analysis indicated that the microstructure was primarily recrystallized with weak texture and was uniform through the plate with the exception of a fine-grained layer near the surface of the plate. Scanning electron microscope analysis revealed Al-Cu-Mg second phase particles which varied in composition and were primarily located on grain boundaries parallel to the rolling direction. Fractography of toughness specimens for both plate locations and orientations revealed that fracture occurred predominantly by transgranular microvoid coalescence. Introduction High-strength, low-density Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys were initially developed to replace conventional 2000 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7000 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) series aluminum alloys for aircraft structural applications [1]. During the High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) program, improvements in thermal stability were demonstrated for candidate aircraft wing and fuselage skin materials through the addition of silver to Al-Cu-Mg alloys based on Al 2519 chemistry [2]. Thermal stability of the resulting Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys, C415-T8 and C416-T8, was due to co-precipitation of the thermally stable . (AlCu) and ' (Al2Cu) strengthening phases [1-4]. The strength and toughness behavior was investigated for these alloys produced as 0.090-inch thick rolled sheet in the T8 condition and after various thermal exposures. The mechanical properties were shown to be competitive with conventional aircraft alloys, 2519-T8 and 2618-T8 [2]. During the Integral Airframe Structure (IAS) program, advanced aluminum alloys were examined for use in an integrally stiffened airframe structure where the skin and stiffeners would be machined from plate and extruded frames would be mechanically attached (see Figure 1) [5]. Advantages of integrally stiffened structure include reduced part count, and reduced assembly times compared to conventional built-up airframe structure. The near-surface properties of a thick plate are of significance for a machined integrally stiffened airframe structure since this represents the skin location. Properties measured at the mid-plane of the plate are more representative of the stiffener web. RX226 was developed to exploit strength-toughness improvements and thermal stability benefits of Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys in plate gages. This study evaluated the microstructure and properties of three gages of plate produced in the T8 condition.

  19. Structural, mechanical, thermo-physical and electronic properties of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds: First-principle calculations

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    Yang, Jian; Huang, Jihua; Fan, Dongyu; Chen, Shuhai; Zhao, Xingke

    2016-05-01

    First-principle calculations have been performed to investigate the structural, mechanical, thermo-physical and electronic properties of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds. The results indicated that, the doped Ni atom can not only enhance the stability of the η‧-Cu6Sn5, but also improve the mechanical and thermo-physical properties, which are more dependent on the Ni atom doping number than the doping position. In all the η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5, Cu3Ni3Sn5 (Cu1+Cu3 site) shows the best stability, the most excellent deformation resistance and the highest hardness. The Cu6Sn5, Cu3Ni3Sn5, Cu4Ni2Sn5, Cu1Ni5Sn5 and Ni6Sn5 are ductile while the Cu5Ni1Sn5 and Cu4Ni2Sn5 are brittle. The anisotropies of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 are all mainly due to the uneven distribution of Young's modulus at (001) planes, moreover, the anisotropy of Cu1Ni5Sn5 (Cu1+Cu2+Cu4 site) is the strongest while that of Ni6Sn5 is the weakest. The calculated Debye temperature and heat capacity showed that Cu4Ni2Sn5 (Cu2 site) possesses the best thermal conductivity (ΘD = 356.9 K) and Cu2Ni4Sn5 (Cu1+Cu2 site) possesses the largest heat capacity. From the electronic property analysis results, the Ni s and Ni p states can replace the Cu s and Cu p states to hybridize with Sn s states at -7.98 eV. Moreover, with the increasing number of the doped Ni atom, the hybridization between Cu d states at different positions is receded, while that between Ni d states is enhanced gradually.

  20. Thermal behavior and microstructure of the intermetallic compounds formed at the Sn 3Ag 0.5Cu/Cu interface after soldering and isothermal aging

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    Liu, Chih-Yao; Lai, Chien-Hong; Wang, Moo-Chin; Hon, Min-Hsiung

    2006-04-01

    The thermal behavior and microstructure of the intermetallic compounds formed at the Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu/Cu interface after soldering at 250 °C for 60 s and aging at 150 °C for various times have been investigated by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and pull-off testing. The DSC result shows that the solidus and liquidus temperatures of the Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy are 217 and 221 °C, respectively. The melting range of the Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu is 4 °C smaller than 8.5 °C for the Sn-37Pb solder alloy. The major intermetallic compounds are monoclinic η'-Cu 6Sn 5, hexagonal η-Cu 6Sn 5 and Ag 3Sn when aged at 150 °C for 0-300 h. When aged for 100-300 h, the morphology of Cu 6Sn 5 transforms from scallop-shaped to planar. The thickness of Cu 6Sn 5 increases from 4.1±0.4 to 7.8±0.3 μm when aging time increases from 0 to 300 h. The maximum and minimum adhesion strengths are 12.44±0.53 and 2.22±0.46 MPa, respectively, for as-soldered and aged (150 °C for 300 h) ones.

  1. A density functional global optimisation study of neutral 8-atom Cu-Ag and Cu-Au clusters

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    Heard, Christopher J.; Johnston, Roy L.

    2013-02-01

    The effect of doping on the energetics and dimensionality of eight atom coinage metal subnanometre particles is fully resolved using a genetic algorithm in tandem with on the fly density functional theory calculations to determine the global minima (GM) for Cu n Ag(8- n) and Cu n Au(8- n) clusters. Comparisons are made to previous ab initio work on mono- and bimetallic clusters, with excellent agreement found. Charge transfer and geometric arguments are considered to rationalise the stability of the particular permutational isomers found. An interesting transition between three dimensional and two dimensional GM structures is observed for copper-gold clusters, which is sharper and appears earlier in the doping series than is known for gold-silver particles.

  2. Graphene-like Networks in the lattice of Ag, Cu and Al metals

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    Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes; Ge, Xiaoxiao; Isaacs, Romaine; Jaim, Hm Iftekar; Wuttig, Manfred; Rashkeev, Sergey; Kuklja, Maija; Hu, Lianbing; Covetics Team Team

    Graphene-like networks form in the lattice of metals such as silver, copper and aluminum via an electrocharging assisted process. In this process a high current of >80A is applied to the liquid metal containing particles of activated carbon. The resulting material is called M covetic (M =Al, Ag Cu). We have previously reported that this process gives rise to carbon nanostructures with sp2 bonding embedded in the lattice of the metal. The carbon bonds to the metal as evidenced by Raman scattering and first principles simulation of the phonon density of states. With this process we have observed that graphene nanoribbons form along preferential crystalline directions and form 3D epitaxial structures with Al and Ag hosts. Bulk Cu covetic was used to deposit films by e-beam deposition and PLD. The PLD films contain higher C content and show higher transmittance (~90%) and resistance to oxidation than pure copper films of the same thickness. We compare the electrical and mechanical properties of covetics containing C in the 0 to 10 wt % and the transmittance of Cu covetic films compared to pure Cu films of the same thickness. Supported by ONR Grant N000141410042

  3. Effect of metal substrate (Al, Cu, Ag, and Au) on the photodegradation of polymers: Polyacrylonitrile

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    Welch, W.F.; Graham, S.M.; Chughatai, A.R.; Smith, D.M.; Schissel, P.

    1987-07-01

    Al-backed PVF film shows more photodegradation than does the nonmetalized PVF film. The effect of several metal substrates (Al, Cu, Ag, and Au) on the photodegradation of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) has been examined. Under oxidative conditions, the order of PAN photodegradation in M/PAN films is shown to be Cu/PAN>>PAN>>Al/PAN>Au/PAN>Ag/PAN. Formation of carbonyl group during the photodegradation is predominant in the cases of Al and Au. Under nonoxidative conditions there is no evidence of carbonyl group formation, but the photodegradation of Cu/PAN is still substantial. Under oxidative conditions the Cu/PAN film begins the char after approximately one hour, compared with four and a half hours under nonoxidative conditions. The photodegradation mechanism in the range of 250 less than or equal to lambda less than or equal to 400 nm suggests the formation of M(CN)/sub x/ species, but no such species are detected spectroscopically at the energy employed. A catalytic effect of metal films on the photodegradation of PAN is observed.

  4. The effect of Ni pre-implantation on surface morphology and optical absorption properties of Ag nanoparticles embedded in SiO2

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    Shen, Yanyan; Qi, Ting; Qiao, Yu; Yu, Shengwang; Hei, Hongjun; He, Zhiyong

    2016-02-01

    The effect of Ni ion fluence on Ag nucleation and particle growth was investigated by sequentially implantation of 60 keV Ni ions at fluences of 1 × 1016, 5 × 1016, 1 × 1017 ions/cm2 and 70 keV Ag ions at a fluence of 5 × 1016 ions/cm2. Due to the modification of the deposition and accumulation process of Ag implants caused by Ni pre-implantation, the surface morphology, structures, and optical absorption properties of the Ag nanoparticles (NPs) depends strongly on the Ni fluences. UV-vis absorption spectroscopy study showed that the introducing of Ni atoms lead to intensity decrease in the Ag SPR band. Remarkable local concentration increase of Ag profiles appeared for the sample pre-implanted by Ni ions of 5.0 × 1016 ions/cm2. In particular, the AgNi alloy NPs with dual absorption peaks centered at 406 nm and 563 nm have been formed after 600 °C annealing in Ar atmosphere. However, at a low fluence of 1.0 × 1016 ions/cm2, only small increase of the local Ag concentration than the Ag ions singly implanted sample can be observed. At a high fluence of 1.0 × 1017 ions/cm2, lots Ag atoms are trapped close to the surface, which result in heavy sputtering loss of Ag atoms and the sublimation of Ag atoms after 600 °C annealing.

  5. Photocatalytic performances and activities of Ag-doped CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Zhengru; Li, Xinyong; Zhao, Qidong; Li, Yonghua; Sun, Caizhi; Cao, Yongqiang

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocrystals were synthesized by a co-precipitation method. • Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} catalyst was prepared by the wetness impregnation strategy. • The structural properties of Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were investigated by XRD, TEM, DRS, and XPS techniques. • Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has higher photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: In this work, CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized by a chemical co-precipitation route. The Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} catalyst was prepared based on the CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles by the incipient wetness impregnation strategy, which showed excellent photoelectric property and catalytic activity. The structural properties of these samples were systematically investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) techniques. The photo-induced charge separation in the samples was demonstrated by surface photovoltage (SPV) measurement. The photocatalytic degradation of 4-CP by the Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples were comparatively studied under xenon lamp irradiation. The results indicate that the Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample exhibited the higher efficiency for the degradation of 4-CP.

  6. Effect of Cu interfacial layer thickness on spin-injection efficiency in NiFe/Cu/graphene spin valves

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    Zhang, Chi; Wang, Ying; Wu, Baolei; Wu, Yihong

    2013-05-01

    The spin injection efficiency in NiFe/Cu/graphene spin-valves has been investigated systematically with emphasis on the Cu thickness effect. An optimum Cu thickness is found to be around 2.5 nm for which spin injection efficiency up to 8.4% has been measured. With a further increase of Cu thickness, the efficiency decreases to 3.6%-3.8% at 3.5 nm and is hardly measureable at 5 nm and beyond. The decrease is discussed in the context of enhanced spin-flip scattering at the NiFe/Cu interface and grain boundaries in the polycrystalline Cu as well as current shunting induced lengthening of travelling distance of electrons inside Cu. On the other hand, a further reduction of Cu thickness below 2.5 nm results in pinholes which also lowers the spin-injection efficiency. In addition to the Cu thickness, another factor which affects the spin signal is the DC bias voltage. The non-local magnetoresistance is highest when measured under zero-bias condition and becomes smaller when a DC bias is applied. The reduction of efficiency correlates well with the decrease in Cu-graphene contact resistance, which is consistent with the non-ohmic nature of Cu-graphene interface. Hanle spin precession curves were measured at different back gate biases from which the spin relaxation length was determined to be 1.6 μm-2.7 μm.

  7. Subsurface growth of ultrathin Ni films on Cu(001) surfaces: Photoemission singularity index study

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    Guan, Lixiu; Tao, Junguang

    2016-01-01

    Using photoemission singularity index, we show that interface growth mode can be explored at atomic level for the epitaxial interface. The initial growth of Ni on Cu(001) surface has been demonstrated to be a segregated subsurface Ni layer growth below one Cu capping layer which behaves as a promoter. The observations are interpreted as evidence for interface exchange processes between Cu and Ni atoms. Based on the change of singularity index which is sensitive to the atomic environment, the interfacial density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level responsible for the screening is decreasing with increasing the Ni coverage. The Cu 4s/Ni 3d interfacial hybridization is enhanced on the disordered surface which is attributed to the increased step edge. The interfacial electronic structure change is also explained within the subsurface growth mode.

  8. Multicomponent (Ce, Cu, Ni) oxides with cage and core-shell structures: tunable fabrication and enhanced CO oxidation activity.

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    Liu, Wei; Tang, Ke; Lin, Ming; June, Lay Ting Ong; Bai, Shi-Qiang; Young, David James; Li, Xu; Yang, Yan-Zhao; Hor, T S Andy

    2016-05-01

    Solvothermal synthesis of Cu2O cubes from Cu(OAc)2 in ethanol provided templates for tunable formation of novel multicomponent composites: hollow CeO2-Cu2O (), core-shell NiO@Cu2O () and hollow CeO2-NiO-Cu2O (). Composites catalyze the oxidation of CO at a lower temperature than the parent Cu2O cubes. PMID:27116942

  9. High reflective p-GaN/Ni/Ag/Ti/Au Ohmic contacts for flip-chip light-emitting diode (FCLED) applications

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    Chang, Liann-Be; Shiue, Ching-Chuan; Jeng, Ming-Jer

    2009-04-01

    The fabrication of high reflective Ni/Ag/(Ti, Mo)/Au Ohmic contacts for flip-chip light-emitting diode (FCLED) are proposed and considered, Ni/Ag/Au Ohmic contacts are also fabricated to compare their resulting reflectivities. From secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) depth profiles, it indicates that the Au in-diffusion occurs in Ni/Ag/Au contacts after annealing. It is considered that Au in-diffusion, which is intermixed with Ag, Ni and GaN in Ni/Ag/Au contacts after annealing, is responsible for the resulting low reflectance (63% at the wavelength of 465 nm). To avoid Au in-diffusion and enhance the reflectivity, a diffusion barrier metal (Ti or Mo) between Ni/Ag and Au is fabricated and examined. It is demonstrated and found that an insertion of diffusion barrier metal of Ti enables to block Au diffusion effectively and also improve the reflectivity significantly, up to 93%.

  10. Effective atomic numbers for CoCuNi alloys using transmission experiments

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    Içelli, Orhan; Erzeneoğlu, Salih; Karahan, Ismail H.; Çankaya, Güven

    2005-04-01

    Effective atomic numbers for CuCoNi alloys against changing Ni contents were measured in the X-ray energy range from 15.746 to 40.930 keV. The gamma rays emitted a 241Am point source have been send on absorbers to be used transmission arrangement. The X-rays were counted by a Si(Li) detector with a resolution of 160 eV at 5.9 keV. The compositions of the Ni films were determined to be 0.03, 0.47, 0.62, 1.23, 1.22 and 1.6 by a scanning electron microscopy in CuCoNi alloys prepared against changing Ni contents. CoCuNi alloy films were prepared with an electrodeposition technique. Also, the total effective atomic numbers of each alloy were estimated using mixture rule. The measured values were compared with estimated values for alloys.

  11. Rapid direct conversion of Cu2-xSe to CuAgSe nanoplatelets via ion exchange reactions at room temperature

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    Moroz, N. A.; Olvera, A.; Willis, G. M.; Poudeu, P. F. P.

    2015-05-01

    The use of template nanostructures for the creation of photovoltaic and thermoelectric semiconductors is becoming a quickly expanding synthesis strategy. In this work we report a simple two-step process enabling the formation of ternary CuAgSe nanoplatelets with a great degree of control over the composition and shape. Starting with hexagonal nanoplatelets of cubic Cu2-xSe, ternary CuAgSe nanoplatelets were generated through a rapid ion exchange reaction at 300 K using AgNO3 solution. The Cu2-xSe nanoplatelet template and the final CuAgSe nanoplatelets were analyzed by electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that both the low temperature pseudotetragonal and the high temperature cubic forms of CuAgSe phase were created while maintaining the morphology of the Cu2-xSe nanoplatelet template. Thermal and electronic transport measurements of hot-pressed pellets of the synthesized CuAgSe nanoplatelets showed a drastic reduction in the thermal conductivity and a sharp transition from n-type (S = -45 μV K-1) to p-type (S = +200 μV K-1) semiconducting behavior upon heating above the structural transition from the low temperature orthorhombic to the high temperature super-ionic cubic phase. This simple reaction process utilizing a template nanostructure matrix represents an energy efficient, cost-efficient, and versatile strategy to create interesting materials with lower defect density and superior thermoelectric performance.The use of template nanostructures for the creation of photovoltaic and thermoelectric semiconductors is becoming a quickly expanding synthesis strategy. In this work we report a simple two-step process enabling the formation of ternary CuAgSe nanoplatelets with a great degree of control over the composition and shape. Starting with hexagonal nanoplatelets of cubic Cu2-xSe, ternary CuAgSe nanoplatelets were generated through a rapid ion exchange reaction at 300 K using AgNO3 solution. The Cu2-xSe nanoplatelet template and the final CuAgSe nanoplatelets were analyzed by electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that both the low temperature pseudotetragonal and the high temperature cubic forms of CuAgSe phase were created while maintaining the morphology of the Cu2-xSe nanoplatelet template. Thermal and electronic transport measurements of hot-pressed pellets of the synthesized CuAgSe nanoplatelets showed a drastic reduction in the thermal conductivity and a sharp transition from n-type (S = -45 μV K-1) to p-type (S = +200 μV K-1) semiconducting behavior upon heating above the structural transition from the low temperature orthorhombic to the high temperature super-ionic cubic phase. This simple reaction process utilizing a template nanostructure matrix represents an energy efficient, cost-efficient, and versatile strategy to create interesting materials with lower defect density and superior thermoelectric performance. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01451d

  12. Optimization of Bulk Thermoelectrics: Influence of Cu Insertion in Ag3.6Mo9Se11

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    Colin, Malika; Zhou, Tong; Lenoir, Bertrand; Dauscher, Anne; Al Rahal Al Orabi, Rabih; Gougeon, Patrick; Potel, Michel; Baranek, Philippe; Semprimoschnig, Christopher

    2012-06-01

    Currently, there is a resurgence of interest in thermoelectric materials with enhanced efficiency. Among investigated classes of bulk thermoelectrics such as partially filled skutterudites, Zn4Sb3-based materials, and clathrates, novel polycrystalline Mo9 cluster-based chalcogenides were reported recently. Among those, Chevrel phase-derived Ag y Mo9Se11 (with 3.4 ≤ y ≤ 3.9) compounds have shown interesting thermoelectric properties, in particular extremely low thermal conductivity allowing improved thermoelectric efficiency compared with reported Chevrel phases. They also possess a complex crystallographic structure where stacked Mo9Se11 units leave channels occupied by Ag atoms. Analysis of the structural determinants of the thermoelectric properties of Ag y Mo9Se11 suggested that performance improvements could result from further Cu insertion. In this paper, we describe the synthesis route we used for preparing quaternary Ag-Cu-Mo-Se compositions by a combination of powder metallurgy and spark plasma sintering techniques. Characterization by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and electrical and thermal measurements has been performed. The results obtained for two compounds (Ag3.6Cu0.2Mo9Se11 and Ag3.6Cu0.4Mo9Se11) are discussed and compared with those of the parent ternary compound Ag3.6Mo9Se11.

  13. A 3D porous Ni-Cu alloy film for high-performance hydrazine electrooxidation

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    Sun, Ming; Lu, Zhiyi; Luo, Liang; Chang, Zheng; Sun, Xiaoming

    2016-01-01

    Structural design and catalyst screening are two most important factors for achieving exceptional electrocatalytic performance. Herein we demonstrate that constructing a three-dimensional (3D) porous Ni-Cu alloy film is greatly beneficial for improving the hydrazine oxidation reaction (HzOR) performance. A facile electrodeposition process is employed to synthesize a Ni-Cu alloy film with a 3D hierarchical porous structure. As an integrated electrode for HzOR, the Ni-Cu alloy film exhibits superior catalytic activity and stability to the Ni or Cu counterparts. The synthesis parameters are also systematically tuned for optimizing the HzOR performance. The excellent HzOR performance of the Ni-Cu alloy film is attributed to its high intrinsic activity, large electrochemical specific surface area, and 3D porous architecture which offers a ``superaerophobic'' surface to effectively remove the gas product in a small volume. It is believed that the Ni-Cu alloy film electrode has potential application in direct hydrazine fuel cells as well as other catalytic fields.Structural design and catalyst screening are two most important factors for achieving exceptional electrocatalytic performance. Herein we demonstrate that constructing a three-dimensional (3D) porous Ni-Cu alloy film is greatly beneficial for improving the hydrazine oxidation reaction (HzOR) performance. A facile electrodeposition process is employed to synthesize a Ni-Cu alloy film with a 3D hierarchical porous structure. As an integrated electrode for HzOR, the Ni-Cu alloy film exhibits superior catalytic activity and stability to the Ni or Cu counterparts. The synthesis parameters are also systematically tuned for optimizing the HzOR performance. The excellent HzOR performance of the Ni-Cu alloy film is attributed to its high intrinsic activity, large electrochemical specific surface area, and 3D porous architecture which offers a ``superaerophobic'' surface to effectively remove the gas product in a small volume. It is believed that the Ni-Cu alloy film electrode has potential application in direct hydrazine fuel cells as well as other catalytic fields. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SEM and XPS characterization results. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07072d

  14. Structural evolution in Ti-Cu-Ni metallic glasses during heating

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    Gargarella, P.; Pauly, S.; Stoica, M.; Kühn, U.; Vaughan, G.; Afonso, C. R. M.; Eckert, J.

    2015-01-01

    The structural evolution of Ti{sub 50}Cu{sub 43}Ni{sub 7} and Ti{sub 55}Cu{sub 35}Ni{sub 10} metallic glasses during heating was investigated by in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The width of the most intense diffraction maximum of the glassy phase decreases slightly during relaxation below the glass transition temperature. Significant structural changes only occur above the glass transition manifesting in a change in the respective peak positions. At even higher temperatures, nanocrystals of the shape memory B2-Ti(Cu,Ni) phase precipitate, and their small size hampers the occurrence of a martensitic transformation.

  15. Effect of Cu addition on the martensitic transformation of powder metallurgy processed Ti–Ni alloys

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    Kim, Yeon-wook; Choi, Eunsoo

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • M{sub s} of Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} powders is 22 °C, while M{sub s} of SPS-sintered porous bulk increases up to 50 °C. • M{sub s} of Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 40}Cu{sub 20} porous bulk is only 2 °C higher than that of the powders. • Recovered stain of porous TiNi and TiNiCu alloy is more than 1.5%. - Abstract: Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} and Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 30}Cu{sub 20} powders were prepared by gas atomization and their transformation behaviors were examined by means of differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. One-step B2–B19’ transformation occurred in Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} powders, while Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 30}Cu{sub 20} powders showed B2–B19 transformation behavior. Porous bulks with 24% porosity were fabricated by spark plasma sintering. The martensitic transformation start temperature (50 °C) of Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} porous bulk is much higher than that (22 °C) of the as-solidified powders. However, the martensitic transformation start temperature (35 °C) of Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 30}Cu{sub 20} porous bulk is almost the same as that (33 °C) of the powders. When the specimens were compressed to the strain of 8% and then unloaded, the residual strains of Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 50} and Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 30}Cu{sub 20} alloy bulks were 3.95 and 3.7%, respectively. However, these residual strains were recovered up to 1.7% after heating by the shape memory phenomenon.

  16. Phase constitution and interface structure of nano-sized Ag-Cu/AlN multilayers: Experiment and ab initio modeling

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    Pigozzi, Giancarlo; Janczak-Rusch, Jolanta; Passerone, Daniele; Antonio Pignedoli, Carlo; Patscheider, Joerg; Jeurgens, Lars P. H.; Antusek, Andrej; Parlinska-Wojtan, Magdalena; Bissig, Vinzenz

    2012-10-29

    Nano-sized Ag-Cu{sub 8nm}/AlN{sub 10nm} multilayers were deposited by reactive DC sputtering on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates. Investigation of the phase constitution and interface structure of the multilayers evidences a phase separation of the alloy sublayers into nanosized grains of Ag and Cu. The interfaces between the Ag grains and the quasi-single-crystalline AlN sublayers are semi-coherent, whereas the corresponding Cu/AlN interfaces are incoherent. The orientation relationship between Ag and AlN is constant throughout the entire multilayer stack. These observations are consistent with atomistic models of the interfaces as obtained by ab initio calculations.

  17. The Influence of Sn Orientation on Intermetallic Compound Evolution in Idealized Sn-Ag-Cu 305 Interconnects: an Electron Backscatter Diffraction Study of Electromigration

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    Linares, Xioranny; Kinney, Chris; Lee, Kyu-Oh; Morris, J. W.

    2014-01-01

    Previous research showed the relationship between Sn grain orientation and the intermetallic growth rate in Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC)305 interconnects. Samples with the Sn c-axis aligned parallel to the current flow have an intermetallic compound growth rate significantly faster than samples with the c-axis perpendicular to the current flow. This study continues the previous research by investigating intermetallic growth in polygranular joints and in joints that have a thin Ni layer at the cathodic or anodic interface of the interconnect. Planar SAC305 interconnects were sandwiched between two Cu pads (sometimes incorporating a thin Ni layer at the interface) and subjected to uniaxial current. The crystallographic orientation of Sn in these samples was characterized with electron backscatter diffraction before and after electromigration testing. The results show that polycrystalline joints have relatively slow intermetallic growth rates, close to those found in single-crystal joints with the c-axis perpendicular to the current. When a Ni layer was present on the anode side, the intermetallic grew at a rate comparable to that in samples without a Ni layer. However, when the Ni layer was on the cathode side, the intermetallic growth was significantly retarded. The measured growth rates of the intermetallic, combined with literature values for the diffusion of Cu in Sn, were used to calculate values for the effective charge, z *, which is significantly smaller for samples with current parallel to the c-axis than for either polycrystalline samples or samples with the c-axis perpendicular to the electron flow.

  18. Quasi-Instantaneous Bacterial Inactivation on Cu-Ag Nanoparticulate 3D Catheters in the Dark and Under Light: Mechanism and Dynamics.

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    Rtimi, Sami; Sanjines, Rosendo; Pulgarin, Cesar; Kiwi, John

    2016-01-13

    The first evidence for Cu-Ag (50%/50%) nanoparticulate hybrid coatings is presented leading to a complete and almost instantaneous bacterial inactivation in the dark (≤5 min). Dark bacterial inactivation times on Cu-Ag (50%/50%) were observed to coincide with the times required by actinic light irradiation. This provides the evidence that the bimetal Cu-Ag driven inactivation predominates over a CuO/Cu2O and Ag2O oxides inducing a semiconductor driven behavior. Cu- or Ag-coated polyurethane (PU) catheters led to bacterial inactivation needing about ∼30 min. The accelerated bacterial inactivation by Cu-Ag coated on 3D catheters sputtered was investigated in a detailed way. The release of Cu/Ag ions during bacterial inactivation was followed by inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry (ICP-MS) and the amount of Cu and Ag-ions released were below the cytotoxicity levels permitted by the sanitary regulations. By stereomicroscopy the amount of live/dead cells were followed during the bacterial inactivation time. By Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), the systematic shift of the -(CH2) band stretching of the outer lipo-polysaccharide bilayer (LPS) was followed to monitor the changes leading to cell lysis. A hydrophobic to hydrophilic transformation of the Cu-Ag PU catheter surface under light was observed within 30 min followed concomitantly to a longer back transformation to the hydrophobic initial state in the dark. Physical insight is provided for the superior performance of Cu-Ag films compared to Cu or Ag films in view of the drastic acceleration of the bacterial inactivation observed on bimetal Cu-Ag films coating PU catheters. A mechanism of bacterial inactivation is suggested that is consistent with the findings reported in this study. PMID:26699928

  19. Lateral band formation and hybridization in molecular monolayers: NTCDA on Ag(110) and Cu(100)

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    Wießner, M.; Kübert, J.; Feyer, V.; Puschnig, P.; Schöll, A.; Reinert, F.

