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  1. Photoelectron spectroscopy of mixed metal cluster anions: NiCu - , NiAg - , NiAg - 2, and Ni2Ag -

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    Dixon-Warren, St. J.; Gunion, R. F.; Lineberger, W. C.

    1996-04-01

    Negative ion photoelectron spectra of NiCu-, NiAg-, NiAg-2, and Ni2Ag- are presented for electron binding energies up to 3.5 eV. The metal cluster anions were prepared in a cold cathode dc discharge flowing afterglow source. The dimer spectra exhibit three low lying electronic states; the ground electronic states are vibrationally resolved. The dimer electron affinities are determined to be EA(NiCu)=0.8890.010 eV and EA(NiAg)=0.9790.010 eV. Two excited state electron configurations are assigned as (d8Nid10Cu?2?*1) and as 4? (d9Nid10Cu?1?*1). The NiCu- ground state is assigned as 3? (d9Nid10Cu?2?*1), and has a vibrational frequency of 23525 cm-1. The photoelectron spectrum of NiAg- strongly suggests that the electronic configurations of the three observed states are the same as those of NiCu-. The NiAg ground state vibrational frequency is 23525 cm-1 and the NiAg- frequency is 18525 cm-1. The chemical bonding in both NiCu and NiAg dimers is dominated by a s? molecular orbital, and the extra electron in the anions has primarily s?* character. The photoelectron spectra of the trimers, NiAg-2 and Ni2Ag-, are remarkably similar to those obtained for the coinage metal trimers, and are consistent with a transition between a linear anion ground state and a linear excited state of the neutral.

  2. Growth Behavior of Intermetallic Compounds at SnAgCu/Ni and Cu Interfaces

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    Qi, Lihua; Huang, Jihua; Zhang, Hua; Zhao, Xingke; Wang, Haitao; Cheng, Donghai

    2010-02-01

    The growth behavior of reaction-formed intermetallic compounds (IMCs) at Sn3.5Ag0.5Cu/Ni and Cu interfaces under thermal-shear cycling conditions was investigated. The results show that the morphology of (Cu x Ni1- x )6Sn5 and Cu6Sn5 IMCs formed both at Sn3.5Ag0.5Cu/Ni and Cu interfaces gradually changed from scallop-like to chunk-like, and different IMC thicknesses developed with increasing thermal-shear cycling time. Furthermore, Cu6Sn5 IMC growth rate at the Sn3.5Ag0.5Cu/Cu interface was higher than that of (Cu x Ni1- x )6Sn5 IMC under thermal-shear cycling. Compared to isothermal aging, thermal-shear cycling led to only one Cu6Sn5 layer at the interface between SnAgCu solder and Cu substrate after 720 cycles. Moreover, Ag3Sn IMC was dispersed uniformly in the solder after reflow. The planar Ag3Sn formed near the interface changed remarkably and merged together to large platelets with increasing cycles. The mechanism of formation of Cu6Sn5, (Cu x Ni1- x )6Sn5 and Ag3Sn IMCs during thermal-shear cycling process was investigated.

  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

    2016-02-17

    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

  4. 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.

  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. The Influence of Cu on Metastable NiSn4 in Sn-3.5Ag- xCu/ENIG Joints

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    Belyakov, S. A.; Gourlay, C. M.

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of small amounts of Cu on suppression of metastable ?Sn-NiSn4 eutectic growth in solder joints between Sn-3.5Ag- xCu solders and Ni-based substrates. For Sn-3.5Ag/electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG) and Sn-3.5Ag/Ni solder joints we showed that the eutectic mixture contains ?Sn, Ag3Sn, and metastable NiSn4. It was found that addition of only 0.005 wt.% Cu to Sn-3.5Ag- xCu/ENIG or Sn-3.5Ag- xCu/Ni joints promoted formation of a stable ?Sn-Ni3Sn4 eutectic and that both Ni3Sn4 and NiSn4 occur in the eutectic at this Cu level. We also showed that for complete prevention of formation of metastable NiSn4 during eutectic solidification of the solder joint, addition of at least 0.3 wt.% Cu was required.

  8. 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 engines 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 parts 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 ?-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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Preparation of Ag-Ni-Cu Composite Material by Ultrasonic Arc Spray Forming and Accumulative Roll Bonding and the Evolution of Its Microstructure

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    Zhang, Ke; Qin, Guo-Yi; Xu, Si-Yong; Guo, Jin-Xin; Ma, Guang

    2015-02-01

    We prepared a layered composite material by subjecting a deposition billet of AgNiCu15-5 formed by ultrasonic arc spray forming (UASF) to extrusion at 773 K (500 C), rolling at 673 K (400 C), and accumulative roll bonding (ARB). The evolution of the microstructure of the formed AgNiCu15-5 strips was analyzed through X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive spectrometry. The deposition billet had a rapid solidification microstructure consisting of ?-Ni particles dispersed in ?-Ag matrix. ARB significantly refined the microstructure of the AgNiCu15-5 samples. There was no further decrease in the grain size after the 9th ARB cycle. Thus, UASF combined with extrusion and ARB is suitable for producing high-performance AgNiCu15-5-based electrical contact materials efficiently and economically.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Photocatalytic removal of M(2+) (Ni(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+), Hg(2+) and Ag(+)) over new catalyst CuCrO(2).

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    Ketir, W; Bouguelia, A; Trari, M

    2008-10-30

    The metal ions M(2+) (Ni(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+), Hg(2+) and Ag(+)) are potentially toxic. Their electro deposition has been carried out in aqueous air-equilibrated CuCrO(2) suspension upon visible illumination. The delafossite CuCrO(2) is p-type semiconductor characterized by a low band gap (1.28 eV) and a long-term chemical stability. The corrosion rate is found to be 10(-2) micromol m(-2)month(-1) in aqua regia. The oxide has been elaborated through nitrate route where the specific surface area is increased via the surface/bulk ratio. A correlation exists between the dark M(2+) adsorption, the redox potential of M(2+/0) couple and the conduction band of CuCrO(2) positioned at -1.06 V(SCE). Ag(+) cannot be photoreduced because of its positive potential located far above the valence band. By contrast, Zn(2+) is efficiently deposited due to the large driving force at the interface. The improved photoactivity of copper with a deposition percentage (90%) is attributed to the strong dark adsorption onto the surface catalyst. The results indicate a competitive effect with the water reduction; it has been observed that the M(2+) deposition goes parallel with the hydrogen evolution. Such behavior is attributed to the low H(2) over voltage when ultra fine aggregate of M islands are photodeposited onto CuCrO(2) substrate. PMID:18384943

  20. 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.; Pttgen, 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.

  1. Alleviating coking in ethanol steam reforming by co-loading binary oxides Ni-M (M=Ag, Cu, Mn) on peony-like ceria

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    Xian, C. N.; Li, J. G.; Li, H.; Chen, L. Q.; Sun, J.; Lee, J. S.

    2011-06-01

    Previously, hydrothermally prepared mesoporous peony-like ceria (PCO) material was shown to exhibit superior catalytic properties for CO oxidation and ethanol reforming. Ni supported PCO had been shown to have high activity for ethanol steam reforming at low temperature. In this work, Ag, Cu and Mn is co-loaded with Ni on PCO catalysts by impregnation method. The catalysts were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and a combined thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, and mass spectrometry (TG-DSC-MS). It was found that all the catalysts gave 100% ethanol conversion above ca. 300C and exhibited similar H2 yield. It is found that the severe coking problem for the Ni-loaded PCO catalyst was alleviated significantly if Ag, Cu or Mn is co-loaded. Among them, the addition of Mn is the most effective in reducing carbon formation.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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 300C) in Permian to highly saline (around 25 wt.% NaCl + CaCl2) at lower temperatures (50-150C) 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.

  7. Comparing three approaches in extending biotic ligand models to predict the toxicity of binary metal mixtures (Cu-Ni, Cu-Zn and Cu-Ag) to lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.).

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    Liu, Yang; Vijver, Martina G; Peijnenburg, Willie J G M

    2014-10-01

    Metals are always found in the environment as mixtures rather than as solitary elements. However, effect models such as biotic ligand models (BLMs) are usually derived for toxicity prediction of single metals. Our study aimed at predicting mixture toxicity of Cu-Ni, Cu-Zn and Cu-Ag combinations to lettuce (Lactucasativa L.) by combining BLMs with three toxicity indexes: the toxic unit, the overall amounts of metal ions bound to the biotic ligands and the toxic equivalency factor. The accumulation of metal ions at the biotic ligands was used to determine the toxic potency of metals alone or in combination. On the basis of parameters derived from toxicity assessment of individual metals, these three extended BLMs appeared to be all acceptable (p<0.0001) in assessing toxicity of diverse metal mixtures. The BLM-based approaches integrated competition between metal ions in assessing mixture toxicity and showed different predictive ability for each metal combination. The outcome of modeling suggested that the combined toxicity depends on the specific components of the metal mixtures. The best developed models assist in identifying the type of underlying toxic mechanisms of diverse metal mixtures in terrestrial plants. PMID:25048917

  8. 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 ? 2% by strain rate cycling. Assuming thermally activated plasma deformation, the activation volume for movement of dislocations is calculated for ? 2% and is found to vary from 122b3 at 300 K to 35b3 at 30 K, where b is the Burgers vector.

  9. 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.

  10. Bonding analyses, formation energies, and vibrational properties of M-R2dtc complexes (M=Ag(I), Ni(II), Cu(II), or Zn(II)).

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    Georgieva, I; Trendafilova, N

    2007-12-20

    Detailed theoretical studies based on density functional theory (DFT)/B3LYP calculations of dimethyl- and diethyldithiocarbamate complexes of Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), and Ag(I) are performed to characterize the metal-ligand bonding type as well as the metal-ligand bonding strength depending on the metal and the dialkyl substituent. The metal-ligand interactions in the studied complexes are investigated by means of charge decomposition analysis, energy partitioning analysis (EPA), and natural bond orbital analysis. According to the EPA calculations, the electrostatic attraction is the dominant contribution to the M-S2(R2dtc) (dtc=dithiocarbamate) bonding. The electrostatic and the orbital energies follow the order of the total binding energy, and hence both contributions are responsible for the binding energy order of M(R2dtc)2 complexes. The stability of the M(R2dtc)2 complexes is estimated by means of calculated formation reaction energies in the gas phase and solution, and it decreases in the order Ni(R2dtc)2>Cu(R2dtc)2>Zn(R2dtc)2. Larger formation reaction energies are found for M(Et2dtc)2 than for M(Me2dtc)2 complexes. The calculations predict stabilization of M(II)(R2dtc)2 complexes going from the gas phase to a polar solvent and destabilization of the bidentate AgR2dtc complex in a polar solvent. Gas-phase frequency calculations of all possible bonding types, symmetrical, asymmetrical, and uni- and bidentate, predict one band due to the nu(CS) IR absorption, and therefore the number of the bands in the 1060-920 cm(-1) region could not be used to discern the metal-ligand bonding type. Periodic DFT frequency calculations for Cu(Et2dtc)2 reveal that the splitting observed in the solid-state spectra of the complexes arises from the nonplanar MS4 fragment and intermolecular contacts but not from asymmetrical bonding. The calculations suggest that the important vibrational characteristic that can be used to discern uni- and bidentate bonding is the Raman activity of the nu(CS) band: It is very high for the unidentate dtc bonding (nu(C=S)) and low for the bidentate bonding (nuas(CS)). PMID:18034466

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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; Audtat, 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.

  14. Temperature dependence of photo-hole decay in 4d derived Quantum Well States in monolayer Ag(111) films on Pd(111), Ni(111), Mo(110) and Cu(100)

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    Miki? Trontl, V.; Pletikosi?, I.; Milun, M.; Pervan, P.

    2012-05-01

    We present experimental data on the temperature dependence of photo-hole decay obtained by Angle Resolved Photoemission (ARPES) measurements from 4d derived Quantum Well States (QWS) on Ag(111) monolayer films deposited on Pd(111), Ni(111), Mo(110) and Cu(100). We have found a significant increase of the Ag 4d electron-phonon (e-ph) coupling strength with respect to the bulk values. The increase is attributed to different mechanisms that are associated with the interaction of the Ag film with under laying substrate. It is proposed that the main channels that contribute to the increased e-ph coupling originate from the inter-band transitions that involve bulk states of the substrates.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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    zerin, 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??m in diameter and 2??m 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.

  17. Reinforced {110} textured Ag/Ni composite ribbons for biaxially oriented YBCO coated tapes

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    Suo, Hongli; Genoud, J.-Y.; Schindl, M.; Walker, E.; Flukiger, R.

    2001-10-01

    New, mechanically reinforced, {110} textured Ag composite ribbons were fabricated as possible inexpensive substrates for coated conductors without any buffer layer. The key part of this work was the use of a thin but textured Ag outlayer on an AgMg, Ni, or Ni alloys core that ensures the mechanical reinforcement while decreasing the amount of Ag. A thin Cu (50 m) foil was intercalated between rectangular Ag and AgMg, Ni, or Ni alloys pieces to obtain a tough bond. After sintering, the ingots sustained a cold plastic deformation up to thicknesses of 300, 100 and 50 m without any intermediate annealing. The prepared composite ribbons were then recrystallized to obtain the {110} texture in the top Ag layer. For the Ag/AgMg ribbons, a further annealing in flowing oxygen was performed to reinforce the ribbons by an internal oxidation process in the AgMg layer without changing the {110}<011> texture in the Ag outerlayer. A unique and stable {110}<011> texture was obtained in Ag/Ni composite ribbons after annealing at 800 C. The highest degree of texture was observed in 300 m thick Ag/Ni ribbon, x-ray orientation distribution function and electro backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analysis of the top Ag layer in this ribbon revealed a sharp {110}<011> texture with an in-plane misorientation angle of 10-15. Meanwhile, a promising {110}<011> texture was also found in 50 m thick ribbons with 25 in-plane misorientation angle. In the last case, a substrate with no more than 16 m of the textured Ag layer was produced by this new technique, which decreased the total amount of Ag by 40% compared with pure Ag ribbons of the same thickness.

  18. Strong magnetization damping induced by Ag nanostructures in Ag/NiFe/Ag trilayers

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    Ley Domnguez, D.; da Silva, G. L.; Rodrguez-Surez, R. L.; Rezende, S. M.; Azevedo, A.

    2013-07-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance has been used to investigate the magnetization relaxation in trilayers of Ag(t)/NiFe(10 nm)/Ag(t), sputter deposited on Si(001) where the thickness of the Ag layer varied from 0 nm to 24 nm. In the first stages of formation, the Ag layers form islands that work as mold to imprint defects or inhomogeneities on the NiFe film surface. The magnetic inhomogeneities and defects imprinted on the surface of the NiFe film act as extrinsic sources of magnetization relaxation in addition to the intrinsic Gilbert damping mechanism. Weak inhomogeneities are associated to the two-magnon scattering source and the strong inhomogeneities are associated to the fluctuations of the local magnetization. By adding the three different sources of magnetization damping, we were able to explain the azimuthal dependence of the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Magnetic ordering and physical stability of X2Mn1+xSn1-x (X=Ru, Os, Co, Rh, Ni, Pd, Cu, and Ag) Heusler alloys from a first-principles study

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    Li, Chun-Mei; Hu, Qing-Miao; Yang, Rui; Johansson, Brje; Vitos, Levente

    2013-07-01

    The magnetic ordering and its effect on the physical stability of X2Mn1+xSn1-x (0?x?0.5, and X=Ru, Os, Co, Rh, Ni, Pd, Cu, and Ag) Heusler alloys are investigated systematically by the use of first-principles method. It is found that the ferromagnetic (FM) coupling between Mn on Mn sublattice (Mn1) and Mn on Sn sublattice (Mn2) is favorable over the antiferromagnetic (AFM) coupling for X with the number of valence electrons [Nv(X)] of 8 and 9, and vice versa for X with Nv(X)=10 and 11, originated from the competition of the exchange interactions between X-Mn2 and Mn1-Mn2. In comparison with the FM Mn1-Mn2 coupling, the AFM coupling decreases significantly the shear elastic constant C' but increases slightly C44, which results in increasing elastic anisotropy (A=C44/C') and consequently may facilitate the tetragonal shear lattice deformation. The hybridization of the minority electronic states between X d and Sn p plays a dominant role on the orientation of the magnetic coupling. The smaller change of the density of states in the Fermi level, induced by the lattice distortion for C', corresponds to the softer C' as well as the larger A in the AFM state than the FM one.

  7. Vibrationally resolved photoelectron imaging of Cu2H- and AgCuH- and theoretical calculations.

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    Xie, Hua; Li, Xiaoyi; Zhao, Lijuan; Liu, Zhiling; Qin, Zhengbo; Wu, Xia; Tang, Zichao; Xing, Xiaopeng

    2013-02-28

    Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra have been obtained for Cu(2)H(-) and AgCuH(-) using photoelectron imaging at 355 nm. Two transition bands X and A are observed for each spectrum. The X bands in both spectra show the vibration progressions of the Cu-H stretching mode and the broad peaks of these progressions indicate significant structural changes from Cu(2)H(-) and AgCuH(-) to their neutral ground states. The A bands in the spectra of Cu(2)H(-) and CuAgH(-) show stretching progressions of Cu-Cu and Ag-Cu, respectively. The contours of these two progressions are pretty narrow, indicating relatively small structural changes from Cu(2)H(-) and AgCuH(-) to their neutral excited states. Calculations based on density functional theory indicate that the ground states of Cu(2)H(-) and AgCuH(-) and the first excited states of their neutrals are linear, whereas their neutral ground states are bent. The photoelectron detachment energies and vibrational frequencies from these calculations are in good agreement with the experimental observations. Especially, the theoretical predication of linear structures for the anions and the neutral excited states are supported by the spectral features of A bands, in which the bending modes are inactive. Comparisons among the vertical detachment energies of Cu(2)H(-), AgCuH(-), and their analogs help to elucidate electronic characteristics of coinage metal elements and hydrogen in small clusters. PMID:23388039

  8. Synthesis and thermodynamics of Ag-Cu nanoparticles.

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    Delsante, Simona; Borzone, Gabriella; Novakovic, Rada; Piazza, Daniele; Pigozzi, Giancarlo; Janczak-Rusch, Jolanta; Pilloni, Martina; Ennas, Guido

    2015-11-14

    Metallic silver, copper, and Ag-Cu nanoparticles (NPs) have been produced by a chemical reduction method. The obtained nanoparticles were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A side-segregated configuration was observed for the one-pot synthesized Ag-Cu NPs, and the melting temperature depression of about 14 C was found by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). A comparison between the new experimental data, the literature data on Ag-Cu bimetallic NPs and the corresponding theoretical values obtained from the Ag-Cu nano-sized phase diagram was done, whereas the melting behaviour of Ag and Cu metal nanoparticles was discussed in the framework of the liquid layer model (LLM). PMID:26112754

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 the1? one followed by3?,1? and3? 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Infrared Brazing Ti50Ni50 and Invar Using Ag-Based Filler Foils

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    Shiue, R. K.; Chang, Y. H.; Wu, S. K.

    2013-10-01

    Infrared brazing Ti50Ni50 and Invar using BAg-8 and Cusil-ABA foils was investigated. The Ag-Cu eutectic matrix dominates both brazed joints. The maximum shear strengths of the brazed joints using BAg-8 and Cusil-ABA fillers are 158 and 249 MPa. Failure of interfacial Fe2Ti/Ni3Ti reaction layers is responsible for the BAg-8 joint. In contrast, the Cusil-ABA brazed joint is fractured along the interfacial Fe2Ti intermetallic compound. Both fractographs are characterized with cleavage dominated fracture.

  16. Magnetic Phase Transition in Co/Cu/Ni/Cu(100) and Co/Fe/Ni/Cu(100)

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    Won, C.; Wu, Y. Z.; Scholl, A.; Doran, A.; Kurahashi, N.; Zhao, H. W.; Qiu, Z. Q.

    2003-09-01

    Magnetic phase transitions in coupled magnetic sandwiches of Cu/Co/Cu/Ni/Cu(100) and Cu/Co/Fe/Ni/Cu(100) are investigated by photoemission electron microscopy. Element-specific magnetic domains are taken at room temperature to reveal the critical thickness at which the magnetic phase transition occurs. The results show that a coupled magnetic sandwich undergoes three types of magnetic phase transitions depending on the two ferromagnetic films' thickness. A phase diagram is constructed and explained in the process of constructing MonteCarlo simulations, which corroborate the experimental results.

  17. 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.

  18. Les minralisations Cu_(Ni_Bi_U_Au_Ag) d'Ifri (district du Haut Seksaoua, Maroc) : apport de l'tude texturale au dbat syngense versus pigenseThe 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, Sa??d

    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).

  19. Photoexcitation of resonances in Ag films on Ni(111)

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    Miller, T.; Samsavar, A.; Chiang, T. Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, 104 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801-2902 )

    1994-12-15

    Angle-resolved photoelectron spectra from Ag films supported on a Ni(111) substrate show interesting behavior in response to variation of the photon energy. In contrast to previous reports of [ital discrete] [ital and] [ital dispersionless] quantum-well states in metal films,the Ag/Ni system supports quantum-well resonances that exhibit ratcheting'' energy dispersions and oscillatory emission intensities. These observations are reproduced in a model calculation taking into account both the initial and final continuums of states involved in the photoexcitation process.

  20. 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 300C, 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 200C for up to 1200 h, whereas at 300C 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 300C; intermixing into (Ni,Cu)3Sn was accompanied by pore formation.

  1. Mechanically reinforced {1 1 0} <1 1 0> textured Ag/Ni-alloys composite substrates for low-cost coated conductors

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    Suo, Hongli; Genoud, Jean-Yves; Caracino, Paola; Spreafico, Sergio; Schindl, Michael; Walker, Eric; Flkiger, Ren

    2002-08-01

    New, reinforced {1 1 0} <1 1 0> textured Ag/Ni-alloys composite ribbons were developed as possible substrates for coated conductors without any buffer layer. The texture quality and tensile strength were investigated. A new technique to bond the Ag and Ni or alloy layers through a Cu foil was presented. The Ag/Ni-alloys composite ribbons were fabricated by choosing proper sintering processing to bond the different layers followed by cold rolling and recrystallization. A thin Cu foil was intercalated between the initial Ag and Ni or alloy pieces to get a tough bond. A unique and stable {1 1 0} <1 1 0> annealing texture was obtained in 300 ?m thick Ag/Ni composite ribbon after annealing. X-ray ODF analysis and EBSD measurements in the top Ag layer showed distribution of misorientation angles around 10-15. A {1 1 0} <1 1 0> texture was also found in ribbons as thin as 50 ?m, which cannot be obtained with pure Ag ribbons. A pronounced reduction of Ag amount was obtained in 60 ?m thick Ag/NiCrV ribbons, with a textured Ag top layer being as thin as 7 ?m. The amount of Ag was decreased by 75% compared to pure Ag ribbons of the same thickness. A strong enhancement of the mechanical properties was observed. The yield strength ?0.2 at 77 K was 220 MPa for Ag/NiCrV ribbons, i.e. considerably higher than the 30 MPa for pure Ag ribbons.

  2. Heat-induced spinodal decomposition of Ag-Cu nanoparticles.

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    Sopouek, Ji?; Zoba?, Ond?ej; Burk, Ji?; Roupcov, Pavla; Vykoukal, Vt; Bro, Pavel; Pinkas, Ji?; V?et'l, Jan

    2015-11-14

    Solvothermal synthesis was used for Ag-Cu nanoparticle (NP) preparation from metallo-organic precursors. The detailed NP characterization was performed to obtain information about nanoparticle microstructure and both phase and chemical compositions. The resulting nanoparticles exhibited chemical composition inside a FCC_Ag + FCC_Cu two-phase region. The microstructure study was performed by various methods of electron microscopy including high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) at an atomic scale. The HRTEM and X-ray diffraction studies showed that the prepared nanoparticles form the face centred cubic (FCC) crystal lattice where the silver atoms are randomly mixed with copper. The CALPHAD approach was used for predicting the phase diagram of the Ag-Cu system in both macro- and nano-scales. The predicted spinodal decomposition of the metastable Ag-Cu nanoparticles was experimentally induced by heating on an X-ray powder diffractometer (HT XRD). The nucleation of the Cu-rich phase was detected and its growth was studied. Changes in the Ag-rich phase were observed in situ by X-ray diffraction under vacuum. The heat treatment was conducted at different maximum temperatures up to 450 C and the resulting particle product was analysed. The experiments were complemented by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements up to liquidus temperature. The start temperatures of the spinodal phase transformation and particle aggregation were evaluated. PMID:25929324

  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. Communication: Kinetics of chemical ordering in Ag-Au and Ag-Ni nanoalloys.

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    Calvo, F; Fortunelli, A; Negreiros, F; Wales, D J

    2013-09-21

    The energy landscape and kinetics of medium-sized Ag-Au and Ag-Ni nanoalloy particles are explored via a discrete path sampling approach, focusing on rearrangements connecting regions differing in chemical order. The highly miscible Ag27Au28 supports a large number of nearly degenerate icosahedral homotops. The transformation from reverse core-shell to core-shell involves large displacements away from the icosahedron through elementary steps corresponding to surface diffusion and vacancy formation. The immiscible Ag42Ni13 naturally forms an asymmetric core-shell structure, and about 10 eV is required to extrude the nickel core to the surface. The corresponding transformation occurs via a long and smooth sequence of surface displacements. For both systems the rearrangement kinetics exhibit Arrhenius behavior. These results are discussed in the light of experimental observations. PMID:24070271

  5. 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 300C for 2 h and 450C 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 ?'-Ni3Ti and ?'-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, ?'-Ni3Ti, and ?'-Cu4Ti phases.

  6. 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.

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

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    Anderson, I.E.; Yost, F.G.; Smith, J.F.; Miller, C.M.; Terpstra, R.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 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 C above the eutectic melting temperature). 5 figs.

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

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    Anderson, Iver E. (Ames, IA); Yost, Frederick G. (Cedar Crest, NM); Smith, John F. (Ames, IA); Miller, Chad M. (Ames, IA); Terpstra, Robert L. (Ames, IA)

    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).

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Antibacterial properties and corrosion resistance of Cu and Ag/Cu porous materials.

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    Jing, Hemin; Yu, Zhiming; Li, Li

    2008-10-01

    The porous materials of Cu and Ag/Cu were successfully prepared by the electrodeposition on a precursor of conventional polyamide foam. The microstructure of the porous materials was observed by scanning electron microscope. Their porosity and specific surface area were measured. The inhibition effect of Cu porous materials against E. coli was also investigated. The broad-spectrum of antibiosis of the Cu and Ag/Cu porous materials were characterized. The corrosion resistance of Cu, Ag/Cu coatings was also compared. The shape and size of pores are uniform in three directions for the porous materials. Their porosity may reach above 95% and specific surface area is beyond 12.8 m(2)/m(3). The antibacterial test results show that the Cu porous materials not only exhibited high antibacterial effect and good broad-spectrum antibacterial properties, but also excellent persistent antibacterial effects; the antibacterial effects, and broad-spectrum of antibiosis were greatly improved through the deposition of a thin Ag coating on the surface of Cu porous material. PMID:18080302

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Diffusion of Cu adatoms and dimers on Cu(111) and Ag(111) surfaces

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    Mi?kowski, Marcin; Za?uska-Kotur, Magdalena A.

    2015-12-01

    Diffusion of Cu adatoms and dimers on Cu(111) and Ag(111) surfaces is analyzed based on ab initio surface potentials. Single adatom diffusion is compared with dimer diffusion on both surfaces. Surface geometry makes the adatoms jump alternately between two states in the same way in both systems, whereas dimers undergo more complex diffusion process that combines translational and rotational motion. Small difference in the surface lattice constant between Cu and Ag crystals results in a completely different energy landscape for dimer jumps. As an effect the character of diffusion process changes. Homogeneous Cu dimer diffusion is more difficult and dimers rather rotate within single surface cell, whereas diffusion over Ag surface is faster and happens more smoothly. The temperature dependence of diffusion coefficient and its parameters: energy barrier and prefactor is calculated and compared for both surfaces.

  20. The interaction of Ni adsorbate with the {Ag}/{Si(111) } surface

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    Yuhara, J.; Ishigami, R.; Ishikawa, D.; Morita, K.

    1995-05-01

    The change of atomic structures and compositional ratios by isochronal annealing of Ag-Ni binary adsorbates at the Si(111) surface has been studied by means of LEED-AES-RBS techniques at temperatures from 200C to 700C. It is found that the surface coverage of Ni deposited on the Si(111)-?3 ?3-Ag surface decreases to 0 ML on annealing at 250C for 15 min, while the Ag surface coverage is not changed by Ni deposition and subsequent annealing up to 350C. It is also found on annealing at 350C that Ag on the Si(111)-?19 ?19-Ni surface produces the ?3 ?3 LEED pattern and the Ni coverage by AES decreases to 0 ML. These results indicate that Ag and Ni atoms are not bound to each other on the Si(111) surface, and that Ag atoms preferentially occupy the surface with forming the ?3 ?3-Ag structure and Ni atoms dissolve into the Si bulk. Moreover, it is found that the room temperature deposition of Ni onto the Si(111)-3 1-Ag surface produces a mixed structure of ?3 ?3 and 3 1, which is changed into the single ?3 ?3 structure by subsequent annealing at 200C. It indicates that Ag atoms move from the 3 1-Ag site into the ?3 ?3-Ag site due to the co-existence of Ni adsorbates.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Epitaxial growth of Cu on Ag(1 1 1) studied with angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Luh, Dah-An; Huang, Chih-Hao; Cheng, Cheng-Maw; Tsuei, Ku-Ding

    2015-11-01

    The growth of Cu on Ag(1 1 1) under varied growth conditions was investigated with angle-resolved photoemission spectra. The evolution of Cu/Ag(1 1 1) during annealing was characterized on monitoring its surface states. The surface morphology of a Cu film on Ag(1 1 1) depends on the temperature and the Cu coverage. Islands or crystalline films develop when Cu is deposited at ?300 K. Defects in the Cu films penetrate deeply into the Ag(1 1 1) substrate and expose the Ag(1 1 1) surface. The deposition of Cu at a low temperature results in disordered films. On annealing, the films become ordered with defects. Our results show the segregation of Ag on the Cu surface, which occurs at 300 K and becomes accelerated significantly at ?380 K. After being annealed above 430 K, all islands and films of Cu are fully covered with Ag, showing a (9 9) reconstruction. Our results indicate also that the segregation of Ag on the Cu surface occurs only after the Ag(1 1 1) surface is exposed, indicating that Ag atoms migrate to the Cu(1 1 1) surface, not through bulk Cu, but along the walls of the islands and the defects in the films.

  5. 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

  6. 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}} interaction, the nonlinearity of the process depending strongly on trace impurities. At higher intensities, there appears to be a change in the emission mechanism.

  7. Comparative Study of ENIG and ENEPIG as Surface Finishes for a Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Joint

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    Yoon, Jeong-Won; Noh, Bo-In; Jung, Seung-Boo

    2011-09-01

    Interfacial reactions and joint reliability of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder with two different surface finishes, electroless nickel-immersion gold (ENIG) and electroless nickel-electroless palladium-immersion gold (ENEPIG), were evaluated during a reflow process. We first compared the interfacial reactions of the two solder joints and also successfully revealed a connection between the interfacial reaction behavior and mechanical reliability. The Sn-Ag-Cu/ENIG joint exhibited a higher intermetallic compound (IMC) growth rate and a higher consumption rate of the Ni(P) layer than the Sn-Ag-Cu/ENEPIG joint. The presence of the Pd layer in the ENEPIG suppressed the growth of the interfacial IMC layer and the consumption of the Ni(P) layer, resulting in the superior interfacial stability of the solder joint. The shear test results show that the ENIG joint fractured along the interface, exhibiting indications of brittle failure possibly due to the brittle IMC layer. In contrast, the failure of the ENEPIG joint only went through the bulk solder, supporting the idea that the interface is mechanically reliable. The results from this study confirm that the Sn-Ag-Cu/ENEPIG solder joint is mechanically robust and, thus, the combination is a viable option for a Pb-free package system.

  8. 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.

  9. Mechanical properties of pure Ni and Ni-alloy substrate materials for Y Ba Cu O coated superconductors

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    Clickner, C. C.; Ekin, J. W.; Cheggour, N.; Thieme, C. L. H.; Qiao, Y.; Xie, Y.-Y.; Goyal, A.

    2006-06-01

    Mechanical properties of rolling-assisted, biaxially-textured substrates (RABiTS) and substrates for ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD) coated superconductors are measured at room temperature, 76, and 4 K. Yield strength, Young's modulus, and the proportional limit of elasticity are determined, tabulated and compared. Results obtained are intended to serve as a database of mechanical properties of substrates having the same anneal state and texture as those incorporated in the general class of RE-Ba-Cu-O coated conductor composites (RE = rare earth). The RABiTS materials measured are pure Ni, Ni-13at.%Cr, Ni-3at.%W-2at.%Fe, Ni-10at.%Cr-2at.%W, and Ni-5at.%W. The IBAD substrate materials included Inconel 625 and Hastelloy C-276. The Ni alloys are substantially stronger and show higher strains at the proportional limit than those of pure Ni. Substrates fully coated with buffer layers, ?1 ?m of Y-Ba-Cu-O, and 3-5 ?m of Ag have similar mechanical properties (at 76 K) as the substrate alone. Somewhat surprisingly, plating an additional 30-40 ?m of Cu stabilizer onto high-yield-strength (690 MPa) Hastelloy coated conductors 100 ?m thick, reduces the overall yield strength of the composite structure by only about 10-12% at 76 K and 12-14% at room temperature; this indicates that the Cu layer, despite its relatively soft nature, contributes significantly to the overall strength of even high-strength coated conductors.

  10. Characterization of Electrodeposited Nanoporous Ni and NiCu Films

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    Koboski, Kyla; Hampton, Jennifer

    2013-03-01

    Nanoporous thin films are interesting candidates to catalyze certain reactions because of their large surface areas. This project focuses on the deposition of Ni and NiCu thin films on a Au substrate and further explores the catalysis of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Depositions are created using controlled potential electrolysis. Samples are then dealloyed using linear sweep voltammetry. Before and after the dealloying, all the samples are characterized using multiple techniques. Electrochemical capacitance measurements allow comparisons of sample roughness. HER measurements characterize the reactivity of the sample with respect to the specific catalytic reaction. The Tafel equation is fit to the data to obtain information about the kinetics of the HER of the samples. Other methods for characterizing the samples include scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The use of SEM allows images to be taken of the deposition to determine the change in the structure pre- and post- dealloy of the sample. EDS allows the elemental composition of the deposition to be determined before and after the dealloy stage. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under RUI Grant DMR-1104725, MRI Grant CHE-1126462, MRI Grant CHE-0959282, and ARI grant PHY-0963317.

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

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    Zajacz, Zoltn; Candela, Philip A.; Piccoli, Philip M.; Sanchez-Valle, Carmen; Wlle, 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 (1?) 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 (1?) 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 ?g/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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 500C. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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 270C for 1 h and then aged at 160C for 1-1000 h were investigated. When the 1000- ?m-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 270C 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 ?m, 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 160C 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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%.

  6. Structural and magnetic properties of Ni/Cu bilayers evaporated on CuZn substrate

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    Hemmous, Messaoud; Layadi, Abdelhamid; Guittoum, Abderrahim; Kerkache, Laid; Tiercelin, Nicolas; Klimov, Alexey; Preobrazhensky, Vladimir; Pernod, Philippe

    2015-04-01

    In this present work we examine the effect of the Ni thickness t (t ranges from 4 to 67 nm) and of the Cu underlayer (with tCu = 27, 52 and 90 nm) on the structural and magnetic properties of Ni/Cu bilayers deposited onto CuZn substrate. The Ni films and the Cu underlayer have been deposited by thermal evaporation. The structural properties were derived from X-ray diffraction experiments. The texture, the strain B ? and the grain size D are studied as a function of Ni thickness. The surface morphology is studied by means of a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The magnetic properties were studied by means of the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and the magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) technique in the longitudinal configuration. The coercive field, the squareness and the saturation field are investigated as a function of Ni thickness. All these results will be discussed and correlated.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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 ?m 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.

  10. 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.

    2016-01-01

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Diffusion bonding of commercially pure Ni using Cu interlayer

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    Rahman, A.H.M.E. Cavalli, M.N.

    2012-07-15

    The concentration dependence of diffusivity in a multi-component diffusion system makes it complicated to predict the concentration profiles of diffusing species. This so called chemical diffusivity can be expressed as a function of thermodynamic and kinetic data. DICTRA software can calculate the concentration profiles using appropriate mobility and thermodynamic data. It can also optimize the diffusivity data using experimental diffusivity data. Then the optimized diffusivity data is stored as mobility data which is a linear function of temperature. In this work, diffusion bonding of commercially pure Ni using Cu interlayers is reported. The mobility parameters of Ni-Cu alloy binary systems were optimized using DICTRA/Thermocalc software from the available self-, tracer and chemical diffusion coefficients. The optimized mobility parameters were used to simulate concentration profiles of Ni-Cu diffusion joints using DICTRA/Thermocalc software. The calculated and experimental concentration profiles agreed well at 1100 Degree-Sign C. Agreement between the simulated and experimental profiles was less good at 1050 Degree-Sign C due to the grain boundary contribution to the overall diffusion. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The concentration profiles of Cu in Ni-Cu diffusion joints are modeled. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Interdiffusion coefficients in Ni-Cu system are optimized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optimized interdiffusion coefficients are expressed as mobility parameters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Simulated profiles are comparable with experimental profiles.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Characteristic energy scales in YbCu 5- xAg x

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    Hauser, R.; Kreiner, K.; Bauer, E.; Michor, H.; Hilscher, G.; Rotter, M.; Mller, H.; Tsujii, N.; Yoshimura, K.; Kosuge, K.

    1999-01-01

    In the solid solution YbCu 5- xAg x the variation of the physical properties can be ascribed by a volume change due to the Cu/Ag substitution which is equivalent to external pressure. The characteristic temperature determining the physical properties drops down from T0?160 K for x=1 to 25 K for x=0.

  18. 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

  19. Ion irradiation effects on amorphization and thermal crystallization in Zr Al Ni Cu alloys

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    Nagata, S.; Higashi, S.; Tsuchiya, B.; Toh, K.; Shikama, T.; Takahiro, K.; Ozaki, K.; Kawatusra, K.; Yamamoto, S.; Inouye, A.

    2007-04-01

    Structural modification and primary precipitates in the Zr55Al10Ni5Cu30 alloy caused by rradiation with 300-500 keV H, Ag, Cu and Au ions has been studied. A metastable primary phase was formed in the ion irradiated alloys followed by the heat treatment, while no difference was observed just after the ion irradiation at room temperature. The deposited energy dependence of the precipitation behavior indicated an increase of the nucleation sites by the implanted metal atoms, simultaneously with a decrease of the growth rate by higher energy deposition density. Ion-induced amorphization was found in the alloys containing crystalline phases by Au ion irradiation at room temperature. Thermal precipitation of the Zr2Ni type crystalline phase in the alloy was effectively suppressed with higher incident Au ion fluence.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Structure studies of ball-milled ZrCuAl, NiTiZrCu and melt-spun ZrNiTiCuAl alloys.

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    Dutkiewicz, J; Kubcek, M; Pastrnk, M; Maziarz, W; Lejkowska, M; Czeppe, T; Morgiel, J

    2006-09-01

    ZrNiTiCu and ZrNiTiCuAl alloys were amorphized using either a melt-spinning or ball-milling process in a high-energy planetary mill. The elemental powders were initially blended to the desired composition (in at.%) of Zr, 65; Cu, 27.5; Al, 7.5 and of Ti, 25; Zr, 17; Cu, 29; Ni, 29, respectively. The composition of alloys was chosen to be the same as for the bulk amorphous ZrCuAl and easy glass-forming ZrNiTiCu alloys. An almost fully amorphous structure was obtained after 80 h of milling in the case of both compositions. Transmission electron microscopy studies of ball-milled powders revealed the presence of nano-crystallites [2-5 nm for ZrCuAl and smaller (1-3 nm) for the ZrTiNiCu alloy]. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy of melt-spun ZrNiTiCuAl ribbons provided evidence of the amorphous structure. PMID:17059547

  4. The effect of Ag content on the formation of Ag3Sn plates in Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solder

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    Chiang, Huann-Wu; Chang, Kenndy; Chen, Jun-Yuan

    2006-12-01

    The formation of Ag3Sn plates in the Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solder joints for two different Ag content solder balls was investigated in wafer level chip scale packages (WLCSPs). After an appropriate surface mount technology reflow process on a printed circuit board, samples were subjected to 150C high-temperature storage (HTS), 1,000 h aging, or 1,000 cycles thermal cycling test (TCT). Sequentially, the cross-sectional analysis was scrutinized using a scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM/EDX) to observe the metallurgical evolution of the amount of the Ag3Sn plates at the interface and the solder bulk itself. Pull and shear tests were also performed on samples. It was found that the interfacial intermetallic compound (IMC) thickness, the overall IMC area, and the numbers of Ag3Sn plates increase with increasing HTS and TCT cycles. The amount of large Ag3Sn plates found in the Sn-4.0Ag-0.5 Cu solder balls is much greater than that found in the Sn-2.6Ag-0.5Cu solder balls; however, no significant difference was found in the joint strength between two different Ag content solder joints.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Semitransparent Ni/Ag/Ni electrode for use as anode in flexible red phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes.

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    Lee, Ho Won; Yang, Hyung Jin; Lee, Seok Jae; Lee, Song Eun; Koo, Ja Ryong; Yoon, Seung Soo; Park, Jaehoon; Kim, Young Kwan

    2014-11-01

    We suggested that Ni/Ag/Ni semitransparent electrodes for the exchange of indium-tin-oxide (ITO) electrode, which is the most commonly used as a transparent electrode in spite of the structural defects, limited supply of indium, and toxic, could be apply on flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs). Red phosphorescent OLEDs (PHOLEDs) using different types of electrodes as ITO and various conditions of Ni/Ag/Ni electrode were fabricated and analyzed. The electrical and optical properties of device using Ni/Ag/Ni electrode were improved than that of devices on ITO glass substrate at the 10,000 cd/m2 criterion due to the micro-cavity effect even though their transmittance has lower than ITO glass. In addition, we also fabricated red PHOLEDs of same structure on Ni/Ag/Ni flexible substrate of various conditions. As a result, flexible red PHOLED showed competitive characteristics compared to the device on a glass substrate. Therefore, this study could be suggested to additional research on flexible OLEDs display and light applications for ITO-free fabrication. PMID:25958520

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Structure and solid solution properties ofCu-Ag nanoalloys.

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    Atanasov, Ivailo; Ferrando, Riccardo; Johnston, Roy L

    2014-07-01

    The nanoparticle phase diagram of an immiscible system is studied at the atomic level. Cu-Ag clusters with sizes 1000 and 2000atoms, resulting from a global minimum search and belonging to icosahedral and crystalline structural motifs, are considered. We present the statistical analysis of the effect of temperature on the solubility of the two elements based on Metropolis Monte Carlo importance sampling. Our results suggest that the relevance of bulk phase diagrams to nanoparticles is limited to cases where the internal stress distribution does not deviate very much from uniform (e.g. sufficiently large crystalline clusters). In the general case, the principal interdependence between partial phase compositions and the overall cluster composition in nanoparticle phase diagrams need to be taken into account. PMID:24918748

  15. Nucleation of Pb electrodeposits on Ag and Cu

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    Farmer, J.C.; Muller, R.H.

    1985-01-01

    Initial stages in the electrocrystallization of Pb (up to 200A thick) from 1M NaClO/sub 4/, 0.5 and 5 mM Pb (NO/sub 3/)/sub 2/, pH 3, on Ag(111) and Cu(111) have been investigated by ellipsometry and light scattering during cyclic voltammetry. Optical constants, thickness, valence, and free energy of adsorption of the underpotential deposit have been determined. An optical model which agrees with experimental data for fractional coverage by the underpotential deposit is based on the twodimensional spreading of islands of monolayer thickness. The bulk deposit immediately following formation of the underpotential monolayer involves three-dimensional growth from nucleation centers, even at the 20A level of deposit thickness, and results in a particulate, porous film on top of the underpotential deposit

  16. Distorted-tetrahedron pseudotransformation in Ag, Al, Cu, and Pd

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    Stark, J. P.

    1992-08-01

    A distortion variable is introduced that characterizes continuous structural changes starting from face-centered cubic. The linear-muffin-tin-orbital program was modified so that the structure, structure corrections, and density of states were taken over the entire first Brillouin zone of the simple-cubic structure with no reduction in the calculation based upon the reduced zone scheme. Electron-energy calculations of Ag, Al, Cu, and Pd were made at various lattice parameters (density variations) and with a systematic variation in the distortion variable based upon the representation of a distorted tetrahedron. The calculations were fit with a continuous function of the Wigner-Seitz radius, which is amenable to calculation with the Debye-Grneisen free-energy parameters. Free-energy calculations at elevated temperatures showed that the distortion parameter induced a phase change where the solid phase transforms to a less dense phase characterized by a reduced Debye temperature. The distortion variable was capable of altering the free-energy parameters sufficiently that the phase change could appear at the melting temperature; thus, a pseudoliquid structure was created for phase-diagram calculations. The energy and volume changes associated with the phase transition support that interpretation. The Ag-Pd phase diagram was satisfactorily determined using the cluster variation method based upon first-principles electron-energy calculations.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:25408359

  19. 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

  20. Corrosion resistance evaluation of Pd-free Ag-Au-Pt-Cu dental alloys.

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    Fujita, Takeshi; Shiraishi, Takanobu; Takuma, Yasuko; Hisatsune, Kunihiro

    2011-01-01

    The corrosion resistance of nine experimental Pd-free Ag-Au-Pt-Cu dental alloys in a 0.9% NaCl solution was investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV), optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). CV measurements revealed that the breakdown potential (E(bd)) and zero current potential (E(zc)) increased with increasing Au/(Au+Ag) atomic ratio. Thus, the Au/(Au+Ag) atomic ratio, but not the Cu content, influenced the corrosion resistance of Ag-Au-Pt-Cu alloys. After the forward scan of CV, both optical and scanning electron microscope images showed that in all the experimental alloys, the matrix phase was corroded but not the second phase. From corrosion resistance viewpoint, the Ag-Au-Pt-Cu alloys seemed to be suitable for clinical application. PMID:21415553

  1. First-principles calculations of Ag addition on the diffusion mechanisms of Cu-Fe alloys

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    Wang, Yu-Fei; Gao, Hai-Yan; Wang, Jun; Han, Yan-Feng; Dai, Yong-Bing; Sun, Bao-De

    2014-04-01

    The effect of Ag addition on the diffusion mechanisms of aging precipitation processed Cu-Fe alloys were investigated by first-principles calculations. The calculation of solute-solute binding energies accurately revealed an attractive binding for the Fe-Fe at the first NN site, and Ag-Ag at the first NN site as well as the second NN site, however the Fe-Ag interactions are repulsive both at the first NN and the second NN distance. The investigation of binding energy between X and V (X represents Fe or Ag and V a vacancy) showed that vacancy is more likely to be in the proximity of the solute Ag atom, and the addition of Ag to dilute Cu-Fe system will increase the local vacancy concentration close to a Ag-Fe dimer. The calculated migration energy for an X-V exchange indicated that the Ag atom diffused more easily in Cu than Fe atom; and the addition of Ag decreased the energy of the transition state, thereby significantly reduced the migration energy of Fe. The results agree well with the available experimental observation. The calculation gives way to find other suitable alloying elements for preparation of high strength and high conductivity Cu-Fe alloys or in situ composites.