    2013-08-01

    The adsorption of aromatic molecules on metal surfaces leads to a complex reorganization of the molecular and metal wave functions. Various processes such as charge transfer, hybridization between molecular and metallic states, and the formation of dispersing bands within the interface have been demonstrated for organometallic interface systems. For the model molecule 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (NTCDA), we compare highly ordered monolayers on Ag(110) and Cu(100), which allows us to identify changes of the interfacial electronic structure when altering the coupling strength with the substrate by means of angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The stronger coupling to the Ag(110) substrate goes along with a shorter photohole lifetime and a stronger hybridization of the NTCDA lowest unoccupied molecular orbital with metal states. Supported by ab initio calculations, we show that the observed band dispersion is greatly enhanced due to the interaction with Ag(110) while the laterally denser adsorption geometry of NTCDA on Cu(100) entails a larger intermolecular wave-function overlap, and the presence of the substrate results in no further bandwidth enhancement.

  20. Photocatalytic comparison of Cu- and Ag-doped TiO2/GF for bioaerosol disinfection under visible light

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2015-12-01

    Photocatalysts, TiO2/glass fiber (TiO2/GF), Cu-doped TiO2/glass fiber (Cu-TiO2/GF) and Ag-doped TiO2/glass fiber (Ag-TiO2/GF), were synthesized by a sol-gel method. They were then used to disinfect Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in bioaerosols under visible light irradiation. TiO2/GF did not show any significant disinfection effect. Both Cu and Ag acted as intermediate agents to enhance separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs of TiO2, leading to improved photocatalytic activity of Cu-TiO2/GF and Ag-TiO2/GF under visible light. Cu in Cu-TiO2/GF acted as a defective agent, increasing the internal quantum efficiency of TiO2, while Ag in Ag-TiO2/GF acted as a sensitive agent, enhancing the transfer efficiency of the electrons generated. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Cu-TiO2/GF were 84.85% and 65.21%, respectively. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Ag-TiO2/GF were 94.46% and 73.12%, respectively. Among three humidity conditions - 40±5% (dry), 60±5% (moderate), and 80±5% (humid) - the moderate humidity condition showed the highest disinfection efficiency for both E. coli and S. aureus. This study also showed that a Gram-negative bacterium (E. coli) were more readily disinfected by the photocatalysts than a Gram-positive bacterium (S. aureus).

  1. AN INVESTIGATION OF WETTABILITY, AND MICROSTRUCTURE IN ALUMINA JOINTS BRAZED WITH Ag-CuO-TiO2

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    Darsell, Jens T.; Hardy, John S.; Kim, Jin Yong Y.; Weil, K. Scott

    2004-04-06

    A silver-based joining technique referred to as reactive air brazing (RAB) has been recently developed for joining high temperature structural ceramic components of the type used in gas turbines, combustion engines, heat exchangers, and burners. It was found that additions of CuO to silver have a significant effect on the wettability and joint strength characteristics of the resulting braze on polycrystalline alumina substrates. More recently, it has been found that by adding as little as 0.5 mol% titania to these Ag-CuO brazes, the wettability of the RAB on alumina surfaces is further enhanced. The results of wettabilty measurements of Ag-CuO-TiO2 RAB compositions on alumina will be presented along with the microstructural characterization of Ag-CuO-TiO2 braze joints in alumina.

  2. Improved Wetting Characteristics in TiO2–Modified Ag-CuO Air Braze Filler Metals

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    Weil, K. Scott; Kim, Jin Yong; Hardy, John S.; Darsell, Jens T.

    2006-01-04

    A silver-based joining technique referred to as reactive air brazing (RAB) has been recently developed for joining high temperature structural ceramic components of the type used in high-temperature electrochemical devices. In prior work, it was found that additions of CuO to silver have a significant effect on the wettability and joint strength characteristics of the resulting braze on polycrystalline alumina substrates. More recently, it has been found that by adding as little as 0.5 mol % titania to these Ag-CuO brazes, the wettability of the RAB on alumina surfaces is further enhanced. The results of wettabilty measurements of Ag-CuO-TiO2 RAB compositions on alumina will be presented along with the microstructural characterization of Ag-CuO-TiO2 braze joints in alumina.

  3. Influence of Ni and Cu contamination on the superconducting properties of MgB2 filaments

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    Jung, A.; Schlachter, S. I.; Runtsch, B.; Ringsdorf, B.; Fillinger, H.; Orschulko, H.; Drechsler, A.; Goldacker, W.

    2010-09-01

    Technical MgB2 wires usually have a sheath composite consisting of different metals. For the inner sheath with direct contact to the superconducting filament, chemically inert Nb may be used as a reaction barrier and thermal stabilization is provided by a highly conductive metal like Cu. A mechanical reinforcement can be achieved by the addition of stainless steel. In order to illuminate the influence of defects in the reaction barrier, monofilament in situ wires with direct contact between the MgB2 filament and frequently applied reactive sheath metals like Cu, Ni or Monel are studied. Reactions of Mg and B with a Cu-containing sheath lead to Cu-based by-products penetrating the whole filament. Reactions with Ni-containing sheaths lead to Ni-based by-products which tend to remain at the filament-sheath interface. Cu and/or Ni contamination of the filament lowers the MgB2-forming temperature due to the eutectic reaction between Mg, Ni and Cu. Thus, for the samples heat-treated at low temperatures JC and (partly) TC are increased compared to stainless-steel-sheathed wires. At high heat treatment temperatures uncontaminated filaments lead to the highest JC values. From the point of view of broken reaction barriers in real wires, the contamination of the filament with Cu and/or Ni does not necessarily constrain the superconductivity; it may even improve the properties of the wire, depending on the desired application.

  4. Magnetic structure of the metallic triangular antiferromagnet Ag2NiO2.

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    Nozaki, Hiroshi; Månsson, Martin; Roessli, Bertrand; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Kamazawa, Kazuya; Ikedo, Yutaka; Fischer, Henry E; Hansen, Thomas C; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Hiroi, Zenji; Sugiyama, Jun

    2013-07-17

    The magnetic structure of the metallic antiferromagnet Ag2NiO2 with the Néel temperature TN = 56 K has been investigated by means of a neutron diffraction technique using a powder sample in the temperature range between 5 and 65 K. The antiferromagnetic (AF) diffraction peaks are clearly observed below TN and can be indexed with the propagation vector [Formula: see text]. Based on the results of both a representational analysis and a Rietveld refinement of the magnetic peaks, the AF spin structure is determined as an A-type AF structure with ml = m0cos(2πk ⋅l), where ml is the moment at the lth Ni(3+) site and m0 = (0.31,0,0.65) μB at 5 K. PMID:23793164

  5. Al2O3/SUS304 Brazing via AgCuTi-W Composite as Active Filler

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    Su, Cherng-Yuh; Zhuang, Xie-Zongyang; Pan, Cheng-Tang

    2014-03-01

    Alumina ceramic (α-Al2O3) was brazed to stainless steel (SUS304) using an Ag-Cu-Ti + W composite filler and a traditional active brazing filler alloy (CuSil-ABA). Then, the effects of the presence of W particles and of the brazing parameters on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the brazed joints were investigated. The maximum tensile strength of the joints obtained using Ag-Cu-Ti + W composite filler was 13.2 MPa, which is similar to that obtained using CuSil-ABA filler (13.5 MPa). When the joint was brazed at 930 °C for 30 min, the tensile strengths decreased for both kinds of fillers, although the strength was slightly higher for the Ag-Cu-Ti + W composite filler than for the Ag-Cu-Ti filler. The interfacial microstructure results show that the Ti reacts with W to form a Ti-W-O compound in the brazing alloy. When there are more W particles in the brazing alloy, the thickness of the Ti X O Y reaction layer near the alumina ceramic decreases. Moreover, W particles added to the brazing alloy can reduce the coefficient of thermal expansion of the brazing alloy, which results in lower residual stress between the Al2O3 and SUS304 in the brazing joints and thus yields higher tensile strengths as compared to those obtained using the CuSil-ABA brazing alloy.

  6. Effects of FeCo magnetic nanoparticles on microstructure of Sn-Ag-Cu alloys

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    Xu, Siyang; Habib, Ashfaque H.; Prasitthipayong, Anya; McHenry, Michael E.

    2013-05-01

    Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) alloys have been regarded as the most promising candidates for lead-free solders in the electronic packaging industry. We prepared SAC solder-FeCo magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) composite paste with different MNP concentration and used AC magnetic fields localized heating to cause their reflow. Differential scanning calorimetry results show a reduced undercooling of the composite paste with the addition of MNPs. Transmission electron microscope prove that the FeCo MNPs are distributed in Sn matrix of the reflowed solder composites. Optical micrographs show a decrease in the amount of primary Ag3Sn and β-Sn dendrites, and an increase in the amount of eutectic microconstituents with increasing MNPs. The addition of FeCo MNPs is considered to promote the solidification of β-Sn by providing more heterogeneous nucleation sites at a relatively low undercooling, which results in the microstructural refinement in the as-prepared solder joints.

  7. The Role of Lattice Dynamics on The Thermal Properties of Cu-Ni Alloys

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    Onat, Berk; Durukanoglu, Sondan

    2014-03-01

    We have investigated Cu-Ni alloys with both disorder and order phases in fcc structures to analyze the effect of temperature dependent vibrational thermodynamical properties. The interactions between the atoms in the model systems are defined using an EAM type potential, specifically developed for Cu-Ni alloys. Vibrational thermodynamic functions are determined within the harmonic approximation of lattice dynamics and the vibrational densities of states are calculated using real space Green's function technique. In addition, through ab-initio calculations we have estimated the electronic contributions to set the ground for a comparative discussion. Our results show that the overall characteristics of thermodynamic functions of Cu-Ni alloys of varying concentrations are governed by the lattice vibrations. We will present our results for free energy, heat capacity and entropy of ordered/disordered Cu-Ni alloys with the experimental findings and discuss the electronic, anharmonic and lattice dynamic contributions.

  8. Effect of Solute Clusters on Stress Relaxation Behavior in Cu-Ni-P Alloys

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    Aruga, Yasuhiro; Saxey, David W.; Marquis, Emmanuelle A.; Shishido, Hisao; Sumino, Yuya; Cerezo, Alfred; Smith, George D. W.

    2009-12-01

    In this study, the ultrafine structures in Cu-P and Cu-Ni-P alloys have been characterized using a three-dimensional atom probe (3DAP) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the stress relaxation behavior of these alloys has been explored. The results show that low-temperature annealing greatly improved the stress relaxation performance, especially in the Cu-Ni-P alloys. The presence of Ni-P clusters in the Cu-Ni-P alloys has been revealed. The overall improvement in properties has been analyzed in terms of variations in the dislocation density and solute atom cluster density within these materials. It is shown that clusters with small average spacing give rise to significant improvements in the stress relaxation performance, without requiring significant change in the dislocation density.

  9. Experimental study and modeling of the thermodynamic properties of Cu-Fe-Ni melts

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    Dreval', L. A.; Abdulov, A. R.; Agraval, P. G.; Turchanin, M. A.

    2010-01-01

    The partial mixing enthalpy of nickel in ternary liquid Cu-Fe-Ni alloys is studied at 1873 K along sections characterized by ratios x Cu: x Fe = 3, 1, and 1/3 at x Ni = 0-0.55. The investigations are undertaken using a high-temperature isoperibolic calorimeter. The temperature and composition dependence of the excess mixing Gibbs energy of liquid Cu-Fe-Ni alloys are described in terms of the Muggianu-Redlich-Kister model using the data obtained, the literature data on the activities of liquid alloy components, and the thermodynamic properties of melts of the boundary binary systems. This model is used to calculate isotherms of the thermodynamic properties of the liquid alloys over the entire composition range. The contribution of a ternary interaction to the integral mixing enthalpy of liquid Cu-Fe-Ni alloys is found to be mainly positive.

  10. Synthesis, surface and optical properties of Ag2Cu(VO3)4 and Cu(VO3)2 vanadates

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    Qiao, Xuebin; Wan, Yingpeng; Li, Yuze; Qin, Lin; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2016-04-01

    Ag2Cu(VO3)4 and Cu(VO3)2 were prepared via the sol-gel chemical synthesis. The phase formation was confirmed by X-ray powder polycrystalline diffraction (XRD) measurements. The surface properties were measured with the scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The optical properties and the band-gap structures were investigated. The vanadates have efficient optical absorption in the UV to visible wavelength region with an indirect allowed transition. Ag2Cu(VO3)4 has smaller band gap (1.85 eV) than that of Cu(VO3)2 (2.03 eV). The narrowed band gap is due to the hybridization between the Ag-4d and O-2p in the valence band. The photocatalysis was investigated by photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) solutions excited by the light with wavelength longer than 420 nm. Correspondingly Ag2Cu(VO3)4 has more efficient photocatalytic activity on MB photodegradation than that of Cu(VO3)2. The photocatalytic mechanisms were suggested according to the band positions and the trapping experiments.

  11. Cast-Replicated NiTiCu Foams with Superelastic Properties

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    Young, Marcus L.; DeFouw, John D.; Frenzel, Jan; Dunand, David C.

    2012-08-01

    Ni40Ti50Cu10 foams were replication cast into a porous SrF2 preform. This space holder is chemically stable in contact with liquid and solid Ni40Ti50Cu10, but can be removed by dissolution in nitric acid. A Ni40Ti50Cu10 foam with 60 pct porosity exhibits low stiffness (1 to 13 GPa) and large recoverable strains (~4 pct) during cyclical compression testing at 311 K (38 °C), within the superelastic range based on calorimetry results. This is the first time that replication casting is used to create an open foam of a NiTi-based shape-memory alloy, due to difficulties associated with the high reactivity and strong contamination tendency of the melt. Casting NiTi-based shape-memory alloy foams enable the economical production of porous actuators, energy absorbers, and biomedical implants with complex shapes.

  12. One-Step Solvothermal Method to Prepare Ag/Cu2O Composite With Enhanced Photocatalytic Properties

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    Deng, Xiaolong; Wang, Chenggang; Zhou, E.; Huang, Jinzhao; Shao, Minghui; Wei, Xianqi; Liu, Xiaojing; Ding, Meng; Xu, Xijin

    2016-01-01

    Ag/Cu2O microstructures with diverse morphologies have been successfully synthesized with different initial reagents of silver nitrate (AgNO3) by a facile one-step solvothermal method. Their structural and morphological characteristics were carefully investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the experimental results showed that the morphologies transformed from microcubes for pure Cu2O to microspheres with rough surfaces for Ag/Cu2O. The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by measuring the degradation of methyl orange (MO) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic efficiencies of MO firstly increased to a maximum and then decreased with the increased amount of AgNO3. The experimental results revealed that the photocatalytic activities were significantly influenced by the amount of AgNO3 during the preparation process. The possible reasons for the enhanced photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared Ag/Cu2O composites were discussed.

  13. One-Step Solvothermal Method to Prepare Ag/Cu2O Composite With Enhanced Photocatalytic Properties.

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    Deng, Xiaolong; Wang, Chenggang; Zhou, E; Huang, Jinzhao; Shao, Minghui; Wei, Xianqi; Liu, Xiaojing; Ding, Meng; Xu, Xijin

    2016-12-01

    Ag/Cu2O microstructures with diverse morphologies have been successfully synthesized with different initial reagents of silver nitrate (AgNO3) by a facile one-step solvothermal method. Their structural and morphological characteristics were carefully investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the experimental results showed that the morphologies transformed from microcubes for pure Cu2O to microspheres with rough surfaces for Ag/Cu2O. The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by measuring the degradation of methyl orange (MO) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic efficiencies of MO firstly increased to a maximum and then decreased with the increased amount of AgNO3. The experimental results revealed that the photocatalytic activities were significantly influenced by the amount of AgNO3 during the preparation process. The possible reasons for the enhanced photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared Ag/Cu2O composites were discussed. PMID:26781287

  14. Ag and Cu doped colloidal CdSe nanocrystals: partial cation exchange and luminescence

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    Bala Gopal, M.

    2015-08-01

    Partial cation exchange was employed to dope pre-formed colloidal CdSe nanocrystals with Ag+ and Cu2+ ions. Unusual photoluminescence (PL) properties were observed after these partial cation exchange reactions. Intensity of excitonic PL increases by ∼4 times at low level of doping (1.3 dopant per nanocrystal). However, systematic study shows that the dopant ions do not enhance the excitonic emission. Instead, better surface passivation by trioctylphosphine used during the cation exchange is responsible for enhancement of excitonic PL. As doping concentration increases, intensity of excitonic PL decreases, and a new dopant-related emission emerges.

  15. Microstructure and anodic polarization behavior of experimental Ag-18Cu-15Pd-12Au alloy in aqueous sulfide solution.

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    Endo, Kazuhiko; Ohno, Hiroki; Asakura, Shukuji

    2003-05-01

    The anodic corrosion behavior of an experimental Ag-15Pd-18Cu-12Au alloy in 0.1% Na(2)S solution in relation to its microstructure was investigated using potentiodynamic and potentiostatic polarization techniques with analyses of corrosion products by X-ray diffractometry, Auger electron spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The role of Pd in improvement of the corrosion resistance was also investigated. In the potential/current density curve, three distinct current peaks, at -520 mV (peak I), -425 mV (peak II) and -175 mV (peak III), were observed. The Ag-rich alpha(2) matrix with coarse Cu and Pd-rich lamellae was the most corrosion-susceptible region, and this region was preferentially corroded at peak I with the formation of granular deposits of Ag(2)S. A small amount of Ag-Cu mixed sulfide deposited on the Cu and Pd-rich coarse particles and dissolution of Ag as AgO(-) might have occurred in parallel with Ag(2)S formation at peak II. Enrichment of Pd on the alloy surface occurred at peak III due to preferential dissolution of Ag and Cu. A high level of corrosion resistance was attained with the formation of a thin Pd-rich sulfide film, which enhanced the passivity of the alloy in an alkaline sulfide solution. It was found that passivity is an important phenomenon not only for base metal alloys but also for noble metal alloys to maintain high levels of resistance to corrosion and tarnishing in sulfide environments. PMID:15348446

  16. Ion beam mixing in binary amorphous metallic alloys. [Cu-Er; Ni-Ti

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    Hahn, H.; Averback, R.S.; Diaz de la Rubia, T.; Okamoto, P.R.

    1985-12-01

    Ion beam mixing (IM) was measured in homogeneous amorphous metallic alloys of Cu-Er and Ni-Ti as a function of temperature using tracer impurities, i.e., the so-called ''marker geometry''. In Cu-Er, a strong temperature dependence in IM was observed between 80 and 373K, indicating that radiation-enhanced diffusion mechanisms are operative in this metallic glass. Phase separation of the Cu-Er alloy was also observed under irradiation as Er segregated to the vacuum and SiO2 interfaces of the specimen. At low-temperatures, the amount of mixing in amorphous Ni-Ti is similar to that in pure Ni or Ti, but it is much greater in Cu-Er than in either Cu or Er.

  17. Infield superconducting properties of Ni nanoparticles added CuTl-1223 phase

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    Waqee-ur-Rehman, M.; Mumtaz, M.; Qasim, Irfan; Nadeem, K.

    2016-02-01

    We investigated infield response of nickel (Ni) nanoparticles added Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ (CuTl-1223) superconductor. Significant superconducting transition broadening (∆T) was observed under external applied magnetic field. Variation in activation energy Uo(H, T) and flux pinning strength were explored in external applied magnetic field from 0 to 7 T. Infield experimental dc-resistivity data was explained by thermally activated flux flow (TAFF) model. External applied magnetic field gave rise to vortex motion and caused dissipation in (Ni)x-(CuTl-1223) (0≤x≥1.0 wt%) nanoparticles-superconductor composites. Flux pinning strength was reduced with increased Ni nanoparticles content in CuTl-1223 matrix. The systematic increase in ∆T and reduction in Uo (H, T) with increasing magnetic field showed the motion of vortices, which diminished the flux pinning strength.

  18. Flexible resistive switching memory with a Ni/CuO x /Ni structure using an electrochemical deposition process.

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    Park, Kyuhyun; Lee, Jang-Sik

    2016-03-29

    Flexible resistive switching memory (ReRAM) devices were fabricated with a Ni/CuO x /Ni structure. Fabrication involved simple and low-cost electrochemical deposition of electrodes and resistive switching layers on a polyethylene terephthalate substrate. The devices exhibited reproducible and reliable ReRAM characteristics. Bipolar resistive switching was observed in flexible Ni/CuO x /Ni-based ReRAM devices with low operation voltages. The reliability of the devices was confirmed by data retention, endurance, and cyclic bending measurements. The processes for fabrication of flexible ReRAM devices were based on simple-solution, bottom-up growth and they can be performed at low temperatures. Therefore, the methods presented in this work could be a viable solution for fabricating flexible non-volatile memory devices in the future. PMID:26889689

  19. Flexible resistive switching memory with a Ni/CuO x /Ni structure using an electrochemical deposition process

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    Park, Kyuhyun; Lee, Jang-Sik

    2016-03-01

    Flexible resistive switching memory (ReRAM) devices were fabricated with a Ni/CuO x /Ni structure. Fabrication involved simple and low-cost electrochemical deposition of electrodes and resistive switching layers on a polyethylene terephthalate substrate. The devices exhibited reproducible and reliable ReRAM characteristics. Bipolar resistive switching was observed in flexible Ni/CuO x /Ni-based ReRAM devices with low operation voltages. The reliability of the devices was confirmed by data retention, endurance, and cyclic bending measurements. The processes for fabrication of flexible ReRAM devices were based on simple-solution, bottom-up growth and they can be performed at low temperatures. Therefore, the methods presented in this work could be a viable solution for fabricating flexible non-volatile memory devices in the future.

  20. Laser Controllable Growth of Graphene via Ni-Cu Alloy Composition Modulation

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    Ye, Xiaohui; Lin, Zhe; Zhang, Hongjun; Zhu, Hongwei; Zhong, Minlin

    2015-12-01

    Graphene has many unique properties, most of them strongly depend on the number of layers. It is significant to develop a facile approach to realize the controllable growth of graphene with specific number of layers. We ever reported an efficient approach to grow graphene rapidly and locally by laser irradiation. In this work, we offers yet another important feature, to control the number of layers of graphene. Ni-Cu alloy has been reported to be used successfully as the catalyst for graphene growth with controllable number of layers. In that case, the Ni-Cu alloys with different compositions were normally formed by thermal evaporation. Here we provide an efficient way to fabricate the Ni-Cu alloy catalysts by laser cladding. Then the high power laser was employed to melt the Ni and Cu mixed powders. Different Ni-Cu alloy catalysts were formed in a high rate of 720 mm2/min with a thickness of 1.2 mm. Then the graphene with controllable layers was rapidly and locally grown on the Ni-Cu catalysts by laser irradiation at a high rate (18 cm2/min) at room temperature. We found that the Ni-Cu catalyst with 15 % Cu could be helpful to grow single layer graphene, which occupied 92.4 % of the entire film. Higher Cu content didn't promote the growth due to the oxygen involved during the growth process. The controllable growth mechanism of graphene by laser processing was discussed. Combining the rapid catalyst fabrication and graphene synthesis make it a cost- and time-efficient method to produce the controllable graphene films.

  1. Insight into CH4 dissociation on NiCu catalyst: A first-principles study

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    Liu, Hongyan; Zhang, Riguang; Yan, Ruixia; Li, Jingrui; Wang, Baojun; Xie, Kechang

    2012-08-01

    A density-functional theory method has been conducted to investigate the dissociation of CH4 on NiCu (1 1 1) surface. Two models: uniform surface slab model (Model A) and Cu-rich surface slab model (Model B) have been constructed to represent the NiCu (1 1 1) surface, in which the ratio of Ni/Cu is unit. The obtained results on the two models have been compared with those obtained on pure Ni (1 1 1) and Cu (1 1 1). It is found that the adsorption of CHx(x = 1-3) on Model B are weaker than on Model A. The rate-determining steps of CH4 dissociation on Model A and B both are the dissociation of CH, and the corresponding activation barriers are 1.37 and 1.63 eV, respectively. Obviously, it is approximately equal on Model A to that on pure Ni (1 1 1) [H. Liu, R. Zhang, R. Yan, B. Wang, K. Xie, Applied Surface Science 257 (2011) 8955], while it is lower by 0.58 eV on Model B compared to that on pure Cu (1 1 1). Therefore, the Cu-rich surface has better carbon-resistance ability than the uniform one. Those results well explain the experimental facts that NiCu/SiO2 has excellent catalytic performance and long-term stability [H.-W. Chen, C.-Y. Wang, C.-H. Yu, L.-T. Tseng, P.-H. Liao, Catalysis Today 97 (2004) 173], however, there is serious carbon deposition on NiCu/MgO-Al2O3 in CO2 reforming of methane [J. Zhang, H. Wang, A. K. Dalai, Journal of Catalysis 249 (2007) 300].

  2. Activity of calcined Ag,Cu,Au/TiO2 catalysts in the dehydrogenation/dehydration of ethanol

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    Mai, Do Tkhyui; Pylinina, A. I.; Mikhailenko, I. I.

    2015-07-01

    The catalytic activity of the anatase TiO2 and M z+/TiO2 with supported ions M z+ = Ag+, Cu2+, Au3+ in vapor phase conversions of ethanol is investigated at temperatures of 100-400°C. It is shown that the yields of acetaldehyde and ethylene decline for the most active catalyst Cu2+/TiO2 but increase for TiO2 and Ag/TiO2. The drop in the activation energy of the dehydrogenation reaction over calcined samples is linearly correlated with the one in the reduction potential of M z+ to Cu+, Au+, Ag0 and the ionic radius of M z+ in the crystal. The energies of activation for ethylene formation change in the series TiO2 > Au3+ > Cu2+ >Ag+ and TiO2 ≈ Cu2+ ≈ Ag+ > Au3+ for the calcined samples. The rate of pyridine adsorption, considered as an indicator of the activity of acid sites, is a linear function of ion charge + z = 1, 2, 3, and slows by two-thirds after calcination.

  3. Effect of substrate temperature on structural, optical and electrical properties of sputtered NiO-Ag nanocrystalline thin films

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    Ashok Kumar Reddy, Y.; Ajitha, B.; Sreedhara Reddy, P.; Siva Pratap Reddy, M.; Lee, Jung-Hee

    2014-09-01

    NiO-Ag thin films were deposited on Corning 7059 glass substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering technique and investigated the substrate temperature ( T s ) dependent properties of NiO-Ag thin films. X-ray diffraction results showed that crystalline films can be obtained at high T s and all films have a preferred crystal growth texture with face centered cubic ( f cc ) structure and was also confirmed by Raman studies. The grain size, transmittance, band gap, mobility and carrier concentrations were increased with T s . Room temperature deposited films have an average roughness around 6.9 nm where as increment of T s resulted in increased roughness up to 14 nm with nanocrystalline morphology. The optimum substrate temperature to obtain NiO-Ag films was found to be 200°C. It was found that with increasing the T s , resistivity of the films was significantly decreased.

  4. High salinity volatile phases in magmatic Ni-Cu-platinum group element deposits

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    Hanley, J. J.; Mungall, J. E.