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

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

    2014-07-21

    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

  3. Magnetic Properties of Cd Substituted Ni-Cu Ferrites

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    Belavi, P. B.; Chavan, G. N.; Bammannavar, B. K.; Naik, L. R.; Kotnala, R. K.

    2011-07-01

    Cadmium substituted Ni-Cu Ferrites with the general formula Ni0.95-xCdxCu0.05Fe2O4 (x = 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3) were prepared by the standard double sintering ceramic method. The existences of single phase formation with crystalline size of 25-38 nm were confirmed from XRD measurements. The magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization (Ms) and Magnetic moment (?B) were studied by VSM analysis. The existence of multidomain (MD) particles in the samples was revealed from the small values of Mr/Ms.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 ?sq(-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

  9. 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

  10. 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/cm{sup 2} 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, Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} 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.

  11. HRTEM studies of amorphous ZrNiTiCu nanocrystalline composites.

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    Dutkiewicz, J; Lity?ska-Dobrzy?ska, L; Kovacova, A; Molnarova, M; Rogal, L; Maziarz, W

    2010-03-01

    Ball milling of easy glass forming Ti(25)Zr(17)Ni(29)Cu(29) alloys lead to the formation of an amorphous structure accompanied by a substantial increase of powder microhardness. The powders show clear glass transition effect and a few stage crystallization starting above 500 degrees C. High-resolution transmission electron microscope technique allowed identifying nanocrystalline inclusions as Cu(12)NiTi(7) within the amorphous powder. The amorphous powders mixed with nanocrystalline iron or silver powders were hot pressed to form composites. A narrow 200 nm broad intermediate single-phase layer at the amorphous-phase/iron interface containing all elements present in the composite was identified using transmission electron microscope and high-angle annular dark field detector techniques. scanning transmission electron microscopy energy dispersive spectroscopy line profile showed gradual change of composition within the intermediate zone. Amorphous phase contains small nanocrystals of size close to 10 nm identified using High-resolution transmission electron microscope as Cu(12)NiTi(7.) Compression tests have shown better plasticity of composites than in the case of pure hot-pressed amorphous powder; furthermore, high elastic limit of composites and the ultimate compression stress of about 1800 MPa for composites containing 20% Fe and near 700 MPa for those with 20% Ag. PMID:20500372

  12. Do Ni/Cu and Cu/Ni alloys have different catalytic performances towards water-gas shift? A density functional theory investigation.

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    Huang, Yu Cheng; Zhou, Tao; Liu, Hai; Ling, ChongYi; Wang, SuFan; Du, Jin Yan

    2014-08-25

    Density functional calculations were preformed to investigate whether adding Ni into a Cu surface (denoted as Cu/Ni) or adding Cu into a Ni surface (Ni/Cu) is more efficient for catalyzing the water-gas shift (WGS)? The reactions of water dissociation and monoxide dissociation were selected to assess the activity and selectivity towards WGS, respectively. Our results show that Ni-atom modification of surfaces is thermodynamically favorable for both reactions. Kinetically, compared with pure Cu, water dissociation is greatly facilitated on Ni-modified surfaces, and the activity is insensitive to the Ni concentration; however, monoxide dissociation is not well-promoted on one Ni-atom-modified surfaces, but two Ni-atom modification can notably decrease the dissociation barriers. Overall, on the basis of these results, we conclude that 1) the catalytic performance of bimetallic metals is superior to monometallic ones; 2) at the same Ni concentration on the surface, Cu/Ni and Ni/Cu alloys have almost the same performance towards WGS; and 3) to acquire high WGS performance, the surface Ni atoms should either be low in concentration or highly dispersed. PMID:25044560

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

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

    2015-11-13

    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. PMID:26489391

  14. Cu-Ag coreshell 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 CuAg coreshell nanoparticles using a facile two-step process that consists of thermal decomposition and galvanic displacement methods. The coreshell 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 CuAg coreshell nanoparticles in detail. Both qualitative and quantitative x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses confirm that the CuAg coreshell 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 CuAg coreshell nanoparticles with that of the Cu nanoparticles. The results of this study clearly show that the CuAg coreshell nanoparticles can potentially be used as an alternative to Ag nanoparticles because of their superior oxidation stability and electrical properties.

  15. Electromigration-Induced Interfacial Reactions in Cu/Sn/Electroless Ni-P Solder Interconnects

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    Huang, M. L.; Zhou, S. M.; Chen, L. D.

    2012-04-01

    The effect of electromigration (EM) on the interfacial reaction in a line-type Cu/Sn/Ni-P/Al/Ni-P/Sn/Cu interconnect was investigated at 150C under 5.0 103 A/cm2. When Cu atoms were under downwind diffusion, EM enhanced the cross-solder diffusion of Cu atoms to the opposite Ni-P/Sn (anode) interface compared with the aging case, resulting in the transformation of interfacial intermetallic compound (IMC) from Ni3Sn4 into (Cu,Ni)6Sn5. However, at the Sn/Cu (cathode) interface, the interfacial IMCs remained as Cu6Sn5 (containing less than 0.2 wt.% Ni) and Cu3Sn. When Ni atoms were under downwind diffusion, only a very small quantity of Ni atoms diffused to the opposite Cu/Sn (anode) interface and the interfacial IMCs remained as Cu6Sn5 (containing less than 0.6 wt.% Ni) and Cu3Sn. EM significantly accelerated the dissolution of Ni atoms from the Ni-P and the interfacial Ni3Sn4 compared with the aging case, resulting in fast growth of Ni3P and Ni2SnP, disappearance of interfacial Ni3Sn4, and congregation of large (Ni,Cu)3Sn4 particles in the Sn solder matrix. The growth kinetics of Ni3P and Ni2SnP were significantly accelerated after the interfacial Ni3Sn4 IMC completely dissolved into the solder, but still followed the t 1/2 law.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. ESR of bimetallic transition-metal molecules: Mo and W with Cu, Ag, and Au

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    Hamrick, Y. M.; van Zee, R. J.; Weltner, W., Jr.

    1991-06-01

    Earlier ESR spectroscopy of CrCu, CrAg, and CrAu molecules in argon matrices at 4 K has been extended to Mo and W. MoCu, MoAg, MoAu, WCu, WAg, and WAu are all found to have 6? ground states with zero-field splitting parameters, D, greater than about 2 cm -1. Hyperfine and nuclear quadrupole (in molecules containing 197Au) interactions were observed.

  20. Transmission electron microscope investigations on Cu-Ag alloys produced by high-pressure torsion

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    Kormout, K. S.; Yang, B.; Pippan, R.

    2014-08-01

    Cu-Ag alloys in three different compositions (Cu - 25/50/75wt% Ag) were produced by powder consolidation followed by high-pressure torsion. Deformation was performed till a saturation regime was reached. The generated microstructures were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and vary from ultra-fine grained to nanocrystalline to even partially amorphous structures. Vickers hardness measurements show a strong increase in hardness compared with the pure metals, annealing at 130C leads to an additional increase in hardness.

  1. Spectroscopy of microcrystals in the CuI-AgI system

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    Voll, V.A.; Barmasov, A.V.; Struts, A.V.

    1994-06-01

    Using comparative analysis of the absorption and luminescence spectra of samples with different compositions, we studied the effect of the preparation procedure on the structure of composite CuI-AgI microcrystals formed in the gelatin matrix. The resonance character of excitation and its localization at the substrate/epitax interface were established. The most probable composition of the thermally stable photolytic centers as a function of the relative content of Cu and Ag was discussed.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 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

  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. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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-Franois; 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Dielectric behaviour of Ni substituted Cu nano-ferrite

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    Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V. K.; Jyoti, Bhatnagar, Deepak; Sharma, K. B.

    2015-06-01

    Dielectric properties such as dielectric constant and dielectric loss factor tan ? are reported for Ni substituted Cu ferrite having formula Cu1-xNixFe2O4 prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method. The variation of real part of dielectric constant and dielectric loss tan ? with frequency are measured in the frequency range 1000 Hz to 120 MHz at room temperature. The real part of dielectric constant (?') decreases with the increase in frequency. The relation of tan ? with frequency shows relaxation spectra. Dielectric constant as a function of temperature is studied at different temperatures ranging from 303 K to 623 K.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Equilibrium Cu-Ag nanoalloy structure formation revealed by in situ scanning transmission electron microscopy heating experiments

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    Lu, Ping Chandross, Michael; Boyle, Timothy J.; Clark, Blythe G.; Vianco, Paul

    2014-02-01

    Using in situ scanning transmission electron microscopy heating experiments, we observed the formation of a 3-dimensional (3D) epitaxial Cu-core and Ag-shell equilibrium structure of a Cu-Ag nanoalloy. The structure was formed during the thermal interaction of Cu(?12 nm) and Ag NPs(?6 nm) at elevated temperatures (150300?C) by the Ag NPs initially wetting the Cu NP along its (111) surfaces at one or multiple locations forming epitaxial Ag/Cu (111) interfaces, followed by Ag atoms diffusing along the Cu surface. This phenomenon was confirmed through Monte Carlo simulations to be a nanoscale effect related to the large surface-to-volume ratio of the NPs.

  6. Hydrogen evolution reaction measurements of dealloyed porous NiCu

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    Koboski, Kyla R.; Nelsen, Evan F.; Hampton, Jennifer R.

    2013-12-01

    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.

  7. 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

  8. Hydrogen evolution reaction measurements of dealloyed porous NiCu.

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    Koboski, Kyla R; Nelsen, Evan F; Hampton, Jennifer R

    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

  9. The Effect of Cu On The Magnetic Properties Of Cu-Substituted Ni-Zn Ferrites

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    Saiduzzaman, Hossain, Md. Abul; Hakim, M. A.; Hoque, Sheikh Manjura; Noor, Saroaut

    2011-06-01

    The samples Ni0.26Cu0.10+xZn0.64-xFe2O4 were investigated for their structural properties such as lattice parameter and density as a function of Cu content. The magnetic properties were determined. The SEM micrographs of the samples revealed that the average grain size increased with increasing Cu content. The value of Curie temperature significantly increased with copper content. The results are interpreted on the basis of microstructure and cation distribution.

  10. 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; Piestrzy?ski 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; Bana? et al 2007; Kucha 2007; Piestrzy?ski 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:] Piestrzy?ski A (Ed) Monografia KGHM Polska Mied? 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) Piestrzy?ski A (2007) Ore minerals. [In:] Piestrzy?ski A (Ed) Monografia KGHM Polska Mied? 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)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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}.

  14. (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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. On the Role of Ni in Cu Precipitation in Multicomponent Steels

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    Liu, Qingdong; Gu, Jianfeng; Liu, Wenqing

    2013-10-01

    The nature of Cu precipitation in quench-tempered multicomponent high-strength low-alloy steels is characterized by atom probe tomography. The detected nanometer sized Ni-rich clusters act as preferential nucleation sites for Cu-rich clusters, and Ni segregation at the Cu-rich precipitate/matrix heterophase interface contribute to fast growth of Cu precipitates. Molecular dynamics simulation indicates that local Ni clustering at atomic scale significantly quickens the solute diffusion. The initial Ni composition has a profound effect on the nature of Cu precipitation.

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

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    Garca-Prieto, A.; Arteche, A.; Aguilera-Granja, F.; Torres, M. B.; Orue, I.; Alonso, J.; Fernndez Barqun, L.; Fernndez-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 = 16, 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 AgNi 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.

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

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    Garca-Prieto, A; Arteche, A; Aguilera-Granja, F; Torres, M B; Orue, I; Alonso, J; Barqun, L Fernndez; Fernndez-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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Viscosities and their correlations with structures of Cu-Ag melts

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    Zhao, Yan; Hou, Xiao-Xia

    2015-09-01

    The viscosities of a series of Cu-Ag melts in a temperature range from 1473 K to nearly liquid temperatures are measured by using an oscillating viscometer. At the same temperature, the value of viscosity increases first with silver content increasing, and reaches a maximum value at the eutectic component Cu40Ag60, then decreases. All the temperature dependences of the viscosities of Cu-Ag melts conform with the Arrhenius equation. The parameters of correlation length D of the studied Cu-Ag melts are calculated according to the experimental results of x-ray diffraction. The temperature dependence of correlation length D shows an exponential decay function, which is similar to the Arrhenius equation. Based on the values of viscosities and correlation length D, a direct correlation between viscosity and liquid structure is found for the investigated Cu-Ag melts through comparative analysis. Project supported by the Science and Technology Development Program of Shandong Province, China (Grant No. 2011YD03099) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province, China (Grant No. ZR2014EL001).

  6. 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.

  7. Noble metals (Ag, Au) nanoparticles addition effects on superconducting properties of CuTl-1223 phase

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    Jabbar, Abdul; Mumtaz, Muhammad; Nadeem, Kashif

    2015-03-01

    Low anisotropic (Cu0.5Tl0.5) Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 - ? (CuTl-1223) high temperature superconducting phase was synthesized by solid-state reaction, silver (Ag) nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel method and gold (Au) nanoparticles were extracted from colloidal solution. We added Ag and Au nanoparticles in CuTl-1223 matrix separately with same concentration during the final sintering process to get (M)x/CuTl-1223; M = Ag nanoparticles or Au nanoparticles (x = 0 and 1.0 wt.%) nano-superconductor composites. We investigated and compared the effects of these noble metals nanoparticles addition on structural, morphological and superconducting transport properties of CuTl-1223 phase. The crystal structure of the host CuTl-1223 superconducting phase was not affected significantly after the addition of these nanoparticles. The enhancement of superconducting properties was observed after the addition of both Ag and Au nanoparticles, which is most probably due to improved inter-grains weak-links and reduction of defects such as oxygen deficiencies, etc. The reduction of normal state room temperature resistivity is the finger prints of the reduction of barriers and facilitation to the carriers transport across the inter-crystallite sites due to improved inter-grains weak-links. The greater improvement of superconducting properties in Ag nanoparticles added samples is attributed to the higher conductivity of silver as compared to gold, which also suits for practical applications due to lower cost and easy synthesis of Ag nanoparticles as compared to Au nanoparticles.

  8. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of sandwiched ZnO@Ag@Cu?O nanorod films: the distinct role of Ag NPs in the visible light and UV region.

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    Ren, Shoutian; Zhao, Guoliang; Wang, Yingying; Wang, Benyang; Wang, Qiang

    2015-03-27

    Sandwiched ZnO@Ag@Cu2O nanorod films were synthesized by successive electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering and the second electrodeposition. The as-synthesized composites were characterized by x-ray diffraction patterns, field emission scanning electron microscopy, low- and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and a UV-vis spectrophotometer. Their photocatalytic performance was estimated by the degradation of a methyl orange solution under UV or visible-light irradiation, respectively. In the visible region, due to localized surface plasmon resonance absorption of Ag NPs, ZnO@Ag@Cu2O showed a significantly enhanced photocatalytic performance. The enhancement factor of Ag NPs on the catalytic performance of ZnO@Ag@Cu2O was estimated as a function of the Cu2O deposition time, and the corresponding enhancement mechanism was also evaluated by the monochromatic photocatalytic experiment and discrete dipole approximation simulation. In the UV region, due to the formation of a Schottky junction (e.g. Ag/ZnO, Ag/Cu2O), a limited enhanced photocatalytic performance was also realized for ZnO@Ag@Cu2O photocatalysts. PMID:25742195

  9. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of sandwiched ZnO@Ag@Cu2O nanorod films: the distinct role of Ag NPs in the visible light and UV region

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    Ren, Shoutian; Zhao, Guoliang; Wang, Yingying; Wang, Benyang; Wang, Qiang

    2015-03-01

    Sandwiched ZnO@Ag@Cu2O nanorod films were synthesized by successive electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering and the second electrodeposition. The as-synthesized composites were characterized by x-ray diffraction patterns, field emission scanning electron microscopy, low- and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and a UV-vis spectrophotometer. Their photocatalytic performance was estimated by the degradation of a methyl orange solution under UV or visible-light irradiation, respectively. In the visible region, due to localized surface plasmon resonance absorption of Ag NPs, ZnO@Ag@Cu2O showed a significantly enhanced photocatalytic performance. The enhancement factor of Ag NPs on the catalytic performance of ZnO@Ag@Cu2O was estimated as a function of the Cu2O deposition time, and the corresponding enhancement mechanism was also evaluated by the monochromatic photocatalytic experiment and discrete dipole approximation simulation. In the UV region, due to the formation of a Schottky junction (e.g. Ag/ZnO, Ag/Cu2O), a limited enhanced photocatalytic performance was also realized for ZnO@Ag@Cu2O photocatalysts.

  10. Wetting and interface integrity of Sn-Ag-Bi solder/Fe-42 percent Ni alloy system

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    Hwang, C.-W.; Suganuma, K.; Saiz, E.; Tomsia, A.P.

    2002-01-15

    The wetting and interfacial integrity of lead-free Sn-Ag and Sn-Ag-Bi solders with 42 alloy (Fe-42wt percent Ni) were investigated. A tin-iron intermetallic layer formed at the interface and, during cooling, Ni3Sn4 platelets precipitated in the solder. After bonding, the Sn-3Ag joints have a eutectic microstructure, with a fine network of Ag3Sn particles surrounding large primary -Sn grains. Bismuth addition to Sn-3Ag improved wettability, but decreased the joint strength, owing to Bi segregation to the interface.

  11. Comparison of Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Alloy Intermetallic Compound Growth Under Different Thermal Excursions for Fine-Pitch Flip-Chip Assemblies

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    Tian, Ye; Liu, Xi; Chow, Justin; Wu, Yi Ping; Sitaraman, Suresh K.

    2013-08-01

    The intermetallic compound (IMC) evolution in Cu pad/Sn-Ag-Cu solder interface and Sn-Ag-Cu solder/Ni pad interface was investigated using thermal shock experiments with 100- ?m-pitch flip-chip assemblies. The experiments show that low standoff height of solder joints and high thermomechanical stress play a great role in the interfacial IMC microstructure evolution under thermal shock, and strong cross-reaction of pad metallurgies is evident in the intermetallic growth. Furthermore, by comparing the IMC growth during thermal aging and thermal shock, it was found that thermal shock accelerates IMC growth and that kinetic models based on thermal aging experiments underpredict IMC growth in thermal shock experiments. Therefore, new diffusion kinetic parameters were determined for the growth of (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 using thermal shock experiments, and the Cu diffusion coefficient through the IMC layer was calculated to be 0.2028 ?m2/h under thermal shock. Finite-element models also show that the solder stresses are higher under thermal shock, which could explain why the IMC growth is faster and greater under thermal shock cycling as opposed to thermal aging.

  12. Oscillation of the coercive force for ultrathin Ag/Co/Cu(111) films

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    Tsay, J. S.; Yao, Y. D.; Lin, J. Y.; Yang, C. S.

    2001-06-01

    The magnetic properties of ultrathin Ag/Co/Cu(111) films have been investigated using the surface magneto-optical Kerr effect technique. Along polar direction with a harder axis of magnetization, Ag overlayer-induced oscillation of the coercive force shows a strong in-plane anisotropy for complete Ag atomic layers. It is consistent with the enhanced longitudinal Kerr intensity. A more significant change of the magnetic properties for a thinner film was observed and this should be attributed to a larger ratio of the magnetic{endash}nonmagnetic interface to the volume. The relatively easy axis of the magnetization is along the longitudinal direction for the Ag/Co/Cu(111) system. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  13. 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.

  14. Plasmon-exciton induced transparency in plexcitonic Ag-CuCl-coated nanowires and associated arrays

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    Jiang, ShuMin; Xie, QiuYue; Wu, DaJian

    2015-05-01

    The plasmon-exciton couplings in Ag-CuCl-coated nanowires (ACNWs) have been investigated by using the scattering theory and the finite element method. It is found with increasing the shell thickness that the dipole plasmon resonance of the Ag nanowire can be tuned through the exciton resonance in the CuCl shell. The strong coupling between the plasmon resonance in the Ag nanowire and the exciton resonance in the CuCl shell leads to two new hybridized plexcitonic modes. The dispersion curves of the plexcitonic modes in the ACNWs are studied, and the obtained splitting energy is about 88 meV. We further find that the destructive interference between the plasmon and exciton resonances results in the plasmon-exciton induced transparency. As the TE wave propagates through the ACNW array, an extraordinary transmittance can be found in the ACNW array at the scattering dip of the ACNW.

  15. Preparation of Ag/Cu Janus nanowires: Electrodeposition in track-etched polymer templates

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    Zhu, X. R.; Wang, C. M.; Fu, Q. B.; Jiao, Z.; Wang, W. D.; Qin, G. Y.; Xue, J. M.

    2015-08-01

    Bimetal (Janus) nanowire has been widely used as a promising nanoscale motor. In this paper we present a highly controllable method to fabricate Ag/Cu Janus nanowires using track-etched polymer templates. Ag/Cu Janus nanowires with uniform size and stabilized structure have been successfully fabricated by electrodepositing Ag nanowires, and subsequently Cu nanowires in track-etched polymer templates. The pore size of nanopores prepared by this template is uniform and continuously controlled, so aperture of achieved nanowires are uniform and can be regulated. This polymer template can dissolve inorganic solvents that do not react with the nanowires, making it is easy to release the nanowires into solution. The nanopore shape in the track-etched templates is adjustable (e.g. conical), nanowires with more special shapes could be fabricated. Thus, these features make this simple and inexpensive method very suitable for the preparation of Janus nanowire.

  16. Low temperature spin dynamics in Cr7Ni-Cu-Cr7Ni coupled molecular rings

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    Bordonali, L.; Furukawa, Y.; Mariani, M.; Sabareesh, K. P. V.; Garlatti, E.; Carretta, S.; Lascialfari, A.; Timco, G.; Winpenny, R. E. P.; Borsa, F.

    2014-05-01

    Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) relaxation measurements have been performed down to very low temperature (50 mK) to determine the effect of coupling two Cr7Ni molecular rings via a Cu2+ ion. No difference in the spin dynamics was found from nuclear spin lattice relaxation down to 1.5 K. At lower temperature, the 1H-NMR line broadens dramatically indicating spin freezing. From the plot of the line width vs. magnetization, it is found that the freezing temperature is higher (260 mK) in the coupled ring with respect to the single Cr7Ni ring (140 mK).

  17. 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 (?10 ?2), where ?10.62 ,?20.25 ,x =0.125 for CeCu6 -xPdx and ?10.64 ,?20.3 ,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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Origin of giant magnetoresistance contributions in electrodeposited Ni-Cu/Cu multilayers

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    Bakonyi, I.; Tth, J.; Kiss, L. F.; Tth-Kdr, E.; Pter, L.; Dinia, A.

    2004-02-01

    The magnetoresistance (MR) and magnetization were studied at room temperature and down to 4.2 K for Ni 81Cu 19(3 nm)/Cu( dCu) multilayers with 0.5 nm?d Cu?3 nm and for a bulk Ni 81Cu 19 alloy, all produced by electrodeposition. For most of the multilayers, giant magnetoresistance (GMR) was observed with a maximum around 1-1.5 nm Cu-layer thicknesses. The room-temperature MR curves consisted of a rapidly varying low-field component up to about 1 kOe and a slowly varying high-field component persisting beyond 18 kOe. For Cu-layer thicknesses around the maximum GMR, the low-field component dominated whereas for dCu>1.5 nm, it became comparable to or smaller than the high-field component. For the bulk alloy, anisotropic magnetoresistance was observed. According to the room-temperature magnetization curves, both the bulk alloy and the multilayers exhibited ferromagnetic (FM) behaviour with technical saturation around 1-3 kOe. For the multilayers, the low-field MR curves with a small peak splitting were characteristic of uncoupled or weakly coupled magnetic layers. Magnetic measurements from 5 to 300 K indicated that besides an FM contribution, these multilayers also exhibit a superparamagnetic (SPM) component with blocking temperature around 220 K. From an analysis of the present results, the low-field MR component could be attributed to the FM domains with their magnetizations exhibiting a random in-plane distribution in the zero-field (demagnetized) state and the high-field MR component to a contribution due to SPM regions. All these considerations are supported by the complete saturation of the MR in a magnetic field of 4 kOe at T=4.2 K.

  1. Magnetic properties of single Ni atoms on Cu2 N

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    Prueser, Henning; Gill, Toby G.; Warner, Ben; Hirjibehedin, Cyrus F.

    2014-03-01

    When a magnetic atom is placed onto a conducting surface its properties may change considerably due to interactions with the substrate. This interaction may be reduced by introducing a thin decoupling layer between the atom and the underlying metal. One general consequence of placing a magnetic atom on a surface is magnetic anisotropy, where angular momentum along a certain direction is energetically preferred. Although recent studies of atomic scale nanostructures have been able to measure the magnetic anisotropy for atomically precise configurations, a clear understanding of the dramatic differences observed for different atomic spins has not yet emerged. Using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, we study the case of single Ni atoms deposited on copper nitride (Cu2N) islands formed in a Cu(001) surface. As in prior studies, we find that the observed magnetic behavior strongly depends on the binding site of the adsorbate. For Ni, however, surprisingly large anisotropy is observed on a nitrogen binding site; this is in stark contrast to the behavior observed for Mn, Fe, and Co, which display evidence of magnetic anisotropy on Cu sites. We explore the possible origins for this behavior as well as the implications for other transition metal adsorbates.

  2. Mechanical alloying of immiscible elements: Ag-Fe contrasted with Cu-Fe

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    Ma, E.; He, J.-H.; Schilling, P. J.

    1997-03-01

    Extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure analysis demonstrates that the Cu-Fe and Ag-Fe systems, both immiscible in equilibrium, exhibit contrasting alloying behavior when subjected to mechanical milling. While Cu-Fe undergoes atomic-level alloying forming solid solutions, Ag-Fe remains largely unreacted. The alloying behavior observed is explained based on a model for a dynamic system, combining both the effects of externally driven mixing and thermal evolution under the thermodynamic driving force prevailing in a ball-milled mixture.

  3. 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.

  4. Cluster reaction of [Ag8]-/[Cu8]- with chlorine: Evidence for the harpoon mechanism?

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    Luo, Zhixun; Berkdemir, Cneyt; Smith, Jordan C.; Castleman, A. W.

    2013-09-01

    To examine the question whether the harpoon mechanism can account for the reactive behavior of microscopic charged systems, we have investigated the reactivity of coinage metal clusters in gas phase. Our studies reveal that the reactivity between [Cu8]-/[Ag8]- and chlorine gas is consistent with the harpoon mechanism. An increased reactive cross section is noted through our theoretical estimation based on two methods, ascribed to a long-range transfer of valence electrons from the [Cu8]-/[Ag8]- cluster to chlorine. Insights into this reactivity will be of interest to other researchers working on obtaining a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms of such superatomic species.

  5. Microstructure and Thermal Analysis of As-Cast Ag-Bi-Ni alloys

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    Fima, Przemyslaw; Garzel, Grzegorz; Berent, Katarzyna

    2016-01-01

    The calculated liquidus projection of the Ag-Bi-Ni ternary system has been experimentally examined. Alloys were prepared by induction melting, and their microstructure studied by scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Of the primary solidification phases, (Ni) solidifies over the largest concentration range, although it was found to be narrower than calculated. The range in which Bi3Ni is the primary solidification phase was found to be broader than calculated. Also, the liquid miscibility gap is broader than predicted from assessed thermodynamic parameters. Differential thermal analysis was used to study temperatures of phase transitions of as-cast alloys, and recorded temperatures of melting of Bi3Ni and BiNi phases in ternary alloys agree well with those calculated.

  6. Microstructure and Thermal Analysis of As-Cast Ag-Bi-Ni alloys

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    Fima, Przemyslaw; Garzel, Grzegorz; Berent, Katarzyna

    2015-12-01

    The calculated liquidus projection of the Ag-Bi-Ni ternary system has been experimentally examined. Alloys were prepared by induction melting, and their microstructure studied by scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Of the primary solidification phases, (Ni) solidifies over the largest concentration range, although it was found to be narrower than calculated. The range in which Bi3Ni is the primary solidification phase was found to be broader than calculated. Also, the liquid miscibility gap is broader than predicted from assessed thermodynamic parameters. Differential thermal analysis was used to study temperatures of phase transitions of as-cast alloys, and recorded temperatures of melting of Bi3Ni and BiNi phases in ternary alloys agree well with those calculated.

  7. Orbital Degeneracy Removed by Charge Order in Triangular Antiferromagnet AgNiO{sub 2}

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    Wawrzynska, E.; Coldea, R.; Wheeler, E. M.; Mazin, I. I.; Johannes, M. D.; Soergel, T.; Jansen, M.; Ibberson, R. M.; Radaelli, P. G.

    2007-10-12

    We report a high-resolution neutron diffraction study on the orbitally degenerate spin-1/2 hexagonal metallic antiferromagnet AgNiO{sub 2}. A structural transition to a tripled unit cell with expanded and contracted NiO{sub 6} octahedra indicates {radical}(3)x{radical}(3) charge order on the Ni triangular lattice. This suggests charge order as a possible mechanism of lifting the orbital degeneracy in the presence of charge fluctuations, as an alternative to the more usual Jahn-Teller distortions. A novel magnetic ground state is observed at low temperatures with the electron-rich S=1 Ni sites arranged in alternating ferromagnetic rows on a triangular lattice, surrounded by a honeycomb network of nonmagnetic and metallic Ni ions. We also report first-principles band-structure calculations that explain microscopically the origin of these phenomena.

  8. 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)

  9. 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 100C, 125C, and 150C 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 150C. 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.

  10. Features of alloy formation in Cu-Al and Ni-Cu systems

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    Kaminskii, P. P.; Kuznetsov, V. M.

    1987-04-01

    A theory developed earlier by the authors is used to study such characteristics of the ground state of Cu-Al and Ni-Cu alloys as mixing energy, equilibrium volume, and charge transfer. The results obtained agree with experimental data and make it possible to conclude that the presence of a given phase in the alloy is due to the interaction of shell electrons of neighboring atoms and the redistribution of the density of nearly-free electrons from one component to another.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Martensitic transformation behavior in TiNiX (Ag, In, Sn, Sb, Te, Tl, Pb, Bi) ternary alloys

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    Jang, Jai-young; Chun, Su-jin; Kim, Nam-suk; Cho, Jeung-won; Kim, Jae-hyun; Yeom, Jong-taek; Kim, Jae-il; Nam, Tae-hyun

    2013-12-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: Ag, In and Sn were soluble in TiNi matrix, while Sb, Te, Tl, Pb and Bi were not. The B2-R-B19?transformation occurred in Ti-Ni-(Ag, In, Sn) alloys. Solid solution hardening was essential for inducing the B2-R transformation. - Abstract: The microstructures and transformation behaviors of TiNiX (Ag, In, Sn, Sb, Te, Tl, Pb, Bi) ternary alloys were investigated using electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Micro Vickers hardness tests. All specimens consisted of TiNi matrices and second phase particles. Ag, In and Sn were soluble in TiNi matrices with a limited solubility (?1.0 at%), while Sb, Te, Tl, Pb and Bi were not soluble. Two-stage B2-R-B19? transformation occurred in Ti48.8Ni1.2Ag, Ti49.0Ni1.0In and Ti49.0Ni1.0Sn alloys, while one-stage B2-B19? transformation occurred in Ti49.0Ni1.0Ag, Ti49.0Ni1.0Sb, Ti49.0Ni1.0Te, Ti49.0Ni1.0Pb and Ti49.0Ni1.0Bi alloys. Micro Vickers hardness of the alloys displaying the B2-R-B19? transformation (Hv 250368) was much larger than that (NiX (X = non-transition elements) alloys.

  16. 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.

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

    PubMed

    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

  18. 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.

  19. Structures and electronic properties of Cu 20, Ag 20, and Au 20 clusters with density functional method

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    Wang, Jinlan; Wang, Guanghou; Zhao, Jijun

    2003-10-01

    We have investigated the lowest-energy structures and electronic properties of the 20-atoms coinage metal clusters (Cu 20, Ag 20, and Au 20) using density functional theory (DFT) within generalized gradient approximation. The most stable configurations obtained for Ag 20 and Au 20 clusters are tetrahedral structures T d symmetry), while compact structure with C s symmetry is preferred for Cu 20. Large HOMO-LUMO gap is found for Au 20 and Ag 20 with tetrahedral structures, while it is much small in the Cu 20 isomer with tetrahedral structures. The compact C s structure of Cu 20 has large gap comparable to that of Au 20 with tetrahedral structure.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

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

    PubMed

    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

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  5. Magnetic properties of CeTxGa4-x (T=Cu, Ag) single crystals

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    Oe, Kenta; Kawamura, Yukihiro; Nishioka, Takashi; Kato, Harukazu; Matsumura, Masahiro; Kodama, Kazuto

    2010-01-01

    We have succeeded in growing single crystals of BaAl4-type CeTGa3 (T = Cu, Ag) by Ga self-flux method for the first time. In spite of several starting compositions, the resulting single crystals have partial replacement of T sites (2a sites) with Ga and their compositions are always the same, i.e., CeCu0.8Ga3.2 and CeAg0.7Ga3.3. For both compounds, a step like increase is observed at the low field in M(H) of a-axis at 1.8 K in addition to the strong enhancement below 5 K in M(T). The magnetic susceptibilities can be well explained by the crystalline electric field model. On the other hand, in p(T), distinct kinks are shown at 4.8 K for CeCu0.8Ga3.2 and at 3.9 K for CeAg0.7Ga3.3, but no clear -logT term are shown for both compounds. These results indicate that CeCu0.8Ga3.2 and CeAg0.7Ga3.3 are localized ferromagnets, which have easy axes of magnetization along a-axes, with the Curie temperature being 4.8 K and 3.9 K, respectively.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  7. Dosimetric characteristics of Li2B4O7:Cu,Ag,P solid TL detectors.

    PubMed

    Proki?, M

    2002-01-01

    The main dosimetric characteristics are presented of newly prepared tissue-equivalent, highly sensitive thermoluminescent detector, Li,B4O7:Cu,Ag,P in the form of sintered pellets, developed at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Vinca. As a result of an advancement in the preparation procedure by the sensitising of basic copper activated lithium borate TL material, significant improvement in the TL sensitivity of Li2B4O7:Cu,Ag,P was gained. The glow curve of Li,B4O7:Cu,Ag,P consists of well defined main dosimetric peak situated at about 185-190 degrees C with the TL sensitivity which is about four to five times higher than that of LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100). From the experimental results a very wide linear dose response range, up to 10(3) Gy is evident. Dosimetric characteristics make sintered solid Li,B4O7:Cu,Ag,P TL detectors very promising for different dosimetry applications particularly in medical dosimetry and also for individual monitoring. PMID:12382874

  8. Amorphous structures of Cu, Ag, and Au nanoclusters from first principles calculations

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    Oviedo, J.; Palmer, R. E.

    2002-12-01

    We have carried out first-principles density functional calculations for clusters of the coinage metals containing thirteen atoms (M13, where M=Cu, Ag, or Au). We find that for this geometric "magic number" the low energy isomers are actually disordered, forming almost a continuous distribution as a function of energy.

  9. 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.

  10. Short-range ferromagnetism in alloy ribbons of Fe-Cr-Si-Nb-(Ag, Cu)

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    Thanh, P. Q.; Hoa, N. Q.; Chau, N.; Huu, C. X.; Ngo, D.-T.; Phan, T. L.

    2014-04-01

    We have studied the magnetic properties of two amorphous alloy ribbons Fe72Cr6Si4Nb5B12Ag1 (FCSNB-Ag) and Fe72Cr6Si4Nb5B12Cu1 (FCSNB-Cu), prepared by using a melt-spinning technique. Magnetization ( M) measurements for various temperatures ( T) and magnetic fields ( H) indicate that ferromagnetic-paramagnetic (FM-PM) phase transitions take place in FCSNB-Ag and FCSNB-Cu at Curie temperatures ( T C ) of about 308.3 K and 322.5 K, respectively. Analyses of M - H data at different temperatures in the vicinity of the FM-PM phase transition based on the modified Arrott plot method and scaling hypothesis yielded the exponent values of ? = 0.369 0.005, ? = 1.359 0.005 and ? = 4.7 0.1 for FCSNB-Ag, and ? = 0.376 0.002, ? = 1.315 0.006 and ? = 4.5 0.1 for FCSNB-Cu. Compared with the values from theoretical models, these values are close to those expected for the 3D Heisenberg model, demonstrating the existence of short-range FM order in the amorphous alloy ribbons.

  11. 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.

  12. Giant magnetoresistance in heterogeneous Cu--Co and Ag--Co alloy films (invited)

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    Berkowitz, A.E.; Mitchell, J.R.; Carey, M.J.; Young, A.P. Center for Magnetic Recording Research, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 ); Rao, D. ); Starr, A. ); Zhang, S. ); Spada, F.E.; Parker, F.T. ); Hutten, A.; Thomas, G. (Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering and National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California at Berk

    1993-05-15

    Giant magnetoresistance in sputtered single films of Cu--Co and Ag--Co heterogeneous alloys is discussed. The films consist of Co-rich precipitates in a nonferromagnetic matrix. The Ag--Co films have higher [Delta][rho]/[rho] and [Delta][rho] values than the Cu--Co films, possibly due to less Co dissolved in the Ag matrix. [Delta][rho] scales inversely with precipitate particle size, implying that Co-rich clusters [le]20 A diameter may be most effective for spin dependent scattering. This trend of the data and a phenomenological model suggest that interfacial spin dependent scattering is significantly stronger than the scattering within the Co-rich particles.

  13. 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.

  14. Vibrational Spectroscopy Reveals Varying Structural Motifs in Cu(+)(CH4)(n) and Ag(+)(CH4)(n) (n = 1-6).

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    Kocak, Abdulkadir; Ashraf, Muhammad Affawn; Metz, Ricardo B

    2015-09-17

    Vibrational spectra are measured for Cu(+)(CH4)(Ar)2, Cu(+)(CH4)2(Ar), Cu(+)(CH4)n (n = 3-6), and Ag(+)(CH4)n (n = 1-6) in the C-H stretching region (2500-3100 cm(-1)) using photofragment spectroscopy. Spectra are obtained by monitoring loss of Ar or CH4. Interaction with the metal ion produces substantial red shifts in the C-H stretches of proximate hydrogens. The magnitude of the shift reflects the metal-methane distance and the coordination to the metal ion of the methane hydrogens (?(2) or ?(3)). The structures of the complexes are determined by comparing the measured spectra with spectra calculated for candidate geometries using the B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP density functionals with 6-311++G(3df,3pd) and aug-cc-pVTZ-PP basis sets. Because of the d(10) electronic configuration of the metal ions, the complexes are expected to adopt symmetric structures, which is confirmed by the experiments. All of the complexes have ?(2) hydrogen coordination in the first shell, in accord with theoretical predictions; second-shell ligands sometimes show ?(3) hydrogen coordination. The vibrational spectrum of Cu(+)(CH4)(Ar)2 shows extensive structure due to Fermi resonance between the lowest-frequency C-H stretch and overtones of the H-C-H bends. The Cu(+)(CH4) cluster has a smaller red shift in the lowest-frequency C-H stretch than M(+)(CH4), M(+) = Co(+) (d(8)) and Ni(+) (d(9)). Although all three ions have similar binding energies, the metal-ligand electrostatic interaction is largest for Cu(+), while the contribution from covalent interactions is largest for Co(+). The larger ionic radius of Ag(+) leads to a larger metal-ligand distance and weaker interaction, resulting in substantially smaller red shifts than in the Cu(+) complexes. The Cu(+)(CH4)2 and Ag(+)(CH4)2 clusters have symmetrical structures, with the methanes on opposite sides of the metal, while Cu(+)(CH4)3 and Ag(+)(CH4)3 adopt symmetrical, trigonal planar structures with all M-C distances equal. For Cu(+)(CH4)4, the tetrahedral structure dominates the observed spectrum, although a trigonal pyramidal structure may contribute; however, only the tetrahedral structure is observed for Ag(+)(CH4)4. The structures of Cu(+)(CH4)n and Ag(+)(CH4)n differ for clusters with n > 4. For copper complexes, these are primarily formed by adding outer-shell methane ligand(s) to the tetrahedral n = 4 core. The observed spectra of the larger Ag(+) clusters are dominated by symmetrical structures in which all of the Ag-C distances are similar: Ag(+)(CH4)5 has a trigonal bipyramidal geometry and Ag(+)(CH4)6 is octahedral. PMID:26305844

  15. Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous Cu2O/Ni inverse opal electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors.

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    Deng, Ming-Jay; Song, Cheng-Zhao; Ho, Pei-Jung; Wang, Cheng-Chia; Chen, Jin-Ming; Lu, Kueih-Tzu

    2013-05-28

    With an ordered polystyrene (PS) template-assisted electrochemical approach we synthesized three-dimensional ordered macroporous (3DOM) Cu2O/Ni inverse opals as electrodes for supercapacitors. The 3DOM Cu2O/Ni electrodes display superior kinetic performance, and satisfactory rate capability and cycling performance. PMID:23608896

  16. Investigation on the interaction of nanoAg with Cu-Zn SOD.

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    Zhang, Bin; Yu, Lei; Zhang, Ruijing; Liu, Yang; Liu, Rutao

    2015-12-01

    Silver nanoparticles (nanoAg) are used more and more widely, particularly because of their antimicrobial properties. The effect of exposure to nanoAg on the structure of superoxide dismutase (SOD) was thoroughly investigated using fluorescence measurements, synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence quenching measurements, UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy, resonance light scattering (RLS), circular dichroism (CD), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Through van der Waal's force, nanoAg interacted with Cu-Zn SOD and influenced the active site by inducing structural changes, which influenced the function of SOD. The fluorescence studies show that both static and dynamic quenching processes occur. This paper provides reference data for toxicological studies of nanoAg, which are important in the future development of nanotechnology. Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:25754791

  17. 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.

  18. An investigation of the zero-field splitting and optical spectra in AgX: Ni 2+ (X = Cl, Br)

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    Jia-Jun, Chen; Mao-lu, Du

    1995-02-01

    The optical spectra of AgX: Ni 2+ (X = Cl, Br) in the O h system, and the ZFS parameter D in the axial system have been calculated by means of the ?K? model of the Ni 2+ -6X - (X = F, Cl, Br, I) cluster. The calculation shows that the band distance in AgX: Ni 2+ has been reduced isotropically and the axial system should be dependent on the Ni 2+-vacancy along the z-axis. The results agree well with experimental findings.

  19. Electrochemical detection of Cu2+ through Ag nanoparticle assembly regulated by copper-catalyzed oxidation of cysteamine.

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    Cui, Lin; Wu, Jie; Li, Jie; Ge, Yanqiu; Ju, Huangxian

    2014-05-15

    A highly sensitive and selective electrochemical sensor was developed for the detection of Cu(2+) by the assembly of Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) at dithiobis[succinimidylpropionate] encapsulated Au nanoparticles (DSP-AuNPs), which was regulated by copper-catalyzed oxidation of cysteamine (Cys). The electrochemical sensor was constructed by layer-by-layer modification of glassy carbon electrode with carbon nanotubes, poly(amidoamine) dendrimers and DSP-AuNPs. In the absence of Cu(2+), Cys could bind to the surface of citrate-stabilized AgNPs via Ag-S bond, thus AgNPs could be assembled on the sensor surface through the reaction between DSP and Cys. In contrast, the copper-catalyzed oxidation of Cys by dissolved oxygen in the presence of Cu(2+) inhibited the Cys-induced aggregation of AgNPs, leading to the decrease of the electrochemical stripping signal of AgNPs. Under the optimized conditions, this method could detect Cu(2+) in the range of 1.0-1000 nM with a detection limit of 0.48 nM. The proposed Cu(2+) sensor showed good reproducibility, stability and selectivity. It has been satisfactorily applied to determine Cu(2+) in water samples. PMID:24389390

  20. High conductivity in hydrothermally grown AgCuO(2) single crystals verified using focused-ion-beam-deposited nanocontacts.

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    Muoz-Rojas, David; Crdoba, Rosa; Fernndez-Pacheco, Amalio; De Teresa, Jos Mara; Sauthier, Guillaume; Fraxedas, Jordi; Walton, Richard I; Casa-Pastor, Nieves

    2010-12-01

    The silver-copper mixed oxide AgCuO(2) (also formulated as Ag(2)Cu(2)O(4)) possesses a peculiar electronic structure in which both Ag and Cu are partially oxidized, with the charge being delocalized among the three elements in the oxide. Accordingly, a quasi-metallic behavior should be expected for this oxide, and indeed bulk transport measurements show conductivity values that are orders of magnitude higher than for other members of this novel oxide family. The presence of silver makes thermal sintering an inadequate method to evaluate true conductivity, and thus such measurements were performed on low density pellets, giving an underestimated value for the conductivity. In the present work we present a new synthetic route for AgCuO(2) based on mild hydrothermal reactions that has yielded unprecedented large AgCuO(2) single-crystals well over 1 ?m in size using temperatures as low as 88 C. We have used a dual beam instrument to apply nanocontacts to those crystals, allowing the in situ measurement of transport properties of AgCuO(2) single crystals. The results show a linear relationship between applied current and measured voltage. The conductivity values obtained are 50 to 300 times higher than those obtained for bulk low density AgCuO(2) pellets, thus confirming the high conductivity of this oxide and therefore supporting the delocalized charge observed by spectroscopic techniques. PMID:21049939

  1. Effect of Pd Thickness on the Interfacial Reaction and Shear Strength in Solder Joints Between Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu Solder and Electroless Nickel/Electroless Palladium/Immersion Gold (ENEPIG) Surface Finish

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    Kim, Young Min; Park, Jin-Young; Kim, Young-Ho

    2012-04-01

    Intermetallic compound formation at the interface between Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu (SAC) solders and electroless nickel/electroless palladium/immersion gold (ENEPIG) surface finish and the mechanical strength of the solder joints were investigated at various Pd thicknesses (0 ?m to 0.5 ?m). The solder joints were fabricated on the ENEPIG surface finish with SAC solder via reflow soldering under various conditions. The (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 phase formed at the SAC/ENEPIG interface after reflow in all samples. When samples were reflowed at 260C for 5 s, only (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 was observed at the solder interfaces in samples with Pd thicknesses of 0.05 ?m or less. However, the (Pd,Ni)Sn4 phase formed on (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 when the Pd thickness increased to 0.1 ?m or greater. A thick and continuous (Pd,Ni)Sn4 layer formed over the (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 layer, especially when the Pd thickness was 0.3 ?m or greater. High-speed ball shear test results showed that the interfacial strengths of the SAC/ENEPIG solder joints decreased under high strain rate due to weak interfacial fracture between (Pd,Ni)Sn4 and (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 interfaces when the Pd thickness was greater than 0.3 ?m. In the samples reflowed at 260C for 20 s, only (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 formed at the solder interfaces and the (Pd,Ni)Sn4 phase was not observed in the solder interfaces, regardless of Pd thickness. The shear strength of the SAC/ENIG solder joints was the lowest of the joints, and the mechanical strength of the SAC/ENEPIG solder joints was enhanced as the Pd thickness increased to 0.1 ?m and maintained a nearly constant value when the Pd thickness was greater than 0.1 ?m. No adverse effect on the shear strength values was observed due to the interfacial fracture between (Pd,Ni)Sn4 and (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 since the (Pd,Ni)Sn4 phase was already separated from the (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 interface. These results indicate that the interfacial microstructures and mechanical strength of solder joints strongly depend on the Pd thickness and reflow conditions.