    2004-12-01

    The role of "deuteric" fluids (exsolved magmatic volatile phases) in the development of Ni-Cu-PGE (platinum group element) deposits in mafic-ultramafic igneous systems is poorly understood. Although considerable field evidence demonstrates unambiguously that fluids modified most large primary Ni-Cu-PGE concentrations, models which hypothesize that fluids alone were largely responsible for the economic concentration of the base and precious metals are not widely accepted. Determination of the trace element composition of magmatic volatile phases in such ore-forming systems can offer considerable insight into the origin of potentially mineralizing fluids in such igneous environments. Laser ablation ICP-MS microanalysis allows researchers to confirm the original metal budget of magmatic volatile phases and quantify the behavior of trace ore metals in the fluid phase in the absence of well-constrained theoretical or experimental predictions of ore metal solubility. In this study, we present new evidence from major deposits (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; Stillwater Complex, Montana, U.S.A.) that compositionally distinct magmatic brines and halide melt phases were exsolved from crystallizing residual silicate melt and trapped within high-T fluid conduits now comprised of evolved rock compositions (albite-quartz graphic granite, orthoclase-quartz granophyre). Petrographic evidence demonstrates that brines and halide melts coexisted with immiscible carbonic phases at the time of entrapment (light aliphatic hydrocarbons, CO2). Brine and halide melt inclusions are rich in Na, Fe, Mn, K, Pb, Zn, Ba, Sr, Al and Cl, and homogenize by either halite dissolution at high T ( ˜450-700° C) or by melting of the salt phase (700-800° C). LA-ICPMS analyses of single inclusions demonstrate that high salinity volatile phases contained abundant base metals (Cu, Fe, Sn, Bi) and precious metals (Pt, Pd, Au, Ag) at the time of entrapment. Notably, precious metal concentrations in the inclusions are comparable to and often exceed the economic concentrations of the metals within the ores themselves. As a consequence of these results, current genetic models must be revised to consider the role played by hydrous saline melts and magmatic brines in deposit development, and the potential for interaction and competition between sulfide liquids (or PGE-bearing sulfide minerals) and hydrosaline volatiles for available PGE and Au in a crystallizing mafic igneous system must be critically evaluated.

  5. Effect of Yttrium on the Fracture Strength of the Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu Solder Joints

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    Choi, Hyelim; Kaplan, Wayne D.; Choe, Heeman

    2016-04-01

    This is a preliminary investigation on the mechanical properties of Pb-free Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu solder joints containing 0.02 wt.% to 0.1 wt.% Y under a range of thermal aging and reflow conditions. Despite the significantly thicker intermetallic compound (IMC) formed at the solder joint, the 0.1 wt.% Y-doped joint exhibited a higher fracture strength than its baseline Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu counterpart under most aging and reflow conditions. This may be associated with the formation of Y-Cu IMCs formed at the interface between the solder and the Cu substrate, because the Y-Cu IMCs have recently been referred to as relatively `ductile' IMCs.

  6. A 3D porous Ni-Cu alloy film for high-performance hydrazine electrooxidation.

    PubMed

    Sun, Ming; Lu, Zhiyi; Luo, Liang; Chang, Zheng; Sun, Xiaoming

    2016-01-01

    Structural design and catalyst screening are two most important factors for achieving exceptional electrocatalytic performance. Herein we demonstrate that constructing a three-dimensional (3D) porous Ni-Cu alloy film is greatly beneficial for improving the hydrazine oxidation reaction (HzOR) performance. A facile electrodeposition process is employed to synthesize a Ni-Cu alloy film with a 3D hierarchical porous structure. As an integrated electrode for HzOR, the Ni-Cu alloy film exhibits superior catalytic activity and stability to the Ni or Cu counterparts. The synthesis parameters are also systematically tuned for optimizing the HzOR performance. The excellent HzOR performance of the Ni-Cu alloy film is attributed to its high intrinsic activity, large electrochemical specific surface area, and 3D porous architecture which offers a "superaerophobic" surface to effectively remove the gas product in a small volume. It is believed that the Ni-Cu alloy film electrode has potential application in direct hydrazine fuel cells as well as other catalytic fields. PMID:26676885

  7. A NiFeCu alloy anode catalyst for direct-methane solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Wei; Zhu, Huaiyu; Yang, Guangming; Park, Hee Jung; Jung, Doh Won; Kwak, Chan; Shao, Zongping

    2014-07-01

    In this study, a new anode catalyst based on a NiFeCu alloy is investigated for use in direct-methane solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The influence of the conductive copper introduced into the anode catalyst layer on the performance of the SOFCs is systematically studied. The catalytic activity for partial oxidation of methane and coking resistance tests are proposed with various anode catalyst layer materials prepared using different methods, including glycine nitrate process (GNP), physical mixing (PM) and impregnation (IMP). The surface conductivity tests indicate that the conductivities of the NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (PM) and NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (IMP) catalysts are considerably greater than that of NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (GNP), which is consistent with the SEM results. Among the three preparation methods, the cell containing the NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (IMP) catalyst layer performs best on CH4-O2 fuel, especially under reduced temperatures, because the coking resistance should be considered in real fuel cell conditions. The cell containing the NiFe-ZrO2/Cu (IMP) catalyst layer also delivers an excellent operational stability using CH4-O2 fuel for 100 h without any signs of decay. In summary, this work provides new alternative anode catalytic materials to accelerate the commercialization of SOFC technology.

  8. Metallic glass alloys of Zr, Ti, Cu and Ni

    DOEpatents

    Lin, Xianghong; Peker, Atakan; Johnson, William L.

    1997-01-01

    At least quaternary alloys form metallic glass upon cooling below the glass transition temperature at a rate less than 10.sup.3 K/s. Such alloys comprise titanium from 19 to 41 atomic percent, an early transition metal (ETM) from 4 to 21 atomic percent and copper plus a late transition metal (LTM) from 49 to 64 atomic percent. The ETM comprises zirconium and/or hafnium. The LTM comprises cobalt and/or nickel. The composition is further constrained such that the product of the copper plus LTM times the atomic proportion of LTM relative to the copper is from 2 to 14. The atomic percentage of ETM is less than 10 when the atomic percentage of titanium is as high as 41, and may be as large as 21 when the atomic percentage of titanium is as low as 24. Furthermore, when the total of copper and LTM are low, the amount of LTM present must be further limited. Another group of glass forming alloys has the formula (ETM.sub.1-x Ti.sub.x).sub.a Cu.sub.b (Ni.sub.1-y Co.sub.y).sub.c wherein x is from 0.1 to 0.3, y.cndot.c is from 0 to 18, a is from 47 to 67, b is from 8 to 42, and c is from 4 to 37. This definition of the alloys has additional constraints on the range of copper content, b.

  9. Physically synthesized Ni-Cu nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia

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    Bettge, Martin; Chatterjee, Jhunu; Haik, Yousef

    2004-01-01

    Background In this paper, a physical method to prepare copper-nickel alloy particles in the sub-micron range for possible self controlled magnetic hyperthermia treatment of cancer is described. It is reported that an increase in tumor temperature decreases the tumor resistance to chemo- and radiation therapies. Self controlled heating at the tumor site to avoid spot heating is managed by controlling the Curie temperature of the magnetic particles. The process described in this paper to produce the nanomagnetic particles allows for a large scale production of these particles. Methods The process used here is mainly composed of melting of the Cu-Ni mixture and ball milling of the resulted bulk alloy. Both mechanical abrasion and continuous grinding were used to break down the bulk amount into the desired particle size. Results It was found that the desired alloy is composed of 71% nickel and 29% copper by weight. It was observed that the coarse sand-grinded powder has a Curie temperature of 345 K and the fine ball-milled powder shows a temperature of 319 K – 320 K. Conclusion Self regulating magnetic hyperthermia can be achieved by synthesizing nanomagnetic particles with desired Curie temperature. In this study the desired range of Curie temperatures was obtained by combination of melting and ball milling of nickel-copper alloy. PMID:15132747

  10. Interfaces in La2NiO4- La2CuO4 superlattices

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    Smadici, S.; Lee, J. C. T.; Wang, S.; Abbamonte, P.; Logvenov, G.; Gozar, A.; Bozovic, I.

    2009-03-01

    Ni substitution on Cu sites in underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 quickly restores Neel order. This was attributed to strong interaction between the Ni and doped holes. An open question was whether the additional Ni empty orbital or the different spin on Ni sites was at the origin of this strong interaction. We have addressed this problem with resonant soft x-ray scattering on a La2NiO4- La2CuO4 heterostructure. La2NiO4 and La2CuO4 have close lattice structures and electronic configurations. However, the x-ray scattering contrast between superlattice layers is greatly enhanced at soft x-ray resonant energies. Based on our measurements at the O K, La M, Cu L and Ni L edges a model of the charge, orbital and spin structures in these superlattices will be presented with a special emphasis on the interface region. This work was supported by Grants. DE-FG02- 06ER46285, DE-AC02-98CH10886, MA-509-MACA, DE-FG02-07ER46453 and DE-FG02-07ER46471.

  11. Molecular-dynamics study of the Ni{sub 60}Ag{sub 40} binary alloy glass transition

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    Pryadilshchikov, A. Yu. Kosilov, A. T.; Evteev, A. V.; Levchenko, E. V.

    2007-12-15

    Features in the evolution of the atomic structure of the Ni{sub 60}Ag{sub 40} alloy upon quenching from a liquid disordered state were revealed within the molecular-dynamics method using many-particle potentials of interatomic interaction, calculated within the embedded atom method. It was shown that the structural stabilization of the amorphous Ni{sub 60}Ag{sub 40} phase during the glass transition occurs due to the formation of a percolation cluster of interpenetrating and contacting icosahedra with nickel and silver atoms at vertices and preferentially nickel atoms at centers.

  12. Relationship between morphologies and orientations of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grains in Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder joints on different Cu pads

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    Tian, Yanhong Zhang, Rui; Hang, Chunjin; Niu, Lina; Wang, Chunqing

    2014-02-15

    The morphologies and orientations of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} intermetallic compounds in the Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder joints both on polycrystalline and single crystal Cu pads under different peak reflow temperatures and times above liquids were investigated. The relationship between Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grain orientations and morphologies was clarified. At the interface of Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu/polycrystalline Cu pad, scalloped Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} intermetallic compounds formed at 250 °C and roof shape Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} formed at 300 °C. Both scalloped Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} and roof shape Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} had a preferred orientation of (0001) plane being parallel to polycrystalline Cu pad surface. Besides, the percentage of large angle grain boundaries increased as the peak reflow temperature rose. At the interface of Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu/(111) single crystal Cu pad, the Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} intermetallic compounds were mainly scallop-type at 250 °C and were prism type at 300 °C. The prismatic Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grains grew along the three preferred directions with the inter-angles of 60° on (111) single crystal Cu pad while along two perpendicular directions on (100) single crystal Cu pad. The orientation relationship between Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grains and the single crystal Cu pads was investigated by electron backscatter diffraction technology. In addition, two types of hollowed Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} intermetallic compounds were found inside the joints of polycrystalline Cu pads. The long hexagonal Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} strips were observed in the joints reflowing at 250 °C while the hollowed Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} strips with the ‘▪’ shape cross-sections appeared at 300 °C, which was attributed to the different grain growth rates of different Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} crystal faces. - Highlights: • The orientation of interfacial Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grains was obtained by EBSD technology. • Two types of hollowed Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} strips were found at different temperatures. • The formation mechanism of hollowed Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} was elaborated based on Bravais law. • The relationship between Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grain orientations and morphologies was clarified.

  13. Enhanced hydrogenation and reduced lattice distortion in size selected Pd-Ag and Pd-Cu alloy nanoparticles

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    Sengar, Saurabh K.; Mehta, B. R.; Kulriya, P. K.; Khan, S. A.

    2013-10-21

    Important correlation between valence band spectra and hydrogenation properties in Pd alloy nanoparticles is established by studying the properties of size selected and monocrystalline Pd, Ag, Cu, Pd-Ag, and Pd-Cu nanoparticles. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and elastic recoil detection analysis show that size induced Pd4d centroid shift is related to enhanced hydrogenation with H/Pd ratio of 0.57 and 0.49 in Pd-Ag and Pd-Cu nanoparticles in comparison to reported bulk values of 0.2 and 0.1, respectively. Pd-alloy nanoparticles show lower hydrogen induced lattice distortion. The reduced distortion and higher hydrogen reactivity of Pd-alloy nanoparticles is important for numerous hydrogen related applications.

  14. Enhanced hydrogenation and reduced lattice distortion in size selected Pd-Ag and Pd-Cu alloy nanoparticles

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    Sengar, Saurabh K.; Mehta, B. R.; Kulriya, P. K.; Khan, S. A.

    2013-10-01

    Important correlation between valence band spectra and hydrogenation properties in Pd alloy nanoparticles is established by studying the properties of size selected and monocrystalline Pd, Ag, Cu, Pd-Ag, and Pd-Cu nanoparticles. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and elastic recoil detection analysis show that size induced Pd4d centroid shift is related to enhanced hydrogenation with H/Pd ratio of 0.57 and 0.49 in Pd-Ag and Pd-Cu nanoparticles in comparison to reported bulk values of 0.2 and 0.1, respectively. Pd-alloy nanoparticles show lower hydrogen induced lattice distortion. The reduced distortion and higher hydrogen reactivity of Pd-alloy nanoparticles is important for numerous hydrogen related applications.

  15. Mechanical, structural and thermal properties of Ag-Cu and ZnO reinforced polylactide nanocomposite films.

    PubMed

    Ahmed, Jasim; Arfat, Yasir Ali; Castro-Aguirre, Edgar; Auras, Rafael

    2016-05-01

    Plasticized polylactic acid (PLA) based nanocomposite films were prepared by incorporating polyethylene glycol (PEG) and two selected nanoparticles (NPs) [silver-copper (Ag-Cu) alloy (<100nm) and zinc oxide (ZnO) (<50 and <100nm)] through solvent casting method. Incorporation of Ag-Cu alloy into the PLA/PEG matrix increased the glass transition temperature (Tg) significantly. The crystallinity of the nanocomposites (NCs) was significantly influenced by NP incorporation as evidenced from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The PLA nanocomposite reinforced with NPs exhibited much higher tensile strength than that of PLA/PEG blend. Melt rheology of NCs exhibited a shear-thinning behavior. The mechanical property drastically reduced with a loading of NPs, which is associated with degradation of PLA. SEM micrographs exhibited that both Ag-Cu alloy and ZnO NPs were dispersed well in the PLA film matrix. PMID:26893045

  16. Effect of filler metal composition on the strength of yttria stabilized zirconia joints brazed with Pd-Ag-CuOx

    SciTech Connect

    Darsell, Jens T.; Weil, K. Scott

    2008-09-08

    The Ag-CuOx system is of interest to be used to be used as an air braze filler metal for joining high temperature electrochemical devices. Previous work has shown that the melting temperatures can be increased by adding palladium to Ag-CuOx and it is expected that this may aid high temperature stability. This work compares the room temperature bend strength of joints made between yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) air brazed using Ag-CuOx without palladium and with 5 and 15mol% palladium additions. It has been found that in general palladium decreases joint strength, especially in low copper oxide compositions filler metals. At high copper oxide contents, brittle fracture through both copper oxide rich phases and the YSZ limits joint strength.

  17. Preparation of Ag3PO4/Ni3(PO4)2 hetero-composites by cation exchange reaction and its enhancing photocatalytic performance.

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    Wang, Yaning; Wang, Kang; Wang, Xitao

    2016-03-15

    Recently, Ag3PO4 has been shown to be a promising photocatalyst for the degradation of organic pollutants in wastewater. The hetero-composites between Ag3PO4 and other phosphate can help to enhance the dispersion of Ag3PO4 particles, improve the separation of photo-generated charges, and decrease the cost of photocatalyst. In this study, Ag3PO4/Ni3(PO4)2 hetero-composites were prepared by a cation exchange reaction for the first time using cheap Ni3(PO4)2 as starting materials, characterized with higher-magnification transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and photo-luminescence (PL) technique, and tested in photocatalytic degradation of phenol in water under visible light. The results show that the Ag3PO4/Ni3(PO4)2 composites prepared by cation exchange reaction consist of well dispersive Ag3PO4 particles on the surface of Ni3(PO4)2, and the size of Ag3PO4 particles is 3-5nm, which is far smaller than that of pure Ag3PO4 and Ag3PO4/Ni3(PO4)2 composites prepared by coprecipitation method. The content of Ag3PO4 has significant influence on the photo absorption, photocurrent response and photocatalytic performance, and Ag3PO4/Ni3(PO4)2 composites with Ag3PO4 loading of 60wt.% display the highest photocatalytic activity for the degradation of phenol under visible light among these samples. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of Ag3PO4/Ni3(PO4)2 is related to the small particle size of Ag3PO4 and efficient separation of electron-hole pairs. PMID:26722799

  18. Electrochemical depositions of fluorohydroxyapatite doped by Cu2+, Zn2+, Ag+ on stainless steel substrates

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    Bir, F.; Khireddine, H.; Touati, A.; Sidane, D.; Yala, S.; Oudadesse, H.

    2012-07-01

    Fluoridated hydroxyapatite (FHA, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2-xFx where 0 < x < 2 is the degree of fluoridation) and inorganic ions (Zn2+, Cu2+, Ag+) substituted fluoridated hydroxyapatite coatings (M-FHA) were deposited on the surface of medical grade 316L stainless steel samples by electrochemical deposition technique. The FHA coatings were co-substituted with antibacterial ions (Zn2+, Cu2+ or Ag+) by co-precipitation and ion-exchange methods. Characterization studies of coatings from X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) showed that the obtained layers are monophase crystals FHA and did not contain any discernible crystalline impurity. The particles of all samples are of nano size that gives thin layers. The surface morphology, microstructure and Ca/P atomic ratio of the FHA coatings can be regulated by varying electrolyte temperature. This later affects the porosity of the coating surface and the chemical compositions of the deposits. Quantitative elemental analysis indicates that the copper, zinc and silver ions are incorporated into the Fluorohydroxyapatite. The antimicrobial effects of doped fluorohydroxyapatite coatings against pathogen bacterial strains Staphylococcus aureus were tested in liquid media. The results are promising and demonstrated that all doped FHA samples exhibit excellent antimicrobial activity "in vitro" against the microorganism, so the antimicrobial properties of the coatings developed are improved.

  19. Hot Deformation Characteristics and Processing Maps of the Cu-Cr-Zr-Ag Alloy

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    Zhang, Yi; Chai, Zhe; Volinsky, Alex A.; Sun, Huili; Tian, Baohong; Liu, Ping; Liu, Yong

    2016-03-01

    The hot deformation behavior of the Cu-Cr-Zr-Ag alloy has been investigated by hot compressive tests in the 650-950 °C temperature and 0.001-10 s-1 strain rate ranges using Gleeble-1500D thermo-mechanical simulator. The microstructure evolution of the alloy during deformation was characterized using optical and transmission electron microscopy. The flow stress decreases with the deformation temperature and increases with the strain rate. The apparent activation energy for hot deformation of the alloy was 343.23 kJ/mol. The constitutive equation of the alloy based on the hyperbolic-sine equation was established to characterize the flow stress as a function of the strain rate and the deformation temperature. The processing maps were established based on the dynamic material model. The optimal processing parameters for hot deformation of the Cu-Cr-Zr-Ag alloy are 900-950 °C and 0.001-0.1 s-1 strain rate. The evolution of DRX microstructure strongly depends on the deformation temperature and the strain rate.

  20. The effects of substituting Ag for In on the magnetoresistance and magnetocaloric properties of Ni-Mn-In Heusler alloys

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    Pandey, Sudip; Quetz, Abdiel; Aryal, Anil; Dubenko, Igor; Samanta, Tapas; Mazumdar, Dipanjan; Stadler, Shane; Ali, Naushad

    2016-05-01

    The effect of substituting Ag for In on the structural, magnetocaloric, and thermomagnetic properties of Ni50Mn35In15-xAgx (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, and 1) Heusler alloys was studied. The magnitude of the magnetization change at the martensitic transition temperature (TM) decreased with increasing Ag concentration. Smaller magnetic entropy changes (ΔSM) were observed for the alloys with larger Ag concentrations and the martensitic transition shifted to higher temperature. A shift of TM by about 25 K to higher temperature was observed for an applied hydrostatic pressure of P = 6.6 kbar with respect to ambient pressure. A large drop in resistivity was observed for large Ag concentration. The magnetoresistance was dramatically suppressed due to an increase in the disorder of the system with increasing Ag concentration. Possible mechanisms responsible for the observed behavior are discussed.

  1. A Review of TiNiPdCu Alloy System for High Temperature Shape Memory Applications

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    Khan, M. Imran; Kim, Hee Young; Miyazaki, Shuichi

    2015-06-01

    High temperature shape memory alloys (HTSMAs) are important smart materials and possess a significant potential to improve many engineering systems. Many TiNi-based high temperature ternary alloy systems have been reported in literature including TiNiPd, TiNiPt, TiNiZr, TiNiAu, TiNiHf, etc. Some quaternary additions of certain elements in the above systems have been successful to further improve many important shape memory and mechanical properties. The success criteria for an HTSMA become strict in terms of its cyclic stability, maximum recoverable strain, creep resistance, and corrosion resistance at high temperatures. TiNiPdCu alloy system has been recently proposed as a promising HTSMA. Unique nanoscaled precipitates formed in TiNiPdCu-based HTSMAs are found to be stable at temperatures above 773 K, while keeping the benefits of ease of fabrication. It is expected that this alloy system possesses significant potential especially for the high temperature shape memory applications. Till now many research reports have been published on this alloy system. In the present work, a comprehensive review of the TiNiPdCu system is presented in terms of thermomechanical behavior, nanoscale precipitation mechanism, microstructural features, high temperature shape memory and mechanical properties, and the important parameters to control the high temperature performance of these alloys.

  2. Electronic structure and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in YbAgCu4 and YbInCu4

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    Antonov, V N; Bekenov, L V; Antropov, V P

    2014-04-01

    X-ray absorption and magnetic circular dichroism spectra at the L3 edge of Yb have been studied theoretically in the mixed-valent compounds YbAgCu4 and YbInCu4 using the fully relativistic Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital band structure method. The effect of the spin-orbit (SO) interaction and Coulomb repulsion U on the electronic structure of YbAgCu4 and YbInCu4 is examined in the frame of the local spin-density approximation (LSDA)+SO+U method. The core-hole effect in the final states as well as the effect of the electric quadrupole E2 and magnetic dipole M1 transitions have been investigated. The calculated results are compared with available experimental data.

  3. Electronic structure and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in YbAgCu4 and YbInCu4

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    Antonov, VN; Bekenov, LV; Antropov, VP

    2014-04-08

    X-ray absorption and magnetic circular dichroism spectra at the L-3 edge of Yb have been studied theoretically in the mixed-valent compounds YbAgCu4 and YbInCu4 using the fully relativistic Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital band structure method. The effect of the spin-orbit (SO) interaction and Coulomb repulsion U on the electronic structure of YbAgCu4 and YbInCu4 is examined in the frame of the local spin-density approximation (LSDA)+SO+U method. The core-hole effect in the final states as well as the effect of the electric quadrupole E-2 and magnetic dipole M-1 transitions have been investigated. The calculated results are compared with available experimental data.

  4. Silver tracer diffusion in oriented Ag/Cu interphase boundaries and correlation to the boundary structure

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    Sommer, J.; Herzig, C.; Muschik, T.; Gust, W.

    1996-01-01

    Radiotracer experiments were performed on oriented Ag/Cu bicrystals to study the influence of the interphase boundary (IB) structure on the material transport along the interfaces. Tracer diffusion of {sup 110m}Ag was measured along (011) IBs in the [100] and [01{bar 1}] directions and along (111) IBs in the [01{bar 1}] and [{bar 2}11] directions in the temperature range 593--882 K. It is demonstrated for cube-on-cube orientations how the interfacial structure is reflected in the diffusion behavior. It was found that the Ag diffusion along anisotropic misfit dislocation arrays in (011) IBs is anisotropic and fastest along channels of rapid diffusion. A scatter in the diffusion data for (011) IBs indicates that their structure, quite in contrast to morphologically stable (111) interfaces, depends on the thermal history of the specimens. This is interpreted as a result of microfaceting of the morphologically unstable (011) IBs. Furthermore, the influence of interdiffusion across the interface on the diffusion along the interface is discussed.

  5. Mixed-sputter deposition of Ni-Ti-Cu shape memory films

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    Krulevitch, P.; Ramsey, P.B.; Makowiecki, D.M.; Lee, A.P.; Northrup, M.A.; Johnson, G.C.

    1994-05-01

    Ni-Ti-Cu shape memory films were mixed-sputter deposited from separate nickel, titanium, and copper targets, providing increased compositional flexibility. Shape memory characteristics, examined for films with 7 at. % Cu and 41--51 at. % Tl, were determined with temperature controlled substrate curvature measurements, and microstructure was studied with transmission electron microscopy. The Ni-Ti-Cu films were found to have shape memory properties comparable to bulk materials, with transformation temperatures between 20 and 62{degree}C, a 10--13{degree}C hysteresis, and up to 330 MPa recoverable stress.

  6. Electronic structure and magnetism of CuNi coherent modulated structures

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    Jarlborg, T.; Freeman, A.J.

    1980-08-25

    The electronic and magnetic properties of a coherent modulated structure consisting of three atomic layers each of Cu and Ni perpendicular to (111) were determined from ab initio self-consistent spin-polarized energy-band calculations. We predict a susbtantial reduction in spin magnetization and contact hyperfine fields H/sub n/ at the Ni layers (in contrast with enhancements reported earlier from ferromagnetic resonance measurements), charge (0.1e/sup -/) and spin (approx.0.01..mu../sub B/) transfer to the Cu sites, and large H/sub n/ at the Cu nuclei.

  7. Study of anti-clockwise bipolar resistive switching in Ag/NiO/ITO heterojunction assembly

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    Mitra, Subarna; Chakraborty, Suvankar; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.

    2014-06-01

    The anti-clockwise bipolar resistive switching in Ag/NiO/ITO (Indium-Tin-Oxide) heterojunctional thin film assembly is investigated. A sequential voltage sweep in 0 → V max → 0 → - V min → 0 order shows intrinsic hysteresis behaviour and resistive switching in current density ( J)-voltage ( V) measurements at room temperature. Switching is induced by possible rupture and recovery of the conducting filaments in NiO layer mediated by oxygen ion migration and interfacial effects at NiO/ITO junction. In the high-resistance OFF-state space charge limited current passes through the filamentary path created by oxygen ion vacancies. In OFF-state, the resistive switching behaviour is attributed to trapping and detrapping processes in shallow trap states mostly consisting of oxygen vacancies. The slope of Log I vs Log V plots, in shallow trap region of space charge limited conduction is ~2 ( I ∝ V 2) followed by trap-filled and trap-free conduction. In the low-resistance ON-state, the observed electrical features are governed by the ohmic conduction.

  8. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in CeCu6-xTx (T = Ag,Pd)

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    Poudel, Lekhanath N.; De la cruz, Clarina; Payzant, E. Andrew; Koehler, Michael R.; May, Andrew F.; Garlea, Vasile O.; Taylor, Alice E.; Parker, David S.; Cao, Huibo B.; McGuire, Michael A.; et al

    2015-12-15

    The structural and the magnetic properties of CeCu6-xAgx (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.85) and CeCu6-xPdx (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) have been studied using neutron diffraction, resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS), x-ray diffraction measurements, and first principles calculations. The structural and magnetic phase diagrams of CeCu6-xAgx and CeCu6-xPdx as a function of Ag/Pd composition are reported. The end member, CeCu6, undergoes a structural phase transition from an orthorhombic (Pnma) to a monoclinic (P21/c) phase at 240 K. In CeCu6-xAgx, the structural phase transition temperature (Ts) decreases linearly with Ag concentration and extrapolates to zero at xS ≈ 0.1. The structural transitionmore » in CeCu6-xPdx remains unperturbed with Pd substitution within the range of our study. The lattice constant b slightly decreases with Ag/Pd doping, whereas a and c increase with an overall increase in the unit cell volume. Both systems, CeCu6-xAgx and CeCu6-xPdx, exhibit a magnetic quantum critical point (QCP), at x ≈ 0.2 and x ≈ 0.05, respectively. Near the QCP, long range antiferromagnetic ordering takes place at an incommensurate wave vector (δ1 0 δ2), where δ1 ~ 0.62, δ2 ~ 0.25, x = 0.125 for CeCu6-xPdx and δ1 ~ 0.64, δ2 ~ 0.3, x = 0.3 for CeCu6-xAgx. As a result, the magnetic structure consists of an amplitude modulation of the Ce moments which are aligned along the c axis of the orthorhombic unit cell.« less

  9. Single-Step Production of Nanostructured Copper-Nickel (CuNi) and Copper-Nickel-Indium (CuNiIn) Alloy Particles

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    Apaydın, Ramazan Oğuzhan; Ebin, Burçak; Gürmen, Sebahattin

    2016-04-01

    Nanostructured copper-nickel (CuNi) and copper-nickel-indium (CuNiIn) alloy particles were produced from aqueous solutions of copper, nickel nitrates and indium sulfate by hydrogen reduction-assisted ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The effects of reduction temperatures, at 973 K, 1073 K, and 1173 K (700 °C, 800 °C, and 900 °C), on the morphology and crystalline structure of the alloy particles were investigated under the conditions of 0.1 M total precursor concentration and 0.5 L/min H2 volumetric flow rate. X-ray diffraction studies were performed to investigate the crystalline structure. Particle size and morphology were investigated by scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive spectroscopy was applied to determine the chemical composition of the particles. Spherical nanocrystalline binary CuNi alloy particles were prepared in the particle size range from 74 to 455 nm, while ternary CuNiIn alloy particles were obtained in the particle size range from 80 to 570 nm at different precursor solution concentrations and reduction temperatures. Theoretical and experimental chemical compositions of all the particles are nearly the same. Results reveal that the precursor solution and reduction temperature strongly influence the particle size of the produced alloy particles.