  2. Enhanced spin signals due to native oxide formation in Ni80Fe20/Ag lateral spin valves

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    Mihajlovi?, Goran; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Liu, Yuzi; Pearson, John E.; Bader, Samuel D.; Petford-Long, Amanda K.; Hoffmann, Axel

    2010-09-01

    Large nonlocal spin valve signals are reported in mesoscopic Ni80Fe20/Ag lateral spin valves upon exposing them to air. Magnetotransport measurements combined with transmission electron microscopy show that the formation of a native oxide layer at the Ni80Fe20/Ag interface is responsible for the large signals. The results indicate that lateral spin valves with superior performance to those based on high-resistance tunnel barriers can be achieved via controllable growth of native permalloy oxides.

  3. 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

  4. Surface modification processes during methane decomposition on Cu-promoted NiZrO2 catalysts

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    Wolfbeisser, Astrid; Kltzer, Bernhard; Mayr, Lukas; Rameshan, Raffael; Zemlyanov, Dmitry; Bernardi, Johannes; Rupprechter, Gnther

    2015-01-01

    The surface chemistry of methane on NiZrO2 and bimetallic CuNiZrO2 catalysts and the stability of the CuNi alloy under reaction conditions of methane decomposition were investigated by combining reactivity measurements and in situ synchrotron-based near-ambient pressure XPS. Cu was selected as an exemplary promoter for modifying the reactivity of Ni and enhancing the resistance against coke formation. We observed an activation process occurring in methane between 650 and 735 K with the exact temperature depending on the composition which resulted in an irreversible modification of the catalytic performance of the bimetallic catalysts towards a Ni-like behaviour. The sudden increase in catalytic activity could be explained by an increase in the concentration of reduced Ni atoms at the catalyst surface in the active state, likely as a consequence of the interaction with methane. Cu addition to Ni improved the desired resistance against carbon deposition by lowering the amount of coke formed. As a key conclusion, the CuNi alloy shows limited stability under relevant reaction conditions. This system is stable only in a limited range of temperature up to ~700 K in methane. Beyond this temperature, segregation of Ni species causes a fast increase in methane decomposition rate. In view of the applicability of this system, a detailed understanding of the stability and surface composition of the bimetallic phases present and the influence of the Cu promoter on the surface chemistry under relevant reaction conditions are essential. PMID:25815163

  5. 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.

  6. Facile synthesis of bimetallic Cu-Ag nanoparticles under microwave irradiation and their oxidation resistance.

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    Chen, Zhi; Mochizuki, Dai; Maitani, Masato M; Wada, Yuji

    2013-07-01

    Air-stable bimetallic Cu-Ag nanoparticles in the range of 12-30nm have been synthesized at gram scale by a facile alcohol reduction in the absence of surfactants with the assistance of microwave irradiation. The synthesized nanoparticles were analyzed by x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning TEM, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thermogravimetry (TG). The stability of the bimetallic nanoparticles against oxidation was examined by TG and in situ temperature-programmed XRD analyses in the atmosphere. No oxidation of copper was confirmed by XRD after storing for longer than 6 months in the atmosphere at room temperature. No oxidation took place below 118? C and the Cu(200) diffraction peak decreased by only 7% after heating at 100? C for 30min. The oxidation resistance has been ascribed to a Cu core-Ag shell structure, probably owing to the suppressive effect of Ag on the surface through the electronic interaction with Cu and a physical barrier of oxygen. PMID:23732107

  7. 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

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

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    Petrovi?, S.; Salati?, B.; Milovanovi?, D.; Lazovi?, V.; ivkovi?, Lj; Trtica, M.; Jelenkovi?, 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.

  9. 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 ?bar?bar 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Local crystal structure of TiNiCu shape memory alloys

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    Menushenkov, A. P.; Grishina, O. V.; Yaroslavtsev, A. A.; Chernikov, R. V.; Bednarcik, J.; Shelyakov, A. V.; Sitnikov, N. N.; Zubavichus, Y. V.; Veligzhanin, A. A.

    2013-04-01

    The features of long-range crystal structure and local environment of Ni and Cu atoms in shape memory alloy Ti50Ni25Cu25 are investigated using X-ray diffraction and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) in the temperature range of direct and reverse martensitic transformations. According to XRD study, alloy has the B2 type structure in austenitic phase and B19 type structure (space group Pmmb) in martensitic phase. EXAFS demonstrates the difference between Cu-Ti and Ni-Ti bond lengths ~ 0.09 not typical for common TiNi lattice. The static disordering is more significant in the local environment of Ni atoms than in local environment of Cu atoms.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Magneto-optical spectra of ultrathin Au/M/Co/Au films (M = Au, Cu, Ag)

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    Visnovsky, S.; Nyvlt, M.; Prosser, V.; Ferr, J.; Grolier, V.; Beauvillain, P.; Ould-Mahfoud, S.

    1994-03-01

    Complex polar Kerr and Faraday effects between 1.5 and 5.2 eV in ultrathin Au/M/Co/Au films, with M = Au, Ag or Cu, prepared by thermal evaporation under ultra high vacuum condition are reported. The structure in the dispersion spectra is dominated by the effect of the Au layer underneath the ultrathin Co film. Thanks to the high layer perfection and step-like interface profiles strong sharp peaks in Kerr rotation, centered at the Au plasma edge near 2.5 eV, are observed. The introduction of Ag or Cu overlayers, which also display plasma edge effects in the considered energy range, modifies the spectra. This behaviour is satisfactorily explained by the electromagnetic wave model in magnetic multilayers.

  19. 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

  20. Structure and bonding of isoleptic coinage metal (Cu, Ag, Au) dimethylaminonitrenes in the gas phase.

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    Fedorov, Alexey; Couzijn, Erik P A; Nagornova, Natalia S; Boyarkin, Oleg V; Rizzo, Thomas R; Chen, Peter

    2010-10-01

    Dimethylaminonitrene complexes of IMesM(+) (IMes =1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene; M = Cu, Ag, Au) were prepared in the gas phase and structurally characterized by high-resolution infrared spectroscopy of the cold species, ion-molecule reactions, and DFT computations. We measured the binding energies of the nitrene fragment to the IMesM(+) moiety by energy-resolved collision-induced dissociation experiments in the gas phase, affording a trend in bond strength of M = Cu ? Au > Ag. This trend is explained in terms of a detailed metal-nitrogen bonding analysis, from which relativistic effects on the bonding were assessed. Various density functionals were evaluated for reproducing the observed thermochemical data and Truhlar's M06 functional was found to give the best agreement. PMID:20843043

  1. Bonding in Cu, Ag, and Au Clusters: Relativistic Effects, Trends, and Surprises

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    Hkkinen, Hannu; Moseler, Michael; Landman, Uzi

    2002-06-01

    Electronic structure and bonding in anionic coinage metal clusters are investigated via density-functional calculations, focusing on an extensive set of isomers of Cu-7, Ag-7, and Au-7. While the ground states of Cu-7 and Ag-7 are three dimensional (3D), that of Au-7 is planar, separated from the optimal 3D isomer by 0.5 eV. The simulated thermally weighted photoabsorption spectrum of Au-7 is dominated by planar structures, and it agrees well with the measured one. The propensity of Au-N clusters to favor planar structures (with N as large as 13) is correlated with strong hybridization of the atomic 5d and 6s orbitals due to relativistic effects.

  2. Achieving high strength and high electrical conductivity in Ag/Cu multilayers

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    Wei, M. Z.; Xu, L. J.; Shi, J.; Pan, G. J.; Cao, Z. H.; Meng, X. K.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we investigated the microstructure evolution of Ag/Cu multilayers and its influences on the hardness and electric resistivity with individual layer thickness (h) ranging from 3 to 50 nm. The hardness increases with the decreasing h in the range of 5-20 nm. The barrier to dislocation transmission by stacking faults, twin boundaries, and interfaces leads to hardness enhancement. Simultaneously, in order to get high conductivity, the strong textures in-layers were induced to form for reducing the amount of grain boundaries. The resistivity keeps low even when h decreases to 10 nm. Furthermore, we developed a facile model to evaluate the comprehensive property of Ag/Cu multilayersthe results indicate that the best combination of strength and conductivity occurs when h = 10 nm.

  3. 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.

  4. 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(?(1)-SO2) (M = Ag, Au) and M(?(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(?(1)-SO2) to Ag(?(2)-O2S) and vice versa on annealing. However, there is no evidence of similar interconvertibility for the Cu(?(2)-O2S) and Au(?(1)-SO2) molecules. These different behaviors are discussed within the bonding considerations for all of the obtained products. PMID:24382425

  5. Studies on Structural and Electrical Properties of Ball-Milled NiCuZn-MgCuZn Nanocomposites Ferrites

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    Varalaxmi, N.; Sivakumar, K. V.

    2013-10-01

    Multilayer chip inductors (MLCIs) have been rapidly developed for electromagnetic applications. NiCuZn ferrites are the most preferred ferrite materials to produce MLCIs, and MgCuZn ferrites have similar electromagnetic properties to those of NiCuZn ferrites. In view of this, ferrite composites with ferromagnetic phase (X) Ni0.35Cu0.05 Zn0.6Fe2O4 + (1 - X) Mg0.25Cu0.25Zn0.5Fe2O4, in which X varies from 0.0 to 1.0, were prepared by the conventional ceramic double-sintering process. The sintered ferrite was characterized for direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electrical conductivities, and thermoelectric effect studies. The X-ray diffraction pattern confirms the formation of single-phase spinel structure; the grain size was estimated using an scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The electrical properties were studied as a function of temperature and composition. The temperature variations of these samples were carried out from 303 K to 523 K (30 C to 250 C) within the frequency range 100 Hz to 1 MHz. The sintered NiCuZn-MgCuZn ferrites prepared possess good electromagnetic properties and good structure, thus making them suitable materials for MLCIs due to its high resistivity.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Dislocation interaction with semicoherent precipitates ({Omega} phase) in deformed Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy

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    Li, B.Q.; Wawner, F.E.

    1998-09-18

    The interaction between dislocations and semicoherent precipitates ({Omega} phase) is discussed. The investigation shows that the semicoherent precipitate is cut by dislocations during deformation. Conventional TEM and HRTEM observations demonstrate that shearing of precipitates by dislocations occurs by multiple cutting of the precipitate. A strengthening mechanism is proposed based on this observation. The general theory is not only applicable to the {Omega} precipitate in Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys, but also to semicoherent precipitates in other alloys.

  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. 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

  17. Cu-Ni composition gradient for the catalytic synthesis of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers

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    Klein, Kate L; Melechko, Anatoli Vasilievich; Rack, Philip D; Fowlkes, Jason Davidson; Meyer III, Harry M; Simpson, Michael L

    2005-01-01

    The influence of catalyst alloy composition on the growth of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers was studied using Cu-Ni thin films. Metals were co-sputtered onto a substrate to form a thin film alloy with a wide compositional gradient, as determined by Auger analysis. Carbon nanofibers were then grown from the gradient catalyst film by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The alloy composition produced substantial differences in the resulting nanofibers, which varied from branched structures at 81%Ni-19%Cu to high aspect ratio nanocones at 80%Cu-20%Ni. Electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques also revealed segregation of the initial alloy catalyst particles at certain concentrations.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. The Electronic Structure and Formation Energies of Ni-doped CuAlO2 by Density Functional Theory Calculation

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    Xu, Ying; Li, Fei; Sheng, Wei; Nie, Guo-Zheng; Yuan, Ding-Wang

    2014-03-01

    The electronic structure and formation energies of Ni-doped CuAlO2 are calculated by first-principles calculations. Our results show that Ni is good for p-type doping in CuAlO2. When Ni is doped into CuAlO2, it prefers to substitute Al-site. NiAl is a shallow acceptor, while NiCu is a deep acceptor and its formation energy is high. Further electronic structure calculations show that strong hybridization happens between Ni-3d and O-2p states for Ni substituting Al-site, while localized Ni-3d states are found for Ni substituting Cu-site.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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-? (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 {?300 K (? 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 {?c (0)}, inter-layer coupling (J), inter-grain coupling (?), etc.) deduced from the fluctuation induced conductivity analysis reasonably explained the experimental findings.

  9. Corrosion of Cu-Ni alloys in sulfide-polluted seawater

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    Al-Hajji, J.N. . Mechanical Engineering Dept.); Reda, M.R. . Chemical Engineering Dept.)

    1993-10-01

    A study of the corrosion of copper-nickel (Cu-Ni) alloys showed hydrodynamic conditions increased the corrosion rate (I[sub corr]) significantly by reducing the sulfide concentration polarization. Pre-exposure to oxidation products of dissolved sulfide and elemental sulfur (S) increased I[sub corr] of the alloys in seawater significantly. Pre-exposure to nitrite and chromate decreased I[sub corr] by almost 2 orders of magnitude for alloys of 90% Cu-10% Ni and 70% Cu-30% Ni. However, cyclic polarization curves for both alloys pre-exposed to chromate and nitrite showed the passivators caused severe localized corrosion for the 70% Cu-30% Ni alloy only by transition from the active to passive state. The corrosion mechanism of the 90% Cu-10% Ni alloy differed from that of the 70% Cu-30% Ni alloy in quiescent sulfide-polluted seawater. A four-part corrosion mechanism was proposed. The rate of sulfide ion diffusion to the alloy-solution interface always was the rate determining step for corrosion of the alloy of higher Ni content, whereas different kinetics of the reaction determined I[sub corr] of the second alloy.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Electroless Ni-Cu-P plating onto open cell stainless steel foam

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    Abdel Aal, A.; Shehata Aly, M.

    2009-04-01

    Metallic foams with a high fraction of porosity, low density and high energy absorption capacity, are a rapidly emerging class of novel ultralightweight materials for various engineering applications. Development of these materials with Ni-Cu-P coatings is expected to widespread their industrial utilizations. This article aims to apply Ni-Cu-P coatings onto open cell stainless steel foams from Ni-P bath containing CuSO 45H 2O as a source of Cu ions. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive analysis were used to investigate the microstructure and chemical composition of the deposited coatings, respectively. The influence of CuSO 45H 2O addition on the deposition rate, chemical composition and surface morphology of coatings was studied. The corrosion performance of coated foam was examined in 1 M HCl using weight loss technique. The results revealed that wt.% of Cu in deposit increases with CuSO 45H 2O concentration, while wt.% of Ni and P is reduced. Better corrosion resistance, finer-grained deposit and lower deposition rate were observed by increasing Cu content into Ni-P matrix.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Ni+7 Ion Beam Effect on Ag Doped ZnS Nanocrystals Embedded in PMMA Matrix

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    Agrawal, Shweta; Tripathi, Balram; Kumar, Sumit; Jain, Vipin; Srivastava, Subodh; Vijay, Y. K.

    2011-07-01

    Semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) have received much interest for their optical and electronic properties. When these NCs dispersed in polymer matrix, brightness of the light emission is enhanced due to their quantum dot size. Silver doped Zinc Sulphide NCs were synthesized through chemical route method. The synthesized NCs are characterized by XRD. The effect of Ag doping and Swift heavy ion irradiation on optical properties of nanocomposite polymer films is analyzed by Photoluminescence (PL) and UV measurements. The XRD results show that Ag doped ZnS was grown in the hexagonal phase of about 10 nm size as calculated by Scherer formula. These NCs were dispersed in PMMA matrix by solution cast method and irradiated by swift heavy ion (SHI) (Ni+7 ion beam, 100 MeV). The UV-Vis measurement show a red shift in optical absorption and band gap decreases after irradiation with respect to pristine nanocomposite polymer film. Photoluminescence shows the enhancement in luminescence intensity after irradiation.

  17. 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.

  18. Evidence of Mobile Ag and Growth Mechanism of YBa2Cu3O7-y Films Deposited on Cube Textured Ag Tape by Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Hasegawa, Masato; Yoshida, Yutaka; Iwata, Morihiro; Akata, Hiroyuki; Higashiyama, Kazutoshi; Takai, Yoshiaki; Hirabayashi, Izumi

    2000-04-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) films were prepared on {100}< 001> cube textured Ag tape (CUTE-Ag tape) by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) using a liquid state metal organic (MO) source. Numerous spiral steps accompanied by screw dislocations were observed and many particles were observed on the terrace surface of the spiral steps by atomic force microscopy (AFM). We observed a change in surface morphology before and after heat treatment in vacuum at 550C. After heat treatment, these particles became smaller and concentrated at the edge of the spiral steps. We confirmed by scanning Auger microscopy that the main composition of these particles was Ag. We propose a growth mechanism on a Ag substrate in which Ag segregates to the surface and acts as surfactant for YBCO growth.

  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. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ?V K-1) to p-type (S = +200 ?V 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 ?V K-1) to p-type (S = +200 ?V 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

  4. 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.

  5. Element-specific study of epitaxial NiO/Ag/CoO/Fe films grown on vicinal Ag(001) using photoemission electron microscopy

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    Meng, Y.; Li, J.; Tan, A.; Jin, E.; Son, J.; Park, J. S.; Doran, A.; Young, A. T.; Scholl, A.; Arenholz, E.; Wu, J.; Hwang, C.; Zhao, H. W.; Qiu, Z. Q.

    2011-05-01

    NiO/Ag/CoO/Fe single crystalline films are grown epitaxially on a vicinal Ag(001) substrate using molecular beam epitaxy and investigated by photoemission electron microscopy. We find that after zero-field cooling, the in-plane Fe magnetization switches from parallel to perpendicular direction of the atomic steps of the vicinal surface at thinner CoO thickness but remains in its original direction parallel to the steps at thicker CoO thickness. CoO and NiO domain imaging result shows that both CoO/Fe and NiO/CoO spins are perpendicularly coupled, suggesting that the Fe magnetization switching may be associated with the rotatable-frozen spin transition of the CoO film.

  6. 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.

  7. 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].

  8. 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.

  9. 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. PMID:26676885

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Metallic glass alloys of Zr, Ti, Cu and Ni

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    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.

  13. Physically synthesized Ni-Cu nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia.

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    Bettge, Martin; Chatterjee, Jhunu; Haik, Yousef

    2004-05-01

    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

  14. 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.

  15. Phase constitution and interface structure of nano-sized Ag-Cu/AlN multilayers: Experiment and ab initio modeling

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    Pigozzi, Giancarlo; Antuek, Andrej; Janczak-Rusch, Jolanta; Parlinska-Wojtan, Magdalena; Passerone, Daniele; Antonio Pignedoli, Carlo; Bissig, Vinzenz; Patscheider, Jrg; Jeurgens, Lars P. H.

    2012-10-01

    Nano-sized Ag-Cu8nm/AlN10nm multilayers were deposited by reactive DC sputtering on ?-Al2O3(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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Transparent ITO/Ag-Pd-Cu/ITO multilayer cathode use in inverted organic solar cells

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    Kim, Hyo-Joong; Lee, Hyun Hwi; Kal, Jinha; Hahn, Jungseok; Kim, Han-Ki

    2015-10-01

    The characteristics of transparent ITO/Ag-Pd-Cu (APC)/ITO multilayer cathodes were investigated for use in inverted organic solar cells (IOSCs). The insertion of an APC interlayer into the ITO film effectively led to crystallization of the top ITO layer, unlike that in the Ag interlayer, and resulted in a low sheet resistance of 6.55 Ohm/square and a high optical transmittance of 84.14% without post annealing. In addition, the alloying of the Pd and Cu elements into Ag prevented agglomeration and oxidization of the metal interlayer and led to more stable ITO/APC/ITO films under ambient conditions. The microstructure and interfacial structure of the transparent ITO/APC/ITO cathode in the IOSCs were examined in detail by synchrotron X-ray scattering and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Furthermore, we suggested a possible mechanism to explain the lower PCE of the IOSCs with an ITO/APC/ITO cathode than that of a reference IOSC with a crystalline ITO cathode using the external quantum efficiency of the IOSCs.

  19. 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).

  20. Effect of Processing Scheme on Precipitation Mechanisms and Evolution of Microstructures and Properties of CuAgZr alloy

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    Piyawit, Waraporn

    CuAgZr alloy is a variant of the CuAg alloy that is developed for high strength and high conductivity applications. With Zr addition, the discontinuous precipitation at the grain boundaries is decreased due to slower Ag diffusion rate. Mechanical and electrical properties of copper alloys can be influenced by many factors including alloying elements, mechanical processing, heat treatment and their microstructures. For high strength and high conductivity applications, Cu-Ag alloys are one of the good candidate materials for these used because of their excellent combinations of high strength and high electrical conductivity. The primary strengthening mechanism is precipitation hardening due to the formation of Ag precipitates during the heat treatment process. Its strengthening is accomplished mainly by the precipitation of Ag precipitates, which tend to align on the {111} planes in the Cu matrix. The evolutions of hardness and electrical conductivity of the aged samples showed that the Ag particles precipitated out from the Cu matrix in the early stage of aging. The hardness of the aged samples is significantly increased from 95 HV0.1 to the maximum at 193 HV0.1 after 2 hours of aging. The density of Ag precipitates is increased with increased aging time. Ag precipitation occurs in particular Cu matrix planes due to the minimization of elastic energy. The Ag precipitates were formed by clustering of Ag atoms while maintaining the fcc crystal structure of the matrix. They have faceted {111} interfaces with the matrix. The thickening of the precipitates appears to be by the ledge growth mechanism, which is promoted by misfit dislocation networks on the interface. The ledge movement and growth were compensated with the existence of interfacial misfit dislocations. During diffusional growth, misfit dislocation arrays along the precipitate/matrix interface accommodated the lattice mismatch. Therefore, precipitate growth involves the formation and migration of ledges. Precipitate growth by ledge motion was necessary due to partial coherency of the interfaces. Effects of plastic deformation on mechanical property and electrical conductivity of CuAgZr alloy are presented. The main strengthening effects in plastically deformed CuAgZr are contributed by precipitation mechanism combined with work hardening. Electrical conductivity is strongly affected by precipitation reactions during high temperature annealing. Therefore, the properties of hot rolled CuAgZr exhibit good combination of strength and electrical conductivity. A combination of severe plastic deformation by high pressure torsion (HPT) followed by long term annealing at low temperature allows CuAgZr to obtain a high hardness (more than 300 HV0.1) that is comparable to as-processed HPT CuAgZr. The microstructure of annealed HPT samples exhibits a small grain size and low dislocation density.

  1. Magnetic properties of NdTX (T=Cu, Ag, Au; X=Sn, Pb) compounds

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    ner, Y.; Senoussi, S.; Sologub, O.; Salamakha, P.

    1999-01-01

    We report SQUID magnetometry studies of the susceptibility of NdTX (T=Cu, Ag, Au; X=Sn, Pb) compounds in the temperature range 5 K?T?300 K and the field range 0.5 Oe?H?50.000 Oe. The susceptibility curves, ?( T), for all samples except NdCuSn, exhibit a sharp peak at the Nel temperature, TN. The analysis of ?( T) in the paramagnetic region by using Curie-Weiss law enables us to determine the magnetic moments localized on Nd ions ?eff, the Curie paramagnetic temperature ?P and the temperature-independent susceptibility ?0. Oscillatory behaviour has been observed in low-field ?( T) versus 1/ T for NdCuPb and NdAgPb, from which results suggest a helical antiferromagnetic ordering probably due to an exchange interaction of RKKY-type and crystalline field effects. We also find that superconductivity and antiferromagnetism coexist at the temperatures below T?7 K for the samples including Pb.

  2. Structure evolution, magnetic properties and giant magnetoresistance of granular NiFeCo-Ag films

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    Wang, Hao; Wong, S. P.; Lu, Xiang; Yan, Xin; Cheung, W. Y.; Ke, N.; Hu, Shejun; Zeng, Dechang; Liu, Zhenyi

    2000-06-01

    The structure evolution of granular (NiFeCo)xAg(1-x) (x = 9-41 at%) films was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and magnetic force microscopy. The giant magnetoresistance of the films was measured as a function of temperature between 20 and 300 K using a conventional four-point probe dc technique in the presence of a magnetic field up to 7.6 kOe. The temperature dependence of magnetization and magnetic hysteresis loops for the films were measured by a SQUID magnetometer. It was found that the optimum concentration and annealing temperature for the maximum giant magnetoresistance was associated with the crystalline structure and the magnetic domain structure of the film. A clear flat-top parabola and a significant deviation from the quadratic law expected for equal-size, non-interacting superparamagnetic particles in the magnetoresistance (??/?) against magnetization (M/Ms) curve were observed for the 500 C annealed (NiFeCo)20Ag80 sample in a wide field region. The curves of ??/? against M/Ms were well described by a function of the form c(M/Ms)10. This behaviour was explained by combining the characteristics of the microstructure, magnetic domain structure and magnetic properties of the sample.

  3. Molecular self-assembly at nanometer scale modulated surfaces: trimesic acid on Ag(111), Cu(111) and Ag/Cu(111).

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    Baviloliaei, Mahdi Sadeghzadeh; Diekhner, Lars

    2014-06-21

    The balance between molecule-molecule and molecule-surface interactions is a determining factor in the creation of well-ordered organic networks formed by self-assembly on crystalline metal surfaces. We have used a scanning tunneling microscope under ultrahigh vacuum conditions to study the molecular self-assembly of trimesic acid on a surface that is modulated on a comparable nanometer scale as the size of the molecules. This is made of one layer of silver grown on a Cu(111) surface where it forms a periodic reconstruction. It is shown that the self-assembly of trimesic acid at room temperature, where intermolecular interactions are taking place via hydrogen bonds, is strongly disturbed due to the modulated substrate and the spatially varying potential imposed on the molecules. Annealing to 350 K partly deprotonates the molecules and changes the intermolecular interactions to stronger ionic hydrogen bonds. This reduces the influence of the modulated substrate and allows the molecules to self-assemble into long-range ordered networks on the surface. Comparisons are made to self-assembly on the flat surfaces of Ag(111) and Cu(111), where we always find well-ordered molecular networks. PMID:24776919

  4. Formation of Yb nBa 2 nCu 3 n+1 O x ( n=3, 4) by oxidation of Yb?Ba?Cu?Ag metallic precursors

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    Kogure, T.; Otto, A.; Vander Sande, J. B.

    1989-01-01

    New structural variations on the 1-2-3 type high- Tc superconducting phase have been identified in oxidized Yb?Ba?Cu?Ag metallic precursors in which Yb 2Ba 4Cu 7O x (2-4-7) and Ag are the dominant phases. These new structures are generated by the placement of the copper oxide double layer in every three unit cells of the 1-2-3 structure yielding the chemical composition Yb 3Ba 6Cu 10O x or in every four unit cells yielding Yb 4Ba 8Cu 13O x. These discoveries lead to the conclusion that a large family of superconductors exists whose generic formula is Re nBa 2 nCu 3 n+1 O x, where Re represents rare-earth elements and n is between 1 and ? ( n=? generates the 1-2-3 phase).

  5. 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.

  6. 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 (?-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.

  7. Strain-induced magnetization reorientation in epitaxial Cu/Ni/Cu rings

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    Corredor, E. C.; Coffey, D.; Ciria, M.; Arnaudas, J. I.; Aisa, J.; Ross, C. A.

    2013-08-01

    The role of the strain state in epitaxial (001)-oriented Cu/Ni(14 nm)/Cu rings is investigated using a combination of magnetic force microscopy and finite-element calculations. Rings with an external diameter of 3 and 2 ?m and linewidth W larger than 400 nm show two different structures: domains with magnetization oriented in the radial direction exist at the inner and outer radius, separated by an area in the interior of the ring consisting of stripe domains with perpendicular magnetization. The former is the sole magnetic structure observed for W<400 nm. Micromagnetic calculations on narrow-linewidth structures indicate that the radial domain-wall structure consists of elliptical Bloch lines with a shorter and longer length along the tangential and radial directions, respectively. Finite-element calculations show that the anisotropic relaxation of the in-plane strain is larger at the ring inner and outer edges than in the interior part of the ring and accounts for the reorientation of the magnetization direction.

  8. Comparative vibrational study on alkali coadsorption with CO and O on Ni(111) and Cu(111).

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    Politano, A; Formoso, V; Chiarello, G

    2009-07-01

    High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy was used to investigate alkali (Na, K) coadsorption with CO and O on Cu(111) and Ni(111). Measurements provided new insights in these systems. A CO-induced weakening of the alkali-substrate bond was revealed on both substrates. The effect is more pronounced for the Na+CO/Ni(111) system. Submonolayers of alkalis were found to promote the preferential population of the subsurface site for O/Cu(111) but not for O/Ni(111). PMID:21828454

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Assessment of Ni, Cu, Zn and Pb levels in beach and dune sands from Havana resorts, Cuba.

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    Daz Rizo, Oscar; Buzn Gonzlez, Fran; Arado Lpez, Juana O

    2015-11-15

    Concentrations of nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn) and lead (Pb) in beach and dune sands from thirteen Havana (Cuba) resorts were estimated by X-ray fluorescence analysis. Determined mean metal contents (in mgkg(-1)) in beach sand samples were 2812 for Ni, 3512 for Cu, 3111 for Zn and 6.01.8 for Pb, while for dune sands were 3015, 3822, 3715 and 6.82.9, respectively. Metal-to-iron normalization shows moderately severe and severe enrichment by Cu. The comparison with sediment quality guidelines shows that dune sands from various resorts must be considered as heavily polluted by Cu and Ni. Almost in every resort, the Ni and Cu contents exceed their corresponding TEL values and, in some resorts, the Ni PEL value. The comparison with a Havana topsoil study indicates the possible Ni and Cu natural origin. PMID:26320978

  13. Crystallization of amorphous Ni?Cu?B alloys obtained by electroless plating

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    Hu, Wangyu; Wu, Lijun; Wang, Lingling; Zhang, Bangwei; Guan, Hengrong

    Ni 78- xCu xB 22( x = 0-8.0 at%) amorphous alloys are prepared by electroless plating. The microstructure and kinetics of the crystallization are discussed. The phase transition of Ni 72.9Cu 5.1B 22 amorphous alloy includes a two-step process of crystallization and decomposition process of metastable phase. With increase of copper content, the single large granula in lower copper content alloy changes to a cluster of small granulas; the crystallization temperature and activation energy for crystallization obtained from the first DTA exothermic peak increase first and decrease later. The substitution of Ni by Cu can improve the thermal stability to a certain extent, but the improvement is much less than the replacement of Ni by Si and Al.

  14. 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.

  15. Electronic properties of superconducting (YBa 2Cu 3O 6.9) 1-xAg x compounds

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    Pavuna, D.; Berger, H.; Tholence, J.-L.; Affronte, M.; Sanjines, R.; Dubas, A.; Bugnon, Ph.; Vasey, F.

    1988-06-01

    We have studied electronic properties of (YBa 2Cu 3O 6.9) 1-xAg x compounds with 5, 10, 15, 25 and 50 wt % Ag. In our samples, the silver fills the intergranular space and the superconducitivity is preserved even at 50 wt % Ag (Tc = 87 K). These samples can be safely droped in water without loss of superconductivity. The magnitude of electrical resistivity at 300 K rapidly decreases from 10 3 ??cm for 5 wt % Ag down to ?30 gm?cm for 50 wt % Ag. The superconducting transition is always around 92 K. Preliminary measurements on the samples with 5 wt % Ag indicate at least factor of 2 improvement in the critical current.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Dirac and Weyl Semimetal in XYBi (X?=?Ba, Eu; Y?=?Cu, Ag and Au)

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    Du, Yongping; Wan, Bo; Wang, Di; Sheng, Li; Duan, Chun-Gang; Wan, Xiangang

    2015-09-01

    Weyl and Dirac semimetals recently stimulate intense research activities due to their novel properties. Combining first-principles calculations and effective model analysis, we predict that nonmagnetic compounds BaYBi (Y?=?Au, Ag and Cu) are Dirac semimetals. As for the magnetic compound EuYBi, although the time reversal symmetry is broken, their long-range magnetic ordering cannot split the Dirac point into pairs of Weyl points. However, we propose that partially substitute Eu ions by Ba ions will realize the Weyl semimetal.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

    PubMed

    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

  1. 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.

  2. Metallic glass alloys of Zr, Ti, Cu and Ni

    DOEpatents

    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.

  3. Thin-layer chromatographic specification and separation of Cu(1+), Cu(2+), Ni(2+), and Co(2+) cations.

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    Savasci, Sahin; Akay, Mehmet; Ergl, Soner

    2010-07-01

    The M(PyDTC)(2) (M: Cu, Co, or Ni) and CuPyDTC complexes, prepared by reactions of ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate with metal nitrates, are examined for qualitative analysis, speciation, and mutual separation using thin-layer chromatography systems. These complexes and their mixtures are spotted to the activated and non-activated thin layers of silica gel 60GF(254) (Si-60GF(254)) with a 250-microm thickness. Toluene-dichloromethane mixtures (4:1, 1:1, 1:4 v/v) are used as mobile phases for running of the complexes. All of these chromatographic systems are successfully used for speciation of Cu(2+) and Cu(1+) cations. The best analytical separation for the qualitative analysis of corresponding metal cations and mutual separation of components in M(PyDTC)(2) and CuPyDTC complexes are obtained when using pure toluene-dichloromethane (1:1 v/v) on the activated layer. This study shows that it is possible to qualitatively analyze and satisfactorily separate a mixture of Cu(1+), Cu(2+), Ni(2+), and Co(2+) cations on cited chromatographic systems. These results may be also said for the adaptability or validity on column chromatography. PMID:20822663

  4. Effect of chemical fertilizers on the fractionation of Cu, Cr and Ni in contaminated soil

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    Liu, Jie; Duan, Chang-Qun; Zhu, Yi-Nian; Zhang, Xue-Hong; Wang, Cheng-Xian

    2007-08-01

    Effect of chemical fertilizers (urea, NH4Cl, Ca(NO3)2, KCl and KH2PO4) on the fractionation of Cu, Cr and Ni was studied by a 4-month incubation experiment. Using sequential extraction procedure, it was found that the application of fertilizers could change the distribution of Cu, Cr and Ni in the fractions of soil. Applying urea (CO(NH2)2) significantly decreased the concentrations of Cu, Cr and Ni in water soluble plus exchangeable (WE) fraction, but increased those in Fe-Mn oxides bound (FM) fraction ( p < 0.01). However, application of NH4Cl caused an increase in the WE fraction by 27.7% for Cu, 111.5% for Cr and 20.4% for Ni. The CO(NH2)2 raised the soil pH from 4.51 to 4.96, whereas NH4Cl lowered the pH of soil by 0.44 units. The WE fraction of the three heavy metals was significantly increased, while the FM fraction was significantly decreased by adding KCl ( p < 0.01). Moreover, the supply of KH2PO4 reduced the WE and carbonate bound (CB) fractions of Cu, Cr and Ni in the soil, however, it raised Cu and Ni in the residual (RS) fraction and Cr in the FM fraction. In addition, the mobility index indicated that KCl and NH4Cl increased the mobility of Cu, Cr and Ni in the soil, whereas urea and KH2PO4 decreased the mobility of the three metals in the soil. These results suggest that applying chemical fertilizers does not only provide plant nutrients, but may also change the speciation and mobility of heavy metals in the soil.

  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. 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

  8. Temperature dependence of core loss in cobalt substituted Ni-Zn-Cu ferrites

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    Lucas, A.; Lebourgeois, R.; Mazaleyrat, F.; Laboure, E.

    2011-03-01

    The temperature dependence of core loss in cobalt substituted Ni-Zn-Cu ferrites was investigated. Co2+ ions are known to lead to a compensation of the magneto-crystalline anisotropy in Ni-Zn ferrites, at a temperature depending on the cobalt content and the Ni/Zn ratio. We observed similar behaviour in Ni-Zn-Cu and it was found that the core loss goes through a minimum around this magneto-crystalline anisotropy compensation. Moreover, the anisotropy induced by the cobalt allowed a strong decrease of core loss, a ferrite having a core loss of 350 mW/cm3 at 80 C was then developed (measured at 1.5 MHz and 25 mT). This result represents an improvement of a factor 4 compared to the state of art Ni-Zn ferrites.

  9. 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.

  10. Contact angle measurements of Sn-Ag and Sn-Cu lead-free solders on copper substrates

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    Arenas, Mario F.; Acoff, Viola L.

    2004-12-01

    In this study, the contact angles of four lead-free solders, namely, Sn-3.5Ag, Sn-3.5Ag-4.8Bi, Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu, and Sn-0.7Cu (wt.%), were measured on copper substrates at different temperatures. Measurements were performed using the sessile-drop method. Contact angles ranging from 30 to 40 after wetting under vacuum with no fluxes and between 10 and 30 with rosin mildly activated (RMA) and rosin activated (RA) fluxes were obtained. The Sn-3.5Ag-4.8Bi exhibited the lowest contact angles, indicating improved wettability with the addition of bismuth. For all soldering alloys, lower contact angles were observed using RMA flux. Intermetallics formed at the solder/Cu interface were identified as Cu6Sn5 adjacent to the solder and Cu3Sn adjacent to the copper substrate. The Cu3Sn intermetallic phase was generally not observed when RMA flux was used. The effect of temperature on contact angle was dependent on the type of flux used.

  11. 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.

  12. An analytical electron microscopic investigation of precipitation in an Al-Cu-Zn-Mg-Ag alloy.

    PubMed

    Hasan, F; Lorimer, G W

    1993-03-01

    The distribution, morphology, chemistry, and crystallography of the precipitates formed during aging of an Al-Cu-Zn-Mg-Ag alloy have been studied using analytical transmission electron microscopy. The first precipitates to appear during aging at 150 degrees C were thin hexagonal-shaped plate-like precipitates which formed on the (111)Al planes. These precipitates had a face-centred orthorhombic crystal structure and their composition was essentially CuAl2 although they contained a trace of silver. At peak hardness the microstructure consisted of the plate-like precipitates on (111)Al planes and theta' precipitates on (100)Al planes. Overaging resulted in the precipitation of equilibrium theta, CuAl2, which exhibited a lath morphology and an orientation-relationship with the matrix (210)Al magnitude of (110)gamma; (001)Al misoriented from (001)gamma by approximately 6 degrees. Prolonged overaging at 250 degrees C resulted in the formation of cuboid-shaped Al5(Cu,Zn)6Mg2 precipitates which had a cubic crystal structure and a cube:cube orientation-relationship with the matrix. PMID:8513176

  13. Effect of filler metal composition on the strength of yttria stabilized zirconia joints brazed with Pd-Ag-CuOx

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    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.

  14. Mechanical, structural and thermal properties of Ag-Cu and ZnO reinforced polylactide nanocomposite films.

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    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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. The Role of Pd in Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Interconnect Mechanical Shock Performance

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    Lee, Tae-Kyu; Zhou, Bite; Bieler, Thomas R.; Tseng, Chien-Fu; Duh, Jeng-Gong

    2013-02-01

    The mechanical stability of solder joints with Pd added to Sn-Ag-Cu alloy with different aging conditions was investigated in a high- G level shock environment. A test vehicle with three different strain and shock level conditions in one board was used to identify the joint stability and failure modes. The results revealed that Pd provided stability at the package-side interface with an overall shock performance improvement of over 65% compared with the Sn-Ag-Cu alloy without Pd. A dependency on the pad structure was also identified. However, the strengthening mechanism was only observed in the non-solder mask defined (NSMD) pad design, whereas the solder mask defined (SMD) pad design boards showed no improvement in shock performance with Pd-added solders. The effects of Sn grain orientation on shock performance, interconnect stability, and crack propagation path with and without Pd are discussed. The SAC305 + Pd solder joints showed more grain refinements, recrystallization, and especially mechanical twin deformation during the shock test, which provides a partial explanation for the ability of SAC305 + Pd to absorb more shock-induced energy through active deformation compared with SAC305.

  20. Background suppressed measurements of the Low Energy CVV Auger transitions in Cu and Ag(100)

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    Shastry, K.; Mukherjee Mukherjee, S.; Kalaskar, S.; Hulbert, S. L.; Bartynski, B. R.; Weiss, A. H.

    2010-10-01

    Low energy Auger lineshapes are difficult to measure because they sit on a large background due to secondary electrons arising from loss processes unrelated to the Auger mechanism. Auger photoelectron coincidence spectroscopy (APECS) was used to the spectrum of the MVV and NVV Auger peaks and associated low energy tails (LETs) in Cu and Ag (100) respectively. The backgrounds due to secondary electrons unrelated to the auger process were suppressed by measuring the Auger spectra in coincidence with the M and N core levels. The APECS measurements reveal a well formed Auger peak at 40 and 60 eV for Cu and Ag respectively accompanied by a significant Auger related intensity in the low energy region. Spectra obtained using APECS are compared with Positron Annihilation Induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES) measurements which also show a large LET. The LET is discussed in terms of extrinsic mechanisms in which the electrons from the peak lose energy as they propagate to the sample surface and intrinsic mechanisms in which multi- electron auger processes distribute the energy gained by filling of the core hole to multiple electrons.

  1. Spreading of Cu-Ag-In-Ti filler metal on silicon nitride: Kinetic study

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    Brandi, S.D.; Liu, S.; Edwards, G.R.

    1994-12-31

    This work analyzes the spreading of Cu-Ag-In-Ti filler metal on silicon nitride based on the thermodynamic approach. Experiments were carried out in a vacuum furnace for different times (3 min to 24 h) and temperatures (740, 790, and 840{degrees}C). These sessile droplet tests were performed using 0.01 g pellets of the filler metal. The diameter and the height were measured. The contact angles were calculated assuming a spherical cap shape of the droplets. Selected samples were chemically analyzed in a scanning electron mircroscope (SEM) using the energy dispersive method. To identify the reaction layer products, an X-ray diffraction and a SEM (back-scattered electron mode) were used. As expected, spreading was observed to decrease with time. In summary, spreading of Cu-Ag-Ti filler metal on silicon nitride is controlled by the transport of the active species (Ti) toward the solid/liquid surface and by the consumption of these species from the bulk liquid.

  2. 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.

  3. 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%.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Processing and fabrication of YBa2Cu3O(x)/Ag composite wires and coils

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    Ferrando, W. A.; Divecha, A. P.; Mansour, A. N.; Karmarkar, S. D.; Balachandran, U.; Dorris, S. E.; Dusek, J. T.; Picciolo, J. J.; Singh, J. P.; Poeppel, R. B.

    1990-11-01

    Silver was added to YBa2Cu3O(x) (123) powder by a melt technique using AgNO3 and heated to approx. 600 C to decompose the nitrate. This process yields 123 powder that is uniformly coated with Ag, as indicated by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The composite power is formed into rods (approx. 4 mm diameter) via drawing and swaging through conical converging dies. Wires of finer diameter (approx. 1 mm) and substantially greater linear uniformity were produced by slurry extrusion of the composite powder in a polymeric vehicle. Transport critical current density, J sub c, of these wires at present is about 750 A/sq cm. This value may be expected to rise due to further reduction of second phase impurities localized at grain boundaries and better understanding of the Ag/superconductor interface. The wire fabrication is described in some detail and discusses the results of microscopic analyses by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and x ray diffraction (XRD).

  10. Annealing dependence of giant magnetoresistance in CuFeNi alloys

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    Martins, C. S.; Missell, F. P.

    2000-05-01

    Giant magnetoresistance (GMR) in granular CuFeNi alloys is comparable in magnitude to that observed in CuCo. Here we study magnetization M and GMR (0Cu80Fe20-xNix (x=0, 2.5, 5, 10, and 15) as a function of annealing temperature Tan<500 C, using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. A wide variety of granular structures characterized by different average values of the particle sizes is obtained for different Fe/Ni ratios and annealing conditions. For Cu80Fe10Ni10, neither M nor GMR exhibit static hysteresis for T>50 K. At this temperature, the largest GMR value (19%) was obtained for a sample annealed at 400 C for 2 h. In Cu80Fe5Ni15, on the other hand, the microstructure and magnetic properties of the alloy are much more sensitive to annealing. The magnetoresistence is strongly dependent upon both the annealing and the measuring temperatures. For Fe-rich Cu80Fe20-xNix, the magnetic properties other alloys show a weak dependence upon annealing temperature. Magnetization curves for both as-cast and annealed alloys indicate many large particles which saturate at low magnetic fields. GMR versus alloy composition is presented for two annealing temperatures.

  11. Interphase boundary precipitation in liquid phase sintered W-Ni-Fe and W-Ni-Cu alloys

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    Muddle, B. C.

    1984-06-01

    The microstructure of liquid-phase sintered, tungsten-based heavy alloys comprises a continuous network of spheroidal tungsten single crystals embedded in a ductile, fcc matrix phase, and the integrity of the tungsten-matrix interphase boundaries established during processing is of major importance in determining the resultant mechanical properties. A serious potential source of embrittlement in these systems involves the precipitation of a brittle third phase along these boundaries. In the present work the techniques of selected area and convergent beam electron diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis, and scanning Auger electron spectroscopy have been used to identify the embrittling interphase boundary precipitate formed in a commercial W-4.5 wt pct Ni-4.5 wt pct Fe alloy. The interphase boundary precipitation of an intermetallic phase in a W-7.2 wt pct Ni-2.4 wt pct Cu alloy under controlled conditions of heat treatment has also been confirmed. The precipitate phase observed in the W-Ni-Fe alloy in the as-sintered furnace-cooled condition has been found to be an eta carbide with a diamond cubic crystal structure (space group Fd3m, a 0 = 1.092 0.005 nm) and a tentative composition of the form (Ni,Fe)6W6C, where the Ni:Fe atom ratio is approximately 2:3. Neither the carbide nor any evidence of an intermetallic phase was observed in the as-sintered, furnace-cooled W-Ni-Cu alloy, but a continuous interphase boundary film of intermetallic precipitate could be induced in specimens solution treated at 1350C, water quenched, and aged isothermally in the temperature range 600 to 900C. Selected area electron diffraction indicated that the phase was isomorphous with the intermetallic Ni4W of the binary Ni-W system.

  12. Study of the ^56Ni(d,p)^57Ni Reaction and the Astrophysical ^56Ni(p,?)^57Cu Reaction Rate.

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    Rehm, K. E.; Borasi, F.; Jiang, C. L.; Ackermann, D.; Ahmad, I.; Brumwell, F.; Davids, C. N.; Decrock, P.; Fischer, S. M.; Greene, J.; Hackman, G.; Harss, B.; Henderson, D.; Henning, W.; Janssens, R. V. F.; McMichael, G.; Nanal, V.; Nisius, D.; Nolen, J.; Pardo, R. C.; Reiter, P.; Schiffer, J. P.; Seweryniak, D.; Wuosmaa, A.; Brown, A.; Grres, J.; Wiescher, M.; Paul, M.; Segel, R. E.

    1997-10-01

    Beams of doubly-magic ^56Ni(T_1/2=6.1d) ions have been produced for the first time at ATLAS with the two-accelerator method. Using a high-efficiency Si detector array and the Fragment Mass Analyzer for particle identification, angular distributions for the inverse (d,p) reaction d(^56Ni,p)^57Ni have been measured. Spectroscopic factors for low-lying single-particle(?) states in ^57Ni have been obtained. With these spectropic factors, the yield for the ^56Ni(p,?) reaction to the mirror nucleus ^57Cu has been calculated. The astrophysical rate for this reaction is found to be more than 10 times higher than previously assumed. Information on the d(^56Co,p)^57Co was obtained from the same measurement. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Nuclear Physics Division, under contract W-31-109-ENG-38 and by the NSF.

  13. Temperature-induced sign change of the magnetic interlayer coupling in Ni/Ni25Mn75/Ni trilayers on Cu3Au(001)

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    Shokr, Y. A.; Erkovan, M.; Wu, C.-B.; Zhang, B.; Sandig, O.; Kuch, W.