  10. A colorimetric assay for measuring iodide using Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles coupled with Cu(2+).

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    Zeng, Jingbin; Cao, Yingying; Lu, Chun-Hua; Wang, Xu-Dong; Wang, Qianru; Wen, Cong-Ying; Qu, Jian-Bo; Yuan, Cunguang; Yan, Zi-Feng; Chen, Xi

    2015-09-01

    Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and coupled with copper ion (Cu(2+)) for the colorimetric sensing of iodide ion (I(-)). This assay relies on the fact that the absorption spectra and the color of metallic core-shell NPs are sensitive to their chemical ingredient and dimensional core-to-shell ratio. When I(-) was added to the Au@Ag core-shell NPs-Cu(2+) system/solution, Cu(2+) can oxidize I(-) into iodine (I2), which can further oxidize silver shells to form silver iodide (AgI). The generated Au@AgI core-shell NPs led to color changes from yellow to purple, which was utilized for the colorimetric sensing of I(-). The assay only took 10 min with a lowest detectable concentration of 0.5 μM, and it exhibited excellent selectivity for I(-) over other common anions tested. Furthermore, Au@Ag core-shell NPs-Cu(2+) was embedded into agarose gels as inexpensive and portable "test strips", which were successfully used for the semi-quantitation of I(-) in dried kelps. PMID:26388386

  11. Tuning of Ag doped core-shell ZnO NWs/Cu2O grown by electrochemical deposition

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    Makhlouf, Houssin; Messaoudi, Olfa; Souissi, Ahmed; Ben Assaker, Ibtissem; Oueslati, Mihrez; Bechelany, Mikhael; Chtourou, Radhouane

    2015-09-01

    ZnO nanowires (NWs)/Cu2O-Ag core-shell nanostructures (NSs) have been synthesized by electrochemical deposition method on ITO-coated glass substrates in order to improve the efficiency of the type-II transition of core-shell ZnO NWs/Cu2O-Ag NSs. The morphologies of the obtained NSs were studied by scanning electron microscopy confirming the presence of core-shell NSs. The crystalline proprieties were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and micro-Raman measurement: wurtzite ZnO and cuprit Cu2O phase were founded. The presence of Ag content in core-shell NS was detected by EDX. Optical measurement reveals an additional contribution δE at about 1.72 eV attributed to the type-II interfacial transition between the valance band of cuprit-Cu2O and the conduction band of W-ZnO. The effect of the Ag doping into the type-II transition was investigated. A red shift of the type-II transition was detected according to the Ag concentration. These materials could have potential applications in photocatalytic and photovoltaic fields.

  12. Structural and optical properties of (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} polycrystalline thin film alloys

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    Boyle, J. H.; Shafarman, W. N.; Birkmire, R. W.; McCandless, B. E.

    2014-06-14

    The structural and optical properties of pentenary alloy (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} polycrystalline thin films were characterized over the entire compositional range at a fixed (Cu + Ag)/(In + Ga) ratio. Films deposited at 550 °C on bare and molybdenum coated soda-lime glass by elemental co-evaporation in a single-stage process with constant incident fluxes exhibit single phase chalcopyrite structure, corresponding to 122 spacegroup (I-42d) over the entire compositional space. Unit cell refinement of the diffraction patterns show that increasing Ag substitution for Cu, the refined a{sub o} lattice constant, (Ag,Cu)-Se bond length, and anion displacement increase in accordance with the theoretical model proposed by Jaffe, Wei, and Zunger. However, the refined c{sub o} lattice constant and (In,Ga)-Se bond length deviated from theoretical expectations for films with mid-range Ag and Ga compositions and are attributed to influences from crystallographic bond chain ordering or cation electronegativity. The optical band gap, derived from transmission and reflection measurements, widened with increasing Ag and Ga content, due to influences from anion displacement and cation electronegativity, as expected from theoretical considerations for pseudo-binary chalcopyrite compounds.

  13. Mechanical Behavior of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/Cu Solder Joints After Isothermal Aging

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    Nguyen, Van Luong; Chung, Chin-Sung; Kim, Ho-Kyung

    2016-01-01

    The tensile impact behavior of lead-free Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu/Cu solder joints aged at 413 K and 453 K for times ranging from 24 h to 1000 h has been investigated in this study. The activation energy for growth of the intermetallic compound (IMC) layer was estimated and compared with literature values. Additionally, the tensile strength of solder joints with IMC thickness of 17.6 μm was found to be more sensitive to the strain rate as compared with solder joints with thinner IMC layers. Equations representing the relationships among the effective stress, strain rate, aging time, and aging temperature as well as IMC thickness were established using matrix laboratory (MATLAB) software. These equations show that the tensile strength decreases with increase in the IMC thickness to about 8 μm, after which it becomes nearly constant when the IMC thickness is between approximately 8 μm and 14 μm, before decreasing significantly when the IMC thickness exceeds 14 μm. The main reason for these characteristics was excessive increase in the IMC thickness of solder joints, causing a change in the stress concentration of the tensile load from the protruding region to the inside of the IMC layer at the same tested strain rate.

  14. Process and properties of electroless Ni-Cu-P-ZrO{sub 2} nanocomposite coatings

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    Ranganatha, S.; Venkatesha, T.V.; Vathsala, K.

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ni-P and Ni-P-Cu-ZrO{sub 2} coatings were produced by electroless technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The influence of copper and ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles on Ni-P was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Surface morphology, structure and electrochemical behavior were evaluated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ni-Cu-P-ZrO{sub 2} and Ni-P-ZrO{sub 2} coatings are more resistant to corrosion than Ni-P. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Introduction of Cu and ZrO{sub 2} in the matrix aids to the enhancement of microhardness. -- Abstract: Electroless Ni-Cu-P-ZrO{sub 2} composite coating was successfully obtained on low carbon steel matrix by electroless plating technique. Coatings with different compositions were obtained by varying copper as ternary metal and nano sized zirconium oxide particles so as to obtain elevated corrosion resistant Ni-P coating. Microstructure, crystal structure and composition of deposits were analyzed by SEM, EDX and XRD techniques. The corrosion behavior of the deposits was studied by anodic polarization, Tafel plots and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 3.5% sodium chloride solution. The ZrO{sub 2} incorporated Ni-P coating showed higher corrosion resistance than plain Ni-P. The introduction of copper metal into Ni-P-ZrO{sub 2} enhanced the protection ability against corrosion. The influence of copper metal and nanoparticles on microhardness of coatings was evaluated.

  15. Two Liquid Phases Separation of Fe-Cu-B and Fe-Cu-Ag-B systems at 1873 and 1523 K

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    Ono-Nakazato, Hideki; Yamaguchi, Katsuhiro; Agawa, Shingo; Taguchi, Kenji; Usui, Tateo

    In recycling of steel scraps, the accumulation of tramp element in steel has been one of serious problems. Because copper in steel causes hot-shortness, the copper content of steel scraps is strictly adjusted under the upper limiting value in steelmaking process. In addition, recycling of steel scrap is necessary for energy savings and to realize a recycling-oriented society. In the present study,it was found that addition of boron could separate a single liquid in Fe-Cu system into Fe-rich and Cu-rich phases. Equilibrium experiments in Fe-Cu-B ternary system at 1873 and 1523 K showed that the copper content in Fe-rich phase decreased to 4.3 mass%. Subsequently, equilibrium experiments in Fe-Cu-Ag-B system were carried out and the copper was observed to be distributed between Fe-B and Ag phases. The distribution ratio of [mass%Cu](in Ag) / [mass%Cu](in Fe) was about 6 at 1873 K, regardless of copper content. It was found that the copper content of iron could be decreased by using silver as the solvent.

  16. Improved galvanic replacement growth of Ag microstructures on Cu micro-grid for enhanced SERS detection of organic molecules.

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    Guo, Tian-Long; Li, Ji-Guang; Sun, Xudong; Sakka, Yoshio

    2016-04-01

    Galvanic growth of Ag nano/micro-structures on Cu micro-grid was systematically studied for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) applications. Detailed characterizations via FE-SEM and HR-TEM showed that processing parameters, (reaction time, Ag(+) concentration, and PVP addition) all substantially affect thermodynamics/kinetics of the replacement reaction to yield substrates of significantly different microstructures/homogeneities and thus varied SERS performances (sensitivity, enhancement factor, and reproducibility) of the Ag substrates in the detection of R6G analyte. PVP as an additive was shown to notably alter nucleation/growth behaviors of the Ag crystals and promote the deposition of dense and uniform Ag films of nearly monodisperse polyhedrons/nanoplates through suppressing dendrites crystallization. Under optimized synthesis (50mM of Ag(+), 30s of reaction, and 700wt.% of PVP), Ag substrates exhibiting a high Raman signal enhancement factor of ~1.1×10(6) and a low relative standard deviation of ~0.13 in the repeated detection of 10μM R6G were obtained. The facile deposition and excellent performance reported in this work may allow the Ag microstructures to find wider SERS applications. Moreover, growth mechanisms of the different Ag nano/micro-structures were discussed based on extensive FE-SEM and HR-TEM analysis. PMID:26838829

  17. Electrochemical performance and carbon deposition resistance of M-BaZr?.?Ce?.?Y?.?Yb?.?O??? (M = Pd, Cu, Ni or NiCu) anodes for solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Li, Meng; Hua, Bin; Pu, Jian; Chi, Bo; Jian, Li

    2015-01-01

    Pd-, Cu-, Ni- and NiCu-BaZr?.?Ce?.?Y?.?Yb?.?O??? anodes, designated as M-BZCYYb, were prepared by impregnating M-containing solution into BZCYYb scaffold, and investigated in the aspects of electrocatalytic activity for the reactions of H? and CH? oxidation and the resistance to carbon deposition. Impregnation of Pd, Ni or NiCu significantly reduced both the ohmic (R?) and polarization (RP) losses of BZCYYb anode exposed to H? or CH?, while Cu impregnation decreased only R? in H? and the both in CH4. Pd-, Ni- and NiCu-BZCYYb anodes were resistant to carbon deposition in wet (3?mol. % H?O) CH? at 750C. Deposited carbon fibers were observed in Pd- and Ni-BZCYYb anodes exposed to dry CH4 at 750C for 12?h, and not observed in NiCu-BZCYYb exposed to dry CH? at 750C for 24?h. The performance of a full cell with NiCu-BZCYYb anode, YSZ electrolyte and La?.?Sr?.?Co?.?Fe?.?O???-Gd doped CeO? (LSCF-GDC) cathode was stable at 750C in wet CH? for 130?h, indicating that NiCu-BZCYYb is a promising anode for direct CH? solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). PMID:25563843

  18. Aqueous transition-metal cations as impurities in a wide gap oxide: the Cu(2+)/Cu(+) and Ag(2+)/Ag(+) redox couples revisited.

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    Liu, Xiandong; Cheng, Jun; Sprik, Michiel

    2015-01-22

    The interactions of the d electrons of transition-metal aqua ions with the solvent are usually divided in short-range electronic interactions with ligand water molecules and long-range electrostatic interactions with molecules beyond the first coordination shell. This is the rationale behind the cluster continuum and QM/MM methods developed for the computation of the redox potentials. In the density functional theory based molecular dynamics (DFTMD) method, the electronic states of the complex are also allowed to mix with the extended band states of the solvent. Returning to the Cu(+) and Ag(+) oxidation reaction, which has been the subject of DFTMD simulation before, we show that coupling to the valence band states of water is greatly enhanced by the band gap error in the density functional approximation commonly used in DFTMD (the generalized gradient approximation). This effect is analyzed by viewing the solvent as a wide gap oxide and the redox active ions as electronic defects. The errors can be reduced significantly by application of hybrid functionals containing a fraction of Hartree-Fock exchange. These calculations make use of recent progress in DFTMD technology, enabling us to include sp core polarization and Hartree-Fock exchange in condensed-phase model systems. PMID:25386900

  19. The Stellar Commodity Market: Cu, Ag, And Au In The Sun And Solar-type Stars

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    Wahlgren, Glenn Michael; Carpenter, K. G.; Nave, G.

    2010-01-01

    The elements copper, silver and gold occupy the same column of the periodic table and share the property that their only stable isotopes are odd-numbered, which implies a need for hyperfine structure data when analyzing their spectral lines. A comparison of their solar photospheric abundances with the standard meteoritic element abundances shows that for two of them (Ag, Au) the differences are as large as or larger than the sum of the uncertainties. With some exceptions, the study of the chemical composition of most stars stops at the end of the iron group of elements. Heavier elements are typically not analyzed, often due to the lack of accurate atomic line data. While the post iron-group elements make a small contribution to the total abundance one can argue that, for many reasons, life on earth would not be the same without copper, silver and gold. We first revisit the abundances of these elements in the solar photosphere, accounting for the revisions in atomic data since these elements were last analyzed in the photosphere. The hyperfine structure of Cu I and Ag I is included in our synthetic spectrum calculations. The spectra Cu I and Cu II are of current interest to us for the determination of hfs constants based on our new laboratory Fourier transform spectrometer data. We then determine the abundances for these elements in the high-resolution spectra for a sample of solar-like stars, obtained from on-line data bases, using synthetic spectrum techniques. The analysis aims to determine the abundance dispersion of these elements in solar-like stars in the solar neighborhood. Some of these stars are known to possess exo-planets, and the abundances of these elements will be correlated with host star metallicity. In general, we aim to encourage a more extensive use of the periodic table for stellar astrophysics.

  20. Comparison of Extensive Thermal Cycling Effects on Microstructure Development in Micro-alloyed Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Joints

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    Anderson, Iver E.; Boesenberg, Adam; Harringa, Joel; Riegner, David; Steinmetz, Andrew; Hillman, David

    2011-09-28

    Pb-free solder alloys based on the Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) ternary eutectic have promise for widespread adoption across assembly conditions and operating environments, but enhanced microstructural control is needed. Micro-alloying with elements such as Zn was demonstrated for promoting a preferred solidification path and joint microstructure earlier in simple (Cu/Cu) solder joints studies for different cooling rates. This beneficial behavior now has been verified in reworked ball grid array (BGA) joints, using dissimilar SAC305 (Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu, wt.%) solder paste. After industrial assembly, BGA components joined with Sn-3.5Ag-0.74Cu-0.21Zn solder were tested in thermal cycling (-55 C/+125 C) along with baseline SAC305 BGA joints beyond 3000 cycles with continuous failure monitoring. Weibull analysis of the results demonstrated that BGA components joined with SAC + Zn/SAC305 have less joint integrity than SAC305 joints, but their lifetime is sufficient for severe applications in consumer, defense, and avionics electronic product field environments. Failure analysis of the BGA joints revealed that cracking did not deviate from the typical top area (BGA component side) of each joint, in spite of different Ag3Sn blade content. Thus, SAC + Zn solder has not shown any advantage over SAC305 solder in these thermal cycling trials, but other characteristics of SAC + Zn solder may make it more attractive for use across the full range of harsh conditions of avionics or defense applications.

  1. Ag induced photo-generated charge trapping in nanostructured CdS/Cu2S thin film for photovoltaic applications

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    Taur, Vidya S.; Joshi, Rajesh A.; Sharma, Ramphal

    2012-06-01

    Here we report about Ag induced photo-generated charge-trapping centers in nanostructured CdS/Cu2S thin film. The nanostructured CdS/Cu2S thin films prepared by chemical route while Ag incorporation achieved by cost effective chemical ion exchange route at room temperature. The obtained thin films were annealed at 250°C in air and later characterized for structural, optical and I-V characteristics. X-ray diffraction pattern confirms Ag incorporation in CdS/Cu2S heterojunction with increase in crystallite size from 32 to 50 nm. Scanning electron microscopy shows closed mouth structure of the CdS: Ag/Cu2S than CdS/Cu2S thin films. Blue shift in optical absorbance strength and energy band gap value from Eg = 2.27 to 2.10 eV is observed. Improvement in solar energy conversions efficiency from η = 0.24 % to 0.92 % is obtained upon doping.

  2. Bulk-alloy microstructural analogues for transient liquid-phase bonds in the NiAl/Cu/Ni system

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    Gale, W.F.; Abdo, Z.A.M.

    1999-12-01

    Transient liquid-phase (TLP) bonds between dissimilar materials can have complex microstructures that evolve both during holding at the bonding temperature and on cooling. In this article, an examination is made of the feasibility of producing bulk-alloy microstructural analogues for individual microstructural features of dissimilar material TLP bonds. The ultimate intent of this work is to enable the contribution of individual microstructural features to the overall properties of TLP bonds to be determined. Specifically, the article focuses on the production, characterization, and applications of microstructural analogues for TLP bonds in an NiAl/Cu/Ni model system. The article examines the use of five different cast Ni-Al-Cu alloys, together with heat treatment of selected materials, as bulk analogues for six distinct microstructural regions of the NiAl/Cu/Ni bonds. Each of these analogues is characterized in detail by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and compared to the relevant target region of the bond. An initial examination is also made of the use of bulk alloys in aiding an understanding of phase transformations and structure-property relationships in these bonds.

  3. Metallic glass alloys of Zr, Ti, Cu and Ni

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    Lin, X.; Peker, A.; Johnson, W.L.

    1997-04-08

    At least quaternary alloys form metallic glass upon cooling below the glass transition temperature at a rate less than 10{sup 3} K/s. Such alloys comprise titanium from 19 to 41 atomic percent, an early transition metal (ETM) from 4 to 21 atomic percent and copper plus a late transition metal (LTM) from 49 to 64 atomic percent. The ETM comprises zirconium and/or hafnium. The LTM comprises cobalt and/or nickel. The composition is further constrained such that the product of the copper plus LTM times the atomic proportion of LTM relative to the copper is from 2 to 14. The atomic percentage of ETM is less than 10 when the atomic percentage of titanium is as high as 41, and may be as large as 21 when the atomic percentage of titanium is as low as 24. Furthermore, when the total of copper and LTM are low, the amount of LTM present must be further limited. Another group of glass forming alloys has the formula (ETM{sub 1{minus}x}Ti{sub x}){sub a} Cu{sub b} (Ni{sub 1{minus}y}Co{sub y}){sub c} wherein x is from 0.1 to 0.3, y{center_dot}c is from 0 to 18, a is from 47 to 67, b is from 8 to 42, and c is from 4 to 37. This definition of the alloys has additional constraints on the range of copper content, b. 2 figs.

  4. Influence of the ARC patterning method and annealing on the contact adhesion of Ni/Cu-plated solar cells

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    Baik, Jong Wook; Lee, Sang Hee; Lee, Doo Won; Lee, Soo Hong

    2016-05-01

    Ni/Cu two-step plating is a promising metallization technique because low contact resistance and improved contact adhesion can be achieved after the Ni annealing process. Also, narrow fingers, which are required for high-efficiency solar cells, can be formed by plating. However, the reliability of contact adhesion is still considered one obstacle to industrializing solar cells with plated metal contacts. In this experiment, the influence of ARC opening methods on plated contact adhesion was investigated because the roughnesses of the Si surfaces produced by using pico-second laser ablation and photolithography may be different. Also, the annealing process was conducted before and after plating Cu/Ag metal stacks. The sequence of the annealing can be significant for efficient production because plating is a wet process while annealing is a dry process. The contact adhesion was measured by using a peel-off test. The test was conducted on a 1.5-mm-wide by a 60 ~ 70- mm-long bus bar area. A 3.2-N/mm adhesion force was recorded as a highest average value along the bus bar.

  5. Diffusion bonding titanium to stainless steel using Nb/Cu/Ni multi-interlayer

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    Li Peng; Li Jinglong; Xiong Jiangtao; Zhang Fusheng; Raza, Syed Hamid

    2012-06-15

    By using Nb/Cu/Ni structure as multi-interlayer, diffusion bonding titanium to austenitic stainless steel has been conducted. The effects of bonding temperature and bonding time on the interfacial microstructure were analyzed by scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive spectroscope, and the joint strength was evaluated by tensile test. The results showed that Ni atoms aggregated at the Cu-Nb interface, which promoted Cu solution in Nb. This phenomenon forms a Cu-Nb solution strengthening effect. However, such effect would decay by using long bonding time that dilutes Ni atom aggregation, or be suppressed by using high bonding temperature that embrittles the Cu-Nb interface due to the formation of large grown intermetallic compounds. The sound joint was obtained by promoted parameters as 850 Degree-Sign C for 30-45 min, under which a bonding strength around 300 MPa could be obtained. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Titanium was diffusion bonded to stainless steel using Nb/Cu/Ni multi-interlayer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effects of bonding parameters on microstructure and joint strength were studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nickel aggregation promotes Cu solution in Nb which can strengthen the joint. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sound joint with strength of around 300 MPa was obtained by promoted parameters.

  6. Optical and electrochemical properties of Cu-doped NiO films prepared by electrochemical deposition

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    Zhao, Lili; Su, Ge; Liu, Wei; Cao, Lixin; Wang, Jing; Dong, Zheng; Song, Meiqin

    2011-02-01

    Cu-doped nickel oxide (NiO) thin films were prepared by electrochemial deposition (cathodic deposition) technique onto the fluorine doped tin oxide (F: SnO2; FTO) coated glass substrates from organic solutions. Effects of Cu content on the morphology, structure, optical and electrochromic properties of NiO films were investigated by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-vis) and cyclic voltammetry (CV), respectively. SEM images indicated the formation of nanorods after Cu was added. The films were formed with amorphous or short-range ordered NiO grains and a trace of face-centered cubic NixCu1-xO confirmed by XRD. The transmittances of both bleached state and colored state were significantly lowered when Cu was added. The NiO films doped with Cu (the molar ratio was 1/8) exhibited the optimum electrochromic behavior with a variation of transmittance (ΔT) up to ∼80% at the wavelength range of 350-600 nm. Cu doping reduces the response time for both the coloring and bleaching states, and the reversibility of the redox reaction was increased as well.

  7. Soil anomalies associated with Cu-Ni mineralization in the South Kawishiwi area, northern Lake County, Minnesota

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    Alminas, Henry V.

    1975-01-01

    Geochemical sampling in the contact zone between the Giants Range Granite and the Duluth Gabbro Complex along the South Kawishiwi River indicates the presence of extensive soil anomalies associated with the known Cu-Ni-Co-Ag mineralization in the basal part of the Duluth Gabbro Complex. A close spatial relationship was found between the ore bodies and associated anomalies, despite the fact that the parent material of the sampled soils was glacial overburden that mantles the area to a depth of 0-50 feet. The <74 mesh fraction of B-horizon soils was found to be an effective sample type for geochemical exploration in this area. Trace metals are believed to be held primarily by the clay-size hydrated iron oxides and manganese oxide, which are somewhat enriched in the fine fraction of the B-horizon soils.

  8. Shape coexistence in 67Co, 66,68,70,72Ni, and 71Cu

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    Walters, W. B.; Chiara, C. J.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Weisshaar, D.; Otsuka, T.; Tsunoda, Y.; Recchia, F.; Gade, A.; Harker, J. L.; Albers, M.; Alcorta, M.; Bader, V. M.; Baugher, T.; Bazin, D.; Berryman, J. S.; Bertone, P. F.; Campbell, C. M.; Carpenter, M. P.; Chen, J.; Crawford, H. L.; David, H. M.; Doherty, D. T.; Hoffman, C. R.; Honma, M.; Kondev, F. G.; Korichi, A.; Langer, C.; Larson, N.; Lauritsen, T.; Liddick, S. N.; Lunderberg, E.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Noji, S.; Prokop, C.; Rogers, A. M.; Seweryniak, D.; Shimizu, N.; Stroberg, S. R.; Suchyta, S.; Utsuno, Y.; Williams, S. J.; Wimmer, K.; Zhu, S.

    2015-10-01

    Analyses of data from both deep inelastic reactions at Argonne National Laboratory and single- and multiple-particle knockout reactions at Michigan State University revealed new γ-ray transitions in even-even 66,68,70,72Ni38,40,42,44 and in 67Co40 that provide strong evidence for multiple shape coexistence at N = 38 and 40 and deep prolate minima in 70Ni42 and isotonic 71Cu42. A new transition at 642 keV is proposed for 66Ni as the prolate 2+ to 0+ transition. Two new transitions in 72Ni at 915 and 1225 keV were identified in the knock-out reaction study and could represent de-population of prolate states. Taken together with recent theoretical work using the Monte Carlo shell model, a well defined region of shape coexistence can be seen existing precisely between 38 ≤ N ≤44 for Co, Ni, and Cu nuclei.

  9. Chemical Stability of (Ag,Cu)2Se: a Historical Overview

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    Brown, David R.; Day, Tristan; Caillat, Thierry; Snyder, G. JeffREY

    2013-07-01

    Recent work on Cu2- x Se has caused strong interest in this material due to its high reported peak zT (1.5) and the reduction of thermal conductivity through the mechanism of liquid-like suppression of heat capacity. In the 1960s, 3M patented Cu1.97Ag0.03Se as "TPM-217." Over the following decade it was tested and developed by the 3M Corporation, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Teledyne Energy Systems, and the General Atomics Corporation for use as a next-generation thermoelectric material. During these tests, extreme problems with material loss through Se vaporization and chemical reactions between the material and the device contacts were found. These problems were especially severe while operating under conditions of high iL/A. As a result, the material system was abandoned. The results of these reports are discussed. A simple test of degradation of Cu2Se under conditions of applied current and thermal gradient was performed and showed results compatible with the work done by General Atomics.

  10. Microstructural evolution during aging of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Alloys in the Al-Cu-Li Ag-Mg subsystem were developed that exhibit desirable combinations of strength and ductility. These Weldalite (trademark) alloys, are unique for Al-Cu-Li alloys in that with or without a prior cold stretching operation, they obtain excellent strength-ductility combinations upon natural and artificial aging. This is significant because it enables complex, near-net shape products such as forgings and super plastically formed parts to be heat treated to ultra-high strengths. On the other hand, commercial extrusions, rolled plates and sheets of other Al-Cu-Li alloys are typically subjected to a cold stretching operation before artificial aging to the highest strength tempers to introduce dislocations that provide low-energy nucleation sites for strengthening precipitates such as the T(sub 1) phase. The variation in yield strength (YS) with Li content in the near-peak aged condition for these Weldalite (trademark) alloys and the associated microstructures were examined, and the results are discussed.

  11. [The forming phase and various properties of Au, Ag, Cu and Ga mixture in metal fired crowns].