    2015-05-01

    We investigated the magnetic interlayer coupling between two ferromagnetic (FM) Ni layers through an antiferromagnetic (AFM) Ni25Mn75 layer and the influence of this coupling on the exchange bias phenomenon. The interlayer coupling energy of an epitaxial trilayer of 14 atomic monolayers (ML) Ni/45 ML Ni25Mn75/16 ML Ni on Cu3Au(001) was extracted from minor-loop magnetization measurements using in-situ magneto-optical Kerr effect. The interlayer coupling changes from ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic when the temperature is increased above 300 K. This sign change is interpreted as the result of the competition between an antiparallel Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY)-type interlayer coupling, which dominates at high temperature, and a stronger direct exchange coupling across the AFM layer, which is present only below the Nel temperature of the AFM layer.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 10min with a lowest detectable concentration of 0.5?M, 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

  18. 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.

  19. Spreading of Sn-Ag solders on FeNi alloys

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    Saiz, Eduardo; Hwang, C-W.; Suganuma, Katsuaki; Tomsia, Antoni P.

    2003-02-28

    The spreading of Sn-3Ag-xBi solders on Fe-42Ni has been studied using a drop transfer setup. Initial spreading velocities as fast as {approx}0.5 m/s have been recorded. The results are consistent with a liquid front moving on a metastable, flat, unreacted substrate and can be described by using a modified molecular-kinetic model for which the rate controlling step is the movement of one atom from the liquid to the surface of the solid substrate. Although the phase diagram predicts the formation of two Fe-Sn intermetallics at the solder/substrate interface in samples heated at temperatures lower than 513 C, after spreading at 250 C only a thin FeSn reaction layer could be observed. Two interfacial layers (FeSn and FeSn2) were found after spreading at 450 C.

  20. 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

    2015-11-01

    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: 63.17C/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 ?-Sn (average size 14 ?m) surrounded by a network-like fine eutectic structure consisting of ?-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 ?-Sn grain size and the morphology of the Ag3Sn compound. Water cooling (at the fastest cooling rate of 100C/s) of a solder sample resulted in a microstructure consisting of the finest structure of Ag3Sn and ?-Sn with no Cu6Sn5, consequently exhibiting the highest hardness of the various specimens. By contrast, after cooling at the slowest rate of 0.008C/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.

  1. 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.

  2. Graphitic carbon nitride solid nanofilms for selective and recyclable sensing of Cu2+ and Ag+ in water and serum.

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    Huang, Heqin; Chen, Rui; Ma, Jiale; Yan, Li; Zhao, Yingqi; Wang, Yu; Zhang, Wenjun; Fan, Jun; Chen, Xianfeng

    2014-12-18

    Herein we report the fabrication of g-C3N4 nanofilms and their application as a solid fluorescence sensor. The as-prepared films are capable of convenient, sensitive, selective, rapid and recyclable sensing of Cu(2+) and Ag(+) in water and serum, indicating the sensor's potential application in disease diagnosis. Attractively, our sensor is able to differentiate Cu(2+) and Ag(+) by making use of their different adsorption and desorption kinetics during the interaction with g-C3N4 nanofilms. PMID:25350907

  3. Competitive removal of Cu-EDTA and Ni-EDTA via microwave-enhanced Fenton oxidation with hydroxide precipitation.

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    Lin, Qintie; Pan, Hanping; Yao, Kun; Pan, Yonggang; Long, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can form very stable complexes with heavy metal ions, greatly inhibiting conventional metal-removal technologies used in water treatment. Both the oxidation of EDTA and the reduction of metal ions in metal-EDTA systems via the microwave-enhanced Fenton reaction followed by hydroxide precipitation were investigated. The Cu(II)-Ni(II)-EDTA, Cu(II)-EDTA and Ni(II)-EDTA exhibited widely different decomplexation efficiencies under equivalent conditions. When the reaction reached equilibrium, the chemical oxygen demand was reduced by a microwave-enhanced Fenton reaction in different systems and the reduction order from high to low was Cu(II)-Ni(II)-EDTA ? Cu(II)-EDTA > Ni(II)-EDTA. The removal efficiencies of both Cu(2+) and Ni(2+) in Cu-Ni-EDTA wastewaters were much higher than those in a single heavy metal system. The degradation efficiency of EDTA in Cu-Ni-EDTA was lower than that in a single metal system. In the Cu-Ni-EDTA system, the microwave thermal degradation and the Fenton-like reaction created by Cu catalyzed H2O2 altered the EDTA degradation pathway and increased the pH of the wastewater system, conversely inhibiting residual EDTA degradation. PMID:26398034

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Critical current behavior of Ag-coated YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus x thin films

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    Ono, R.H.; Beall, J.A.; Harvey, T.E.; Reintsema, C.D.; Johansson, M.; Cromar, M.W.; Goodrich, L.F.; Moreland, J.; Roshko, A.; Stauffer, T.C. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on the behavior of high-quality YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} (YBC) thin films with Ag over-layers. The authors chose to study Ag in detail because of its widespread use as contact metallization and the author's earlier studies of proximity effects in YBC. The details of transport critical current measurements are presented. The Ag coatings can reduce normal state resistance while not degrading the critical current density, J{sub c}.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Hall effect in Zr-Ni and Zr-Cu metallic glasses doped with hydrogen

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    Kokanovic, I.; Leontic, B. ); Lukatela, J.; Ivkov, J. )

    1990-12-15

    We have studied the effect of hydrogen doping on the Hall resistivity of paramagnetic Zr{sub 76}Ni{sub 24}, Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 60}, Zr{sub 70}Cu{sub 30}, and Zr{sub 60}Cu{sub 40} metallic glasses. All the alloys have positive Hall coefficients except the Zr{sub 40}Ni{sub 60}. The hydrogen dopant increases the absolute value of the Hall coefficient irrespective of its sign, except in the case of (Zr{sub 70}Cu{sub 30}){sub 1{minus}{ital x}}H{sub {ital x}}, where the Hall coefficient decreases for low hydrogen concentrations ({ital x}{lt}0.04) and increases at higher ones, while staying positive all the time. The results are explained as being due to the enhanced {ital s}-{ital d} hybridization.

  14. Elastic properties of Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloys studied by dynamic mechanical analysis

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    Graczykowski, B.; Biskupski, P.; Mroz, B.; Mielcarek, S.; N, M. L.; San Juan, J.

    2010-01-01

    The elastic properties of Cu-Al-Ni single crystals have been studied during forward and reverse martensitic transformation by dynamic mechanical analysis. Measurements were performed for two alloys, occurring in austenitic (Cu-14%Al-4%Ni) and martensitic (Cu-13.7%Al-3%Ni) phases at room temperature. Investigation of elastic and damping properties was performed for several frequencies of the oscillating force. Evolution of damping in cooling/heating measurements gave information about internal friction during forward and reverse martensitic phase transformations. Characteristic temperatures of martensitic transformation were determined by dynamic mechanical analysis and compared with optical micrographs of samples' surfaces and with previous results from differential scanning calorimetry. In addition, comparison of elastic properties in pure austenitic and martensitic phase during ageing was made. The paper presents a step-by-step analysis of experimental results showing the causes which lead to observed changes of elastic properties at martensitic transformation or with time.

  15. 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.

  16. The As-Cu-Ni System: A Chemical Thermodynamic Model for Ancient Recycling

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    Sabatini, Benjamin J.

    2015-08-01

    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 1200C 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. High cyclic stability of the elastocaloric effect in sputtered TiNiCu shape memory films

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    Bechtold, C.; Chluba, C.; Lima de Miranda, R.; Quandt, E.

    2012-08-01

    The elastocaloric effect that occurs during the stress-induced martensitic transformation in shape memory alloys is a promising mechanism in view of solid state cooling applications. It also allows for downscaling to feature sizes in the ?m range, thus, being attractive for micro-cooling applications using thin film materials. In this study, elastocaloric properties of TiNi and TiNiCu films and their relation to functional fatigue were investigated. Both materials show similar effect sizes, their fatigue behavior is however different. While the temperature change in TiNi degrades by a factor of two within 150 cycles, no significant elastocaloric fatigue was found in TiNiCu.

  1. 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; Khn, 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 ?2-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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    2015-10-01

    SAC 305 solder bump with 800 ?m 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 m? and 11.8 2.8 m? at room temperature and 160C, respectively. In general, the resistance of the solder joint increases instantly by about 1 m?, when subjected to a 2.2 A aging current at 160C. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Electrodeposition mechanism and characterization of Ni-Cu alloy coatings from a eutectic-based ionic liquid

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    Wang, Shaohua; Guo, Xingwu; Yang, Haiyan; Dai, JiChun; Zhu, Rongyu; Gong, Jia; Peng, Liming; Ding, Wenjiang

    2014-01-01

    The electrodeposition mechanism, microstructures and corrosion resistances of Ni-Cu alloy coatings on Cu substrate were investigated in a choline chloride-urea (1:2 molar ratio) eutectic-based ionic liquid (1:2 ChCl-urea IL) containing nickel and copper chlorides. Cyclic voltammetry showed that the onset reduction potentials for Cu (-0.32 V) and for Ni (-0.47 V) were close to each other, indicating that Ni-Cu co-deposition could be easily achieved in the absence of complexing agent which was indispensable in aqueous plating electrolyte. Chronoamperometric investigations revealed that Ni-Cu deposits followed the three-dimensional instantaneous nucleation/growth mechanism, thus producing a solid solution. The compositions, microstructures and corrosion resistances of Ni-Cu alloy coatings were significantly dependent on the deposition current densities. Ni-Cu alloy coatings were ?-Ni(Cu) solid solutions, and the coating containing 17.6 at.% Cu exhibited the best corrosion resistance because of its dense and crack-free structure.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 Graas Afonso Miranda; Brunharo, Ione Helena Vieira Portella; Quinto, Ctia 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 27C and 35C, 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 27C and 35C 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 27C and the heat-activated ones by Unitek presented the smallest microcavities and the lowest wire-surface roughness with regard to fracture, while the CuNiTi 35C wires presented inadequate wire-surface roughness in the fracture region. Conclusion CuNiTi 35C wires did not present better morphologic characteristics in comparison to the other wires with regard to surfaces and fracture region. PMID:24713562

  10. One-dimensional NiCuZn ferrite nanostructures: Fabrication, structure, and magnetic properties

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    Xiang Jun; Shen Xiangqian; Song Fuzhan; Liu Mingquan

    2010-06-15

    Ni{sub 0.5-x}Cu{sub x}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.0{<=}x{<=}0.5) ferrite nanofibers with diameters of 80-160 nm have been prepared by electrospinning and subsequent heat treatment. Both the average grain size and lattice parameter are found to increase with the addition of copper. Fourier transform infrared spectra indicate that the portion of Fe{sup 3+} ions at the tetrahedral sites move to the octahedral sites as some of the substituted Cu{sup 2+} ions get into the tetrahedral sites. Vibrating sample magnetometer measurements show that the coercivity of these ferrite nanofibers decreases with increasing Cu concentration, whereas the specific saturation magnetization initially increases, reaches a maximum value at x=0.2 and then decreases with the Cu content further increase. Notable differences in magnetic properties at room temperature (298 K) and 77 K for the Ni{sub 0.3}Cu{sub 0.2}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanofibers and corresponding powders are observed and mainly arise from the grain size and morphological variations between these two materials. - Graphical abstract: NiCuZn ferrite nanofibers with diameters of 80-160 nm have been prepared by electrospinning technique and their magnetic behavior is different from that of the corresponding powder sample.

  11. 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.

  12. Microstructural evolution during aging of an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Kumar, K.S.; Brown, S.A.; Pickens, J.R.

    1996-05-01

    Using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques, the phases present in an Al-5.4Cu-1.64Li-0.4Ag-0.4Mg-0.16Zr alloy were identified in the naturally-aged condition and after artificial aging to various times along the aging curve. The effect of prior stretching on the identity of strengthening phases in various aging conditions was also examined. In the naturally aged condition, {delta}{prime} (Al{sub 3}Li) and GP zones were present. Prior stretching discouraged the formation of these GP zones. Upon artificial aging, a reversion occurred in both the stretched and unstretched material that was associated with the dissolution of the GP zones and some of the {delta}{prime}. Longer exposures to temperature caused the precipitation of more {delta}{prime}, {theta}{prime} (Al{sub 2}Cu), T{sub 1} (Al{sub 2}CuLi) and S{prime} (Al{sub 2}CuMg), and the latter two of these phases remained in the overaged condition. The {delta}{prime} phase precipitated homogeneously in the matrix and heterogeneously on {theta}{prime} and Al{sub 3}Zr. In the unstretched material, the T{sub 1} phase first precipitated on the subgrain boundaries, then in the interior of the subgrains, leaving a precipitate-free zone that decreased in size with longer aging times. The {theta}{prime} in the stretched material produced streaks and spots of lower intensity (in selected area diffraction patterns) than in the unstretched material, for comparable aging times. Overaging of the stretched material, however, resulted in the dissolution of {theta}{prime} and some {delta}{prime} leaving a matrix consisting of T{sub 1}, S{prime} and minor amounts of {delta}{prime}.

  13. Effects of pre-annealed ITO film on the electrical characteristics of high-reflectance Ni/Ag/Ni/Au contacts to p-type GaN

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    Hu, Xiao-Long; Liu, Li; Wang, Hong; Zhang, Xi-Chun

    2015-12-01

    In this study, a Ni/Ag/Ni/Au multilayer with first Ni layer of 0.5 nm was first optimized for high reflectivity (92.3%), low specific contact resistance (2.1 10-3 ? cm2) and good attachment strength to p-type GaN. To further decrease the contact resistance, the p-type GaN surface was previously treated with pre-annealed indium-tin-oxide (ITO) film before deposition of the Ni/Ag/Ni/Au multilayer, and resulted in a lower specific contact resistance of 1.9 10-4 ? cm2. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicated that Ga 2p core level of the p-type GaN surface with the pre-annealed ITO film had a lower binding energy, leading to a reduction in the contact resistance. Furthermore, GaN-based flip-chip light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with and without the pre-annealed ITO film were fabricated. The average forward voltage of the flip-chip LEDs fabricated with the pre-annealed ITO film is 3.22 V at an injection current density of 35 A/cm2, which is much lower than that (3.49 V) of flip-chip LEDs without the pre-annealed ITO film. These results reveal that the proposed approach is effectively to fabricate high quality p-type contacts toward high power GaN-based LEDs.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Ternary eutectic growth of Ag-Cu-Sb alloy within ultrasonic field

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    Zhai, Wei; Hong, Zhenyu; Wei, Bingbo

    2007-08-01

    The liquid to solid transformation of ternary Ag42.4Cu21.6Sb36 eutectic alloy was accomplished in an ultrasonic field with a frequency of 35 kHz, and the growth mechanism of this ternary eutectic was examined. Theoretical calculations predict that the sound intensity in the liquid phase at the solidification interface increases gradually as the interface moves up from the sample bottom to its top. The growth mode of ( ? + ? + Sb) ternary eutectic exhibits a transition of divorced eutecticmixture of anomalous and regular structuresregular eutectic along the sample axis due to the inhomogeneity of sound field distribution. In the top zone with the highest sound intensity, the cavitation effect promotes the three eutectic phases to nucleate independently, while the acoustic streaming efficiently suppresses the coupled growth of eutectic phases. In the meantime, the ultrasonic field accelerates the solute transportation at the solid-liquid interface, which reduces the solute solubility of eutectic phases.

  1. Quantum fluctuation and vibrational dynamics of aqueous Cu+ and Ag+ clusters

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    Koizumi, Akihito; Tachikawa, Masanori; Shiga, Motoyuki

    2013-06-01

    The structures and infrared spectra of Ag+(H2O)n (n = 1-4) and Cu+(H2O) are studied by "on-the-fly" ab initio MD, ab initio PIMD, and ab initio RPMD simulations. It is found that the anharmonicity due to nuclear quantum and thermal effects acts differently depending on the system as well as the type of vibrational mode. In the low-frequency region, the spectra become a broad band as the cluster size increases due to the complex mode couplings, which is qualitatively different from the harmonic spectra. In contrast, the HOH bending modes are systematically red-shifted by a small amount due to the anharmonicity. The OH stretching modes are found to be also red-shifted, but the amount of shift is more dependent on the system. Consequently, these effects cannot be described by unique scaling of harmonic frequencies.

  2. Isotopic Ag-Cu-Pb record of silver circulation through 16th-18th century Spain.

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    Desaulty, Anne-Marie; Telouk, Philippe; Albalat, Emmanuelle; Albarde, 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

  3. Hydrogen mimicking the properties of coinage metal atoms in Cu and Ag monohydride clusters.

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    Vetter, Karsten; Proch, Sebastian; Gantefr, Gerd F; Behera, Swayamprabha; Jena, Puru

    2013-12-28

    A systematic study of the electronic structure and equilibrium geometries of Cun, Cun-1H, Agn, and Agn-1H; n = 2-5 clusters is carried out using photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) experiments and density functional theory based calculations. Our objective is to see if the substitution of a coinage metal atom by hydrogen would retain the electronic structure of the parent metal cluster since both systems are isoelectronic. For clusters with n ? 3, we find that the measured PES and vertical detachment energies (VDEs) (i.e. energies necessary to remove an electron from the anionic Mn(-) (M = Cu, Ag) clusters without changing their geometries) are close to those of Mn-1H(-) clusters, suggesting that substitution of a metal atom with hydrogen does not perturb the electronic structure of the parent cluster anion significantly. Calculated VDEs agree very well with experiment validating the theoretical methods used as well as the geometries of the neutral and anionic clusters. PMID:24217243

  4. 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.

  5. Calculated surface, image and quantum well states in Ag/Cu(111) system

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    Bejan, Doina

    2013-09-01

    The energy spectrum and the probability densities of the surface, the image and the quantum well (QW) states of the Ag/Cu(111) system have been calculated function of the thickness of the silver film. The layer by layer energy spectrum and probability densities of this system are obtained as a solution of the Schrdinger equation using the discrete variable representation (DVR). In this equation we have used an analytical one-dimensional model potential derived from the potential of Chulkov et al. [1]. Our calculated energy spectrum and probability densities of the surface, image and QW states present coverage dependence in agreement with the experiments and other calculations of the surface states.

  6. 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 ?{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 ?{sub i}, which indicated that the sample had better magnetic properties.

  7. Homochiral Cu(II) and Ni(II) malates with tunable structural features

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    Zavakhina, Marina S.; Samsonenko, Denis G.; Virovets, Alexander V.; Dybtsev, Danil N.; Fedin, Vladimir P.

    2014-02-15

    Four new homochiral metalorganic frameworks (MOFs) based on S-malate anions and N-donor linkers of different length have been prepared under solvothermal conditions. [Cu(mal)(bpy)]H{sub 2}O (1), [Cu(mal)(bpe)]2H{sub 2}O (2), [Ni(mal)(bpy)]1.3CH{sub 3}OH (3) and [Ni(mal)(bpe)]4H{sub 2}O (4) (mal=S-malate, bpy=4,4?-bipyridil, bpe=trans-1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene) were characterized by a number of analytical methods including powder X-ray diffraction, elemental, thermogravimetric analyses, IR spectroscopy. Compounds 13 were structurally characterized by X-ray crystallography. The absence of the chiral ligand racemization under synthetic conditions was unambiguously confirmed by polarimetry experiments. Compounds 1 and 2 contain metal-malate layered motives, connected by N-donor linkers and contribute to the family of isoreticular Cu(II) malates and tartrates [Cu(mal)L] and [Cu(tart)L], (tart=tartrate; L=ditopic rigid organic ligand). The Ni-based compounds 3 and 4 share 1D chiral (Ni(mal)) motives and possess novel type of the chiral framework, previously unknown for chiral carboxylates. The linear N-donor linkers connect these chiral chains, thus controlling the channel diameter and guest accessible volume of the homochiral structure, which exceeds 60 %. - Graphical abstract: Four new homochiral metalorganic frameworks are built from Ni{sup 2+} or Cu{sup 2+} cations, S-malate anions and N-donor linkers of different length, which controls the size of pores and guest accessible volume of the homochiral structure. Display Omitted - Highlights: Four new homohiral metalorganic frameworks based on Ni{sup 2+} and Cu{sup 2+}. Cu(II)malate layers and Ni(II)malate chains are connected by N-donor linkers. N-donor linkers of different length control the size of pores.

  8. Relationship between microstructure, cytotoxicity and corrosion properties of a Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy.

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    Coli?, Miodrag; Rudolf, Rebeka; Stamenkovi?, Dragoslav; Anzel, Ivan; Vucevi?, Dragana; Jenko, Monika; Lazi?, Vojkan; Lojen, Gorazd

    2010-01-01

    Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloys (SMAs) have been investigated as materials for medical devices, but their biomedical application is still limited. The aim of this work was to compare the microstructure, corrosion and cytotoxicity in vitro of a Cu-Al-Ni SMA. Rapidly solidified (RS) thin ribbons, manufactured via melt spinning, were used for the tests. The control alloy was a permanent mould casting of the same composition, but without shape memory effect. The results show that RS ribbons are significantly more resistant to corrosion compared with the control alloy, as judged by the lesser release of Cu and Ni into the conditioning medium. These results correlate with the finding that RS ribbons were not cytotoxic to L929 mouse fibroblasts and rat thymocytes. In addition, the RS ribbon conditioning medium inhibited cellular proliferation and IL-2 production by activated rat splenocytes to a much lesser extent. The inhibitory effects were almost completely abolished by conditioning the RS ribbons in culture medium for 4 weeks. Microstructural analysis showed that RS ribbons are martensitic, with boron particles as a minor phase. In contrast, the control Cu-Al-Ni alloy had a complex multiphase microstructure. Examination of the alloy surfaces after conditioning by energy dispersive X-ray and Auger electron spectroscopy showed the formation of Cu and Al oxide layers and confirmed that the metals in RS ribbons are less susceptible to oxidation and corrosion compared with the control alloy. In conclusion, these results suggest that rapid solidification significantly improves the corrosion stability and biocompatibility in vitro of Cu-Al-Ni SMA ribbons. PMID:19540942

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Electrodeposition of high corrosion resistance Cu/Ni-P coating on AZ91D magnesium alloy

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    Zhang, Shan; Cao, Fahe; Chang, Linrong; Zheng, JunJun; Zhang, Zhao; Zhang, Jianqing; Cao, Chunan

    2011-08-01

    High corrosion resistance Cu/Ni-P coatings were electrodeposited on AZ91D magnesium alloy via suitable pretreatments, such as one-step acid pickling-activation, once zinc immersion and environment-friendly electroplated copper as the protective under-layer, which made Ni-P deposit on AZ91D Mg alloy in acid plating baths successfully. The pH value and current density for Ni-P electrodeposition were optimized to obtain high corrosion resistance. With increasing the phosphorous content of the Ni-P coatings, the deposits were found to gradually transform to amorphous structure and the corrosion resistance increased synchronously. The anticorrosion ability of AZ91D Mg alloy was greatly improved by the amorphous Ni-P deposits, which was investigated by potentiodynamic polarization curve and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The corrosion current density ( Icorr) of the coated Mg alloy substrate is about two orders of magnitude less than that of the uncoated.

  12. Atom probe characterization of precipitation in an aged Cu-Ni-P alloy.

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    Aruga, Yasuhiro; Saxey, David W; Marquis, Emmanuelle A; Cerezo, Alfred; Smith, George D W

    2011-05-01

    A temporal evolution of clusters associated with age hardening behavior in a Cu-Ni-P alloy during ageing at 250 C for up to 100 ks after solution treatment has been carried out. A three-dimensional atom probe (3DAP) analysis has showed that Ni-P clusters are present in the as-quenched condition, and that the cluster density increases as the ageing time increases. The clusters have a wide range of Ni/P ratios when they are relatively small, whereas larger clusters exhibit a narrow distribution of the Ni/P ratio, approaching a ratio of approximately two. These results would indicate that the clusters with various Ni/P ratios form at the early stage of precipitation and the ratio approaches a value identical to that of the equilibrium phase at 250 C as the clusters enlarge during ageing. PMID:21295913

  13. Geometrically unprecedented 3-, 5- and 7-membered Hg(II)-Cu(I) and Hg(II)-Ag(I) thiolate clusters: precursors to intermetallics.