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    Yoshida, T; Miyasaka, T; Okamura, H; Mizutani, Y; Hanaka, M; Miyake, S; Seo, I; Ito, M

    1990-11-01

    A new time-saving method has been developed to produce artificial crowns without using the casting process. Plastic mixtures of gallium and other metal particles are kneaded into desired shape and then heated for hardening. By this method, the time required for hardening and producing restorative materials has been shortened greatly. In the present experiment, gallium was triturated with powdered gold, silver and copper to make binary alloy samples. The dimensional change was measured between heat treatment. After heat treatment, the test piece was examined for compressive strength, compressive shrinkage, hardness, tarnishing and difference in phase. Non-heated and heated alloy specimens (Au-Ga, Ag-Ga, Cu-Ga) expanded to form the new phase. The ability of Au-Ga samples to bear compressive strength, when heated at 300 degrees C or more (AuGa2----AuGa), became 2.6 times greater than that of non-heat-treated specimens. The compressive strength of Ag-Ga samples dropped briefly at 350 degrees C (Ag0.72Ga0.28----Ag3Ga) but increased at 450 degrees C (Ag3Ga----AgGa). The strength of Cu-Ga pieces fell by half at 475 degrees C and upward (CuGa2----unknown phase). A compression test showed that the contraction percentage of Au and Ag specimens became large as a result of heat treatment, while that of Cu alloys remained almost unchanged. The results of a hardness test (HV) were comparable to those of the compressive strength test. The Au-Ga alloys increased in hardness after high-temperature treatment. In the Ag-Ga alloys, hardness declined at 350 degrees C and increased at 450 degrees C. There was no difference in hardness between Cu specimens after heat treatment and those allowed to stand at room temperature. A tarnishing test revealed that Au-Ga samples turned slightly yellowish. In the case of Ag-Ga samples, the reflectivity Y (%) dipped slightly but discoloration was not recognizable. However, the Cu-Ga samples which were heated at temperatures of up to 280 degrees C showed a slight drop in reflectivity, but those heated at temperatures higher than 280 degrees C decreased to 50-66% in reflectivity and turned black. PMID:2135544

  12. Layer thickness dependence of CPP giant magnetoresistance in individual CoNi/Cu multilayer nanowires grown by electrodeposition

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    Tang, X.-T.; Wang, G.-C.; Shima, M.

    2007-04-01

    Giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect of CoNi/Cu nanowires grown by electrodeposition using an array of parallel through holes in anodized alumina membranes was studied in the current-perpendicular-to-plane (CPP) geometry as a function of the CoNi and Cu layer thicknesses. The CPP-GMR measurements were carried out by making a point contact with individual nanowires using a metallic plunger tip. In the range of the CoNi layer thickness tCoNi=2-510nm and that of the Cu layer thickness tCu=4.2-42nm , the maximum value of CPP-GMR change observed in the CoNi/Cu nanowires was 23% at room temperature. The variation of the CPP-GMR with tCoNi at fixed tCu and that with tCu at fixed tCoNi is discussed in terms of the series-resistor model and the Valet-Fert model for CPP-GMR. The effects of various factors such as superparamagnetism in very thin CoNi layers and dipole-dipole interactions between CoNi layers on the CPP-GMR of CoNi/Cu nanowires are also discussed.

  13. An experimental investigation of ionic transport properties in CuI-Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} and CuI-Ag{sub 2}CrO{sub 4} mixed systems

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    Suthanthiraraj, S. Austin . E-mail: suthan98@yahoo.com; Premchand, Y. Daniel

    2004-11-01

    The phenomenon of ionic transport in the case of two different mixed systems (CuI){sub (1-x)}-(Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}){sub x}(0.15=CuI){sub (1-y)}-(Ag{sub 2}CrO{sub 4}){sub y}(0.15=CuI){sub 0.45}-(Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4}){sub 0.55} and 1.1x10{sup -4}Scm{sup -1} in the case of (CuI){sub 0.55}-(Ag{sub 2}CrO{sub 4}){sub 0.45} at room temperature has been discussed in terms of the observed characteristics.

  14. Coating geometry of Ag, Ti, Co, Ni, and Al nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes

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    Barberio, M.; Stranges, F.; Xu, F.

    2015-04-01

    We present a morphology study on laser ablation produced metal nanoparticles (NPs) deposited on carbon nanotube (CNT) substrates. We analyzed the coating geometry and topography by processing AFM and SEM images. Our results show that Ag NPs aggregate together to form large agglomerates, that Ti NPs are well dispersed on the substrate surface forming a quasi-continuous layer, and that Co, Ni, and Al NPs coat quite uniformly CNTs and locally grow in a layer like fashion. We interpret the coating and clustering geometries in terms of cohesion, surface, and interfacial energies and diffusion barriers. Fractal analysis of composites morphology suggests the formation of structures with a smoother topography relative to pure carbon nanotubes for reactive metal nanoparticles.

  15. Sn-Ag-Cu to Cu joint current aging test and evolution of resistance and microstructure

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    Xu, Di Erick; Chow, Jasper; Mayer, Michael; Jung, Jae Pil; Yoon, Jong Hyun

    2015-11-01

    SAC 305 solder bump with 800 μm diameter were produced and soldered to a custom substrate with Cu lines as leads that allow for resistance measurement during current aging. The measured joint resistance values (leads plus solder bump) before aging are 7.7 ± 1.8 mΩ and 11.8 ± 2.8 mΩ at room temperature and 160°C, respectively. In general, the resistance of the solder joint increases instantly by about 1 mΩ, when subjected to a 2.2 A aging current at 160°C. The increase is gradual in the following hours of aging and more drastic as it approaches the final failure. Four stages are identified in the resistance signal curve and compared with observations from cross sections. The stages are IMC growth, crack formation and propagation, intermittent crack healing-forming, and final failure resulting in an open connection at the cathode. Recently a periodical drop and rise behavior was reported for the resistance signal. This behavior is reproduced and attributed to the intermittent crack healing-forming stage. The healing events observed are faster than the sampling time. Possibly, as current is concentrated when bypassing interfacial cracks, local melting occurs partially filling cracks before resolidifying. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  16. Experimental Partitioning of Elements Related to Iron Meteorite Chronologies -- Ag, Au, Mo, Ni, Pb, Pd, and TL

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    Jones, J. H.; Hart, S. R.; Benjamin, T. M.

    1992-07-01

    To better understand the Pd-Ag and Pb-Tl chronometer systems of iron meteorites, we have performed a series of experiments to evaluate the distribution of Pb, Ag, Pd, and Tl in iron meteorites. Much of the data summarized here has been presented before (Jones and Hart, 1984; Jones et al., 1986; Jones, 1989). However, we have expanded our partitioning data for schreibersite (Fe(sub)3P) and have added Ni, Au, and Mo data for comparison to Ag, Pb, Pd, and Tl. Our experimental and analytical techniques have been described in detail elsewhere (Jones and Drake, 1983; Jones and Hart, 1984; Jones et al., 1986). Table 1 summarizes the results of our experiments near the Fe-FeS euctectic (1000- 900 degrees C). We find that the chalcophile elements Pb, Ag, and Tl are not only extremely incompatible in iron metal, they are also very incompatible in troilite (FeS) and schreibersite. In many cases, we can only give upper limits for the partition coefficients (D). We have compared our experimental D+s for (troilite/Fe-Ni metal) and (schreibersite/Fe-Ni metal) to those inferred for separated phases from iron meteorites. We find that metal- compatible elements (Au, Mo, Ni, Pd) in our experiments generally behave much as would be expected from the analysis of iron meteorites, whereas incompatible elements (Ag, Pb, Tl) do not. We have speculated previously that this discordance between experimentally determined D+s and those inferred from iron meteorites is due to incompatible-element-rich impurities in "metal" and "sulfide" separates (e.g., Jones, 1989). The general concordance of experimentally determined D+s and D+s inferred from natural assemblages further reinforces this view. Bulk "metal" analyses of Ag and Pb indicate that ~0.1-1 wt% of sulfide inclusions within the metal could account for the bulk "metal" Ag and Pb concentrations. If this trace impurity model is correct, we believe that we have a natural explanation for the discrepancy in (i) cooling rates calculated using Ni diffusion profiles (~1-10 degrees C/my; Wood, 1967) and (ii) those calculated using the constraint that Ag isotopic equilibration not occur (>>100 degrees C/my; Kaiser and Wasserburg, 1983). Ag solubility in Fe-Ni metal is very low. If radiogenic Ag in metal encounters small (<100 micrometer) troilite inclusions and finds a phase in which Ag is compatible, then the low solubility of Ag in metal will effectively prohibit further isotopic equilibration. In this model, diffusion rates could be very rapid, but isotopic equilibration could still be very slow. Upon later analysis of inclusion-bearing metal, the radiogenic Ag will be assumed to have been in the metal, the Pd/Ag ratio will still be high, and fast cooling rates will be invoked. Thus, it may be that the isotopic cooling rates of Kaiser and Wasserburg (1983) should be viewed as upper limits to the true cooling rate. References: Jones J.H. (1989) Lunar Planet. Sci. (abstract) 20, 478. Jones J.H. and Drake M.J. (1983) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 47, 1199-1209. Jones J.H. and Hart S.R. (1984) Meteoritics (abstract) 19, 248. Jones J.H. et al. (1986) Lunar Planet. Sci. (abstract) 17, 400. Kaiser T. and Wasserburg G.J. (1983) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 47, 43-58. Wood J.A. (1967) Icarus 6, 1-49. Table 1, which in the hard copy appears here, shows analytical results.

  17. NiCu Alloy Nanoparticle-Loaded Carbon Nanofibers for Phenolic Biosensor Applications.

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    Li, Dawei; Lv, Pengfei; Zhu, Jiadeng; Lu, Yao; Chen, Chen; Zhang, Xiangwu; Wei, Qufu

    2015-01-01

    NiCu alloy nanoparticle-loaded carbon nanofibers (NiCuCNFs) were fabricated by a combination of electrospinning and carbonization methods. A series of characterizations, including SEM, TEM and XRD, were employed to study the NiCuCNFs. The as-prepared NiCuCNFs were then mixed with laccase (Lac) and Nafion to form a novel biosensor. NiCuCNFs successfully achieved the direct electron transfer of Lac. Cyclic voltammetry and linear sweep voltammetry were used to study the electrochemical properties of the biosensor. The finally prepared biosensor showed favorable electrocatalytic effects toward hydroquinone. The detection limit was 90 nM (S/N = 3), the sensitivity was 1.5 µA µM(-1), the detection linear range was 4 × 10(-7)-2.37 × 10(-6) M. In addition, this biosensor exhibited satisfactory repeatability, reproducibility, anti-interference properties and stability. Besides, the sensor achieved the detection of hydroquinone in lake water. PMID:26610505

  18. NiCu Alloy Nanoparticle-Loaded Carbon Nanofibers for Phenolic Biosensor Applications

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    Li, Dawei; Lv, Pengfei; Zhu, Jiadeng; Lu, Yao; Chen, Chen; Zhang, Xiangwu; Wei, Qufu

    2015-01-01

    NiCu alloy nanoparticle-loaded carbon nanofibers (NiCuCNFs) were fabricated by a combination of electrospinning and carbonization methods. A series of characterizations, including SEM, TEM and XRD, were employed to study the NiCuCNFs. The as-prepared NiCuCNFs were then mixed with laccase (Lac) and Nafion to form a novel biosensor. NiCuCNFs successfully achieved the direct electron transfer of Lac. Cyclic voltammetry and linear sweep voltammetry were used to study the electrochemical properties of the biosensor. The finally prepared biosensor showed favorable electrocatalytic effects toward hydroquinone. The detection limit was 90 nM (S/N = 3), the sensitivity was 1.5 µA µM−1, the detection linear range was 4 × 10−7–2.37 × 10−6 M. In addition, this biosensor exhibited satisfactory repeatability, reproducibility, anti-interference properties and stability. Besides, the sensor achieved the detection of hydroquinone in lake water. PMID:26610505

  19. Cytotoxicity Evaluation and Magnetic Characteristics of Mechano-thermally Synthesized CuNi Nanoparticles for Hyperthermia

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    Amrollahi, P.; Ataie, A.; Nozari, A.; Seyedjafari, E.; Shafiee, A.

    2015-03-01

    CuNi alloys are very well known, both in academia and industry, based on their wide range of applications. In the present investigation, the previously synthesized Cu0.5Ni0.5 nanoparticles (NPs) by mechano-thermal method were studied more extensively. Phase composition and morphology of the samples were studied by employing x-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The Curie temperature ( T c) was determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In vitro cytotoxicity was studied through methyl-thiazolyl-tetrazolium (MTT) assay. XRD and FESEM results indicated the formation of single-phase Cu0.5Ni0.5. TEM micrographs showed that the mean particle size of powders is 20 nm. DSC results revealed that T c of mechano-thermally synthesized Cu0.5Ni0.5 is 44 °C. The MTT assay results confirmed the viability and proliferation of human bone marrow stem cells in contact with Cu0.5Ni0.5 NPs. In summary, the fabricated particles were demonstrated to have potential in low concentrations for cancer treatment applications.

  20. GMR in DC magnetron sputtered Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19}/Cu multilayers

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    Mao, M.; Cerjan, C.; Gibbons, M.; Law, B.; Grabner, F.; Vernon, S.P.; Wall, M.

    1998-07-01

    In this paper, the authors present results of a study on Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19}/Cu magnetic multilayers (MLs) deposited using a four-source DC magnetron sputtering system operated in planetary mode. A significant change of GMR value with deposition conditions, especially base pressure and deposition pressure, has been observed for Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19}/Cu MLs. With an optimized process, they have obtained a GMR response of 9.5% with a field sensitivity of 0.44%/Oe for Si/ [(Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19})17{angstrom}/Cu20{angstrom}]{sub 20} MLs without an Fe buffer layer. The insertion of a very thin layer of a second magnetic species at nonmagnetic/magnetic interfaces in the ML stack makes GMR response either sensitive or less sensitive to deposition conditions depending on the species selected. They believe that the key to obtaining large GMR values in Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19}/Cu MLs lies in the control of layered structure and interfacial chemistry. In addition, these Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19}/Cu MLs survive high temperature annealing up to 250 C, retaining a GMR value of 8.5%.

  1. Resistance to sulfur poisoning of Ni-based alloy with coinage (IB) metals

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    Xu, Xiaopei; Zhang, Yanxing; Yang, Zongxian

    2015-12-01

    The poisoning effects of S atom on the (1 0 0), (1 1 0) and (1 1 1) metal surfaces of pure Ni and Ni-based alloy with IB (coinage) metals (Cu, Ag, Au) are systematically studied. The effects of IB metal dopants on the S poisoning features are analyzed combining the density functional theory (DFT) results with thermodynamics data using the ab initio atomistic thermodynamic method. It is found that introducing IB doping metals into Ni surface can shift the d-band center downward from the Fermi level and weaken the adsorption of S on the (1 0 0) and (1 1 0) surfaces, and the S tolerance ability increases in the order of Ni, Cu/Ni, Ag/Ni and Au/Ni. Nevertheless, on the (1 1 1) surface, the S tolerance ability increases in the order of Ag/Ni (or Cu/Ni), Ni, and Au/Ni. When we increase the coverage of the IB metal dopants, we found that not only Au, but Cu and Ag can increase its S tolerance. We therefore propose that alloying can increase its S tolerance and alloying with Au would be a better way to increase the resistance to sulfur poisoning of the Ni anode as compared with the pure Ni and the Ag- or, Cu-doped Ni materials.

  2. First-principles study of methane dehydrogenation on a bimetallic Cu/Ni(111) surface.

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    An, Wei; Zeng, X C; Turner, C Heath

    2009-11-01

    We present density-functional theory calculations of the dehydrogenation of methane and CH(x) (x=1-3) on a Cu/Ni(111) surface, where Cu atoms are substituted on the Ni surface at a coverage of 14 monolayer. As compared to the results on other metal surfaces, including Ni(111), a similar activation mechanism with different energetics is found for the successive dehydrogenation of CH(4) on the Cu/Ni(111) surface. In particular, the activation energy barrier (E(act)) for CH-->C+H is found to be 1.8 times larger than that on Ni(111), while E(act) for CH(4)-->CH(3)+H is 1.3 times larger. Considering the proven beneficial effect of Cu observed in the experimental systems, our findings reveal that the relative E(act) in the successive dehydrogenation of CH(4) plays a key role in impeding carbon formation during the industrial steam reforming of methane. Our calculations also indicate that previous scaling relationships of the adsorption energy (E(ads)) for CH(x) (x=1-3) and carbon on pure metals also hold for several Ni(111)-based alloy systems. PMID:19895030

  3. First-principles study of methane dehydrogenation on a bimetallic Cu/Ni(111) surface

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    An, Wei; Zeng, X. C.; Turner, C. Heath

    2009-11-01

    We present density-functional theory calculations of the dehydrogenation of methane and CHx (x=1-3) on a Cu/Ni(111) surface, where Cu atoms are substituted on the Ni surface at a coverage of 1/4 monolayer. As compared to the results on other metal surfaces, including Ni(111), a similar activation mechanism with different energetics is found for the successive dehydrogenation of CH4 on the Cu/Ni(111) surface. In particular, the activation energy barrier (Eact) for CH→C+H is found to be 1.8 times larger than that on Ni(111), while Eact for CH4→CH3+H is 1.3 times larger. Considering the proven beneficial effect of Cu observed in the experimental systems, our findings reveal that the relative Eact in the successive dehydrogenation of CH4 plays a key role in impeding carbon formation during the industrial steam reforming of methane. Our calculations also indicate that previous scaling relationships of the adsorption energy (Eads) for CHx (x=1-3) and carbon on pure metals also hold for several Ni(111)-based alloy systems.

  4. First-principles Study of Methane Dehydrogenation on a Bimetallic Cu/Ni(111) Surface

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    An, Wei; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Turner, C. H.

    2009-11-02

    We present density-functional theory calculations of the dehydrogenation of methane and CHx (x =1–3) on a Cu/Ni(111) surface, where Cu atoms are substituted on the Ni surface at a coverage of 1/4 monolayer. As compared to the results on other metal surfaces, including Ni(111), a similar activation mechanism with different energetics is found for the successive dehydrogenation of CH4 on the Cu/Ni(111) surface. In particular, the activation energy barrier (Eact) for CH→C+H is found to be 1.8 times larger than that on Ni(111), while Eact for CH4→CH3+H is 1.3 times larger. Considering the proven beneficial effect of Cu observed in the experimental systems, our findings reveal that the relative Eact in the successive dehydrogenation of CH4 plays a key role in impeding carbon formation during the industrial steam reforming of methane. Our calculations also indicate that previous scaling relationships of the adsorption energy (Eads) for CHx (x=1–3) and carbon on pure metals also hold for several Ni(111)-based alloy systems.

  5. Magnetic behavior of NiCu nanowire arrays: Compositional, geometry and temperature dependence

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    Palmero, E. M. Bran, C.; Real, R. P. del; Vázquez, M.; Magén, C.

    2014-07-21

    Arrays of Ni{sub 100−x}Cu{sub x} nanowires ranging in composition 0 ≤ x ≤ 75, diameter from 35 to 80 nm, and length from 150 nm to 28 μm have been fabricated by electrochemical co-deposition of Ni and Cu into self-ordered anodic aluminum oxide membranes. As determined by X-ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy, the crystalline structure shows fcc cubic symmetry with [111] preferred texture and preferential Ni or Cu lattice depending on the composition. Their magnetic properties such as coercivity and squareness have been determined as a function of composition and geometry in a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer in the temperature range from 10 to 290 K for applied magnetic fields parallel and perpendicular to the nanowires axis. Addition of Cu into the NiCu alloy up to 50% enhances both parallel coercivity and squareness. For the higher Cu content, these properties decrease and the magnetization easy axis becomes oriented perpendicular to the wires. In addition, coercivity and squareness increase by decreasing the diameter of nanowires which is ascribed to the increase of shape anisotropy. The temperature dependent measurements reflect a complex behavior of the magnetic anisotropy as a result of energy contributions with different evolution with temperature.

  6. Ni-B amorphous alloy nanoparticles modified nanoporous Cu toward ethanol oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Zhang, Shu-Jin; Zheng, Yi-Xiong; Yuan, Lin-Shan; Zhao, Li-Hua

    2014-02-01

    Nanoporous Cu (NPC) prepared by dealloying CuZn alloy is used as an economic substrate for the fabrication of Ni-B alloy (Ni-B/NPC) by ultrasonic-assisted electroless technique. The results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) demonstrate the NPC has a bicontinuous network structure and the Ni-B/NPC alloy is amorphous structure with highly dispersed nanoparticles. Electrochemical performances are measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV). The results suggest that the Ni-B/NPC electrode prepared for 5 min shows the highest electrochemical activity and its redox species coverage and proton diffusion coefficient are remarkably improved compared with the bulk Ni. Ethanol oxidation at the Ni-B/NPC electrode suggests the onset oxidation potential has a negative shift of 52 mV and the oxidation peak current increases by 19.4 times, and apparent activation energy decreases 4.75-30.60 kJ mol-1 at the same potential, in comparison with the bulk Ni. Additionally, the reaction rate constant for ethanol oxidation at the Ni-B/NPC electrode is improved by about one order of magnitude relative to the reported value. Finally, the Ni-B/NPC electrode has a stable redox behavior after complete activation and superior catalytic stability for ethanol oxidation.

  7. Thermal and structural characterization of Cu-Al-Mn-X (Ti, Ni) shape memory alloys

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    Canbay, C. Aksu; Genc, Z. Karagoz; Sekerci, M.

    2014-05-01

    In this study, the Cu-Al-Mn-X (X = Ni, Ti) shape memory alloys at the range of 10-12 at.% of aluminum and 4-5 at.% manganese were produced by arc melting. We have investigated the effects of the alloying elements on the transformation temperatures, and the structural and the magnetic properties of the quaternary Cu-Al-Mn-X (X = Ni, Ti) shape memory alloys. The evolution of the transformation temperatures was studied by differential scanning calorimetry with different heating and cooling rates. The characteristic transformation temperatures and the thermodynamic parameters were highly sensitive to variations in the aluminum and manganese content, and it was observed that the nickel addition into the Cu-Al-Mn system decreased the transformation temperature although Ti addition caused an increase in the transformation temperatures. The effect of the nickel and the titanium on the thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy and entropy values was investigated. The structural changes of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction measurements and by optical microscope observations at room temperature. It is evaluated that the element Ni has been completely soluble in the matrix, and the main phase of the Cu-Al-Mn-Ni sample is martensite, and due to the low solubility of the Ti, the Cu-Al-Mn-Ti sample has precipitates, and a martensite phase at room temperature. The magnetic properties of the Cu-Al-Mn, Cu-Al-Mn-Ni and Cu-Al-Mn-Ti samples were investigated, and the effect of the nickel and the titanium on the magnetic properties was studied.

  8. The Effects of Adding Elements of Zinc and Magnesium on Ag-Cu Eutectic Alloy for Warming Acupuncture

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    Park, Il Song; Kim, Keun Sik; Lee, Min Ho

    2013-01-01

    The warming acupuncture for hyperthermia therapy is made of STS304. However, its needle point cannot be reached to a desirable temperature due to heat loss caused by low thermal conductivity, and the quantification of stimulation condition and the effective standard establishment of warming acupuncture are required as a heat source. Accordingly, in this study, after Ag-Cu alloys with different composition ratios were casted and then mixed with additives to improve their physical and mechanical properties, the thermal conductivity and biocompatibility of the alloy specimens were evaluated for selecting suitable material. Ag-Cu binary alloys and ternary alloys added 5 wt% Zn or 2 wt% Mg were casted and then cold drawn to manufacture needles for acupuncture, and their physical properties, thermal conductivity, and biocompatibility were evaluated for their potential use in warming acupuncture. The results of this study showed that the physical and mechanical properties of the Ag-Cu alloys were improved by additives and that the thermal conductivity, machinability, and biocompatibility of the Ag-Cu alloys were improved by Mg addition. PMID:24078827

  9. Localized surface plasmon behavior of Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles stabilized by rice-starch and gelatin

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    Singh, Manish Kumar; Manda, Premkumar; Singh, A. K.; Mandal, R. K.

    2015-10-01

    The purpose of this communication was to understand localized surface plasmon behavior of a series of Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles capped by rice-starch and gelatin. The structures of dried powders were investigated with the help of X-ray diffraction. The analysis revealed Ag-rich and Cu-rich phases with maximum solid solubility of Cu ˜9 atom per cent; 8 atom per cent and Ag ˜ 16 atom per cent; 14 atom per cent in rice-starch and gelatin capped samples respectively. Transmission electron microscope was used for knowing the particle size as well as to supplement FCC phase formations of Ag-rich and Cu-rich solid phases arrived at based on X-ray diffraction studies. The UV-Vis spectra of sols were examined for the formation and stability of alloy nanoparticles. The temporal evolution of LSPR curves gave us to assert that the sol is stable for more than two months. Small angle X-ray scattering in the sol state was extensively utilized to understand nature of suspensions in terms of fractals. Such a study is important for having a correlation between LSPR behaviors with those of nanoparticle dispersion in aqueous media. It is believed that this work will be a contribution to the emerging field of plasmonics that include applications in the area of photophysical processes and photochemical reactions.

  10. Ag-Cu nanoalloyed film as a high-performance cathode electrocatalytic material for zinc-air battery.

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    Lei, Yimin; Chen, Fuyi; Jin, Yachao; Liu, Zongwen

    2015-01-01

    A novel Ag50Cu50 film electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The electrocatalyst actually is Ag-Cu alloyed nanoparticles embedded in amorphous Cu film, based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterization. The rotating disk electrode (RDE) measurements provide evidence that the ORR proceed via a four-electron pathway on the electrocatalysts in alkaline solution. And it is much more efficient than pure Ag catalyst. The catalytic layer has maximum power density of 67 mW cm(-2) and an acceptable cell voltage at 0.863 V when current densities increased up to 100 mA cm(-2) in the Ag50Cu50-based primary zinc-air battery. The resulting rechargeable zinc-air battery exhibits low charge-discharge voltage polarization of 1.1 V at 20 mAcm(-2) and high durability over 100 cycles in natural air. PMID:25977668

  11. Inverse-photoemission study of ordered Cu, Ag, and Au overlayers on Si(111)

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    Nicholls, J. M.; Salvan, F.; Reihl, B.

    1986-12-01

    Si(111)-(7 × 7) surfaces with deposits of noble metals form ordered overlayers after annealing. Coverages in the monolayer range of Ag and Au result in ( 3 × 3)-R30° overlayer structures and for Cu a pseudo "(5 × 5)" structure is produced, while at higher coverage of Au a (6 × 6) overlayer structure is formed. We have studied all four overlayer structures with k-resolved inverse-photoemission spectroscopy and observed strong surface-state emission at ˜ 2.0 eV above the Fermi level for all these surfaces. This emission can hardly be quenched by exposure to oxygen or hydrogen. Hence we attribute it to the local bonding between the metal atoms and the Si(111) surface. In addition we observe an increased spectral intensity near the Fermi level for the two larger unit-cell surfaces, corresponding to the long-range order and a possible onset of metallization.

  12. Development of a new Pb-free solder: Sn-Ag-Cu

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    Miller, C.M.

    1995-02-10

    With the ever increasing awareness of the toxicity of Pb, significant pressure has been put on the electronics industry to get the Pb out of solder. This work pertains to the development and characterization of an alloy which is Pb-free, yet retains the proven positive qualities of current Sn-Pb solders while enhancing the shortcomings of Sn-Pb solder. The solder studied is the Sn-4.7Ag-1.7Cu wt% alloy. By utilizing a variety of experimental techniques the alloy was characterized. The alloy has a melting temperature of 217{degrees}C and exhibits eutectic melting behavior. The solder was examined by subjecting to different annealing schedules and examining the microstructural stability. The effect of cooling rate on the microstructure of the solder was also examined. Overall, this solder alloy shows great promise as a viable alternative to Pb-bearing solders and, as such, an application for a patent has been filed.

  13. Microstructure, Melting and Wetting Properties of Pd-Ag-CuO Air Braze on Alumina

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    Darsell, Jens T.; Hardy, John S.; Kim, Jin Yong Y.; Weil, K. Scott

    2004-05-01

    A new ceramic brazing technique, referred to as reactive air brazing (RAB), has recently been developed for potential applications in high temperature devices such as gas concentrators, solid oxide fuel cells, gas turbines, and combustion engines. At present, the technique utilizing a silver-copper oxide system is of great interest. The maximum operating temperature of this system, however, is limited by its eutectic temperature of ~935°C, although in practice the operating temperature should be limited to be even lower. An obvious strategy that can be employed to increase the maximum operating temperature of the braze material is to add a higher melting noble alloying element. In this paper, we report the effects of palladium addition on the thermodynamics of the Ag-CuO system and on the wetting properties of the resulting braze with respect to alumina

  14. Tuning of refractive index of poly(vinyl alcohol): Effect of embedding Cu and Ag nanoparticles

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    Mahendia, Suman; Kumar Tomar, Anil; Goyal, Parveen K.; Kumar, Shyam

    2013-02-01

    In this article, we have reported the results of our measurements, related to the tuning of the refractive index of the poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) polymer on embedding Cu and Ag nanoparticles at different concentrations. The size distribution and dispersion behaviour of embedded nanoparticles within PVA have been studied through transmission electron microscopy. A systematic increase in refractive index of PVA on increasing the concentration of embedded nanoparticles has been observed. These results have been tried to be explained using Bhar and Pinto model based on the Lorimar's theory for polymer composites. The values of refractive index of these nanocomposites have also been calculated using the Lorentz-Lorenz effective medium theory and found to be in close agreement with the experimental data. Nanoparticles embedded induced modifications in the structure of PVA have been revealed through FTIR spectroscopy.

  15. Relativistic effects on the nuclear magnetic shielding in the MF (M=Cu, Ag, Au) series

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    David, Jorge; Restrepo, Albeiro

    2007-11-15

    Relativistic effects on the nuclear magnetic shielding {sigma}(M) of the series of diatomics MF (M=Cu, Ag, Au) are calculated and analyzed using the Dirac-Hartree-Fock (DHF) method in the random phase approximation (RPA). Significant differences due to relativistic effects on the shielding constant {sigma}(M) are found in this series of atoms. The high electronegativity of the fluorine atom works in conjunction with the spin-orbit coupling to increase the calculated value for {sigma}(Au). An unusually large diamagnetic contribution to the shielding constant is observed. Nonrelativistic nuclear magnetic shielding [{sigma}{sup NR}(M)] shows very good linear correlation with the nuclear charge (Z) of the metal, while the relativistic shielding [{sigma}{sup rel}(M)] varies as Z{sup 2.26}.

  16. Crystalline monolayer surface of liquid Au-Cu-Si-Ag-Pd: Metallic glass former

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    Mechler, S; Yahel, E; Pershan, P S; Meron, M; Lin, B

    2012-02-06

    It is demonstrated by means of x-ray synchrotron reflectivity and diffraction that the surface of the liquid phase of the bulk metallic glass forming alloy Au49Cu26.9Si16.3Ag5.5Pd2.3 consists of a two-dimensional crystalline monolayer phase for temperatures of up to about 50 K above the eutectic temperature. The present alloy as well as glass forming Au82Si18 and Au-Si-Ge alloys containing small amounts of Ge are the only metallic liquids to exhibit surface freezing well above the melting temperature. This suggests that the phenomena of surface freezing in metallic liquids and glass forming ability are related and probably governed by similar physical properties.

  17. Isotopic Ag-Cu-Pb record of silver circulation through 16th-18th century Spain.

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    Desaulty, Anne-Marie; Telouk, Philippe; Albalat, Emmanuelle; Albarède, Francis

    2011-05-31

    Estimating global fluxes of precious metals is key to understanding early monetary systems. This work adds silver (Ag) to the metals (Pb and Cu) used so far to trace the provenance of coinage through variations in isotopic abundances. Silver, copper, and lead isotopes were measured in 91 coins from the East Mediterranean Antiquity and Roman world, medieval western Europe, 16th-18th century Spain, Mexico, and the Andes and show a great potential for provenance studies. Pre-1492 European silver can be distinguished from Mexican and Andean metal. European silver dominated Spanish coinage until Philip III, but had, 80 y later after the reign of Philip V, been flushed from the monetary mass and replaced by Mexican silver. PMID:21606351

  18. Thickness dependence of the total magnetic moment per atom in the Cu/Ni/Cu/Si(001) system

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    Hope, S.; Lee, J.; Rosenbusch, P.; Lauhoff, G.; Bland, J. A. C.; Ercole, A.; Bucknall, D.; Penfold, J.; Lauter, H. J.; Lauter, V.; Cubitt, R.

    1997-05-01

    Systematic measurements of the magnetic moment per Ni atom in Cu/Ni/Cu/Si(001) structures have been made using polarized neutron reflection (PNR) for Ni thicknesses in the range 30 Cu/Ni-wedge/Cu/Si(001) structure with 30 , , perpendicular anisotropy strength, and surface in-plane Ni lattice constant, respectively, during epitaxial growth. RHEED measurements show that the in-plane lattice constant falls by 1.7% in the Ni thickness range 30 , , and total moment per atom versus Ni thickness as found for the total moment by PNR. Polar MOKE measurements confirmed the transition from a perpendicular easy axis towards an in-plane magnetic easy axis as has already been extensively studied in the literature. Comparison of the PNR results with RHEED measurements reveal a striking correlation between the increase of in-plane strain and reduction in magnetic moment per atom with decreasing Ni thickness. While a direct strain-induced variation of the moment based on bulk phase calculations cannot account for the magnitude of the moment variations we observe, we show that the results cannot be attributed to sample contamination, interdiffusion, or a reduction of the Curie temperature with decreasing Ni thickness. Furthermore, the presence of a magnetically dead layer in the samples is not consistent with the PNR results. The strong moment variation partially explains the large thickness range for which perpendicular anisotropy is observed in this system.

  19. Recrystallization Behavior of CoCrCuFeNi High-Entropy Alloy

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    Park, Nokeun; Watanabe, Ikuto; Terada, Daisuke; Yokoyama, Yoshihiko; Liaw, Peter K.; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    2015-04-01

    We investigated the recrystallization behavior of a cold-rolled CoCrCuFeNi high-entropy alloy (HEA). Two different face-centered cubic phases having different chemical compositions and lattice constants in the as-cast specimen have different chemical compositions: One phase was the Cu-lean matrix and the other was the Cu-rich second phase. The second phase remained even after a heat treatment at 1373 K (1100 °C) and Cu enriched more in the Cu-rich second phase. The calculated mixing enthalpies of both Cu-lean and Cu-rich phases in the as-cast and heat-treated specimens explained that Cu partitioning during the heat treatment decreased the mixing enthalpy in both phases. In the specimens 90 pct cold rolled and annealed at 923 K, 973 K, and 1073 K (650 °C, 700 °C, and 800 °C), recrystallization proceeded with increasing the annealing temperature, and ultrafine recrystallized grains with grain sizes around 1 μm could be obtained. The microhardness tended to decrease with increasing the fraction recrystallized, but it was found that the microhardness values of partially recrystallized specimens were much higher than those expected by a simple rule of mixture between the initial and cold-rolled specimens. The reason for the higher hardness was discussed based on the ultrafine grain size, sluggish diffusion expected in HEAs, and two-phase structure in the CoCrCuFeNi alloy.

  20. Surface plasmon resonance enhancement of the magneto-optical Kerr effect in Cu/Co/Ag/SnO2 structure

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    Ghanaatshoar, Majid; Moradi, Mehrdad; Tohidi, Parsis

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, an Ag ultra thin layer was deposited on the Cu/Co film by thermal evaporation technique in the vacuum. The atomic force microscopy confirms that nanoparticles of Ag were formed on the Co magnetic layer, and subsequently, the longitudinal Kerr signal of Cu/Co/Ag was amplified more than 2 times. This enhancement is resulting from the overlap of the surface plasmon resonance in the silver with the electronic transition in the Co layer. Furthermore, we investigated the effect of transparent semiconductor SnO2 as a cap layer on the magnitude of longitudinal Kerr signal. To obtain the optimal thickness of cap layer, a numerical analysis was carried out using a 4 × 4 characteristic matrix, which takes into account multiple reflections from interfaces within the medium and light transmission through the layers.

  1. Geology, mineralogy and fluid inclusion data from the Arapucan Pb Zn Cu Ag deposit, Canakkale, Turkey

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    Orgn, Yksel; Gltekin, Ali Haydar; Onal, Ayten

    2005-07-01

    The Arapucan Pb-Zn-Cu-Ag deposit occurs as hydrothermal veins in diabase and altered Triassic metasandstones adjacent to calc-alkaline intrusive igneous rocks. The deposit is an important commercial source of base metal in northwestern Turkey. Potential by-products are silver and gold. The geology of the area includes a Paleozoic metamorphic basement, Triassic sedimentary rocks with carbonate blocks, Tertiary granitoids and Neogene volcanics. The mineral assemblage includes galena, quartz, calcite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite and pyrite as well as minor bismuthinite, tetrahedrite, pyrolusite, hematite, scheelite, malachite, magnetite, limonite and rutile. Silver is associated with tetrahedrite. Early hydrothermal activity was responsible for the formation of three hypogene alteration types of decreasing intensity: silicification, sericitization and argillic alteration. These alteration styles show a rough spatial zonation. The ore stage clearly postdates hydrothermal alteration, as indicated by the occurrence of ore minerals in vuggy cavities and fractures in silica bodies. The deposit contains evidence of at least two periods of hypogene mineralization separated by a period of faulting. In addition to Pb, Zn, Cu, Ag and Au, the ores contain substantial quantities of W, Bi, Sb and Te. Average ? 34S values for galena and pyrite are -3.95 and -2.24, respectively, suggesting an igneous source for both the sulphur and metals. However, geological and geochemical interpretations suggest that at least some of the metals were leached from the metasandstones and diabases. Fluid inclusions in main-stage sphalerite homogenize at 229-384 C with salinities ranging from 1.7 to 18.5 eq.wt% NaCl. The deposits formed as the result of the interaction of two aqueous fluids: a higher-salinity fluid (probably magmatic) and a dilute meteoric fluid. The narrow range of ? 34S (galena and pyrite) values (-5.2 to -1.2 CDT) suggests that the sulphur source of the hydrothermal fluids was the same during deposition of the metals.

  2. Pressure-Free Bonding of Metallic Plates with Ni Affinity Layers Using Cu Nanoparticles

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    Ishizaki, Toshitaka; Akedo, Kunio; Satoh, Toshikazu; Watanabe, Ryota

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the pressure-free bonding of metallic plates using Cu nanoparticles capped by fatty acid and amine as the bonding material. The application of Ni layers to Cu plates prior to bonding significantly improved their adhesion to sintered Cu nanoparticles, resulting in higher strengths even without pressure compared to samples bonded using an ordinary Pb-rich solder at a similar temperature. The shear strength could be enhanced if the thickness of Ni layers was larger than 1 nm. The same effect was also observed when Al plates with Ni layers were bonded by Cu nanoparticles. In contrast, Ti, Mn, and Cr layers were found to be ineffective with regard to improving bond strength. Cu plates bonded by Cu nanoparticles capped by fatty acid and amine with different alkyl chain lengths from 6 to 18 showed an optimal strength with a length of 10, where the Cu particles were small enough to sinter effectively but not so small as to oxidize.

  3. Ternary systems Sr-{Ni,Cu}-Si: Phase equilibria and crystal structure of ternary phases

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    Nasir, Navida; Melnychenko-Koblyuk, Nataliya; Grytsiv, Andriy; Rogl, Peter; Giester, Gerald; Wosik, Jaroslaw; Nauer, Gerhard E.

    2010-03-01

    Phase relations were established in the Sr-poor part of the ternary systems Sr-Ni-Si (900 °C) and Sr-Cu-Si (800 °C) by light optical microscopy, electron probe microanalysis and X-ray diffraction on as cast and annealed alloys. Two new ternary compounds SrNiSi 3 (BaNiSn 3-type) and SrNi 9-xSi 4+x (own-type) were found in the Sr-Ni-Si system along with previously reported Sr(Ni xSi 1-x) 2 (AlB 2-type). The crystal structure of SrNi 9-xSi 4+x (own-type, x=2.7, a=0.78998(3), c=1.1337(2) nm; space group P4/ nbm) was determined from X-ray single crystal counter to be a low symmetry derivative of the cubic, parent NaZn 13-type. At higher Si-content X-ray Rietveld refinements reveal the formation of a vacant site (□) corresponding to a formula SrNi 5.5Si 6.5□ 1.0. Phase equilibria in the Sr-Cu-Si system are characterized by the compounds SrCu 2-xSi 2+x (ThCr 2Si 2-type), Sr(Cu xSi 1-x) 2 (AlB 2-type), SrCu 9-xSi 4+x (0≤ x≤1.0; CeNi 8.5Si 4.5-type) and SrCu 13-xSi x (4≤ x≤1.8; NaZn 13-type). The latter two structure types appear within a continuous solid solution. Neither a type-I nor a type-IX clathrate compound was encountered in the Sr-{Cu,Ni}-Si systems. Structural details are furthermore given for about 14 new ternary compounds from related alloy systems with Ba.

  4. Mechanical properties of FeCo magnetic particles-based Sn-Ag-Cu solder composites

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    Xu, Siyang; Prasitthipayong, Anya; Pickel, Andrea D.; Habib, Ashfaque H.; McHenry, Michael E.

    2013-06-01

    We demonstrate magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) in enabling lead-free solder reflow in RF fields and improved mechanical properties that impact solder joint reliability. Here, we report on Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) alloys. SAC solder-FeCo MNP composites with 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 wt. % FeCo MNP and the use of AC magnetic fields to achieve localized reflow. Electron microscopy of the as-reflowed samples show a decrease in the volume of Sn dendrite regions as well as smaller and more homogeneously dispersed Ag3Sn intermetallic compounds (IMCs) with increasing MNP concentrations. Mechanical properties of the composites were measured by nanoindentation. In pure solder samples and solder composites with 4 wt. % MNP, hardness values increased from 0.18 GPa to 0.20 GPa and the modulus increased from 39.22 GPa to 71.22 GPa. The stress exponent, reflecting creep resistance, increased from 12.85 of pure solder to 16.47 for solder composites with 4 wt. % MNP. Enhanced mechanical properties as compared with the as-prepared solder joints are explained in terms of grain boundary and dispersion strengthening resulting from the microstructural refinement.

  5. First-principles investigation of Ag-Cu alloy surfaces in an oxidizing environment

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    Piccinin, Simone; Stampfl, Catherine; Scheffler, Matthias

    2008-02-15

    In this paper, we investigate by means of first-principles density functional theory calculations the (111) surface of the Ag-Cu alloy under varying conditions of pressure of the surrounding oxygen atmosphere and temperature. This alloy has been recently proposed as a catalyst with improved selectivity for ethylene epoxidation with respect to pure silver, the catalyst commonly used in industrial applications. Here, we show that the presence of oxygen leads to copper segregation to the surface. Considering the surface free energy as a function of the surface composition, we construct the convex hull to investigate the stability of various surface structures. By including the dependence of the free surface energy on the oxygen chemical potential, we are able compute the phase diagram of the alloy as a function of temperature, pressure, and surface composition. We find that, at temperature and pressure, typically used in ethylene epoxidation, a number of structures can be present on the surface of the alloy, including clean Ag(111), thin layers of copper oxide, and thick oxidelike structures. These results are consistent with, and help explain, recent experimental results.

  6. Theoretical analysis of the conductance histograms and structural properties of Ag, Pt, and Ni nanocontacts

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    Pauly, F.; Dreher, M.; Viljas, J. K.; Häfner, M.; Cuevas, J. C.; Nielaba, P.

    2006-12-01

    Conductance histograms are a valuable tool to study the intrinsic conduction properties of metallic atomic-sized contacts. These histograms show a peak structure, which is characteristic of the type of metal under investigation. Despite the enormous progress in the understanding of the electronic transport in metallic nanowires, the origin of this peak structure is still a basic open problem. In the present work we tackle this issue, extending our theoretical analysis of Au conductance histograms [Dreher , Phys. Rev. B 72, 075435 (2005)] to different types of metals, namely, Ag, Pt and ferromagnetic Ni. We combine classical molecular dynamics simulations of the breaking of nanocontacts with conductance calculations based on a tight-binding model. This combination gives us access to crucial information such as contact geometries, strain forces, minimum cross-sections, the conductance, transmissions of the individual conduction channels, and, in the case of Ni, the spin polarization of the current. We shall also briefly discuss investigations of Al atomic-sized contacts. From our analysis we conclude that the differences in the histograms of these metals are due to (i) the very different electronic structures, which means different atomic orbitals contributing to the transport and (ii) the different mechanical properties, which in a case such as Pt lead to the formation of special structures, namely, monoatomic chains. Of particular interest are results for Ni that indicate the absence of any conductance quantization, and show how the current polarization evolves (including large fluctuations) from negative values in thick contacts to even positive values in the tunneling regime after rupture of the contact. Finally, we also present a detailed analysis of the breaking forces of these metallic contacts, which are compared to the forces predicted from bulk considerations.

  7. The As-Cu-Ni System: A Chemical Thermodynamic Model for Ancient Recycling

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    Sabatini, Benjamin J.

    2015-12-01

    This article is the first thermodynamically reasoned ancient metal system assessment intended for use by archaeologists and archaeometallurgists to aid in the interpretation of remelted/recycled copper alloys composed of arsenic and copper, and arsenic, copper, and nickel. These models are meant to fulfill two main purposes: first, to be applied toward the identification of progressive and regressive temporal changes in artifact chemistry that would have occurred due to recycling, and second, to provide thermodynamic insight into why such metal combinations existed in antiquity. Built on well-established thermodynamics, these models were created using a combination of custom-written software and published binary thermodynamic systems data adjusted to within the boundary conditions of 1200°C and 1 atm. Using these parameters, the behavior of each element and their likelihood of loss in the binaries As-Cu, As-Ni, Cu-Ni, and ternary As-Cu-Ni, systems, under assumed ancient furnace conditions, was determined.

  8. Crystallization studies of amorphous melt-spun Ti_{50}Ni_{25}Cu_{25}

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    Schlossmacher, P.; Boucharat, N.; Rösner, H.; Shelyakov, A. V.

    2003-10-01

    Amorphous ribbons of the ternary shape memory alloy Ti{50}Ni{25}Cu{25} crystallize polymorphously upon heating. The subsequent growth proceeds isotropic resulting in the formation of perfectly spherical grains in an amorphous matrix at intermediate stages of the transformation. These experimental results match exactly with the idealized preconditions that are employed in various models describing nucleation- and growth kinetics at deep undercooling. Therefore, amorphous Ti{50}Ni{25}Cu{25} is an ideal candidate to study the crystallization by calorimetry in conjunction with microstructure analyses and to compare the results with theoretical predictions. It was found, that the isothermal crystallization process of Ti{50}Ni{25}Cu{25} near the glass transition can be adequately described by Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) kinetics using an Avrami exponent of n =3. Kissinger analysis of nonisothermal crystallization using different heating rates revealed an activation energy of Q_a = 374 kJ/mol.

  9. Cu-Ni nano-alloy: mixed, core-shell or Janus nano-particle?

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    Guisbiers, Grégory; Khanal, Subarna; Ruiz-Zepeda, Francisco; Roque de la Puente, Jorge; José-Yacaman, Miguel

    2014-12-21

    Bimetallic nanoparticles like Cu-Ni are particularly attractive due to their magnetic and catalytic properties; however, their properties depend strongly on the structure of the alloy i.e. mixed, core-shell or Janus. To predict the alloy structure, this paper investigates the size and shape effects as well as the surface segregation effect on the Cu-Ni phase diagram. Phase maps have been plotted to determine the mixing/demixing behavior of this alloy according the particle shape. Cu-Ni nanoalloy can form a mixed particle or a Janus one depending on the synthesis temperature. Surface segregation is also considered and reveals a nickel surface-enrichment. Finally, this paper provides a useful roadmap for experimentalists. PMID:25360574

  10. Microstructural, mechanical and citotoxicity evaluation of different NiTi and NiTiCu shape memory alloys.

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    Gil, F J; Solano, E; Peña, J; Engel, E; Mendoza, A; Planell, J A

    2004-11-01

    Transformation temperatures and mechanical properties such as transformation stresses at different temperatures and the superelasticity have been investigated in NiTiCu alloys with various Copper concentrations. The results have been compared with the conventional NiTi alloys. The addition of copper was effective to narrow the stress hysteresis and to stabilize the superelasticity characteristics. Moreover, it produced greater stability on both the transformation temperatures and the forces applied to the different tissues. However, the studies of cell cultured with human fibroblasts showed certain toxicity. PMID:15880925

  11. A series of M(II)Cu(II)3 stars (M = Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn) exhibiting unusual magnetic properties.

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    Mondal, Suraj; Mandal, Shuvankar; Carrella, Luca; Jana, Arpita; Fleck, Michel; Köhn, Andreas; Rentschler, Eva; Mohanta, Sasankasekhar

    2015-01-01

    The work in this report describes the syntheses, electrospray ionization mass spectromtery, structures, and experimental and density functional theoretical (DFT) magnetic properties of four tetrametallic stars of composition [M(II)(Cu(II)L)3](ClO4)2 (1, M = Mn; 2, M = Ni; 3, M = Cu; 4, M = Zn) derived from a single-compartment Schiff base ligand, N,N'-bis(salicylidene)-1,4-butanediamine (H2L), which is the [2 + 1] condensation product of salicylaldehyde and 1,4-diaminobutane. The central metal ion (Mn(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), or Zn(II)) is linked with two μ2-phenoxo bridges of each of the three [Cu(II)L] moieties, and thus the central metal ion is encapsulated in between three [Cu(II)L] units. The title compounds are rare or sole examples of stars having these metal-ion combinations. In the cases of 1, 3, and 4, the four metal ions form a centered isosceles triangle, while the four metal ions in 2 form a centered equilateral triangle. Both the variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility and variable-field magnetization (at 2-10 K) of 1-3 have been measured and simulated contemporaneously. While the Mn(II)Cu(II)3 compound 1 exhibits ferromagnetic interaction with J = 1.02 cm(-1), the Ni(II)Cu(II)3 compound 2 and Cu(II)Cu(II)3 compound 3 exhibit antiferromagnetic interaction with J = -3.53 and -35.5 cm(-1), respectively. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility data of the Zn(II)Cu(II)3 compound 4 indicate very weak antiferromagnetic interaction of -1.4 cm(-1), as expected. On the basis of known correlations, the magnetic properties of 1-3 are unusual; it seems that ferromagnetic interaction in 1 and weak/moderate antiferromagnetic interaction in 2 and 3 are possibly related to the distorted coordination environment of the peripheral copper(II) centers (intermediate between square-planar and tetrahedral). DFT calculations have been done to elucidate the magnetic properties. The DFT-computed J values are quantitatively (for 1) or qualitatively (for 2 and 3) matched well with the experimental values. Spin densities and magnetic orbitals (natural bond orbitals) correspond well with the trend of observed/computed magnetic exchange interactions. PMID:25496240

  12. In vitro chemical and biological effects of Ag, Cu and Cu + Zn adjunction in 46S6 bioactive glasses

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    Bunetel, L.; Wers, E.; Novella, A.; Bodin, A.; Pellen-Mussi, P.; Oudadesse, H.

    2015-09-01

    Three bioactive glasses belonging to the system SiO2-CaO- Na2O-P2O5 elaborated by conventional melt-quenching techniques were doped with silver, copper and copper + zinc. They were characterized using the usual physical methods. Human osteoblast cells Saos-2 and human endothelial cells EAhy926 were used for viability assays and to assess the metallic ions, self toxicity. Human monocyte cells THP-1 were used to measure interleukins IL1β and IL6 release. Glass chemical structures did not vary much on introduction of metal ions. A layer of hydroxyapatite was observed on every glass after 30 days of SBF immersion. A proliferative action was seen on Saos-2 after 24 h of incubation, EAhy926 growth was not affected. For both cell lines, a moderate cytotoxicity was found after 72 h. Dose-dependent toxic effects of Ag, Cu and Zn ions were observed on Saos-2 and EAhy926 cells. Measured CD50 of silver against these two cell lines were 8 to 20 fold lower than copper and zinc’s. Except undoped control glass, all doped glasses tested showed anti-inflammatory properties by preventing IL1β and IL6 excretion by differentiated THP-1. In conclusion, strictly monitored adjunction of metal ions to bioglasses ensures good anti-inflammatory properties without altering their biocompatibility.

  13. K-shell ionization cross section for Ti, Fe, Cu, Zr, and Ag

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    Benka, O.; Geretschlager, M.

    1981-04-01

    Absolute K-shell ionisation cross sections have been measured for thin targets of Ti, Fe, Cu, Zr and Ag for protons in the energy range 85-790 keV and for thin targets of Ti, Fe and Cu for He ions in the energy range 190-750 keV. In addition the relative variation of the cross sections with energy has been determined with high accuracy. The experimental values are compared to the perturbed stationary state approximation (CPSSR) and the semiclassical approximation (SCA). The CPSSR theory provides the best overall agreement with experimental cross sections. For higher scaled energies the CPSSR theory predicts the energy dependence of the cross sections very well but in the lower energy range it overpredicts the cross sections by as much as a factor of two and this overprediction seems to increase with Z/sub 2/ at a fixed scaled energy y. The SCA theory predicts slightly too large ionisation cross sections except for the lowest pounds values. The relative variation of the cross sections with energy is not well described in either energy range.

  14. Composition and anisotropy in Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloys

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    Gayle, F.W. . Metallurgy Div.); Tack, W.T.; Swanson, G. ); Heubaum, F.H.; Pickens, J.R. )

    1994-03-15

    Aluminum-lithium alloys that have been hot worked generally suffer from an anisotropy of mechanical properties, both through thickness (surface to centerline) and in plane (from longitudinal to 45[degree] to transverse). Although such anisotropy is present in all tempers, it is more pronounced in the commercially-important, high strength, artificially aged conditions. Yield strength differences between the longitudinal and long transverse orientations ([Delta]YS) of up to 240 MPa for Al-Cu-Li alloy 2090 have been reported. Since minimum properties in all orientations must be considered in applications design, mechanical property anisotropy can limit the use of an alloy. To investigate the role composition plays in the development of mechanical property anisotropy, the authors have examined a range of compositions in the Weldalite[reg sign] 049 alloy family as well as certain model alloys. This novel approach is in contrast to most attempts to reduce anisotropy which have been based on established alloys of relatively narrow composition ranges. In the present study, a baseline aluminum alloy 2195 (4.0 Cu-0.95 Li-0.4 Ag-0.4 Mg-0.14 Zr, in wt.%) with accompanying experimental variants containing 0 to 1.4% Li and 0.4 and 1.2% Mg, were evaluated for tensile property anisotropy, fracture toughness, and microstructure.

  15. IR laser induced spectral kinetics of AgGaGe3Se8:Cu chalcogenide crystals

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    Al-Harbi, E.; Wojciechowski, A.; AlZayed, N.; Parasyuk, O. V.; Gondek, E.; Armatys, P.; El-Naggar, A. M.; Kityk, I. V.; Karasinski, P.

    2013-07-01

    The possibility to operate by optical spectra near the absorption edge gap was discovered for the AgGaGe3Se8:Cu semiconducting chalcogenide crystals under influence of microsecond CO2 laser with pulse energy 60 mJ operating at wavelength 10.6 μm. An occurrence of substantial photoinduced optical density was observed at wavelengths in the spectral range of 610-620 nm. Introducing of Cu ions leads to substantial spectral asymmetry in the observed spectra. The process achieves its maximum value after the 80-120 s of CO2 laser treatment and relaxes with almost irreversible changes after the same time. The contribution of thermo heating did not exceed 5-6%. Only the irreversible changes of the sample's surface topography were observed during the CO2 laser treatment, which do not influence the treatment. So the surface states do not play a principal role and the effect is prevailingly originated from the. The observed effect may be used for control of the CO2 laser power density.