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    Gupta, Geetika; Chaturvedi, Jyotsna; Bhattacharya, Subrato

    2015-05-21

    The syntheses of three polynuclear heterobimetallic complexes through the use of a homoleptic mercuric thiolate anion as a template for the assembly of coinage metal are presented. The complexes, [(PPh3)3Ag3(?-SPh)7Hg2] (1), [Hg(?-SPh)4{Cu(PPh3)2}2] (2) and [(dppe)2Cu5(?-SPh)7Hg2(SPh)2] (3) were utilized as precursors for the fabrication of Hg-Ag and Hg-Cu intermetallics. PMID:25873179

  14. 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.

  15. Microstructural Evolution of Brazed CP-Ti Using the Clad Ti-20Zr-20Cu-20Ni Foil

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    Yeh, Tze-Yang; Shiue, Ren-Kae; Chang, Chenchung Steve

    2013-01-01

    Microstructural evolution of the clad Ti-20Zr-20Cu-20Ni foil brazed CP-Ti alloy has been investigated. For the specimen furnace brazed below 1143 K (870 C), the joint is dominated by coarse eutectic and fine eutectoid structures. Increasing the brazing temperature above 1163 K (890 C) results in disappearance of coarse eutectic structure, and the joint is mainly comprised of a fine eutectoid of (Ti,Zr)2Ni, Ti2Cu, Ti2Ni, and ?-Ti.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Alkali-promoted CO dissociation on Cu(111) and Ni(111) at room temperature.

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    Politano, A; Formoso, V; Chiarello, G

    2008-10-28

    The coadsorption of alkalis (K, Na) and CO on Cu(111) was investigated by high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy. Measurements performed at room temperature showed that CO adsorption is partially dissociative on a potassium-precovered Cu(111) surface and fully dissociative for Na/Cu(111). Carbon monoxide molecules occupy adsorption sites directly adjacent to those of alkali adatoms, as suggested by the absence of a threshold alkali precoverage for CO dissociation. On the contrary, for alkali+CO/Ni(111) a threshold alkali precoverage for CO dissociation was found to exist. PMID:19045294

  19. 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.

  20. 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 IL1? 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 zincs. Except undoped control glass, all doped glasses tested showed anti-inflammatory properties by preventing IL1? 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.

  1. Elevated Temperature Creep Properties of Conventional 50Au-50Cu and 47Au 50Cu-3Ni Braze Alloys

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    STEPHENS JR.,JOHN J.; SCHMALE,DAVID T.

    2000-12-18

    The elevated temperature creep properties of the 50Au-50Cu wt% and 47Au-50Cu-3Ni braze alloys have been evaluated over the temperature range 250-850 C. At elevated temperatures, i.e., 450-850 C, both alloys were tested in the annealed condition (2 hrs. 750 C/water quenched). The minimum strain rate properties over this temperature range are well fit by the Garofalo sinh equation. At lower temperatures (250 and 350 C), power law equations were found to characterize the data for both alloys. For samples held long periods of time at 375 C (96 hrs.) and slowly cooled to room temperature, an ordering reaction was observed. For the case of the 50Au-50Cu braze alloy, the stress necessary to reach the same, strain rate increased by about 15% above the baseline data. The limited data for ordered 47Au-50Cu-3Ni alloy reflected a,smaller strength increase. However, the sluggishness of this ordering reaction in both alloys does not appear to pose a problem for braze joints cooled at reasonable rates following brazing.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Ratio-controlled synthesis of CuNi octahedra and nanocubes with enhanced catalytic activity.

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    Wang, Menglin; Wang, Liangbing; Li, Hongliang; Du, Wenpeng; Khan, Munir Ullah; Zhao, Songtao; Ma, Chao; Li, Zhenyu; Zeng, Jie

    2015-11-11

    Non-noble bimetallic nanocrystals (NCs) have been widely explored due to not only their low cost and abundant content in the Earth's crust but also their outstanding performance in catalytic reactions. However, controllable synthesis of non-noble alloys remains a significant challenge. Here we report a facile synthesis of CuNi octahedra and nanocubes with controllable shapes and tunable compositions. Its success relies on the use of borane morpholine as a reducing agent, which upon decomposition generates a burst of H2 molecules to induce rapid formation of the nuclei. Specifically, octahedra switched to nanocubes with an increased amount of borane morpholine. In addition, the ratio of CuNi NCs could be facilely tuned by changing the molar ratio of both precursors. The obtained CuNi NCs exhibited high activity in aldehyde-alkyne-amine coupling reactions, and their performance is strongly facet- and composition-dependent due to the competition of the surface energy (enhanced by increasing the percent of Ni) and active sites (derived from Cu atoms). PMID:26498199

  7. 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.

  8. The response of macrophages to a Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy.

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    Coli?, Miodrag; Tomi?, Sergej; Rudolf, Rebeka; Anzel, Ivan; Lojen, Gorazd

    2010-09-01

    Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloys (SMAs) have been investigated as materials for medical devices, but little is known about their biocompatibility. The aim of this work was to study the response of rat peritoneal macrophages (PM) to a Cu-Al-Ni SMA in vitro, by measuring the functional activity of mitochondria, necrosis, apoptosis, and production of proinflammatory cytokines. Rapidly solidified (RS) thin ribbons were used for the tests. The control alloy was a permanent mold casting of the same composition, but without the shape memory effect. Our results showed that the control alloy was severely cytotoxic, whereas RS ribbons induced neither necrosis nor apoptosis of PM. These findings correlated with the data that RS ribbons are significantly more resistant to corrosion compared to the control alloy, as judged by the lesser release of Cu and Ni in the conditioning medium. However, the ribbons generated intracellular reactive oxygen species and upregulated the production of IL-6 by PM. These effects were almost completely abolished by conditioning the RS ribbons for 5 weeks. In conclusion, RS significantly improves the corrosion stability and biocompatibility of Cu-Al-Ni SMA. The biocompatibility of this functional material could be additionally enhanced by conditioning the ribbons in cell culture medium. PMID:20008088

  9. 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.

  10. Competitive sorption of Cd, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn in polluted and unpolluted calcareous soils.

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    Jalali, Mohsen; Moradi, Fahimeh

    2013-11-01

    The objectives of this study were to investigate competitive sorption behaviour of heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) under different management practices and identify soil characteristics that can be correlated with the retention and mobility of heavy metals using 65 calcareous soil samples. The lowest sorption was found for Mn and Ni in competition with the other metals, indicating the high mobility of these two cations. The Freundlich equation adequately described heavy metals adsorption. On the basis of Freundlich distribution coefficient, the selectivity sequence of the metal adsorption was Cu > Pb > Cd > Zn > Ni > Mn. The mean value of the joint distribution coefficient (K d?sp) was 182.1, 364.1, 414.7, 250.1, 277.7, 459.9 and 344.8 l kg(-1) for garden, garlic, pasture, potato, vegetables, wheat and polluted soils, respectively. The lowest observed K d?sp in garden soil samples was due to the lower cation exchange capacity and lower carbonate content. The results of the geochemical modelling under low and high metal addition indicated that Cd, Ni, Mn and Zn were mainly retained via adsorption, while Pb and Cu were retained via adsorption and precipitation. Stepwise forward regression analysis showed that clay, organic matter and CaCO3 were the most important soil properties influencing competitive adsorption of Cd, Mn, Ni and Zn. The results in this study point to a relatively easy way to estimate distribution coefficient values. PMID:23677680

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Tailoring of UV/violet plasmonic properties in Ag, and Cu coated Al concaves arrays

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    Norek, Ma?gorzata; W?odarski, Maksymilian; St?pniowski, Wojciech J.

    2014-09-01

    UV plasmonics is of particular interest because of large variety of applications, where the higher energy plasmon resonances would advance scientific achievements, including surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with UV excitation, ultrasensitive label-free detection of important biomolecules absorbing light in the UV, or the possibility for exerting control over photochemical reactions. Despite its potential, UV plasmonics is still in its infancy, mostly due to difficulties in fabrication of reproducible nanostructured materials operating in this high energy range. Here, we present a simple electrochemical method to fabricate regular arrays of aluminum concaves demonstrating plasmonic properties in UV/violet region. The method enables the preparation of concaves with well-controlled geometrical parameters such as interpore distance (Dc), and therefore, well controllable plasmon resonances. Moreover, the patterning is suitable for large scale production. The UV/violet properties of Al concaves can be further fine-tuned by Ag and Cu metals. The refractive index sensitivity (RIS) increases after the metals deposition as compared to RIS of pure Al nanohole arrays. The highest RIS of 404 nm/RIU was obtained for Cu coated Al nanoconcaves with the Dc = 460.8 nm, which is similar or better than the RIS values previously reported for other nanohole arrays, operating in visible/near IR 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. 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.

  16. Effect of Ag Content and the Minor Alloying Element Fe on the Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Stability of Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Alloy Under High-Temperature Annealing

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    Shnawah, Dhafer Abdulameer; Sabri, Mohd Faizul Mohd; Badruddin, Irfan Anjum; Said, Suhana Binti Mohd; Ariga, Tadashi; Che, Fa Xing

    2013-03-01

    This study compares the high-Ag-content Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu with the low- Ag-content Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy and the three quaternary solder alloys Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu-0.1Fe, Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu-0.3Fe, and Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu-0.5Fe to understand the beneficial effects of Fe on the microstructural stability, mechanical properties, and thermal behavior of the low-Ag-content Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy. The results indicate that the Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy possesses small primary ?-Sn dendrites and wide interdendritic regions consisting of a large number of fine Ag3Sn intermetallic compound (IMC) particles. However, the Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy possesses large primary ?-Sn dendrites and narrow interdendritic regions of sparsely distributed Ag3Sn IMC particles. The Fe-bearing SAC105 solder alloys possess large primary ?-Sn dendrites and narrow interdendritic regions of sparsely distributed Ag3Sn IMC particles containing a small amount of Fe. Moreover, the addition of Fe leads to the formation of large circular FeSn2 IMC particles located in the interdendritic regions. On the one hand, tensile tests indicate that the elastic modulus, yield strength, and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) increase with increasing Ag content. On the other hand, increasing the Ag content reduces the total elongation. The addition of Fe decreases the elastic modulus, yield strength, and UTS, while the total elongation is still maintained at the Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu level. The effect of aging on the mechanical behavior was studied. After 720 h and 24 h of aging at 100C and 180C, respectively, the Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy experienced a large degradation in its mechanical properties after both of the aging conditions, whereas the mechanical properties of the Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy degraded more dramatically after 24 h of aging at 180C. However, the Fe-bearing SAC105 solder alloys exhibited only slight changes in their mechanical properties after both aging procedures. The inclusion of Fe in the Ag3Sn IMC particles suppresses their IMC coarsening, which stabilizes the mechanical properties of the Fe-bearing SAC105 solder alloys after aging. The results from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) tests indicate that the addition of Fe has a negligible effect on the melting behavior. However, the addition of Fe significantly reduces the solidification onset temperature and consequently increases the degree of undercooling. In addition, fracture surface analysis indicates that the addition of Fe to the Sn-1Ag-0.5Cu alloy does not affect the mode of fracture, and all tested alloys exhibited large ductile dimples on the fracture surface.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Ion irradiation induced nanocrystal formation in amorphous Zr 55Cu 30Al 10Ni 5 alloy

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    Carter, Jesse; Fu, E. G.; Martin, Michael; Xie, Guoqiang; Zhang, X.; Wang, Y. Q.; Wijesundera, D.; Wang, X. M.; Chu, Wei-Kan; McDeavitt, Sean M.; Shao, Lin

    2009-09-01

    Ion irradiation can be used to induce partial crystallization in metallic glasses to improve their surface properties. We investigated the microstructural changes in ribbon Zr 55Cu 30Al 10Ni 5 metallic glass after 1 MeV Cu-ion irradiation at room temperature, to a fluence of 1.0 10 16 cm -2. In contrast to a recent report by others that there was no irradiation induced crystallization in the same alloy [S. Nagata, S. Higashi, B. Tsuchiya, K. Toh, T. Shikama, K. Takahiro, K. Ozaki, K. Kawatusra, S. Yamamoto, A. Inouye, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 257 (2007) 420], we have observed nanocrystals in the as-irradiated samples. Two groups of nanocrystals, one with diameters of 5-10 nm and another with diameters of 50-100 nm are observed by using high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Experimentally measured planar spacings ( d-values) agree with the expectations for Cu 10Zr 7, NiZr 2 and CuZr 2 phases. We further discussed the possibility to form a substitutional intermetallic (Ni xCu 1-x)Zr 2 phase.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Cumulative interface roughness and magnetization in antiferromagnetically coupled NiCo/Cu multilayers

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    Meng, X.; Bian, X.; Abdouche, R.; Muir, W. B.; Stroem-Olsen, J. O.; Altounian, Z.; Sutton, M.

    1994-11-01

    Cumulative interface roughness and its influence on the magnetization process in antiferromagnetically coupled (Ni80Co20/Cu) x N multilayers is studied. In these multilayers, Cu and Ni80Co20 thicknesses are fixed at 20 and 15 A, respectively, in order to obtain the antiferromagnetic coupling at the second oscillation peak of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) versus Cu thickness. Low-angle x-ray reflectivity measurements show that cumulative interface roughness increases with increasing bilayer number N. In-plane magnetization hysteresis measured with both superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and surface magneto-optic Kerr effect (SMOKE) magnetometers are compared. When the cumulative interface roughness is significant, SMOKE hysteresis loops, which are sensitive to the top 5 or 6 magnetic layers, display nonlinear plateau region at small fields. Comparison of low-angle x-ray, and SMOKE results show that interfaces of relatively high quality in top layers only exist for sputtered multilayer with N less than 10.

  4. 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.

  5. Monodisperse and 1D Cross-Linked Multi-branched Cu @ Ni Core-Shell Particles Synthesized by Chemical Reduction

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    Hu, Hailong; Zhang, Dian; Yu, Weiming; Sugawara, Katsuyasu; Guo, Tailiang

    2014-07-01

    We report on a two-step wet chemical route for producing Cu@Ni core-shell particles with multiple needle-like branches on the surface. Using the usual synthesis process, urchin-like Ni shells were formed on the surface of spherical Cu cores and monodisperse particles were obtained. Under the direction of a static magnetic field, one-dimensional, well-aligned Cu@Ni particles were assembled through cross-linking the branched Ni shells. The monodisperse Cu@Ni particles show stable and uniform field electron emission, having a low turn-on field of 3.3 V/ ?m and a large current density of 1 mA/cm2 under an applied field of about 5.33 V/ ?m.

  6. 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.

  7. Sulfides from Martian and Lunar Basalts: Comparative Chemistry for Ni Co Cu and Se

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    J Papike; P Burger; C Shearer; S Sutton; M Newville; Y Choi; A Lanzirotti

    2011-12-31

    Here Mars and Moon are used as 'natural laboratories' with Moon displaying lower oxygen fugacities ({approx}IW-1) than Mars ({approx}IW to FMQ). Moon has lower concentrations of Ni and Co in basaltic melts than does Mars. The major sulfides are troilite (FeS) in lunar basalts and pyrrhotite (Fe{sub 1-x}S) in martian basalts. This study focuses on the concentrations of Ni, Co, Cu, and Se. We chose these elements because of their geochemical importance and the feasibility of analyzing them with a combination of synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (SXRF) and electron microprobe (EPMA) techniques. The selenium concentrations could only be analyzed, at high precision, with SXRF techniques as they are <150 ppm, similar to concentrations seen in carbonaceous chondrites and interplanetary dust particles (IDPs). Nickel and Co are in higher concentrations in martian sulfides than lunar and are higher in martian olivine-bearing lithologies than olivine-free varieties. The sulfides in individual samples show very large ranges in concentration (e.g., Ni ranges from 50 000 ppm to <5 ppm). These large ranges are mainly due to compositional heterogeneities within individual grains due to diffusion and phase separation. Electron microprobe wavelength-dispersive (WDS) mapping of Ni, Co, and Cu show the diffusion trajectories. Nickel and Co have almost identical diffusion trajectories leading to the likely nucleation of pentlandite (Ni,Co,Fe){sub 9}S{sub 8}, and copper diffuses along separate pathways likely toward chalcopyrite nucleation sites (CuFeS{sub 2}). The systematics of Ni and Co in lunar and martian sulfides clearly distinguish the two parent bodies, with martian sulfides displaced to higher Ni and Co values.

  8. Performance of the nano-structured Cu-Ni (alloy) -CeO2 anode for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Liu, Minquan; Wang, Shaolan; Chen, Ting; Yuan, Chun; Zhou, Yucun; Wang, Shaorong; Huang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    In this work, copper and nickel oxides (CuO-NiO) powders with various mole ratios were synthesized by the glycine nitrate process (GNP) and the Cu-Ni alloy was obtained by reducing the CuO-NiO powders at 600 °C for 0.75 h. Furthermore, Cu1-xNix (alloy) -CeO2 impregnated YSZ anodes were fabricated by the impregnation method and the optimized anode composition was evaluated. It was found that the optimized mole ratio of Cu:Ni was 5:5, while the weight ratio of Cu-Ni alloy to CeO2 was 3:1. Additionally, impregnated anode with 40 wt % loading of Cu0.5Ni0.5 (alloy)-CeO2 exhibited the best performance and the polarization resistance of such anode was only 0.097, 0.115, 0.145 and 0.212 Ω cm2 at 750, 700, 650 and 600 °C, respectively. Finally, the performance of the optimized anode in methane (CH4) was investigated and the carbon deposition is greatly suppressed compared to the Ni-based anode.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Stability constants of Ni(II)- and Cu(II)-N-heterocycle complexes according to spectrophotometric data

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    Badhe, Samata; Tekade, Pradip; Bajaj, Sonal; Thakare, Shrikant

    2015-12-01

    The interaction of Ni(II) and Cu(II) with ethyl 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-6-methyl-2-oxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrimidine- 5-carboxylate [Ligand 1], 4-(1H-benzimidazol-2-yl)phenol [Ligand 2], and 2-(3-phenylamino- 4,5-dihydro-1,2-oxazol-5-yl)phenol [Ligand 3] have been studied by spectrophotometric technique at 0.01 M ionic strength and 28°C in 70% dioxane—water mixture. The data obtained were used to estimate the stability constant of these ligands. Spectrophotometric investigation of Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes with these ligands shows 1: 1 complex formation. The formation of complexes has been studied by Job's variation method. The values of conditional stability constants of Cu(II) complexes are greater than the corresponding Ni(II) complexes. The greater value of stability constant of Cu(II) complexes may be due to the fact of more stable nature of Cu(II). The value of stability constant of Cu(II)—Ligand 2 complex is greater than that of Cu(II)-Ligand 1 and Cu(II)-Ligand 3. The same of Ni(II)-Ligand 3 complex is greater than that of Ni(II)-Ligand 1 and Ni(II)-Ligand 2.

  12. 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; Boi?, 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

  13. 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.

  14. The mechanism of N-Ag bonding determined tunability of surface-enhanced Raman scattering of pyridine on MAg (M = Cu, Ag, Au) diatomic clusters.

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    Chen, Lei; Gao, Yang; Xu, Haoran; Wang, Zhigang; Li, Zhengqiang; Zhang, Rui-Qin

    2014-10-14

    Binary coinage metal clusters can show a significantly different enhancement in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) from that of pure element clusters, owing to their tunable surface plasmon resonance energies affected by the composition and atomic ordering. Yet, the tunability by composition requires a deep understanding in order to further optimize the SERS-based detection technique. Here, to fill this deficiency, we conducted detailed analyses of the SERS of pyridine adsorbed through N-Ag bonding on the homonuclear diatomic metal cluster Ag2 and heteronuclear diatomic metal clusters of AuAg and CuAg, as well as the involved charge transfer under an intracluster excitation, based on calculations using time-dependent density functional theory with a short-time approximation for the Raman cross-section. We find that although the SERS enhancements for all complexes can reach the order of 10(3)-10(4), the corresponding wavelengths used for SERS excitation are significantly different. Our molecular orbital analysis reveals that the complexes based on heteronuclear metal clusters can produce varied electronic transitions owing to the polarization between different metal atoms, which tune the SERS enhancements with altered optical properties. Our analyses are expected to provide a theoretical basis for exploring the multi-composition SERS substrates applicable for single molecular detection, nanostructure characterization, and biological molecular identification. PMID:25157565

  15. Preparation, Characterization, and Millimeter Wave Attenuation of Carbon Fibers Coated with Ni-Cu-P and Ni-Co-P Alloys

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    Ye, Mingquan; Li, Zhitao; Wang, Chen; Han, Aijun

    2015-12-01

    Composite carbon fibers (CFs) coated with Ni-X-P (X = Cu, Co, none) alloys were prepared by electroless plating. The morphology, crystal structure, elemental composition, and millimeter wave (MMW) attenuation performance of the alloy-coated CFs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffractometry, energy-dispersive spectrometry, and microwave attenuation. CFs were coated with a layer of alloy particles. The P content in the Ni-Cu-P or Ni-Co-P-coated alloy was lower than that in the Ni-P alloy, and coating alloy Ni-P was amorphous. Coating alloys exhibited crystal characteristics after Cu or Co introduction. MMW-attenuation performance of alloy-coated CFs showed that the 3 and 8 mm wave-attenuation effects of CF/Ni-Cu-P and CF/Ni-Co-P were better than those of CF/Ni-P and CFs. The 8 mm wave-attenuation values and their increases were larger than those of the 3 mm wave. The MMW-attenuation performance is attributable to the alloy bulk resistivity and P content. The 3 mm wave-attenuation effects of wavelength-coated CF samples were slightly larger than those of the half wavelength samples. An optimal weight gain value existed for the MMW-attenuation performance of alloy-coated CFs.

  16. Experimental determination of step energies from island shape fluctuations: A comparison to the equilibrium shape method for Cu(100), Cu(111), and Ag(111)

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    Steimer, Christoph; Giesen, Margret; Verheij, Laurens; Ibach, Harald

    2001-08-01

    Absolute values for step energies can be determined from the temperature dependence of island equilibrium shapes and the size dependence of island shape fluctuations. Experimental data on island fluctuations are evaluated and the resulting step energies are compared to those obtained earlier from the temperature dependence of the equilibrium shape. For islands on Cu(100), Cu(111), and Ag(111), the step energies obtained by the two entirely different and independent methods agree within the experimental error. The advantages and disadvantages of the two methods are discussed.

  17. 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.

  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. Identification of optimized Ti-Ni-Cu shape memory alloy compositions for high-frequency thin film microactuator applications

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    Zarnetta, R.; Ehmann, M.; Savan, A.; Ludwig, A.

    2010-06-01

    Ti-Ni-Cu shape memory thin films within a broad composition range were investigated by the cantilever deflection method using combinatorial methods. Optimal compositions with improved functional properties, i.e. large recovery stress, high transformation temperatures, low thermal hysteresis width and small temperature interval of transformation, were identified using a newly defined figure of merit. Of the investigated alloys, Ti50Ni41Cu9 and Ti45Ni46Cu9 exhibit the best shape memory properties for compositions showing a \\mathrm {B}2\\rightarrow \\mathrm {B}19 and a \\mathrm {B}2\\rightarrow \\mathrm {R} -phase transformation, respectively.

  20. A branching NiCuPt alloy counter electrode for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Yang, Peizhi; Tang, Qunwei

    2016-01-01

    A rising objective for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is to create extraordinary and cost-effective counter electrode (CE) electrocatalysts. We present here a branching NiCuPt alloy CE synthesized by electrodepositing Ni on ZnO microrod templates and subsequently growing branched Cu as well as suffering from a galvanic displacement for Pt uptake. The resultant NiCuPt alloy CE displays a promising electrocatalytic activity toward redox electrolyte having I-/I3- couples. An impressive power conversion efficiency of 9.66% is yielded for the liquid-junction DSSC platform.