  16. Effect of Cu doping on the resistive switching of NiO thin films

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    Li, Jian-Chang; Hou, Xue-Yan; Cao, Qing

    2014-04-01

    Bipolar resistive switching is observed in the GaIn/Cu:NiO film/ITO device with active layer deposited by sol-gel spin-coating. The first-principles calculations indicate that Cu dopants with valence of +1 are located at the substitutional Ni sites rather than the interstitial ones. Cu doping introduces more oxygen vacancies in the film and increases the carrier mobility, however, excessive Cu dopants may assemble at the grain boundary resulting in larger set voltage. Current-voltage measurements indicate that the trap charge limited and space charge limited conduction dominate the high resistance state, while the low resistance state follows the Ohmic mechanism. The switching is attributed to the formation/rupture of oxygen vacancy filaments.

  17. Effect of Cu doping on the resistive switching of NiO thin films

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    Li, Jian-Chang Hou, Xue-Yan; Cao, Qing

    2014-04-28

    Bipolar resistive switching is observed in the GaIn/Cu:NiO film/ITO device with active layer deposited by sol-gel spin-coating. The first-principles calculations indicate that Cu dopants with valence of +1 are located at the substitutional Ni sites rather than the interstitial ones. Cu doping introduces more oxygen vacancies in the film and increases the carrier mobility, however, excessive Cu dopants may assemble at the grain boundary resulting in larger set voltage. Current–voltage measurements indicate that the trap charge limited and space charge limited conduction dominate the high resistance state, while the low resistance state follows the Ohmic mechanism. The switching is attributed to the formation/rupture of oxygen vacancy filaments.

  18. Influence of nanoparticle addition on the formation and growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in Cu/Sn-Ag-Cu/Cu solder joint during different thermal conditions

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    Tan, Ai Ting; Tan, Ai Wen; Yusof, Farazila

    2015-06-01

    Nanocomposite lead-free solders are gaining prominence as replacements for conventional lead-free solders such as Sn-Ag-Cu solder in the electronic packaging industry. They are fabricated by adding nanoparticles such as metallic and ceramic particles into conventional lead-free solder. It is reported that the addition of such nanoparticles could strengthen the solder matrix, refine the intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed and suppress the growth of IMCs when the joint is subjected to different thermal conditions such as thermal aging and thermal cycling. In this paper, we first review the fundamental studies on the formation and growth of IMCs in lead-free solder joints. Subsequently, we discuss the effect of the addition of nanoparticles on IMC formation and their growth under several thermal conditions. Finally, an outlook on the future growth of research in the fabrication of nanocomposite solder is provided.

  19. Dimensional stability in liquid phase sintered W-Ni-Cu alloys

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    Upadhyaya, A.; German, R.M.; Johnson, J.L.

    1996-06-01

    Dimensional stability is a major concern in liquid phase sintered tungsten heavy alloys (WHAs). W-Ni-Cu alloys are ideal for investigating the slumping characteristics owing to the large difference in the solid-liquid density which causes gravity-induced separation. This paper investigates the effect of varying liquid volume fraction, Ni:Cu ratio, and sintering temperatures on the slumping tendency of these alloys. The conditions under which distortion occurs are identified and related to microstructural parameters including the grain size, dihedral angle, and contiguity. These model experiments offer insight into improving the process design for sintering high matrix content tungsten alloys where distortion control is important.

  20. Equation of State of an AlCoCrCuFeNi High-Entropy Alloy

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    Li, Gong; Xiao, Daihong; Yu, Pengfei; Zhang, Lijun; Liaw, Peter K.; Li, Yanchun; Liu, Riping

    2015-08-01

    The pressure-volume (P-V) relationship of the AlCoCrCuFeNi high-entropy alloy (HEA) at room temperature has been studied using in situ high-pressure energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction with synchrotron radiation at high pressures. The equation of state of the AlCoCrCuFeNi HEA is determined by the calculation of the radial distribution function. The experimental results indicate that the HEA keeps a stable face-centered-cubic + body-centered-cubic structure in the experimental pressure range from 0 GPa to 24 GPa.

  1. Cu-Co-Ni alloys: an efficient and durable electrocatalyst in acidic media

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    Saha, Soumen; Ramanujachary, Kandalam V.; Lofland, Samuel E.; Ganguli, Ashok K.

    2016-01-01

    We have developed efficient nanostructures of Cu-Co-Ni alloy with varied stoichiometry as an alternative to the costly Pt-based alloys for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). These nanoparticles were synthesized using the reverse micellar method. The size of the alloy nanoparticles varied from 40 to 70 nm. An enhanced catalytic activity as evident from high current density was observed for these Cu-Co-Ni (111) alloys which follows the Volmer-Heyrovsky mechanism. They have excellent stability (up to 500 cycles) and significant activity in acid media which might be due to the low hydrogen binding energy.

  2. The Partition Coefficients of Components in Cu-Ni-Mn Alloys

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    Bazhenov, V. E.; Pikunov, M. V.; Cheverikin, V. V.

    2015-02-01

    Dendritic microsegregation was calculated using a Scheil-based solidification model for three alloys: 50.1 pct Cu-25.8 pct Ni-24.1 pct Mn; 42.4 pct Cu-25.4 pct Ni-32.2 pct Mn; 34.3 pct Cu-26.2 pct Ni-39.5 pct Mn. The dendritic microsegregation in these alloys was investigated using energy-dispersive X-ray analysis. It was shown by calculation and experimental methods that in all three alloys, the partition coefficient ( k) of manganese passes through the value k Mn = 1. This is shown by the presence of two maxima on the manganese concentration profile in the dendritic cell. It was calculated that the copper partition coefficient in these alloys should also pass through the value k Cu = 1; however, this has not been confirmed experimentally. The possible reason for this may be because of the inaccuracies in the phase diagram of the Cu-Ni-Mn system that was used and also in the difference of the copper and manganese diffusion coefficients in the alloy.

  3. Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 + x round wires with Ag/Al oxide dispersion strengthened sheaths: microstructure-properties relationships, enhanced mechanical behavior and reduced Cu depletion

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    Kajbafvala, Amir; Nachtrab, William; Wong, Terence; Schwartz, Justin

    2014-09-01

    Ag/Al alloys with various Al content (0.50 wt%, 0.75 wt%, 1.00 wt%, and 1.25 wt%) are made by powder metallurgy and used as the outer sheath material for Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 + x (Bi2212)/Ag/AgAl multifilamentary round wires (RW). Bi2212/Ag/AgAl RW microstructural, mechanical and electrical properties are studied in various conditions, including as-drawn, after internal oxidation, and after partial melt processing (PMP). The results are compared with the behavior of a Bi2212/Ag/Ag0.20Mg wire of the same geometry. The grains in as-drawn Ag/Al alloys are found to be ˜25% smaller than those in the corresponding Ag/0.20 wt%Mg, but after PMP, the Ag/Al and Ag/0.20 wt%Mg grain sizes are comparable. Tensile tests show that Bi2212/Ag/AgAl green wires have yield strength (YS) of ˜115 MPa, nearly 65% higher than that of Bi2212/Ag/Ag0.20Mg. After PMP, the Bi2212/Ag/AgAl YS is about 35% greater than that of Bi2212/Ag/Ag0.20Mg. Furthermore, Bi2212/Ag/AgAl wires exhibit higher ultimate tensile strength and modulus and twice the elongation-to-failure. Atomic resolution high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy demonstrate the formation of nanosize MgO and Al2O3 precipitates via internal oxidation. Large spherical MgO precipitates are observed on the Ag grain boundaries of Ag/0.20 wt%Mg alloy, whereas the Al2O3 precipitates are distributed homogenously in the dispersion-strengthened (DS) Ag/Al alloy. Furthermore, it is found that less Cu diffused from the Bi2212 filaments in the Bi2212/Ag/Ag0.75Al wire during PMP than from the filaments in the Bi2212/Ag/Ag0.20Mg wire. These results show that DS Ag/Al alloy is a strong candidate for improved Bi2212 wire.

  4. Morphology and composition of chalcopyrite, chromite, Cu, Ni-Fe, pentlandite, and troilite in vugs of 76015 and 76215

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    Carter, J. L.; Clanton, U. S.; Laughon, R. B.; Mckay, D. S.; Usselman, T. M.; Fuhrman, R.

    1975-01-01

    Vugs from 76015 and 76215 are lined with euhedral crystals of plagioclase, pyroxene, ilmenite, Ni-Fe, and troilite. Smaller crystals of chromite, pentlandite, and chalcopyrite occur on the surface of the troilite in 76015. Wire Cu and dendritic-metallic Cu occurs with metallic Ni-Fe and troilite in some vugs of 76215. Troilite in both samples may have crystallized from an immiscible sulfide liquid. With falling temperature, chalcopyrite, and pentlandite may have exsolved from the troilite in 76015. By contrast, metallic Cu may have formed in 76215 by thermal breakdown of a bornite, troilite, and Ni-Fe assemblage which originally crystallized from a low-Ni immiscible sulfide liquid.

  5. A Pd-Cu-Ni Ternary Alloyed Membrane on Porous Nickel Support Prepared by Sputtering and Copper Reflow

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    Kim, Dong-Won; Um, Ki-Youn; Kim, Heung-Gu; Lee, In-Seon; Kim, Sang-Ho; Park, Jong-Soo; Ryi, Shin-Kun; Cho, Sung-Ho

    2005-01-01

    We propose a ternary, Pd-Cu-Ni, alloyed membrane on porous nickel support that dramatically enhances the hydrogen selectivity by using sputtering and copper reflow. Porous nickel support made by sintering shows strong resistance to hydrogen embrittlement and thermal fatigue. To improve the hydrogen selectivity of the membrane, fabricated the layer sequence of Cu/Pd/Ni on porous nickel support replaced that of conventional Pd/Cu/Ni and then reflow was performed at 700°C. Consequently, copper was reflowed unilaterally into Pd/Ni layer, thereby avoiding delamination by the interlayered copper and enabling infinite hydrogen selectivity because of extremely dense coatings.

  6. Mechanical properties of NiTi and CuNiTi wires used in orthodontic treatment. Part 2: Microscopic surface appraisal and metallurgical characteristics

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    Gravina, Marco Abdo; Canavarro, Cristiane; Elias, Carlos Nelson; Chaves, Maria das Graças Afonso Miranda; Brunharo, Ione Helena Vieira Portella; Quintão, Cátia Cardoso Abdo

    2014-01-01

    Objective This research aimed at comparing the qualitative chemical compositions and the surface morphology of fracture regions of eight types of Nickel (Ni) Titanium (Ti) conventional wires, superelastic and heat-activated (GAC, TP, Ormco, Masel, Morelli and Unitek), to the wires with addition of copper (CuNiTi 27ºC and 35ºC, Ormco) after traction test. Methods The analyses were performed in a scanning electronic microscope (JEOL, model JSM-5800 LV) with EDS system of microanalysis (energy dispersive spectroscopy). Results The results showed that NiTi wires presented Ni and Ti as the main elements of the alloy with minimum differences in their composition. The CuNiTi wires, however, presented Ni and Ti with a significant percentage of copper (Cu). As for surface morphology, the wires that presented the lowest wire-surface roughness were the superelastic ones by Masel and Morelli, while those that presented the greatest wire-surface roughness were the CuNiTi 27ºC and 35ºC ones by Ormco, due to presence of microcavity formed as a result of pulling out some particles, possibly of NiTi.4 The fracture surfaces presented characteristics of ductile fracture, with presence of microcavities. The superelastic wires by GAC and the CuNiTi 27ºC and the heat-activated ones by Unitek presented the smallest microcavities and the lowest wire-surface roughness with regard to fracture, while the CuNiTi 35ºC wires presented inadequate wire-surface roughness in the fracture region. Conclusion CuNiTi 35ºC wires did not present better morphologic characteristics in comparison to the other wires with regard to surfaces and fracture region. PMID:24713562

  7. Low-Temperature Sintering and Electromagnetic Properties of NiCuZn/CaTiO3 Composites

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    Yang, Haibo; Yang, Yanyan; Lin, Ying; Zhu, Jianfeng; Wang, Fen

    2012-04-01

    Dense CaTiO3/Ni0.37Cu0.20Zn0.43Fe1.92O3.88 (CTO/NiCuZn) composites were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction method and sintered at 950°C. The phase compositions and surface morphologies of the composites were investigated using x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The dielectric and magnetic properties of the composites were also investigated. The results show that the CTO/NiCuZn composites possess high dielectric constants and permeabilities, which can be used in high-frequency communications for capacitor-inductor integrating devices such as electromagnetic interference filters and antennas. With increasing NiCuZn concentration, the permeabilities of the CTO/NiCuZn composites increase, while the dielectric constants and cutoff frequencies decrease.

  8. Effect of trace organic compounds on the corrosion of Cu/Ni alloys in sulfide polluted seawater

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    Reda, M.R.; Al-Hajji, J.N. )

    1993-05-01

    Trace organic complexing agents were investigated to check their ability to reduce the relatively high corrosion rates of Cu/Ni alloys in sulfide polluted seawater. It is found that an organic complexing agent such as fuchsin in the concentration range of 5 ppm is an excellent inhibitor against uniform and localized attack for 70/30 Cu/Ni alloy in 2 ppm sulfide polluted seawater. Another metal complexing agent, SSA (5-sulfosalicylic acid), was found to be effective for the 90/10 Cu/Ni alloy against enhanced attack by sulfide polluted seawater while it was ineffective for 70/30 Cu/Ni alloy. EDTA (ethylene diaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt) was found to be ineffective for both Cu/Ni alloys when used by itself in the concentration range of 5 ppm. A mechanism is proposed to explain the effectiveness of the various selected trace organic complexing agents on the corrosiveness of sulfide polluted seawater.

  9. Effect of thermally stable Cu- and Mg-rich aluminides on the high temperature strength of an AlSi12CuMgNi alloy

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    Asghar, Z.

    2014-02-15

    The internal architecture of an AlSi12CuMgNi piston alloy, revealed by synchrotron tomography, consists of three dimensional interconnected hybrid networks of Cu-rich aluminides, Mg-rich aluminides and eutectic/primary Si embedded in an α-Al matrix. The strength at room temperature and at 300°C is studied as a function of solution treatment time at 490°C and compared with results previously reported for an AlSi12Ni alloy. The addition of 1 wt% Cu and 1 wt% Mg to AlSi12CuMgNi increases the room temperature strength by precipitation hardening while the strength at 300°C is similar for both alloys in as-cast condition. The strength of AlSi12CuMgNi decreases with solution treatment time and stabilizes at 4 h solution treatment. The effect of solution treatment time on the strength of the AlSi12CuMgNi alloy is less pronounced than for the AlSi12Ni alloy both at room temperature and at 300°C. - Highlights: • The 3D microstructure of AlSi12CuMgNi is revealed by synchrotron tomography. • An imaging analysis procedure to segment phases with similar contrasts is presented. • 1 wt% Cu and Mg results in the formation of 3D networks of rigid phases. • AlSi12CuMgNi is stronger than AlSi12Ni owing to the stability of the 3D networks.

  10. Thermomechanical training and characterization of Ni-Ti-Hf and Ni-Ti-Hf-Cu high temperature shape memory alloys

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    Denowh, Chantz M.; Miller, David A.

    2012-06-01

    Nickel-titanium (NiTi) is the most commonly used shape memory alloy (SMA) for actuator applications, though its usefulness is limited to temperature ranges below 100 °C. High temperature SMAs are formed by adding ternary elements to NiTi, but their usefulness as actuators is still in question. The purpose of this research was to characterize and train two high temperature SMAs, NiTi29.7Hf20 and NiCu5Ti29.7Hf20, to determine their effectiveness as linear actuators. Low temperature martensitic phase and high temperature austenitic phase stress-strain tests were performed to characterize the materials’ behavior followed by temperature cycling under constant stress. Temperature cycling under constant stress is known as thermomechanical training and resulted in small amounts of plastic strain growth and the development of two-way shape memory (TWSM). The results from these tests support the conclusion that hafnium distorts slip planes within the martensitic material phase, and that (Ti,Hf)2Ni and (Ti,Hf)3Ni4 particulates form during aging and annealing. The distorted slip planes cause slip and martensite reorientation to occur simultaneously, which develops a strong internal stress field during training within the first few cycles. The internal stress field develops TWSM, but limits further plastic growth. The particulate formation also embrittles the material. The transformation temperatures of both alloys were below creep and annealing temperatures making them ideally suited for high temperature actuators.

  11. Characterization of the (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se2 thin film alloy system for solar cells

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    Boyle, Jonathan

    Energy is the underlying factor to human economic activity, and more energy is projected to be needed in the near future and photovoltaics provide a means to supply that energy. Results presented in this dissertation detail material properties of the (Ag,Cu)(In,Ga)Se2 thin film alloy system for use as a solar cell material. Structural and optical properties were determined via X-ray diffraction and UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometry, respectively. Structural data was analyzed using JADE 2010 software and optical data was analyzed via two different methods. Results of Ag substitution into Cu(In,Ga)Se2 alloy were reconciled with the Jaffe-Wei-Zunger (JWZ) theoretical model, which relates structural and chemical properties of Cu-based ternary chalcopyrite alloys to their optical properties. Dominant phase of the alloy system was identified as chalcopyrite I-42d, Space group 122, with minor secondary phases and order defect phases. No chalcopyrite-chalcopyrite miscibility gap was present in the alloy compositional space, counter to prior literature on bulk polycrystalline materials and thermodynamic calculations performed here, indicating that Ag was successfully substituted into the chalcopyrite lattice. Lattice constant results were consistent with JWZ model, where a O lattice constant closely follows Vegard's rule, cO lattice constant changes at different rates than aO does with composition, and anion displacement is affected by cation radii. Optical results showed bandgap widening with Ag and Ga substitution across the full compositional space, with bowing parameters shown overall to be invariant with cation substitution, counter to expectations. (Ag+Cu)/(In+Ga) ratio effect on bandgap for a limited set of samples is consistent with p-d hybridization effects from JWZ model.

  12. Effects of Cooling Rate on the Microstructure and Morphology of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu Solder

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    Lee, Hwa-Teng; Huang, Kuo-Chen

    2016-01-01

    This study explored the effect of the cooling rate on the microstructure and morphology of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu (SAC305) lead-free solder. In the experiments, rapid cooling (P1: 63.17°C/s) of SAC305 solder resulted in high tensile strength (60.8 MPa) with no significant loss in ductility (strain >40%) due to the formation of fine-grained primary β-Sn (average size ˜14 μm) surrounded by a network-like fine eutectic structure consisting of β-Sn and particle-like Ag3Sn compound. As the cooling rate was reduced, the morphology of the Ag3Sn compound evolved progressively from a particle- to a needle-like form and finally to a leaf- or plate-like form. The cooling rate significantly affected the β-Sn grain size and the morphology of the Ag3Sn compound. Water cooling (at the fastest cooling rate of 100°C/s) of a solder sample resulted in a microstructure consisting of the finest structure of Ag3Sn and β-Sn with no Cu6Sn5, consequently exhibiting the highest hardness of the various specimens. By contrast, after cooling at the slowest rate of 0.008°C/s, the sample exhibited a coarse eutectic structure consisting of large plate-like Ag3Sn compound and isolated long rod-like Cu6Sn5 precipitates. This coarse structure resulted in both lower hardness and poorer tensile strength.

  13. Synthesis of NiCuZn-ferrite powders by means of mechanochemical treatment

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    Luo, Juhua

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: The peak intensity for the product calcined at 500 °C is relatively weak, but it gradually increases with increasing the temperature. This implies that the temperature up to 700 °C leads to well crystallization of the spinel type of Ni{sub 0.45}Cu{sub 0.05}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} phase. - Highlights: • NiCuZn-ferrite powders were obtained at a low temperature by mechanochemical activation. • The effects of the mechanical and thermal treatments on the mixtures were analyzed. • The mechanochemical method benefited achieving the lower M{sub s} and μ{sub i}. - Abstract: NiCuZn-ferrite powders were synthesized by mechanochemical treatments using NiCO{sub 3}⋅2Ni(OH){sub 2}⋅4H{sub 2}O, CuO, ZnO and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} as raw materials. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were employed to evaluate the morphologies and structures of samples. The results indicated that the mechanochemical treatment produced several structural and chemical effects on reactants of the powder mixtures, and single phase Ni{sub 0.45}Cu{sub 0.05}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} could be obtained after annealed at 700 °C for 2 h. In comparison with the traditional firing method, the mechanochemical method benefited achieving the lower M{sub s} and μ{sub i}, which indicated that the sample had better magnetic properties.

  14. The structure and magnetic properties of Ag-Ni-SiO2 nano-composite particles produced by pulsed laser control synthesis

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    Chen, Suiyuan; Wang, Ting; Li, Yunjie; Liang, Jing; Wellburn, Dan; Liu, Changsheng

    2015-01-01

    Ag-Ni-SiO2 nano-composite particles were produced using a pulsed laser control synthesis method comprising a gas phase evaporation and liquid phase collection method. The targets were mixtures composed of micron sized powders consisting of 4%, 7% and 10% Ni powder mixed with 20% SiO2 powder and Ag powder. The morphology, structure and synthesis mechanism of the nano-composite particles were studied by means of TEM, XRD, and IR and UV spectroscopy. The results indicate that the Ag-Ni-SiO2 nano-composite particles prepared with this method are spherical with good dispersion. The diameters of the primary particles were found to range from 5 nm to 35 nm and the Ag-Ni-SiO2 nano-composite particles were found to have a mixed composite structure. The saturation magnetization of the Ag-Ni-SiO2 nano-composite particles increased gradually with the increase of Ni content. The ethylene glycol in the liquid phase is adsorbed onto the surface of the nano-composite particles and this plays a role in the in situ dispersing of the Ag-Ni-SiO2 nano-composite particles.

  15. Nanocelluloses and their phosphorylated derivatives for selective adsorption of Ag(+), Cu(2+) and Fe(3+) from industrial effluents.

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    Liu, Peng; Borrell, Pere Ferrer; Božič, Mojca; Kokol, Vanja; Oksman, Kristiina; Mathew, Aji P

    2015-08-30

    The potential of nanoscaled cellulose and enzymatically phosphorylated derivatives as bio-adsorbents to remove metal ions (Ag(+), Cu(2+) and Fe(3+)) from model water and industrial effluents is demonstrated. Introduction of phosphate groups onto nanocelluloses significantly improved the metal sorption velocity and sorption capacity. The removal efficiency was considered to be driven by the high surface area of these nanomaterials as well as the nature and density of functional groups on the nanocellulose surface. Generally, in the solutions containing only single types of metal ions, the metal ion selectivity was in the order Ag(+)>Cu(2+)>Fe(3+), while in the case of mixtures of ions, the order changed to Ag(+)>Fe(3+)>Cu(2+), irrespective of the surface functionality of the nanocellulose. In the case of industrial effluent from the mirror making industry, 99% removal of Cu(2+) and Fe(3+) by phosphorylated nanocellulose was observed. The study showed that phosphorylated nanocelluloses are highly efficient biomaterials for scavenging multiple metal ions, simultaneously, from industrial effluents. PMID:25867590

  16. ac susceptibility of thermally annealed and neutron irradiated Cu-Ni alloys

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    Catchings, R. M., III; Borg, R. J.; Violet, C. E.

    1985-01-01

    Thermal annealing and high-flux neutron irradiation are used to vary the degree of short-range atomic order in Cu-Ni alloys of composition 40, 50, and 60 at. pct Ni. The magnetic state is measured by ac magnetic susceptibility measurements. It is shown that annealing at 350 C causes significant changes in the susceptibility of all the samples. In the 50 and 60 at. pct Ni samples, the transition is broadened and extended to higher temperatures, while the 40 at. pct Ni sample changes from a paramagnetic system to a weakly ferromagnetic system. The neutron irradiation, in contrast to the thermal treatment, causes the development of smaller size cluster formations. The irradiated 60 at. pct Ni sample exhibits no change in the shape of its susceptibility curve from that of the quenched sample, whereas, the 40 pct alloy is changed, by irradiation, from a paramagnetic system to a spin-glass system.

  17. 252Cf spectrum-averaged cross section for the 63Cu(n, p)63Ni reaction

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    Imamura, M.; Shibata, T.; Shibata, S.; Ohkubo, T.; Satoh, S.; Nogawa, N.

    1999-01-01

    The 63Ni produced by the 63Cu(n, p)63Ni reaction provides a unique measure to estimate the fast-neutron fluence of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bomb. In the similarity of the fission neutron spectrum of 252Cf to that of 235U, we have measured activation cross sections of the 63Cu(n, p)63Ni reaction averaged for the 252Cf fission spectrum.

  18. Complexes with hybrid phosphorus-NHC ligands: pincer-type Ir hydrides, dinuclear Ag and Ir and tetranuclear Cu and Ag complexes.

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    Liu, Xianghao; Braunstein, Pierre

    2013-07-01

    Three types of hybrid phosphorus-imidazolium salts, 1-methyl-3-(3-((diphenylphosphino)methyl)benzyl)-1H-imidazol-3-ium hexafluorophosphate (2PF6), 1-methyl-3-(3-(di-tert-butylphosphinooxy)phenyl)imidazolium iodide (8a), and 3-(3-((diphenylphosphoryl)methyl)phenyl)-1-methyl-1H-imidazol-3-ium iodide (11) have been prepared and used as precursors to phosphine-NHC, phosphinite-NHC, and phosphoryl-NHC metal complexes, respectively. The structure of 11 has been determined by X-ray diffraction. The Ag(I) and Ir(I) complexes of the phosphine-NHC ligand, [Ag(?-P-NHC,?C,?P)]2(PF6)2 (3) and [Ir(cod)(?-P-NHC,?C,?P)]2(PF6)2 (4), were obtained and characterized by NMR, ESI-MS, elemental analysis, and X-ray diffraction. Both complexes are dinuclear and dicationic, with two P-NHC ligands bridging the two metal centers. The presence of the P donor led for 3 to an unprecedented structure compared to that of related Ag(I) complexes with trans spanning bis-NHC ligands. Complex 4 is the first example of a dinuclear iridium complex with a hybrid P-NHC ligand. The new hydrido, Ir(III) pincer-type complex [IrH(CNHCCCNHC)(MeCN)]PF6 (7) is suggested to have a square-pyramidal structure. The tetranuclear Ag(I) complex with the phosphinite-NHC ligand, [Ag2(?3-I)(?-PO-NHC,?P,?CNHC)]2 (9a) has a cubane-type structure, with alternating silver and iodine apexes and two PO-NHC ligands bridging opposite edges of the Ag4 tetrahedron. The Ir(III) pincer complexes [IrH(I)(PO-NHC,?P,?C,?CNHC)(Me)] (10a) and [IrH(I)(PO-NHC,?P,?C,?CNHC)(n-Bu)] (10b), with Me or n-Bu substituents on the nitrogen atom, respectively, have been prepared and characterized. Ag(I) and Cu(I) complexes with the phosphoryl-NHC ligand are reported and the centrosymmetric structure of the latter, [Cu(OP-NHC,?CNHC)2(?-I){Cu(?-I)}]2 (13), was established by X-ray diffraction and consists of a central Cu2(?-I)2 rhombus connected by single iodide bridges to two Cu(OP-NHC,?CNHC)2 moieties. The Ir(III) hydride pincer complexes 10a,b were tested as catalyst precursors for the C-H bond activation of alkanes. Although their efficiency was significantly lower for transfer dehydrogenation from cyclooctane (coa) to t-butylethylene (tbe) than that of known PCP-Ir systems, these results represent the first attempts to study the catalytic properties of hybrid P-NHC iridium pincer complexes. PMID:23750783

  19. Electrical and microstructural analyses of 200 MeV Ag14+ ion irradiated Ni/GaN Schottky barrier diode

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    Kumar, Ashish; Hähnel, A.; Kanjilal, D.; Singh, R.

    2012-10-01

    Ni/GaN Schottky barrier diodes were irradiated with 200 MeV Ag ions up to fluence of 1 × 1011 ions/cm2. The current-voltage measurements showed that the ideality factor, n, increased and the reverse leakage current, IR, decreased with increase in fluence. But, Schottky barrier height increased only marginally with increase in fluence. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images revealed the presence of defect clusters in bulk GaN after irradiation. However, the Ni/GaN interface did not show any intermixing or degradation after the irradiation.

  20. Syntheses, structures, and optical properties of Ba{sub 4}MInSe{sub 6} (M=Cu, Ag)

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    Yin Wenlong; Feng Kai; Hao Wenyu; Yao Jiyong; Wu Yicheng

    2012-08-15

    Two new quaternary chalcogenides, namely Ba{sub 4}MInSe{sub 6} (M=Cu, Ag), were synthesized by solid state reactions. These two isostructural compounds adopt the Ba{sub 2}MnS{sub 3} structure type in the orthorhombic space group Pnma. In the structure, the M and In atoms randomly occupy one crystallographic unique metal position with the molar ratio of 1:1 The (M/In)Se{sub 4} tetrahedra are connected to each other by corner-sharing to form one-dimensional chains along the b direction, which are separated by mono-capped trigonal prismatically coordinated Ba atoms. Based on the diffuse reflectance spectrum, the optical band gaps were determined to be 2.23(2) and 2.41(2) eV for Ba{sub 4}CuInSe{sub 6} and Ba{sub 4}AgInSe{sub 6}, respectively. - Graphical abstract: In the structure of Ba{sub 4}MInSe{sub 6} (M=Cu, Ag), the (M/In)Se{sub 4} tetrahedra are connected by corner-sharing to form chains along the b direction, which are separated by Ba atoms. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two new quaternary chalcogenides, Ba{sub 4}MInSe{sub 6} (M=Cu, Ag), were synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ba{sub 4}MInSe{sub 6} (M=Cu, Ag) are isostructural and crystallize in the Ba{sub 2}MnS{sub 3} structure type Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The (M/In)Se{sub 4} tetrahedra are connected by corner-sharing to form chains along the b direction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The chains are separated by mono-capped trigonal prismatically coordinated Ba atoms. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optical band gaps are 2.23(2) and 2.41(2) eV for Ba{sub 4}CuInSe{sub 6} and Ba{sub 4}AgInSe{sub 6}, respectively.

  1. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Dissimilar Welded Ti3Al/Ni-Based Superalloy Joint Using a Ni-Cu Filler Alloy

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    Chen, Bing-Qing; Xiong, Hua-Ping; Guo, Shao-Qing; Sun, Bing-Bing; Chen, Bo; Tang, Si-Yi

    2015-02-01

    Dissimilar welding of a Ti3Al-based alloy and a Ni-based superalloy (Inconel 718) was successfully carried out using gas tungsten arc welding technology in this study. With a Ni-Cu alloy as filler material, sound joints have been obtained. The microstructure evolution along the cross section of the dissimilar joint has been revealed based on the results of scanning electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy as well as X-ray diffractometer. It is found that the weld/Ti3Al interface is composed of Ti2AlNb matrix dissolved with Ni and Cu, Al(Cu, Ni)2Ti, (Cu, Ni)2Ti, (Nb, Ti) solid solution, and so on. The weld and In718/weld interface mainly consist of (Cu, Ni) solid solutions. The weld exhibits higher microhardness than the two base materials. The average room-temperature tensile strength of the joints reaches 242 MPa and up to 73.6 pct of the value can be maintained at 873 K (600 °C). The brittle intermetallic phase of Ti2AlNb matrix dissolved with Ni and Cu at the weld/Ti3Al interface is the weak link of the joint.

  2. Excitation function of the 60Ni(p ,γ )61Cu reaction from threshold to 16 MeV

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    Uddin, M. S.; Sudár, S.; Spahn, I.; Shariff, M. A.; Qaim, S. M.

    2016-04-01

    Excitation function of the reaction 60Ni(p ,γ )61Cu was measured via the activation technique in the energy range of 1.3-16.0 MeV using a low-energy accelerator and a small cyclotron. The results are comparable to those previously obtained via prompt γ counting. In addition excitation functions of the more common competing 60Ni(p ,n )60Cu and 60Ni(p ,α )57Co reactions were also measured. Theoretical calculations on proton-induced reactions on 60Ni were performed using the nuclear model code talys. The results suggest that near the threshold of the reaction the compound nucleus mechanism dominates. Thereafter the contribution of direct interactions becomes rather strong, especially between 4 and 6 MeV, i.e., just below the threshold of the 60Ni(p ,n )60Cu reaction. The cross section at the maximum of the excitation function of each of the three reactions, namely, 60Ni(p ,γ )61Cu,60Ni(p ,n )60Cu , and 60Ni(p ,α )57Co , amounts to 2, 320, and 85 mb, respectively. The (p ,n ) reaction is thus the most commonly occurring process, and the (p ,γ ) reaction is the weakest, possibly due to higher probability of particle emission than γ-ray emission from the highly excited intermediate nucleus 61Cu formed in the interaction of a proton with the target nucleus 60Ni.

  3. The Primary Magma of Jinchuan Cu-Ni (PGE) Sulfide Deposits

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    Su, S.; Lesher, M.

    2012-12-01

    Jinchuan mafic - ultramafic rocks host the third largest Cu-Ni sulfide deposits in the world. There are many new developments about the origin of Jinchuan Cu-Ni (PGE) deposit. But there are still debates about the primary magma of Jinchuan mafic-ultramafic rocks now. Li (2011) think high-magnesium basalt is the primary magma of Jinchuan mafic-ultramafic rocks. However, Lesher M (2012) think Ferro-picrite maybe the primary magma. We will discuss this scientific question through thestudy of dikes in Jinchuan Cu-Ni (PGE) deposit in this paper. The zircon SHRIMP U-Pb dating show that these dikes have the same ages with mafic-ultramafic rocks. The geochemisty of dikes' show that SiO2=43.58%-54.14%, MgO=12-14%, FeO=11-14%, It belongs to Ferro-picrite. the Rare Elements and PGE pattern of these dikes are the same with the pattern of Jinchuan mafic-ultramafic rocks. So we think that the primary magma of Jinchuan mafic-ultramafic rocks maybe the Ferro-picrites.; Fig.1 Geological map of Mining area No.1 and Mining area No.4 in Jinchuan Cu-Ni sulfide deposit 1.ferro-picrites, 2.peridotite, 3.schist, 4.migmatite, 5.marble, 6. lamprophyre, 7.pyroxenite, 8.granite , 9. gneiss, 10.fault

  4. Production of Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloys by Mechanical Alloy

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    Goegebakan, Musa; Soguksu, Ali Kemal; Uzun, Orhan; Dogan, Ali

    2007-04-23

    The mechanical alloying technique has been used to produce shape memory Cu83Al13Ni4 alloy. The structure and thermal properties were examined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The morphology of the surface suggests the presence of martensite.

  5. Dendritic Ni(Cu)-polypyrrole hybrid films for a pseudo-capacitor.

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    Choi, Bit Na; Chun, Woo Won; Qian, Aniu; Lee, So Jeong; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2015-11-28

    Dendritic Ni(Cu)-polypyrrole hybrid films are fabricated for a pseudo-capacitor in a unique morphology using two simple methods: electro-deposition and electrochemical de-alloying. Three-dimensional structures of porous dendrites are prepared by electro-deposition within the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) at a high cathodic potential; the high-surface-area structure provides sufficient redox reactions between the electrodes and the electrolyte. The dependence of the active-layer thickness on the super-capacitor performance is also investigated, and the 60 μm-thick Ni(Cu)PPy hybrid electrode presents the highest performance of 659.52 F g(-1) at the scan rate of 5 mV s(-1). In the thicker layers, the specific capacitance became smaller due to the diffusion limitation of the ions in an electrolyte. The polypyrrole-hybridization on the porous dendritic Ni(Cu) electrode provides superior specific capacitance and excellent cycling stability due to the improvement in electric conductivity by the addition of conducting polypyrrole in the matrices of the dendritic nano-porous Ni(Cu) layer and the synergistic effect of composite materials. PMID:26509406

  6. Positron annihilation process in Ni/sub c/Cu/sub 1-c/ alloys

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    Szotek, Z.; Gyorffy, B.L.; Stocks, G.M.; Temmerman, W.M.

    1982-01-01

    New, accurate, calculations of the electron momentum distribution function for the Cu/sub 60/Ni/sub 40/ random solid solution are presented and the role played by the positron wavefunction in determining the Angular Correlation of the Annihilation Radiation (ACAR) is discussed in quantitative terms.

  7. Dendritic Ni(Cu)-polypyrrole hybrid films for a pseudo-capacitor

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    Choi, Bit Na; Chun, Woo Won; Qian, Aniu; Lee, So Jeong; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2015-11-01

    Dendritic Ni(Cu)-polypyrrole hybrid films are fabricated for a pseudo-capacitor in a unique morphology using two simple methods: electro-deposition and electrochemical de-alloying. Three-dimensional structures of porous dendrites are prepared by electro-deposition within the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) at a high cathodic potential; the high-surface-area structure provides sufficient redox reactions between the electrodes and the electrolyte. The dependence of the active-layer thickness on the super-capacitor performance is also investigated, and the 60 μm-thick Ni(Cu)PPy hybrid electrode presents the highest performance of 659.52 F g-1 at the scan rate of 5 mV s-1. In the thicker layers, the specific capacitance became smaller due to the diffusion limitation of the ions in an electrolyte. The polypyrrole-hybridization on the porous dendritic Ni(Cu) electrode provides superior specific capacitance and excellent cycling stability due to the improvement in electric conductivity by the addition of conducting polypyrrole in the matrices of the dendritic nano-porous Ni(Cu) layer and the synergistic effect of composite materials.

  8. Multicomponent (Ce, Cu, Ni) oxides with cage and core-shell structures: tunable fabrication and enhanced CO oxidation activity

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    Liu, Wei; Tang, Ke; Lin, Ming; June, Lay Ting Ong; Bai, Shi-Qiang; Young, David James; Li, Xu; Yang, Yan-Zhao; Hor, T. S. Andy

    2016-05-01

    Solvothermal synthesis of Cu2O cubes from Cu(OAc)2 in ethanol provided templates for tunable formation of novel multicomponent composites: hollow CeO2-Cu2O (1), core-shell NiO@Cu2O (2) and hollow CeO2-NiO-Cu2O (3). Composites 1-3 catalyze the oxidation of CO at a lower temperature than the parent Cu2O cubes.Solvothermal synthesis of Cu2O cubes from Cu(OAc)2 in ethanol provided templates for tunable formation of novel multicomponent composites: hollow CeO2-Cu2O (1), core-shell NiO@Cu2O (2) and hollow CeO2-NiO-Cu2O (3). Composites 1-3 catalyze the oxidation of CO at a lower temperature than the parent Cu2O cubes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section: materials and characterization; synthesis of materials; catalytic test. Tables S1-S3 and Fig. S1-S8. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02383e

  9. DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH-TEMPERATURE CERAMIC BRAZE: ANALYSIS OF PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN THE Pd-Ag-CuOx SYSTEM

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    Weil, K. Scott; Darsell, Jens T.

    2006-01-18

    This paper describes the effects of small palladium additions on the phase equilibria in the Ag-CuOx system. Below a concentration of 5 mol%, palladium was found to increase the temperature of the eutectic reaction present in the pseudobinary system, but have little effect on a higher temperature monotectic reaction. However once enough palladium was added to increase the pseudoternary solidus temperature to that of the lower boundary for this three-phase field (~970°C), the lower boundary begins to increase in temperature as well. The addition of palladium also causes the original eutectic point to move to lower silver concentrations, which also causes a convergence of the two new three-phase fields, CuOx + L1 + L2 and CuOx + α + L1. This suggests that with higher palladium concentrations, a peritectic reaction, α + L1 + L2 → CuOx, may eventually be observed in the system.

  10. Bioaccessibility of As, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Sb in toys and low-cost jewelry.

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    Guney, Mert; Zagury, Gerald J

    2014-01-21

    Children can be exposed to toxic elements in toys and jewelry following ingestion. As, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Sb bioavailability was assessed (n = 24) via the in vitro gastrointestinal protocol (IVG), the physiologically based extraction test (PBET), and the European Toy Safety Standard protocol (EN 71-3), and health risks were characterized. Cd, Cu, Ni, and Pb were mobilized from 19 metallic toys and jewelry (MJ) and one crayon set. Bioaccessible Cd, Ni, or Pb exceeded EU migratable concentration limits in four to six MJ, depending on the protocol. Using two-phase (gastric + intestinal) IVG or PBET might be preferable over EN 71-3 since they better represent gastrointestinal physiology. Bioaccessible and total metal concentrations were different and not always correlated, indicating that bioaccessibility measurement may provide more accurate risk characterization. More information on impacts of multiple factors affecting metals mobilization from toys and jewelry is needed before recommending specific tests. Hazard index (HI) for Cd, Ni, or Pb were >1 for all six MJ exceeding the EU limits. For infants (6-12 mo old), 10 MJ had HI > 1 for Cd, Cu, Ni, or Pb (up to 75 for Cd and 43 for Pb). Research on prolonged exposure to MJ and comprehensive risk characterization for toys and jewelry exposure is recommended. PMID:24345102

  11. Evaluation of high strength, high conductivity CuNiBe alloys for fusion energy applications

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    Zinkle, S. J.

    2014-06-01

    The unirradiated tensile properties for several different heats and thermomechanical treatment conditions of precipitation strengthened Hycon 3HP™ CuNiBe (Cu-2%Ni-0.35%Be in wt.%) have been measured over the temperature range of 20-500 °C for longitudinal and long transverse orientations. The room temperature electrical conductivity has also been measured for several heats, and the precipitate microstructure was characterized using transmission electron microscopy. The CuNiBe alloys exhibit very good combination of strength and conductivity at room temperature, with yield strengths of 630-725 MPa and electrical conductivities of 65-72% International Annealed Copper Standard (IACS). The strength remained relatively high at all test temperatures, with yield strengths of 420-520 MPa at 500 °C. However, low levels of ductility (<5% uniform elongation) were observed at test temperatures above 200-250 °C, due to flow localization near grain boundaries (exacerbated by having only 10-20 grains across the gage thickness of the miniaturized sheet tensile specimens). Scanning electron microscopy observation of the fracture surfaces found a transition from ductile transgranular to ductile intergranular fracture with increasing test temperature. Fission neutron irradiation to a dose of ∼0.7 displacements per atom (dpa) at temperatures between 100 and 240 °C produced a slight increase in strength and a significant decrease in ductility. The measured tensile elongation after irradiation increased with increasing irradiation temperature, with a uniform elongation of ∼3.3% observed at 240 °C. The electrical conductivity decreased slightly following irradiation, due to the presence of defect clusters and Ni, Zn, Co transmutation products. Considering also previously published fracture toughness data, this indicates that CuNiBe alloys have irradiated tensile and electrical properties comparable or superior to CuCrZr and oxide dispersion strengthened copper at temperatures <250 °C, and may be an attractive candidate for certain low-temperature fusion energy structural applications. Conversely, CuNiBe may not be preferred at intermediate temperatures of 250-500 °C due to the poor ductility and fracture toughness of CuNiBe alloys at temperatures ⩾250 °C. The potential deformation mechanisms responsible for the transition from transgranular to intergranular fracture are discussed. The possible implications for other precipitation-hardened alloys such as nickel based superalloys are briefly discussed.

  12. Evaluation of high strength, high conductivity CuNiBe alloys for fusion energy applications

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    Zinkle, Steven J

    2014-06-01

    The unirradiated tensile properties for several different heats and thermomechanical treatment conditions of precipitation strengthened Hycon 3HPTM CuNiBe (Cu-2%Ni-0.35%Be in wt.%) have been measured over the temperature range of 20-500 C for longitudinal and long transverse orientations. The room temperature electrical conductivity has also been measured for several heats, and the precipitate microstructure was characterized using transmission electron microscopy. The CuNiBe alloys exhibit very good combination of strength and conductivity at room temperature, with yield strengths of 630-725 MPa and electrical conductivities of 65-72% International Annealed Copper Standard (IACS). The strength remained relatively high at all test temperatures, with yield strengths of 420-520 MPa at 500 C. However, low levels of ductility (<5% uniform elongation) were observed at test temperatures above 200-250 C, due to flow localization near grain boundaries (exacerbated by having only 10-20 grains across the gage thickness of the miniaturized sheet tensile specimens). Scanning electron microscopy observation of the fracture surfaces found a transition from ductile transgranular to ductile intergranular fracture with increasing test temperature. Fission neutron irradiation to a dose of ~0.7 displacements per atom (dpa) at temperatures between 100 and 240 C produced a slight increase in strength and a significant decrease in ductility. The measured tensile elongation increased with increasing irradiation temperature, with a uniform elongation of ~3.3% observed at 240 C. The electrical conductivity decreased slightly following irradiation, due to the presence of defect clusters and Ni, Zn, Co transmutation products. Considering also previously published fracture toughness data, this indicates that CuNiBe alloys have irradiated tensile and electrical properties comparable or superior to CuCrZr and oxide dispersion strengthened copper at temperatures <250 C, and may be an attractive candidate for certain fusion energy structural applications. Conversely, CuNiBe may not be preferred at intermediate temperatures of 250-500 C due to the poor ductility and fracture toughness of CuNiBe alloys at temperatures >250 C. The potential deformation mechanisms responsible for the transition from transgranular to intergranular fracture are discussed. The possible implications for other precipitation hardened alloys such as nickel based superalloys are briefly discussed.

  13. Nanocrystallization of Zr-Cu-Ni-Al-Au glassy alloys during severe plastic deformation

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    Yamada, Masahiro; Kamisato, Ryo; Yamasaki, Tohru; Adachi, Hiroki; Tsuchiya, Koichi; Yokoyama, Yoshihiko

    2014-08-01

    A study has been carried out into the formation of nanocrystalline grains during high-pressure torsion (HPT) deformation of Zr65Cu17Ni5Al10Au3 bulk alloys prepared using tilt casting. As a preliminary to this, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyses were carried out on as-cast Zr65+xCu17-xNi5Al10Au3 (x=0~5 at.%) and Zr65Cu20Ni5Al10Au3 alloys, in order to determine the effect on the microstructure of the excess Zr content x and the presence of Au. From the XRD patterns, it was determined that all of the alloys had a metallic glassy nature. For Zr65Cu17Ni5Al10Au3, the DSC results indicated the presence of a wide supercooled liquid region between the glass transition temperature (Tg) of 644 K and the crystallization temperature of 763 K, where the stable body-centered tetragonal Zr2Cu phase was formed. In contrast, for the Zr65+xCu17-xNi5Al10Au3 alloys, precipitation of an icosahedral quasicrystalline phase (I-phase) was observed in the supercooled liquid region at about 715 K. HPT deformation of the Zr65Cu17Ni5Al10Au3 alloys was carried out under a high pressure of 5 GPa. Both as-cast specimens and those annealed at Tg-50 K for 90 min were used. Following a single HPT rotation (N=1), transmission electron microscopy identified the presence of face- centered cubic Zr2Ni precipitates in the as-cast alloy, with a size of about 50 nm. For the annealed alloy, a high density of I-phase precipitates with sizes of less than 10 nm was observed following HPT with N=10, indicating that the combination of severe plastic deformation and annealing is effective at producing extremely small grains.

  14. Critical states and a Rise-Plateau Caloric Curve for Ni+Ag Central HIC

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    Barranon, Armando; Lopez, J. A.; Dorso, C.

    2002-04-01

    A rise-plateau caloric curve for Ni+Ag HIC at intermediate energies is obtained. The temperature of the system is computed applying the kinetic gas theory to the fragments in the participant region. Fragments are detected using an Early Cluster Recognition Algorithm and collisions are simulated via LATINO semiclassical model where Pandharipande potential is employed to reproduce binary interaction . When thermal equilibration is signed by the equilibration of the biggest fragment temperature an initial rise in the caloric curve is followed by a plateau at about 5 MeV, in agreement with experimental results. The role played by the energy carried out by promptly emitted particles in the onset of this plateau is also explained. Also a persistence analysis of the system evolution is performed and the distribution of critical states for this energy range is obtained. Computations where carried out at UT-El Paso and UAM-A supercomputing resources. Authors acknowledge financial support from NSF fund PHY-96-00038.

  15. Thermal stability of Ni/Ag contacts on p-type GaN

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    Hassan, Z.; Lee, Y. C.; Yam, F. K.; Yap, Z. J.; Zainal, N.; Abu Hassan, H.; Ibrahim, K.

    2004-09-01

    Contact technology remains an important factor for electronic and optical devices in the field of wide band gap semiconductors. To fabricate reliable, efficient, high performance devices and circuit, it is essential to develop high quality and thermally stable contacts to GaN-based material. Making low-resistance ohmic contact is difficult for wide band gap semiconductors, especially p-GaN due to difficulty in achieving high carrier concentration, and the absence of suitable metals which have a work function larger than the bandgap and electron affinity of GaN. In this work, we report on the thermal stability and morphological investigation of Ni/Ag contacts on p-GaN. Different annealing temperatures (300 °C-800 °C) were investigated, as thermally stable metal-semiconductor contacts are essential for high quality devices. Cryogenic cooling after heat treatment was also performed to determine the effects of this treatment on the characteristics of the contacts. Specific contact resistivity (SCR) determined using transmission line method (TLM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements were carried out to the as-deposited, annealed, and annealed-and-cryogenically treated contacts where the electrical behavior and the surface morphology of each of these conditions were compared.

  16. Effect of iron content on the structure and mechanical properties of Al25Ti25Ni25Cu25 and (AlTi)60-xNi20Cu20Fex (x=15, 20) high-entropy alloys

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    Fazakas, É.; Zadorozhnyy, V.; Louzguine-Luzgin, D. V.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we investigated the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al25Ti25Ni25Cu25 Al22.5Ti22.5Ni20Cu20Fe15 and Al20Ti20Ni20Cu20Fe20 high entropy alloys, produced by arc melting and casting in an inert atmosphere. The structure of these alloys was studied by X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy. The as-cast alloys were heat treated at 773, 973 and 1173 K for 1800 s to investigate the effects of aging on the plasticity, hardness and elastic properties. Compared to the conventional high-entropy alloys the Al25Ti25Ni25Cu25, Al22.5Ti22.5Ni20Cu20Fe15 and Al20Ti20Ni20Cu20Fe20 alloys are relatively hard and ductile. Being heat treated at 973 K the Al22.5Ti22.5Ni20Cu20Fe15 alloy shows considerably high strength and relatively homogeneous deformation under compression. The plasticity, hardness and elastic properties of the studied alloys depend on the fraction and intrinsic properties of the constituent phases. Significant hardening effect by the annealing is found.

  17. Chirality Switching and Winding or Unwinding of the Antiferromagnetic NiO Domain Walls in Fe /NiO/Fe/CoO/Ag(001)

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    Li, J.; Tan, A.; Ma, S.; Yang, R. F.; Arenholz, E.; Hwang, C.; Qiu, Z. Q.

    2014-10-01

    Fe /NiO/Fe/CoO/Ag(001) single crystalline films were grown epitaxially and investigated by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and x-ray magnetic linear dichroism. The bottom Fe layer magnetization is pinned through exchange coupling to the CoO layer and the top Fe layer magnetization can be rotated by an in-plane external magnetic field. We find that the NiO spins wind up to form a domain wall due to the perpendicular NiO /Fe interfacial coupling as the top layer Fe magnetization rotates from 0° to 90°, but switch wall chirality and unwind the wall as the Fe magnetization rotates from 90° to 180°. This observation shows that Mauri's 180° domain wall does not exist in perpendicularly coupled ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic systems in the strong coupling regime.

  18. Preparation and electrical properties of Ni-Cu-Zn system doped with the magnesium oxide

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    Hemeda, O. M.; Tawfik, A.; Hemeda, D. M.; Elsheekh, A. M.

    2014-06-01

    A sery of ferrite samples, Ni0.1Cu0.2MgxZn0.7-xFe2O4, (x = 0.00, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35, 0.45, 0.55 and 0.70) have been prepared by the standard ceramic techniques, sintered at 1200°C for 2 h, and their crystalline structures were investigated by using X-ray diffraction, which confirmed the formation of Ni0.1Cu0.2MgxZn0.7-xFe2O4 phase. The presence of Mg content increases the crystallinity of the given ferrite which is considered as catalyst for the accomplishment of the solid state reaction. The lattice parameter and crystallite size were calculated from XRD. The cationic distribution was estimated from the theoretical values of lattice parameters. The IR spectra analysis has been studied. The dielectric constant for the ferrite system Ni-Cu-Zn gradually increases with temperature up to nearly Curie temperature and then increase sharply beyond the Tc. The Curie temperature obtained from the ´ ǎrepsilon versus T is in agreement with the Curie temperature obtained from other measurements. Dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) has the same behavior as dielectric constant (´ ǎrepsilon). A minimum value of dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) for the system "Ni-Cu-Zn" was observed at x = 0.45. Magnetic permeability has been studied. The dependence of initial permeability on temperature exhibit a peak which is called Hopkinson peak (HP) in the vicinity of Curie temperature and confirmed the phase purity of ferrite sample. The increasing of porosity and decreasing of grain size play an important role in decreasing μi. It is clear that the value of Tc is found to increase by increasing the concentration of diamagnetic substitution Mg for "Ni-Cu-Zn" system.

  19. Phase Transformation Behavior of Hot Isostatically Pressed NiTi-X (X = Ag, Nb, W) Alloys for Functional Engineering Applications

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    Bitzer, M.; Bram, M.; Buchkremer, H. P.; Stöver, D.

    2012-12-01

    Owing to their unique properties, NiTi-based shape memory alloys (SMAs) are highly attractive candidates for a lot of functional engineering applications like biomedical implants (stents), actuators, or coupling elements. Adding a third element is an effective measure to adjust or stabilize the phase transformation behavior to a certain extent. In this context, addition of alloying elements, which are low soluble or almost insoluble in the NiTi matrix is a promising approach and—with the exception of adding Nb—has rarely been reported in the literature so far, especially if the manufacturing of the net-shaped parts of these alloys is aspired. In the case of addition of elemental Nb, broadening of hysteresis between austenitic and martensitic phase transformation temperatures after plastic deformation of the Nb phase is a well-known effect, which is the key of function of coupling elements already established on the market. In the present study, we replaced Nb with additions of elemental Ag and W, both of which are almost insoluble in the NiTi matrix. Compared with Nb, Ag is characterized by higher ductility in combination with lower melting point, enabling liquid phase sintering already at moderate temperatures. Vice versa, addition of W might act in opposite manner considering its inherent brittleness combined with high melting temperature. In the present study, hot isostatic pressing was used for manufacturing such alloys starting from prealloyed NiTi powder and with the additions of Nb, Ag, and W as elemental powders. Microstructures, interdiffusion phenomena, phase transformation behaviors, and impurity contents were investigated aiming to better understand the influence of insoluble phases on bulk properties of NiTi SMAs.

  20. Interfacial Reactions of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu Solder with Cu-Mn UBM During Aging

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    Tseng, Chien-Fu; Wang, Kai-Jheng; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2010-12-01

    Cu under bump metallurgy (UBM) has been widely used in flip-chip technology. The major disadvantages of Cu UBM are fast consumption of copper, rapid growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs), and easy formation of Kirkendall voids. In this study we added two different contents of Mn (2 at.% and 10 at.%) to Cu UBM by sputtering to modify the conventional Cu metallization. For the higher Mn concentration in the Cu-Mn UBM, a new Sn-rich phase formed between Cu6Sn5 and the Cu-Mn UBM, and cracks formed after aging. For the lower Mn concentration, growth of Cu3Sn and Kirkendall voids was significantly suppressed after thermal aging. Kinetic analysis and x-ray elemental mapping provided evidence that Mn diffusion into Cu3Sn slowed diffusion of Cu in the Cu3Sn layer. The Mn-enriched Cu3Sn layer may serve as a diffusion barrier to reduce the interfacial reaction rate and Kirkendall void formation. These results suggest that Cu-Mn UBM with low Mn concentration is beneficial in terms of retarding Cu pad consumption in solder joints.